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Everyone’s A Critic: A round-up of comic book reviews and thinkpieces

The Hunter

The Hunter

Dan Nadel offers a devastating — and as far as I can tell, the only — negative review of Darywn Cooke’s The Hunter (which, by the way, has gone back for a second printing already). Lemme quote a bit here:

Even if I’m wrong and Cooke’s reading is utterly faithful, this adaptation doesn’t work very well as a comic book. Cooke’s character design is strangely generic, his storytelling is often unclear, and his drawing, while polished and stylish, is dull. Parker looks like a generic sort of Bruce Wayne, with a face and body language that betrays not a hint of an inner-life. Panel-to-panel and particularly page-to-page Cooke has a difficult time clearly conveying where a scene is occurring and what, precisely, the action and emotions are that he’s trying to draw.

He goes on to use John Stanley as a point of comparison, which befuddles some folks in the comments section.

Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune really liked Tim Hamilton’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, to the point where she offered this pithy paragraph:

Some of my anti-comics correspondents claim that reading a graphic novel is not really “reading” at all. They’re right. It’s something else again. In the case of “Fahrenheit 451,” it’s more like a life-changing immersion in ideas, words, echoes, symbols, characters, lines, colors, nightmares — and finally, daybreak.

Now don’t get crazy Julia.

Nina Stone finally catches up with the Buffy comics: “As of now, after this read, I don’t have any interest to read it again.”

• Over at Savage Critics, Sean Collins contemplates Squadron Supreme while Jog muses on some recent examples of superhero decadence.

• The site Paddy Brown is doing a look at the history of Irish comics, which you should go read because knowledge, no matter how esoteric, is good for you.

Todd Klein reads the latest volume in the Complete Peanuts saga and exclaims “Top notch book. You can’t have a much better time than reading these collections.”

Noah Berlatsky has apparently jumped on the “let’s do quick scattershot reviews of new comic books in a snarky way.” Welcome to the club Noah.

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Am I jumping on a bandwagon? A hearse? A flatulent wildebeest?

In any case, thank you for noticing, but I will be jumping off again soon, I promise. Even if I wanted to keep it up week after week, I don’t think I could afford it.

I haven’t read the Parker GN yet, but having read a lot of the Parker novels – the first three in the series, and all of the ones that Stark/Westlake did since reviving the character 10 years ago – I can say that Parker doesn’t have much of a inner life. Indeed, that’s sort of the point of the first book. He is all about cold revenge in the first couple of books, and then all about making a dishonest living after that. He has no depth whatsoever. Which works in the context of a series about heists and thieves. There are characters in the series who do have inner lives, and they play off Parker quite well. But I think that anyone who’s a fan of these books reads them for the inner Parker.

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