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Retrobacklore Reads

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Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley – It has been awhile since I have been able to relate to a comic book character and their story so much. Granted, I have never dated anyone that required I battle all their exes Mega Man-style in order to continue dating them but then who hasn’t been involved with someone whose past relationships keep infiltrating their own? On occasion the the story seems a bit disjointed – I passed on SP to a friend and he agreed, “Is the beginning of book two actually the beginning of book two?” – but not to a bothersome degree. The look of SP is a manga-western comics hybrid that I love and am seeing more and more. For example with…

Aqua Leung by Mark Andrew Smith and Paul Maybury – The story of a young prince on a quest to take back the throne and unite kingdoms – UNDER THE SEA. Good heavens, this comic is sweet, sweet eye candy.

Kamandi: At Earth’s End – Originally created in the 1970s by Jack Kirby, we see it resurrected in 1993 by some clueless jackasses at DC. They’ve managed to make him both crass and a mama’s boy. Kamandi has always been ridiculous, which is one of the reasons I love it but this reincarnation is just unacceptable. Bad story telling, boring characters, and Kamandi looks like some haggard Edgar Winter/WWF mutant . Although I admit I was happy to see Kamandi in the post-post apocalyptic Library of Congress. Of course, in At Earth’s End he’s not much for reading but his chaps-wearing gal pal, Saphira, sure is!

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