Sunday, 20 January 2008

Graphic Novels

A few years ago I was reading a lot of graphic novels, or comics, but when going to Australia I left them all with a friend. This week I picked them up again, and have a lot of interesting reading ahead of me. I have started on Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas, a comic for adults by Garth Ennis. The story is of a preacher, who starts questioning God, and then partly taken over by an entity called Genesis, half angelic half demonic. He then sets out to find out more about Genesis together with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire. This story is not for the conservative or the faint hearthed as it's quite violent and plays a lot around with christian views. God, for example, has, after creating the world, become fed up with his job and just left. The story is very good though, revealing small pieces of background information at a time, always leaving the reader wondering what has happened and what will happen. Also, I find the artwork quite good, allthough not the best I have seen from a comic. So if you like violence, urban fantasy and graphic novels, it is greatly recommended. And if you haven't read any graphic novels, this could be a good starting point (or even better, try The Sandman by Neil Gaiman) I am still reading the first volume, halfway through, and plan to finish it today before going to bed, maybe while enjoying a good glass of whisky.

Comics had in recent years/decades undergone quite a revolution. Some of the stories on the market today are as deep and complex as novels, and I have found many good stories through novels. For example: Sandman, Hellblazer, Swamp Thing and The Preacher. I know many people views comics as a lower form of storytelling, and art, but there are quite a few gems out there. I will make sure to post more posts about comics as my reading continues.

London is also progressing quite well, already gone through a few hundred pages since my last post, and with a lot less work in the week to come I am sure it will be done quite soon. And I already know which book I will continue with. I am staying with the same author, Edward Rutherfurd, and the book is The Forest. I am greatly impressed by the first two books I read by this author, so I guess I just have to continue with his books. Don't know if my mum has the rest of his books though. And since I can't afford buying any more books now I guess that will just have to wait.

Well, that's it for now I guess. Until next time



Sugar said...

I see you are very well read and wondered if you knew that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were good friends?

BookLover said...

Yes, I am aware of that. They were both members of the inklings (??, was that the name of the group). I have read Lord of the Rings several times, but been a while since I read the Narnia books, maybe I should read them soon.