Reviews by Brad B.
Extremely underrated, this album about injustice and environmentalism from the 90’s is infectiously catchy. This group went out to prove that music doesn’t always have to be full of sappy love songs to be good, and even 2 decades later, popping this into my CD player, I am surprised at how almost every track on this cd is poppy enough to get stuck in my head, and important enough -subject matter wise- to make me want to dig into a history book to find out more. A nice little gem worth listening to.
Grant Morrison has done great things with Batman and Robin lately, breathing in new life by seemingly changing everything that once was. Some people have found the change difficult, but you can't argue that Morrison isn't trying something new, because this comic is bold. Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn has a new team up. It's Dick Grayson (the old Robin) as Batman, and Damian (Bruce Wayne's son) as Robin. It's almost raucous, full of action and clever fight scenes, and a sense of mystery. The characterization is spot on, and there's new, twisted villians who are just as creepy and dementedly iconic as any villian of old. It's, well, fun. I admit It's made me excited to read the next installment as it's come out just to find out what will happen. And, well, that's exactly the sign of a good comic...
Dark, gothic, tragic. D. Gray-man has the haunted spirit battles of Bleach with a full measure of creepy, victorian horror a la Fullmetal Alchemist. And, if you like both those series, you'll lke this. Someone called "The Millennium Earl" is using people's despair to turn their bodies, unwillingly, into demonic weapons, and it's up to a small team of specially trained people to stop him. Not for the faint of heart, but great on storyline and action.
This quirky comic revolves around characters that are personifications of all the countries during World War I and II. No country is safe from satire, politically correct or incorrect, as sometimes the case might be (it's a fine line with satire sometimes). It's only occasionally lewd enough to earn the 16 and up rating it's tagged with; most of the time it's innocently poking fun by having things like Italy (represented by a man) obsessed with pasta, and America (again, a person) wanting to take charge of everything. Despite some small faults, this collection of short gag comics, manga style, is often very funny, and it's an interesting insight into a different cultural perspective too.
I've read a good deal of this comic online at girlgeniusonline.com, and I have to say it's very creative. Occasionally the story stretches out a bit, but overall the characters are insanely endearing, and you can't help but care about them. A talking cat, robotic creations, living casltes. Never has mad science been so fascinating. I have often wondered if this comic was in part responsible for the rise in popularity of steam punk as a genre today. Or maybe it was just ahead of the trend.