I know guys who know a lot about comics. I know a lot about comics. But Grant Morrison may be the alpha geek.
Going back to the beginning of superhero time and working forward to the present day - the guy gets into the nitty gritty of the books, the heroes, the creators, the socio-political environment.
It's as if he has actually read and can effortlessly recall every issue of every superhero funny book ever published.
I've been wishing for this book to be written and am blown away by the way that Morrison grounds the book in his personal relationship to the form - and also links it to the cosmic forces that shaped the medium.
I am blown away by this work - but it may not be for everyone. If you can't visualize the difference between the styles of Jack Kirby and Neal Adams then you may need to start elsewhere.
I accidentally started listening in the middle of this audiobook and frankly I'm glad I skipped the beginning. Especially when I found out that there's another whole book to go. It's a weird little book - the time traveling scientists seem to fit right into their new time circumstances. And I feel like I've seen these themes before. Yes something has messed up the space time continuum - but what? And can it be undone?
The writing is subtle and controlled - this is clearly the book Willis wanted to write but I'm just not dying to find out how it all turns out.
I wonder if I would have thought about this book differently if I didn't know and like Del Toro's movies. On some level this is a straightforward horror story - but there are scenes of horror that don't really move the plot forward - emotional and evocative scenes that really shouldn't be there if this is just an adventure/genre story. I liked it - but it didn't completely work for me.
I like Ron Perlman's gravelly voice and he delivers the horror with a "just the facts" restraint that enhances the material
I didn't realize til I was done that this was book 1 of 3. I'll probably come back to it later - but I can't go right into book 2 - it's just too dark and wretched.
I don't know why I continue to follow the global warming story. It just depresses me. This new science looks back at a previous time the planet warmed up and concludes that we're pumping carbon into the atmosphere many times faster then ever happened before.
One two three. Four Five Six. Seven Eight nine ten. Eleven, Twelve 13 fourteen fifteen sixteen.
I love this book.
But I can't believe there are many out there who will groove on it the way I am. I was thinking about which of my friends to recommend it to - - but to really appreciate it you need to be an 80s TV, movie, music, D&D, comics, video game nerd and I can't think of anyone who cared about more than a couple of these.
Wheaton is great for this material not only because of of his geek icon status but also because his voice is still youthful - which suits this story of a man looking back at his teenaged years. (I'm only about halfway through - - so if ST:TNG plays a big role in the second half I may have to reconsider this.) There is a point where the character describes something as "like a holodeck" and I cringed a little.
At this point I'm just enjoying the material - but on reflection it may actually be a really fine novel too. There is a point where the main character - is in "a game" within a "recreation" within a "virtual universe" and I suppressed some thoughts about how cunningly crafted the whole thing was. I'll let someone think about whether it's got literary merit. I'm just having fun with it.
Times may change but Frank and Joe remain the same. I listened with my son and he liked it too, but still went back to "wimpy kid" stories.
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