March 31st, 2013


The year in books: March

Oh man, so super late for this and no gay-novels either. But I am still trying to figure out how to be a real person with a real eight hour a day job and get my writing and reading done like I used to.
Soooo. This month: Graphic novels. Because that is all I was reading except for fanfiction.
There is a lot of Batman related stuff here.
Earth One by Gary Frank und Geoff Johns
Available in German and English.
Earth One is a new take on the whole how Bruce became Batman thing and (un)surprisingly gritty. I like the 'real' feel to the storyline and the dark and sharp lines of the art. It has almost a Nolan-movies feel to it and so I would recommend it to anyone who liked the movies. Especially Batman Begins.
Red Hood and the Outlaws by Kenneth Rocafort and Scott Lobdell
Available in Englisch and German (soon)
I think you'll need a bit of background on Red Hood (or you can just read the entry on Batman-wiki) to enjoy this one, but it's worth it. I find it pretty funny and entertaining, but then I have a thing for Jason. And the art is really, really beautiful. At least from issue 1 to 10. Kenneth Rocafort knows how to make a girl's heart beat faster and I have to say I am sad to see him go from this series, because OMG so pretty.
Batman: The Court of Owls by Greg Capulloand and Scott Snyder
Available in German and English.
I think Court of Owls is pretty much the perfect book to start with if you are new to the whole Batman thing. It's a solid enough story and the art is pretty good too. I recommend to read Nightwing: Traps and Trapezes parallel to it. It's not super necessary, but it gives the story more depth. Court of Owls and Traps and Trapezes are both pretty dark and gritty and a bit messed up – especially the part about the Circus' secrets. (But that could probably be just me, because things like that just don't sit right with me).
Der schreckliche Papst by Theo and Alejandro Jodorowsky
Available (as far as I know) in German only.
This one is a story about the Vatican in 15th century. The backstabbing, the murder, the sins. Lots of intrigues, (gay) sex and madness. It's a very gripping read. Basically it's a story about the early Vatican-crime syndicates. The art is very beautiful and detailed. Graphic too – not yaoi manga graphic, but naked people having sex isn't uncommon. It could be disturbing for some readers, but I don't think any of you would have a problem with it :). Two issues are out now.
As always there is more I read, but that has to do for now and also as always I am willing to discuss and answer questions.