Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review of "Justice League 100 Greatest Moments," edited by Robert Greenberger

Review of
Justice League 100 Greatest Moments, edited by Robert Greenberger ISBN 9780785836148

Five out of five stars
 In the history of comic books, the Justice League of America (JLA) is one of the greatest groups of super heroes ever constructed. Like most groups in the comic universe, the membership changes over time as the individual heroes find other ways and causes to expend their powers on. Yet, the  goal of the league is always the same, to provide a strong bulwark against the powerful evil forces that threaten Earth, humanity and the universe.
 As the title implies, this book features 100 episodes of the DC universe where the Justice League was in action. Since the JLA history is long and varies across several different Earths and dimensions, some of the moments require significant establishment of context, which is provided. While I am a longtime fan of comics, in no way am I up to speed on all of the backgrounds of the storyline. Yet, in no case was I confused as to what was being expressed in the panels of the featured moment.
 This book is a reminder of the extent of creative juices that have been present in DC Comics and channeled into the JLA stories. There has been a lot of imagination and originality available at the company and it has been well directed into quality stories. The evolution of the JLA and the characters over time is also clear, without this, it would not be a true history.

Review of "Humans," by Mike Dowdall and Pat Welch

Review of
Humans, by Mike Dowdall and Pat Welch ISBN 067153257x

Five out of five stars
This book contains a series of satirical expressions of how humans behave. It is based on the premise of a set of intelligent, independent observers of humans and their actions stating their conclusions. Each “observation” is based on an image with textual annotations. The expressions of the humans in the images are exaggerated and most human activities, from weddings to dining out to watching sporting events to standing in line are the points of the satirical pen and ink.
 In many ways, the content reminded me of that of the most popular satirical magazines, quality images that are not overly colorful or detailed, yet clearly impart the correct message. I enjoyed this book, even the overstatements are based on established facts that we are all familiar with.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Review of "Disney Pixar Monsters Inc." ISBN 9781484723838

Review of
Disney Pixar Monsters Inc. ISBN 9781484723838

Five out of five stars
 This picture book adaptation of the movie that was produced for children has the same quality of imagery as the movie. It is colorful and will catch the eye of the young child. The story is also one that will help ameliorate the fears that young children have regarding monsters under the bed or in the closet. In this case the monsters are quite cuddly and friendly, not the kind that want to harm children. Since this is such a common fear, anything that can be done to lesson that fear is to be commended.
 A simple book that has no scary parts, it is one that I would have read to my daughter when she was young.