Brian K. Vaughan Runaways Volume 1: Pride and Joy
I've not read any of Vaughan's other comics (Runaways, Y: the last man) but I'm an avid fan of Lost, and seeing that he is quite highly regarded in the comic world I thought I'd give this a go.
The story concerns Mitchell Hundred, a civil engineer who becomes empowered with the ability to interface with and command any kind of machinery following an encounter with some unknown (possibly alien) technology under the Brooklyn Bridge. It is written in a form that flits between events that happened in the past shortly after gaining his powers and becoming a superhero known as 'Great Machine', and the present time where he has retired his superhero alter ego and is now mayor of New York; The events and struggles he experiences in both roles are juxtaposed.
With its backdrop of a post 9/11 New York City, there are some interesting points and opinions raised regarding political/goverment reaction and the expectations of the public, and the overall feel of despair and paranoia that followed that day are cleverly expressed. Theres little action here, but you can feel it building into something rather big (in both a political and superhero vs supervillian sense). The dialogue between characters is certainly of an adult nature. Along side Supreme Power, this is one of the more intelligent graphic novels I've read recently and I will certainly be checking out the next volume once I've ploughed through the rest of my TBR list.
Set in 2002, Y: The Last man begins with the central Character Yorick (an escapologist) on the phone to his girlfriend in australia. Just as he is about to propose to her, somewhere else the first human clone is being born. At the same time as both of these events, every living thing on the planet with a Y chromasome suddenly expires. That is, except for Yorick and his helper monkey Ampersand. The story then follows Yorick as he attempts to reach first his mother in Washington, and then his girlfriend in Australia, all the while encountering millitant feminist groups and scientists along the way.
I was initially put off by the rather dated look of the art work, but I'm glad I persevered as Brian K. Vaughan packs lots comedy, action and social/political commentary into a stunning first volume. I have borrowed the hardback deluxe edition which contains volumes 1 and 2 from a friend, but I'm sure I'll buy these up eventually as they deserve a place on the shelf alongside other notable series such as Preacher and Ex Machina (another Vaughan title).
Sci-fi comics aren't normally my thing but having looked at this in the school library, I knew I wanted to read more.
Two worlds in the galaxy, Wreath and Cleave, and the residents are in opposition. But two soldiers on opposing sides fall in love and have a baby. Now both sides are after them and they must find somewhere safe in the galaxy to raise their family.
Star-crossed lovers indeed and nothing startingly new, but the dialogue and the characters will grab hold of you and it makes for gripping reading. Over the normal dialogue the baby narrates the story of her parents and tells us where the story is going to go.
On a personal note, I was overjoyed to see that they call their alien-hybrid-saviour baby Hazel. Genius.