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Rising Stars

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Rearranging bookshelves requires a will of iron.

Unfortunately, when it comes to books, I have a will of aluminum foil.

Let me repeat what I said the first time I read these: Wow.

All I wanted to do was update my book database and rearrange a couple of bookshelves. However, I foolishly opened Born in Fire–just for a quick glance. Good thing I didn’t have anything else to do, because I was immediately sucked into the story, and was then incapable of doing anything else until I finished all three books.

What I found interesting is that even reading the books a second time, there were still passages that made me laugh out loud, or brought tears to my eyes. And they really did do an excellent job developing the characters (although occasionally I hard a hard time telling John and Randy apart), and an even better job explaining why individuals acted they way they did.

Again, I loved the fact that there were no easy answers, and that for the most part the “bad guys” were complex and layered, and their reasons for acting as they did made sense (the only exception here was Minister, although we didn’t explore his internal landscape at all–only that of the specials–so perhaps that’s the difference.)

But really, I wrote before about how awesome Rising Stars is. The only thing I have to add is, how can a comic book character manage to be so attractive looking? Because I think John and Randy both are gorgeous.

And thanks again to Tom for recommending this.
(still) Rating: 10/10

Categories: 10/10, Graphic Novels     Comments (1)    

  1. erin says:

    I’m very fond of Straczynski. I’ve always wondered what would have happened if Babylon 5 would have been allowed to develop as he intended at the end (even though I still thought it a fine show in the last season–the episode with Penn and Teller being, of course, one of my favs, and the script for that episode was written by Neil Gaiman).

    May 19, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

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