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Last of the Hugo nominees for Best Graphic Story (well, the last that I will read; I will skip Schlock Mercenary as I did last year).

The only other Vaughan I have read was the last volume of Y: The Last Man, similarly nominated four years ago, and I was underwhelmed by it. I like this a little more. Fiona Staples' art is fantastic - she has a great way of bringing our the characters (memorable characters here include a spiderwoman who is clearly related to the Queen of the Racnoss, and a giant lynx which only speaks when others lie) and also does superb set-piece big picture scenes - this is her only listed work on LibraryThing, hopefully the first of many.

I'm much more dubious about Vaughan's story; there is a very dodgy episode set in a space brothel; and various bits of the setup don't make much sense. I wonder whose choice it was for our heroine to have wee fairy wings, and our hero manly horns? Edited to add: Ian points out in comments that she is obviously an angel, and he a demon, which means we needn't waste much time worrying about originality.

Not one I'll be adding to my regular purchase list, but glad to have read it this year.

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duck2ducks
Jun. 24th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's hyperbole to say that this is THE hit comic of the past year. In our store, sales on Vol. 1 surpassed our sales for ALL EIGHTEEN volumes of The Walking Dead ... combined. Can definitely believe it didn't work for you or Nicholas - nothing works for everyone, after all - but seriously, nearly every damn person we talk to who's picked it up absolutely LOVES it.

Also, although I haven't read it, I've been assured by people who have that there's nothing besides "horns and wings" to indicate "angels and demons". They're apparently just two species of aliens, really.

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