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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. 25th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
this is her only listed work on LibraryThing, hopefully the first of many.

I passed this note on to llamachameleon, who's quite active on LibraryThing. She points out that much of the info is automatically imported - but that many books with more than one author only import the first, so most graphic novels end up only listing the writer. As a result, comic book artists only tend to appear when interested users go the extra mile to manually add the info to the books in question.

She's now filled out much more of Fiona Staples' works, as you can see here.

Edited at 2013-06-25 12:01 am (UTC)

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