Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Queue

Jonesing for more of the Fraction & Aja magic from The Immortal Iron Fist, I decided to check out their run on Hawkeye. I had to wait for the Volume 1 hardcover (also available as two paperbacks, My Life As a Weapon & Little Hits, volumes one & two in the series listed below) to become available from a distant branch of the Genesee District Library, so in the meantime I borrowed two collections from the later Lemire & Pérez run. I won't ever feel any need to read anything else by that particular pairing, a dreadful indulgence in decompressed storytelling where a paper-thin plot was interminably spread out over an indefensible eleven issues. Yes, the flashbacks to young Clint Barton's life were beautifully illustrated, but I'd have been royally irked by the waste of time & money if I'd purchased those tales as individual comic-book issues. Back to Fraction & Aja, their Hawkeye is interesting & innovative, but does not succeed in scratching the Immortal Iron Fist itch. I suppose Thomas Wolfe was right: You can't go home again.

Jeff Lemire & Ramón Pérez, Hawkeye: All-New Hawkeye (volume five)
Jeff Lemire & Ramón Pérez, Hawkeye: Hawkeyes (volume six)
Matt Fraction & David Aja, et al., Hawkeye, Volume 1 (hardcover of volumes one & two)

Pope Francis, Amoris Lætitia (The Joy of Love)
Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness
Matt Fraction & David Aja, et al., Hawkeye: L.A. Woman (volume three)

Matt Fraction & David Aja, et al., Hawkeye: Rio Bravo (volume four)
Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations ***interrupted***
Hilaire Belloc, How the Reformation Happened
Richard Price, Clockers
Sir Richard Francis Burton, translator, "Sinbad the Sailor" from The Arabian Nights
Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage
William F. Buckley Jr., The Unmaking of a Mayor
Scott & Kimberly Hahn, Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism
Margaret MacMillan, Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
Sherry A. Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus
William E. Simon Jr., Great Catholic Parishes: How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive
Mike Aquilina, Understanding the Mass: 100 Questions, 100 Answers
Bishop Robert Barron, Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture

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