BB Alternative Review Group #78 - The Eternal Smile: Three Stories (spoilers)
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This week we are reading: The Eternal Smile: Three Stories by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim (:01 First Second, 05/06)
Our reviewers this week are:
Supreme Convoy - 7
Next week we are reading: Rapture #1 by Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, Val Staples & Thomas Mauer (Dark Horse, 05/28 )
This week's companion thread: BB Review Group week 235 - The Unwritten #1 (Vertigo, 05/13) by Mike Carey, Peter Gross, Chris Chuckry & Todd Klein, with a cover by Yuko Shimizu
Upcoming: *JUNE* Bodyworld by Dash Shaw (02/10), Solanin by Inio Asano (Viz Media, 10/22), The Color of Earth GN by Kim Dong Hwa (:01 First Second, 04/08 ), *new* Love Buzz by Len Wallace, Michelle Silva & Dave Tuney (Oni Press, 06/17), Britten & Brulightly GN by Hannah Berry (Metropolitan Books, 03/25), Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli (Pantheon, 07/01), Low Moon HC by Jason (Fantagraphics Books, 07/01), Life With Mr. Dangerous HC by Paul Hornschemeier (Villard Books), Displaced Persons by Derek McCulloch & Rantz A. Hoseley (Image Comics), The Troublemakers HC by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books),...
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Last edited by Andreas; 05-31-2009 at 08:50 PM.
Re: BB Alternative Review Group #78 - The Eternal Smile: Three Stories (spoilers)
I geeked out learning that Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim were teaming up on a book. I love Gene's American Born Chinese and Derek's Same Difference books.
I think the twist in the first story is very predictable. But the outcome in the last two are very surprising and pleasing. Since the first story is a reprint from a book they did for Image years ago, you can tell they've grown a lot.
Pretty good book! 7/10