BB Alternative Review Group #119 - Birdhouse (spoilers)
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This week we are reading: Birdhouse by Vernon White (Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics, 03/10)
Our reviewers this week are:
Next week we are reading: *new* Days Missing HC (collects #1-5) by Ian Edgington, Phil Hester, David Hine, Matz, Chris Burnham, Frazer Irving, Lee Moder, Hugo Petrus & Troy Peteri (Archaia Entertainment, 03/24)
This week's companion thread: BB Review Group week 278 - American Vampire #1 by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig & Steve Wands (Vertigo, 03/17)
Upcoming: Market Day HC by James Sturm (Drawn & Quarterly, 03/30), Superf*ckers by Jeffrey Brown (Top Shelf Productions, 03/31), *APRIL* *new* Area 10 HC Christos N. Gage & Chris Samnee (Vertigo, 04/07), The Original Johnson Vol. 1 by Trevor Von Eeden (IDW/Comicmix, 12/23), Tumor HC by Joshua Hale Fialkov & Noel Tuazon (Archaia Entertaiment), The Troublemakers HC by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books), A Distant Neighborhood Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 by Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon, 10/07 & 11/25), It Was the War of the Trenches HC by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics Books, 03/31), A Second Chance at Sarah by Neil Druckmann & Joysuke Wong (Ape Entertainment), Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms HC by Kono Fumiyo (Last Gasp, 01/06), Abstract Comics: The Anthology HC ed. by Andrei Molotiu (Fantagraphics Books, 08/05), Displaced Persons by Derek McCulloch & Rantz A. Hoseley (Image Comics),...
Our previous reviews:
What we do: This is a fanbased review group, open to everybody. It was launched as a companion thread to the BB Review Group. The idea is to review creator-owned books that provide an alternative to the superhero books of the Big Two. This can be anything, from single issues, self-published mini comics, and online comics to graphic novels and anthologies. Because graphic novels are more expensive and may also require more time to read than a 24 page comic (and sometimes for you to be in the right mood), there will be sufficient time to get the books and to read them before the review thread is up. The "upcoming" section lists a few graphic novels, collections, or anthologies we are going to review in the coming weeks and months, with room for many more. Feel free to suggest books, and also to keep adding your reviews and comments to older threads as you read the books.
As people post the reviews, I will add your name and score to a list in the main post and at the end of the week average the scores for an overall grade on the book. We grade on a scale of 0-10, the meanings of which roughly translate to:
10 - Everything I want in a comic, an instant classic
9 - Excellent, a nearly perfect read
8 - Highly recommended but it has minor flaws
7 - Very good, it does have some problems
6 - Above average but has deep flaws
5 - An average comic
4 - Below average, the flaws outweigh the good
3 - A disappointing comic
2 - Forgettable, a waste of time
1 - Stay away!! One of the worst comics I've read
Anyone who participates is asked to please keep this scale in mind when giving a grade so that everyone is operating on the same system.
Locked review threads: If you would like to review a book from one of the previous weeks, but the thread has been locked by the moderators in the meantime, pm me and I'll get a new review thread up.
THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO PARTICIPATE EVERY TIME A NEW THREAD IS UP. Please join in as little or as much as you like week to week. If you are uncomfortable giving a grade then just join in the discussions and ask questions.