I was surprised that heroic storylines worked smoothly as short sketches. Analogous to one-shots, I suppose. The art, as always, was fracking gorgeous.
Fraggle Rock, vol. 1, by Heather White et al
This was charming, and it was obvious that all the creators put their hearts into it - it was so well drawn and told - but for me, Fraggles just aren't Fraggles without the songs and voice acting. Ah well.
Ultimate Spiderman vol 1: Power and Responsibility, by Brian Michael Bendis et al
I used to read Spider Man aloud to my cousin when he was a kid and I was a teenager. Reading the rebooted origin story brought back that feeling, but I think they are doing a better job this time around. Certainly a better job than my fuzzy memories. I didn't expect Spiderman to be the next series I glommed on to, but there it is.
Bless This Mouse, by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Eric Rohmann (ARC)
There is a spark I expect from Lois Lowry books. It manifests one way in the serious books - say, _The Giver_ - and another in the comic ones - oh, Anastasia Krupnik, I <3 you still. But I couldn't find it in this competent little story of a community of mice living in a church. There was a glimmer here and there, mostly emanating from the character of Ignatious, but no *spark*. That said, when I was 7 or 8, and without knowing who wrote it, I would've torn through this like I tore through all the other anthropomorphic animal fiction I was reading at that age. I just wouldn't have reread it. I might've flipped through it several times, though - the illustrations are swell.