|Although this section is
called 'Recommended Reading', it is more a
mixture of comics/graphic novels recommended
because they relate directly to Generation X, are
actually worth reading, or both. The reason I
wish to clarify this is that the last comic
featured in this section was X-Treme X-Men #1. That
was recommended solely because it features
characters that exist in the same world as the
GenXer's and would give you knowledge of
characters outside of Generation X. Suffice to
say it won't happen again. From now on I will
feature comics that I actually believe to be
worth your time and money, regardless of whether
they are related to GenX or not. X-Treme X-Men is
not a comic that should be recommended
to neophyte comic readers.
Now to focus on
Fortune and Glory. It's good. Very good. Ok? Fine.
Mr. Bendis takes you from the very beginnings of
his Hollywood experiences to where he currently
is with his movie projects. And by the end you
realise just how messed up Hollywood, hell, the
whole of Los Angelos is. Which is great because
for some strange reason I always enjoy seeing how
parts of America are totally screwed up. (Probably
get a load of hate mail for that.) Anyway even
the most frustrating memories of his experiences
are viewed in the 'day-has-come-where-I-laugh-about-all-this'
way. Which, in turn, allows you to laugh. A lot.
In fact the term 'a laugh a minute' would not be
hyperbole in the case of this book. While I was
reading it I burst into giggles so many times
that my sister threatened to take it away from me
so that she could watch TV in peace.
summarise: It's funny. Very funny. You don't have
to be a comic book fan to enjoy it. You get
another view on the silicone bubble that is L.A.
and an inside look at the process of you go
through to get people to look at your
script. And it's funny.
Michael Bendis' work includes (deep breath): Jinx,
Torso, Fire, Goldfish, Powers, Sam and Twitch,
Hellspawn, Ultimate Spider-man, Ultimate Marvel
Team-up, Daredevil, Daredevil: Ninja and Elektra.
Upcoming projects include Alias from Marvel's MAX
line of adult comics and more Daredevil, also
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