Were Money No Object – Sept. 15 – Fabien Nury & John Cassaday’s I Am Legion

This week is starting to look a little like a skip week, as very little of note is being published.  It’s shaping up to be my smallest comics week in five months (which is good for the wallet), and as I scanned the graphic novels list, I could only find one thing to talk about for this column.  I kind of hope the pickings stay this thin for a while – it gives me a chance to get caught up on things.

Books I Think You Should Buy:

I Am Legion HC

by Fabien Nury and John Cassaday; Humanoids, $29.95

I Am Legion, originally a French comic, has had a storied history in North America.  It was first serialized as part of the partnership between DC and Humanoids, but publication was stopped after only one or two issues were released.  Next, it was published by DDP, which was fine, except for the lengthy delays between issues, which made it difficult to follow the complex and sprawling plot.

At its core, I Am Legion is a horror comic set during the Second World War.  There are a pair of strigoi, deathless creatures that can possess people – one is actually Vlad Tepes – and who get involved in Europe’s problems.  There are a number of characters running through this comic, and at times the story was hard to follow.  I’m sure that this issue is fixed by reading the book in its totality.  This is a cool comic, which was well-researched.  There are many recognizable historical figures and events which provide the backdrop to the plot.

John Cassaday’s art is lovely as usual, although it was hurt by being shrunk to fit the standard North American comics page.  I’m not sure if this is an over-sized hardcover; I would hope so.

So what would you buy Were Money No Object?