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Rex Libris, Vol. 1: I, Librarian Paperback – June 25, 2007
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"At no time does Rex Libris seem pretentious. It's smart, yes, but it is accessible all the same because its core concept of a librarian charged with retrieving overdue library books reads like a tale of high adventure. All the heady discussion is simply icing on the cake, a thoughtful reprieve before the next episode of action and adventure." --Chad Boudreau, ComicReaders.com
"These 32-page episodes are the antithesis of the decompression that has marked superhero comics the past decade or so, and each reads like a full-length story rather than a sliver of a chapter of a larger story that doesn't deserve it. This is the sort of wacky, off-the-wall sort of story that more comics should be attempting. Turner s having fun, but he s also telling a genuinely entertaining story that works terrifically as a comic book and will no doubt pick up a fan base, assuming enough people give it a chance. Grade: A" --Tom McLean, Variety's Bags and Boards
"Yes, Rex Libris is a comedy series. But it mixes the funny with the smart, the quirky with the literate to create a novel and intriguing concept." --William Gatevackes, Broken Frontier
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It isn't too often that you get to see a book that features a librarian as a hero (yes there are a few, but there far and few in between.) So as a librarian I was glad to stumble across Rex and his merry band and see how they dealt with patrons from across the universe (I made sure to take notes on how to defeat demon spirits.) The story is great fun, easy to read, and easy to get into (and you don't have to be a librarian to enjoy it.) There's a little bit of something for everyone in this book. My one complaint is the lettering gets a bit tiring to read after a while. Otherwise sit back and enjoy the adventure.
The first volume in Turner's much-ballyhooed series Rex Libris has finally landed on my doorstep, and I have to say, I'm not entirely sure what all the fuss is about. It's possible I read it way too soon after reading Jason Shiga's excellent Bookhunter, which covers much the same territory in a wittier way. Still, it's got a certain visual appeal, being completely computer-generated (this may be happening with increasing frequency, but I don't think I've run across it yet), and the characters are engaging, and the plot is so far out of left field that one can't help being amused. I'll be looking for vol. 2. ***
Other than the gun-toting Rex Libris other characters include Circe-as-grandma and a galactic warlord turned into a small bird, who functions as Rex's sidekick.
I found the sameness of the lettering a little tedious.
3.5 out of 5
With these five laws I am soon launched into volume 1 of the Rex Libris comic book collection by James Turner. This collection contains the first five chapters, with roughly 32 pages per chapter. I think I derived the most humor from this book just by being a librarian and understand the painstakingly difficult patrons with overdue books and fees. Although this series takes it to an utmost extreme when in the first few pages librarian Rex Libris must deal with an unruly patron, a demon-spirit Samuri.