Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Geis: A Matter of Life and Death by Alexis Deacon

Geis: A Matter of Life and Death by Alexis Deacon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 96 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Nobrow Press
Source: egalley via edelweiss

This is obviously a volume one as it ends so abruptly in the middle of the action that it left me rather annoyed actually. There are a lot of characters and it jumps around back and forth between them; it takes a bit in the beginning to understand and get used to this. A sorceress is choosing the new chief amongst the best and brightest who were yanked from their beds to her in the middle of the night. She will be testing them and, though they don't know it, the winner will be the only survivor. This volume deals with the first test. They are all sent to some far distant place and each must make their way back to the castle before dawn. The two main characters are really intense, the girl to save everyone and the young man to win, and yet we don't know anything about them yet to understand their persistence. It's an interesting fantasy, though, with potential, we'll see what happens next volume.

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 7 by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 7 by Sui Ishida
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by VIZ Media
Source: Purchased print copy

Tokyo Ghoul (7)

Actually, a lot of stuff goes on in this volume. It's incredibly heavy with fighting and violence. Things are going on with the ghouls and the "cops" are after them. But the main plot as described on the back cover is Kaneki who goes through a gruelling torture session he comes out of it alive only he is forever changed, inside and out!

Tokyo ESP Volume 5: Old Allies, New Enemies by Hajime Segawa

Tokyo ESP Volume 5: Old Allies, New Enemies by Hajime Segawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Vertical Comics
Source: Purchased print copy

Tokyo ESP (5)

The first half has an awful lot of stuff happening which I found myself getting kind of confused with. Lots of fighting, etc but political intrigue coming at you as well. The whole purpose is to establish there is a secret underground world that has kidnapped someone we thought was dead. The second half is much better! Rinka accepts an assignment from the CIA to infiltrate the organisation, bring it down and rescue the person. The setting now moves from Tokyo to Hong Kong. Lots of violence here, she trains then is sent in where superheroes are traded through human trafficking and ends up in a battle rich people play to have their superheroes battle each other. Rinka gets in really, really deep!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Demon Knights (New 52), Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark by Paul Cornell

Demon Knights (New 52), Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark by Paul Cornell
Illus by Diogenes Neves et al.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by DC Comics
Source: Inter-Library Loan

New 52

I wasn't sure I'd like this since it takes place in the Dark Ages but I ended up really liking it. The story is pretty basic fantasy. The Questing Queen's Horde is on its way to ravage a city but in its path is a small village within a narrow passage. Conveniently seven immortal (or virtually) warriors have gathered here unknownst to each other. The book is very battle oriented full of violence, action-packed. Because the story is simplistic much time is spent on character. This is a team, come to be called the "Demon Knights" by the end. I always like superhero teams and here we meet a lot of paranormal, dark, magic using DC characters. I really liked them considering they were all new to me except Madame Xanadu who I've met a few times now, outside the Justice League Dark titles. I had also heard of the demon Etrigan and Vandal Savage and was pleased to find a pre-cursor to Wonder Woman: an exiled Amazonian warrior from Paradise Island. A lot of fun and I'll definitely be reading the following volumes.

Grifter (New 52), Vol. 1: Most Wanted by Nathan Edmondson

Grifter (New 52), Vol. 1: Most Wanted by Nathan Edmondson
illus. by CAFU et al.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by DC Comics
Source: Inter-Library Loan

New 52

Most interesting! I've never heard of Grifter and it took a bit for me to get into it. Then it got exciting and a bunch of connections were made. Green Arrow shows up and it seems his company , not him, is up to something with these aliens. Then later on Midnighter from Stormwatch comes to kill Grifter and save the alien secret. Finally, at the end, these aliens talk of the Kryptonian who they plan on turning to their mission against the humans since he is alien too. Those are just the connections; the rest of the book is Grifter vs. the aliens with lots of action. I'd certainly read the next volume.

Friday, July 22, 2016

QQ Sweeper, Vol. 3 by Kyousuke Motomi

QQ Sweeper, Vol. 3 by Kyousuke Motomi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by VIZ Media
Source: Received a print review copy from the publisher

QQ Sweeper (Vol. 3)

So this is the final volume of a trilogy, though the series does continue with a new title and a new volume 1 but I don't know if it's being translated into English or not. Anyway ... this is a wonderful final volume. It is very intense with its paranormal content, the romance between the main characters, and there is also a theme of friendship and forgiveness. What I really liked about the romance aspect of this series is that the two main characters do like each other and while it's intense there is none of that reading 15 volumes before the characters kiss business that keeps me away from most shojo. The paranormal aspect is a little silly, bugs infecting people, but again it's intense and a villain is centre stage in this volume. The cleaning aspect is actually fun and adds humour to the other dark overtones. The ending isn't finite as the mangaka had to wrap things up quickly but she did a good job of leaving you to imagine the future. But of course, the series does continue under the title "Queens Quality".

Everyone's Getting Married, Vol. 1 by Izumi Miyazono

Everyone's Getting Married, Vol. 1 by Izumi Miyazono
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by VIZ Media
Source: received a print review copy from the publisher

Either I'm starting to like romance or this is just a well-written manga. I'll go with the latter. This is a grown-up book; the audience is josei and the rating is "M". Nothing mature happened yet but this is the first josei I've read that I've liked. It is pure romance and has the typical hating each other to start off with but by the end of vol. 1 they are dating, so that is not the issue. The issue is that she is looking for marriage and wants to be a homemaker, while he would "rather die than get married" and has been used to having affairs only. But they fall in love and they decide to love the person instead of their ideals and see what happens. I have to admit I liked the interaction. The guy acts like a jerk but isn't one and I really like the pro-woman and -femaleness of the topic. Being a homemaker is defended and while she meets resistance all the time, so far, the book is portraying those types of womanly yearnings as positive. I really liked that. I'd definitely read the next volume!