Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Only Living Boy #1 & #2 by David Gallaher

The Only Living Boy #1: Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet by David Gallaher
Illus. Steve Ellis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 80 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Papercutz
Source: Received an egalley from the publisher

The Only Living Boy (#1)

I expected more. This is the beginning of a much larger story. We're introduced to our main character who starts out running away and finds himself in a fantastical land on the run. Nothing really happens in this first volume; he meets two sets of creatures,both of whom he ends up escaping from. Some minor characters are also introduced but whether they will return is unknown. Pretty good art. But will have to read the next volume to see where the story goes.







The Only Living Boy #2: Beyond Sea and Sky by David Gallaher
Illus. Steve Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 88 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Papercutz
Source: Received an egalley from the publisher

The Only Living Boy (#2)

Things really pick up with this volume. Pure action from start to finish. Erik finds his two friends and is attacked on the journey to finding both of them. Then another journey takes place as they guide Thea back home. More attacks by creatures and finally Thea's world is being attacked when we have a twist and cliffhanger ending. Erik has lost his memory but we get a glimpse into his past and we also get to know more about his two friends and their species. An adrenaline-packed story and the twist at the end really makes you want to read the next volume. The art is really good as well.

The Deadbeat by Jeremy Massie

The Deadbeat by Jeremy Massie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 114 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Alterna
Source: Received an egalley from the publisher.

An interesting take on the superhero theme. A dark, depressing tale that ends on a sad note. An old superhero is a Deadbeat Dad because he never came to his daughter's rescue when the aunt looking after her made a plea. Instead, he assumed she was dead and lived an alcoholic life giving up his superhero job. As a young woman, she comes to find him, has inherited his superpowers, and is angry. Eventually, we find out that sometimes it is too late to change your life and make up for the past. The art is good, especially the facial expressions.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by GRAPHIX
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Dog Man (#1)

This newest book by Dav Pilkey is a full-colour graphic novel. While wondering about the loose threads left at the end of the last Captain Underpants book George and Harold start searching their house and come upon hundreds of comics they wrote in first and second grade featuring Dog Man. They edit them, making the pictures better and correcting the spelling mistakes (though not all grammar ones) and present to us here three adventures of Dog Man a superhero cop. It's a lot of fun and just what one expects from Dav Pilkey. The target age group is younger than the Captain Underpants crowd but even I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next instalment which the last page says is coming Jan. 2017.

Haikyu!!, Vol. 3 by Haruichi Furudate

Haikyu!!, Vol. 3 by Haruichi Furudate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by VIZ Media
Source: Received print review copy from the publisher.

Haikyu!!, Vol. 3: Go, Team Karasuno!

A really good volume. Lots of practice on the court and teaches more about the game. This volume is very character oriented adding three new members to the team. The former coach, we've already met but he comes back and we learn his backstory and feelings. Also, two new characters are introduced, both have been off the team for a while; one who was suspended from school; the other had become scared to play anymore. We are given their back stories and current emotional condition. The book ends with the team playing a big practice game in Tokyo during Training Camp. Great story!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Batman/TMNT Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV

Batman/TMNT Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV
illus. Freddie Williams II
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 168 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by DC Comics/IDW
Source: egalley via netgalley

Batman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This is all pretty much what one would expect from a team-up such as this. Very campy and full of cheese (and pizza). The premise is a little far-fetched with the TMNT & Shredder being sent through a portal to another Earth dimension, namely the one that includes Gotham City. The turtles and Batman plus Robin eventually team up to fight Shredder and the Foot Can who have teamed up with Penguin and later the much more villainous Ra's al Guhl. It does mention some events from canon, namely the Zero Year and the multiversity, so it does fit in chronologically somehow. The art is quite good, everybody looks like they should but Williams did his best job on portraying the Turtles. Nothing serious but a lot of fun!

Angel CatBird Volume 1 by Margaret Atwood

Angel CatBird Volume 1Angel CatBird Volume 1 by Margaret Atwood
My rating: DNF

I don't usually post DNf's but because of the author it got me going on a rant. ;-)

This is the most blatant thing I've read from Atwood. I quit reading on pg 27 when I came to the second nauseating PSA message about outdoor cats. I've read a lot of Atwood and love some of her works but her politics are nuts. In a world where people are beheaded because of their religion, the most important cause Atwood can think to write about is cats eating birds? It's not that I disagree with her, I have indoor cats. She should check the statistics on how many birds (and bats) are being slaughtered by wind turbines. I'm not reading this weird political tract. Think the topic is supposed to be a joke? think again. She just spent the last number of years trying to get the word "son" out of the Canadian anthem, because her kind of woman is so stupid she can't sing the word son without being offended. Rant over.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 44 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Nobrow
Source: PDF from the publisher

Hildafolk (#3)

Just wonderful! I've read all the Hilda books now. My review for the new one will be coming shortly. This is the book that has Hilda and her mother moving to the city of Trollburg. Hilda finds it hard being in the city at first but comes to recognise from her observations that there are many things to discover here. We are introduced to a new character, Thunderbird, the raven, who first Hilda helps when some kids throw rocks at him and, in the end, helps Hilda to find her mum at the Bird Parade. No trolls in this volume but we're shown where they live and why the city is called Trollburg.