Monday, March 30, 2015

Bad Houses by Sara Ryan. Illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil

Bad Houses by Sara Ryan. Illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Dark Horse Books

100% love! What a wonderful story. I loved both Anne and Lewis; both had mother issues, dysfunctional family issues, family secrets and meeting each other was the beginning of a wonderful romance which doesn't fully start until the book is over. Some of my favourite topics are discussed here: hoarding, estate sales, other people's photo albums, antique store shopping and urban exploring. I connected with this book and the characters on so many levels, I simply read with joy and didn't want it to end. Fantastic story! Also, I'm in love with Anne's hairdo and seriously want to get my hair done that way! This is a keeper for my shelves.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek by Elizabeth Rusch

Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek by Elizabeth Rusch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

This is pretty far-fetched with some lame-brain parents whose actions would have had social services all over them, however!, putting reasonable belief aside it's all good clean fun. Well, muddy, dirty fun LOL. The kids are smarter than the parents, even though they are scientists, but the antics of finding out you are a mud-creature superhero will have kids turning the pages. The art is clear and cartoony, all done in browns. Along with the superpowers of strength, there are themes of bullies, friendship and siblings that make this an entertaining read for all ages.

The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by First Second

This tried way too hard to be something much more than what it ends up to be. The premise is intriguing and the world-building was awesome; involving, alternate worlds, parallel realities, time traveling, astral projection, and even regular ordinary dreams most of us have. The book switches point of view from one set of characters to another then another making it difficult to get a sense of orientation for some time. However, when we do start knowing the characters a bit better, well, they start dying, getting killed or disappearing. There are three teams from different space/time realities working together to stop the world from being blown to smithereens. First, there is the modern today world where unlikely heroes want to save the earth. Then there is a future dystopian world populated with children who are fed upon by the Shadows. This is a tough cruel world. Finally, there is the world inside a comic book which when given the right spells and incantations finds the warrior heroes transferred into the post-apocalyptic world. They must all come together to break evil's hold over earth. A lot of stuff going on which needless to say the reader needs to keep their wits about them and no real sense of any of the characters made it all come down to me feeling like I didn't care what was going on or what happened to who. I also can't say I liked the art style though it did certainly capture the dark, dismal future of this world.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Gronk, A Monster's Story: Volume 1 by Katie Cook

Gronk, A Monster's Story: Volume 1 by Katie Cook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 60 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Action Lab Entertainment

A webcomic that has been printed into book format. A cute comic with a fun sense of humour. Probably will especially appeal to cat lovers. Gronk, our little monster is adorable. The book is appropriate for all ages though I think the intended audience would be adults. Each page is what would have originally been presented as a daily comic and I'm not personally fond of reading this comicstrip type of compilation so didn't particularly love it. I'm sure those who do like this type of thing may find it right up their alley, though. I, myself, won't be reading volume 2.

Batman '66/Green Hornet by Kevin Smith

Batman '66/Green Hornet by Kevin Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by DC Comics

Batman
Dynamite's Masked Men

This is the first Batman '66 I've read but I'm a long time fan of the show and am also a fan of Dynamite's Green Hornet series so it is no surprise I had to read this book. Basically it is a Batman story with Green Hornet and Kato as the guest stars and Batman '66 follows the classic TV series to a tee. It's just as campy, corny and silly as one could expect and the characters are drawn to a likeness of the actors who played them. Joker (as played by Ceasar Romero) is the villain in this episode along with Colonel Gumm from the actual TV episode where these two duos first met. I had a lot of fun reading the graphic but honestly the constant alliteration became annoying very fast. I'll enjoy watching re-runs of Batman but won't be going in for anymore Batman '66 issues.

Classics Illustrated Deluxe #11: The Sea-Wolf by Jack London by Riff Reb

Classics Illustrated Deluxe #11: The Sea-Wolf by Jack London by Riff Reb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Papercutz

Classics Illustrated Deluxe (11)

It's been a very long time since I've read the original story so can't really compare, but I do love Jack London. This is an especially fine tale. Dark and morbid, looking into the deepest blackest part of man's soul while another holds onto his beliefs come what may, however bleak. Riff Reb's art is outstanding and made reading this tale a delight. If you haven't read the original this will certainly have you looking for it and indeed it's whetted my desire for a re-read. Gorgeous volume, fantastic tale of the sea! This is a prime example of why one would/should read graphic retellings of the classics!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

UQ Holder 4 by Ken Akamatsu

UQ Holder 4 by Ken Akamatsu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Kodansha Comics

UQ Holder (4)

Wow! I've been wishy-washy about this series up to this point and wasn't sure if I was going to continue. However, this volume totally amps up the game! All the members of the team are being focused on, even though Tota is the main character, and their backgrounds are explored a little bit here mostly by telling us in what way each is immortal. My favourite at this point is Ikku. This volume is plot and battle intensive. A new bad guy with a mysterious past connection to Tota is introduced and the whole entire book surrounds his nefarious scheme and the UQ team trying to spot him. A new member of the team is also introduced (look at the cover); she's totally awesome with some very cool powers!