Friday, October 31, 2014

Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bass Reeves by Joel Christian Gill

Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bass Reeves by Joel Christian Gill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wonderful biography of the black US Marshall, born a slave, who became the most successful lawman of the West and legend has it the stories of the Lone Ranger are based on him. The author's previous book, Strange Fruit, contains a mini-biography on Bass Reeves and this book takes the same story, expounds upon it and fills in more details. Bass led an adventurous life starting off as a slave, living several years with Natives, fighting for the North during the Civil War and finally becoming a US Marshall. An interesting concept used for this book, that I think is quite successful in conveying the racism of the time without using the degrading language is the using of pictographs. Whenever a black man is being referred to as, obviously the n-word, there is a little drawing of a racist blackface type head, also for Indians whenever they are being referred to as perhaps redskins or savages, there is a little drawing of the head of a chief in feathered headdress. For those of us who know the words that were used, the images bring them to mind, for the younger readers who haven't experienced these racist terms, the words aren't introduced and yet they know "bad" or mocking words are being used. An interesting, informative and exciting tale of a man not that well known to history. Looking forward to seeing who the next volume will be about.

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This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki





This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ugh. What to say? This story did nothing for me in fact, I didn't like it in parts and found it ho-hum the rest of the time. The art is amazing and is what kept me reading this over 300 page book. The entire book is done in blue and the graphics are splendid making for a beautiful presentation. But the story of two girls who know each other by spending the summer at the same cottages each and every summer since they were little is full of conflicts that go nowhere. I don't mind this kind of plot most of the time but I also didn't find the mother's behaviour realistic at all. And in general I found the story to be entirely so blatantly feminist and left wing that it really was unpalatable to me. Of course, there are plenty of the target audience and my opinion will be unpopular with them.

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Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood Legend by Patrick Shand


Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood Legend
by Patrick Shand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grimm Fairy Tales Universe: Robin Hood Vol. 3

Wonderful end to this trilogy and the best book of the three! The artwork is as we've come to expect simply beautiful. But by far Shand gives us some of his best work to date. A story with all the things you expect from Zenescope: magic, demons, sexyness, bodacious babes and violence this volume has surprisingly tender moments and a lot of pathos. I'm quite impressed with the ending. The beginning though was filled with shocks as readers of the previous books will find some unexpected character returns. And even though this trilogy is finished it is not the end as the last pages set the scene for Robyn's new ongoing series. Looking forward to that!

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The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang




The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this a lot. It was a fun romp. I'm a big fan of pulp comics from the 30s/40s, a fan of Asian-themed fiction and a fan of Gene Luen Yang so needless to say I was looking forward to this and expected to like it. It's written in the good old style of the pulp comics from that age and is the origin story of a real comic character "The Green Turtle" which ran for a total of five issues. It shows a favourable depiction of the Chinese for the first time during this period as this was a time when the extreme stereotypes had usually been portrayed. But because china was an ally in the war (the reason for this comic) a distinction is made between Chinese and Japanese with the "Japs" getting the stereotypical racist caricatures instead. Of course, lots of racial epithets are slung around for everyone including "mick" and "chink", for realism. Overall, a fun comic hero romp. What I particularly found fascinating was the author's note at the back telling what he has been able to find out about the original author of the series and his intentions (not much is known) and the rumours surrounding this comic. The piece de resistance is a scan of the very first original issue of "The Green Turtle" which was a hoot in itself. After I'm done this review I'm going to see if this series has been uploaded to one of those golden age comic websites; I'd love to read the whole thing!

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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell




The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Graveyard Book

I 100% loved this! Having read the novel way back in 2008 it's impossible for me to say whether this deviates at all from the original but it certainly brings the fantastic story back to into my life! An incredible story that is so imaginative. It's a brilliant story and I just wonder what took them so long to adapt it to graphic novel form especially considering the authors. The only thing a little iffy here is that each chapter is illustrated by a different artist so there is some transition adjustment as characters will look slightly different and personally I liked some styles better than others, but overall they did a very good job of keeping consistent with one another and yet staying true to their own form. P. Craig Russell is so wonderful an artist though it certainly would have been brilliant had the entire book been done by him, just saying.

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Ernest & Rebecca #5: The School of Nonsense by Guillaume Bianco



The School of Nonsense by Guillaume Bianco
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ernest & Rebecca (5)

This is the first Ernest & Rebecca book that I have read and I can see that probably decreased my enjoyment to a certain degree. First of all though, I loved the art; it is cute in a way I've come to expect from the French. I did like the story but found it quite confusing at first as it appears to be continuing on from a previous book. Remember I have no idea who these characters are and Ernest is gone for the first bit so it was difficult for me to get a feel for these characters. Also during the book an unseen character gets ill, while an asterisk refers us to book 3, and this becomes a theme. So not a good volume to start with but I will say that it has intrigued me. While being a fun, silly story it does also deal with some serious topics such as divorced parents, mother's fiance, teen angst and coming to terms with the idea that a grandparent isn't going to live forever. The book then ends with the scenario set for the next volume. I will probably give this series a go from the beginning to give it a proper read.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ash and the Army of Darkness by Steve Niles

Ash and the Army of Darkness by Steve Niles
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm a big Steve Niles fan but have not seen the movie this graphic is the sequel to. Honestly, it did nothing for me. Not having seen the movie did not hinder my understanding of the story or plot as there are plenty of mentions about things that happened in the past to pretty much get what the movie is all about. But this story is basically just cheesy and dumb. I like Niles' dark, horror stuff and this is not that. It does have a bit of blood and gore but is mostly camp and tongue in cheek (in a not-funny way). It ends abruptly and I won't be bothering with the sequel.

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The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley



The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first time I've actually heard of this author but I'm going to be looking for his other work right away. This is an outstanding and inspiring memoir of the author in Gr. 8 & 9 Catholic school. Two pivotal years in his life when he learned who and what he was going to be. A fascinating and inspirational story of a teenager who becomes a cartoonist at the age of 15, yet it deals with all the normal highschool/teen realities: first date, starting high school, making new friends, losing old ones, teenage angst and getting a swelled head. Anyone who likes to draw or even doodle around will fall into this story and feel exhilarated. It made me feel excited for my children, that they can do anything if they are passionate about it. Jimmy is such a lovable character and his wit and humour is deadpan, I really didn't want the book to end. He's a kind, good-natured guy but just like anyone he can have a nasty side and at a certain point gets an ego that goes out of control making him a real person. There are a few author graphic memoirs out there now for teens but this is one of the most genuine I've come across. My 14yob enjoyed it very much as well.

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Comics Squad: Recess! edited by Jennifer L. Holm



Comics Squad: Recess! edited by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun anthology of short stories by popular children's graphic novelists. I've read all these authors before and found it a delight to read these stories. Some are one-off shorts while others are further adventures of favourite characters such as Baby Mouse and Lunchroom Lady. The stories are all held together by the common theme of recess; with recess featuring prominently in some and and simply in passing in others. I enjoyed each story, each being a perfect example of the author/illustrator's work. I went into each one looking forward to the treat and was not disappointed, however, if the reader has not read any of these authors these stories are bound to have you searching for their other books. Good Show! And the back of the book assures us that a sequel is in the works. Yeah!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Animated Judge Dredd!

Oh, this excites me!  I am a huge Judge Dredd fan.  Just love the 200AD original comics.  I hated the recent movie though.  However, this potential new animated series featuring the "dark" judges sounds awesome.  Especially if they can keep it aimed at the same age level as the British Dredd, 15+.  Check out more at Entertainment Weekly.

Just look at this poster!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Shonen Jump, July 29, 2013 (No. 35)

Weekly Shonen Jump, July 29, 2013 (No. 35) by VIZ Media
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Shonen Jump Magazine

One Piece has taken the week off and Bleach is on hiatus. But this issue starts with a one-shot by Naruto's author. From the on-going weeklies I've settled into my favourites, still have a couple I can't figure out what's going on and only really dislike Nisekoi because it is too shoujo for me (though I'll admit it's a well-told tale)

1. Bench by Masashi Kishimoto (One Shot) - I didn't think I was going to like a baseball story and it did start off rather typical but then a surprise happened and I ended up really liking this story about the "D"-team who proves they are better than just running errands for the other teams. by the author of Naruto (4/5)

2. Naruto No. 640 - I just can't get a grasp of this. It's frustrating. Still in a battle and I really don't know who they are or what is going on. Please have some plot come in so I can get in on this! (1/5)

3. One-Punch Man Punch 22 - Oh this is sooo good! I love this! One punch gets heckled by a couple of other heroes who want him gone so they insite the community into thinking that if One Punch destroyed the meteor then One Punch is responsible for the damage the meteor's debris caused to the city. But instead of the riot and execution they had hoped for, One-Punch talks back. Fun! (5/5)

4. Jaco The Galactic Patrolman Ch. 3 - Fun. The plot moves along with Jaco's problem of being stranded. Omori does research on the rocket to see if he can analyze the metal and if it is something that can be found on earth. Meanwhile Jaco amuses himself on the island with target practice with boulders and watching TV, a rocket launching and a pop idol performing. The ending gives our guys new hope. (3/5)

5. World Trigger Ch. 24 - Another of my favourites. Starts off with the members receiving the top three rankings from the training done in the last chapter. Now the team of our main characters has a mission, to find a dangerous "Black Trigger" and secure him by any means. They discuss when they will set the plan in motion. It ends on a cliffhanger note. (4/5)

6. Nisekoi Ch. 84 - Continuing romance from a boy's point of view. The lovely teacher announced last chapter she was getting married and leaving the school. Shu finally admits to Raku that he has a crush on her. yadda-yadda-yadda. I don't like romances but it's ok, not eye-rolling or anything. (3/5)

7. Toriko Gourmet 243 - The battle continues with the one wrapped in black but they stop for conversation and Jiro gives a knocking so hard that the earth's rotation stops. At the end our mysterious person's wrappings come off and we are to be surprised at who it really is. Of course, this is only my 3rd chapter reading this so I haven't a clue at this point. This is pretty good and I'm getting more into it as I read it. (3/5)

8. Dragon Ball Saiyan Saga Ch. 25 - The battle with Vegatta and Nappa continues but they give a 3-hour reprieve to wait and see if Son Goku will turn up. Gorgeous in full colour! (4/5)

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Vinland Saga, Omnibus 5 by Makoto Yukimura

Vinland Saga, Omnibus 5 by Makoto Yukimura
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vinland Saga (9-10)

Thankfully this complex manga starts with a brief characters and 'story so far' introduction page. This volume starts with the beginnings of a whole new phase. If it were a TV show, this would be season 2. Without going into too much detail, Thorfinn no longer has his revenge and is working in the fields with his first ever friend. He has some antagonistic moments and reveals his past to this new friend. At first he just wants to die but upon realizing he doesn't really, he starts to ask himself what is it that he should live for. Meanwhile the battle between the Danes and England continues on. The English have a few more Kings but Canute keeps up the battle and has become battle hardened, sly and crafty. He's even grown more manly, looking very different now. We finish Vol. 9 with Canute finally becoming King of England. Then comes the second half of the book, Vol. 10 and OMG! Absolutely fantastic! Thorfinn takes a turn. This is a violent volume but its theme is rebirth; Valhalla is examined against the Christian concept of Hell and oh man, as a Christian myself I found this chapter utterly amazing and full of Christian allegory. I can't wait for the next volume! I also read the author interview at the end of this book (which I'm usually not interested in) because it started with Yukimura's interest in theology. Intriguing.

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Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources by Arthur de Pins

Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources by Arthur de Pins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zombillenium (2)

I love this series! A comedy paranormal spoof with a serious plot makes it total fun! All characters are back from last time, some fading into the background others remaining major players. Sirius, the skeleton is the centre of attention when he is captured by skinhead villagers and a family with an interesting son adds to the Zombillenium family in more ways than one. A few funny pop culture references make for a grin but mostly the characters are simply lovable while being monstrous and devilish. We venture into the bowels of the amusement park and see where employees who've been fired go. I love the surprise ending and can't wait for the next volume! The art is bright and captivating. The only problem I can mention is the books just end too soon with only an average of 50 pages each.

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Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan

Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely collection of vignettes by the author of his memories, mostly of his childhood in the eighties. Though the author presents as a Catholic Asian immigrant, the tales can, for the most part, be nostalgic to anyone who remembers the complexities of being a child. These vignettes are often bittersweet and there is a morose air throughout the book especially when midway the topics start to focus on the stroke and eventual death of his 97 year old grandmother. In fact death is a main theme throughout as there are many episodes which involve pets and eventually each ones death and the author's response. Most of the memories come from the author, however, a number have been passed on to him by friends and family and are noted as such. The artwork is adorable and cute reminding me of Japanese children's illustration (not manga, but picture book illustration). Various animals represent the human in each tale and this cuteness balances the melancholy mood of the book's theme which presents moments in childhood which seem pivotal as an adult looking back. This would make a wonderful gift book for any adult but will be especially enjoyed by those who fit one or more of the demographics: Catholic, Asian and/or immigrant.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fish by Bianca Bagnarelli

Fish by Bianca Bagnarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! Not what I was expecting. A very deep, dark and depressing tale of death and the accompanying feelings of grief and fear. The story's main character is a 12yo boy and his cousin but this is not a children's book by any means. The comic has adult language and themes. The story doesn't have a plot but follows a boy whose parents died a year ago in a car crash over the course of a few hours. He is most likely depressed and has thoughts of what dying must feel like. Not having been allowed to see his parents when they were found two weeks later washed ashore has had an effect on him. But now when a missing girl washes up he rushes to take a look and the ending causes some thought. The art is simple and unpretentious with a cold colour palette of blue violets that fill the air with the chill of death. Only certain types of readers will appreciate this melancholy tale.

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The Seven Deadly Sins 4 by Nakaba Suzuki

The Seven Deadly Sins 4 by Nakaba Suzuki
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Seven Deadly Sins (4)

A great volume with a bit of everything. Picking up where we left off, a large portion of the volume is devoted to the issues between King and Ban with King's dead sister. They've entered the land of the dead and a Holy Knight follows them there for an epic battle. Not everyone comes out unscathed and we've had some revelations that bring the side working against the king clearer to our understanding. Elizabeth's sister enters the picture and we learn all is not right with the Holy Knights. Apprentices are becoming amazingly strong, fast, and others are disappearing. The volume ends on a delicious cliffhanger, then goes on to give us a bonus story of Ban's background with Elaine. PS, Diane the giant is my favourite character. Good stuff!

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Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 5: The Outsiders War by Jeff Lemire

Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 5: The Outsiders War by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

New 52

All right, now this is awesome! First off there is some crossover within the DCU which was lacking with Vol. 4. Here we start with a Zero Year issue and have a cameo by Batman and further on in the main story Katana shows up and joins in the battle. After the Zero Year, we go back to the main story and most of the volume takes the story arc about the various Outsider clans, along with story of Oliver's dad and brings it to a conclusion. A very gritty, satisfying storyline. Then the remaining issue goes back to the Richard Dragon/Clock King underworld story which has been lightly running though Lemire's plot so far and brings it to a cliffhanger ending as we meet all the villains in Dragon's gang. Excitingly good stuff!!

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Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel




Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


An awesome all ages fantasy, steampunk read! This is a long, indepth story divided into chapters that had me so riveted, I read the whole book in one sitting. At first glance the black and white illustrations which appeared somewhat crowded was a bit off-putting before I started but mere pages into the story I was so engrossed I embraced the artwork and didn't think twice about the lack of colour. The main character, Alanna is 11 and completely endearing. Animal lovers will find her a kindred spirit right away. Sharing the spotlight, antagonistic to Alanna yet equally sympathetic is his older brother who is trying to take the role of provider now that they are orphaned. A story suitable for the 8-12 age range but so deep and engrossing I'd heartily recommend to much older readers as well. This is one of those special finds for me and I'm so glad to have read it and can only hope we see Alanna, Hamel, Margolyn and Griffin in a sequel.

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El Deafo by Cece Bell




El Deafo by Cece Bell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Entertaining memoir of the author's early life. Of how she became deaf at the age of four and her coping with school, finding friends and different types of hearing aids. I found the story particularly of interest as my niece is completely deaf in one ear and has experienced the use of hearing devices in school also. The story goes up to about Cece's year in 5th grade, the year she finally has a small group of friends and feels comfortable in herself. An entertaining story but not exactly exciting nor did I find it humorous. The art reminded me much of Marc Brown and I particularly thought Cece looked like Arthur's sister, D.J. Most suited to elementary aged children and yet somewhat long for that age group.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1 by Yoshiki Tanaka

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1 by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (1)

Excellent start to a mythological history. Set in ancient Persia we have the tale of a young Prince who goes out on his first battle only to have his great nation's army meet disaster for the very first time through trickery and traitorship. Arslan is 14 by the time the battle takes place and we've seen a bit of his growing up from a young boy to this age. A well-told tale that justly uses pictures when words aren't needed but also contains a well-written story. The art is detailed, faces show emotion and battles are violent (flying heads being the main reason for the 13+ rating along with theme). As the book ends the Prince Arslan and his protector, Daryun, have found respite with an old exiled friend in the forest. This first volume promises to bring an intelligent, mature plot and I'm looking forward to seeing if the next volumes lives up to this.

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Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 12 by Kiiro Yumi

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 12 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Library Wars (12)

This volume concentrates on two issues: romance and censorship. Iku and Dojo go on their first real date! It's so much fun with all the conflicting feelings and their "romance" while still not out in the open continues for the whole volume. Meanwhile, things heat up with the Library Forces as they have to protect an author who is under attack by the Media Betterment Bureau who wants to force the author to commit to never writing again. Some really lovely art with close ups of all the characters, too.

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Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack


Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cleopatra in Space (1)

Totally loved this. Not always, but most of the time Scholastic's GRAPHIX imprint, brings out great juvenile graphic novels and this was no exception. An exciting and fun tale of the real Queen Cleopatra as a teenager. (pre-Pharaoh-hood) She is zapped into the future as a prophecy to save an Egyptian-like planet from a galactic tyrant. Cleo is a fun, take life-by-the-reigns character and so far outshines her supporting side-kick friends. The book uses the device of starting with the climax at a crucial point, then going back to the beginning to tell the story of how the characters got there and what happens next. I enjoy this device when done right, and here it keeps the action moving along at a quick pace as the reader sees the events unroll which lead up to this exciting moment. This volume ends on a final note, having completed the plot presented which I enjoyed as I like series books to be able to stand up on their own. However it ends with the promise of more to come and on the final page Book 2 is advertised for release in Apr of 2015. Great fun!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 1 by Adachitoka

Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 1 by Adachitoka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Noragami: Stray God (#1)

Oh, this is really good! Three long chapters with each being a separate story in itself yet they are connected and form a continuing plot. In the first chapter we meet Yato, the self-absorbed, rude yet entertaining lowly god who wishes to make himself the most adored god in the world. Two other characters are in this story but as to whether they will return it is unknown as the final two chapters bring in other characters which proceed with the plot. I absolutely love Hiyori, who keeps dropping her body, as she accidentally falls asleep and her spirit enters the in between world with Yato. The book has some battles and demons called ayakashi (like yokai), lots of humour and so far, great characters who are both entertaining and annoying at the same time. LOL. This was a lot of fun and a great first volume that had lots of story.

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Teen Titans (New 52) Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight by Scott Lobdell

Teen Titans (New 52) Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight by Scott Lobdell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

New 52
Teen Titans

This very much feels like a continuation of Superboy Vol. 1. It takes place concurrently with it and the plot centres around the same evil group N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and its leader Templar. In Superboy the Teen Titans showed up a few times and it wasn't quite made clear what the motivation was there, while here in Teen Titans Superboy is almost a major character and everything between them is fully explained. Except N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is explored more fully in the Superboy volume than it is here. So I think the most logical way to read these volumes would be the way I did it with Superboy Vol. 1 first, followed by Teen Titans Vol. 1, especially if you are going to follow "The Culling" cross-over plot as these are the beginnings of that arc. Now I've met the Titans before in my previous New 52 reading and have actually read Vol. 3 already but up to this point I haven't been too impressed with them. However, this first volume did entertain me way more than I expected! First, because it introduces us to each of the members helping to establish their characters. They are all quite arrogant, angsty teens but I kinda like Red Robin's "Mr. Gloomy" Batman vibe. Second, the Culling plot is good. N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is an evil organization that I can get into. And finally we meet a lot more characters than just the Titans. Some are brand new and others are old DC returnees. Plus there is even a cameo by Static!, out of costume, making my read of that awful volume profitable for the second time.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Superboy (New 52) Vol. 1: Incubation by Scott Lobdell

Superboy (New 52) Vol. 1: Incubation by Scott Lobdell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

New 52
Superman & Family

I only know Superboy through the cartoons and this re-introduction to him for The New 52 is awesome. Of course, I just love Scott Lobdell so I'm not surprised I thoroughly enjoyed. Not being a huge Superman fan, I didn't know what to expect but the characters in this are fantastic. The three anti-hero females: Rose Wilson, Caitlin Red and Wonder Girl really made the story for me. Supergirl makes a cameo which was fun and the Teen Titans, while not really appearing are in the background of the plot. Lots of stuff is going on and the beginnings of "The Culling" arc are being put into place but the main theme of the whole volume is Superboy's birth, days in the NOWHERE lab, his release into the real world and his coming to terms with his superpowers as they expand while he gains more control of them. Really a great beginning to a story I want to continue!

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Supergirl (New 52) Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton by Mike Johnson

Supergirl (New 52) Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton by Mike Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

New 52
Superman & Family

This is my first time ever reading Supergirl and I enjoyed this introduction to her. The New 52 introduction is a set-up story giving Kara her background arrival on earth. She doesn't know what is going on, where she is, and finds she has superpowers. She's rip-roaring mad and when Superman makes an appearance she takes it out on him. That was a lot of fun! There is a story in here that has Kara up against some creatures called the "Worldkillers" and there is some sort of secret between them, her father and Krypton but that plot is settled for the time being and the next volume is ready to start a fresh story. We don't get to know Supergirl much as she's angry and stubborn most of this book but I'm pretty ok with her look, costume and she's muscular, certainly a good look. I'm intrigued and will read her again.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 4: The Kill Machine by Jeff Lemire

Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 4: The Kill Machine by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New 52: Green Arrow
Series by Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire's run on Green Arrow starts off fresh, previous volumes needn't be read. As the book begins we are at a point in time where Green Arrow is already a member of the JLA. I haven't read the volume where that happens yet so am not sure exactly where in time we are. This book takes place in its present but also has a lot of flashbacks. Lemire's Green Arrow is a much more darker man and the plot is being set up in this volume, involving Oliver's father and a mysterious cult or clan of the Dragons. Some new characters have been invented for this issue and a few old ones come back into play for the The New 52 such as Count Vertigo. Vertigo has an issue devoted to himself which deals with his background story, that I enjoyed so much. I love villain background stories! The book ends on an interesting note and the plot is set up and has one interested to keep reading the story. The art is fantastic and perfectly suits the mood and darker atmosphere of this volume. Overall, though, I wouldn't say this was better than the first three volumes, just different, but certainly in a good way.

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Kamen Volume 1 by Gunya Mihara

Kamen Volume 1 by Gunya Mihara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kamen (1)

What a treat! An engrossing historical war story quite unique from the typical manga. A mysterious man with no voice appears on the scene wearing a sentient mask which continually speaks and guides him. While the man never speaks he too has his own will and does as he chooses. The main warrior in the story is a female general which is unusual in this type of manga story. We are not told of the location or time period but the warriors are dressed like and referred to as samurai and the location is similar to middle eastern desert climate. We've been introduced to characters who have powers of strength and dexterity that come from a mystical source, others are masters of the "Nen Arts" which harness the powers of thought dimensions. I fell into this story and read it in one sitting I found it so engrossing. The art is wonderful as well from the first page which is an impressive close up that pans out of the mask and the man wearing it. Even though it is a war story this first volume I'd easily rate T 13+. There is nothing I'd even slightly call objectionable and my 14yo loved it as well.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cybils 2014


I'm pleased to announce that I'm a Round 1 Judge for the Graphic Novels category of the Cybils award this year.  I've been a judge two years in the past but it's been a while since I participated and I was just itching to get back into the excitement of it all.  Nominations for all categories open today and run until Oct. 15 so go on over and nominate your favourite children's and young adult books of 2014 in a variety of different categories.  All details can be found on the Cybils website.