Sunday, May 31, 2015

Behemoth #2: Tooth and Claw by Chris Kipiniak

Behemoth #2: Tooth and Claw by Chris Kipiniak. Illustrated by J.K. Woodward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 24 pages
Published May 27th 2015 by Monkeybrain Comics

Behemoth (#2)

Oh, this is so good! Totally surprised with where it is going! The 'beasts' are being trained and we find things are much more sinister than we'd even realised, but Theresa finds an ally in the alpha of the pack, Rex. Romance is in the air yet it will not be tolerated by their captors. Meanwhile, the bigwigs need the 'beasts' ready for a dangerous mission ... soon. I'm truly enjoying this and the cool violets and blues with splashes of red really sets the atmosphere.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

My Love Story!!, Vol. 2 by Kazune Kawahara

My Love Story!!, Vol. 2 by Kazune Kawahara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by VIZ Media LLC
Japan: 2011

My Love Story!! (#2)

I've had the pleasure of reading Vol. 1 & 4, and now find myself backing up to fill in the blanks. This is such a sweet, naive and innocent love story between a big burly, not so attractive teenager and a quie, cute petite girl. They are madly in "innocent" love with each other and in this volume are starting to learn what being boy/girl -friend is all about. Caring, respect, honesty and trust. This volume is quite episodic with some hilarious scenes especially involving Takeo but there is heart here too and it's just so sweet.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Batwoman (New 52), Vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III

Batwoman (New 52), Vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by DC Comics

New 52

Not very impressed. I'm not familiar with this character, except for meeting her in a brief cameo in one of the "Court of Owls or actually, I think "Death of Family" story arc books. I'm pretty big into the whole Batfamily so needed to check this out. I had a hard time forming an opinion of Kate Kane or any other characters. There was little development and not much background information though some hints are dropped and I'm presuming we'll learn more about her past as her series continues. Overall, just not a very compelling or stimulating story, no real villains or good battle scenes. I like Batwoman's physical appearance; her costume is cool and love! the hair. A similar colour to mine it gives me some hairstyling ideas. Otherwise, I wasn't impressed with the art. I don't plan on reading any more in the series unless they tie-in with other story arcs, at this point.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Batman and Robin, (New 52) Vol. 1: Born to Kill by Peter J. Tomasi

Batman and Robin, (New 52) Vol. 1: Born to Kill by Peter J. Tomasi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by DC Comics
first published July 4th 2012

Batman
New 52

I've read further volumes of this series and like it but going back now to the first, I sure don't like Damien and his attitude. Big father-son issues are the theme: Bruce and his Dad, Bruce and Damien & the bad guy and his father. Pretty lame bad guy story but it gives some back story to part of Bruce's training before he became Batman. Some really great full-page illustrations.

Least I Could Do 5: Yield To Me by Ryan Sohmer

Yield To Me by Ryan Sohmer. Illus. Lar deSouza
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blind Ferret Entertainment (2008), Paperback

Least I Could Do (5)

I'm not finished this book yet, but I don't need to be to tell you I love it! This is my first read of the comic "Least I Could Do" andI'm having a sidesplitting time with Rayne Summers. You probably couldn't be a bigger jerk than Rayne, especially when it comes to women, but he says the things everybody probably thinks in their heads and never says. I'm a girl ... old enough to be Rayne's mother ... but what can I say, it's hilarious. I'm not sure, but I think many females may find some of the humour offensive. The content is 100% adult but I wouldn't call it explicit or anything like that. Anyway, just stopped to tell you how much I'm enjoying this and now must get back to Rayne's antics and amusing off-colour wisdom. LOL

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger

Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ebook Edition, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by NBM Publishing

don't know anything about Dior except that his dresses are gorgeous; I'm especially in love with his little daytime dresses with jackets. This made all the information in this graphic about the beginning of Dior's breakout collection through the eyes of a new model very new to me and I didn't realize the model was a fictional character until the end of the book which does make the story a little confusing. However, the inside look at the fashion industry after WWII and the early 50s is amazingly eye-opening and so very different from today and yet in regards to the false feminine perception of perfection disturbingly the same. I really enjoyed the look inside this world during this era and would say the book is mostly about the industry and Dior's dresses and influence than about the man himself. However, the book's pièce de résistance is the breathtaking artwork. An entirely beautiful book which captures the pure brilliant beauty of the dresses and designs in a unique way. The book will be appreciated by all, but somehow I think I missed out a bit by not knowing the subject matter better beforehand. Knowledgable Christian Dior enthusiasts will come away the most inspired from this gorgeous book worthy of adding to any collection.

At one point the image of a dress was so stunning I had to stop reading and search for the dress until I found it. I want this one from the 1951 Winter Collection!!!





Friday, May 15, 2015

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 3 by Hiromu Arakawa

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 3 by Hiromu Arakawa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Kodansha Comics

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (3)

After the last volume I wasn't sure if I was going to continue with this series and after giving one more volume a try have decided to stop here. It's too militaristic for my tastes and the lack of a what's happened so far summary at the beginning leaves me confused going into each volume. Not feeling any love for this one. It's not bad, just not my thing. I do like the art though.

Batman: Earth One, Vol. 2 by Geoff Johns. Illustrated by Gary Frank

Batman: Earth One, Vol. 2 by Geoff Johns. Illustrated by Gary Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by DC Comics

Batman: Earth One (#2)
Earth One (#6)

Amazing twists! I loved this! This re-imagining of Batman is so much fun! Alfred is a bit of a Cockney thug and he and Bruce are at odds on the methods Batman should be using. One of my favourite villains is introduced, Killer Croc, and in this version he's just a poor misunderstood guy suffering from ichthyosis. I've never been a fan of The Riddler but he's the main villain in this volume and when we finally get a look at him, all I can say is wow! Gary Frank presents us with, not some dude in a green suit but, the most psychopathic looking Riddler ever to grace the page. Harvey and Jessica Dent are working on the side of justice but as the book closes we are given a sneak peek at Two-Face and the brief hint at the new re-imagining of this villain is beyond brilliant. Plus to cap it all off the book ends with a fabulous spread introducing the villain who will be terrorizing Gotham in Volume 3. Hold on to your seats, this is a glorious ride! Loved it!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Smoke Signal No. 20 Fall/Winter 2014 edited by Alex Spiro

Smoke Signal No. 20 Fall/Winter 2014 edited by Alex Spiro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Newspaper
Published 2014 by Nobrow / Desert Island Press

This is a free publication put out bi-annually (I believe) by Desert Island comic book store in Brooklyn. (Now I have a second reason for wanting to live in Brooklyn. #1 is the Morbid Anatomy Museum.) This edition was co-published with Nobrow Press and Nobrow was generous enough to send me a copy. It's fantastic and you must search out the publication when you are in the city or visit the website to purchase this or other back issues. Being newspaper size, there are some awesome pages and spreads worthy of framing (if I dared take it apart). The contents are a smorgasbord of surrealism, eccentricities, metaphysics and the down-right odd from Nobrow's stable of comic artists. Some are previews or teasers of books published in 2014 while others are, I'm assuming, original for this publication. I read a fair bit of Nobrow's books so am familiar with some of the artists represented such as Luke Pearson, Andrew Rae, Jamie Coe, Charles Burns, Bianca Bagnarelli and Olivier Balez. I really enjoyed the quirky and surreal comics! A special piece for my collection. Thanks Nobrow!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu

Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by First Second
First Printed French 2010

A short though engrossing page-turner that is a little hard to define. My first thought, and I'm comfortable with it, is to compare the tale to the classic Gothic. A woman stumbles upon a strange situation and finds herself the mistress of a reclusive author. She feels that she has become his muse. But secret after secret is let out of the bag until a couple of twists at the end left me surprised and satisfied. I really enjoyed the book and it has a dstinct Frenchness to it, also with the casual attitude towards sexuality and nudity. That, along with the language would give this a mature rating. The art is also appealing; I enjoy the cartoony style to it. The backgrounds are minimalistic yet there is still a lot of detail within each frame. I enjoyed this and look forward to seeing which of the author's books is translated into English next, this being the first.

Lost Property by Andy Poyiadgi

Lost Property by Andy Poyiadgi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 24 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Nobrow Press

Magnificent! Such a short pure story with a powerful impact that causes an emotional choke in the throat. I adore this book! Presented in the graphic novel format with simple, unpretentious illustrations this is an adult picture book about a man who gave up on his dream to become a sculptor and instead has spent his life as a mailman. Infused with a small dose of magical realism he walks into a Lost Property office to find it filled with all the misplaced, lost, broken and donated items of his past, even including the clerk, a former classmate. This head-on collision with his past brings his life full circle and he draws his former dreams into his current life. Beautiful, touching story that may have you thinking about your own life dreams that you let escape for the more practical aspects of life. Is it too late to realize them yet?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Most Dangerous Game: A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collection Book 2 by Zach Weiner

The Most Dangerous Game: A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collection Book 2 by Zach Weiner
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Paperback, 76 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Breadpig

A collection of comics previously published on the web. Mostly with themes of science, economics and anti-religion in which I had no interest nor found amusing. There are some sex and philosophical themed ones that were ok. I laughed at one. Not my cup of tea.

Noragami: Stray God Vol. 4 by Adachitoka

Noragami: Stray God Vol. 4 by Adachitoka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback
Published April 28th 2015 by Kodansha Comics
First published Japan 2012

Noragami (#4)

This volume is very different because it shifts focus to Bishamonten and her ongoing struggles, further developing her character so that she is much more than just the "bad guy" we've been introduced to so far. This is all new information for us to process and while Yato is present he doesn't have much of a part in the plot, no cases to work on, nor any of his usual humour. In fact, the humour from the previous volumes is gone in this one. All the characters are present, but Bishamonten is where the concentration lies making it hard for me to truly enjoy this volume as much as the others. I'm sure this is a pivotal point in the plot but will have to get to the next volume to see how it plays out.