Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles by Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman: Her Greatest BattlesWonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles by Greg Rucka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an anthology of Wonder Woman stories from the 80s to "The New 52".I just loved reading the '80s stories and then enjoyed them all very much even though I'd read the last two in recent years. A lot of different Wonder Woman through the ages, personality and costume changes but all of these stories show her as a warrior completely sure of herself. A fun and enjoyable retrospective of Wonder Woman.

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (Rebirth), Volume 1: Sinestro's Law by Robert Venditti

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Volume 1: Sinestro's LawHal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (Rebirth), Volume 1: Sinestro's Law by Robert Venditti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was great! I've gotten to the point where I'm a bit more well-read in the Green Lanterns universe to not think of myself as a total noob, but I still have lots to learn and understand. This was a fantastic volume with tons of action and lots of backstory on Hal Jordan and Sinestro. The main story concerns the Green Lanterns fighting the Yellow Lanterns, otherwise known as Sinestro Corps. I was missing something as this volume is based on a previous event which is mentioned a lot and I haven't read. However, it was explained enough that I got the gist of it and want to read it. I wouldn't recommend this as an intro to the Green Lanterns, but it could work for someone Lantern literate who doesn't know Hal well yet. Mostly.I recommend it to established fans. The plot is detailed, the action constant, and the art excellent.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

All-Star Western, Volume 1: Guns and Gotham by Justin Gray

All-Star Western, Volume 1: Guns and GothamAll-Star Western, Volume 1: Guns and Gotham by Justin Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been looking forward to this one, and it didn't disappoint. I'm a fan of westerns and love them in any format. This is kind of an anthology of stories all taking place in the 1880s in western America. The first and longest story features Jonah Hex who takes up two different cases in Gotham City with Dr. Amadeus Arkham as his sidekick. Next up is El Diablo helping out a town under an Indian curse and finally, we meet The Barbary Ghost and her mission of vengeance against the man who killed almost her entire family. Of course, I enjoyed the stories taking place in Gotham the best which had famous last names popping up: Arkham, Wayne, and Cobblepot. The others were good too, though.

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys by Jimmy Palmiotti

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of HarleysHarley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys by Jimmy Palmiotti
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this more than I did. It started off as a fun, campy romp and had some good moments. However, it tried too hard to be a mature social commentary. I read superhero comics for action and good stories, not didacticism. There was too much gayness, sexual innuendo and political satire with Trump being a bad guy.On top of that, the main villain turned into someone we were supposed to feel sorry for because it was her bad childhood and terrible parents that really made her evil, not her own actions. I loved the characters in Harley's Gang, though, but just wished the story had more real depth.

Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen by James Tynion IV

Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the BatmenBatman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen by James Tynion IV
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not terribly impressed. I got more into it as I went along and really like the ending which does make me want to see what happens next. However, the whole premise was not what I want from Batman.Batman heading up a new group? No.The members of this group are mostly either boring or ridiculous.Clayface as a good guy? No. And I do not like Batman's new costume, but I can get over that.Red Robin's new costume is good. Somewhat of a let down for me but I'm big on Batman, so I'll tune in next time.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Danganronpa: The Animation, Volume 3 by Takashi Tsukimi

Danganronpa: The Animation, Volume 3Danganronpa: The Animation, Volume 3 by Takashi Tsukimi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best volume yet! Picks up where we left off with the murderer unveiled. Then another murder and trial are completed.Meanwhile, a whole bunch of new information comes to light and puts an entirely new depth into everything that has been going on.

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 10 by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 10 (Tokyo Ghoul, #10)Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 10 by Sui Ishida
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kaneki finds out the truth about himself,only it brings more questions than answers. Fantastic surprise ending and as always some fabulous art.

My Hero Academia, Vol. 7 by Kohei Horikoshi

My Hero Academia, Vol. 7My Hero Academia, Vol. 7 by Kohei Horikoshi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lots of things going on in this volume. We start where we left off with the continuation of the fight against the Hero Killer. Then the kids are back in school having some training sessions. We learn more background information on All Might and the "All for One". Finally, the book ends with final exams. The written part concludes, and we finish with several of the practical tests about mid-way.

My Love Story!!, Vol. 11 by Kazune Kawahara

My Love Story!!, Vol. 11My Love Story!!, Vol. 11 by Kazune Kawahara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This volume starts where the last one left off, with Takeo dealing with his intense feelings for Yamato by spending less time with her. Then one day their classes both take the same school trip and they have to deal with their emotions when they are close to each other. The book ends with Suna befriending a transfer student, and Yamato feeling left out because his best friend is spending less time with him than normal. It's been a while since Suna's sexuality has been dealt with and there are huge overtones here which I hope do not go in the direction that they hint. So that is making me worried about the next volume as that sort of storyline would mess with the innocence and sweetness of this whole story plot, but we'll see!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Tokyo ESP, Volume 7: The True Wire-Pullers by Hajime Segawa

Tokyo ESP 2-in-1 Omnibus, Volume 7Tokyo ESP, Volume 7: The True Wire-Pullers by Hajime Segawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Boy, this is an explosive volume! Action from first to the last page. There is a theme of dysfunctional families running through it with sisters and mother/daughters. Also, a lot of surprises as we learn about traitors, turncoats and real identities.

Vinland Saga, Omnibus 8 by Makoto Yukimura

Vinland Saga, Omnibus 8Vinland Saga, Omnibus 8 by Makoto Yukimura
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic! This series just doesn't quit. The story is so fluid it is quickly picked up after waiting for the next volume to print. We have a new main character; a female who wants to be a sailor. Lief and Thor plan their mission to settle in Vinland but can't get anyone to invest the money. They are gifted Narwhal horns though and decide a trip, taking about two years, is needed to cash in on the horns thus financing their trip.A bit of battle in this volume but heavy on plot and character development. The art continues to be brilliantly detailed.

The Seven Deadly Sins 17 & 18 by Nakaba Suzuki

The Seven Deadly Sins 17The Seven Deadly Sins 17: Off to See the Druids by Nakaba Suzuki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Sins visit the Druids to get Meliodis' original power back.The others are given extra training.Meanwhile, the Ten Commandments are after the Sins, and a secret is revealed. The same quality and entertainment I've come to expect from this series.







The Seven Deadly Sins, Volume 18The Seven Deadly Sins, Volume 18: The Search forPride by Nakaba Suzuki
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An awful lot happens in this volume which both furthers the plot and brings unexpected surprises! However, the book is also mainly devoted to Ban, who has been gone for a while. We get caught up on what happened to him in the meantime plus he has a lead story going on. Furthermore, there are lots of flashbacks to his past finally giving us his backstory. Great volume!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

One-Punch Man, Vol. 10 by ONE

One-Punch Man, Vol. 10One-Punch Man, Vol. 10 by ONE
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Garo is still hunting heroes, but an attack on an exec makes the Hero Association assign hero bodyguards to its members.Meanwhile, Saitama joins a martial arts contest to learn martial arts. The usual type of story one expects from this series. However, the story only takes up half the book with assorted bonus mangas filling up the second half.

Johnny Appleseed: Green Dreamer of the American Frontier by Paul M. Buhle

Johnny Appleseed: Green Dreamer of the American FrontierJohnny Appleseed: Green Dreamer of the American Frontier by Paul M. Buhle
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I really didn't like this much at all. It is an adult biography of John Chapman, more commonly known as "Johnny Appleseed". The book concentrates first on his theology and then moves on to his politics. He belonged to strange Christian sects and was even part of the Spiritualist movement. He loved the earth, lived in poverty, wanted to help the poor and believed in non-violence and rights for all. An all-around good guy, but all the crazy religion stuff is just weird and not something I could want anyone to aspire to. Same with politics. This book shows him as an early member of the tree-hugging, liberal, socialist, communist political theories and both he and all his political descendants such as Woodie Guthrie and Jack Kerouac are again certainly not something I would want to emulate. So from this book, I come to the conclusion that he was a weird, kooky religious fanatic socialist. Honestly, it totally bored me and I skipped the historical essay at the end. On the other hand, the art is very good. Stylistically it is very similar to Rick Geary with the crosshatching and intricate patterns in the backgrounds.

The Short Con by Pete Toms

The Short ConThe Short Con by Pete Toms
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really thought this was a lot of fun. A rich orphan girl gets put into an orphanage home below her station and finds the whole thing is run as a detective agency or cop shop. Mary becomes the partner of "Pops" and a girl who specializes in forensics on the homicide team. I'm not sure the appropriate age range for this as it is a simple entertaining story for kids, but the language is aimed more at the higher educated. Pops has a habit of calling people names such as Jane Eyre, Gertrude Stein, Howard Hughes and Virginia Woolf to just name a few. The first time "Pops" speaks to Mary he asks her to have her existential crisis somewhere else. I found this humour hilarious, but think the understanding will come for older children. This is the first in a series and I'd certainly read the next one.