So this book is a lot of things that I don't actually like very much, namely an episodic story about lawyer. On top of that, the female lawyer keeps hSo this book is a lot of things that I don't actually like very much, namely an episodic story about lawyer. On top of that, the female lawyer keeps having her clothes ripped off and one of the main male characters is a died in the wool lawful good boy scout. But somehow it works, really well in my humble opinion.
Deceptively simple in design, Soule continues to deliver funny engaging little sub plots while keeping the over arching plot moving at a pretty good clip. Like almost everyone else who read this comic, I certainly wished it could go on much longer, but since it was always supposed to be this short it really works. The story never feels cramped and everything is able to run its natural course.
But as with any great episodic story, it's really the characters that keep pulling us back and this is certainly no exception. The relationship between Hellcat and She-hulk has entered into the same realm as that between Black Canary and Batgirl. Not only because they are both strong female characters, but also because they do not always get along. Important when you consider how many inept creators equate strength with mary sue like powers. Of course that doesn't ever stop either of them from ultimately coming out on top in one way or another. In a world surrounded by men, you never doubt for a minute who the main characters are.
The art style for this volume was a lot more consistent then in the last. The simple flat color style really reflecting the tone of the comic perfectly and the covers for these issues were not only beautiful but also powerful. None of the female characters felt sexualized, and Angie really came into her own in these issues. It's just so sad that things had to end, I will definitely be checking out all the people involved and seeing what other things they have to offer....more
Another fiction book that read like nonfiction. My biggest complaint about this book is that it leaned too far towards the preaching to the choir sideAnother fiction book that read like nonfiction. My biggest complaint about this book is that it leaned too far towards the preaching to the choir side of things. If you believe the kinds of things that this book is espousing you will like it; if you don't, or just have no clue what they are talking about it, you will not really learn anything by reading this book. I am sort of stuck in the middle on this one so I feel pretty inspired to look into it more, but there wasn't even a suggested reading list at the end so I will probably never get around to doing more research into this subject because I will procrastinate and forget.
As far as the art goes, it had a pretty classic feel for the Vertigo titles I've read. Lost of expressive lines, which sometimes ends up looking a bit messy. The color pallet is pretty expressive, changing with the moods and setting of the scenes. The page layout varied every few pages but wasn't hard to follow. The art was just weird enough to reflect the convoluted nature of the story without rendering everything a jumbled mess.
As far as writing goes, I was expecting weird going in, but it still managed to weird me out. It's a heavy book with a million and a half different ideas interwoven with each other, but the plot is still pretty fast paced. So even if you don't understand everything they are talking about (like me) you will probably feel yourself being sucked in. As I mentioned at the start of the review, this comic definitly felt like it was preaching to the choir. So if you are in any way shape or form pro torture/GITMO you will probably not like this book.
Otherwise this book is fairly even toned. While they are looking at the "source of terrorism" Canton also turns his critical eye on the USA and their own policies. So the contrast in the novel is less east vs west and more love vs war. As the subtitle suggests, the main characters do move through a relationship that in someways could be termed romantic, but the book is more interested in looking at the basic human need for connection whether that be in familial, religious or patriotic senses....more
I'm really enjoying how the characters developed through this volume. I find it really interesting how obvious the straight male gaze is in this bookI'm really enjoying how the characters developed through this volume. I find it really interesting how obvious the straight male gaze is in this book without coming off as creepy or objectifying. Fully developed female characters can still be crazy sexy I guess - who would have thought it?
More thoughts to come. I'm reading these far to fast to pause and actually write a full length review. ...more
So I have to be honest. This is a great collection of stories, but it just wasn't for me. It's not that I didn't find the stories interesting, but I eSo I have to be honest. This is a great collection of stories, but it just wasn't for me. It's not that I didn't find the stories interesting, but I ended up having to drag myself through it. I don't even know why :(...more
An epic conclusion to what is now my favorite superhero series! Despite some random issues thrown in (because superhero comics!) I still found myselfAn epic conclusion to what is now my favorite superhero series! Despite some random issues thrown in (because superhero comics!) I still found myself sucked all the way into the main story! Unable to finish any sentience of this review without an exclamation point!
The art in this comic continues to be pretty solid IMHO. Gone are the days of glowing radioactive looking steam and bright blue sewage water that looked like it belonged in the Bahamas! No more F Me NOW camel toe! No vacuformed boob cases! Every once in a while something felt a bit off proportionally, especially in the faces, but I've seen a lot worse.
As far as the writing goes, I could not have asked for a more satisfying ending! Female friendship has been an ongoing theme throughout Simon's entire series and this volume is no exception! Our grand finale is brought to us almost exclusively by the ladies and boy do they kick ass doing it! I will admit the sudden addition of huntress was a bit convenient, but as a fan still going through Birds of Prey withdrawal I'm not complaining.
Even the side stories weren't too bad. The concluding story about Batgirl training under Bain was somehow even more kickass then the main story line itself. I don't think I've ever seen another woman be quite so unfeminine before in mainstream comics. And the story line itself was great in the way it took a lot of elements from men only comics and reinvented them through a female character. ...more
So, despite the fact that I sometimes feel like I've seen it all when it comes to Zombie story lines, the cover was pretty much irresistible. That, anSo, despite the fact that I sometimes feel like I've seen it all when it comes to Zombie story lines, the cover was pretty much irresistible. That, and I had really been meaning to read something by Campbell for a while now.
That said, I have to admit that the plot definitely felt a little less then original or explained. Maybe it would have felt fresher if I had read it ten years ago when it was published, but a lot of stuff is just glossed over or completely ignored. The zombies are there as a sort of "be careful what you wish for" back drop while all the real focus is on the characters.
Because while it did feel a bit unbalanced at times, the characters really are worth the read. They're real people - strong and sassy to a fault - even if they aren't always the smartest people or the people best suited to survive a zombie apocalypse. This book is totally brutal, and sometimes you just have to wonder why you put yourself through it all. I believe it's just a stand alone (despite what goodreads says about it being a volume 1) but I felt like it had punched me in the gut by the time I got to the end.
As far as the art goes, I really appreciated how confident everyone was in their sexuality. Despite the fact that most of the characters tend not to wear very much, it's obviously something they are fully OK with and they don't get into any "fuck me now" poses. It was also pretty cool that all the girls were different shapes and sizes and there were quite a few people of color.
So if you want to see a super scientific explanation of zombies with almost super human zombie slayers this is not your book. But if you want to see a gang of sexy punk kids trying to survive as best they can against insurmountable odds you should definitely pick this up....more