I have been meaning to review this for a month and reading issue #2 has finally given me the pants kick that I needed.
Gotham Academy #1 throws us rigI have been meaning to review this for a month and reading issue #2 has finally given me the pants kick that I needed.
Gotham Academy #1 throws us right into the first day at the Academy for Maps Mizoguchi, who happens to be the younger sister of the guy that our (seemingly) lead character, Olive Silverlock, has been dating.
The first few pages in particular, but generally the whole issue, reminded me of Gotham's version of Hogwarts... complete with its own Filch in the form of Headmaster Hammer.
At this point, with it being issue #1, the arc of the story is not yet clear. We have an appearance by Bruce Wayne, a bat signal that never seems to turn off, and rumors of glowing eyes and a haunted academy. I think this story has a lot of promise and I genuinely enjoyed the first issue. I am very curious to see how things unfold as I really enjoy the lore of the city of Gotham and expanding beyond the expected characters.
In terms of art, the styling and color are both spot on. I love the line work, shading, layout- visually, this is 5 stars from me. It just really grabs my attention. The story feels very youthful, and perhaps aimed at the female comic fan (like myself), but I think the concept could play out into a really interesting story....more
Thor #1 leaves us with a one-armed, unworthy Thor Odinson; he is no longer worthy to wield Mjolnier and the last frame shows us the new Goddess of ThuThor #1 leaves us with a one-armed, unworthy Thor Odinson; he is no longer worthy to wield Mjolnier and the last frame shows us the new Goddess of Thunder lifting the hammer to take up his mantle.
Thor #2 picks up exactly where the first issue left off; we have our new, female Thor holding Mjolnier, feeling unsure as to why the hammer chose her and what she is supposed to do. I think this issue did a great job of portraying a very realistic confused emotion... because let's be honest, who wouldn't have a "WTF" moment if they lifted the hammer and were judged worthy?
This issue saw a battle against Frost Giants on Earth (aka Midgard) and while our new leading lady definitely kicks some butt, it is obvious that she has not yet discovered the depth of her own inner power. There is a great inner monologue going throughout the issue, teaching us more about Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, and highlighting her insecurities. However, we still have a lot to learn about her and I know I am definitely looking forward to discovering her personality and identity.
And now it's time to twitch for another month until the next issue comes out....more
Before I begin my review, may I just say, haters to the left?
I have been highly anticipating this comic release for several reasons, which I will goBefore I begin my review, may I just say, haters to the left?
I have been highly anticipating this comic release for several reasons, which I will go into after I review the actual first issue.
Thor #1 picks up about where the God of Thunder and the Original Sin arcs left off- Nick Fury has whispered an unknown secret to Thor which has caused him to be unable to wield Mjolnir. He has become unworthy, he is no longer the God of Thunder.
Thor #1 picks up with Thor Odinson pleading to Mjolnir to please make him worthy to no avail. He truly no longer is The God of Thunder. Then in strolls Malekith the Accursed, they tussle as usual, some shit goes down. Then lo and behold, in our final panels, we see the hammer glow and the inscription on Mjolnir change. It is no longer HE who must be worthy, but SHE.
So say hello to our new Thor.
I have been in barking debates over this already, so I'm going to take the liberty of explaining WHY I think this is an OKAY MOVE on Marvel's part.
This is not Lady Thor, this is not "Thorette" (as one guy tried to debate me)... This is the true Thor, she is now The God of Thunder. She has not replaced Thor nor has she become Thor Odinson. Thor Odinson still exists, but he is no longer The God Of Thunder. The title of Thor is a mantle, a position to be held, if you will. And with Thor Odinson no longer being worthy, someone must take up said mantle in his stead. She IS Thor now. Again, haters to the left.
To the point of WHY it is okay for our mystery female to become the new Thor while some others who have wielded Mjolnir have not, there is a big difference between when Captain America (and others) wielded the hammer of behalf of Thor and someone embodying the power that IS Thor.
Within the mythos surrounding these stories, Thor has always questioned himself, feared every time that he reached for the hammer that he would not be deemed worthy. He knew it could happen. It has happened before. Eric Masterson, for example, became Thor. He then became an Avenger and moved on to become Thunderstrike.
And for those who have an issue with the purity of the story, or perhaps even the feminine aspect, may I just remind you that Thor has been a woman in the past and a damn FROG. A frog, guys. So we can handle a woman. Comics do this time and again, they reinvent themselves and their stories. They change with the times, the evolve. It is the nature of comic books. And in terms of bad ass females in Asgard, we already have quite a few (Girls of Thunder!), and the theories are flying as to whether our new Thor may be Asgardian Royalty as well.
In my opinion, panties are in a wad over a whole lot of nothing. Characters have been changed and feminized before. And we all know this won't last forever... again, the nature of comics. We have had a female Loki, we have Bucky taking up Captain America's mantle.. hell, DC has given us a Vampire Batman before. So roll with the punches, because they will never stop coming if you're a comic fan. And if you don't like the arc, just don't read it.
I picked this up for free as part of National Comic Book day, probably not something I would have gravitated towards on my own and I really knew nothiI picked this up for free as part of National Comic Book day, probably not something I would have gravitated towards on my own and I really knew nothing about it when I picked it up.
The line art and coloring are fantastic, I absolutely love the style here. The actual comic started out slow for me, even though it had action. I think the dialogue style threw me off, and possibly irritated me. I really was not sure what the point was.
Not knowing what I was getting into turned out to be a good thing; this is a story of a very unconventional princess, a cute little warrior who packs a powerful punch (and is quite a bad ass already), that attends a "Princess School" with a group of much more traditional princess types.
As the first issue, this is entirely set up for the story. The second half of the story really picks up and piqued my interest enough that I'm finding myself itching to go snag the next issue. I am really curious to see how this plays out.
The rating is a true 3 because I can honestly say my interest was not held until the dialogue shifted a bit and the actual story arc was revealed....more
I had high hopes for this comic and unfortunately it just did not live up to my expectations. I spent most of the comic scratching my head, though I wI had high hopes for this comic and unfortunately it just did not live up to my expectations. I spent most of the comic scratching my head, though I will admit the end did pique my interest more than the rest did & is the justification for my rating.
I understand that this issue is set up for the larger story as a whole, but I expect a first issue to grab me & give me a reason to keep coming back. And I'm just not sure this one did. Sometimes the art felt unique and artistic, other times it felt a bit awkward or rushed. The coloring, however, is really nice.
I received this comic for free on National Comic Book Day, and I'm not sure I would have been too happy if I had paid for it.
The Woods #1 was a solid read; I picked this up for free for National Comic Book Day, having no clue what it was about. I was not expecting a high schThe Woods #1 was a solid read; I picked this up for free for National Comic Book Day, having no clue what it was about. I was not expecting a high school that is mysteriously transported to an alien planet, but it was a pleasant surprise.
I will admit that I didn't love the art style initially and it feels like reading a webcomic but the humor is spot on and the writing grasped me pretty quickly.
This is definitely not a typical "high school kids" story and I appreciate that the first issue was unpredictable from pane to pane. I'll definitely be picking up the other issues, I'm curious how this story will play out....more
This comic was absolutely adorable- and a fantastic first issue! I'm hooked on the art style & character dialogue already. It's quirky & funnyThis comic was absolutely adorable- and a fantastic first issue! I'm hooked on the art style & character dialogue already. It's quirky & funny, I caught myself showing a friend every other page in amusement. It feels like a web comic with a modern art style that flows well from pane to pane. ...more
I cannot express enough how much I love the art of Mary Blair. I collect all manner of Wonderland books and find myself returning to it time & agaI cannot express enough how much I love the art of Mary Blair. I collect all manner of Wonderland books and find myself returning to it time & again.
If you are looking for beautiful art, color, inspiration and imagination- you will absolutely love this edition.
However, if you are looking for the actual story of Alice in Wonderland/Alice through the Looking Glass you will be sorely disappointed. This is a highly abridged version of the Disney movie as Mary Blair was a staff artist for Disney and created the concept art for the film. I think it is worth noting that she also created the concept art for Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Song of the South. ...more