I'm having trouble remembering exactly what happened in which volume, because I blazed through all three of them in a row. One less star, but only becI'm having trouble remembering exactly what happened in which volume, because I blazed through all three of them in a row. One less star, but only because it didn't register quite as strongly in my memory or elicit quite as many emotional feelings as the previous volume -- but rest assured, this series remains consistently, predictably amazing, and I just want more more more (time to buy vol 4, before the next one comes out!).
It continues to expand the world and advance the story and get you more invested in these damn characters. I also really like seeing their long-term wrestling with grief and loss; they don't recover immediately, it takes time to exorcise the ghosts of the past. Four stars feels right to me for this particular one, though, and so I'm glad that I voted for Ms. Marvel (which got me so near tears).
I wanna go read We3 or North 40 now. I'm really happy that I'm finally back into graphic novels. Bless you, Hugos....more
This volume made me fucking cry on the subway while reading.
Saga continues to be wonderful, with the most vividly-painted creative worlds (and some imThis volume made me fucking cry on the subway while reading.
Saga continues to be wonderful, with the most vividly-painted creative worlds (and some images that I won't be able to scrub out of my memory, thanks), fun and nuanced characters, a hectic and action-filled chase -- and yet also Vaughan sneaking in a simple, intimate story about parenthood and love and loss, against the "backdrop" of a galaxy-wide epic....more
AHHHHH, I LOVE IT. Finally, at last, I'm seeing what all the fuss is about and it does not disappoint. I heard everyone talking about Ms. Marvel at NYAHHHHH, I LOVE IT. Finally, at last, I'm seeing what all the fuss is about and it does not disappoint. I heard everyone talking about Ms. Marvel at NYCC 14 but I never got around to it until my Hugos reading -- and now I am head-over-heels in love, and it's actually inspiring me to maybe get back into reading Marvel in general.
The art is gorgeous and I got choked up a few times while reading, wrt Kamala's struggles with her identity, straddling the cultural lines between Pakistani and American, her desires to be 'normal', to look like the blonde girls, being bullied for being different... Kamala is just such a realistic, honest, believable protagonist and teenaged girl, and her story is one that is definitely not told often enough in mainstream media. And just, how ridiculously refreshing it was to read a superhero story about someone who wasn't a generic white male?
I'm honestly emotional reading about Ms. Marvel's critical reception and that the series is so popular, because it gives me such hope for popular culture. Representation and diversity is so important. This is definitely getting my Hugo vote for best graphic novel, and I am so buying vols 2 and 3 this weekend....more
What an absolutely bonkers premise. I'm into heists and reality-bending things, and Kegelface was probably my favouriteI liked it but didn't love it.
What an absolutely bonkers premise. I'm into heists and reality-bending things, and Kegelface was probably my favourite thing (I got FRIGHTENING HOUSEWIFE vibes a la Alison in Orphan Black) -- but mostly I'm left with the feeling that not enough happened, that we're just barely scratching the surface wrt the Sex Police despite the fact that I've now read an entire volume. And I don't feel like I know Suzie and Jon all that well, either, despite spending an entire volume with them talking about their childhoods. It's funny, though, and definitely interesting, so I might stay tuned....more
I went to the Image Comics panel at NYCC '14 on a complete whim, and gosh, I am so glad I did -- I was riveted by the descriptions of absolutely everyI went to the Image Comics panel at NYCC '14 on a complete whim, and gosh, I am so glad I did -- I was riveted by the descriptions of absolutely everything that they're publishing, and the creators were fun, witty, and thoughtful in talking about their work. Out of all the series described, Rat Queens was the one that seized my interest the most, so I purposefully swung by artists' alley afterwards to buy the first volume.
What if you mixed the standard Dungeons & Dragons sword-and-sorcery tropes with a bunch of asshole rowdy youths, modern attitudes and all?
It's been described as Lord of the Rings meets Bridesmaids, and I'm so into it. It's riotous and fun and pulpy, with an all-female cast plus POC and queer representation -- which is especially surprising to me, since it's written by a white male. There's not a large focus on the topics, though, mostly just occurring matter-of-fact; there's other interesting characterisation details going on, too, like Dee's childhood raised by Lovecraftian cultists, and Violet's struggle against family expectations and her twin brother (I LOVE TWIN THEMES, YOU GUYS). Plus, Violet's dwarven feminism is basically walking in the footsteps of Terry Pratchett and Cheery Littlebottom -- actually, all-in-all, this book a bit felt like a rowdier, more profane Discworld.
Upchurch's artwork is gorgeous. Dee's character design is probably my favourite of the four ladies (and her social anxiety at parties! I love her), and their facial expressions in this volume are especially hilarious. Also: Sawyer Silver, amirite? What a hottie.
And this is random, but I appreciated that the women don't look like stick figures; they've got some meat on their thighs.
Fabulous. I'm bemused at the number of reviews that didn't "get" the book. Not to say that EAST OF WEST is some mindbending obscure literary graphic nFabulous. I'm bemused at the number of reviews that didn't "get" the book. Not to say that EAST OF WEST is some mindbending obscure literary graphic novel -- no, there's pulpy action and snarling anti-heroes and one-liners and practically moustache-twirling smug villains here, and it's a lot of fun. But the issue is that it doesn't handhold the reader, simply flinging you headfirst into the plot, action, and world without much by way of explanation; you're left to piece things together as you go, cobbling together a cryptic idea of how things work and why. There are occasional flashbacks sorting out how events have gotten to this point. It does mean that it's a slow start, though, leaving the reader lost and floundering before things click and you get a better idea of what's happening. Hickman's writing style is interesting; I'm not especially interested in the main characters (Death isn't doing it for me) but I'm really intrigued by more minor characters like all the world leaders (Chamberlain! Solomon! the prince of New Orleans!), and would love to learn more about Death's witch companions.
EAST OF WEST is a science fiction Western -- I was on the verge of calling it post-apocalyptic, except that it's more mid-apocalyptic. The gist: The Three Horsemen are trying to bring about the end of the world, despite being estranged from the fourth of their quartet, having betrayed Death some time ago -- and he is pissed about it. It's an alternate universe futuristic world, with the United States instead split into several sovereign nations; the worldbuilding is great and I can't wait to learn more about it.
I couldn't help but vaguely think of SANDMAN while reading it, considering a few base similarities: (view spoiler)[1. The main character being the embodiment of a universal concept, falling in love, and having a son; 2. Aforementioned MC getting betrayed and sort-of-killed/captured/???, and now returning to the world; 3. The possibility of his fellow anthropomorphised concepts/siblings presumably having been 'destroyed' and reborn into new bodies/appearances; 4. Also, y'know, an all-white dude with white skin and hair. (hide spoiler)]
It's a simplistic comparison, but it was on my mind.
EITHER WAY. Slow start, sort of jumbled writing that's hard to follow (the reason I docked a star), but fabulous world-building and extremely creative premise. So here for book two.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'd obtained this through my 2013 Hugo voter's packet and an Image Comics Humble Bundle, and heard no end of great things about it from friends... butI'd obtained this through my 2013 Hugo voter's packet and an Image Comics Humble Bundle, and heard no end of great things about it from friends... but then just never got around to reading it until now? I'm finally finally finally backpedaling and starting this series, to lead up to vol 3 having been nominated for the 2015 Hugos.
Unfortunately, I'm not going to finish vols 2 & 3 in time to vote for it properly (doomed by my own procrastination!), but I'll definitely catch up over the next few days, because I love this.
An epic, sprawling space opera with mindblowingly creative worldbuilding, species, and societies, that I just want to learn more about. Star Wars influences; an unending, galaxy-spanning war between a planet and its moon; star-crossed lovers; ghostly babysitters; robotic royalty with literal blue blood. LYING CAT!!! I'm utterly amazed at Brian K. Vaughan's originality, and Fiona Staples' gorgeous, gorgeous artwork. The Will is probably my favourite character at the moment, plus Izabel. I need to find out everything. Definitely continuing this ASAP.
I can't even really say much about it that others haven't already said. It's awesome, and I don't understand where Vaughan gets all his ideas from. Gimme more....more
The story of the birth of the Marvel universe as seen through the eyes of ... the common people, not the heroes. Specifically, the lens of a photograpThe story of the birth of the Marvel universe as seen through the eyes of ... the common people, not the heroes. Specifically, the lens of a photographer/reporter.
And holy shit. This book reads like a punch to the gut, and in a seriously good way -- it constantly had me on the verge of tears, though that might just be because something resonated oddly well with me. Awesomely tackled themes all around; not to mention, it's gotten me pondering what a Marvel-oriented, Cloverfield-esque film would look like. Superheroes from the ground up!
Ending fell a little bit flat and weird compared to the amazingness of the preceding pages, but I'm fine with that. And Alex Ross' art is, as always, mindblowing. Those reporters chasing the scene, trying to get the story, but always arriving a moment too late for the money shot or to even see what happened; it's a great, stirring depiction of realism and what living in the Marvel 'verse would really be like....more