I love all the Adventure Time ladies, and have been dying to know more about Muscle Princess, so I picked this up. It was OK, but honestly, none of th...moreI love all the Adventure Time ladies, and have been dying to know more about Muscle Princess, so I picked this up. It was OK, but honestly, none of the Adventure Time comics that aren't by Ryan North really capture the humor and spark of Adventure Time quite like Ryan North.
In conclusion, I think I will skip most Adventure Time comics from here on out except the ones by Ryan North, which rival the show itself for awesomeness.(less)
I'm not sure if this is a children's book or a graphic novel, or what, but I do know that my hot, sexy boyfriend got me this adorable little hardcover...moreI'm not sure if this is a children's book or a graphic novel, or what, but I do know that my hot, sexy boyfriend got me this adorable little hardcover for my birthday and it was delightful. I'm a fan of Jess Fink and she illustrated it. A wonderful portrayal of friendship between two teenage girls. Made me miss being young, having friends like that, and getting into mischief with them.(less)
Most of this book was about journeying into 4-dimensional space. YOW! Just reading about it made my head spin. But the descriptions could not have bee...moreMost of this book was about journeying into 4-dimensional space. YOW! Just reading about it made my head spin. But the descriptions could not have been better. That was the main point of the book and it was stellar.
The not-so-stellar: characterization. Laura, her weird neighbor Omar, and her lousy crush Pete, were all two-dimensional (ha!). They basically had one attribute and harped on that. That's a problem that Sleator has sometimes. He writes about ideas and doesn't put much TLC into developing well-rounded characters that act like real people.
Still, though, as a science fiction romp through mind-blowing ideas, this book delivers. (less)
When I wanted something quick to read to try to meet my yearly book quota (50, and I made 42), my boyfriend handed me this. I was nonplussed, as I usu...moreWhen I wanted something quick to read to try to meet my yearly book quota (50, and I made 42), my boyfriend handed me this. I was nonplussed, as I usually am when he hands me something like this. While I love comics, superheroes aren't my thing. I really liked Watchmen (who didn't?), but superheroes like Superman and Batman and all the big names just appear to me as worn out and trite. To my boyfriend they seem timeless and classic, and stories about them must be perpetrated at all costs, no matter how outlandish they have to become in order to say something new.
Of course I would never begrudge him his pleasure in superheros, but it's not my thing. When he hands me a superhero comic to read, I feel like most adults would probably feel if someone handed them Pokemon fan fiction to read. Even if it's absolutely the best-written, most moving Pokemon fan fiction of all time, it's still Pokemon fan fiction, and I'm going to have trouble caring. Last year, I read Absolute All-Star Superman at his behest. I guess that's supposed to be the gold standard of Pokemon fan fiction. I was still underwhelmed. The art was gorgeous, but the storylines left something to be desired, and I can't make myself care about Superman, or Superman's impending "death" that of course isn't going to be permanent, because nothing is in these universes.
Anyway, the boyfriend told me that I might like this book because it's, winkingly, "not about Superman." It's about a guy who lives in a world where Superman comics exist, whose parents named him "Clark Kent" and he has to deal with lots of jokes and Superman-related gag gifts from people who can't get over how funny that is. Then, as a teenager, he discovers he has the exact same powers as Superman. As an adult, he falls in love with a woman named Lois Lane, who has had to deal with the same annoying jokes her whole life.
I have to say, I didn't hate it. The story was pretty interesting. However, it would have been just as interesting, perhaps MORE interesting, if it didn't have all the Superman jokes, and it was just about a guy who discovers he has superpowers, has to deal with the government trying to catch him and use him for military purposes, marrying, having children, wondering if they are going to have powers too, and if that will make them a target for shady government organizations too. You don't need Superman to tell that story, and including Superman makes it seem - you know, like Pokemon fan fiction.
In conclusion, it's not the idea of superheroes or people with superpowers that bothers me, it's trying to shoehorn in every conceivable plot idea into the concept of just a few famous big-name superheroes because those names sell books. Create something new and original - then we'll talk. I think I'll look up Kurt Busiek and see if he has written anything like that, because I like his ability to write a story and flesh out characters.(less)
I love Fionna and Cake, and this book is really cute. I love the art - especially surrounding the fables about the fire woman and the water nymph. The...moreI love Fionna and Cake, and this book is really cute. I love the art - especially surrounding the fables about the fire woman and the water nymph. The plot is a little sillier and thinner than most Finn and Jake comics though. After reading Ryan North's stuff, I'm kind of of the opinion that he is the only person who has any business writing this stuff.
Still, really cute, and I especially liked when Cake makes herself look like a big pile of doo-doo to cheer Fionna up, and when Fionna wishes that she, Marshall Lee, and Prince Gumball had matching t-shirts for Boy's Night.
P.S. Flame Prince turned out pretty smokin'!(less)