I LOVE Gene Luen Yang's stories. There's something about them that stays with me after I complete somethin...moreHuge thank you to First Second for this ARC!
I LOVE Gene Luen Yang's stories. There's something about them that stays with me after I complete something he writes -- he always seems to ask the reader to have an open-mind when participating in one of his worlds. This time, however, we have a world that isn't entirely his own, but with the help of Sonny Liew, they give a neglected Golden Age hero the treatment he deserves.
First off, I adored the origin story presented in this graphic novel for the Green Turtle. I love that Hank is completely pressured by his tiger mom to become a superhero because it would give him the fame and glory that she feels he deserves in some ways. His family comes from humble beginnings, though his father was possessed by a spirit, which was then "passed down" to Hank. The Green Turtle may not have any notable powers, but he's awesome at avoiding bullets, so that's something right?
I really enjoyed the interaction between the characters in this story, particularly the relationship between Hank and his father. There is such a genuine level of respect between the two of them and its wonderfully portrayed. You get a sense that all the characters in the story are harmoniously woven together without having to question why a character just appears in the story (like some comics do). Plus, Sonny Liew's artwork does an amazing job of capturing all the emotion and zaniness within the story.
I admittedly had never heard of the Green Turtle until after I had read this comic. I loved and appreciated Yang and Liew's origin story for this forgotten hero, and I feel like they did it in such a way to remind readers about how Golden Age comics lacked a sense of diversity (or at least feared it). Hank and his family are completely unforgettable and the history lesson to take from this comic alone makes it worth being checked out.(less)
Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Actually, I loved the idea of the t-shirts giving Battling Boy powers, and I ADORED the fact that h...more3.5
Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Actually, I loved the idea of the t-shirts giving Battling Boy powers, and I ADORED the fact that he was very much a child and not someone being forced into maturity -- he had temper tantrums! It was a nice change! I definitely feel ready now to tackle Aurora West.(less)
I recently read Battling Boy before it's Eisner win, and I have to say, it's definitely one of the more ch...moreHuge thank you to First Second for this ARC!
I recently read Battling Boy before it's Eisner win, and I have to say, it's definitely one of the more cheeky superhero-esque stories out there. Battling Boy is actually a young boy who behaves like a young boy, and admittedly, that's where my greatest enjoyment came from the story. Colour me excited when the prequel The Rise of Aurora West appeared in my mailbox.
Aurora's story is mostly hinted at in Battling Boy and isn't fully fleshed out. Here, we get a huge glimpse into Aurora's life and relationship with her father, the great hero Haggard West. Aurora was my favourite character in the previous story so I was delighted to hear she was getting a two book prequel that follows her story. She's such a kick-ass, no nonsense kinda gal, but we do see a softer side to her character, especially in relation to the closeness of her father, which I adored. I thought that was so wonderfully woven into the story and I genuinely found myself caring about Aurora and Haggard's relationship.
There's also an awesome amount of action in this book and it's very fast-paced and page-turning. Furthermore, the monster designs are really fun and creepy, though considering my ARC was in black and white, I'd be interested to see how the colouring is going to look like once the final version is out. If you loved Battling Boy, you'll definitely enjoy this prequel, and I know for me personally, I'm going to have a hard time waiting for the next instalment of this to drop. Highly recommend for those who love war torn worlds and action-oriented storytelling.(less)
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So, I knew nothing going into this graphic novel. In fact, it was the cover that suckered...moreHuge thank you to First Second and Netgalley for this ARC!
So, I knew nothing going into this graphic novel. In fact, it was the cover that suckered me into requesting it on Netgalley, and funny enough I didn't realize there was a book before this one. Oh well! This book is an odd one, if for the soul fact that everything is very spontaneous and crazy. It makes following the overall plot a little hard at times, but at the same time a lot of the little side stories are pretty adorable.
I did find the humor a bit off at times, and admittedly I felt like it wasn't something I could engage with or enjoy. I recognize that children and middle graders are the target audience, but I am so over tasteless fart and poop jokes in children's books. I'd like to think there's a fun adventure story, but this book was just a touch too all over the map for me.
However, I loved the artwork and the colours. This is a really vibrant and expressive graphic novel for children and it totally has a ton of eye appeal. Admittedly, while I didn't enjoy this as much as I would have liked to, I could totally see children engaging with it and having fun with the overall story and characters.(less)
Huge thank you to First Second and Netgalley for this ARC!
This graphic novel is adorkable. I adore the artwork in this story and it really suits the q...moreHuge thank you to First Second and Netgalley for this ARC!
This graphic novel is adorkable. I adore the artwork in this story and it really suits the quirkiness of the narrative. Princess Decomposia is taking care of her sick father, and well, he's a bit nutty. She is terrible at taking care of herself until an sweet, charming, chef named Count Spatula appears and gives her more of a reason to remember her meals.
This romance is really sweet and charming. The characters in this story are so much fun and really crazy, yet I couldn't stop reading. There's excellent humour and the book just oozes with charm. I almost wish this comic had been in colour, but the black and white panels really grew on me and suited the overall tone the story is attempting to tell.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story, and it's hard not to love a story that is about ghouls and ghosts in love. This would make a fantastic Halloween read, and it's one worth checking out when it releases next February. (less)