Wonder Woman tries to save a friend from the dark path she's chosen. And there is all-out warfare between the surface world and the Kingdom of Atlanti...moreWonder Woman tries to save a friend from the dark path she's chosen. And there is all-out warfare between the surface world and the Kingdom of Atlantis, when a submarine is sabotaged and fires on the underwater city. Good thing the Justice League is ready to stand in the gap!
I thought this was a pretty good graphic novel. The artwork was very well done. The opening story featuring Wonder Woman trying to redeem Cheetah was good. I didn't have a lot of information on her backstory, but now I know how Barbara Ann Minerva becomes the super-villainess Cheetah. That was pretty interesting.
I liked the large role that Cyborg plays in the battle against Atlantis invading forces. Arthur aka Aquaman is put in a very uncomfortable position of having to fight against his own people and even his brother, Orm. I especially liked when some secondary JL members were activated, including one of my personal favorites, Zatanna.
I'm not sure why I'm not enjoying the JL books as much as some other comics, since I am a huge fan of the JL from the animated shows and movies. I won't give up. Maybe it's just the writers and the stories that aren't working for me.
This series is definitely for fans of Gothic vampire stories. Andrew is the reluctant monster, a morally good vampire fighting the dark aspect of his...moreThis series is definitely for fans of Gothic vampire stories. Andrew is the reluctant monster, a morally good vampire fighting the dark aspect of his nature and using the power it gives him to do good. There is no question of his power and his determination, and the force of his love. Yet, his fatal flaw is his love for Mary, self-titled the Queen of Blood. She embraces all the darkness that becoming a vampire has created in her, and wants her vampire species to rise up and decimate humanity, while Andrew wants to protect them. Andrew travels in her wake, seeing to derail Mary's plans. Along the way, he gains allies in his fight against the bloody vampire uprising.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The artwork is dark and not very colorful, other than the red tones of blood. I think the art is a bit murky for my tastes, but I understand that author wanted to add to the dark, Gothic feel of the storyline. One real advantage of this art is it captures motions so effortlessly. The writing is excellent, and I appreciate the shifting POVs between Andrew, Mary, and other pivotal character.
While I wouldn't exactly call this scary, it definitely has sense of suspense and thrills to the storyline. The ending is quite a cliffhanger that makes the reader want to run for the next volume. I'll definitely keep following this series.(less)
I think I've proven to myself that I much prefer the X-Force books to the regular X-Men crews. I don't know if it's just because the X-Force is so no-...moreI think I've proven to myself that I much prefer the X-Force books to the regular X-Men crews. I don't know if it's just because the X-Force is so no-holds barred, the team members or what it is. I did like this book. I missed seeing Rogue and this has a lot of her. Interesting team dynamic, with Magneto part of the team, and a strange sort of sexual/romantic tension between him and Rogue. I was a bit weirded out by that. I was confused about some aspects, particularly Proteus's ability to take over the team members, and how he became a player in this storyline. I wasn't able to follow all the parts of the story, either. I think the writer assumed the readers had more background on current events with the X-Men than I have. Of course, I am up to speed with the X-Force storyline. Destiny is a very intriguing character. I would like to read more of her past storyline. And Blindfold is interesting as well. The artwork is gorgeous throughout the collection.
I don't think this ties in very well with the X Force, Vol. 4: Necrosha, so I would say to readers who started out following that storyline that they don't need to track this one down. If you're a fan of the X-Men, knock yourself out.
Let me tell you, this book lives up to its name. And I loved it. The artwork is fantastic, although very visceral, with plenty of blood flying. The ac...moreLet me tell you, this book lives up to its name. And I loved it. The artwork is fantastic, although very visceral, with plenty of blood flying. The action is non-stop, as Domino gets herself into quite a fix with the Assassin's Guild, not to mention she has the Hand on her tail. As her colleague, Wolverine steps into the fray to help protect her flank, guard her back, and if they get some "quality time" in between, that's okay too. I don't know where it's going, maybe nowhere, but Wolverine and Domino make sense as a couple. At least, they have plenty of chemistry and their personalities mesh well. Between Wolverine's healing factor and Domino's incredible luck, they make a good team.
Another excellent book in the X-Force series.
I wasn't that keen on the X-Men Annual attached. It was decidely odd. But it does add to the sex and violence quotient promised in this book title.
This volume of All Star Western continues with the high octane western action. Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham have tracked their missing fugitive to New...moreThis volume of All Star Western continues with the high octane western action. Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham have tracked their missing fugitive to New Orleans, where they encounter vice to rival that of Gotham, and a conspiracy to murder immigrants ran by a group of white supremacists. Jonah goes undercover in the fight ring and captures the interest of a beautiful fighter who also works for the xenophobic group. They team up with a pair of vigilantes and lovers called Nighthawk and Cinnamon, whose back story is also very interesting. When the trail leads back to Gotham, following a mysterious assassin called Talon, Hex and Arkham encounter the creepy Court of Owls, and are placed in the rocky situation of standing between the Court of Owls and the cult of the Crime Bible (Lords of Crime). To round out the collection, there is short vignette about the rascal Bat Lash. He's about as rascally as you can be, but he's also possesses considerable detective skills, and uses them to get himself out of a very tight fix.
This book is full of action and thrills, catered for the fans of westerns. The Owls are just as creepy as they were in the Batman book I read earlier this month. The Lords are fascinating in their dedication to wrongdoing. I am kind of glad we had some heroes to take both groups on.
Need I say that I'm really enjoying this series, or is that obvious?
I picked this up mainly for Domino, one of my girl crushes. I like the previous incarnation of X-Force (Yost and Kyle), and I didn't have high expecta...moreI picked this up mainly for Domino, one of my girl crushes. I like the previous incarnation of X-Force (Yost and Kyle), and I didn't have high expectations for this (just grabbed it because this is available at my library). However, it was pretty good. My biggest complaint is I had trouble following the storyline. Don't know if it was me or the layout. I have a head cold, so it might be a problem with focusing for me right now. I actually liked this team-up more than I expected. I like Doctor Nemesis. His look is iconic, and I like his mad scientist vibe. Cable is such a dynamic, powerful figure. Hope felt underused in this, so that's a detractor for me. The storyline was kind of crazy, about an anti-mutant fast food entrepreneur engineering a viral plague/food-born illness to start a war between mutants and non-mutants. I like a little crazy, so I was cool with this. I just had trouble following the story. Now that I think about it, maybe the art could be more distinctive in contrasts. The colors were all similar to me. It looked blurry to me, and the lettering was kind of small and blocky for my tastes.
I'll keep reading this series, since my library has them. It doesn't live up to my other X-Force team (and I really miss Wolverine and X-23), because they are a very hard act to follow.(less)
If I used one word to describe this book, it would be 'dated.' The other word I'd use was 'cheesy'. I don't think these stories have aged well at all....moreIf I used one word to describe this book, it would be 'dated.' The other word I'd use was 'cheesy'. I don't think these stories have aged well at all. I checked this out because I am a huge fan of the character Zatanna, and I was curious to see her search for her father Zatara played out. Now I know what happened back then, and I'm ready to move forward and explore the newer Zatanna stories.
I think there is definitely a sensibility of the earlier age, including the sexism that was evident in the early to mid 20th Century. I cringed when Zatanna is referred to as the "Maid of Magic." I was happy that in later stories, she receives her current moniker of "Mistress of Magic." It sounds better, less chauvinistic.
As far as other aspects of the story, I felt like the science and magic explanations are simplistic and the ways in which Zatanna and the other Leaguers defeat their foes are too basic for me to feel they are credible. I guess it's due to the fact that I didn't read a lot of the older comics. I don't know if that is typical for the older ones.
The artwork is okay. It's just dated and sometimes corny.
After going back in the day with the stories in this collection, I'm glad that the new comic writing is more sophisticated.
If someone asked me if this is worth reading, I'd have to say, sadly no.
My dislike of this book borders on violent. I realize what the author and artist were going for, and I appreciate the foreward and even the screenplay...moreMy dislike of this book borders on violent. I realize what the author and artist were going for, and I appreciate the foreward and even the screenplay with commentary. I admit I gave up on reading the whole screenplay because I was tired and wasn't feeling well, and felt my time was better spent moving on. However, even gaining insight into their thought processes didn't make me like this book any more.
I am an artist, and I love art. However, I am not a fan of art becoming so all-consuming that it loses meaning to the average person. In other words, I like my art to be accessible. This book wasn't. It was full of social commentary, allusions, and symbolism, which can be good in therapeutic doses. But even medicine can be toxic when overdosed. I think that is a good way to describe my feelings for this book. It was toxic with the statements of the creators, and it killed the overall book.
Some of my individual issues:
*The lettering was nearly incomprehensible, especially the Joker's words and thoughts. I am very near-sighted, and I am getting where small print gives me fits. The Joker's print was in red, and the font was very scribbly. Everyone knows that the Joker is bat*&$# crazy. I understand where Morrison and McKean were trying to go here showing how chaotic his mind was, but it fell on deaf ears since I had trouble reading the lettering. Also obscure symbology dispersed through this volume makes no sense to me. Another place where it falls flat, since it seems to have no purpose in this volume.
*Batman was played as anal-retentive to the extreme. I'm not sure I appreciated this. Admittedly, Batman does have some psychological issues he's working through--he's a control freak and is incredibly uptight and is at times intolerant. I think his portrayal in this book was unpalatable, showing him as pathologically damaged. That isn't the Batman I know and deeply respect.
*The storyline about Arkham, the founder of the Asylum was okay. Although I didn't like what happened to his family, and the view of his relationship with his mother was way too Freudian for my tastes.
*The artwork is nebulous and difficult to cipher and track over the panels. I would almost call it abstract. Does that work for a comic book medium? I'm going to say no. If I can't follow it, it has failed to convey meaning to me.
I know that this is a very highly praised and critically-acclaimed book, but I'm not a fan of it. Art is meaning to me. While art is highly subjective, the viewer has to have a lens through which to take in and process the work. In this book, the lens is cloudy and muddled. There is no avenue to look deeper.(less)
Although Laurel seemed intolerant initially, I really liked this romance book. It's very meaningful, and Laurel and James truly love each other. I app...moreAlthough Laurel seemed intolerant initially, I really liked this romance book. It's very meaningful, and Laurel and James truly love each other. I appreciated the vantage point of Laurel and James, during this period in history. This series reminds me of Jo Beverley's Company of Rogues in a good way.
I loved this book from beginning to the end. I was so excited to get this as a review ARC, even though I haven't had a chance to read the first two bo...moreI loved this book from beginning to the end. I was so excited to get this as a review ARC, even though I haven't had a chance to read the first two books in this series yet. Alexander is a scoundrel, but you definitely want him to catch Sophie. Great chemistry, and wonderful romance. A five star read!
After reading the brilliant Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls, this one doesn't measure up. It's a cool idea, Batman in various international locales,...moreAfter reading the brilliant Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls, this one doesn't measure up. It's a cool idea, Batman in various international locales, doing what he does. But it was underwhelming in execution. Probably the best story was Tao, but it still wasn't that memorable. Overall, the artwork was beautiful, but the storylines weren't that enthralling. I'm glad that I got this one from the library. I can be more forgiving when I read a disappointing book for free.(less)
I loved this book for the chemistry and obvious love between Elizabeth and Garik. Garik is eminently lickable. The mystery wasn't quite as well plotte...moreI loved this book for the chemistry and obvious love between Elizabeth and Garik. Garik is eminently lickable. The mystery wasn't quite as well plotted, but it was still good. I liked the small-town atmosphere of Virtue Falls.
To my understanding, this graphic novel is the novelization of the concept for the video game. Immediately, you might start to think it won't be that...moreTo my understanding, this graphic novel is the novelization of the concept for the video game. Immediately, you might start to think it won't be that great. Wrong! This was good reading. I'm not that surprised, because I have enjoyed Dini's Zatanna books. While Batman doesn't let anyone steal the show, I liked how prominent the various narratives of villains and criminals was. It's more or less their story. It tells how Arkham city becomes what it is, and since it's a city for criminals, there you have it. I've fallen love with Catwoman (after watching The Dark Knight Rises), but I liked her cameo. And I've become sort of a fan of Harley Quinn, so I appreciated her appearance.
I'm not familiar with Hugo Strange, so this is my first exposure to the Batman adversary. He's a manipulate and highly intelligent foe, but he's going against Batman, so he had better have his game together.
I enjoyed the artwork. It conveys the mentality and personalities of the characters. Bruce has a different look in this, but I liked it. The action is conveyed very well visually.
My question is, do I need to play the videogame to get closure or is there another volume in the graphic novel format? I'd better find out.(less)
Oh man, this was crazy. At times, it was hard to track the fights going on, with so many different characters going at it. It's like the creators made...moreOh man, this was crazy. At times, it was hard to track the fights going on, with so many different characters going at it. It's like the creators made a list of past X-Men Universe characters and threw most of them in this book. However, due to the nature of the story, there is an inherent sadness to it all. Not only sad, but creepy in the more cerebral and existential (if that's the right word) of ways. Poor James. He really goes to a dark place in this one, old griefs and horrors literally resurrected.
I freaking love this X-Force run. It's dark and bloody and visceral, but the it's also intense and gets you in the gut. There is no holding back from the team, because so much is at stake. The artwork is gorgeous. Clayton Crain is the artist, and he has a way of expressing images in a beautiful way even when the images are nightmarish and horrific. And in this series, there are plenty of both.
I can't give this a five star rating because of the fact that it was confusing and I wasn't always able to keep up with what was going on. But it's very close. Definitely 4.5 stars.
The villain is one of a kind. Truly a horrible being, with no concept of respecting life of any kind. Just understanding power and gaining more of it.
I'm going to be sad when I run out of books in this run. I know they have the Uncanny X-Force and Cable and X-Force, but the members are different. I like this team so much.(less)
It's not as predictable as one would think, putting The Punisher and Wolverine together. They are actually very different. One is methodical and rigid...more
It's not as predictable as one would think, putting The Punisher and Wolverine together. They are actually very different. One is methodical and rigid in his application of violence. The other is very emotional in his application of violence, and not quite as dogmatic about the application of justice and judging others.
This book has a very pulpy feel to it. That's not necessarily bad, since we are dealing with hardened criminals (and some not-so hardened, but shady all the same).
I don't like this incarnation of the Punisher as much as the Rucka variation, but he is true to his character. Wolverine is always Wolverine, and you like him for who he is (good and bad). However, their dialogue between them gets hilarious, and the laconic dialogue about crime and punishment is descriptive of their individual paths and how they intersect in this book.
I liked the different point of views of the various criminals, more of a spectrum than you would think.
I didn't love the artwork, honestly. It was a bit blocky for me. This Wolverine is pretty homely, and the Punisher looks like a Mack Truck.
Not my favorite, but pretty good. A nice team-up comic.(less)
The Court of Owls is intense psychological drama and action with the best hero ever, Batman. Bruce Wayne feels a sense of responsibility towards Gotha...moreThe Court of Owls is intense psychological drama and action with the best hero ever, Batman. Bruce Wayne feels a sense of responsibility towards Gotham, views it as his city by inheritance, since his family has spent generations defending and building the city. At times, it feels like a losing proposition, but he is sworn to give his all for his city. But there is another group who feels equally possessive of Gotham, and they want to shape it in their image, a destructive, corrupted image.
This entire book builds the tension up until a climax that requires finding and picking up the next volume as soon as possible. At times, it was hard to read, seeing what Bruce was going through, the horror and intense psychological torture he was subjected to. However, I will always believe in Batman/Bruce, and his ability to overcome all obstacles. So I knew he'd find his way out of the situation. Only that faith in him kept me going when things got really dire.
This is the kind of story where Batman shines. He's pitted against a truly formidable enemy, and he has to use all his wits, strength, and fortitude to overcome. It's never easy, but that's why we love Batman so much. He's always up for the challenge.
One day, I hope this is adapted to the screen. It would be excellent.
This was a good read. Jonah Hex is a hero whose demeanor is as disreputable as his appearance. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty, and probably en...moreThis was a good read. Jonah Hex is a hero whose demeanor is as disreputable as his appearance. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty, and probably enjoys violence too much. But he's not an amoral killer either. He makes his way to Gotham, and that place is definitely in need of a tough hero like him. Set in the late 1800s, more than a 100 years before Bruce Wayne is born, but Gotham is already a cesspool of corruption in the making. There is already a secret society who really runs things, and they are committing murders to send a message. Jonah teams up with the future founder of the Arkham Asylum, a psychologist who cannot help analyzing him, and there's a lot to analyze. He eventually comes to respect Hex for his methods, because there is no better man to have at your side or cutting a swathe of destruction in front of you to clear the way.
I'm not sure how much Bruce Wayne would respect or get along with Hex. Probably a certain level of respect, but I'm sure Batman wouldn't be as fond of all the killing that Hex does as a matter of course.
Other stories feautured different western heroes like El Diablo and the Barbary Ghost. I liked the Barbary Ghost because she is a kickbutt Chinese woman who takes on the crime syndicate who wiped out most of her family. How could I not like her?
This graphic novel is fans of good, old-fashioned western action. The supernatural elements are light here, but that's okay. There's plenty of action to keep this reader happy.
This is a crazy series and this second book is even crazier than the first. The dialogue is so ridiculously inappropriate at times, and the characters...moreThis is a crazy series and this second book is even crazier than the first. The dialogue is so ridiculously inappropriate at times, and the characters are pretty out there. But I really enjoy this series and this book. There is some really disturbing content, so be warned.