I can't get over how disturbing the evil twins of the Justice League are. I mean just the Triad is bad enough. Ultraman is a sleazy, psychopathic, cruI can't get over how disturbing the evil twins of the Justice League are. I mean just the Triad is bad enough. Ultraman is a sleazy, psychopathic, cruel bully. Owlman is like a demon-possessed Batman (or maybe if Batman was the Antichrist). Superwoman is a little more developed in this than in Justice League, Vol. 5: Forever Heroes, and I what I know, I definitely don't like. She's playing Owlman and Ultraman off each other, and I think she hates both of them (but feels more lust for Owlman). She's sadistic and psychosexually deviant. Yeah, it's just bad. More disturbing is that Earth 3 is the opposite of Earth 2. Evil is the predominant value, given free reign.
I think that the science seems too implausible (or at least was so nebulously explained, I didn't believe it was plausible), and I didn't get how the day was saved in the end. I feel that Crisis on Two Earths Justice League movie (which I suspect this is based on) explains the situation a lot better. It's worth watching as an adjunct to this graphic novel. I re-watched it again last night and I liked the further insight into the characters.
It was pretty good, and kept my interest. Surprisingly adult and dark in content. It's kind of fun if you want to see the dark side of the triad of the Justice League and Lex Luthor as a good guy.
My first official JSA graphic novel. I admit I avoided these for a while because I thought they were all set in the early 20th century, and I am turneMy first official JSA graphic novel. I admit I avoided these for a while because I thought they were all set in the early 20th century, and I am turned off by that dated 50s morality feel. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this takes place in the modern period, where time has passed, and only the long-lived (or immortal) JSA members are still active and alive in the organization.
I was not blown away by this, but since I liked it more than I expected, I gave it three stars. They have some interesting team members with cool powers. It's surprisingly multicultural, which is a bonus. They take on some intense missions, and are actually kidnapped into Roulette's modern day gladiatorial games, which are highly lethal, to say the least. I liked the character's ingenuity and use of their strengths and team work to get out of those situation. Loved the Batman cameo (big surprise).
I liked some characters more than others. I didn't care for the young fellow whose name I forgot. He was a petulant brat.
Not a title I'd reach for first, but I'm willing to read more....more
This series continues to keep me interested. It does toe the line for me with its content (probably one of the few NC-17 comics I've read so far), butThis series continues to keep me interested. It does toe the line for me with its content (probably one of the few NC-17 comics I've read so far), but I do love the core value of family and love in action. Even though I didn't like some of the choices the main characters made in this volume (particularly Alana), I continue to root for them. The artwork is still spectacular, and I appreciate the progression in the story as we see the situation with Marko and Alana and their daughter on the run as things start to come to a head.
I can't think of anything more lucid to say right now....more
Wow, this is the really real. To think that Daredevil agrees to lead the Hand. Things must be pretty dire for Daredevil to get in bed with the enemy.Wow, this is the really real. To think that Daredevil agrees to lead the Hand. Things must be pretty dire for Daredevil to get in bed with the enemy. Well things are. Hell's Kitchen is looking a lot like the real thing, and Murdock realizes that conventional methods of obtaining justice are doomed to fail. He's willing to take extreme measures, but like Frank Sinatra, he's going to do it "My Way." Beware of best laid plans, Matt.
This was a really good graphic novel. It was very intense, and the artwork was fantastic. The artist has managed to use color and shade to convey the grim world of Daredevil. There are some scenes that feel very grand, with Daredevil, and the Hand bowing at his feet. The action sequences are awesome and fluid. I can't say enough about how much I liked the artwork.
The writing is equally strong. I think that anything with ninjas and katana makes me heart sings, and I feel that the writer I think this is very near to being a five star book. The story had me on the edge of my seat, and while Daredevil can more than take care of himself, he's deep in the lion's den and his enemies are many and employ any tactics necessary to destroy him, those he loves, and seek to dominate and conquer by any means necessary. The tension is off the charts, and I hope that my library has the next volume.
I think if I wasn't being so stingy with fives it would be. It's darn near close.
I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because I just plain love fairy tales, and it sounded interesting, with a heroine who is basically a debt sI really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because I just plain love fairy tales, and it sounded interesting, with a heroine who is basically a debt slave to her Fairy Godfather. I absolutely love urban fantasy, and it's great when you find one that hits on your happy buttons. This book does it for me.
One thing I will say is the author has a weird/morbid sense of humor. He talks freely about feeding poodles to hellhounds and running over gnomes, and this might be a turnoff to some readers. Once I got used to that, it didn't bother me as much. I think the worldbuilding was good. Set in New York, but the magical Kingdom is adjacent, and can only be reached by some with a magical tie.
Marissa is a cool character. She's tough as nails but also vulnerable in other ways. She reflects the psyche of the average twentysomething person: trying to figure out who they are and what they are doing, and what they want to do with their lives? Marissa has had it tough because her destiny wasn't exactly her own. Her only goal was working off her debt and getting back to her family. It's absolutely heartbreaking when she realizes the truth about her family. However, Marissa's feels very much like a fairy tale heroine. I like that Marissa's angst becomes her strength. While Grimm is her boss, I think their relationship is very complex. I would say that Grimm is almost like the father that Marissa craves. While her family seemed to throw her away, Grimm has given her another family and taken pretty good care of her, considering.
The romance was very cute. Nelson plants some seeds but never gives the whole story away, so one is likely to ask why Marissa thought this person was the target. I liked Liam a lot and I hope he sticks around. His curse is kinda sucky for him, but cool from an urban fantasy perspective. Ari is fun as well. A very unprincess-like princess who plays a huge role in this story.
The reviews aren't great for this, but I give it a strong thumbs up. The author knows his fairy tales and takes the reader along for a ride that is in parts funny, sad, scary, creepy, and feels unique even with some elements that make it fit well within the urban fantasy genre. Some aspects were a bit confusing, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me. Overall, I found this thoroughly enjoyable and I devoured it in about 36 hours.
This was a nice little gem. Reminds me a lot of Highlander in a good way, but has a different edge to it. I wish the action scenes were less repetitivThis was a nice little gem. Reminds me a lot of Highlander in a good way, but has a different edge to it. I wish the action scenes were less repetitive and more detail with the sword-fighting, but otherwise a good action/adventure novel.
In my opinion, this is the best volume in this run of Justice League. I feel after volume two, they just got better, but this is definitely the best sIn my opinion, this is the best volume in this run of Justice League. I feel after volume two, they just got better, but this is definitely the best so far. The strength of it is telling the story of the dark versions of the Justice League. They are absolutely bone-chilling. I think that horror is not always supernatural aspects, but delving into the psychological heart of darkness. In this care, seeing what an Evil Clark Kent/Superman, Batman, and others would be like. What if the Justice League was merely a syndicate of super-powered, super-evil villains who have plenty of agency to do whatever they want? That is not a world we want to live in, trust me. Unfortunately, the Crime Society have gotten a foot into our world.
I think that I really liked this volume because it's so high on character development. It shows how Earth 3's version of Batman, Owlman is really like the evil side of Batman. He has all Bruce Wayne's strengths, but also a twisted, sick lack of morality that allows him to make methodically evil choices. You really don't want an Owlman when you can have a Batman. Same to be said for Kal-Il/Clark Kent/Ultraman. That's a case of nurture versus nature. Both sets of parents were evil, if not twisted. Kal-Il received all the teachings of his father as he traveled to Earth-2, and they were about the worst conditioning you could give a child, unless you want them to be absolutely twisted morally. Teach a child to hate weakness and to believe that strength is everything, that strength allows someone to take whatever they want with impunity. Earth 3's version of the Green Lantern is rather like the flip-side of the whole ideology of the Green Lantern Corps. Instead of being powered by will, how about your fears and pain being used against you to power the ring? And let's not talk about Johnny Quick and Atomica, a pair of thrill killer/criminal lovers who happen to become super-powered when they are about to commit suicide after a botched escapade. One shortcoming is that we don't learn much about Superwoman, other than she's a piece of work. I am intensely curious about her, and I hope that we get her backstory in the next volume.
This whole adventure is narrated by The Grid, the computer virus/AI consciousness that takes over the super-powered machinery of Vic Stone, Cyborg and expels his human part. I like the way that Vic deals with The Grid and the group of unlikely crime-fighters he recruits.
"Forever Heroes" left me wanting more of this series. High on adventure, suspense, and character development, it was a page turner.
This was a 'meh' read to me. Eclipso is super-powered and super-evil, but he's also super-annoying. I don't care much for posturing villains, and he'sThis was a 'meh' read to me. Eclipso is super-powered and super-evil, but he's also super-annoying. I don't care much for posturing villains, and he's that in spades. when his origins are revealed, you are thinking 'what a whiny baby!' instead of being scared of him. That's not to say he doesn't wreak a lot of habit in this book. He really does. I gave this three stars because the action is pretty epic, and there is no guarantee of a happy ending. You pretty much think it's all over until the last few pages. I've liked the first couple of JLA titles, but this one didn't do much for me. I'm not very familiar with this team, and it was interesting getting to know them, such as I did.
I had trouble tracking the story between the graphics and the prose. One of my pet peeves with graphic novels. They can be done very well where this is not a problem, but it wasn't in this volume. It doesn't help that the cast of characters is so expansive. Eclipso has the ability to take over and make people into his minions, and the confusing part for me is not knowing what the various characters are normally like, makes them as evil minions sort of meaningless. Probably someone who has more background in the DC Universe than I do may feel different. On the good side, the artwork is very good. I find Donna Troy's outfit mesmerizing, a jumpsuit with quasars and stars on it. It was almost hypnotic, quite honestly. Probably one of the aspects I liked most about this book.
My experience with the JL and JLA graphic novels I've read is hit and miss. This one was more of a miss for me....more
I had trouble rating this because it lacks the impact of the first volume. Forever seems to get lost in the shuffle, and she was less defined as a chaI had trouble rating this because it lacks the impact of the first volume. Forever seems to get lost in the shuffle, and she was less defined as a character. Although I felt the flashbacks give more insight into Forever's relationship with her 'father.' The new storyline about the Barrett family, who have to leave their homestead and travel to the city was interesting, but also sad. At first I didn't get how it tied into the main story, but their paths intersect with Forever in a very pivotal way. It will be interesting to see where their story leads next.
I still like Forever's character a lot and will keep reading this for her. I think without her as a focus, the story is much less interesting though. I'm not much of a fan of post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction, but I love women warriors/kickbutt artists like a house on fire. Rucka seems to like them as much as I do.
Hawkins keeps it real about rakes, except she doesn't show how many of them died from venereal disease. I was livid about that *S$!@ bet from the begiHawkins keeps it real about rakes, except she doesn't show how many of them died from venereal disease. I was livid about that *S$!@ bet from the beginning. Felt sorry for Imogen. I did feel when I read, and not always good things.
A fun cozy mystery tailor-made for people like me who are as addicted to baking shows as they are to eating baked treats. The mystery was pretty goodA fun cozy mystery tailor-made for people like me who are as addicted to baking shows as they are to eating baked treats. The mystery was pretty good too.