I received a copy of this book for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'd been hearing buzz about this book for some time. SmallI received a copy of this book for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'd been hearing buzz about this book for some time. Small pictures here an there showed it to be a maturely drawn, titillating sociopolitical study of sorts. Around the time people started sharing pictures of the Neanderthals and the marriage retreat protests I knew I had to get my hands on this. This TPB collects issues one through six and shows The Flintstones truly deserves not only the buzz, but the title of one of the best comics of 2016. This easily could have been a kid's comic with all of the Odd Couple hilarity the show originally had - instead it's a truly beautiful commentary on life itself.
The Flintstones uses the past to hold a mirror up to the future. From the hilarity of the Mall and television telling everyone that now that they're a civilization they need to be buying the hot new product: Crap, to the commentary about why domestication originally happened and that marriage is another form of it - this comic is brilliant. Having aliens set down and Gazoo be the one to stop the aliens on spring break from partying there was a hilarious move, and Professor Sargon being a poorly disguised Sagan proclaiming that atoms come together because they're lonely was sheer brilliance. This comic produced laughs, but also reflection which still shock me now.
Fred and Barney are veterans with PTSD, but they're also devoted husbands and members of the community. Wilma wants to be an artist, and Betty wants nothing but to be a mom. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are teens with their own troubles in school, and close and loving friends. The comic is cutting in its commentary, but it never loses its sweet, wholesome heart. This is still the Flintstones, just for an older audience - and man, I love it just as much as I loved the cartoon growing up....more
Man, it's been a crazy ride. From the very first book Chew grabbed me, and it didn't let go until I read every last issue. I fell in love with the cha
Man, it's been a crazy ride. From the very first book Chew grabbed me, and it didn't let go until I read every last issue. I fell in love with the characters, the art, and Poyo. I grew ridiculously invested to the point I often wondered about it while doing other things. The characters became my family, and their drama my own. The fire writing in the sky, the bon vivants... all of it consumed me in some small way. Now that it's over, predictably, I feel just a bit more empty.
That is all right, though. Chew was worth the sadness the end brought. It was worth everything.
This series is at once ridiculous and moving, endearing and absurd. It's clever to an almost painful extent and the beginning predicts the end beautifully. There are so many places where just the smallest choice would have put things on a dramatically different course. Like Fables I predict I'll be rereading Chew for a long time to come.
Can't wait to see what this team does next. Keep me appraised if you can, Karen. x...more
Only one more Chew after this one and the story will be over... Already the air of finality hangs about this issue. Things are wrapping up, charactersOnly one more Chew after this one and the story will be over... Already the air of finality hangs about this issue. Things are wrapping up, characters are dying, the writing in the sky has been translated and just how deep the conspiracy of the avian flu lie goes is becoming known. I devoured this issue in a single sitting, as I have most of the volumes, and it's with dread I stare down the final book and consider just how much I want to know the conclusion.
After this it's over, right? I mean, after this I guess I can finally start Saga... but I don't want it to end.
Tony Chu is a cibopath, meaning he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. If he eats an apple he knows when and where it was planted, what pesticides were used, who grew it, etc. If he eats a person, well... You get the idea. He's one of three remaining cibopaths, the other two being his daughter and Mason Savoy. There are very few cibopaths throughout history, mainly being because inevitably things end with one killing and eating the other, absorbing all they know and can do... and, well, Agent Chu is still refusing to ever work with Savoy...
My love affair with this series only continues. The art is as wonderful as ever, complete with a "Bro, do you even read?" poster outside of a bookstore that I kind of want in my life now. The story is at once funny, compelling, and heartbreaking in turns. This is an emotional rollercoaster that I'm still not entirely prepared to be on, but far too invested in to get off.
Also, yeah, I caved and bought the final TPB instead of waiting for my library to get it in. I'm weak and need it in my life.
The three star rating is in no way meant to disparage this book. This was, in fact, a fascinating and highly enlightening book. The only reason for aThe three star rating is in no way meant to disparage this book. This was, in fact, a fascinating and highly enlightening book. The only reason for a less than four star rating came largely from the fact that I found the final portion of the book (focusing on the the 'medicalization' of the penis and the erection industry) far more boring than the previous sections. I will say that I enjoyed the alternative view to the prevailing one - that by focusing on the ED drugs we're losing the more complex aspects of relationships and that problems may eventually arise due to it - but the mechanics and drug focus just somewhat lost me.
A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis was an incredibly enlightening read. It traces not only the history of our understanding of such a singular organ, but arguably more importantly the changing views society had towards it over time. This results in a book that begins with the Greeks and Romans, threads through the Church and the various ways religion changed how we viewed our sexual selves, the racial, the Freudian, feminist, and eventual medical view of the penis. This book was fascinating, funny, and altogether a lens through which I never quite thought history would or could be viewed. Who doesn't giving a different perspective a try?
Ultimately this book left me with a far broader cultural understanding than I expected it to. It gave me a new way to view history, a new interest in gender studies, and a better understanding of ultimately how little the sexes understand one another. We all have a tendency to oversimplify our sexual identities, and we risk losing a part of ourselves in the process. By the end of the book, it seemed to me that a little of each perspective was the best way to view everything. It's not wholly psychological, physiological, religious, scientific, political, or racial anymore than a person is. We're left with the same mystery we started with, but there is little wrong with that....more
People almost always cite Batman Year One as the best of the Batman comics, or at least the most influential. While I understand how vital it was inPeople almost always cite Batman Year One as the best of the Batman comics, or at least the most influential. While I understand how vital it was in changing the general comic book narrative - how the gritty realism affected Batman comics for a long time to come, and how revolutionary it was to tell the story from Commisioner Gordon's perspective... while all of that may be so, The Dark Knight Returns is a comic both revolutionary and relatively unscathed from the ravages of time. I can't help but feel that this is the story Frank Miller wished to tell from the beginning.
This is Bruce Wayne, age 55, long having retired from being the Batman. This is Gotham, slowly catching up with modern sensibilities and all that it means. Can men like Harvey Dent be rehabilitated? Does Batman coming out of retirement create more criminals than he eradicates? What is the nature of Batman, and what does it mean? And ultimately... what does it all matter? Mix in a female Robin (brilliant), Superman, and Green Arrow and what you have is something psychotic and beautiful, and just... right. It was as if at long last I'd finally found the Batman comic I had always wanted.
The art works extremely well, and the palette is beautiful. This book, more than any other I've read, seemed to fully capture the Joker in all of his insanity and strangeness. Superman in particular was exceptionally drawn, and his introduction was spot-on and the best mirror to Batman imaginable. I adored the new Robin, and how fully Jason was remembered. In truth, there was just about nothing I didn't love about this comic. Everything that rubbed me oddly about Dardevil: Born Again and Batman: Year One were absent in this title. This is pure Frank Miller without so many of the tropes people often complain about.
This book is fairly self-explanatory. Written by Jolie Kerr of the Ask a Clean Person podcast and column fame, this book attacks the most common (andThis book is fairly self-explanatory. Written by Jolie Kerr of the Ask a Clean Person podcast and column fame, this book attacks the most common (and lewd) of cleaning issues with optimism and humor. Contained within these pages are a myriad of helpful hints, always written with frugality and functionality in mind. This is truly an invaluable guide for twenty-somethings, but honestly anyone and everyone can use it.
The book contains handy charts and chapters divided up primarily by the room that it would be tackling. It's easy to use for reference while going around the apartment (as I used it), but also fine for taking notes for future cleaning endeavors. It's a handy reference, a hilarious and helpful read, and slim enough to fit into a purse or apron if you're on the go.
One of the other things I greatly appreciated about this book was her willingness to offer alternatives to bleach, while still being honest about the drawbacks of not using a bleach product. Honesty is appreciated, and she has that in spades....more
As always, Chew delivers. This volume is dangerously close to the end, but it still surprised me to see some stories reasFive stars for that ending!!!
As always, Chew delivers. This volume is dangerously close to the end, but it still surprised me to see some stories reasonably wrapped up. Olive has come into her own, truly, as a strong and vibrant character. Tony has developed into something difficult to recognize from issue #1. He's become confident, become self-possessed, and truly worthy of the powers that he gains throughout this issue. Likewise, John, while not necessarily being all that different from he was in the start, has made some choices that truly startled and delighted me. I never would have thought Chew would grab me as thoroughly as it has in such a short period of time.
This issue sees the confrontation with The Collector. It introduces powers I never would have imagined, mostly gelatin based, and brings back some old characters in truly delightful ways. Chew is a comic where even relatively minor characters get loving attention and growth - how great is that? Likewise, this comic saw some of the funniest background jokes for me. Mainly the Sorry About Your Face :( card that made me lose it. Something about the hospitals wall decor is just so on point...
As in the previous volume the side-stories were extremely entertaining and added a lot to the comic for me. It was nice to get a breather from the main action and encounter something more solidly funny. With the epilogue this book contains it's certainly necessary......more