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.
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.
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
Chew continues to be the marvelous book that I fell in love with from the very first volume. Rather than losing steam, it has only gained it, and it' Chew continues to be the marvelous book that I fell in love with from the very first volume. Rather than losing steam, it has only gained it, and it's only with great effort that I sit down to write this review rather than just jumping into the next book immediately.
In this book the plot continues to barrel forward towards the inevitable conclusion. We leave far too many characters with unresolved fates - who will live, who will die? The series has already shown all too much willingness to allow characters to succumb to their fates, so it's with trepidation that I continue. In this volume there is an ill-advised showdown against The Collector, Poyo adventures, Tony getting far too tired of being pushed around and showing both a willingness to pursue happiness, and an unwillingness to continue to go on doing the same old thing. The character development is beautiful, on all sides, an the Poyo covers hilarious.
The Unisaurus Rex was probably my favorite, along with the later Jeff Goldblum fanclub cake joke.
I can only continue to eagerly recommend this book to anyone willing to read it. You'll get what you wanted, and oh so much more. It never ceases to amaze me how moving and hilarious Chew manages to be....more
This was an interesting attempt to recapture the magic of the A.A. Milne classics. I went into it with an open mind, but almost immediately couldn'tThis was an interesting attempt to recapture the magic of the A.A. Milne classics. I went into it with an open mind, but almost immediately couldn't help but be struck by the stark differences in the writing styles. David Benedictus nearly hits the mark from time to time in his writing, but more often makes the characters a bit too aggressive, or a bit too overbearing and the result is an odd sort of shadow of the original that never entirely hits the moralistic nearly philosophical stance of Pooh.
One of the biggest problems with the book, for me, was the introduction of Lottie the otter. While adding a new character is not a bad idea - Tigger was new in the second book, after all - Lottie quickly becomes the star of the show. Lottie can do no wrong, and comes off as rather snobbish and with little to temper that character. Too often the characters are in awe of her, and then take a backseat to her; instead of it being the characters learning to deal with Lottie, it's 'isn't Lottie wonderful'? Additionally, Lottie isn't Christopher Robin's, but rather an actual otter... which destroys too much of the liminal space that Pooh is meant to occupy.
There were aspects of the book I enjoyed, foremost of which was the ending. Some of the stories hit the mark rather nicely, and I am by no means against the idea of people further contributing to the Pooh canon. Personally, I just feel that books such as The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet better captured the spirit of the original and the attraction of simplicity. Nevertheless, this will certainly be a book that children love and the illustrations are wonderful....more
Chew only keeps getting better. The series began as something that I thought would be light reading; the plot is ridiculous, after all. the US lost 23Chew only keeps getting better. The series began as something that I thought would be light reading; the plot is ridiculous, after all. the US lost 23 million in the avian flu epidemic, and the world 113 million more. Chicken and all other poultry has been outlawed, and the FDA quickly became the most powerful organization in the world. Fringe groups believe the government manufactured the threat of avian flu, and underground chicken pushers are thriving. Our hero is Tony Chu, a cibopath, which means he has the ability to get psychic impressions from the food that eats. Naturally this leads to him eating people, and more disturbing things still, in order to help solve crimes. Ridiculous, right?
As the series progresses we meet even more ridiculous people with troubling powers. In this volume, for instance, we see a photographer who has the ability to create strong sexual responses in people from the pictures he takes of food. This leads to the publication of the perverted magazine... Food Luv. For all of the series ridiculousness, though, there is a lot of character development and downright touching moments. Tony's relationship with his estranged daughter, and his daughter's relationship with Amelia (Tony's girlfriend) are incredibly touching and natural in the way they evolve. Just the way the various characters handle grief and react to one another - the sacrifices they make and the loyalty they show - are fantastic. This is an oddly human, and evocative series in the midst of all the absurdity.
I'm so glad I decided to pick up this comic, and I'm sad I'm getting closer and closer to the end. There are so many mysteries I'm looking forward to seeing solve, but man, I've fallen in love with these characters and this crazy universe. I'm happy there's still more to read. ...more
The last volume of Chew Space Cakes was upsetting enough that I didn't read any further last night. It wasn't V.C. Andrews or Cormac McCarthy levelThe last volume of Chew Space Cakes was upsetting enough that I didn't read any further last night. It wasn't V.C. Andrews or Cormac McCarthy level upsetting, but it left me with a hollowness that I genuinely didn't expect I'd feel reading this comic series. The books had been disturbing, yeah, but more of a Preacher level madness than much else. Nevertheless, Space Cakes managed to leave me feeling a bit lost and hollow. Yet still, we travel on...
Bad Apples picked up where Space Cakes left off and kicked things into high gear almost immediately. The amusement, the lull that was present in Major League Chew and Space Cakes, slight though it was, is now fully absent. Tony is on a mission, and nothing is going to stop him. Even Colby fully comes into his own and comes through. Olive is now a full part of the story, and the Vampire is confronted for the very first time. You can almost feel the electric excitement as everything begins to fall into place. This is story-telling, and this is a startling pace that is so immensely satisfying after the end of the last book. Character development, confrontations, and a cliff-hanger of an ending I didn't see coming. Perfect.
Chew continues to astonish and deliver and I'm both happy things are speeding up since there's only 5 volumes left and this means it will all wrap up well (theoretically) and devastated since it means I'm nearing the end.
I started in on this series after it had ended, and I am very happy I made that choice. It would've driven me a bit mad constantly waiting for the nexI started in on this series after it had ended, and I am very happy I made that choice. It would've driven me a bit mad constantly waiting for the next issue. The series is addictive as it is funny and engaging. The artwork is fantastic, the palette vibrant, and the plot a series of twists and turns that is consistently catching me by surprise - not just with the big things, but also the little details. It's clear John Layman really knows what he's doing.
This volume just... It's difficult to go into the details without giving things away. Suffice to say, you'll see more Poyo, more Toni, more Caesar and Colby. The humor hit hard and relentlessly, especially with the Poyo plots and had me laughing harder than I have yet with the series. Then the serious plot kicked in in all of its beauty and.. gods did it hit me hard. I didn't expect that from the comic, and I have to say it raised the bar in a truly beautiful way.
Chew is hitting all of the right notes for me and I can't wait to read more. It's been a crazy ride so far, and I find myself caring about these characters more than I ever expected. I love these books, and I'm going to be recommending the hell out of them for a long time to come....more
There are a lot of things I could say about Chew. The series centers around the adventures of Tony Chu, a cibopath. Cibopathy means he has the unenviaThere are a lot of things I could say about Chew. The series centers around the adventures of Tony Chu, a cibopath. Cibopathy means he has the unenviable ability to draw psychic impressions from whatever he eats. He eats an apple, he can tell you where it was grown, who harvested it, what pesticides were used... He eats veal, and gets a rather different and darker impression. Naturally, you can see where this leads.
This book sees Tony's daughter kidnapped and in training under Savoy. Tony kidnapped, Colby assigned to a rather ornery lion in the USDA, and a number of other, far stranger things. Tony is kidnapped for sex - in particular, to eat the remains of the baseball greats to share the lurid details of their sex lives. And that's probably the most normal plotline we've encountered so far. New powers, new conspiracies, and incoming vampires? Yeah, that's Chew.
This series, honestly, just keeps getting better. I'm laughing, I'm on the edge of my seat, and I'm spending far too much time looking into the background details and realizing, again and again, just how lucky I am I picked up these books. So, thank you Karen, and I hope you pick these up soon Alligator. You won't regret it....more
I first started reading these after being alerted that the final issue was out thanks to the lovely Karen. If youMy love affair with Chew continues.
I first started reading these after being alerted that the final issue was out thanks to the lovely Karen. If you aren't following her reviews, please do. I had added the first book to my to-read shelf back when it came out, but honestly I'm glad I waited so long to dive in. This series is fantastic, addictive, and downright hilarious. The art is phenomenal, the writing smart and funny, and the plot downright insane. While Finder forever has my heart as the best comic series I've read, Chew is right up there in the top five. If you like Preacher and Transmetropolitan I'd be willing to bet you'd like Chew, too. It hits the right comedic notes, alongside the right level of downright insanity.
This volume finally brought in the sky-writing from volume 3. Here's the mystery of the gallasberry continues, alongside Applebee's ever growing desire to kill Chu in the line of duty. The vampire is back (he's Serbian, not Russian), we learn of more epicurean freakshows, and begin to have our first glimpse at what I assume is the end-game. There's some purpose to this madness, and after reading this far along, I have full faith that the writers will deliver and deliver in force the full force of a plot well-delivered.
Honestly, I can't recommend this series enough and I know I'll be binge reading to the end over the next couple days. I only hope volume 12 comes in reasonably quickly so I'm not waiting too long on the finale....more
This is it, folks. The final book in the original Goosebumps series. Number 62. It's been a wild ride. Finishing this book marks the completion of a lThis is it, folks. The final book in the original Goosebumps series. Number 62. It's been a wild ride. Finishing this book marks the completion of a life-long goal of mine. It's crazy that I didn't do this sooner, but now, with pride, I can claim to have read the full of the original series. Do I go on to Goosebumps 2000? Perhaps. But for now, I can rest with my first goal complete.
Evan Ross, Andy, and distressingly Kermit are back. Evan is watching Kermit for ten days while his parents are out of town. Why he needs to babysit/is getting paid to babysit when Aunt Dee is there is uncertain. But for now, he's watching Kermit and responsible for that child's actions. Naturally, Kermit is wrecking havoc once more. When, one night, Kermit dumps the can of Monster Blood that Andy brings over out, disaster strikes. This isn't green Monster Blood, no, this is blue Monster Blood. This one creates creatures, evil creatures with a thirst for water that makes them multiply. Each time they multiply, they get meaner. WHAT DO?
So, yeah, the Monster Blood books never really did much for me from the start. In this book's favor, the multiplying creatures were a lot more interesting than just making things bigger, which was pretty played out by the end of the first book. This book also had the benefit of making Kermit a bit more mature in its favor, and Evan just a bit less stupid. It was a quick, entertaining read, and with less obnoxious characters not the slog that Monster Blood III turned out to be.
So, all in all not a terrible end to a generally amusing kid's series....more
One of the amusing things about my Goosebumps journey is that I'm coming across books I genuinely didn't recall reading. It's only when I get to certaOne of the amusing things about my Goosebumps journey is that I'm coming across books I genuinely didn't recall reading. It's only when I get to certain scenes that I remember having read the book before, and then the nostalgia comes rushing back in. This is one of those books. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, this is one of the hardest Goosebumps books to find now as it didn't get reprinted in any of the classic Goosebumps runs. So. Good luck finding it, and read it at your own risk.
Marco is out playing softball with some friends when a girl, Gwynnie, accidentally hits him in the head with her bat. What follows is one of the most disturbing and disgusting Goosebumps books I've ever read. Dream and reality mix and mingle - the protagonist can't tell what's real and what's fiction, and honestly, the reader can't either. It's only in the moments when a character reaches into their mouth and begins pulling their organs out by the tongue that you realize something is seriously wrong... or what about when the main character nearly gets his tongue ripped out but instead it keeps coming, a disgusting pile of ribbon like muscle? This book is messed up, but you just keep reading, even through the cringing.
I'm really torn about how many stars to give it. It's a unique book, a disgusting book, a twisted little foray into horror that I can't deny left a clear impression on me when I first read it, and even more of one now. It very well might deserve more stars and I might need to revisit it for that, but... Yeah. Definitely not a Goosebumps title to miss and unfortunately one that has likely gotten lost over the years due to lack of reprints.
Just. Ugh. For once the thrills and chills were real....more
Since I began my Goosebumps read through I've been looking forward to reading Werewolf Skin. It isn't a Goosebump book I'd read before, and having beSince I began my Goosebumps read through I've been looking forward to reading Werewolf Skin. It isn't a Goosebump book I'd read before, and having been disappointed with my adult read through of The Werewolf of Fever Swamp I was hopeful that this series would have at least one good werewolf book. Luckily, Werewolf Skin exceeded my expectations and proved to be a very enjoyable read. I could see how it would be a pretty darn frightening book for a child, and how the twist would likely shock them - though as an adult it's an easy one to see coming.
Alex Hunter is staying with his aunt and uncle for a few weeks while his parents are away on a business trip. Luckily, he's excited about it. He wants to be a photographer, and his aunt and uncle are both professionals in that business, and Wolf Creek offers ample opportunity for good photos that the city just doesn't. The only trouble is something weird is going on in Wolf Creek. It seems everyone there believes in werewolves, and there's the Marling's, who seem to be going out every night...
This is a suspenseful werewolf story, and it brings the gore in a way Werewolf of Fever Swamp didn't. It helps that this book also features, you know, werewolves and explains R.L. Stine's take on the mythos. The skepticism that Alex has towards it, his slow turn to belief - it's fun to read. Even more fun is the descriptions of how he feels being hunted. So, this would go on my Best of Goosebumps list, and I'm happy I finally got to read it!...more
This book was originally recommended to me by a friend after the first season of Netflix's Daredevil came out. While the show did draw heavily from thThis book was originally recommended to me by a friend after the first season of Netflix's Daredevil came out. While the show did draw heavily from the comic, the comic is very much its own entity and in some ways becomes even darker than the show manages to be. The character of Karen is notably different in the comic as well, and while she suffers from some of the typical Frank Miller writing stereotypes, she in no way is as caricatured as, say, Catwoman in Batman Year One or the girls of Sin City. This is long before Frank Miller became pretty much a stereotype of himself.
The comic is the story of Kingpin's destruction of everything Matt Murdock holds dear. Matt is beaten, his ex having sold his identity for a hit of heroin, and one by one everything that made Matt Matt is taken from him. His job, his money, his house, his friends. Matthew becomes a pariah, all that is left to him his senses and Daredevil... until even the identity of Daredevil is no longer his own. How does one become born again when they are beaten so low?
This book is a character study as much as it is a story. We see Matt at his worst, and in many ways how his worst is what makes him the stalwart fighter that he is. Matt needs people to save, he needs the costume, he needs the identity of Daredevil to function - but how can that be gotten again when no one will stand up to the Kingpin? Men like Ben are needed, too. Like Foggy says in the extra comic, added for completions sake at the end of Born Again, we've got to keep believing in the good in other people. Otherwise, what are we doing? We all could use a little grace....more
This was a Goosebumps book that stuck with me. I remembered it fairly clearly, from the twist at the end to the creepiness of the elevator that movesThis was a Goosebumps book that stuck with me. I remembered it fairly clearly, from the twist at the end to the creepiness of the elevator that moves sideways. I've been eager to reread it from the start due to how fundamentally it scared me in the first read through. Surprisingly, this book was not so much colored by nostalgia as it was a genuinely good book. This was a great relief after the disappointment of The Werewolf of Fever Swamp. My only real complaint is that I wish this book had been longer...
Tommy has been displaced since his dad re-married and they moved into his new mom's house. A new mom, a new town, a new school - he really doesn't feel like he fits in. In an attempt to make new friends he joins the Dance Decoration Committee and becomes decently close with Ben and a girl named Thalia. While looking for some tape the night of the dance he gets lost in the halls of the school with Ben, and they come across a mysterious elevator. Where will it take them? Will they get back? Welcome to my favorite Goosebumps book.
The idea of Greyworld is a brilliant one. There's something deeply creepy about the lack of all color and how it affects people. The feral kids are downright terrifying, and the setting is like something out of Silent Hill. I love the mystery of it, and was genuinely surprised the first read through by which kid it was who had escaped Greyworld, and just how they might try to get back. I wish this book had been longer, but plot-wise it's inventive, I cared about the characters and think Tommy is one of the better protagonists in the Goosebumps series. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about this book....more
I'm nearing the end of my Goosebumps read-through and it is rapidly becoming quite the rocky ride. I'm not certain just how many of the books were ghoI'm nearing the end of my Goosebumps read-through and it is rapidly becoming quite the rocky ride. I'm not certain just how many of the books were ghostwritten, a true Goosebumps aficianado I'm sure could tell you that, but the quality has definitely gone downhill. While some of the previous books included things such as - character development, suspense, and a decently linear plot with a cringe-worthy ending, this book had no such thing. It was action from the get-go, and little of the classic 90s conservationism that made Deep Trouble an altogether decent read.
We're back with the Deeps on Dr. Deep's ship in the Caribbean. Where before they had discovered mermaids, this book ignores that pretty much entirely and no mermaid makes an appearance. No, this story is about something different - and that something isn't even the teased sea serpent from the first book. Nope. This book is about various marine creatures eating plankton and growing to shocking sizes which... isn't really that compelling.
There's no real characterization, and the giant sea-creatures aren't really that threatening. There's no rhyme or reason as to why some grow and others don't, nor why Dr. Deep was unaware that another scientist was working in the same area he was staying in. The action is pretty mediocre, and although the characters carried over from the first book, I didn't really relate to or like any of them. This book was just a mess....more
And so I continue my life-long dream of reading and reviewing every Goosebumps book from the original series. I'm nearing the end, and the quality ofAnd so I continue my life-long dream of reading and reviewing every Goosebumps book from the original series. I'm nearing the end, and the quality of the books is somewhat wavering. After a brief respite, I'm going to try to dash to that distant finish line.
Sammy and his friend Roxanne are both obsessed with ghosts. Unfortunately for Sammy, he's about to meet a ghost of a sort. Brent, an invisible boy, decides to take up residence in Sammy's room in order to make Sammy his new best friend. Unfortunately, Sammy is stupid enough to tell Roxanne about this invisible friend and the process of Sammy's stupidity ruining his life/Brent trying to help him with things and making things worth begins.
My Best Friend is Invisible is one of those books that both would work better as a TV show or film and.. wouldn't work better as one. It would work better since the action is primarily visual and scenes like the ghost sequence in Hedge House just.. work better on a screen and can be properly paced there. It wouldn't work better due to the eye-roll inducing twist at the end. All in all, not the best or most compelling Goosebumps book and the twist at the end just sealed its mediocrity.
The final book in this oh-so-exciting saga. How many deaths will there be? How much blood? Will Betty and Veronica find appropriate outfits to die in?The final book in this oh-so-exciting saga. How many deaths will there be? How much blood? Will Betty and Veronica find appropriate outfits to die in? Will they break the "Jaguar's Curse?" So many questions, and all of them get answered in this final volume of Archie vs Predator.
Archie is dying, after valiantly attempting to come to the rescue. It's up to Betty and Veronica to save the day, and be fashionable in doing it. Where is Mr. Lodge? It doesn't matter. What matters is there are swords, maces, and other such ridiculous weapons to yield. And here comes Predator. Let the final battle begin!
This issue was even funnier than the last one. I loved the ending, the entire notion of it all. I loved the plan to essentially Skyfall the place into oblivion. Not to mention the fact that Mr. Lodge is low-key an arms dealer. Alex de Campi, we're truly blessed to have your crazy mind here. And hey! A little Josie and the Pussycats meets FINDER snippet in the back. My love affair with Carla Speed McNeil's work will never die. ...more
If you come to Archie vs Predator expecting gratuitous gore and spine ripping decapitations, an absurd body count, and the perverse pleasure of watchIf you come to Archie vs Predator expecting gratuitous gore and spine ripping decapitations, an absurd body count, and the perverse pleasure of watching Archie, Betty, and Veronica trembling in fear for their very lives - you've found the perfect book. If you're expecting something plot-heavy and soul-searching, you've gotta look elsewhere.
The body count rises and the PTSD sets in. I was pleasantly surprised by this entry in the series, as it actually brought some depth to Dilton's character and the hilariously meta comment that everything is about Archie. In this volume we get a robot fight against Predator, more deaths, more self-aware teenagers doing the smart thing and fleeing, and the all important question: shouldn't we just let Veronica die?
I'm enjoying laughing along with these books even if they're ultimately nothing special. They're the b-movie of comics, and the deliver just that sort of guilty pleasure and grinning self-awareness that I want. I'm glad this series exists, and I'm honestly hoping to read a bit more of the current Archie titles in the near future. They're fun stuff....more
I first began picking these issues up because the absurdity of it was attractive to me. I mean, what twisted mind decides it's a great idea to pair thI first began picking these issues up because the absurdity of it was attractive to me. I mean, what twisted mind decides it's a great idea to pair the all-American wholesome as can be Archie with the blood and guts strewn world of Predator? And when can I meet those twisted-minded individuals? I think I'd like them.
This second issue brought forth everything lacking in the first. There was Sabrina the Teenaged Witch reading from the Necronomicon, a clear bias in favor of Betty in every scene with her and Veronica, some brutal explosions and spine-rippings, and all the mayhem one could wish for. I'm wondering exactly who is going to be left to take on the Predator at the end of all of this - the death toll is already so high. I guess that's the fun of this not falling into Archie canon. Also, apparently there is an Archie canon now? I really need to pick up Afterlife with Archie sometime.
This issue really upped the game and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It isn't the best thing ever but it is fun and amusing. Nothing life-shattering, but the sort of B-movie drivel that I have a huge soft-spot for. So, don't pick this comic up expecting anything great, but if you pick it up for a couple of giggles it will wholeheartedly deliver....more
Having not yet read Afterlife with Archie this was my first glimpse at the more 'mature' Archie titles. The absurdity of Archie meeting Predator, theHaving not yet read Afterlife with Archie this was my first glimpse at the more 'mature' Archie titles. The absurdity of Archie meeting Predator, the ridiculous over-the-top violence such an idea promised... all of it prove irresistible to me. So, for a time, these became surprise gifts to my mother-in-law each time a new issue was released. And, yes, we managed to get the alternate covers for all but one of the issues.
Archie and the gang are headed to a remote tropical island thanks to a winning ticket Jughead found in his tayto-chips. This first issue is light on the thrills, and big on the set-up. Nevertheless, it was fun to see the gang again in a scenario that was not just rehashed from the original run. The art was good, colors vibrant, though not a lot happened really...
I'm looking forward to future issues and hoping that more happens, but am perfectly fine accepting the set-up in the first issue for what it is. When even Sandman struggles in its first issue you know you're in pretty fine company... Not that I expect Sandman level brilliance from Archie Vs. Predator.
I'm continuing to binge-read this series now that most of them have come through the many holds I put down at the library. I just can't thank Karen, aI'm continuing to binge-read this series now that most of them have come through the many holds I put down at the library. I just can't thank Karen, and the myriad of other GoodReads friends who have gone through this series, for encouraging me through their gushing reviews to jump on in. I haven't felt this sort of excitement in reading a comic book series (or laughing so much at one) since I breezed though Preacher and Transmetropolitan. And hey. I'm looking forward to rereading both of those soon enough..
It's also worth noting that this volume I got from the library looks like someone took a bite out of the back cover. Should I get a picture of it for you guys?
It's awesome to me how many pieces are tying together. The pace of these books is great, the humor continues to be on point, and I'm just falling more and more in love with the characters (and their terrible food pun names) with each page I turn. Poyo, King of the Chickens, is hilarious and terrifying, Colby is such a lovable prick, Tony and Amelia are killer, and even D-Bear has his charm. I can't get enough of this. The fact that the insanity that went down in the Arctic is being fully addressed and unfolding slowly, that Savoy is such a wonderful wild-card... I know this review is incoherent, but I just can't emphasize the enjoyment I'm getting out of these pages. It's great.
In short - everyone should be reading this series. It gets better with each issue/volume and rewards careful reading in a way I'm honestly unused to. The ridiculous pamphlets, ads, etc. in the background of the pages are inspired. It's clear everyone working on these books loves their jobs....more
My love affair with the series continues with the second volume. While the first one was a bewildering assault of the mind and senses, the second oneMy love affair with the series continues with the second volume. While the first one was a bewildering assault of the mind and senses, the second one begins to trace out the larger parts of a bigger plotline. Small asides in the first book come to fruition, and you really get the feel that a lot is going to go down before the series is through...
Tony is reunited with the hilarious prick of a partner Colby. Taking time off, he travels to a small Micronesian island with his brother who has been offered quite the attractive position working as a chef once more. Mysterious plants that taste like chicken, vampirism, USDA agents, murder, mayhem, and political revolution. Expect all of this and more, as well as the magnificent King of the Chickens.
It's a wild ride.
I can't wait to continue this series. It's truly a gem!...more
Well, it's been a wild ride, guys. When I went to reread Bunnicula I only had the vague idea that a sequel existed, and never imagined the series wouWell, it's been a wild ride, guys. When I went to reread Bunnicula I only had the vague idea that a sequel existed, and never imagined the series would be 7 books long. I also never imagined the the series would be such a beautiful, and ultimately effective series at detailing how people change over time and some of the deeper ways relationships evolve. It's a great series from start to finish, and one I'm glad kids have. Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow was a beautiful end to it all, and a great book about writing.
When Pete wins the FleshCrawlers write-in contest and gets M.T. Graves to visit his town nobody expected that he'd want to stay with them, nor that he'd bring along his faithful companion Edgar Allan Crow. Chester, knee-deep in his own neurotic tendencies, things there's something off with the author. Graves seems to have taken an unhealthy interest in Bunnicula, after all, and why is it every animal in the FleshCrawlers series ends up a victim. Could he be up to no good? And beyond that, just what's in the bag he won't let anyone touch, and what does he mean when he says he writes from his own personal experiences...?
This is a good book about writing, and how much people change over time. I was touched by revelation about Graves, and more than a little moved by the whole Edgar Allan Crow arc. The Editor's Notes, likewise, were read with just a touch of melancholy as it now truly is over. Harold is getting old, after all, and change isn't always a bad thing. We learn, and we grow, and somehow we always tend to get by all right.
What a great journey for anyone willing to take it. I'm so glad books exist....more
This book was an even quicker read than Return to Howliday Inn, but it was a charming one. It's interesting to see how the family dynamics evolve froThis book was an even quicker read than Return to Howliday Inn, but it was a charming one. It's interesting to see how the family dynamics evolve from book to book, and how much everyone's lives, including the Editor's, change. There's a note of finality to the book, a looming knowledge that the end may indeed be near. Seeing how even the story being read to Harold in the beginning is "The Final Problem" you go in knowing disaster will happen before the end.
Chester is at it again. Bunnicula is getting ill, and doesn't seem to be getting better. Chester assures Harold and Howie that he's "taking care of it" and Harold has had enough. Chester may be his friend, but so is Bunnicula, and too long he's gone along with the various plans to destroy the vampire rabbit. It's time for him to stand up for what he knows is right - but at what cost?
This book continues the somewhat darker themes that were first established in Return to Howliday Inn. While there are still plenty of laughs, the subject matter does tend to be darker than what I expected, and the moral questions a bit more potent still. I enjoyed it immensely, though ultimately I wish it was longer. Just can't get enough of these characters....more
Harold, Chester, and Howie are at it again and once more Bunnicula is just in the wings. The Monroe's are away on a vacation, and somehow seem perfectHarold, Chester, and Howie are at it again and once more Bunnicula is just in the wings. The Monroe's are away on a vacation, and somehow seem perfectly comfortable leaving their pets at the very boarding location that before nearly resulted in dognapping and police intervention. It's safe now, you say? Not so fast. Terror always awaits in the Bunnicula books, as well as delicious mysteries and very heartwarming twists and turns.
Once more in Chataeu Bow-Wow, the gang encounters a new cast of fascinating characters. There's Felony and Miss Demeanor, two unsavory 'cat burgling' cats. The Weasel, an aptly named mustelid. Lily and Bob, two upper-class dogs, and the deeply depressed Great Dane Hamlet. There's also a mysterious pile of bones uncovered along with a collar with the name Rosebud on it... and alas, this poor Yorkie was one Hamlet knew well.
While this mystery isn't nearly the depth that the first Howliday Inn was, the action is fast-paced and full of interesting twists and turns. It's a quick read, and a more charming one than I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed it, for all of its rushed pace and conclusion, and can see where a child would love it even more since it lacks the build that made Howliday Inn a joy when I read it, and a bore to younger audiences....more
I'm likely a blasphemer for shelving this book under 'Children's Book' but what can I do. I grew up on this series, as I'm sure many did, and I turnedI'm likely a blasphemer for shelving this book under 'Children's Book' but what can I do. I grew up on this series, as I'm sure many did, and I turned out reasonably all right. Sure, I was scared stiff by the contents and illustrations in the third book in this series, but that never permanently hurt anyone, right? These books had a special place in my childhood, as they did for many. If anyone is new coming into these books MAKE SURE YOU GET THE FIRST EDITION COPIES. The reprinted editions do not have Stephen Gammell's illustrations, which takes away most of the uneasy allure of these books. Gammell is a must.
While originally these books contained for me unspeakable terrors, now I'm more interested in the notes at the back of the book. I admire Alvin Schwartz for the work that he's done. Intentionally, very intentionally, he taught multiple generations of children classic folktales, well-sourced and well remembered, and created in us an unbroken chain of children growing up with stories from the 1920s, the 1800s, and sometimes even older. He gave us a taste of the past that, thanks to Stephen Gammell's haunting illustrations, was every bit as haunting as it likely was when first spoken around a fire or in the cool of the night.
This first collection is split into thirds. Stories to be told aloud as they contain jump-scares (great for telling, not so interesting for reading), ghost stories (many classics), stories involving the many faces of death, urban legends, and finally... funny stories. The funny stories were the ones I remembered best from this collection - in particular The Viper, which I shamelessly retold throughout my childhood to fits of laughter.
Five stars for the illustration, a very nice three for the contents. These books age well and I dearly hope are now terrifying a new generation as they should be....more