This book has been on my Want-It-So-Bad list since 2011, and yesterday I finally got to read it!
I should probably mention that I read these a4.5 stars
This book has been on my Want-It-So-Bad list since 2011, and yesterday I finally got to read it!
I should probably mention that I read these as single digital issues. From what I can tell, this volume doesn't have any extras anyway, so I don't think it matters. But, you know, full disclosure and all...
I believe this is the only Dr. Strange solo title I've ever read, so I don't have anything to compare it to. Having said that, I thought this was reallyreallyreally good! The art wasn't anything to get excited over, but it wasn't annoying or bad. Just kinda meh. But the story?! *flaps hands wildly* Emotions! Emotions everywhere!
It starts off with a funny little exchange between Iron Fist and some teen/tween superhero girl that I didn't recognize. They're in the waiting room of the Night Nurse's clinic comparing injuries, and hoping the co-pay is affordable. Bam! Wong busts through the door carrying Dr. Strange, who's bleeding out from a bullet wound! The Night Nurse shoos everyone else outta there, and promptly goes to work on Stephen, while Wong gets ready to donate blood on the next table. Surprise! Strange's astral-self starts hovering above them, explaining how he got into this shape to start with, while simultaneously trying to take over the surgery. But she shuts that shit down fast, by letting him know exactly who's in charge inside her clinic. The back-and-forth between these two was a lot of fun, and really helped keep the story light. For those of you who may not know, the Night Nurse is the chick who runs a Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell kind of clinic, that caters to injured costumed avengers. According to this story, she wants to help them because she was once saved by someone in a cape 'n tights.
Turns out Dr. Strange was shot by a guy who was in the process of robbing his house, but, naturally, there's more to this story than just a simple B&E. First, it was a magic gun. Second, the thief was after a specific potion that Stephen had recently acquired. What was so special about that potion? BOMBSHELL! Wong has a cancerous brain tumor and only weeks(ish) to live! Nooooooooooo! Great job by Vaughn setting up the relationship between Stephen and Wong. You really got a feel for how deeply these two men care for each other, and how strong their bond has become over the years. You also get a peek into the fact that Wong is more of a partner to Stephen than a servant. This guy is more than even a partner, though. Wong is Strange's best friend. So, when he finds out how advanced the disease is, and that Wong is looking into getting his cousin to replace him when he crosses over? It's Wizard Freak-Out Time! No way is he going to just give up and let go. And after consulting a few dusty tomes of magic, he finds what may be a cure. But before he's willing to let Wong swallow that shit down willy-nilly, he sends it off to the lab of a trusted colleague, to make sure it works. It does. In fact, it isn't just a cure for Wong...it's the cure for all cancers! And here's where the gaping wound in his chest comes into play. Someone found out what this potion was capable of, and decided they needed to put an end to it. (view spoiler)[It's the head of a pharmaceutical company...DUH! I honestly shouldn't even have to tag that as a spoiler, you know? (hide spoiler)]
Alrighty, the rest of the story is all about the race against time to get the potion back, before...you know....
This was funny, it tugged at my crusty old heartstrings, and there was even a teeny bit of romance in it. Simply put, this had it all. Highly Recommended!
I'd also like to say a special THANK YOU to this guy, for letting me borrow this, so I could read it!
Especially since all I brought to the table was a Catwoman, Vol. 4: Gotham Underground Buddy-Read. Sorry for that. *cough* Again.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Wow. If I hadn't already read (and liked) the second book, Fate, there is no way I would have picked it up after reading this. Tattoo wasn't awful, butWow. If I hadn't already read (and liked) the second book, Fate, there is no way I would have picked it up after reading this. Tattoo wasn't awful, but the plot wasn't good enough this time to make me overlook the glaringly juvenile tone of the book. It was also too short to flesh out any of the characters, so what you're left with is four stereotypes. The Tough Girl, the Intellectual Girl, the Beautiful Girl, and the Ordinary Girl...who naturally can't really be ordinary, because she's secretly got ties to an ancient fairy bloodline, or some such nonsense. These stereotypical BFFs manage to giggle their way toward an Apocalyptic Battle with an evil fairy, and somehow defeat this centuries old creature like it was an episode of Scooby-Doo.
I know, let's build a trap out of paper mache and lip gloss!
Oops. That didn't work.
Hey, Gang! I'm not sure how I know this, but I think if we throw our magical accessories at her she'll die!
It worked! Now let's all hurry up and get ready for the school dance!
Maybe I'm slightly exaggerating. Maybe I'm not. On the up side, you can skip this book entirely, and read the second book without missing out on anything. At least, that would be my recommendation....more
Wonder Woman is still continues to a solid title, and if you've been enjoying Azzarello's run on her, you won't be disappointed with this latest instaWonder Woman is still continues to a solid title, and if you've been enjoying Azzarello's run on her, you won't be disappointed with this latest installment. If, however, you weren't that enamoured to start with, this is just more of the same, so keep on moving. I fall somewhere in-between the love-it vs hate-it groups. I think it's getting more interesting as it goes along, but I'm still not willing to fall down at the feet of this particular version of Wonder Woman.While I enjoy the mythological side of WW's persona, it's never been my favorite thing about her. I love her super-heroine side more, and I can't help wishing that there was a bit of the Justice League Diana in these volumes. Not that I'm crazy about her portrayal in the JL comics right now, either.
It starts with an insider's peek at the events that shaped First Born, through the eyes of three hookers turned into Oracles via Apollo. And, yes, you read that sentence correctly. Apollo really wants to understand what makes First Born tick. By learning this, he hopes to stop First Born's prophesied ascendance to the throne (which is currently being held by Apollo). Once he feels he's got a bead on his big brother's personality, he embarks on a crazy torture 'n dominate scheme. Shockingly, it backfires.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman still hasn't fully accepted her place as God of War, so there's something of a power vacuum that a few of the players from Olympus are trying to exploit. Diana's main goal, is (as always) to keep her ragtag 'family' safe from all the threats that are lurking in the shadows. Unfortunately, nothing will keep that idiot Zola safe for very long. Once again, she's goaded into making stupid decisions that put everyone at risk. I hate her more with each passing issue.
One of the great things about this title is that you can read it as a stand-alone, and not have to bother with any other DC title to figure out what's going on. So far, this one is only about what's happening on Olympus, and Wonder Woman's role in all of that. Honestly, I don't care who ends up with the throne, I just want to see Diana kick some ass.
I've mentioned it before, but I still have such a disconnect when it comes to the art that I feel like maybe I don't enjoy this as much as I could. It's a personal preference, but I'd personally prefer a style that didn't look like it belonged on the side of a Greek urn.
The final issue leaves you with quite the cliffhanger, so (of course) I'm anxious to read the next volume, and find out what happens. I mean, it's Wonder Woman, so I'm pretty locked into it no matter what. I still read Catwoman, for God's sake! You can't possibly think I'd abandon WW over an issue with the art, if I keep reading the crap they're passing off as a story in the Catwoman title, do you?! I've heard there's a new writer and artist coming to take this one over, so I'm excited to see what the new creative team is going to come up with in the future. Hopefully, a storyline that doesn't focus solely on the gods?
Anyway, this was a good addition to this story arc, so I'm not disappointed with what I read. Recommended for fans of Azzarello's Wonder Woman!
In the world of graphic novels, art can make or break a story. It plays a huge role in not only telling the story, but setting the mood. When2.5 stars
In the world of graphic novels, art can make or break a story. It plays a huge role in not only telling the story, but setting the mood. When you have an artist and a writer who are in sync, it's a thing of beauty. And that's what makes this one so difficult for me to review. Jae Lee's art is phenomenal. Visually, this is one of the most stunning comic books I've ever read. To say it's hauntingly beautiful wouldn't be an overstatement. But. I hated it. To me, it looked like it belonged in a fairytale retelling, not a capes and tights story. Having young Superman wear jeans instead of tights, isn't a new concept. It was done in Action Comics, Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel to give him a fresh/tougher look.
And in that one I think it worked. In this? Not so much. He looked like a little boy with high water pants on.
I know I'm going to catch shit for this, but as much as I loved the art, I thought it was wasted on this title. It was like seeing a fabulous dress on Sylvester Stallone. The dress might be lovely, but if you drape it over Rambo, it's gonna looks stupid. Does that make sense?
As for the story itself? Alternate Earths collide! The plot basically runs along the lines of DARKSEID IS COMING!, but nobody on either Earth knows who the hell that is, and they're too busy squabbling to find out. Our Superman and Batman (who don't know each other yet) are transported by a 'trickster god' to Earth 2, where they meet up with their older counterparts. These guys have a different history than our Bruce and Clark. Having met when they were children, they've formed a solid friendship with each other over the years, while our guys are still spitting and clawing at each other. *insert fight scenes*
There's a way to stop Darkseid, but (according to the trickster) only one Earth can do it. Whoever is willing to 'grasp the power', or something. The older S&B want to destroy the dangerous weapon, while the younger guys think they should hang onto it...just in case. *insert more fight scenes Of course, if you've read Earth 2, Vol. 1: The Gathering, then you already know how well the other guys' strategy worked.
Having a young Batman and Superman giving each other the fish-eye, plus an older version showing how deep the bond of their friendship really runs? It should have been an easy win-win! It wasn't. Something was just off about the whole thing. I don't think I can really even put my finger on it in a coherent way. It wasn't a total loss, but it wasn't all that great, either.
Huh. Chris Claremont is THE MAN when it comes to X-men. And I seriously doubt anyone would disagree with me when I say that he upped the ante when it caHuh. Chris Claremont is THE MAN when it comes to X-men. And I seriously doubt anyone would disagree with me when I say that he upped the ante when it came to creating stories in comic books...back in the day. Having said that? This was pretty craptastic. Hello, Clunky Dialogue! New Exiles looked just fine when I thumbed through it in the library. Normally, checking out the art is a good way to eliminate some of the older/crunchier titles, without having to find the original publication date on the inside. The art? Nice! So, at that point, I felt pretty confident about taking my new friend home. Obviously, if you like the over-the-top way comic characters sounded 30 plus years ago, then this is an unnecessary step. Big thanks to Jeff for taking the bullet on those titles! Anyhoo. Once I started reading, I noticed that the artwork wasn't matching up to the dialogue. This was published in 2008, but it felt like I was reading a much older title. Or maybe even a Parody of an older title. My friend, Mike, is always ranting in his reviews about the whole 'Show! Don't Tell!' thing. This was a perfect example of what he's talking about. However, he also loves the word *Bombastic, and has an unhealthy obsession with Power Girl's boobs... So, you know, take everything he says with a grain of salt. Regardless of his adolescent fixation on the Twin Peaks, he's right about shoving unnecessary inner-monologues down a reader's throat. The artist wasn't incompetent. Example: If I can see by the expression on Psylocke's face that she's worried, then there is absolutely No Need for her to have a thought bubble hovering over her head saying, "I'm Worried!". It felt like I was getting hit over the head with the Hammer of Redundancy. And it gave me a headache. For the ancient-style writing alone, this thing should probably get one star. But for the sake of completion, let's move on to the plot. If something is Volume One of a title, then can authors pretend that maybe, just maybe, readers who are new to said title might think this would be a good jumping off point? And if they could possibly make that leap of imagination, then maybe they could also reach out and grab hold of the concept that We don't have a fucking clue who these characters are!, so maybe throw us a bone? Some sort of a condensed Origin Story, perhaps? This would have been especially helpful with New Exiles. See, I didn't know I had just picked up a book about some sort of X-Team that was entirely comprised of characters...from alternate fucking dimensions! Why are they all living together in some pink crystal castle? If they're the New Exiles, then what the hell happened to the Old Exiles? Are any of these characters from our Earth? Who's in charge of these people? How did they meet? None of these questions were even remotely addressed, and it left a very bad taste in my mouth.
Moving on. The mission is to save one of the omniverse's Earths from...something. They don't actually know what's wrong, because Charlie evidently doesn't call in and tell these Angels what to expect. On this Earth, Namor (who looks like the T'Challa with pointy ears) has married Sue Storm (still a white chick), and they've had a slew of multi-colored children. Brown, blue, white, and gold, in fact. The brown kids and the white kid, I get. Even the blue kid, 'cause some of the Atlantians were blue, so maybe she got a throwback gene from Grandma or something. But GOLD? How the fuck is one of them gold?! Whatever. Little Golden boy is Gambit...complete with the Cajun accent. WTF? Did he grow up in the 'swampy' part of the ocean bottom? Anyone? At any rate, the Exiles teleport in and do their thing. The End. Or so you might think. There's a bonus story at the end about a Prince who falls in love with a Dragon. Yay! for Tolerance and True Love! sigh I don't...Ugh.
I settled on 2 stars because parts of the story were vaguely interesting, even with the Clunk, Clunk, Clunk of the ham-fisted dialogue. Besides, I've already checked out the next two volumes, and I'm holding out hope that this will get better. For my sake.
* I've been trying to figure out how to steal Bombastic and stick in one of my reviews for years now. Mission accomplished!...more
You're slowly worming your way into my heart, Azzarello...
I'll admit that it's the ending that pushed this one upAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines.
You're slowly worming your way into my heart, Azzarello...
I'll admit that it's the ending that pushed this one up from three to four stars for me. Not that it's a bad story, it was just more of the same old same old. Wonder Woman (and her surly band of unlikely heroes) fight the gods to save Magic Baby. Second verse, same as the first... Again, it's not bad. I'm just not that into you. I like you, but I don't like you like you. You know?
Anyhoo, I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel at the conclusion of War. The stabby thing that happens at the end? I wasn't expecting it, and that's always a good thing for a reader. But more than that, it has the potential to bring big changes to Diana's story. Maybe even bleeding over into other parts of the DC universe? If nothing else, I feel justified for hanging in there till volume 4.
The rest of the story, as I mentioned, is pretty much standard brawling between friends and enemies. A main character gets killed, a frenemy decides to switch sides, and First Born is back on the rampage. As an added bonus, Hades makes an appearance. Ah, it was good to see the Birthday Cake Head god! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hades' new look, he appears to be about five years old...with a bunch of candles melting on top of his noggin. It doesn't look ridiculous. At. All. That was sarcasm, in case you missed it. Apparently, I'm never going to get onboard with the artistic vision for this title, but I think I can live with that.
I don't think this would be a good jumping off place for those of you who having been keeping up with the Amazon princess, but for those of you who dropped the title...you may want to reconsider. I should also mention that my hatred of the art is only my opinion, and there are a lot of readers who are only hanging on to this one because of the art. So there.
I received a digital arc from NetGalley in return for an honest review. ...more
I read this for the 1st time about 5 years ago, and thought it was amazing. So I re-read it this year...just to make sure. Since the tv shRe-Read 2014
I read this for the 1st time about 5 years ago, and thought it was amazing. So I re-read it this year...just to make sure. Since the tv show started, quite a few people have asked me what would be a good Green Arrow comic book to read. And this was the only one I could think of to recommend. Shame on you, New 52! Turns out, I was (for once) right. This is still the best Green Arrow title that I've ever read, and it's one of the rare books that stands the test of time. If you're looking for a well-written origin story about Oliver queen, look no further. This is the definitiveGreen Arrow.
Original review 2009
Honestly, this is really the first time I've really read anything about Green Arrow, so I can't compare it to anything else, but I really enjoyed this one! In fact, I think this is one of the better origin stories that I've read. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves to read comics....more
Cute. Not mind-blowing, but it was a really cute young adult retelling of Austin's Pride and Prejudice.
Dereck's (Darcy) parents are famous Hol3.5 stars
Cute. Not mind-blowing, but it was a really cute young adult retelling of Austin's Pride and Prejudice.
Dereck's (Darcy) parents are famous Hollywood actors, and he's learned to be cautious around people. Naturally, he comes off looking snobby... Elise's (Elizabeth) mother is the new prep-school principal, and her father is a teacher. Both are embarrassingly strict/wacky...
The plot sticks relatively close to P&P, but it still goes off on its own here and there. Only one sister is missing (but it was the boring preachy one, so who cares, right?), and the Wickham/Lydia thing played out a tad differently (but only a bit!). Overall, I thought this one stayed a bit truer to the original than another retelling I read last year, Prom and Prejudice, so I was pretty happy with that part.
I can't stress enough that this is Brain Candy, because if you go into it expecting anything other than a fluffy Beach Read, you're going to be sorely disappointed. I was hoping for this book to be a nice distraction on a Sunday afternoon, and that was exactly what it was! ...more
Three different stories are covered in this volume, and all of them are pretty good.
In the first one, Matt does some Deep Thought stuff when he helpsThree different stories are covered in this volume, and all of them are pretty good.
In the first one, Matt does some Deep Thought stuff when he helps his childhood bully out in court. At first, he wallows in the memories, but (like most of us) his memories are sort of one-sided, and there are always two sides to every story.
Overall, this is an ok plotline that involves the Son of the Serpents infiltrating a courtroom, and Matt using his sonar-sense to ferret out the liars.
There's also a cute team-up story with the Silver Surfer. They Surfer is on the trail of some evil aliens who can do some sort of mind-control thing, and plan to Take Over The World. I forgot exactly how, but Matt and his crazy super-senses are the key to finding and shutting them down. But that's not the cool part. The cool part is that he gets to drive the SURFBOARD!
Last, but not least, is my personal favorite team-up with... dum, dum, duuum The Indestructible Hulk! I'd arleady read this one in Indestructible Hulk, Vol. 2: Gods and Monster, but it was still very enjoyable the second time around. The gist is that Matt is Banner's lawyer, and one of the few people that Hulk trusts. There's some missing Thor-level ordnance that may be loose in Hell's Kitchen, and Hulk's just about the only 'hero' who could withstand a hit from that sort of weapon. Soooooo....
The best part of the story is the way Matt manages to keep Hulk from hurting him, or anyone else. It was nice to see that Banner has some real friends out there. You know...the kind that don't shoot him off into space.
Overall, it's a very good volume, and I'm looking forward to reading more of Waid's run!
P.S. This was supposed to be a Buddy-Read with Jeff and Lono, but I guess they got sidetracked by their Knitting Club. So this is for you guys...
Huh. I had no idea that Viv Daniels was Diana Peterfreund's alter ego. I probably would have read this earlier, but then again, I probably wouldn't haHuh. I had no idea that Viv Daniels was Diana Peterfreund's alter ego. I probably would have read this earlier, but then again, I probably wouldn't have gotten quite what I expected, either. Hear Me is a New Adult (urban?) fantasy novella with a great big heaping spoonful of romance. It's short enough that I could easily ruin the plot if I explain too much, but it centers around two childhood sweethearts from different...backgrounds...that find their way back to each other.
I'm not a huge fan of books that center around the sex, but this one had an interesting story to go with it. And Hear Me also felt pretty well thought-out for a novella, so I was mostly happy with it. If you're looking for something a little different in a short romance novel, then this would fit the bill nicely.
I will say there's a part about his semen being evil that sort of freaked me out, but if you want to know any more about that, you'll just have to read the book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.
So, this is The Classified Edition of Incognito that includes both volumes. Huh. I have to admit, I was a tad annoyed at the ending when I found out thaSo, this is The Classified Edition of Incognito that includes both volumes. Huh. I have to admit, I was a tad annoyed at the ending when I found out that this was it. Hello? What the hell was that?!
So, this thing doesn't exactly have a tidy ending. I don't consider that a spoiler. More of a WARNING for others like myself, who have certain expectations when it comes to reading books. And if you're like me, then this 'ending' will bother you a great deal! I know a lot of you lovely folks out there like these open-ended kinds of stories, but if I'm going to invest my time in something, then I sure as shit want to know how it all turns out. Is that too much to ask? I think not.
Other than that MAJOR complaint, this was a pretty decent story. You've got a Villain turned NotQuiteAsBadAsHeOriginallyWas kind of thing going on. He's got to try to navigate all the lies he's been told to get to some sort of truth about his origins, and maybe save his life. Ish. Because it's not even totally about that, either. Incognito is one of those Let'sLookAtTheGreyAreasOfLife stories. And also one of those There'sNoRealMeaningToAnything sort of stories. In other words, it's a tale that's meant to be read over and over again, with the reader finding new and interesting interpretations each time. Shockingly, I'm not that kind of reader. However, if you are, then I think you might enjoy this one quite a bit.
I was really expecting something awesome from this one, but it just didn't deliver. Maybe my expectations were too high?
I felt like I'd already read t I was really expecting something awesome from this one, but it just didn't deliver. Maybe my expectations were too high?
I felt like I'd already read the Carol Danvers Accepts Her Destiny story back in Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: Best of the Best. And, no. This wasn't the same story, but... It just didn't bring anything new to the table. Sorry.
My second problem was the buttload of Grrrrl Power that got shoved down my throat. I mean, I shouldn't have a problem with it. Technically... I'm a Grrrl. And yet. The whole thing smelled like a giant Man-Hater Fart. Yes, at one time the question of whether or not women were equal to men was a hot-topic. And thank you to all of those women who fought for our rights. Hell, thank you to all of the men who fought for our rights. But it's a question that's been asked and answered already. And there's a fine line between showing respect for the people who came before us, and dredging up crap from the past to get a reaction. Have I ever encountered sexism? Of course. There's always some idiot who needs to speak to my husband, before he will believe that I know what I'm talking about. So you know what I do? I let him speak to my husband. And then I laugh. Because nobody in their right mind wants to deal with the Man of Our House. Didn't my wife just tell you what was fucking wrong with the sink?! Are you retarded?! Why are you bothering me with this shit? Next time she calls, you better hop you dumb ass over here and fix it! And if you disrespect her again, I'll yank your goddamn eyeballs out of your head and shove them up your... You get the picture. My point is that there is more good than bad. And the bad just makes me giggle.
The last thing that I found underwhelming was the plot. Time traveling all around to different Grrrl Power moments in her mentor's life? Blech. An all-girl squad taking on Japanese soldiers armed with alien tech during WWII? The blonde 'soldier' had pigtails. Riiiiight. Evidently, this whole romp was to show Carol that she actually wants her powers. Because if I had the choice to either fly a plane or FLY, I'm really sure I'd have doubts. Whatever.
The art was interesting, and it was readable. That's the best I can give it....more
Wow! I don't normally drift outside of my Capes and Tights comfort zone when it comes to graphic novels, but I had a few of my Goodreads pals shove thWow! I don't normally drift outside of my Capes and Tights comfort zone when it comes to graphic novels, but I had a few of my Goodreads pals shove this one toward me. Thanks, guys! I may not be thanking you for Chew...so don't get too excited.
So Eve (or Forever), is the Lazarus of her Family. This means she has special regenerative powers, and goes around exacting punishment on folks who betray her mafia-style clan. Evidently the world is a dystopian wasteland, resources are scarce, and there's no real form of government. Her Family isn't the only one in charge, and apparently several of these groups exist across the country. I wish there was a little more background info on all of this!
There's a lot of infighting, double-crossing, and backdoor deals being made within the confines of her immediate family, though. Her brothers and sisters are all quite scummy, and apparently incestuous, as well. *gags* And poor Eve is just getting used and abused by these turds. She seems to be the only one with a conscience, and it's causing problems. She's also the only one who isn't in on the 'secret' that she was made in a lab, and they all seem to live in fear that one day she's going to find out. dum, dum, dum.....
My only problem with this is that it wasn't longer, but other than that, Lazarus was really cool. ...more
I'm going to go ahead and admit that the whole Omega Drive storyline just confuses the hell out of me. I don't get it, I don't get it, I don't3.5 stars
I'm going to go ahead and admit that the whole Omega Drive storyline just confuses the hell out of me. I don't get it, I don't get it, I don't get it! He can't use the information on the drive (without collapsing the stock market or something), he can't give it to the Avengers or S.H.I.E.L.D. (because they would use it...and bring about financial ruin to millions of innocents), and he can't hang on to it, because all the bad guys want to kill him for it. He's even drawing fire from some of the good guys who want it. Hello, Mr. Castle! Nice to see you've recovered from your stint as Frankenstein! After a lot of posturing and growling, DD and his sidekick Spidey convince Punisher and his partner (She-Punisher) to help them pull off a daring con! The plan is to get the bad guys (Hydra, A.I.M, etc.) all together, and then publicly destroy the disc. Problem solved! It all goes swimmingly until one of Matt's team betrays him...(view spoiler)[It's the girl, of course. How many times to you have to get screwed over by a woman, before you realize that we're all evil, conniving, bitches, Daredevil?! Duh. (hide spoiler)] Oh, don't worry, it all works out in the end. Or does it? The last story in this volume is all about DD vs Dr. Doom. He wants reparations, because he lost a lot of money due to Matt screwing around with the Omega Drive.
There's also a Date Night issue in this volume! Matt is dating Kirsten McDuffie, and they have some cute scenes together. Especially the stuff where she's trying to get him to admit that he's Daredevil.
I really like the way Waid writes both Daredevil and Spider-man. The humor between those two characters definitely makes me want to come back for more. Good stuff!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Thor in Asgard just isn't my thing. It's a personal preference, it has nothing to do with the writing, and I don't mean to offend Sesana and h3.5 stars
Thor in Asgard just isn't my thing. It's a personal preference, it has nothing to do with the writing, and I don't mean to offend Sesana and her mighty hammeranyone who enjoys these stories. Mostly, I just find Asgard stories depressing. They have an air of hopelessness to them, that just sucks all the joy out of my day. So. I think I'll stick to the MIGHTY-AVENGER-THOR stories, from here on out.
This wasn't an awful story, by any means, and I certainly enjoyed it better than that stupid God-Bomb storyline. If you liked the God-Bomb story, GREAT! I didn't. I have to say, Malekith the Accursed was a fucking scary-as-hell villain, though! The Dark Elves are such a bunch of freaks, but somehow the ending still caught me by surprise. Very well done, Mr. Arron!
All of the little one-shot stories in the beginning are pretty good, and there's another one that was nicely done albeit depressing! at the end.
I guess I just prefer my helping of Thor...with a side of Iron Man and Captain America. Sorry, guys.
Anne's Ridiculous Pet Peeve: Ok. This has nothing to do with the story, but why do they have to always use that stupid font when Thor talks? He's a Norse god. I get it! Stop with the weird lettering already!
Very Valentine is my personal definition of a Boring Book. The entire story could have been told in 75 pages. Maybe 50. NO, I'm not kidding. I'm sure sVery Valentine is my personal definition of a Boring Book. The entire story could have been told in 75 pages. Maybe 50. NO, I'm not kidding. I'm sure some people enjoy endless descriptions of clothes, shoes, flowers, smells, more clothes, belts, hairstyles, hair colors, hairpins, food, more food, how to cook said food, what kind of shoes the person who was cooking the food wore, what the inside (and outside) of every @$*!ing building looked like, the history of every building Valentine went into....and let's not forget the makeup! Who the @#*! cares what kind of makeup her mother and sisters were wearing?! Not me!
The only thing this book didn't describe was a good reason to like the main (or any) character in the book. It SUCKED!
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone I liked. Blech....more
For a debut novella, this didn't suck. I'm not sure what to make of the way the author has written it, though. I've honestly never come across2.5 stars
For a debut novella, this didn't suck. I'm not sure what to make of the way the author has written it, though. I've honestly never come across anything like this before, and I'm not even sure if this is correct, but it seems to be written in 3d person present tense. Maybe? I'm not an expert on tenses or narration so I could very well be wrong. If anyone out there would like to correct me on this, feel free to leave a comment and I'll edit this sucker. All I know is that it was sort of...odd...to read. But the story wasn't bad at all, and it leads up to what will be the start of this new series from Tash McAdam.
So. There's a girl, Serena, who wants to become a soldier/agent for this group of underground telepathic rebels. Her little brother was captured by the government a few years ago, and the only way for her to get the resources to mount a rescue mission, is to pass this test and become a full-fledged operative. However, her one-time BFF seems to be trying to sabotage her efforts. The first half of the book focuses on this part of her life, and gives you a bit of backstory into the dystopian world she lives in. The next half of the book revolves around her mission, and introduces (I'm assuming) some of the characters that will eventually play a role in the novel, Maelstrom.
I'm waffling on whether or not I'd want to continue with these books. There's potential for it to be really good, and it's hard to tell from a novella whether it's going to rock or not. There are some cool elements that I enjoyed, but the way it was written made me feel detached from the characters. I'm just not chomping at the bit to read an entire full-length book in that style. But. If I find out that it was only the novella that was written like that, I'd be more than happy to give Maelstrom a chance.
If you've been following these books, then I think you'll be happy with the final installment. It's a good solid ending to the Blood of Eden trilogy.
WIf you've been following these books, then I think you'll be happy with the final installment. It's a good solid ending to the Blood of Eden trilogy.
Warning: Spoilers for the previous books on the way!
It keeps the theme of the other books, in that vampires are not cuddly or misunderstood. Allie has been struggling to keep her humanity throughout the first two books, and with the help of her mentor Kanin, she's managed to keep from sucking people dry. Of course, it helped that she was in love with a human. At the end of the last book, Sarren had captured Zeke, and left a video of Zeke being tortured to death just to screw with her. So it was no real surprise that when the story opens, Allie has gone a little off the deep end. She's still determined to stop Sarren from unleashing the virus that will wipe everyone off of the planet, but she's now on board with Jackal's version of how a vampire should act. Chomp, chomp, chompin' on the humans...
Unfortunately, I can't say much else without giving major spoilers. I can say that I was totally expecting most of what happened to, um...happen? But it didn't all play out exactly the way I thought it would.
My only complaint would be that I did occasionally get a tad annoyed by Allie's somewhat dry and crunchy inner thoughts. Sometimes (not always) her inner monologue seemed too formal. I mean, she's been traveling around with Kanin for a few books now, and yet she would still mentally refer to him as The Master Vampire. As in, The master vampire looked over the city with an unreadable expression on his face. *That's not a quote by the way, just an example.* I mean, it just seemed like she should have said something more like, Kanin had an unreadable expression on his face while he looked over the city. I don't think I'm explaining this right, but Allie used Kanin and Jackal's titles (the Raider King, the master vampire, my mentor, my brother) way too much for someone raised on the streets. This whole paragraph doesn't really makes sense, does it? I really probably should just delete it, since it's just pretty much one bullshit complaint in an otherwise decent book, but I've already spent a good hunk of my time trying to figure out how to say this. I feel like I'm locked into it now. Ugh. Don't you hate that?! Anyhoo. Feel free to disregard my above brain fart, 'cause I can't bring myself to use the backspace key.
Again, if you liked the first two books, you'll like this one. This is the only thing I've read by Kagawa so far, but I'm sorta tempted to check out her Iron Fey series now.
Thanks, NetGalley! I pinky swear this is an honest review. Blah, blah, blah...
Reading King Cave has made me a better parent. You heard me, reading this has done more for my maternal skills than all of those Parenting books writt Reading King Cave has made me a better parent. You heard me, reading this has done more for my maternal skills than all of those Parenting books written by so-called 'experts'. Mainly because I've never read any of them. I meant to, I swear! But they just looked so boring... So how did a book about magical creatures make me a better mom? Well, I am now far more tolerant of my girls screeching, squealing, and crying every time one of those poofy-headed boy bands comes out with a new video. *shudder* I used to point out that the one in the middle is quite obviously gay and could care less about the panties being thrown at him. The one on the far right is going to blow all of his money and end up living in a trailer park. But that's still better than the one on the end, who's probably going to end up face-down in a pool of his own vomit in five years. That was the old me. Now? I just smile, pat my sweet babies on the head, and tell them that one of those guys might end up being a Justin. Why the change of heart? Because I had a similarly goofy reaction to getting King Cave. I did this embarrassing tappy dance, I grinned till my cheeks hurt, and I made giggly sounds. There were also rumors of a weird humming noise coming from my general vicinity while I was reading...but I think my kids were just trying to mess with my head. I'm not kidding. They do shit like that to me all of the time. Anyway, I was beyond excited to get my grubby little paws on this, because absolutely loved King Hall. If you haven't read it yet, you honestly don't know what you're missing. Read it! But then I got nervous. What if my expectations were too high? What if the first book was a fluke? I mean, I've got too much stuff to read as it is, so it's not very often that I actively stalk a book's release date. And I stalked this one. Oh God! The creeper hanging out in the bushes at Barnes & Noble?! It was me! Noooo! I thought it was all just a bad dream! But that does explain the sudden appearance of all of those kitschy new bookmarks... So. Now that we've established that I ramble, let's get on with this review.
King Cave picks up at the exact moment the last book left off. King Hall is under attack, Pearl and Jack are unconscious, and everything is going up in flames. Let me tell you something, this book takes off right out of the gate and never stops. It's packed full of twists, turns, and shocking revelations. Packed! It's also got something that was notably absent in the first book. Sex. Oh Ezra... Sweet lord, he is the smexiest thing ever! I'm totally calling dibs on him as my book-boyfriend, so the rest of you bitches can just back it up! See, I was wondering if maybe Ms. Dawn didn't write it into the last book because it wasn't her forte. Apparently that was not the reason. And in fact, it might actually be the cause of the mysterious humming noises. Just a theory... Alright, back to the twisty-turny stuff. Every time something BIG would happen I'd be like, Aha! So that's the THING! The BIG THING that happens in this story to change everything! Bzzzt! Wrong! Because then the next huge shocker would come outta nowhere and knock me on my ass. It never stopped! By the time I got to the end, I was shaking like a freaking leaf! Although, I've never actually seen a leaf shake. Quiver? Yes. But not really shake. However, it wouldn't really be PC of me to say I was shaking like a fat kid in a candy store, so we'll just go with the leaf analogy. Anyhoo, I don't like to give spoilers, but I've just got to give you guys a hint. Ezra and Lilly. EZRA and LILLY! And you know what, that's not even the tip of the iceberg! That's right, ladies and gentlemen!That is a teeny-tiny piece of crap spoiler that doesn't even begin to touch the scope of this amazing plot. Oh shit. The kids were right! I'm making this obnoxious humming noise. What the hell?!
So what have we learned here today? 1. These books are so awesome that they are going to be part of my exclusive Hardback collection. 2. I would leave my husband for Ezra. 3. I may need to see someone about the fact that I unconsciously make annoying noises. 4. If you haven't picked up on this series yet, you need to remedy that situation immediately! 5. Um. There's not really a 5, but the list just kinda looked like it needed an extra number.
But seriously, go get this book.
Huge thanks to NetGalley for a digital arc of this book in return for an honest review.
For the first book in a series, this was ok. I was chatting with some friends the other day about what Monster was goAlso review for Addicted2Heroines.
For the first book in a series, this was ok. I was chatting with some friends the other day about what Monster was going to get sexyfied next. Vampires, werewolves, demons, fairies...they've all been done. I was leaning toward Mummies, personally. Lo and behold, the answer to our question was sitting on my kitchen table, just waiting to be discovered! Frankenstein! And see, making a Frankensteinish character hot, never even crossed my mind. Big forehead, bolts sticking out of the neck, zigzagging stitches running all over the place? Ehhhhhh. But not Monk. Nope she saw potential in that big hulking creature, and decided to run with it.
Matilda is galvanized, which means she's been stitched together with life threads. Now, there are only 12 others like her in the entire world. And they aren't even really like her, because she has the ability to feel...well, sensations. She's also been off the radar for the majority of her life, because galvanized aren't considered human, and are therefore owned by different Houses. Sort of like superhero mascots! But, you know, slaves... Matilda isn't owned, because she used to be human. When she was a little girl, she got really sick. Her brother knew she was dying, and transferred her mind into the body of a galvanized child. Don't worry, the body she was transferred into had been comatose for a couple hundred years, so I don't think she was ever waking up. Where he got the body, and how he did it, is all part of the mystery. Anyway, nobody was aware of her existence, because nobody should have been able to do what he did.
And then all of a sudden, everyone knows she exists. Due to some spoilery things that happen, she ends up in the middle of a power struggle between the Houses. So she has to try to save her brother, save her new 'friend' Abraham, and save herself, before time (quite literally) runs out for her.
I liked it, but I didn't love it. Part of it may have been because first books are always a bit crunchy, because of all the world building an author has to put into it. Or maybe it was because I just never connected with Matilda all that much. She annoyed the hell out of me for the majority of the book, by pulling stupid stunts that made me want to tear my hair out. For example: If you're in a strange city, and lots of powerful people are out to get you, and you're not sure of all the rules, and you basically have no rights...but you've found a relatively safe place to hold up? Don't stroll out the fucking door to get a cup of coffee! MORON. I didn't exactly get all excited over the blooming love between Matilda and Abraham, either. There was nothing wrong with it, I just didn't feel the sizzle.
The end of the book picked up the pace quite dramatically, and I was hooked by the 75% mark. Which kinda makes me think that the next book will be a lot more exciting. There are tons of great reviews for this one, so just because it didn't blow me out of the water, doesn't mean you won't love it....more
That cover is badass! I went into this expecting lots of action, lots of magic, and lots of, well, badass stuff! Aaaaaaaaand, no. It's got an interesting premise, though. Khara had spent her entire life (centuries) living in the Underworld as Hades' ward. Or at least six months out of the year. The other half she spent with Demeter, while she mourned for Persephone. See, Khara is the trade-off that Demeter made to get her daughter back for half of the year. So, who were Khara's real parents? She had no idea, nor any burning desire to find out. Until one day, when a Dark One swoops into the Underworld, rips her away from Hades, and drops her in the middle of Detroit. She's found by a one of Ares' sons, and the journey to find out which way her family tree branches is on. There's a brooding fallen angel who's taken an interest in what happens to her, a twin brother that she never knew about, and a psychopath from the Underworld hot on her trail. Sounds cool, right? And it is...sort of. Khara, and everyone else, talks like they're from a different time period. Which, isn't necessarily a bad thing. But, couple that with the fact that Khara sounds and acts like an emotionless robot? Ehhhhhhhhh. I get why she's like that. She had to be stoic and emotionless to survive centuries in the Underworld surrounded by psychos. After a while, though? It got old. I still really enjoyed this story, but after I was about 90% done with it, I was getting antsy. Really antsy. The chemistry between Oz and Khara, which I originally thought would sizzle...didn't. I'm not really sure when they even started feeling things for each other, due to the wooden dialogue. It certainly didn't help that Khara's inner monologue was lacking in emotion, and Oz's inner thoughts were off limits.
She finds out (relatively early on in the story, so I don't think this is a spoiler) that she has several half-brothers, and they turn into her protectors for the remainder of the book. Ok. I know that this falls in line with the mythology part of the plot, but I was hella-skeeved that one of her brothers had a hard time keeping his eyes to himself. Worse, he was the one who was closest to her! Her BFF, if you will. But he was such a horndog that he evidently had difficult time looking at her as his sister from time to time. Although, the vast majority of these incidents happened in the beginning. For my personal taste, however, there were too many conversations that went like this: Random Brother: Perv, remember that she is our SISTER! Stop looking at her like that! Pervy Brother: I know, I know! I'm trying! It's just so hard to stop being a horny bastard! Ick.
There are quite a few glowing reviews for Unborn, but I think this is going to be one of those novels that isn't for everyone. Having said that, I finished this one in two days, so it did hold my interest quite well. There was a lot of originality in the way the story unfolded, and in the way the mythology was played with. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, give it a shot. And even with all my complaints, I certainly didn't feel like this was a waste of my time.
Digital copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
I have to hand it to Perkins, she can really make the n3.5 stars It wasn't quite as adorable as Anna and the French Kiss, but it was still really good.
I have to hand it to Perkins, she can really make the nice guys irresistible. She has a gift. It's not that I dislike reading about bad-boys, but it's great to see the sweet guys portrayed as something other than the third wheel in a love triangle.
She also has a gift for making you care about people you have nothing in common with. Take Lola, for example. On a normal day, I'd probably find her to be the most annoying heroine ever written. She wears wigs, tiaras, and false eyelashes as part of her everyday costume. Me? I hate mascara. Why anyone would purposely put effort into dressing up just to...be, is totally beyond me. And yet, I liked Lola. Even though I didn't understand her need to wear itchy stuff on her days off, I really liked her.
As a bonus, Anna and St. Clair are characters in Lola's story. Awww. I just can't get enough of those two!
Not quite as super-funny as some of the other installments, but still excellent!
M'kay. Not to poop on the parade, but I had to do some mental editingNot quite as super-funny as some of the other installments, but still excellent!
M'kay. Not to poop on the parade, but I had to do some mental editing when it came to our hero. Let me explain why.. Gwenvael has long blonde hair. Now, when I think of long blonde hair on men my mind wanders into two distinctly different directions.
B) I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
Alrighty, it's not just long blonde hair, though. Gwenvael is described as having blonde hair that comes below his knees. To me, this isn't sexy.
So. I very quickly pulled out my 'mental scissors' and gave that boy a trim. You're welcome.
And now that I had my Gwenvael, I could let the lust-fest begin. Oh, and also focus on the person that I really wanted to read about, Dagamr Reinholdt. Dagmar has always been one of my favorite characters in the other books, so finally getting a chance to read her backstory was awesome! She was just as impressively devilish as I thought she'd be, and seeing how Gwenvael the Handsome won her over was pretty entertaining. Dagmar (for those of you who don't know) is usually referred to as The Beast, and considered one of the most dangerous people to cross in the Dragon Kin series. Even the dragons are afraid of her, but not because she's the least bit physically frightening. Nope. She's one of those cold, calculating schemers that topples kingdoms (and evil sister-in-laws) without ever breaking a sweat.
So how does an apparently air-headed pretty boy win over a lady like that? Well, you've gotta read the book! Duh....more
I must have missed out on whatever big battle/event that led the X-Men to start living on a giant floating rock in the sky. Also, I have no idea whatI must have missed out on whatever big battle/event that led the X-Men to start living on a giant floating rock in the sky. Also, I have no idea what happened previously to Namor for him to end up living with the mutants. Either I'm reading all of these stories out of order, or I just need to play a huge game of catch-up...not sure. Soooo.
Even knowing nothing about the lead up to Nation X, I still really liked it. Supplies are running low, everyone is on edge, and Scott is hanging on by a thread. Up pops Magneto! He swears he's changed his ways, but Professor X isn't having it (which seemed a bit odd), and tries to fry his mind. Ker-BitchSlap!...says Scott, and overrules Xavier. Whoa! Suddenly Magneto has a tentative position on Utopia. Lots of spoilery stuff happens, and Magneto ends up sitting on top of a mountain, trying to prove he's a good guy. Here, Kitty Kitty! That's right, Eric is using his power to bring back a fan-favorite! So, can he bring Ms. Pryde and her giant World-Eating bullet safely home? Well, duh.
Alrighty, all of that was very exciting stuff, and well worth reading. The last part of this is a bunch of one-shot stories, and (per usual) some are better than others. My personal favorite was the story about the alien dude, whose world finds out they only have a few years left before it's Lights Out. There were a few other really enjoyable stories, and few decent ones, and a couple of stinkers. *shrugs* Basically, what I expected.
Overall, a really good book! If you can get your hands on it, you won't be disappointed.
This is by far the best volume of Suicide Squad that I've read. I loathed volume 1, was only slightly more impressed with vo4.5 stars
This is by far the best volume of Suicide Squad that I've read. I loathed volume 1, was only slightly more impressed with volume 2, and grudgingly gave volume 3 a less than enthusiastic passing grade. In fact, I almost let this one go back to the library unread. But...Shiny new cover! Must Read!
Discipline and Punish is the volume that finally highlights Harley Quinn in the right way, because she shines like a whacked-out glow stick. And let's face it, when she's on top of her game, nobody in the DCU is more fascinating to watch go BOOM!
But. The real star of this show came out of left field, and knocked me on my ass.
Raise your hand if you recognize the scariest fucker in DC. That's right. He's the only psycho I'd lay money on to walk into a room with the Joker, and walk back out wearing him as a coat. James Gordon is an official member of the Suicide Squad now. Waller, who is never one to worry about pesky things like ethics or morals, is now using him as consultant for all her psychological warfare needs. But that's not even the best part. (view spoiler)[ Yep. Somebody's got a crush!(hide spoiler)]
The other notable addition to the team is Wonder Woman's old nemesis, Cheetah. Her introduction in Justice League was seriously lacking, but when she shows up in this title, it's a whole different ballgame. She doesn't really play a big role in this volume, but the few panels she appears in? She makes quite the impression.
This had everything I look for in a book. It was laugh-out-loud funny, it had a few unexpected twists, and it even made me really feel things for the characters. Even if you'r not a fan of Suicide Squad, I think this one is worth checking out. Highly Recommended!
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If you get a chance to read both of these volumes at once, I think it might make for a better reading experience. DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 doesn'tIf you get a chance to read both of these volumes at once, I think it might make for a better reading experience. DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 doesn't really go anywhere story-wise, and a lot of the characters are forgettable to most comic book readers. Fans of the Silver Age would probably be the exception...or so Joseph tells me. But even without an amazing plot, the art is just...lovely.
Ok, in Volume 2 you see how everything is sort of pulling together into a cohesive storyline. Is it an incredible story? No. A rather generic monster from the center of the planet is hell-bent on destroying Earth. There's not a lot of reasoning behind the Why of it, other than it wants to go out into space and visit other planets. I think. Anyway, it doesn't really matter. The point is that it takes a threat of that sort of magnitude to bring all of the heroes (super or not) together to fight this thing. Some of them (the ones nobody knows or cares about) won't make it back. It's the defining moment for all of them, though.
Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman are all heavily overshadowed by the Marian Manhunter, Flash, and Green Lantern. Whether or not that's a bad thing will vary from person to person. I was ok with it, but I doubt that everyone is going to get excited as I do over Hal Jordan. Whatever...haters.
It's a slow story, but with the beautiful art it's worth taking a look at.
How did I miss this one? I could have sworn I read the conclusion to the Court of Owls thing! And I did. Sort of. What I actually read was Batman: The NiHow did I miss this one? I could have sworn I read the conclusion to the Court of Owls thing! And I did. Sort of. What I actually read was Batman: The Night of the Owls, which is a crossover collection book. No biggie, right? Wrong! The crossover book doesn't have the actual ending of the story in it! Oh. My. God. Ok, I get what you were telling me about Thomas Wayne now, Sesana. That whole chunk is left out of the crossover, but it still ends with...well, the feeling of an ending, so I thought I'd read the whole thing.
So. Yeah, it's pretty important to read this, and not just skip over to Night of the Owls in the hopes that you'll catch all the relevant stuff in this story arc.
As far as the whole Court of Owls stuff, I'm still far more impressed with Batman, Vol. 3: Death of the Family. This wasn't bad, but I still say it was fishy that Batman had no idea all of this Secret Society stuff was going on right under his nose....more
This is one of the worst jobs of pasting several titles together that I've ever seen. HUGE chunks of important information areWho edited this shit?!
This is one of the worst jobs of pasting several titles together that I've ever seen. HUGE chunks of important information are just...missing. Why does Supergirl change her mind, and help the Justice League? You don't fuckin' need to know! Why does Kara hate Superboy? You don't fuckin' need to know! Why is Superboy suddenly wearing Superman's suit? You don't fuckin' need to know! And the list goes on... Luckily *snort*, I've read the VAST majority of this story in other volumes, so I knew the answers to those questions. But if you've decided to walk into this, without reading everything pertaining to the He'l on Earth storyline, you're probably going to want to strangle someone.
Which brings me to another peeve. There's only maybe one or two issues in this that are new. The rest of it has been pilfered from other volumes. So. Thanks! Thanks, a lot, DC! Way to give people their money's worth, you assholes.
As for the story, itself? Superman's one saving grace is Clark Kent. Yeah, it's great that he's this all-powerful alien...but that's not why people love him. They love him because he's (at the core) an immigrant who loves his adopted home. They love him because he doesn't consider himself an alien. He thinks of himself as a human first, Kryptonian second. They love him because he's a mama's boy, who still flies home at super-sonic speed to take out the garbage for Ma Kent. They love him, because they know that all Ma has to do is smile at him, and Clark will turn into a mushy little boy who will do anything to make her happy. So. What did DC do? They killed off both of his human parents, and focused on his Kryptonian ones. Yes, they're interesting, but they aren't what makes Kent tick. They aren't what we love about him, and they certainly don't make him relatable. And now there's some hair-brained storyline about his biological mother...the military ninja? And without Lois or Ma to keep him human, all you have is another stupid story about an orphaned alien searching for his ancestry. An alien who can bench-press planets, move at the speed of light, use his wind-breath, ice-breath, x-ray vision, and lazer-beam eyes to save the day.
And that is why most people won't give Superman titles a chance.
Is there any chance we can get DC to re-boot this re-boot? Don't. Just...don't. It's not that this is an unreadable volume, but it's a slap in the face for fans of this character. Not Recommended.