The main human point that this installment focuses on is Mark wanting to quit school. He’s failing, barely goes, can’t study. He’s thinking the wholeThe main human point that this installment focuses on is Mark wanting to quit school. He’s failing, barely goes, can’t study. He’s thinking the whole time, “what’s the point?” And honestly, I also can’t see the point. It’s not like he’s going to have a real job after he finishes college. His talent is in defending Earth and helping out other societies in the galaxy.
It’s the humanistic side of the Invincible’s story that really keeps me reading. While I love his adventures. I like to see how he just deals with life. He’s a teenage boy with a government job to protect Earth. He lives in a dorm and occasionally attends classes. But it’s so hard for him. He’s just broke up with his girlfriend and there is this potential with Eve… It’s convoluted just how teenage life should be.
As for Mark’s superpowered adventures, this book covers a few things. A surprising event happens (don’t worry, I won’t spoil you) and more importantly, Mark gets a visit from a lady Viltrumite. She’s coming to check on his progress since he’s the designated Viltrumite of Earth. She informs him that someone will be back, whether it’s five months or five years to see if he’s started organizing Earth’s takeover. A minor fight ensues and Mark is left with a lot of anxiety over the whole thing.
I love the perfect balance of Mark’s personal life plus his life as Invincible. I never knew how much I wanted to see that in a superhero comic. But apparently I did. ...more
Wow. Every volume of this impresses me more than the last. Each storybook character's history and life gets so much fuller and richer with each instalWow. Every volume of this impresses me more than the last. Each storybook character's history and life gets so much fuller and richer with each installment.
The art is wonderful and fits the story perfectly and the cover art is AMAZING.
In this volume, we see what the people of Fabletown will do to keep their true nature a secret from a reporter. Let me just say it was super imaginative and done in only a way that people of fairy tales would do things. We also get a visit from Goldilocks and her attempts murder. She really is crazy. How Bill Willingham came up with a homicidal maniac Goldilocks is beyond me but it's great.
I really liked seeing Bigby Wolf and Snow White's interactions too. And with that ending I'm really excited to see what will happen next.
I really wanted to like this but I really couldn’t get into it. The premise is awesome and unique (killer rain). It was truly creepy at times. But I hI really wanted to like this but I really couldn’t get into it. The premise is awesome and unique (killer rain). It was truly creepy at times. But I hated Ruby and Ruby is the main character and narrator.
Let’s talk about the good a little more. Like I said the premise is very unique. Rain has been infected by alien bacteria/microbes/etc. No one is prepared. If you’re caught in the rain you’re going to start bleeding soon and shortly there after you’ll die. You’ll also die if you drink it. The water in the pipes is infected. That only leaves bottled water for you to drink. Also, say goodbye to anything fresh like fruit, meat, or dairy.
Virginia Bergin can describe a mean setting. The world is believable. I was pretty surprised and how I felt when I needed to go out to my car while it was raining. I serious felt a small amount of dread. It really creeped me out.
The very end of the ending. I liked what happened at the end. I can’t tell you what that entails without spoiling it but I liked that ending.
Sorry, but now it’s time for the bad. I hated Ruby. She was annoying the entire time and didn’t grow as a character at all. If she had been that insufferable at the beginning but by the end grown up a bit then I wouldn’t have been okay with it. Her saying “Congratulations” at one part in the story when she wants to rant and rave does not show true development in a character.
The story didn’t seem to have a beginning, middle, and an end. Besides the very end of the ending, that last chapter could have just been another jumping off point.
By the end of the story, pretty much every character besides Ruby and Simon seemed pointless. The rich man in the beginning, Saskia, Princess, Diana, King Xar, and even Darius by the end seemed like they severed no real purpose.
So this story wasn’t really for me. I think it had great potential but just wasn’t cleaned up good enough. That said, it still gets a three because of how it evoked that nervousness in me when I had to go out in the rain. That says something about the talent of the author....more
I don’t know how my friend Josh knew that I love the story of D.B. Cooper but I guess he did. I was over at his house one day and he was going to loanI don’t know how my friend Josh knew that I love the story of D.B. Cooper but I guess he did. I was over at his house one day and he was going to loan me some of his comics. He handed me some really non-traditional choices. At that time I was just starting to enjoy American comics so I think he was helping me get away from just reading Batman (which is pretty much all I read). He hands me The Secret History of D.B. Cooper and I was stunned that a comic had even been made about him. Now I would like to redefine that thought – I’m stunned that a comic was ever barely based upon the idea of him :D
That last sentence makes it sound like I didn’t like it. Not true. I actually liked it quite a bit. When I started reading this I had no idea that it was a trippy story about a guy who romps around in people’s minds and assassinates them from inside. I thought it was going to be about a bank robber who hijacks an airplane. More of the former less of the latter.
It’s a totally a trip to read too. I felt so out of my comfort zone while reading this due to jumping back and forth between the “real” and what was in D.B.’s glut journey, the grotesque monsters he fights, and all the secret agent questionable actions. Sound confusing? I thought so too! But you’re supposed to be! Bits and pieces all click together one by one explaining the story at the perfect moment.
If you like weird and very unique reads. I highly recommend this. And while there is some grotesque art(the long titty monster!) it’s still beautifully drawn and expertly colored. ...more
I have mixed feelings about this title. I wanted to like it because it’s a fairy tale retelling. I was believing that I wouldn’t like it because it’sI have mixed feelings about this title. I wanted to like it because it’s a fairy tale retelling. I was believing that I wouldn’t like it because it’s a Zenescope title which I tend not to like. I gave it a try because it was on Netgalley and I was wanting to read a graphic novel.
I did not read the first volumes in this trilogy. Because of that, I’m not going to incorporate my confusion about what was going on at times into this review. Patrick Shand actually did a really good job of recapping what happened in the previous volumes. For those of you that don’t read many comics, you can hop in at different points usually and figure out what’s going on through really good recapping. Talented writers do this in a way that refreshes continued readers of the story and recaps for all noobs. At almost all times, I could figure out all that had happened. Thumbs up to Shand for that.
The art was really pretty. Almost all Zenescope’s titles are pretty. They are always full of super hot chicks too. I know that makes some of you queasy but truthfully I think a lot of people buy these titles do it for the chicks. I don’t mind. I knew what I was getting into and everything was beautifully drawn.
The story was mediocre. Sorry! It was. I just didn’t care about anyone. Robyn was the easiest to like but that’s because we could hear her inner monologue and struggle dealing with what was happening with Will Scarlet.
I recommend this to people who really like hot chicks in comics (not so much meaningful female characters…), fairy tale retellings, and Zenescope....more
I like the writing style. The way Viola Rivard uses her words is really nice. I liked the premise of the werewolves living in an actual den – a full oI like the writing style. The way Viola Rivard uses her words is really nice. I liked the premise of the werewolves living in an actual den – a full on cave. But that’s it. Sorry! I wanted to like it. Truly I did but that didn’t happen.
I didn’t like it mainly because of some of the themes we see in way too many novels. For example, the virgin. We don’t see too many of them in real life and when we do they don’t let go of it real easy. This is like so many other novels where the girl is a virgin, meets the hottest dude EVA and then hands over her V-card really easy. Wam bam thank you ma’am.
Another thing I didn’t care for was Alder’s super possessiveness with Taylor. Sure, he’s a wolf. Sure, he’s an alpha but he was cool with running from the law and taking her on as his mate right from the get-go. He’s also very neandertal about Taylor. It doesn’t help that he takes her back to his cave…
I tried. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that will love this but it just wasn’t for me. The average rating on Goodreads is 4.04 stars. So if you want to try it out. Then go for it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it more than me....more
Hey, guess who was pleasantly surprised by this little gem? That’s right. Me. I stayed up until 2:30a.m. reading because I wanted to finish.
Why was IHey, guess who was pleasantly surprised by this little gem? That’s right. Me. I stayed up until 2:30a.m. reading because I wanted to finish.
Why was I so surprised? Actually, I judged a book by it’s cover and title. They were pretty much the only things about the book that I didn’t like. The Girl and the Clockwork Cat makes it seem like it’s a middle grade book that is going to lack depth, so does the cover. But truthfully, I hope most people aren’t like me and gives this book a chance because I thought it was fantastic.
Maeko, is a street rat, left to live a harsh life of thieving. She only has one person she can trust, Chaff. While that sounds terrible, it’s a simple life and she’s used to it. Doesn’t really mind most of the hardships either. But when a cat with a clockwork leg ends up in her lap things change drastically for her.
Her life was already adventurous but now she is deep in some stuff she doesn’t want to be involved in but because of her kind heart (that she tries to ignore and definitely not put out on display) she becomes the center of the conflict so she can help out people that maybe don’t deserve it. But, hey, that’s also how she meets Ash.
I normally don’t like a love triangle. They add angst that is usually unnecessary. In most books they are written in a way that you know who the winner will be right off the bat and you just have to feel bad for the sad sap that is the third wheel. Not this one. I rooted for both and shunned the idea of both and different times. It was very out of the ordinary and thus a good plot device. And just as an aside, while I like romance in my stories, I don’t like for that to be the focal point most of the time. This one was mainly a tale of adventure with some romance on the side. Loved that.
It ended in a way that makes me believe there will be a sequel (that I will absolutely read if it comes out) but it also makes for a fine stand-alone novel.
*SPOILER ALERT* A few things I would have like to have seen: (1) Ash and Maeko kiss. Come on. I really wanted that. (2) To find out more about the dude who was in jail that gave Maeko the heads up that Hatchet-face shouldn’t be trusted. *END SPOILER ALERT*
Overall, great read and I recommended to everyone likes a good adventure tale....more