Why I read it: First off, I love Image Comics. I try to read their stuff every chance I get. Second, the dark and gritty art really pulled me in.
WhatWhy I read it: First off, I love Image Comics. I try to read their stuff every chance I get. Second, the dark and gritty art really pulled me in.
What I thought: I’m glad I read this as a trade. It’s slow paced and I think that if I’d just gotten a single issue that I would have read it and been done. The pacing doesn’t have the same problem in the trade. What I mean by that is it has steady build up to where the first TPB leaves you hanging. It leaves you wanting more. It’s still slow, yet manageable.
Even after one volume, it’s hard to figure out who the story is truly about. Is it about Maia Reveron, the cousin to the Arthur McBride? Or is it going she going to be the vehicle in which Arthur’s story is honestly told with no lies or omissions.
In a world very different from our own, Maia is relatable. I could see myself making the same decisions. I would steal if I absolutely needed to. Given the chance to redeem myself through hard work, I would. I would sacrifice my own wants and needs to protect the people who aided me. But Maia’s drive for freedom? Most everyone would fight and do things they didn’t believe in just to keep freedom, especially in a world where it’s so scarce.
Arthur McBride is a cut throat in a politician’s body. We learn less about him than Maia in this book but we learn that in private he’s willing to do anything, including kill people, to either survive or promote himself in some way. In public, he’s willing to spin the terrible things he’s done into something that was for the welfare of himself or others but never touches the truth.
The reporters who are finding out all this history and reporting on the infamous Arthur McBride are mostly annoying and do little to contribute other than narrating the story in some sense.
The art was very fitting to the story. It set the tone of a dark story that needs to unfold rather than just being told.
It’s worth picking up. Image trades are cheap and I think a lot of people who like dark mysteries will enjoy this. If you’re wanting something fast paced I would sit this one out....more
Why I read this: The creators are local and I like to support my KC peeps. Also, the art is black, white, and blue. Unique art always draws me in.
I hoWhy I read this: The creators are local and I like to support my KC peeps. Also, the art is black, white, and blue. Unique art always draws me in.
I honestly had no expectations going into this. I didn’t know what the story was about. I just thought the art was cool and the dudes who created it were super nice.
What I thought: I didn’t know that at the end of the book I would calmly put the book down, walk into the other room and not just cry but weep. It was a big, ugly cry. I couldn’t even figure out why. I still don’t know why I had that reaction. What I do know is the book is profoundly honest. I felt a real connection. I cared about the characters as I would for living, breathing people.
I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it in the classical sense of the word, but I felt deeply connected with this characters. The setting of a rural town in Arkansas was perfect for “the pretty things”. It was also appropriate to set the tone of this well thought out story that has a touch of supernatural elements to it.
I highly recommend this to people that like comics with solid story lines and beautiful art. I want people to read this for two reasons. One, because it’s awesome. Two, I want to know if you cry like a baby....more
Why I read this: I read this because, duh, it’s a fairy tale retelling. I love that stuff. I read fairly crappy stuff just to get at it. Fables, so faWhy I read this: I read this because, duh, it’s a fairy tale retelling. I love that stuff. I read fairly crappy stuff just to get at it. Fables, so far, has not been crappy at all. Of course, I’ll continue it.
Why I thought: The art was amazing as always and it was cool seeing an introduction of a slew of new characters, but it just didn’t feel like Fables. The problem? I miss Bigby and Snow. Snow and her pups had a couple of cameos but no Bigby. I know there has to be a reason for not even a glimpse but it doesn’t mean it still doesn’t hurt.
In this volume, we’re introduced to the Arabian Fables, Sinbad and his crew. It’s good to see new Fables and ultimately a new Fabletown. I think we’ll get a lot more out of the comic that way.
The art was amazing as always. I loved the panels but I also love the included covers. So pretty *_*
The problem with the book is that it felt like we were just dealing with repercussions from the past book and adding new characters for future books. In other words, it just felt like a book of transition with very little meat....more
Why I read this: I has a pretty cover and I was in the mood for some shoujo.
What I thought:Nothing really life changing in this book. But I didn’t reaWhy I read this: I has a pretty cover and I was in the mood for some shoujo.
What I thought:Nothing really life changing in this book. But I didn’t read it because I thought I was going to get much out of it. It’s fun fluff with tiny, cute monsters.
It’s standard fair for shoujo. There is a girl that lets herself get wrapped up into a weird situation by gorgeous boys. They boys each follow a type (sweet boy, reckless boy, and smart boy). The difference this time is that the girl is picking the sweet one. Thankfully!
All in all, it’s good for what it was. I wanted fluff and I got it. I’m going to continue reading it as well. The art is beautiful and I enjoyed all the traditional Japanese folklore that crept in....more
Why I read it:The number one reason why I picked it up is the art. Open to any page and bask in its beauty. The page I happened to turn to had a man (Why I read it:The number one reason why I picked it up is the art. Open to any page and bask in its beauty. The page I happened to turn to had a man (who turned out to be Hercules) in an Apollo clothing line ad. Myth combined with modern? Sign me up.
What I thought: Honestly, David Rubin could have told me anything with that sleek, clean art and I would have loved it. Barry Trotter, Harry Potter parody? Yeah. I still would have loved it.
David Rubin has such a unique and clean style. He uses a lot of bold lines and solid colors. I’ve seen his art before but this is the first story I’ve read and it was an amazing starting point for me. I’m going to devotedly follow his work after this.
As for the story itself, it’s pretty good. It’s a unique retelling of Hercules’s twelve labors. I really liked the tech aspect of it. It was just the right amount of monitors, cell phones, and motorcycles in ancient Greece to throw you off but not detract from the story.
If I take the art away from the story then this was just pretty good, nothing to write home about. But combined with the art, it’s really something special....more
What I knew about X-23 before this? Uh…? She has claws like Wolverine. Lives in the X-Men universe. The end.
What I thought? I saw Laura (that’s her naWhat I knew about X-23 before this? Uh…? She has claws like Wolverine. Lives in the X-Men universe. The end.
What I thought? I saw Laura (that’s her name, lol, I know now) in a Guardians of the Galaxy comic and I thought she seemed stoic, yet interesting. This brought me to grab X-23: The Killing Dream. I was expecting to find a complex girl with a cool character design. I got that…but…not how I wanted it.
Laura was complex. I translate that to complex shit happened to her but I don’t know what it was about. There were demons, Mr. Sinister, and Claudine all trying to get her and I kind of know why with Claudine but where did that demon come from!? There were so many events in this book that I didn’t understand. I thought with a book one I might get origin story or at least a little back story but noooo. They just throw you in and expect you to swim not sink.
As for her character design, along with all the other females of this book, they were just too sexy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sexy girls, but because their character is written that way. That’s their personality. Not in this book, nope. It’s midriff shirts all the way baby and legs for days!
The overall art was wonderful (not counting the super-sexy ladies) and I did enjoy it.
I wanted a character I could look up to and maybe find a little piece of myself in (like so many other current female characters) but I didn’t. Even though this is a story about a girl it’s not really written for girls despite the author being a woman.