At the very beginning of the book I was unsure of just how much I was going to like this book. I don’t normally read very much YA contemporary fictionAt the very beginning of the book I was unsure of just how much I was going to like this book. I don’t normally read very much YA contemporary fiction and it definitely had a Sarah Dessen feel. (maybe because that’s the only YA contemporary I’ve read…) I liked Sarah Dessen for a time and then read too much of her stuff all at once and got tired of seeing girls do stupid stuff and getting themselves into terrible situations and having no one to turn to to help them. That said, that was one of the best things about this book. A loving family life.
In Torn Stella has a mother who works all the time but still manages to help comfort and give advice to her kids. A lot of responsibility is heaped on to the kids because she works so much but she does things that she finds important with her family (like meeting friends, boyfriends, and going to church). She has instilled good morals into her kids, trusts them, and expects the best from them. I love her.
Stella was a great character and a product of household. She worked hard and didn’t fall too far away from her morals and ethics. She dared to care when others wouldn’t and even got into some really hard situations for her friend because they were the right thing to do, even though they were the last thing she wanted to do.
Ruby, on the other hand, was kind of a nuisance. If I were Stella, I would have slapped the crazy out of Ruby and told her to straighten up, if she didn’t I would have walked out.
The thing is, I was really frustrated with Stella for putting up with everything that Ruby did. But Stephanie Guerra ended up making it totally understandable of why she would do so.
Overall, good read. Even though it’s not my normal genre....more
Let’s start with the art since I’ve made an error in judgement long ago when I started reading Scott Snyder’s Batman. Before I didn’t like it since evLet’s start with the art since I’ve made an error in judgement long ago when I started reading Scott Snyder’s Batman. Before I didn’t like it since everyone was square jawed and bright blue-eyed. Now I read other Batman comics and wonder why they aren’t. When I started reading this volume I was extremely happy to find the comfort of Greg Capullo’s art. The way the may characters are clean looking in a way that Gotham isn’t makes me love it. It’s a very stark contrast against the grittiness of Batman. Please don’t think that makes it fluff it’s not it’s just a style that I’ve come to love in comic artist.
He’s a very versatile artist and I crave his Batman work.
Now, as for Scott Snyder’s story, that’s a pretty amazing work all on it’s own. I’ve been so impressed which each volume. (The Court of Owls is probably my favorite). Batman is Batman with him. Alfred is amazing (as he always should be). And villians are terrible. I love every second of his work.
The Killing Joke, is what I believe to be the original version of Red Hood’s tale the way it is. If you by chance look at my review you’ll notice that I didn’t like the story but that I thought it was really good. That happens to me from time to time. (Doesn’t help that I don’t like Alan Moore – don’t nag me about this I’m entitled to my own opinion). But I think with the way this is going that I’m actually going to like Scott Snyder’s version of the events.
If you’ve been reading this string of Batman comics/graphic novels and enjoy them I don’t think that this will be disappointed by this installment....more