I love the Humans of New York blog - Brandon Stanton has the amazing ability to marry beautiful portraits of people with interesting stories or randomI love the Humans of New York blog - Brandon Stanton has the amazing ability to marry beautiful portraits of people with interesting stories or random little facts about these people's lives.
This book is truly a treasure, both wonderfully designed and full of gorgeous photos that are at times married with words. I would have loved even more stories, as some photos only had locations ascribed to them, and one of my favorite aspects of Stanton's work is his ability to tease a story out of people. After reading the introduction, I realized that in the beginning, Stanton didn't even interview people as he does now, which like contributes to the many portraits without more significant stories attached to them. It was really fascinating to hear about his own journey and see the evolution his project went through to get to where it is today.
I honestly couldn't put this book down, and was brought to near tears several times. Not only would I recommend this book to both fans of the HONY blog and lovers of photography, I actually bought this book as a present for a few of my friends, because I knew they'd love it. I can think of no higher praise....more
I've been following Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York blog for a while now, and love both his portraits and the stories he eases out if people, aboI've been following Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York blog for a while now, and love both his portraits and the stories he eases out if people, about their lives, about their days, about their favorite memories and favorite things.
I picked this book up as a gift and figured I might as well read it before passing it along. The pictures are fantastic, as expected. Kids can be unpredictable and hard to photograph sometimes, but Stanton does a great job capturing each kid. The text is pretty basic, and clearly meant for kids, as a sort of inspirational, warm and fuzzy word hug. It's okay for what it is, but I wish it had a little more of the essence of his work with adults, something that tells us something about each kid pictured.
I'm not talking about names or anything identifying that might be dangerous. Stanton doesn't even identify the adults he photographs, let alone the kids. I'm talking about an anecdote, or maybe something each kid said, or their parent said about them: "Bugs are my favorite, I like them for breakfast." "I'm waiting for my brother, he likes to play with me after school." "Unicorns are made out of marshmallows." Kids can say some funny and poignant things, and it would have been fun to inject each page and each photo with even more personality.
Definitely still a book I'd recommend, mostly to a family with fairly little kids....more
Gorgeous illustrations, beautiful design, and creepy, creative, get-under-your-skin stories make this one a must read, especially if you are a fan ofGorgeous illustrations, beautiful design, and creepy, creative, get-under-your-skin stories make this one a must read, especially if you are a fan of horror or fairy tales, the Grimm-brothers kind....more
An interesting, slice-of-life story about growing up. The art was good, and I liked the monochromatic color scheme. I liked the idea of wanted to keepAn interesting, slice-of-life story about growing up. The art was good, and I liked the monochromatic color scheme. I liked the idea of wanted to keep a place like Awago sacred in your memory, of cherishing the good times that a location can remind you of. Ultimately, though, I think I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. It mostly made me sad: for the mom who miscarried and is trying to figure out how to get over her grief, for the girl who is growing up and trying to figure out both what she's feeling and what's going on with her parents, for the girl whose boyfriend got her pregnant and then basically abandoned her....more
I really enjoyed my introduction to Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, in the Cap Am movie last summer, so when I heard Sam was going to be the new Captain AmeriI really enjoyed my introduction to Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, in the Cap Am movie last summer, so when I heard Sam was going to be the new Captain America, I wanted to check it out for sure.
It's kind of a weird adjustment. Yeah, Sam is Cap now, but he's still Sam. He's not a super soldier, he still have his winds, but he has Cap's shield now. Is that the only difference? And a new outfit? I love that Sam kept his humor, and it's awesome to hear more about his backstory, and how much he values all life. It'll be interesting to see him grow into the name of cap am and make it his own.
As a previous non-reader of the cap comics, I was very grateful for the one page history lesson at the start of this issue, otherwise I would have had no clue why Steve gave up being Cap and who this rando Nomad guy was. Knowing he's Steve's adopted son definitely gives me some insight into his character, but I still couldn't really tell if his "I'm better than you" comments were just friendly ribbing or actually arrogance and discontent. I guess we'll have to wait in see.
The best part of this comic was Sam's sidekick and shield-rescuing-brother, Redwing. Can Sam talk to birds? Is that a thing?
This is another that I'll add to me list to pick up when the trade comes out, though I don't know how high of a priority it will be with all the other books out there. The art was ok, but nothing particularly special. The frustrating part of books like this is that it feels like you need to know the whole history of marvel to figure it out, or else you'll be missing something. Like that last page, filled with all those villains; I'm sure a marvel fanatic would recognize all those guys. I didn't even know one. And I just don't have the time to read through the whole Marvel catalogue.
The main reason I bought this single issue was for the adorable Skottie Young variant cover. Which remains adorable, regardless of my feels about the content of the book. :)
I'm a huge Matt Fraction fan, so I thought I'd pick up some of his books of the more classic Avenger variety.
The World Eaters storyline was really intI'm a huge Matt Fraction fan, so I thought I'd pick up some of his books of the more classic Avenger variety.
The World Eaters storyline was really intriguing, though there is a lot of back-story and characters that I don't necessarily know, but considering all I know about Thor, I learned from the movies, that's not surprising. I'd like to read more of the Thor backstories, as there seems to be a rich mythology and history there, with the world tree and all the gods and family relationships. I'd like the read some Sif books, too, because she seems really intriguing and I want to get to know more about her.
I really enjoyed Pasqual Ferry's art as well, and the colors by Matt Hollingsworth are gorgeous as always. Definitely one worth reading....more
I've been loving Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, so I thought I'd read up on some classic Hawkeye. Unfortunately, this "solo" collection was intermixed withI've been loving Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, so I thought I'd read up on some classic Hawkeye. Unfortunately, this "solo" collection was intermixed with an Avengers Academy storyline that had nothing to do with Hawkeye. The Hawkeye storyline itself wasn't that interesting, and had Hawkeye agreeing to keep secrets from the other Avengers, which just made me sad.
All in all, I'd rather stick to Fraction's version....more
The premise of this comic is fantastic, and I don’t blame Ryan North for working on it for 10 years, just to find the right way to tell it. We all knoThe premise of this comic is fantastic, and I don’t blame Ryan North for working on it for 10 years, just to find the right way to tell it. We all know the story of King Midas, who was both blessed and cursed with the ability to turn things to gold with a single touch. But what if that golden touch was transmuted through objects as well, turning everything that touched an object Midas was touching into gold as well, including air? It wouldn’t be long before the whole planet is covered in gold, everything dead and frozen, all turned literally into gold.
That is exactly what happens in this book, but the story doesn’t end there. Centuries after the Midas “miracle”, another race of people (that look remarkably like humans) happen upon the planet, realize what is going on, and quickly erase the planet from their maps and database, to hide the potential weapon from the rest of the universe.
Oh, you didn’t realize this was a weapon? Well, in the planetary war we are thrown into, an all-powerful Federation is in control, and a few rebels who stumbled upon long-lost information about the golden planet are trying to fight back to rescue their people. A team of three (Joey, Conner, and Fatima) travel to the gold planet to try to figure out a way to weaponize whatever caused the golden epidemic, because if they can harness that power, they can use it to stop the Federation. Instead of a mechanized weapon, though, what holds the power is literally Midas’ flesh and blood. And they quickly discover possessing the Flesh isn’t the same as being able to use it.
So far, I love the characters and find the plot really intriguing. So far, we’ve seen a little bit of Conner the dinosaur’s backstory (Did I mention there were dinosaurs? THERE ARE DINOSAURS!!), but I can’t wait to hear more about Joey and Fatima’s motivations. It’s easy to see why Conner is fighting back – his wife was murdered and his people destroyed by the Federation. He either runs and lives in hiding his whole life or fights back at this point. But Joey and Fatima both appear to be humanoid somehow, so I haven’t quite figured out why they are on the wrong side of the Federation.
There are a few things so far that are rather curious. First, that humanoid beings could possibly develop somewhere other than Earth is pretty far-fetched. Also, all the aliens of all species seem to speak English, which is pretty much not just improbably, but impossible. At least North acknowledges the unlikelihood of this when he has them able to read the crown that says “MIDAS” and argue over the likelihood of being able to read the language of a foreign planet. That made me laugh, and I understand that simplifying the language and cultural barriers makes it easier to focus on plot. I’d rather have interesting, well-written story and characters that just happen to speak the same language.
Last but certainly not least, I love Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb’s artwork. The style is simple and engaging, and I appreciated being able to read in the back about not only North’s process of creating the comic, but the artists’ process of visual conceptualization, from establishing a visual style to the collaborative process. The more cartoony style of art really suits the subject matter well, and I can imagine the art style appealing to not just adults like me, but also to kids.
I hope that this comic gets to continue on for a long while, because so far it is really well done, and it feels like there is a lot of story left to tell in there....more
What a great story, and fantastic art! This book just keeps getting better, and I can't wait to read more. As fantastic as the story is, I just can'tWhat a great story, and fantastic art! This book just keeps getting better, and I can't wait to read more. As fantastic as the story is, I just can't get over how much I love the art and pacing of each page. This team is working together so well.
I loved getting to know more of the gods, both as deities and people. Laura serves as a great narrator for us because she is like so many of us: fully human, full of both adoration and jealousy for the powers these gods possess. She is one of the few supporters Luci has during her incarceration, and one of the few who will (view spoiler)[truly mourn her passing. Perhaps that's why Luci passed on some of her power to Laura? If that's what actually happened -- I'm very curious to see what exactly the snap flame means, and where Laura goes from there. (hide spoiler)]
This book does a great job introducing more of the gods of the pantheon. It's interesting to find out that during every reincarnation, it's not always the same gods that come back. It just makes me more curious to know how it actually works. How do they come back? Why? Who picks and chooses who gets to be reincarnated? Why only for 2 years? And how is it possible that this could be the last time? What do humans have to do with the reoccurrence? Why was it so bad that Luci revealed their powers, and why did she need to stay in prison?
All questions that I'm assuming will be answered, or at least acknowledged, in the next book! Bring it on!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've had a vague fondness for Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanov, since the Avengers movie, but I've never really known too much about her. I've heard,I've had a vague fondness for Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanov, since the Avengers movie, but I've never really known too much about her. I've heard, though, that they'll be diving more into her backstory in Avengers 2, so I thought I'd read up a little more on her.
This book is just fantastic. It's full of adventure and emotion without detailing everything in Natasha's past. I know enough about her to sense her regret and understand why she lives the way she does now. No matter what she's done in the past, who she is now is someone to admire and look up to, whether she believes she is worthy or not. Also, she has a adorable black cat just like me.
Phil Noto's artwork is perfection. I love the way he draws Natasha, strong and beautiful but not over-the-top bombshell. She's a fierce super spy, not someone there just as eye candy. There is something about Noto's art that is almost watercolor-like. It's very fluid and loose, graphic without being hard lines and block shapes. I am clearly not an art critic, as I try to explain why I love this art so much. I just do.
Though different in style, this book feels much like Fraction's Hawkeye book, an expose on what Avengers do when they're not saving the world as part of a super-team. Like Clint Barton, Natasha is one of the few Avengers without anyone super powers or magical suit, so it feels a little more down to earth. They are just humans like us, after all. In a way. And I loved the little scene with Clint falling out of a building behind Natasha, and her lawyer saying "That looks bad." HA! Hawkeye reference FTW! I'll definitely continue to follow this book, and look forward to the next trade publication, whenever that may be....more
Who doesn't love a crazy bunch of lovable girl fighters? Especially when they are so fierce and loyal? Be warned, this book is not for the faint at heWho doesn't love a crazy bunch of lovable girl fighters? Especially when they are so fierce and loyal? Be warned, this book is not for the faint at heart. Carnage abounds, and these girls are not shy about following their hearts and expressing their physical needs and desires. You can tell after even 1 book that these characters, from the women if the Rat Queens to their friends, associates, and enemies, all have rich backgrounds that are just waiting for us to discover. The art is fantastic, the storytelling intriguing, and I can't wait for the next book!...more
This book still has great art, and it's still interesting, but I have to admit that it's not quite as fun and more than a little depressing. First, thThis book still has great art, and it's still interesting, but I have to admit that it's not quite as fun and more than a little depressing. First, there's Suzie and Jon drifting apart, due in part to Jon going off his meds. Then there is the destruction of the library, the whole reason Suzie and Jon were robbing the bank in the first place. I think it's good to show characters who are struggling with depression and other mental illnesses as they work through it. It's just more challenging to read about, and you have to be in the right frame of mind.
The more interesting (to me) and less sad part of this volume is diving into the mystery of how and why "the quiet" exists, and who can access it, and why the "quiet police" want to stop and control Suzie and Jon. None of it makes much sense, so I hope Suzie and Jon can eventually find some answers and closure....more
A crazy inventive and entertaining comic. Fraction is such a great writer and I love Zdarsky's art styling. This comic could just be about sex, and itA crazy inventive and entertaining comic. Fraction is such a great writer and I love Zdarsky's art styling. This comic could just be about sex, and it could be funny, and be just that. At it's heart, though, it's about more than that. This place, "the Quiet", that both Suzie and Jon have access to becomes a coping mechanism for them. With the death of her father and depression of her mother, Suzie needed someplace where she could release all her thoughts and emotions. Jon's mental issues are managed through being able to act out in the quiet.
Suzie and Jon don't decide to rob banks just for the heck of it (though Jon seems to get an extra vindictive thrill from that), but because they need the money to save Suzie's library. It seems like a foolproof plan, except they aren't the only ones who can enter the quiet - there's also a sort of Quiet police.
I'll be curious to know more about these police and how they got organized and how they operate. Also, what's up with Suzie's bestie Rach reporting them to the police? Is it jealousy that Jon liked Suzie more than her? Is it real concern? On behalf of Rachels everywhere, I'm disappointed in her!...more
How awesome is Jennifer Walters, aka She Hulk? I picked this one up at the recommendation of some of my tumblr friends, with the hopes I can find moreHow awesome is Jennifer Walters, aka She Hulk? I picked this one up at the recommendation of some of my tumblr friends, with the hopes I can find more awesome girl superhero role models for my millions of nieces. Not only is Jennifer fierce and powerful as the Hulk, but perhaps more importantly, she is incredibly intelligent and a driven, successful lawyer. Sure, she starts this book out by quitting her job for being under appreciated for her actual lawyer skills, but by the end, her new practice is quickly growing as word of her stellar reputation and skills spreads.
I'm so curious to know more about the Blue File, and even know Jennifer has stopped all work on it for now, I bet she picks it back up again sometime during the next book. There's no way they can just leave that narrative thread hanging forever!
I also have to mention how awesome Angie is!! Clearly girl has some sort of powers of persuasion, as well as the ability to heal post-gun-shot-wound-to-the-head, but only with the saliva of her monkey companion. What is up with that?? I'm so curious to know more about her! I always just thought her monkey was her little buddy she liked to take everywhere, and thought it was super-adorable when he had his own little winter coat and was strapped into a car seat on their trip to North Dakota. But turns out there is a reason Angie brings him everywhere! Hopefully Angie doesn't remain a mystery forever.
Lastly, I have to mention I was bummed to see this run of She-Hulk was recently cancelled. There are 6 more issues, which I assume will be collected into another volume, and I look forward to reading that, and hope it wraps up enough storylines to be satisfying. ...more
The Ms. Marvel name might not be new, but G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel is a completely new hero for us superhero-loving fans to enjoy. Kamala Khan feThe Ms. Marvel name might not be new, but G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel is a completely new hero for us superhero-loving fans to enjoy. Kamala Khan feels like an everyman is so many ways – she feels left out, less than, not as special or important as other people. It’s easy to relate to Kamala because most of us have felt that way at one time or another. What happens to Kamala, though, is anything but ordinary. After an encounter with a strange fog – and an awesome vision of Captain Marvel & friends – Kamala has the power to look any way she wants. What she discovers, though, is that being the blonde superhero in the leotard and thigh-highs is not only not the perfection it seems, but doesn’t actually solve any of her real-life problems – parents that want to shelter her from the rest of the world, a best friend who she obviously doesn’t know likes her, a super-villain threatening her city, her increasing fame, and most importantly, the ever-present struggle to figure out who she is when she can be anyone she wants.
I love how real Kamala is, how funny she is, and how much of a fangirl she is. I already love Bruno, too – he clearly cares about Kamala a lot, and seems like he’ll be a great support to her as she figures this whole Captain Marvel thing out. I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the characters, too, like Kamala’s family, her other friends, the people in her neighborhood. Most of all, I can’t wait for Kamala to start meeting and interacting with all those superheroes she admires so much. When you’re waiting to read the trades, it’s hard to avoid spoilers on tumbr every time a new issue comes out, so I already know she’s meeting Wolverine soon, I just excited to see how it all unfolds.
I have to mention, in addition to great writing from Wilson, I really love Adrian Alphona’s artwork and Ian Herring’s colors. The art is loose yet detailed, with tons of great details in every scene, and the colors are somehow both vibrant and mellow. The art reminds me a lot of the work in Chew, which is a high compliment in my opinion.
Another one of the movies in the works just announced by Marvel in the Inhumans, and from what I gather on tumblr, it sounds like Kamala might qualify to appear in that movie? Since I’m not caught up on single issues, and I’ve never read a separate Inhumans title, I’m not sure of that fact, but it would be pretty cool!...more