I didn't really find this all that compelling but that's because I'm not really a fan of mob dramas. The Godfather makes me want to snooze. I do, howevI didn't really find this all that compelling but that's because I'm not really a fan of mob dramas. The Godfather makes me want to snooze. I do, however, think that Valentine did a stellar job at making Selina the strong, ruthless leader that she is in this issue. She was always in Batman's shadow as his sexy lover, as the one whom he always tries to save. But here, she shows Bruce that she doesn't need saving, that she can handle her own problems. This is a huge change from the very first issue of the New 52 Catwoman, where the first thing we saw of Selina was her tits, where her first interaction was fucking Bruce. I love seeing Selina be in such a position of power, and I can't wait to see more of her. One thing that disappointed me was that we only see Selina donning the Catwoman suit on the second-last page of the last issue in this trade. While I do love how Selina's taken charge as herself, I want to see her as Catwoman, too....more
This review isn't much of a review, but more a series of thoughts that are haphazardly put together. I don't have the energy to deal with DC anymore.This review isn't much of a review, but more a series of thoughts that are haphazardly put together. I don't have the energy to deal with DC anymore. I used to be able to talk coherently about all the things they ruin with their grubby little fingers, but they've fudged so much up that I just give up.
This is not the Barbara Gordon I knew. But then again, most people reading this aren't used to Babs. Most people who are reading this are new to comics, and new to Batgirl. If so, that's great. I'm glad people are getting into comics. But I'm disappointed with how far from the mark they made Babs. She's completely unrecognisable. Barbara Gordon wouldn't wear a leather jacket to a fight, even if all her gadgets were destroyed. She wouldn't leave her thesis saved onto only one source. etc etc
What really gets me is that this reads like someone young and juvenile. If they wanted to use Babs so much, the least they could do was make this a pre52/pre Killing Joke, post-Zero Year Babs. But no, this is after she's been batgirl for years, after she was shot and paralysed for a few years, and after the several years that she was the N52 Batgirl. Which brings me to ask: why is she 21 years old? I thought she was meant to be 23 years old? If she's 21, how old does that make Dick (since he's canonically younger than her), and Jason for that matter? How does her timeline make sense with all that? Does DC even know how old their characters are anymore?
I'm just sick of bad writing in comics. And I'm sick of DC 'rebooting' characters and forgetting their importance to the world. Barbara is one of the most important characters in the DCU because she was paralysed, because she was Oracle. But once again, we see the erasure of this iconic character. I thought it was bad during the N52 reboot, but this is an all new low. ...more
"I can steal anything," so says Gen, the best thief in the land, yet he can't steal himself from prison. When the magus deOriginally posted on my blog
"I can steal anything," so says Gen, the best thief in the land, yet he can't steal himself from prison. When the magus decides to free Gen on the condition of finding a rare, ancient artefact, Gen has no no other choice than to comply.
I think the world building is on point. It is so rich, and the fables of the gods and goddesses feel real and magical. I want to immerse myself into the world, stay there forever. Which is awesome that there are several more books in the series.
This is the kind of book where nothing happens for the first hundred pages, except for the party traveling from point A to point B, much like in Lord of the Rings. If you don't mind that sort of thing, then this book is for you; if not, you'll have to slog through the walking and talking and even more walking parts.
I found the second half of the book to be lacking. I wasn't interested in the adventurous path of the party, I was more interested in the journey. There was just something about Gen being by himself, without the constant companionship of his travel buddies, that was just lonely and monotonous. By himself, Gen was a flat character who boasted to be able to steal things, but we don't actually see it, we're merely told it.
I just couldn't find myself liking it as much as everyone else did, which is a shame, because I'd been looking forward to this for a long while....more
In this series, Wayne Manor has been turned into Arkham Manor after the asylum's collapse. Why this has happened isa bit of a mystery, since there areIn this series, Wayne Manor has been turned into Arkham Manor after the asylum's collapse. Why this has happened isa bit of a mystery, since there are surely better places to hold inmates, instead of raiding someone's home.
Someone has been killing inmates, so what does Bruce do? Disguise himself as a John Doe of course. Because that's logical. The writing wasn't to my liking. It was too detective noir, which I agree was the right tone for the story, but just didn't sit well with me. It's not too original a story, and the while the bad guy was unique and a fresh face, the build up, while purposely misleading, was shoddily done. I wasn't a fan of the way it was handled.
The writing is amateurish--too much telling: "I feel this", "I feel that". Makes for some pretty cheap and dull writing. All this could have easily been conveyed in the art, as is done in most good comics.
I'm not a fan of the art. It feels too gritty for me, even though I suppose it fits with the gritty tone of the story. I think the one thing I did enjoy was the interactions with Victor Fries. It was kind of cute the way he acted, especially once he gets released from the manor. His first action is to lie in the snow and make snow angels, which is just adorable. Fries is one of those characters I jut adore, and this comic just intensified it.
Overall, I'm not too impressed. I just want them to rebuild Arkham Asylum and go back to having good old family time in Wayne Manor....more
Well, for the most part this is all about a catfight between Harley Quinn and Joker's Daughter over the Joker's face. Har Originally posted on my blog
Well, for the most part this is all about a catfight between Harley Quinn and Joker's Daughter over the Joker's face. Hardly any attention is being focused on anyone else, and it's horribly annoying. And the way they're sexualising this cat fight is just plain awful. Give Harley a freaking bra, for god's sake. Her corset keeps slipping down, barely covering her nips, whereas Joker's Daughter--who was originally about 16 when she first showed up--is suddenly aged up and in a skimpy skirt and crop top. As for their characterisations, they might as well be the same person, the way they're written. After 3 issues of this, it gets tedious
The story is sporadic and hectic, with no real purpose. The first three issues were, as I mentioned earlier, mainly about the cat-fight between Harley and Joker's daughter. The rest of the story--their entire reason for being in Russia in the first place--is often pushed to the side to make room for those two characters. Beyond the fourth issue, once they wrote Joker's Daughter out of the story, things start to make sense, but it's still a rushed and poorly written mess. For the most part it's just regular espionage stuff, going to other countries and accidentally fucking things up and accidentally saving America from communist superheroes. Nothing really special about it.
The art is inconsistent, constantly changing artists and styles... and woof, there are some bad artists in the mix. Faces are badly drawn, anatomy is impossible, and the girls' outfits are as booby as possible.
It really feels like no effort was being put into this when they decided to slap this together after the failure of the last Suicide Squad. Fans of the movie are going to be very disappointed when they turn to the comics to get more of their Suicide Squad fix. ...more
Last time on Batman Eternal: Hush has finally made an entrance, at the cost of Alfred Pennyworth. It's up to Alfred's daugh Originally posted on my blog
Last time on Batman Eternal: Hush has finally made an entrance, at the cost of Alfred Pennyworth. It's up to Alfred's daughter to take his place before the bat-computer. Now, as much as I like Hush, I prefer him in the Heart of Hush and Hush Money. Here, it feels forced. Once again, Tommy is the bad guy, looking to destroy Gotham for no real reason except to make Bruce's life a living hell (as usual). I'm still trying to figure out what Hush's motive is, beyond wanting to be like Bruce--which is overused and lacking the depth is once had.
All the other plot threads from the last volume have been pushed to the side, and we don't see the rest of the bat-family, which is disappointing. The last volume felt rich because of the celebration of family, whereas, the most this volume has in terms of family is the strained relationship between Alfred and his daughter, and even then it's barely touched upon. The clear difference between this volume and the previous is the plot. Very little happened.
Selina has turned out to be the daughter of Leo Calebresi, ex crime lord of Gotham city. And she's been given the mantle of crime lord of Gotham, whether she likes it or not. This isn't expanded in the comic, but it's promised in her own comic series. Which disappoints me. I was hoping to see more of her mob boss action, since the last volume was full of gang war politics. But I suppose we'd be seeing more of that in Catwoman's own series.
Waylon Jones, aka Killer Croc, plays another vital role in the comic. It's important to note that he isn't a villain, no matter how many crimes he may have committed. He is an anti-hero, the world pitted against him because of the way he was born and is constantly perceived. His role as Selina's bodyguard makes him have reason, after having been demonised in the last volume by Commissioner Bard.
Look, I'm basically very disappointed in this volume. Most of it was filler, and after reading the last hundred pages twice, I still can't remember what happened apart from Arkham Asylum blowing up for some reason, making way for Arkham Manor (review of that to come soon). I'm hoping that this is just a low point in the series, because the first volume built up some heavy shit. Eagerly awaiting the final volume....more
Hunting Monsters: This was a story that attempted to define the boundaries between good and evil in monsters and humans aliOriginally posted on my blog
Hunting Monsters: This was a story that attempted to define the boundaries between good and evil in monsters and humans alike. It describes a world where otherkin have the same rights as humans, whether they're monsters or not. This is a story based loosely on what happens after Little Red Riding Hood, and Beauty and the Beast. What I loved most about this story was the deviation from a traditional family setting. Xiao Hong lives with her mother, and is raised by both her and an estranged woman whom she calls Auntie Rosa. This alteration in the traditional family setting, as well as creating a Chinese main character in a white, traditional world creates a richer world and makes her mother a far more complex character than previously believed. Loved it. 5/5 stars
In Her Head, In Her Eyes Hase is a woman with a pot over her head, covering her eyes. As such, she is ridiculed not only by her fellow servants but the wives of her masters. She comes from the Island, where patterns are made up and people are born with them. Hase has been sent to get inspiration for pattern ideas. This was certainly an imaginative tale, a retelling of a Japanese tale that I've never heard of. This story changed tones very quickly, and I found that to be jarring at some points, and as a result, I'm giving it 3/5 stars.
Mrs Yaga I love that this story uses Polish words; it makes me feel right at home, just like Uprooted did. It also explores a mother-daughter relationship that isn't fully noticeable until the very end, when Aurelia realises that Yaga is sending all those boys on hopeless quests because she knows they're not good enough for her daughter. It's very reminiscent of Brave, in which the daughter claims herself, instead of letting a boy do it for her. 4/5 stars
The Mussel Eater This is a retelling of a Maori myth, which is a category I'm very unfamiliar with. Even so, the tone of the story feels ideally exotic and foreign, yet still familiar enough that I can understand some of the concepts (with Australia being so close to New Zealand). The story is utterly seductive, with food being a way to seduce--and ultimately, shackle--the Pania. Food is the focal point of the story, with Karitoki attempting to lure the Pania with cooked food and rubbing her with scented oils in a way to humanise her, to make her his. The ending is wonderful, paying homage to the imagery of food, and is a delightfully dark feminist twist. 5/5 stars
The Astronomer Who Met the North Wind I wasn't too much a fan of this story. It was mainly the constant telling versus showing. That sort of thing feels jarring to me, and I've never really liked it. The sotry felt rushed, and while it was a beautiful premise with interesting characters--I loved the tricksy North Wind--it never felt fully formed to me. I liked the honesty of the story, of Minka being defiant of all the people who try to dissuade her from being an astronomer because of her age or because of her gender. Her resistance to this wall of negativity is what drives the story, and I really liked the strength and will she displays. 3/5 stars
The Ninety-Ninth Bride This was the longest tale, and once again, relied on telling instead of showing. As a retelling of the 1001 Nights, of course there's going to be some quick recapping of some of the stories, but it just felt so derivative. The big reveal at the end, though, was what made it stand out. 4/5 stars...more
I love the way this book is written, in diary entries and short vignettes and the like. It made it so easy to attach myself to Maddie, a POC African AI love the way this book is written, in diary entries and short vignettes and the like. It made it so easy to attach myself to Maddie, a POC African American and Japanese (though this is barely touched upon, which is a shame) girl who essentially lives in a bubble. It is a very intimate book, much in the way the Princess Diaries series were.
Reading it on my kindle feels like it doesn't give the book justice. There are illustrations, and charts, and lists, and handwritten diary entries, and such that I'm sure would have looked fantastic in physical form, without having to wait for the lag of my kindle to load the pages. At first I thought, You betcha sweet ass I'll be buying this book and rereading it over and over for the feels and the proper experience. But as I read on, something didn't feel right. Maddie's condition was odd. And Ollie ended up helping her endangering her life, which made him the opposite of a sweet sexy love interest. That he would let her go through with her potentially life-threatening plan makes him an unreliable lover, bordering on abusive.
Speaking of abuse, let's discuss her mother, who knew that Maddie was never sick to begin with. Who kept Maddie in this bubble, isolated from the world so that they could be together forever. Who ruined Maddie's immune system as a result of keeping her hidden from the world. I detested that there wasn't more done to chastise her mother, no police involved, no nothing. It was just glossed over as a mother who cared too much. That made me mad, that abuse like that was seen as being overprotective.
This book was a huge disappointment. I wish I could say better things about it, but, morally, I just can't....more
I'm a huge fan of Kate Forsyth, so I was eagerly awaiting this release.
At first I was a bit weary about this, thinking it would romanticise Nazism, but thankfully--and this is not a spoiler, it's on the back of the book--the nazi soldier is a spy working to assassinate Hitler.
As always, her writing is gorgeous, though this time I noticed that she used colours to describe noises, and noises to describe colours, which I found artistic and appealing, since the main character, Ava, is a singer.
But unfortunately, the story failed to grip me. It felt like a traditional romance from the 80's: I love him, but he's a monster, but he's actually just a good guy after all. (The amount of bodice rippers I read with that sort of plot structure is ridiculous).
Despite my qualms with it, it was a good book. With her gorgeous prose, and her main characters (the rest of the characters got lost in a jumble of German sounds in my head, unfortunately), this book really was a beauty. It's just not something I'd expected after Bitter Greens or Wild Girl. It showed the war within Germany, showing how Germans treated each other during the war: the betrayal, the loss, the unknowing terror. I was mesmerised by how much pain this book showed in both the camps--where most WW2 books are set--and within the very world it all started.
As for the Beauty and the Beast retelling, you'll find none of that here. He was never a beast, it was always love at first sight, blah blah blah.
The end was rushed, a swift storm of telling instead of showing which gave me vertigo after Ava's impossible and intense show of bravery.
I'm confused as to how I feel about it. On the one hand, it's a Kate Forsyth book; on the other, it just didn't make me feel much. ...more
This is the first issue of the new We Are Robin series, and it certainly leaves an impression. Instead of Batman choosinRead my review on my blog HERE
This is the first issue of the new We Are Robin series, and it certainly leaves an impression. Instead of Batman choosing a Robin, it's people with courage and a thirst for justice that choose to take on a mantle, and that, I find, is far nobler. The story follows Duke Thomas, whose parents were caught in one of Joker's schemes, and are now lost to him. He's now stuck in the flawed foster system, and is intent on finding his parents since Batman won't.
It has hints of a cultural revolution happening, one that the newer generation are cultivating.
It builds a solid foundation for forthcoming issues, and briefly introduces the other Robins, who are of varied genders and races. I loved that, how inclusive it is. Even Duke is an African-American teen who gets in trouble too often, going from foster home to foster home.
My biggest gripe was the art. It was decent enough, except for the faces. Everyone's faces looks slouchy and almost Neanderthaloid.