No, a thousand noes. As a stand alone it barely works. Part of the Otherworld it feels very unpolished. Armstrong is capable of better, has done betteNo, a thousand noes. As a stand alone it barely works. Part of the Otherworld it feels very unpolished. Armstrong is capable of better, has done better, this feels like an understudy or something came to her with an idea and she tinkered a bit and gave it to her editor as a final product. All of the side characters don't matter. We meet a whole slew of new sups that we never really find out much about other than their names and then we never hear from or need to see again. We never really find out the majority of folks drives and motivations. The main characters all live and god only knows why cause frankly I would've killed off at least two of them just for being annoying as f-bomb. Oh yeah this is a children's book. How do you go from crazy hot sex parties in the woods with Elena and Clayton to "so and so sworn under their breath. other character raises eyebrows" and the only physical reaction to your hormones is a bunch of tension and red faced teenagers. It's not a gripe. It's just a fact. If you were expecting mature look elsewhere. Also I'm still hella pissed that just acted like Tori was now cool. I know we're talking about the span of three weeks but if you were a complete bitch for two of them there is no way I'd even consider looking your way for niceties in the third. Ok enough. I'm done. This one is a pass. It was fun. Not a one but definitely not a recommendation. I'm glad it was quick though cause frankly not much happened and this could've been resolved in two books. Hell one if you just killed Tori after the first time she screwed you over. I would've been completely ok with that....more
So these books are obviously going to take place in the span of about three weeks of time. Well books one and two were about a week each so I can't imSo these books are obviously going to take place in the span of about three weeks of time. Well books one and two were about a week each so I can't imagine the author would alter the pacing for the third. Either way I do appreciate the pacing regardless of how you feel about the books they don't dawdle too much. I got hooked cause you tease necromancer and dammit I bought it. I can honestly count the amount of times our protagonist has used her powers in two books on one hand. I've got some thoughts about that but I'll save it for tomorrow, yes tomorrow, unless something major happens in the world of the real I should be able to finish this trilogy in the middle of work tomorrow. One legit gripe here for book two though. I honestly wanted to kill Tori. She's.. She's.. I want to kill her. She's a waste of everything and from the looks of it not only does she never grow or learn in any sense or fashion but she continues to be a royal bitch to everyone else and they all accept it. Like why? I don't care who or what you are if you are a toxic presence to what is a pretty solid group without you then I say let's boot your ass. But for some unknown and unspoken reason (ok really I peeked at the wikia. it may be the lamest plot twist ever) they keep her around for.. hell it's not even kicks. She's poison and she needs to go. Not only does she spend all of her energy on negativity and sarcasm but at points she is the sole wrench in the entire plan. After she spilled the beans about Liz's hoodie. GONE! Then she messed up with the girls in the alley. You almost got me killed because you ignored me? Yup. You guessed it. Gone! Wait a moment, back it up, come to think of it, she's the dumbass who left the parking lot in the first place, all of drama was her fault! But the gang keeps her around, expunging more energy and wasting good money on her as she kept bickering with everyone else the entire week.. She is literally a ticking timebomb with one of the shortest fuses ever. WHY!? WHY?! WHY?! Zero sense. If anyone can give me an honest reason other than the obvious spoiler that's about to happen in the final book I'll give you a dollar. Hell I'll splurge and give you two. What a waste of text. Ugh....more
You know I'm not even upset that I didn't "see" the ending coming. Frankly I appreciate the way it just carries on like a book should. I also think peYou know I'm not even upset that I didn't "see" the ending coming. Frankly I appreciate the way it just carries on like a book should. I also think people confuse these series. It's clearly YA nope, children's, like legit young readers - I now realize there weren't any actual mature situations to crop up in a coed halfway house group home, while the others are for an older audience. Will the readers of these books grow up and read the others? Yes. Most definitely. Will the readers of Otherworld come back and pick this series up... Maybe. Either way I'm glad all the books are out cause I can keep on keeping on. See ya!...more
Just punch me in the fracking face already. That would've been better and more interesting than this. Trust me when I tell you I tried. I tried my heaJust punch me in the fracking face already. That would've been better and more interesting than this. Trust me when I tell you I tried. I tried my heart out to (1) be fully ready to enjoy this book (2) completely up to date with the show so as I could be there without *any* explanation.
First problems, yes plural. This follows no continuity brought in from the show. Things at first just happen because they feel the need to introduce folks again and sadly I've just seen the TV show you introduction this in almost the act same way, it's almost like you took the stills from the show and threw some bubbles on them... but there are differences too - those differences actually make things worse because they introduce MORE errors in continuity by re-re-introducing the characters in this book.
Next problem is two fold and I have to specifically say how the hell did Katana get her sword back? Oh and why is she using it like she didn't (1) fake her own death (2) smuggle it out (3) hide it in Wayne Manor... no seriously. She fakes her own death to keep this sword away from bad guys in the show... loses it to said bad guys because she started using it... then magically has sword back again and is using it in the comic? Isn't she worried about losing it again? Is this somehow supposed to take place in-between the events on the show? Well shit no one gave me that memo.
Anyway the last problem is there still is no consequence to the actions taken here. It doesn't matter who does what at the end Batman comes in and saves the day and we're ready for the next big problem the day tomorrow.
Mr. Wizard! Get me the hell out of here!
Oh PS if you want to try and tell me I'm wrong and the show and consequently this book is fabulous I'm all ears... but be warned I just started typing in notepad all the issues I've got with this series... It's not short. Be prepared :-)...more
It's a freebie and it combines the Halloween (part 1) and Thanksgiving (I think part 2 - I'll have to check later) stories so anyone who is still stupIt's a freebie and it combines the Halloween (part 1) and Thanksgiving (I think part 2 - I'll have to check later) stories so anyone who is still stupidly been avoiding this one can pick it up and give it a shot.
I will say it keeps getting better with each read now it's all the little things that I'm picking up on. The Easter eggs are everywhere. You just gotta let it happen. I love this book....more
Would it be weird if I added a "cute and fluffy" shelve to GR? Hmm... I'm going to sleep on it.
Above all things, Damian's slippers literally had me onWould it be weird if I added a "cute and fluffy" shelve to GR? Hmm... I'm going to sleep on it.
Above all things, Damian's slippers literally had me on the edge. I thought they were a genius touch and if you really think about it how many other opportunities do you get to draw a 10 year old rocking tiny animal claws? Yeah, most likely just in this series. It fits in rather nicely if I do say so myself. I think they're bear claws but really they're adorable and this 31 year old wants some for himself.
Speaking of Damian, I love how his daisho blades are bigger than he is on the cover but he clearly doesn't give 2 craps. He's wielding them like a champ!
Also I'm going to say I need more of Dustin Nguyen watercolors in my life. I don't necessarily need 8 books a month (but I wouldn't mind!) but I am sure he's done some commissions, covers, and other whatnot lately. Where is it and why haven't I seen it?!...more
No, you are not in fact smoking the crack pipe, it really is 158 pages for one issue. This is a an issue specifically designed to show off the appealNo, you are not in fact smoking the crack pipe, it really is 158 pages for one issue. This is a an issue specifically designed to show off the appeal of Guided ViewAhem, excuse me, sorry about that, Infinite Comic reading technology (Must've gotten something caught in my throat). The thing is, is that I am decidedly not a fan of this new tech. I have no issue with digital comics... in fact I am a fan on the fact that there is not more "printing (coloring) errors" and any that may crop up can now be corrected.
I've been reading comics since I was like 6 years old. I've honed my skills and can tell you how to go about picking one up and reading it - were it your first time. Having me follow your path through the book isn't a win for me. Sometimes you want your eye to wander a bit, not in a spoilery way but you just want you periphery to be enticed. That's gone. Trust me, trying to keep up with the smaller moments, while I can understand were conceived as "ooh that'd be cool", are not. For example there is a moment where you, the reader, is focused between Peter waking and and realizing he is late. In a normal fashion that can be achieved poorly in 3 or more frames. Well in 2. Brilliantly in.. yeah you get it. Care to take a guess at how many is used to achievement this moment in this comic? 12. Yup. 12 whole frames of 1 or 2 beats of action to tell a story that only ever needed 1. Slow and at times tedious.
I'm not going to say this is the worst book I've ever seen but it is a far cry from the best. It's got a few entertaining moments and a literal smorgasbord of villains for Spidey to take out but in the end I just can jump on board with the idea and I've read Batman '66 #1. That was brilliant and I still choose to pick up the print edition over the "Digital First". I've been ruminating on this today and I realized why this format doesn't work for me. I've seen it done better. Check out the Iron Man: Extremis Motion Comic Trailer and you'll see what I mean. PS I said better, not excellently.
Anyway. This story is fun for all ages. Just be warned even as a free installment you're going to be clicking (swiping) away for awhile to get through it....more
I couldn't say no to owning these bad boys in print either. Honestly it's great. I love how cute and adorable everyone is... even while wreaking mayheI couldn't say no to owning these bad boys in print either. Honestly it's great. I love how cute and adorable everyone is... even while wreaking mayhem. See my Li'L reviews (Batman: Li'l Gotham #1 / Batman: Li'l Gotham #2) for a better understanding. They do get better with age and yes I was most definitely in the mood for them yesterday :-)...more
It's a wonderful amount of geek overload, all the wonderful characters you've gotten to know over the years. The whole "bird" theme is hilarious. LoveIt's a wonderful amount of geek overload, all the wonderful characters you've gotten to know over the years. The whole "bird" theme is hilarious. Love it....more
Wow, that was a trip. I can sincerely appreciate a god bit of fan service... that doesn't make fun of the fans themselves. Damian talking about "his vWow, that was a trip. I can sincerely appreciate a god bit of fan service... that doesn't make fun of the fans themselves. Damian talking about "his version" of Super Ghost Ninja, made me a little sad. Not gonna lie but Batman says just the right thing. Good times....more