It was a bit more graphic than I generally prefer especially in full color comic books. Although the story was over all interesting, I had trouble relIt was a bit more graphic than I generally prefer especially in full color comic books. Although the story was over all interesting, I had trouble relating to any of the characters. They seemed hyper sexual to me and although that could just be me being a prude it could also be the result of a guy trying too hard to write strong women that he overstepped into men in women's bodies (at least for me). At times, Violet seemed the easiest to understand, but then at the end she is just as focused on sex, drinking and drugs as the others. I might be willing to give the next volume a go, but only if I had another opportunity like Netgalley. If I still had mixed feelings after that, I would probably be done.
This comic features full color illustrations of fantasy battles that are drawn in gleeful detail. The author also delights in as much colorful cursing as he can fit in around the innuendo and jokes about fantasy cliches. There isn't any on screen sex, but several of the women have large busts that are exposed by their armor. Also, several of the non-story images are just blood soaked pinups. I was impressed by the detail and variety in the characters, but not so impressed by the tendency towards blood, drinking and mushrooms....more
The only thing people might find objectionable is that ten year old kids go on long journeys without supervision to imprison and make creatures fightThe only thing people might find objectionable is that ten year old kids go on long journeys without supervision to imprison and make creatures fight in battles against each other. There is a Pokemon fan club that objects to the battling, but they still catch Pokemon. Personally, I always thought that the way Red/Ash treated his Pokemon was more as friends or partners rather than slaves. If the series never brought it up, most kids would never have a second thought about it because Red calls out trainers who treat their Pokemon poorly and fights against Team Rocket who exploit Pokemon. Overall though, there isn't anything that I wouldn't let someone who watches the cartoon read. The violence level is pretty tame with the Pokemon getting knocked out instead of killed or seriously injured. The manga is actually less sexual than the anime so far because Brock isn't traveling with Red staring at and trying to get a date with every pretty girl he sees....more
This one is a bit odd. I have to admit from all the rave reviews I have heard from various kids and colleagues, I was expecting something else. SebastThis one is a bit odd. I have to admit from all the rave reviews I have heard from various kids and colleagues, I was expecting something else. Sebastian is Ciel's butler, and he is one of the best at the job you've ever seen. Ciel is an Earl in Great Britain as well as being the head of a toy company at age 12. The relationship between the two is a bit strange, as though the author can't decide whether to have Sebastian act as a surrogate parent or perfect servant. The other members of the household staff are completely useless. I assume in they function as comic relief, but in the story I would totally have fired them and either hired someone else or just done everything myself. The other strange thing is that it is hard to tell that this is set in modern times. I hesitated and almost put it on both my modern and historical shelf because it has such a historical feel at times that you forget that you saw a car or gun two pages ago. Correction: It is set in the Victorian Era when there were both cars and guns, but not ones as sophisticated as you see in this first volume (at least I don't think so).
I'm probably going to have at least one parent pull me aside for this one. Not because of sexual content, the main character is twelve and his fiance is obsessed with making things cute. Most likely it won't be the violence that gets me in trouble either, even though people get shot and stabbed as well as there being at least one impressive spray of blood during a fight scene. Even the idea of making a contract with a demon for him to act as a butler isn't going to tick off as many parents as the cursing. The characters definitely curse. There was at least one f-bomb as well as a variety of others....more
I thought I had reviewed this one back when I read it because it was an arc, but I guess not since this is almost 5 months later.
I was glad that I reaI thought I had reviewed this one back when I read it because it was an arc, but I guess not since this is almost 5 months later.
I was glad that I read this while my boyfriend wasn't around because he would make fun of it (and he did when he saw me add it to my read list). I loved My Little Pony as a kid, but I've been hesitant about Friendship is Magic because it doesn't have any of the old characters and so many adult men like it... Rather than try the show I gave this a try. You don't need to have seen the show for this one because the characters are pretty one dimensional. Some of them are still interesting, but one or two are annoying. The story is about as cliche-filled and fluffy as expected. It has moments of genuine humor and intelligence that make up for a lot of it though.
All in all, while I understand this is a crossover for younger girls and adults, it manages to connect to both without leaving either out. There isn't anything that would offend parents and make it inappropriate for the kids, but there is still clever stuff for adult (nerd/geek) readers to catch....more
I have to admit that I went into this book a bit skeptical. I watched the series on American TV when I was a kid and was disappointed to find out howI have to admit that I went into this book a bit skeptical. I watched the series on American TV when I was a kid and was disappointed to find out how much they edited and cut when I found the subtitled version as a teenager. I never picked up the original manga because I kept hearing it was butchered just as badly. When I heard they were re-releasing the series and that the translators were not going to censor things (we hope), I decided to see if the teens at my library would get as much enjoyment out of the series as I did.
The pace is much quicker than the anime. The guardians (which is probably a better translation than scout anyway...) gather together within chapters of each other and start looking for the princess. I can't tell you whether the original had Mamoru as a high school student, but I could swear that in the series he was a college student. Of course, he is still two or three years older than Usagi, who is also excessively immature at the beginning of the series. They make it out as destiny that they get together, but I was always a bit creeped out by it and some parents may not be comfortable with it either.
As for content, the skirts are a bit short and there is a lot of romantic longing going on, but nothing happens other than a kiss or two. There may have been a couple of minor curse words, but they were said by the bad guys when their plans were foiled or they were dying (if they occurred). The violence aspect is mostly comical, but the bad guys get turned into burned husks when defeated, which could be disturbing. Also, some of Rei's anti-men comments could be taken wrong by parents (and her grandfather is a bit of a pervert despite not being as featured as he was in the anime)....more
This was a really unique concept for me. I enjoyed that both brothers were sons of Satan, but that only one showed any hint of it. Despite all that, tThis was a really unique concept for me. I enjoyed that both brothers were sons of Satan, but that only one showed any hint of it. Despite all that, they both want to be exorcists for different reasons (and the younger brother is actually the smarter one, but the older is the natural). I do think that Rin gets away with too much though at Yukio's expense. There are bloody noses, fights against demons, fights between brothers and lots of shouting. They fight with swords, chanting and guns, but the actual damage is never as much as I expect. There is a gate to Hell, and if that word or talk about Satan bothers you than this isn't the series for you. There isn't anything terribly sexual in this one other than the mention that Rin and Yukio are the sons of Satan and a human woman....more
I'm pretty prepared to say that this isn't my kind of graphic novel. There is a lot of absurd stuff going on from the inter-dimensional delivery systeI'm pretty prepared to say that this isn't my kind of graphic novel. There is a lot of absurd stuff going on from the inter-dimensional delivery system, to needing to fight ex-boyfriends and falling in love with a girl because she travels through your head space. I was also not terribly keen on the characters. Scott is pretty much a slacker. Him dating Knives is borderline statutory. Ramona is pretty well not likable in my opinion and the other characters are basically throwaways (although the room mate does get in a few good lines).
Apparently I'm alone in my opinion of its mediocrity because it checks out very well at my library and I need to buy the next book for my teens.
There is a fade to black sex scene. The main character gets in an over the top fight with another character. There is also some cursing and the main character's male room mate appears to have a crush on him....more
A Sherlock Holmes story without Watson. At first, I was a bit skeptical about how this would work, but with Sherlock as a teenager, Watson couldn't beA Sherlock Holmes story without Watson. At first, I was a bit skeptical about how this would work, but with Sherlock as a teenager, Watson couldn't be in the story. Lane adds in a couple of characters that will help shape Sherlock into the man that Watson will later work with in Conan Doyle's books. The story line and mystery are a bit far-fetched to me, but the characters are enjoyable and Sherlock reads much like someone who could grow into the character I'm familiar with.
In this particular book, there are a couple of people killed by various means (the dead bodies are described and towards the end there is a scene where Sherlock and one of his friends are tortured and another man is killed rather gruesomely). The violence isn't as detailed as it would be in an adult book, but it is described in an analytical manner that makes it slightly more graphic than it otherwise would be. The analytical nature of the descriptions also make them more detached which could make them easier for some people to read/listen to. There is no romance except for a slight crush and a wish to follow through on it by (if I remember) brushing through her hair and kissing her. The language is appropriate to the times and I don't really recall much if any cursing....more
A highly adult book, but this one was pretty poorly executed. The level of violence doesn't match the romantic nature of the book. The characters don'A highly adult book, but this one was pretty poorly executed. The level of violence doesn't match the romantic nature of the book. The characters don't always act like they should for the historical setting. The conveniently white Indian was a bit too much as well. I remember there being a couple of unnecessarily crude words (historically correct, but still jarring)....more
Book did not feel finished. Ended on a huge cliffhanger for most of the plot points.
Aside from the cliffhanger, I wasn't sure what to think of the booBook did not feel finished. Ended on a huge cliffhanger for most of the plot points.
Aside from the cliffhanger, I wasn't sure what to think of the book. I wanted to like the characters, but I couldn't really get attached to any of them. They seemed to grab hold of one aspect of themselves and never really do anything else. Perhaps the Netgalley copy was only a partial book, but that wasn't stated. If it was the whole book, I'm very tired of authors writing books in a series and not providing a reasonable end to each book....more
I would strongly hesitate to put this in my YA collection (and we don't have an adult GN collection). The amount of sex in this is just too much for mI would strongly hesitate to put this in my YA collection (and we don't have an adult GN collection). The amount of sex in this is just too much for my small community and even if the actual sex had been fade to black, the implication of it would have been a bit too obvious. There were some curse words as well if I remember correctly. A bit of violence, but nothing nearly as objectionable as the sex (especially the sexual assault in one of the stories).
All in all, I think this book would have done better at being for the target audience in a print format than in a graphic format (at least in communities like mine). The individual stories are interesting takes on old myths, but they were a bit more adult than necessary in my opinion....more
I was a little bothered by the age difference in this one. I know it's historically accurate and that it would have happened the opposite way too, butI was a little bothered by the age difference in this one. I know it's historically accurate and that it would have happened the opposite way too, but I really prefer my couples to be at least 15 years old and within 3 years of each other. I make exceptions, but this one is still in the squick zone...
If you can get past the age difference (which is difficult because they mention it either subtlety or blatantly every few pages), the story is very sweet and interesting. I liked the family dynamics and the politics. I enjoyed how independent and resourceful Amir is. It made me hope that she could teach Karluk some of her skills.
There are some naked scenes (but nothing that is truly sexual), some hunting (but no real violence) and no curse words that I recall....more
A unique twist on fairy lore in the British Isles. The Earl spoken of in the title is the Blue Earl, a human whose tie to the fairy world was valuableA unique twist on fairy lore in the British Isles. The Earl spoken of in the title is the Blue Earl, a human whose tie to the fairy world was valuable to the king of England. Fairy doctor Lydia is kidnapped by Edgar to help him obtain the sword that would prove him to be the Blue Earl.
There's quite a bit of romantic tension between the two of them in addition to the threat of violence and danger. There isn't really any language although there is talk of a serial killer.
I enjoyed this first novel, but I also enjoyed the portion of the anime that I saw. I look forward to seeing the next volume....more