Buzz! features a world where spelling bees are the shit, and there are even underground illegal bees where people face off - sometimes to the death. WBuzz! features a world where spelling bees are the shit, and there are even underground illegal bees where people face off - sometimes to the death. Webster falls into a bad crowd at the first day at school, and finds himself entering the spelling bee competition.
The art is done in a black and white style with bright yellow splashes. Sometimes the character's shirts are yellow and black striped, bee-style. Spelling bee, bee colours, get it? Get it? The yellow splashes looked okay, but they were too bright and distracting while reading for me.
Though Buzz! is often compared to Scott Pilgrim, I barely saw any resemblance. The spelling bee fighting scenes were cluttered and unclear, the geeky humour absent, and the characters predictable and clichéd. Buzz! doesn't quite hit the mark....more
Summary: On his first day of his new job, president Stephen Blades finds a letter of his predecessor. In this letter, he learns about an alien construSummary: On his first day of his new job, president Stephen Blades finds a letter of his predecessor. In this letter, he learns about an alien construction hidden in space, and about the space mission on its way to discover what the construction is, and why it's there.
What I liked: - I've been binging on science-fiction reads lately, and I liked this take on the "intelligent beings in space" theme. More mystery, and less big-headed green guys - President Blades is put in a difficult position - will he tell the public about the proof of intelligent being in the universe, or won't he? - I liked how the spaceship team was made up of a combination of military and scientific personnel, and how they interacted with each other
What I didn't like: - Jezus Christ, there is way too much text in this comic. Isn't the idea that both the pictures and the words tell the story. If you need so much text, you know you're not doing it right - The political intrigue didn't live up to my expectations. All the different factions could have been awesome, but there just wasn't enough conflict. It was all fairly standard and predictable - The art. It was just a bit meh - By the end of the book, we've barely progressed in the story. Too much time is spent on unimportant subplots, and the main attraction doesn't go beyond basic development
Verdict: A mediocre politics and space mash-up. Mainly consists of heavy-handed dialogue and useless action scenes, without any real meat to the story....more
Summary: When an ape is assassinated by a human, the unstable truce between the two factions shatters.
What I liked: - Even though I have never seen anSummary: When an ape is assassinated by a human, the unstable truce between the two factions shatters.
What I liked: - Even though I have never seen any movie or read any comic in the Planet of the Apes franchise, I had no trouble getting into this book. Everything is exposed clearly and without resorting to massive chunks of text to explain back story - The art style is grittier and darker than I'm usually attracted to, but it works great with the subject matter - There are so many themes underlying the conflicts in this book. It's interesting how a war between apes and humans forces you to think about humanity - I'm starting to think this is just a Boom! Studios staple, but, female characters that are integral to the plot! There is nothing I hate more than the obligatory eye-candy damsel in distress female, in a story that is 99% male. There are good males, good females, bad males, and bad females. That's what I like to see - Also, a pregnant female main character who's still kicking ass. Awesome
What I didn't like: - The story is so short! I wish this was told in six-issue arcs rather than a four-issue one. It's over so quickly - Some evil characters just look too much like evil characters. They just ooze evilness - I think some of the technology is rather implausible
Verdict: This Planet of the Apes comic is a great place to start if you're unfamiliar to the franchise. It has the added benefit of being way less sexist than most comics, though the downside is that it's rather short....more
Summary: Camping was never this dangerous. The Lumberjanes, five teenage best friends, have some pretty strange adventures at the scout camp this summSummary: Camping was never this dangerous. The Lumberjanes, five teenage best friends, have some pretty strange adventures at the scout camp this summer.
What I liked: - Don't you just hate all those comics where the female body is all leg, boob, and butt? Enter Lumberjanes - a comic where teenagers have actual awkward teenage bodies - Having humor in comic books is hard, or honestly, in any kind of book. A successful joke is dependant on perfect timing, and I think the writers of Lumberjanes nailed it. I laughed out loud several times throughout the book - Girl powerrrrr! - Honestly, I was expecting this one to be rather lame by the premise, but it completely surprised me by being filled with crazy action and awesome characters - There is no swearing, violence, or nudity. If you have any preteens in your life you'd like to give something fun, this is a good one - It has one of the cutest romances ever. I love that this one isn't about grand gestures and amazing proclamations, but about things like holding hands and being aware of each other - There is this entire Indiana Jones-esque sequence that's pretty brilliant
What I didn't like: - The girls are very diverse, but I had troubles keeping track of who was called what - Although I love the crazy adventures and the running around, I was hoping for more of a plotline - though it looks like the next volume will have more of that - Because in most panels all five girls are present, they can seem rather busy and crowded
Verdict: An adorable and funny comic, which has given me an appetite for more. Perfect gift for someone in need of some PG girl power...more
Actually, Captain Nemo is a great manga. It has very pretty art, dynamic panels, a fantasic atmosphere, and the main character isn't as stupid as sheActually, Captain Nemo is a great manga. It has very pretty art, dynamic panels, a fantasic atmosphere, and the main character isn't as stupid as she seems at first. Especially the underwater scenes are incredibly well done. Then why the three stars? Because this volume ends on one huge cliffhanger - which would have been fine, should there ever be a second volume. But this one has been published in 2006, and there is no news about a second one now, eight years later. Well, I guess that's what happens if you pick up a book without checking Goodreads first....more
The Morganville Vampires together with Vampire Academy and House of Night must be the YA vampire series trifecta. The Morganville Vampire series is slThe Morganville Vampires together with Vampire Academy and House of Night must be the YA vampire series trifecta. The Morganville Vampire series is slightly lesser known than the other two, but still very popular, and published in the high-days of vampire fiction in the 00's.
Claire is an exceptional student, but because her parents consider her too young, she goes to Morganville instead of Harvard or Yale. Here she meets the ultimate homicidal mean girls that have decided to make her life hell, and soon she gets mixed up in something even worse.
The beginning of Glass Houses is slightly ridiculous. The resident mean girls are over the top, and Claire often acts like fourteen instead of sixteen. The age level isn't helped by the fact that her parents treat her in an extremely selfish way - who the hell sends their child off to some random crap university with a huge drop-out rate, when the kid could go get an Ivy League education? The first few chapters are extremely juvenile.
I was looking forward to reading a young-adult book set in college, but this was worse than many high school novels. Maybe I just won the social lottery, but I was never secretly pinched or kicked or tripped or cussed at by other students in high school, nor did I do any of those to others. Does that kind of thing actually happen? For me high school was mostly peaceful co-existence, and college is even more laid-back. It took a lot of suspension of disbelief to deal with this childish bullying theme.
Once we meet the gang of Eve, Shane and Michael, the story gets a lot better. They are all slightly more mature, and have these family dynamics going on which are entertaining, engaging and endearing. Together with Claire we learn more about the truth and rules of Morganville. A lot is still left in the dark in Glass Houses, with plenty of fighting and running away without the reader (and Claire) truly grasping what they're exactly running away from. The atmosphere of dread is strong without there being a clear source.
Glass Houses serves as a decent introduction into the Morganville Vampires series. By the end of it, we have an interesting set-up for the next book, which I'm very much looking forward to. Glass Houses has its issues, especially the beginning, but the story quickly engrossed me....more