Lord Blackheart is, as you might suspect from the name, an evil villain. The biggest name in supervillainy! and one day a young girl appears outside hLord Blackheart is, as you might suspect from the name, an evil villain. The biggest name in supervillainy! and one day a young girl appears outside his lair, she’s intent on being his sidekick. Nothing he can say or do can dissuade her from joining him. Although following his orders might be a little beyond her, and as for his pleas that she kill less people, well, she doesn’t really see the point in being an evil villain if you don’t live up to the description.
Nimona, the girl, is more than she appears. She can shapeshift. An invaluable ally against Tenderloin, Blackheart’s nemesis and the Institute that Blackheart is attempting to bring down.
Okay, so this graphic novel is just plain awesome. I loved it so much!
It starts out fun and light-hearted, and it stays fun, albeit with dark shadings but it has depth and heart and all manner of wonders. To say much more would be to give away the greatness that is Nimona, but if you want a taster go to www.gingerhaze.com and read the first three chapters.
Since devouring Nimona I have discovered that Stevenson is also the author of Lumberjanes a comic I have heard many many good rumblings about, so I’ll certainly be investigating that at a later stage.
But if you are looking for a comic with good v evil, with monsters and girls, and possibly girl monsters, with heroes and villains, all with humour and wonderfulness then you should check this one out.
Danny Dragonbreath is having trouble with the whole Dragonbreath aspect of his name, in other words he hasn't yet managed to breath fire. Keep thinkinDanny Dragonbreath is having trouble with the whole Dragonbreath aspect of his name, in other words he hasn't yet managed to breath fire. Keep thinking hot thoughts, think about fire, his father tells him, but that isn't much use when the school bully is teasing you about your very existence. Dragons being mythical beings and all. Added to that is the fact that you just got an F because you made up your facts for your essay on the ocean and it makes for a not great day.
Luckily Danny's mother suggests that he contact his cousin, who just happens to be a sea serpent, and that way he can learn all about the ocean. It is where cousin Edward lives after all.
I may be biased, in that I am a big Ursula Vernon/T. Kingfisher fan, but I thought that this book was just great. It is a kids book, middle-grade (whatever that means to us non-USians) level, so it isn't as dark and haunting as some of Vernon's other work. What it is though is great fun. Danny and his best friend, iguana Wendell, have adventures under the ocean and even learn a bit about deep-sea life in all its weirdness. Plus they learn a little about how to hold off a school bully.
And awesome artwork. Highly recommended when you need something light and easy to read....more
This is the story of what Hawkeye does when he’s not Avenging1 . Clint Barton battles skeezy landlords and the robbers who rob robbers. And hangs outThis is the story of what Hawkeye does when he’s not Avenging1 . Clint Barton battles skeezy landlords and the robbers who rob robbers. And hangs out with Kate Bishop, who is/was also Hawkeye, and saves a dog.
I’m not a huge superhero comic book reader. I love the films, and the characters, but with the comics, well there is just so much backstory that it is hard to know where to start. And then where to end! they go on forever rewriting their own pasts and different people interpret the characters in different ways. It feels like watching a long running soap like Coronation Street only with action instead of relationship issues.
So that disclaimer out of the way, back to the book.
I enjoyed it. I liked the art style of the Hawkeye issues, sort of muted and a bit less flash than what I associate with superhero comics, but looks really nice in places. And the story itself was entertaining. I think a lot was supposed to be funny, but that sort of wise-assery never works to well for me in comics. Something about the medium makes it fall a little flat when I read it.
But it is a good starting point for someone who isn’t huge into comics and comic heroes. It passes the while but I don’t think it’d make me rush to read more....more
Opening in 1944 this graphic novel spans decades as it shows how Captain America has battled with Hydra for as long as he has been alive. But in the hOpening in 1944 this graphic novel spans decades as it shows how Captain America has battled with Hydra for as long as he has been alive. But in the history of Hydra that isn’t very long. They have been around since before the pyramids, and they are patient and will to out-wait their enemies to achieve their aims.
During World War II they used the Nazis to further their scientific endeavours, but they were never really Nazis themselves. It was just a handy tool to hide behind, not that they didn’t agree with getting rid of undesirables and building a race of supermen. They just had different aims.
I was never a huge Captain America fan, I didn’t know enough about him, he always seemed sorta boring and the whole idea of Captain America just felt meh to me. But I love the character in the recent films. He is so much more than just punching Hitler, so I thought I’d give a recent comic a try.
And unfortunately this left me a bit meh. It hopped all over the shop, with various settings and characters helping Cap out. And I’m just not familiar enough with the comic Marvel’verse to know instantly who was who and what was going on. Also, when you through everyone from Spider-man to Wolverine to Falcon in there it all seems a bit too much. Sure it is nice to see familiar faces show up, and I like the interaction with Cap and Falcon, but there wasn’t enough of the supporting characters. They seemed shoe-horned in.
I’ve taken a quick glance at other reviews and it seems as though I am not alone in not loving this one, so perhaps I picked the wrong Captain America comic to try. Anyone got any suggestions?...more
Everyone knows that all the dragons are gone. They were killed off years and years ago. Before that they wrecked havoc on people, the sweetest meat. BEveryone knows that all the dragons are gone. They were killed off years and years ago. Before that they wrecked havoc on people, the sweetest meat. But heroes came and killed them all.
But in the town of Meddlesome something is stirring. The herbalist has gone missing. A baby has been stolen from his cradle, and all over the island sheep and cattle are going missing. Finally the truth come out. Hundreds of years after the dragons were believed extinct, one has returned! A hero is needed before this last dragon rises and attacks again.
I loved the artwork in this book. It really is gorgeous. You can see more from the artist on her site http://www.rebeccaguay.com/. And the story isn’t too shabby either.
I liked it, although I never quite loved it, it is well worth a read. Although I prefer when my dragons are the fearsome all devouring beasts but have some personality. In this book the dragon is the monster, the adversary to be overcome. And a terrifying and scary monster he is. That is just a personal preference. As a whole I felt that the story just didn’t tie together totally. From the prologue bit I thought we were going to sympathise with the dragons, but then they turned into the bad guys. So I’m not sure about that aspect. But it is worth it for the artwork alone.
In St. Petersberg High School, Florida Dicey Bell is looking for Jack Chen. He doesn’t know it but he is her Babby Daddy! For that egg project some scIn St. Petersberg High School, Florida Dicey Bell is looking for Jack Chen. He doesn’t know it but he is her Babby Daddy! For that egg project some schools do to promote proper care and attention to eggs… They don’t usually talk. She’s the jock. Into sports, on the baseball team. He’s the nerd, always with his nose in a book. But you know what they say about opposites attracting. But on their very first date something unusual happens, zombies attack!
This is a quick fun read. The first in a series called My boyfriend is a monster and I really enjoyed it. I flew through it in one sitting, and while it may not leave a huge mark on my soul it was exactly what it set out to be. A fun zombie story.
I liked both Dicey and Jack. They are exactly what they say they are, and both are likeable. And no stupid love triangle, which is always a plus :)
And as this is a comic/graphic novel, I guess I should mention the artwork. Well, it is black and white, but, like the book in general, it does what it sets out to do. So while I amn’t rushing out to buy prints I can say that it was perfect for the story.
I think one the main reasons I picked this book up was because of the illustrator. I love Dave McKean’s style. But the fact that the story was writtenI think one the main reasons I picked this book up was because of the illustrator. I love Dave McKean’s style. But the fact that the story was written by Grant Morrison certainly didn’t hinder my purchase. After all he did produce the weirdness that was Lovely Biscuits, not to mention one of my favourite comics of all time, We3. And I really wasn’t disappointed with Arkham Asylum.
Barbara Thorson doesn't need career day. She already has a career, that of giant-killer. She tells her teacher and class this fact, for some reason th
Barbara Thorson doesn't need career day. She already has a career, that of giant-killer. She tells her teacher and class this fact, for some reason they don't believe her. She's regarded as a freak. And is friendless as school, until a new girl shows up while Barbara is out setting giant traps. They slowly become friends, but things don't really improve for Barbara. Her father is absent. Her sister out at work all day, and then stressed, and a bad cook. And her mother...