I initially found out about this book through a social media friend, who posted a picture of their copy and spoke of their own glee at the book. At aI initially found out about this book through a social media friend, who posted a picture of their copy and spoke of their own glee at the book. At a brief glance, I could see that the artist for the front cover was Dustin Nguyen and my interest was piqued. Nguyen is one of my favourite comic book artists, and generally speaking, anything he's been involved with has always been something I've enjoyed. Little wonder then, that I took myself off to Amazon to order a copy.
Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice is a book aimed at much younger readers than me, but you know what? That does not stop it from being a highly enjoyable read all the same. Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and Diana Prince teaming up at a school that is unusually lack on the misbehaviour of the majority of it's students. Actually, scratch that. All it's students, barring our tiny Trinity. It's down to the three heroes to find out what's going on and bring justice to an unjust place.
Derek Fridolfs has to be commended. He not only seems to understand each respective member of the Trinity, but he writes them well, especially at a younger age when their personalities as we known them would not be fully in place. As such, we do get some understand 'new' quirks: Bruce is a bit of a dork, Clark is ridiculously naive about the world, and Diana has a few... anger problems. Not going to lie, actually, Diana's temper is fantastic and I love that she's been allowed to have a temper, considering the paragon of virtue that the female role usually has to be in books for younger readers. As mentioned in other reviews, this isn't a traditional prose story. It's made up of comic panels, journal entries, texts and instant messages between the tiny Trinity, as well as various leaflets and flyers and other goodies that help add to the over-all feel of this being Bruce trying to cobble together a case file.
Honestly, there's not much else I can say without dipping too far into the spoiler territory. You will see your favourite villains, you will end up being charmed by the interactions of the tiny Trinity, and you will finish the book and immediately want another. I sincerely hope that Secret Hero Society is a new series of books from DC, because I know that I'll happily buy another if Fridolfs and Nguyen are at the helm again.
(Add Gail Simone and I'll buy more than one copy of each book.) ...more
Okay, here's the truth: I'd been avoiding DC Comics since the reboot mess known as the New 52. I had been excited for the Blue Beetle on-going becauseOkay, here's the truth: I'd been avoiding DC Comics since the reboot mess known as the New 52. I had been excited for the Blue Beetle on-going because I adore Jaime Reyes and co., but seeing the mess that happened there... Well, there wasn't much in it for me. This has clearly been a mistake as there have been good titles released and this Harley Quinn series is one of them.
If you know Harley's history, you'll know that quite often she can be written as just "the Joker's girlfriend," which is a shame because she has so much more to offer. The writers of this series are well aware of just how much the character can bring, and make full use of it. Harley is a morally grey character, doing good things via bad means but ultimately meaning the best for most. The trade opens with her discussing the idea of getting her own comic - with one page artist contributions that are glorious to admire - and quickly inheriting a building from one of her old paitents at Arkham. The building is in Coney Island, and happens to be the home of many "freak show" residents. Harley feels right at home, and the occupants seem quite at ease with their new landlord - one called Tony who becomes a recurring character in his own right.
Yes, this is the series that remembered that Harleen Quinzel is a trained psychiatrist, and makes use of it, Harley getting a job doing exactly that. This does lead to some of the more laugh out loud moments of the entire trade, and I will not spoil them because they deserve to be read and savoured individually. We also get many looks at the relationship between Harley and Poison Ivy, which is frankly utterly adorable. This relationship is one where they are both equal, and yet do not feel the need to bind themselves to each other. It's also a LOT healthier than Harley's other relationship, so yes, I do prefer it.
With beautiful art and top notch writing, I really do recommend this trade for all comic fans. Except the young, but that's more to do with some content possibly being a little too much - such as the violence. It's never done for the sake of it, and always makes sense in context, but some of it could be seen as over the line.
I give this first trade 5 out of 5 and eagerly await when I can get hold of the next one!...more
Half-Moon Investigations had been recommended to me a while ago, and I only recently got around to reading it. Fletcher Moon is a 12 year old with aboHalf-Moon Investigations had been recommended to me a while ago, and I only recently got around to reading it. Fletcher Moon is a 12 year old with above average intelligence and a recent graduate of a detective dipolma course. He is always searching for answers, and in this book he has to find many, along with Red Sharkey - a boy from a family with a report sheet 300 + pages long - to prove their innocence.
In some ways, this feels like it could fit in perfectly with Colfer's Artemis Fowl series; it has the same fast pace, and well place humour, and really if you like that series you'll like HMI. It is an enjoyable little story, and it would be cool to see if Colfer will revisit the characters once Fowl's story is done...more