G. Willow Wilson - writer Adrian Alphonsa - illustrator
Kamala Khan is your typical, nerdy 16-year-old girl from a Muslim family living in Jersey City,G. Willow Wilson - writer Adrian Alphonsa - illustrator
Kamala Khan is your typical, nerdy 16-year-old girl from a Muslim family living in Jersey City, New Jersey. One night, when she sneaks out to attend a party against her family's wishes, she is enveloped in an alien, gaseous vapor and experiences a strange vision. Her three favorite Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man and Captain Marvel, appear before her and offer cryptic advice. When she awakens, Kamala finds that she has developed strange, shapeshifting powers. To make matters worse, an odd villain named the Inventor has taken up residence in Jersey City and it's up to Kamala to protect her community. Now if only she could safely navigate the treacherous hallways of Jersey City High School and stay on her overprotective father's good side...
Great, compelling writing from new-to-me Wilson. The characterization of Kamala seems very honest and heartfelt. The art by Alphonsa is something special - wavy, cartoonish lines somehow converge into truly interesting, mature illustrations. This graphic novel definitely lives up to the hype.
Earl Tubb is an angry, old man scarred by life - both his harsh upbringing and subsequent escape to theJason Aaron - writer Jason Latour - illustrator
Earl Tubb is an angry, old man scarred by life - both his harsh upbringing and subsequent escape to the war in Vietnam have left deep, jagged grooves in his mind. When Earl returns to the small, southern town where he was born and raised to take care of his deceased uncle's estate, what he finds pulls him inextricably into the dark center of the American South. The town is a lawless fiefdom, run by the High School Football Coach Euless Boss and his gang of thugs. Driven by reasons he cannot understand, Tubb begins smashing his way to Boss in a dogged quest for the truth. This graphic novel is extremely powerful and haunting - days after reading I was still affected by the violent conclusion.
Both Jason's are at the top of their game ... 5/5, Highly recommended....more
At first glance, I was somewhat skeptical of this graphic novel. After all, this is a comic book thatTom Taylor - writer Jheremy Raapack - illustrator
At first glance, I was somewhat skeptical of this graphic novel. After all, this is a comic book that is based on a video game (that is in turn, based on comic books). But despite having a less-than-inspiring origin, this turned out to be a very enjoyable graphic novel.
The whole mess starts when the Joker, frustrated at always being defeated by Batman, goes to Metropolis and decides to screw around with Superman. Joker successfully tricks Superman into killing a pregnant Lois Lane and detonating a nuclear device in Metropolis. This horrific act of terrorism pushes Superman over the edge, and in a rage he kills the Joker in front of Batman.
In the wake of this tragedy, and after crossing a line he swore never to cross, Superman decides to take a more proactive approach to fighting evil. With the support of Wonder Woman and most of the Justice League, Superman decides to go around enforcing peace on the world. This sets up the essential conflict in the book - a fascist, authoritarian "Justice" of a peace imposed upon man by a higher power vs. a passive, reactive "Justice" of preserving the order and autonomy of human leadership.
The writing by Tom Taylor is sharp and surprising; the story zips along at a good pace and action always abounds. The art is, unfortunately, a little all over the place. Several artists contributed to this graphic novel, and it shows. Overall, this is a surprisingly enthralling read. Recommended for fans of comic books.