Kings, dragons, villains, and some mysterious sorcerres are what are scattered in Dragon Age, Volume 1. King Alistar is trying to recover his long-lost father , King Maric, has been imprisoned in , Velabanchel Prison, a seeming horrible place to be. He uncovers to his surprise that has been taken instead by Yavaneth a dragon witch. King Maric has agreed to be spirited away though much to the confusion of King Alistar. Through a last ditch effort enlists the help of Varric and Isabella. Varric a archer and guide. Isabella is on the other hand a skilled assassin it is assumed.
Something worth mentioning for Dragon Age, Volume 1 is the abundance of humor and ridiculousness whenever Varric is involved. Some of his comments are just hugely entertaining. Even so, its underlined by a certain serious tone from King Alistar who sees his mission as an important crusade. Not many joking around from him.
Dragon Age, Volume 1 so far sets up an interesting Fantasy world which we are still in the dark about thus far. The artwork has presence and favors the writing in good balance. Dragon Age, Volume 1 is for the type of people that like Dark Fantasy or elaborate quests in their graphic novels. Overall: Good read Comic/Graphic Novel (less)
This was some reading. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode there's some decadent artwork to be had and if that isn't enough well there's quite a story...moreThis was some reading. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode there's some decadent artwork to be had and if that isn't enough well there's quite a story to back it up. Luther Strode is a nerd and what seems to plagued most nerdy types in comics, books, and movies is that their live's are filled with some abusing bullies. With that in mind, all nerds usually want to fight back and its exactly what Luther wants. He wants to get back at bullies that he encounters in his life. Luther finds some mysterious secret to doing so, the life-altering Hercule's Method that actually works. Before long he's Mr. Tough but with his strange talent he soon finds it has unexpected results: uncontrolled rage and the emergence of a man by the name of The Librarian. The Librarian doesn't seem like a particularly good man in many ways especially when he encourages Luther's violent new habits. While Luther quickly refuses it becomes quite apparent he wont be giving up on him and he's willing to push Luther. Its a fantastic story that really has a lot to bring for comic book readers containing humorous geeky tropes and jokes that jump out thanks to Luther's best friend Peter. There's also a small amount of romantic angle in which Luther Strode is the focal point of. Although what's the important message is mainly that of how power can change a person even if that person is inherently good. Good stuff. There's truly a lot well-done in story and that's not even covering the artwork which , wow , is delightful.
The artwork for the issue was much like a good quality comic strip. The sequences have such detailing which feels very life-life. It's easy to become immersed in the story perhaps for this reason. Oh, and you will most likely.
High in recommendation The Strange Talent of Luther Strode!
Going into Freaks of the Heartland thought it's be some horror fest or something of that persuasion. Instead got a surprise. In Freaks of the Heartland, we are introduced to Trevor who is a young boy living in what can only be called the hokey upside-down of country living. You see Trevor has a secret brother locked up in and out of the way in the family's barn. Will ,Trevor's little brother , though isn't normal-looking. He's deformed like think Texas Chainsaw Massacre deformity. The townsfolk in the place including Trevor's dad don't believe Will is a human being. He along with the townsfolk believe he's a monster! Occasionally, there are arguments over the fate of Will and creatures like him but it never gets too serious.
That is until, Trevor and Will's father driven by peer pressure succumbs to the idea that they should put an end to these "creatures". Trevor though knows that the mindset of the adults isn't right at all. Trevor and Will along with others set out to free the creatures in hope of helping them see a world beyond the one that exists of only being chained up.
Freaks of the Heartland is incredibly easy on the eyes thanks to the artwork with a rustic color to it. Many browns and greys which has an obvious country feel to it that goes great with the story. What have to mention isn't something that adds to one's like of is we never truly learn how the freaks of the Heartland came to be even though its touched upon in the graphic novel. The other issue is that the conclusion ends rather with , hmmm, loss of a grandness to it. Losses a lot of its excitement. With Freaks of the Heartland, you get something that is alright graphic novel reading. Seems a story of accepting those different from you with an innovative use of story. In some of the fronts quite immersing stuff. Overall: Good read Genre: Comic/ Graphic Novel (less)
A title that drew my attention with its astounding artwork. A big plus was the story's premise was just as attention worthy. There were so many things that really happened in this first issue of The Last of The Greats much of which was darkly motivated yet very entertaining to get caught up in. The issue begins with one of the many individuals who for a close relation are , well , superheroes. Although, humanity welcomed them at first, they soon turned on them and eradicated them. Now a select group of humans accompanied journey to the home of one of the last remaining Greats (the names humanity gave to these individuals that are like Gods) to plead for protection from an alien intruder who seeks to harm everyone on Earth.
The Last surviving for the reason that he wasn't like his fellow brothers and sisters who wished to win humanity's worship. It becomes obvious he believes that humans should be forced to follow higher beings like him and his brothers and sisters. Although for him slowly winning their worship slowly and peacefully is just prospeterous. So disgusted by the human race agrees to helping Earth with the condition that they agree to worship him and drains them of their energy except one person , Charles , since feels that he's a good man overall especially because one of his many sisters loved him when he was assigned to be a guide for The Greats on Earth.
What is a horrifying shock though is that The Last would kill the human messengers that plead to him for protection. The Last seems to be moving forward into furthering his own agenda of which we as the readers are still kept in the dark. Even so, we can quickly surmiss that he's up to some devious planning and doesn't care for the welfare of most humans. Its a dark comic in terms of its story and there are a few instances of glorified gory deaths.
What's to highlight is that The Last of The Greats Volume 1 for one issue had a lot going on in events even if it ended with a cliffhanger. The cliffhanger is one that you know is there but leaves you satisfied and simultaneously with your appetite wetting for more!
For comic throppers who would like something darker and brilliantly new in superheroes. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel(less)
Having seen the Star Trek movie (2009). Was really interested in reading Star Trek Vol. 1 by Mike Johnson.
The story picks up when the crew of Star Trek is traveling in their spaceship. They encounter an unforseen presence (lets just say so as to not reveal so much). And one of the crew members gets possessed by this unforseen presence and its implied the crew may be in real danger. The first volume ends to be continued in Volume 2... There was a lot that was nostalgic in this volume particularly, Captain Kirk, who has this sarcastic and very obvious charasmatic personality to him. While Spock is the complete opposite to Kirk and is as logical as ever. He is always being really the one to point out the obvious to Kirk even he doesn't always want to hear it. Uhura wasn't a major presence in this volume. She's still looking beautiful in addition to being the loyal colleague of both Captain Kirk and Spock. So, really liked revisiting Star Trek. Even though am not a hardcore Trekie have an awareness of its following. Well, really only made aware to it with the Star Trek movie (2009) of which later found was the alternate version of the original Star Trek show. Nonetheless have a good appreciation for Star Trek in general and hope to someday see the whole original show's seasons one of these days. Volume 1 was particularly interesting since didn't know how it would translate from its t.v./movie adaptations but actually does quite fine.The artwork pictured [above] really is bright and attractive. Really scifi-esque. Looking forward to Volume 2 very much! (less)
Might be the best of all the comic issues in the Pariah world. Why you ask? Quite simply it brings together all the characters seen from the previous comic issues. Pariah Issue #1: Brent, Pariah Issue #2: Lila , and Pariah Issue #3 Maudsley. In this issue we see that the reason the Vitros were all gathered and captured in the previous issues had a purpose. The mastermind behind this whole plan is Franklin Hyde. While you may be tempted to believe the reason for his trying to get all the Vitros in one place is surely is nefarious it isn't really as it seems. tries to explain himself and with that readers should get to see deeper into 's past. Just as everyone is acquaintanced something shockingly surprising happens to the gathered Vitros. This issue was hands down the most action-packed which was really likeable for more things are going on. What stood out was that again all the characters before encountered were present , so there was some conflict between them and even compromise. It becomes increasingly obvious some don't trust the intentions of Franklin Hyde. The particularly neat thing about Pariah Issue #4 is that we are presented to the history of Hyde which brings a lot of sympathy for the guy. The artwork in this issue continues to be even more satisfying. It has a bright watercolor appearance. Overall: Amazing read! Comic/ Graphic Novel(less)
In Pariah Issue #3 we are again introduced to a new character, Robert Maudsley with a different perspective of the world. He's no regular person. He's...moreIn Pariah Issue #3 we are again introduced to a new character, Robert Maudsley with a different perspective of the world. He's no regular person. He's a self-proclaimed psychopath. We see him victimize several people in this issue. That's not all he's also a Vitro. Not a good combination to have. Just as he's planning to leave his family he encounters someone very important yet stilk a big mystery for us readers who just so happens to have appeared in Pariah Issue #2 (See: Review of Pariah Issue #2). This is an entirely new perspective in the Pariah comics which is pretty good because the characte gives you something else from characters encountered in the other issues. Gives you a sense of dismay. The guy is obviously a villain but also our main character. So, its very interesting to go in for the ride.
Also when a certain character seen before --won't say more--is re-introduced the mood changes since he might be a catalyst to either better or destroy all the Vitros. There is a lot of mystery surrounding him. Which might appear in later future comics. Pariah Issue #3 keeps on continuing the mystery/suspense of Pariah. If your thinking about the artwork then it has some combinations of cooler/watery tones and earthy tones from previous Pariah issues. So far, might be one of the more intriguing issues so far. Overall: Good read
In Issue #1 we learned about Brent a Vitro (term in the Pariah world meaning people with high intelligence). This time around we see things from the perspective of Lila Ellerman a sixteen year-old girl who is actually involved in the explosion that is at the center of the trouble and persecution of other Vitros in Pariah Issue #1. She's on the run with her group of Vitros where the governmment is trying to round them up. Lila knows time is of the essence to discover who is framing the Vitros. She also knows because of the explosion caused in the lab she worked at all Vitros are now in danger. (less)