2.5 stars Think about stories you read that make you go, "How can so&so do such a thing?!' Lots of that in here.
Art is mostly bland. Not bad just 2.5 stars Think about stories you read that make you go, "How can so&so do such a thing?!' Lots of that in here.
Art is mostly bland. Not bad just not my type. Too much looks the same. Which is sad since there were different artists.
Overlapping characters in various stories was quite interesting. The stories live up the the title quite well. The twisted side of humanity peaks through at is in these tales. Some are just a few pages others about 40 pages and everything in between. Several tales per volume.
HATED the shaded and font used. Could not read more than 5 minutes at a time before my head started to hurt. Lots of blurriness and had to get close and squint the entire time or had to zoom in and out constantly (still blurry but less squinting). Arc copy only compatible with Adobe Digital Editions so print may be better.
I hope to one day get a hold of print copies of these to revise my opinion but until I do........more
This was Killing my eyes trying to read this and decipher pictures. Way too dark and the font style and colors did not mix. I could notDNF- 1.5 stars
This was Killing my eyes trying to read this and decipher pictures. Way too dark and the font style and colors did not mix. I could not read more that 5-10 pages of this in a sitting. I have NEVER had that problem with a graphic novel like this, to be so bad.
So why not 1 star for a dnf? Because some of the images were very well done and even based on real images to an impressive level. Plus I still saw potential in the story. not much but I think, based on what I did read, that if the coloration and font were not atrocious this would have earned at least 2.5 - 3 stars.
*I was loaned a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*...more
This was an engrossing introduction zombie story. Violent and shocking with quite a few twists that leave the reader with an unknown outcome. For horrThis was an engrossing introduction zombie story. Violent and shocking with quite a few twists that leave the reader with an unknown outcome. For horror, I love the unknown aspects. Keep me in suspense to the end. So far, this story has taken the first steps in that direction.
A Professor Wright has been requested to come to Marhawa. A private academy in the middle of nowhere. Miles form civilization, no phone lines or other means of communication with the outside would. It is run by an ex-girlfriend who is now a nun and headmistress of the school. So he brings his nephew along for the trip as a life experience. Well, it will be an experience all right. IF they can survive.
A small zombie outbreak has begun at the academy. The headmistress is keeping it under-wraps so the students are unaware of the problem for the time being. When Wright suggests contacting the BSAA, she refuses. But without leads on how it started, this school could be in for a lot of trouble!
This is just the first volume of a short graphic novel series. So far I really like the characters. I also love the mystery that shrouds the school, the outbreak and what secrets the headmistress has.
While we do get get Chris Redfield and team in this volume, it is a very brief and distant involvement. This volume left me eager to continue. To learn what is going on and see how bad things will get. Because this is just the beginning...
A fairly light read being about zombies but it is still plenty violent and the teen behavior of much of the characters (being this is a high school) adds a mix of both unpredictability from some and cliche reactions from others. So it is well blended.
*I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair/honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own.*...more
A reasonably interesting story with amusing characters.
I wanted to like this more than I did in the end. Yes this make me smile a few times but not oA reasonably interesting story with amusing characters.
I wanted to like this more than I did in the end. Yes this make me smile a few times but not once, while reading this, did I feel connected. I didn't feel anxiety or happy for the characters or situations. I was never awestruck, or intimidated. It was always just me sitting in my chair, looking in on their world. I like ot feel a part of what I an reading. Make me hate or love a character. Or react to a situation. Nothing like that ever happened here.
The story is sound besides the lacking engagement. Ulga is the daughter of Odin and is sent to Princess school where she just doesn't fit in. The other girls are into "fashionable" dresses, dances, riding unicorns, tea time, etc. Ulga was raise for the fight. So she is mocked and exiled apart from the other girls. Her roommate in particular is spiteful and rude.
The did a decent job for most of Ulga's dialect of speech so one thing I can give them is I "heard" her through the pages.
The time period of this seems mixed. the princesses seem to be from different eras making it hard to mix up. The way they talk is often very modern which also clashes with why they tried so hard with Ulga yet went into a near slang speech for them.
So overall I enjoyed it for what it was but was not impressed. For girls who like comics but are sick of she superhero themes, they might enjoy this.
*I was loaned a digital copy of this comic from Diamond Book Distributors and Oni Press via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.* ...more
Almost 2.5 stars but not quite there. I wanted to like this, I really did. The artwork is fun and playful and reminded me a bit of Avatar: The Last AiAlmost 2.5 stars but not quite there. I wanted to like this, I really did. The artwork is fun and playful and reminded me a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Sadly the story did not live up to it's end...
The first thing that hurt this was right at the beginning. The prologue. I could not read it! The font style and size caused my eyes so much pain attempting to read it I just skipped it. So this comic and I were not off to a good start. One I get past that however, it seems to pick up. Playful artwork, expressive characters....I was happily reading along for awhile
Then things get very muddled and violent. Habashi, our main character, gets a short that he uses to defeat monsters and suddenly he is wanted by a deadly assassination team. Now I am a manga fan, as many may know from my other reviews, but this is some far fetched violence even by those standards. I mean, one girl can have body parts removed (including her head) and still be alive and fighting! The children assassins are probably the most twisted and disturbing. I mean, these are young kids (maybe 10 years old) off killing people in a horrible, nightmarish manner while their parents stand by, cheering them on. Crazy!
The setting of this book seems to be more a feudal era of Japan based on artwork, but we have characters of all nationalities. It is honestly an impressive blend in a way yet is seemed more like overkill. I got the feeling it was done to as a stance to the no one can take offense and so the author would not be viewed as potentially prejudice. It just didn't fit to the rest. Same with the very last scene of the book. Suffice to say I didn't see that coming nor did it fit. I felt it was more a statement over anything else. Also the style of speak often did not fit to the time period. I hate seeing modern expressions where they do not belong.
So ultimately I felt this books purpose, age group, time era, era was a jumbled mix. We went from what started to look like a middle grade comic to a violent 'Battle Royale' feeling that is for older teens/adults. So many other things just did not piece together in my mind. So many things went by unexplained properly and I ended up having more questions than answers. The reason it ALMOST gets 2.5 stars (verses only 2 stars) was the artwork. It is well done.
*I was loaned a digital copy of this comic in exchange for a fair and honest review.*...more
Death, horror, and vampires all wrapped up in a graphic novel! This is the first TWO original volumes combined into one book! This was something I couDeath, horror, and vampires all wrapped up in a graphic novel! This is the first TWO original volumes combined into one book! This was something I could not pass up. Although, I must confess, when I first got this, I had not fully read the summary so based on the covers and images I had scene with the biohazard warnings, I expected zombies. Still, I was very happy to have read this and more to come below and the vampire/zombie confusion.
The book centers mostly on CDC expert Dr. Goodweather and his partner. They are on assignment to figured out why a plane lands and then suddenly everyone in the plane mysteriously dies. But as the doctor and his partner investigate further, they learn the passengers are not "dead" for long. They come back as vampires and start attacking others. A race against time with enemies on all sides.
We mainly follow The good doctor as he struggles to balance his home life and work. He is in an ugly custody battle for his son when this all goes down. There is some great personal relations going on in the book. At first he is facing a medical mystery. Then a violent nightmare! In addition to his character we also get snippets into other officers, doctors, victims and a villain who is using his power and money to destroy mankind.
The art is very well done. Each character unique and very expressive. The violence is very graphic. And please note, very mature artwork containing violence and nudity. While I can enjoy what is in this, I would be horrified if a child got their hands on this! Great detail is given on every image. And it is very well done. The full page inserts were especially well done! The characters looked almost real. The only thing less that thrilling were that many of the "vampires" looked the same. But I will blame that on the transformation they undergo.
Speaking of the vampire concept, I still think of them as more zombie like. Besides their blood being drained and then filled with a white fluid replacement they are more zombie in reactions, behavior and overall looks. The exception is the "Masters." They way the move and attack very zombie like. Although they do burn in sunlight. Still, with how their stinger/tongues work these are some nasty, weird creatures of the night!
Now I love the concept! It is dark, fast-paced and will have you on edge and looking at the images with a twisted sense of glee. I love how the doctor meets one who is well familiar with the vampires but by doing so has even more consequences. Lots of action and great characterization fill these pages. My favorite character so far is the rat exterminator. Smart, logical, level headed and witty. I hope to see more of him in the future volumes.
Fans of the Walking Dead will likely enjoy this. The characters do not have quite the depth yet, but they and the story are constantly improving as it moves along. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future volumes.
**I received this for review via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own**
Um, I am not sure what I just "read." Read being there are no words in this! I have a copy for review and it is nothing but images? Why a writer and iUm, I am not sure what I just "read." Read being there are no words in this! I have a copy for review and it is nothing but images? Why a writer and illustrator when it is just pictures?! They art isn't badly done but this makes no sense. I feel as though I just wasted 10 minutes of my time clicking thought images on my kindle. Ugh. Very disappointing.
This was a review copy but still- it needs words!!!!!...more
This was my first Neil Gaiman comic. It. could debatably by my last. While I do like Neil Gaiman in general this was trash in my opinion. There is oneThis was my first Neil Gaiman comic. It. could debatably by my last. While I do like Neil Gaiman in general this was trash in my opinion. There is one thing about the thing I liked. That's it. Just one (which I will share down the line). And let me also start off with informing readers-this is NOT for kids!
Let's get the ugly out of the way, shall we? First off, the art. At first, no the city is not too bad. Not good though either. Then, we get into "heaven" and the color choices are atrocious! First the scenes aren't very good but at least good coloring. Then I get blah fading pastels! Take color out altogether would have been better than what was shown. All facial expressions are bland. No emotion was visible, leaving me quite detached from the characters.
Then there is the story. At approx 60 pages for the story, it has no foundation. The first murder in "heaven" and the angel that plays detective.... No character depth, no lessons to be learned, just mystery death and a quest for the vengeance of said death. Included in this story is angel sex. While the angels are "sexless" they are all referred to as male and drawing as men (less the smooth Ken-like nether regions). So I got unexpected m/m relations going on. Not to mention the other sexual scenes and references. While I am very open in my reading, a little warning is nice!
The one thing I like it that after the 60 page story, we get another 50 pages of bonus material! This explains the why and how behind the panels, alternate art and coloring, etc. This was the only reason I don't give it 1 star. Otherwise, this takes the lead for worst graphic novel I have ever read. And I hate saying that being that Neil Gaiman is the creator. I heard this was based on a short story he wrote. I can only hope that was better. While I wills still read Neil Gaiman's work, his graphic novels are on the backseat. This might have had potential but there is too much lacking in this to hold my attention.
**I received this as a review eBook from Netgalley. Special Thanks to them, Diamond Book Distributors, and Dark Horse Comics. All opinions expressed are strictly my own. ...more
A fast paced comic. Perhaps too fast in my opinion. We have an angry Clone trooper who was 'abandoned' by the Republic and he is forced to survive byA fast paced comic. Perhaps too fast in my opinion. We have an angry Clone trooper who was 'abandoned' by the Republic and he is forced to survive by other means. When he is finally off planet, the Empire is now in charge so he joins up with them in his admiration for Darth Vader.
I could not connect with characters in this graphic novel at all. The narration was dry and broken. Most of the book I felt as though I was simply reading a list of bullet points for a plot outline. In the end, very little came out and I was left feeling hallow. The concept has a lot of potential, especially as he gets to know Vader's true character. yet the bland script and jumpy images failed to portray that.
I think Vader was reasonably portrayed but original character creation needs a lot of work. The artwork was okay, but the panels did not flow together well on several occasions.
*I was loaned a digital copy of this graphic novel in exchange for a fair, honest review.*...more
I had a hard time with this one. I think a lot of it has to do with the time jump. This jumps up over 100 years from the last known books and charact I had a hard time with this one. I think a lot of it has to do with the time jump. This jumps up over 100 years from the last known books and characters I had previously read. This really threw me. For the first part of the story I had no idea the time setting. This book just jumps right in, not really expaining anything of what is going on on the planet or galaxy in general. I almost stopped for that alone but being this was Star Wars I was determined to continue.
**Warning- Potential Spoilers ahead**
My biggest confusion and utter perplexion however is the main character, Ania. Ania SOLO. The great, great granddaughter of Han and Leia. She lives a simple life and says she is nothing like her ancestors. Ummm....what was HAN?! Anyways, she ends up making a name for herself which is great. But what threw me is what line is she descended. Anakin didn't have any, Jaina was never said to have any and Jacen had a child but he did not go down as some hero by any means and his only child's parentage was secret. So I wanted to know where Ania comes from. What has happened since I last heard of some of my favorite characters?! I have no clue with this. I am left with so many questions right now and not the kind that have me eager for the next volume.
The story itself, once you remove all known information (or lack thereof) is decent. Not the best but not terrible. Ania really does a good job growing as a character. The art I enjoyed quite a bit. Dark Horse always seems to have some good artists. So on that level for being a comic, I am quite satisfied.
Will I read the next volume, yes. It is still Star Wars. Am I in a hurry for the next volume though? No. I can wait. In fact, I would prefer to read some actual books first that may shed some light on my many questions. ...more
For a Star Wars Comic this was better than several others I have read recently. The Dark Horse Star Wars Comics have always been a favorite but I am aFor a Star Wars Comic this was better than several others I have read recently. The Dark Horse Star Wars Comics have always been a favorite but I am an old-school-style comic fan so most comics these days seem to be lacking in my opinion. The comic has the Dark Horse creativity but does seem to have some more modern comic touches. A nice blend for all ages of fans.
This story mainly focuses on Leia, Luke, Wedge and fellow Rebels trying to find a new base after The Battle of Yavin. Luke is portrayed much as he was in the movie 'A New Hope' which is accurate as this takes places just a few weeks after that one ends. Leia, however, is quite different. More kickbutt in personality. Attitude, Flying in combat, etc. While it was fun to read, it was a bit too much for her character. She has always been strong and could generally fly but the stuff she was pulling hear, flying as good as Wedge, just didn't fit right.
The next major storyline we have is Han and Chewbacca doing some intel and trade work on Coruscant and getting a bit over their heads. Also we have a shorter bit with Darth Vader when is is sent off after a demotion. While I liked the Hand and Chewy story, Vader could always use a larger spotlight in my opinion. It seemed to be there mostly for filler on some pages.
Overall, not a bad start to this story arc, but I felt there was not enough there to fully grasp the characters. New, original characters did not stand out very much. I love when they pull 1 or 2 new characters and spotlight them. I saw the opportunity but a lack of execution. Still, the stories were enjoyable, the art was good and still one I will add to my collection and is worthy for Star Wars fans, or any comic fans, to check out....more
I really enjoyed this! A nice blend of fantasy and supernatural. Once again, Richelle Mead gives us an awesome kick-butt female heroine!
Eugenie is verI really enjoyed this! A nice blend of fantasy and supernatural. Once again, Richelle Mead gives us an awesome kick-butt female heroine!
Eugenie is very well portrayed. Reasonably confident, but not over the top. Caring and practical. It is very easy to like her. The pace seems well done. Her 'minions' are likeable in their own way too.
Eugenie is given a request that she doesn't really want to take on. Travel to the Otherworld to rescue a man's sister. Such travel is dangerous but she feels for the guy so she takes on the assignment. However, before she goes she has some unique encounters first as demons, fairies and the like start calling her by name. How did she become known to them. So now it is a two-part job. Save the girl and learn why the Otherworld wants her.
This story seems well paced for a graphic novel. A nice blend of action, romance and fantasy. Very solid story. My only complaint is the drawing of the faces seems too harsh in a lot of shots. Just my opinion though. Otherwise the artwork is nicely done. Good blend of coloring and shading.
I made one grave mistake in my reading of this. I read this BEFORE the book. So now I have to backtrack and read the novel. Wish me luck!...more