OK I knew nothing about Martian Manhunter going into this except that he was in the Justice League and has a redundant name. I couldn't even rememberOK I knew nothing about Martian Manhunter going into this except that he was in the Justice League and has a redundant name. I couldn't even remember the name. I knew it was a variation of John. So there's what I was working with. I can't evaluate based off the old character, and I'm ok with that since I really liked this version.
The fact that (view spoiler)[Jonn J'onzz chose to split himself into (hide spoiler)] diverse individuals made me super happy. The fact that they weren't stereotypes made me happy. And there was no love interest fawning over him, which was refreshing. Mr. Biscuits was silly at times, but game me some legit grins when the biscuit references were spaced out.
It helps to read more than once for piecing things together. The story was interesting and exciting. I'll be continuing in the series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
First obvious reference to (view spoiler)[Purple Man (hide spoiler)] who shows up in later books. I’m a bit nervous heading towards this but this scenFirst obvious reference to (view spoiler)[Purple Man (hide spoiler)] who shows up in later books. I’m a bit nervous heading towards this but this scene gave me some optimism. We see a two page spread of Jessica as Jewel flying happily with Thor, the pages bright and cartoony. Then a shaded purple window with a dark male form standing in an intimidating fashion behind an angry woman clutching a book. It’s ominous, jarring Jessica awake. He haunts Jessica and threatens to ruin her good memories. Maybe Bendis will do (view spoiler)[rape and sexual assault (hide spoiler)] right in upcoming books despite some regressive nonsense in this book (namely that having the idea that sex with a super drunk chick is ok and is on her). This was written in 2001 so I try to keep that in mind, but ugh I hate to see it.
These are texty books and Jessica is great. I really like her as a character. Malcolm has started floating in. It'll be interesting to see if he's fleshed out any. I loved him in the show.["br"]>["br"]>...more
I requested this from Netgalley since I was excited at the prospect of a graphic novel dealing with identity. Specifically the book was to be about thI requested this from Netgalley since I was excited at the prospect of a graphic novel dealing with identity. Specifically the book was to be about three people in the future where you can trade bodies with others. The main three characters are someone wanting a body to match their gender identity, and two others who aren't as forthright. I was sold!
Sadly it wasn't as character-focused as I'd expect. It tries at one point to develop the world, with the characters incidentilly being in a terrorist attack of some sort. It's a short book so it detracted from the overall topic. The faux-science about how the procedure could happen was distracting but someone necessary. But honestly world building was unneccessary. This is a short book about identify yet there are bombs and explosions for no reason.
I didn't really get anything new from the book regarding thoughts on identity, which was what I thought I'd be getting and what I feel is the point based off description and ... err ... the name.
Very disappointed. The art was neat though....more
Unlikeable protagonist, but you keep reading to find out how everything turns out. I read to find out what Reshma would "learn." A very different bitUnlikeable protagonist, but you keep reading to find out how everything turns out. I read to find out what Reshma would "learn." A very different bit of character growth of sorts. Reshma gets slightly more human -- she's very robotic in her interactions and evaluations of others for most of the book -- but is still pretty awful. She's calculating and ambitious, and ok with cheating, suing, blackmailing and threatening anyone in her way. (view spoiler)[In the end she's still calculating and less malicious, but is still somewhat of a heartless robot. She finally goes her own way and get what she wants, but by the end what she wants has less collateral damage. Progress? (hide spoiler)] It was pretty refreshing, though readers who like the typical tropes will haaaaaaate this book and Reshma. She's not shiny special gifted, she's not good with people and she's a bit of a sociopath. And it's her nature, so she's not going to be like Chelsea at the end. That should be apparent so it's not much of a spoiler.
Favorite quote: "All I want is to stand up front at graduation and incinerate them all with my greatness."
Second favorite: "Apparently, I'm the poster-child for a spoiled and entitled generation. Which is fair, I suppose."
Read an uncorrected copy provided by Netgalley so I ignored bad formatting and weird errors like "poster-child."["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Not slapstick like the new Harley books, not as serious as the new Black Canary. I found it pretty uninteresting and occasionally annoying. One instanNot slapstick like the new Harley books, not as serious as the new Black Canary. I found it pretty uninteresting and occasionally annoying. One instance where she flew in mid-battle to lament something someone said veered into silliness, which took attention away from a big battle.
My main headache was characters stating over and over how Starfire is supermodel gorgeous. It's the same thing that annoyed me with Graceling by Cashore only worse because I can SEE that Starfire is gorgeous (she's a Barbie, just like every other woman in the DC Universe) so why does it need to be said so much? It's boring-ass, unnecessary filler that could be spent developing her character, or be spent making secondary characters more interesting. But no, we have to have everyone who sees her fawn over her. That's BORING. It was boring in Graceling and it's boring here. Even worse, it makes the character boring since we don't learn much about her other than HAWT and her social interactions are overinfluenced by how good she looks, which apparently renders everyone stupid, pointless and even manipulative. For example, the male side characters weren't even two-dimensional, and were pretty much drooling 12-year-old boys trying to trick Starfire into swimming naked.
I mainly found the book more annoying than offensive, but that could be because I've seen part of the New 52 "Red Hood and the Outlaws" with her in it so I know it can be far, far worse. At least Starfire isn't Rohypnol Barbie anymore? Yay?...more