I love the artwork in this book. It's expressive, clean and crisp and it reflects the art style on the Monster High Boxes wonderfully. If this team puI love the artwork in this book. It's expressive, clean and crisp and it reflects the art style on the Monster High Boxes wonderfully. If this team puts together more graphic novels, I'll be more than willing to buy them for the art alone.
The story's very cute. It goes through six cute couple stories from the new couple Manny Taur and Iris Clops to some more familiar pairings from the series. The stories are short and cute, and I rather enjoyed them. They're drawn together at the end by a visit from a character I've been waiting to see again for quite some time, so it definitely made the book worth it.
If you're a fan of Monster High canon pairings, I definitely recommend picking it up....more
This was the big surprise for the New52 comics for me--I loved this series. I've never been a big fan of Supergirl in the past, but after this--I'm heThis was the big surprise for the New52 comics for me--I loved this series. I've never been a big fan of Supergirl in the past, but after this--I'm head over heels for her now, and can't wait for more.
The art team for this book, first of all, is amazing. I just have to put that out there front and foremost--this is one of the most gorgeous books in the New52 and it's consistently beautiful, well structured, and full of life. The layouts, the style (faces, body types, expressions), the muted colors, the bright colors, the movement--it's all brilliant. I'd easily love a copy of this book without the dialogue, which is why it's great to get the text-free covers included with the TPB.
Story wise, it's slow paced. A few people have complained that it's 'boring,' but I honestly enjoyed the time they took to introduce us to Kara, her plight, and her new place in the world. There was build up, character, and wonderful dialogue. I really got to know this Supergirl on a personal level before they started getting into the fighting and main plots, and that was an amazing breath of air compared to some of the other reboots that jumped right in before I even knew who they were. The New52 was supposed to be a reboot for new readers, and this was one of the only books to give me that chance to know Kara before I cared about her. It was one of the few books where I didn't feel lost for what was going on while reading, and that alone made it stand out as a favorite.
This volume covers the first seven issues of the comic. We get Kara & Superman meeting, Kara vs Simon Tycho (one of my favorite villains from the DC Reboot), Kara going home to Krypton, and it ends with a fantastic battle of Kara vs The World Killers--which is the fast paced, awesome fights that you'd expect from a member of the Super-Family.
I loved it, and I think if you couldn't take the slow-paced issues one at a time, than reading it all in one package might be a better option. :D...more
Hawk & Dove are a personal favorite duo of mine, no matter what form they're in or which team it is. (I love you too, Don & Holly!)
My first exHawk & Dove are a personal favorite duo of mine, no matter what form they're in or which team it is. (I love you too, Don & Holly!)
My first experience with Hawk & Dove was the 5 issue special written by Barbara Randall Kesel & Karl Kesel and drawn by Rob Liefeld in 1988--Granted I didn't get to read it until 2011, but you know--loved it to pieces. So when I saw Liefeld was back on board for the New52 release of Hawk & Dove I knew it'd be good. I'll admit, my opinion is biased thanks to both a) being a big Liefeld fan and b) loving anything Hawk & Dove, but I did enjoy this book quite a bit on its own merits and was glad to have read it issue by issue when it first came out.
It contains all eight issues of the Hawk & Dove series before it was canceled, which is split into three story arcs:
Issues 1-5 are written by Sterling Gates--the plotline? Hawk & Dove vs Swan & Condor. It's a fun, action-packed storyline revolving around Condor's grab for supernatural power, and Dawn/Dove's relationship with Deadman. My personal favorite character to come from the mix was Swan. <3
Issue 6 is where Rob Liefeld took over for writing. It's a standalone crossover with Batman & Robin vs Blockbuster and a necromancer. Full of puns and high tensions between two great duos.
Issues 7&8 are the final storyline that revolves around Hawk being hunted by a group called the D'yak. It's short & sweet and has some great moments where Hank and Dawn try and work out their relationship after Dawn's break up.
Liefeld does a great job on the artwork, and his colorist Matt Yackey (along with Ross Hughes & Andy Troy) were a great team-up. It's bright, stylized and just looks great. There's a lot of color in this book from blues, to reds, to yellows--a great contrast to most of the other books in the DC Universe lately who happen to be very fond of muted and dark colors. It's a nice change of pace and I love the sketches included in the back.
Plus, it includes the textless covers, like most TPB, which is always a treat.
I personally enjoyed it and recommend it. <3 ...more
Dark Victory is pretty much a direct sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, and is every bit as good as tEdition Read: Individual Issues on Comixology.
Dark Victory is pretty much a direct sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, and is every bit as good as the first one. All together it's one long story & if you liked one, there's a good chance you'll enjoy this one.
The twists are bigger, the story is deeper and everyone gets to come back for one more shot in the spotlight before the story ends.
Personal favorite bit of this book? Bringing Robin into the picture. His existence is something I've felt is, and has always been, crucial to Batman's character and Bruce's emotional stability. Seeing his appearance in this reboot was a welcome addition and added to the story's already satisfying ending.
So, as with Long Halloween: Just read it. <3...more
The Team Up of Loeb & Sale in The Long Halloween and Dark Victory is something I've seen referred toEdition Read: Individual Issues on Comixlogy.
The Team Up of Loeb & Sale in The Long Halloween and Dark Victory is something I've seen referred to as a classic, and amazing reboot of the Batman story. And it is every bit as good as I had heard.
The Long Halloween manages to merge Gotham's Mob life and it's Rogue gallery together into a compelling mystery surrounding the killer Holiday. Everyone from Rogues to Mobsters get their moment in gorgeous artwork and compelling dialogue.
In particular, I can see why this is many people's favorite imagining of The Scarecrow & The Mad Hatter (their team up in the July chapter being the reason I eventually caved and picked up the book).
It's got a little something for everyone from Bruce & Selina's troubled romance, to family drama with the five mob families of Gotham. And of course, Commissioner Gordon & Harvey Dent take their spot alongside Batman and the Gotham PD.
It's a great story, with a great twist & completely worth reading. Loved it. Go read it....more
Five for artwork, & three for story, so that rounds out nicely to a four. XD
Story wise, I had a little trouble figuring out what was going on. ItFive for artwork, & three for story, so that rounds out nicely to a four. XD
Story wise, I had a little trouble figuring out what was going on. It seemed like little snips of story that were filled in elsewhere--not exactly new when it comes to comics, but it's still annoying.
On the bright side though, I did enjoy the stuff with Red Star in the beginning as well as seeing the Titans again & of course, Cass. Lots of good one-on-one stuff between the characters (Tim & Damian, surprisingly enough), and I enjoyed those moments quite a bit between the plot.
The artwork was amazing cover to cover. I love To's style to bits and pieces though. I'd buy the book just for the artwork alone. The panels are great, the poses are dynamic & the panel layout is superb. Lots of praise for it. :D
My only remaining comment? That Cricket kid was cute, even if he was only one page. I may need to find him in something else and read that. XD...more
I remember the day Dilbert became funny...it was the day I started working a cubicle. A half-cubicle, mind you, but still a small corner with fake walI remember the day Dilbert became funny...it was the day I started working a cubicle. A half-cubicle, mind you, but still a small corner with fake walls. XD
Either way, found this book on my Dad's shelf and decided to give it a read. I enjoyed it. Adams has a witty, dry sort of humor that comes out in his writing more fully than it does in the comic strips.
He's amusing, and I got a few laughs. It was worth the read. :)...more
An illustrated guide to Catwoman from her first appearance to the 1990's series where she got the goggles. :)
It's a brief summary of events, but it'sAn illustrated guide to Catwoman from her first appearance to the 1990's series where she got the goggles. :)
It's a brief summary of events, but it's a nice reference for little tidbits and a look at how the art has evolved. Definitely worth the purchase and not just because I was already a huge Catwoman fan~...more
This is my canon for Megatron's back story--without question. Megatron's rise from miner to ruler is well written and displayed. I also love the backsThis is my canon for Megatron's back story--without question. Megatron's rise from miner to ruler is well written and displayed. I also love the backstory with other familiar characters winding into the story from how Rumble & Frenzy hooked up with Soundwave, to Starscream & his brothers joining up with Megatron and even seeing Senator Ratbat.
The art style, in particular, is absolutely gorgeous and accompanies the writing well.
Amazing book & definitely worth more than one read....more
I bought this book for the first story written by Brian Clevinger - and it did not disappoint. The artwork was amazing, crisp & had a great style.I bought this book for the first story written by Brian Clevinger - and it did not disappoint. The artwork was amazing, crisp & had a great style. The writing was everything I'd expect from Clevinger (witty & entertaining).
Adored the first story, and well worth the purchase of the book.
The rest of the volume is filled with shorter side-stories that were worth the read, though perhaps not more than once....more