The holidays took me off reading for a while, so I need a good graphic novel to get me right back into it. What better one to start than a graphic novThe holidays took me off reading for a while, so I need a good graphic novel to get me right back into it. What better one to start than a graphic novel written by my writer bae Brandon Sanderson.
The villagers of Harrow County decided to kill a witch. I liked how the story started with that. I'm already get the That was a very interesting start.
The villagers of Harrow County decided to kill a witch. I liked how the story started with that. I'm already get the chilling and haunting vibe from this right after opening the first page. I liked how it showed us why they did it. I was a bit worried that the reason would be very petty, like they decided to stab her to death then hang her because she was different. There are a lot of movies and books that have used this cliched plot, and I really appreciate that this time, the witch thing is for real.Anyways, the story picks up years later with this girl, Emmy, who seem to be having some kind of experience herself. There were a could foreshadowing about what could possibly be her future. That was something I did not like though. I wish it was introduced to us gradually than immediately slamming us in the face what would possibly happen to this character.
THINGS I LIKED
- It was creepy as fuck.
- The introduction was well done. It made you understand the past that might shape the future for these characters.
- That ending was just… fucking scary. What the fuck just happened????
- I like how it was narrated. It was written like a novel with pictures. It was very descriptive. It didn't rely on the pictures to describe what it wants us to see. It made us see in words too.
THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE
- Emmy as a character seem pretty bland. I don't know. Maybe it's because she was intended to be that way. But, so far, I have not warmed up to her character, nor with his dad.
- The illustrations weren't my favorite. I would have wanted a more darker tone in the art since the story is a bit dark. There were parts of it that I liked though, like the smear of paint (at least I think it's paint) on some of the images. I'm not an artist, so I won't know what the fuck it's called, it does have splashes of color here and there that I liked.
- I think I mentioned this earlier on my review as well. I didn't really like the fact that we already have, sort of, an idea on what was going to happen to this girl. I may be wrong, since this is only the first issue, but I have a big feeling that my hunch would be correct. I'm okay with foreshadowing, but only if its subtle. This one wasn't too subtle about it.
I'm not really sure how I feel about this yet, but the premise is pretty intriguing, and I'd definitely read more of it. ...more
Seems like everyone wanted to see Hal Jordan's head up on a pike. Geez. This guy pissed off a lot of people. And the first story, Wanted, was about thSeems like everyone wanted to see Hal Jordan's head up on a pike. Geez. This guy pissed off a lot of people. And the first story, Wanted, was about that. All of his past mistakes were catching up to him.
Okay, so while I found this to be b>my favorite volume, so far, story-wise, I absolutely disliked the main antagonist in the first story, Wanted. His motivations were ridiculously lame and weak, but I did like that his character had a certain dimension to it. The story itself, though, I absolutely loved. The way the other members of the league intervened was just... Sweet. Haha. I can't really think of a better adjective.
Now we go on to the fun part.
The second story, Mystery of the Star Sapphire, was told in Carol Ferris POV. If you are not sure who she is, she is Hal's first love, although, she did mention he never even said the word to her, but still, I consider her a love interest. She married someone else because she thought Hal was dead. What a stupid thing to do, right? Anyway, yeah, so Hal's alive, she's married, and Hal has Jillian (Cowgirl) now. Just when you think everything's all good and well, the Star Sapphire attached itself to Carol and went after Hal. Haha it was a funny and ridiculous story. Love triangles. Haha. Who would have known love could be twisted in such a weird way. I really enjoyed this because of how silly all of it was.
The art was great. Although, I did prefer the art from Wanted. It was a bit more detailed than on the Mystery of the Star Sapphire....more
I'm getting way too interested and invested with these Green Lantern stories. Look at all the questions I've written down for my friend to answer. I wI'm getting way too interested and invested with these Green Lantern stories. Look at all the questions I've written down for my friend to answer. I was writing all of these down while I was waiting for my prescription glasses and sipping my Starbucks frappe.
And mind you, this was me not even halfway through the volume.
I was a bit worried, at first. There were a lot of things mentioned that I had no clue what it was about. I was about to chuck this and not continue with it anymore. Good thing I kept reading because questions were definitely answered as you go through further into the story. Although, I would have to say I wasn't a fan of how some of the things were told. It was too... expositiony? Is that even a word? Okay. How can I explain this properly? Hal's past was told by Hal himself as stuff was going on simulataneously. There were some parts where you see what happened, but mostly, there was just Hal telling you about stuff you've missed. I would have wanted to see it, not just be told that this is what happened. Does that make sense? It should because I dunno how else to explain it.
I didn't expect the villain though because I thought it was going to be someone else. Did I like the villain here? I dunno. Maybe. I feel where his anger was coming from. He said he forgave Hal, but he was also punishing him for his crimes. They said the best type of villain is the one that thinks he's right.This guy falls under that. I'm just not particularly fond of him because despite me understanding why he did the things he did, I just felt it's a bit shallow. He ended up killing quite a number of people because he was upset? Really? Tsk tsk.
The thing about Green Lantern that I love the most is how there are a lot of stories to tell. They have an infinite number of galaxies to discover, alarmingly huge number of alien lifeforms that they have to fight to maintain peace within the galaxy. I can't wait to read the next one!
I've never been really interested with Green Lantern, but my friend is, and so far, he hasn't let me down with his recommendations, which is why I gI've never been really interested with Green Lantern, but my friend is, and so far, he hasn't let me down with his recommendations, which is why I gave this a go.
I was a bit traumatized when I watched the Green Lantern movie with Ryan Reynolds which was why I was a bit hesitant to read anything with that character.Surprisingly, it wasn't bad. I actually, kind of, like it, if only I understood what happened before the events of this. I wonder what happened and why everyone thinks he died. I wonder what it was he did that made him feel so guilty.
On this six part issue, i felt that I knew Hal quite a bit now, as well as his family, and the people he works with. I liked the drama, i felt it worked well with the story.
Hal fought quite a lot of monsters here, some more terrifying than others, and it puzzles me why he was the only one fighting them. There were a lot of other Green Lanterns out there, as you will see here, and Hal almost got himself killed quite a number of times and no backup arrived. Haha. Damn. The other GLs must have been so busy to help him out.
The illustrations were great! I loved them.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and would definitely be continuing on with the rest of this run....more
This was pretty much a rehash of the first Uncanny X-men comic book from 1963, which I believe is the entire purpose of this Season One thing Marvel rThis was pretty much a rehash of the first Uncanny X-men comic book from 1963, which I believe is the entire purpose of this Season One thing Marvel released. There were subtle changes here and there, but overall, it was the same introduction to the original X-men (Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman, and Cyclops) in a more modern setting.
While I end up liking this, I wasn't crazy over it. I thought it was great that Jean Grey was narrator, because God knows how much I love her character. I did appreciate how all the characters were acting like their age, hormones and all that fun stuff, which made them more relatable to readers.
The illustrations were great.
Now comes the part where I tell you why I didn't give this a higher rating.
There was something off about Xavier. I didn't feel that this is the same Xavier that I come to love over the years. He was… cold and distant? I dunno. The way he talks is different. I just didn't feel it.
Also, the love triangle… really? Sigh. I don't like love triangles in books, nor do I like love triangles in comic books. I don't like it in general. I didn't feel it was necessary for the story. I really don't.
Overall, it was good. I just had minor issues with the plot and the dialogue, but other than that, it was a good read. ...more