Who would have thought I'd thoroughly enjoy a graphic novel about a serial killer who murder people who bite nails?
What kind of person am I. LOL.
Say Who would have thought I'd thoroughly enjoy a graphic novel about a serial killer who murder people who bite nails?
What kind of person am I. LOL.
Say whatever it is that you want to say about my reading choices, but I really enjoyed this! Why? Becauseeee… I'm into serial killers. Oookaay. That didn't sound right, so let me correct myself. I'm into serial killer stories. Yes. That's what I meant.
These type of stories intrigue me. They get me curious. Fiction or non-fiction, these never fail to trigger my interest. So when I read Nailbiter's blurb, I knew, I was going to enjoy it. True enough, I did enjoy this!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
In the town of Buckaroo, Oregon, originated sixteen, terrible serial killers. Not sure how. Not sure why. But they just manufacture serial killers there. One of the most famous of the serial killers was Nailbiter, Edward Warren.
FBI Agent Charles Carrol is obsessed in finding out what is causing people from this town to become serial killers. It seems that we finally got a lead, so he asked the help of his friend, Nicholas Finch, who then came to Buckaroo, only to find that his friend has gone missing.
• THE PLOT IS INTERESTING. I mean, come on? A town that manufacture serial killers? A cop has gone missing because of an investigation? A serial killer with a questionable motive? Killings here and there? Who wouldn't want that??!
• WTF IS GOING ON? The fact that I have no idea what the fuck is going on with this book, keeps me excited. I'm the type of reader who likes to guess what's going to happen next, and the fact that I can't seem to do that with this, is amazing. Things happen, you make your guess, then another thing happen that completely debunks your theory about wtf is happening to this town. Gaaaaah! I love it!
• EVERYONE IN IS SUSPICIOUS.Not one of these characters are reliable, in my opinion. Even the Sheriff, has something to hide, I think. These people are not at all what they seem, starting with Nailbiter. I am completely… puzzled by this dude. I can't tell if he's a good guy, or a bad guy, or just messing with your brain crazy person? The fact that I can't trust any of these characters is great.
• THE COLOR PALLET AND THE ART. I don't normally like these types of illustrations, but on this case, I feel that it fits the tone of the story, including the colors that were used.
• HANNIBAL REFERENCES BABY!!!
• THE PANELS SOME GREAT PANELINGS ON HERE THAT BUILT GOOD TENSION TO THE STORY.
• NOT A LOT OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I have read quite a number of reviews mimicking the same sentiments about this not having enough character development, which I would agree, but only up to a certain point. I do agree that the characters weren't completely fleshed out. For me though, it was done on purpose. They were letting us into the situation that these characters are in first. I think, we'd get to know them more as we read more of the volumes. Let's not forget, this volume is collecting only the first 5 issues, this is not an entire book, or even a complete story. There are a lot more issues to look out for that, hopefully, might give these characters more life.
• I AM PISSED THAT THEY MARKETED THIS WRONG. If you're going into this thinking that you'll be full-on terrified, you'll be extremely disappointed. Like with the previous point about character development, a lot of people who read this are saying that this isn't scary enough. And like with the first point, I would agree. They marketed this book wrong. There were gory aspects, but they weren't scary. Oh. Come to think of it, there was one specific scene where I got really creeped out. It was a scene where the light comes on and off, and something appears and disappears on the scene. That was pretty good. But going back to my point, this was marketed wrong. People are expecting this to be purely a horror graphic novel, which it isn't. There were creepier aspects, but the whole plot was more mysterious than scary.
If you’re into gory stuff with a mix of mystery, I'd highly recommend this shit. I loved it. It might not be the perfect character-driven story, but the plot and the suspense was enough to keep me hooked and keep reading. I hope the next ones would be better. ...more
Slump, slump, go away Come again, maybe, next year Little Aria wants to freakin read!
Reading slumps are shitty.
I haven't read a book in months!! I'm
Slump, slump, go away Come again, maybe, next year Little Aria wants to freakin read!
Reading slumps are shitty.
I haven't read a book in months!! I'm hoping (and crossing my fingers so bad) that this might break that slump. It's never a bad idea to read something... uuuhhh... mature every now and then. Lol....more
This is pretty cool! It really is. The title accurately shows you what this is about.
WHAT IT IS ABOUT?
Runaways is about a group of teenagers who witThis is pretty cool! It really is. The title accurately shows you what this is about.
WHAT IT IS ABOUT?
Runaways is about a group of teenagers who witnessed something they shouldn't have, and now, they are on the run.
I don't want to spoil anything for you guys so I won't go into too much details about the plot.
- This story was about teenagers who acted like teenagers. I loved that they didn't act like they were older than they are. They made stupid, irrational decisions, like most teens their age would. I, normally, would dislike teenage characters being made to think like an adult to make the character more likeable, which isn't always true. The more grounded or realistic the characters are, the better readers would emphatize and relate to them, the better liked these characters would be.
- I liked the relationship these teens had with their parents... at first... way before all the crazy stuff happened. Haha. I won't get into any further details than that. The reaction of these parents to the things their kids do, were gold! It was so funny how much I related to it.
- I liked the vibrant colors and illustrations.
- There was a plot twist here that, while I liked it, was a bit problematic for me. If one thing was done by one party, all this misunderstanding (or is it?) could have been avoided.
- I had a bit of a problem with the pacing. There were slower parts where I want more things to happened, then there were faster parts, which I enjoyed more.
- It was a bit predictable. The plot twist was something I have smelt way before the thing was revealed.
- The characters (talking about the teenagers here) had their own distinct personality.
I found myself enjoying this quite a bit. I am familiar with Brian K. Vaughan's other work (Saga) which I actually really liked, so I was a bit confident that I was going to like this one too. The concept was simple, really, but I liked how it was exectuted. Aside from the problem I had with one story element, I really liked this....more
Holy shit! The events that occurred in this volume was off the charts! So many stuff happened. So many stupid decisions were made. Damn. This was goodHoly shit! The events that occurred in this volume was off the charts! So many stuff happened. So many stupid decisions were made. Damn. This was good. This was very, very good!
It's been said, again and again, that in order for a villain to be great, you, as a reader, have to be able to understand why they're doing all the fucked up shit they're doing. Sinestro is one of those villains. You hate him, but at the same time, you admire him for standing up for what he believes in. He believes fear would bring peace and order, which isn't wrong. I believe that in order for people to follow rules, they have to fear what the consequences would be if they don't follow the rules. If they don't fear, then they'll just keep on doing what they think is right, completely disregarding authority. I feel a little fear of the law won't hurt anybody. However, Sinestro has gone way too overboard with his shit.
Again, I love this! I hope when they make that Green Lantern Corps movie they won't fuck up the story because Green Lantern has one of the best stories out there. I'd hate for DC to wreck this one like they did the first GL film with Ryan Reynolds. Please... if you can't make GL good as a film, don't do it at all....more
Reading this after The Way of Kings was a mistake. The Way of King was so full of epicness that I was expecting the same from this. Unfortunately, WhiReading this after The Way of Kings was a mistake. The Way of King was so full of epicness that I was expecting the same from this. Unfortunately, White Sand would have to be my least favorite work of Sanderson.
White Sand is also set in the Cosmere universe, way before the events of The Way of Kings and Mistborn (two books of his I've read so far). To be honest, I was confused majority of the time while I was reading this. I did appreciate the fact that I could see this world in front of my eyes and not just my imagination. It's one of the things I enjoyed about it. Storywise though, I was a bit underwhelmed. I wanted more substance, more history, more everything.
The characters were okay. Kenton, the main protagonist I would say, is pretty well developed. I liked how you know his motivations and struggles. It wasn't brushed off, instead it was used to the progression of the story. The side characters were fine, nothing really worth talking futher about.
The art, I'm still on the fence about. It looks good, but I'm not sure it worked for the story.
Overall, it was okay. I was just expecting more from the story....more
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
Just lost interest in trying to finish this. I might get back to it, someday, but who knows when that might be.
SOME REASONS WHY I'M DNFING: - too sloJust lost interest in trying to finish this. I might get back to it, someday, but who knows when that might be.
SOME REASONS WHY I'M DNFING: - too slow - character wasn't interesting enough (so far for the 20% of it I read) - the writing wasn't my favorite - i completely forgot what I read about in the first 20% of this book (ooopsss). All I remember was not completely enjoying it....more