This manga/anime is awesome. One of my absolute favorites. My 5/5 rating counts as my rating for the whole series so as to not skew my overall book ra...moreThis manga/anime is awesome. One of my absolute favorites. My 5/5 rating counts as my rating for the whole series so as to not skew my overall book ratings.(less)
Essential reading for any Buffy fan. On the back of the jacket one of the reviews says something along the lines of "probably as good as the TV show."...moreEssential reading for any Buffy fan. On the back of the jacket one of the reviews says something along the lines of "probably as good as the TV show." They weren't kidding.
Volume 1 was perfect and I can't wait to pick up the rest of Season 8 and now 9. The writing is great. You can tell Joss has his hands all over this thing. The witty dialogue mirrors the shows' and any fan will easily recognize each character's personality after a single panel. The script is again, something you'd expect to see on screen.
The artwork is truly breathtaking. I was already blown away by it, but once I read through the notes by the artist at the end of the collection, I came to appreciate even further what goes into comic book making, let alone a comic book adaptation of one of the most beloved TV shows and cast of characters of all time. The characters are designed directly after their corresponding actors and are so easily recognizable I was constantly in awe at the lifelike faces and expressions.
Some people didn't like that they "recycled" past enemies such as Amy and Warren, but I thought they were a pleasant surprise especially as they weren't focused on too largely. They added a little depth to the story as they somewhat introduced the new Big Bad.
All in all, if you like Buffy, read this. It's a near perfect continuation from the TV series. It has a seriously lifelike feel to it. A lot of love was put into bringing this to light.(less)
Powerful. She's literally been through hell and back, yet has found the spirit of God within herself. In this way, she has a new life of happiness. Re...morePowerful. She's literally been through hell and back, yet has found the spirit of God within herself. In this way, she has a new life of happiness. Really inspiring especially toward the back end of the book (last 50 pages or so). Love yourself.(less)
My best friend's boyfriend let him borrow it and they both insisted I read it next, and I'm glad I did. I love all the characters, the way and pace th...moreMy best friend's boyfriend let him borrow it and they both insisted I read it next, and I'm glad I did. I love all the characters, the way and pace they develop throughout the story, and the atmosphere and overall feel of the environment portrayed through the artwork. I thought the characters were easy to relate to, especially the two lead characters, Meiko and Takeda. It's a story of finding what makes you happy and sticking to it for as long as it makes you feel that way. And though there are moments that invoke real sadness, the ending brings hope and assurance that you're not alone. Inspiring read, I know that's cheesy but I don't care.(less)
This was my first McCarthy read and I absolutely loved it. As usual, I thought this was better than the film, though that was great too. I just though...moreThis was my first McCarthy read and I absolutely loved it. As usual, I thought this was better than the film, though that was great too. I just thought the text better showed that the son not only needed the father, but that the father needed the son. I really liked that it wasn't a straightforward religious novel, yet there were strong elements that could be taken that way. The pair were representations of prophets or (the boy - God himself) gods. This could, however, be substituted for the last good in the world. The relationship between the man and the boy was really moving. The dialogue, and even the majority of the big events throughout the novel were short, lean, yet interesting and colorful (pun intended).(less)
As a huge Gorillaz head, I loved this book, but couldn't recommend it in the least to someone who isn't into them or even to someone who is looking to...moreAs a huge Gorillaz head, I loved this book, but couldn't recommend it in the least to someone who isn't into them or even to someone who is looking to get into them. Even though it tells the tale of the beginning and rise, fall, and second skyrocketing rise of the band, it is written in a way meant to be read by die hards. But to fans already familiar with the music, members, and canon, I strongly suggest looking into this.
It perfectly incorporates each personality of each of the virtual members. The reader is given the impression that the narrater/interviewer understand that the band is composed of cartoons, but that Murdoc, 2D, Noodle, and Russel do not quite grasp it themselves. They "think" they're real. So much so that by the end, it seems like the interviewer is starting to believe it as well. That is until the end where it's hinted that all along, they're actually aware that they are indeed somebody's creation. Sort of like they've been stringing us along just to laugh in our faces, in typical Gorillaz fashion.
So on the surface it's a biography of one of the greatest bands of our generation, but ends up taking you for quite a trip.
It's written in a back-and-forth interview style with tons of beautiful artwork and photographs in between.(less)
Really awesome, really underrated comics. I grew up reading these, thanks to having cool parents. I loved the characters and the art back then, and it...moreReally awesome, really underrated comics. I grew up reading these, thanks to having cool parents. I loved the characters and the art back then, and it holds up today.
The creativity here is off the charts and is a must check out for any comic reader. It's got a great blend of dark humor, goofball humor, over the top action, and a touch of love but without being corny. All this takes place on the streets of a grimy, crime-riddled city and an imaginary tribal land. All characters are likable including the "bad guys."
The artwork is dark as can be yet brilliantly splashed with color. Dialogue is hilarious and I've found myself laughing out loud quite a few times already on my current read through the series.(less)
Solid read. Interesting. Well written, but definitely a quick, easy read. The only gripe I have with it is that by the end you can tell it was rushed....moreSolid read. Interesting. Well written, but definitely a quick, easy read. The only gripe I have with it is that by the end you can tell it was rushed. It was printed before the NBA season was even over, thus failing to mention that Jeremy wasn't able to even play in the playoffs due to injury or the fact that he isn't even a Knick anymore. (less)
It took me way to long to read this book, but at least in part, it was my own fault. I did find myself a little bored after about the first third of t...moreIt took me way to long to read this book, but at least in part, it was my own fault. I did find myself a little bored after about the first third of the book due to the fact that sometimes Common tends to get off subject. But by the end of the book I was wholeheartedly into it as it gains more focus as it moves along.
Common paints vivid pictures in a vignette style memoir where each chapter marks a different stage in his life. He uses a series of letters written to different influential figures he's come across to set up the tone and storyline of each individual chapter. His mother also has interjections throughout the book that serve as a sort of response to what Common has written so far. She often delves into her thoughts and feelings that she experienced during the times Common writes about, which really gives the reader a fuller understanding of their story. I thought this was a very unique way to write a memoir, along with the chapter titles which are taken directly from Common's song titles. The inclusion of song lyrics throughout the book with brief explanation also are great for big Common fans as myself.
Overall, it took some time to get into and sometimes feels as though the story is wandering, but by the end it really is done well and with original ideas to help keep the reader interested. Very informative read, essential for any fan of Common's work (film, music, poetry, etc.)(less)
Short, but decent read for comic fans of the sci-fi/horror persuasion.
I actually just picked up the Dead Space game for the Xbox 360 and heard that t...moreShort, but decent read for comic fans of the sci-fi/horror persuasion.
I actually just picked up the Dead Space game for the Xbox 360 and heard that this was a prequel to it, so I quick ran through this and the animated film, Dead Space: Downfall in order to fully prepare for my first playthrough. It was worth it because of the brief backstory of how the Ishimura got into the shape it is in at the beginning of the game.
The comic is in full color which is always great. The artwork is good, but some of the characters look a little too similar to each other, which could be attributed to the clothes and spacesuits they wear, but regardless, I found myself a little forgetful of who each person was.
Where Dead Space really shines is in it's story. On the surface, it's a horror story about hostile alien life in deep space, but once you start reading, you find that it's actually about the conflict of the religious fanatics and the unbelievers. The crew finds what they call a marker, which is what the followers of Altman (the assumed name of their 'god') have been told will bring them into all-knowing and the next life. Contact with the marker, however, ends up causing mass hysteria among the colony leading to assaults, murders, and eventually a mass suicide. I may be wrong but I thought this might have been a subtle commentary on religious extremists of our current world. It highlights some of the absurd rationalities some religions impose on their followers.
So all in all, it's a very interesting comic, but ultimately falls short due to dull, dumb characters and not enough variety in the artwork. I strongly recommend reading this if you are thinking about playing the game it precedes. (less)
I won't lie, I seen the Showtime show before reading this book. In fact, I didn't even realize it was a book until I started probably season 4 despite...moreI won't lie, I seen the Showtime show before reading this book. In fact, I didn't even realize it was a book until I started probably season 4 despite it saying in the opening credits in all seasons that it was based off the novel by Jeff Lindsay. Clearly I don't pay enough attention to credits.
But anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the second half. It parallels the first season of the show quite closely except for the ending, which, WOW, that was intense.
By no means, is this a masterpiece, or a read that encourages too much deep thinking, but for what it is, a crime/horror novel, it is really original and fun. That's not to say it isn't written well, because it is. It's really witty and gruesomely humorous. Some characters could have been better developed (ie - Angel Batista and Vince Matsuka) but I loved Deb about as much as I do in the TV show.
I will say, the characters, including Dexter, aren't nearly as smart as they seem in the show. This often times takes away the on-edge feeling I get when watching the show. Dexter is really sloppy, to say the least, in at least one of his kills.
But, there's literally a twist at the end of just about every chapter. It really gives you the feeling that no character is safe; no one is off limits. So yeah, I give this a strong 3. I was debating on bumping it to a 4, but compared to other books I've rated 4, it doesn't quite live up. I'd still strongly recommend giving DDD a chance though if you want to read something entertaining and (no offense) but really easy. It's fun and gory.
Later, I'll definitely give the other books in the series a shot.(less)
This review will be for both volumes of What a Wonderful World! by Inio Asano.
There's honestly not a lot I can say about this manga. Told as a series...moreThis review will be for both volumes of What a Wonderful World! by Inio Asano.
There's honestly not a lot I can say about this manga. Told as a series of separate simultaneously occurring events, WAWW is a beautifully drawn graphic novel. The characters are relate-able, albeit forgettable. Each chapter (track) is a separate mini-story and in the final few chapters each are loosely tied together. While this sounds like a great idea for a graphic novel, it is weakly wrapped up and feels rushed. We're so briefly thrown into all these characters lives that I don't find myself caring for any of them really. By the time I finally distinguish the different personalities in one story, I'm ripped away from them. I really only gave this a 3 and not a 2 because it really is masterfully drawn and written. And while confusing throughout the middle, the beginning and end are nice. Decent, but played out message of "there is good/happiness/hope in the world."
I don't know, maybe I'm missing something.
PS - This came out before Solanin, and after reading both, it's plain to see he recycled bits and pieces of character stories/personalities/and even designs.(less)