Let me put it this way--if you don't care about continuity errors, coherency, or actual ANSWERS to who Shepard Book was...this is fine. Too much of wh...moreLet me put it this way--if you don't care about continuity errors, coherency, or actual ANSWERS to who Shepard Book was...this is fine. Too much of what is in the book does not mesh with what we learned in the series (or movie). Much as how the opening of Serenity (the movie) completely ret'conned how River got out of the Institute, this book tried to give us an alternative to how Book became Book. Sadly it just didn't make sense.(less)
Prelim Review: While this isn't a perfect book, this is a book to be damned proud of. This isn't just an anthology of short comics and pin-ups with a...morePrelim Review: While this isn't a perfect book, this is a book to be damned proud of. This isn't just an anthology of short comics and pin-ups with a glib theme of 'Women Empowerment' or a collection of stories that prove women are as cool as men (if not cooler). This is a book filled with stories about characters who face problems every girl goes through and yeah sometimes superpowers or magic helps to make things better, but it just as easily comes down to whether that young girl or woman is brave enough to embrace the ability to make a change.
Prelim review full review to be posted on Poisoned Rationality(less)
Prelim Review: I remember how excited I was for this series back when it first premiered. It was during the waning time of my comic book obsession, wh...morePrelim Review: I remember how excited I was for this series back when it first premiered. It was during the waning time of my comic book obsession, when I was trying NOT to spend $70 a week, but I knew I had to read this. And I was rewarded with a series that to this day (117+issues and counting) that I enjoy, love and very rarely dislike.
This Deluxe volume covers the First Arc (Rose Red's 'Murder') and the Second Arc (The Farm's revolution). I don't remember the Revolution so much--I may have skipped it actually since I don't like Rose Red that much, but in hindsight...it was disturbing, but rather revealing about later events.
This came out long before the fairy tale shows--Once Upon a Time and Grimm--and I think sets a good standard of what to look for. Willingham doesn't just give us the notables, he gives us all the fairy tale folks who people forgot. Gave them real world concerns (if somewhat skewed) and gave us a taste of what happens 'Ever After'.
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First a warning - this is a violent, gore fest more often then not. Bigby isn't a subtle man to begin with and these folks pissed him off something ba...moreFirst a warning - this is a violent, gore fest more often then not. Bigby isn't a subtle man to begin with and these folks pissed him off something bad and he let's loose on them. Also there is a lot of nudity running around these pages. Male and female. I wouldn't call it explicit persay--girls are obviously girls, guys are obviously guys, but its pretty clinical overall.
FABLES remains one of my favorite comics and barring something slipshod editor deciding to butcher it, that's not likely to change. I've looked forward to this book for a long time mainly because Bigby is my favorite character, bar none (save Snow White and Cinderella), and it promised to give us a bit of back story on the man behind the wolf. In that it didn't disappoint. Bigby has spoken of his time in WWII, when he helped out the Allies (unofficially) to stop the encroachment of the Nazis, but in this he reveals just what he did exactly.
The art isn't anything to write home about, its not up to the usual standards of the comic and part of that may be because most of the story arcs had one artistic team (inkers, layout, pencils) throughout. WEREWOLVES has numerous inkers and in a comic book that can really fudge up the artwork. From a reader's perspective, it made folk hard to tell apart (I kept mixing up Diana and Oda, or Alwin and Carl for instance, which in turn confused me as all four had separate agendas more or less). The werewolves, whether intentionally or not, were all colored basically the same so even though Bigby was going through them wholesale at one point, I had no idea who was dead and who was not.
Story wise this was an interesting conundrum for Bigby. He kind of helped create the mess and was at a loss as to how to finish it. Technically no one in that town is a true Fabletown resident. None of them came from the Homelands, or were born from parents who fled the Homelands (such as Snow and Bigby's children), and thus the charter didn't cover them. On the other hand they weren't exactly Mundys (humans). He basically let it play out, hoping for a graceful outcome, but knowing the outcome would be far worse then anything he wanted to find.
A word to Oda, she tried to seduce Bigby (for what reason is never quite explained, we really only have Bigby's own guess) and he turned her down flat. If she goes prancing off to Fabletown and mentions such a thing to anyone (even in jest), Snow will find out and Snow will put a silver bullet in her chest before Bigby can so much as blink. And I will pay good money to see that.(less)
Aw Yeah Titans let's get our parallel Earth selves happening in this volume--Speedy is Quickly! Kid Flash is Flash Kid! Wonder Girl is Girl of Wonder!...moreAw Yeah Titans let's get our parallel Earth selves happening in this volume--Speedy is Quickly! Kid Flash is Flash Kid! Wonder Girl is Girl of Wonder! Plus let's not forget the all Shazam special :)
I've said it before and I mean it, these might be technically for little kids, but they are so freaking hilarious. Art Baltazar and Franco take some of the stupidest plot devices from past and present DC stories and rationalize them in a kid friendly way. I love it.(less)
Technically speaking this is actually a compilation of issues from the spin-off series IMPULSE (about Barry Allen's grandson Bart Allen, who Max Mercu...moreTechnically speaking this is actually a compilation of issues from the spin-off series IMPULSE (about Barry Allen's grandson Bart Allen, who Max Mercury mentored) and isn't the BEST place to begin if you're unfamiliar with Impulse, Max Mercury, the Flash (Wally West era) or...well its really not a great place to start (this particular arc happened after issue 60). You have to be invested in the characters pretty much. Which I am, so for me I loved this (it helped that I love Todd Dezago in general).
Oh plus I love Inertia and oh hey he makes his debut in these issues :whistles:
Prelim Review: This was such a fun and amusing book! Meet Superhero Girl (that's not really her real superhero name, but well she lives in Canada...)...morePrelim Review: This was such a fun and amusing book! Meet Superhero Girl (that's not really her real superhero name, but well she lives in Canada...) as she tries to find her place in the world out of the shadow of her brother Kevin's super-heroic infamy.
She saves cats, helps old ladies cross the street, battles ninjas, deals with a skeptical obnoxious superhero fanboy and searches for an archnemsis (who won't still her job and become rich from giving up a life of crime).
These are loosely connected comics ranging from a few panels to a few pages, that mostly pick up from where the other left off (except when it goes into the past as Superhero Girl chose to strike out on her own, about half way through the book).
I know Hicks' artwork and charm from the short comics that are occasionally featured on Tor.com (for fannish things--reactions to movies and such). This is my first time reading an original work of hers however and I loved it. Perfect for all ages with colorful artwork and plenty of humor.
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Prelim Review: Much more about Ninjette! Actually this is a lot about Ninjette and what a crafty, sneaky devil she can be (and the consequences she pa...morePrelim Review: Much more about Ninjette! Actually this is a lot about Ninjette and what a crafty, sneaky devil she can be (and the consequences she paid due to these things).(less)
Welcome to another round of Lexie funded a Kickstarter and here is the reward! I'm having a banner time as far as Kickstarter and comics go and Unsoun...moreWelcome to another round of Lexie funded a Kickstarter and here is the reward! I'm having a banner time as far as Kickstarter and comics go and Unsounded is no different! Before I go on, you can read chapters 1-7 here at the comic's webpage for free, the first volume collects chaps 1-3 and some misc stuff (like a short story, sketches, such and so). And because I adore Television Tropes webpage as a recreational hobby to explore (can we add that to Goodreads to count as 'reading'?) I spoiled myself something rotten on stuff not in the first three chapters.
I'll point out I can't stand how Sette speaks more than half the time. I'm pretty sure this is intentional on the creator's part as Cope seems to be a cheeky lil' bit when it comes to her comic. Sette speaks...off colorly, but more importantly she over pronounces things. Like 'stupid' is always 'stoopid'.
The first chap sets up our main Duo quite well. We see how recklessly brash Sette can be, how little she cares about anything that isn't on her agenda, how little patience Duane has for her and how close they both are to killing each other. They run into a sentient tree root, which almost ends really bad for everyone and ends really bad for everyone who isn't a main character. Which is actually how it works out in most skirmishes that involve the main characters.
I really like Cope's artwork. What you see above is how most panels look, though she pays special attention to backgrounds, clothing details and will without warning go into a completely different art style for 'splash' pages. Though what is adorably cute to see with Sette being annoyed is horrifyingly disturbing when a child is found brutally butchered.
The first chapter could be seen as an one-shot comic to draw readers in--it has action, magic, terror, brats, zombies, near death, real death, explosions...but chapters two and three prove things to be way more serious. Sette is quite as settled in her role as heir to her Da's infamous empire as she'd like Duane (or the world) to think, Duane isn't the happy-go-lucky Galit (not to be confused with a zombie) he...well okay he never appears to be happy-go-lucky. Mostly grumpy, irritated and rude. The slavers aren't quite slavers.
The land is not quite forgiving or welcoming.
Its a ball of fun! Definitely check out the series (hey you can read it for free). I have no idea if Cope is going to be printing MORE of the first volume, but I hope she prints volume 2. I'll definitely be chipping in again!(less)
Prelim Review: Sadly I am still not pleased with the artwork, but I was able to focus more on the story this time since there was a lot of Asil and he...morePrelim Review: Sadly I am still not pleased with the artwork, but I was able to focus more on the story this time since there was a lot of Asil and he's one of my favs.(less)