[Contains spoilers, lotsa spoilers because how do you review without spoilers?]
The story had a well transition from the first book to the second book[Contains spoilers, lotsa spoilers because how do you review without spoilers?]
The story had a well transition from the first book to the second book first of all. There hasn't been too drastic changes from the first one to this one but there is still the feeling of everything has been shifting since book one, especially the way kids on the school perceives the LGTB community and coping up with the school shooting.
All is well, until there is a trouble in paradise. People would probably cringed with this but I liked that the story didn't go too much like a high-school drama for me. That the author gave more back story and personality to Emily as well as eventually Matthew. It's no walk in the park, whatever happened (a couple of freaking times) between John and Nick but maybe that's why I love them both as fictional characters-they're not too much of a fiction. John leads us to his everyday life of consistent observation and consciousness while Nick give us just pure (Heh.) untainted love and positive outlook on things. It's also funny that people underestimated him but I saw him as a guy who actually take proper action at certain time, not like any asshole-jock-gay-turned-nice-boyfriend characters I have encountered. For example, the moment where John was basically screaming at him to stay away from Emily and he held it off as long as he can for a hope that he can still have his old friend and the love of his life, get together. But when he knew the moment will never come, he promised to stay away even before he really saw Emily for what real trouble she is.
The let me talk about the part where John got rapped. It was no joke, and you can feel that as you read it and it was quite sick because you can't really write rape without people feeling sick. But then, you see a human in John, on how getting raped is not the reason to give up. To turn it around and survive. Do not let me start on Matthew as a victim tho. I can't handle thinking he got this same abuse with his own father. Just. /shakes head.
Now let me get started on Nick and John on being fathers and married right off high-school. One, I don't actually see why not. Nick and John practically worked their asses off to get to live independently and solve their problems that most mature people can't even do. Getting married? I'm actually happy in their universe, gay marriage is available in their state. (I only know few, so) and again, I didn't find it questionable about them wanted it to tie it already. We've read their actions and feelings to each other and Nick, I'm proud of him that never once, he hesitated showing his love since he newly known that he's into guys (well maybe, into John /wink), so no question there.
Overall, it's an epic coming-out love story. It's refreshing and deadly because, wow, the feelings it brings. There is no moment you'll be bored out of your seat. I recommend this to all high-school drama fans, even suspense-genre fans! Juan Alvarado really deserves every bit of recognition for his work....more
Brian Vaughan is one work wonder, entering his mind might probably be like entering the world of Saga. It's packed with a real unique plot, which is gBrian Vaughan is one work wonder, entering his mind might probably be like entering the world of Saga. It's packed with a real unique plot, which is great, since science fiction manga, comic, or stories itself are recycled every time. So it's refreshing to be able to read something fresh and unboring.
The illustrator, Fiona Staples, is probably the best creative artist out there. She draws movement, action, and emotions very brightly and always at present that her art looks alive, especially with a story in it. I like what she does with the Robot Prince IV, that even a guy with a blank screen as a face, you just can't stop imagining his emotions because of the body gestures and so. (I'm probably also infatuated with the Prince, OK. But Marko is one sext mother-f)
Anyway.....over all. It's a really refreshing graphic novel. A must read!...more
First impression be damned, this book wasn't the same one after the first one and by all means I meant that in a good way. Great even, because the effFirst impression be damned, this book wasn't the same one after the first one and by all means I meant that in a good way. Great even, because the effect of surprising the reader from a different theme to another was fluidly executed.
I'm not a science fiction fan myself but I literally enjoyed the book. It took just much willpower on my part to not give up on the book because it wasn't my thing and it did not disappoint. Half-way on the book I was enjoying it so much that I do not mind a lot of new information was being thrown at me, and amazingly, I understood them as if I knew about Realms, Lord-of-the-rings-clashed-with-Star-wars type of scenarios. The plot, the story, was real magic itself.
Plot aside, I'm really liking the character build-up not only between Kane & Hawk, but the others as well. Like Ater, Ferra, and Ruber most especially, damn even on Tatiana and Oberon. The book carried enough emotional turmoil that it wouldn't look too "action" movie of blood, guts, and war. I'm really thankful of that.
AM I LOOKING FORWARD TO THE THIRD BOOK? FUCK YES ABSOLUTELY I AM, SIR AND MADAMS. I'm so hyped up for the third book so much that you must agree with me that the book, even on the last pages, gave me so much feelings and excitement, it isn't a joke to say how awesome this book was.
John Goode's words/story on the last book was a nice touch also. It only didn't made me know about him more, but absolutely think of him of a guy who isn't really doing this wonderful books with raw writing skills, but with help and patience. Especially with cats. Cats are always a nice touch. That's why this is a perfect 5 STAR!...more