I love Bee and Puppycat. I want more of that show... all the time. And so when I found out that there was a Bee and Puppycat comic, I waited eagerly fI love Bee and Puppycat. I want more of that show... all the time. And so when I found out that there was a Bee and Puppycat comic, I waited eagerly for the first volume. These stories are adorable, funny, and have the same quirky, charming characters from the show. Each artist brings their own style to the table, playing with Natasha Allegri's creation. Some stories here are stronger than others, and I found myself wanting more. Since there are only a handful of episodes, and a lot of hinted backstory, I was hoping that the writers/artists would use the comic book format to explore some of those plots. And while Natasha Allegri's story and Madeleine Flores's "What Happened" expand on Bee and Puppycat's lives and work, most of the others are "a day in the life of". It's a fun read, but not quite what I was hoping for....more
**spoiler alert** Normally I'm not a big fan of Jeff Lemire's art, but I loved this book. I've reread it, done the decoding thing, and I'll probably g**spoiler alert** Normally I'm not a big fan of Jeff Lemire's art, but I loved this book. I've reread it, done the decoding thing, and I'll probably go back and read it through a little more. The storytelling is just my favorite kind of science fiction, weaving together multiple characters and storylines. The second part of the story, with the shared/split pages, could've gone on longer in my opinion, drawing out both William and Nika's alternate lives in greater detail. There was one element of this story, though, that didn't really work for me; I didn't feel that it was a romance. I can see it on the page, but it never felt like William and Nika were in love. Instead, I started to think of them as one and the same. Maybe it was the shared resemblance or the way they switched into the other's existence. But it never seemed so much romantic, as it did a sense of companionship. Both characters were so alone until they met each other.
I like a story that gives me an ending to mentally chew over, and this one certainly does that. I mean, spoilers aheads, but the two of them have gone into a black hole, and their sense of time and being is at a standstill. They're on the verge of death, but also always there.
I'll definitely be recommending Trillium to other readers, and it's a great science fiction work that should be easily accessible to people who don't normally read sci-fi....more
I really loved the Scott Pilgrim series and I wanted to see what BLoM did next, particularly as a standalone piece. Katie's story is all about doing tI really loved the Scott Pilgrim series and I wanted to see what BLoM did next, particularly as a standalone piece. Katie's story is all about doing things over and trying to right what we consider to be wrong... except Katie's not perfect. In fact, she's pretty shallow, selfish, and mean. She's retreated into her own little world at the start of the book, with a focus just on getting away from her old life. I really enjoyed her as a character - she's flawed and she wants the world to change around her. Until, of course, it does start changing around her, and not for the best.
O'Malley's writing style continues to be amazing... if you like that sort of thing. There are many instances where the wall between narrator and characters is broken. The little asides are funny,and the dialogue is excellent.
The art was one of the few things in this story that tripped me up, and it was really just Max's character that bugged me... he looked too different from everyone else. Katie also stood out, in that she seemed a little less realistic, but I can give that a pass because she's the main character. The layout to me was cleaner and less cluttered than Scott Pilgrim was, and I liked the way the pages were paced. The hardcover is beautiful - great colors, clean pages, and a great use of the architecture in the restaurants. ...more
When Elayne's father asks her to read a story the night before he goes into the hospital, she grudgingly agrees. It's a fantasy, about maids and unicoWhen Elayne's father asks her to read a story the night before he goes into the hospital, she grudgingly agrees. It's a fantasy, about maids and unicorns, but it's also a family history. Elayne is the descendant of a girl who promised to help a unicorn, should he need it. And suddenly Elayne is swept into a world of magical beasts, hunts, and a dangerous ruler determined to whip out the few unicorns left. It may be her destiny, but Elayne has no idea how to tame a unicorn or defeat a king.
Though fans of fantasy may enjoy this story, Humphreys' writing is clunky and the characters are one-dimensional. Elayne brings a modern teen's sensibilities to a medieval setting (we hear about how much her dress starts to stink after a few days, that she has no clue how to ride a horse, and how disgusting the food is - mostly meat and wine), and there are some funny parts to the story. We get a few chapters as told by Moonspill, an aging unicorn, and I enjoyed his perspective, but it wasn't enough to save this book. I would recommend it for upper elementary, except the author threw in a few colorful phrases that seemed entirely out of place. If you have a high demand for books with unicorns, perhaps get this, but it's not a must-have....more
The League is back, newly formed (sort of... if you've read the last three books, particularly The Black Dossier, you know about this version of the LThe League is back, newly formed (sort of... if you've read the last three books, particularly The Black Dossier, you know about this version of the League already) and it's ready to defend London. Expect to need to sit down with a wiki after you read this (at least I did) to get all the characters and references. If you're a LoEG fan already, that shouldn't be new! Nemo's daughter, Janni, really makes the story, with her departure from Lincoln Island and transformation working in the Cuttlefish Hotel. I had not expected to dislike Orlando so much, particularly after his/her feature in The Black Dossier made me so much more curious about this character.
The artwork, as always, is awesome. I felt like the story was somewhat lacking, though I felt the same way about The Black Dossier. The last book was a quick chase, with frequent and lengthy interruptions of the League's history. Moore seems to resist the urge in this volume, with a rather short entry at the end called "Minions of the Moon," which explores the League's future. I'm really curious to see more of this iteration of the League, but it sounds like I'll be disappointed, based on Moore's plans for the next two volumes. I suppose, in a way, I've always been more interested in the other members of the League and less so in Allan and Mina....more
I'm still not quite sure what to make of Black Dossier. I'm happy to see more LoEG, and pleased that where the comic is interrupted with diaries, bookI'm still not quite sure what to make of Black Dossier. I'm happy to see more LoEG, and pleased that where the comic is interrupted with diaries, books, and travel guides, these are not the same somewhat-dull walls of text that rounded out volume two. The majority of them are fascinating and entertaining, and bring much more life to the League's history than vol. 2 did. My favorite was the recounting of how Mina got Nemo to agree to joining the League.
However, I'm missing the old league members (Nemo and Hyde seemed so much more interesting than Allan and sometimes even Mina). It also feels like we've missed out on so many amazing adventures, which we get to hear about secondhand through the diaries, comics, and book-segments. Moreover, I was not in love with the plot. Allan and Mina basically steal the Black Dossier, a series of documents that outline the history of the League and the generations who have served in it (before and after Mina's League). What follows is a long chase story that involves James Bond, Bulldog Drummond, and the remnants of an Orwellian government. For a series that can be so smart, this plot seemed rather blah - I felt like this was mostly an excuse to give us League history and less about Mina and Allan's latest adventure.
If you've read all of vol. 1 and 2, there are lots of references and visuals that you will get, and be pleased that you get them... just expect to spend a lot of time poring over the book. While this volume has skads of references to other literature and films, it's become just as much a self-referential piece. The artwork is, as always, amazing. And that brings me to another thing... expect lots of sex and nudity. But shouldn't you expect that from any work that includes a Tijuana Bible? Particularly an Orwell-inspired one? The 3-D section worked surprisingly well. ...more