There are some really hilarious strips in this collection. We get to sort of see Sara's house in "Dances with Pitbulls," a classic. We also get to heaThere are some really hilarious strips in this collection. We get to sort of see Sara's house in "Dances with Pitbulls," a classic. We also get to hear about the horrors of Brian's home. Sara plays an evil character in "The Evil Among Us," proving she can be pretty wicked when it comes down to it. And we get a glimpse of the fun that is Heroes and Zeroes, the Hackmaster campaign setting where you can design and play your own superhero. In the bonus strips, we see such awesome characters as The Scratcher, with fingernails of steel, Pot Lid Boy, who wears pot lids as armor, Deadline, who has uncanny nimble fingers, super smell and fragrance manipulation, and Nemonic, the stuttering hero with total recall....more
Sara kicks some ass in this issue when the group plays Hacknoia. This is also the start (I think) of the Barringer Rebellion and the infamous Bag WarsSara kicks some ass in this issue when the group plays Hacknoia. This is also the start (I think) of the Barringer Rebellion and the infamous Bag Wars. Bob is also a bit of a whipping boy in this collection. Knuckles loses a leg, leaving Bob in a funk... until he sets in motion a plan to get a one-legged dwarf miniature. Thus begins the Sturm Pyre fiasco. There are some pretty big storylines going in this collection....more
This collection is marked as the first appearance of the Black Hands Society, Hawg Waller's, and the death of Chelsie the Cow. We also discover why TeThis collection is marked as the first appearance of the Black Hands Society, Hawg Waller's, and the death of Chelsie the Cow. We also discover why Teflon Billy has a daily glass of fig juice and that Knuckles and El Ravager can double as spell books. Another awesome collection, with further Bag Wars episodes....more
I liked the second volume of LXG, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the first. Mostly I enjoyed the development between Mina, Allan, and Hyde. ThisI liked the second volume of LXG, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the first. Mostly I enjoyed the development between Mina, Allan, and Hyde. This volume is not for the squeamish... but are there many Alan Moore books that are? What really irks me about this volume is the same thing that I tend to enjoy about the series as a whole; I love the literary/pop culture references strewn about, and I want to sit with Wikipedia or one of the sites dedicated to deconstructing the comic series, so I'm getting it all. But the walls of text making up the "atlas" at the end of the book are just plain aggravating. It felt more like an attempt to cram in every possible allusion and then some, with Moore checking off a giant list of novels, short stories, and movies. It's really more worth your time to skim to the journal entries, particularly Mina's and Orlando's. Of course, I'm sure in the next two volumes these references will pop up and then I'll be sorry I recommended to skim. I will say that the description of the Wonderland expedition left me with goosebumps... eep!...more
Let me preface my review by saying that I first read this series when I was in high school and I loved it. My best friend recommended it and we refereLet me preface my review by saying that I first read this series when I was in high school and I loved it. My best friend recommended it and we referenced it all the time... though with some knowledge that this was somewhat cheesy writing. There were lots of jokes about guys with beautiful, steely blue eyes. But I remember thinking that the books were somewhat scary, contained a great mix of fantasy and reality, and Julian had that bad-boy/demon thing going for him, like Jareth in Labyrinth, but without the weird age difference!
So when the series was finally reprinted, I was really excited to read them again and see how my adult-self compared with my teen-self. I'm sorry to say that I don't think this series aged that well. It's not just the early 90s references... I felt like there were a lot of problems here. Like the characters feeling like stereotypes for the first half of the series. Or the language that they used sounding like it wouldn't come out of a teen's mouth now or 16 years ago. And Jenny... what did she see in Tom? She feels so flat throughout the books, which I suppose is somewhat the point. She does develop somewhat and becomes more independent, less reliant on her friends' strengths and Tom being her protector. I suppose I just got annoyed with her incredible "goodness" - I mean, who's really that good?
I should balance this review out by saying that I still did enjoy rereading this series... it just felt more like a guilty read! I think that for those Twilight-readers this is an excellent collection to move on to; even though it's populated with the troubled, beautiful, immortal bad boy, it revolves less around being obsessed by this boy and more about friendship and inner-strength. Jenny's not the strongest of heroines, but she still becomes "her own master." As a librarian, I'll be recommending this book to those still looking for something after Twilight, but also to those looking for a good haunted house story, something to do with nightmares, or something that doesn't include vampires! ...more
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
An interesting story with some amazing artwork. Amy Reeder is always awesome with her work, and she makes the 80s shine in this time-travel story. I lAn interesting story with some amazing artwork. Amy Reeder is always awesome with her work, and she makes the 80s shine in this time-travel story. I liked the concept well enough - teen cop from the future (2013!) travels back in time to 1986 to stop a corporation that gets too greedy and too powerful from making a mysterious device... but is this all just a series of events that ensure the corporation comes to power in the future? Paradox alert! But the pacing of this story is off. Things happen too quickly, with DaYoung (Rocket Girl) suddenly appearing in 1986 and then being taken in by the very scientists she's supposed to stop. There's a lot of shouting for dialogue and not much in the way of character development. I found myself more interested in what was happening in the 2013 that's supposed to become the past, since the story took a little more time to unfold there. I think there's potential here, but the storytelling has to take a deep breath, slow down, maybe calm down a bit, and give us more to like about these characters....more
Kyra disappeared for five years, and reappeared without aging a day. She is one of The Returned (capital R), taken by aliens and returned with the abiKyra disappeared for five years, and reappeared without aging a day. She is one of The Returned (capital R), taken by aliens and returned with the ability to heal, age slowly, see in the dark, and even move things with her mind. Not every member of the Returned is like Kyra, though. Most only go missing for a few days, and no one has her telekinetic abilities. She's on the run from the NSA and has joined a group of Returned, hiding out and hoping that her boyfriend Tyler - who was abducted at the end of book one - may still be alive. When her newfound friends discover an NSA message that may be about Tyler, Kyra and the group set out to rescue him and learn more about the cause of the abductions.
The Replaced is the second book in The Taking trilogy, and it feels very much like a go-between. There's a lot of travel time, getting from secret camps to secret bases and then to even more secret camps. Side characters are developed, but the romantic triangle that's taking shape in this book feels pretty forced. There's also a lot of talk from Kyra about not having the strength to say no when secondary love interest Simon shows his feelings for her. While the majority of their interactions are very innocent (the most risqué is a kiss, with.. Tongue!), it bothered me that she kept talking about how much she loved her boyfriend (the most boring of the characters in the book), but wouldn't be able to resist Simon, even though she couldn't reciprocate his feelings.
Outside of the forced love triangle, Kyra is a strong lead, with a great voice. Her voice and the writing will appeal to teens, though the story gets bogged down in the travel. The action really picks up at the end of the book, when the Returned realize there may be a spy in their midst. There is, of course, a cliff hanger ending. I hadn't read the first book in the series, but there's plenty of rehashing that fills the reader in....more