I reeeeeeally loved this. I admit I have had the first 3 volumes on my shelves for quite some time now but I never started them because I was afraid II reeeeeeally loved this. I admit I have had the first 3 volumes on my shelves for quite some time now but I never started them because I was afraid I would be let down. Better to just have an image in my head of what they were then to actually read it read it and be disappointed.
I know. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Don't think about it. Just know that I actually have to live this way and you get to just move on.
I got some strong Stephen King vibes off this first part of the story. It felt like a blend of It and Stand By Me. Not plot wise but rather how the story jumped back and forth between childhood and then 30 years later adulthood. The characters in this volume really stood out to me and gave me the feels. So often I read a manga and I am just kind of...meh. This one had me chuckling in places (like for realz - which never happens) and also emotions of sadness when our little group loses a friend of theirs to suicide.
This first volume isn't a big action feast. It's a coming of age story, a story of looking back, a story of friends, and...well...there is this whole cult thing going on in the back ground which is slowly revealing itself page by page that is probably what the whole point of the actual story will turn out to be about.
All I know is this first book is a helluva introduction to a 22 volume story. I can only hope that this level of narrative stays as strong all the way through as this first volume. If it does - this could well end up being my favorite Manga of all time.
I am finally done my re-read. It took longer than I would have liked (I read a few books in between) but have literally just closed the covers on thisI am finally done my re-read. It took longer than I would have liked (I read a few books in between) but have literally just closed the covers on this final volume.
I have to admit, I don't really know how to express any of my feelings. These books have been of such HUGE importance to me as I grew up that I feel like anything I write here will not give it it's due reward. I suppose I should start by saying thank you.
Thank you, Tad. The Memory Sorrow and Thorn trilogy is a gift that I will never be able to pay you back for. It is a story that I will forever hold close and will always find myself falling back into. Osten Ard has been a part of my life for so long now that I don't ever really remember a time that it wasn't a part of me. Your mastery of the written word has gifted me a place of magic and character that is so real and so personal that I am flabbergasted that it is not a real thing - but something made up by a normal person with an un-normal imagination. You are a gifted individual and I am forever in your debt for sharing this story with me.
Normally I would say that the worst part of finishing this series is that the story is over and there isn't anymore.
Well smack my ass and call me a donkey cuz now there's more. The whole reason I embarked on this epic re-read was so that I could dive into The Heart of What Was Lost and then the start of a new trilogy, The Witchwood Crown. And by all that's holy, that's what I'ma do. Right this second. So...bye!
PS: Read this series. It's good. It is great. It's one of the best! I would give up chocolate if I had to. Maybe even cheese - although that would be pushing it....more
I read this book in single issues as there was no way I was going to wait for the TPB to come out. It's just that freaking good.
This go around our stoI read this book in single issues as there was no way I was going to wait for the TPB to come out. It's just that freaking good.
This go around our story takes us out to sea and it's all just as breathtaking and original as the first book that came before it. The world-building in this series is PHENOMENAL and every single issue builds things up and up and up and up...and holy shit I love this story.
I don't even really know what to say. Go pick up the first trade and buckle up. This is, for me, a perfect example as to why I read comic books. It's everything that makes them great. The story is filled with amazing characters, the art dazzles the eye every single time you turn the page and at the end of each and every issue, all I want is to dig right into the next one.
It's a dense story - and I admit that I read a couple of the issues a couple times so I could be sure I understood what was happening, but that's all part of what makes Monstress so special. It is rewarding in its complexity and even if you don't know exactly what is happening - well hell - at least you have all that gorgeous art to feast upon!...more
*Disclaimer* While I don't own this particular book - I do, however, own the three separate volumes that this collection is comprised of.
SNYDER AND LE*Disclaimer* While I don't own this particular book - I do, however, own the three separate volumes that this collection is comprised of.
SNYDER AND LEMIRE WORKING TOGETHER ON A COMIC BOOK!!!?
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5 stars. End review.
Okay...sorry. I'll try and collect my thoughts and give it a shot. First off this isn't a traditional comic book. What I mean to say is that not every page is laid out with panels and word balloons and some fun looking art. I mean, while it does have all that, there are also pages more akin to that of a novel with just a simple picture or two and the rest being prose. This alone intrigued me. I love reading, I love comics, it seems natural, for me, for the two mediums to collide. And I have to say that Scott Snyder is on point with his words. This is actually probably my favorite work of his to date. I am a long time fan of his and have enjoyed, pretty much, his entire catalog of work - but After Death, to me, felt like something really special.
I read all 3 volumes back to back in the park today. I had read the first book back when it originally came out - but decided to hold off on the other two and read it all in one large chunk.
So there I sat in the sun with a couple of sandwiches and an iced coffee getting completely pulled into Snyder's story. I would become absorbed with his words and turn the page and BAM! All of a sudden Lemire's artwork would explode into my eyeballs! It's like Snyder would make me forget this was a comic and then all of a sudden there was all this color and Lemire's side of things would take over.
It was a true delight.
The story was solid and left me feeling...desperate...conflicted...nostalgic...scared...and morose. Pretty much all at once. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but I can accept it and as every minute goes by since I have turned the last page I find that I am digesting it more and more and drawing up my own conclusions.
That's all I really want to say about the story because it really is better if you don't know anything going into it.
I really do think this story works best as one book. Even though I already own the three individual ones I more than likely will pick up the collection for the shelf when it becomes available.
Anyway, TLDR, I fucking loved it! A great way to spend an afternoon in the park. Would love to see more collaborations between these two!
Jeff Lemire writing an indie superhero title in the vein of a Golden Age comic book?
Yes, oh so very much, YES, please!
All of Lemire's classic themes aJeff Lemire writing an indie superhero title in the vein of a Golden Age comic book?
Yes, oh so very much, YES, please!
All of Lemire's classic themes are here. Loneliness, desperation, isolation, and a dark and twisty sense of humor.
Throughout the course of these first 6 issues, we slowly learn the backstory of our heroes and why they are who they are today. It's very engaging and keeps you turning the pages until there are no more pages left to turn.
A wonderful first book in what promises to be what could be some of Lemire's finest work yet.
It's been added to my pull-list and I look forward to each issue every single month....more
I didn't mean for a re-read to happen, It was like this, there I was in the bookstore and a fancy copy of the LOTR's trilogy caught my eye. I've kindI didn't mean for a re-read to happen, It was like this, there I was in the bookstore and a fancy copy of the LOTR's trilogy caught my eye. I've kind of had my eye out for a new collection of this series as my current one is pushing 25 years now and is VERY well used. There was a time in my life where I had a ritual of reading this series every single summer. That probably went on for a good 6 to 7 years.
So, ya. My copy is pretty shit.
Anyway - there I was in the bookstore checking out a new copy and I was thumbing through the thing and probably read the first 6 or 7 pages. I put the book back on the shelf and went on with the rest of my day.
Next thing ya know I'm at home in the evening curled up with the book and I'm 5 or 6 chapters in.
So a re-read it became.
Which is fine, because of its being The Lord of the Freaking Rings.
But now I want to re-read Two Towers and Return of the King. Which...as above...is absolutely fine...but there are so many great other new books coming out right now that it's just all so hard to fit in.
I was 10 years old the first time I read a comic book that had no words in it. It was a G.I. Joe comic, issue 21, called, 'Silent Interlude.' I remembI was 10 years old the first time I read a comic book that had no words in it. It was a G.I. Joe comic, issue 21, called, 'Silent Interlude.' I remember being blown away that I could follow along on this Snake Eyes story even though it had no words in it. The artwork literally told the story and It singlehandedly changed the way in which I looked at comic books.
Now, 30 years later, enters Blame! While Blame! does have text and dialogue within its story, it is very light and pages can go by without a single word being spoken (or thought). The artwork is absolutely fantastic and the world itself becomes the main character of the story. I thought it would be faster to get through than other Manga because there were so few words to read, however, it took just as long (if not longer) because I was taking so much time in absorbing the art and how brilliantly it told a story that so very easily pulled me within.
Blame! is cyberpunk weirdness that begs to be explored and discovered and every single page was an absolute pleasure to behold. I've already bought the 2nd volume and I can't wait to dig in!...more
I'm a big fan of the Clone Wars and Rebels tv show so a story filling in the gaps between the two stories featuring, Ahsoka, well shit! Color me interI'm a big fan of the Clone Wars and Rebels tv show so a story filling in the gaps between the two stories featuring, Ahsoka, well shit! Color me interested.
The real meat of the tale is centered around Ahsoka and how she is coming to grips with the loss of everyone she knew from the execution of Order 66 and the resulting slaughter of the Jedi.
I didn't really feel all that connected to most of the new side characters that were introduced. However, the Fardi family, as a whole, are something I would be interested in taking a closer look at. They're a family of smugglers that lend a hand to Ahsoka, and it seemed to me that they had an intriguing life story that would be fun to learn more about.
The pacing, overall, left me off center. I feel like it read a little bit skittish. However, now that I'm thinking about it, that may have been due to the nature of Ahsoka's emotions at the time and, perhaps, that feeling was intentional. This is my only real gripe towards the story, and for the most part, I had a good time.
There is some awesome Lightsaber lore introduced, and the mechanics of the crystals that power these force wielding weapons. The climax fell a little flat for me - but this was more about the ride than any actual destination so I was alright with that.
I dunno. It was cool. Ahsoka is rad. I love her and would love to see more of her....more
Jeff Lemire's creator-owned content always knocks my socks off. Roughneck hit home for me - I grew up in a small Manitoban town and the characters inJeff Lemire's creator-owned content always knocks my socks off. Roughneck hit home for me - I grew up in a small Manitoban town and the characters in this book are very relatable for me.
This is a dark, noir(ish) feeling story of failure and overcoming the vicious cycle of repeatedly doing the wrong thing. I read it in one big gulp and was completely absorbed with the words and the pictures. In fact - I think this might be my favorite art from Lemire so far. The starkness of his drawings, the scratchy lines, and scribbles really matched the story that he was trying to tell.
I am pretty sure, however, that I probably say that every time I finish a new Jeff Lemire book.
Anyways...I loved it! From start to finish it was everything that I have come to expect from an artist and writer that I have respected and admired for so long now.
A squid type tentacle creature with a happy face destroys half of the moon and says that he is going to do the same thing to the earth in one years tiA squid type tentacle creature with a happy face destroys half of the moon and says that he is going to do the same thing to the earth in one years time. The dude can travel at the speed of Mach 20 and can't really be killed by any conventional means...except for rubber knives and bb gun pellets.
Luckily for the earth, he gives us a chance. He requests to be a junior high teacher and will instruct the classroom on how to assassinate him (as well as being a regular teacher in the subjects of Math/English and what not).
The only problem is - the dude is uber powerful and the students are having about as much luck at stopping him as the world's military and governments did.
This Vizbig edition collects volumes 1-3 of Vagabond, the account of Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest Samurai to have ever lived.
I'm not sure what kindThis Vizbig edition collects volumes 1-3 of Vagabond, the account of Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest Samurai to have ever lived.
I'm not sure what kind of rock I have been living under (it was comfortable and had wifi at least) but I am just now getting around to reading this epic tale. From the get go I was completely sucked in! Takehiko Inoue draws some of the best pictures I have ever seen in a Manga and it's next to impossible to put down! Each page is breathtaking and the fight scenes are incredibly choreographed - very easy to just sit down and read the whole thing in one delicious gulp!
I'm pissed at myself for not getting around to this sooner but am so happy that I am now part of the bandwagon! This first volume is an easy 5 stars!
Also, Granny Hon'iden can suck a big fat dick!...more