Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell I find myself struggling with this current storyline. I know that it’s lasting about as long as eReview was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell I find myself struggling with this current storyline. I know that it’s lasting about as long as every other major plot line in this series, but this war with the Whisperers just seems to keep dragging on. The thing I used to love about this series was rooting for the living, but to be honest, Rick has become quite despicable and it’s hard to see that he’s any different than Negan and the Governor.
All of the communities are still reeling over the loss of their people and Rick approves the use of propaganda to warn his people to beware. Meanwhile, he doesn’t realize that his biggest threat, Negan, is the one he should be worried about. However, as Negan escapes, I find myself wondering what exactly he is up to. The ending of this volume definitely leave more questions than answers, but I see a few different possibilities unfolding in the future.
Overall, this is just a filler volume in the series and I hope the next one is better....more
As someone who has been embarking on a Xena and Hercules marathon, I couldn't resist the urge to purPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
As someone who has been embarking on a Xena and Hercules marathon, I couldn't resist the urge to purchase this comic when I first saw it in my local comic book store. However, I'll admit I haven't fully watched Xena from start to finish, so I found myself a little lost with everything that was going on in this comic.
Apparently Xena and Gabrielle have been gone for twenty-five years, the Gods of Olympus are dead (or are they? Must be part of the show I haven't seen yet.) and Rome has taken over all of Greece. But it's difficult to tell exactly who is the evil that needs to be reckoned with. In the beginning Xena and Gabrielle save two little girls who are being attacked by villagers for stealing food. There are comments about them being Ares worshipers and I assume this might come back as a possible source of evil or turmoil later on.
We are also introduced to a conflict between the Romans and the harpies. In the past Xena has come into contact with the harpies when she was fighting the Romans. Now, in a time when Romans control all of Greece, the harpies are attacking and killing entire villages. Or are they? Of course, Xena and Gabrielle intend to find out the truth behind what is going on.
I'm not entirely sure what I think about this specific series. Perhaps once I finish the last two seasons, I'll have that major aha! moment that I'm missing. Or maybe I won't be impressed? Either way, it's fun to add this one to my collection and I think the artwork is appealing (so big kudos to Ariel Medel!) and it helped me feel as if I was watching an episode unfold, even if I wasn't exactly sure what was going on....more
I found myself less than inspired by this particular volume. As has happened several times throughouPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
I found myself less than inspired by this particular volume. As has happened several times throughout the series, there are high points and low points. The low points typically occur when there is a filler volume such as this one. Yes, the story is continuing to move onward, but there’s nothing truly remarkable about this particular part of the story.
The volume isn’t a complete failure. There are some great moments, especially when Rick goes down to Negan’s cell to ask for his advice. In the aftermath of the Whispers attack on the three communities, Rick is under a lot of scrutiny to lead an attack. But something in his gut as well as his past experience with these kinds of attacks, leaves him wary of rushing into retaliation.
I think this is a smart move on Rick’s part, as too often he has put his people in danger because he would react, instead of taking a moment to truly step back and figure out the best course of action. Of course, it’s obvious the two groups are going to go to war with one again in the distant future. I can’t wait to find out how/what/why it all goes down and I can only hope that my favorite characters survive it.
As for the negative, I wish there would be a little more attention to detail. As the group, that discovered the twelve staked heads, take in the scene before them, the heads begin to turn. Now this would be likely, if they weren’t speared with a freaking spike. Logically speaking, the weight of the human head would require they have been forcibly put onto the stakes and the likelihood the brain wouldn’t have been penetrated is next to nil. So… how were all twelve heads turning if the brains have already been damaged? Seems like it might be the case of sloppy writing?...more
The thing I loved about this series was the dark elements of both the human and vampire worlds thatPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
The thing I loved about this series was the dark elements of both the human and vampire worlds that Scott Snyder likes to explore. However, this particular volume not only didn't interest me, but it actually irked me. Perhaps it's my past in the military or maybe it's the fact that I've never been a huge fan of fictional depictions of World War II.
Here's what I like about the series:
Aside from the darkness of the series, I actually liked the premise that the growing world was actually controlled by a group of powerful vampires. This aspect of the story makes it interesting and allows the reader to maintain mixed feelings for Skinner, while giving them a real group of villains to hate. However well this group of evil vampires could help to explain exactly why World War II occurred (at least in the world of this comic series), it doesn't sit well with me that they are capitalizing on this historical war that left millions of innocent people dead for no logical reason, except that an evil man chose to rage a race/religious war against them.
The graphics of the comics are decent. Their rough edges lend a bit of rawness to their quality. So while the story left a bad taste in my mouth, at least the graphics were the one redeeming factor of this comic. Hopefully the next volume will be better....more
I'm always looking for a way to get my son to read. So far, I've discovered that there are two thingPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
I'm always looking for a way to get my son to read. So far, I've discovered that there are two things that work: comics and forcing him to sit as I read to him. If I can avoid forcing him to sit and listen to a story I will. So when I found this particular fairy tale graphic novel, I thought this might be a great way to read with him, but without forcing him to suffer through it.
Overall, this was a cute adaptation to the original story of Little Red Riding Hood. While still featuring all of the main characters from the original story, this version allows Red Riding Hood to save the day for herself. This was a great twist when many of the original versions leave her and granny completely at the disposal of the huntsman finding and saving them.
Also, if you are like me and you have a reluctant little reader, this graphic novel is just long enough to give them an interesting story, but also short enough that they won't feel burdened by the thought of reading it. Not only that but I'll admit I was surprised by some of the vocabulary used. With words like insolent and impertinent, this graphic novel forced my son to ask me what these words mean. He's really good at vocabulary, so I was pleased that this particular book allowed him the opportunity to learn a few new words. Also, it provides a decent reference to the original accounts of this story and how they differ from one another....more
The thing I love about these comics is how little they try to sugar coat everything. Taking place inPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
The thing I love about these comics is how little they try to sugar coat everything. Taking place in Las Vegas during the 1930’s, Skinner Sweet has made himself a rich and powerful force thanks to booze, gambling and prostitutes. After all, where else should a devil call home other than the city of sin. But for once, the story isn’t as focused on Sweet. Instead it’s about the new police chief, Cash and how he’s dealing with the grief of his adoptive father’s murder and the anticipation of his wife’s pregnancy.
Time jumps are probably my biggest problem with this series. Sometimes the jumps are so subtle, that it’s not until later on that you realize what you read came from a future or past event. I won’t lie, I wish the timeline was a bit more streamlined because it just doesn’t read as well when it hopes a couple of years/months here and there.
Also I liked Pearl in the first volume of this series, but now I can’t help but feel she’s become quite pathetic. I’m all for proving that vampires don’t have to be a source of evil, but come on. You’re still a freaking vampire and feeding on your husband for the past decade shouldn’t have been enough to sustain her. Not only that, but her story line in this book was dull. A lot of lovey dovey moments as she has to deal with the turning of time and how it must be affecting her human husband. The only interesting part of her story is actually the realization that an old “friend” from her past is back in the picture and looking for revenge.
One of the best things about these comics is the dark elements that are in them. Not only in the actual story, but also within the artwork itself. The harder, heavier lines add a bit of intrigue and seriousness to the story. I’m also quite fond of their exploration within the different races of vampires. Sweet and Pearl are a new breed among the vampire community and the vampires who are seeking out to destroy them, are quite reminiscent to what is the more traditional view of what a vampire is. Meanwhile, this particular volume goes one step further and introduces an ancient type of vampire into the mythology. One that can maintain human form, walk in the sunlight and at dark transform into a huge bat-like beast. The variations within the mythology are both exciting and interesting. I honestly can’t wait to see what else they come up with....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I am a huge fan of Grumpy Cat. She looks so miserable that it's utterly adorable. So when I saw thisPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I am a huge fan of Grumpy Cat. She looks so miserable that it's utterly adorable. So when I saw this comic available on Netgalley, I couldn't resist requesting it.
This was a fun little comic filled with several of Grumpy Cat and Pokey's misadventures. As I was reading it, I couldn't help but smile at how similar it is to the classic Garfield comics that I use to enjoy as a child. In this series, Grumpy Cat has a brother named Pokey, who is a bit... dim, but super enthusiastic and lovable. Most of the time Grumpy Cat is just going along for the ride. She's amused by how gullible Pokey is and will even go as far to set up Pokey or Dog (their household dog) up to get in trouble. Sounds familiar, right?
Still, I would love to see this as an animated series. I think my son would love it and other children his age or younger could really experience the same kind of enjoyment we had with Garfield. After all, no matter how grumpy she may seem, Grumpy Cat is still lovable and sometimes you need someone who isn't super happy all the time, to really make a show/comic/book enjoyable. She's an icon that could live on through the ages and I look forward to being able to share this with my son and hopefully you can share it with your children or just enjoy it for yourself.
Reviewer's note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell In this volume, everyone is dealing with their relationship issues. Dawn and Xander are still tryingPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell In this volume, everyone is dealing with their relationship issues. Dawn and Xander are still trying to figure things out, only realizing that the more they try, the worse things seem. Meanwhile Giles is struggling to come to terms with his new situation. As a adolescent teen, he finds it difficult to truly pick up his life where he left it. Willow is busy trying to find herself and she realizes her relationship with Aluwyn isn’t going to work out. Meanwhile Buffy and Spike are discovering that despite their best efforts to be friends, the underlying feelings are just too hard to ignore.
This is probably the first time I felt a volume in this series was purely filler. There’s something odd going on, as Spike has a vision of killing two people, who actually wind up dead. But for the most part, the majority of this story is all about the relationships within the Scooby Gang. I’m kind of torn, because I like seeing them trying to figure things out, but I also want more and this book was lacking on the action part.
Sadly, I have to wait until the next volume comes out in a few months. But at least this isn’t quite the end, just yet....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell This particular volume in the Buffy saga is a mixed bag of tricks. On one hand, it seems as everyonePosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell This particular volume in the Buffy saga is a mixed bag of tricks. On one hand, it seems as everyone within the Scooby Gang is being drawn together as each of them are in need of a new place to live. Buffy, who is perpetually unemployed, can no longer afford her current apartment. Meanwhile Dawn and Xander continue to struggle after Dawn's magical emotional reboot. In a twist of good luck, they find the answer to their prayers... and nightmares in what is believed to be a haunted apartment building. Of course, since they aren't the original Scooby gang, there is something supernatural about the building and they all find themselves sucked into a dimension where their greatest regrets are manifested
The thing I still enjoy about this series is that it always focuses on one type of sin, fear, big bad. For this particular volume, it's all about regret and trying to make amends for the past. Whether it's a bad guy coming to get revenge or someone trying to make up for their actions in the death of someone important to the gang. Even Giles, in all of his Harry Potter-ish teenage angst, is forced to deal with his own regrets. In the end, it seems as if the gang is slowly finding their way back to one another. This is important as this is the final season of the comics and they have spent much of the last two seasons falling apart.
There's still a few volumes left to read, but I am already dreading losing this series again. My only saving point is that there are still the Angel & Faith series, Willow's volume, Spike's volume and of course, the Angel comics after the end of his show. I'll be sad when I finish reading them all, but I am so thankful that even now, over ten years since they ended, I can still enjoy a series I loved all throughout my teenage years....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell As I start Season 10 of this series, I find myself wondering where they could possibly go with the sPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell As I start Season 10 of this series, I find myself wondering where they could possibly go with the storyline. For most of Season 9, the Scooby gang found themselves at odds with one another after Buffy destroyed the seed of magic. Now with a new seed in place, it’s time for everyone to make amends. Of course, this is easier said than done.
While the Scooby gang has paired up with the new vampires to kill of the remaining zompires, they know it’s only a matter of time before the two sides will have to return things to their natural order. A few familiar faces return to the group… one of which is Giles in his Harry Potter looking getup. I now understand the short clip they had of that several volumes back. I couldn’t figure out how it correlated and thought they were just making fun of the series. But how he has been returned won’t be revealed until I can get around to finding the comics that feature Angel and Faith. Another familiar face is the ghost of Anya, who only Xander can see. I’m not entirely sure why this is happening and neither is either of them, but she seems to be a support system to Xander as he struggles with the distance between Dawn and himself as well as his own inability to forgive himself. He betrayed his best friend and it blew up in his face. Maybe it’ll turn out Anya is just a coping mechanism, but let’s face it, in the buffyverse, nothing is ever that simple.
Dracula makes his reappearance after Xander and Dawn are sent to seek out his help. Of course, he manages to turn everything around to be about him. But he’s still just as enjoyable of a character to read as he has always been. It’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from here. I know this is the final season and though I agree it’s needed, I’m sad to see it ending… yet again for me....more
This is probably one of the few times I really don’t have anything to say about what I’ve read. ThisPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
This is probably one of the few times I really don’t have anything to say about what I’ve read. This particular volume was… just a bit of filler. I didn’t really understand how it fit in the scheme of things, but I think that’s more of an observation about season nine as a whole. It’s jumped from Buffy being pregnant, to being a robot, to now working for Kennedy as a body guard. There’s no cohesion and I’m afraid it’s really leaving me not interested.
Add into that the weird addition of Billy the Vampire Slayer and I just am over this series. There needs to be more focus, because as it is right now, I can see how the comics didn’t make it past the next season.
I would suggest skip this one. There’s nothing worth reading, unless you are just bored....more
So after the oddness of the last volume, a few things began to make a little more sense in this one.Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
So after the oddness of the last volume, a few things began to make a little more sense in this one. For one, I wish I had paid more attention to the Billy the Vampire Slayer as he is now officially a member of Buffy's slaying brigade. But in truth, I paid enough attention so that I wasn't completely lost when I picked up this book, so that's all that matters, right?
In this volume, Buffy is summoned away from a zompire battle by a mystical council filled with some familiar faces and some new faces. Headed by Illyria, who possessed Fred's body in season five of Angel, they are concerned about the threat Severin aka the Siphon poses to those few remaining mystical creatures.
Meanwhile, Xander finds himself losing control as Dawn becomes sicker and sicker. With the seed of magic destroyed, the mystical components that created her to be flesh and bone are disappearing. This of course, leads to yet another person blaming Buffy for what she did. But in a surprising turn of events, it also pushes Xander to join Simone and Severin in their mission to destroy Buffy once and for all.
While this is an interesting twist, I'm not sure I'm buying the whole Xander going rogue. Even if I did, he's the least powerful/resourceful of the scooby gang and as much as things have been off between him and Buffy, I just don't see him being a real threat. His rise to power when she still had the slayer army, still seems a bit far fetched. But.. what do I know?...more
So in what is probably the least cohesive season, I have finally reached the end of the craziness. TPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
So in what is probably the least cohesive season, I have finally reached the end of the craziness. To be fair, this was an overall decent volume. For the first time in awhile, the goal at the beginning of the issue is fully resolved and the story line maintained focused on the task on hand. No random pregnancy scares or discovering you’re a robot moments. This is nice, because as I’ve expressed in some of my more recent reviews, this season bounced from one extreme to the next.
I’m sad because I know there is only one more season of the comics left to explore. But after reading this season, I can see how that happened. Something happened between Season 8 and Season 9. The writer’s lost their grasp on the core of this series and the true character of it. While it was highly plausible to have everyone at odds with one another, it’s really hard to stay interested in a series that can’t maintain it’s focus. More times than not, the process of throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks, isn’t the way to write. I can only hope the next season is better focused, even if I don’t like the plot line. ...more
You know, I’m really torn about how I feel about this comic series. Sometimes everything makes sensePosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
You know, I’m really torn about how I feel about this comic series. Sometimes everything makes sense and things are interesting. And then there are the times when Spike and his alien ship of bugs and the constant vagina mouthed monsters leave me wondering what the hell the creators were thinking?
Sometimes I wish they would just keep things simple.
Anywho, in the last volume, Buffy discovered she’s pregnant. So for the first portion of this volume, she comes to terms with that. She even consults Robin Wood about life as a slayer’s son in order to help her decide what to do with the pregnancy. Just as she’s made her decision and informed Spike of her predicament, she discovers something else… she’s a robot. Seriously? Where the hell did that come into play at? And is this implying that being a robot causes false positive pregnancy results? Because if so, Buffy should sue for undue stress.
Obviously, being a robot rules out Buffy being pregnant. But it’s such an abrupt turn in the plot that I completely just checked out as I was reading the rest of the plot. Sure, it’s interesting that Andrew was able to separate Buffy’s mind from her body. But honestly, after such an erratic twist, I’m suffering from literary whiplash and just can’t give a damn about any of it.
I honestly believe the creators just put a bunch of post-its on the wall and threw darts at them. It certainly would explain the bizarre way they are moving through the plots in the comics. And can we please lose the alien ship full of bugs? It’s really distracting from the story and adds no value to these comics. I guess I can just boil my opinion down to: I just don’t get it....more
In this first volume of Season 9, we find Buffy attempting to have a normal life. She’s found an apaPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
In this first volume of Season 9, we find Buffy attempting to have a normal life. She’s found an apartment to share with two new individuals and it’s time for a housewarming party. Of course, Buffy and the gang never have much luck with parties. This one turns out to be fairly normal and Buffy even finds herself randomly waking up naked and alone.
Relationships of the Scooby Gang are a bit strained in the wake of Buffy destroying the Seed of Power. Everyone who has been cut off from their power has some bitterness towards Buffy, including Willow. Meanwhile Dawn and Xander are at odds about something trivial. So when a mysterious man appears with the ability to take away vampirism from any vampire, Buffy doesn’t think to question if she should trust him or not. Not even when the police are blaming her for the string of ex-vampire bodies being left all over the city. But as usual, she finds you can’t trust everyone you meet and it turns out he was sent to absorb her powers and kill her.
But the trouble is just beginning for the Buffster. The Original Slayer has been sending dreams, claiming she’s no longer a slayer. A fact that may be true since the prophecy states: One girl… and Buffy is no longer a girl and is now pregnant…
It’ll be interesting to see where all of this is going for Buffy and the Gang. My guess is the baby is going to some supernatural power, just like they did with Cordelia. But the real question is: Who’s the Father? It’s been months since Buffy and Angel did the nasty and brought about Twilight. Or maybe it’s mystery hookup guy. Stay tuned to find out, folks!...more
Originally posted on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell So I’m unsure how I feel about this particular volume. Unlike the previous one, this one at least maOriginally posted on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell So I’m unsure how I feel about this particular volume. Unlike the previous one, this one at least made sense and was easy to follow. Heck, it was even enjoyable for the most part. But unlike some of the other ones there was a huge lack of cohesion within this volume. This one had six different story lines, one for each session. While this isn’t the case in many of the previous volumes, it actually worked out well enough.
For the first section, we get to catch up with Harmony who has decided to capitalize on her vampirism. Of course, she’s not exactly the brightest crayon in the box and has no real friends, so much like other reality shows, there’s little reality to hers. And little interest… until a new slayer attempts to stake her during an episode. Rating sky rocket as Harmony kills the girl and suddenly the Slayers are enemy number one across the world.
The second section I thought was a repeat of the future story line. But once I saw Kennedy, I realized it was about Satsu, not Fray. Of course, Satsu is still hung up on the Buffster, but fortunately for her and the rest of the Slayers, Kennedy is there to help them out when a new vampire kitty doll turns out to be a source for evil. It’s ironic and comical to see them fight what is essentially the Buffyverse’s version of Hello Kitty.
Section Three returns its focus to Buffy as she and Andrew bond over their geekdom while on a mission to capture some rogue slayers. However, she discovers Andrew has been doing more than just leading the girls in Italy. He’s also been doing research and experiments and has managed to create a monster that was extinct.
When it came to the fourth section, I was not impressed. As much as I wanted to like the Faith/Giles duo, this one just didn’t do it for me. It was stuffy and dull. Even the idea of being set up by former watchers seemed like an uninspired attempt to have them do something.
Finally after several volumes, I got my answer to what the heck a freaking thricewise was. Of course, I was a little weirded out to find it’s an octopus looking monster whose mouth looks like a vagina. I kid you not, I spent the entire section trying to figure out why they would make that kind of art decision. But besides my inability to stop thinking about a vagina mouth, the section was actually pretty interesting. I’d have to say it was even the best part of this volume. Then again, I may feel that way because I have been wondering what kind of creature Dawn had dated since I first read the word thricewise and couldn’t place the term.
Overall this is a strong volume and it’s nice to see after the disappoint that was Time of Your Life. Definitely has me enjoying this series and the awesomeness that was the Buffy the Vampire Slayer all over again....more
I’m actually really torn by this volume. I suppose a lot of it has to do with Buffy and Angel’s ascePosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
I’m actually really torn by this volume. I suppose a lot of it has to do with Buffy and Angel’s ascension in Twilight. To me, it seemed as if that was a bit of a preposterous idea. Then again, some of the things I’ve seen during the season eight volumes have been over the top. But can I just ask something?
Why do they keep giving the monsters vagina mouths? First, Dawn’s “thricewise” boyfriend has one, now in this one, there’s a huge one that Willow is fighting. I’m reminded of the judges from Face Off when they constantly point out that there are some forms that are just not natural in nature. A va-jay-jay looking mouth isn’t naturally occurring. The reason it looks the way it does on a woman’s body is it’s placement. On the head of a monster, it would be round, not vag-like. Because there are no forms on this monsters face to make it look like that.
Yes, I’ll admit. I got hung up on the vag face. But it was the only part of the artwork that really bugged me. It was just tactless and not needed.
The plot is done well enough. It’s supposed to be a season finale, of sorts and it certainly has its what the heck moments. I just wish it had been executed better. I felt everything from the outcome of Angel’s possession by Twilight to what happens afterwards was well done. But the battles themselves, really were lacking. Too much time was spent jabbering on about nonsensical things and at the end of the day, Buffy’s choices leaves her friends paying some really high costs. I’m not even sure how she still has friends after all of this, to be honest.
Regardless of my mixed feelings, I do plan on reading the next two seasons of Buffy. I’m dedicated to seeing how they truly end her story and look forward to eventually picking up the Angel and Spike series....more
Originally posted on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell There have been moments while reading the previous three volumes, where I've found myself thinking,Originally posted on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell There have been moments while reading the previous three volumes, where I've found myself thinking, "What the hell am I reading?" But then the comic returns to its roots and I find myself loving it once again.
This is not one of those moments. As much as I enjoyed the idea of Buffy essentially going to the future, there were so many out there moments that I just found myself overwhelmed. It was as if Whedon just threw everything at the wall and went with whatever happened to stick. And I think that is the problem with these comics. Yes, the show had demons, monsters, vampires, witches, etc. But they didn't rarely had dozens of these things happening all at once. It was always one or (at the most) two obstacles to overcome.
The way this comic series is going, I'm finding myself more and more confused because there are so many random events. Case in point: Dawn magically goes from a 20 foot girl to a centaur. How did that happened and why the hell has the series still not explained what a freaking thricewise is? Also, yes, I understand Buffy is went to a dystopian future, but why couldn't the only remaining slayer speak a real sentence? Is it supposed to be a form of broken English because it's not her first language or is that the new English of the future?
I just wish more would go into the actual plot development and execution of this particular volume. It had potential, but the execution was poor and I'm not a fan....more
Originally posted on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I must say, I was surprised by the turn that happened in this volume. In fact, the entire time I wasOriginally posted on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I must say, I was surprised by the turn that happened in this volume. In fact, the entire time I was reading this one, I couldn't stop thinking one thing over and over again: Buffy Summers slept with a girl.
I know that sounds silly to obsess over that one part. But as someone who watched the show growing up, I never thought they'd go there. At first, I thought they were showing Willa and her girlfriend, Kennedy. And of course, it doesn't help that it actually because a really popular topic among the other characters when everyone busts into her room and finds out.
As for the big plot in this volume, I thought it was creative to find create a group of vampires who were smart enough to trick Dracula into giving up his powers and coming up with a plot to return the thousands of slayers to their former human selves. But like every bad guy's plot in this series, they truly underestimate Buffy's tenacity and ability to endure.
It's really interesting to continue to see the Scooby gang grow as characters in the face of constant impending doom. But I can't help but wonder where this is all leading. I know the volumes will end soon enough and I'm fighting the urge to google the ending....more
Originally posted on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell You know, as I read The Long Way Home, I was wondering if there were possibly ‘bad’ slayers among thOriginally posted on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell You know, as I read The Long Way Home, I was wondering if there were possibly ‘bad’ slayers among the thousands that no existed. Statistically speaking, there were bound to be a few apples. Some not quite as messed up as Faith, some far worse off. Thankfully, Joss Whedon and his co-authors had thought to address this as well, because the majority of this comic is about just that.
Though they reluctantly came together at the end of the show, it was nice to see that there was still a lot of resentment and hate between Buffy and Faith. Truth is, as Faith points out in this, there will always be some lingering pain between them because of the past. So when Giles approaches Faith about a special assignment, it’s clear there will be trouble brewing in paradise.
Unlike Faith, Lady Genevieve Savidge is making it her mission to destroy slayers as she trains to overthrow Buffy, whom she deems “The Queen.” Manipulated by a powerful warlock, Genevieve is convinced that Buffy is holding the slayers back and that if she can kill her, she can rule over the slayers and eventually take over the world.
And yet, as she and Faith (under the guise of Hope) first meet, it’s not far-fetched to find the two girls feel as if they are kindred spirits. But things begin to quickly sour as Faith discovers Genevieve’s obsession with destroying Buffy and even more so, when her warlock, Roden, summons Buffy. Faith saves Buffy by pushing her out a window, but their reunion is far from a happy one. Both slayers wind up getting into an altercation and Faith nearly drowns Buffy, but stops in time.
Now, in the light of this revelation, Giles and Buffy’s relationship is strained and he finds himself pairing up with Faith to help other wayward slayers find their way.
This part of the story line was strong and I really enjoyed it. It was nice to see Faith struggling with the darker aspects of her personality. But as the story ends and there’s a short about Willow and Buffy going into some weird dimension portal, I began to get confused. The one complaint I have about these comics is that it feels like pages are missing from the story. Parts of the missing information (i.e. What led to Dawn being super-sized, why Willow stays away from Buffy, etc.) filter through both in flashbacks and conversations. But some things, such as with this whole twilight thing, just seem to come out of thin air. Maybe there was a reference to this in the previous book, but I don’t seem to recall it.
Still, overall this is a very enjoyable read and I’m trying to hold off on finishing the series too quickly, because I don’t want it to end. Buffy was one of the shows I grew up with and this is helping bring that same enjoyment I felt while watching the show as a teen, back into my life....more
More than twenty years since it last aired, this Saved by the Bell comic breathes new life into onePosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
More than twenty years since it last aired, this Saved by the Bell comic breathes new life into one of my favorite shows from childhood. Quirky and cute, the stories have been a bit modernized and yet, they have managed to retain their wholesome charm and appeal. Slater and Jessie still have arguments about the sexes not being treated equally. Screech is still obsessing over Lisa, who practically turns green at the mention of him. And of course, Zack is willing to scheme, lie, cheat and manipulate anyone and any situation to snuggle up closer to his dream girl, Kelly.
It's a nice way to revisit the halls of Bayside High and if I get a chance, I look forward to seeing more. Though not the greatest comic ever, this one definitely earns four stars for nostalgia alone.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I hadn’t really known what to expect from the comic as I picked up. Okay, that’s not entirely true.Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I hadn’t really known what to expect from the comic as I picked up. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I had done some brief research into the comics over the years. But when I say I didn’t know what to expect, I was meaning in regards to the specifics.
Taking place after the show’s finale, this comic was a breath of fresh air. For years, I had wished the series would have continued on and now I’m kicking myself for not reading the comics sooner. It’s amazing how easily it captures Buffy’s personality and the overall feel of the show. Of course, that’s in large part due to Joss Whedon’s participation in its creation. But still, color me impressed. This was solid comic and I really enjoyed it.
Now with thousands of slayers to command, Buffy and her crew find themselves fighting evil on several fronts. They even have “Buffy” decoys stationed in different places, in hopes of continuing the legend of her among evil counterparts, but also helping to keep the target from landing directly on her location.
Xander’s adjusting to life without Anya and has found a place as a commander of such. I guess that curse on Halloween, where he was a soldier, really did help him learn about strategy and war. Giles is moving throughout the different locations and in a sense is acting as a watcher to all of the slayers. Meanwhile, Dawn finds herself a bit supersized after losing her virginity to a thricewise? I don’t know what that is and I don’t remember it being from the show. Hopefully a future comic will help clear up that.
Two of Buffy’s adversaries are familiar faces: Amy and Warren. I’m not entirely sure how/why Amy would have saved Warren as he was being flayed, but now they’re boyfriend and girlfriend. Completely united in their hatred for Buffy. Also, they are working some sort of militant organization that believes Buffy is creating a master race and once all of Evil is destroyed, they will turn on normal humans. Of course, this logic makes no sense, as there will never be any lacking for Evil. And let’s face it, while there’s probably a few bad apples in the thousands of slayers, I highly doubt the majority have inherited Faith bat-shit-crazy gene.
If you were a fan of the show, you’ll find this to be a great way to delve back into the world of Buffy. It’s a fun, easy read and the graphics are fairly well done. Considering it’s based off of a show, they did a great job with this one....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell A friend of mine had gushed about this series years ago and though I found myself curious, it wasn’tPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell A friend of mine had gushed about this series years ago and though I found myself curious, it wasn’t until recently that I actually even thought to borrow it from the library. The truth is, I’ve always been more of a book reader, than a comic reader and at the time, I had barely even read the True Blood comics, let alone anything else.
I was really surprised to find the great horror writer, Stephen King was part of this series. In fact, as I read that part in the opening, I couldn’t help but feel my interest in the series rise to a whole new level. Even more so when he wrote:
“Here’s what vampires shouldn’t be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and only work at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes.
What should they be?
That’s all it took and I was hooked.
Snyder and King do a fantastic job weaving together the story of 1920’s wanna-be starlet, Pearl and 1880’s gun slinging, bank robbing, Skinner Sweet. This first volume is all about the origins of the American vampires. While a powerful group of international vampires have a presence in the American Wild West during the 1880’s, they never could foresee the events that would unfold and lead to Skinner Sweet being turned into a vampire. Even more so, they could have never foreseen the prospect that he might be a stronger, better version of a vampire. Especially since he’s not plagued by silly things such as the sun.
Meanwhile, Pearl finds herself in a pickle when she attends a big wig Hollywood party. As true to the history of these parties, Pearl finds herself at the mercy of a group of extremely powerful men from the industry. But unlike the history books, it’s not sex they are wanting, but her life. It’s only because of Skinner Sweet that she manages to survive the ordeal and begins her path of revenge.
The graphics are decent and the stories are extremely intriguing. I had thought there would be more to Book’s story after a particular event, but I suppose it was for the best. I look forward to reading the next volume and seeing where this series takes me....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I found I had mixed feelings as I delved into this comic. On one hand, I was extremely interested inPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I found I had mixed feelings as I delved into this comic. On one hand, I was extremely interested in the "Crash", aka the highly destructive natural disasters that set the world as it was known on a crash course with extinction. I also was intrigued by the crew's mission to find their sister ship, The Massive, which disappeared suddenly. But by the end of the first volume, it seems like the crew is focused more on supplies and you rarely see any references about The Massive. In this kind of post-apocalyptic world, I understand why the supplies they are searching for are so important, but the lack of reference almost makes it seem like they've forgotten their mission.
On the other hand, all the references to pollution and man's part in making it so these events occurred, seemed really heavy handed. But in the end, I get it. Everything we do is having an impact on the world around us and I won't dare fault the creator of this series for just pointing out what could be a possible outcome from it all. I also have to say, the idea of refusing to arm the crew seems completely ridiculous. I understand the need to be peaceful, but in a world full of desperate people, it's wise to air on the side of caution and be on the defensive.
The individual backstories for the crew were intriguing. Though I found Mary and Mag to be the most interesting of the group. Though there seems to be a lot of thought put into the timeline and stories, jumping across the globe from one story to the next left the story feeling a bit disjointed. A simple mention of their next stop would have easily cleared that up.
I find myself intrigued enough to continue on to volume two, but I'm not sure I will continue on past that. But for now, I'll give this comic a well deserved, solid three star rating....more
So it seems my hope that the Whisperers could find a way to be amicable with Rick and the rest of thPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
So it seems my hope that the Whisperers could find a way to be amicable with Rick and the rest of the colonies was short lived. It’s hard to describe them, because at times they almost seem savage-like. But when you take another look, you realize they live a more simplistic life and a judgement like that is like the European settlers’s idea of Native Americans. Regardless of how you want to look at them, they are extremely hostile and even barbaric in their practices. The idea that it’s okay for any man to rape a teenage girl is really hard to swallow. It’s even worse when the leader of the group is Lydia’s mother and she isn’t helping to protect her. An interesting thing that was said by Alpha, is that they are animals and that Rick and the other survivors are still pretending they aren’t.
It still doesn’t excuse any of the savagery that’s occurring within their camps, but in this world, it’s not that surprising. After all, we’ve dealt with madmen, zombie fighting pits, cannibals, a harem… so is a group living among the dead and viewing themselves as the enlightened ones so far-fetched? Not at all.
After several volumes, we finally got to see Michonne return to the picture. Of course, she’s having trouble coping with the idea that she deserves happiness with Ezekiel. Now, when I first saw her in this volume, I couldn’t help saying “Argh.” I’m sorry, but she looks like a pirate. I’m not entirely surprised by emotional issues or even that she ran away, but it was hard to keep a serious face as I was reading because I kept saying her lines out loud like a pirate.
The great thing about these new volumes is the fact we get to see what’s happening in different communities. This particular one had issues dealing with those who were viewed as threats to the communities and the leaders. In Alexandria, Rick and Andrea argue about whether he should or shouldn’t have killed Negan. Truth is, his reasoning is solid. By not doing so, he’s been able to establish himself as a beacon of hope for a better future. This has inspired the communities to work together, hence the huge fair they are having.
Meanwhile, on the Hilltop, Maggie has to deal with the prospect of executing Gregory. The difference in her decision rests on the fact that Gregory has connections within their community (while Negan was in control of the Saviors and has no ties in Alexandria). He’s persuasive, manipulative and at times pitiful. This makes him a larger threat to Maggie and the community. A man like him could get enough people to see his point of view and all hell could break loose. Her decision, ironically, is just as sound as Rick’s in this matter.
I don’t want to spoil the ending, in case there’s someone who will want to read this volume after reading this review. What I can tell you is to be prepared for a shock at the end. I knew Alpha was up to something throughout the book. I knew she was dangerous. But I never would have guessed things would have turned out the way the did and for no other reason than she wanted to mark her territory.
Great volume and can I just say, I can’t wait for volume 25 to come out in March!...more
This is a particularly interesting volume because the majority of it actually takes places away fromPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell
This is a particularly interesting volume because the majority of it actually takes places away from Rick and the majority group. In fact, it seems as if Carl is starting to become a more prominent character in this series. Which is great, because he’s a teenager (I think?) at this point in time and he’s the future for the survivors. Settling into his new home on the Hilltop, he finds that with his name comes a threat from within the community. The other boys his age are angry for him stepping in while they were bullying a boy in the previous volume and they dead set on revenge. Even more so, his and Sophia’s conflict with the boys causes a lot of discourse within the community as a small group of people truly believe he and Sophia are the ones to blame.
This puts Maggie in a difficult position and makes her a target. While she’s busy putting out as many (theoretical) fires as she can, she finds she has to deal with a new threat outside of the walls as well this new one within it. After one of the whisperers (I think that’s what they are being called) is captured, the group is surprised to discover it’s a teenage girl named Lydia, behind the face of a dead person and I mean that literally. Her group survivor by wearing the skin of the dead and walking among them. Their way of life is pretty savage and nomadic, as she describes being raped repeatedly (though she doesn’t believe it merits the same meaning) and always being on the move. But what’s most interesting is how Lydia manages to attract Carl so wholeheartedly in only one day. In what seems to be a pattern of Carl’s growing interesting in the opposite sex, he throws off his last piece of innocence and gives up his virginity.
This new group is actually a great concept and I actually find myself hoping they can get along with the communities amicably. It seems as if they have something they could teach the others about surviving with the walkers. But on the other hand, their way of life does seem to be almost cult like. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes, especially with this volume ending with Carl taking off after them to rescue Lydia who had seemed to show signs of wanting to stay at the Hilltop. I just know that Rick will fly off the handle once he discovers Carl is out in the world on his own. Hell, I hate to see what happens when he finds out about the two boys that jumped Carl and Sophia, to be honest. Overall this was a great volume and I’m fighting the urge to read the next one, since it’s the last one for awhile....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I wasn't sure what to expect from the Jurassic Park comics. In short, the comics are clearly just baPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I wasn't sure what to expect from the Jurassic Park comics. In short, the comics are clearly just based off of the film adaptation of the original book. The characters for the most part, resemble the actors from the movie and the flow of the comic seems steady enough. However, I had hoped they may be based on the islands origin story and the encounters John Hammond and his team encountered prior to the movie. I'll continue on with the series for the sake of completing it, and who knows, maybe something new will pop up....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell Perhaps it's because I'm not reading each individual comic as it came out. But I really can't get inPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell Perhaps it's because I'm not reading each individual comic as it came out. But I really can't get into this series. It's just far too busy and heavy handed. Between the random Dead Presidents interruptions, to the mass zombie attack after attack after attack (which keeps happening to Gwen, despite the fact that Gwen, herself, is a zombie), I just can't even fathom reading any further. Comics have never been my favorite means of reading, but I have never had as big of a problem getting through a comic book as I had with this one. In fact, I only made it about a tenth of the way through before I started skimming.
Fair warning: If you liked the CW's iZombie, steer clear of the comics. For the first time ever, the CW has managed to improve immensely on the original idea....more
Posted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I really wanted to love this comic, especially since I really enjoyed the CW's iZombie. First off, lPosted originally on my blog: The Writer's Inkwell I really wanted to love this comic, especially since I really enjoyed the CW's iZombie. First off, let me say the comics and the show are completely different. Gwen doesn't know how she became a zombie and she finds herself befriending a unusual group of supernaturals. She doesn't spend her time solving murders and her job couldn't be any further from that of the show. As a grave digger, her days are spent tending to the dead and the evenings are spent with her best friend who is a ghost and the wereterrier who is interested in her.
Maybe things would pick up if given enough time, but I have a feeling this Scooby Doo meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme is not going to be a very successful one....more
Life has changed for the better for Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors. It seems that without Negan’s interference, the people who reside at AlexandLife has changed for the better for Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors. It seems that without Negan’s interference, the people who reside at Alexandria, The Hilltop and The Kingdom have thrived. They’ve established routes between the three colonies and work together to keep the roads safe for travelers. It is only because they are herding a large herd away from The Kingdom that they happen upon Magna and her small group traveling nearby in search of safety.
Much like how Alexandria embraced Rick’s group, Rick embraces and questions Magna and her fellow companions. Though there is very little trust given in the beginning, Andrea and Rick believe the group to be truthful and possibly a good fit for Alexandria. But Magna’s group is less than trusting of the perfection they see in Alexandria and they begin snooping.
Meanwhile you can see the true passage of time by how much Carl has grown. He’s no longer the adorable gun wielding little boy in his father’s hat, but a teenager in search of a way to become useful to the continued existence of the colonies. His desire presents a problem for Rick, as he desires to apprentice in weapon making up at The Hilltop. Though it kills him as a parent to let go of his only son, Rick finally agrees and they begin to make their way towards the Hilltop.
With everything that has happened over the years, it’s only reasonable to expect Rick and the other survivors to have become a little hardened. But as Rick and Carl travel the route to The Hilltop, they stumble upon some walkers. When the guard from the area arrives just a few moments later, Rick snaps and begins beating the man. In this moment, you see just how much darkness Rick is carrying after all of this time. He’s lost family, friends, his arm and even his ability to walk without the use of a cane. He’s a powerful man who has become one of the most dangerous creatures among the survivors. This could truly be the start of the downfall of Rick Grimes, because eventually he, too, will meet his end.
If this is the lead up to that moment, then I look forward to watching it unfold. Because if there’s something I’ve learned from Robert Kirkman’s The Governor series, he’s great at providing the path to the darkness for his characters. However, I think it would be interesting to see if Kirkman will attempt a switch between Negan (who is still alive and well, just imprisoned) and Rick. I could see Negan trying to manipulate more people into his reformation, especially once Rick’s downfall becomes evident to him.
The walkers have never been the biggest threats to the survivors in this story and time hasn’t changed that. A new threat is making its way towards the colonies, humans dressed as walkers who actually walk among the dead. It’s certainly an interesting twist and I look forward to seeing where this all leads....more