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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-20 03:51
Reading progress update: I've listened 1200 out of 1690 minutes.
The Dark Tower - George Guidall,Stephen King

 

I'm at the point where I can't wait to see how it ends, but I also never want it to end...

 

Then I hear this:

 

I'd have you see them very well... because now they are ka-tet for the last time. The story of their fellowship ends here on this make-believe street.

 

The rest of the tale will be short and brutal compared to all that's gone before...

 

I know what this means, and I dread it so much. I almost want to stop reading. I can't bear losing any of my gunslinger friends....

 

There will be tears, I'm certain.

(spoiler show)

 

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review 2017-08-20 03:40
Artemis Fowl Graphic Novel
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel - Eoin Colfer,Andrew Donkin,Giovanni Rigano,Paolo Lamanna

 

 

Honestly, I'm not a huge fan. I never read the original books, so I don't have any background knowledge. Maybe I would have liked the story better if I read it in the traditional format first.

 

As a first-time reader, I found Artemis to be cocky (although as a 12-year old genius, I guess he has the right to be) and irritating. All he cared about was money, it seemed. And his evil plan was to steal the money by kidnapping a fairy and holding him for ransom. I can see this story appealing to kids, with characters like Mulch Diggums, a dwarf criminal who digs tunnels by eating the dirt and then ejecting it from his rear end. And the technology Artemis and the fairy people use, like the time-stopper and the bio-bomb.

 

Cool elements, but I just didn't enjoy the story. And I couldn't root for Artemis - I thought he was a jerk. I don't think I'll be reading any more of this series, in graphic or traditional format...

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review 2017-08-20 01:06
Companion, and I believe 'sequel' to Irredeemable
Incorruptible Vol. 1 - Mark Waid,Jean Diaz

I believe Irredeemable came first.   Both series are written by Mark Waid, and if one didn't come after the other, I believe they were both written at the same time. 

 

Irredeemable is about a Superman-like superhero, The Plutonian, who becomes corrupted: he starts murdering, takes the world over in his own way, leaving death, and destruction in his wake.    The stories were meant to parallel each other: one falls, one rises.   

 

I own Irredeemable via Humble Bundle and never really made it a priority.   I was more interested in Incorruptible, the story of Max Danger, a supervillain who gets his own redemptive arc.   This is, in fact, the story of Max Danger trying to save the world from The Plutonian.   I'm actually super into redemptive arcs.   Stephen Strange's origin story is a redemptive arc: he wasn't a villain, but he was a giant jerkface.   He was brought low to learn compassion - and the mystic arcs - and became a much, much better person.   Somehow, starting him off that way wouldn't be the same.   He had to learn humbleness and to value human life, and those lessons made him far humbler than if he'd simply started out that way.   Having worked so hard to become so much better, he's less willing to let that slide.   

 

Redemptive arcs can be amazing.   Max Danger is no Doctor Strange.  He's got a long way to go, but he was motivated to do this himself, and he's got less of a support system.   So far he's doing fine, this is funny, this is entertaining, and it makes me think about what a supervillain would have to go through to make him change so drastically. 

 

It's just the kind of fun I needed today.   

 

That and Whirl orgies.   So many Whirl orgies.   

 

But I decided not to taint BL with that messed up thing I have for Whirl.   Not that much.   

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review 2017-08-20 00:52
Scarecrow
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

Another of my favorite Batman villains.   Then again, he gets such good villains!  

 

Still not my absolute favorite, but I'm still enjoying this.  It's weird fan service, and I'm into that in general. 

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review 2017-08-20 00:21
Poison Ivy!
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #3 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

I do miss her relationship with Harley, which was, true, more explicit in the comics than the TV show.   (This was on sale on Comixology recently, under their all-age sale, and I don't regret the buck I spent on each issue.   Gotta admit: I'm more excited about a possible Inhumans sale for the IMAX movie and later the TV show premiere at the end of September.)

 

Anyway, I love what they did with Poison Ivy and how everyone worked together to send her back to Arkham.   

 

Still not crazy about the art, and still not finding this the very best crossover, or even media tie-in, that IDW has produced.   (The Ghostbusters/TMNT and Edward Scissorhands ones were WAY better.)

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