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review 2017-06-22 04:39
Action-packed story
Escape From New York Vol. 1 - Diego Baretto,Christopher Sebela,Jordie Bellaire

And it's fun.   It was just the brain candy I needed to get through this insomnia.   Not much meat on this, and I get the feeling that the movie was that, too.   Slick brain candy.   Ultra violent, and a potentially ace main character, which makes me more interested in the movie and how, or if, that was dealt with at all. 

 

Florida is free, and when Snake Plissken is on the run again, he gets convinced to make a run for Florida.   The twins, two supposedly supernaturally talented boys, are supposed to run Florida - and they do, along with Meemaw, a souped up muscle woman who believes the boys came to her by divine providence.   The boys are odd: one kind and the other sadistic, both high on power, both lying about their powers. 

 

Snake finds that no place is truly free, and there is no place he can truly be free.  So I guess there's a bit to it, but this story focused more on slick action scenes instead of truly delving into things like the concept of freedom and what it means.   And it was pretty amazing, but I wish it had taken the time to occasionally really explore these concepts.  I missed having a little more going on, and that's the only reason this wasn't five stars. 

 

Lovely art, with coloring that matched the scene at hand: lush if needed, muted when called for, and bolstering the script and line art/inks.   I'm glad I have the sequel, but I'm going to try to sleep again.  If not, I'll move onto volume two.  I started Evil Empire volume one - I have two of those in the BOOM! Humble Bundle - but it's a little too deep for me to really grasp right now.  I have a feeling when I'm more awake, it'll be pretty spectacular. 

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review 2017-06-22 03:37
Well, that's over
Adventure Time Vol. 2 - Branden Lamb,Shelli Paroline,Mike Holmes,Ryan North

I can't sleep.  I napped lightly, but then woke up and finished this.   Best thing about this is I don't feel like I have to read more of these: I don't like them.  I do like this author's work in general, I simply don't like Adventure Time.

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review 2017-06-22 01:34
Eeeeh
Adventure Time Vol. 1 - Branden Lamb,Shelli Paroline,Ryan North

I just have this perverse need to read this since 1, I have it, and 2, I have to prove to myself that Adventure Time is not for me.   Sorry!

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review 2017-06-20 23:26
So much joy!
Goldie Vance Vol. 1 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams

Fun, cute, and the art is just spectacular.   Goldie Vance works at a Valet where her father is, I believe, the manager.   Her parents appear to be divorced and she seems to spend the majority of the time with her father. 

 

She also wants to be a detective and helps the hotel detective for free.   She uses her friendships with Cheryl, who works the front desk, for clues, as a springboard - and as a reason to set her up with the doofus Rob, who is crazy about Cheryl. 

 

She also needs to find a necklace - and then the hotel guest who brought the necklace, and then what that symbol on the back of the necklace is.   Very vintage feel, but the storyline is interesting, and the characters are simply charming.   Love, love, love!

 

I wasn't going to give Hope Larson's Batgirl a try because I liked the previous author so much and I was afraid she wouldn't hold up to them. 

 

Now, though?   I wanna read it.   Looks like I'll be taking volume one from Hoopla if it's available.   

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review 2017-06-20 22:25
Still beautiful!
Giant Days Vol. 2 - Max Sarin,Lissa Treiman,John Allison

Lovely art, which I feel like I have to mention.   Very stylized, but perfectly so for these characters and this world.   In addition, each character matches the style, but also has their own style: how they dress, how they move, their expressions.   It's not photorealistic, but it mimics reality: one world, different people with different styles.   It feels real on an evocative, emotional level that photorealistic art often times doesn't for me.  

 

Meanwhile, the characters grow and their relationships evolve, all the while being cute, and mostly lighthearted.   Unrequited love is revisited;  also explored is the disappointment of finding you embarrass someone you like.     Still, this mostly is about these three women, Esther, Susan and Daisy, and about their lives at university.   The men make up a part of their life, but it's mostly about how they hold each other up when things go pear shaped, or encourage each other, through the good and the bad.   It's light in that nothing too horrible happens, and they always manage to cheer each other up.   

 

And it's fun.  These characters don't just feel real, they feel like women I'd like to befriend.

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