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review 2018-07-26 18:13
Another slower issue
Saga #52 - Brian Vaughan,Fiona Staples

I know a lot of the fandom wants this to just get on with it and find a strong direction, but this feels like real life: sometimes it's just trying to get by, to me.   But it's really fun real life set in another universe and I'm the weirdo who's loving this even as it kind of strings us along. 


But I'm okay with being that weirdo because I'm still loving this series, so there's that.

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review 2018-07-26 18:10
Slower parts
Saga #51 - Brian Vaughan,Fiona Staples

Everyone is trying to figure out what they're going to do: stay, go, or just enjoy the moment?   For all that, tension comes with people stalking Prince Robot IV - yup, still refuse to think of him as anything but a prince, even though he calls him Sir Robot because I liked him more as a Prince, to be honest.  


The journalists take the deal that Robot warns them not to, and he's going to get new bodies for him, Petri, and Squire Robot.   Bodies that will hide them from the wrath of things like the Robot Kingdom and those that Prince Robot IV has wronged in the past.   


Squire wants to stay with Hazel, but getting the new bodies means going, so there's definitely tension between the small familial groups.  

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text 2018-07-25 23:04
#Readathon. Planned readathon TBR
Saga, Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Law and Murder (Fright Court) (Volume 2) - Mindy Klasky
A Panicked Premonition - Victoria Laurie

I may be the only one I know who hasn't read Saga yet.


Probably some library borrows will change that up.  If I flag, I'll read more stories in some unfinished anthologies.

Source: 24hourreadathon.com
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review 2018-07-21 15:25
Paper Girls Volume 1 - Cliff Chiang,Brian K. Vaughan
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I loved this graphic novel. I was hooked from the very start. The characters are awesome, the story is confusing as heck but very intriguing, and the whole idea of the thing is just amazing. It is a science-fiction adventure set in the 1980s. This is basically Stranger Things with more time travel and a diverse cast of paper girls. Another win from Brian K. Vaughan. 

One of the things I think this book did extremely well was show some of the homophobic views of the time, but also address them. Mac's character is very outspoken and says some not-so-nice things such as calling someone an "AIDS patient" or expressing disgust about a boy with a boyfriend. But each time, the other characters call her out for it ("You shouldn't call anyone the other f-word."). This was a good way of showing the views of the characters during the time period without accepting them or leaving them unaddressed. Very well-done.

The characters themselves were phenomenal. I instantly wanted to learn more about them.

Also, the artwork is very cool. It really draws you in. 

Fantastic read. I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be checking out the second book. 
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text 2018-07-10 22:59
2018 Hugo Ballot: Best Graphic Novel
Black Bolt (2017-) #1 - Leonard Bacon;Joseph Parrish Thompson;Richard Salter Storrs;Henry Ward Beecher;Joshua Leavitt;Henry Chandler Bowen;Theodore Tilton;William Hayes Ward;Hamilton Holt;Harold de Wolf Fuller;Fabian Franklin;Christian Archibald Herter,Saladin Ahmed
Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters - Emil Ferris
Paper Girls Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, Volume 7 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan

This is part of a series of posts reviewing categories in this year's Hugo ballot. I'll be discussing the entries, the voter packet, and my ballot. I've nominated and voted most years since 2011, when I figured out that all I had to do was join Worldcon to get to do so.


I'd only read 2 of these in advance of the finalist announcement. Two more are properties I'm familiar with from earlier volumes.


  • Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel) - 3.5 stars, loved the art and liked the writing. Still laughing that his name is Blackagar Boltagon. 


  • Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics) 4.5 Stars, this one I adored to much to even put into words.


  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics) -  4 Stars, a stronger book than the first one in terms of pacing, and with the same gorgeous art.


  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics) - Interesting concept, but very slow. I didn't actually finish this book.


  • Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics) - 3.5 Stars, did not love.


  • Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics) - 3 Stars, fine, but kind of a low point for the series so far.


So Bitch Planet is definitely at the top, followed by Monstress and Black Bolt. The other three could go in any order, but maybe I'll just leave them off because I don't really feel strongly about them at all. 


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