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review 2018-04-04 17:44
Paper Girls (Book One) by Brian K. Vaughn et al
Paper Girls (Book One) - Matt Wilson,Cliff Chiang,Jared K. Fletcher,Brian K. Vaughan

I almost gave up on this comic series at page 10 as I had all the homophobia I could take from a comic book. Then Tiffany called Mac out on her shit and told her to knock off the slurs and not make an AIDS joke, and I was well, I like Tiffany. So I kept reading for Tiffany, but by the end of the book I was rooting with all the girls (including Melissa). What a great ride the first 10 issues were; I really picked up my reading pace after they time warped/traveled to 2016. Leaving this story at the end (they have reunited with KJ in the fourth fold) was bittersweet. Although I am not one for 80s nostalgia (I was 10 in 1989) except for music, I really rooted for the four papergirls to get back to 1988 and save the world. Brian K. Vaughn is quickly becoming my favorite indie comic writer - the humor, the emotional turns, the science fiction that isn't too over my head makes for such fun reading. Highly recommend, just take those first few pages with promise that it does it better.

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review 2017-12-23 00:19
Cyborg is human again
Cyborg (2016-) #19 - Kevin Grevioux,Ivan Nunes,Cliff Richards,Guy Major,Will Conrad

An African horn, a wise man who claims to be a sort of Jinn, and a wish to be human again?   Yeah, but he seems to be very sick, and misses the advantages of being Cyborg.   Especially when it turns out that a dictator is using the horn to gain money and power, and using children as his chattel: they make the wishes, and they pay the price of those wishes.  

 

Vic wants to save these innocent children who are being duped and used, but can he when he's so feverish he can barely fight?   With the horn now out of his hands, what can he do?   

 

So this is gong to be at least a two parter, but this was much better than the last couple of issues, so I'm happy to see this storyline continue!

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review 2017-09-30 01:12
Review: Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling
Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling - Tony Cliff

A fun adventure about a swashbuckling, selfish, adventurous protagonist and her frustrated and ever practical traveling companion. This is the second in a series, but functions fine as a stand alone graphic novel. Appropriate for the upper end of middle grade reader looking for a girl adventurer.

 

There are some class/race issues that could have been delved into deeper, but at least aren't ignored or brushed over. 

 

I may pick up the next one as well.

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review 2017-08-26 19:27
Why did I wait so long?
Paper Girls #1 - Brian Vaughan,Cliff Chiang,Matt Wilson

I kept hearing good things about this, and even have at least one volume available via Humble Bundle, but I resisted.   Paper girls in the eighties band together to protect themselves from bullies and general jerkfaces.   

 

No, thanks, pass.

 

What they aren't prepared for was creepy ass possibly alien monsters. 

 

But, I said, it's paper girls.  In the eighties. I don't want to read about teenagers in my comics.   I mean, without superpowers?   No, these aren't cosmic cube, mutants, or Inhumans; these girls just had the potential power of eighties glam, and I lived through that as a child.   Ugh, Brian Vaughan, do I have to live through that again?

 

Apparently yes, yes I do.   And look: my heart is still with Saga and Prince Robot IV and, y'know, all the robots, but Vaughan makes the eighties not only bearable but downright enjoyable to read about.

 

I'll always like Saga better because it has literal robot sex in it.   (Although Vaughan had to bring dicks into play there, because why not, I guess?)   Still, robot sex.   Yass.   It looks like Paper Girls is going the not-robot-sex route which is okay.   Vaughan doesn't have to include robot sex in all his series, although he could.   He totally could and I promise, I would buy all of them in paper and e-book versions.   But he doesn't have to.   I'll apparently settle for eighties paper girls when Vaughan is writing them.  

 

And hope that if it has aliens, hey, maybe robot sex isn't out of the question?

 

Yeah, now every single Vaughan review is probably going to have some kind of robot sex/robot dick reference in it.   He got me way, way too excited about that prospect in everything now.

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review 2017-06-19 02:18
Pilot bait
City of the Fallen - Diana Bocco

I went into it looking for a short fast candy.

 

It was all that, but I'm not convinced.

 

Beyond the issues I have with the insta-lust/love, heavy enough to make a gal betray her species, and all the hypocrisy going on here, I do not like cliff-hangers. Specially of this type, because it makes the purpose of the book little more than foundation for a hook.

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