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review 2019-10-07 00:29
Middle-grade graphic novel from R.L. Stine is too confusing to be enjoyed, despite promising sci-fi and horror themes
Just Beyond: The Scare School - R.L. Stine,Kelly Matthews,Nicole Matthews

Ultimately this was a pretty confusing read, and that’s not good when it comes to middle-grade reading, as the basic storyline should be easy to follow. The story even started as though a chapter was missing.

Given that the famed author R.L. Stine is adept at stringing a yarn or two together, I kept thinking it was going to become crystal clear. I enjoyed the illustrations and some of the concepts involved but if the Scare School is going work in graphic novel form, the storylines have got to be WAY clearer than this.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/43909512-just-beyond
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review 2019-10-05 20:48
Review: Squadron Supreme Vol. 1: By Any Means Necessary!
Squadron Supreme Vol. 1: By Any Means Necessary - James Robinson

Title: Squadron Supreme Vol. 1: By Any Means Necessary!
Author: James Robinson
Series: Squadron Supreme (2015), 1
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: They're the sole survivors of lost Earths, and they'll do anything to protect this one — whether you like it or not! The former Avenger Hyperion. The Nighthawk of Supreme Power. Blur from the New Universe's DP7. Doctor Spectrum of the Great Society. And the original Squadron's Power Princess. Together, they're the Squadron Supreme, and they don't care about the rules. If you stand in their way, that's your problem! First on their to-do list: Namor, destroyer of Doctor Spectrum's homeworld. He must pay for his crimes — and pay dearly. But the Squadron's extreme measures attract the attention of the Uncanny Avengers! And when the team descends into Weirdworld — the newest, strangest corner of the Marvel Universe — can they escape without the aid of Thundra?

 

Favourite character: Nighthawk & Blur
Least favourite character: Warrior Woman

 

Mini-review: It was really fun to read this. Except for Thundra, who I only know from the Ultimate Spider-Man show, I knew literally no one else (except for the obvious of Cap, Deadpool, Rogue and Johnny Storm). But of the main characters, no one. If you had asked me if Nighthawk was Marvel or DC, I would've said DC. I'm so glad he's Marvel. I enjoyed this. 

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review 2019-10-03 20:34
Graphic novel about the teenage Dahmer; depicts a disturbed individual in an environment that helped create a monster
My Friend Dahmer - Derf Backderf

This meticulously drawn graphic novel about Jeffrey Dahmer as a high schooler is a haunting portrait of a disturbed individual in his formative years and it depicts how the environment that he grew up in helped create one of the most notorious serial killers in recent memory.

The author-artist is fellow Dahmer classmate Derf Backderf, who proves how hindsight can be 20/20, recognizing all the disturbing behaviors and situations upon reflection, and after Dahmer's ghastly murders were committed. Derf has pieced together the timeline for the graphic novel with help from Dahmer's father's novel and other records, used recollections from other classmates, and paints a picture of Dahmer that is both shocking and in many ways sympathetic.

If there was ever a playbook for creating or spotting a serial killer Derf shows how Dahmer 'checks all the boxes': a disturbed mind and untreated mental illness, teenage alcoholism, isolated in a small town in an era when school had few rules, dysfunction at home where parents go through a nasty divorce, mother has her own mental health problems, dad is oblivious to his son's issues, Dahmer doesn't fit in at school and is bullied by some of his peers, repressed sexual urges and closeted homosexuality, interest in dead animals and roadkill, collection of animal carcasses, his apathy and lack of emotion. So many warning signs. So little done to step in.

Derf asks at one point 'Where were all the adults?' but he also recognizes that this was a different decade, a different era, and remarks that even his teachers would comment on rolling their own joints, and obviously turned a blind eye to a drunk Dahmer every day. There's also a point where, after Dahmer's first murder, thanks to shoddy police work, he SHOULD have been caught. Today, we have our eyes open to all sorts of new concerns, and schools have zero tolerance for any substance use and keep an eye out for mental health problems and bullying.

This is a tragic tale, but I appreciate that Derf told it the way he did (even with the adolescent ignorance involved) and that the movie adaptation happened. May another horrific set of crimes, or such a troubled individual, never come out of a similar circumstance again.

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review 2019-10-01 10:01
Darkseid Is... Another Great Read By Tom King!
Mister Miracle - Tom King,Mitch Gerads

When I first read The Vision written by Tom King, I saw brilliance and passion that was never done before in comics. When I heard about Mister Miracle, also written by him, I have to read it and this is by far, another great read that only he can come up some thing original, much like the Wes Anderson of comics.

 

But what I can't say much about this is the synopsis because there is just so much to write about and also, in its own brilliance, deeper than I have ever read. There are layers upon layers in this story that focus on Scott Free and his wife, Big Barda and how all of a sudden, New Genesis is at war. But this is not about the war, it is the question of life and death and how Scott Free handles it. He is not really at his right mind, and his reality seems to be crumbling down or just the other way around? Still, what makes this comic an incredible read is the dialogue, the artwork and the nine-panel creation that was meant to write as it is for. I love how it is not the norm from most written comics but this is one of the best stories I have ever read and one I would recommend to all if you have not read it. Yes, it may get confusing if you do not know most of the characters from the Fourth World but don't let it stop you, you just got to read this.

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review 2019-09-30 05:11
Review: The Demon of River Heights by Stefan Petrucha
The Demon of River Heights - Sho Murase,Stefan Petrucha

Title: The Demon of River Heights
Author: Stefan Petrucha
Series: Nancy Drew Graphic Novels, 1
Format: paperback
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: An all-new series of full-color Nancy Drew graphic novels, with all-new comics stories based on the series by Carolyn Keene, starts right here! Join Nancy, along with Bess and George, as they search for missing student filmmakers and discover the deadly secret behind the local urban legend known as "The Demon of River Heights."

 

Mini-review: I enjoyed this graphic novel. The art was good. The story was a bit weak but it was fun to see Bess and George's banter rather than just imagine it. 

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