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review 2017-05-27 21:17
What do I say about this?
Rat Queens Webcomics - Kurtis Wiebe,Max Dunbar,Will Kirkby,Ben Rankel,Sedona Parnham,Stjepan Sejic,Isaac Goodhart,Kyle Charles,Mike Norton,Justin Osterling,Sweeney Boo

The webcomics were undoubtedly written for the fans, and while I've heard good things about this series, I am not yet a fan.  I need to read it before I make up my mind, to be honest.   And I'm on the fence about reading this given the fact that the artist abused his wife, then they got a female artist, and she was dumped to bring back the original artist.   While she says she expected it might happen, it was the way she was treated in order to bring him back that sticks in my craw.  And to be honest, I'm always suspicious of strong female characters written by men who casually shrug off this kind of behavior.   Just how much can they get into a woman's mind if they are willing to forgive a friend or co-worker who is abusive?

 

This series felt okay for a couple reasons: it was free, and it was written by different people.  It might give me a sense of the world without having the icky feelings that reading something illustrated by this artist, or written by the man who absolved him by accepting him without blinking an eye, would bring. 

 

But unfortunately this was incredibly short, as were the stories.  They were nonsensical because I needed to know the world, I suspect, to fully appreciate them.   And while I still adore the word 'fuckbuckets' - which, yes, was uttered - and the way in which the women ogled a sports team, turning the hyper sexualization and objectification of women in comics on its head, I always felt a little left out of the joke.  

 

Fun, but I wouldn't suggest reading unless you were a fan already.   But if you are, I suspect you'll enjoy this - although it's hard for me to say for the obvious reasons.   My suspicions are made based on the fact that this seems to be very much like the series based on what I've heard about it, though.

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review 2017-05-24 00:59
5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior - Mark Siegel,Alexis Siegel,Xanthe Bouma,Matt Rockefeller,Boya Sun

Since you are all well aware of my obsession with Middle Grade fiction at this point, let's go ahead and skip that. Can we instead please focus on the growing existence of Middle Grade graphic novels? I am so pleased that there are more and more of these out there, and I'm determined to champion all of them! Kazu Kibuishi's blurb had me from the moment I saw this book. So I was thrilled when I was asked to join the blog tour. Warning: there's some gushing ahead. Let's go ahead and get the small qualms that I had out of the way first, though.

 

I think this graphic novel could definitely have benefited from a bit more action. It was heartening to see that the authors weren't afraid to bring the real idea of war alive on these pages. I love when MG readers aren't treated with kid gloves. However I think this book needed to move at a bit quicker of a pace. The illustrations are gorgeous, (I can't wait to actually see them all in color.) but some of the filler panels felt like a bit much. I wanted more of Oona's quest, more of their desperate rush to save the day, and just more tension in general. This first volume was missing that epic feeling that stories like this usually have for me.

 

That being said, the characters were absolutely lovely. Oona, An Tzu and Jax were all vivid, and easy to fall in love with. I loved how each of them came from a different background. The concept of race is alive and well in this book, and the idea of racism is gently touched upon as well. It makes me happy to see authors putting these things out into the world for readers of this age group to start to digest. Oona overhears people of different worlds talking badly about people of other worlds, and making mean jokes. She sees some people get upset about what others are saying. Young readers can start to get a grasp here on unity, diversity, and especially empathy. It's an amazing thing.

 

Add in the fact that the ending of this book has a twist I wasn't expecting, complete with a cliffhanger, and you have my complete attention. Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel have started something beautiful and magical with the 5 Worlds series. They've opened up a dialog that I think is important, in a way that is easy to digest and a lot of fun to read! Readers, young and old alike, will love this series. My only regret is that there isn't more of Oona's story to devour yet. I NEED to know what happens next.

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review 2017-05-22 04:37
Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak
Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak (Rebirth... Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak (Rebirth) - Bryan Hitch

This volume starts off in the middle of a battle between the Justice League and some kind of being that spreads fear. After the team seemingly defeats it, they all split off only to get hit again with the fear causing everyone to lash out in different ways. Aquaman and Wonder Woman decide to conquer the world together to save everyone. Superman decides he must kill Batman. Cyborg and Baz lash out at those around them during a friendly football game between friends out of fear of being rejected for being different. While on a date together, Flash starts acting like a jerk to everyone and Jessica locks herself in the restaurant freezer to shut out the world. After some painful dialogue from everyone as they fight off the fear, Jessica decides to quit the Justice League because she feels she isn't ready for this. And that's the only consequence we see from this little arc in the rest of the book. Nothing is mentioned about Aquaman and Wonder Woman's declaring of war. No damage control for any of the public breakdowns some of the heroes had. I just have to wonder what the point of it all was.

 

It just feels like the book is going for emotional payoffs that it hasn't put any effort into building toward. Jessica suddenly asking Flash out wasn't the result of a building relationship between the two. Her choice to quit the team due to feelings of inadequacy felt abrupt. This is supposed to be a team book, but there's not any focus on how they are as a team. The fear arc feels like it should come after work has been put into establishing everyone much better as characters and team mates. An arc exposing the cracks in the team doesn't pack much of a punch if I haven't really gotten a good idea of what the team is like together. And it especially doesn't pack a punch if all consequences of the arc are then ignored. The end of the book even lessened the impact of Jessica quitting by having her join in the big battle of the next arc and saying she'll always be there to help. So she'll fight with the team still, but just won't say she's on the team.

 

The second arc in this volume started off with a premise that I found hard to buy. Apparently the giant world-wide crisis of the previous volume that they had such a difficult time with only had a single casualty. I don't understand how only a single person died from all of that. And then we get a computer virus so great it can hack into anything including Cyborg and Baz's ring. I'll admit the Lantern Corps is an area I'm not as familiar with, but I really didn't think their rings could be infected with a computer virus. Is that something I just completely missed? Because it just seems really ridiculous. I don't like it.

And the whole virus ends up being an accident by a girl who just wanted to make a better search engine and ended up with an app that could take on the Justice League without even trying for that. And they needed her help the take care of the problem in the end.

(spoiler show)

There were just too many elements of the story I was questioning for me to enjoy it. And it didn't have any good character moments to make up for things.

 

This Justice League run is not impressing me. The first volume was boring. This one was just painful.

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review 2017-05-20 03:58
All-New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters
All-New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters - Tom Taylor,David López

Laura Kinney (X-23) taking on the mantle of Wolverine after Logan’s death is a premise I feel conflicted about. On one hand, who better to be Wolverine than his clone? On the other hand, it feels like a step back for her because she is his clone. Part of Laura’s journey has been establishing herself as her own person separate from her creators’ intended purpose of her being Wolverine’s replacement. Which is why Laura taking on the mantle of Wolverine feels like a step back on being her own person.

 

That being said, this was a fun book for Laura and I loved seeing her being a hero. Laura gets to deal with some clones of her own. Her dynamic with them was excellent. One of the clones, Gabby, was particularly adorable. I can’t wait to see more of Laura and Gabby together.

 

Laura’s new story is a great showing for her overall, even if I am a bit worried about her losing her own identity by taking on the mantle of the man she was cloned from. I definitely plan on enjoying her time as the Wolverine, but I’ll also be waiting for her to step back out of Logan’s shadow and claim her own identity. She deserves that.

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text 2017-05-13 13:56
The Emperor and I - still reading, still enjoying

I love this bit from chapter 13.5 (speech bubbles are read from right to left):

 

 

Kosuke, the guy in the picture, has a crush on Kaho, the series' main character. But all of Kaho's time, energy, and attention is focused on Emperor. This is somehow made even better by the fact that Emperor continues to not be very loving or cuddly. He does seem to have preferences, but they boil down to "everyone but Kosuke" "not Kosuke." Kaho loves Emperor without needing any signs that Emperor loves her in return.

 

Although I did hate the timing of this interlude. Emperor was maybe in danger! I needed to know that he'd be okay! (Don't worry, everything turned out fine. Although I have so many questions about Emperor's existence. Some penguin rules apply to him, but several key things do not.)

 

Oh, and here's a screenshot of Kaho's bird-loving friend lecturing Kosuke on the difference between emperor and king penguins. He had just made the mistake of giving Kaho a toy penguin of the wrong sort! Gasp! (This is from Chapter 16.5.)

 

 

If you can't tell, I recommend this series. :-)

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