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review 2018-05-30 17:45
Crisis on Infinite Earths - George Pérez,Marv Wolfman,Jerry Ordway

I read these individual comics back when they were first published. While I hated seeing some of the heroes die, I was so glad to see that DC was cleaning up from all the different Earths. Although some of the dialogue is a little dated, this is a great story with great artwork.

Along with all 12 issues, this book also includes a history of the DC universe.

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review 2018-05-06 20:52
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns - Archie Bongiovanni,Tristan Jimerson

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

This is a very short book in the shape of a graphic novel/comics, so there’s no excuse not to read it. ;)

While I’m not particularly vocal about it when I write book reviews, and while the name I use is ‘feminine’, I don’t identify as a woman—my sex is female, but my gender is non-binary (more specifically, agender). So, it’s always mildly annoying at best when people keep referring to me as ‘she’. Sometimes they just don’t know, and of course, if I don’t tell them, they won’t know… therefore I tell them. Sometimes, too, other people just don’t care, or it forces them to reevaluate their paradigm, and, well, things don’t go so well in such cases.

Therefore I truly appreciate such books as this one—short and to the point, again: no excuse—that explain what it’s all about, and why it matters. Because being called ‘she’ is as much incomfortable for me as it is for a man who identifies as a man to be called ‘she’, for instance. (Also, for the grammar purists who say that ‘there’s only he and she pronouns, and they as a singular isn’t right’: singular they has been in use since the 14th century or so. Just saying.)

To be honest, I’m not entirely fan of the graphic style here; however, it is cute, with fun moments, and the art IMHO isn’t what matters the most in this book.

Except for a couple of things I wasn’t too sure about, mostly the two characters (Archie and Tristan) run you through a quick explanation of non-binary vs. cisgender (‘quick’, because the whole thing detailed would take a book of its own), situations about how to use they/them pronouns, and examples of misgendering and how to react to it tastefully, whether you’re the one being misgendered or an ally. Among such situations, when loved ones misgender you, but you know they’re supportive in plenty of other ways, ranting is not useful. But sometimes, too, when people deliberately refuse to acknowledge you (binary or non-binary, this is part of your identity, after all), and make fun of you and/or are deliberately hurtful, it’s also good to be reminded that it’s OK to let go of what is, all in all, abusive. It’s not easy to accept… but it’s true.

This book is a good introduction to the matter, easy to follow and understand, and one that you can also apply to other pronouns like ze/hir (yes, there are more than just the few mentioned here). Even though it’s not exhaustive, it paves the way for further reading for anyone who’s interested.

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review 2018-05-05 21:36
Penny Dreadful: The Beauteous Evil
Penny Dreadful: The Beauteous Evil - Chris King

As much as I love these books, they make me so angry over what could have been had the show not been canceled. (And no one will never, ever convince me that the show was supposed to end where it did. I'm sorry.)

 

By the by...I had to add this edition, too, and the book page for this one as well as Penny Dreadful: The Awakening both point to the wrong author. It should be this guy right here. I don't know how to fix it, though. *sighs*

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review 2018-04-29 10:17
Review: Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto: Volume 1
Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto Vol. 1 - Sano Nami

Excellent!  It's just like the anime.  Sakamoto is this ridiculous character that everyone either loves or hates.  He's great a literally everything.  So much so that even the people who hate him for it, eventually begin to fawn over him like the people who love him.

 

We literally know nothing about him other than the fact that he's awesome.  He's never caught unawares, people who try to prank him end up having it turned around on them, he knows the answers in class, he helps people.... It just...he's absolutely ridiculous, larger-than-life.  The whole thing is just hilarious. I'm glad I got the manga.  There are little editions that aren't in the anime.  Little comments and actions that basically expand on the anime.

 

I think this review sounds ridiculous, and it probably does, but in my defense, I'm at hour 21 of a 24-hour readathon and I think I'm bordering on delirious.  Plus the whole thing is just insanely funny.  I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next volume.

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review 2018-04-29 08:57
Review: The Evil Dead
The Evil Dead - John Bolton,Mark Verheiden

So, didn't love it as much as I thought I would. This was a no-quite-accurate telling of the original Evil Dead movie. There were added/expanded scenes, which were good, but they changed a bit of the continuity of the original story, which wasn't good. The made all the girls look like they were dressed in modern-day (circa 2008) clothing, when the original story was filmed in the late 70s. Also, they made Cheryl some rando friend of Linda's rather than Ash's younger sister. There was some added backstory, which was kind of interesting and they expanded some scenes, for example Scott ditching Ash and Linda to find another way out of the woods. They actually show a bit of his trek through the woods, which was cool.

 

All-in-all it was closer to the meh side of good rather than the awesome side of good. Not a complete disaster, but it could have been better.

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