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review 2017-04-08 01:36
Last Bombshells I own
DC Comics: Bombshells (2015-) #18 - Marguerite Bennett,M.L. Sanapo

I like the later issues more than the earlier ones, to be honest .  More characters from the regular DC universe, and it really gets into resistance against the Nazi's.   Those from the ghetto in Berlin are almost killed, but find a haven in this issue.  

 

And I kinda cried a little at some of the speeches that Mera made in this issue, as her storyline and those of the Ghetto survivors intertwine.   The last page introduces a new character in this world, although she'll be familiar to those who read Justice League.   And I'm excited to see what happens with her.   Thinking of splurging on Comixology soon and getting more of this series.

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review 2017-04-08 01:22
Still in love with this series
DC Comics: Bombshells (2015-) #17 - Marguerite Bennett,Ming Doyle

The ghetto goes to war: Bombshells, Huntress, the Swing Kids, the Jews, the magic users, everyone.   And even while Zantanna realizes that she's been duped by The Joker's Daughter, and that the Nazi's know where they are and what they're planning, a new heroine arises: an unsurprising choice of a female Shazam.   Still, it's nice to see a Jewish girl wield this kind of power in the midst of the Holocaust.   (And look at me, reading about the Holocaust, which I couldn't do at all a decade ago!)

 

It's even nicer to see her own inner strength and belief that they would be okay and that they would win, even before she got her powers.   

 

Overall, a really hopeful series despite some really awful circumstances.   Looking forward to the last issue I got when they were on sale - the next issue.   After that, I'll be reading some comics from Black Mask I haven't gotten around to yet.

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review 2017-04-08 00:44
Love, love, love!
DC Comics Bombshells #16 - Marguerite Bennett

I don't have the background, true, but DC did another excellent job of not losing me completely.  On the ground, the girls are gathering in Berlin to plan an attack against the Third Reich.   Batwoman tells the story of how she and Renee adopted a child named Jason in Spain, and how he was murdered.   (Must be Jason Todd.)   I love how they add more and more of the modern mythology and make it fit flawlessly into the new continuity. It also means that if you know some DC background, you get a lot more from this. 

 

There's also a second story about Mera and her sister Hila, who is Queen of Atlantis.   Her husband is a despot and Mera is determined to take him off the throne.   When she gets to Atlantis, she finds another on the throne - another she'll have to fight if she wants to take the throne and right the wrongs of the former king herself. 

 

 

There's a lot of coming together in the first storyline and Mera's story is more about a family coming apart, from her backstory to the current story.   There's a lot going on here, and a lot of small, and personal interactions that I really, really enjoyed.   Especially the Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy moment where they smooch.   Apparently they're a couple in any continuity - and I kinda love that.

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review 2017-03-22 18:40
Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide by Tom King, Michael Janin and Mitch Gerads
Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth) - Mikel Janin,Tom King,David Finch

 

Tom King caught my eye with the Vision comics, so when I saw he was writing Batman Comics I immediately requested them from Net Galley. 

 

The first, Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham , was pretty good, so I was happy to try Batman, Volume 2: I am Suicide.  Unfortunately, I'm not enjoying these as much as I enjoyed Vision. Admittedly, this could be because I am not very familiar with DC Comics or superheroes, in general, so please keep this in mind.

 

The first story in this volume is I Am Suicide. I loved the artwork but the story seemed to be all over the place. Batman was trying to capture Psycho Pirate who is being kept by Bane, and he assembled a group of misfits, none of whom I'm familiar with, to do so. On the way there, he encounters resistance and repeats himself constantly. (He's trying to get to Psycho Pirate because something he has or can do can help Gotham Girl, who's still a mess from her experiences in I Am Gotham.) Bane is a super huge criminal dude being held in a prison called Santa Prisca. I thought that if I were more familiar with these characters things would make more sense, but from reading the other reviews here, that doesn't seem to be the case. Overall, this story was a 2.5 stars out of 5 for me, mostly because I thought the art was very cool.

 

Rooftops, which is the second story in this volume, was much better. It was a bit cheesy and predictable, but it had some humor and a nice connection between Batman and Catwoman. Again, the artwork in this story was excellent and conveyed the feelings the author was trying to get across. 4 out 5 stars.

 

 

I did enjoy this volume, just not as much as I expected to. I'm still interested in seeing where this series is going, because I love the idea of a dark Batman. He is developing as a complex character and I like that, it's just that this volume was a bit of a let down.

 

Available April 18th, you can pre-order a copy here: Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth)

 

*Thanks to Edelweiss for the free advance review copy in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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text 2017-02-16 01:24
Bookish Mail
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
March: Book Two - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis
Love is Love - Various,Phil Jimenez
DC Bombshells #1 - Marguerite Sauvage,Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage

Past me got present me Valentine's Day gifts. Really, past me is so generous to present me it is almost embarrassing. Almost. Anyway, here is what came in the mail:

 

1. March: Book One by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

              Read a copy from the base library, wanted a copy for my personal library.

 

2. March: Book Two by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

              Read a copy from the base library, wanted a copy for my personal library.

 

3. March: Book Three by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

             Haven't read this one yet, wanted to complete the set for my personal library.

 

4. Love is Love by Various Authors

             This anthology was published as a team effort by IDW and DC comics to raise money and awareness/support for the survivors and families of those killed in the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, FL back in June. I heard about this graphic novel because the Throwing Shade podcast interview with Phil Jimenez, who worked on several of the short stories featured in the volume.

 

Along with the two volumes of the DC Bombshells I received from me at Christmas, I am well stocked in the graphic novel arena. I plan on reading (or re-reading) these comics during July's 24in48 read-a-thon. I also hope to have a copy of the second trade volume of Vision: A Little More Than a Man by Tom King in my hands by then so I can finish the series (with a re-reading of the first volume).

 

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