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review 2017-02-16 08:00
Letter 44: Vol. 1
Letter 44: Volume 1 - Charles Soule,Alberto Alburquerque,Guy Major,Dan Jackson

When newly elected President Blades entered office, he didn't think life would be easy. He didn't expect to learn about aliens, possibly/probably planning some kind of invasion, and a secret space mission to study the aliens.

This was surprisingly good. I was a bit skeptical, because lately I wasn't having to much luck with my comics, but this story really good capture my attention. It's part political intrigue and part space mission, and the latter was the most interesting one for me. The crew has been in space for several years and new problems have arisen. Not to mention the pregnancy of one of the crewmembers.

Maybe not the most original work out there, but I enjoyed myself a lot while reading it and I'm curious as to how this will continue.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-02-12 08:33
March: Book One
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis

When I read Maus last year, I was surprised at how well a graphic novel is able to tell a story with such an impact. Reading March: Book One, I'm strengthened in my beliefs that it is a very good medium for these kind of stories.

I happened to get this book as a surprise (for signing up to a newsletter), so at first I didn't know what to expect. But once I read a bit about it, and then started reading it, I couldn't put it down (and I didn't since it was only 130 or so pages).

I think the racial segregation is one of the black pages in American history and it's very important that people learn about it. This book is a powerful way to do so. Would recommend!

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review 2017-01-30 11:56
Big Mushy Happy Lump
Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah Andersen

(I received a copy of this book through NetGalley).

A little disappointing, compared to the first book, which I really liked. Although it was still spot on in many ways, it didn't feel as funny—perhaps because of the choice of panels this time, or perhaps because some of those were already present in volume 1, so I admit I didn't really see the point in including them again here. I was also expecting more 'summer-related' panels, owing to the blurb. Maybe the blurb was ill-chosen?

As mentioned above, it's still pretty accurate regarding many aspects of life (cats! And cats on Instagram!). But it's much too repetitive.

Conclusion: Only buy it if you never checked the author's website and haven't read book 1.

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review 2016-12-14 20:14
Battlestar Galactica: Six
Battlestar Galactica: Six - J. T. Krul

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

In general, I found the artwork here problematic. The covers—both internal and external—are striking and often dramatic, and one of the reasons I requested this book; they easily evoked the internal turmoil and the ambiguity that I expect from Six. On the other hand, the inside panels, more specifically their characters, aren't consistent enough, and not really recognisable. Which is a problem, indeed, considering they should look like their counterparts in the TV series, but don't. Or not much. I probably wouldn't care as much about this if the comics was a series on its own, however when it's about translating real faces/actors to paper, it's all the more easy to notice when it fails. Moreover, it didn't convey the kind of feeling that would've paved the way to TV!Six, with her blend of seduction, ruthlessness and questioning.

I didn't enjoy the storytelling either. I was expecting something more enthralling, that would play on Six's psyche, what happened, what shaped her and set the foundations for how she would develop in the TV episodes. Well, it did try to explore those aspects, but the narrative(s) were too disjointed to make sense early, creating a sense of confusion—one that confuses the reader, rather than actually echoing the character's. Also, I wouldn't recommend it to someone who's never watched the series: some tie-ins are understandable even when you don't know the original universe, some others aren't, and this one is part of the latter category.

Conclusion: 1.5 stars.

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review 2016-11-13 08:00
Jane Eyre (Manga)
Manga Classics: Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

Believe it or not, but I only recently became accustomed with the complete story of Jane Eyre. For some reason, it was completely glossed over in school and I never read it, or even watched a movie. The crazy wife in the attic part, however, I was aware of, as I think is everyone, whether they want to or not.

I’ve been reading the manga classics as they are being published and overall I’ve quite enjoyed them. For myself they do not replace the original works, but more act as an interpretation, as you would also watch a movie adaptation (they would also take about the same time, as manga makes for easy and fast reading). For people who would be less inclined to actually read the classics, I think it is a perfect way to get to know the stories. I liked this adaptation of Jane Eyre, the drawings and style are as I’ve come to expect them and the main points of the story, as far as I’m able to judge this, are conveyed well through the manga.

A nice reading experience. Would recommend.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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