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review 2017-06-25 01:27
Too tired for anything else
Fairy Tail Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima

This tends to be fairly bad.   The art is bad, the story isn't actually that great, but I'm into it, anyway.   I'm also too tired to focus on anything else.  I made weird coffee that tasted so strongly I thought it tasted like soap.   Like so weird I was like WTF, I made this like usual, why are there coffee grains in the bottom of the cup?

 

And I've been out of it since drinking that coffee.   Frag that coffee.  

 

And now I'm binging on Fairy Tail since anything else, and I go 'but I'm so tiiiired.   Words.   Must think about this, and I'm too tired to do that."

 

So Fairy Tail.   It's actually perfect for this mood, but that doesn't make it any better as a product.   But that's okay.  I can binge fifty volumes of this, right?

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review 2017-06-23 23:56
Okay
Fairy Tail, Vol. 01 - Hiro Mashima,William Flanagan

So, I bought this Humble Bundle.   Which means I have about fifty volumes, including spinoffs.  And man, do I hope they get better!   This was by no means terrible, but the art was subpar, and just plain weird sometimes.   I'm not talking about the way that things are exaggerated to be emotive, as happens in many manga.   (Full Metal Alchemist did this, and it was done skillfully; the weirdness I'm talking about is odd postures and over exaggeration, even for the manga style.)  So let's get this out of the way: I find the art in Fairy Tail to be the weakest point in this manga.   In fact, I find it incredibly off-putting.   The forms - the way the women look - are just off enough for me to find it incredibly distracting. 

 

I am into the characters and the world, enough so that I devoured this volume.   However, I find the dragon, Igneel, who never shows to be fascinating given that his background seems unusual.   (Not much time is spent on him, but the reactions to this revelation show that it's not common.)   Unfortunately, I found the mystery of Igneel to be one of the most interesting aspects - and something that isn't dealt with in this volume.    What is dealt with is Lucy's magic, and her Gate Keys, and the celestial spirits she can call upon. I'm very interested in seeing where this goes. 

 

I do find this interesting enough to continue, but I can't say for sure whether or not I'll end up loving the series.   A lot of this was setup, and I don't have a great feel for the world or characters.   If something isn't horrible, I tend to be overly nice during the first volume or so: maybe the author had a shaky start, and I know how rough that can be for ongoing series, so I'd take what I'm saying with a grain of salt.   

 

For now, I'll continue.   If I get bored, or find this to be poorly done after more volumes, there's a chance I'll take a hiatus or stop reading this all together. 

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review 2017-06-23 01:03
Loved this!
Ivar, Timewalker Vol. 1: Making History - Fred Van Lente,Clayton Henry

A quick read, but mostly because I really wanted to know what happens.   Ivar, the Eternal Walker - or Timewalker - stops a Dr. Neela Seethi before she creates a time machine.   Why slowly starts to unravel in this first volume, and it's more personal than I expected.   And that's what I love about this: it doesn't shy away from paradoxes, and how to stop them, it doesn't take itself seriously, and at heart, it's about the connections people make and what they'll do to keep them. 

 

Fun, funny, with loads of action, character development, and slick, beautiful art.   

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review 2017-06-22 23:56
Lovely!
Think Tank #1 - Matt Hawkins,Rahsan Ekedal

I wasn't into this, not the first time I tried to read this, and not at the beginning.   It's pretty typical in some ways: a DARPA scientist feels guilty about creating weapons and wants out.  In fact, I've seen this time and again in sci-fi/comics.   I didn't really see anything in the writing or art to make this original, but the second time around, I was just blown away by the art.   I must have been in a really bad mood, or place, the first time around, because I can't come up with any other reason for me to dismiss this eventually. 

 

The writing, and storyline, got much more interesting as we learn what the main character will choose to work on, and I suspect he'll try to use it to escape DARPA.   But for now, I knocked off one star because I'm not incredibly into this. 

 

The art, though?  I would try anything else by this artist.   Black and white, expressive, beautiful, I just can't get enough of this art.   Honestly, this was going to be a three star review, and would have been, if I hadn't been so blown away by the art.

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review 2017-06-22 21:56
Beautiful!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8) - Joss Whedon,Andy Owens,Karl Moline

Gorgeously written and illustrated issue about Willow set during season eight of Buffy.   Won't make much sense without reading season eight first, but well worthwhile after.   

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