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review 2018-06-02 19:09
Best of the Three Collected
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 2 - Ryan Benjamin,James Tynion, Noelle Stevenson

Of the three Sensation Comics Collections I have read, this is my favorite. It is also the most feminist.

 

There are two stories where Wonder Woman is not a central character - one about a woman army officer and another about two sisters. Both those stories feature girls and women of color.  Both stories are about the power of story telling and family - be it a sister or your brothers in arms.  They are also wonderful because the stories are not the standard woman sticks it to the men who under estimated her crap storylines.  

 

The story about a young musican coming into adulthood is also well done - in particular WW's line about the lasso and mansplaining. However, what I really enjoyed about that story is the look at a young teen star growing adulthood, what she wants and what those parents of her fans want her to be.   

 

Many of the stories feature minority characters - including one that takes place on Venus which also is about STEM and women in a predominately male job.  

 

I enjoyed the Lois Lane and WW story as well. I don't usually like Lois, but in that story she rocked. It was awesome seeing the two of them as friends.  

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review 2018-05-28 23:19
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This book had so much going for it, I'm surprised that I didn't like it more. It's not that I didn't like it, but I felt pretty apathetic toward it most of the time. 

For starters, being named "Nimona", I figured she was the main character, but it really focused more on Ballister Blackheart. I liked him as a character, but I was expecting to learn more about Nimona ("Yeah, that's cool, Blackheart, but what about Nimona?"). It wasn't a bad set up, I just wasn't prepared for it. This mostly focuses on Blackheart with Nimona coming in and creating complete chaos once in a while. 

Nimona is definitely a very funny character. She's so random and hilarious. However, I would have liked to actually know her backstory. There are a few theories discussed in the book, but you never really know who she is, which is a bit of a letdown. This may have been part of why I became apathetic after a while. I couldn't connect with Nimona, because I had no idea who she really was. Her character felt flat without a backstory. 

I also really didn't like the artwork. It was too simple and dull. None of the pictures really stand out. The coloration all kind of blends together. Even during the fighting scenes, I just didn't feel engaged in the art. I wasn't drawn in. I saw what happened, then moved on to the next page. It didn't make me want to linger on each frame like say, Lumberjanes. 

I did really enjoy the science fiction-fantasy mashup. On one page a knight is watching the news on a screen and on another medieval guards come in and use some weird taser-spear. It was cool the way magic works with science in the book. 

Lord Blackheart's relationship with Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin was also insanely frustrating. What could have been an adorable and tragic love story turned into this weird guessing game of Do They Like-Like Each Other or Are They Just Really Good Friends? It drove me nuts.

Overall, the story was interesting. It's a little chaotic at times, because it started out as a webcomic, but I enjoyed it for the most part. I liked the story, but the characters felt flat and underdeveloped. It was interesting, but not great.
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review 2018-05-14 03:07
Lumberjanes Vol. 2 - Noelle Stevenson
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one, but it was still an entertaining graphic novel. I love all of the characters (Ripley is my favorite for obvious reasons) and was excited to see Jen become a bigger part of the team. 

Great artwork with hilarious moments (I lost it at the curtain over the keyhole) and suspenseful ones (JO!). A very good mix of emotions in this one. 

The thing I didn't like about this one was that it felt even more random than the first one. It kind of felt like it was just tying up a bunch of loose ends from the first book. It was still fun and interesting, but not as engaging. Sometimes things got thrown in without any buildup so they felt very random. There were a few times I had to pause reading to figure out what in the world was going on.

But the plot is still really interesting and I still enjoyed the book. 

Included in the book is also a short tutorial for making friendship bracelets because FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX and all that awesomeness. 

As with the first, the Lumberjanes use influential females' names as exclamations ("Holy bell hooks!"). Awesome and empowering. 

There is also a preview of Giant Days, which looks promising. 

Great book. Can't wait to read the third one. 
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review 2018-04-27 15:16
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke A. Allen

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Loved it! An awesome graphic novel filled with adventure, hilarity, and PUNS!

Well-written and very intriguing with great artwork. This is an amazing graphic novel. 

My only complaint was the various typos in the Lumberjanes Field Manual pages, but they are pretty minor and not all that important to the overall story. 

The artwork in this book is fantastic. I really liked how all of the Lumberjanes actually look different. You can tell they weren't drawn by a man who tries to use the "Frozen excuse" ("How do you draw different women-folk who look different but are still attractive! Ah! Female characters are so hard to draw! Men are so much easier!"). Even their nose shapes are different in this one. A refreshing change to the world of comics where every woman is based off the same goddess-like archetype. Very, very well-done. 

I also really liked the story. This is a wonderful start to a series. It gives just enough information to keep you interested and wanting to read more without frustrating you with the mysteries of the plot. Perfection!

I really enjoyed the story in the book and look forward to continuing the series. 

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text 2018-02-01 04:35
January wrap-up 2018
Checkmate this is effortless - Kennedy Fox
Checkmate : This is dangerous - Kennedy Fox
Checkmate : This is beautiful - Kennedy Fox
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
Food Wars!, Vol. 1: Shokugeki no Soma - Shun Saeki,Yuto Tsukuda

5 books total

3 kindle books

1 graphic novel 

1 manga

1 audiobook 

 

Favorite two books  Checkmate This is Dangerous  and food wars vol 1

 

Hope you all had a great reading month

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