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review 2017-09-05 12:30
Batman: Volume 3 I Am Bane
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch

 

In a volume where the opposite of some of the events in Batman: I Am Suicide occur, Bane has to run a gauntlet of enemies to get to Batman. Where this didn't work well for me in the that volume, in this one it worked just fine!

 

I adored the tongue in cheek of the opening scenes in the restaurant BATBURGER! between Batman and the Robins. "Do you want to Joker up your fries?" The restaurant even had Batsuits in special cases. 

 

I also thought the comparison panels between Bruce and Bane and all the similarities that made them who they both became were brilliant. 

 

Ace the Bat-Hound has his own brief little story-mostly involving the unflappable Alfred training him while  Bruce then reaps the benefits and complains about his Christmas present. 

 

Lastly though, OMG with Catwoman! What will happen as we progress further down that road? Will it ever really take place? (I'm trying to talk about it, without spoiling it.) I am not familiar enough with the Batman series to know, and I'm not sure that people who are familiar with it would know for sure either, but that was most definitely a surprising event.

 

Overall, this has been my favorite volume of the Batman Rebirth series by Tom King. I'm so glad I stuck with it and I'm very much looking forward to the next volume!

 

*I received an e-ARC of this volume from DC Comics via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is it.* 

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text 2017-09-04 15:40
August 2017 Round Up!
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston
Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman,Richard Ianove,Andy Kubert
Mass Hysteria - Michael Patrick Hicks
Through A Glass Darkly - Donald Allen Kirch
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch
Dreamwalker - James Russell Lowell
The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests - Chris Smith,Jon Stewart
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

I read 15 books In August

 

 

Graphic Novels:

 

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

The Lost Boys Volume 1 by Tim Seeley

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Lady of Shadows by Robin Furth

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Bitter Medicine

Batman: Volume 3 I am Bane by Tom King

 

Total: 5

 

Audio Books:

 

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

The Daily Show The Book: An Oral History

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS:

 

Mass Hysteria by Michael Patrick Hicks

Spungunion by John Boden (not yet available)

 

Total: 2

 

Random Books:

 

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman

Through a Glass Darkly by Donald Kirch

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Dreamwalker by Russell James

 

Total: 4

 

 

 

 

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

Running Count: 6

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

 

Running Count: 33! Challenge Met!

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-15 08:29
New to me superhero.
Blue Beetle Vol. 1: The More Things Change (Rebirth) (Blue Beetle (Rebirth)) - Keith Giffen,Scott Kolins

New to me superhero in that I'd heard the name but not read any previous issues.

 

This is a new incarnation of The Blue Beetle, Jamie Reyes, teenager, and he has a scarab beetle-type tech welded to his back. Unfortunately, someone wants it back and it appears it can't be removed without killing him.

Fun in the way a teenage hero should be. Lots of worrying about skipping school to do superhero duty and hanging with friends that know your secret (it's barely a secret, the world and his wife seems to know). Lots of banter between school friends and with his mentor, former Blue Beetle, Ted Kord.


We get his origin in several panels almost at the end of the book rather than a whole issue at the beginning.


The artwork is bright and well drawn. 


Impressed, can't wait to get the next issue.
 

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review 2017-08-14 03:56
New Super-Man, Vol. 1: Made in China
New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China (Rebirth) (Super-Man - New Super-Man (Rebirth)) - Gene Luen Yang,Viktor Bogdanovic

This book had a weak start, but a stronger finish. It started off with Kong Kenan bullying a classmate. When that classmate was attacked by a supervillain, he threw a can at him and managed to save his classmate. This was caught on camera and Kenan pretended to be a hero to impress the cute reporter interviewing him. Based on this action alone, Kenan was chosen by a secret government organization to be turned into the New Super-Man and be part of the newly created Justice League of China along with the Chinese Wonder-Woman and Bat-Man. The two people chosen to be Wonder-Woman and Bat-Man were both vetted and trained before given powers, but not Kenan. For some reason it was deemed a good idea to give him the powers without any further research into him.

 

Kenan then had difficulties controlling his new powers, understandably, so was told to research the original Justice League members to learn more. When Wonder-Woman and Bat-Man were sent out to save someone, Kenan convinced the leader of the project to let him go to because he knew the passcode to get into the place the woman lived. I didn't understand why they didn't just make him tell them the passcode or even just have Wonder-Woman fly herself and Bat-Man over the gates since she can fly. Kenan's powers were unstable and he'd had no training at this point. And he did indeed proceed to mess things up in a huge way. The secret organization just made a lot of highly questionable decisions in the beginning of the book that had me wondering how they'd managed to get this far.

 

Luckily things improved once the story focused more on Kenan's relationship with his father and his maturing as a person as he began to realize the new responsibility he suddenly had with these powers. Wonder-Woman and Bat-Man were a good balance for him as more veteran heroes who have a better handle on their powers and the responsibility that comes with it, while still having room for character growth as they bonded with the New Super-Man. I liked their group dynamics.

 

I do feel like there were too many characters introduced in just one book though. In addition to the 3 superheroes of the Justice League of China, there were 2 opposing teams introduced, resulting in about 20 superheroes and supervillains introduced in just 6 issues. And that's not counting the non-supers also in the book. One of the teams didn't get fleshed out at all, so I'm guessing they'll get more focus later, but it was just hard to keep everyone straight with so many people getting introduced.

 

Despite a weak start due to a lot of questionable decision-making from the government agency giving the powers to the New Super-Man, the 3 members of the Justice League of China made an endearing team that were fun to watch work together. And with Kenan's relationship with his father, this book created a nice foundation for Kenan's journey to being a hero. I look forward to seeing where this series goes next.

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review 2017-08-06 23:41
Cover promises much but the inside fails to deliver.
The Hellblazer Vol. 1: The Poison Truth (Rebirth) - Simon Oliver,Moritat

Collects issue 1 - 6

 

I've not read any Constantine before, so this is my introduction to the character.

 

        FYI. This is the correct cover.

 

Not exactly what I as hoping for. For the most part the story was boring. And just as it started to get more interesting it finished. The magic was pretty much non-existent or so low key as to raise little more than a meh from me. There seemed to be a lot of talking and not a lot of action. Swamp Thing shared a lot of the page time. The author had much to say on the political climate, being anti-Trump, anti-Brexit, and anti-Tory but I found it laid on with a trowel and it just served to make me roll my eyes and pull me out of the story.

 

John Constantine is a chain-smoking, hard-drinking foul-mouthed antihero. And yet all the swear words were censored (apart from one occasion when Swamp Thing referred to JC as a 'total wanker'). I didn't understand the need for this, it diluted the impact of everything else. This is not a child-friendly character, stick a 'parental guidance'  statement on it and let the parents do their job. 

 


Two different artists worked on this volume. The artist for issues 1-4 had a sketchy style with a darker tone and a more rugged, haggard JC. 

 

It probably suited the character better then the artist who pencilled 5 & 6. These had much cleaner lines and was more cartoony in nature. The colouring was brighter and JC seemed more clean cut.

 

 

With an unapologetic bisexual character I was hoping for something more diverse in my reading. Instead we get just one panel that implies his sexuality. And then it was a taunt by a racist, skinhead, bovver boy (cliche, anyone?) 

 

 

I'm hoping his bisexuality will get more positive treatment in future issues.


An okay read but nothing special. Overall a disappointing introduction to what should be a diverse and interesting character.

 

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