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review 2018-04-06 07:21
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now - Erica Henderson,Ryan North

DNF: Page 49


I checked out this book while I was doing my Comixology free trial and the work did not click with me.


The artwork was a bit offputting for me. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't like the art style because of how the facial expression was drawn. Most of the characters share the same goofy looking faces in the panels I read. I don't mind silly facial expressions for a few scenes, but frequently seeing them becomes old.


The main thing that I couldn't stand in this book was the writing. I'm willing to deal with art styles I don't like if the story or writing is intriguing and entertaining (Higurashi and Umineko visual novels for example). Unfortunately, the comic's writing was the weakest point. It tries too hard to be funny and quirky. The worst part would have to be when the writer points out stuff to the reader like this example: "From Wikipedia. You can tell because this looks a lot like a Wikipedia entry." Lines like that example happen a lot in this comic from the panels to the margins at the bottom of the pages. I don't find those funny, and it breaks me away from the plot. 


This comic was not for me. 

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review 2018-01-01 06:00
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It - Erica Henderson,Ryan North

Squirrel Girl comics are always enjoyable and this was no exception.


I liked how clever this volume was. The choose your own adventure comic was so much fun. Plus, Doreen’s foray into online dating was so relatable. I loved how the last comic gave us a (totally not boring) computer science lesson.


Overall, this was another great volume.


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review 2017-12-23 00:24
Yes, please!
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings (2017) #2 (of 5) - Gustavo Duarte,Nick Bradshaw,Ryan North,Phil Noto,Christopher Priest

So, yeah, I forgot to add the cover, but it doesn't really do Phil Noto's art inside justice.   Just perfection!   And Christopher Priest is nailing this.  Lead by an Alpha Primative, a human turned slave by the Inhumans, Black Bolt, Medusa, and Maximus are now in the human world - thanks to Lockjaw.   They're unsure of if they're being used or not, but if they aren't?   It means there's to be a coup in Attilan and they're in danger.   


So they navigate the human world, in the hopes of finding the truth and allies, even as enemies - and family - track them down.   The Seeker is more of a danger than Karnak, who simply wants to find his brother, Triton - one of my favorite Inhumans, so yes to this storyline.   Triton's been captured on Earth, by humans who believe he's an alien and are trying to communicate with him. 


But even if this weren't a brilliantly written series, this would be worth it just for the art alone which is some of the most gorgeous I've seen in comics.  I don't really follow Phil Noto, but every time I see his art, I remember why I love him so damn much.   

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review 2017-08-08 20:00
Romeo and/or Juliet / Ryan North
Romeo and/or Juliet - Ryan North

Shakespeare’s plays weren’t meant to be read. They were meant…to be played.

What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? This choose-your-own-path version of Romeo and Juliet—packed with fun puzzles, secrets, and quadrillions of possible storylines—lets you decide where the plot goes every time you read. You might play as Romeo, or as Juliet, or as both of them at the same time.


This was a fun idea and I really wanted to love it. It reminded me of many of the books that I bought from Scholastic Books during grades 6 and 7, puzzle books, mystery books, that a child could go through multiple times and still find new treats by taking different turns.

I don’t know how many times I started through this choose-your-own-adventure book, trying to actually follow the Bard’s version of the story, only to get distracted by goofy story lines that I just couldn’t pass by. Unfortunately, goofy was the general standard of the various branchings and the writing was a great disappointment. Less silliness and more depth would have been welcome.

I still don’t know if it was even possible to get to the traditional ending of the play. I lost interest in trying after about a dozen attempts.

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review 2017-06-22 01:34
Adventure Time Vol. 1 - Branden Lamb,Shelli Paroline,Ryan North

I just have this perverse need to read this since 1, I have it, and 2, I have to prove to myself that Adventure Time is not for me.   Sorry!

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