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review 2017-08-20 00:52
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

Another of my favorite Batman villains.   Then again, he gets such good villains!  


Still not my absolute favorite, but I'm still enjoying this.  It's weird fan service, and I'm into that in general. 

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review 2017-08-20 00:21
Poison Ivy!
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #3 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

I do miss her relationship with Harley, which was, true, more explicit in the comics than the TV show.   (This was on sale on Comixology recently, under their all-age sale, and I don't regret the buck I spent on each issue.   Gotta admit: I'm more excited about a possible Inhumans sale for the IMAX movie and later the TV show premiere at the end of September.)


Anyway, I love what they did with Poison Ivy and how everyone worked together to send her back to Arkham.   


Still not crazy about the art, and still not finding this the very best crossover, or even media tie-in, that IDW has produced.   (The Ghostbusters/TMNT and Edward Scissorhands ones were WAY better.)

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review 2017-08-20 00:07
So, not my favorite issue
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #2 (of 6) - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

Even with Joker and Harley, I'm becoming less impressed with the art as this goes on.   Then again, I do enjoy how weird it is, how much it makes sense given the weird concept, and how in character everyone is. 


It's cute, but it's not IDW's best crossover by far. 

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review 2017-08-14 03:06
Fun crossover!
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 (of 6) - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

IDW seems particularly adept at crossovers that might not seem to make much sense, that seem impossible to do in a way that isn't pure crack-fic, and yet... they pull it all together.   (There is an adult Batman/TMNT crossover, but that's not on sale: this was, and I had a coupon that would only work if I added three dollars.   It was five off fifteen I believe, and I figured I'd give this a try because the first three issues were on sale and worked in combination with the coupon.)


So far, this seems to make sense.   The Krangs create portals into an alternate universe - Batman's universe, and they release Batman's villains into the Turtle's world.   When Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, makes his way back to his own world, Batman catches Two-Face, only to hear his rambling about another world.   (With Two-Face's duplicity and obsession with twos, I'm sure Batman thought it might be Dent's personal psychosis coming into play.)


And there are others: Joker and Harley, Poison Ivy, Clayface, The Mad Hatter.   Maybe another?  I'm too tired to go back and check.   The turtles fight Clayface and push him back through a portal, so I suspect Batman will bring Clayface back to Arkham. 


For the others, though?   I suspect those will take place in the turtles' New York.   So far this is fun, but the art is a little hit and miss for me.   (I'm halfway through the second issue where a male character kinda looks like he has small boobs in the spandex, for example.)


It's not a killer for me, because it's mostly decent at the very least.   And I ended up buying the last three issues before the sale ends tomorrow, because after one issue I'm invested enough to want to know.   I'll probably want the original, adult mini-series, too, but not enough that I want it unless it's on sale.   (I sampled the first couple issues.   Good art technically, but the style is one that always makes me an unhappy reader.   I may just see if this comes up on Hoopla or get it from the library, to be honest.)

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text 2017-08-02 14:06
Chawton: Jane Austen's Home
Jane Austen's Hampshire - Terry Townsend
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) - Vivien Jones,Tony Tanner,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen,Gillian Beer
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen,Marilyn Butler,Claire Lamont
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Emma - Jane Austen,Fiona Stafford
Teenage Writings (Oxford World's Classics) - Kathryn Sutherland,Freya Johnston,Jane Austen
Lady Susan - Harriet Walter,Carole Boyd,Kim Hicks,Jane Austen
Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed - Marie Dobbs,Anne Telscombe,Jane Austen

... during the last 8 years of her life, during which she wrote all of her major novels (and saw four of them published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma).


The dining room, with Jane's writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window.

Jane's bedroom (also the room where most of her family said goodbye to her before she died).

A replica of the blue dress and bonnet that Jane is wearing in the portrait sketched of her by her sister Cassandra.

A quilt handmade by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, and a muslin shawl embroidered by Jane.


And last but not least ...

The museum's resident cat! :D




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