I forgot to pick this up in paper format and got it for a dollar in a Comixology sale. And meh, am I glad this wasn't something I paid more for because it's not as good as I expected. I was originally all in for this because of Echo, a deaf superhero. She can often do things that Daredevil can't, especially if it affects his hearing. Her deafness being a source of strength as sound is used against people and Maya (Echo's given name) is immune.
I felt the ending was anti-climatic and there's more to Maya than deafness. What she endured, how strong she became, and her ability to mimic everything she sees weren't taken advantage of to their full potential or flat out misused. (She saw the piano player who caused the sound-virus and wasn't able to mimic his finger movements. Fail. She can mimic anything immediately when she sees it, and for her not to get it the first try just to ratchet up the tension without an explanation was ridiculous. Her commenting that something was partially blocking her view - like someone jumping in front of her - would have upheld the tension without overlooking that fact.)
I honestly can't even remember the backstory. I just wasn't that into it. Oh, right, it was a Melvin Potter/Gladiator story that didn't really do it for me. The art was really nice, though, and it wasn't as disappointing as it could have been, just not as good as I'd been hoping. Overall, I was happier than I was disappointed so three stars felt fair.
Autism. A mystery to some. A way of life for others.
A cause for all since it is now the fastest growing and most common disability in the US. 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. Many of these kids will rely on their parents to some degree, depending on severity, all their lives, with estimated costs between 5 to 7 million dollars in services and care over their lifetime. Many of the services those living with Autism require are not covered by insurance. It is an expensive and difficult lifelong diagnosis to navigate.
Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan started LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance reading community in April, which is Autism Awareness/Acceptance month.
All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for Autism families. Discover more about them at kulturecity.org. Specifically, LIFT will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them.
HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?
Browse all the amazing items up for bid here: charityauction.bid/lift4autism The auction will be LIVE and open for bidding Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28.
Batman swings around Gotham, and these are the stories taking place right before that night - or leading up to it - or set during that night. Alfred gets him a dog and he fails to realize that is his gift. Harley Quinn proves she's out to do something nice for a change and he comes to a temporary understanding with her.
There are even quiet moments of peace.
Some of the stories are loud, some more subtle, but all were touching. Even the one setting up the antagonist for later on in the series - or so I assume. (It was a little vague: coming in 2017. Why would they set the up if it wasn't going to happen in this series? I don't know, but I've seen weirder things happen in comics.)