Daredevil: Back in Black, Volume 1: Chinatown by Charles Soule
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this more than I did. I think it's because I loved other Daredevil book so much. I didn't care for the artwork. For lack of a better word, it was too scratchy looking for me, which didn't work well with the monochromatic colors. Also, it was hard to keep up with the storyline. Although there was an interesting twist with the villain, and things get crazy when Hand ninjas show up. Also I did like that Daredevil's new sidekick is Asian. It might have been something of a plotpoint, but at least there is POC representation here.
I think I have high expectations when it comes to Daredevil, from my other reading of this character and the movie, and most certainly the recent Netflix series. It's not bad. It's decent. Just not as great as I was hoping.
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Ann Lister is one of my favorite authors and I loved her The Rock Gods serise and when I saw this book I knew that I had to read it.
This book doesn't feel like a spin-off as much as continuation of the Rock Gods serise since you could see all the characters from the series and they still play some how a major role in the book and as much as it was good to see the guys from Black Ice & Ivory Tower I wasn't that much fond of Zac & Ben, they were annoying and ridiculous and sometimes they acted childishly, also I didn't feel any romance between them, the twist with their family felt a little bit dramatic and I kinda sensed it from the start.
Overall this was not as good as the pervious books and it was an okay read because I got see all my favorite guys from the other books, still I am not giving up on this serise and hope the next book is better because I am definitely looking forward to Fizzbo story.
Kid Artists does a fantastic job of introducing a variety of artists to young readers. Divided into three sections, the artists included are from a variety of backgrounds and styles. I was particularly pleased with the inclusion of Canadian artist Emily Carr, whose home I toured on a visit to Victoria, B.C.
Each artist's mini-biography starts in childhood and continues on to show the effects of their early circumstances and experiences on their adult lives and artistic careers. Written in a very accessible manner, the illustrations stand out as a compliment to the text and for the humor that they add.
Recommended for intermediate to middle grade readers (or their parents & educators) who enjoy learning about other people’s lives, and especially for those who are aspiring artists.
This review refers to a free review copy received from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own. My full, original review may be read at http://wp.me/p5Tcfi-1y1