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review 2017-04-24 16:51
ON TURPENTINE LANE by ELINOR LIPMAN
On Turpentine Lane - Elinor Lipman

What a sweet, funny book! There were several times I would read a phrase and think, "I need to write that down and pretend I just made it up." I just loved this book. There's a murder mystery that's only a slight mystery. The love story was great. Even the fights with the ex's were written with humor and kindness. Fantastic book! I'd recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary romance written with humor. I'm planning on reading more by this author.

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review 2017-04-23 23:45
The Flintstones (2016-) Vol. 1 - Mark Russell,Steve Pugh

Well, that wasn't what I was expecting. Rather than a funny look at stone age life a la the cartoon I remember as a child, I was faced with an interesting commentary on social issues.

PTSD in soldiers

Treatment of immigrant labour

Consumerism

(Gay) Marriage - Kudos for Fred standing up for the 'non-breeders' right to marry.

Government manipulating troops into attacking innocent tribes just to get their land.

Bullying politicians

 

It was darker than I thought it would be. I was grinning as I started, because Fred had to show a group of Neanderthals a night on the town and one of them had such joy at being in Bedrock. Everything was new and exciting to him and you could see the joy on his face as he skipped over to buy a balloon from a stand on the street and won himself a hat from a grabber machine. And then they killed him off on a whim from Fred's boss and the whole tone of the comic changed for me.

The artwork was bright and bold but the story was far from this and the humour was dark.

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-04-19 19:02
Loved it, But Still Had Problems With This One
Jessica Jones (2016-) #6 - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis

So in issue #6 we have Jessica Jones finally some would say turning against the mess that Carol Danvers has gotten her into. We do know that Jessica plans on exploring what she was told in the prior issue, which is that the super-heroes have purposely destroyed other realities in order to make sure the reality they all currently exist in stayed the main one.

 

We do have a swift end to some nonsense with someone who is out to get Carol and who never watched a movie before about what happens when the bad guy spills all of their plans.

 

There is some rhetoric thrown out about Carol helping Jessica with soothing Luke's anger at  her (seriously, does no one own a phone?) and then Jessica realizing that maybe she has given up way too much for such a little payoff (you think girl?).


The artwork and language made me smile since it made me think more of the Jessica Jones I saw on the Netflix show (that is a good thing). The first few issues felt off to me, and now I know why.

 

We get an appearance by Maria Hill and also seems to be in the dark about what Jessica has been up to and why and once again I just don't get the secrecy behind it.

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review 2017-04-19 18:57
Continuing Saga of the Mess of Jessica Jones's Life
Jessica Jones (2016-) #5 - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis

I honestly loved this and the next comic in the series. The colors in this one seem more vibrant, ie. I can see people's expressions. I know that the watercolor effect is kinda cool, but man oh man the first two issues I was squinting away.

 

In issue #5 we have Jessica being brought down to the jail to help out the police and talk to the husband of her former client. What the man starts to reveal to Jessica Jones about other realities and what exactly the Avengers and other so-called heroes have been up to will shock Jessica's world.


We also then having Luke Cage (still an ass) getting talked to like the child he is acting like from Ben Ulrich (see Daredevil). 

 

I still don't get why Carol Danvers had Jessica lie about what was going on to her husband (Luke Cage) and whys he felt the need to kidnap her daughter and hide her with her mother. Frankly it feels like things that romance novels would include that would tick all of us readers off. You would think that none of these people heard of having a freaking conversation before.


This one of course ends with Jessica about to make a deal with the devil.

 

I have to say though that one reason why I am starting to fall out of love with reading comics (Marvel) right now is that I don't want to have to read across different series to figure out what is going on. There are references to the Inhumans, another Civil War between the superheroes, etc. I already read Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) so I know enough ins and outs to figure out what people are talking about. But I really wish that most of these authors would consider these being standalones for us comic readers who don't want to dip in and out of a bunch of different series to follow one story-line. 

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review 2017-04-14 15:06
Lone Ranger / Green Hornet: Champions of Justice - Michael Uslan

First off, I didn't realise that The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet were related. Turns out they are.
When I picked up this title I was imagining some sort of time travel storyline. I didn't expect the Lone Ranger to be an old man. However there was enough flashbacks to get a sense of him in his prime.
I enjoyed the artwork and the action sequences. The storyline while simplistic seemed to reflect a lot of what is happening in politics today. In fact TLR makes a comment about 'jews, people of colour and homosexuals being persecuted', and while I agree with the sentiment it it's unlikely to be something that would have been said in 1936/7, what with homosexuality being against the law. (Had there been an indication of a more intimate relationship between one of the partnerships I'd have even let this slide)  Apart from this slip the history seemed to be pretty much on the money.
Where the story fell down for me is that it seems to get bogged down under its own backstory and on occasion took itself too seriously.
Overall an interesting title.

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