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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-24 13:40
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive!!!
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - Christopher Sebela,Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

It took me forever to finish it, because I really wanted to take my time. With graphic novels/comics, I find myself just flying through them too fast, I really want to make them last longer from now on.

 

Summary: Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight.  But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt...

 

I loved this one. I really REALLY loved this one.

I love the whole story, the idea that they lived so many lives, that they keep coming back, just so they can kill each other again and again. THIS IS CRAZY. And kinda cool.

 

I loved the two main girls Mali and Tessa. I loved Mali's father coming back as a little girl. Those moments where just way too hilarious. I LOVED IT.

 

I seriously can't wait to read more of this story. I NEED MORE. Soon. FAST. NOW.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-21 06:57
Batgirl Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside (Rebirth... Batgirl Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside (Rebirth) - Hope Larson,Rafael Albuquerque

This volume contained Issues #1 – 6.

 

Barbara Gordon travels to Japan to train with combat masters of the East. But on her first day she runs into an old friend who causes a whole load of problems for her and whose actions place a target on Batgirl’s back.

 

Gordon is in fine form in this volume, using her combat skills, technology skills, and library science skills to fight against this new nemesis. The new skills she struggles to learn also help her save herself and her friend. The only downside, for me, in this issue is the unnecessary romance between her and her old friend. Why do they have to be lovers? Why can’t a man and a woman just be friends?

 

It’s also not the best issue to start with if someone is new to DC because it assumes the reader knows who Babs is and what she can do. Her personality is already firmly established. There is nothing new here beyond the skill she learns from the people she meets in this issue. There’s only a brief hint to the long period where she was wheelchair-bound (the great Oracle days) and is easily missed. I personally am still torn whether it’s tolerable or bad that she is no longer paralyzed.

 

Overall, it’s an acceptable iteration. Issues #7-10 are already available.

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review 2017-05-14 16:04
The Creeps by Fran Krause
The Creeps: A Deep Dark Fears Collection - Fran Krause

The Creeps was an adorable collection of comic strips about our daily fears, some valid- others completely silly. What fun!

 

There is nothing complicated here, but what I found myself thinking about most of all when I finished was the fact that inside- we are so much alike as a people, as human beings. Our silly minds imagine scary things sometimes, but it's nice to know that other people's minds do the same thing.

 

This is quick read, it's entertaining and some of these strips may hit just the right spot for you and make you either laugh, think, or both. Recommended!

 

*Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-05-11 23:29
Cyborg Vol 1
Cyborg Vol. 1: The Imitation Of Life (Rebirth) (Cyborg (Rebirth)) - John Semper,Will Conrad,Paul Pelletier

Disappointing. We get a recap in memories of Cyborg's origin story. Then Cyborg discovering that his father is worried whether he saved his son or has simply created a machine with no humanity. This thread is quite an interesting idea, but I don't think it was fully explored before it was buried under the story of the machines that want Cyborg to denounce his humanity and join them. There are several story threads here that aren't finished in this collection, in fact nothing is really resolved, which is a disappointment. I like to have some part of the story arc resolved even if we are left on a cliffhanger on another part.

 

Artwork: This started off well (although Vic looked older than 21 to me). A different style to the type that I really like but it seemed to suit the story and characters. Then the artist changed and in the last two issues (especially the second half of the final issue) the artwork got much more carton-like and didn't even try to emulate the style in the first four issues.

 

Will I pick up the next collection? yes, probably, but only because I want to know what happens. 

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photo 2017-05-11 23:00

Went to my local comic book store on Free Comic Book Day (May 6, 2017). I arrived around 4pm and the line took approximately one hour just to get in. The employees were throwing out trivia questions for prizes, which is how I got the Batman comic that is in the picture. I wasn't able to purchase any comic books because I was with someone who wanted to leave and they were my ride so I had to listen to them (the woes of not having my own car). Plus the line to purchase items looked like a two hour wait and I was in no mood to wait in another line. It was really great to see them have such good business though. It was the first time I've been to a comic book shop (because no car) and I was relieved I didn't have to deal with any snide comments. I'm hoping the atmosphere is as positive during regular business days because I want to browse their Funko collection one day.

 

I highly recommend FCBD to anyone who has the chance to go. Many comic book stores sell comic books other than the Big 2. And FBCD has special issues to help people who wouldn't normally be into comic books get into comic books, such as The Legend of Zelda or Spongebob Squarepants. They have kids and teenage and adult (not that kind of adult, mind you) comic books so anyone and everyone can find something they like on FBCD. It is an annual event on the first Saturday of May and you find a local comic book store that participates using this link.

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