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review 2019-02-17 23:37
YA graphic novel about the teenage Catwoman; falls short of expectations, lacks depth, and is full of foul language
Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale - Lauren Myracle,Isaac Goodhart

Life pretty much sucks for Selina Kyle, at least for as long as she stays living at home with her mom and the endless stream of boyfriends she brings home. None have been as bad as the latest guy, Dernell, who’s cruel and will even lock Selina up in a closet when he wants to teach her a lesson. When something happens to Selina’s new cat, she can’t take it anymore; life on the streets will surely be better than staying where she feels so unhappy.

Selina joins a small ‘pack’ of street kids, learns parkour, gets close to an old friend and takes on the new name and persona ‘Catgirl.’ Usually more of a loner, she begrudgingly learns she has to trust others if she is going to survive. And she also plans to carry out some not-so-small heists in gritty, crime-addled Gotham City.


This YA graphic novel is fresh from the DC Ink line and is written by author Lauren Myracle, who is no stranger to teen and tween lit, writing the bestsellers ttyl, ttfn, l8r, and g8r. This also means some pretty high expectations, because of Myracle’s familiarity with her audience and her success.

‘Under The Moon’ also happens to be about probably one of the coolest female comic book icons, Catwoman, although here we really have a version of her unlike any that has been seen before. Since this Selina is only fourteen years old, she really is a girl, and so calling it ‘A Catwoman Tale’ is definitely a bit of a stretch. And so begins the problems, because if anyone has read or seen any incarnation of this character before, it’s really hard to remove that image or knowledge (only just recently Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas came out as #3 in the DC Icons series).


In previous comics and the novel I just mentioned, we see an older Selina, who takes care of her younger sister and is trained under Carmine Falcone, as well as a past that included her mother dying, being a prostitute, as well as training and living in Europe.


‘Under the Moon’ gives us a Selina with a wealth of issues: she’s a runaway, she stops going to school as a result (making her a high-school dropout), and resorts to cutting to relieve her emotional pain. While I understand the notion of presenting a teen character who has the inclination to run from her home situation (abuse in the home is a pretty valid reason), or has a problem with self-harming (I will warn readers now about this, because it’s a big trigger), since these may be relatable issues for some readers, I also take issue with that being done in a responsible manner. I feel like these are risky, BIG topics to so lightly insert into a slim 96-page graphic novel, with very little insight. It’s irresponsible to add in a topic like self-harming so casually.


Since this is aimed at teens who are 13 to 17, I also feel like the flagrant use of foul language was wholly unnecessary. Unlike another teen DC graphic novel coming out soon after this, Kami Garcia’s ‘Teen Titans: Raven,’ that doesn’t have expletives and talk about things like penis size thrown in, this probably will be the reason for reconsideration for libraries (especially school libraries) carrying this book. I am not naïve about the use of swearing in YA lit, but it seems excessive in ‘Under The Moon’ and distracted me from the story, being used in a way that seemed like it was used to pander to  young readers (who may think it’s ‘cool’ to talk like this).


I also got a very mixed notion as to who Selina is because of the swings in her characterization. Her portrayal is quite inconsistent, at once dismissive of the few friends she has, then she acts the opposite way soon afterward (although her compassion towards Rosie in the latter part of the novel is heart-warming). The self-harming comes out of nowhere. She is sometimes self-assured and then not remotely confident. And her connection to Bruce Wayne, which apparently starts in preschool, feels more confusing than it ever is in most literary and cinematic portrayals of Catwoman so far. Him being at public school is yet another diversion from his own origin story.

Something else that irritated me, is Selina’s inconsistent connection to CATS. I wasn’t convinced entirely by the way she came to call herself ‘Catgirl’ despite the event that preceded this juncture.


I wanted so much to love this graphic novel: the sentiments of her being a stray and her loneliness are powerful, with these being reasons for her ‘cat-burglar’ behavior, but I found too many problems that I couldn’t look past. Fleshed out and with paying more attention to the deeper issues in this story I would maybe go along with Selina’s backstory, but I can't recommend this, as it is right now (*as always, edits may be made before publication), to the targeted reader group.


**Points/extra star for cool artwork.



Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/38452822-under-the-moon?ac=1&from_search=true
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review 2019-02-10 19:46
Still a favorite series
West Coast Avengers (2018-) #7 - Kelly Thompson,Daniele Di Nicuolo,Eduard Petrovich

I think the Gwenpool/Kid Omega hookup has to be my favorite part of this.   Quire has a heart?   And it's fun to read about it!

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review 2019-02-10 19:39
Still loving this series
The Punisher (2018-) #7 - Matt Rosenberg,Szymon Kudranski,Greg Smallwood

It's pretty much Castle in prison, getting beat up and tortured, and meeting up with badass nuns who are also in prison. 


Yeah, a nun.   And for those who don't know, Castle almost became a priest at one point.   That's right.   Before he enlisted, way before he went to war, had a family, lost a family and the Punisher. 


That being said, this is a lot of fun, the art is great, and I'm loving this series. 


Look, I know my reviews are short lately, but there are days where it's a miracle I get out of bed.   It's pretty much a miracle I got anything read and am posting, so there's that. 


Also, why my package to Mallory hasn't been sent.  (It's all packed up and I just didn't manage to make it on my busy Saturday; the plan is for it to go out tomorrow after work!)

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review 2019-02-10 19:34
Different team, no rocket
Guardians of the Galaxy (2019-) #1 - Donny Cates,Geoff Shaw,David Marquez

They don't talk about Rocket.  I haven't been able to figure out why yet. 


But hey, here they're teasing us with Rocket's death.


Ask me if I'm happy, I dare you.   Most Guardian titles get a five star, because I've found them to be charming, partly because of what an a-hole Rocket is.   Now, between what the writer says and how they deal with this?   Rocket may not be dead.   But I didn't read Infinity Wars, which I found to be crap by the end of issue one - which I got for free. 


That being said, I did read the wikia articles about each issue.   And then I started searching for Rocket's name.  Basically, I don't know what happened to him - but fandom would if he were dead.   He's not, or there's been no solid confirmation of his death.  I don't trust this tweet, because author's think they're teasing us, but I feel like it's lying to us to be mysterious.   Except this time?  The lie might work out in my favor.  


Art is typical comic style done well.   It's not that the writing is bad per se, but I feel like this team doesn't mesh, and won't as well as the original Guardians team did.  So it's basically the author trying to jam legos into toys that are 100% not legos, and when they finally jam together and kinda stay there he's like 'ta-da, see it works!' 


I mean, I guess, but not as well as you want me to think?


By the way, yes, I would have most likely found this one star more tolerable - at least - if Cates did an even semi-good Rocket that called everyone out on what d-holes they were.   And build explosives that blew up moons.   I mean, yeah, I kinda love him for that so hard!

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review 2019-02-10 19:22
Moon Girl and Dr. Strange
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #39 - Brandon Montclare,Natacha Bustos

And it's super adorable.   They're fighting off Nightmare and Bad Dream and all those mystical folks who are disrupting everyone's sleep.  As always, this is an all-ages fun title - and that includes folks who are older like me, and who like both lighter and darker fare, so long as it's done well. 


This is light, fun, and done incredibly well, from the storytelling that finds ways to do these light, kid-friendly stories month after month without getting old, or the art that is, once again, very comic book style, but very well done.   And I keep bringing this up: there is, in American comics at least, a very standard style.   (Then again, Japan has manga.   And there are differences between artists, but even they tend to stick with a standard style.   And it's not really a bad thing.  I admit my favorite artists tend to stray from he style, or try something new, because they stick out in my mind, but I have some favorites - Michael Turner, or Chris Bachalo, or Brendan Cahill* - who do don't do it either.   What I'm trying to say is: standard style or not, I like it when the art is done well as it is in many of my favorite series.


*I own two Cahill originals, from Lost Light and Robots in Disguise, two Transformers series.   They are the TF pieces that resonate the most with me, and he became a favorite when I saw the art in person.   So, yeah, sometimes it's that...

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