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review 2018-04-07 01:22
Penny Dreadful - The Awakening
Penny Dreadful - The Awakening - Chris King

I enjoyed this so much. It also makes me really, really miss the show even more than I did before. I am still so upset it was canceled the way it was.

 

This is a glimpse into what could have been had it been allowed to continue.

 

**Also, I had to add this edition myself (and I'm never sure if I do that right), and when I added the Illustrator Jesus Hervas, BL credited it to Jesus Santos Hervas, who is apparently a translator of an edition of Anna Karenina. I'm not entirely sure they're the same person, so I submitted an edit.

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review 2018-04-04 17:44
Paper Girls (Book One) by Brian K. Vaughn et al
Paper Girls (Book One) - Matt Wilson,Cliff Chiang,Jared K. Fletcher,Brian K. Vaughan

I almost gave up on this comic series at page 10 as I had all the homophobia I could take from a comic book. Then Tiffany called Mac out on her shit and told her to knock off the slurs and not make an AIDS joke, and I was well, I like Tiffany. So I kept reading for Tiffany, but by the end of the book I was rooting with all the girls (including Melissa). What a great ride the first 10 issues were; I really picked up my reading pace after they time warped/traveled to 2016. Leaving this story at the end (they have reunited with KJ in the fourth fold) was bittersweet. Although I am not one for 80s nostalgia (I was 10 in 1989) except for music, I really rooted for the four papergirls to get back to 1988 and save the world. Brian K. Vaughn is quickly becoming my favorite indie comic writer - the humor, the emotional turns, the science fiction that isn't too over my head makes for such fun reading. Highly recommend, just take those first few pages with promise that it does it better.

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review 2018-04-02 19:58
Wild Card
Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Wild Card - Mark Powers,Jim Butcher

[I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.]

I put up reading that one, thinking it’d spoil me too much about some of the Dreaden Files books I haven’t read yet, but, uhm, turned out it didn’t. Or maybe I’ve ‘forgotten’ just enough details from the books that whatever may have been a spoiler, I just didn’t realise it? Oh well. Good thing in any case.

Globally an entertaining story, with high stakes of the kind you’d find in one of the novels, and a plan coming from a devious enemy who’s clearly understood how to pit people against each other. Because, as silly as it may sound, sometimes the people in charge do act in what appears to be the non-smart way just not to lose face—as much as I find it non-rational, previous plots in the Dresden Files have seen the tension mount enough for this to be believable. This was helped by pretty dynamic fight/action scenes. Also, bonus point for little Karrin and her dad.

On the downside:
- As usual with a lot of comics, I could do without the sexualised-woman-poses, many of which looked definitely weird (you know, those ‘let’s strike a sexy pose while wielding heavy weapons, it’s not as if I need my balance for that’ poses). Just like that scene in the hospital, where a character’s wounds are listed, but when you see said character in bed, well… That didn’t look like such a beaten up and bruised body to me.
- That ending. WTF? In a way, it made sense, but it was so totally anti-climatic that I kept looking to see if I hadn’t missed a few more pages in the book.

So, yes… Something like 2.5 stars, because mostly it kept me entertained, right until that odd ending?

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review 2018-04-01 16:01
Lady Mechanika - La Dama de la Muerte
Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte - Joe Benitez,M. M. Chen,Joe Benitez,Martin Montiel,Peter Steigerwald

[I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.]

Not sure where chronologically this volume is set, among the other ‘Lady Mechanika’ ones. In this story, Mechanika travels to Mexico without a goal, grieving for her friend Dallas, and finds herself taking a room in a village whose inhabitants are about to celebrate the dead.

The characters she meets throughout the pages were in general endearing and friendly, passing along their traditions and encouraging Mechanika to have fun for the sake of fun itself, and teaching her of a different way to celebrate her departed ones. To be fair, I don’t know that much about this specific tradition, but from what I know, the comics seemed to respect it and try to delve into it deeper than just ‘oh hey let’s paint skull faces’—a welcome addition.

Less steampunk-oriented than the previous volumes, the story follows some typical western codes: a village terrorised by bandits, and a lone vigilante stepping up to defend them. Not an unwelcome change, although in terms of scenario and plot twists, it was easy to guess where this was going, and that made the story unexceptional in that regard.

The art and style remain very good in this volume, too, mixing Victorian and steampunkish aesthetics with more traditional ‘Día de Muertos’ ones, including costumes and face paint. The latter somehow contributed to keeping the ‘outlandish costuming’ toned down, in that apart from one short corset, Mechanika appears in clothing that looks more tribal, but also easier to move in (much as I like the style, the ‘tiny corset + narrow sleeves’ combo is an awful one for fighting, so I’m all for graphically striking options that are also convenient). If just for the art, this series is definitely worth reading.

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review 2018-03-20 02:22
Review: Saga, Volume 3
Saga, Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

So this is only the third comic series I've gotten into...no, fourth, but that's just my way of saying I've only gotten into comics over the last few years.  Comic Con probably had something to do with that.  Went for the celebrity panels, kept going back for the comics, lol!

 

Anyway, I. Love. This. Series. 

 

It's really hard for me to review. The story is fun, the art is beautiful, the characters, even the antagonists, are so likeable.  Just A+ for the whole thing.  I just have one thing to say. If anything really bad happens to Lying Cat... I will be one pissed bee! And see, I kept it classy by using harsh letters instead of cursing.

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