The Lost Boys Vol. 1 picks up where the movie left off. The Frog brothers are celebrating their victory over David and his gang of vampires but their victory is short-lived. There are new vampires in town and their gang is called the Blood Belles. Will the Frog brothers be able to defeat this new gang in the "murder capital of the world," Santa Carla? You'll have to read this to find out!
I enjoyed the nostalgia I felt while reading this. Back in 1987 when the movie came out, it was all the rage. We got two Coreys-Feldman and Haim, not to mention the good looking Jason Patrick. For me though, it was great to see David again,(portrayed by the incredibly hot Kiefer Sutherland in the film), he was always my favorite. I think this volume stayed true to the feel of the original movie and the characters-I was happy about that.
What I didn't much like was the dialogue and the simplicity of the story line. I understand that this is for fun and nostalgia and all that, but there's no reason that the story can't be more geared to adults. Even though there was some language here, I feel like it was geared more to the person I was back in the 80's, rather than who I am now. Does that make any sense?
I can't complain too much though, because I did enjoy this comic quite a bit. The graphics were dynamic and true to the movie and I loved seeing all these old characters again-(man, I wanted to be Star, [Jamie Gertz]), back then. I had a lot of fun reading this and will continue with the series, if only just for the fun and nostalgia of it.
On sale August 15th, here: The Lost Boys Vol. 1
*Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*
This was tongue in cheek fun and it was beautifully illustrated.
I am beginning to believe that Neil Gaiman can do anything.
I'm not very familiar with the Marvel universe as I'm still relatively new to comics and graphic novels and superheroes really aren't my thing. But you don't need to know all of that stuff to enjoy this. I knew enough to recognize most of the characters by their real names and that was all I needed to know. So if you're thinking about giving this a try, I say go for it. And if my word isn't enough, feast your eyes on a just a little bit of the beauty within!
Vampires and American muscle cars. It's like this book was tailored to me personally. And on top of that, it ROCKED!
A family is on a road trip on an American highway one night, with their young son in the back seat. A car with no lights on pulls up next to them, grabs the arm of the boy, (he had his arm out the window), and poof, the boy is gone. Next thing you know, the car is crashed on the side of the road, with both mom and dad badly injured. Where did the boy go? Who took him? Will he ever see his father and mother again? You'll have to read this to find out.
There's no sparkling here and there's no romance, (well, maybe a little, but it's a different type of romance.) Instead, these vamps traveled in a pack during the late 60's. For me, the time period was a perfect, refreshing setting because: 1. the cars were all American,(this was a time before the invasion of imported cars), 2. I'm an American car gal AND I love muscle cars and 3. there were no cell phones or other technologies distracting me from the story.
At this point in my horror-reading life, I'm vampired out. It takes a special book to get me excited about them, and this one was it. I loved the return of vampires with hypnotizing skills, (remember when Dracula did that hypnotizing thing?), ones that can make you do his/her bidding and then forget you ever saw them. I enjoyed the fact that these vampires had other special skills which I'll leave you to discover on your own, (but trust me the skills were COOL). I loved that these monsters were just that: MONSTERS in capital letters. Lastly, I also loved the fact that the protagonist was strong and female, never exactly sure of her strength but pressing on just the same. Jude was one to root for and root I did!
Now I'm sad that I only have one Christopher Buehlman book left to read. If you're out there, sir, I hope you're working on something new!
If you haven't read any of Mr. Buehlman's work as of yet, you should rectify that-and quickly! I doubt you'd be disappointed with any of them, but I highly recommend The Suicide Motor Club! It might just restore your faith in vampire horror stories and give you a new author to read!
You can get your copy here: The Suicide Motor Club
*I obtained my copy through my awesome public library, because I'm usually broke. Libraries RULE*
I'm always getting my Gods confused. Roman, Greek and now Scandinavian-I can't keep them all straight! However, this is Neil Gaiman and he reads it himself, so how could I resist?
I enjoyed the hell out this! It was hard at first when all the Gods were introduced at once, but there weren't so many that I couldn't keep track. I loved the stories of the time when Thor's hammer was stolen, and when Loki schemed to kill Baldur. My favorite myth, however, was the time when Thor and Tyr were tasked with obtaining a cauldron big enough to brew beer for all of the Gods.
Neil Gaiman's reading of these tales was imbued with joy and sadness as the story dictated and I loved it. I've listened to his narrations before, but this was by far my favorite.
If you want to learn more about Norse mythology, or if you just want to listen to some entertaining storytelling, this book accomplishes both. Highly recommended!
*Thanks to my awesome public library for the loan of this audiobook!*