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review 2018-05-11 17:36
Wonder Woman and Catwoman - Sign me up
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 1 - Gail Simone,Ethan Van Sciver

So a bit of a mixed bag, though overall the stories are good and so is the artwork. 

The book starts with "Gothamazon" by Simone where Wonder Woman steps in to help Gotham while the Bats clan, with the exceptation of Oracle, are down for the count. The story illustrates, quite well, the differences between Batman and Wonder Woman. There are also some nice touches of humor. The second story "Defender of Truth" by Amanda Diebert and the fifth, "Bullets and Bracelets" by Sean Williams are, perhaps, a bit too heavy on the moral of the story, but who cares? They are enjoyable stories.

The two stories "Brace Yourself" and "Taketh Away" touch on some of the same issues - though "Brace Yourself" as far more humor; Jason Bischoff's stories of Diana vs Mom were great. Cohen's "Taketh" actually highlights the expecetions that women are forced to handle on a daily basis, including treatment when they decline an invitation as well as the expectation to be beautiful all the time.

The most problematic story is "No Chains Can Hold Her" and while it references the early days of comics and seems tongue in cheek, it falls completely flat. As does "Ghosts and Gods". For whatever reason the story doesn't quite work.

"The Attack of the 50 Foot Wonder Woman" and "Dig for Fire" are pretty good adventure stories, though one is light in tone than the other.

My favorite is "Morning Coffee" by Ollie Masters which involves Wonder Woman hunting down Catwoman. It's just wonderful.

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review 2018-02-18 20:26
Ethan in Gold (Johnnies, #3) by Amy Lane Review
Ethan in Gold - Amy Lane

Evan Costa learned from a very early age that there was no such thing as unconditional love and that it was better to settle for what you could get instead of expecting the world to give you what you need. As Ethan, porn model for Johnnies, he gets exactly what he wants—comradeship and physical contact on trade—and he is perfectly satisfied with that. He’s sure of it. 

Jonah Stevens has spent most of his adult life helping to care for his sister and trying to keep his beleaguered family from fraying at the edges. He’s had very little time to work on his confidence or his body for that matter. When Jonah meets Ethan, he doesn’t see the hurt child or the shamelessly slutty porn star. He sees a funny, sexy, confident man who—against the odds—seems to like Jonah in spite of his very ordinary, but difficult, life. 

Sensing a kindred spirit and a common interest, Ethan thinks a platonic friendship with Jonah won’t violate his fair trade rules of sex and touch, but Jonah has different ideas. Ethan’s pretty sure his choice of jobs has stripped away all hope of a real relationship, but Jonah wants the whole package—the sexy man, the vulnerable boy, the charming companion who works so hard to make other people happy. Jonah wants to prove that underneath the damage Ethan has lived with all his life, he’s still gold with promise and the ability to love.

 

Review

 

I like Evan/Ethan a great deal and I love Jonah. All the time the book is dealing with the love story with Jonah it is great. Even the super sad parts. 

I love a geek hero (and they both have geeky hobbies). I love a plain Joe which Jonah is. I love the Jonah is steadfast and in pursuit. He is awesome. 

Ethan's backstory is sad but the details of his family drama are a bit of a splatter effect and not as well detailed as it could be.

This book parallel in time with the first two books in the series and I read it out of order but it is likely better in order. 

There is a really not great part where Kane the hero in the last books gets referred to by an animal name. It is not good and makes no sense really and wasn't needed and should have been edited out. It really makes the book sink in those places. 

Also, Ethan should have good back to therapy. Lots of triggers in this book too but more off screen than in Book 1 and Book 4.

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review 2018-02-14 19:28
Valensteins
Valensteins - Ethan Long
This is cute children’s book. So, what is love? Does it make your heart feel like butterflies? Does it make you feel all mushy inside? Does it mean you have to kiss someone? To the individuals at Fran’s Fright Club, they think falling in love sounds terrifying and yucky yet to Fran, it feels just right.
 
This children’s book had me laughing and smiling as I turned the pages and I thought my granddaughter would just love it. Fran is caught making a pink heart by Vladimir and Vladimir proceeds to let everyone know in the Fright Club exactly what Fran is doing. No scary noises for him tonight. Pretty soon, the whole club is in on the action, voicing their opinions as to what this actually means. Is Fran in love and what does love actually mean? Oh, my goodness this is a funny and comical book. Fran though, does not let his friends get him down as they poke fun at him. The illustrations are an added bonus and you just have to read the book a second time, it is just that good! I love it, I can’t stop looking at the pages and smiling. I want to share it, I am sure everyone will enjoy it. It’s not just for Valentine’s Day, it’s a fun read, everyday book.

 

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review 2018-01-06 13:22
Enjoying this
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2: Bottled Light (Rebirth) - Robert Venditti,Ethan Van Sciver,Rafa Sandoval

I read the previous one recently as well and found it very interesting, this builds on the previous story (and you probably should read it first) and then adds to it but left me wanting more.

 

I like the green lantern corps.

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review 2017-11-14 21:08
Il ragazzo con la valigia - Chris Ethan

Una storia che nonostante i temi trattati riesce ad essere dolcissima e commovente, con un'atmosfera fiabesca e un messaggio chiaro e importante, un messaggio di amore, speranza e denuncia nei confronti di una società che troppo spesso chiude gli occhi di fronte alla sofferenza altrui e maltratta persone che hanno l'unica colpa di non avere un tetto sopra la propria testa. I due protagonisti con il loro background doloroso ti entrano nell'anima e nel cuore. Impossibile non affezionarsi a Pierce, con la sua lingua lunga, un giovane alla ricerca di un posto nel mondo dopo essere stato brutalmente cacciato dai genitori, scandalizzati dalla sua omosessualità e a Rafe che per proteggere la sua mamma è scappato di casa, da un padre violento e omofobo che lo maltrattava e non contento sfogava le proprie frustrazioni sulla moglie , un ragazzo solo e malato che è stato costretto a vendere se stesso e la sua dignità per sopravvivere. I due ragazzi si ritrovano a fare i senzatetto cercando di sopravvivere al loro triste destino. Ed è proprio il destino che li fa incontrare/scontrare, un incontro che cambierà per sempre le loro vite. Ben presto tra i due nascerà una dolce e tenera amicizia che con il tempo e le difficoltà si trasformerà in un rapporto d'amore autentico, un amore che salverà entrambi e li porterà alla felicità, a un futuro luminoso e inaspettato. Una storia meravigliosa, ricca di positività e speranza, che mi sento di consigliare a chi è alla ricerca di dolcezza e romanticismo, al classico happy ending che scalda il cuore ma che non si accontenta solo di questo cercando anche una storia profonda con un grande significato e dei temi importanti. Se è questo che cercate non rimarrete delusi se invece volete qualcosa di più...erotico beh... girate al largo, purtroppo o per fortuna di erotico c'è ben poco anche se vi posso assicurare che la dolcezza e i sentimenti tra i due innamorati riescono a tenere incollato il lettore senza fargli sentire la mancanza di momento più hot e piccanti. Una storia meravigliosa che a mio avviso merita senza dubbio 5 stelline e spero con il cuore di poter leggere in futuro altro sulla dolce coppietta o perché no, sul grande boss Vance, un uomo all'apparenza un po' rude ma di buon cuore che nel libro non ha esitato ad aiutare Pierce e Rafe dando loro non solo la possibilità di lavorare ma anche una spalla su cui piangere, un vero amico di cui mi piacerebbe un sacco approfondire meglio la storia prima e dopo l'incontro con i due senzatetto

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