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review 2019-02-16 16:30
Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth by Wesley Craig, Rick Remender & Lee Loughridge
Deadly Class Volume 1: Reagan Youth TP - Wesley Craig,Rick Remender,Lee Loughridge

I liked the concept of an assassin's school and the style of the art, but on almost every other level 'Reagan Youth' failed to catch my interest.


Our protagonist is a bit of a blank, sad backstory, etc., but we're given no reason to really root for him - side characters are given more dimension. The two women existed to be exotic, brandish exotic weapons, and be desired. Urgh. 


Add weird high school dramatics and a drug-fueled trip to Vegas and you have a comic book that fails to make the most of its premise. I don't know where this series is going and I don't aim to find out. 

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review 2019-02-13 23:12
Flocks by Leigh Nichols
Flocks - Leigh Nichols

'Flocks' by Leigh Nichols is a memoir about growing up in the South in a breaking home, being a part of a religious community, being intelligent, and not belonging for reasons that can't be expressed. There have been a lot of graphic memoirs published lately, the medium allows for a balance of raw honesty and subtle expression that is appealing.


I'll be honest, I picked this up at Winter Institute because of the dolls on the cover. I was thinking of adding to my husband's side collection of books featuring dolls and toys. The subject matter of a young trans man working his way towards acceptance and happiness is better that your average creepy doll book.


I liked how open Nichols was about his faith and what it meant to him growing up and now. It was a simultaneous source of comfort and pain to him, and it took a long time to reconcile the intolerance and hostility and the kindness and support coming from the same individuals. This is a thorny problem to grapple and I think Nichols does it well. Though there really isn't anything I would call "adult content", the depth of this work makes it more suitable to mature teens or older readers.

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review 2019-02-12 20:38
Over the Wall, Anya #1 by Peter Wartman
Over The Wall - Peter Wartman

'Over the Wall' by Peter Wartman is an overlooked gem of a graphic novel. First published in 2013, its about time you acquainted yourself with it as the sequel 'Stonebreaker' is due out in June.


Anya lives in a village outside the walls of an ancient city, haunted by demons. Long ago her people lived there and performed wonders with the help of the demons, but the something went wrong and the demons rebelled - now taking all the memories of those they get ahold of. A barrier prevents the demons from escaping to the wider world, but as a rite of passage young men of the village must enter it to prove they are still masters of the city. Not all of the men return. Anya's brother has just failed to exit the city the night before and, even though her memories of him begin to fade because of this, she sets out alone to rescue him.


I loved the world building in this. Wartman's illustrations and spare text give a gorgeous picture of a whole civilization and culture - influenced by the Aztec and Maya - while hinting that this is only the beginning. Anya and the demon's relationship is playful and I look forward to reading more about it. Special order this one from your local bookstore if they don't carry it, you won't regret it.

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text 2019-02-12 01:21
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 160 pages.
Flashpoint - Geoff Johns
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review 2019-02-11 18:00
Feathers by Jorge Cordona
Feathers - Jorge Corona

'Feathers' is about a boy named Poe who was abandoned as an infant in a back street of the "Maze" a sprawling, chaotic settlement surrounding the "City". Two entities are responsible for his being there, to address something cryptically referred to as "The Balance". 


Also, he's covered in black feathers and a sensitivity to light requires his wearing of goggles.


On the night he is found by his adoptive father, a predator begins stalking the streets stealing away homeless children, known as Mice. The action begins years later as a near-adolescent Poe has taken to helping the mice go about their business of surviving - by stealing - and escaping the guardsmen. He must do so in secret, for fear of being attacked because of his differences, and the children view him as a ghost to be frightened of rather than a savior.


Meanwhile in the City, Bianca is bored and pesters her father to allow her to accompany him to the city docks, on the other side of the Maze, for business. She ignores his warnings about the dangers of the maze and jeopardizes herself, her father and a lot of innocent people of the Maze and City who will get hurt because she felt like having an adventure.


I didn't like Bianca, I don't think as a reader you're supposed to dislike her, but I did. 


Guess who run into each other? So the narrative may be a little predictable, but the setting is full of lore and questions that will leave readers begging for more. Poe and Bianca working together make some mistakes but uncover some terrible secrets and do a lot of good in the process.


This is the kind of fun graphic novel that needs discovering, be sure to check it out!

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