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review 2017-10-22 15:45
Review: DC Bombshells, Volume 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage

 

One of the supernatural beings the Nazis are using in this alternate universe take on WWII is the tenebrae (from Greek and Roman mythology for "spirits of death"). Not zombies in the usual lore, many are made from the dead Nazi soldiers and not easily killed, but not immortal either. The women of DC are all working in small teams or on their own in different locations but gather for one big battle over London (like an all women Justice League). And so ends year one of the DC bombshells.

 

I've put all other volumes on my Christmas wishlist. Seriously humor, bad ass heroines, great artwork (they fixed Wonder Woman), and an engaging storyline.

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review 2017-10-22 15:31
Review: DC Bombshells, Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett

 

This series is an alternate universe in which the Nazis use or try to use supernatural beings as weapons and heroines from the DC universe stop them. Supergirl keeps her alien identity but is aided by her adopted sister Stargirl in keeping Mother Russia safe from the Nazis and corrupted Soviet military members. Wonder Woman enters the fray via Steve Trevor's plane going down on paradise. Batwoman is in charge of Kane Industries by day, a vigilante at night, and baseball player on the weekends. They kept her lesbian identity, which makes it fun when she meets up with Selene/Catwoman in Berlin - they had such banter when not fighting Nazis. Mera/Aquawoman team up with WW and Steve but the British Navy is her true place. I loved the artwork for the most part (WW was drawn a little manly in the face and was a little stiff in dialogue until she left her home).

 

All in all, a fun time reading this.

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review 2017-10-22 15:17
Review: Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli
Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) by Richelle Mead (2013-12-31) - Richelle Mead

 

More from the seniors at St Vladmir's Academy. I liked that Rose and her mom came to a somewhat of a truce. There was more action and less romance in this one, and I liked it better because of that. The author has no trouble with killing main side characters, so don't get attached to any of them.

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review 2017-10-22 14:55
Review: Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli
Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy Graphic Novels (Quality Paper)) by Mead, Richelle (2013) Paperback - Richelle Mead

 

I really liked the artwork in this graphic novel. The storyline was engaging and interesting, giving a few twists to the vampire lore. I don't think I could handle some of the teen angst in a book form, but the graphic novel construction keeps the emotion to a reasonable level and gets the focus back on the action. I do like the fact that the school is designed for job training and not just a place where rich kids hang out at - it gives purpose to the characters.

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text 2017-10-17 15:02
Reading progress update: I've read 144 out of 288 pages.
Batman by Ed Brubaker Vol. 1 - Scott McDaniel,Ed Brubaker

Bonus, who knew there was a Deadshot story in here! it's mostly been the Penguin, and this new threat, Zeiss, with the upgrades and the goggles. I actually remember the 2-part Deadshot tale, but I remember the pictures, not the words. I think I had flipped through these comics when I saw Deadshot on the covers, but he didn't appear to be in the story much, so I passed. Suicide Squad had had quite a successful run, but been canceled, and that's where the character had become much more popular, and got a lot of "air-time". a Batman tale, with Floyd back on the streets taking contracts and coming into conflict with the Dark Knight, was not, at that time, enough for people like me, who had been spoiled.

 

now that I've read the 2-parter, it was actually quite good. most of the Deadshot appearances that came up in that period between successful Suicide Squad series treated the character as if he mattered, and yet they didn't turn him into a "good guy", just because he had sort of become someone to cheer for on the Squad. here, he pretty much outsmarts Batman and fulfills his contract, while even Batman acknowledges to himself that he is facing a better opponent, who seems to have learned a lot. anyway, I would have liked more panels with Deadshot actually in them--but, overall, that wouldn't have helped this particular story, and it was an unexpected surprise to suddenly turn a page and find a Deadshot story that was fun, and which I had ignored years ago.

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