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text 2017-03-23 13:47
Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 240 pages.
The Black Monday Murders Volume 1 - Jonathan Hickman

this reminds me a bit of The Names by Peter Milligan, except maybe even more condemnatory of the world's worship of money. greed tied to supernatural power and manipulation is a freaky, scary idea.

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review 2017-03-19 12:02
Financial crashes explained – the truth at last?
The Black Monday Murders Volume 1 - Jonathan Hickman

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This comic book collection deals with various financial crashes (which does not sound very exciting, I'm sure) but we discover that supernatural/alien elements are involved in keeping the wealthiest firms buoyant. The ruling families are often at loggerheads and murder is committed.

As one has come to expect from Jonathan Hickman, the atmosphere is dark, laden with threat and violence. It is thoroughly engaging, if a bit long, and well-illustrated with all sorts of nebulous characters. It is sometimes difficult to remember who is who but, in the end, it doesn't really matter. Reminiscent of much of his other work, it is still interesting and well-written. Another volume will follow.

 

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text 2017-03-18 02:18
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 240 pages.
The Black Monday Murders Volume 1 - Jonathan Hickman

comics have gone so far beyond just superheroes. the Noir Mystery in graphic novel format is definitely here to stay. this looks badass.

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review 2017-03-07 00:47
Then Came the Showdown! (Eyeshield 21 #23) (Manga Monday)
Eyeshield 21, Vol. 23: Then Came the Showdown! - Riichiro Inagaki,Yusuke Murata

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Title: Then Came the Showdown!
Series: Eyeshield 21 #23
Author: Riichiro Inagaki

Artist: Yusuke Murata

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Genre: Sports Manga
Pages: 210
Format: Digital Scan





Synopsis:


The Devil Bats win against the Naga, at great physical cost to each player. Then we follow the other 3 games of the day and watch new teams and new techniques come to light.

 

The volume concludes with the Devil Bats taking a day off to rest,but they all end up at the clubhouse anyway, so obviously Hiruma uses that time to get some stuff in. The next battle is agains the White Knights and as things stand, the Devil Bats do not stand a chance against them.




My Thoughts:


After having drawn out the game against the Naga for 3 volumes, the last 4 seconds of the game, and the win, felt rather anti-climactic. It did come down to a battle between Hiruma and Agon and Hiruma's year of practice and 1/10th of a second paid dividends. Agon ate dirt and I was pretty happy. He was a scumbag and I wished he'd been broken instead of just beaten in the game. I wanted his soul crushed, his spirit destroyed, his very will to live extinguished. As you can tell, I didn't like him.

 

The short little episodes showing the highlights of the games by other teams just didn't work for me either. After a 3 book game, it felt very rushed and like it was a scheme for getting info to the readers without telling a good story. I know that Sena/Eyeshield 21 and the Devil Bats are the main characters, but for goodness sake, a little balance wouldn't hurt things.

 

There was nothing wrong with this volume at all beyond the imbalance, but it was noticable enough for me to ding a star off.



 

 

 




 

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review 2017-02-27 11:56
Time-Out 0 (Eyeshield 21 #22) (Manga Monday)
Eyeshield 21, Vol. 22: Time-Out 0 - Riichiro Inagaki,Yusuke Murata

Time-Out 0

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