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review 2017-06-09 00:35
Flat characters and no logic
DC Super Hero Girls FCBD 2017 Special Edition (2017-) #1 - Shea Fontana,Monica Kubina,Yancey Labat

Why are Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in a superhero school?  I don't know.   Some villains are still villains and some aren't.   Harley Quinn in particular seems an... odd choice.  Popular, yes, but it just seems odd to include her, especially since they defang her completely.   She's the class clown, smart, but doesn't seem to have a mean bone in her body.   Poison Ivy will do anything to protect her plants, but doesn't seem to hate humanity at all. 

 

Why?

 

And the characters all seem flat, and furthermore nothing like they really are.   This is a cute story and some of the things it teaches - like friendship and being honest is good - are told in a fun way.   I think it's a pretty good thing for younger kids, but it's just annoying that they betray the characterizations like this.   They might as well have used original characters at this point - although that wouldn't have the name recognition.   That gets more children reading this, which has good lessons for children, so it serves its purpose - and also seems like a grab for cash with all the dolls and stuff that really only teach kids about buying things.  

 

So, eh, conflicted, so two and a half stars. 

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review 2016-07-28 15:13
Supergirl at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls) - Lisa Yee,Random House

The second book in the DC Super Hero Girls and this time our main lead girl is Supergirl.

I was really eager to read this one, Supergirl is just amazing, and I couldn't wait to see her in this version.

The book starts off with before-Super Hero High, it all starts with Supergirl's/Kara's planet exploding, and her losing her parents. She is shot off to Earth, only due to some stuff she doesn't arrive the same time as someone else does. It was fun to see where she landed, and to see the Kent family (and thus Superman) as well.

I felt sorry for Kara, that poor girl, not only did she lose her parents, and her parents, but she also has to pick a school, because her superpowers have popped up, and she needs to be able to handle those. No one likes to pick a school when they are still not used to everything that is going on. I was glad for her decision though, but I can also imagine the struggle she goes through in this book. How she at times doesn't feel home at Super Hero High, how she struggles with her powers, maintaining them, and also trying to control them as they grow.
I was happy for her though that she was able to make friends, even when stuff happened that wasn't fun, she had some people who cared about her, who helped her out, who talked to her. The biggest friend she made would be Barbara, or Babs.

I still don't like Cheetah, Frost, and a few other characters. I can't see how they can still go through with school considering their attitudes and the things they do. :(

I also had a slight problem with Supergirl herself. Namely the fact that each time she would do something awesome, she would get distracted because OMG Attention! She got way too quickly distracted, and I was just annoyed by it all. I can imagine all the attention is fun, but she kept doing it and in the end destroying stuff left and right. And of course, the poor *cough* dear felt all sorry then and was being depressed. Yes, gee, how come. You did a stupid thing, and you think everyone will be happy?

The battle, and the mystery surrounding stuff before everything happened, was a delight. I just had so much fun cheering for our superheroes, but I also had fun trying to figure out who was behind it all. At first I didn't have a clue, sure, I had some suspects, but it wasn't until a certain moment, that I knew who it could be. I am sure it took everyone by surprise, especially those in the book. I felt sorry for Supergirl. :(
The battle was amazing, and I am glad to see the way it ended.

All in all, I am still loving this series a lot. So many characters that I recognise, and it is fun to see them as teenagers and trying to get through school and make friends.

Also the school is just so much fun, even if it is hard, I wouldn't mind going to it if I had superpowers.

The next book is all about Batgirl, and I am really, really excited about that one!

I would recommend this book, and also this series to everyone.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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review 2016-07-16 09:29
DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis - Shea Fontana,Yancey Labat

I loved the first book of the DC Super Hero Girls written by Lisa Yee, and when I heard there would also be graphic novels about this series, I knew I had to get them, as I probably would love them.

And did I love it? Yes, yes I did. Unlike the Lisa Yee book(s since she will be writing more) this one focuses on more than one MC. We got various ones actually (and their stories all connect in the end). Superheroines, but also supervillains. From Wonder Woman to Harley Quinn. I loved that we had so many various characters.

And I loved each and everyone of them, though I have to say my favourite girls were Batgirl and Harley Quinn.

It was fun to see them go through their daily life, to see them not only think about their superhero duties, but also see them go through daily normal things. Like exams, friendship, parties, and so much more. Often you see superheroes just being superheroes (though these days you see more and more comics about superheroes and their daily lives and their superhero duties (like Hellcat, or Squirrel Girl)), so it is lovely to see them also worry and do other things. It makes them seem even more human. Hopefully that doesn't sound too weird, I am not entirely sure how to put it in words in a review, so I hope I have it right. :)

Also I loved that we saw other characters as well. It was a delight to see Starfire be as she always is (broken English, not understanding everything that is said), but it was also fun to see Beastboy again. I wouldn't mind seeing more of the boys, both villains and heroes. I know this is the series for DC Super High Girls, but I wouldn't mind seeing the girls talking to the boys/forming friendships/maybe some romance. :D

I was also curious what was happening to the girls, and who was the culprit. If they even had the same culprit or that some organisation was working on things.
I do have to say it got a bit repetitive, because I knew by girl #3 what would happen, it was just waiting for it to actually happen. So there is that, but luckily the last story just combines it all and shows us a kick-ass girl who isn't going to let anyone mess with her friends.
When we do find out the whodunnit I was delighted. Yes! That character is in this graphic novel, what a delight that they are also featured. And the reason why they did what they did was also interesting (and kind of made sense and connected to other things, considering what we already read in the first book by Lisa Yee).

I didn't particularly like how the school reacted at the end. Not only dislike, but I also thought it was a bit weird, if anything they would understand, no? I mean this is a school for superheroes you would expect such things would bring some sympathy. I won't say much more, discover what happens yourself.

I really like the art it is just fitted the series perfectly. The style is just great, fun and playful. The characters look perfect.

All in all, I would highly recommend this graphic novel to everyone, and I really can't wait until the next one comes out!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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text 2016-04-16 09:30
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls) - Lisa Yee,Random House

I heard about this series through Twitter and I knew I just had to check it out. And boy, I am glad I did. There were some bumps in the road that weren't fun, but most of this book was fantastic.

 

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text 2015-08-06 02:31
May be it's just the masks? (a quick look at two masked vigilantes)
V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore
Batman: Year One - Richmond Lewis,Frank Miller,Dennis O'Neil,David Mazzucchelli

Currently I been on a kick for Vigilante.

 

 

Recently I picked up a PS4 and was happy to get the one bundled with the Arkham Knight game, which I was happy to play. I am a fan of the "predator" missions found in the Arkham games, giving you tons of options from smoke, bat-a-ran, and just swooping down from the rafters to take out the unsuspecting guard.

 

After beating the main story mission in that game I still had a wanting desire to read, play, engross myself in a world of shadows and right the wrongs. So I picked up V for Vendetta. 

 

V has a bone to pick with an over protective conservative society. From what I have read so far (about to the half way mark now) V sees his fellow humans as sheep, ready to go to the chopping block if it means they don't have to think for them selves. He is trying to wake them by staging some over the top demonstrations. 

 

Though I can't help but noticing my attraction to characters whom are larger then life and are very much selfless at the same time.

 

no one rules if no one obeys

 

Well maybe not so much in V's case. He is getting even with those that done him wrong, though I get the sense he is doing it for something larger then himself. I can't pin point why I feel that way I just do. May be it is his relationship with the young lady, wanting to hear her story, sharing with her uncensored music.  V lives in the world of higher ideals. He will kill if he feels it will free humanity from its oppressors.  

 

In Batman's case it is the throw line of his whole ark, protecting Gotham because of the lose of his parents. He will take on super human ordeals to save not only those he loves but those that have swore to kill him. Unlike V his concern in his activity is to protect whom he can, one by one; day by day. Everything with Batman is logical. Heck even the bat suite is to strike fear in his enemies. V is much more about an emotional grand response to the evils in his world. 

 

These guys couldn't be different in their approaches yet aim to make the world a better place. 

 

 

 

Animated battman saying

 I ask myself the question; "why am I drawn into these stories so much"?.

 

The following is two possible reasons. 

 

Maybe its because i'm a thirty something guy with time on my hands with really not much else and a dark figure in the shadows helping to shape the world in meaningful ways makes me feel all good inside. Then again, it might be I dig a masked hero kicking butt?  

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