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review 2019-07-21 13:27
A Modern Spidey Worth Picking Up!
The Amazing Spider-Man by J.Michael Straczynski Omnibus Vol.1 - Mike Deodato Jr.,J Michael Straczynski,John Romita Jr.

In 1963, Amazing Fantasy issue #15 saw the debut character Spider-Man, written by Stan Lee and co-written and drawn by Steve Ditko. It became an instant hit among comic readers and launched its own comic book series. Many years later as we came to know of, Spider-Man was adapted into 7 live-action motion pictures that depicts Peter Parker's teenage years and his daily problems as a superhero, and a teen in love. For the general public of movie-goers, this is what they know but in 1999, Peter Parker as we know it, is no longer a teenager. He is now an adult, on temporary separation with his wife Mary Jane Parker and his life, as always, spiraling down. Still, as a superhero, he uphold and care for the city of New York... until he meet someone (and older) with similar powers like him. Ezekiel became Parker's interest as these two embark on a journey which lead to one of the best written work with artwork by John Romita Jr.. Still, its not that its without faults but overall, its a story worth reading.

 

Collecting from The Amazing Spider-Man (1999) issues #30-58 & #500-514, this massive whooping 1120 pages thick omnibus has every thing from how Peter discovers that his powers may not be from a radioactive spider to how Aunt May discover Peter as Spider-Man and the need to accept for who he really is as a superhero and how Peter's life and MJ comes to terms between them, every thing as how it is is the true spirit of the characters that started since the beginning. One important story included that became an instant bestseller was issue #36 - the 9/11 story. Powerful and beautifully written.

 

While the art from John Romita Jr. is breath-taking, after he left the series, Mike Deodato Jr. took over the drawing board with what is this volume's arc-storyline Sin's Past, which to my opinion, isn't good. It does felt forced and truly, it felt like as if the reasoning writing this story is nothing but shock-value. Overall - I always love J.Michael Straczynski's work and this is one of the best of his worth picking up and read.

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review 2019-07-20 18:08
Booknote: Battle Pope Presents: Saint Michael
Battle Pope: Saint Michael - Robert Kirkman

Link to my review of this.

 

This is a prequel to the Battle Pope series; I have reviewed the other titles of the series in my blog.

 

Click link above to check out this review.

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review 2019-07-08 23:51
Devils and Realist (Complete Series)
Devils and Realist Vol. 1 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro
Devils and Realist Vol. 2 - Madoka Takad... Devils and Realist Vol. 2 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro
Devils and Realist Vol. 3 - Madoka Takad... Devils and Realist Vol. 3 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro
Devils and Realist Vol. 4 - Madoka Takad... Devils and Realist Vol. 4 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro
Devils and Realist Vol. 5 - Madoka Takad... Devils and Realist Vol. 5 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro
Devils and Realist Vol. 6 - Madoka Takad... Devils and Realist Vol. 6 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro
Devils and Realist, Vol. 7 - Madoka Taka... Devils and Realist, Vol. 7 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro
Devils and Realist, Vol. 8 - Madoka Taka... Devils and Realist, Vol. 8 - Madoka Takadono
Devils and Realist, Vol. 9 - Madoka Taka... Devils and Realist, Vol. 9 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro
Devils and Realist, Vol. 10 - Madoka Tak... Devils and Realist, Vol. 10 - Madoka Takadono,Utako Yukihiro

Woo-hoo, I completed another manga series. One down and a lot more to go. Here are my thoughts on the entire series.

 

Six years ago, my first exposure to this series was the anime adaptation. I enjoyed it in a guilty pleasure way. The anime wasn't mind-blowing, but it was enjoyable despite the average animation and artwork. Then, when the manga is going to get an official English translation, I decided to check it out because I wanted more of the story and I thought the manga artwork looked better than the anime adaptation from what I saw.

 

Unsurprisingly, I enjoyed the original manga than its anime. The artwork was gorgeous, especially if it's in color. I loved how Utako Yukihiro colors her drawings. It's hard to believe she gets it down around two weeks even when she is busy with other projects (Source: I attended the talk show featuring her at Anime Expo 2019). Though, Yukihiro needs improvement on is the male characters' facial design. Sometimes, I had a difficult time telling which character is which during some of the fight scenes. The clothing the characters wear makes it less hard to guess, but when you don't see the clothes, it becomes a challenge.

 

The story is similar to other fantasy stories, like Black Butler, with the mix of supernatural stuff with some slice of life stuff in the middle. But unlike Black Butler, which includes darker subject matter like serial killers, cults, pedophilia, and slavery, Devils and Realist's tone is a lot lighter. While the series was mostly light and fluffy, it does get serious when it needs to. The series becomes a lot darker during the second half around the time a specific character shows up. I'm not saying who it is due to spoilers, but it was a subtle surprise. Even during the second half, there are a few times dedicated to some silliness.

 

If you're looking something to read this summer, I highly recommend this title.

 

 

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review 2019-06-24 18:51
Still free for kindle
Free Comic Book Day - Star Wars Adventures - Collectif Ulysse

Its free, so if you really love Star Wars you might want to check it out.  The best thing about it, however, is the cover.  It is a standard hero stranded on strange world, kid falls for droid tale that we have seen how many times  before.  The second story is another classic droid story.

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review 2019-06-16 17:57
My review of March: Book Three
March: Book Three - John Lewis,Nate Powell,Andrew Aydin

This is one of the books I left as "currently reading" when I took my break from BookLikes.

 

You can find my full review of it here at The Itinerant Librarian.

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