Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cyborg: Rebirth #1 (Cyborg 2016, #1)

Cyborg: Rebirth #1 (Cyborg 2016, #1)
author: John Semper Jr.
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.45
book published: 2016
rating: 3
read at: 2016/09/25
date added: 2016/09/25
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Cyborg: Rebirth #1' by John Semper Jr. finds Victor Stone with a quandry on his hands. It's a bit sparse on action, and big on soul searching.

The story starts promising. An ominous figure wakes something more ominous, and a crime in progress. The crime is stopped by Cyborg, the other matter remains ominous. Cyborg needs a repair done after he foils the crime, but he seems to have doubts. He has been replaced by so many parts, is he man or machine? This sets him soul searching with Sarah.

Not a lot happens, but there seems to be some set up for future issues. This might have been better served in a future issue leaving issue one for something more interesting.

I received a review copy of this issue from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this comic book.


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great

Great
author: Lauri Holomis
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.80
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2016/09/18
date added: 2016/09/18
shelves: children-s
review:
'Great' by Lauri Holomis and Glenn Gretzky features a young Wayne Gretzky and his dad Coach Wally (aka Walter Gretzky). It also features a pretty good life lesson that you can learn while playing hockey.

Taylor is excited to make the hockey team. He's especially excited because his team mate is someone they are already calling The Great One. Taylor wants to be great too. The problem is that Taylor doesn't always want to be a team player. When his attempts to be a superstar cost his team a game, then it's time for Taylor to learn how to be a team player.

With a short forward by Wayne Gretzky and fun illustrations by Kevin Sylvester, I found a lot to like in this book, and any young hockey fan should like this picture book as well.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Puffin, Penguin Random House Canada, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Gotham Academy: Second Semester (2016-) #1

Gotham Academy: Second Semester (2016-) #1
author: Becky Cloonan
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.78
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2016/09/18
date added: 2016/09/18
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1' by Becky Cloonan with art by Adam Archer feels more like a winter break filler, but has potential to bring new storylines.

Olive Silverlock is left alone at school during the winter holidays. A teacher befriends her, but then stands her up. She also gets a new roommate named Amy who seems like she's going to be trouble. Add in a trip to creepy Wedgwood Museum and a couple interesting secrets and you have the start of a sort of gothic mystery.

I've read a few issues here and there and I really want to like this concept, but it just hasn't done it for me so far. This issue feels like a prelude, and there is nothing wrong with that, but for a school that seems to be so empty, there sure seem to be a few people around. I don't know Olive or Eric's backstories, but they seem interesting enough. I don't know what I want in this title, but it just hasn't happened for me yet.

I received a review copy of this issue from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this comic book.


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Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga
author: An Leysen
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.88
book published:
rating: 5
read at: 2016/09/18
date added: 2016/09/18
shelves: children-s
review:
'Baba Yaga' by An Leysen is a classic story told with beautiful pictures. The lesson is timeless as well.

Young Olga lost her mother when she was even younger. Now she lives with her widowed father and things are not perfect, but they aren't bad. That changes when her father remarries a cruel stepmother who has a witch, or Baba Yaga, for a sister. The stepmother would like nothing better than to have Olga out of the way, so she sends Olga on an errand to get some needle and thread from her aunt, the Baba Yaga. Her new aunt likes to eat children, so Olga will have to be smart if she is to stay off the menu.

The story shows that kindness can win the day. This is a lesson we could all learn. The illustrations by An Leysen are beautiful and sometimes frightening. There are snarling dogs and cats and scary Baba Yaga, but at the center is Olga who stays brave and kind.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Clavis Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Doom Patrol (2016-) #1

Doom Patrol (2016-) #1
author: Gerard Way
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.77
book published:
rating: 5
read at: 2016/09/18
date added: 2016/09/18
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
If you're confused as to why there is a foil-wrapped gyro on the cover of 'Doom Patrol #1' by Gerard Way with art by Nick Derington, you need only read inside to find out what it all means. Or maybe it won't make any sense to you either.

The book opens with a series of four panels. What they have to do with anything isn't explained here. Are they the future or the past or some fever dream? We don't find out...yet. Next we meet Casey Brinke who is whiteknuckling an ambulance through town on her shift. She's our main focus for this issue it would seem. She has a cat named Lotion and a box full of the smashed up parts of Robotman (which she plans to put back together). Add in plans for an alien run burger joint, and the meaning of life in a gyro, and you've got an odd ride.

But it's a good one. This title is on DC's new Young Animal imprint. It feels a bit like Vertigo, and a bit not. The writing is out there and I can't wait for issue 2. The art is great and I'd like to throw a shout out to colorist Tamra Bonvillain who really makes things pop off the page, especially those first four frames. What a ride!

I received a review copy of this issue from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this comic book.


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All Star Batman (2016-) #2

All Star Batman (2016-) #2
author: Scott Snyder
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.72
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2016/09/18
date added: 2016/09/18
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'All Star Batman #2' by Scott Snyder with art by John Romita Jr. keeps the rocketing pace going fast. It was hard for me to keep up with a story that keeps moving around so much.

So Batman and Two-Face are on a train. There are also a lot of bad guys on the train trying to kill him. Not only that, but there are bad guys putting a contract hit out on him that will supposedly be "messy." Along with that, we get a little more about Duke, and we learn of a possible antidote to Two-Face. Whether he wants that or not remains to be seen.

I still don't know what all is going on, even though this is book 2, but I like what I'm reading. The art style is what is keeping me interested. The writing is really good, even though it's leaving me confused a bit. The story jumps back and forth in a short time span and it's hard at times to know what is now and what was then.

I received a review copy of this issue from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this comic book.


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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (2016-) #2

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (2016-) #2
author: Julie Benson
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.62
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2016/09/18
date added: 2016/09/18
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2' by Julie Benson with art by Claire Roe kicks off "Who is Oracle" with a bang.

Santo is the link to Oracle and he's in a car with Batgirl and Jim Gordon heading to a safe house, but it's not going to be an easy drive. Black Canary and Huntress are riding point to protect the cargo, but Jim Gordon is not convinced these ladies can handle things and wants to call in someone else. Huntress is still a bit of a loose cannon at this point, and who is Oracle anyway?

I like this title. The action has been pretty good, and I think the team dynamic works pretty well. There are some really great one-liners thrown in and I liked the cameo appearance in the issue because it wasn't used to upstage things.

I received a review copy of this comic book from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this comic book.


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