Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dodin-Bouffant : Gourmet Extraordinaire

Dodin-Bouffant : Gourmet Extraordinaire
author: Mathieu Burniat
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.30
book published: 2014
rating: 4
read at: 2018/09/16
date added: 2018/09/16
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'La Passion de Dodin-Bouffant' is an adaptation of the French novel from 1924 by Marcel Rouff. The adaptation and art is by Mathieu Burniat.

Dodin-Bouffant likes to eat good food. When his cook Eugenie suddenly dies, he is left without someone to cook for him. Throughout a series of funny auditions,he finally meets a woman named Adele. She is a bit rough around the edges, but with Dodin-Boufffant's guidance, she hones her skills. When Dodin-Bouffant invites royalty to dinner though, he is in danger of having Adele hired away from him.

I've not read the original novel, but I really enjoyed this adaptation. There are notes about the original novel included, and I really liked this comedic story that revolved around food and love. The art is charming and fits well. I really liked the album of full page drawings at the end that have the feel of 19th century cartoons.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Batman: Preludes to the Wedding

Batman: Preludes to the Wedding
author: Tim Seeley
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.44
book published: 2018
rating: 3
read at: 2018/09/16
date added: 2018/09/16
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Batman: Preludes to the Wedding' by DC Comics collects a lot of one shots leading up to the big event.

The prelude story, written by Tom King, is about an anxious Joker waiting for his wedding invite, and it sets a tone that isn't quite met for the rest of the book. The remainder of the book is a series of vs. confrontations between the Bat-Family and some of the various Batman villains. Tim Seeley does the writing with various artists doing good work.

Damian gets paired off against his grandfather. Nightwing gets to mix it up with Hush. All the stories lead up to the wedding with events happening like an abnormal bachelor party being thrown by Superman, and a fairly normal Bride's party with a stop in Catwoman's past.

The Tom King prelude is very good. A couple of the stories aren't bad. I liked the Batgirl/Riddler story and the Nightwing/Hush story. The others were adequate. I liked this collection, and it's a fun tie-in to the wedding event of the year.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Alien Bounty Hunter: Volume 1

Alien Bounty Hunter: Volume 1
author: Adrian F. Wassel
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.25
book published:
rating: 1
read at: 2018/09/16
date added: 2018/09/16
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Alien Bounty Hunter: Volume 1' from Vault Comics just didn't work for me. From it's weird premise, to it's typical acion heroes and aliens. Which is too bad. This is usually the kind of thing I really like.

Ben Madsen is a bounty hunter with an ailing aunt. He gets sent to Alaska on a job and discovers an entire alien city under the ice. His search for his warrant leads him to interact with the aliens there. Some are friends, some just want to fight. Ben is really good at fighting. He's also good at jumping from really high places and surviving. He'll need his skills to survive.

First off: an alien city underground that no one (outside of a few government officials) seems to know about? With advanced technology and a pretty vast area? I couldn't buy in to this premise. Ben is a pretty standard loner, action hero, but I never really got to care for him. He goes around beating things up, and there are a few flashbacks, but the empathy was totally lacking for me.

The art is decent enough. The story is just a jumble of half-formed ideas. I finished it, but it was a struggle for me.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Vault Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Adventures of Theodore Poussin: Captain Steene

The Adventures of Theodore Poussin: Captain Steene
author: Frank Le Gall
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.00
book published: 1987
rating: 4
read at:
date added: 2018/09/15
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'The Adventures of Theodore Poussin #1: Captain Steene' by Frank Le Gall is an adventure story from another era. The series was first published in 1984, but it feels older.

Theodore Poussin is an office worker who gets a chance to use his talents in shipping when his company sends him on a journey. The trip will take him to French Indochina and the year is 1928. He hopes along the way he can learn more about his late uncle Captain Steene. Things take twists and turns with a shadowy figure following Poussin, and problems with his modes of transportation, but that's all part of travel, isn't it?

I liked this adventure story. The art was fun, and along with the story reminded me of TinTin or the Scrooge McDuck type of adventures.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s
author: Stephen Harrison
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.33
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/09/15
date added: 2018/09/15
shelves: non-fiction
review:
'The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s' by Stephen Harrison, Emily M. Orr and Sarah D. Coffin is an exploration of arts, architecture and design following World War I.

This book explores the American fascination with things coming out of Europe. There is an emphasis on Paris, but there is a lot of influence from the Wiener Werkstatte. Items were brought to the United States, but department stores, like Macy's, and design shops were making items influenced by designs being brought over.

Throughout the book are lots of pictures of jewelry and fashion and buildings. The period is called the Jazz Age, and some designs are influenced by music, but most are influenced by an increasing ability to travel the globe. I love this period of design and I liked the examples and essays given.

I received a review copy of this ebook from The Cleveland Museum of Art, Yale University Press, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Zojaqan: The Complete Series

Zojaqan: The Complete Series
author: Jackson Lanzing
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.62
book published: 2018
rating: 4
read at: 2018/09/15
date added: 2018/09/15
shelves:
review:
'Zojaqan: The Complete Series' by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly with art by Nathan C. Gooden and Vittorio Astone was a title that I liked more at a visceral level than I did on the surface, but I did like it.

Shannon Kind wakes up in a weird, beautiful world and has to fight for her life. Along the way, and as much time passes, she forms the world to her liking. Tribes of beings rise up and build statues to her. There is more to Shannon's story though. She is also a grieving mother, and her story on Earth keeps winding up on thisnew planet she finds herself on. Can she deal with the grief and not mess up her new home?

The story has weird narrative that works but doesn't. The story doesn't really feel all that complete. There are odd flashbacks that feel out of order.

And yet, I liked this interesting, gutsy story with an interesting hero at it's heart. I also liked the art, which feels like a perfect fit for this odd, emotional ride.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Vault Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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Hearts at Sea

Hearts at Sea
author: Cyril Pedrosa
name: Wayne
average rating: 2.25
book published: 2006
rating: 2
read at: 2018/09/15
date added: 2018/09/15
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Hearts at Sea' by Cyril Pedrosa is a French graphic novel about a lonely man who seems to have everything, but love.

Jean-Paul seems to work hard. He has a really overbearing mother and a lot of demands to do things that he doesn't really enjoy. To that end, he just disappears one day and ends up on a Lonely Hearts cruise. His experiences with the various characters he meets on the ship vary from charming to downright creepy.

The art is cool. The humor may just be too European for me. The story reminded me of 70s tv like Love, American Style and The Love Boat. It felt like a story from another time.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Europe Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.


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