Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Flash Vol. 5: Negative

The Flash Vol. 5: Negative
author: Joshua Williamson
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.25
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/04/21
date added: 2018/04/21
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'The Flash Vol. 5: Negative' by Joshua Williamson finds The Flash in some pretty tenuous territory after his encounter with Eobard Thawne both physically and emotionally.

The Flash has been affected by the negative speed force, and it causes destruction and harm whenever he uses his powers, so he has decided to stop being The Flash until he can figure things out. Things at work aren't any better for Barry Allen. Someone is stealing evidence from past cases. This along with Barry's perpetual tardiness is going to have consequences beyond this volume. Along with all the darkness, we get a light Christmas fill-in that feels kind of out of place here.

I like the writing and surprises along the way. I loved the subplot with Wally, and really like what is done with his character. The art isn't my favorite, but it's an interesting choice.

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


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Noble Vol. 2: Never Events

Noble Vol. 2: Never Events
author: Brandon Thomas
name: Wayne
average rating: 2.88
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2018/04/21
date added: 2018/04/21
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Noble Vol. 2: Never Events' by Brandon Thomas with art by Roger Robinson and Jamal Igle is a title I really want to like, but it's just not quite there yet for me.

David Powell is back from hiding in South America with a new suit. He still doesn't know who he is, but his wife Astrid wants to find him and help him remember. With the unlikely help of Lorena Payne, she looks for him. Meanwhile Dr. Mayes has his own group of enhanced humans that is trying to recruit David.

We get some more backstory on Astrid and her weird powers. We see some more of David in his life before. The whole thing jumps around so much that it often leaves me confused about what is happening and what has already happened.

I really want to like this title more. I love the idea of this book, and the art is great. The characters are all pretty good. I'm just so confused by the storytelling. Still I keep trying, and I keep hoping for this title.

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


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Junior Braves of the Apocalypse #1

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse #1
author: Greg Smith
name: Wayne
average rating: 2.50
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2018/04/21
date added: 2018/04/21
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Vol. 1' by Greg Smith with illustrations by Zach Lehner is a book I've seen at comic conventions, and looked through, but never read.

A troop of Junior Braves from Tribe 65 go on a campout in the mountains. When they return home, their town has been destroyed and is overrun by mutants. They do their best to get away, and with the help of some grownups are safe for a while, but even these adults seem to have something wrong with them. Can the boys find safety?

My first problem was the art. It's a bit vague in places and I was mixing some of the characters up. They just weren't distinct enough. My other problem was that even though most of the town has turned to mutants, there are only crazy adults left. There are no other kids or adults that can be trusted. Maybe this will change in future volumes.

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


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Big Trouble in Little China the Illustrated Novel: Big Trouble in Mother Russia

Big Trouble in Little China the Illustrated Novel: Big Trouble in Mother Russia
author: Matthew J. Elliott
name: Wayne
average rating: 2.90
book published: 2016
rating: 2
read at: 2018/04/21
date added: 2018/04/21
shelves:
review:
'Big Trouble in Little China the Illustrated Novel: Big Trouble in Mother Russia' by Matthew J. Elliott with illustrations by Elena Casagrande is a sequel decades after the film was released. It's written by a member of the RiffTrax staff.

Self-proclaimed red-blooded American hero and ladies man Jack Burton has recently gotten back from his adventures in Little China. He's riding around in the Porkchop Express with a new strange friend, and staying in touch with old friends. He gets a delivery job and winds up in the heart of Russia along with his best friend Wang.

I remember liking the original film, but I don't think I've seen it since the time I saw it in the theater. It feels like they got the characters right, but a little of Jack Burton's swagger goes a long way, especially in light of 2018. He's actually kind of a jerk, so this was a tough read.

There are a handful of illustrations, and they aren't bad. I'm just not sure we needed this sequel at this time.

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


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gumby Graphic Novel Vol. 1

Gumby Graphic Novel Vol. 1
author: Jeff Whitman
name: Wayne
average rating: 5.00
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/04/15
date added: 2018/04/15
shelves: graphic-novels, children-s
review:
'Gumby Graphic Novel Vol. 1' by Jeff Whitman, Eric Esquivel and a whole pile of other people is a collection of 9 short stories featuring Gumby, Pokey and all their pals.

The first story in the book 'An Alien Abundance' pays homage to Gumby's first tv episode. There is also a fun episode where the Blockheads are conning Gumby's Grandmother into paying for what she thinks is an elaborate vacation. When Goo goes missing, Gumby ends up going to Frace to look for her.

I grew up on Gumby and I'm a big fan. Most of the stories work pretty well and feel like Gumby adventures. I liked the inside nods to certain characters or episodes. Some of the humor aims at the adults, but they keep it clean, so it's fun for kids.

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


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Rice Boy

Rice Boy
author: Evan Dahm
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.42
book published: 2007
rating: 5
read at: 2018/04/15
date added: 2018/04/15
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Rice Boy' by Evan Dahm is a 548 epic journey through a strange world. The art and worldbuilding are bizarre and wonderful.

A small unassuming creature with no arms or mouth is minding his own business when he is approached and told that he is the chose one. The creatures that approach him are a mechanical man named T.O.E. (The One Electronic), and his partner Calabash. They find him after the previous chosen one has died. Rice Boy sets out on his journey and meets friends and enemies along the way. There is also court intrigue, strange cities and any number of odd beings.

I really liked this bizarre world. I love the small unassuming main character who seems to look for kindness instead of violence. T.O.E. with his constantly changing face made out of black and wh‪ite media stills was an interesting character. I felt constantly surprised by this story.

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


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cloudia and Rex

Cloudia and Rex
author: Ulises Farinas
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.16
book published: 2017
rating: 3
read at: 2018/04/14
date added: 2018/04/14
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Cloudia and Rex' by Ulises Farinas with art by Erick Freitas is a weird story with weird art, but I kind of liked it.

Cloudia and Rex are sisters and they are moving to Seattle with their mother. For no given reason, a group of gods trying to stop the end of the world get involved in their lives. Cloudia finds she has super strength, and Rex can turn into any animal she likes (for Rex, this is mostly extinct animals). The opposing gods seem to be easily foiled by technology like Cloudia's smart phone.

The art is strange and strangely colored, but I like the choices that Freitas has made here. The story has some abrupt transitions that felt a little confusing. It's a short story at only 3 included issues, but I liked the story it told.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from 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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