Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pop Gun War: Gift

Pop Gun War: Gift
author: Farel Dalrymple
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.61
book published: 2003
rating: 5
read at: 2017/02/08
date added: 2017/06/22
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Pop Gun War: Gift' by Farel Dalrymple was one of the more unusual graphic novels I've read lately. That means I liked it quite a lot.

In a very unusual city (called The City), there are a very different group of people. A young boy named Sinclair finds a pair of discarded wings and uses them to fly. His sister Emily is in a rock band. There's a down on his luck guy named Addison, and a floating goldfish with glasses named Percy. There are others and they come and go in the series of stories here.

It's hard to describe this comic. The stories take place in a city like we know, but there are fantastical elements also which remind me about things like Little Nemo and Oz. There is wonder and sadness, compassion and anger. There is a story about Emily's band being pursued by someone who wants to make them famous, and one about the children of the city being taken and mesmerized. The stories are strange and wonderful as is the art. There are characters in bow ties and top hats. The city is grimy and dirty and somehow magical.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Image 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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Monday, June 19, 2017

Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath

Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath
author: Alexis E. Fajardo
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.98
book published: 2008
rating: 4
read at: 2017/06/19
date added: 2017/06/19
shelves: children-s, graphic-novels
review:
'Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath' with writing and art by Alexis E. Fajardo is the start of a fun new series for younger readers. The story veers from the Beowulf that I was familiar with, but I liked the story that got told here.

In the traditional tale, and a nice rhyming introduction to this book, Beowulf kills the monster Grendel, and becomes a hero in Daneland to Hrothgar. Beowulf is then pursued by the monster's mother.

This story uses the same characters and covers warring tribes and a few generations. The mistakes of the fathers are borne by the sons. Human Beowulf, and monster Grendel are born to the same mother, then separated. Years later they meet. Will Beowulf fulfill the prophecies of his birth?

There is a world map for the story, a character glossary, an essay about the origins of the epic poem, and more.

The art in this graphic novel was colorful and light. Never very serious or gory, even though the subject has it's violent elements. The author's passion for the subject comes through in the supplemental material. I look forward to the next installment. I'm sure any young fan of myths and legends will have fun reading this.

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


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Hugo Broyler

Hugo Broyler
author: Mike Kennedy
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.00
book published:
rating: 2
read at: 2017/06/19
date added: 2017/06/19
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Hugo Broyler' is a future noir type story about auto racing and organized crime. It's got potential, but feels pretty by the numbers at this point.

Prior to this story, Hugo Broyler has been in an accident. He's a race car driver in static-levitation racing. The doctors put him back together, including an unusual chip in his head. Now Hugo hears voices in his head, and the chip seems to want to take over at the wrong time.
This down on his luck driver gets approached by a man under police supervision to help him out. There may be other reasons that Hugo Broyler has been approached. One might be sitting in his head.

The story is only about half of the 144 pages. Then there is some world building articles, and a roll-playing game based on the racing in the story featuring the world and characters.

The book starts with a race with Hugo against his daughter. She never shows up again, but maybe that's for future issues. The rest of the story feels like a pretty standard noir story. Things aren't what they seem to be. The evil people really are evil. The writing is ok, and so is the art.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Magnetic Press, 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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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Beast's Tale (Disney Beauty and the Beast, #2)

The Beast's Tale (Disney Beauty and the Beast, #2)
author: Mallory Reaves
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.95
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2017/06/18
date added: 2017/06/18
shelves: children-s, graphic-novels
review:
'Beauty and the Beast: Beast's Tale' by Mallory Reaves with art by Studio Dice is a manga version of the Disney movie. It is a 2-part series with this part being told from Beast's perspective.

Of the two volumes in the series, this is the more interesting one, since the movie mostly follows Belle's perspective. There is a bit of liberty with the story here and how the Beast got to be the way he is. The story overlaps with Belle's, but from the Beast's point of view, so you get his inner thoughts.

The artists worked with the Disney team to get the characters close, and yet still give them a manga sensibility. This volume includes some character concepts and other sketch details at the end.

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


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Belle's Tale (Disney Beauty and the Beast, #1)

Belle's Tale (Disney Beauty and the Beast, #1)
author: Mallory Reaves
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.80
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2017/06/18
date added: 2017/06/18
shelves: children-s, graphic-novels
review:
'Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Tale' by Mallory Reaves with art by Studio Dice is a manga version of the Disney movie. It is a 2-part series with the second part being told from Beast's perspective.

To those familiar with the Disney movie, this follows along fairly faithfully from the perspective of Belle. Her father gets captured by the Beast and Belle takes her place. Belle discovers the curse and slowly Belle and the Beast form a relationship.

The artists worked with the Disney team to get the characters close, and yet still give them a manga sensibility. This volume includes some character concepts and other sketch details at the end. There are a few added details, but this is pretty much a straightforward adaptation in Manga form.

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


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Suicide Squad (2016-) Vol. 2: Going Sane (Rebirth)

Suicide Squad (2016-) Vol. 2: Going Sane (Rebirth)
author: Rob Williams
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.67
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2017/06/18
date added: 2017/06/18
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Suicide Squad Vol. 2: Going Sane' tells a story of something that I never thought I'd see, but perhaps I should have expected it to show up at some point.

The Suicide Squad is back from Russia. They lost a team member but brought back the Black Vault. Inside the vault is a gigantic General Zod, who is likely insane from his time in the forbidden zone. When Waller attempts to convert Zod over as a new deadly Squad member, things get weird. Everyone starts going insane and trying to kill each other. The vault's contents have the exact opposite affect on her, and she becomes the only sane one who can save everyone else. She'll need help though because along with sanity, comes fear.

There are some back up Task Force X stories about Hack, the newest member of the team, Killer Croc, Enchantress, and Killer Frost. There is a Harley Quinn flashback story that came out for April Fool's Day, too.

It's an ok story, but it's got so much thrown at the walls that it's just chaos, and maybe that is the point. This is a weird team, and making Harley sane, even for just a little bit, was strange and interesting. The art varies a bit, but overall it's pretty good.

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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Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons

Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons
author: Peter J. Tomasi
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.95
book published: 2017
rating: 5
read at: 2017/06/18
date added: 2017/06/18
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons' by Peter J. Tomasi is a series of stories about the domestic Superman, which is actually better than it sounds.

This new Superman is a husband and father. There are 4 different stories from Superman 7-13. Clark goes to the fair with his family and promises to stash the cape. This gets tricky when he discovers a plot to rob the ticket booths. Clark and Jon find themselves trapped on a strange island full of dinosaurs, and discover one the best cameo appearances of the year in comics, in my humble opinion. Jon is kidnapped by Damian Wayne and Bruce and Clark decide to try to get their boys to work together. Lois applies for a job at the local paper and gets involved in a marital feud between Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein.

I like this Superman a lot. Superman as a dad is such a good place for this character to be in. He's not a perfect father and he struggles like the rest of us. Jon is a pretty typical kid, while decidedly not being very typical. I loved the story with Damian and Jon. These four stories felt fairly complete. The writing is tight. The art is very solid.

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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