Saturday, November 17, 2018

Batman and the Justice League Manga  Vol. 1

Batman and the Justice League Manga  Vol. 1
author: Shiori Teshirogi
name: Wayne
average rating: 2.88
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2018/11/17
date added: 2018/11/17
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Batman and the Justice League Vol. 1' by Shiori Teshirogi is a manga take on DC comics that's been translated for American audiences from it's original publication in Red magazine.

A young boy from Japan who has missing parents follows the trail to Gotham city. After a nasty run in with Gotham police who have been "jokerized," he is rescued by Batman. Batman knows a thing about not having parents, so he takes an interest in the boy. A bigger plot is uncovered involving a new beverage that the Joker is selling, and supervillains interested in ley lines. Along the way Superman, Wonder Woman and others show up.

It gets cool points from me for being a manga. I like the idea of how other cultures interpret the things I like. The story is a bit weird, and the characters feel a bit flat. I'm not sure I really care about this boy from Tokyo, and it's not clear yet why all the other Justice League characters are hanging around. I found it interesting and entertaining enough.

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


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Invincible - Volume 1: Justice and Fresh Vegetables

Invincible - Volume 1: Justice and Fresh Vegetables
author: Jousselin
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.00
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/11/17
date added: 2018/11/17
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Invincible Vol. 1: Justice and Fresh Vegetables' by Pascal Jousselin was a fun approach to breaking the fourth wall and playing with perspective.

Invincible is an odd hero. In a series of panels, he can reach in to future panels and fight crime. This means things are moving vertically between panels like a stolen work of art. In one gag, a cat in a tree is brought down by Invincible reaching down in to the tree from a panel above. Along the way, he meets a young hero who has two dimensional powers named Toodee who can play with objects in the background of a frame.

I thought it was a lot of fun. The pages work best seeing them all together, and there is a lot of play with the art and panel layout. I liked Invincible's costume which consisted of a series of boxes like comic page panels.

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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History's Greatest Villains: Dracula

History's Greatest Villains: Dracula
author: Bernard Swysen
name: Wayne
average rating: 1.88
book published: 2018
rating: 1
read at: 2018/11/17
date added: 2018/11/17
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'History's Greatest Villains: Dracula' by Bernard Swysen with art by Julien Sole is a graphic novel for people who like their humor tinged with humor amid all the morbid stuff.

Vlad the impaler was a pretty bad guy. He had a nasty temper and killed viciously at the drop of a hat. Besides a few dates along the way, that's about all the reader will learn. There is little mention of the context of the times, and a few references to his family, but beyond that, it's just a series of Vlad killing people. Sometimes he eats amid the impaled victims. Sometimes he feeds his enemies to other enemies.

The humor is oddly out of place amid child rape, murder and cannibalism. The art is cartoonish, but that also feels weirdly out of place. The whole thing was a slog to read. I was hoping for more history and less glorification of such a terrible person.

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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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Art of Brush Lettering: A Stroke-by-Stroke Guide to the Practice and Techniques of Creative Lettering and Calligraphy

The Art of Brush Lettering: A Stroke-by-Stroke Guide to the Practice and Techniques of Creative Lettering and Calligraphy
author: Kelly Klapstein
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.29
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/11/14
date added: 2018/11/14
shelves: non-fiction
review:
'The Art of Brush-Lettering: A Stroke-by-Stroke Guide to the Practice and Techniques of Creative Lettering and Calligraphy' by Kelly Klapstein is a pretty great basic guide to introduce the art of lettering with brush pens.

Starting with the calming effects of lettering and setting the stage with mind, body, pen and paper, the book has a gentle calm manner. Exercises are stressed and built on. Tools are discussed. The basic strokes are broken down, then the alphabet is presented in a way that builds from simple to more complex. Final chapters deal with the kinds of freestyle lettering that can be done once the basics are understood.

This book made beautiful lettering something that was completely in my grasp. I have a couple brush pens and I've attempted to use them, but this book helped me really understand how I was using them wrong. I liked this instructive book and the exercises in it.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Quarry, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.


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Change the World Before Bedtime

Change the World Before Bedtime
author: Mark Kimball Moulton
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.22
book published: 2012
rating: 3
read at: 2018/11/14
date added: 2018/11/14
shelves: childrens
review:
'Change the World Before Bedtime' by Mark Kimball Moulton, Josh Chalmers, and Karen Hillard Good is a picture book to get young kids thinking about ways they can change the world around them.

The book follows a group of children throughout their day as they eat and play and recycle. The kids take cupcakes to sick friends and have a yard sale to build a well in Uganda. There are lots of other ideas along the way before bedtime. The book ends with some activity pages.

The art is cute. The text is supposed to rhyme and I'm picky about my rhyming text. This doesn't just roll off my tongue as I read out loud. Still it's an interesting idea for a kids book to teach them to give back rather than just take.

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


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs
author: Benacquista Tonino
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.33
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2018/11/10
date added: 2018/11/10
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Guinea Pigs' by Benacquista Tonino with art by Barral Nicolas is a story that could be happening even as you read this review.

A drug company has a new drug they want to test. They are looking for people who don't normally test. In exchange for 21 days of testing, the subjects will get 3,500 euros. The subjects selected are Daniel, Romain and Moira. They all have some personal problems, so they willingly sign up. The test isolates them and they are forced to take drugs and give blood daily. The drug has a weird side effect on each of them.

I liked this slowly moving story of science and side effects. I wasn't sure how to feel about these characters, but I cared more for them as the story moved along.

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 Man of Steel

The Man of Steel
author: Brian Michael Bendis
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.45
book published: 2018
rating: 3
read at: 2018/11/10
date added: 2018/11/10
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'The Man of Steel' by Brian Michael Bendis and a pile of artists, is Mr. Bendis' big move to DC and a chance to tell a story of the big boy scout.

We meet Superman in this book as he is being pummeled by Rogol Zaar, an intergalactic type intent on wiping out all things Kryptonian. We then take a flashback to events leading up to this. Lois and Jon are not in the picture, but we don't know why...yet. Superman/Clark Kent won't talk about it. A series of fires breaks out in Metropolis and Superman brings in Batman to help figure things out. Then the Fortress of Solitude is destroyed and Superman and Supergirl vow revenge. They find the being who wiped out Krypton, but can they stop him?

The story isn't bad, and neither is the art. There is a cohesion between issues that I liked. I've seen other Superman shakeups and this one had a few big things in it. It will be interesting to see how events here change things.

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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