Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Harbinger Renegade Vol. 1: The Judgment of Solomon

Harbinger Renegade Vol. 1: The Judgment of Solomon
author: Rafer Roberts
name: Wayne
average rating: 0.0
book published: 2017
rating: 4
read at: 2017/05/23
date added: 2017/05/23
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Harbinger Renegade Vol. 1: The Judgment of Solomon' by Rafer Roberts with art by Stephen Segovia is a pretty decent story about a dysfunctional team of superheroes who need to figure out how to work together again.

The story starts with a prelude that introduces the Renegades. The current most active member is Faith "Zephyr" Herbert, who has her own Valiant series. The rest have gone into retirement or gone a bit crazy.

There is a gene lurking unknown inside some people that makes them psiots. The powers can be activated, but the problem is that there is a group trying to activate psiots and having disastrous results. When Torque is attacked and a young psiot is threatened, Faith and team mate Kris Hathaway reach out to Peter Stanchek to try to get his help.

The story is great. This is kind of a messed up group of people, but they seem interesting enough that I want to know more. The art was really great. I'm less familiar with the Valiant line than other comics publishers, but this book had me hooked pretty early on and I really enjoyed it.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Valiant Entertainment, 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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Blue Hour

Blue Hour
author: Dino Caruso
name: Wayne
average rating: 2.00
book published: 2017
rating: 2
read at: 2017/05/23
date added: 2017/05/23
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Blue Hour' by Dino Caruso with art by Chad Cicconi is a SF whodunnit on a colony of humans. It's ok at best.

A group of planetary colonists have left Earth. They find a new home, but they must share it with the indigenous species. There is tension. There is also all the tropes that humans bring, like crime, prostitution and black market dealings. Things are uneasy with the resident population and they want to oust the humans. When a murder of a popular figure takes place, things threaten to break out into an all out war unless the murderer can be found.

There are lots of flashbacks and it seems like all the human characters are interconnected. The story feels pretty standard, even with the "surprise" elements. The art uses heavy lines and feels kind of drab. The aliens look like cartoon characters, so I could never feel like they were part of the same story. I like sf stories, and I like mystery stories, so I had hopes for this one. I was disappointed.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Action Lab Entertainment, 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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Brigada

Brigada
author: Enrique Fernández
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.45
book published: 2013
rating: 2
read at: 2017/01/01
date added: 2017/05/23
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Brigada' by Enrique Fernandez was a graphic novel that I found confusing. Both the art and the story made this a story that was hard to follow.

The story is about a bunch of violent dwarves. When they are preparing for a battle, they end up in a weird mist and all get separated. There are large fierce beasts in the forest, and witches and other creatures. There is a strange well. There is the chaos that happens during battles, and at the heart of the story is Ivro, who is just trying to get his party back together safely.

I alternated between liking and disliking the graphic style. The characters were very angular in nature, and I had a hard time sometimes distinguishing the dwarves. There is one human (?) character with a long distended chin. It kind of kept pulling me out of the story because it seemed a bit grotesque. I think the art is good, but it doesn't serve the story so well. The story was convoluted and confusing as well. There were a lot of times I could understand how Ivro felt, because I felt completely lost in a mist as well. Maybe I should try to read this again, and it might make more sense.

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


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley

Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley
author: Jim McCarthy
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.50
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2017/05/22
date added: 2017/05/22
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley' by Jim McCarthy with art by Benito Gallego is an attempt to put the life of the reggae superstar into a graphic novel format. It sort of works. My review copy was only the first 51 pages, but I think I got a good taste of this.

The book starts with a nice introduction essay by John Masouri, the author of a book about Peter Tosh, then we get into Bob Marley's story. It starts early with a short history of slavery in Jamaica, then moves to his early life in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica, where he lived with his mother. They moved to Kingston, and that's where he got into music. The book traces the trouble he got in to and the friends he made along the way. My copy ends with Bob and his wife Rita and a weird dream she has about a cat.

The art and color are fantastic. The story is less so. The story is told in Bob's particular patois. There are plenty of footnotes to learn the slang and lingo that is being spoken. I got used to this, but it took a few pages to get into the rhythm of the speaking. The story could have used a few more explanatory speech bubbles. The story jumps forward in time. It would have been nice to know when event were happening. I liked it, but I felt like the story jumps around a bit much.

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


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom
author: Dan Jurgens
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.46
book published: 2017
rating: 4
read at: 2017/05/21
date added: 2017/05/21
shelves: graphic-novels
review:



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Lady Mechanika Tp Vol 03: The Lost Boys of West Abbey

Lady Mechanika Tp Vol 03: The Lost Boys of West Abbey
author: M.M. Chen
name: Wayne
average rating: 4.03
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2017/05/21
date added: 2017/05/21
shelves: graphic-novels
review:
'Lady Mechanika Vol. 3: The Lost Boys of West Abbey' by M.M. Chen with art by Joe Benitez and Martin Montiel is the third volume in the series and I think the series is getting better all the time.

This time around, someone is kidnapping orphans. Lady Mechanika is joined by Inspector Singh. They find a mysterious toymaker, a dying man, and a strange religious ritual that all may be behind the disappearances.

The story is fun, the art is great, and the steampunk elements work really well together. We still don't get much in the mystery behind Lady Mechanika, but there are more hints in the form of nightmares. That's fine because the main stories are adventure filled romps that are fun to read.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Benitez Productions, 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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Sea Creatures #2: "Armed & Dangerous"

Sea Creatures #2: "Armed & Dangerous"
author: Christophe Cazenove
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.00
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2017/05/21
date added: 2017/05/21
shelves: children-s, graphic-novels
review:
'Sea Creatures #2: 'Armed and Dangerous'" by Christophe Cazenove is the second in this great series about undersea creatures. The series is funny and educational.

Like the last book, this one starts with a chart explaining threatened species ratings. These abbreviations are used throughout the book. Then it's on to the fish. There are parrotfish, clownfish, the mimic octopus, and others. There are crabs and sharks. Fish features like fins and bioluminescence are explained.

Each page is a one sheet gag story with a gag at the end, and in a lot of cases, an informational panel showing where the creature lives and it's extinction abbreviation. Some of the gags this time around seem a bit more mature in nature, but I think it's still fine for kids. Most of it makes me laugh and I learn a thing or two along the way.

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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