Ben Hatke and My Son Max 

I recently picked up Might Jack by Ben Hatke for my son Max. I haven’t seen him fall so quickly in love with a book since The Diary of. A Wimpy Kid series. He devoured that, then devoured all 3 Zita books. If he was just slightly into comics before, I think Mr. Hatke has made a life-long lover out of him. He loved them enough to write a letter to Ben Hatke asking him to make movies out of them. I’ve posted it below. 

   
   
Here’s the text in case any of it is hard to read: 

Dear Ben Hatke, 

My dad got Mighty Jack and he didn’t know that you wrote it. He thought it just looked interesting. But then he realized that you wrote it and he found Zita and halfway through Zita I realized that Zita and Mighty Jack was a crossover because Piper and Madrigal are in Mighty Jack and there the person who sells Jack the beans. And the reason I sent you this note is because I think you should make movies about them in order: Zita, Zita 2, Zita 3, Mighty Jack then Little Robot. Little Robot because the kid in Little Robot is in Mighty Jack at the flea market where Jack gets the beans. He was carrying a card board box that had wires and metal scraps. That’s why I think you should make moves about them. 

Sincerely, 

Max Manchester

Age 9 

Florence, Alabama


p.s. Waiting for Mighty Jack Two

Turncoat by Ryan O’Sullivan

cover94972-mediumQuite a different take on the superhero world.

It was funny, and fast-paced. But it was a tad uneven and confusing at times.

It was enjoyable – worth a read if you’re into superhero comics and want to see something a little different. But not something I’d recommend to just anyone – or first time readers.

Thanks to NetGalley and T Pub for a copy in return for an honest review.

 

Street Fighter X GI Joe by Aubrey Sitterson

cover94980-mediumI guess my expectations were too high for this book. But to be honest, they weren’t that high.

There wasn’t much of a story here (to be expected) – it really didn’t make much sense. Like, even compared to those 80s JCVD movies like Bloodsport and Kickboxer. But I was hoping there would me more variety of the well-known Street Fighter characters.

Ok, who am I kidding. I just wanted to see Blanka kick some butt. But he barely appeared.

They did attempt a cool way to present the Street Fighter 2 video game format. But with all the other problems, it kinda fell flat.

So even my not-very-high expectations weren’t even met.

Thanks to NetGalley, Diamond Distributors, and IDW Publishing for a copy in return for an honest review.

Wynonna Earp v1 Homecoming by Beau Smith

cover94981-mediumI think I might like this well enough to keep reading. It’s the kind of story that’s difficult to review because it’s interesting enough to lose track of time. But nothing just jumps out at you about being good or bad about the story.

It wasn’t the best thing I’d ever read. And it wasn’t just completely fresh and new (a new take on the government agency that hunts down paranormals), but it was enjoyable enough. And a strong female protagonist is always good.

I’ll be looking for volume 2.

Thanks to NetGalley, Diamond Book Distributors, and IDW for a copy in return for an honest review.

Good Morning, Superman by Michael Dahl

cover94501-mediumI love this little book!! It’s so cute! I’ve got to figure out who I can buy this for. (Besides me.)

I was bummed because I didn’t think little girls would relate as well to Bedtime for Batman . It’s about Batman and it’s a little boy. No Batgirl, no sister, no girls to be found. I was pleasantly surprised when, in this book, the boy has a sister, and it shows Supergirl helping Superman.

It’s a cute story. And it even made me laugh.

I hope the next book is Wonder Woman.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone for a copy in return for an honest review.

Requiem by Lauren Oliver (and implications on the current election)

Ah, the real-world implications of this story!

But first, I like the alternating between Lana this time and age and inside view of the “zombie “world.

And this story gets amazingly suspenseful. I thought it was a good ending to the trilogy.

But I have to be honest. This story really scared me.

It made me think about this election. And human rights.

Because we live in a world that some people think that if you’re convicted of something, you shouldn’t have any rights. That you can be treated like not human. That you can be tortured. And this story brought into focus how easy it is for people to be wrongly convicted. Wrongly imprisoned. Sometimes the state makes a mistake. Sometimes the state purposefully convicts and innocent person. Sometimes the state willfully votes into laws things that are immoral – when people break these laws, they are technically doing something illegal. But not wrong. Not immoral.

I know all this – just read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnessor Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II . It still happens. But stories exist to remind us of truth.

But groups of people don’t believe it. They don’t think people are wrongly convicted or imprisoned. They don’t think that there are any laws that are wrong.

This is scary to me.

Something to think about.

Twilight Zone: Shadow and Substance

cover93095-mediumClassic Twilight Zone stories! The twists! The turns!

Stumbling Distance was a great way to kick off this volume.

Jailbreak was so freaking weird! But perfect. I had to read the ending twice to absorb it.

Takers was good. Bizarre. But another classic TZ tale.

Initiation was a good TZ tale.

A few weren’t my favorite.

Not Faire was well-done – but the ending was a tad confusing to me. Hangnail on a Monkey’s Paw was a bit hard to follow. But it ended up great. It’s All in How You Frame It was a tad anti-climactic. But still interesting. I wasn’t a huge fan of Laughing Matter.

But I loved The Secret Over-Sharer.

Cold Calculation was excellent commentary and a great story.

And The Comics Code was the perfect story to end on.

Thanks to NetGalley, Diamond Distributors, and Dynamite Entertainment for a copy in return for an honest review.