Comic Book Review: Danger Club: Death by Landry Walker

cover80328-mediumHoly Schnikes! What a crazy first issue!

It got my attention and sucked me into the story.

And the retro splash pages were pretty amazing.

Remote control, bitches!

Hilarious!

The more I read of this volume, the more I have to ask – how is Image getting all the great new stuff?

Okay – I guess this isn’t new, being published in 2012. But, still. It’s pretty amazing.

I can 3- and 4-star comics all day that I can read and enjoy. But to pick up a book like this, gives all the reason behind the phrase, “I couldn’t put it down.”

I loved the writing. And the art was great – perfect for the genre.

And –

Aw, crap?? Really?!? A cliffhanger.

Damn.

When is volume 2 released?

(What – it’s been out for 6 months? Okay – going to hunt it down.)

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

Children’s Book Review: Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch

cover77780-mediumWhat a weird and interesting book.

Rosie emerges from her egg in a raven’s nest.

But she’s not like her brothers and sisters.

I get the metaphor. (Or is it analogy?) But it’s a really different way to present it. Obvious, yet subtle.

Like the simple, muted style of art.

Overall, I’d recommend it.

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

Comic Book Review: Tet by Paul Allor

cover80327-mediumThings unfold as they must. We can accept that…or we can drink.

True.

War is hell.

Any war story that doesn’t leave you with that understanding doesn’t have truth in it.

What an intense story! About the war in Vietnam, but not. About love, but not. Not exactly. The best stories are about emotions and they make you feel. And this one does.

And a story about war where the real suspense is in human relationships? That’s good storytelling.

Recommended.

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

Comic Book Review: Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

cover80135-mediumSo true! Sarah is so on point with her humor – from the first cartoon in this collection, to the last.

Adulting is hard. And painful. And awkward. And confusing.

I can completely relate to so many of the things she says – whether its about being a valuable member of society, or being an introvert, or just being human.

Even the stuff I can’t relate to (like bras, panties, and uteruses) is friggin’ hilarious.

This is the kind of book you want to share with everyone. Highly, highly recommended.

Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for a copy in return for an honest review.

Comic Book Review: Grayson vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn

25489167This is the thing I don’t like about spy movies. The writers feel like they have to put so much in the story, without enough explanation, and it all gets confusing. Or maybe I’m just dumb. But then you add all the conspiracies and the intrigue and it’s that much more complicated.

First, there’s all the organizations. (That aren’t really explained.)

A.R.G.U.S.

Spiral

Stormwatch

The AWOL

The Fist of Cain

Checkmate

And all the other science fiction stuff that you’re not even sure how it fits in the story. (Because they’re not really explained.)

Nanocytes

Paragon

Spyder

The God Garden

Wetware

Teleportation ‘Doors’

And of course, the conspiracies, and plans within plans. Which would be less effective if they were explained.

On top of that, it seemed like there were parts of the story missing – things that happened in other books? Superman supposedly made an appearance, but he wasn’t anywhere in the volume.

It makes for a bit of confusion, but at least the action is still good, and the relationship between Dick and Helena makes it interesting. Where the story was good, I really enjoyed it.

And I loved A Story of Giants Big and Small (in the middle of the volume). It was a great, er, story. With some really good writing. The smaller self-contained stuff is just easier to follow. When you start to get too big, it starts to get too confusing.

Overall it was good. And it ended well – of course, with more intrigue. The students at the school were pretty funny – some more could have taken place there.

Recommended, if you’re following Dick’s turn as a spy. But it may not have been quite as good as volume 1.

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

Comic Book Review: Star Trek / Green Lantern: The Spectrum War

cover80325-mediumThis was really pretty cool. I thought it was a good mix of the universes. The rings, the crew of Enterprise, the Lanterns. It was put together well.

And the (self-contained) story was engrossing. I thought it interesting that they used the current movie crew as the basis for the look of the Enterprise crew. I guess it makes sense, but I wasn’t expecting it. I guess this would sort of be an Elseworlds story – or at maybe a possible future, like The Dark Knight Returns.

Worth reading – especially if you’re a fan of DC comics and Star Trek, so you’re familiar with each universe. A sequel would definitely be interesting.

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

Comic Book Review: Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

cover82462-mediumThese comics range from humorously true, to frighteningly true, to disturbingly true.

If you’re a parent of kids of any age, you’ve lived through most of this.

I have to say, I laughed pretty loudly at several of these. There were many others that made me nod sagely.

I couldn’t relate to every single panel – but when I could, it completely depicted something I had endured.

Worth reading. Especially if you’re a parent.

Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for a copy in return for an honest review.