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.

Private Beach by David Jerome Hahn

imageThis was…a bit odd.

Overall it was an interesting story. But it was almost more interesting as a slice of life – the whole supernatural element seemed like it was shoehorned in. I got caught up in the story of these people’s lives, but the chapters seemed a bit disconnected.

Listening to the Elastica album Elastica was a good choice – but again, for following these people’s lives.

Of course, it didn’t help that it put me off at the beginning by using “gay” as a pejorative. And using a bus of kids with disabilities for laughs. I didn’t know if this was just a sign of the times, or if it had a point.

Recommended, maybe, if you like weird, and maybe if you like following people’s lives.

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

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Fantastic storytelling with a minimal use of words!

And the art is great – with little swatches of color.

I’ve always enjoyed retellings – it’s fun to see how writers (and artists) interpret familiar characters in a new world. Everyone you know about Snow White is here. But it’s 1920s America.

Well done.

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

Amazing Forest by Erick Freitas and Ulises Farinas

forestTons of weird short stories. Some better than others. Only slightly disturbing. Worth reading if you like different. Definitely worth it if you like odd.

All the stories have pretty non-traditional art and lettering.

I think the idea behind the dragon hunter story was creative – but the art was confusing and the story could have been fleshed out.

And I don’t know why, but I found the Katzenjammer Cats story interesting.

Space Night Sonata made me laugh.

I think the stories got weirder as they went along. Almost like the authors tried to one-up themselves on weirdness.

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

The Trouble with Women by Jacky Fleming

troubleOMG. I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so hard!

Jacky Fleming is spot on with her portrayal of how women have been treated – historically, and in history.

A light read with a heavy subject matter. A hilarious take on some not-so-funny trends in history.

I highly recommend this.

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

A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton

batsI think that what happened was that the author had a list of weird notes, quotes, and ideas. None of them fully formed but each bearing out a story in this volume.

These stories are just weird. Not bizarro weird – but kinda borderline.

But they’re short, and they’re fun.

And they’re mostly about superheroes and superheroines and super powers. What could be better?!?

Radioactive Jerk was freaking hilarious. Or at least it cracked me up.

Clitfingers was amusing. And a tad weirder than the others.

I can’t help but think the Wonder Woman story is out of character.

But the Superman story? Heavy.

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

Ellie Ultra: An Extra-Ordinary Girl by Gena Bellisario

cover85838-medium.pngA cute story starring Ellie Ultra, a little girl of color (!) that has trouble fitting in. Who can’t relate to that? (Aside – I considered naming my daughter Ellie – my grandmother’s name is Eleanor and Ellie would be a cute way to shorten it.)

This would be a great book for the young superhero-loving kid in your life. I’m thinking it’s about a first to second grade read?

(Also, I wish I had an Ultra Flavor Booster. It makes broccoli taste like chocolate cake.)

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