Review: The Mighty Thor, Volume 4: The War of Thor

Mighty Thor Vol 4

 

Publisher: Marvel
Release: January 30th 2018
Received: Own
Issues: Mighty Thor 20-23, Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1
Warnings: Child death
Rating: 4 kitty rating

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to get my hands on the newest volume of Mighty Thor (kind of wish I was reading them by issue now, to be honest). I’ve read all of Jason Aaron’s Thor up until now, and plan on continuing to do so for as long as he continues writing for it (and I’ll probably read whoever does Thor next as well, because of course). Out of all of the versions of Thor I’ve read, I think Jason Aaron’s have been among my favorites. I adore Mighty Thor, and I love what they’ve done with Unworthy Thor. He’s brought the character to whole new levels that I had never anticipated, and I can’t get enough of it.

This volume of Mighty Thor contains four issues in the current plot, as well as a single issue of Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor. Pretty much every Marvel series that has/had multiple people as the same hero got a “Generations” story (Captain Marvel and Captain Mar-Vell, Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel, Spider-Man and Spider-Man, Iron Man and Ironheart, etc). Despite the somewhat gimmicky nature, they’re actually pretty decent to read, if nothing else to see all the different characters get a chance to interact in unanticipated ways.

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Review: Harley Quinn Vol. 4: Surprise Surprise

Harley Quinn Vol 4

Publisher: DC Comics
Released: January 16th 2018
Issues: 22-27 and Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1
Rating: 3.5

Surprise Surprise continues the fun of the Harley Quinn Rebirth series. You could technically jump in here (or anyway else) and get a feel for things, but you would be missing out on a lot of the events and context. This volume has issues 22 through 27, as well as the Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special. I’m not going to lie; it’s hard to believe that our little Harley has been around that long. Man does time fly.

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Review: Yoda’s Secret War (Star Wars #5)

Star Wars Vol 5

 

Publisher: Marvel
Released: July 18th 2017
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Star Wars 26-30, Annual #2
Rating: 3.5

 

I read all of these issues through the Marvel Unlimited subscription service. If you’re going to do so as well, be aware that you’re going to want to read Annual #2 first, followed by issues 26 through 30.

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Review: Tarkin (Star Wars) by James Luceno

Tarkin

Publisher: Del Rey
Author: James Luceno
Released: November 4th 2014
Received: Own
Rating: 5 Kitty Rating

Tarkin is set after A New Hope, but before Revenge of the Sith, though there are some flashbacks to Tarkin’s past, which occurred well before A New Hope or even the construction of the Death Star. This is a great read if you’re looking for some insight into Tarkin’s character, or even just a chance to read more about any of the Star Wars antagonists (I promise you, that while his name is the title, other ones are a part of the story).

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Throwback Thursday: Y: The Last Man Vol. 7: Paper Girls

Y the Last Man Vol 7

Publisher: Vertigo
Released: May 1st 2006
Received: Own
Issues: 37-42
Rating: 3.5

The saga for Y: the Last Man continues in Paper Girls, leaving us with just three volumes after this (I still have no idea how they’re going to end the series, let alone in that timeframe). On the bright side, the creative team has stayed the same throughout, so the series has been mercifully consistent. At the current point in the series we’re about three years past ‘the event’ where all the men (minus Yorick, Ampersand, and the astronauts) died out. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long in the series, but then again I’m binge reading them, perhaps if I was reading them as it came out this would be less of a shock to me?

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Review: Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Publisher: Broadway Books
Author: Jennifer Finney Boylan
Received: Review Request
Rating: 3 kitty rating

I received a copy of Long Black Veil in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Long Black Veil is described and labeled as a thriller about a crime long past, but if I’m being honest it reads much more like a study on human nature, specifically focusing on the guilt we carry. I think knowing this before going into it would greatly improve one’s enjoyment of the novel, so I think it’s an important note to make.

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Review: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Two Girls Down

Publisher: Doubleday
Author: Louisa Luna
Released: January 8th 2018
Received: Own
Warning: Kidnapping, rape
Rating: 3 kitty rating

If you’re been following the hot new release lists lately (or are a Book of the Month member), then you’ve probably seen or heard about Two Girls Down. The catching cover increases the odds of it being noticed too, which helps. Regardless, it’s safe to say that Louisa Luna’s fourth novel is getting a lot of ink (forgive the pun, I couldn’t resist).

Two Girls Down is about two girls that have gone missing (as the title implies) and the efforts two Private Investigators go through in their attempts to find them and bring them back home. Alice Vega is a PI who’s famous for finding lost children, while Max Caplan is a disgraced ex-cop. They’re not the typical perspective one would expect for a suspense novel about missing kids, but they do help make the book stand out amongst the rest.

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Review: Memory’s Blade (Starfire #3) by Spencer Ellsworth

Starfire Memory_s Blade by Spencer Ellsworth

Author: Spencer Ellsworth
Publisher: Tor
Release: February 27th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5

I received a copy of Memory’s Blade from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Memory’s Blade it the third and final novel in the Starfire trilogy. I have to say, while I was thrilled to get my hands on the latest book, I’m sad to see it go. Starfire has been a whirlwind of events and it was a blast to read. It’s been far too long since I’ve gotten this invested in a sci-fi series like it (I’ll confess that I may have gotten a little obsessed with this one, but in a good way, I promise!).

The Starfire trilogy was a fantastic series, and probably one of my favorites in recent years. It was a fun and quick read, with unique characters and wonderful world building. While I’m very sad to see it end, I can’t wait to see what Spencer Ellsworth will come out with next.

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Review: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Dog Men

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Dog Men

 

Publisher: Dynamite
Author: Jim Butcher
Release: February 13th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3.5

I received a copy of Dog Men from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

If you’ve been following the Dresden Files (either the novels or the graphic novels, or both obviously), then you’ve got a pretty good idea of the world that’s been established. Dog Men fits into that world (of course), though it feels more like an aside than part of the main plot.

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Review: The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

 

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Released: November 14th 2017
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitty rating

I’m not going to lie; the cover for City of Brass was what first caught my attention here. What held it though, was the description. A tale of djinn and deavas like I’ve never read before; and even better, it explores a culture I’m not terribly familiar with (which is a great regret, for me), giving me the opportunity to read a fantastical series and learn something at the same time. I was lucky enough to get an annotated copy of City of Brass from Pagehabit, which offered additional insights to locations and other real world origins for parts of the story. This really helped develop the world for me.

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