Review: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide

The Wicked the Divine Vol 3

Publisher: Image Comics
Released: February 9th 2016
Received: Own
Issues: The Wicked + The Divine 12-17
Rating: 3.5

The Wicked + The Divine volume three is a bit different from the other two volumes so far. In truth Commercial Suicide is more like a series of short stories about most of the gods and goddesses running around being reincarnated. So here’s the good news/bad news about that situation. The good news is a whole bunch of guests artists got a chance to shine in this volume (which considering the popularity of the series is a great boost for them). The bad news is that most of the stories occur in the past, and thus we still don’t really know what’s happening in the present.

They’re great stories, to be sure, but between the cliffhanger in the last volume (which I’m still dying to see how that resolves – no pun intended) and the constant art style changes, it can be just a little jarring.

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Review: Rise of the Superheroes: Greatest Silver Age Comic Books and Characters by David Tosh

Rise of the Superheroes: Greatest Silver Age Comic Books and Characters by David Tosh

Publisher: Krause Publishing
Author: David Tosh
Release: May 8th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of Rise of the Superheroes from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rise of the Superheroes is one of many books trying to help sum up the history of superhero comics into an easy to understand novel. Unlike other novels I’ve read though, David Tosh decided to add a more personal touch to his writing; expresses which comics were his favorite, parts he remembered in particular, and even adding context to the publishing time of comics by including larger known pop culture events. That made this a really fun read for me, as well as informative.

Tosh doesn’t delve as deeply into the history of comics or their printing, but instead does more of a surface and pop culture view. It’s a fantastic place to start for new readers or for somebody that was unfortunately not alive during the time to personally experience the growth of the comic book industry. I love this different perspective, and that alone makes this a worthwhile read, in my opinion.

This novel also includes a ton of favorite and popular images from comics, showing their evolution through time as well as just being fun to see (for some of us it’s even for the first time). I think it’d be great if Tosh came out with a follow up in a few years, covering the more recent decades of comics. I’d like to see his take on the modern runs.

 

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Review: Spectacle Vol. 1

Spectacle Vol 1

Publisher: Oni Press
Release: May 22nd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitty rating

I received a copy of Spectacle Vol. 1 from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Spectacle is by Megan Rose Gedris, though it isn’t her first graphic novel by any means. Yu+Me is probably her most famous work, but she’s also done works such as I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space (try saying that ten times fast), and Small Town Blues.

What originally drew my attention to Spectacle was the cover; the rich colors and circus theme immediately captivated me, and I knew I had to give this new series a try. Spectacle is about two twin sisters whom are part of a travelling circus. One is whimsical and flighty, while the other is pragmatic and down to earth. It’s ironic then that the pragmatic sister, Anna, is the one that can predict the future and see ghosts. Not exactly traits one would expect from a realistic person, no?

The story of Anna and Kat is oddly compelling – they’re both so different from one other, but their ties are unbreakable. Seeing them try to solve this mystery together against all odds…it was wonderful. Though I do wish it hadn’t ended on a cliffhanger (mostly because I’m not a fan of them).

The artwork for this series is outstanding. I expected rich colors based on the cover, but I wasn’t expecting the level of details or other subtle details that were included. I love the way Gedris portrayed the circus as well as the more supernatural events that occurred.

I’m probably going to have to continue reading this series, because I’m officially hooked. I hope the wait for volume two isn’t too long…

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Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Author: Madeline Miller
Released: April 10th 2018
Received: Own (BOTM)
Warnings: Sexual assault
Rating: 4 Kitties

 

Circe is Madelien Miller’s third novel about Greek mythology, and for the sake of honesty I should tell you that I haven’t read her other two works (but I have heard people gushing about The Song of Achilles so maybe I’ll try that next).  As the title indicates, this whole novel is focused on the goddess Circe. Unlike many of the classic Greek stories, we actually get to focus on Circe’s life and tale here, instead of having her frequently be adjacent to all of the action.

If you’re anything like me then you’ll feel my pain here; I love Greek mythology, but I am absolutely horrid at remembering names. Therefore if they’re not a commonly mentioned god or goddess I don’t always remember their details or story. I looked Circe up before I started reading this, and I’m glad I did.

Circe is the goddess of magic. She’s been called a nymph (because of her lineage), a witch (for obvious reasons), enchantress (again, kind of obvious), and sorceress (again). Her mother was Perse (hence the whole nymph thing) and her father Helios (sun god). Her siblings all appear in Greek mythology as well and I recognized them to varying degrees (Aeetes, Perses, and Pasiphae).

The other thing I learned that was of note about Circe (and this one I looked up after reading the novel and finding myself confused); Circe is frequently confused with Calypso. They have similar (ish) temperaments, abilities, and some of their…altercations are similar. This will make more sense when you read (unless you’re better at Greek mythology than I am, and already know what I’m referring to).

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Review: Nightwing Volume 2: Back to Bludhaven

Nightwing Vol 2

Publisher: DC Comics
Released: June 20th 2017
Received: Own
Issues: Nightwing (Rebirth) 9-15
Rating: 3 Stars

Nightwing’s latest round of adventures continues into a second volume (as of right now there are actually five volumes in total, with no dated end for publication). Nightwing has always been an interesting character to me, and while I’ve seen him along the sidelines of many other series I read (just think about all the cameos and appearances he’s made over the years – in the Batman spinoff series alone it gets pretty crazy) I’ve never actually done a read through of any of the series dedicated just to him. It’s nice to get a fuller picture of the character, though at times I wish the plot had more…oomph to it.

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Review: Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0: Most Wanted?

Spider Gwen Vol 0

Publisher: Marvel
Released: November 17th 2015
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Edge of the Spider-Verse #2, Spider-Gwen (2015) 1-5
Rating: 3.5

A while ago I goofed up and read the first volume before this one (I always forget to check and see if there’s a separate mini-series first – I’ve got to work on that), but since I’m trying to get caught up in Spider-Gwen (and Spider-Man – Miles Morales version), I figured now was probably the best time to go back and give volume zero a chance. I should probably make some time to read Edge of the Spider-Verse as well…but I’m already reading things out of order, so it is what it is.

Spider-Gwen, AKA Gwen Stacey, doesn’t live in the ‘main’ universe for Marvel (Earth 616), but instead resides on Earth 65. Everything in her universe is slightly different, which can bounce back and forth between being really unique and interesting, or really tired or silly. Still, on the whole the universe and character are pretty refreshing, and both have a lot of potential.

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Review: Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

Not That I Cold Tell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Author: Jessica Strawser
Released: March 27th 2018
Received: Own (BOTM)
Rating: 3.5

For once it was the description that caught my attention when it comes to Not That I Could Tell. A mystery of a missing woman (and her children) in a small and close-knit neighborhood, where everything was never really quite as it seemed? Count me in. As far as the book cover is concerned, the colors on the cover are incredibly pretty, but the title is a little difficult to read, and it certainly couldn’t be spotted or read from a distance.

Jessica Strawser has one other published novel, Almost Missed You, which I admittedly haven’t read. Though I’ll probably considering adding it to my massive TBR pile. I love reading different novels by the same author to see how they’ve grown as a writer. Is that odd?

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Throwback Thursday:The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium

The Wicked the Divine Vol 2

Publisher: Image Comics
Released: July 1st 2015
Received: Own
Issues: The Wicked + The Divine 6-11
Rating: 4.5

Fandemonium brings back the characters and plots introduced in the first volume of The Wicked + The Divine, and I have to say I’m still loving the world that’s been built here. I know it sounds crazy, but between the writing and the artwork this series really works. When I first heard the plot of The Wicked + The Divine, I’m not going to lie, I thought it was a bit lame and overdone (the whole reincarnation of god/goddess and all), but there’s genuine effort put into the idea, with the end result of a fully developed and fleshed out world.

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Review: Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd

Little Moments of Love

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Author/Artist: Catana Chetwynd
Release: May 15th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5

I received a copy of Little Moments of Love from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Any fan of Catana’s Comics will understandable be a fan of this book. What is that, you ask? It’s a webcomic series by Catana Chetwynd, and more often than not it focuses on a young woman (herself) and her adorable relationship with her boyfriend.

I’m sure the title of this graphic novel gives it away, but Little Moments of Love is a collection of the sweetest and cutest moments of our happy little digital couple. There will be humor thrown in of course (Catana is constantly teasing herself for the obsessive way she loves her boyfriend), but there will also be some sappy moments (in a good way, I promise).

I follow Catana’s comics pretty consistently, so most of these comics I’ve seen before. But there were a few new ones (for me), which is always a fun find. I love reading her comic compilations; I feel like by reading them I’m insuring that I haven’t missed a single one of her delightful comics.

I think everybody could read this book and point out a favorite comic of theirs in it. My personal favorite is the one titled ‘Signs your girlfriend is actually a cat’ – though I’m going to maintain that this in no way shape or form fits my temperament what-so-ever (not that anyone will believe me).

Even if you follow Catana’s comics online, I’d strongly urge you to pick up a copy of this when it comes out. It’d be a great addition to your collection (or a really cute gift), and as a bonus you’d be supporting an artist you like. What could possibly be better than that?

 

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Aftermath (Star Wars Aftermath #1) by Chuck Wendig

Star Wars Aftermath

Publisher: Del Rey
Author: Chuck Wendig
Released: September 4th 2015
Received: Library Book
Rating: 3.5

Aftermath is the first novel in a three part series (so far); it includes Aftermath, Life Debt, and Empire’s End. The story itself takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi, specifically following the Battle of Endor, and more or less gives us an idea of how the Empire struggled and reacted to the events that had recently occurred.

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