New Comic Book Day Roundup

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Here’s all the comics I read that came out today. I don’t want to flood my blog with a million posts, so here is a list of links to my reviews. Some will be on Goodreads and others will be on Comic Bastards.

Darkhorse:

She Could Fly #1

DC Comics:

Hal Jordan and the Green Lanern Corps #48

Hawkman #2

Plastic Man #2

Suicide Squad #44

Superman #1

Wonder Woman #50

Image Comics:

Rat Queens #10

Marvel:

Domino #4

Exiles #5

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #4

Star Wars: Thrawn #6

The Amazing Spider-Man #1

X-23 #1

 

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Throwback Thursday: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Author: Douglas Adams
Read by: Stephen Fry
Released: October 12th 1979
Received: Own
Rating: 4 Kitties

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is considered to be a classic; one of novels (erm, series) you hold up as a shining example of science fiction and writing. Believe it or not while I’ve read the first novel many times, and the following few several times, I don’t think I’ve ever actually finished the series. I always seem to start again from the beginning (The Hitchhiker’s Guide being my absolutely favorite, and therefore happily finding any excuse to read it again), and more often than not I’ll make it one novel further in the series than I managed the last time. Not sure why I always get so distracted, as the series is phenomenal. So here I am, going through the series again. Maybe this time I’ll make it through all of them?

As I said above, I’ve read The Hitchhiker’s Guide countless times, but I’ve never actually listened to the audiobooks. So I figured this would be a fun new way of experiencing a universe I love so much. The fact that Stephen Fry did the reading for this novel certainly helped. I loved his impressions and different voices he used for each of the unique characters. Some more than others, of course. All in all it was a very fun and oddly new experience for me, so I’m really happy I gave this a try.

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Review: The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (Ghost Roads #2) by Seanan McGuire

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown

Publisher: DAW
Author: Seanan McGuire
Release: July 17th 2018
Received: Penguin First to Read
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received an advanced copy of The Girl in the Green Silk Gown through Penguin First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is the second book in the Ghost Roads series. Anybody that’s read the first novel (Sparrow Hill Road) will immediately recognize where that title came from. I wonder if all the books from this series will use a different name used to describe the ghost of Rose Marshall?

I only recently discovered this series, and I have to tell you that I’m totally hooked. So much so that I actually almost regret the fact that I got an advanced copy for it, because now I have that much longer to wait for the next book.

It’s been so long since I found a ghost series that I was able to sink my teeth into. The world is so complex and intricate, as are the ghost roads themselves, the rules each ghost abides by, and so much more. All this combined results in a wonderfully written and immersive series.

If you haven’t read or heard of this series, I strongly urge you to stop and give it a try. Also, definitely read them in order, you don’t want to miss anything. I promise.

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Review: Giant Days Vol. 7

Giant Days Vol 7

Publisher: Boom! Box
Released: March 27th 2018
Received: Own
Issues: Giant Days 25-28
Rating: 4 Kitties

Suzie, Esther, and Daisy are back for another volume, and thank goodness for it. This is the third volume from their second year, and it’s just about Christmas time for them (I love that the series doesn’t rush through the years like some other series would). Like the other volumes there’s a ton going on here, so it’s full of fun and chaos.

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Review: Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising

Dark Nights Metal Rising

Publisher: DC Comics
Release: June 26th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Issues: Dark Nights: Batman tie in stories (seven in total), Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1
Rating: 3.5 Stars

If you’ve been following the hype behind Dark Nights then you’ve surely heard of this series by now. It gives the short version of the origin stories behind the seven most iconic Batman alternates in the series. They’re beautifully drawn, creepy, and downright corrupt.

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Review: America, Vol. 2: Fast and Fuertona

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Publisher: Marvel
Released: April 24th 2018
Received: Own
Issues: America 7-12
Rating: 3 Stars

The second volume of America is out, and even though I didn’t love the last volume I knew I had to give this one a try anywhere. America just has so much potential, and what I felt the first volume really lacked was a solid and longer term plot. I waffled a little bit on giving this one a try, when the time came, but the artwork ended up selling me (again).

I will say that volume two does in fact have a more solid plot for most of the volume, so that’s a refreshing change from the first (which really felt like a bunch of one-shots more than anything). I still think there’s a lot of room for improvement on this series, but I’ll take what I can get.

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Review: Cat Lady Embroidery: 380 Ways to Stitch a Cat

Cat Lady Embroidery
Author: Applemints
Release: July 3rd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of Cat Lady Embroidery through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I knew the second I saw the title of this art book that I was going to have to read it. I also knew that I would absolutely end up caving and buying it once it released, but that’s for future-me to deal with. Cat Lady Embroidery is a blend of two things, actually, three things, that I absolutely adore: cats, art/crafts, and books! It couldn’t have been more tailor fit for me if it tried.

The setup for this book seemed a little bit unusual at first, but in the end I actually ended up really liking the way they chose to organize it. All of the patterns and designs there are to pick from are in the beginning of the book, with references to later in the book for the actual instructions. It’s a nice way to be able to browse for what you want, without having it all cluttered by the detailed instructions and maps.

As for the patterns themselves…oh my goodness! They’re so stinking cute! I think I’m going to go broke finding excuses to use every single pattern shown. They’re all really well done and amazingly adorable. They capture the quirky and sweet personality of cats perfectly.

The instructions are just a little bit cramped on the pages, but if that’s the price we have to pay for this many patterns, I can honestly deal with it. There are basic instructions in the middle, explaining how to do basic stitches. This makes for a perfect reference for a newer crafter that hasn’t mastered all of the stitches. It’s also nice for those that have mastered all of the stitches, as it’s out of the way and no space is wasted repeating the same bit of information again and again.

I’m incredibly happy with the quality of this book. You can tell that somebody really put a lot of time and effort into designing these cute little cats for us, and I couldn’t love them more for that.

 

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New Comic Book Day Roundup

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Here’s all the comics I read that came out today. I don’t want to flood my blog with a million posts, so here is a list of links to my reviews. Some will be on Goodreads and others will be on Comic Bastards.

Aspen Comics

Portal Bound #4

Boom! Studios:

Giant Days #40

Dark Horse:

Modern Fantasy #1

DC Comics:

Batman #50

Catwoman #1

Green Lanterns #50

Image Comics:

Death or Glory #3

Unnatural #1

Marvel:

Ant-Man and the Wasp #3

Avengers #4

Captain America #1

Doctor Strange #3

Immortal Hulk #2

Infinity Countdown: Champions #2

 

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Throwback Thursday: Giant Days Vol. 6

Giant Days Vol 6

Publisher: Boom! Box
Released: October 24th 2017
Received: Own
Issues: Giant Days 21-24
Rating:  4 Kitties

Daisy, Suzie, and Esther are back for another volume. The last one showed us them moving into their own place and all of the drama that can come with it, but there’s still plenty more to come! What I really love about this series is that while the circumstances they occasionally (read: frequently) get into are sometimes out of this world (especially Suzie – while I’m sure some people have that many arch nemesis in real life…) the three of them are just so human and down to earth. It’s hard not to feel affectionate for them, especially after all this time.

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Review: The Painted Art Journal: 24 Projects for Creating Your Visual Narrative by Jeanne Oliver

Painted Art Journal

 

Author: Jeanne Oliver
Release: July 3rd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of The Painted Art Journal through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I’ve always loved the look of aged art journals. I can’t quite place my finger on it, but I’ve always found them to be aesthetically pleasing. Naturally when I saw The Painted Art Journal I knew I had to give it a chance and read it cover to cover.

Jeanne Oliver’s artwork is quite frankly, striking. Like any good teacher (which is what she becomes in this book) she’s gifted and knowledgeable in the subject she’s instructing on. Really there’s no argument about her talent, one glimpse at the artwork inside this book will leave little room for doubt.

Jeanne Oliver included an introduction, a basic description of art journaling and her method, as well as dozens of other little tips. Also included is a list of suggested items for us, and how she personally prefers to keep them sorted. I adore these sort of tips, so this was a fantastic touch as far as I’m concerned.

The main chunk of the book is broken into twenty four projects, as the title suggests. Each one thematically matches the rest, and it fits in with her art style as well. Here she explains the goal and purpose of the project, gives hints, tips and ideas, and sometimes basic instructions. She’ll also occasionally include specific explanations for how she created a certain effect in her examples.

I haven’t yet had a chance to start any of the projects in this book, but believe me I fully intend to. There’s no way I could resist following Jeanne Oliver’s guidance here. So I can promise you this will be getting placed on my desk, to ensure I come back to it very soon.

 

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