Sunday, August 28, 2016

Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 16 by Adachitoka

Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 16 : The Blessed Will Bury by Adachitoka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Kodansha Comics
Source: Purchased print copy

Noragami: Stray God (#16)

This whole volume is a sudden fight between the gods and a main character god who has committed treason. The god did something to help her kill the Crafter but instead of that happening we have this whole treason thing and a bunch of characters we don't really know pop in here and there. Way too much fighting and I really didn't "get" everything that was going on. I usually love this series but found this volume tedious.

Clayface Returns (You Choose: Batman) by John Sazaklis

Clayface Returns (You Choose: Batman) by John Sazaklis
Illus. Ethan Beavers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback
Published August 1st 2016 by Stone Arch Books
Source: Received print copy from publisher

Batman Family

Similar to their superhero chapter book series, Capstone now has "choose your own adventure" superhero stories featuring Batman. This book has eleven possible endings which are about 50/50 with Batman winning or the villain getting away. I like Clayface so this was a fun story for me and the choices can take you on a path of three different plots making re-reading fun. Each one has Clayface as the villain but they have different situations. In one Clayface goes after the man who made him this way, another he shows up at a TV show convention appearance of a TV superhero and the other features Zatanna helping Batman against Clayface. I prefer the chapter books myself but kids will enjoy the variety in re-reading this book.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 2 & 3 by Osamu Takahashi

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 2 by Osamu Takahashi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Dark Horse Manga
First published Japan 2006
Source: Comixology Unlimited

Neon Genesis Evangelion Universe

I enjoyed the second half much better than the first. This volume doesn't have much going on in the lab and is pretty much school stuff with the kids. What I didn't like was that Nagisa was introduced as a gay character and all the gay jokes and having him vie for Ikari is very annoying. I do not enjoy BL at all and it ruins the Ikari/Rei/Asuka triangle. But things got better as Ikari and Rei got closer and got to spend some time alone when they all went on a class trip to Okinawa. I hope the next volume has a bit of lab stuff and less Nagisa teasing and antics.




Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 3 by Osamu Takahashi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Dark Horse Manga
First published Japan 2007
Source: Comixology Unlimited

Neon Genesis Evangelion Universe

Much better than vol. 2! Lots of intrigue starting as SEELE show themselves. Most of the time was spent in the lab though nothing really went on there. This volume concentrates on character. Mostly Rei and Ikari which is fabulous stuff and Asuka getting all jealous. The other characters have minor parts continuing their stories but I just loved the Rei/Ikari parts. And this cover is to-die-for!

Blood for Stone by Kenton Daniels

Blood for Stone by Kenton Daniels
Illus. Shannon Ritchie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Paperback, 88 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Alterna Comics
Source: egalley provided by the publisher

I didn't like this much. The art was very black and murky with scribbly lines everywhere. Very hard to make out what is being pictured. The story is very violent but a bit of a mess mixing typical plot tropes all together, Romans in the Alps, some mountain men ask them to rescue a kidnapped niece, there's a gypsy with her superstitious ways, the Romans call on their gods, there are flying creatures of hell and finally a demon who influenced all this just to find the holy cup of the Nazarene (Holy Grail). Tons of violent imagery with skeletons and body parts stacked everywhere, but no character development brings little feeling for any of the participants. OK if you're just looking for a gorefest.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

American Terror: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb, Vol 1&2 by Jeff McComsey

American Terror: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb, Vol One by Jeff McComsey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 80 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Alterna Comics
Source: egalley via publisher

American Terror: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb (Vol. 1)


This is awesome and the art is really good. It's the future, Nov. 11, but Veteran's Day is no longer celebrated. Victor was in the wars that got the world to where it is now (a supposed Utopia) and he sees and talks to his dead comrades. He wants people to know of the millions who died to make the world they know and he starts telling his story. We learn his background in Kosovo ad eventual court martial. Then he's recruited by a new team that will be working corporate security as the military is no longer going to look after its civilians abroad. Pretty violent and intense!



American Terror: Confession of a Human Smart Bomb, Volume 2 by Jeff McComsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 80 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Alterna
Source: egalley via the publisher

American Terror: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb (Vol. 2)

Intense read! This starts off with the action and never lets up. We're in the past now (possibly close to our current present) and there are only a few flashes to the present to remind us Victor is telling his story to a Deacon. (This confuses me a bit because Deacons can't hear confession) Back to the past, he rounds up a small base group and then they go out recruiting people to gather at a meeting where he'll tell them what it's about. He says the only thing worse than an army for hire is a person whose not. Those are who he is looking for in putting together this group of special op trained people to fight the new corporation armies. It ends with a cliffhanger and there is still no conclusion seven years later.

Bee Sting by Matthew D Smith

Bee Sting by Matthew D Smith
Illus. Jeremy Massie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ebook, 47 pages
Published March 20th 2013 by Alterna Comics
Source: egalley via the publisher

This was great! Really cheesy but great! It starts out with an old EC Comics vibe and an emcee introducing the story, Maggot Smith. Then some guys go to summer camp as councillors for the purpose of getting laid. A girl one of them likes gets stung by a bee and needs to be taken to hospital, so the dudes volunteer. Guess what? They get lost in the woods and meet-up with hillbilly cannibals. There are only a couple of survivors as the kids don't go down without a chainsaw fight. LOL. Gruesome fun!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trespasser #1 - #4 +Epilogue by Justin M. Ryan

Trespasser #1 by Justin M. Ryan
illus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ebook, 23 pages
Published February 10th 2016 by Alterna

As it starts we can tell the man and his daughter are alone. The man goes out hunting gets a hen, it's radioactive so the dog gets it. Further ahead they find something in one of their traps ... an alien. They take him home clean him up, find out he has a massive weapon of destruction. Then I think, they do something to him ... Good dialogue and interesting art.






Trespasser #2 by Justin M. Ryan
llus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 23 pages
Published April 13th 2016 by Alterna

Freeky jeeeps! The man has blisters but the girl's ok. The alien comes back but the man is shocked because of the ...thing... he did. The man is really sick. They go into the house and the girl shoots the gun, but there is nothing but an empty ???









Trespasser #3 by Justin M. Ryan
llus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 23 pages
Published June 15th 2016 by Alterna

Belle, the dog ran away last time, The girl knows what the dad did and is getting sick. They go hunting and kill a bear eating an antelope but both are radioactive. Then the (or perhaps *another?) alien comes back and starts to walk away ... I'm really enjoying this; the art is great.







Trespasser #4 by Justin M. Ryan
llus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 19 pages
Published August 10th 2016 by Alterna

Creepy! The dad and girl are in the house but the girl is real sick. The house is surrounded by the aliens and dad runs out there saying he's sorry, do what they want to him just help his daughter get better. The aliens take the girl. Then she wakes up in a military compound. She seems okay but asking for her dad. This place doesn't appear to like the aliens much. Freaky!







Trespasser: Epilogue by Justin M. Ryan
llus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 11 pages
Published August 10th 2016 by Alterna

OK, all I can say everything is *not* good but good anyway. Pops and daughter are back together but it's been about ten years and obviously, the girl had a bad time! Is this the end??








Source for all were egalleys provided by the publisher for review purposes. Thanks Alternacomics!!