Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by GRAPHIX
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Dog Man (#1)

This newest book by Dav Pilkey is a full-colour graphic novel. While wondering about the loose threads left at the end of the last Captain Underpants book George and Harold start searching their house and come upon hundreds of comics they wrote in first and second grade featuring Dog Man. They edit them, making the pictures better and correcting the spelling mistakes (though not all grammar ones) and present to us here three adventures of Dog Man a superhero cop. It's a lot of fun and just what one expects from Dav Pilkey. The target age group is younger than the Captain Underpants crowd but even I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next instalment which the last page says is coming Jan. 2017.

Haikyu!!, Vol. 3 by Haruichi Furudate

Haikyu!!, Vol. 3 by Haruichi Furudate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by VIZ Media
Source: Received print review copy from the publisher.

Haikyu!!, Vol. 3: Go, Team Karasuno!

A really good volume. Lots of practice on the court and teaches more about the game. This volume is very character oriented adding three new members to the team. The former coach, we've already met but he comes back and we learn his backstory and feelings. Also, two new characters are introduced, both have been off the team for a while; one who was suspended from school; the other had become scared to play anymore. We are given their back stories and current emotional condition. The book ends with the team playing a big practice game in Tokyo during Training Camp. Great story!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Batman/TMNT Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV

Batman/TMNT Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV
illus. Freddie Williams II
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 168 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by DC Comics/IDW
Source: egalley via netgalley

Batman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This is all pretty much what one would expect from a team-up such as this. Very campy and full of cheese (and pizza). The premise is a little far-fetched with the TMNT & Shredder being sent through a portal to another Earth dimension, namely the one that includes Gotham City. The turtles and Batman plus Robin eventually team up to fight Shredder and the Foot Can who have teamed up with Penguin and later the much more villainous Ra's al Guhl. It does mention some events from canon, namely the Zero Year and the multiversity, so it does fit in chronologically somehow. The art is quite good, everybody looks like they should but Williams did his best job on portraying the Turtles. Nothing serious but a lot of fun!

Angel CatBird Volume 1 by Margaret Atwood

Angel CatBird Volume 1Angel CatBird Volume 1 by Margaret Atwood
My rating: DNF

I don't usually post DNf's but because of the author it got me going on a rant. ;-)

This is the most blatant thing I've read from Atwood. I quit reading on pg 27 when I came to the second nauseating PSA message about outdoor cats. I've read a lot of Atwood and love some of her works but her politics are nuts. In a world where people are beheaded because of their religion, the most important cause Atwood can think to write about is cats eating birds? It's not that I disagree with her, I have indoor cats. She should check the statistics on how many birds (and bats) are being slaughtered by wind turbines. I'm not reading this weird political tract. Think the topic is supposed to be a joke? think again. She just spent the last number of years trying to get the word "son" out of the Canadian anthem, because her kind of woman is so stupid she can't sing the word son without being offended. Rant over.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 44 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Nobrow
Source: PDF from the publisher

Hildafolk (#3)

Just wonderful! I've read all the Hilda books now. My review for the new one will be coming shortly. This is the book that has Hilda and her mother moving to the city of Trollburg. Hilda finds it hard being in the city at first but comes to recognise from her observations that there are many things to discover here. We are introduced to a new character, Thunderbird, the raven, who first Hilda helps when some kids throw rocks at him and, in the end, helps Hilda to find her mum at the Bird Parade. No trolls in this volume but we're shown where they live and why the city is called Trollburg.

Titans Hunt (DC Rebirth) by Dan Abnett

Titans Hunt by Dan Abnett
Illus. Paulo Siqueira
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by DC Comics
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Teen Titans
DC Rebirth

Wow! Very good. I really liked this. I had never read any early Teen Titans so some of these characters are new to me. A situation is set up where the original members of the Teen Titas have forgotten their past teamwork and they all start to remember and come together. I loved the way Dick Grayson started out as the secret agent, then went back to Nightwing and finally for a while even Robin. I have to say the first couple of issues were a little iffy for me. I found the humour off-putting and Alfred was like a parody of himself making with the one-liners. But then things got serious and it was a really cool team effort and it ended with not a cliffhanger but a question in the air making me want to read the next new Titans books. The art was really well done also. Everyone looked the way they should but just a bit different . Superhero teams have always been my favourite and this is a great way to be introduced to the "Rebirth" universe.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Legion Lost (New 52), Vol. 1: Run from Tomorrow by Fabian Nicieza

Legion Lost (New 52), Vol. 1: Run from Tomorrow by Fabian Nicieza
Illus. Pete Woods
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by DC Comics
Source: Purchased Kindle edition

New 52
Legion of Super-Heroes

I enjoyed this one even though I hated "Legion of Super-Heroes, Vol. 1". The two books have a common thread, being that they are both about members of the LoSH and reading this one made me understand LSH better. LoSH starts with an accident and the loss (death) of some team members. This volume is the story of those members; they are not dead but stuck in the 21st century. There are seven members and we get to know them pretty well with Timber Wolf and Wildfire getting the most attention. I really liked everyone, especially Tellus, even though I hadn't heard of any of them before. The story is pretty good and gives the team a mission to solve that they've brought with them to Earth. That arc ends and the last issue deals with them getting used to the fact that they are stuck on 21st-century earth. One issue involves the inclusion of a famous DCer who I always enjoy, so that brought a bit of familiarity for me. Pretty good team effort and I'd like to meet these guys again.