Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by First Second

On first look, this delightful book appears deceptively simplistic. Cute black and white illustrations are accompanied by a story that starts out with a busy princess and a grouchy king. However hidden inside these pages is a lovely story about love and friendship full of humour that made me grin, chuckle and sigh. Oh, and it takes place in the underworld, is populated with zombies, vampires, ghosts and such. The princess and the count are adorable ageless characters; the princess is young enough to be under her father's control, but they are both old enough for love. I'm very smitten with this, it has a fairy tale quality to it while being drawn in a cute Goth presentation. Wonderful children's story but I think any Goth vampire princess will love it too!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Trilogy Vol. 1-3 by Magica Quartet

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 01 by Magica Quartet
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Yen Press

Puella Magi Madoka Magika (1)

I'm borrowing this series from my nephew as he told me it was dark and he loved it. I'm not too sure where this is going in the first volume yet. I'm intrigued. It seems to be typical shojo fantasy at first, but there is something off about these magical girls, the dialogue is quite depressing, and we come to realize these magical girls' lives are not all fun and games. The art, however, is usual cutesy shojo form. I'm definitely interested in continuing on wth the series but not sure whether this will win me over yet.



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Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 02 by Magica Quartet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 146 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Yen Press

Puella Magi Madoka Magika (2)

Wow, so much happens in this volume I can barely say a thing without giving anything away. The story turns dark, way dark. The girls have been lied to and they find out some disturbing truths. Volume 1 really does not prepare you for where this story goes! A great read; cannot wait to continue on with the next volume!






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Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 by Magica Quartet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Yen Press

Puella Magi Madoka Magika (3)

Well, the final volume here zooms by way too fast but still manages to be a roller coaster ride of shock, surprise, and death with a bittersweet ending.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay

Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay by Harlan Ellison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by IDW Publishing

Star Trek: TOS

This is such a beautiful, wonderful, powerful story! It's great to see it presented here in graphic format. This is the classic Star Trek episode where Kirk and Spock go back to 1930s Earth and there Jim meets and falls in love, for real like never before, but it is a doomed love, of course. This original version of the teleplay is much more dramatic and less campy than the TV episode that actually aired though. The episode starred Joan Collins and was always one of my favourites. But this version is even better than the one that aired!

All You Need Is Kill, Vol. 1 & 2 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Illustrated by Takeshi Obata

All You Need Is Kill, Vol. 01 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition
Published June 19th 2014 by VIZ Media

All You Need Is Kill (1)

Wow. This is fantastic. I haven't seen the movie nor did I pay any attention to what it was about so I was totally surprised with the plot here. A fabulous story. It has a bit of a Neon Genesis vibe to it and of course Takeshi Obata's art is incredible. The "Groundhog Day" plot isn't new but with the twist of a soldier training for battle it sure becomes a completely different experience. This is rated T+ for its incredible violence which is completely necessary since death is a major theme of the plot. The book is action-packed from start to finish and ends with a shocking twist. Thank goodness I already have Vol. 2 lined-up!






All You Need is Kill, Vol. 2 (All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition
Published June 19th 2014 by VIZ Media

All You Need Is Kill (2)

Brilliant conclusion! Only being two volumes, things happen quickly but an immense amount of emotion is contained in this short story. I was really hooked and just loved both Rita and Keiji; they make the most wonderful doomed couple. And yet the story ends with the feeling that there is hope for humanity yet. Some powerful, good, science fiction.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Meteor Men by Jeff Parker

Meteor Men by Jeff Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by Oni Press

This is a strong piece of pure science fiction (something I don't come across often enough these days). Aliens arrive on Earth during a meteor storm and the author brings a mature variation on the alien invasion theme. I found this to be a quick read and a story I was quickly hooked on. Usually when aliens arrive on earth one of two things happen: the aliens are bad and earth has to find the elusive way to kill them or the friendly, peace-loving aliens are misunderstood by the bad army/government people who want to kill them just because they are alien. I enjoyed Parker's take here as neither the aliens nor the authority figures are so easy to understand. We don't find out the alien objective until the end, which has a wonderful twist ending that leaves you thinking whether it was good or bad. Quite impressive. The art was excellent. Done realistically with a variety of frame structures that enhances the text.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Olympians: Ares: Bringer of War by George O'Connor

Ares: Bringer of War by George O'Connor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by First Second

Olympians (7)

Another outstanding volume in George O'Connor's "Olympians" series. Book 7 brings us the story of Ares, the god of war, and the Trojan War. If you've read this far in the series you know what to expect with the artwork and O'Connor brings the same magnificent illustration to the table once again. This story is quite a complex one and brings together all the gods we've met in the other books, plus minor ones who've popped up here and there. They are all assembled watching as the Greeks and Trojans fight their ten-year war after Paris kidnaps Helen. The book doesn't just focus on Ares but rather contrasts Ares with Athena, the goddess of war, giving both of them about equal page time. Achilles' story and important role in the Trojan War are also part of the main plot. Other topics explored are all the various gods/esses relationships with their mortal sons and how the gods/esses intervened during the war, taking sides and arguing amongst themselves, playing with the participants during the first years. A wonderful addition to this ongoing series.

Mermin Volume 2 & 3: The Big Catch & Deep Dive by Joey Weiser

Mermin Volume 2: The Big Catch by Joey Weiser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 136 pages
Published December 17th, 2013 by Oni Press

Mermin (2)

Whoa! This is so much better than the first one; I'm really glad I continued on with this series. I love the art, Mermin is so cute but whereas the plot in the first one was lame here we have a very action-filled plot from beginning to end. The book begins with two guys trying to capture Mermin and doesn't end until, well I won't tell you how it ends. However, they are on the go from page one. One new character is added to the gang, a girl, a tough girl, which was needed as she seems to round out the main cast of characters nicely. We also learn Mermin's secret but there is a part he isn't telling us about and I'm looking forward to finding out with his next adventure in Book Three.





Mermin Volume 3: Deep Dive by Joey Weiser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 152 pages
Published September 23rd, 2014 by Oni Press

Mermin (3)

And the adventure continues! Book Three was delightful.. Of course, I had expected an underwater adventure and wondered if Atlantis would appear, and this is where it all happens. But Mermin is from the Kingdom of Mer and they and the Atlantians have had their bad feelings towards each other escalating for some time now. We finally find out the problems in Mer that sent Mermin up to the surface to escape it all. I love DC's Aquaman and this is a humorous kid's pastiche along those same lines. I liked how the book opened to a page of the characters with their names. Mermin is learning he has more powers than he thought he did, but how will he learn to tap into them and control them? Quite the adventure here, again with an action-packed plot and this time the book ends with a big crisis leaving us hanging in the wings until Book Four comes our way. This is a fun series, even though I really wasn't impressed with the first book I'm glad I continued on. I will certainly be keeping up to date with this cute series.