Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ash and the Army of Darkness by Steve Niles

Ash and the Army of Darkness by Steve Niles
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm a big Steve Niles fan but have not seen the movie this graphic is the sequel to. Honestly, it did nothing for me. Not having seen the movie did not hinder my understanding of the story or plot as there are plenty of mentions about things that happened in the past to pretty much get what the movie is all about. But this story is basically just cheesy and dumb. I like Niles' dark, horror stuff and this is not that. It does have a bit of blood and gore but is mostly camp and tongue in cheek (in a not-funny way). It ends abruptly and I won't be bothering with the sequel.

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The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley



The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first time I've actually heard of this author but I'm going to be looking for his other work right away. This is an outstanding and inspiring memoir of the author in Gr. 8 & 9 Catholic school. Two pivotal years in his life when he learned who and what he was going to be. A fascinating and inspirational story of a teenager who becomes a cartoonist at the age of 15, yet it deals with all the normal highschool/teen realities: first date, starting high school, making new friends, losing old ones, teenage angst and getting a swelled head. Anyone who likes to draw or even doodle around will fall into this story and feel exhilarated. It made me feel excited for my children, that they can do anything if they are passionate about it. Jimmy is such a lovable character and his wit and humour is deadpan, I really didn't want the book to end. He's a kind, good-natured guy but just like anyone he can have a nasty side and at a certain point gets an ego that goes out of control making him a real person. There are a few author graphic memoirs out there now for teens but this is one of the most genuine I've come across. My 14yob enjoyed it very much as well.

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Comics Squad: Recess! edited by Jennifer L. Holm



Comics Squad: Recess! edited by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun anthology of short stories by popular children's graphic novelists. I've read all these authors before and found it a delight to read these stories. Some are one-off shorts while others are further adventures of favourite characters such as Baby Mouse and Lunchroom Lady. The stories are all held together by the common theme of recess; with recess featuring prominently in some and and simply in passing in others. I enjoyed each story, each being a perfect example of the author/illustrator's work. I went into each one looking forward to the treat and was not disappointed, however, if the reader has not read any of these authors these stories are bound to have you searching for their other books. Good Show! And the back of the book assures us that a sequel is in the works. Yeah!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Animated Judge Dredd!

Oh, this excites me!  I am a huge Judge Dredd fan.  Just love the 200AD original comics.  I hated the recent movie though.  However, this potential new animated series featuring the "dark" judges sounds awesome.  Especially if they can keep it aimed at the same age level as the British Dredd, 15+.  Check out more at Entertainment Weekly.

Just look at this poster!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Shonen Jump, July 29, 2013 (No. 35)

Weekly Shonen Jump, July 29, 2013 (No. 35) by VIZ Media
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Shonen Jump Magazine

One Piece has taken the week off and Bleach is on hiatus. But this issue starts with a one-shot by Naruto's author. From the on-going weeklies I've settled into my favourites, still have a couple I can't figure out what's going on and only really dislike Nisekoi because it is too shoujo for me (though I'll admit it's a well-told tale)

1. Bench by Masashi Kishimoto (One Shot) - I didn't think I was going to like a baseball story and it did start off rather typical but then a surprise happened and I ended up really liking this story about the "D"-team who proves they are better than just running errands for the other teams. by the author of Naruto (4/5)

2. Naruto No. 640 - I just can't get a grasp of this. It's frustrating. Still in a battle and I really don't know who they are or what is going on. Please have some plot come in so I can get in on this! (1/5)

3. One-Punch Man Punch 22 - Oh this is sooo good! I love this! One punch gets heckled by a couple of other heroes who want him gone so they insite the community into thinking that if One Punch destroyed the meteor then One Punch is responsible for the damage the meteor's debris caused to the city. But instead of the riot and execution they had hoped for, One-Punch talks back. Fun! (5/5)

4. Jaco The Galactic Patrolman Ch. 3 - Fun. The plot moves along with Jaco's problem of being stranded. Omori does research on the rocket to see if he can analyze the metal and if it is something that can be found on earth. Meanwhile Jaco amuses himself on the island with target practice with boulders and watching TV, a rocket launching and a pop idol performing. The ending gives our guys new hope. (3/5)

5. World Trigger Ch. 24 - Another of my favourites. Starts off with the members receiving the top three rankings from the training done in the last chapter. Now the team of our main characters has a mission, to find a dangerous "Black Trigger" and secure him by any means. They discuss when they will set the plan in motion. It ends on a cliffhanger note. (4/5)

6. Nisekoi Ch. 84 - Continuing romance from a boy's point of view. The lovely teacher announced last chapter she was getting married and leaving the school. Shu finally admits to Raku that he has a crush on her. yadda-yadda-yadda. I don't like romances but it's ok, not eye-rolling or anything. (3/5)

7. Toriko Gourmet 243 - The battle continues with the one wrapped in black but they stop for conversation and Jiro gives a knocking so hard that the earth's rotation stops. At the end our mysterious person's wrappings come off and we are to be surprised at who it really is. Of course, this is only my 3rd chapter reading this so I haven't a clue at this point. This is pretty good and I'm getting more into it as I read it. (3/5)

8. Dragon Ball Saiyan Saga Ch. 25 - The battle with Vegatta and Nappa continues but they give a 3-hour reprieve to wait and see if Son Goku will turn up. Gorgeous in full colour! (4/5)

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Vinland Saga, Omnibus 5 by Makoto Yukimura

Vinland Saga, Omnibus 5 by Makoto Yukimura
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vinland Saga (9-10)

Thankfully this complex manga starts with a brief characters and 'story so far' introduction page. This volume starts with the beginnings of a whole new phase. If it were a TV show, this would be season 2. Without going into too much detail, Thorfinn no longer has his revenge and is working in the fields with his first ever friend. He has some antagonistic moments and reveals his past to this new friend. At first he just wants to die but upon realizing he doesn't really, he starts to ask himself what is it that he should live for. Meanwhile the battle between the Danes and England continues on. The English have a few more Kings but Canute keeps up the battle and has become battle hardened, sly and crafty. He's even grown more manly, looking very different now. We finish Vol. 9 with Canute finally becoming King of England. Then comes the second half of the book, Vol. 10 and OMG! Absolutely fantastic! Thorfinn takes a turn. This is a violent volume but its theme is rebirth; Valhalla is examined against the Christian concept of Hell and oh man, as a Christian myself I found this chapter utterly amazing and full of Christian allegory. I can't wait for the next volume! I also read the author interview at the end of this book (which I'm usually not interested in) because it started with Yukimura's interest in theology. Intriguing.

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Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources by Arthur de Pins

Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources by Arthur de Pins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zombillenium (2)

I love this series! A comedy paranormal spoof with a serious plot makes it total fun! All characters are back from last time, some fading into the background others remaining major players. Sirius, the skeleton is the centre of attention when he is captured by skinhead villagers and a family with an interesting son adds to the Zombillenium family in more ways than one. A few funny pop culture references make for a grin but mostly the characters are simply lovable while being monstrous and devilish. We venture into the bowels of the amusement park and see where employees who've been fired go. I love the surprise ending and can't wait for the next volume! The art is bright and captivating. The only problem I can mention is the books just end too soon with only an average of 50 pages each.

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