Review: Paper Girls, vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

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Paper Girls, Vol 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Published: 2016
Genre: Comic
Rating: B+


In the early morning following Halloween 1988, a group of newspaper delivery girls find that they’re the only survivors of a mysterious event that caused everyone in town to disappear. Pursued by people riding strange winged beasts, the girls strive to survive long enough to figure out what happened.

I went into “Paper Girls” rather blind, only knowing that it was set in the 80’s and that it was going to be a little weird. Since I like weird things and the 80’s, I figured this would be right up my alley. Continue reading

First Issue Review: I Kill Giants

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I Kill Giants, Issue 1
Writer: Joe Kelly
Illustrator: J.M. Ken Niimura
Published: 2008
Genre: Comic
Rating: B+


I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about “I Kill Giants”. So, I’m dipping my toes into the series with the first issue.

Barbara Thorson is a quirky bunny ear wearing girl. In her mind, she’s the hero of an epic fantasy. The lone misunderstood giant slayer. The people around her don’t understand what it’s like to bear this burden and Barbara has little patience for participating in general niceties. Her lack of conformity either puts people off or causes trouble for her. Continue reading

Review: Storm, vol 1: Make it Rain

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Storm, vol 1: Make it Rain
Writer: Greg Pak
Illustrator: Victor Ibanez and Matteo Buffagni
Published: 2015
Genre: Comic
Rating: A –


Storm has always been an X-man that’s interested me. Her backstory and powers are really fascinating. So, I was excited to dive into Storm, vol 1: Make it Rain, especially when I found out that Greg Pak was the writer.

There isn’t really a cohesive plot running through this collection. It’s mostly Storm attempting to find her footing and discovering that the old ways aren’t always the best. The description of the volume makes it sound like this entire volume is her mourning the death of Wolverine, but really that’s only the very last part of the collection. If you haven’t been following the death of wolverine arc, you’re going to be a little confused here.  Continue reading

Review: Dr. Strange by Greg Pak

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Doctor Strange: Season 1
Author: Greg Pak
Illustrator: Emma Rios
Published: 2012
Genre: Comic
Rating: B+


Doctor Strange: Season One was my first exposure to Doctor Strange. So, I went into this knowing next to nothing of the character. I picked it up primarily because it’s written by Greg Pak (X-treme X-men) and illustrated by Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly).

Doctor Strange: Season One is an origin story and, in all honesty, a pretty cliched one. Stephen Strange was a gifted surgeon until a car accident crushed his hands, leaving him incapable of operating. In a quest to gain back what he lost, Strange embarks on a spiritual quest that starts his life down a new path. Continue reading

Review: Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick

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Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike
Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Illustrator: Emma Rios
Published: 2014
Genre: Comic
Rating: A-


Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick is a comic that borrows from several genres. The most prominent ones being western, folktales and horror. In 2014, it was nominated for a handful of Eisner Awards and I can see why. The illustrations by Emma Rios are gorgeous and the writing, as always with DeConnick, is fabulous.

I blasted through this volume pretty quick on a 45 minute bus ride one morning. (Warning: for those of you who like to read on your commutes: if you’re considering doing that with this one, you probably don’t want to take that empty seat next to the little old lady. There is nudity and sex on several pages, which makes for some “I’m judging you” side-eye. Don’t be like me.) Continue reading

Review: Chew, Vol 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman

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Chew, Vol 1: Taster’s Choice
Written by: John Layman
Illustrations by: Rob Guillory
Published: 2009
Genre: Comic
Rating: A


After the bird flu wiped out 23 million people, the government outlawed the consumption of poultry. Tony Chu is a vice cop who is a Cibopath. Cibopath’s are a version of a touch psychic, but instead of getting a reading off of something by merely touching it, they have to eat it.

In Taster’s Choice, Tony and his partner are on a case to bring down a chicken smuggling ring when things take a wrong turn. Suddenly, Tony finds himself with a dying serial killer on his hands and the only way he can think to get the names of the killer’s victims is to eat him. As it turns out, his department isn’t cool with that. But the FDA is and Tony is quickly recruited into their ranks.

Chew is glorious with its fun dark humor, oddball characters and warped version of reality. At this moment, I’ve read the first three volumes of the series and Taster’s Choice is definitely the most solid one. It’s largely an introduction story, working to set-up the world, characters and what will be the main arc of the series but it’s done incredibly well. The story is tight and all the characters who take up page time are given distinct traits that make you want to know more.

I highly recommend this to anyone with a taste for dark humor and a bit of mystery.

Review: Lumberjanes, Vol 1 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

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Lumberjanes, Vol 1
Writers: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated by: Brooke A. Allen
Published: 2015
Genre: Comic
Rating: B+


There’s quite a bit of hype going around about Lumberjanes at the moment and I was more than willing to jump on that band wagon. How could I resist when I heard it takes place at a camp called Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiul Crumpet’s camp for Hardcore Lady Types? The comic was originally supposed to be a short series geared toward tween girls. However, due to the amount of interest it quickly generated, it was picked-up as a ongoing series. It’s still largely written to a target audience of 13 year olds but it was rather enjoyable to my twenty-something cartoon watching self.  Continue reading

Review: Suicide Squad, Vol 3: Death is for Suckers by Adam Glass

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Suicide Squad, Vol 3: Death is for Suckers
Written By: Adam Glass
Illustrations By: Various
Publish Date: 2013
Genre: Comic
Rating: D +


Suicide Squad, vol 3: Death is for Suckers is the most disjointed volume in the series. I finished it yesterday on the bus, but I’d have a hard time giving you a coherent summary of what happens, except that there was a lot of fighting.

Nearly every page in this collection had characters just wailing on each other. The small bits of plot included were pretty vague and only served as an excuse for more fight scenes. At the beginning, there’s a semi-interesting story involving the Joker returning that ties in to the Death of the Family arc. But that was fairly short lived and mostly just an extended scene of Harley and the Joker beating each other to a pulp. It was also annoying because we’re told that Harley Quinn was only brought into the team as bait to get the Joker out of hiding. Seriously? The one female on the squad was only included because they wanted her boyfriend? If I hadn’t heard how much better this series gets in volume four, I definitely would have given up on it at that point. From there, the story devolves into more random fight scenes while the team tries to recover a “package” for Waller. Continue reading

Review: Gotham City Sirens, Vol 2: Songs of the Sirens

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Gotham City Sirens, Vol 2: Songs of the Sirens
Written By: Paul Dini
Illustrations By: Guillem March
Publish Date: 2010
Genre: Comic
Rating: D-


When I heard that Paul Dini was the writer for the Gotham City Sirens series, I was ridiculously excited. I have nothing but fond memories of the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series cartoon, which he was one of the writers for. Unfortunately, I forgot that he wrote the awful episode where Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy become gal pals and start living together. After reading this comic, I went back to watch the episode and had to roll my eyes at Poison Ivy’s character (who spends most of her time spouting straw feminist ideologies). Basically, if you loved that episode from the show then you’re going to adore this comic series. Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens features Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn who are roommates trying to live “normal” lives.  Continue reading

Review: Suicide Squad, Vol 2: Basilisk Rising

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Suicide Squad, Vol. 2: Basilisk Rising
Written By: Adam Glass
Illustrations By: Federico Dallocchio
Publish Date: 2012
Genre: Comic
Rating: D+


Suicide Squad: Basilisk Rising picks-up in the aftermath of Harley Quinn’s jaunt through Gotham to retrieve what was left of the Joker. Deadshot is dealing with the emotional trauma of what Harley did to him and the rest of the team is getting crushed under Amanda Waller’s thumb for various reasons. When new information on the Basilisk organization comes to light, Waller recommissions everyone to help bring its leader down.

The first volume (Kicked in the Teethfocused mainly on Deadshot with the government portrayed as an underlying antagonist, willing to use convicts as expendable resources. Where I had issues with the astounding amount of cliches in the first volume, it at least had direction. Here… I’m not sure what they were trying to do. Continue reading