I read this book because Harrison Ford said so. And when Harrison Ford tells you to do something, you do it. I should probably clarify by saying I did not actually speak with the man himself, rather his endorsement of this novel was printed on the box it came in, and it piqued my interest. As soon as this book was on the shelf, I checked it out. There’s something about its size and shape that cannot be ignored, and it’s probably the fact that it’s twice as big as any comic I’ve ever read. If you decide to read it, I recommend clearing some desk space. When you open it completely, it’s over two feet wide. While that may seem pretty big, it pales in comparison to the size of the universe within. We’re talking grand scale, multiple races of alien species, and a detailed history of human kind that’s actually transcribed in the book if you care to check it out. All pretty neat stuff. Did I mention it’s pretty? Maybe pretty is the wrong word. Gorgeous, that’s the word I’m looking for. Each page is beautifully illustrated in full color. Even better, the panels are laid out in intricate ways that could probably be studied for days on end if you had the time. But I digress. Let’s move on to the most important detail of all, the story. Continue reading
I read this book on a whim. I typically look for more seriousness when I read graphic novels, and I thought for once I’d try one out that seemed a little more light-hearted. If you are a fan of intense, action packed comics, you should definitely skip this one. However, if you enjoy seeing your favorite super heroes in alternate realities, this might just be the book for you. Continue reading
I have a lot to say about this graphic novel. So much in fact that it depresses me to not be able to say it all. If I were to tell you all the things I love about this book, it would absolutely ruin the story, and make it completely pointless for you to read. Every word is poetry, every panel magnificent. It’s dark, it’s gritty, and most of all it’s Batman. Have I ever mentioned how much I love Batman? Okay, I’ll admit, I’m quite biased. He happens to be one of my favorite comic book characters, and I don’t think that is going to change any time soon. Regardless of our history together, this book is great, and I will do my best to tell you more without spoiling the plot. Continue reading
Chew Volume One: Taster’s Choice by John Layman
Let me start by saying this is a book about a guy who can taste the past. Just let that swim around in your brain for a second. You may feel a bit confused, because when I first heard about this book, I was too. Then I heard the rest of the plot and spent the next week locked in my room, contemplating the meaning of life along with all the other profound questions that we associate with existence. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but this book is sweet and it makes you think. It has an original plot, and with all the books out there that don’t contain original plots, I’d say that makes it worth reading all on its own. Continue reading
The Walking Dead: Book Two by Robert Kirkman
It’s been a long time since I’ve read “The Walking Dead”. After being informed of the series’ existence a few years back, I read through the first two trade paperbacks, only to be slightly disappointed by what I was seeing: a lot of dialogue, and very little zombie killing action. I don’t want to say I was turned off entirely by this, but I felt many of the characters were flat, and for all the words on the page there was very little being said. This posed a dilemma for me. Should I continue reading a series that was not captivating my attention? In this case, I’m glad I did. Continue reading
Ashes by Ilsa Bick
As Alex goes on a hike to find herself, an electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, changing life as she knows it. Billions of people are dead and the survivors have been altered; some have new abilities, others are no longer even human.
Tithe by Holly Black
Kaye is used to the nomadic life but when after her mom is attacked, they are forced to move back to New Jersey. While there, Kaye finds herself drawn into a battle between two faerie kingdoms.
Spider-Man has been a long time favorite of mine for many years now. Not because he is such a prominent character in the comic book world, but because his storyline is genuinely interesting. Here we have a guy whose life is riddled with tragedy and death. Peter Parker’s parents died when he was young and then…well I won’t spoil all the fun. If you’ve never read Spider-Man before, I’ve already said too much. Continue reading
Recently I did a review for Hulk: Red and Green. At the time, I was unaware that it was part of a series, and I happened to be reading the second book. Soon, I learned the error of my ways and have since read Red Hulk, the first book in this series. Continue reading
Beatrice Prior is sixteen and has to make a tough choice. Years ago there was a terrible war and now society is divided into five different factions, each valuing a specific character trait. Beatrice must take an aptitude test to discover whether she belongs in Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (friendship), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (courage), or Erudite (intelligence). Choosing a faction is the least of her problems. If she fails the initiation, she will be factionless and have no hope for a future. Is she strong enough to handle the consequences of her choices?
A 2012 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee.
Until i read this book, I had never read the Hulk before. So with nothing else to compare it to, it’s a bit hard to rate this comic. It certainly held my attention, and i was able to finish it in around an hour. Those are both points in which I will praise this book. I will also give it points for embracing the rest of the Marvel universe. There were certainly plenty of characters that made guest appearances. Some of which, I was left wondering who in the heck they were. Maybe that just shows how little I truly know about the comic book universe. Continue reading