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Groupees Comic Bundles ~ 2 Days Left

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Groupees is running some great deals on digital comic book bundles right now, and they are up for 2 more days.

The first one is the Bundle of Independents containing a plethora of series starters:

For $5 Minimum You Get:

  1. The Boys Vol. 1
  2. Revival, Vol. 1
  3. Ciudad
  4. The Fuse, Vol. 1
  5. Locke & Key Vol. 1
  6. Chew Vol. 1
  7. A Boy and A Girl
  8. The Devilers #1-7

For $12 Minimum You Also Get:

  1. Richard Stark’s Parker Vol. 1
  2. Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland
  3. Shutter, Vol. 1
  4. Saga, Vol. 1
  5. Wasteland Vol. 1
  6. Devolution #1-2
  7. 30 Days of Night Vol. 1
  8. The Living Corpse
  9. Stumptown Vol. 1
  10. Uncanny Vol. 1: Season of Hungry Ghosts
  11. American Flagg! #1-5

For $25 Minimum You Also Get:

  1. Ragnarok Vol. 1
  2. Deadly Class, Vol. 1
  3. Starve Vol. 1
  4. Descender, Vol. 1
  5. Letter 44 Vol. 1
  6. The Sixth Gun Vol. 1
  7. Lost At Sea
  8. Ex-Con Vol. 1: Fading Lights
  9. Dreadstar #1-6
  10. The Complete Zombies vs. Robots
  11. Morning Glories, Volume 1
  12. Low, Vol 1
  13. The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
  14. Danger Girl: Deluxe
  15. Ghost Projekt. V1

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The other bundle is The Dynamite Fantasy Bundle; and the nice thing about this one is that if you had missed the previous Dynamite bundles on Groupees this is your chance to pick them up because they are the other tiers on this deal.  I’m not going to go through those and list the comics because it’s just too many but you can click on the links to see the titles.

For $5 Minimum You Get:

  1. Game of Thrones #1-4
  2. Adventures of Red Sonja #1-7
  3. Army Of Darkness: Movie Adaptation
  4. Blood Queen #1-6
  5. John Carter: Warlord Of Mars #7-14
  6. Pathfinder: Origins #1-3
  7. Red Sonja (V3) #1-2
  8. Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1
  9. Pathfinder Special 2013

For $25 Minimum You Also Get:

Dynamite Bundle #3

For $40 Minimum You Also Get:

Dynamite Bundle #4

For $55 Minimum You Also Get:

Dynamite Bundle #1

Dynamite Bundle #2

 

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel PowerThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The first issue seemed like it might have some promise but it quickly just spiraled out into stupidity. Full of bad puns and grade school humor, I really couldn’t find a lot to like. It’s an ok comic to give to a very young child but otherwise I see no merit in it. It also has some of the most god awful ugly art I’ve seen published. Torture to the eyes.

This is Squirrel Girl.  She and every woman in this comic are drawn man faced ugly.  So much so that it’s hard to look at.  While I applaud the use of a more realistic body shape, the reality is most women have feminine faces.  Not being a size 0 does not make you dog ass ugly by default.

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The other thing that annoys me about this book is the ridiculous ways in which she defeats villains like Galactus.  Come on now really?  Why do they even need the Avengers with Squirrel Girl on the team! — rolls eyes — I guess it’s supposed to be funny and cute but it just annoys me, guess I’m too old and humorless to enjoy it.

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Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller

Daredevil: Born AgainDaredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What can I say about the classic story Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller that hasn’t already been said? Collecting Daredevil #226-233, these issues originally published in 1964 include some of the original source material for the now popular Daredevil Netflix series.

Frank Miller has the dubious honor of having written some of the best and worst comics I’ve ever read. This collection comes at the end of his run writing the Daredevil monthly book and tells the story of what happens to Matt Murdock when his greatest enemy the Kingpin learns his secret identity.

When ex-girlfriend and drug addict Karen Page sells out Matt for a quick fix, his life spirals out of control and he loses almost everything he ever had. Will he be able to find the fortitude to get up and fight again? Lots of fan favorite characters make appearances in these issues including Gladiator (Melvin Potter), Nuke, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, low level thug Turk Barrett, and the Avengers.

This book has some excellent art as well.  In the days before computer coloring techniques artists were somewhat more limited but a lot of effort was put into these panels to add to the overall mood of the story.

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Here we have a dramatic scene with the Kingpin sort of gloating and looking down on the city, but did everything really go as planned?

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And Matt laying in the gutter…

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Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume One by Grant Morrison

Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume OneWonder Woman: Earth One, Volume One by Grant Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this to be a remarkably coherent storyline considering who wrote it.

Earth One is a separate universe from the main DCU and it’s storylines. It seems like they just wanted to retell the origins of their major superheroes and have it be free of the current continuity. So these are similar to origins you’ve read before but also different.

Grant Morrison apparently pulled his inspiration from some of Wonder Woman’s more checkered history. This seems to have caused a good deal of controversy among fans. I can’t really speak to that as I only really know Diana from her adventures in the Justice League and have never followed her solo book.

I have to say I really loved the art and layouts that were in this.  Really cool looking and added a lot to the whole feel of the book.

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Diana is portrayed as somewhat mischievous in the first part of the story.

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And here she is facing off against the army.  I love the stars int the layout.

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I received a review copy of this book through NetGalley’s read and review program.

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What Natalie is up to in April of 2016.

Hi, guys!  I wanted to thank everyone who has followed my blog recently.  Here are a few things going on with me…

So, what am I doing in April?

Well for starters I’ve started a second blog on WordPress called Beauty Adventures Blog where I talk about well you know things like nail polish, shampoo, and makeup.  What?!?  Natalie does something besides read comic books?  You know I’m a girl right?  

I’ve also been working on my little garden but they are still predicting frost this weekend so I’ve held off on getting my plants still.  If the weather is good enough tomorrow I’ll set up the last of my tomato and bean cages.

And what about comics?  Well, I’ve got 16 graphic novels that I need to post reviews for ASAP, so I will be trying to knock those out in the next few weeks.

I also got an audiobook approval for  Crimson Son by Russ Linton, a superhero prose novel that I’ve started and seems quite promising so far; –but of course I will reserve judgement until I’ve finished the book.

And last but not least over on Goodreads the Superheroes and Comic Book Club is reading The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North, Erica Henderson as our April Graphic Novel of the Month and our Prose Novel of the Month is Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts.  So please come join us over there for the discussion threads.

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Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher, Annie Wu

Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and ScreamingBlack Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This graphic novel collects BLACK CANARY #1-7. Well, I didn’t like the Black Canary reboot. Not the art and not the story. This ended up being a real chore to read, I kept putting it down from boredom. I did see a good many four and five star reviews, so somebody out there is into it, but god knows I can’t figure out why.

For some reason Dinah Lance has become the front woman for a band called Black Canary. She has replaced the original front woman called Bo Maeve who is now stalking the band. The side characters are for the most part her band members, none of which is particularly interesting, and her [ex?] husband. The band is also being followed by some sort of shadow monsters.

Dinah’s origin isn’t really well explained but she is a highly trained fighter with ninja skills. They also seem to have taken away her metahuman status and she now apparently received her powers through some sort of experiment. I don’t want to ruin the stupidity of that explanation by giving anymore details as it would pretty much give away the underlying plot of this volume.

The not so funny or entertaining gag running through the book is how Black Canary keeps stepping on the toes of other bands who are now all out to get them.

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Dinah starts a fight at every concert…

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Dinah tells the group that she’s going to train them in self defence so they go to this gun range to practice.  Everyone is dressed in these hokey looking western outfits…

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Dinah fights off legions of black ops so they can get to their gig on time.  ‘Cause this whole scenario is soooo plausible.  I mean where are the other cars on the road?  Buildings?  What kind of venue are they going to that nobody notices this going on?

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I received an advanced reader copy of this book through NetGalley’s read and review program.

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Rasputin, Volume 2 by Alex Grecian

Rasputin, Volume 2Rasputin, Volume 2 by Alex Grecian

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A somewhat interesting alternate fantasy history for historical figure Grigori Rasputin. Unfortunately this volume doesn’t stand up by itself and I found the whole thing rather confusing. The story jumps back and forth in time from present day America to the last days of the reign of Tsar Nicholas II. Maybe if I’d read the first volume I would have loved it but I’m just not sure. It certainly seemed as if it had the potential to be quite fantastical but it ended up feeling like you just got preview scenes from a larger story.

Here’s Rasputin telling his life story to some reporter,  a decision I can’t quite wrap my head around to be honest.

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There are quite a few splash pages throughout the book similar to this with quotes on them.  I find them strangely compelling.

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This was the aspect of the book that I got pretty excited about but it didn’t go on long enough, just wetted your appetite for more.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book through NetGalley’s Read It Now selections.

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The Adventures of Basil and Moebius, Volume 3: Secret of the Ancients by Magnetic Press Inc

The Adventures of Basil and Moebius, Volume 3: Secret of the AncientsThe Adventures of Basil and Moebius, Volume 3: Secret of the Ancients by Magnetic Press Inc

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the story of two guys that have somehow become enslaved via mystical tattoos to a shape shifting tentacle monster from another dimension called The Collector. The Collector has been sending them around to steal ancient artifacts around the globe for some reason they don’t know about. They aren’t too keen on being slaves so are actively trying to find out what he’s up to so they can free themselves from his control.

I thought the story was pretty interesting it has a bit of an Indiana Jones / National Treasure vibe to it. I haven’t read the first two volumes so I can’t say how this flows out of those but I was able to follow the story without feeling confused.

The art is well done, consistent, finely detailed and vibrantly colored. My only real complaint about the book is the feeling that a lot of the dialog is a bit over the top. The guys are supposed to be from the UK, I think and something about it felt off to me. Other than that it’s a fun story if you are interested in pulp horror adventure stories.

I had intended to add a few art samples but wordpress doesn’t seem to be working right for me at the moment.

I selected this book from NetGalley’s Read it Now selections in exchange for my feedback and a review.

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Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down by Ming Doyle

Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going DownConstantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down by Ming Doyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Constantine’s new solo book and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. It has a nice mix of what Constantine’s up to in the present day and flashbacks that explain some of what has shaped the character. Most of this book is really about John’s relationships. He seems to be pretty lonely in a lot of respects; like he uses snark to hide behind. He’s sort of a jerk. He chain smokes. He has promiscuous sex with otherworldly entities.

In the past we find out that John’s first love was a girl he knew named Veronica Delacroix; and we get to see how that ended. In the present day he meets a guy named Oliver who owns a restaurant. It’s pretty clear that John is interested in hooking up with Oliver. I was not previously aware that John Constantine was a bisexual character. Apparently this was revealed in an older storyline that I’d never heard about until I looked it up after reading this. It made me want to pick up some older trades and find out more about the character. It will be interesting to see how it continues in the next volume, even though there’s a solid conclusion for the supernatural story that these events unfold around.

The whole book has great flow. I wasn’t crazy about the art but it’s ok. I liked the look of John back in his rock star days the best.

I think the ways that the hair and eyes are drawn in these panels is a little weird.

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John has ghosts, this one is his old friend Gary.

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Gary and John outside a bar in the past.

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And this is Georgie, someone John knew in the past but she doesn’t like him very much; of course she ends up working with him because of some reasons.

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I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for feedback and a review.

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Humble Comics Bundle Dynamite Best-Selling Authors

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Humble Comics Bundle Dynamite Best-Selling Authors just went live.  Here’s a list of the books and what tier they are in, I decided to just get the middle one this time because I’m not really interested in any of the top tier books.

Tier 1:

The Spider Vol 1: Terror Of The Zombie Queen
Complete Alice In Wonderland
Sherlock Holmes: Year One
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Hopcross
The Shadow Vol 1: Fire Of Creation
Charlaine Harris’ Grave Sight #1
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Echoes

Tier 2:

Justice Inc. Vol 1
Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure
Shaft: A Complicated Man
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin
The Shadow Vol. 2: Revolution
Dean Koontz’s Fear Nothing
Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet Vol 2: Wearing O The Green
More comics coming soon!

Tier 3:

Game Of Thrones #1 – 4
Django/Zorro Collection
The Last Temptation
Legends of Red Sonja Collection
Vampirella Master Series Vol 4: Visionaries