Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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Thank you DrAwkto @ The Inky Awkto for nominating me for this book tag!  🙂

Rules:
  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Announce your win with a post link the blogger who awarded you.
  • Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  • Write seven interesting things about you

Seven interesting things about me…. hmmm… I guess this is a relative question but here goes.

  1. The first comic I ever remember buying new was a Wonder Woman comic, but I didn’t end up liking it very much.  I just couldn’t understand why the Amazons didn’t want to fall in love with a man and live happily ever after.  They seemed to be a bunch of hateful weirdoes to me.
  2.  I voted in the infamous should we kill Robin poll, but because I was a little kid I was confused because I thought the Robin they were going to kill was Dick Grayson.
  3. I constantly check to make sure that the house doors are locked and that I haven’t left the stove on, if the thought crosses my mind while I’m in bed I have to get up and check or I absolutely cannot sleep.
  4. When I was a kid I would sometimes sleepwalk, and once woke up in the middle of the night laying down in the woods behind our house.  Terrifying.
  5. In grade school when my class went to Atlanta for a field trip I ditched my group, and went to the museum of natural science by myself… nobody noticed and I met back up with them at the meet up spot without a hitch…  sometimes I’m amazed I’m still alive.
  6. I’m kind of minimalist about clothing.  I only own like 4 pairs of blue jeans and a few pair of really comfortable shoes.  I have a good many shirts like superhero t-shirts I’ve collected but own only two dress up outfits — one suitable for funerals and one suitable for weddings.
  7. I love big, juicy historical romance novels that are set in the regency era, the less politically correct they are the better.

Well, that was all I could really think about saying about myself.  I don’t really know who to tag for this but if you read this and you like to do it please consider yourself tagged by me, and enjoy! 🙂

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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

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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

Roche Limit Volume 2: Clandestiny by Michael Moreci

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, so this is a sci-fi series about a military and science expedition out to this world where 75 years ago they had tried to start a colony and it somehow ended in flames. The small crew believes that they are the third expedition to the planet but they quickly find out that they are in fact the thirteenth. So… what happened to all those other crews? Something on the planet is starting to mess with their minds.

I really liked this a lot and found it interesting but there was never a point in the story where I was totally pulled into it. I also liked the art but didn’t fall in love with it. Really, it was pretty decent altogether — wish I could think of something better to say than I simply like it; but there it is. I liked it.

I have not actually read the first volume of this series but my understanding is that it doesn’t really involve the same set of people. I’m pretty curious now if it actually details the events of the failed colony or not. This whole volume is pretty mysterious in some respects. It flows well but there are a ton of unanswered questions and a cliffhanger ending to boot. Looks like we’ll be waiting a little while to find out what happens next, the story continues in March 2016.

I like the art pretty well, but some of the faces have a lot of squiggly looking lines.  Wrinkles perhaps?  I do think a lot of the lighting effects in this volume are well done.

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Honestly for most of the story I wasn’t sure if this was a guy or a girl.  Think it’s a guy but honestly… still not sure.

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And is this a hallucination or reality?  This story delves down into the philosophical questions about what reality is.

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I obtained a copy of this book through NetGalley’s Read It Now program in exchange for feedback and a review.

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Comic Bento The Grey Area

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Comic Bento came in the mail today.  It included four graphic novels under the theme The Grey Area.

Superior Iron Man: Infamous — ISBN# 978-0-7851-9249-7 — $19.99

RAI: Welcome to New Japan — ISBN# 9781939346414 — $9.99

Troublemaker — ISBN# 978-1-59582-488-2 — $17.99

Lola XOXO: The Journey Home — ISBN# 978-194151103-9 –14.99

Total Cover Price:  $62.96

Well, these are some books I know nothing about with the exception of Iron Man.  I’m racking my brains but can’t think of anything I’ve read from publishers Valiant or Aspen in recent memory.  RAI is a comic I’ve seen in comic shops before but I’ve never read an issue of it myself; so that should be interesting.  Lola is a comic that I’ve never seen or heard about, reading the blurb is sounds like a dystopia, so I’ll be trying that one.  Of course I’ve heard of Janet Evanovich and know she’s a best-selling author but I’ve never read any of her books; Troublemaker seems to be a sequel to another story so I’m hoping it can be read without the prior books.

 

 

Kaptara, Vol. 1: Fear Not, Tiny Alien by Chip Zdarsky

Kaptara, Vol. 1: Fear Not, Tiny AlienKaptara, Vol. 1: Fear Not, Tiny Alien by Chip Zdarsky

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What did I just read? Uck. I didn’t like this. The description of this book said:

“Keith Kanga crash lands on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Come check out this sci-fi comedy from Chip Zdarsky (SEX CRIMINALS) and Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kung-Fu). Collects KAPTARA #1-5.”

I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t this 1984-Saturday-Morning-Cartoons-on-Crack-Pink-and-Purple-Furies-Abound-Story. I don’t really know what else to call it, but mostly it reminds me of like a really crappy version of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

And I didn’t find it funny. I didn’t even smile once. I’m sure that my overall expression was one of distaste. In the end I guess I’ll just say that this is just not my thing.

A few page samples so you can see the art style:

This is Keith, starting to feel guilty I guess.

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Keith meeting the Queen in her throne room.

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Cover showing I guess what could be  considered the adventuring party.

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I obtained this book through NetGalley’s Read It Now program at first but I also own a digital copy that was included in Humble Comics Bundle Image Featuring Creators Own Worlds.

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Humble Comics Bundle Image Featuring Creators Own Worlds

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If you do digital comics make sure not to miss Humble Comics Bundle Image Featuring Creators Own Worlds.  These are a great way to try comics you might not usually get on the cheap.   There is a huge incentive to go for the top tier on this one because it includes Invincible Issues #1-47 and Stray Bullets #1-41.

The first pay what you want tier includes:

ODY-C Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction, Christian Ward
Virgil by Steve Orlando, JD Faith
Self-Obsessed by Sina Grace
No Mercy by Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, Jenn Manley Lee
Phonogram Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
Wolf Vol. 1 by Ales Kot, Matt Taylor, Lee Loughridge
Kaptara Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky, Kagan Mcleod
Sunstone Vol.1 by Stjepan Sejic
Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, JOCK
Image Comics Humble Bundle Preview Book 2016
Image Comics New Issues + New Arcs Pack

The second tier priced at $15.65 includes the first tier plus:

Injection Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey
Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Just The Tips by Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta
Nowhere Men Vol. 1 by Eric Stephenson, Nate Bellegarde, Jordie Bellaire
Jupiter’s Circle Vol. 1 by Mark Millar, Wilfredo Torres, Davide Gianfelice
Trees Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis, Jason Howard
Rat Queens Special: Braga #1 Tess Fowler, Roc Upchurch
Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Phonogram Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen

And the top tier is priced at $20 or more and includes the first two tiers plus:

Low Vol. 1 by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini
Bitch Planet Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV
Wayward Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 by Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, John Rauch, Tamra Bonvillain
Invincible Compendium (Issues #1-47) by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker
Stray Bullets #1-41 by David Lapham

 

Ben and Jerry Book Tag

Earlier this week I was tagged by theorangutanlibrarian to do this Ben and Jerry Book Tag.  I wasn’t sure if I was up to the task or not but it seemed like a fun idea, so I thought I’d try it.  🙂  I decided to keep my answers in theme with my blog which is primarily dedicated to comics, manga, and the like.  This is my first time doing something like this but hopefully I understand how to do it right… you’ll have to let me know if I screwed it up.

VANILLA CARAMEL FUDGE: PICK A LIGHT, FLUFFY CONTEMPORARY

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Love★Com, Vol. 1 by Aya Nakahara – The often amusing misadventures and eventual romance of a tall girl and a short boy. Contemporaries aren’t my go to genre but this one is a favorite for it’s humor and sweetness.

MINT CHOCOLATE COOKIE: A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU WISH EVERYBODY WOULD READ

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Grayson, Vol 1: Agents of Spyral by Tom King, Tim Seeley – Spinning out of events in Batman Inc. and Forever Evil this volume marks a turning point in the direction of the life of the original Robin.  Dick Grayson is my favorite character and I’ve followed him through thick and thin.  This newest chapter in Grayson’s story has been growing on me as it progresses.

CHERRY GARCIA: AN ENDING THAT WAS BITTERSWEET

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The Sandman, Vol. 10: The Wake by Neil Gaiman – Oh, so bittersweet and strange.  Do dreams die?  The last collected volume of the original Sandan run.  This masterpiece will need to be read from beginning to end to be fully appreciated.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: A BOOK CONTAINING YOUR OTP OF OTPS

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Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 01: Priestess by Yuu Watase – This was a hard decision but the epic love story of Miaka and Tamahome is among one of my most beloved One True Pairings.  This is also one of the first manga that I can remember ever reading.

MILK AND COOKIES: TWO AUTHORS THAT IF THEY COLLABORATED, THEY WOULD GO PERFECTLY TOGETHER

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Geoff Johns and Ed Brubaker – Both of these guys have done fantastic work breathing new life into old characters.  I don’t know if these guys have ever worked together or not.

BOSTON CREAM PIE: A BOOK THAT HAD YOU TURNING YOUR PAGES LATE INTO THE NIGHT

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Forever Evil by Geoff Johns, David Finch, Richard Friend – This was the story that promised the final fate of Dick Grayson.  I hung on pins and needles for fear that my favorite character would be killed off in this storyline.

CHOCOLATE THERAPY: A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER AFTER A LONG DAY OF LIFE

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Legendary Star-Lord, Vol. 1: Face It, I Rule by Sam Humphries, Paco Medina – The height of escapist fiction and it doesn’t hurt that the storylines include my favorite Marvel character Kitty Pryde.

COFFEE, COFFEE, BUZZBUZZBUZZ!: A BOOK NOT YET RELEASED THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON

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Grayson, Vol 2: We All Die At Dawn by Tom King, Tim Seeley, Mikel Janin, Steven Mooney – The second volume of my beloved Grayson will be released soon.  I can’t wait to read it!

Well that’s it! 🙂  I know I’m supposed to tag others at the end of this but my blogs pretty new and I don’t have many followers yet — but if anyone wants to take up the challenge please feel free