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Free Comic Book Day Review!

So this year’s free comic book day was a good selection of graphic novels. My fiance and I mostly picked the ones rated Teen and Mature. I will list the titles in which order I read them, and hopefully, this will make sense.

Shibuya Goldfish by Hiroumi Aoi – This manga is about alien goldfish that invade Japan and start devouring the citizens. It is up to Hiro, to guide the others to safety. I first discovered this Manga through a Facebook group I casually follow. So, when they had a free preview of this I instantly grabbed it and couldn’t wait to read it. I found the preview to be interesting and definitely couldn’t wait to read more!

Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro – A cyborg soldier readies himself for battle against Alita and her friends. Who will come out of this match alive? This free preview of this manga caught my eye by the cover art. I am a country girl at heart. This issue was brief and I am curious to know more, but I wasn’t sold on the plot. I would recommend reading the whole story.

Aposimz by Tsutomu Nihei – In this futuristic dystopian land, the land is frozen solid, disease rampant, and it’s up to one small group of survivors to survive. I enjoyed this preview into this manga. I liked the art style, it brings how desolate and barren the world is. I will definitely be checking out this manga in full volume.

Frankenstein by Junji Ito – A re-imagining of the famous story by Mary Shelley, this is from one of the most famous horror manga writers, so get ready for this terrifying story! I personally enjoyed this preview. I haven’t read the original story by Mary Shelley, so I can’t compare the two. However, I did enjoy this and I would recommend this for sure!

Jughead: The Hunger #1 by Frank Tieri – In this Archie Madhouse Comic Spinoff Series, beloved character Jughead Jones discovers his family’s curse, and is on the run. Betty: Werewolf Hunter along with Archie is hot on Jughead’s trail to stop the destruction their friend is causing. I’m not familiar with the Archie Comic Universe, however, I enjoyed this horror take on a classic and beloved series. Seeing Jughead handle the consequences of running away is heartbreaking. I would definitely recommend checking out this series.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 #1: Phantom Hand and Kelpie by Mike Mignola – Hellboy is in the 1950’s with his friend and the owner of the mansion. The supernatural goings-on has killed and maimed the guests of the mansion, and it’s up to Hellboy to destroy whatever is causing this mayhem. I am not familiar with the Hellboy comic series. However, I found that this comic gave me a good idea about what Hellboy is all about. He fights paranormal evil.

John Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 by Neil Gaiman – This issue starts off with a dead homeless man wandering through the London underground. Meanwhile, John Constantine has his own problems to sort through. I love John Constantine. He is an awesome character that fights the monsters that go bump in the night as well as help others. I will definitely be reading more Constantine graphic novels in the future.

So, in conclusion, here are the graphic novels I’m going to be reading in the future!

  • Shibuya Goldfish by Hiroumi Aoi
  • Aposimz by Tsutomu Nihei
  • Jughead: The Hunger by Frank Tieri
  • John Constantine
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REVIEW: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

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*No Major Spoilers*

Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fangirling out about meeting her favorite superhero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity — by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel’s life take over Kamala Khan’s?

I have been wanting to start delving into the Ms. Marvel series for a while. I love that she’s a minority in the fact that she is Middle Eastern and Muslim. It is nice to see Marvel making their heroes into minorities. I feel like this is a step in the right direction for equality in the Superhero world.

The story is good, Ms. Marvel is still trying to figure out who she is. Is she a mutant? An Inhuman? She is on a journey to find herself. She is also struggling to balance family life and her superhero one.

Favorite character, hands down, is Lockjaw! He’s a member of the Royal Family of Inhumans. He is sent to look after Ms. Marvel by Medusa. He has amazing teleportation powers that he uses throughout the graphic novel. Being a dog lover myself, but never being around large dogs, I’m not sure how I would react if I met Lockjaw in real life!

Overall I really enjoyed this story. I’d recommend this to fans of Ms. Marvel, the Inhumans, and stories with a minority protagonist.

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REVIEW: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol.2: Squirrel, You It’s True by Ryan North

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*No Major Spoilers*

In this collection of “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,” we see Squirrel Girl come across new allies as well as new enemies. Before you know it the world, including the Avengers, is thrown into chaos. It’s up to Squirrel Girl and her new allies to save the day!

I love how quirky and humorous this is written, I’ll say even just the concept of a girl being able to communicate with squirrels is humorous in itself. Another part about this book that I enjoyed reading about and learning about online was the fact that there’s a Norse god who is a squirrel. I found that to be a rather interesting concept to incorporate into this story.

One of the scenes I really enjoyed was when Doreen (aka Squirrel Girl) had to recruit The Avengers for an almost impossible mission. When she arrived they were under the Norse god’s spell, arguing about meaningless and stupid things and Captain America calling the team “Giant Diaper Babies”.

I loved this story so much and the art style I couldn’t really find anything to nitpick about other than that Squirrel Girl kind of looks like Sandy Cheeks from “Spongebob Squarepants” 

If you want an enjoyably funny comic then this is the one for any comic lover! I got such a kick out of it that I’d almost buy a second copy!

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REVIEW: She-Hulk: Law and Disorder (She-Hulk Vol.1) by Charles Soule

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*No Major Spoilers*

Jennifer Walters is a lawyer by day and a superhero when she’s away from the courtroom. In this graphic novel, she leaves her job at one of the big law firms and starts her own private practice.  Her first client? The son of Doctor Doom, she has to help him with getting asylum in the state of New York. As the case wraps up a much larger case comes along to unfold that has conspiracy and magic written all over it. Will Jennifer and her friends make it out alive?

The first thing I want to touch on that I didn’t really like was the artwork, I didn’t really like how they made her look like a monster because in other comics about her she looks like a tall, green babe, so the consistency wasn’t there for me.

The story, on the other hand, I really did like because of any story involving Doctor Doom is more interesting than any of the Fantastic 4 movies so far. In the story without giving too much away, She-Hulk traveled to Latvaria to fight some of Doctor Doom’s Doombots. She succeeded by destroying Doombot after Doombot and then coming upon Doctor Doom himself and reasoned with him about his son.

With this book taking place in the standard Marvel Universe, this is her own unique storyline that is a different take on the She-Hulk from most of what is out there.

In conclusion, I really did find this book enjoyable overall even though the artwork didn’t really catch my fancy. I would recommend this book to just about any Marvel fan. If you have an interest in the Marvel Universe and you’re more concerned with story than the artwork then this a good story to check out!

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REVIEW: Spider-Man/Doctor Strange: The Way to Dusty Death by Stan Lee

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*No Major Spoilers*

A saga of life, death and obsession decades in the telling! The sorcerer Xandu is desperate to restore the love of his life to the land of the living – and he needs the Wand of Watoomb! But time and again, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man stand in his way. Xandu’s quest to revive his beloved will involve another arcane artifact – the Crystal of Kadavus – and even drag the Scarlet Witch into the action! But will Xandu’s plan result in all life as we know it crumbling into dusty death?

This graphic novel includes several, complete, and epic stories involving Spider-Man and Doctor Strange teaming-up to fight off the monsters and demons that go bump in the night.

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I enjoyed this collection greatly. The stories were in-depth, and I enjoyed every single one of them! I love Doctor Strange, he is so odd, and yet very kind. His power in the mystic arts is very powerful because he doesn’t use it for personal gains.

The main story I found to be fulfilling and enjoyed the wild ride. The illustration of the other realms was bright, colorful, yet terrifying at the same time. Xandu is a villain who has a reason for being “evil”. His backstory I found to help his character development greatly.

I would recommend this for comic book lovers. I think this is a great start to Doctor Strange, or Spider-Man if you are still unfamiliar with their characters.