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REVIEW: Blacksad (Blacksad #1-3) by Juan Diaz Canales

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Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.

If you are looking for a good crime noir, you have found your book.  Blacksad is a private investigator trying to navigate his way through the Cold War era America. With racial tensions and political tensions at their highest, it makes Blacksad’s life even more complicated.

This is rated M for Mature for nudity, language, and some violence. I just thought this needed to be stated just to be on the safe side.

I can relate to Blacksad in the fact that he’s just trying to live a decent life and maybe one day write a memoir that will be turned into a fiction novel. He is jaded by the world around him but is still open to having a serious relationship in his life.

This graphic novel demonstrates how high the communist threat actually was. It paints a grim picture of the past, and also possible future. Public hangings just on the slight suspicions of them having communist ties. This paints the story into a very dark tone.

I am not going to spoil anything because you need to read this book in order to fully enjoy it! The stories go along nicely and the artwork is fantastic!

I would highly recommend this for graphic novel readers as well as readers of Cold War era fiction. I would be very interested in reading the next volume of this series. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to review it or just read it for my personal enjoyment. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Posted in Book Reviews, Graphic Novels, Marvel Comics

REVIEW: X-Men: Colossus: God’s Country by Christopher Yost

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In this collection of comic books, we learn about Colossus, a mutant with the ability to turn his skin into “living metal”. Along with being bulletproof and super strength, he also has a “no kill” policy.

Peter Rasputin was a hard-working farmer in Siberia with his parents and younger sister. When a runaway tractor is about to run over the unsuspecting sister, Peter’s skin turns into steel and saves his sister from getting killed.

When the leader of the X-Men, Charles Xavier goes to recruit the new mutant, Colossus finds a new home with the X-Men.

The many stories in this collection discuss how Americans felt about the Russians after the cold war. Colossus also deals with the internal struggles of wanting to be with his family in Siberia but also wanting to stay with the X-Men in America.

I loved Colossus in the Deadpool movies. I liked his dry humor and the fact that his character in the movies strongly representing his comic book counterpart. He does things by the book, and Deadpool is the opposite of that.

This collection of Colossus stories will leave you thinking the difficult questions about “what does it mean to be free”? This collection is entertaining as well as thought-provoking.

I would recommend this graphic novel if you’re wanting a fulfilling comic book read. Every story is complete and leaves no loose strings. The characters are admirable and relatable on one level or another.

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