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REVIEW: Aquaman, Vol. 2: The Others by Geoff Johns

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*No Major Spoilers*

The adventures of Aquaman continue as old memories resurface as members of The Others return in the search for Aquaman for help. Black Manta has been hunting each member down for a piece of their jewelry, but why?

Aquaman, Mera, and The Others start the hunt for the infamous arch-nemesis to figure out why he’s needing these pieces of jewelry. However, will Aquaman let his long lost friends aid him in the search?

As the saga continues, I’m enjoying every moment of this storyline! The art, the relatable characters, I just love a good story. This is that story.

I think this could be a stand-alone graphic novel, it doesn’t bring up the plot from the previous volume. So if you’re just reading this for Black Manta, then you’re good to go.

I am not familiar with The Others, and some of their own storylines left me confused and made me felt like I needed to research them. Hopefully, this will be resolved to go further into the main storyline.

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REVIEW: Aquaman, Vol. 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns

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*No Spoilers*

The reader follows Aquaman as he tries to live with the humans. However, he and his wife Mera face harassment and prejudice from the humans. He doesn’t want to be the ruler of the Atlantis because of the fact that he’s half human and half Atlantian. The people of Atlantis won’t accept him as their ruler.

Things go awry when these unknown creatures arise from the trench and start feeding on the human fisherman. So, it’s up to Aquaman to save the day for the tiny fishing island. To unravel the mystery of what these creatures are and how to stop them from attacking humans ever again.

I think people have this idea of Aquaman as a lame superhero. Thinking him as useless to the Justice League, and the DC comic universe as a whole. However, he keeps the waters safe for both the sea life and the humans.

I thought the conflicts within Aquaman that occur throughout this story made him feel like a fully fleshed character. He and Mera just want to live a quiet life amongst humans, but the prejudices and jokes can make people unbearable.

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Welcome back to D.C. Week!

Hello everyone!

I hope you enjoyed Marvel week! Even with some minor complications on my end (insufficient library), we got it figured out. Jessica Jones is one of my favorite female superheroes! She’s relatable, realistic, and she’s got the hottest husband ever!

I also hope you also enjoyed my review of The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren B. Estleman! This western, even with its difficult vocabulary, has won me back to the genre so you might be seeing more westerns in the future!

However, let’s get this pony show on the road, let’s announce what the theme for DC week will be *insert drum roll here*

Next week’s theme is Aquaman! Can this seemingly “lame” superhero be given new life both on the big screen and in the comics? Let’s find out together!

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I wish to see you soon!

Elisha’s Book Reviews

Posted in Book Reviews, Graphic Novels, Marvel Comics

REVIEW: Jessica Jones: The Pulse, The Complete Collection By Brian Michael Bendis

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*No Spoilers* **Besides obvious ones**

Jessica Jones, retired Avenger and now Private eye, takes a job at the Daily Bugle for a new column for the newspaper called The Pulse. Along with famed columnist Ben Urich, the duo is tasked with reporting on fellow superheroes and report on their activities and other interesting superhero news stories. All while Jessica is expecting a baby.

However, someone is after Jessica and Luke Cage. Will they come out alive? Will Jessica’s baby be healthy? How is S.H.I.E.L.D. involved? Everyone’s favorite superheroes make a cameo in this epic story of action, excitement, and family!

Ben Urich also has his own storyline in this graphic novel. He wants to tell the whole story, no matter the red tape or the lack of interest from his coworkers. His loyalty to Daredevil makes him a good member of the press to have at your side.

This story is awesome! I loved all of the cameos from the Marvel Universe superheroes and supervillains! Jessica Jones is a very relatable character in the fact that she is a new mother. The fact of having superhero parents can make being a parent of a possible baby with superhuman powers terrifying!

This is a big collection of graphic novels. So if you’re not up for a long graphic novel, maybe try one of her shorter graphic novels first. I would suggest the Alias series, or the beginning of the series I reviewed Monday.

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REVIEW: Jessica Jones, Vol.1: Uncaged By Brian Michael Bendis

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*No Major Spoilers*

This segment in the Jessica Jones saga follows Jessica as she’s getting released from prison. Soon after, fellow heroes start following her and asking about where her child is. However, she can not say and has to fight them off or run away.

After hearing about Jessica’s release Luke Cage starts tracking her down and asking where their child is. Jessica, being unable to answer him, Luke throws a tantrum and receives some bad press.

When a woman hires Jessica to follow her husband, things go haywire as the wife turns up dead. Not only that, but a mysterious woman kidnaps Jessica and tries to get her to do her bidding.

When the case is seemingly wrapped up, Jessica goes to her mother’s house to bring their daughter home, however, Luke Cage has beaten her there. How will this affect the relationship between Jessica and Luke moving forward?

I enjoyed this graphic novel. I am a fan of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, they make an odd pairing, but not every couple is “perfect” by society’s standards.

I thought this was a really bittersweet story about how difficult it is to be a parent in a world where the good guys are getting hunted. Jessica had to do what was safe for her daughter at all costs.

I would recommend this book who are looking to get their Jessica Jones fix before season 2 hits! Or even after you binge-watch seasons 1 & 2! It’s not a part of the Netflix series timeline (as far as we know), but it’s still a great read.

 

 

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REVIEW: Gotham Central, Book 2: Jokers and Madmen

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*No Major Spoilers*

In this action-packed graphic novel follows the Gotham City Police Department. Major Crimes Unit has a more difficult job than the Batman. Having to deal not only with the corruption that makes Gotham what it is, but having to deal with the psychos in costume.

Things have gotten complicated for the police since the court started throwing out cases because the police had been somewhat reliant on calling Batman to help them. However things just gets worse when a sniper starts running loose in Gotham, no one in Gotham is safe!

A cold case resurfaces as new matters bring up old memories for one retired cop with a drinking problem. How does a hostage situation turn into a cold case where the boy’s locker room gets blown to bits? Read this book to find out!

I enjoyed this book! It has plenty of the famous Batman villains in this collection of stories! I especially loved the story involving the Joker! Just wow! There’s a method to his madness, and only Batman knows how the Joker works!

I was expecting a lot of Batman showing up and saving the day, but this is a story where the G.C.P.D. does all the saving without having to depend on Batman to do their job. I loved how they showed just how much effort the G.C.P.D. puts into their jobs. Made me feel like I was watching Law & Order (pick whichever one you want, they’re all great in their own way)!

I did at times, lose track of the characters. Most of the male cops were your stereotypical male cops. The female cops however were great! You can see how tough it is to be a female in a males’ role.

One thing I didn’t like about it was the artwork (I know I’m being picky here). I’m not a fan of watercolor or anything that looks like watercolor. Just a nitpick from me.

I loved this graphic novel. I give it my 10/10, would recommend for anyone who loves comics, and crime! Also the Joker, this week is Joker themed after all.

 

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Welcome to D.C. Comic Book Week!

Hello everyone! Hope you guys enjoyed Marvel week, but also enjoyed my review of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy. I really enjoyed reviewing those and let me know what you think going forward with this blog.

Next week is DC Comics week and the theme will be: The Joker! Yes, I will be reading three comic book volumes either based on the Joker or has the Joker in it. I thought we should take a look at one of comics most beloved and feared psychopaths to start off DC week!

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Hope to see you around for DC week!

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