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Better Late Than Never: the books I read in 2023 so far

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I know it’s been awhile since I posted a review or even an update. I have been struggling with writing the blog posts. I would get the spark and type out a couple of paragraphs and as I’m rereading it to check for mistakes I would have negative thoughts about what I just wrote. It’s frustrating and discouraging.

Well I’ve been keeping a notebook full of the books I’ve read, how I rated the books, some brief thoughts, and finally how long it took me to finish the book. Now I would like to share my five star reads of the year so far.

  • The Flintstones: The Deluxe Edition by Mark Russell – this graphic novel gives us a new take on the classic cartoon. I heard about this from one of the YouTubers I watch, and I’m glad I checked this collection out.
  • Black Panther vs. Deadpool by Multiple Authors – I loved the art style of this comic, each panel looked like it came off a storyboard. Black Panther and Deadpool are polar opposites of each other when it comes to their sense of what’s right and wrong. I actually found their philosophy discussions entertaining, but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
  • Cat Massage Therapy Vol. 2 by Haru Hisakawa – I don’t care that there’s barely any plot in these books, it’s a story about cats who run a massage parlor in Japan and the friends and clients they meet. Even as I’m typing this I have the next volume on my nightstand ready to be devoured.
  • Strange Vol. 1: I Belong to Death by Jed McKay – This is a follow-up to the Death of Doctor Strange story where Doctor Strange’s wife Clea takes over as the Sorcerer Supreme for Earth even though she is already the Sorcerer Supreme for the dark dimension. I loved how relatable Clea is, she is dedicated to her deceased husband’s wishes as well as how protective she is over the areas she’s meant to protect. Can’t wait to read volume 2 which is also on my nightstand.

Well, that’s my list of 5 star reads so far for 2023. I hope to be posting more reviews and updates as the year goes on. Hope you have a great day!

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


*No Spoilers*

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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