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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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REVIEW: The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren D. Estleman

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*No Major Spoilers* 

Between July 1875 and November 1883, a single outlaw robbed the stagecoaches of Wells Fargo in California’s Mother Lode country a record of twenty-eight times. Armed with an unloaded shotgun, walking to and from the scenes of the robberies, often for hundreds of miles, and leaving poems behind, the infamous Black Bart was fiercely hunted.

Between robberies, Black Bart was known as Charles E. Bolton, a distinguished, middle-aged man who enjoyed San Francisco’s entertainments in the company of socialites drawn to his quiet, temperate good nature and upper-class tastes.

Meanwhile, James B. Hume, Wells Fargo’s legendary chief of detectives, made Bart’s apprehension a matter of personal as well as professional interest.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am not a fan of westerns, being raised with a father who loves westerns (good and bad) and trying to read Louis L’Amour; didn’t leave a good impression of the genre with my young self. I did start liking Bonanza when I got older, however, Gunsmoke still makes no sense to me.

This book, however, caught my eye. The imposing stagecoach, the gentleman in the bowler hat holding the stagecoach at gunpoint made me pick up this book from my local library. I thought I’d give westerns another try.

The story was great! The development of characters and their motives were relatable. Being in California both during the Gold Rush and after the rush would drive anyone to rob just to keep food in their bellies.

In the afterward, Mr. Estleman stated that he took a few liberties with the story. The poetry was fiction, but I think it made the story better. I could tell this author did his research with his novel.

Now for the negatives, the vocabulary at times was difficult. I tried to look up the words so I could understand, but it got so tedious that I quickly gave up and just took my best guesses at what the words meant.

This is a good book, for anyone who loves westerns will enjoy this novel. It’s a nice quick read, and I enjoyed reading this novel. I would say unless you have an excellent vocabulary, or don’t mind having a dictionary on hand as you read, you can decide whether this book is good for you or not.

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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: Heroes for Hire, Vol. 2: Ahead of the Curve

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*No Major Spoilers*

Marvels strangest team of heroes find themselves trapped in the hull of a ship with a bomb as the Grim Reaper plans to blow up the Statue of Liberty and take the Heroes for Hire with it. But why? What nefarious plan could he have up his sleeve? He’s evil so does it matter? He has to be stopped Also, someone dies No kidding.

As if that wasn’t enough, here comes the return of villains no one asked for The Horrific Headmen have a special surprise for the hapless Humbug.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This epic comic follows the group of street-level heroes; Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Black Cat, Shang-Chi, Tarantula, and Humbug.

They get hired by a young boy looking for his stolen robot, a jewelry store owner looking for diamond thieves, and S.H.I.E.L.D wanting to capture a caveman and his T-Rex friend for scientific studies. Will this rag-tag group of heroes live up to the task? Or will there be too much to handle?

Even though I am not familiar with all of these characters, I was engaged in the plot as well as wanting to know what happens next! However, I felt like this group was too large for the tasks at hand. Often times feeling like some of the characters weren’t given much to do. Overall, I still enjoyed this classic adventure comic!

My favorite part, that’s not a major spoiler, is how Misty Knight is able to lead this mismatched group of heroes into getting the job done. I like a strong female lead when she’s not being a jerk about it.

My least favorite part (I don’t think it’s a major spoiler, it didn’t really have anything to do with the main plot) was when Shang-Chi and Tarantula got involved romantically during the S.H.I.E.L.D. mission. To me, it was unnecessary and just page filler.

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