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REVIEW: Arsenal: Full Metal Superhero (Full Metal Superhero #1) by Jefferey H. Haskell

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*No Major Spoilers*

Amelia Lockheart can’t walk, but she can fly. As the armored superhero-Arsenal, she has the power of a small army at her disposal. Fourteen years ago her parents disappeared after a horrific wreck which left her wheelchair bound. With thieves salivating to steal her armor, and supervillains trying to kill her, Amelia must learn to trust her new team if she wants to survive long enough to learn the truth.

This novel caught my attention because of the cover, the series name, and the concept. With the Marvel and DC movies battling it out at the theatres, one might hesitate to go into a superhero series without drawing connections to previously established characters. However, I felt that this would have been unique enough to be entertaining on its own two feet.

I felt like Amelia was amazing in the facts that she doesn’t let others tell her what to do just because she’s a handicapped woman. She is brilliant in what she can build and create with just enough imagination and determination.

At first, her thoughts about what really happened to her parents sounded like a coping mechanism. When something tragic happens, you naturally want to blame it on someone or something. Blaming her parents’ disappearance in the company they worked for is logical and reasonable.

As you go through the battles and struggles with Amelia and her new friends you find that there is something more going on than meets the eye. Is someone trying to set them up to fail? Who is really after Amelia’s armor? These questions and more are what drives this story and the over-arching plot forward.

I couldn’t help myself but draw connections between this novel and Marvel superheroes. It never took anything away from the novel, but it was kind of fun to be like “oh this guy sounds like Doctor Strange”. Or “This sounds like a combination of Captain America and The Hulk”. I found that instead of being direct rip-offs, they were their own unique identity.

The final battle shows how determined and how brilliant Amelia truly is and how her cool head and thinking under pressure is more valuable to the team overall. She is able to do just as much when she is Arsenal, and when she’s just Amelia.

I know this was meant to be an adult novel, but for some reason, I couldn’t get the thought of this being a Young Adult novel out of my head. Something about how Amelia is portrayed had me thinking she was a teenager instead of being in her early 20s.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, it was a breath of fresh air to have some new superheroes to read about. I felt like this novel is appropriate for everyone of all ages to enjoy. If you like underdog stories and superheroes, then this book is for you!

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REVIEW: Noble Vol. 1: God Shots by Brandon Thomas

9781941302361_04745*Minor Spoilers Ahead* 

**Thanks for Diamond Book Distributors for sending a review copy of this graphic novel**  

When an astronaut is rescued from a failed mission and wakes up with powers beyond his understanding and control, he starts looking for answers. Where those answers lead him will be his undoing.

This graphic novel looked interesting to me from the beginning. The cover looks like it’s going to be epic! However, the actual storyline is disappointing. The plot was confusing until the last section.

From what I’ve gathered, an asteroid was destined to hit earth, a woman and her science company sent astronauts to destroy the asteroid. The astronauts died in the process. However, they each woke up with special abilities and powers.

So from the research I have done, Noble was supposed to kick off the Catalyst Prime storyline. The group of superheroes were all the astronauts from this failed mission, and are going to be struggling with their powers, and coming to grips with them.

I will have to read further into this storyline to decide whether this one was good. Some comics are better with others in the arc. However, as it stands this book was meh.