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

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**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.

 

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ARC REVIEW: Isabella’s Painting by Ellen Butler

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*Spoilers*

*Thanks to Power to the Pen for giving me the chance to read this novel early*

This novel follows Karina Cardinal as she’s living as a lobbyist in D.C. and dating one of the most desired bachelors, Patrick Dunne. The Dunne family is one of the most famous and wealthiest families in D.C. Martin Dunne working for a contracting company and Patrick following in his father’s footsteps.

Karina accidentally discovers a stolen painting in Martin’s study during a family Christmas party. Curiosity gets to Karina as she starts to research the hidden painting and realizes Martin is dealing with a mafia-tied mystery.

Desperate to help those she cares about, she returns the painting to the rightful owners. However, she ends up being hunted for revenge. Will she survive long enough to solve the mystery and help the ones she loves?

I was enjoying this book for the first few chapters. Stolen painting, classic art, mafia ties, how could you get more suspense? Then when Karina goes to Colorado for a family emergency and her boyfriend, Patrick, shows up soon afterward. As soon as they revealed this, I knew where it was going. Patrick ends up proposing, you know the rest.

The book started dragging with the romance drama. I wanted to get back to the mystery! I don’t want this relationship drama in my mystery books! (Stephanie Plum is the only exception to this rule) About 3/4s of the way through the book the mystery picked back up and I was binging this book as much as I could!

Overall, I thought this book was alright. Interesting premise. I’m all for women sleuths or women detectives, but the deep-seeded romance took what could have been an awesome story into a melodrama.

I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. Karina is not very interesting, she felt dull and not very strong. Patrick is a jerk and so is Martin. If you’re looking for deep characters you won’t find them here.

I would recommend this if you want a cheesy romance with some light mystery. It’s alright if you like this kind of thing. It’s just not my cup of tea.

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REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy: Best Story Ever

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*No Spoilers*

This is a book full of beginnings of Guardians of the Galaxy stories. Very few stories in this collection were complete. I was disappointed in the way this novel was constructed. I know I usually give a summary first, but this book is so many stories at once, to the point to where it’s difficult for me to make a summary.

I do love Guardians of the Galaxy, both comics and movies. However this comic collection bummed me out.

There was two stories with Rocket Raccoon and Groot as the main characters that had a conclusive ending. I do love Groot, he is a great and lovable character even though he doesn’t say much.

There was also 3 retro comics at the end, one starring Thor. He runs into Drax and Moondragon, and the story involving these seemingly unrelated heroes comes full circle in a way I did not expect.

The other 2 retro comics in this volume were about Thanos, the mad titan. They were both stories about how his reign of terror has gotten to the point where there was no turning back for redemption.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this graphic novel to anyone unless there’s no other Guardian of the Galaxy graphic novels at the local library. In my opinion, this was a waste of time and money. I only liked it for the stories about Groot and Rocket Raccoon and the stories about Thor and Thanos.