18. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs S.H.I.E.L.D. by Brian Posehn, 136 pages, read by Brian, on 02/13/2015

deadpoolS.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t pay all of their bills, they forget our wise cracking friend, Deadpool.  Deadpool declares war on the agency but not everything is as it seems.   Hmmmmmmmm.

 

18. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Suicide Squad, Vol 2: Basilisk Rising by Adam Glass, 192 pages, read by Brian, on 02/12/2015

suicide2Suicide Squads first mission failed and the surviving members attempt their second mission against the Basilisk, what could possibly go wrong?

 

18. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Suicide Squad, Vol 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass, 160 pages, read by Brian, on 02/10/2015

suicideSuicide Squad comes from the DC Universe where imprisoned favorites like Harley Quinn are forced to help the “good” guys in illegal operations.  If they refuse a bomb planted in their necks goes off and they are toasty goo.

 

12. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Steam-punk

Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee (Illustrations), 128 pages, read by Angie, on 02/11/2015

Time has stopped in Anorev. Everyone is either a robot or a child; there are no adults. There is no night or bedtime or chores or anything one would expect. Then 312 Dapper Men descend from the sky. They are here to set things right and to restart time. One of the Dapper Men enlists the help of a boy named Ayden and a robot girl named Zoe. They need to do something with the robot angel in the harbor in order to make things they way they should be. I actually wanted more from this story than I got. There isn’t a lot of explanation as to why time stopped, what happened to the adults, who the Dapper Men are, etc. The story itself is pretty sparse. The artwork is gorgeous however. It brings life to the story where the words do not. This is an interesting steampunk fairy tale fantasy but just needed a bit more.

06. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan, 144 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/27/2015

This comic continues to blow me away with its magnificence. If you’re a fan of comics, sci-fi, or even just well-written/plotted stories, do yourself a favor and start reading Saga, post-haste! It’s sooo good.
06. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocalyptic, Courtney, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Teen Books

The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple, 304 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/24/2015

This is one of those books that really doesn’t lend itself well to summarizing, but I’ll do my best. There are several groups of characters that exist in several different dimensions (realities?). We have our world, with two of the main characters. Then there’s the world of the Wrenchies, a post-apocalyptic wasteland where only the children are technically “safe” from the Shadowsmen, a terrifying entity that attacks anyone “of age” with the purpose of turning their victims into more Shadowsmen. Then there’s yet another dimension with super-heroic adult versions of the Wrenchies as portrayed in the Wrenchies comic book that appears in each of the first two dimensions (our world and the Wrenchies’). The story began a few decades ago when a pair of brothers enter a cave and encounter one of the Shadowsmen. The story picks up later when one of the brothers is an adult living next door to an adolescent boy named Hollis. Hollis doesn’t fit in well with his peers. He wears a superhero outfit everywhere he goes and would prefer to be in his fictional worlds rather than the real one. He finds a totem hovering in the air outside his window and jumps to grab it. He’s then pulled into the world of the Wrenchies, who regard him with a sense of wonder and include him in their group without question. As things get weirder, a character known as “The Scientist” pulls the heroes in through a portal similar to the one Hollis came through. Now they all need to work together to defeat the scourge of Shadowsmen who are also taking advantage of the rifts between dimensions.
There’s a lot of unusual stuff going on in this graphic novel and it’s occasionally hard to explain exactly what’s happening, which means it’s not for everyone. It’s very gritty and violent, which one might expect from roving bands of armed children wandering around a post-apocalyptic world. The treatment of the kids is simultaneously disturbing and heart-warming. In spite of the extreme violence that comprises daily life in the world of the Wrenchies, the bonds they create amongst each other are strong and true. Add in some interesting philosophical dilemmas and you have a thoroughly fascinating, if somewhat disorienting, story. The artwork is lavishly detailed and full-color, making this a graphic novel you can really sink your teeth into. In fact, repeated reads may be required to fully appreciate the experience. I have a feeling one would notice something new upon each read.

06. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Dystopia, Graphic Novel, Horror, Science Fiction, Teen Books

Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 6 by Jinsei Kataoka, 212 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/14/2015

In yet another brutal and intriguing volume, Shiro tries to learn how to cook in order to cheer up Ganta, who has sunk into a deep depression.  It doesn’t really work.  In the aftermath of the prison break, the warden moves things in a new direction.  It is decided that the public will now be shown what “monsters” the Deadmen are.  Behind the scenes, prison officials are now turning regular prisoners into brain-washed Deadmen.  Every time anything gets better in this series, something devastating is sure to follow.  Still, very imaginative, if a bit disturbing.

04. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Dystopia, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Deadman Wonderland by Jinsei Kataoka, 224 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/13/2015

After the failure of their last attempt at getting a data chip out of Deadman Wonderland, Scar Chain regroups and tries again.  Ganta decides to try training and Shiro remains…well, Shiro.  DMW remains one of the darker and more intriguing manga series I’ve come across in recent memory.

04. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer, 150 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/06/2015

This is actually a difficult one to write a review of. I enjoyed reading it, but I’m not 100% certain I caught all the nuances. We’ve got multiple time periods, a trio of femme fatales the all kind of look alike, perpetually drunk private investigators, old Hollywood, a whip-smart heroine and her angry-crazy daughter. It begins in the ’30’s and ends up a decade later during WWII. It’s a very involved story and any synopsis I could provide would do a disservice. In fact, there were many points where I wasn’t sure what was even happening. The vibe is distinctly noir and the tale is plenty engaging. I have never read anything by Feiffer before, so I was unfamiliar with his extremely sketchy style of drawing. For me, it was difficult to discern which character was which and what exactly was happening in many of the scenes. Thus, I can’t say that this graphic novel worked all that well for me, though I still enjoyed reading it.

04. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Graphic Novel

Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 9 by Bill Willingham, 368 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/04/2015

This is clearly a pivotal point for the characters in Fables. It’s the battle we’ve all been waiting for: the Fables versus the Adversary. It’s every bit as epic as you’d imagine.

04. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, 144 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/02/2015

The best comic book series of this decade continues as Alana and Marco seek out their mutual literary hero while still on the run from mercenaries.

03. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), 320 pages, read by Angie, on 02/02/2015

Rose and her family spend every summer at the beach. There she has her summer beach friend Windy. This summer the girls are somewhere between being kids and turning into teenagers. Rose’s family is also having a difficult time this summer. Her parents are fighting and her mom is not acting like she usually does. Rose gets irritated with her mom throughout the summer. There is a also a teen boy that Rose has a crush on. He works at the store where the girls go to get candy and horror movies. Unfortunately the teen boy has gotten his girlfriend pregnant and this is causing all kinds of drama with the kids at the beach and jealousy from Rose.

First of all this is a beautifully drawn book. I love the fact that it is not in your traditional black and white but colored in shades of blue and purple. I love that there are a variety of panels to tell the story depending on what is needed at the time. The story itself was a bit boring to tell the truth. There is drama and some interesting bits, but it is mostly Rose and Windy hanging out and talking about things like boys and boobs and babies and parents and such. It is exactly what two preteen girls would probably talk about, but it doesn’t make for exciting reading. There are a couple of bigger issues going on with the teen pregnancy and the mom’s miscarriage but they weren’t the focus of the story. I really wanted more growth from Rose and Windy. They seemed like the same immature girls at the end of the summer that they were at the beginning.

30. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Harley Quinn: Night And Day by Karl Kesel, 192 pages, read by Brian, on 01/30/2015

quinnHarley, has a problem, she is fed up with crime and wants to switch sides.  The bat crusaders are none to happy with this idea and when Harley dons a batgirl cape, the world implodes.

 

20. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Harley Quinn Hot in the City by Amanda Conner, 224 pages, read by Brian, on 01/15/2015

quinnIn DC Universe the New 52, Harley Quinn returns in her first novel.  In this novel, Harley has encounters with various heroes and villains.  Come see the new Harley Quinn.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Fairest, Vol. 4: Of Men and Mice by Marc Andreyko, 144 pages, read by Brian, on 01/15/2015

fairiestLook who’s back.  Cinderella!  Cin, must stop a terrible plot to destroy Fabletown.  If she can figure out what the plot might be.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (Serenity #4) by Zack Whedon, 152 pages, read by brian, on 01/13/2015

serenity4This installment of Serenity takes place right after the movie, Good Storyline and great characters..Good read.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Better Days and Other Stories (Serenity #2) by Joss Whedon, 126 pages, read by brian, on 01/13/2015

serenity2In this story of Firefly, the crew sets out to take job the promises a huge payout but a crew member is captured and changes which changes the whole mission.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Those Left Behind (Serenity #1) by Joss Whedon, 96 pages, read by Brian, on 01/12/2015

serenityFor fans of the short lived Firefly tv show and the movie Serenity, this graphic novel is fun gives us a lovely memory the original show.  I love reading about the misfits on Firefly and how they travelled the galaxy looking for loot and running into adventure at every stop.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: War Cry Collection (Jim Butcher's Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher, 136 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/12/2015

war cry  A new story in the Dresden Files that was not previously told in one of the novels in the series. This graphic novel collection tells the story of Dresden as a Warden during the war with the Red Court and a pivotal assignment that he and his young green recruits receive. Introduces some background for these future wardens that appear in the novels and their relationship to our hero, Harry.

08. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Graphic Novel

Snapshot by Jock, Andy Diggle, 104 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/17/2015

Jake Dobson is your typical nerd; works at the Near-Mint Rhino comic-book store in San Francisco. But when he finds a lost cell phone, he’s horrified to discover it’s full of snapshots of a murder victim. Suddenly he finds himself hunted by a vengeful hitman who wants his phone back… and Jake in a body bag! And then things start to get *really* complicated.

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