Scary Godmother is a wonderful graphic novel all about Halloween. In the first story Hannah meets her Scary Godmother on her very first Halloween outing. She learns that monsters aren’t that scary and can be your friends and she develops a deep appreciation and love for Halloween and everything that goes along with it. I adored the illustrations of this book. I thought they definitely enhanced the text and were really the story of the book. Scary Godmother is a fantastic character. I loved the chapter where she got the boo flu and Hannah had to get everything ready for Halloween. Each chapter is its own story but they all go together very well. My only quibble, and it is a minor one, is that the chapters represent five Halloweens but Hannah doesn’t really appear to age at all. Other than that I think the stories are delightful.
House of Mystery: Conception, is vol 7 of an 8 part series. I have not read any of the other graphic novels in the series, so the story was a little confusing. The series centers around a house and it’s different interior styles which throws the inhabitants into mysteries. Along with a main story and several side stories.
I first remember encountering The Books of Magic sometime in the mid-’90s, when I was just starting high school. I had exactly one comic from the series that I read over and over when I ran out of Sandman to read. Flash forward many, many years later and here I am with the power to purchase graphic novels for my library. Ordering a new edition of Books of Magic? Total no-brainer.
At the age of 12, Timothy doesn’t believe in magic. Then he’s approached by some very strange and slightly sinister men who first turn his yoyo into an owl and then take turns showing magic and magicians at various points in time and space. In theory, Timothy will have a choice as to whether or not magic will be a part of his life, but it’s fairly clear that he may not have nearly as much control over the matter as he’d like to believe.
Fantastic artwork, coupled with Gaiman’s inimitable prose, makes for exceptionally good comic reading. Fans of the Sandman universe may also be pleased to see a few familiar faces along the way.
Fairy Tale Comics takes several old tales and translates them into graphic format. The tales include Puss in Boots, 12 Dancing Princesses, Baba Yaga and many many more. I like the graphic format and think it works really well for fairy tales. However, I feel like some of these tales have been shortened or abridged or just plain changed. It kind of seems like that takes away some of the magic of the tales. I think the illustrations are outstanding though. They are diverse and really fit each of the tales. I wish the narrative was as good as the pictures, but this is a fun quick read and a good introduction to fairy tales.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers on Netgalley.com.
In this volume:
The battle with the Adversary heats up (literally). Bigby is tracked by Mowgli and begged to return to Snow and the kids. The kids are growing fast and trying to control their shape-shifting abilities, otherwise they’ll never be allowed to leave the farm. Finally, a compromise is reached wherein Bigby may be able to live with his family after all.
This volume does feel really short compared to previous deluxe editions, but it’s a fantastic installment just the same.
In spite of this being titled “Kick-Ass 2″, this is really the third trade paperback in the sequence. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to catch up. In this volume, the Red Mist has turned bad and is proving to be Kick-Ass’s nemesis. He’s also amassing an army of costumed warriors intent upon putting the heroes out of commission. In the meantime, Hit Girl is trying very, very hard to be a normal girl while living with her mother and stepfather (who happens to be on the force and completely aware of Hit Girl’s past). She’s doing OK until the fight starts to get out of hand and she feels compelled to join in.
Every bit as action-packed as the earlier books in the series.
Jeff Smith is the award winning author of BONE. In the RASL series he takes a dramatically different turn with a high-paced, adrenaline flowing mystery. Our hero is an art thief who travels different dimensions to steal art, when he stumbles across a mystery. The mystery has others following him through the dimensions trying find his secrets, putting himself and everyone else in peril. Using the works of Tesla and other scientist the mystery starts to unravel.
RASL Romance at the Speed of Light is volume three of the series about an art thief who jumps from one dimension to another to find a big score. In each dimension he sets up a new life with people he new from the other dimensions but of course, do not know him. He is being pursued by lizard looking man who believes this younger man processes the scientific journals of Telsa.
RASL The Fire of St George is the second book in series of a genius art thief who use technology to jump from dimension to dimension to steal art and set up different lives. A lizard looking spy is chasing the young thief believing he knows more about the technology then he lets on. He is also kills the girlfriends of the art thief in each dimension. The story is fast paced and very satisfying.
The Avengers are disbanded after Scarlet Witch has a break down and three members are killed. Taking advantage of the situation, a long standing villain disrupts the electrical systems of a maximum security island prison setting loose some of the worse criminals ever. Captain American must assemble a new group of avengers including the likes of Spider-Man & Wolverine to save the world.
In this edition: Witness Jack’s rise to fame as he moves to Hollywood to produce an epic trilogy: his own story. Mowgli makes his return to Fabletown. Boy Blue confronts the Adversary in the Homelands and proves himself to be quite the fighter. The Eastern Fables’ land is invaded and envoys are sent to Fabletown, making for a rather interesting cultural clash.
In this volume: Elections are held. King Cole is out of office and Prince Charming is the new mayor of Fabletown. Snow and Bigby briefly revel in the birth of their litter before Snow is forced to take her kids to the farm. Being banned from the farm, Bigby wanders off on his own. Beast takes Bigby’s place as the new sheriff, with Beauty taking on Snow’s former role as the mayor’s assistant. Growing pains are inevitable. It doesn’t help that Charming has made promises that are impossible to keep.
In the meantime, Boy Blue has left Fabletown with several important magical items. His journey is one of revenge against the Adversary.
This series never fails to impress and delight. In this volume, Mayor Hundred goes to Rome for a chat with the Pope but forces are at work to turn his visit into an assassination. Can the Great Machine actually be hacked?
This volume isn’t the most exciting of the series, but still gets the job done.
Concludes with an interesting story featuring the author and illustrator, which is always fun to me. Love it when the fourth wall is breached.
Journalist Matty Roth has been working and living in the DMZ long enough to have become influential both in the DMZ and in the world outside. In this latest issue, a cease-fire is issued so that an election can get underway. Matty is putting his faith in the Delgado Nation, supported by the vast majority of those living in the DMZ. Unfortunately, the powers that be are not too keen on seeing Delgado coming into power and efforts are made to silence both the candidate and elections. Enter Matty’s mother as Delgado’s campaign manager, much to Matty’s surprise and chagrin. She appears to be completely out of her element in the DMZ, but proves herself to be an exceedingly effective campaign manager.
Victory completes the Resistance trilogy. The Tessier siblings have each been doing their part for the French resistance, but they are now about to embark on their most dangerous mission yet. This final installment takes us to the streets of occupied Paris where information critical to the success of the Resistance is needed. All three siblings make their way to Paris where they are reunited with their old friend, Henri. The tides of war are turning, but how long will it take for Paris to be truly out from under the German’s heels?
Overall, this is a lovely trilogy that highlights the efforts put forth by ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances. There is not a ton of YA fiction out there that details the role of the French during WWII and the graphic novel format makes this era of history that much more accessible. Readers may be surprised to learn that kids their age were indeed playing their own part in fighting the Germans.
Book 2 of the Resistance series is where this trilogy really begins to pick up steam. The Germans are now firmly rooted in just about all parts of France, even the unoccupied portion. The French police are nearly as bad as the German soldiers. Everyone in town must watch what they say and to whom they say it. Paul, Marie and Sophie are all trying desperately to help the resistance while keeping their family out of trouble.
It had never occurred to me that children would be as big a part of the resistance as any adult might be and these kids go above and beyond the call of duty. One can only imagine how much faster a child would grow up under such circumstances. Indeed, even little Marie, the youngest, handles her duties with a diligence generally reserved for those several times her age.
Resistance kicks off a trilogy of graphic novels about life in France during the German occupation in World War II. Paul and Marie are a young pair of siblings still trying to make sense of the war and the division of France. They currently live in the “free” part of France and haven’t yet seen much of the war. Things quickly begin to change, however. The Germans have come to town and are beginning to round up civilians. Among those to go are the parents of Paul and Marie’s friend, Henri. Henri manages to escape capture, but is forced to hide out lest the Germans find him. Paul and Marie, who have a father on the front line, are determined to reunite Henri with his parents. Fortunately for them, the resistance is willing to help and Paul, Marie and their older sister Sophie are all willing to do their part to see the resistance succeed.
While I have no real complaints about this graphic novel, I do wish it had been a little more in depth and a little less predictable. The story ties itself up very tidily, yet still leaves the reader to wonder what Paul, Marie and others are going to do next.
Wandering Son follows two fifth-graders as they navigate the beginnings of adolescence. One is Shuichi Nitori, a boy who would rather be a girl. The other is his good friend, Yoshino Takatsuki, a girl would would prefer to be a boy. Both are from good, loving homes and are both well-liked by their classmates. Often mistaken as members of the opposite gender, both children feel more at home in their bodies when they dress and act as such.
This is an unusual and somewhat provocative topic for manga, but the intertwining stories of these two kids’ stories does not focus on sexuality. It does, however, focus intently on personal identity. Yoshino and Shuichi are both sweet and endearing. Readers will hopefully empathize with their struggles and, ideally, learn to accept that gender is not always as black-and-white as it may seem.
The artwork here is nice enough, though I was expecting more from a hardcover manga. I often had difficulty telling characters apart since the sparse drawing style made many of the characters look similar. Overall, Wandering Son is sweet and earnest in its storytelling, making it appropriate even for younger readers who may wish to better understand themselves or their peers.