Posts from the ‘Graphic Novel’ Category

Brightest Day by Geoff Johns

Since I reviewed Blackest Night, I decided that I should be fair and review Brightest Day. 

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 This is the story arc that raises a few superheroes from the dead.  But all is not well in Denmark, as they say.  Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Jade, Osiris, and Hawk are resurrected.  Unfortunately, so is Captain Boomerang, Zoom, and Maxwell Lord.

Although they have returned, they must complete certain tasks in order to stay alive.  Aquaman summons dead sea life, and has to find the new “Aqualad” before the “others” do.  Martain Manhunter must kill down the “Martian Forest”, et al.  This graphic novel does not get into if they actually accomplish this, I am assuming that this will be covered in the next volume. 

Deadman has been returned to life as Boston Brand; and is very unhappy about it.  His job is to find the next carrier of the White Light.  There was a funny exchange in which he can’t figure out why he doesn’t feel well, and Hawk tells him that he is hungry.  The White Light tells him to eat a cheeseburger, because that was supposedly Brand’s favorite food before he became Deadman.

 This is not the whole story arc; unfortunately, this is only issues 0-7.  I know that because of the format they can only include so many issues (although I think of the very thick Crisis on Infinite Earths), and  I am now anxiously awaiting Brightest Day Vol. 2.  I am hoping that someday soon, the series will become a little less graphic. There was one scene that was very disturbing to me, so those with sensitive stomachs are forewarned.

Otherwise, a very good read, and good continuation of this story arc.

Posted by: Angie

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Truer Than True Romance: Classic Love Comics Retold by Jeanne Martinet

This graphic novel takes classic romance comics from the time period of the 40’s and beyond and parodies them.

The artwork reflects the time period well, the captions take a story in a hysterical direction. This is a light read, full of unexpected turns, and laugh out loud humor.

I highly recommend for both comics and romance readers.  Almost anyone who needs a laugh will find this a quick, easy way to accomplish that goal.

Review by: Angie

Blackest Night by Geoff Johns

 

This is one of the latest crossover epics published by DC Comics.  The dead heroes and villains of the DC Universe are brought back to life as Black Lanterns, thanks to the villain, Black Hand.  Told in multiple volumes and graphic novel series, this event heralds the return of several superheroes, thought to be forever gone.  The typical good vs. evil fight is presented in gory but not over the top detail.  The Green Lanterns unite with the Red, Orange, Blue, Indigo, and Star Sapphires to create a White Lantern which attempts to destroy the evil havok created by the millions of Black Lanterns from all over the universe.

As I am a huge DC fan, I enjoyed it, but it was a bit confusing as I didn’t know the order in which to read the graphic novels.  There is the main story of the Green Lanterns, as presented in Blackest Night, and then several other graphic novels which present the stories of other heroes and the struggle to survive against the undead.

Here are the Graphic Novels in this series as of now:

Blackest Night
Blackest Night: Green Lantern
Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Vol 1 & 2
Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps

I would recommend highly to most regular Graphic Novels readers, with the caveat that it does get confusing with some heroes’ backstories. As I am not a huge fan of undead/paranormal/zombies, I did not read too close to bedtime, but I did highly enjoy them.

Reviewed by: Angie

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

This was an alternate history of the tale ending the Elizabethan reign in England. Combining supernatural occurances, with historical references, the plot revolves around Virginia Dare returning to England from the New World.  Bizarre weather occurances concern Queen Elizabeth and her court magician, Dr. Stephen Strange.  Assassination attempts, warfare, and chaos ensues as characters try to figure out a connection between the strange occurances.  Gaiman presents the Marvel characters in a unique light, 400+ years in the past.

I loved this book.  The combining of history, sci fi, and superhero action is a trifecta of reading bliss. Although I am not a huge Marvel reader, it was a great read, and I was able to figure out which superhero (or villain) the 1602 characters represented.  The X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, DareDevil, and more are featured here.

Highly recommended if you have a basic knowledge of Marvel characters.  If not, try brushing up on the basics first, before tackling this otherwise tough read.

Reviewed by: Angie

Kingdom Come by Mark Waid, et al.

This Graphic Novel was released in 1997 as a possible future of the DC Comics characters.  Told from the perspective of a pastor who has apocalyptic visions, he is transported by the Spectre to various places that are gearing up for warfare against out of control metahumans that all call themselves “superheroes”.  This is a future in which Superman is in retirement after the death of his wife Lois Lane, and the world is in need of a superman more than ever. This is the ultimate tale of good and evil, and of a possible Armageddon. 

In 1997, this was written as an out of continuity “elseworlds” story, but in the last few years, the world of DC is starting to include some plot points and characters of this miniseries as a result of re-introducing the multiverse.

Alex Ross was the artist of this graphic novel, and so the artistry is amazing.  The characters are very life-like. I highly recommend this book.

I also recommend the sequel, “The Kingdom” also written by Mark Waid. Although not illustrated by Alex Ross, this story is a continuation of the events of Kingdom Come.

Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma

 

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This 4 volume manga series is a wacky tale of a group of girls who go through high school together.  Downright hilarious and just plain strange at times, this is a must read for graphic novel lovers.

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Also read Yotsuba &, by the same author, a funny tale of a strange girl with green hair who has  an irrational fear of air conditioners, among other things.  She lives with her father and makes her neighbors’ lives much more interesting.  Currently up to 9 volumes.

Posted by Angie

Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman, et al.

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For my first graphic novel review on the blog, I chose Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman because it has such a profound effect on the DC Universe.  This was first written in 1985, and the purpose was to “clean up” the complicated multiverse that existed as various writers took over different characters.  This is a classic GN, one that I built my personal GN collection around, and was one of the first GN’s that we purchased for the library.  Overall, I think the writing was great, the artwork done in the classic Silver Age style, and the plot fantastic.  I actually read this with just a basic understanding of the DC universe at the time (I knew who Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman were but not really much else) and really enjoyed it.  So I think it’s a good jumping on point for beginners, and an excellent re-read for fans of all ages.

Reviewed by: Angie