Posted in 2016

Teen Titans Vol. 1: Damian Knows Best.


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Benjamin Percy & Jonboy Meyers

Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by DC Comics

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

As a part of DC Universe: Rebirth, the son of Batman, Damian Wayne, joins the Teen Titans!

The Teen Titans are further apart than ever before…until Damian Wayne recruits Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and the new Kid Flash to join him in a fight against his own grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul! But true leadership is more than just calling the shots–is Robin really up to the task? Or will the Teen Titans dismiss this diminutive dictator?

The team will have to figure this out fast, as a great evil from Damian’s past is lurking around the corner, ready to strike at the team’s newest leader and destroy the new Teen Titans before they even begin!

The newest era of one of DC’s greatest super-teams begins here in Teen Titans, Volume 1: Damian Knows Best! Written by Benjamin Percy (Green Arrow) with spectacular art by newcomer Jonboy Meyers.

CollectingTeen Titans 1-5, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

My little demon baby went out and made some friends! *dies*

I really enjoyed this volume. It was filled with action and heart, and those two factors put together are always a win in my book. I really was looking forward to this one, just because it has Damian. He’s my demon baby and I love him. He’s also my second favorite Robin, Jason being my first. But also, who doesn’t have a soft spot for the teen titans?

What I liked:

I loved the beginning! Watching as Damian assembled his team was the simultaneously worrying and hilarious. Being the little demon he is, he didn’t just ask them to join the Teen Titans. That would’ve been too easy.

The relationship between Alfred and Damian. This relationship really made me realize how young and lonely Damian really is, and it was a tad heartbreaking. HE’S JUST A LITTLE BABY!

Damian making friends. It was a miserable experience for him. I loved it!

Starfire lowkey being the team mom.

Wally (my other baby) being the glue, and making connections with everybody on the team.

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

Damian being vulnerable, saying PLEASE, and accepting help.

And finally, Damian putting Bruce in his place.

What I didn’t like:

Why does every Damian storyline have to be about Ra’s al Ghul, his mother, or showing everybody he’s the best. It was fine the first time around, but I want a storyline that doesn’t involve his past. We already know what he wants for his future, what he wants to be, and I need a storyline that’s going to bring us closer to that. That shows him growing without being hampered and constantly plagued by his past. We already have that with just about every member of the Bat-Family.

That is really the only thing I didn’t like. It’s annoying to be getting the same storyline in different variations. Damian’s overall character feels stagnant. He can’t grow beyond being the Demon. In this volume, there was quite a bit of growth and I loved it. I want it to continue, but with these same played out storylines, it ain’t gonna happen.

Now, in saying that I’m by no means discounting Percy’s storyline or writing because it was good. I like his depiction of Damian’s character and the rest of the team. His writing was intriguing and fast-paced, and as previously stated filled with action and heart. My critique comes from wanting to see more of Damian’s character in a way that doesn’t involve his past. I also blame Son of Superman, because it gave me all I wanted in two issues.

As this run continues I hope to see more growth from all characters and some interesting storylines.

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Posted in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Book I’ve Read This Year…So Far!


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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is a Freebie so I picked my top ten favorite books this year so far! 

Sadly I haven’t been reading as much this year, but I’ve been having a good reading year because I’ve loved pretty much every book I’ve picked up this year, so narrowing them down to ten was super hard but here they are (in no particular order):

1. For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
This book holds a special place in my heart because it was so beautiful! There are so many
layers and I need to see the play!

2. Constellations
This play might not be for everybody, but it was for me! At times it is repetitive but considering what this play is about, I found it fitting and loved looking for the subtle changes. Yet another play I need to see!

3. Love and Space Dust
This is hands down my favorite collection of poetry! There are poems in this tiny book that I can relate to so wholeheartedly, that it breaks my heart. There were some poems in here that said everything that I needed to hear and it was an amazing reading experience for me.

4. Mouthful of Forevers
This was an amazing collection of poems! It wasn’t full of love poems as I was expecting, it was real, honest, and so relatable! And completely and absolutely beautiful and inspiring. If you never heard of Clementine Von Radics look her up, you won’t regret it!

5. Deadpool volume 1
If you’ve never heard of Deadpool then your missing out! Deadpool is one of my all time favorite Marvel characters and I’m slowly working my way through all the content out there and this was first on my list! It was fun, hilarious, bloody, and ridiculous! Recommended for all!

6. Grayson, Vol 1: Agents of Spyral
IT’S DICK GRAYSON AS A SPY! If you don’t know who Dick Grayson it’s okay because I reviewed this so click here to learn more about Dick Grayson and too read more about my thoughts!

7. Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
It’s a boarding school set in Gotham City, ARE YOU NOT INTRGUED? Also did a review on this one so click here if you want to read it!

8. Gotham By Midnight Vol. 1: We Do Not Sleep
This is honestly one of my all time favorite reads this year! I loved it, it was great, the supernatural side of Gotham was explored! Expect a review for this one soon!

9. Batman: Under the Red Hood
I have an obsession with the Red Hood and it’s all because of this book! It’s packed with action, angst, villains, regret, and vengeance and it was GLORIOUS!

10. Dear Old Love
This a collection of anonymous notes for the ones that got away. Some of them are funny and some are heartbreaking, and a vast majority of them are so relatable it hurts!

WHAT ABOUT YOU? What are some of your favorite books this year so far? DO we share any of the same ones? If so, who? and why!!

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Posted in 2015

ARC Review: Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham by Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher


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Gotham Academy, Vol. 1

Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, & Karl Kerschl

Published June 17th 2015 by DC Comics

160 Pages

ARC given by publisher in exchange of an honest review

Synopsis:

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

Collects Gotham Academy #1-6

My Thoughts:

From the moment I heard about this book I’ve wanted it! For months this series had been an obsession of mine, just counting down the days until I could get it in my hands. So when I was approved for an Arc, God I almost passed out. Now even though I desperately wanted this, I was extremely worried that I wasn’t going to like it or I was going to be disappointed. Well luckily for me, I wasn’t  disappointed and I really liked it!

In the beginning it wasn’t impressing me much but I pushed through and by the end I was intrigued and super excited to see where the series goes from here, especially after the last issue!

Gotham Academy follows Olive Silverlock who can’t remember what happened over the summer. For Olive there is just a blank space where the summer should’ve been and when you add all of that to the mysterious things going on, it’s clear to see that Olive is in store for a very interesting year at Gotham Academy.

Storyline: I really enjoyed the storyline, in the beginning it was a little slow and I found it hard to care about but eventually it picked up and really grabbed my attention. Unfortunately though it really didn’t grab my attention until about issue 4, but I can easily look over that fact because 4-6 was just amazing and it intrigued and God, I need answers so many answers! One thing I loved wholeheartedly was the way Cloonan & Flecther combined flashbacks with present time, it was fantastic and a little trippy.  I can’t go in depth with the storyline, I can’t really tell you anything about the storyline without spoiling EVERYTHING. What I can say is that there is so much going on in this school and I can’t wait to learn more about the secrets that lie within Gotham Academy.

Artwork: The artwork in this is so gorgeous! I absolutely loved how each character was drawn. My favorite characters look wise was Hammerhead and Mr. Scarlett, these two were drawn in such an eccentric, interesting, and beautiful way. Karl Kerschl artwork is definitely what makes this book so amazing. The team that did the colors in this did an amazing job as well. I loved how gloomy and dark the colors where, and then others times it was bright and vibrant it was just mind-blowing!

Characters: in this there are five significant characters: Olive, Maps, Kyle, Pomeline, and Colton. We really don’t learn a lot about Kyle, Pomeline, or Colton in this trade but I’m truly looking forward to learning more about them. Though out of those three Colton is my favorite. Olive introduced him as the school liar, he is always getting in trouble, and an absolute whiz at picking locks,  so basically he’s the epitome of Bad boy, but so far he seems completely loyal and I hope that doesn’t change. By far my favorite character in the whole entire book is Mia “Maps” Mizoguchil. Maps has such a big and vibrant personality, personally for me she is what made me enjoy this book so  much. For Maps this is her first year at Gotham Academy and she only knows two people: Kyle, her brother and Olive. Maps is super smart, nerdy, protective, bold, fearless, and so sweet! Oh wow, I just realized that I’m like completely obsessed with Maps! Anyway, now on to the main character Olive Silverlock. I was a little bored with Olive in the beginning, she was a little mean to Maps, she was distant, and pushing people away. As the story continued I found that she was at times brave and fearless, but couldn’t stand up for herself and even scared to do so. Though by the end she is a lot more assertive, open, and courageous. The more Olive progressed the more I enjoyed her character, there is a lot going on in that mind of Olive’s and I can’t wait to learn more. There’s another character I completely forgot about, Tristan. Tristan is an enigma, we really only catch glimpses of him throughout the story until the end, which didn’t give any answers just way more questions. I don’t know how I feel about, but I’m looking forward to learning more about him.

Overall:

 I recommend this to anybody who is looking for light & fun read, but also has a mysterious and supernatural twist; which just so happens to have more than a couple glimpses of Batman. Truly, I recommend this book to everyone!

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for giving me a digital copy to review.

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Posted in 2015, June

ARC Review: Batgirl, Vol. 1: Burnside


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Batgirl, Vol. 1: Burnside

Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher

Published June 16th 2015 by DC Comics

176 pages

Synopsis:

Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles! Collects BATGIRL #35-40.

My Thoughts:

I have been eagerly anticipating this release since the moment that DC announced that Batgirl was going to be rebooted. So definitely a huge thanks to the publisher for giving me this in exchange for an honest review!

I love that DC is looking to go in a lighter more fun direction for some of their stories, I’m excited for this new direction especially after reading Grayson which was an absolute hit in my eyes. In Grayson Tim Seely was able to combine a much lighter and fun storyline while still staying true to Dick’s character while also making it entertaining and interesting. I expect the same thing for all of DC’s reboots that are going in this direction, it’s what I expected from Batgirl. With Batgirl I got the light and fun side but in every other aspect it fell a bit flat for me.

It’s not as impressive as it should’ve been and this title should’ve been pretty freaking impressive. On one hand I’m satisfied and on the other I’m disappointed. I’m somewhat satisfied because this trade did exactly what DC said it would, was it a much lighter storyline? Yep. Was it fun? Yeah. Was it a completely different side of Barbara that we’ve never seen before who also had a new hipster suit? Oh yes, very much so. You see? Everything DC said it would be!

it was a lighter more fun side of Batgirl that we’ve never seen before and it was so interesting to watch

Barbara as she navigated through college, dating, partying, and friendships all while being the friendly neighborhood vigilante. This is what we were told we were going to see so with that being said, I’m satisfied it’s what I wanted to see and what I freaking got!

But… I’m still disappointed.

Babs has always been my favorite, I mean what’s not to love? I mean she’s strong, feisty, sassy, smart as hell, and she never stopped fighting for justice even when she was confined to a wheelchair, she’s freaking awesome! But the Batgirl I saw in this trade… she wasn’t  horrible but she was definitely very different from the Batgirl I’ve come to love.

I mean I’m no fool, I knew going into this trade that this Batgirl would be different, obviously but Babs in this was  utterly disappointing. She instead of being the vigilante that continued to fight for justice became obsessed with the fame that comes with it. She got sloppy, she pushes people away, and became freaking annoying and such a pain to deal with. She wasn’t sassy or confident, she became quite demanding which made me want to punch her.

The overall storyline and writing was pretty good but it left so much to be desired. I definitely wasn’t expecting that twist at the end so that was pretty great. I liked that we got really up close and personal with the way that  Barbara’s mind works, the moments when got inside her mind were definitely some of my favorite moments. I actually really enjoyed the side characters in this book. Frankie was so adorable and smart, I want her to be friend. Dinah Lance, oh how I love thee! She was great in this, she was definitely a needed asset to the storyline and I’m super freaking excited that she got her own title because this!

Even though I was let down a bit I can ultimately overlook all of Babs’ annoying character flaws in this trade and definitely say that I will be continuing on with this run. I’m looking at the bigger picture and I’m excited to see where this story goes, especially considering all the new interesting developments in Gotham. This trade had its stumbles and downfalls  but it’s only the first five issues and I have faith that this series will get better.

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