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Saga, Volume 4 – Comic Review

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Author: Brian K. Vaughn (writer) & Fiona Staples (artist)

Published Date: December 17, 2014

Publishing Co.: Image Comics

Pages: 152

Synopsis link to Goodreads.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Spoiler Alert. Stop here if you haven’t read this far in the series.

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Giant Days, Vol. 2 – Comic Review

Another edition to the Celebrate the Ladies event. Female illustrator and colorist.

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Author: John Allison (author), Lissa Treiman (illustrator), Max Sarin (illustrator) and Whitney Cogar (colorist)

Published Date: April 12, 2016

Publishing Co.: BOOM! box

Pages: 128

Synopsis link to Goodreads.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A continuation of girl shenanigans in college. Recontructing dresses for dances, rekindling old romances, and cramming for exams to name a few things. It’s light-hearted and fun. A solid second volume.

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Saga, Vol. 3 – Comic Review

I’m including this in my personal challenge of reading women authors because the artist is female and amazing.

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Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (artist)

Published Date: March 25, 2014

Publishing Co.: Image

Pages: 144

Synopsis link to Goodreads.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Still on the run, Marko and Alana are searching for the author that influenced their love. Maybe he can tell them what to do next about their predicament.

This edition has more family bonding but still enough action to keep it from lagging. I enjoy Alana’s bad ass mother abilities to fight while holding and protecting her child. The group dynamics are sassy as per usual and enemies are still hot on their trail. We’re introduced to a couple of new characters who, I feel, add an addition depth to the effects of war.

The robot prince is ever disturbing and my favorite chapter cover was definitely the romance-esque novel cover of Marko and Alana. Like, I might put a poster of that on my wall because I love it so much.

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Locke & Key, Vol. 3 – Comic Review

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Published Date: February 2013

Publishing Co.: IDW Publishing

Pages: 152

Synopsis link to Goodreads.

Rating: 4 out of 5

I really enjoyed the third installment of Locke & Key. The kids are toughening up and fighting back, against both the paranormal and an alcoholic mother. We learn about a couple new keys with interesting powers and there is a super epic battle scene in the middle of the volume. The art was really top notch.

The mother is really getting annoying. I understand life has kicked her in the proverbial balls but it’s done the same to her kids and yet they’re the ones being adults and taking proper care of their youngest brother. At this point, if she was killed off, I think life would be easier for the kids. They could continue the battle against evil without any distractions.

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 – Comic Review

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Author: G. Willow Wilson (author), Adrian Alphona (artist)

Published Date: October 30, 2014

Publishing Co.: Marvel

Pages: 120

Synopsis link to Goodreads.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was cute. That’s the best description I can think of. It follows Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager struggling with her identity. Why does she have to eat weird foods, and have an “odd” religion? I want shake her and shout, “High school is stupid! Who wants to be a sheep in the flock anyway?!” But, that’s the perspective of someone who didn’t fit in in high school and who at almost 31 could give a damn what anyone thinks. (Doesn’t mean I’m not right though, high school is stupid.)

As like most teenagers, she sneaks out of the house to attend a forbidden party. A weird fog descends upon the city, she passes out in the street, only to dream an encounter with the Avengers. She’s granted super powers and wakes up being able to shapeshift. The rest of the volume is figuring out her costume and what exactly she’s going to use these superpowers for.

There is the potential for a lot from this comic, but at the same time, I’m so over the high school years that I don’t know that I’m going to want to continue reading about problems at school and then saving the world after hours.

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Locke & Key, Vol. 2 – Comic Review

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4 out of 5 stars

This volume was a little less creepy but still interesting and definitely hanging out in a class of it’s own. There are certain story lines where I sit and wonder, “Where did this author pull this from his eccentric brain?” This is one of those. The artwork continues to be great and I am set on continuing this series.

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Giant Days, Volume One – Comic Review

4 out of 5 stars

I went into this comic not expecting a whole lot and actually was just shy of being completely in love. If I were to sum it up in a couple of words it would be; college lady shenanigans.
But, this deserves a little more than just 3 words.

In Volume One, we’re introduced to three female college friends. Each with a very different personality and style. This diversity surely plays into how much fun the shenanigans they get into are. Dating life, studying, being ill at school, etc. It’s speckled with feminism and strong female friendship, which is really quite refreshing.

If you’re looking for a light-hearted, different comic that still has great art, this is your next purchase.

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Wytches, Volume 1 – Comic Review

2 out of 5 stars

I had zero emotional attachment to the characters so there wasn’t much of a thrill for me when it came to the story line and drama. The ‘wytches’ were kind of fun themselves. The artwork would be good except they covered everything in this splatter water paint that became very annoying by the end of the volume. Do not think I will be continuing with this series.

Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted – Comic Review

3 out of 5 stars

I won’t lie, I was a little lost on some of the origin stories for the characters in this one. I’m still not exactly sure why the Night Witches turned on Supergirl and Stargirl. I re-read that part twice and can’t make heads or tails of it. Neither heroine is a favorite though so I moved on.

This definitely re-peaked my interest in Wonder Woman.

The artwork was great and I think they toned down the sex appeal compared to other comics. There wasn’t a close up shot of anyone’s massive camel toe that I noticed.

Overall, I really like the idea of the Bombshells being a secret weapon in WWII. I think I’ll try the next volume and see how it goes from there.

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Gotham City Sirens, Vol.1: Union – Comic Review

4 out of 5 stars

DC Comic’s three best ladies (in my opinion) move in together and of course, crazy antics ensue.
There are clearly some things I missed jumping into this one however, it was nothing that the comic didn’t review so you knew what was going on.

Catwoman will always be my favorite.

The artwork was spot on.

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