Another successful foray into the SW EU comic book edition. This time our story centers around our lovable rookie friend, Chewbacca, as he makes friends with a runaway slave as his ship has crashed and he is stranded on a planet. Together the two help to free the slaves, overthrow the corrupt government who happens to be in line with the Empire, and defeat evil once again. Oh yeah... spoiler alert.
Nothing about this series is groundbreaking but surprisingly, it works. Even though half the panels are illustrated Chewbaccas making non-sensical noises, everything comes together to make for a fairly decent, if not completely predictable, story. This series also gives us some background into when Chewbacca was a slave himself on Kashyyyk which was a nice addition.
The illustrations are nice and well done .The writing is straightforward but good. All together this makes for a pretty good entry into the total Disney - Marvel revamp of the Star Wars universe.
Lando Calrissian is back and this time he's teamed up with Lobot, a half human, half robot sidekick as they attempt to repay Lando's deep debt with someone who is out to end him for good. The task is simple: steal an imperial ship that nobody is occupying and bring it back. Easy money, right? Well when they discover what's on the ship, every sure bet is off.
This was a great, fun five issue reintroduction to the character of Lando. Slick, charismatic, charming, and dangerous, every page led to a new adventure. I found this series to be well-written, perfectly paced, and full of exciting characters and interesting plot twists which include many that I never saw coming. It really breathed fresh air into Calrissian and the dangerous situations he always finds himself in. But never fear, a quick smile, suave words, and a debonair demeanor can get him out of any jam he finds himself in.
I also thought the length was dead on. It wasn't drug out to fill a whole year's worth of comics, but rather masterfully timed to fill just five issues which makes it a fun and quick read. If you're a fan of Star Wars comics, pick this up; it truly brings Lando back to life. If you have no idea who Lando is, you'll still enjoy this series. I was happy to have read it and can say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
By the time you've reached this point in the series you are well aware that some serious stuff has gone down and is continuing to go down. Volume 3 continues its focus on Marko and Alana struggling to raise Hazel while running from Robot dictators, bounty hunters, and everything in between, but they certainly weren't the main story line here. What I liked most about Volume 3 was that it delved deeper into The Will and his relationship with Slave Girl as well as Gwendolyn. I won't give away any spoilers but I will say this... HOLY CRAP.
The illustrations and writing have never been better. I seriously cannot wait to rush home where Volumes 4 and 5 are waiting on my doorstep. When I first started this series, I knew all about the hype surrounding it and typically I am disappointed with things that are hyped so much. Not here. This series has far exceeded even my highest expectation. I cannot recommend this strongly enough... but only for adults. This is definitely not a kid friendly series.
A group of superhero amateurs attempt to go after villains that are much more powerful and definitely out of their league. Because of their failure, many innocent lives are lost leading the public to force legislature mandating all superhero undergo training and registration to help prevent amateurs from causing another mistake of this magnitude. Supporting this legislative movement is Iron Man and his cronies. Opposing it is Captain America. This issue has split the world of superheros down the middle pitting good guy against good guy in what may truly be the end of all superheroes as we know it.
The movie just came out and has been hugely successful and highly reviewed but here I sit, a fan of comic books, clueless as to what the civil war really was about. So I decided to pick this graphic novel up and start reading.
From the opening pages, it is non-stop action as Millar and his team instantly grab the reader and suck them into the world. The animation and writing staff does a tremendous job at showcasing emotions on both sides and also leaves the reader wondering what side he/she would choose? For me, I was split up until the end.
It was cool to see superheroes that are usually on the same side fight against each other for a change, leading to battles that only make sense in this environment. Never a dull moment, Civil War is truly an epic, comic book saga that stands the test of time. If you read it and are wanting more substance and background, there are countless spin-offs delving deeper into each character's struggle.
The first volume of Sage included issues 1-6 and introduced us to some extremely memorable characters and a very deep, rich, complex plot that was just getting started. I am very pleased to say that not only did Saga volume 2 deliver, it was actually better. Consisting of issues 7-12, this was a non-stop roller coaster of emotions and gaped mouths from page one.
In total command of the story and the direction, Vaughn and Staples never waver. They know exactly what they are wanting to do and do it. The world building here only gets better and more complex and the side stories start slowly coming to the forefront. Everything that was good in volume 1 is made better in volume 2.
Perhaps my favorite thing about this whole series so far is the characters. Such vivid, outlandish characters that somehow work here. I wonder sometimes what could possibly have been said during the planning meeting that could've gotten some of these creatures the thumbs up, but it all works flawlessly.
Volume 3 should arrive today. I will devour it. Don't miss this series.
In the future, war has raged its way throughout the galaxy stemming from a conflict involving a moon and its planet. Marko, a moony, and his wife have just given birth to a beautiful baby girl. The only problem is that they are on opposite sides of the way. And there's a lot of people who want that baby dead.
Imagine taking a lot of weird, random stuff and throwing it into a pot. Then put that pot into the oven and cook it. Now imagine that when you pull it out, you're left with the most delicious meal you've ever eaten. That's how I describe Saga because it has everything: bounty hunters, killer spiders, Robot kings, people with TVs for heads, sex planets, child sex trafficking, wooden spaceships, disembowled ghosts, giant panther like creatures that call you out when you lie, and so much more. But it works. Flawlessly.
I literally cannot wait to get my hands on volume 2 (should be here Tuesday!) because honestly, I have no idea how this all ties together - but it must because this is one of the highest rated graphic novels EVER.
A word of caution, however, because this graphic novel should be referred to as a GRAPHIC novel - loads of cursing, sex, demented situations, and violence that should definitely be avoided by children. This is a rated R (verging on NC-17) graphic novel but if you're mature enough to handle it, read this book. If you're one of those people who call anything different "weird", avoid this book because that's why this story is so brilliant. I can almost guarantee that you've never read anything like this before.
The Scarlet Witch has altered reality again showcasing her ability to cause huge shifts in time and space which may prove to be devestating. The Avengers and X-Men decide to team up and figure out a way to stop her from doing this again but her father, Magneto, and brother, Quicksilver, suppose they are formulating a plan to destroy her - and they will protect her at any cost. The Scarlet Witch then hatches a huge, abrupt change in the course of everyone's lives and they don't even know it. They each wake up in a happy life and go about their happy day. But something just doesn't add up to Wolverine. And he starts piecing it all together. And all signs point to Magneto - the leader of the House of M in this new society.
This was a fast-paced, great graphic novel that kept me guessing all the way until the end. Heralded as one of Marvel's best graphic novels of all time, be ready for an epic, no holds barred, action and adventure filled story when you pick this up.
Typical with most Bendis novels, this book was expertly written and illustrated with a beautifully complex story line that never felt shallow. I think most people will enjoy this book because all of the favorites are here: Iron Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Doctor Strange and everyone in between. However, the first issue is a little hard to jump aboard as this was originally written to tie in an X-Men and separate Avengers story line so some back knowledge helps the reader appreciate it more. I had not read the prior comic book arcs but I still felt like this was quite the satisfying read.
In my ever continuing quest to read all of the epic graphic novels and comic book story arcs in the DC and Marvel universe, I'm glad I picked this up. Definitely worth a read and with the whole story being eight comic books, its long enough to be fulfilling but short enough to not require weeks of commitment.
Batman and the Joker have always had a rocky relationship but nothing adequately describes the far-fetched, chaotic nature of the Joker better than The Killing Joke. In this graphic novel, the Joker purchases (sort of) an abandoned carnival and transforms it into his playground. He seeks revenge against Police Commissioner Gordon and will stop at nothing to get it.
I've never read a Batman comic that portrays the Joker quite like this. He is sadistic, morbid, and written in a no-holds barred kind of way. Instead of being just goofy and, as he calls himself, loony, here he resembles a criminal and murderer much more accurately.
When I started reading graphic novels again, I did a quick search for Best Graphic Novels of All Time, just so that I could hit the highlights. I found this listed on several websites and decided to give it a chance - I sure am glad I did. This novel delves deeper into the Joker's past to show exactly why he turned out the way he did and really magnifies his cat-and-mouse relationship with Batman.
The best part of this graphic novel has to be the ending. From the drawings to the text, everything was perfectly done. I remember finishing the story and such a creepy, eerie feeling came over me because it just reiterated the way the Joker and Batman are tied together.
If you're new to comic books or a long-time fan, certainly don't miss out on this one.
Skye is a young girl who is dreading spending the summer with her dad and his new wife, the step-monster, as she so eloquently refers to her. But when she gets there, things are worse than she initially thought. They are shipping her off to summer camp. How lame is that! And even more lame is the one she's going to. The kids are weird, no one wants to be her friend, and the camp itself is just awful. Until she meets Mia, a sweet, quiet, introverted girl who takes to Skye quickly. Maybe this summer won't be so bad after all. Maybe not.
Camp Midnight has everything you would expect at a summer camp: the cool kids, the cute, quiet guy, and summer games, but the first thing that tells her this camp isn't your typical kids summer camp is that everyone meets at midnight - that's when things start "changing"; however, there's some things that never change - especially the secret that her friend Mia isn't telling her.
I picked up the Free Comic Book Day teaser for this graphic novel at a Books-a-Million while sipping my cup of coffee as my wife was shopping elsewhere in the mall. It took me about seven minutes to read the sampler and I was hooked. The full graphic novel was ordered within ten minutes.
Everything about this graphic novel is fun. The thing that stands out in my mind the most has to be the illustrations - they are just awesomely hilarious. I had several literal laugh-out-loud moments. The plot is also great and includes a semi-obvious twist at the end. I really wish they would do a sequel simply because I loved the characters. Skye has a sharp tongue and a bad attitude, telling the "cool kids" things we wish we all could have said. The whole book has this eerie feel that there is certainly more than what meets the eye.
The book is definitely directed towards children age 10 and up though adults will love it too. Even though the name and cover might be a bit spooky, there's nothing scary here, so feel free to pick it up for your little ones. This is a great way to get them to read more.
Overall, this is my most pleasant memory from Free Comic Book Day - don't miss this book!
Figment - Zub, Andrade, Beauilieu
Figment 2 - Zub, Bachs
If you've ever been to Epcot, you've probably seen the purple dragon flying around somewhere singing his catchy little tune, "Just a Spark". If you haven't, you're probably wondering what the heck I'm talking about. Well, in 1982 when EPCOT Center (now just Epcot) opened up, it was the second theme park for Walt Disney World in central Florida. One of the main attractions was Journey into Imagination and featured the characters of Figment, the purple dragon made of imagination, and his caretaker, the Dreamfinder. This attraction has undergone many refurbishments and the current state is one that Epcot purists don't particularly care for. It features Figment but Dreamfinder is gone completely.
When Disney purchased Marvel, they released Disney Kingdoms, a comic-book / graphic novel approach to some of its famous attractions. Figment was one of the first to undergo this comic book transformation and Jim Zub was at the helm.
Figment (aka Figment 1) tells the back story of the Blarion Mercurial (soon to be the Dreamfinder), an excited, ambitious scientist at the Academy Scientifica-Lucidus in London in the late 1800s. He is working on a contraption called the mesmonic converter, a device that will transform thought energy, but in the process things go wrong and a creature from his imagination appears - Figment. They are all taken to a world of imagination and forced to survive. When Blarion's superior accidentally tinkers with his device, evil clockwork creatures and the Singular are brought forward causing havoc and destruction in London. Can the Dreamfinder and Figment find their way back to save the world?
Personally, I loved this story. It had excitement, adventure, danger, peril, and everything in between. I was excited because it had appeared Disney had turned their back on Dreamfinder and Zub breathed life back into him. The story was great, the illustrations were wonderful, and all in all, this was a wonderful graphic novel that Disney fanatics (such as myself) will love.
But as good as Figment 1 was, Figment 2 blows it out of the water. Dreamfinder and Figment find themselves in modern day central Florida at the Imagination Institute (Epcot fans rejoice!) when their flying machine breaks down. Walking inside, they discover statues of themselves heralded as heroes. But the headmaster is skeptical. Showing them the giant geodesic sphere that mysteriously gives their institute energy (Epcot fans, contain yourselves!), Dreamfinder agrees to demonstrate his mesmonic converter. Unfortunately, doubt creeps in and the whole institute is taken over by evil, doubt-filled forces leaving the Dreamfinder captive. Figment rushes to find an adorable, little girl who is an inventor and dreamer. Together, they must rush back to the institute and save everyone. But are they too late?
Perfect. That's the only word to describe this graphic novel. I'm a huge fanboy for all things vintage Epcot and the team on this one captured that bright-eyed, child-like moment of awe that Epcot used to instill. Again the writing is superb and the illustrations are breathtaking. I would literally stare at them and have to remind myself to keep reading. There was nothing about this novel I didn't like.
My only concern is that there won't be Figment 3. But after reading the second one there simply has to be. If you're a Disney exec reading this, I'll jump for joy if I ever find out - but more importantly, bring back Figment and Dreamfinder. Its what the fans want.