The Wicked + the Divine #16, #17, and #18 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for The Wicked + the Divine #16, The Wicked + the Divine #17, and The Wicked + the Divine #18 by Kieron Gillen, Leila Del Duca, Brandon Graham, and Jamie McKelvie
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars

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Injection #7, #8, and #9 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Injection #7, Injection #8, and Injection #9 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars

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Jem and the Holograms #13, #14, and #15 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Jem and the Holograms #13, Jem and the Holograms #14, and Jem and the Holograms #15 by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
Average rating: 3.6/5 stars

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Secret Six #10, #11, and #12 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Secret Six #10, Secret Six #11, and Secret Six #12 by Gail Simone, Dale Eaglesham, and Tom Derenick
Average rating: 2/5 stars

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Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4, #5, and #6 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5, and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 by Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, and Erica Henderson
Average rating: 4/5 stars

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Stumptown Vol 3 Graphic Novel Review

Stumptown Vol 3Erica gives this comic three starsStumptown Vol 3 by Greg Rucka
Art: Justin Greenwood

I really loved the other two volumes of Stumptown, and this one let me down. The story wasn’t as intriguing as the others. I also didn’t enjoy Greenwood’s art as much as Southworth’s. Southworth’s art brought the city of Portland to life as another character, but Greenwood’s didn’t have the familiarity with the city. Instead the intensity of the Timbers’ game filled in.

I’m not a soccer fan, and there were a ton of references which I didn’t get. I got a couple because I’ve been to some Sounders’ games and work with some soccer fanatics. It’s hard to care about sports when you aren’t into them. I felt there was some assumptions about the audience actually understanding more.

The mystery of who beat up Mercury felt light. Or perhaps too tied to the other plot threads. I couldn’t tell if it was the actual mystery here or that I’d forgotten a lot about the other volumes, which I’d read a while ago. There wasn’t enough issues for me settle back into the book. Continue reading

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East of West: Volume 1 Graphic Novel Review

Erica gives this comic three starsEast of West: Volume 1East of West: Volume 1 by Jonathan Hickman
Art: Nick Dragotta

I grew up surrounded by Biblical stories of the apocalypse, which accounts for my distaste for them as an adult. I didn’t realize that would be what this book was about. I picked up as it was the book club selection and many people had recommended it since the series started. (It definitely has much acclamation.) I figured it was a story about some kind of dystopian future Western world in the US with a divide Union and at least some control or influence from China. I wasn’t wrong about that.

Many reviews found the plot confusing. Now reading it in a trade meant there was a new opener — three of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse being resurrected — which was not in the original issue one (and I’m unsure when it was printed). But perhaps again, I’ve read so many apocalyptic stories that the overall plot felt basic and familiar, such familiar mythos.

There was both a ton of magical and a ton of scientific woo-woo, which was brushed off to be used as ways to move the plot forward. Hickman certainly focused on building the world and explaining key components of it. At first, I was very much bothered by the fact that the Native Americans in the book only served as mystical warriors, but then the more I considered it, most characters in this book were shallow stereotypes and archetypes. This is not a character-driven story, and I’d hope in the continuing saga that Hickman takes the time to build in more characterization. Continue reading

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The Legend of Wonder Woman #1, #2, and #3 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for The Legend of Wonder Woman #1, The Legend of Wonder Woman #2, and The Legend of Wonder Woman #3 by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Average rating: 2/5 stars

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Sleepy Hollow: Providence Miniseries Comic Review

Comic book reviews for Sleepy Hollow: Providence miniseries (issues #1-#4) by Eric Carrasco and Victor Santos
Average rating: 1.75/5 stars

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Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1, #2, and #3 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1, Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #2, and Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #3 by Gail Simone and J. Calafiore
Average rating: 5/5 stars

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