Bandette Vol 1: Presto! Graphic Novel Review

Bandette Vol 1: Presto!Erica gives this comic three starsBandette Vol 1: Presto! by Paul Tobin
Art: Colleen Coover

I really wanted to like this book a lot. But I came away from reading it annoyed at Bandette. She’s a hyper irresponsible, which I know is the point, but I couldn’t relax while in her world. I couldn’t help myself from thinking about all the plot holes. Which is also not the point.

This was part of my monthly book ladies book club. It was interesting to hear the other women talk about how much Bandette was a play on the old-timey French comics. (Which the extras in the graphic novel also talked about.) I admit that my comic book knowledge is pretty thin in that arena. The women who really enjoyed the book seemed to have an affinity for the playful nature and the joy in the book. Which I do agree that this book has joy.

The best of Bandette is, for sure, the art. Coover is masterful. Her process, which sounds extraordinarily labor intensive, makes for a beautiful book. Bandette‘s world is brought to life under her careful penciling, inking, and coloring. I love how each book has as separate color palette and how the inking and coloring give a certain muted tone.

The story and characterization, particularly of Bandette herself, is where the book started to fall apart for me. Continue reading

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Faith Vol 1: Hollywood and Vine Graphic Novel Review

Faith Vol 1: Hollywood and VineErica Gives This Comic Four StarsFaith Vol 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser
Art: Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage

I was really excited to read this. Disclaimer: Valiant gave my ladies comic book club free comics of the first volume. Faith was an enjoyable story, but it didn’t quite stand out in the storytelling ways that I’d hoped it would.

The biggest drawback was the art. Portela’s pencils were extremely inconsistent. One of the greatest thing about this book is having a plus-sized superhero and having zero comments about her weight. However, Portela drew Faith inconsistently. Sometimes she had larger bellies or multiple chins more than in previous scenes.

There were also inconsistencies in clothing choices and fashion. When in her alter-ego Summer, Faith dresses down and in a disguise to be essentially transparent and invisible in public. She probably has one of the best secret identify differences I’ve seen. Except Portela doesn’t quite get fashion or Los Angeles weather. Faith wears so many layers, including her high-necked costume under everything, that she’d be sweltering in LA. So many terrible turtlenecks that I can’t even imagine what horrible fabric they’re made from. Continue reading

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Giant Days #16, #17, and #18 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Giant Days #16, Giant Days #17, and Giant Days #18 by John Allison and Max Sarin
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars

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Lumberjanes #27-28 and Makin’ the Ghost of It #1 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Lumberjanes: Makin’ the Ghost of It #1, Lumberjanes #27, and Lumberjanes #28 by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Ayme Sotuyo, Jen Wang, Christine Norrie, Kelly Thompson, and Savanna Ganucheau
Average rating: 4/5 stars

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Insexts #4, #5, #6, and #7 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Insexts #4, Insexts #5, Insexts #6, and Insexts #7 by Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina
Average rating: 2.75/5 stars

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Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 and Wonder Woman #1 and #2 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Wonder Woman Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman #1, and Wonder Woman #2 by Greg Rucka, Matthew Clark, Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott, Jeremy Colwell, and Laura Martin
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars

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The Wicked + the Divine #22, 1831, and #23 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Wicked + the Divine #22, Wicked + the Divine 1831, and Wicked + the Divine #23 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Stephanie Hans, Leigh Alexander, Dorian Lynskey, Laurie Penny, Mary HK Choi, Ezekiel Kweku, and Kevin Wada
Average rating: 5/5 stars

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7, #8, and #9 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #9 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars

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Princeless Vol 2: Get Over Yourself Graphic Novel Review

Princeless Vol 2: Get Over YourselfErica Gives This Comic Four StarsPrinceless Vol 2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
Art: Emily Martin

This volume told a lot more story and build a lot more threads of characterization and subplot than the first volume, but it also meant, it was more a fractured storyline. Princeless is still very entertaining and definitely ahead of many other comics in how it looks at gender and racial stereotypes. For sure, I’ll be picking up the next volumes.

In this volume, we meet Adrienne’s older sister Angelica. Angelica seems to love being a princess and having everyone adore her. In fact, a whole cottage industry of adoration of Angelica has sprung up around the tower Angelica was supposedly imprisoned in.

With Angelica, Whitley plays with the idea of the princess whose great beauty draws a crowd. And one who likes being a great beauty and her royal title. We see Adrienne’s idea about who her sister is — a damsel in distress who can’t see the patriarchy keeping her down — disappear over the storyline. For Angelica is fit to be a royal ruler and a queen, but it is Adrienne’s own supposed heroics that bring those qualities out. Continue reading

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The Wicked + the Divine #19, #20, and #21 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for The Wicked + the Divine #19, The Wicked + the Divine #20, and The Wicked + the Divine #21 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Average rating: 4/5 stars

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