Ms. Marvel #16, #17, and #18 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Ms. Marvel #16, Ms. Marvel #17, and Ms. Marvel #18 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars

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Batgirl #41, #42, and Annual #3 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Batgirl #41, Batgirl #42, and Batgirl Annual #3 by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Jake Wyatt, Michel Lacombe, Bengal, David La Fuente, Ming Doyle, and Mingjue Helen Chen
Average rating: 3.6/5 stars

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Saga Vol 5 Graphic Novel Review

Saga Vol 5Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsSaga Vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

This volume was a bit heavy-handed about the responsibilities of parenthood. The metaphors too literal and strong. I kind of hope that we find out that an elderly Hazel has been narrating the whole thing. Also, as these issues go on, she’s becoming something on an unreliable narrator or at least one who lives very much in the moment of her story.

It’s not surprising to see more deaths in the book. I thought for sure Klara would be the goner in this book. But instead, it was The Brand and also Yuma. (I now think this book needs more female characters.) Since I really like The Brand, I’m a bit upset by that. Though technically we don’t know what happened to Klara.

The reveal that Gwendolyn named Sophie after herself was pretty powerful to show their connection. Sophie has definitely become more than just her charge while they try to heal The Will.

The whole male dragon thing was like a 12-year-old wrote this book. Seemed like a giant distraction from the main point.

I’m glad to see that time is passing a little more quickly in these books. Seriously, baby characters are never that interesting, same with the toddlers. And if you want action and adventure, it’s hard to always have a small child strapped to someone in these situations. Continue reading

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Fables Vol 22 Farewell Graphic Novel Review

Fables Vol 22 Farewell
Erica gives this comic one star.Fables Vol 22 Farewell by Bill Willingham
Art: Mark Buckingham, David Petersen, Russ Braun, Mark Schultz, Lee Garbett, Joelle Jones, Gene Ha, Peter Gross, Neal Adams, Andrew Pepoy, Steve Leialoha, Teddy Kristiansen, Michael Allred, Aaron Alexovich, David Hahn, Lan Medina, Niko Henrichon, Terry Dodson, Andrew Dalhouse, Megan Levens, and Bryan Talbot

There were a ton of complaints about this issue being anti-climactic. For one, I’m very happy that Rose Red and Snow White didn’t go into battle with one another. But don’t worry, there was a ton of other problematic happenings than a lack of sororicide.

First, there’s the battle to both their deaths of Cinderella and Frau Totenkinder. Which also managed to destroy the last of Fabletown’s magic wards against Mundy detection and half the castle. This seemed frivolous and too much of an unmoving cat fight. Especially with Cinderella stabbing Frau Totenkinder through the skull with her glass slipper.

I don’t believe that Cinderella could’ve taken on Frau Totenkinder successfully, to their deaths. Even using Frau Totenkinder’s magical trinkets against her. Not without Frau Totenkinder actually being depowered somewhat as rumored.

Additionally, neither character was one that Willingham spent anytime trying to endear to us. I liked Frau Totenkinder despite this. She would’ve been a way more interesting character to explore than some of Willingham’s choices throughout the years. And it was other writers who took Cinderella on to mixed results.

The part I found the most anticlimactic was no resolution between Snow and Bigby. Continue reading

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Rachel Rising #34, #35, and #36 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Rachel Rising #34, Rachel Rising #35, and Rachel Rising #36 by Terry Moore
Average rating: 4/5 stars

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Wonder Woman #40, Annual #1, and #41 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Wonder Woman #40, Wonder Woman Annual #1, and Wonder Woman #41 by Meredith Finch, David Finch, and Goran Sudzuka
Average rating: 1.5/5 stars

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Fairest Vol 5: The Clamour for Glamour Graphic Novel Review

Fairest Vol 5: The Clamour for GlamourErica gives this comic one star.Fairest Vol 5: The Clamour for Glamour by Mark Buckingham and Bill Willingham
Art: Russ Braun, Meghan Hetrick, and Andrew Pepoy

Ugh. These book continue to be utter rubbish. If it wasn’t almost over, I’d have canceled it a while ago. The Fairest title was supposed to be about the women in the Fables verse, but instead, once again, this supports and shows off a male character Reynard. Because dudes >>>>>> women.

The story of Reynard and Meghan gets creepy fast. First, there’s a need to set up her relatives from Reynard’s point-of-view as rednecks who use her to cook and clean for them. Something like a modern day Cinderella. Of course, they turn out not be such bad guys, which feels like a force “wait, you thought they were rednecks? Psych! They kind of are, but rednecks aren’t really the bigots you thought they were. Surprise, we’re right about our worldviews, not you!”

On top of this, there’s the entire creepy pregnancy. Continue reading

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Jem and the Holograms #1, #2, and #3 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Jem and the Holograms #1, Jem and the Holograms #2, and Jem and the Holograms #3 by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
Average rating: 3.6/5 stars

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Long Distance Miniseries Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for the Long Distance miniseries by Thom Zahler
Average rating: 4/5 stars

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Mockingbird #1 Comic Book Review

Mockingbird #1Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsMockingbird #1 by Chelsea Cain
Art: Joelle Jones

Cain and Jones teaming up for a book about Mockingbird: yes. Yes, so much I approve of this. I only wish this was an ongoing, not a single issue.

Cain has a hard task of taking all the different versions of Bobbi — West Coast Avengers, more recent spy stuff with Hawkeye, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D show — and bringing some coherent narrative to her story. She does do a good job at it and creating a new story to show us the different aspects of Bobbi, not just tell us through meaningless flashbacks.

There’s also a good amount of humor in this book to balance it. Love Lance Hunter’s house and how very British is. Ridiculously so with flags everywhere, including his underoos and the TARDIS cookie jar with his bullets in it. They don’t seem to be in England, which makes it all the better. Continue reading

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