Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two (graphic novel) - Paul's REVIEW

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two(Turf Wars #2)
Author: Michael Dante DiMartino
Illustrator: Irene Koh
Recent Release Date: January 30, 2018

Synopsis: Recovering from the fight and furious for revenge, Triple Threats member Tokuga solidifies his ties with the duplicitous Wonyong. Meanwhile, when Republic City’s housing crisis reaches its peak, Zhu Li sets her sights on the biggest public figure in the city—President Raiko—in a bid for the presidency! With her friend’s success, the future of the spirit portal, and the wellbeing of Republic City’s citizens at stake, can Korra remain neutral and fulfill her duties as the Avatar?

Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Irene Koh (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Afrina and the Glass Coffin), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of The Legend of Korra! 


 This is the second volume in this continuation of The Legend of Korra. My favorite part of this series is getting to see Korra and Asami's relationship continue. There is a complex political atmosphere. The series follows all the main cast, but everyone is doing their own thing. I like when the gang comes back together. The parts of this series each feel like just parts of a larger story instead of complete stories. 

I look forward to continuing this series. I give this second volume a 4.5/5


Friday, March 9, 2018

Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings (comic) by Sarah Graley - Paul's REVIEW

Kim Reaper: Grim BeginningsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings
Author: Sarah Graley
Upcoming Release Date: March 13, 2018

Synopsis: Part-Time Grim Reaper. Full-Time Cutie!

Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim's job is pretty cool: she's a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife.

Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka's crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn't know that.

Unaware of the ghoulish drama she's about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself. But if they work together, they just might make it... and maybe even get a smooch in the bargain.


Review: I love all these genre graphic novels with queer characters that are coming out! The dynamic between Becka and Kim is so fun and adorable. The premise is that Kim works as a part time grim reaper to pay her bills while going through university. Becka has a crush on Kim and falls into her world of paranormal cutesy gothness. That's the best way to describe the art style, I think: cutesy goth. Or, bubblegum goth?

The tone is light, but genuine. It reminds me of Scott Pilgrim in some ways. I loved the ending of this first volume. I will definitely be looking out for the next volume. 

I give this graphic novel a 5/5. This comic is wonderfully queer and wonderfully supernatural. There need to be more things like this in the world. 


Monday, March 5, 2018

Archival Quality (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Oni Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Archival QualityAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Title: Archival Quality

Author: Ivy Noelle Weir
Illustrator: Steenz
Upcoming Release Date: March 6, 2018

Synopsis: After losing her job at the library, Celeste "Cel" Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she's never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for help…

As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing out—the job is becoming dangerous, but she can't let go of this mysterious woman. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the power to save her when she's still trying to save herself? 


Review: This beautifully drawn graphic novel brings representation to mental illness while also being a fun, haunted library/museum ghost story. I love how more and more comics have diverse casts. The character designs for each of the characters are wonderful. 

I also really enjoyed the afterword and Weir's own personal story. This story was very close to her and that is evident in the detail put into it. 

I give this graphic novel a 4/5. If you like ghost stories, creepy old asylums, and libraries, but also want a story with heart, you'll love this book. 


Friday, March 2, 2018

The Altered History of Willow Sparks (comic) by Tara O'Connor - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Oni Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

The Altered History of Willow SparksAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

The Altered History of Willow Sparks
Author: Tara O'Connor
Upcoming Release Date: March 6, 2018

Synopsis: What happens when you can finally get everything you ever wanted?

Willow Sparks and her best friend Georgia Pratt are at the bottom of the social ladder at Twin Pines High School, just trying to get through each day relatively unscathed. But when Willow finds a mysterious book that allows her to literally change her life, it feels like her luck is finally turning. Becoming more and more popular with each entry into the book, her old life, including her friendship with Georgia, seems miles away. Yet as Willow will discover, every action has a reaction, and the future has unusual—even dangerous—ways of protecting itself.


Review: What if you could change parts of your life by simply writing in a book. Willow Sparks comes across a mysterious book that can do just that. Of course, her life is changed forever. Great responsibilities come with such powers. It's not easy to climb to the top of the social ladder at your high school without leaving some people behind. 

This book has high school drama, bullying, and all those classic teen tropes. I would absolutely classify this as a Young Adult graphic novel. There are some great paranormal concepts added to the regular high school dynamic. I enjoyed that Willow works at a library and the library (as well as books) are heavily featured. 

I give this graphic novel a 4/5. It has all the classic high school teen drama aspects with an added supernatural twist. Plus the artwork is beautiful.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Bingo Love (comic) by Tee Franklin - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics in exchange for an honest review*

Cover ImageAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Title: Bingo Love

Writer: Tee Franklin
Artist: Jenn St. Onge and Joy San
Upcoming Release Date: February 20, 2018

Synopsis: Bingo Love is a story of a same-sex romance that spans over 60 years. A chance meeting at church bingo in 1963 brings Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray together. Through their formative years, these two women develop feelings for each other and finally profess their love for one another.

Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid 60’s, Hazel and Mari are reunited again at a bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.


Review: This is a beautiful story. It's the story of two black grandmas in love. And how they became in love. And the challenges their love faced. I don't have many words for this comic other than to tell you to go buy it immediately. The world needs more stories like this. Especially stories told in such beautiful colorful artwork as this is. I highly recommend this to everyone. A well deserved 5/5


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Scales & Scoundrels Volume 1: Into the Dragon's Maw (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics in exchange for an honest review*

Scales & Scoundrels, Vol. 1: Into The Dragon’s MawAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Scales & Scoundrels Volume 1: Into the Dragon's Maw 
Writer: Sebastian Girner
Artist: Galaad
Recent Release Date: February 13, 2018

Synopsis: It's hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon "the Dragon's Maw," an ancient labyrinth at the bottom of which slumber endless wealth...or certain doom!

A loner by trade, Luvander is forced to team up with a team of scraggly adventurers, each hoping to find a treasure of their own in the forbidden tomb.: there is Prince Aki, of the Scarlet Sands Empire, anxious for first taste of adventure yet blind to the consequences. His royal Shadow and bodyguard, Koro, whose very honor hangs in the balance of her prince's success. And Dorma Iron, a stocky young dwarf whose journey will take her deeper into the darkness than she ever wished to tread.

For these scruffy heroes, what starts out as a road to riches becomes the first step on an epic journey to destiny, for Luvander holds a secret in her heart that will shatter the chains of fate, and bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness.

Writer SEBASTIAN GIRNER (SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER!) and artist GALAAD are proud to present SCALES & SCOUNDRELS, an exciting new fantasy adventure from Image Comics, for scoundrels of all ages!


Review: This comic has many fantasy tropes, but it finds a way to show them in a new light. The story is female led and the main group of characters is diverse. I'd say this story is a modern D&D group. There's humor and fun. A fantasy world. Royals. Dragons. Dwarves. Hidden cities. Treasure. And, of course, an unresolved ending.

I give this graphic novel a 4.5/5. I really like the diversity for a typical D&D style fantasy world. I look forward to the next volume in this series. 


Friday, February 16, 2018

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artists: Marc Laming with Will Sliney, Kev Walker, & Marc Deering
Recent Release Date: February 6, 2018

Doctor Aphra Volume 1
Screaming Citadel

Synopsis: Aphra's back with a brand-new plan that's guaranteed to pay! There's just one teensy problem... it involves surrounding herself with some of the galaxy's biggest baddies. And they don't like the not-so-good doctor's tricks! Her mission to make quick credits by auctioning off an ancient Jedi artifact will start well... and end badly. And that's just when a dark figure from Aphra's past decides to make an appearance! Plus, a solo focus on Aphra's Wookiee shadow, Black Krrsantan! Find out why this beastly bounty hunter is as frightening as they say... and then some! 


Review: I am very much enjoying the Doctor Aphra character. She's not on the good side, she's not on the bad side, and she has a scientific and dark mind. This volume starts out with Black Krrsantan's backstory. I like how he's obviously a Chewbacca counterpart as well as the murder droids are mirrors to the original droid duo, but they all have really come into their own. The murder droids are excellent in this volume and I'm super excited to see where they go next. I could see them having their own ongoing series. There are plenty of fun black market characters in this story. Just like Doctor Aphra herself, this volume is fun and dark. By the end of this volume, the dynamic has changed and I can't wait to see where it goes next. 

I give this volume a 5/5. I want more original characters like Doctor Aphra!