Comics / Graphic Novels

Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero Vol. 1

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Summary:

Carol Danvers has a new codename and is determined to prove herself the best of the best! She's forging a new future for herself as Captain Marvel, but finds that she still can't walk away from a challenge from her past! It's a firefight in the sky as the Banshee Squadron debut - but who are the Prowlers, and where has Carol seen them before? Witness her in blazing battlefield action that just may change the course of history! Then, the Avengers' new Captain Marvel meets their old one - Monica Rambeau! But what's Monica's problem? Can they resolve it before a threat from the ocean depths attacks? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was a random pickup for the second-hand store, but I really enjoyed it! I wasn’t familiar with the character of Carol Danvers so it was interesting to see a different one of the Avengers and hear some of the abilities associated with her.  I loved that she was a badass heroine with some awesome female mentors in her past as well.

If I had the chance, I’d definitely pick up additional books in the series in the future!

Warning: Contains violence.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Comic book fans!

Manga Classics: Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Summary:

Great Expectations has it all: romance, mystery, comedy, and unforgettable characters woven through a gripping rags-to-riches tale. Naive Pip, creepy Miss Haversham, beautifully cold Estella, terrifying Abel Magwitch, and the rest of Dicken’s fantastic cast are perfectly envisioned in this new adaptation in this 300-plus page volume featuring artwork by artist Nokman Poon. Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was my first reading of “Great Expectations” so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but eager to give it a shot through a graphic novel approach.  Perhaps because I was not previously familiar with the story, I found it quite odd.  There are some very odd choices that the characters make and frankly didn’t like Pip for pretty much the whole story.  He didn’t have appreciate what he had been given and the squandered it away.

The artwork I found fantastic and was a great description of the story.  I am eager to try other books in the same format.  This also would be a fantastic way for younger readers to have their first introduction to the overall story before giving the full novel as shot.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone who enjoys graphic novels and classic novels.

Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting

Finding Molly

Summary:

Fresh out of art school and creatively unfulfilled, Molly is stuck in the suburbs with her parents and their cat, Pishi. When she is offered an opportunity to cat sit, she sees it as a way to get closer to her friends who live in the Los Angeles Arts District while fulfilling her dream of making a living as an artist. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and YA Bound Book Tours and I voluntarily chose to write a review

Review:

This was a very fun graphic novel about Molly trying to find a way into the city and also do what she loves.  The transition from school to work is not the easiest, and I appreciated the tough love her best friends give her throughout it.  The cats give an element of playfulness and fun to the book and they keep Molly on her toes as she tries to find new ways to get support herself in the city.

I particularly love her relationship with her parents and navigating how to transition from only child to independent adult.  Molly certainly have some self-absorbed moments, but she comes around and learns how to be a better version of herself!

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of indie and coming-of-age comics.

How to be Happy

How to be Happy

Summary:

Eleanor Davis's How to be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she's drawn for such curatorial venues as Mome and No-Brow, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis's graphic skills -- sketchy drawing, polished pen and ink line work, and meticulously designed full color painted panels-- which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

I didn’t finish this one and gave up after 5-6 of the mini comics inside of the book.  Originally I had picked this one up at the library because it had come highly recommended.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find the art visually engaging and therefore it was tough for me to try to suspend reality to immerse myself in the story.

I was expecting more of a cohesive narrative and instead it reads like a collection of short stories.  Much of the art doesn’t have talking, which I can be completely fine with, but I found it made it lacking for me.  I’m sure many will love it, so take a look yourself and see if you like the art.

Rating: 1 star!

Who should read it? Folks who think the cover is gorgeous and are willing to have super open mind.