Sunday, July 1, 2018

Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Jessica Kingsley Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


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Title: 
Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children
Authors: Michelle Finch & Phoenix Finch
Upcoming Release Date: July 19, 2018

Synopsis: My Mommy tells me I'm perfect and to be brave.

"You know who you are," she says,

"Just be yourself and always listen to your heart."

With those words of encouragement from her Mom, Phoenix is preparing for her first day of school. She is excited but scared of being bullied because of her gender identity and expression. Yet when she arrives at school she finds help and support from teachers and friends, and finds she is brave enough to talk to other kids about her gender!

This is an empowering and brightly-illustrated children's book for children aged 3+ to help children engage with gender identity in a fun, uplifting way. It supports trans children who are worried about being bullied or misunderstood. 



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Review: This picture book is a cute, short story about a girl being nervous about how people will react when she wears a dress to school. A young girl and her mother wrote this story together about their own personal experiences. In addition to the story, there are also resources included with the book. There are questions to use to initiate a conversation with children about gender. There are also resources for adults and parents about trans issues.


There is plenty of colorful artwork in this picture book. Phoenix is relatable to any child. The fact that this book was written by a daughter and her mother makes it even more adorable. I give this picture book a 5/5.


--PAUL

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles
Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artists: Martin Morazzo & Chris O'Halloran
Upcoming Release Date: June 26, 2018

Synopsis: Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, addiction, musical fantasy...there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery.

ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series, featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man—a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever.



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Review: I had no idea what to expect with this graphic novel. What I got was an adult Goosebumps comic, pretty much. There are four different stories in this book. They each involve the Ice Cream Man, but in different ways. The juxtaposition of the classic ice cream truck and the gruesome deaths gives the book a modern, creepy feel. 


The first story involves a boy and his pet spider. The second deals with drug addicts. The third focuses on a has-been one-hit-wonder and features a lot of trippy rock references. The last story is pretty creepy and involves a funeral.

I give this graphic novel a 3/5. The art was great, but the gory stories didn't have enough depth for me. It's definitely original, though.   


--PAUL

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It Will All Hurt, Vol. 1 (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
It Will All Hurt, Vol. 1
Creator: Farel Dalrymple
Upcoming Release Date: June 19, 2018

Synopsis: A weird, sad, silly, sketchy, and dreamy watercolor fantasy action quest in which Alemendra Clementine and her crew of anti-social adventurers all come together on a psych-apocalyptic world to take down an evil wizard.

This Eisner Award-nominated webcomic began as a loose stream of consciousness exercise and exploration of the comic book medium and takes place in the same world as FAREL DALRYMPLE's The Wrenchies.



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Review: This graphic novel is very artistic and stylized. And, I did not understand it. I was lost and confused while reading this book. There are sparse panels and a sketchy style of artwork. The story feels almost dreamlike with the physics. It's trippy and, at times, creepy. I was unsure what I was supposed to think or feel about the story as I read along. This book was just not for me. I give it a 2/5



--PAUL

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
Author: Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson
Upcoming Release Date: June 12, 2018

Synopsis: Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!



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Review: I absolutely love that this is a comic! It's a comic that is made to educate and inform people on gender neutral pronouns, specifically they/them. The format is conversational with a few nice diagrams. This comic covers so many great topics including pronouns in general, misgendering, and gender neutral pronouns. It's told in a fun, and sometimes sarcastic way. The emphasis is on building empathy.


"Nothing is as cool as being an empathetic and respectful person."

I give this educational comic a 5/5. I HIGHLY recommend this. This comic would be a great gift for friends, family, AND co-workers.


--PAUL

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Wormworld Saga: The Journey Begins (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Lion Forge via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: 
The Wormworld Saga: The Journey Begins
Creator: Daniel Lieske 
Upcoming Release Date: June 5, 2018

Synopsis: Are you ready to enter the Wormworld?

Jonas is a dreamer. During his summer holidays he stays at his Grandmas house on the countryside. In the attic he discovers a strange painting, which turns out to be an entrance to the mysterious Wormworld. Jonas steps through the picture into the foreign world and loses connection to his home right at that moment. Completely left on his own, he has to face the biggest adventure of his young life... 



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Review: A child finds a portal to another world over summer vacation when visiting a relative. Yes, this is cliche. But who doesn't love a good portal story? There were many aspects of this story that reminded me of a point-and-click adventure game from the 90s. The artwork is beautiful, showing all the corners of this lush world. 


This first volume is barely even a start to the story. I wish there would have been more included. The worldbuilding is immense. There are monsters and different types of crystals. All with great artwork. 

I wasn't aware of the online following this writer and his world had. There's a cool behind-the-scenes look at the creator at the end of the graphic novel. I give this book a 3.5/5. I wouldn't be surprised if this story finds itself in a movie or tv show in the near future.


--PAUL

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Wormworld Saga Free Comic Book Day 2018 - Paul's REVIEW



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Title: 
The Wormworld Saga Free Comic Book Day 2018
Creator: Daniel Lieske 

Synopsis: Enter the Wormworld, at the very beginning. A mysterious painting. A wooden sword. A hidden world. A time before conflict. Two friends in search of magic and adventure. This is how the saga begins. This exciting all-new prequel to Daniel Lieske's hugely popular webcomic The Wormworld Saga will entice new fans in time for the series' first US print release in May 2018, and tantalize existing readers with hints at secrets yet to be revealed.




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Review: I picked this comic up on Free Comic Book Day this year. I had obtained a review copy of the first volume of The Wormworld Saga so I figured I would see what this comic was about.


This issue is a prequel to the main story of the series. It establishes some of the background behind the paintings used to travel to the different world. It was cool to get some backstory even before I read the first volume.

I give this issue a 4/5. It's pretty simple and short, but a great intro into this lush creative world.


--PAUL

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Void Trip (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
Void Trip
Author: Ryan O'Sullivan  
Artist: Plaid Klaus 
Upcoming Release Date: June 5, 2018

Synopsis: From writer RYAN O'SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat) comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They're low on fuel, they're low on food, and they're low on psychedelic space froot, but they're still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it.



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Review: This graphic novel is Harold & Kumar meets Saga. The last two humans in the universe are traveling together in search of Euphoria, a planet where everything is good. On their journey they meet plenty of odd alien characters while being chased by another odd alien character in white. During all of this, they utilize the intoxicating properties of froot. 


There are some interesting moral and philosophical quandaries addressed in this comic. And they're mostly through the eyes of high characters. The framework of the storytelling is also interesting in how it ends. 

I give this graphic novel a 4/5. Great artwork that matches the trippy story. 


--PAUL

Friday, June 1, 2018

Swing Vol. 1 (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
Swing Vol. 1
Authors: Matt Hawkins & Jenni Cheung
Artist: Linda Sejic
Recent Release Date: April 25, 2018

Synopsis: Spinning off from the universe of SUNSTONE comes a slice-of-life romantic story about a couple trying to regain the sexual energy from the beginning of their relationship by swinging with other couples. An emotional journey of two people fighting to stay in love.





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Review: This graphic novel has nudity and sex. It follows a straight couple as they meet in college and continue their relationship through marriage and kids. After being married for awhile, their sex life stagnates and they try out swinging to see if it can aid their relationship.


The graphic novel opens with a story about a first time swinging experience as well as vocabulary and a basic introduction to the Lifestyle. The rest of the comic is an interesting look into one couple's life and their experiences with experimenting. 

The artwork is wonderful and the sex scenes are shown tastefully, while still remaining hot. I'd say this book is both educational and sexy. I give this graphic novel a 4/5. It's cool that there are comics like this out there with such sex positive messages.   


--PAUL

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Big Empty Life of Alphonse Tabouret (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Lion Forge via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: 
The Big Empty Life of Alphonse Tabouret
Authors: Sibylline Desmazières & Capucine 
Artist: Jérôme d'Aviau 
Recent Release Date: May 29, 2018

Synopsis: In the middle of a quiet, not-so-special clearing in the woods, a wee tiny whatsit wakes up without any memory at all. So he sets off in search of his maker, as well as some sense of purpose in Life. Along the way, he encounters a bizarre cast of silly, helpful, and oddly poignant characters who teach him how to survive this crazy game called Existence.The Big Empty Life of Alphonse Tabouret is an existential fairy tale about Life, Love, Loss, and the search for answers to questions we all ask nobody in particular. While cute and silly on the surface, almost every encounter is metaphorical (without being heavy-handedly so). This adorably engaging and heartwarming tale invites the reader to decipher the life lessons gleaned by Alphonse in personal terms that speak to today's social conditions. Through the innocent lens of simple, cute characterization, readers are presented with honest questions about parenting, materialism, addiction, codependency, narcissism, depression, and the search for meaning that we all undergo every day.



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Review: I never knew where the story was going in this graphic novel. It is such different storytelling. The artwork is simple and matches the tone of the story very well. This book tackles some interestingly complex, basic problems like loneliness, fulfillment, and finding your purpose in life. 


This book is so different than anything I have read, but I enjoyed it a lot. You may start out confused, but just go with the flow and you'll figure it out. I give this book a 4.5/5.


--PAUL

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Enchanted Chest by Jean-François Chabas - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from Lion Forge via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: 
The Enchanted Chest
Author:  Jean-François Chabas
Illustrator: David Salas
Recent Release Date: May 9, 2018

Synopsis: Raised by a fisherman from the depths of the sea, an ornate chest soon attracts the attention of the greedy King, always searching for more treasure. But the King has a problem: nothing and nobody can open the chest. A thousand keys, a thousand tools, and a thousand swords were tried. He calls his most talented subjects to open it: the Locksmith, then the Strong Man, the Magician, and even the Alchemist—they all try their skills, and none can do it! Only the Lynx, whose magical eyes allow her to see through anything, can finally satisfy the King's curiosity. The story, like the chest, contains a beautiful and mysterious core for the intrepid reader to open, about how the treasures we crave may not be what we truly desire. 



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Review: This illustrated story is an interesting fairytale about what we think versus the truth and how perception influences value. An enchanted chest is found and over the course of the story, various classic archetypes try to open the chest. This is a short story, only 28 pages, and an easy read. I give this book a 3/5.



--PAUL

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Angelic, Vol. 1: Heirs & Graces (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
Angelic, Vol. 1: Heirs & Graces
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Caspar Wijngaard
Recent Release Date: May 15, 2018

Synopsis: Centuries after humanity has disappeared, the Earth belongs to our leftovers: the animals, genetically modified for a war they don't remember, guarding a world they don't understand. But for one young winged monkey the repressive tribal routines are unbearable. Her name is QORA. She yearns to explore, to discover... to fly free.

Collects ANGELIC issues 1-6.



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Review: This graphic novel starts out with talking flying monkeys and robotic dolphins! There is so much creativity in the worldbuilding of this world. There are hermit crabs in human skulls, manatees in hovering spheres, toxic clouds, and more! The basis of the story is an adventure quest that questions the world's established beliefs. It reminds of the movie A.I.. The artwork is ridiculously beautiful and so imaginative. I give this first volume a 4/5. I'd love to see more of this world! 



--PAUL

Friday, May 25, 2018

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 4: Legend Found (comic) - Paul's REVIEW


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Title: 
Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 4: Legend Found
Writers: Charles Soule & Robbie Thompson
Artists: Angel Unzueta & Nik Virella
Recent Release Date: May 15, 2018

Poe Dameron Vol.1
Poe Dameron Vol.2
Poe Dameron Vol.3

Synopsis: The galaxy's greatest pilot flies on! General Leia Organa gave Poe Dameron an important task: locate the mysterious Lor San Tekka. And our hero may be closer than he thinks...but can he get the job done in time? Then, Black Squadron faces their next assignment. Is it mission impossible? Not for Poe's crew...and that means it's prison break time! Plus, Poe Dameron has never been one to follow the rules. So when he disobeys a direct order from General Organa and gets stranded in First Order space - with no ship and little oxygen - how will he survive?

COLLECTING: STAR WARS: POE DAMERON 20-25, ANNUAL



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Review: Lor San Tekka finally appears! Leia also takes a prominent spot in this volume. I loved seeing her talking about her birth mother. Ivee the astromech was probably my favorite character in this volume.


I'm really enjoying this ongoing comic series following Poe Dameron and the Black Squadron. The story is gradually getting closer to The Force Awakens. I give this volume a 4/5.  


--PAUL

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

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


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Title: 
Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity
Writer: Ram V
Artist: Dev Pramanik & Dearbhla Kelly
Recent Release Date: May 22, 2018

Synopsis: A cataclysmic event, now remembered only as 'The Midnight', led to the collapse of civilization. Now, centuries after, the remnant of a mega-city named Paradiso, is the only place on earth where humanity still thrives. When Jack Kryznan arrives at the outskirts with a mysterious device capable of bringing dead technology to life, his arrival sets off a power struggle that threatens to embroil the human settlers, bionic creatures known as Guardians and Paradiso herself. Jack and his companions will begin their journey of self-discovery through this living city even as the city itself strives to understand what it means to be alive.



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Review: I could not get into this post-apocolyptic story. The artwork is very cool. It has a grungy, dirty feel to it. Quite appropriate to the setting. I just could not get into the story. I was confused, and my attention was not held. I give this volume a 2/5



--PAUL

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Evolution, Vol. 1: Origins of a Species (comic) - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
Evolution, Vol. 1: Origins of a Species
Writers: James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, & Joshua Williamson 
Artists: Joe Infurnari & Jordan Boyd 
Recent Release Date: May 22, 2018


Synopsis: Human evolution has taken millions of years to get to this stage. But next week, we become something new. Around the world, humanity is undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, and only three individuals seem to notice that their world is being reborn. But what can they do about it?



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Review: This graphic novel reminds me of Heroes or Sense8. It starts with seemingly disparate stories in different geographical locations, but slowly it is revealed how they are all connected. Because of the global-ness of the story, I enjoyed the internationally diverse cast of characters. The art is cringy, but I think that's exactly what they're going for in their style choice. If you have trypophobia, you will not enjoy this style. I had my reservations how the term evolution is used in this story describing individuals instead of mutations over many generations, but sci-fi does this often. The story combined with the art style didn't keep my interest. I found myself flipping to the next page before I even finished reading the all the speech bubbles. I give this first volume of Evolution a 3/5. I probably won't be picking up the second volume, but if you like gross mutations and biological thrillers, you should check this out.  



--PAUL

Friday, May 18, 2018

Spectacle Vol. 1 (graphic novel) - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
Spectacle Vol. 1
Author: Megan Rose Gedris
Upcoming Release Date: May 22, 2018

Synopsis: Fan-favorite webcomic creator Megan Rose Gedris (Yu+Me Dream) crafts a compelling tale of magic, deception, and wonder in this stunningly illustrated graphic novel about the bond between sisters.

Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn't believe in anything supernatural—until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they're sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. With few leads, a troupe full of secretive folk, and strange paranormal occurrences popping up around the circus, solving the case seems near impossible. But the murderer in their midst may be the least of their problems...



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Review: This is a fun murder mystery story that takes place in a circus. Anna works as a tarot card reader, but she has more of a scientific mind. After her twin sister is mysteriously murdered, she appears to her as a ghost. Anna doesn't know if she is going crazy herself or if everything she thought she knew was wrong. 


I like the dynamic between science and the supernatural that is presented in this story. The circus members are all so unique and interesting, even right off the bat. This first volume does not end with any big reveals, so I will be looking for the second volume to see more of these characters and to see the mystery hopefully solved. 

I give this graphic novel a 4.5/5. I really enjoyed the characters and story, but I was disappointed in the ending of this first volume. I want volume two now! 


--PAUL

Friday, May 11, 2018

Reborn: Book One (comic) by Mark Millar - Paul's REVIEW

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

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Title: 
Reborn: Book One
Writer: Mike Millar
Illustrators: Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion 
Release Date: August 2017

Synopsis: Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you--the good and the bad. 

Bonnie Black has no faith in an afterlife. Spending her last days in the stroke ward of a county hospital, she fears falling asleep in case she doesn't wake up. 

When a final stroke ends her life, Bonnie is reborn in Adystria--a sci-fi fantasy world that's locked in a raging battle between good and evil. She's twenty-five again, there's a sword in her hand and she's ready to fight. 

She meets her dad, Tom, and her childhood dog in Adystria, but there is no sign of Harry--her husband who was murdered over ten years before. With the help of her dad and loyal pet, Bonnie sets off on an epic quest to be reunited with the lost love of her life. 

But it's not just her family that have been waiting for Bonnie. Her arrival has been prophesied, and there's a tremendous evil lying in wait. 

An evil that will stop at nothing to destroy her. An evil that can only be sated with blood. 

Superstar creators MARK MILLAR and GREG CAPULLO join forces to create the sci-fi story of the year, collecting issues 1-6.



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Review: What happens when you die? This is a question every human has wondered and there are many answers out there. In this story, our world is only the staging ground for the real deal. Your actions matter. You may become a giant queen of the elves if you're good or a monstrous demon with horns if you're bad, and of course everything in between. When you die, you wake up in this new world in a new body. You may be a child or you may be the same age you were when you died. In this fantasy world, it's the classic Good vs. Evil.


Bonnie has lived a fulfilling, long life. After a stroke, she finds herself  in a youthful body in this new world where it has been prophesized that she will defeat the evil with amazing magical powers that are just beginning to develop. Her father is there. Her past pets have fantasy like powers. Although she wants to help, the first thing on her mind is finding her husband who had passed years ago.

I absolutely love the concept of this world. There are so many small details in the worldbuilding that I really found interesting. From the start, it seems like a big story and I was in for the ride. I was disappointed when it didn't turn out as big as I had hoped. There are a lot of things that make the world smaller. She seems to know or have a connection to all of the important characters. I wanted to see a much larger, more inclusive world. It is very white, straight American. There's one same-sex relationship and it is between the big bad demon and a dragon with a lion's head. I wanted more complexities to the good versus evil theme. When you die and find yourself in a new world and your past negative actions have turned you into some kind of monster, do you really just continue doing "evil" deeds? I wanted more subversions.

The story is quick moving and completes the arc in just this volume. For such a big concept and huge world, it is made to feel so small in this story. Overall, I thought this story was a great concept, but it didn't quite hit the mark for me. I wanted more modern storytelling. The good and bad ideals seemed so dated. I wanted something unexpected. I was disappointed in the queer representation. I give this story a 3.5/5. I would love to see this comic adapted into another media and given more depth and modernity.    


--PAUL

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Vol. 5 (comic) - Paul's REVIEW


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Title: 
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Vol. 5
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Illustrators: Hendry Prasetya, Daniel Bayliss, & Daniele Di Nicuolo
Recent Release Date: May 1, 2018

Synopsis: With Tommy and Billy trapped in a dystopian version of Angel Grove, they'll have to join the resistance in the fight against the evil Lord Drakkon if they want to make home. But with Jason, Kimberly, Trini, and Zack batting for control of the Command Center from Rita Repulsa, will there even be a home to return to? It's the ultimate test of strength and will with an epic conclusion that will send ripples throughout the entire Mighty Morphin universe.



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Review: This ongoing comic series is sooooo good! It's absolutely my favorite comic series currently being made. Kyle Higgins has done an excellent job of breathing new, modern life into this very 90s franchise. 


This volume is the calm between two storms. Lord Drakkon seems to be handled, but we all know #ShatteredGrid is coming! I enjoyed seeing the rangers doing their status quo rangering. They're traveling around the world solving problems and doing good deeds. 

Bulk and Skull have a web show about the rangers. I like how this modern take includes things like this. We also get to see how the general media talks about the rangers. 

Saba is still present and the rangers are working to bring Zordon back. I like how much this timeline has diverged from the original series. I look forward to more surprises. 

The rangers' families also come into play in this series. We see Kim's parents. There's also even references to the Go Go series in a mention of Matthew. I haven't read the first Go Go volume yet, but I am excited to learn what's up with Matthew. 

Finster was always one of my favorite baddies. He's at the forefront of this volume, making things more difficult for the rangers. 

The 1969 Rangers!!! I wanted MORE! I love the concept of other rangers we don't know about. I wanted to have even more time with these characters. I wanted more personality. I wanted to learn their histories. I'm interested to see how this history comes into play in the next volume. 

At the end of this volume, there's another story about Squatt and Baboo. This time they're in a world of zords! This is another fun, short comic.

This volume may seem like a lot of setup, but it didn't drag for me at all. It was very exciting for me. I give this volume a 5/5. If you haven't read any of these comics, I highly recommend starting with volume 1. Some of the best comics out there!  


--PAUL