Graphic Novel Review – Deadpool: The Complete Collection – Volume 1

17724777Title: Deadpool: The Complete Collection – Volume 1 by Daniel Way (writer), Steve Dillon (art), Matt Milla (colors) and Cory Petit (letters)
Genre: Graphic Novel – Superhero
Length: 472 pages
Format: Graphic Novel Trade Paperback
Publication Date: August 14, 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: 5/5

Daniel Way’s hilarious, action-packed run begins here! When the Merc with a Mouth is hired to rub out Wolverine, sparks will fly! But when both men can regenerate any wound in minutes, how can either one expect to finish off his foe? And whoever wins will have to face Wolverine’s murderous son, Daken! Then: The Skrulls have infiltrated Earth, but nobody warned them about Deadpool! The invaders replicate Deadpool’s healing factor in a new generation of Super-Skrulls – but why is Deadpool himself leading this brigade against Earth? And when Norman Osborn double-crosses Deadpool, the maniacal merc unleashes a full-on assault against Avengers Tower! Norman must pull out all the stops – and that means deploying his new team of bloodthirsty, black-ops Thunderbolts!

COLLECTING:

WOLVERINE: ORIGINS 21-25, DEADPOOL (2008) 1-12, THUNDERBOLTS 130-131 and DEADPOOL SAGA

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Happy Thursday!! So the Deadpool movie released over the weekend and in an effort to expand my slight knowledge on the inner workings of the character I decided to read Deadpool: The Complete Collection which is a trade volume that my husband for Christmas from a close friend of ours. I finished this over the weekend and am posting this a little later than I had originally planned to.

This volume was super fun to read. I had a lot of fun getting more familiar with Deadpool and getting to study his background, as well as be introduced to characters like Daken and the Thunderbolts, characters I had previously heard of but hadn’t really read about.

I would have to say that my favorite part was the piece that comes from Wolverine: Origins in which Deadpool is hired to kill Wolverine, an event in which he is ultimately duped. But truthfully, even though that one was my favorite I thought each story included in this collection was really good and worth a read, even the stories at the end. The real treasure I thought came from the pretty detailed account of Deadpool’s exploits and background included after the stories.

I highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about Deadpool or looking to explore more of the Marvel Universe. Definitely a great read before or after watching the Deadpool movie although, I do recommend that reading it before would be ideal. This collection is complete with Deadpool’s famous eccentricities and one liners. I think this collection definitely packs a great punch.

If you saw the movie this weekend, let me know your thoughts. I thought it was great and translated well onto screen, definitely truthful to the comic and character except I really wish his multiple personalities played a part in the movie, that definitely paints a more “crazy” picture of the character which I think is pretty important. It was hilarious and just all around good fun. Anyway, I hope all of you are having a great rest of the week. I have a few more reviews coming this week. It’s unfortunately been a slow reading month and although I am almost caught up to where I want to be!

Graphic Novel Review: Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon

105703Title: Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Niko Henrichon (Artist)
Genre: Fiction – Historical Fiction
Length: 136 pages
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: January 2, 2008
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Rating – 5/5

From one of America’s most critically acclaimed graphic novel writers – inspired by true events, a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War.

In his award-winning work on Y THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly’s 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq.

In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation – can it be given or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

Based on a true story, VAUGHAN and artist NIKO HENRICHON (Barnum!) have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.

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Good morning everyone! I am excited to share with you yet another graphic novel review. I know that I have been reading quite a few in the past week but after I read the last full length novel I reviewed I found myself in a little bit of a reading slump. I find that this sometimes happens to me when I a) read a really good book, b) read a really bad book, or c) when I’m a little stressed out with work or just life in general. I’d say that this particular occurrence of the dreaded “reading slump” occurred due to a little bit from column a and a little bit from column c. One way that I work through my reading slumps is to read some graphic novels or listen to some audiobooks so that is why you have seen a few more graphic novels than normal and why you will see a review later in the day tomorrow on an audiobook! Anyway, enough about that and onto my review of The Pride of Baghdad.

The Pride of Baghdad is a standalone graphic novel that is based on a true historical event thus satisfying the “Read a comic about a real life historical event” requirement for the Panels 2016 Read Harder Challenge. In 2003 during a bombing raid in Baghdad, four lions escaped the Baghdad Zoo. This graphic novel is the story of their escape and their short struggle to survive after it in a world that is hostile and war-torn…ultimately one that they don’t understand.

Going into this graphic novel, I really had no idea what to expect other than that I am a fan of what I have previously read from Brian K. Vaughan so my expectations were pretty high. I also could guess that seeing as how it was a perspective on war and it’s affects, the story would be somewhat sad and maybe tragic. Since I love animals so much, I knew that the possibility of my being pretty affected by it myself was pretty high as well.

The artwork was beautiful. I thought the landscapes were nicely done. The hope and then also, the devastation translated through the art so clearly. The facial expressions of the animals were all so detailed and striking, I found that they affected me profoundly which was really unexpected and some of that will stay with me forever.

For a large piece of the story I was convinced that I was going to give this a four star rating because I was enjoying it and there were definitely parts that impacted me a lot and made me think, it wasn’t until some of the last scenes that I knew that this would end up being a five for me. Only one other graphic novel has EVER moved me to tears (The Complete Maus) and this one is the second one to do that. It is really rare! I found myself crying and with a heavy heart. It was tragic…it was. It made me really sad and it just made me think about a lot of things like the impact of war, the value of life both human and animal, what animal liberation actually means and the impact of humanity’s ugly side on the rest of our nonhuman family living in the world with us. I can’t even handle this story.

I never knew that this was something that actually happened and I’m glad that I was able to experience the story, even if it is historical fiction and we may never know what those animals actually did or thought in the aftermath of their escape from the Baghdad Zoo. All I know is that the ending for me was just gutwrenching, but when it comes to kids or animals, I am a big baby.

I recommend this to anyone who loves graphic novels in general and is looking for something to read other than the standard superhero stories. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and if you do read it and it gives you sad feels like it did me, PLEASE come back here and let me know about it so we can be sad together.

Anyway, you will be seeing some posts in the upcoming days, probably an audiobook review tomorrow, a Top Ten Tuesday post and a few book reviews as well! I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday full of rest!

Happy Reading everyone!

Graphic Novel Review: Descender Book One: Tin Stars by Jeff LeMire and Dustin Nguyen

24970339Title: Descender Book One: Tin Stars by Jeff LeMire (Writer) and Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator)
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction
Length: 160 pages
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: September 9, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Rating – 5/5!

Ten Years after planet-sized robots called Harvesters appeared and wreaked havoc across the galaxy, a young android named TIM-21 wakes to find that all robots have been outlawed. But TIM may hold the secrets to the Harvesters in his machine DNA and he quickly becomes the most wanted robot in the universe. With bounty hunters and threats lurking at every turn TIM embarks on a mind-blowing adventure through the stars along with his robot dog, Bandit, and the lumbering mining droid, Driller.

images I have been wanting to read this graphic novel for what seems like forever! I have had it on my wish list ever since I first saw it before it was actually released. I don’t know exactly why it took me so long to finally order it and read it but I am glad that I did.  I didn’t really start exploring the science fiction genre until a few years ago when a close friend of mine gave me a copy of Ender’s Game for Christmas and ever since then I have fallen in love with the genre in pretty much all formats so naturally, a science fiction graphic novel totally appealed to me.

I can’t recall whether I have read a graphic novel with watercolor illustrations but I really enjoyed the watercolor illustrations in this one. I felt like it was really easy to understand the story due to the use of color changes from past events versus current events. I appreciated that distinction and thought it  was overall just really well done.

I feel like I hyped this one up for myself SO much. When I first read the synopsis online, I knew it was something that I might enjoy and boy, did I ever! There were parts of this graphic novel that made my heart just so sad and it was just really gripping all the way through.

I feel like the amount of hype I gave myself for this graphic novel was pretty well deserved. I ended up giving it a five star rating on Goodreads as I ended up really loving it. The story is interesting and really affected me. Throughout the story we follow Tim-21, a young robot boy who lived with a human boy and his mother as the boy’s robot companion. Although Robot’s are understood to not exist quite like humans do emotionally and mentally, Tim-21 becomes a part of the family. Something goes wrong and he awakes to find himself alone in a world that is hostile to robots, especially his particular type of robot and he just may be the key to solving the mystery of what went wrong while he was asleep.

I don’t even think that begins to sum up the plot but I didn’t want to reveal too much about it. There is alot going on below the surface and there seems to be alot of politics and interplanetary relations involved, as well as some character background that plays really vital roles in the plot and everything that has happened up to this point. It also goes deeper and brings forth the question of whether artificial life forms can have souls and dreams. Also, questions like whether they can love or feel human motions or also, what would happen to their soul when they expired. Do they even have souls? Super, super good! I cannot wait to continue this graphic novel series…I am definitely highly anticipating the second volume which is being released April 19, 2016. You better believe I have that baby on pre-order! I thought that the writing was thoughtful and engaging…I loved that each issue ended on a really great cliffhanger, especially the last one! This series is so good already but has SO much potential…I can’t wait to see what happens with the Harvesters, the resistance, Tim-21 and just literally everything and everyone that we have encountered so far. I highly recommend this to every one!

(p.s. Isn’t the cover just gorgeous?)

Happy Reading everyone!

Book Review: X-23, Volume 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M. Liu and Alina Urusov

9593394Title: X-23, Volume 1: The Killing Dream
Genre:  Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Page count: 152
Format: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: April 20, 2011
Rating – 5/5

X-23 has spent her short life being used by those in power, from the military to the X-Men. But when she is forced to confront a being who can control her life with nothing but a thought, will X-23 finally learn how to fight — not for others, but herself? Guest-starring NYX! COLLECTING:X-23 #1-6

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Lately I’ve been trying to read through some of the graphic novels I have laying around the house and in my ereader. I’m addicting to buying books (and maybe just buying things in general) so I have a mountain of books and graphic novels both in physical, as well as electronic format just waiting for me to read them. This was one of those graphic novels that I’ve had on my TBR list for awhile but just hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet. It also helps that I’m participating in the Graphic Novel challenge as well so that gave me an extra push to finally dig into this one!

I had previously heard that X-23 is Wolverine’s daughter and that made me excited to read her background. X-23 is actually a female clone of Wolverine. She was created and raised in a lab by doctors and was trained as an assassin. Her assassin training began when she was VERY young and it was pretty brutal. There is a specific scent that triggers her berzerker rage where she basically goes crazy and kills pretty much everything in her path. Her story is tragic because she ends up killing the person who cared about her the most and that she sees as her mother figure when she was at the lab. This specific collection of comics takes place after X-23 has served time on X-Force and she is struggling to fit in amongst her peers due to her past experiences as an assassin and on Xforce. She also isolates herself due to her feeling used as a weapon…she’s resentful towards her mother and Xforce because of this and she ends up going off by herself, followed by Gambit. X-23 seems to find solace in her father-daughter relationship with Wolverine until she starts having dreams about him in hell which I think corresponds to a wolverine series so I’m going to look into those.

Overall, I really enjoyed this graphic novel…I liked the story arcs and I loved the illustrations. It was definitely violent and bloody, which served to illustrate how lethal X-23 can be and the weapon that she was trained to be. I am super interested in reading more about her and her struggle with whether she has a soul and if she does, if it is good. I am interested in seeing the relationship between her and wolverine develop and what the “wolverine goes to hell” connection does to this relationship. I’m also interested in seeing the dynamics of her relationship with the x-men and Gambit play out. This was a really good introduction to X-23 for me and I will definitely be picking up the subsequent volumes! Can’t wait to read more!