Friday, May 1, 2015

Graphic Novel Round-Up...Again

It would appear that I read graphic novels in threes.  So that's what I'm going to continue to do.  I'm going to give you these here round ups as they happen :)  Graphic novels really are a great distraction from the reading doldrums.  If you get into a funk, you should check a few of these out!

The Wrenches
Author: Farel Dalrymple
Info: First Second, copyright 2014, 304 pages

They're strong, powerful, and if you cross them, things will quickly go very badly for you.  Only one thing scares them -- growing up  Because in the world of the Wrenches, it's only kids who are safe...anyone who survives to be an adult lives in constant fear of the Shadowsmen.  All the teenagers who come into contact with them turn into twisted nightmarish monsters whose minds are lost forever.

~Goodreads Description

I didn't get that at all from this one.  In fact, I didn't get anything at all.  I had absolutely no idea what was happening.  There were kids.  There were monsters.  There were strange people living in bunkers.  Don't know.  Maybe you will?

Peter Panzerfaust, Vol. 1: The Great Escape
Author: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Info: Image Comics, copyright 2012, 128 pages

A coming of age tale told through the eyes of a group of French orphans during World War 2 who are saved by a brave and daring American boy named Peter.  As they travel together, they get tangled up in the French Resistance in Paris, fighting a growing German presence under the leadership of a fanatical SS officer hell bent on wiping them out!  Using the Peter Pan story as a touchstone, Peter Panzerfaust reinvents familiar characters and plot elements in a unique and creative way.

~Goodreads Description

I don't like Peter Pan, but I do like Peter Panzerfaust.  The historical elements meld well with the fantastical as we meet a man named Peter who is brave and loyal to his friends.  A group of orphans is trying to get out of Calais, France and an evil German commander is his Hook.  The artwork is beautiful as well.  I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume.

Lazarus Vol. 1
Author: Greg Rucka
Info: Image Comics, copyright 2013, 106 pages

In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law.  A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains.  Forever Carlyle defends her family's holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus.  Shot dead defending the family home, Forever's day goes downhill from there...

~Goodreads Description

I need a little more backstory to really understand what's going on.  From what I understand though, a Lazarus is a robot of sorts that can rejuvenate (Lazarus...get it).  They're kind of a blunt object for the Families to use to rule.  Forever is kind of apart of a sucky family from what I gather, and I'm hoping she maybe fights back in future volumes.


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