Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Graphic Novel Round Up

Full disclosure...I read some of these at the end of 2015, but I'm just getting around to reviewing them.  Oops!  Loved everything on the list though, and I highly recommend each and every one if you're looking for a new series to dive into just for fun.

Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire, (artist) Dustin Nguyen

One young robot's struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.  A rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey that pits humanity against machine, and world against world.  ~Goodreads Description

Jeff Lemire is one of my favorite graphic novel authors.  He's a master storyteller, and the artwork in Descender is fantastic.  TIM-21 follows in the footsteps of other fictional robots, like Wall-E and the Iron Giant, that tear at your heartstrings.  

The Fade Out #1 by Ed Brubaker (artist) Sean Phillips

An intricate and groundbreaking crime story on a level Brusker and Phillips have never tackled before, THE FADE OUT weaves a tangled web through the underbelly of a 1948 Hollywood....A noir film stuck in endless reshoots.  A writer plagued with nightmares from the war and a dangerous secret.  An up-and-coming starlet's suspicious death.  And a maniacal studio mogul and his security chief' who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the Post-War boom days come crashing down.  ~Goodreads Description

The Fade Out reminded me a lot of L.A. Confidential or Black Dahlia.  It really does have the feel of a 1940s Hollywood noir film included a slain starlet and a troubled screenwriter.  There's a nice mystery and plenty of thrills to keep you reading.  Can't wait to get my hands on the next couple of volumes.

Trillium by Jeff Lemire

It's the year 3797, and botanist Nika Temsmith is researching a strange species on a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space.

It's the year 1921, and renowned English explorer William Pike leads an expedition into the dense jungles of Peru in search of the fabled "Lost Temple of the Incas," an elusive sanctuary said to have strange healing properties.

Two disparate souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles.  Yet they will fall in love and, as a result, bring about the end of the universe.  ~Goodreads Description

Trillium was a little bit too trippy for my taste.  There is a storyline set in the future.  A storyline set in the past.  And a mystical Incan temple that allows for time travel and randomness.  Liked the artwork, but not the storyline nearly as much as Descender.  Still worth a read.

Giant Days by John Allison, (artist) Lissa Treiman

Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends.  Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves.  But in the face of handwringing boys, "personal experimentation," influence, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of "academia," they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.  ~Goodreads Description

Now, this one was quirky fun.  Susan, Esther, and Daisy live in the same dorm and have become fast friends.  Susan is kind of angry, Esther attracts drama, and Daisy is a sheltered homeschooler who is learning how to function in the big, bad world.  Each girl has a distinct personality and are equally flawed, and they are the best part of this series.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson, (artist) Adrian Alphona

From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she's been challenged.  But nothing has prepared her for this: the last days of the Marvel Universe.  Lucky she's go the help of Carol "Captain Marvel" Danvers!  Between teaming up with her personal hero to rescue her brother and trying to keep her city from falling into an all-out frenzy, Kamala has barely had time to come to terms with the face that the world is literally collapsing around her.  But the truth will catch up to her, and soon.  When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting?  Kampala knows the answer.  Let's do this, Jersey City.  ~Goodreads Description

Um, it's Ms. Marvel.  It's the awesome, Muslim, teenage superhero who has enough spunk to save the world.  Or at least she hopes she has enough spunk.  Things are kind of bad for our intrepid hero, and with the help of Captain Marvel, she has to learn that she can't save everyone.

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