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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Superman Action Comics Volume #2: Welcome to the Planet

Superman Action Comics Volume 2: Welcome to the Planet

Superman Action Comics (Action Comics III, Volume #2 – DC Universe Rebirth) Volume #2: Welcome to the Planet by Dan Jurgens – eBook, 130 pages – Published by DC Entertainment (first published May 30th 2017)

Another great comic, featuring some of our favourite people – including Clark Kent, Superman (no, they’re not the same person), Lois, Jon and even Superwoman.

Carrying on from the previous volume, we’re waiting to discover who this new Superman is after the original Superman’s death, not to mention the mysterious Clark Kent who’s turned up too. And tying into Superwoman, Lana is still mourning the death of her friend when the replacement Lois turns up.

I’ve found this plot really intriguing – what happened to Superman and Lois Lane? Where have all these “replacements” come from?

The first issue(s) in this volume touch(es) on Lex becoming the new Superman, featuring several other famous heroes. Again, this ties in to Superwoman.

I love Jon, and it’s nice to see Lois and Clark/Superman making themselves a little life together. And I like how the different Clarks and Lois’ have their little differences as characters, despite technically being the same people. And Jon is trying to cope with the change in lifestyle, with this whole new world.

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I think this is a really interesting story currently. It’s a good comic in general, and I plan to keep up with it. 4 stars.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Blue Beetle Volume #1: The More Things Change

The More Things Change

Blue Beetle (DC Universe Rebirth) Volume #1: The More Things Change by Keith Giffen – eBook, 146 pages – Published by DC Entertainment (first published May 10th 2017)

I really didn’t know much about this comic before. All I knew about Blue Beetle is that my boyfriend pointed out how he, in Injustice 2, has a face like Groot. I just can’t unsee it now.

Another teen hero – but one that was not raised into the role. Jaime Reyes has a strange beetle attached to his back, found by him and his friends. With the “help” of Ted Kord, Jaime goes into some pretty interesting scenarios, playing hero. And then Doctor Fate makes an appearance, warning them about the scarab being “unreliable”. Extensive tests on Jaime bring to light what is happening to him.

He runs into The Posse, a gang who are well-acquainted with Jaime’s mother. And then Mordecai shows up, threatening Mrs Reyes’s life. But it’s not her he’s after.

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I won’t lie, I kind of had no idea what exactly was happening half the time. I liked the banter and humour in this – especially with Ted Kord – but I couldn’t really keep up with the main plot. Maybe if I read more, I’ll understand what’s going on. I’m not sure. 3 stars for this.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Supergirl Volume #1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen

Reign of the Cyborg Supermen

Supergirl (DC Universe Rebirth) Volume #1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen by Steve Orlando – eBook, 166 pages – Published April 4th 2017 by DC Entertainment

I went on a little comic spree yesterday and this is my favourite of the three I read. It was my first introduction to the Supergirl series, and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more!

Kara Zor-El, the cousin to Superman, is sent to Earth while her home city is dying. She;s given a secret identity, a human life to lead under the name of Kara Danvers. Her human parents try to help her settle in and live like a normal human, going to school with other teens and even learning to drive a car. But then her father – who she thought was dead – returns, with some strange new (and very modern) changes.

I love Kara as a character. She’s a sassy teen, but she also has so much more going on. She’s from a whole different planet, she lost her parents (twice, now) and has to make decisions that no teenager could ever dream of.

And the art style in this is a bit different to other comics – more sketchy, kind of sharper. I liked it.

The overall plot was really good – Kara’s dad, Zor-El, is trying to rebuild Argon for her. But his visions are twisted, and he’s causing harm to Kara’s new family while trying to bring back her old one.

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This was easily one of my favourite comics I’ve read. 5 stars. It was so interesting and exciting and I just love Kara’s character so much.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Superwoman Volume #1: Who Killed Superwoman?

Superwoman Volume #1: Who Killed Superwoman?

Who Killed Superwoman? (Superwoman: DC Universe Rebirth Volume #1) by Phil Jimenez – eBook, 170 pages – Published May 9th 2017 by DC Entertainment (first published April 4th 2017)

I finished this ARC this morning, just one day before the file expires. Oops.

So the protagonist of this novel is Lana Lang – probably a lesser-known character from the DC Universe. She, along with the infamous Lois Lane, doubles as a Superwoman – protecting the city now that Superman is gone. Of course, they still have Lex Luthor playing Superman, but he seems to be bringing more trouble than good.

I won’t ruin it for any potential readers, but I will tell you this: Lex’s past is really coming back to haunt him now. After all these years, there appears to be a new Luthor on the block…

My favourite part of this was Lana’s battle with anxiety. Yeah, I know, I always point out stuff like that. But this was really good – I found it so relatable at times. It was so refreshing to see a big superhero character have human issues like anxiety.

And I actually found myself feeling kinda sorry for Lex. He was only trying to help (though I suppose we all know the road to Hell is paved with good intentions).

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I really liked this volume. The art was great, the plot interesting, and the characters relatable. 4 out of 5 stars. A series I’ll be reading more of.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Adventure Time Volume #6

Adventure Time Volume 6

Adventure Time Vol. #6 by Ryan North – Paperback, 128 pages – Published April 3rd 2015 by Titan Comics

Another fun little read from Titan Comics. There’s not much that’s new to talk about here – Finn, Jake and their friends are off on more colourful adventures, this time involving ghosts. The characters will mostly all be familiar from the show and previous comics, except for a new foe here and there.

The art is as bold and wonderful as always, and the stories are all just as fun as usual. There’s even the theme of mistakenly generalising negative beliefs across a whole community, which is such a relevant lesson for people to learn in this world.

There isn’t much else to say about this, but I definitely recommend these comics for a nice, light read sometimes. I’m revising for exams currently and have loved relaxing with this. They’re appropriate to every age group – kids will love it, and the YA community are crazy about this franchise. Just because it may be a “kid’s” story, I think anyone can appreciate them.

4 stars! A bit of fun, with important lessons intertwined. I love these.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Batman: Night of the Monster Men

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I should really try and read comics in order a bit more…

I believe this is the first crossover of DC Universe: Rebirth? It’s also Batman Vol. III #1.5.

Batman: Night of the Monster Men

Batman: Night of the Monster Men (DC Universe Rebirth, Batman Vol. III #1.5) – eBook (Review Copy), 153 pages – Published March 21st 2017 by DC Entertainment

There are tons of great characters in this, mostly featuring Batman (duh), Batwoman, Nightwing, Orphan, Spoiler, Clayface, Gotham Girl and even Dr. Strange. Pretty great line-up, I think!

So the plot of this volume is monsters, as you may have guessed from the title. Genetically engineered monsters, developed from human corpses. But the dead aren’t the only ones affected by the creation; an algae-like substance is sending civilians insane with rage. And the costumed heroes aren’t immune to it, either…

The crew have to protect the citizens of Gotham, and Gotham Girl is intent on helping – even if she isn’t quite well enough yet. But why has Dr. Strange picked these particular people to turn into monsters? And why is he aiming them at Batman?…

I absolutely loved how it turned out to be “Batman’s monsters” (I won’t spoil it for anyone who wants to read it, but it’s really clever I think). The characters are as good as always, but there isn’t much personal life included in this (but it is a superhero story, I guess.) There’s a lot of action, as you’d expect, as well as some careful calculations, biology and physics. A really good volume! 4 stars out of 5.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Superman, Action Comics Volume 1: The Path of Doom

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I’ve not read that much about Superman, but my boyfriend has kept me updated on the plot. That background knowledge really helped when reading this volume, as it was pretty confusing.

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Superman Action Comics Volume 1: Path of Doom (Action Comics Vol. III, #1) – 128 pages – Published February 17th 2017 by DC Comics

The start took me by surprise; Lex Luthor as Superman, following the death of Clark. What’s he doing as Superman, though? What are his true motives?

One thing to remember with this is that DC have several universes, meaning there are different Clarks/Supermans on different worlds. And this issue involves a Superman who is not on his home planet, and an extra Clark that nobody was expecting…

I love Clark’s little family, and the way it’s affected by his being Superman and everything. There wasn’t much in this volume of the family together, though, as it is mainly based on the fight between Superman, Lex, Wonder Woman and Doomsday.

I would’ve liked more explanation in here on the whole situation with all the different Supermans, but I haven’t read any previous issues so I suppose they might explain it. (Maybe I’ll ask my boyfriend about it.)

One thing I haven’t yet mentioned is the mysterious figure commentating on the battle, even intervening and stealing Doomsday away. I’m really interested to see where that’s going.

As usual, the art is awesome. It’s not my favourite comic, but I still enjoyed it. 3.5 stars.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad Volume 1: The Black Vault

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I actually read (and own) one of the issues in this volume already, but reading them all together like this was a lot better.

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Suicide Squad Volume 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) – 161 pages – Published 7th March 2017 by DC Entertainment

So this is obviously following the Suicide Squad, a group of villains and criminals pulled together by Amanda Waller. Their mission, under the code name Task Force X, is to remove some galactic matter from within Russian grounds.

When introducing the members, Waller adds some humorous details on them. I really liked the little details thrown in throughout. And the relationships between the different characters are pretty good, too.

On this misson, they acquire Hack and end up running into General Zod and tons of other evil dudes. Not to mention the huge army of Russian dudes attacking them from the outside…

I absolutely love Harley in this. She’s a great character! But I like how several characters have their backgrounds pulled forward, too, including Harley. I always really enjoy finding out about their pasts, and what made them who they are now. This volume includes the backstory of Katana, Harley, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang.

I think this is one of my favourite volumes of comics. The characters are awesome, the fight scenes are great – and the art is amazing. I think it deserves 5 stars.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps Volume 1: Sinestro’s Law

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This was my first proper insight into the world of the Green Lantern Corps, which maybe meant I wasn’t prepared/up to date with the background information but oh well. (Thankfully my boyfriend is a major comic book nerd and has briefed me on most things.)

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1: Sinestro’s Law (Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps #1) – eBook (Review Copy) – Published February 14th 2017 by DC Entertainment

After the disappearance of the Green Lantern Corps, leaving just Hal Jordan behind, the universe has been taken under Sinestro’s Corps. Everyone is convinced they’re doing good… But then Sinestro is revived at near-death point and takes over control completely.

Hal is Sinestro’s target, but the rest of the Green Lanterns come back and get in his way. With the power harvested from both the Parallax and fear, Sinestro’s battle with Hal and the Lanterns is brutal.

I wasn’t quite as interested in this one as I was with Batman, even though I love the Green Lanterns. I’m not quite sure why – maybe it’s because I’m not as familiar with the previous events as I’d like to be. Either way, I just didn’t follow the story all that well.

The ending, however… DC do a great job of leaving you in the dark. Hal?! He can’t be dead… right? Cliffhangers!

And as usual, the art is great. Clear colour schemes for the battles of green v. yellow, and tons of action. Not quite as much in terms of character relationships, but some of the characters were so sassy and funny.

I’m only going to give this 3.5 stars though, as it didn’t intrigue me quite as much as the Batman Detective Comics.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Adventure Time Volume #5

Adventure Time Volume #5

Adventure Time Volume #5 by Ryan North – Paperback, 128 pages – Published June 2014 by Titan Comics

Just a quick review of this, as it’s pretty similar to all the previous volumes.

Familiar characters dominate the stories as usual, including Jake, Finn, BMO, Princess Bubblegum, Ice King, Marceline and even Lemongrab. The relationships between the characters are nice in this, especially regarding PB and Marceline.

The stories are funny, weird and super enjoyable, full of humour and colour and adventure (duh). The fourth wall is, of course, practically nonexistent, as the commentary along the bottom of the pages addresses the audience directly. It really immerses you in the world of Finn and Jake, as well as adding another layer of humour. The commentary makes these comics unique from most others.

The art is awesome. I still love looking through the gallery of covers at the end. The colours are so vivid and the styles are all so wonderful. It’s one of the nicest comics to just look at.

Of course, it is kinda childish. But it’s an easy and relaxing read, and there are some very subtle jokes and comments that only older readers will understand.

4 stars. It’s a really fun read, and I love all the characters so much!

Go and grab a copy here.

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