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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Death of Love

Another Edelweiss+ copy I downloaded. (There was a deadline on the files, hence the mass of Edelweiss+ reviews posted these past few days. It’s over now!)

Philo Harris really can’t get any girls, so he signs up for some class on being the ‘alpha’ that women biologically desire. He hangs out at a bar after with some other guys who had attended the class, giving the whole alpha thing a go. It doesn’t go particularly well for any of them… Then a stranger turns up offering pills. (Yeah. That’s never good.) Of course, the guys say no. But then Philo gets really, really, drunk, and decides to swallow one.

Bad. Decision.

After that, he can see cupids. Or cupidae. (Whatever.) And… He kills one.

BAD. DECISION.

Now they all want revenge. Philo turns to his friends for help, but they just assume he’s tripping on some dodgy drugs. Or gone crazy. They definitely don’t believe the cupids are real.

Until Philo doses their drinks and they are subjected to the angry little winged men in diapers, too.

Of course, they’re angry. But they don’t have time to argue; they have a HELL of a lot of cupids attacking them. And this ‘boss’ they keep talking about…? Yeah, he is not happy about all the cupids being killed.

This was a really funny novel! It was superbly written, fantastically drawn, and just great fun to read. There was clearly a lot of knowledge on the gods and ancient mythology, which really helped create depth and authenticity to the story. The characters were great, and Philo actually showed remarkable growth as a character. It contained a fair amount of language and some dirty humour, but I think it all fit really well. 4 stars.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Perdy Volume #1

Thanks again to Edelweiss+ for providing me with a copy of this!

This is a very different style of comic to anything I usually read. Firstly, it’s an old Western style comic. It’s also kind of a comedy; tons of dodgy jokes and sexual innuendos throughout. There’s also a lot of swearing and crass language.

The main character is Perdy, a woman a little past her prime, who is released from a 15-year prison sentence at the start of this book. As the cover suggests, Perdy is a big fan of sex. She uses her womanly charm to seduce men – or teach them a lesson, depending on the situation.

The story gets interesting when we meet Rose, a young woman running a flower shop in Petiteville. She also happens to be the daughter of Perdy. She is pursuing a new-found love interest when her mother returns to the scene, interfering with her relationship. As Rose becomes exceedingly irritated by her mother, we see into her past life. The book ends with Rose planning to get rid of her mother again.

I liked the sketchy style of the panels, as well as the handwriting-style font. The ‘voice’ of Perdy is really well-developed, and I am definitely interested in what’s happened between Perdy and Rose. I’m giving this 3.5 to 4 stars.

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Graphic Novel Review: Adventure Time Volume #2

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Adventure Time Volume #2 by Ryan North – Paperback, 218 pages – Published May 10th 2013 by Titan Comics

The second volume of Adventure Time comics! I loved it even more than the first!

So in these episodes, Finn and Jake go on a crazy time adventure, thanks to Princess Bubblegum’s amazing invention. At first, it’s all just a bit of fun – until PB decides the time machine is too dangerous and must be destroyed. Of course, Jake already had plans to use it and attempts to repair the machine. This leads to some strange outcomes…

The main characters in this volume are BMO and PB (other than Finn and Jake, of course). There are also mentions of several other characters, including a strange Finn-Jake hybrid named Tim. Oh, and there are a ton of robots. (Thanks, BMO.)

As usual, the graphics are superb. One of my favourite parts is still the “cover gallery” at the end, with alternate covers for each issue. I also like the little side-notes included at the bottom of some pages, often breaking the fourth wall and referring to the TV show. I do, however, sometimes feel like they’re trying a bit too hard to be funny. Eh, I might just be a picky reader.

I really do love these comics – they’re fun and enjoyable and relaxing to read. The art is lovely and the stories are just a bit of fun, really. Of course, there are some pretty meaningful morals hidden under all the jokes, too.

Easily 4.5 stars for this volume. Colourful and funny and unique!

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Book Review: And Another Thing…

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And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #6) – Paperback, 368 pages – Published May 27th 2010 by Penguin

I adored the first couple of books in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, and although this isn’t by the same author, I was still pretty excited to read it.

Colfer has managed to capture the voice of Adams incredibly well, including the same nonsensical tone and randomness that made the first books so popular. The main difference between the writers is the length of the book; this addition to the series is considerably longer than the originals.

All our favourite characters are back, including the mean green dude who’s insulting everyone in the universe. This guy, who we discover is named Bowerick Wowbagger, has a surprisingly important role in this novel.

Arthur, Random, Trillion, Ford and Zaphod are all causing havoc yet again, unintentionally as per usual. They find themselves on Nano, a new planet colonised by the last remaining Earthlings after the destruction of Earth. Thor becomes Zaphod’s client, the immortal Bowerick has his mind set on death, and Trillian finds herself strangely attracted to this suicidal being. So yeah, everything’s normal.

I did get a little lost and uninterested during certain parts about Nano, but some of the little bits of dialogue or subtle jokes are just fantastic. If you didn’t already know this was by a different author, you may not have even noticed.

I’m not sure the series needed to be six books long, as the best books are definitely the first couple. But none of the books in this series are bad, and are all worth reading in my opinion. Sometimes I wasn’t sure this book deserved more than 3 or 3.5 stars, but by the end I decided it should get 4.

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