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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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Graphic Novel Review: 07-Ghost Volume #2

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07-Ghost Volume #2 by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara – Paperback, 200 pages – Published January 8th 2013 by VIZ Media LLC

This is the second installation in the 07-Ghost series. Teito-Klein is still at the Barsburg Church with the Bishops, learning about the battle between light and dark. His best friend, Mikage, was possessed by evil, his soul taken from him. Teito swears revenge, but the Bishops try to reason with him.

I don’t want to include spoilers, but the little dragon that’s introduced in this is the cutest thing ever. My boyfriend probably got fed up of me going on about it so much. I just found the whole idea of it coming along after Mikage’s death so damn adorable.

Again, I got pretty lost at times. This volume maybe wasn’t quite as confusing as the first, but it was still pretty all over the place (in my opinion). I think the art could be clearer and easier to follow – though I do love the art style. And it was easy enough to at least get the general gist of, so that’s good.

I’m hoping the next volumes will become even easier to follow. I like the idea and everything though so I think 3 stars is reasonable.

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