Monthly Archives: July 2016

Orphan Black Helsinki by by Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy, Denton J. Tipton

Fans of the series will likely enjoy this tale of the Helsinki clones. For me, the lack of attention to detail, rather incoherent story and lack of a really strong story arc left a very flat experience. Orphan Black Helsinki … Continue reading

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Brace For Impact by Peter Pigott

Brace For Impact is a thorough but brief examination of air crash incidents and safety in Canadian history. Although some crashes outside of Canada are mentioned, most are purely for reference to laws, regulations, similar incidents, or pressures put on … Continue reading

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Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand

Sanderson is known for his intricate and original magic concepts and that creativity is definitely to be found in White Sand. And certainly the artwork is intricate and full of detail and originality. Yet taken as a whole, this never … Continue reading

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Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu , Sana Takeda

Monstress combines beautiful and intricate drawings with a very layered and nuanced story. But it is also extremely dense with answers to the many mysteries doled out very miserly. As such, it is both fascinating and disenfranchising at the same … Continue reading

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Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White is a lovely retelling of the classic fairy tale, this time placing the setting in 1920s New York City. Phelan cleverly updates several aspects of the tale while still keeping the sweetness of the inspiration material intact. Nearly … Continue reading

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Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey

Spells of Blood and Kin is a slow burn dark urban fantasy layered in tones of grief, depression, and inexorable loneliness. Author Humphrey throws out the book on urban fantasy; but at the same time, the oppressive darkness and anticlimactic … Continue reading

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The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

The Copper Promise is a dark but also quirky fantasy featuring very dry humor and a lot of violence. Those with a trigger about graphic torture might find it a bit much; granted, the humor and oafishness of the characters … Continue reading

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Gangsta Volume 7 by Kohske

Gangsta continues to impress with intricate storytelling haunting graphics, continually evolving plotlines. By this point in the story, it has gone very hardcore, with the ‘sex, drugs, violence’ reaching an apex that enhances rather than crushes the underlying pathos. Make … Continue reading

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Ten Count Volume 1 by Rihito Takarai

Ten Count is a very seductive read featuring interesting character development and quite a unique angle. Readers looking for a very mature story and nuanced characters will find much to love about this story of two very peculiar young men. … Continue reading

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World Trigger 11 by Daisuke Ashihara

World Trigger continues to be my favorite manga title – and this volume really shows why. We have not one but two rank wars going on – the first with Suwa/Arafune and then later in the volume against Nasu/Suzunari. Author … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 5 by Aya Shouto

Volume 5 continues Shouto’s storytelling excellence as we get to the point where Himari is deciding if she will admit her feelings to Aoi. At the same time, someone or something is meddling with the Ayakashi in very terrible ways. … Continue reading

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Honey So Sweet Volume 2 by Amu Meguro

I had wondered where Meguro would take the story since the couple ended up together in volume 1. But as with so many shoujo manga, it’s never a fait accompli when the couple gets together. This series is more about … Continue reading

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Haikyuu Volume 1 by Haruichi Furidate

Haikyuu has consistently showed up in a lot of my feeds from people who absolutely adore this title – and I can see why. From the exuberant hero, Shoyo Hinata, to his cranky uptight rival, Tobio Kageyama, we have the … Continue reading

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Bleach Volume 67 by Kubotite

The assault on the Shinigami world continues as Ywach is stopped cold by the leader of the Zero Squad – monk Ichibe Hyosube. With the power to erase names, he should be the best candidate to stop the Quincie advance. … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes!! Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori

With this second volume, it is clear that Behind the Scenes will be about showcasing a person and their life. Each of those vignettes will be about this happening: 1) introduce a person; 2) their quirk causes them a problem; … Continue reading

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Star Trek Manifest Destiny 1 by Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott

This first volume, which introduces a new storyline for the current Star Trek incarnation crew, is a short 24 pages that ends just as the action begins. The artwork captures the likenesses of the stars who play the crew nicely … Continue reading

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Broth and Stock by Jennifer McGruther

From the lengthy subtitle you get the full scope of this recipe book: directions for making non-greasy but rich broth as well as several recipes in which to use your new stock. The book is broken down by broth types … Continue reading

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A Quarrel Called by Shannon Wendtland

A Quarrel Called reminds me of the kind of book that would make a great comic but perhaps can feel underdeveloped in novel form. As written, with alternating and very brief viewpoints from four characters, it can be confusing and … Continue reading

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How To Talk To Girls At Parties by Gaiman, Moon, Ba

I imagine that if you like Ba, Moon, or of course Gaiman, then you’ll probably enjoy How to Talk To Girls At Parties. For me, something just didn’t work here in the partnership: too many of the nuances were lost … Continue reading

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Mythic Volume 1 Phil Hester, John McCrea

Mythic is all you would want in a graphic novel: intricate story, tongue in cheek humor, trenchant observations, and plenty of mayhem and destruction. And yet, it somehow also fails to juggle all those great points well; I wasn’t interested … Continue reading

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