Monday, September 29, 2014

Dave Dorman's Wasted Lands by Dave Dorman

This book started off so promising but at about the quarter mark it just fails to keep you engaged, it becomes sort of like this journals and then a bunch of short stories. The only reason this book scored high with me is that the pages with illustrations were awesome.

Rating 3 out of 5

Amulet, Vol. 6: Escape From Lucien (Amulet #6) by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet #6 continues to follow the journey of the stone keepers and Navin. 

The book is filled with action and adventures to keep young audiences engaged.

The illustrations are incredible and the color schemes are gorgeous; the book reads like a graphic novel, so it's not that long. This book is perfect for kids ages 7-9. The concept is so creative, it sort of feels like Lord of the Rings for young kids, so you know it will be good.

Rating 4 out of 5

Friday, September 26, 2014

Zaya by Jean-David Morvan and Huang-Jia Wei

This book was incredible, the art was to die for; it was innovative and creative and the attention to detail, just wow.

The story was also very engaging, very sad, but very captivating. The story follows Zaya a former Spiral agent that went into the reserves after having twins. When Zaya gets called in for a special assignment, things go bad and now she's in an alternate universe where she never existed. What follows is insanity that will have you flipping the pages non-stop. This is by far one of the graphic novels I've read in a while.

Rating 5 out of 5

Kamen Volume 2 by Gunya Mihara

22358934Now this one did get me mad, it traps you in with such an engaging story. Simba and everyone in her fort are in the middle of battle, Kamen is fighting a monster, the little girl disappear into the other world and the book ends.

This book picks up exactly where book 1 left off, so if you read them back to back like I did you get super engaged in the war. You want Simba to defeat the Zoh Army, you want to see what happens with Kamen and the mask and you want to know about the little girl and the other world.

The storyline and art continue in the same style as the first book and are consistent with manga style books. This book will definitely have you hoping that volume 3 comes out soon.

Rating 4 out of 5

Kamen Volume 1 by Gunya Mihara

Kamen ("The Masked Man") mysteriously wakes up in a field, he is wearing a mask that advises him and protects him.

22130441From there he is taken prisoner, his great power being revealed when he intervenes to save the lives of the innocent.

The general ruling the fortress where Kamen is taken to is a young and highly skilled general. Simba leads her men fearlessly and with much kindness that their loyalty is unwavering. She is the one that spares all the men in the fortress, when her uncle order's their execution.

The story is intriguing and engaging, it takes place in ancient Japan and the dialogue, characters and art are as you would expect in manga depicting war. I hated that it ended in a to be continued, but since I already had volume 2 ready to go I got over it quickly.

Rating 4 out of 5

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ash and the Army of Darkness by Steve Niles, Dennis Calero (Illustrations), Nacho Tenorio (Illustrations)

22129221Obviously, this isn't some like "oh my god" graphic novel or anything, but the reason I scored it so high is that entire book and story are written in true B-movie format and that right there warrants a good rating.

Ash is back to his own time or so he thinks until the dead start attacking again and he finds he is still in the dark ages. The illustrations were cool and the dialogue was hilarious; Ash was the same as in The Evil Dead movies, not only did he have his same annoying mannerism (you know, over confident ass), they even made Ash look exactly like Bruce Campbell, who played and voiced Ash in all other media.

I made me laugh that he is still a romance confused jerk that can forget a girl like nothing; at the beginning he is making out with Store Clerk Girl (we never get her name), she gets killed and he's all sad, then he gets captured and see's Linda's tormented spirit and he's like Linda the love of my life; then he see's Sheila and it's "I love you", "I've missed you", "We belong together". Like seriously dude make up your mind on who you love and at least remember them long enough. Normally this kind of stuff would make me be like what a jerk, but 80's movies where plagued with this kind of short romance, so it rocks that everything was kept authentic.

Rating 4 out of 5

Ciudad by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Fernando Leon Gonzalez (Illustrations), Eric Skillman (Illustrations)

22807864If I said this book was incredible I'd be lying, the dialogue was mediocre at best, there are only so many time you can use the F-bomb in a conversation before it's like "hey, you know there are more words in the English language right". 

The book is in black and white, which is okay given it's telling a gritty story. But, the characters leave a lot to be desired, Eva is the girl Tyler has been hired to rescue, there is no background or anything that would make you engage in their struggle and worse towards the end there's a scene where all of a sudden Tyler has feelings for Eva, which completely does not make sense or follow with the rest of the story.

By the end of the book I was so annoyed with the lack of direction that I wanted both Eva and Tyler to be captured and killed. This book tries to play off on all the cartel/mob related conflict in South America to bring a gritty story, but it failed and it's a shame because there was potential there, it just wasn't capitalized on.

Rating 2 out of 5