Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Pure Insanity

Pure Insanity Pure Insanity by Sean Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher.

3.5 stars. I enjoyed this pretty well, though it felt like the beginning of something (which it was) that never really got off the ground like it has the potential to. Well, it gathers the first 8 issues of the New Suicide Squad, and perhaps it is with further issues that I would really become invested in the story a bit better.

Now, I should note that this is my first reading experience with the Suicide Squad. It does seem like a decent entry point, moving forward. What with the New 52 DC reboot and the reforming of the Squad itself. But my concern at this point is the suddenly shifting lineup change. Is this normal and expected of Suicide Squad? I know it happens with many of the super teams, and with this one being made up of criminals I imagine it might happen more often. It just seemed like a certain lineup was advertised and it was of a different makeup before this reader was fully on board with the idea. This isn't a criticism, but an observation as to perhaps why I didn't give it more starage.

But all in all, I enjoyed the artwork and the story itself. The characters were interesting as well as being somewhat bastards. I'd definitely look into continuing this story.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review - Batman: Arkham Knight Volume I

Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1 by Peter J. Tomasi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley.

Well, this was a decent Batman story, and a good way to kill a couple of dead hours this afternoon. I guess it's supposed to tie in to the new Arkham Knight game, but since I don't play these things, I missed any direct references to that. Still, a Batman story. Not as good as some of the Scott Snyder penned recent Batman titles that I've read, but worth the time nonetheless.

I did struggle with some of the assumed Bat-lore knowledge one would expect from a hard core fan. But then, I'm only a passing fan of the Bat at best. Once more, Snyder handled this better in his works.

Am I interested in continuing? Probably not, unless I got another free copy.

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