Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: Deathstroke, Volume 1: The Professional

Deathstroke, Volume 1: The Professional Deathstroke, Volume 1: The Professional by Christopher J. Priest
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received an eARC copy of this graphic novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I loved the artwork. The characters were drawn vividly and the color really jumps out and is pleasing to the eye.

But. The story? Eh. There were good moments, but overall it was pretty disjointed. Even within each issue, the storyline jumps from past to present to not as past but more past than present to kinda present to huh?

And, where I though this was a reboot of sorts, it did not help a new reader (me) to understand who was who or who was in relation to each other and whatnot. I'd recently read another Rebirth title, Suicide Squad, Volume 1: The Black Vault, and very much got the feeling that it was meant as an introduction to the team and characters. This one seemed to require a good bit of prior knowledge of who Slade Wilson is and how he relates to the side characters.

I do find Slade interesting, but would like a more linear way of learning about him. All I knew going in was what I'd seen on Arrow and a brief appearance with The New Suicide Squad during the New 52.



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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: The Mirror’s Truth

The Mirror’s Truth The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I probably need some time to process.

"There are no myths or monsters, just things people haven't hallucinated recently."


Well, that was fun. It's actually a bit disturbing that I get these books so well. Does that mean I'm sane, or quite the opposite? Perhaps my own delusions help me understand how this world works. Perhaps the mirror knows, but will it tell me truth?

As a concept, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it, and it's so perfectly executed. I'm being a bit vague, I know. But really these books are better experienced without too much knowledge going in. There is just so much to discover.

Let's just say I'm a fan.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: The Collapsing Empire

The Collapsing Empire The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a lot of fun. Scalzi is really becoming one of my favorite writers, as his work is so readable yet so full of ideas. His science is plausible and he tells it in a way that an ordinary person can understand. He takes serious situations and balances them with snarky dialogue and humor. I wouldn't call his work comedy, but there is enough humor in it to keep it upbeat most of the time.

This is the beginning of a new series, and this first book shows such great promise. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Suicide Squad (2016-) Vol. 1: The Black Vault

Suicide Squad (2016-) Vol. 1: The Black Vault Suicide Squad (2016-) Vol. 1: The Black Vault by Rob Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love Suicide Squad. I can't say why, I just do. Probably the whole anti-hero thing and gray morality and dark humor rolled up into a super hero being team I can get behind. I even liked the film, despite everyone instructing me to dislike it.

And you know, I just freakin' adore Harley Quinn.



Now this particular collection was enjoyable to me as a re-reboot in the Rebirth era of the Reboot-not-a-Reboot DC Universe that comes after the actual Reboot that was the New 52. Huh?? Yeah, what I said. Regardless to the backstory/reboot/restart status of the series, this was a great introduction to the series. A new reader would be able to follow what's going on. I did notice that the team makeup is very similar to that of the film, and I suspect that is an audience they are trying to appeal too. Not entirely, though.

I did feel it was a bit short. The intro mission itself was wrapped up, but finished up a lot sooner than I expected. I will say that I enjoyed the short backstory pieces on the individual members, though they didn't cover everyone....at least not in this collection.

Definitely up for the second one.

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