Comic Book Wednesday: Captain Midnight #0

Comic Book Wednesday is a now a bi-weekly, hopefully, feature I created to talk about the comics I am reading. It has gone through many different revisions already, though this one should be the last (fingers crossed). As of now I will be talking about my first impressions on a series after reading the first issue.
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Captain Midnight
Title: Captain Midnight #0
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Victor Ibanez & Pere Perez
Colors: Ego
Letters: Nate Piekos
Covers: Raymond Swanland (front) and Steve Rude (back)
Publisher: Dark Horse (2013)
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Synopsis:
A genius inventor, Jim Albright was one of the world’s greatest minds and one of America’s great intellectual resources. Prohibited from officially enlisting, his intelligence too great an asset to risk, Albright became Captain Midnight, a mysterious hero who would suddenly appear in the nick of time to help the Allies in battle against the Nazis.
In 1944, he disappeared…  
(Description from the inside of the cover)
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My Thoughts:
The reason I picked up Captain Midnight was because his character description and past reminded me of a combination of Marvel heroes Iron Man and Captain America, so I was expecting to be pretty impressed and I was. Captain Midnight  certainly seems like he is going to be an interesting character with his smarts and habit of attacking at midnight, not to mention him having to adapt to a new time period. As far as other characters go, I really hope Rick, an aviator pilot and Captain Midnight Fanatic, end up having a major or at least a recurring role.
This issue certainly packs on the mystery! What did the piece of technology that the Secret Squadron was protecting do and what is the ‘truth’ Joyce Ryan was talking about? I’m looking forward to it all unraveling in later issues!
Would I continue this series?: Yes. Yes, I would.
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My Thoughts On: Hollowed by Kelley York

Hollowed

Title: Hollowed (first book in the Half Light Saga)

Author: Kelley York

Publisher: Smashwords

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Synopsis:

All 18-year-old Briar Greyson wanted was to figure out this whole living-away-from-your-parents thing. Apartment, steady job, cool roommate? Check. Noah, her adorable (albeit elusive) boyfriend? Check. Everything in the life of Briar was pretty good.

Then she and her roommate are attacked on their way home one night. Briar wasn’t supposed to survive.

Instead, according to the two guys who saved her, she’s turning into the things that attacked her: a vampire. Totally crazy and Not Okay. Now Noah’s secrets are coming to light, and he wants Briar dead. Then there are the vampires who attacked Briar to lure out her sister.

Her sister…who died years ago. 

(Didn’t she?)

The city’s body count is rising, and Briar wants to help put a stop to it. But first, she has to figure out who the real enemy is: the vampires, the boy she loves, or the sister she thought she’d lost. (Goodreads)

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There is a ton I could say about Hollowed by Kelley York (author of Hushed), but the first thing I want to write is, that despite it being a paranormal romance (and to some that may or may not be a bad thing), it is a very good book. I will admit the main character, Briar, bothered me sometimes like a mosquito buzzing in my ear and trying to drink my blood leaving behind an uncomfortable itch and this was mainly because I felt like there were a few times were she was kind of pointing fingers. She was calling people out for their ‘five year old behavior’ when a good number of her own actions and reactions were no better. Outside of this I did like Briar (and she did kind of have some leeway for her actions), she redeemed herself in my eyes frequently with her rather spunky attitude though, I admit, it took awhile. The other characters were all great, especially Oliver, Daniel, and Fred. They were all very rounded and had personalities and pasts that really made me feel for them.

The story itself was predictable at times, yet that in no way made it less enjoyable. The best parts, I think, contained Oliver. That boy had me gushing and I hope to see a lot more of him in the future books. Kelley York has proven to me that she is close to a master at story telling, but my initial dislike of Briar and to some extent her relationships left me in a limbo for a tiny bit. Still, I eagerly await the next book in the Half-Light saga.

Rating: 4 bites out of 5

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Other Reviews for this Author:

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Hushed

My Thoughts On: Clover by Clamp (Complete Series, Spoilers)

Clover 1

Title: Clover (1-4)

Author: Clamp

Publisher: Tokyopop

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Synopsis:

“Kazuhiko is a young, but already deeply wounded black ops agent of a baroque, retro-tech future – pulled out of retirement to escort Sue, a mysterious waif, to a destination she alone knows. Sue and Kazuhiko have never met, yet she knows him, having grown up since the age of four with her only human contact, two distant voices: that of her elderly “grandma,” General Ko, and of Kazuhiko’s dead girlfriend, Ora. And Sue has been kept in that cage all these years because of what she is, and what the Clover Leaf Project found her to be – a military top secret, and the most dangerous person in the world!” –  (Goodreads)

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WARNING: Possible Spoilers Ahead

Clover is a four volume manga series by Clamp and a series I was much looking forward to. However, sadly, it was rather lackluster. The art, while beautiful, was very sparse. I think I can see where Clamp was going with that and sometimes it really worked to convey the emotion of the characters, but it really ended up leaving things rather dry more than not. The story itself is supposed to be taking place in a futuristic type world, but the art hardly shows that at all and you’re left in a time limbo.

Now that I mentioned the story, let’s talk more about that. In short it was lacking. It didn’t have the depth I was hoping for at all. That’s not to say that it was horrible, it just felt very generic at points. The first two volumes follow Sue and Kazuhiko as the latter escorts the former to place she wants to go. Sue, is a government secret and they are attacked rather frequently on there journey. The two characters are hardly developed and there is so much singing that I feel a lot of story that could have been told just wasn’t. Volumes 3 & 4 are basically prequels to volumes 1 & 2. Volume 3 shows the previous romantic relationship Kazuhiko was in and Sue’s connection to it, while Volume 4 centers around Gingetsu and Ran and how they meet. In light of this I would recommend this reading order:

Volume 4

Volume 3

Volume 1

Volume 2

For me, Volume 4 was certainly the highlight of the series. I wish it was more about Gingetsu and Ran rather than Kazuhiko and Sue as they are just more interesting. Now, if they had used all four volumes to tell the story of Kazuhiko’s and Sue’s journey to Sue’s happiness instead of just the first two than I feel the story would have been better, more solid. There would certainly be more substance to it anyway.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad series, but it didn’t really bring anything new to the table. I was actually rather disappointed as I usually really like Clamp (not including the ending of Wish). I would recommend this series to people whom have already experienced some of Clamp’s other work, but if you are new to them or manga itself I would suggest checking out something else by them first like Kobato or Card Captor Sakura.

Clover 3

Rating: a solid 3 out of 5

Comic Book Wednesday: Post #5

Comic Book Wednesday is a weekly post where I will talk about comics I am reading or have read and will also contain the comic purchases I made over the week.

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Title: Mighty 7: Issue #1

Concept: Stan Lee

Writers: Tony Blake, Paul Jackson, and Stan Lee

Artists: Alex Saviuk, Bob Smith, John Workman, and Tom Smith

Publisher: Stan Lee Comics

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Quick Thoughts:

I picked up the first issue of Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 on a whim while making my weekly adventure to the comic store. Honestly, I’m not sure how I felt about this issue. In some aspects I liked it, but on others I just felt kind of ‘meh.’ Of course, this is just the first issue and I can see this series getting better as it progresses, so I think I am going to continue it for another issue or two before deciding if I am going to drop it or not. (I already have a ton of series I am following.)

I really liked the idea that the story is taking place in a fictional ‘real time,’ so people whom we are familiar with are incorporated with the fictional characters. The characters themselves, obviously, haven’t had much revealed about them yet, but it does appear that Blastok will have a very interesting back story. I need to know why he is no longer part of the task force. I also really liked how the story jumped from Stan Lee’s point of view on earth to that of the superhero characters in space and I’m eager to see how they will combine together in issue two.

I’m hoping that this comic and these heroes turn out to be just as great as Spider-Man or Iron Man. I can already feel a difference between the ‘classic’ heroes and these new guys and I wonder what surprises they will bring in the future. At least, I am hoping they will bring surprises and not turn stale anyway.

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What I Got This Week:

Nothing new this week. I worked today, so I didn’t have time to go pick up any comics. 😦

My Thoughts On: In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

Title: In a Glass Grimmly

Author: Adam Gidwitz

Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books

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Synopsis:

Take caution ahead—
Oversize plant life, eerie amphibious royalty, and fear-inducing creatures abound.

Lest you enter with dread.
Follow Jack and Jill as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true.

Step lively, dear reader . . .
Happily ever after isn’t cutting it anymore. –

(Goodreads) 

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When I heard Adam Gidwitz was coming out with another novel I knew I had to have it. In fact, I nearly cried with joy when I finally had the book in my hands. It’s absolutely gorgeous looking. I’m mean, come on, just look at that cover! Anyway, back to the subject at hand. This book is a companion book to Adam Gidwitz’ first book, A Tale Dark and Grimm, so that means you can read them in any order you like. You don’t have to know anything about the first book in order to read the second, which is kind of nice.

Jack and Jill are two cousins that leave their homes after two separate and horribly scarring events. They team-up with a talking frog named, Frog and when they eventually accept a quest from a shady old woman the adventure begins. They end up going through several different trails in order to, hopefully, complete the quest they have been given, none of which are a cake walk.

Now, Jack and Jill are not as likable as Hansel and Gretel from the author’s first novel, A Tale Dark and Grimm, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t likable at all. Again I found myself liking the male protagonist a bit more than the female as Jill bothered me for a tiny while. However, their time on page also seemed to be more even than it was for their predecessors. Though there trails didn’t seem as horrible (not that they were anything to sneeze at).

The ending, sadly, was kind of disappointing for me. That’s not to say it was a horrible ending per say, it was okay. I just wanted more of the emotional impact family-wise that I was expecting and looking forward to. It felt that, in some ways, it really built up for it, but when everything was said and done fell kind of flat. I was happy about what Jack and Jill received in the end, which was a nice experience. I still love how the author inserts comments throughout the story!

Overall, this novel was quite good and I was pleased with it. I think it lived up well to the last book (though slightly below) and I’m glad that I got the chance to read it. I would recommend this book to anyone how likes fairy tales, especially the ones that aren’t polished and cleaned of bloodshed and other gruesome things (like vomit and stomach acid). In a Glass Grimmly is a quick, fun, and easy read. It pulls you in and makes you wish that you had a three-legged frog companion named, Frog.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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 Other Reviews for This Author:

A Tale Dark and Grimm

Comic Book Wednesday: Post #4

Comic Book Wednesday is a weekly post where I will talk about comics I am reading or have read and will also contain the comic purchases I made over the week.

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I, unfortunately, did not get any comic reading done this week, but I did get tons of new stuff! I’m really excited about all my new comics and hope to get some wonderful comic reading done in the next week. I am not really sure how that will work out with Thanksgiving and Magical Friday both happening, but I am going to try. Also, I am hoping to have another book review up this week as well. Anyway, on to the new comics!

I got several back issues on top of the recently released stuff this week. I’ve been trying to catch up on The Avenging Spider-Man series and I just had to have Iron Man: The End when I saw it.  I have a hard time resisting Iron Man things, I even got a decal for my car this week that reads, “Stark Industries.” I was thinking after I got it though that maybe I should get some Hulk decals for my car too, you know, because it’s green. Yes, I’m a geek like that.


My birthday was also this past week, so I picked up some trades. I’ve been wanting to try out the DC Universe and the book store was having a buy two get one free sale (which they forgot to apply),  so I was able to pick up a few. I figured I would start with the New 52 comics and just picked up the three heroes that sounded the most interesting to me. Honestly, I’ve always seemed to have a soft spot for the Flash. I’m also dying to crack open Avengers vs X-Men and can only hope that is as good as A-Babies vs X-Babies!

Okay, this last purchase isn’t comics per say, but it’s related to comics. I’m a huge fan of The Avengers movie and just had to have the book about the art. I’m super excited about it, It’s such a lovely book! The print next to it was something that my comic store was giving out for free and I had to grab it. I’m a sucker for the Marvel babies. Come on, look at how cute they are!

Well, that’s it for this week.

This is Chimneywriter signing off!

Comic Book Wednesday: Post #3

Comic Book Wednesday is a weekly post where I will talk about comics I am reading or have read and will also contain the comic purchases I made over the week.

Title: Marvel Now’s Deadpool #1

Writers: Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn

Artist: Tony Moore

Colors: Val Staples

Publisher: Marvel

This comic is my first true experience with Deadpool outside of the world of fanfiction and a brief appearance he made in a cartoon, and it was really close to what I was expecting. The presidents of the past have been revived from the dead and have acquired killer intent during their should have been eternal nap. America is in trouble, the Avengers (especially Captain America) can’t help, so there is only one person the can turn to… Deadpool!

I love Deadpool’s character just as much as I thought I would, which is a lot. He has great commentary and I love how he interacts with others both enemies and ‘allies.’ I also really loved President Lincoln’s part at the end. The irony of it was fantastic! Overall, my opinion on this series, based of the first issue, is rather high and I hope it maintains this quality or raises above it. I’m really looking forward to the insanity in the next issue!

I wrote to the Marvel crew that had a hand in this issue to say how much I enjoyed it. It was a special fangirl moment. Unfortunately, I didn’t read a lot this week, but hopefully next week there will be more on what I am reading!

What I bought This Week:

Until next Wednesday:

Chimneywriter signing off!

Comic Book Wednesday: What I Got This Week (and Last Week)

So, I figured I would try to divide Comic Book Wednesday into two parts: What I got and a review. Not sure if I will be able to do both every Wednesday, but I will certainly attempt one each week. So without further ado, here is what I got both this and last week!

 

 

I’m trying to catch up on all the issues already released for Avenging Spider-Man and I’m nearly at my goal!

Book To Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower                                                                                                                                                                      

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Author: Stephen Chbosky                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Director/Screenwriter: Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: MTV Books                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Synopsis:

“This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.” – (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower has a special place in my heart, so when I heard there was going to be a movie adaption I was determined to go and see it. After a few unexpected bumps in the road I was able to pull some money together and, along with some friends, headed off to the theater. It has been about a week since I have seen this film, but I really needed to let the feels set in before writing up my thoughts on it. Honestly, I was fully expecting to cry during this movie.

About two or so minutes in I was starting to get nervous though. The relationships seemed to be playing differently than the way they did in the book and it felt like it ‘jumped’ between times. What I mean by that is it felt like at some points it was in the present, but at other points it was at the time the book took place. Yet, after a few minutes of that it seemed to smooth out. The relationships also started to play out more like the book’s as well.

The acting in this movie was phenomenal! Logan Lerman (Charlie), Emma Watson (Sam), and Ezra Miller (Patrick) were all so true to the characters they were portraying. They really made the watcher feel as if they were there with them and experiencing what they were experiencing. I should mention though that I did feel the movie lost a tiny bit of it’s emotional investment because when you are reading the book it is letters from Charlie to an anonymous person, whom I also liked to believe was myself. By imagining that it was me he was writing to it gave a bit more of a personal touch, however; in the movie he doesn’t write as many letters and it is slightly harder to imagine that they are to me. That’s not to say this movie didn’t produce any emotion, on the contrary, it was an emotion overload. Seriously, I was swimming in the feels! I did not end up crying, but I was holding the tears back and my eyes stung.

This was our general reaction to the movie (created by the lovely Blezon ) :

Both the book and movie deal heavily with drugs, rape, and other issues that may make some people feel uncomfortable. These issues, in my opinion, do not deteriorate the message of the book/movie at all, but in fact enhances them to there fullest potential. It makes me happy to find an author/director that isn’t afraid to tread into dangerous waters and is willing  to work with, instead of against, so many social taboos. It in no way gives a message that doing drugs or what not is alright, but more that different people handle different things, well, differently. It’s, to put it simply, beautifully done.

Overall, this was a lovely adaption to the book. I would recommend this movie to fans of the book and people have not read it. It’s a glorious movie that is easy to get invested in and attached to the characters. So, if you are looking for a movie about life and a movie that will give you hope, I point you here. Here to The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Thank you, Stephen Chbosky for both a extraordinary novel and a magnificent movie. They were both awe-inspiring! Also, thanks to all the actors and actress for bringing this book to life and thanks to my friends for coming to share in the feels. I can’t…

 Rating: 5 out of 5

Comic Book Wednesday: Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends by Various

Since my comic book/manga reading has increased I’ve decided to create a meme called Comic Book Wednesday. Each Wednesday I will post about a comic book series I’ve read or am reading. It’s generally the same as My Thoughts, but geared towards comics/manga. I hope you enjoy!

 

Title: Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends

Writer: Zeb Wells

Artist: Joe Madureira, Greg Land, Leinil Francis Yu, and various others

Publisher: Marvel

This trade contains the issues #1-5 for the currently running series, Avenging Spider-Man.

Will most likely contain spoilers.

My Thoughts:

When I was growing up I was never really able to get into the superhero comics, but than this past summer happened. I got together with some friends and we ended up watching Marvel’s 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger, needless to say, I fell in love. While we were watching the movie I found out The Avengers was also out in theaters, so a couple days later I went to go see that, loved it, and went to see it again. Now, add on the new Amazing Spider-Man movie, a re-watch of some of the older films (Fantastic Four and Spider-Man 1 and 2), and you have a fangirl. So, it was after the viewing of most of these movies that I decided to give the comic book world of heroes another try.

I picked up this trade while out with a friend and, despite my reservations, I was not disappointed. The first three issues are mainly about Spider-Man teaming up with the Red Hulk to free the enslaved mole people under the streets of New York, as well as rescue the captured J. Jonah Jameson (the guy whom gives Spider-Man most of his bad reputation). It was an interesting team-up to say the least. I like how it showed that brute force isn’t always the answer and that you shouldn’t turn your back on someone just because that would be the easy way or because they did something to you in the past. The art in this three part story was top-notch too!

Now, onto issue number four! In this part Spider-Man teams-up with the ever lovable Hawkeye against  the Serpent Society. This issue really reminds me of the reasons I love Spider-Man. He is such a great guy who is willing to do things for his teammates so they aren’t hurt physically or emotionally. I liked the art for this issue, but not as much as I liked the art in 1-3.

Lastly, we have issue number five in which we have a team-up with Captain America. Now, this story is rather sweet with a side of action. Peter (Spider-Man) wants Captain America to remember whom he was before the serum and to continue the passion (comic drawing) he had before donning the red, white, and blue costume. When the team goes after Sidewinder, Spider-Man volunteers to go with Captain America in hopes of connecting with him, however, he is sort of pushed aside. Peter, though, still tries to open the other’s eyes that you don’t necessarily have to give up one thing for the other. I felt like this story had more to do about connecting with a teammate than the other 4. (The other four dealt with that a bit, but not as much.) I had similar feelings to the art in this one as I did to issue number four.

What I really like about this trade though was that Spider-Man’s personality stayed consistent (it probably helped that the writer was the same for all five).  His humor was like a breath of fresh air from what I am normally used to reading and so was his understanding. I’m really happy that I started my trek into the land of Marvel Heroes with this trade and I’m looking forward to reading more of the Avenging Spider-Man comics in the future. I would recommend this one to people who have at least a little background on the characters because it doesn’t really go into depth about how anyone got their powers or their pasts in general. It’s certainly a good read.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5