Squiddy Thought Bytes #2

Abigail and the Snowman #1-4
2014 Boom!

Sometimes I can be a sucker for cute child-friendly stories and seeing a cover with some super-cute artwork is typically all it takes for me to swallow up everything there is available. This is one of those times. The cover of the first issue featured this cute little girl holding hands with an adorable monster. Done. Mine. Read. Enjoyed.

The story involves a human-raised yeti recently escaping from his government captors. He meets Abigail and the two become fast friends, only there are some people who want to capture him. It’s a tale of friendship and doing the right thing and is generally a very warm-hearted tale that progresses well over the four issues.

Of course, the art is a high point–cute. For the longest time Abigail reminded me of some british things I read in my youth and it took me a long time to place her until my brain remembered Beano. Abigail reminds me of Toots from The Bash Street Kids strip. It’s the hair and striped shirt what does it.

Hipira
2005 Dark Horse

This very beautifully, and cutely, drawn book follows the adventures of a vampire child, Hipira, and his fairy friend, Soul, as they live their life in a city of eternal night. For a children’s book, it was a joy to read and something I would share with any little ones in my life.

Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem
2014 Dark Horse

Set in WWII, the story follows a small jewish town’s defense of their home with the help of a little magic. The story has a lot of heart, but I felt it missed the punch–not by much. It still made little squid tears and left me feeling a strange hollow emptiness at the end when I wanted to read more, but it was over.  I can’t quite really put my finger on that feeling, but I still loved it. I want a guardian golem of my own.

Avengers Assemble: Science Bros (TPB #2)
2013 Marvel

After volume 1, this really seemed to go down. So much happened in the first volume I felt it wasn’t quite finished. Instead, we move on to a new story and there just wasn’t any good transition and the story just didn’t live up to the previous. It’s of no surprise, really. Bendis is a hard act to follow and while the premise of this story is interesting, quite a lot of stuff goes on involving an old Black Widow assassination and Hulk being infected with this prehistoric weird. I don’t even think my mind is in a place to put together a cohesive explanation.  It isn’t terrible, I just didn’t want to move on from the events of the previous volume just yet.

Injustice Gods Among Us TPB #1-2
2013 DC

To be honest, I didn’t expect anything good to come out of these. The video game is enjoyable with an interesting story and I expected this prequel comic to be your mediocre, easily missed, attempt to milk a fan for extra cash.

I was seriously wrong.

Holy. Shit. Is it good. Superman is so off the rails behaving like such a spoiled brat you want him dead. The things he does to his friends and people went way darker than I anticipated and I couldn’t get enough of it. I couldn’t wait to see what other awful thing he did in his butthurt douchery and I’m eagerly awaiting my next volumes. The way volume two ended, I can’t get them soon enough.

Advertisements

New Stuffs and Stuff

I realise it has been awhile since I have posted reviews or other such comic faff and that’s just the way it goes sometimes. I’ve been soaking in my love of video games as well as running two RPG campaigns, so the reading time I have has been going into reading game books and campaign planning.

I have fallen behind with some things as far as subscription boxes go, and there’s still a big stack of stuff on the coffee table to read, but this will be the next batch!

Singles

  • Kiss me, Satan #3 & #4
  • The Twilight Zone #1
  • Rocket Girl #1 – #3
  • Damian Son of Batman #1 – #3
  • Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #3 – #4
  • Juice Squeezers #1
  • Samurai Jack #1
  • The Occultist #3 – #4

TPB

  • Pariah Vol. 1
  • MLP: Friendship is Magic Vol 1-3
  • Avengers AI Vol. 1: Human After All
  • TMNT Animated

Batman: Li’l Gotham #1

CoverOct 2012 | DC Comics

Writing: Derek Fridolfs | Dustin Nguyen
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Art: Dustin Nguyen
Cover: Dustin Nguyen

It’s Halloween and Batman teaches a clueless Robin about the Holiday.

I didn’t expect the art style to be so gorgeous! I thought it would be more traditional cartoony or otherwise child like.  I don’t know why, but for whatever strange reason I did. It’s good. Really good.

This first digital issue had a cute story, but a rather very simplistic and very, very short one. Robin, somehow never knew anything about Halloween and goes through some of the things you expect, like attacking costumed kids, but stealing candy and the vandalism surprised me. He is a kid and they are generally pretty stupid in most media, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

I really don’t have much to say about this comic besides it being cute overall. It’s a nice break from the usual stuff I read and I liked it enough to try another issue.

Vacation Reading List of Boredom Curing.

I have been fairly bored this morning and the state of boredom prevents me from even settling on what to read. My morning ritual involved me taking coffee, a light breakfast, and however many books I’m able to read before noon. Sometimes I can get through a lot, while other times, not. I also try to write reviews for this blog.

Today, I’ve decided to put together a list of things I want to read both current and old, and a few reminders of what I still need to pick up. Since I’m going to be away from the comfort of my normal environment for the next two days, I’m packing a lot off this list with me. Hopefully the next two days of boredom will be full of checked boxes and hopefully I’ll have some reviews to post.

CURRENT

[ ] Artifacts #3
[ ] Avengers Academy #1
[ ] Batgirl #1
[ ] Blockbusters of the Marvel Universe #1
[ ] Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #1
[x] Cinderella: Fables are Forever #1
[x] Crossed Family Values #1
[ ] DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman #1
[ ] Doctor Strange: From The Marvel Vault #1
[ ] Echoes #1
[x] I, Zombie #1
[ ] Jennifer Blood #1
[ ] Kato #1
[ ] Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #1
[x] Magneto #1
[ ] Noche Roja #1
[ ] Power-Man and Iron Fist #1
[ ] Shazam #1
[ ] She-Hulks #1
[x] Spider-Girl #1
[ ] SpongeBob Comics #1
[ ] Starborn #1
[x] Star Trek: Infestation #1
[ ] Superboy #1
[ ] Superman 80-page Giant 2011 #1
[ ] The Sixth Gun #1
[ ] The Traveler #1
[ ] Twilight Guardian #2
[ ] Ultimate Captain America #1
[ ] Ultimate Doom #1
[ ] Vampirella #1
[ ] Warlord of Mars #1
[ ] Warriors Three #1
[ ] Werid Worlds #1
[ ] Widowmaker #1
[ ] Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever #1
[ ] Wolverine & Jubilee #2

PAST

[ ] John Byrne’s Next Men TPB #02
[x] Hotwire #4
[ ] Echo #14
[ ] Adventures of Sinbad #10
[ ] Atomic Robo #2
[ ] Bad Dog #3
[ ] Batman & Robin #2
[x] CVO Artifacts #1
[ ] Batman Confidential #4
[ ] Buck Rogers #1
[ ] Chew #2
[ ] The Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West #3
[ ] 1602

Consortium of Justice #1

Consortium of Justice #1 Cover

Cover

2008 | Chimaera Studios

Writing: George T. Singley | Jim Mitchel
Art: Marcio Takara.
Letters: Benjamin Morse

Magnate, after destroying one world, has moved onto another – Earth. It is time for the Consortium of Justice to be reborn and deal with this new threat to humanity.

I have never been a huge fan of supers, but find myself endlessly drawn to them. I can’t ever stomach their flawless good natures and those cheesy lines. It all just seems so clichéd and so recycled, the same stories, just different people and places.

The cartoony art style drew my interest in this book and the snappy cover. I also wanted something entirely different to read from my latest list, plus, being bored with money tends to lead to more impulse buying that doesn’t always end well.

This issue was interesting. I felt like I was jumping in the middle of something, despite it being a first issue. Still, the action moved fast and I didn’t find myself confused with the chain of events. I’m glad it all went down as it did rather than something slow ending just when something awesome is going to happen. It’s difficult for me to be excited about this, though. It was just okay. I’m undecided if I want to read the next issue.

Previous Older Entries

Follow me on Twitter