Monday, October 5, 2015

The Wicked + The Divine Issue #1

Title: The Wicked + The Divine
Series: The Wicked + The Divine #1
Author: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Image Comics


Every 90 years or so, twelve gods incarnate in the bodies of the young. They are charismatic and brilliant. They stand before crowds, speak in tongues, and send them into rapture. They’re rumored to perform secretive miracles. They save people’s lives, either metaphorically or literally.
They are loved. They are hated. They are brilliant.
Within two years, they’re dead.


I had such high hopes for this series. The premise: gods who are rockstars that are reincarnated every 90ish years had my attention right away. I tend to go for mythology in stories and just usually love stories that have a mythological focal point. Which The Wicked + The Divine had...

However, with the first issue, I was completely lost. I felt like I was thrown into this world, without any explanation as to anything that was going on. The opening few panels started my confusion, and it only intensified as I continued on with the issue. I understood who the gods were in relation to the characters, but Laura's role kind of confused me. She was a huge fan of this rocker/god, but what made her special as to be singled out? 

I really hope there are answers in the next issue, because I feel like if this continues on this way, I might have to drop the series. I know I am super behind, and there are like two story arcs already within this series, so maybe it just keeps getting better and better. I sure hope so, because I have had such amazing luck with loving the series I have been picking up. I hate for this to be one of the ones I drop...especially since there is a god focal point.

I love that Lucifer is a female in this reincarnation, and that there are a wide array of diverse characters. I look forward to learning more about the gods, and Laura's involvement, but hope that the unfolding of these stories comes with some concrete explanations and not more confusion. 

I will be continuing on with the next issue, as I already own it. So, we shall see if this gets better for me!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Saga Issue #1

Title: Saga
Series: Saga #1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Image Comics


Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war.


This is a weird one for me to review. Simply because this is the second time I have read this particular issue, and my rating jumped drastically from the first go around. Originally when I had read this, I had a lot of trouble getting into it, and quite frankly didn't like it at all. I remember I had given it a three star, or possibly lower. It had also been my first ever graphic novel....and now I've had more experience I wanted to give it another go. Glad I did...because it was freaking amazing! 

The only thing I will really say of any substance and with a coherent thought process, is that I don't recommend this as a first introduction into comics. I think Image Comics does a great job at giving stories to readers that wouldn't normally enjoy comics, but for some reason, this one just wasn't appealing to me when I had no background with the comic medium. I felt lost, and didn't know what was happening, and at the time, it detracted greatly from the story. But this time around, I just fell completely in love!

I mean, this has sic fi settings, great characters, and story line with some meat on it's bones. I love the narrator, and can't wait to get to know her and the rest of the characters more! I'm interested in all the backstory of the different planets, and how the war started, and all the questions I have for this series are endless!!! I can't wait to re-read issue 2 and see how my feelings have changed for that one! I'm sure this will be a series I follow compulsively! Brian K. Vaughan is a talented storyteller and Fiona Staples does some killer artwork! Both of these people I will buy any and all comics that they are a part of for sure!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Plutona Issue #1

Title: Plutona
Series: Plutona #1
Author: Jeff Lemire
Art: Emi Lenox
Colors: Jordie Bellaire


Image Comics

A brand new heartfelt super-hero series by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Hawkeye) and amazing newcomer EMI LENOX! 

PLUTONA follows the story of five suburban kids who make a shocking discovery while exploring the woods one day after school...the body of Plutona, the world's greatest superhero. A dark and heartbreaking journey about friendship and coming of age all through the lens of the superhero genre.


This was such a fun first issue of a series that I feel will be a great coming of age story of a group of kids, mixed in with superheroes, and topped off with a possible mystery! All great ingredients for an awesome long running series that I am already putting down the next issue release date in my planner! :)

The only thing I felt was lacking was a few character traits. I loved Diane, she has great potential. As does Teddy. But Ray and Mie were just not the most likable. And I get that not all characters in a story are going to be good well rounded awesome people, but I just felt that those two overshadowed the others in negativity. Especially how Mie treats Diane, and how Ray calls her chubs. It was just a grating factor that deducted from the story for me.

I can't wait to get the next issue, however, and think this is a strong start to a hopefully long running series! I loved the story within a story aspect as well, and hope we get to learn more about Plutona as well as the other superheroes that were mentioned. I like that the superheroes are known about amongst the citizens and openly talked about. 

Can't wait for issue 2!