Saturday, August 1, 2015

Batman: Bruce Wayne Murder? by Various


I’m constantly finding graphic novels from the “dark” time of my fandom life. The years when I didn’t read comics. This 400 plus page omnibus deals with Bruce Wayne being arrested for murder when an ex-girlfriend is found dead in Bruce’s house. Bruce allows himself to be arrested, and then withdraws from the help the bat family is offering.
This GN is full of little individual stories that are parallel Bruce’s experiences. Robin, Nightwing, Oracle Spoiler and more are hunting down clues to prove Bruce’s innocence but all they come up with is more evidence of his possible guilt.

There are a few threads that don’t really get fleshed out in this first half of the story. The action does rev up during the second half of the story when Bruce escapes from prison and decides he isn’t going to clear Bruce’s name. He states that Bruce Wayne no longer exists.

This book does end on quote a cliff hanger so be prepared to hunt down the second GN in the series: Bruce Wayne Fugitive

Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Jellaby Volume 1 & 2 by Kean Soo

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When I read March Grand Prix I was looking for more reads by Kean Soo and I discovered these adorable books. This story is about a young girl named Portia who is adjusting to her new life in a new town with her mother. Portia has a hard time making friends and she spends many nights wondering about the whereabouts of her father.
One night after waking from a bad dream, Portia sneaks outside to investigate a strange noise and discovers a strange Purple creature. The creature seems lost so Portia takes him home. Thus begins a secret friendship. When a young boy from school discovers her secret the three of them form a friendship and name their new friend Jellaby.

This is such an emotionally powerful read. There is tons of cuteness but Kean also covers serious topics like bullying and isolation.
Volume 2 of this series shows the trio on a road trip on Halloween. Jellaby has recognized a door that was photographed in the local newspaper. The trio board a train and after some unexpected occurrences make it to the city. There is a definite tonal shift in this volume as secrets are revealed, but it is still has elements of cuteness and a satisfying conclusion. Check these wonderful books out!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Marvel Classics: God Loves, Man Kills by Claremont & Anderson

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I recently brought another copy of this book and found the story as engaging as the first time I read it over 15 years ago. Of all the super teams in the comic book universe, the X-men have always covered social topics like racism and discrimination. The mutations that give them superpowers also set them apart.-
In this graphic novel we find that the Stryker Foundation has accelerated their war against mutant kind. Stryker’s new group the Purifiers are killing those possessing the mutant gene, even if their powers are yet to develop. That is Stryker’s private war, His public war is a growing congregation of humans that are falling prey to his hatred of all things mutant.
This is a story full of depth and exploration of the nature of hate and how it can quickly spread . This book is such an important read but it also succeeds in showing new facets of the X-men’s personalities. Especially Magneto.