Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 (Alias (2001-2003)) - Michael Gaydos, David Mack, Brian Michael Bendis, Bill Sienkiewicz

Jessica Jones: Alias, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This morning I finished watching the Netflix Jessica Jones series and I did not want it to be over; so on to volume one of the Alias comic book from the early 2000's.


Wow! I really like the two stories in this volume. Very sophisticated and nuanced writing, if slightly dated, by the technology being used in the stories. It was a page turner, and I read it in one sitting.


The first story is about Jessica getting duped into making a potentially embarrassing video of a well know super hero. Who tricked her and why?


The second story is about Rick Jones; can't really say much about that one or I'd ruin it for you, but it's a very psychological story.


Too bad I can't say I care for the art, which I only found to be passable, at best. It's mood inducing but pretty unattractive and dull.


This is one of the few things from the comic that directly made it into the TV series:



This little conversation between Jessica and Carol Danvers at the beginning of the second storyline really made me laugh.


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There is a scene in the Jessica Jones netflix series that sort of plays homage to this famous? infamous page...


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Unadvertised DC Graphic Novel Deals for Kindle?

This morning I discovered that there have been quite a few price drops on kindle edition DC Graphic Novels on the Amazon site.  I knew that a few of these were on sale but I couldn't find anything about the other price drops.  Grab them while you can I guess...  37 books under $7 each.







Braided Silk - Ella Drake

This was an interesting science fiction retelling of Rapunzel, but the way that the main characters entered into a sexual relationship was so off putting it ruined any idea of romance for me.  This is more like erotica than romance.


Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3 (The New 52) - Jaime Mendoza, Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of WarSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke (Illustrations), Jaime Mendoza (Illustrations)begins with a flashback to Wonder Woman and Superman’s first meeting in the pages of Justice League, then slips into the present time as Clark is attempting to create a written memorial to those that they were not able to save. Clark's endeavors are cut short by Diana though as it’s date night and she wants to get a move on.


In typical superhero fashion, date night doesn’t even really get started because they are pulled away to an emergency and there they encounter an unknown metahuman calling himself Wonderstar. Who is he, and what is his ultimate purpose? Follow Superman and Wonder Woman’s adventure as they unravel the history of Wonderstar. Features a New 52 Origin Story from a character probably best remembered from the pages of Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.


I feel like the story aspects of this volume are it’s biggest selling points. It contains a complete story with a clear beginning and end, making this a good jumping on point, or gift volume for the approaching holiday season. Peter J. Tomasi’s story is a solid read, and explores the theme of superheros seeing past the big picture to how their actions might have impacts on individual lives. I would like to say a little more but I can’t without giving away the mystery of the story and spoiling it for you.


I’m somewhat torn about the artwork. The illustrations are dynamic, vibrantly colored, and have good overall composition; but those with a discerning eye will note weaknesses in the facial work. This can sometimes be off-putting as we have a tendency to first look at characters facial expressions before we notice the larger aspects of the artwork. More attention should have been given to maintaining a congruent look throughout the panels. So, I can’t in honesty say it’s all good, but it’s far, far from being all bad.


The first page of the story is action packed:




Wonder Woman being modest about her fight prowess.




The date night that wasn't.  If you look at the panels of Diana's face here you will see some of the facial inconsistencies I referenced.  Note the distance between her hairline and brow line is different in each panel, causing it to look skewered?




And here is Wonderstar.  I like the costume and the matching metallic highlights in his hair.




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The more of this I see the more I am longing to be able to collect all the dolls in the series.  I really hope this takes off and gets popular.  I also absolutely love the little intro, get your cape on part.

Princess of the Wild Swans - Diane Zahler, Yvonne Gilbert
I would call this more inspired by, rather than a retelling of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen. It certainly has some of the same story elements but it diverges off in different directions than the original tale. At first I was a little disappointed by some of those differences but when I stepped back from it a bit I recognized just how well written this is and I enjoyed it immensely. This story is suitable for all ages.


Not a graphic novel -- it's a trade paperback.

Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 2: War And Peace (The New 52) - Charles Soule, Ed Benes, Tony S. Daniel

Technically this is a DNF --



I quickly realised that these issues are part of a larger story making this a hot mess of a collection. Most of these issues with the exception of the Worlds End issues are printed in order with the storyline in Superman Doomed by Charles Soule Superman: Doomed.

Thankfully I had purchased that back in the summer when it was on the kindle sale for $5; so I'll be moving to that volume instead. Unless you are a completest and simply must have all the volumes save your money on this one and buy Superman: Doomed for the whole story; as this is pretty much incoherent.

After the Stroke of Midnight: A Steamy Cinderella Story - Jennifer Lewis

After the Stroke of Midnight: A Steamy Cinderella StoryAfter the Stroke of Midnight: A Steamy Cinderella Story by Jennifer Lewis
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the fifth story in Once Upon A Fairy Tale: A Collection of 11 Fairy Tale Inspired Romances; which I obtained from NetGalley in exchange for feedback and a review.

This Cinderella story just didn't enchant me. There is no feeling of magic or fantasy in it; it is truly steeped in the mundane world. Cinderella has no glass slipper here just a dirty tennis shoe. The magic that transformers her is nothing more than makeup and color contact lenses. Her prince is just some rich dude.

It is a full length story and is reasonably well written and plotted; but I honestly found it boring. If you enjoy Harlequin Presents type romances this will probably be right up your alley. In fact after checking, I see that this author has published quite a few books through Harlequin imprints in the past.

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Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Power Couple (The New 52) - Charles Soule

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power CoupleSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In a nutshell, this story basically centers around Zod and Faora plotting to get out of the phantom zone. Some light romance between Diana and Clark, with cameo appearances from Batman, Doomsday, and some of Diana's friends and family.


I'm pretty indifferent to the romance between Superman and Wonder Woman; I just don't find it particularly compelling. There are dangling plot threads at the end of the volume, that I assume will be returned to.


The art in this volume is really lovely; however it's got a few different artists working on it, so you will note some differences. It's the kind of art I really think of when I think of DC Comics, big, bold, and dramatic. Absolutely beautifully colored throughout the book.


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Diana looking fierce.





Kneel before Zod!




Batman is everybody's favorite surly friend.




I love the colors used in the background of this panel of Zod and Faora; it really makes it pop.




So, it seems that Clark is the backseat driver of superhero battles.



Runespell (Legends and Lore) - Sela Carsen

Runespell (Legends and Lore)Runespell by Sela Carsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Part of the anthology Once Upon A Fairy Tale: A Collection of 11 Fairy Tale Inspired Romances; gotten from NetGalley in exchange for feedback and review.

This author's writing style seems to be very comparable to several well know writers of paranormal romance. [Christine Feehan immediately came to mind but I know there is another one with a similar writing style, just can't think of the name right now.] Actually this story feels like a paranormal romance and not a fairy tale retelling.

It's based off of East of the Sun West of the Moon and has Norse mythology thrown into it. The author is good at pulling you into the story but it's much too short to be satisfying on any level. Also, it feels like an implausible amount of time to fall in love over a few days, it should have been stretched out into a much longer story. The point of this type of anthology isn't really to satisfy you though, it's to get you to purchase more of the authors work by giving you a writing sample. Based on this I would be willing to get a full length novel by Sela Carsen to try out.

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G.I. Joe (2013-) Vol. 3: Siren's Song (G.I. Joe (2013)) - Chris Evenhuis, Paul Allor, Atilio Rojo, Nicole Virella, S.L. Gallant, Alex Cal, Robert C. Atkins, Steve Kurth

G.I. Joe (2013-) Vol. 3: Siren's Song (G.I. Joe (2013))G.I. Joe (2013-) Vol. 3: Siren's Song (G.I. Joe by Paul Allor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read on Scribd service. From the inside cover: ISBN:9781623025816; originally published as G.I. JOE Volume 3 issues #12-15.

Good story but seemed like the art was weaker in this volume than the last two. This volume chronicles the indoctrination of a new Cobra Agent called Siren as she follows Baroness around the world while they try to find Siren's son who has been taken by child traffickers. The story is interjected with snippets of different Cobra Commander's throughout history. The first half deals mainly with Cobra and the last part of the story is told by Hashtag.

Looks like this may be the last story in this particular run.

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Side-Kicked - Russell Brettholtz, Miguel Mendonca, Miguel Mendonca

Side-KickedSide-Kicked by Russell Brettholtz


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I obtained a copy of Side-Kicked by Russell Brettholtz via NetGalley’s Read It Now section in exchange for feedback and a review.


First off this is a imprint and publishing house I wasn’t previously aware of but it has a web page listed in the back of the book that you can check out at:


This story deals with a group of sidekicks who are a bit disgruntled at the way they are being treated by their crime fighting partners and the general public. So they decide to go on strike to teach them all a lesson about how much they actually contribute. It’s an interesting premise and executed in a fairly concise story, however I think it would have been even better if they had told us more about each of the heroes and their relationships with the different side kicks. This story could easily have been fleshed out into a book twice this length, explored more of personal lives of the side kicks, and delved a bit more into the moral aspects of their decision.


Overall, I liked it a lot, the art was also pretty solid, and I especially liked some of the character’s costume designs. Recommend if you like independent, stand alone stories.


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The ringleaders of the strike movement they have bios in the back of the book that explain their origins  and powers a little bit.




Here's a panel worth of comic gold:




The lair of Flying Fox; because no independent comic is complete without a Batman parody of it's very own.




We aren't "Henchman"! or if you prefer, Villains have sidekicks too!



G.I. Joe Volume 2: Threat Matrix - Fred Van Lente, Steve Kurth, Jamal Igle

G.I. Joe Volume 2: Threat MatrixG.I. Joe Volume 2: Threat Matrix by Fred Van Lente My rating: 5 of 5 stars


From the inside cover: Originally published as G.I. JOE Volume 3 Issues #6-11. I read this graphic novel on Scribd.


Continuation and conclusion? of the story started in the first volume as well as a sort origin story for Roadblock and his cousin Heavy Duty. Sill, enjoying this title. More Cobra agents showing up in this one we had Zandar, Zarana, Baroness, Destro, Mad Monk, and Cobra Commander. Scarlett and her team make a few cameo appearances.


I also really like the shorts with Marcy Malone, intern of Cobra, they made me laugh.


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When I was a little kid, we played out our favorite cartoons at school sometimes,  if we were playing G.I. JOE, I always wanted to be the Baroness!  Even when she's beaten she slips away to fight another day.




Does it make me evil if I laughed at this scene where Destro and the Baroness are skeet shooting human disks?





I still like Cover Girl even though she was being a total stalker, when she was following Duke around.




This was the first of those shorts about the Cobra Intern. Hahah...



Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale - Cate Rowan

Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy TaleKiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale by Cate Rowan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Part of Once Upon A Fairy Tale: A Collection of 11 Fairy Tale Inspired Romances; wich I received via Netgalley in return for a review.

I was pretty Meh about this story. There is nothing wrong with the writing but it just didn't interest me. Pretty much like any generic contemporary romance with very superficial fairy tale elements on top.

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G.I. JOE Volume 1: Homefront (G.I. Joe (IDW Numbered)) - Fred Van Lente, Steve Kurth

G.I. JOE Volume 1: HomefrontG.I. JOE Volume 1: Homefront by Steve Kurth


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I got a trial month of Scribd to try out and this is the first thing I picked.


I had read some of the old Marvel G.I. JOE series but this is the first of the IDW G.I. JOE comics I've ever read. Maybe it's just the nostalgia but I really liked it despite it getting off to a bit of a snarky start.


At about the halfway point I got sucked right into the story and finished it pretty fast. I like the art in this volume too, there are some great images of my favorite villainess The Baroness in here. I liked Cover Girl's costume a lot too, and it's got a bit of humor about the toy line.


Oh, there are a few pages in the back about the history of G.I. JOE toys and their history that I found quite interesting to read. I'm looking forward to reading the next volume.


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This is the team featured in the story,  with the addition of Duke and a media specialist called Hashtag. Image1


Oh, I took a snip of one feature of the Scrbd comic reader that I liked.  If you put the pages up to the largest setting the pages will be flush with each other as you scroll down.  This made it really easy to read through with only using the mouse wheel for navigation.




Firefight - MacLeod Andrews, Brandon Sanderson

Firefight (Reckoners, #2)Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meh. It's an ok book, I liked it well enough but I didn't love it. Maybe it's just a case of middle book syndrome. I was finding it hard to press through this one at some points.

The main character David just all kinds of annoys me. The things he does, the way he acts, his obsessive behaviors, the stupid metaphors, and the obsession with guns. I don't like him, I find most of the side characters more interesting than him in this book. It's the interesting world David lives in that will probably get me to pick up the next book to see what happens.

I didn't like the way this book ended either. None of it. And the religious nonsense, really just altogether, no. Anytime religious themes starting getting mixed into the pot my interest just totally tunes out. It ruined it for me.

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