If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men by The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 26 Sep 2017
This book is hilarious, definitely one of the Oatmeal’s best. Whether or not you love dogs, this book will have you laughing. Like all of the Oatmeal’s comics, the humor comes both from the drawings and the truth inherent in the situations. If you have dogs, I can guarantee they’ve behaved like the two middle aged men on more than one occasion (eg. pooping while keeping in eye contact with the nearest human & barking like there is an ax murderer at the door only to shower love on the visitor when you open the door). Come to think of it, your pets have probably done everything covered by If My Dogs Were Two Middle Aged Men. I can easily imagine my dogs saying the same things (thank goodness they can’t talk in real life). I already know I will be giving copies of If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle Aged Men to several of my dog-loving and...
Ocean of Secrets, V.1 Manga by Sophie-chan
Diamond Book Distributors
Comics & Graphic Novels , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 16 May 2017
Ocean of Secrets, Sophie-chan’s manga debut, is delightful. As it is only the first volume, it introduces the premise but doesn’t go deep into the story. There are three floating kingdoms where magic is an Integral part of life. A decade ago, a queen was murdered and her daughter lost. Since that time, Moria and Al have lived on a flying ship, evading capture and seeking the truth. Chance brings the rescue of Lia, a human orphan caught in the ocean during the storm. Life becomes far more complicated for Lia in a world where magic is essential to survive.
The artistry is good, but not exceptional. The story progresses a bit too quickly, but I believe that is because Sophie-chan is using this as a prelude. From here there are really two possibilities - the story develops more depth and complexity (I hope)...
Why do you create? What is the purpose for art, for music? What would you give to be noticed, remembered? Tom is a man who is a good trumpet player, but not a great one. He is dissatisfied with playing with his friends, angry and more than a little self-centered. One day an old man gives him a black trumpet. With it, Tom is able to play music that captivates and inspires, but it also kills. In addition to the terrible price of playing, homeless cultists are pursuing Tom in order to retrieve the trumpet. While dodging their attempts, Tom travels between worlds, encountering musicians from bygone eras who argue the purpose of creation. The graphic novel is definitely strange. Between the cultists who worship these otherworldly instruments and the surreal encounters with those who created great music, it’s easy to understand why Tom becomes more and more paranoid. Instrumental is not the easiest...
The Coldest City
Antony Johnston, Sam Hart
Pub Date June 13, 2017
Paperback | 176 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
If you enjoy realistic spy stories like those of LeCarre, you will definitely want to read The Coldest City. The black and white format and shadowy images where details are partially obscured fits well with the Cold War era tale. Danger and deception are all part of the game. No one is what they seem and sides are always changing. The plot is neatly framed, shown as remembrances as Lorraine is being debriefed. As a woman, her competence is questioned, while her loyalty and honesty is not.( Format reminds me of the new version of Witness for the Prosecution with Toby Jones). The Coldest City is a thrilling read with an ending twist that will leave you breathless. I look forward to seeing The Coldest City in film form.
5 / 5
I received a copy of The Coldest City from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Siberia 56 by Christophe Bec
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 14 Mar 2017
If you are a fan of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien movies, you will definitely want to pick up a copy of Siberia 56. Siberia is an inhospitable world. Temperatures plummet to extremes far below zero. The atmosphere is breathable, but one breath at these temperatures will kill. If you manage to survive the cold, powerful and terrifying predators abound. The worst of which is the Morbius - huge, vicious and invisible. The entirety of the first mission to Siberia was wiped out by one.
It is now the 13th mission to Siberia, and 13 is not a lucky number. The shuttle bringing new personnel crashes 150 miles from base. The terrain is beautiful but treacherous and their likelihood of survival is minimal as they must travel on foot. Only of the crew survives, but the pulse pounding terror has only begun. Humans were not the first i...
Fires & Murmur by Lorenzo Mattotti, Jerry Kramsky
Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 15 Feb 2017
Absolutely gorgeous. Fires and Murmur is expressionist art in the form of a surreal graphic novel. The paired stories are tantalizing, if disturbing, dreams that stir the imagination and linger in memory. Reading was like gazing at a piece of art. I found myself pausing, repeatedly looking back and thinking about what I’ve seen. Fire and Murmur is beautiful, horrifying and awe inspiring. It delves into the area that lays beyond normal perception where genius and madness walk half in hand. Both are tales of voyages, of transitions in form and thought.
Fires and Murmur is definitely not your average graphic novel. It is a fantasy, but far more surreal than many readers are accustomed to. The art is incredible, and when paired with the stories makes an even larger impact. Personally I see Fires and Murmur more as a sti...
Warren Ellis and Jason Masters have succeeded in creating a Bond graphic novel that has everything that makes James Bond a popular icon - the charm, the action, the humor, an attractive and compelling heroine and a villain worthy of Bond’s time. Originally, I had my doubts. It isn’t easy to pack so much in a limited number of pages. Eidolon blew me away. The graphic style is a perfect match for the cinematic action sequences and the well developed story is pure Bond. Eidolon has it all - fights, car chases, explosions and just a hint of sex.
If you like Bond, you will definitely enjoy Ellis and Masters’s graphic version of the eponymous hero and his adventures. James Bond V.2 Eidolon is best suited to teen and adult fans of the series.
I received a copy of James Bond V.2 Eidolon from th...
With its gorgeous and sultry illustrations and its hip steampunk storyline, Lady Mechanika is a graphic novel that makes for an excellent read. Part woman, part machine, the beautiful Lady Mechanika knows nothing of what came before her awakening. Who she is and where she comes from are questions that lie behind her every act. Her exploits are legendary, but is she the person she is believed to be? The inventor Lewis provides her with the technology that aids her in her cases and provides valuable backup.
Lady Mechanika is a fun, action packed adventure with monstrous technology and vivid illustrations. Often over the top, the first volume of this steampunk series is easily enjoyed by teens and adults.
I received a copy of Lady Mechanika V. 1 from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an hones...
Basil and Moebius are back in what may be their final adventure. In a fitting end, the duo go on one last whirlwind adventure with The Collector, their otherworldly master and benefactor. Jumping from one dimension to the next, they seek to evade The Collector’s enemies and return safely home - a task far more challenging and death defying than expected. As always, wherever these pulp heroes go there are plenty of quips, humor, monsters and explosions. Never underestimate just how much chaos and destruction these two can cause. Their adventures are escapist fun that is at once a tribute and a parody of Lovecraftian fiction. If you are looking for a thought provoking graphic novel experience this is not it. Instead if you are looking for humor, action and fast paced fun, The...
Wow! Blue Hand Mojo is an amazing graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous - dark and edgy, perfect for a surreal tale of hoodoo and gangsters. John Jennings is a talented author and artist. Frank “Half Dead” Johnson is a marked man, owned in part by the Devil and in part by Noir, the dark goddess of imagination. From her, Frank gets his magic, and from the Devil his task - to acquire souls for Ole Scratch’s final musical number. In 1931, having dark skin doesn’t make for an easy life, and with Frank’s additional challenges - well life is a bumpy road.
Considering just how good Blue Hand Mojo is, I can easily imagine John Jennings making his own deal with Noir. Whether you like fantasy/noir blends, graphic novels or are simply looking for something wonderfully unique, I highly recommend Blue Hand Mojo.