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Descender Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics
Jeff Lemire
Assassin's Fate
Robin Hobb

Generation Zero fight the Cornermen – end of story arc

Generation Zero Volume 2: Heroscape - Fred Van Lente

 

 

This volume concludes the plot started in Volume 1. Generation Zero and Keisha go into the Heroscape to rescue lost relatives and the whole story is eventually resolved – without giving too much away.

 

Well-told, engaging and well-illustrated, this small collection (the concluding four issues) finishes by promising more to come. It is engagingly written and well-illustrated and is worth a look – but read Volume 1 first.

 

The newly-powered teens meet new dangers and allies

Wayward Volume 4: Threads and Portents - Jim Zubkavich

 

The gifted children are now dispersed, some in Japan and Rori and Ayane in Ireland with Rori's father who has links with the Irish fairy folk. There are flashbacks about Rori's origins as well as action in Ireland and in Japan. It's getting quite complicated so reading the three previous volumes is recommended. It's obvious that there is more to come and I look forward to it.

This series continues with a lot of action and adventure and is nicely written and illustrated. The series is well worth a look.

 

Surrealist characters and stories - not for me unfortunately

Pop Gun War, Volume 1: Gift - Farel Dalrymple

Not for me, this one. It's a surrealist story or stories based upon a strange collection of characters including a floating bespectacled fish: you get the idea. Black-and-white illustrations don't make it any better for me and it's just not my sort of comic collection. I'm sure that there are other people who will appreciate it more.

First part of new fantasy series – very good

Darien - C. F. Iggulden

 

 

This first part of a new fantasy series by Conn Iggulden is a very good start and shows that this author (who I have not read before) knows what he is doing. It deals with a world with a major city, Darien of the title. It has links with our own world as the Bible is known here. It is a world where magic occurs and three main characters all possess some link to magic. Elias has a knack of avoiding danger, Nancy can absorb and channel magic and Arthur is a golem with photographic reflexes. Their lives intertwine as power struggles break out in Darien.

 

The writing is successful although a little repetitive at times, especially in the fighting in the last act. The plot is engaging, the characters are well-defined and I am certainly curious as to where this goes next. The series shows a great deal of promise and I recommend it to lovers of fantasy.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

The gods face a new challenge: The Great Darkness

The Wicked & The Divine Volume 5: Imperial Phase I - Kieron Gillen

 

 

The “new gods” spend a lot of time jostling for position and arguing. There's a lot of talk particularly from Cassandra as they seek a suitable response to the Great Darkness. Many are incredibly self-centred and ignore the others.

 

Still confusing but the artwork is excellent and well-executed. The volume ends with the obvious consequence that there is more to come, especially as some of the gods near the end of their two-year lives. It's entertaining stuff and I've read enough to want to know how this is all going to finish.

 

Our teenage super-heroine finds new challenges

Pix Volume 2: Too Super for School - Gregg Schigiel

 

 

Continuing this comic collection aimed (I hope) at the teenage girl market, the plot develops as Pix questions her role and finally finds out about her father. There is the “usual” high school bullying and friendships as well as battles to save Prince Lorne from his family.

 

Basic stuff reminiscent of the teen comics of the 60s and 70s, it is reasonably good but nothing special (for this 63-year-old – jaded?). Hopefully it'll succeed with its target readership. Volume 3 will no doubt follow.

 

Teenage super-hero has teenage problems

Pix Volume 1: One Weirdest Weekend - Gregg Schigiel

 

 

This is a comic collection which, despite its 21st century technology, takes us back to teenage comics of the 60s and 70s. Pix is a super-hero, fighting monsters of various sorts, with a magical connection. She also faces the usual teenage problems of boyfriends, girlfriends, dating etc..

 

Nothing particularly special, this should appeal to teenage girl readers: it is visually easy-going and the writing is lightweight.

 

Harrowing detective thriller set mainly in Sweden – compelling and good

Block 46 (Roy & Castells Series) - Johana Gustawsson, Maxim Jakubowski

 

 

This brutal detective thriller has two main characters, Emily, a Canadian profiler working for Scotland Yard and Alexis, a French writer of true-crime books. They join forces to investigate a serial killer operating in both London and Sweden. Without going into too much detail, the plot also connects with 1940s Buchenwald and its horrors.

 

Engagingly written (although I would question a couple of the translations from the original French), this thriller is well-written and the plot drives it along very nicely. The characters are fleshed out and interesting and the whole book is worth looking at, especially if you are into serial killer thrillers.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Lewis-Clark expedition continue their journey.

Manifest Destiny Volume 4: Sasquatch - Chris Dingess

 

 

This comic series continues with the fantasised tale of the Lewis-Clark expedition which opened up the United States: they find more fantastical creatures which they need to defeat: the title of the volume “Sasquatch” gives that away. This fourth volume builds on previous volumes, introducing new characters from an expedition several years earlier.

 

Interestingly made and well-illustrated, this series gets the balance right between historical accuracy and plain fantasy fun but alternating every few pages with the flashbacks to the earlier expedition is annoying to say the least. More volumes will follow.

 

A fitting end to the Tearling trilogy but still a little disappointing.

The Fate of the Tearling - Erika Johansen



This novel brings the trilogy to a close, introducing more characters and producing some surprises. the author keeps us guessing at every corner and this works on the whole. The jump between the past and present can get tiresome as can all the introspection but otherwise I enjoyed this story on the whole.

The writing is impressive and engaging and I'd recommend this trilogy to all lovers of fantasy novels

The hunt for Thragg and Mark gets a helluva shock

Invincible Ultimate Collection Volume 11 - Robert Kirkman

Containing Volumes 22 & 23, this collection gives us more unexpected events and this makes for a compulsive read and the title “Reboot?” says a lot. A good single plot dominates the first volume and it is well-told and well-illustrated. It's worthwhile reading this and I recommend it to all Invincible fans – and there's more to come, I'm sure.

 

 

The Lewis-Clark expedition meet more strange mysterious creatures.

Manifest Destiny Volume 3: Chiroptera & Carniformaves (Manifest Destiny Tp) - Chris Dingess

 

 

This comic series continues with the fantasised tale of the Lewis-Clark expedition which opened up the United States: they find more fantastical creatures which they need to defeat (or be eaten!). This third volume builds on previous volumes, developing characters such as Collins in this case.

 

Interestingly made and well-illustrated, this series gets the balance right between historical accuracy and plain fantasy fun. Now for Volume 4.

 

Sci-fi comic collection set in a dystopian future continues.

Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick

 

In this collection, the story continues from Volume 1 (which it is best to have read first), firstly with how Meiko ended up on Bitch Planet and subsequently about the inmates plotting and rebelling. Fighting breaks out in various places with savage consequences.

Gruesome and reasonably entertaining, worth a look. There’s more to come.

 

The Lewis-Clark expedition reworked – fun idea

Manifest Destiny Volume 1( Flora & Fauna)[MANIFEST DESTINY V01][Paperback] - ChrisDingess

 

 

This comic series deals with the Lewis-Clark expedition which opened up the United States but with a twist: they find all sorts of strange flora and fauna, most of which is out to kill them. This first volume introduces all the main characters and sets the scene nicely for the rest of the series.

 

Interestingly made and well-illustrated, this series gets the balance right between historical accuracy and plain fantasy fun.

 

Exciting and unexpected second volume ot this trilogy

The Invasion of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Following on from "Queen of the Tearling", this second part of the trilogy hit me with quite a few surprises: Kelsea mind-travels back several generations to a pre-Crossing time and into the life of Lily and her encounter with William Tear, the "creator" of the Tearling. Meanwhile Mortmesne invades with interesting and expected consequences.

 

A worthwhile read, full of original thought, which makes this series stand out in many ways. Recommended to lovers of well-thought out fantasy.

Sci-fi comic collection set in a dystopian future continues.

Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick

 

In this collection, the story continues from Volume 1 (which it is best to have read first), firstly with how Meiko ended up on Bitch Planet and subsequently about the inmates plotting and rebelling. Fighting breaks out in various places with savage consequences.

Gruesome and reasonably entertaining, worth a look. There’s more to come.