Amanda’s June Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hey, lovelies! I finallly picked up a few of my graphic novels this month! There was a readathon that I’ve done before called GraphicsAThon (find them on Twitter here). I felt motivated to try to read one or two graphic novels that I already own. Reading books I own is the theme for 2021 and I’m doing my best to stay on brand.

Middlewest Book One by Scottie Young, Jorge Corona, & Mike Huddleston

I’ve loved what I’ve read of Skottie Young’s graphic novels. So, this was my reasoning for purchasing this one. I have to say before you get into this one, there is a scene where the dad hits his son, Abel (who is our main character). And Abel’s dad definitely has anger issues, so it’s not a super healthy relationship. The story starts with Abel waking up late to his job of delivering newspapers. His dad is screaming at him. One thing lead to another and he and his dad are screaming at each other in the front yard. His dad turns into a giant wind monster and Abel flees for his life. But while he’s running away (with his best friend, a talking fox) he’s hit by the wind monster and this leaves a strange mark on his chest. After escaping, Abel searches for answers about what happened and how to heal this strange mark he now has. So, I enjoyed this. I think the art style was really interesting. There were lots of colors and each panel’s colors did a great job of portraying the mood of the pages. As for the story, I enjoyed it. I have quite a few questions about this world that I feel like weren’t answered. The art shows this world as a steam punk-ish kind of world. There’s lots of machinery with weird jars of green stuff that could be fuel of some sort. But there’s also things like regular doctors and hospitals, so it was unclear if this was supposed to be a realistic world like the one we live in or a fantasy world. There’s magic and many animals that can talk (like Abel’s fox sidekick), so there are definitely some fantasy elements (most of this book is about a wind monster, so). I’m not holding out hope that I will have my questions answered about the world building because it’s mostly shown through the artwork. But I’m still very interesting in reading the next book.

Middlewest Book Two by Scottie Young & Jorge Corona

So, this second volume of the series actually did answer some of my questions that I had. I believe that this is a fantasy world. It’s called Middlewest and there are all sorts of fantasy towns. But there are some elements that are similar to the world we know. We did learn a small detail about the green stuff in jars that seemed to be fuel. There’s also little bits of this worlds history mentioned, like the Great Plain Wars. I liked this second volume. The art was just as good as the first volume. We get to see some mythological and magical creatures that I thought were really cool. We also meet Abel’s grandfather who is a snow monster. I think the theme of controlling your feelings and emotions was a compelling one. We see a bit of Abel’s dad’s history when we meet the grandfather. I liked getting this character backstory. We also see Abel’s dad traveling in search of Abel and he’s having some really great realizations. I still wouldn’t say that I like him, but getting to see the character growth was interesting. Abel is still searching for a way to get rid of the mark, which we learned is called the Heart of a Storm. It’s seeming like there’s no way to actually get rid of it and Abel’s not happy with that. He’s still struggling with his anger and he takes it out on Fox. I loved Fox. He’s such a fun sidekick. Overall, I’m enjoying this series and I’m very interested to see where things go in the third volume. So far, both volumes have left off on a pretty compelling cliffhanger, which leaves me wanting to jump right into the next volume.

Middlewest Book Three by Scottie Young, Jorge Corona, & Jean-François Beaulieu

This is the conclusion to this series. I didn’t know there were only three volumes, but I didn’t mind that much. It was nice that I didn’t have to wait for anymore installments to be released. So, in this final volume, Abel and many other kids have been taken and put to work at an Ethol farm (ethol is the weird green stuff in bottles that we see in the first two volumes). This farm is run by a super not nice guy. Most of this book we are watching Abel and his friends try to figure out a way to escape the farm. But we also get to see other characters, like Maggie and Jeb, as well as Abel’s dad again. We follow what they’re doing as well. Everyone is trying to find Abel, basically. I enjoyed this conclusion. I think it was really fast paced and action packed. The stakes were high for Abel to keep his wind monster powers in check and he mostly succeeded. I think there could definitely be more created from this world, and I hope that we get to see that some day. I liked that there was a reunion between Abel and his father. I think it was really important for Abel to get to say his piece to his dad, finally. Abel’s dad’s growth was really good. I still didn’t like him, but I could appreciate him learning just how wrong he had been. Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It has a great message of breaking patterns, acknowledging and managing your emotions, and found families.

That’s all I read for graphic novels this month. I’m glad I managed to start and finish this series. It was a really enjoyable one with stunning artwork and important themes. What graphic novels did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s December Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! Another month that I’ve actually managed to read some of my graphic novels that I already own. I’m going to keep this intro brief so we can get into my thoughts on what I read in the month of December.

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci & Jim Rugg

This is a bind up of three different stories. I don’t know that the stories were ever published separately, but going into this graphic novel I didn’t realize that is was three different stories. I really loved this. These three stories were each wonderful in their own ways. In the first story, The Plain Janes, Jane has just moved to the suburbs from the city after she was in a bomb attack. She has PTSD and despite this happening in the city, she didn’t want to leave. She’s worried that she won’t make new friends. She’s a teen that is having to move during high school. So, her fears and worries are normal. But Jane is also an artist. She finds friends in three girls who are all also named Jane. In the first book, their friendship was focused on P.L.A.I.N. which was their name for the street art that they were doing together. This story was so fun, the girls planning what they were going to do next and basking in a successful execution. But the police are upset about the art and enact curfews, certain that it’s teenagers doing these art attacks. This doesn’t stop the girls, and their friendship grows. Janes in Love, the second book, is focused on Valentine’s Day and the love interests of each of the Janes (and James who is the only gay boy that is out in their school). I thought this story was sweet and fun. I liked that the color scheme of the art changed to a pretty pinks to reflect the theme of the story. Though this story focuses on love and romance and relationships, there’s still a focus on art too. Art saves and I loved that message in all three stories. In the final story, Janes Attack Back, Jane is feeling like her friends are drifting from what brought them together, art. They are all working on college applications, new hobbies and interests, and Jane feels like she’s doing the brunt of the work for P.L.A.I.N. On top of this, there’s a new girl at school and everyone loves her, but Jane can’t seem to anything other than butt heads with her. I think this was a really great story about friends all having their own interesting, but still being friends. It talks about how friends need to be able to tell their friends what they need from them and when. I loved all three of these stories so much. I also want to mention, in the first story, during the bombing, Jane was saved by a man that didn’t have any identification. So, he is in the hospital in a coma as a John Doe afterwards. She visits him often, but after she moves she writes him letters. I won’t say anything further, but this relationship was one of my favorite things about this story. They are two people from different parts of the world connected by a trauma. I think it was a wonderful addition to this story. Okay, I’ve gone on long enough. Long story short, I loved this graphic novel and I highly recommend it.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

I absolutely loved this author/illustrator duo’s previous work (Teen Titans: Raven) so, I was super excited to pick up this next installment of the series. Beast Boy follows Gar in his daily life. I liked that this was a slice of life kind of story. It’s Gar’s senior year and he’s upset that he hasn’t completed anything from his list of goals for his final year of high school. The story starts with him reviewing the list and being more determined to tackle any of the items on the list. We also get to see his two best friends, Tank and Stella, try to hype him up when Gar is hyper focused on his insecurities. I think that’s the one thing I didn’t like about this book. Gar is so focused on the fact that he’s short and thin, he craves to be in with the popular crowd. I get this is something many teens feel, but I wish we could have seen him get over this. I loved how supportive Tank and Stella were and I think the little bits we get with them were the best parts. I also am a little disappointed that this book ended similarly to Raven, right when it felt like the story was getting into something exciting. Do graphic novels have cliffhangers? If yes, that’s what this was. I will say, I am extremely excited to read the next installment, Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven.

Technically The Plain Janes was three graphic novels in one bind up. So, I’m counting this month as four total that I read, hah! Now, I only have 8 unread graphic novels left on my shelf. I’m happy with how many/what I’ve read in terms of graphic novels this year. What graphic novels did you read in 2020?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s November Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of regularly reading my graphic novels. I read a bunch last month and wanted to read at least one again this month. Below are the graphic novels I read and some brief thoughts on them.

Skyward, Vol. 1: My Low-G Life by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

I bought this series on a whim while I was at my local comic store. I like science fiction and the cover grabbed my attention. I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed this. It was a fun story with diverse characters. Our main character, Willa, never grew up knowing what it was like to have gravity. So, she likes the world the way it is. But her dad wants to fix it. Her dad hasn’t left their apartment in 20 years though, so she doesn’t think it’ll actually happen. I liked that this story was about family, but it also had action and high stakes and other friends too. I think the art was lovely. The colors were vibrant and I really liked it all. I think my only complaint is that I’m left with too many questions. I’m assuming this will all be covered in the next volumes but I think we could have at least learned specifically why gravity stopped working instead of just getting hints about it. Overall, I liked this one and I’m going to go pick the next one up right now.

Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

Okay, sadly I’m a bit disappointed by this one. I really liked that we got to see more of the world outside of Chicago. It was super interesting to see how a lack of gravity could change things like bugs. But I didn’t get a single question answered and I was left with even more than before. I still liked the story, but I’m confused about how Earth lost gravity and what exactly Willa is going to do about it. The art was beautiful. The setting of outside the city really allowed for fascinating scenes. I’m going to start the third volume now because I already own it and I really want to know what’s going on.

Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix The World by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

While I still have a few questions, I can say that I was pretty satisfied with this conclusion. This is the final volume in the series and we get some answers. I really liked Willa and her personality. She could have stayed somewhere safe with a loved one she missed dearly, but she put herself at risk to save the city she loves. I really liked that the bad guys pays for his crimes and that there was a happy ending. The art, like the first two volumes, was lovely. I kept forgetting to mention that I really liked that it wasn’t a super gory story. But there was blood and guts, sweat and tears at some points. The interesting thing about this is that there’s no gravity so all of this stuff floats in the air. It was nasty and I loved it. I also like that there’s a diverse cast of characters, Willa is black and there is a female/female relationship that we get to see bits of. My only problem with this volume and the series was that I wanted more! I want to see Willa travel and see the other cities. I want to see what other chaos a lack of gravity has created. I really enjoyed this series. It was fun and quick.

W.I.T.C.H, Part I: The Twelve Portals by Elisabeth Gnone, Alessandro Barbucci, & Barbara Canepa

This was such a fun and nostalgic read. I watched the show (I think it was a Disney show) way back when, but remember little about it. So, it was a ton of fun coming back into this world. I loved the story of girls coming together to be heroes. I also loved that the friendship of these five girls wasn’t a perfect one. They fight and disagree and I liked that this was a part of the story because it made it more realistic. I know this is a super long series, so I’m excited that I finally started it, but also it’s going to take me forever to finish it. I highly recommend it for those that love magical girls with mysterious destinies that get themselves into trouble.

I’m happy that I managed to read a whole series (all books that I already owned) and I’m hoping to finish up my physical TBR of my graphic novels next month. What graphic novels did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Nine: Amanda’s October Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! I’ve really been slacking on my graphic novel reading this year. I was doing okay at first, but as the year progressed I started focusing more and more on my physical TBR for just my novels. I wanted to change that this October because I had quite a few graphic novels that were perfect for the spooky season. So, let’s talk about what I read and how I felt about it.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase, Part I by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I’ve been really wanting to finish this series now that it’s complete and I own all of them. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to actually pick them up and read them, but everytime I actually do I’m reminded how much I enjoy this series. The story follows Gods who are reincarnated, but only for two years. Things have gotten pretty wild in this volume of the series. We have new Gods who might not really even be Gods? I thought the addition of magazine like interviews with some of the Gods was an interesting addition. It was a great way to remind myself what was going on in the story and actually helped me remember each God a bit better. As always, the art is absolutely stunning and perfectly gruesome. The characters are diverse, interesting, and complex. The conversations that this story brought up were interesting and important. I found myself liking characters that I was annoyed with or disliked in previous volumes. I was also super happy to get to see and read more about Lucifer who is absolutely my favorite character in this story. I’m definitely still a huge fan of this series and I’m planning to pick the next one up soon.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 6: Imperial Phase, Part II by Kieran Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I have mostly the same thoughts about this volume in the series as I did in my mini-review of the last volume above. There were really great conversations about sexuality. There were diverse characters. The art was stunning (and still perfectly gruesome). I think the twists in this volume were absolutely excellent and I want to immediately pick up the next volume to see what will happen next. The tension rose dramatically in the final pages of this book and I’m eager to continue.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 7: Mothering Invention by Kieran Golden, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Holy shit what did I just read. In this volume, we learn so much history of how the gods came to be how they are. We learn how and why they rerun every hundred years. We learn Ananke’s motivations and I’m so here for it. I was captivated by this volume. There’s still the usual gore and secret keeping, but the readers are learning things that only Ananke knows and it was fascinating. This series is full of characters with some seriously grey morals. They do terrible things and try to excuse them. Some of them straight up admit they’re basically villains. I loved this volume so much. The art was stunning. There were some pages that were so interestingly put together that I had to read a few times to get the full effect of what they were saying. This series really just gets better and better. It always covers tough topics in the best way possible. It acknowledges these topics and has productive conversation about them. I just can’t say enough great things. This volume might be my new favorite.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 8: Old is the New New by Kieran Golden, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Okay, so I didn’t know but this is a special collection volume. This is a few stories that were previously published separately, now put into one collection. I thought it was really interesting to see a story I was familiar with shown in a different art style. It had things in common (like murder) but the art was different and interesting. I had a bit of trouble, because some of these stories were about how pantheons in the past ended, keeping the characters straight. There were some of the same gods, but they were in different bodies (often different genders) which made it hard for me to remember which character was which. This was something I struggled with in the first few volumes of this series because there’s just so many characters. I was still really into the stories though. Getting to know a bit about the characters past and the history of this world with gods. Though this whole volume left me wondering, do the gods remember their previous times on Earth? Because if so, I’ve got some questions for Lucifer.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 9: Okay by Kieran Golden, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

This was the finale volume of The Wicked + The Divine and I’m honestly sad to see it over. This was such a fun series that was full of murder, mystery, drama, but also really important conversations about sexuality, abortion, and many other topics. I’m pretty happy with this final volume. The characters all finally learned the secrets that were revealed to the reader in the last few volumes and I was satisfied with how everything played out. I will definitely miss these characters and their utter chaos, but I had such a great time with this series. It’s definitely one I will recommend. The characters were all so complex and diverse. There was excellent gore and murder mystery. Finally, my favorite thing is that this final installment was narrated by Laura just like the first volume was and I really enjoyed the full circle aspect of that. I’m sad that the series is over but I’m definitely interested in reading other works from these creators.

Spectacle Vol. 1 by Megan Rose Gedris

This story follows Anna, who works at a traveling circus along with her twin sister. When her twin, Kat, is found murdered, Anna is tasked with figuring out who the murderer is. Circus stories seem to be hit or miss for me and this one was a miss. I didn’t like how some of the circus members treated others. I also really didn’t like that we didn’t figure out how the murderer was. I assume this mystery is drawn out through the series, but I wanted to know who did it. I think this was a good story to read in October, there are ghosts and a murder mystery, and Anna’s narrator did a good job of making things seem a bit spooky. She questioned everything. This was a quick read, but I don’t know that I’ll continue the series.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Robert Hack

This was creepy. I know that Sabrina is supposed to be a horror story but I grew up watching the fun animated show and the other one with Melissa Joan Hart. Which were both family friendly and full of goodness. This was not at all that, which I knew going into it, but it still totally creeped me out. Sabrina wasn’t so creepy, but her Aunt Hilda and Zelda were both basically cannibals and all the magic stemmed from worshipping the devil. This is the perfect graphic novel to read if you want something creepy for October. Even the art style was super creepy. The facial expressions of the characters did a really good job supporting the horror of the storyline and dialogue. I don’t know if I’ll continue the series. I want to see if my library has it, because it’s not my usual kind of thing to read so I don’t think I want to buy them. But I liked it well enough. I’m excited to see how it was adapted on Netflix.

These are all the graphic novels I read in October and my thoughts on them! I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing the WicDiv series (finally) and reading the others that I’d been saving all yeah for October. Did you read any graphic novels this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s May Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! I’m back again with another wrap up of the graphic novels I’ve read recently. As I’m typing this I haven’t read very many graphic novels this month. I have a few on my TBR for June, but I mostly focused on other books in May.

Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

This book was just as sweet and wholesome as the first book. I  love Bitty and Jack together and all of my dreams for this couple came true. I just love them so much. I love the art style and the color of this series. I also am a huge hockey fan, so that’s always a plus for me. There were two things that kept me from giving this book five stars. There were so many new characters. We’re now following two hockey teams. So, we’re meeting the new players on the Samwell team and also all of the players for Jack’s NHL team. So, it got a little confusing sometimes trying to figure out who was who. The other thing was that the story really jumped around. At times, it felt like the end of some scenes was completely skipped or the transitions between panels were a bit awkward. Despite these two issues, I still really loved this book. This series will definitely make my list of favorites. It’s just so sweet and I love Bitty and Jack.

Did you read any graphic novels this month? Leave me your favorites in the comments because I’m always looking for new graphic novels to pick up!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s April Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hi, lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these because I just haven’t been picking up my graphic novel collection lately. I don’t know why that is, but in April I tried to make a point of picking up at least a few of the graphic novels I already own. I did alright I think, I managed to pick up a few and I’m happy with that.

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

I picked this one up for the OWLs readathon. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Tillie Walden and this was no different. The story was a little bizarre. I wasn’t sure where it was going because the synopsis was pretty vague. I really enjoyed the art, Walden’s work is always stunning. The storyline was fascinating but weird. I couldn’t tell where the story was going and as I read things just got weirder and weirder in the best way. I really enjoyed this one even if I’m still sort of not sure what happened.

Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld, Devin Grayson, & Steven Cummings

I recently binge reread the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld and was excited to finally pick this graphic novel that I found at one of my local used book stores a few months ago.  I was really excited to see Shay’s story and more details of what happened to her. We got bits and pieces of her story in the original story, but we got so much more in this graphic novel. I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting to know more about Shay’s past and how she ended up where she did. I believe there is a second one and I’m going to have to find it because I love anything that takes place in the Uglies world.

Kaijumax Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly by Zander Cannon

I read the first graphic novel in this series too long ago so it was a little awkward to jump back into this world after so long. The monsters all use really bizarre and creative slang and that was jarring at first. Like the first one, I thought this was a really creative story. We follow some monsters after they’ve escaped from Kaijumax prison for monsters. I liked getting to see the rest of the world. But it was hard for me seeing the guards that worked for the prison out hunting monsters. So many of them have no sympathy and think that all monsters are the same, even the ones that are doing all the right things. I thought it brought up an interesting conversation that could be related to the real world. Overall, I liked this one and I’m going to continue onto the third installment.

Kaijumax Season Three: King of the Monstas by Zander Cannon

I think what I like most about this series is the serious topics it covers in a creative way. In this installment we’re back in the world of the prison where we see what’s going on with an inmate/guard romantic relationship, the latest on the drama between the gangs, and focusing closer on a select few characters. I strongly disliked the romantic relationship but I think that was intentional. The warring gangs were the main plot of this story and at times it was hard to keep track of who was in which gang. Despite that I thought it was a really interesting story, especially Woofys plot line. I think the most interesting character that we focused on was the goat man, he has a long title that is the devil of something or other but I can’t be bothered. I’m still filled with questions about him. I’d love to know more about what he and his father are. I’m also wondering why he turned into a literal goat after crossing the river. Overall, I’ll have to buy more of the series to continue but I definitely plan on doing so.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young, Jean-François Beauleiu, & Dean Rankine

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the I Hate Fairyland graphic novel series. So, a few months ago after discovering the absolute gem that is my local comic store I bought the first four volumes. I don’t know what took me so long to pick them up, but I’m really glad I finally did because this was so fun. I adored the art. It’s so colorful and wild. It’s gory and gruesome, but also some how still sweet as candy (some may even say sickly sweet). I thought the story was incredibly creative too, though I would have liked to see more of why it took Gertrude 27 years to get even close to the key. It was clear toward the end she was pretty much a huge asshole, but what when wrong when she was still a little girl that made finding the key so impossible? I loved the story, a adult in a girls body, murderous and horrible. I also totally loved the ending. She was so close to finally reaching her goal. I’m very excited to start the next volume and see what chaos Gertrude brings to Fairyland next.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu

This series is hilariously vulgar and I love every page. I’m quickly becoming obsessed. Gertrude is a selfish 30ish year old trapped in a child’s body. She infuriated me but also made me laugh because she’s completely ridiculous. I love the art. It’s stunningly vibrant and I stand by calling it sickly sweet in my review for the first book in the series. Things were a little all over the place plot wise and time seemed to jump in big chunks (which I guess it did in the first one too) but with the ending of this one I’m really intrigued to see what will happen in the fourth one.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3: Good Girl by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu

This has been my favorite volume so far. I still really love the art. It’s colorful and obnoxious in the best way. In this volume Gertrude has decided she’s going to try to be good. So for several months she tries to do good deeds and ends up only making things worse. But then her guide Larry tells her of a maze that just might be what she needs. She finds the balls of redemption and becomes good Gert. Finally, after thirty years she’s found the key and gets to go home. But…things don’t go as planned. I loved this story. It was different from the others but so fun. My only complaint is that, didn’t the world end in volume two? If we ignore that, I loved this and I’m typing this so fast so I can pick up volume four because the ending of this volume was an excellent cliffhanger.

Kaijumax Season Four: Scaly is the New Black by Zander Cannon

This installment follows the women’s side of Kaijumax monster prison. I thought this was a really interesting book. I loved the conversations it brought, such as pregnancy/adoption when you’re in prison, drug addiction and smuggling, and as with the rest of these stories, gangs. I love this world that Cannon has created. I love the monster slang, it’s fun and entertaining. But this whole series, while fun, has serious tones to it which I really love. There’s no information on when Season Five is coming out, but the end pages of this one did say that it was coming. I’m excited to see what Cannon does next.

What graphic novels did you read in April?

Amanda’s February Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hi, lovelies! As I do on all the months that I read graphic novels, here is my wrap up and mini-reviews for those that I read in the month of February.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

I’ve heard so many good things about this beast of a graphic novel. I bought it a few months ago knowing I’d read it eventually. Well, the latest round of Tome Topple was in February and I wanted something quick to read so I thought this one was a perfect choice. I really enjoyed this. I haven’t read many science fiction graphic novels. I loved the characters and the fact that it was such a diverse cast. The found family was strong in this story and I totally wanted to be a part of it. I thought the world-building was done well. We got to see a few different places and they were all beautiful. I will definitely be reading more by Tillie Walden (especially since I already own a few of her other novels.)

This was the only graphic novel I managed to pick up this month (thanks to Tome Topple!) I’ve been working my way through some library books, so hopefully, I’ll read some more of my collection next month.

Did you read any graphic novels this month?

Blogmas Day Thirty: Amanda’s December Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

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Hello, lovelies! I’ve been in a bit of a graphic novel slump. I think I just have too many options, too many series I’ve read the first of and bought more of the series, but haven’t picked up. So, I’m really glad I managed to finally pick up more graphic novels this month.

The Wicked + The Divine Volume Two: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I love this series. There’s something about it that just captivates me. I love the concept of the Gods reincarnating (sort of). This volume  was full of mystery and the main character, Laura, trying to find out who killed Luci. I really missed Luci and her absense kind of made this volume not as good as the first. I still ended up really enjoying it though. The huge twist at the end had me dying for the next book. I liked that we got to see more of the other gods and we got a bit more than just Laura’s perspective. I’m excited to continue with the series.

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

I bought this graphic novel after seeing Scott Westerfeld speak at the DC National Book Festival. The way he talked about how images and art inspired him and changed the way he wrote stories really made me want to check this one out. I’m glad I did. The art was interesting and unique. The color difference between the regular world scenes and the panels inside the “spill zone” was beautiful. I think it was also interesting the way the different speech bubbles meant different things. We see Addie (the main character) talking, but we also get thought bubbles from her younger sister who hasn’t spoken since coming out of the spill zone the night everything happened, and speech bubbles from another character I won’t name so it doesn’t give anything away. I also thought the story itself was well done. It was compelling and mysterious. My only complaint is that it ended too soon. There wasn’t much resolution, but thankfully I have the second book too so I’ll just start that next. There was something supernatural about the story and I think that was really creative and definitely kept me interested.

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

After finishing the first volume, I had to immediately pick up the second and get the rest of the story. I really loved how things connected and then were wrapped up. I think Westerfeld told an excellent story. The art was stunning. I loved the contrast between the regular world and then the spill zone and then how they were merged toward the end of the story. My only complaint would be that sometimes the shifts between scenes and characters were a bit sudden and jarring. I still really enjoyed it and these might just make a favorites list when I work on those in the coming month.

Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo

This graphic novel made me nostalgic for when I was introduced the the video game. I used to play it with a neighbor of mine that turned into a close friend. It made me miss her. But aside from that, I didn’t love this. The time travel bits were really confusing at first. I did like that they included actual art from the game. But overall, I’m definitely going to stick with the game.

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson (also several other guest artists)

This, so far, is probably my least favorite of this series. Though we actually get some back story on the gods and the people they were before being awoken as gods, which I thought was interesting. This was kind of all over the place. The two characters I liked the most are not longer in the story. Plot wise, things are getting wild. I think the mystery and suspense is done really well. The reader knows more than some of the characters, but were still not given all the information. I thought the inclusion of guest artists was interesting and made each of the gods featured more unique. Overall, while it was my least favorite I still really enjoyed it.

Did you read  any graphic novels in December? Have you read any of these ones? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Twenty-Eight: Amanda’s Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

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Hi, lovelies! I’m back again at the end of this wonderful Spooktober to talk about the graphic novels I managed to read this month. Sadly, I read most of my spooky graphic novels last month in my excitement for the spooky season. But I still read some good picks this month!

Oz: Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

This was probably my least favorite in this series so far. I enjoyed the art. I love Skottie Young’s work. I love how he brought to life all of the different people and creatures we meet on Dorothy’s latest journey. But the story itself was not as good as the others. I didn’t feel like much was at stake and I just didn’t care about Ozma’s birthday party.

Spinning by Tillie Walden

I love Tillie Walden. I don’t know what kick-started this love, but I love her work. I love her art. I especially loved this memoir written as a graphic novel. It was a bit confusing here and there because it seemed to have random bits of her life plopped into the story. But after reading the author’s note at the end it made more sense. This was a story about a young girl that is a talented figure skater, but she’s also so much more than that. She’s gay and trying to figure out what that means for her and the rest of her life. I really enjoyed this one. The story was heartfelt (and my hometown was mentioned, how cool?!) and meaningful. It was not a sweet story by any means, but it was honest and hard. I definitely recommend this one.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

This one has been on my radar since I started reading graphic novels earlier this year. I really like the message it left me with. Even though you love someone, they might not be the right person for you. I didn’t like how Freddy let herself neglect her friends when Laura Dean decided to give her attention. Laura Dean was a giant asshole. I’m glad Freddy broke up with her. I enjoyed the art for this one. I also really enjoy the parts of the story where Freddy was writing to an advice columnist and the advice she got back. I enjoyed this one for sure.

Check, Please! Book One: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Everyone absolutely raves about Check, Please! So, I had to get it. Plus, I’m a huge hockey fan. I figured this would be right up my alley. Indeed it was. I thought this was fun and just all around wholesome. I loved the bro-ness that was clear throughout the story. There’s just something about being a part of a team. I thought that came across really well. I love  Bitty and his obsession with baking. It made me want to get up and bake a pie myself. The only thing I didn’t really like was how it jumped from scene to scene between chapters. Something big would happen and then suddenly it would be a new chapter with a completely different topic. I felt like we were only getting bits and pieces of Bitty’s story. Which, kind of makes sense because the story is told via  Bitty’s vlogs. But I wanted a bit more detail. Overall, I had a ton of fun reading this and will definitely be picking up the next volume.

The Wicked + The Divine, Volume One: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

I would die for Luci. I loved this graphic novel. I plan to go pick up the next few volumes tomorrow when I can. I love the concept of the story, twelve Gods reincarnating as humans for two years before dying again. I’d love to know more about where they go when they die. I loved that we follow Laura, a human, as she befriends Luci, and fangirls over the rest of the Gods. Lucifer being female was everything I never knew I needed. She was absolutely my favorite. I really enjoyed the diverse cast. It was hard to really get any character development from the rest of the Gods because there was just so many of them. I’m sure we will see more of them in the next volumes and I just cannot wait to continue this series.

These are all the graphic novels I read this month. Have you read any of them? Did you like (or not) any as much as I did? Leave me some recommendations if you have them!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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