Mini Comic Reviews: Star Wars Edition

As I’ve been fully immersed in Star Wars this last month courtesy of Celebration, I picked up a bunch of comics to explore more stories in these wondrous galaxies. Check out my mini reviews for five titles below!


KananVol2Kanan: First Blood by Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz

Published by Marvel Comics on May 31, 2016

Genres: Comics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space

Pages: 144 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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Continue to explore the early days of Kanan Jarrus, the sensational star of STAR WARS REBELS! You’ve seen Kanan’s last adventure as a Padawan, now witness his first! The boy who was Caleb Dune must find his feet as the Clone Wars rage all around him. When the Jedi Temple comes under attack, what can a mere Padawan do to make a difference? Caleb and his new master, Bilaba, will take command of their own clone troop, and lead them into the furious Battle of Mygeeto. But lying in wait for them there are a pair of Separatist Generals, one of whom is one of the most deadly threats in the entire galaxy! Can Caleb and Bilaba survive Grievous?

Collecting KANAN #7-12.

Listen, Star Wars Rebels has given me all the Kanan Jarrus feels and I love discovering more about his past. This second volume shows us his first foray in the Clone Wars and being chosen as a padawan by Master Bilaba. It speaks to both his character, wanting to go to war and then realizing there’s a lot more to it, as well as Bilaba, her concern for her troops and worry about making the same mistakes. Overall I really love it!


ChewbaccaChewbacca by Gerry Dugan and Phil Noto

Published by Marvel Comics on March 8, 2016

Genres: Comics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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Known as the skilled co-pilot of the infamous Millennium Falcon, the legendary Wookiee warrior CHEWBACCA stars in his very own adventure! After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need. Writer Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, 1872, HULK) and artist Phil Noto (BLACK WIDOW, X-23, UNCANNY X-FORCE) bring us a never-before-seen tale of the heroic Wookiee we all know and love.

COLLECTING: STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA 1-5

I’m so glad Chewbacca got his own adventure. It was good to see him go from reluctant Wookiee trying to get home to helping an entire planet fight corruption and the Empire’s hold there. His interactions with Zarro, a young girl fighting back who actually stole the spotlight, were so endearing. Wish there had been a bit more but overall pretty darn good.


PoeDameron1Poe Dameron, Vol. 1: Black Squadron by Charles Soule and Phil Noto

Published by Marvel Comics on December 13, 2016

Genres: Comics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space

Pages: 144 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top-secret and vital mission, Poe sets off to investigate sites of historical importance to the Force — revealing backstory leading directly into The Force Awakens! Follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order, brought to you by writer Charles Soule (STAR WARS: LANDO, DAREDEVIL) and artist Phil Noto (STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA, BLACK WIDOW)!

Collecting issues 1–6 from the ongoing series.

Poe Dameron is a superstar pilot but BB-8 of course stole the show again in this one. This story really feeds right into The Force Awakens and it was cool to see how he worked with his squadron and the interesting cast of characters that have joined the Resistance. I’m definitely interested in what’s going to happen next but my high hopes were slightly dashed.


Lando1Lando by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev

Published by Marvel Comics on January 19, 2016

Genres: Comics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

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You know him, you love him — now, join him for his biggest caper ever as master of charm Lando Calrissian steps into his very own high-stakes adventure! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger and a smile. With the loyal Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship. But has he bitten off more than he can chew? One of the galaxy’s deadliest, most effective trackers is on his tail, and the heist of a lifetime has become a fight to survive! Lando and Lobot took this gig for the easy payday — but if they make it through alive, they’ll never be the same. It’s the tale of a scoundrel in his natural element: trouble!

Collects Lando (2015) #1-5.

There’s definitely not enough Lando Calrissian out there but I had mixed feelings about most of this story. It wasn’t until the end that I truly cared and then I got super emotional. Lobot was definitely a highlight but I’d still like to see more adventures with them.


ObiWanAnakin1Obi-Wan & Anakin by Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto

Published by Marvel Comics on July 19, 2016

Genres: Comics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space

Pages: 120 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their final confrontation on the Death Star, they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young Padawan, Anakin Skywalker. Now join them a few years into the “chosen one” Anakin’s training. Teacher and student have grown closer over time, but it’s been a difficult road. And things aren’t about to get any easier. In fact, when they are called to a remote planet for assistance, the pair may be pushed to breaking point. As they find themselves stranded on a strange world of primitive technology and deadly natives, will they be able to save themselves? First they must learn who called for help…and why!

COLLECTING: OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN 1-5

Obi-Wan and Anakin forever!!! I would consume every bit of extra information on their adventures as master and padawan and this story truly delivered. Dealing with Anakin’s difficulty at the Academy and Obi-Wan’s willingness to go wherever his padawan is to teach him gives this one plenty of emotional debt. Add to that an intriguing world with two cultures constantly at war made this quite a wild ride. Definitely recommend this one!


So are you keeping up with the flood of Star Wars comics Marvel has unleashed? Any favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Comic Round Up: 2017 Off to a Great Start

In the past month I’ve started off 2017 right when it comes to comics! A total of five volumes on four titles: couple series enders, the beginning of one, and volumes one and two of another. Here’s brief recaps/reviews for all of them!


papergirlsPaper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson

Published by Image Comics on April 5, 2016

Genres: Comics, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 144 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Collects Paper Girls #1-5.

This strange little story of four newspaper delivery girls was a much needed breath of fresh air. Inventive, witty, with plenty of science fiction to boot. I will say that a number of moments left me confused and it took me a bit to wrap my head around everything happening in the suburbs of Cleveland. I definitely enjoyed all the craziness that ensued though. Continue reading

Comic Round Up: A Little Bit of Everything

Check out what I’ve been reading comic wise in the past couple months. It really is a little bit of everything!


Saga6Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

Published by Image on July 5, 2016

Pages: 152 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.

Saga is just a constant surprise and I really think the time jump worked for the series. I’m still fascinated by all the character interactions and connections and the world just keeps expanding. A must read!


batgirlvol3Batgirl, Vol. 3: Mindfields by Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher

Published by DC on August 24, 2016

Pages: 200 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Batgirl’s about to lose the greatest weapon in her arsenal…because her mind is failing her! Are her ragtag group of allies ready to pick up the slack? And while Batgirl is down, it’s Black Canary to the rescue to discover the identity of a malevolent mastermind menacing Burnside!

Batgirl is my fave but I wanted more from this conclusion to the Burnside story line. I still love all the side characters and I’m looking forward to what Rebirth has in store.  Continue reading

Comic Round Up: Princesses, Pirates, and Spies, Oh My!

It has been a ridiculously long time since I reviewed some comics and graphic novels on the blog so I’m remedying that today before it gets anymore out of hand. Here we go!

Princeless

By Jeremy Whitley

Published by Action Lab Entertainment

5/5 Stars

My love for this series knows no bounds!!! I fully reviewed the first installment of Princeless a while back and have now read every volume currently available. Following runaway princess Adrienne on her adventures to save her sisters has been such a treat and I just adore how every volume continues to flip gender norms on their heads. I also loved the introduction of Raven and her offshoot girl crew as well. The pages are full of dragons and pirates, swordfights and ships. The world continues to expand and new emotion and conflict can be found at every turn. Highly Recommend! Continue reading

Mini Reviews: DC Comics Onslaught

It has been way too long since I reviewed some comics on here. I’ve read a string of DC titles over the past few months and I’d like to do some quick mini reviews. Let’s get to it!


GothamAcademy1Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl

Published  on June 17, 2015

Pages: 160 Format: Paperback Source: Library

5/5 Stars

Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits…

Okay, so Gotham Academy isn’t like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn’t like other students. After a mysterious incident over summer break, she’s back at school with a bad case of amnesia, an even worse attitude…and an unexplained fear of bats.

Olive’s supposed to show new student Maps Mizoguchi the ropes. Problem: Maps is the kid sister of Kyle, Olive’s ex. Then there’s the ghost haunting the campus…and the secret society conducting bizarre rituals.

Can Olive and Maps ace the biggest challenge of their lives? Or are they about to get schooled?

Collects Gotham Academy #1-6

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Comic Review: Princeless Vol. 1: Save Yourself

PrincelessVol1Princeless Vol. 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

Published by Action Lab Entertainment on April 1, 2014

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Childrens, Young Adult, Fantasy 

Pages: 128 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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Chosen to be honored as an Amelia Bloomer Project title, through the ALA. Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! Come join the Eisner-nominated team of Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin for a tale of swashbuckling in the face of sexism. Princeless is the action/adventure for the girl who’s tired of waiting to be rescued and ready to save herself!

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Comic Review: Avatar the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Pt. 2

ATLASS2Avatar the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Pt. 2 by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru

Published by Dark Horse on December 16, 2015

Genres: Comics, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 80 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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With the disappearances of children in the Fire Nation capital, Avatar Aang and his friends are doing everything they can to find out who—or what—is responsible.

Aang and Zuko must work together to keep the peace, but the emergence of the New Ozai Society, and the appearance of the mysterious Kemurikage of legend, may prove to be too much even for the Avatar when the true culprit of the kidnappings is revealed!

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