Mini Reviews: The Steel Prince, The One Hundred Nights of Hero, & Book Love

Today I’ve got some short thoughts on three graphics I picked up recently. Check them out below!


TheSteelPrinceShades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri

Published by Titan Comics on March 6, 2019

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

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Mini Reviews: Turf Wars & Imbalance

Today I’ve got two comic reviews to share featuring my faves from Legend of Korra and Avatar the Last Airbender. Check out my brief thoughts below!


TurfWars3The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part 3 by Michael Dante DiMartino & Irene Koh

Published by Dark Horse Books on August 22, 2018

Genres: Children’s, Middle Grade, Fiction, Comics, Graphic Novels

Pages: 76 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

When Asami is kidnapped, Korra sets out to the Spirit Wilds to find her. Now teeming with dark spirits influenced by the half spirit-half human Tokuga, the landscape is more dangerous than ever before. The two women must trust in each other and work together if they are to make it out alive. Their fate is revealed in this stunning, action-packed conclusion to The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars!

It was great to be back in Republic City to see the crew working together to stop another threat. This series has highlighted Korra and Asami’s blossoming relationship in a wonderful way showing young love in it’s fledgling state even with all of the outside factors at play. It was also cool to see the airbenders taking a stand and hosting a peaceful protest and it shows just how misguided officials can be. All in all I totally recommend this for Legend of Korra fans!


Imbalance1The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part 3 by Faith Erin Hicks, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino & Peter Wartman

Published by Dark Horse Books on December 18, 2018

Genres: Children’s, Middle Grade, Fiction, Comics, Graphic Novels

Pages: 80 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

When Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph return to Earthen Fire Industries–the factory owned by Toph’s father–Team Avatar finds that the once small town is now booming. Expecting a warm welcome, Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with unimpressed, cold-shouldered spectators. As soon as the team is asked for help at a business council meeting, the reason for the slight becomes clear–a massive bender versus non-bender conflict has gripped the town and is threatening to turn violent.

The Gaang is back with another adventure in the ATLA world and I just cannot get enough of these stories. Called to Earthen Fire Industries, the once small region has exploded in business and population, looking like the very beginnings of the great Republic City. This progress isn’t all sunshine though with people losing jobs and struggling to make a living. Plus the early stages of bender/non-bender tension are taking shape. The art and colors in this one were absolutely beautiful and just brought the world to life. Obviously I recommend picking this up if you love Avatar and I’m interested to see what this arc will explore next.


Are you an Avatar the Last Airbender or Legend of Korra fan? Have you read the comics?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

Mini Reviews: Raven the Pirate Princess, Vol. 4 & 5 and Princeless, Vol. 6

I flew through some of my favorite middle grade/YA comics this past week and thought I’d wrap up my opinions in one little post. Check them out below!


RavenPiratePrincess4Raven the Pirate Princess, Vol. 4 Two Ships in the Night by Jeremy Whitley & Xenia Pamfil

Published by Action Lab Entertainment on February 20, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction, Comics, Fantasy

Pages: 128 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Year 2 of Raven’s quest for Love and Revenge begins! With the whole crew back together in one piece, it’s time for a celebration. But some of the crew have ulterior motives for this party and they’ll take a romantic twist! What no one expects is the party to be cut short by an attack that will tear some relationships apart, push others closer together, and leave our crew one lady short.

RavenPiratePrincess5Raven the Pirate Princess, Vol. 5 Get Lost Together by Jeremy Whitley, Christine Hip, & Nicole D’Andria

Published by Action Lab Entertainment on July 10, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction, Comics, Fantasy

Pages: 128 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Six weeks have passed since the attack on the ship and the loss of Sunshine. Now everyone is trying to get back to normal, including Ximena, who has been putting off confessing her feelings for the love of her life. Now she’s finally ready to try and make it work, but is this relationship cursed?

And what did happen to Sunshine? While the crew is sure she’s dead, she has found a new life on a mysterious island. While everything seems perfect, is there something terrifying lurking beneath the surface?

It’s been too long since I picked up awesome comics featuring this kick ass female crew and these two volumes start off a strong and intriguing new chapter for Raven and the rest. While the new art style isn’t my fave, it still captures the essence of the story, and the character dynamics are off the charts. There’s a lot of different threads to keep track of but I cannot get enough of each one of these characters. Relationships and romance are woven deep here and I’m so glad some moments that I’ve hoped for came to fruition. It should be interesting to see where the story goes next!


PrincelessVol6Princeless, Vol. 6 Make Yourself Part 2 by Jeremy Whitley, Brett Grunig, & Emily Martin

Published by Action Lab Entertainment on December 5, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction, Comics, Fantasy

Pages: 128 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Mothers, Daughters, Dwarves, and Dragons collide in the epic conclusion to “Princeless: Make Yourself.” Return to the snow covered mountains of The Rim for the epic conclusion of “Make Yourself,” the biggest arc of Princeless yet! Will Bedelia’s reunion with her mom be any of what she hoped for or will she leave just as bitter as she came? And when an epic dragon attack threatens Adrienne’s quest to save the twins and the safety of the whole Dwarven village, the Dragon Slayers will jump into action. But there’s one catch: the dangerous dragon is Sparky’s mom!

Finally a new Princeless to get excited about! Adrienne is ready to save her twin sisters if only foolish men would stop getting in her way while Bedelia’s got adventure of her own as Sparky meets her mom. There’s a lot of action in this one with epic sword fights and sky battles across the page. Plus the twins were quite funny. The last portion of this volume was a self contained story that was super epic and endearing. My only hang up with this title is that it is so slow to come out. I need to know what happens next!


Have you read Princeless and Raven the Pirate Princess?

Let me know in the comments below!

Mini Reviews: Spell on Wheels, Ladycastle, & Monstress Vol. 1

I’ve been on a bit of a comic reading kick lately so today I’ve got three mini reviews featuring fierce women. Check out my thoughts below!


SpellonWheelsSpell on Wheels by Kate Leth

Published by Dark Horse Comics on June 20, 2017

Genres: Adult, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Paranormal

Pages: 136 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A road trip story. A magical revenge fantasy. A sisters-over-misters tale of three witches out to get back what was taken fom them.

Andy, Jolene, and Claire aren’t your average twenty-somethings. They’re legacy witches making their way through a modern world. When a jealous nonmagical ex breaks into their home and steals a spell that could awaken potentials with magical powers, the witches plan their revenge. Traveling down the East Coast, they must retrieve their powerful stolen artifacts and strengthen their friendship… the big bad is even worse than they imagined. 

Collects Spell on Wheels #1–#5.

What’s better than witches on Halloween? Empowered ladies road tripping to take back what’s theirs, that’s what! Andy, Jolene, and Claire were three incredible friends who are vastly different yet work super well as a team. Their trip takes them from hopping city establishments to the streets of suburbia and even dilapidated cabins where they discover the good, bad, and ugly of the magical underground. I absolutely loved the art and the author did a phenomenal job fitting so much character and story into these five issues. Highly recommend!


LadycastleLadycastle by Delilah S. Dawson

Published by Boom! Studios on October 18, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

When the King and all the men of the castle die, it’s time for the women to knight up.

When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on a crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out—that’s a lot less armor polishing to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle . . . well, the women take umbrage with that.

Now, Merinor, the blacksmith’s wife is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight, Sir Riddick, is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had done while the women assumed they were just drunk.

The premise of all the men but one being killed and the ladies taking charge of the castle definitely sucked me into this comic and with the likes of Delilah Dawson writing I knew it would be enjoyable. I loved seeing the women come into their own and face the inner struggles as well as the ones that threatened their kingdom. Plus there were a few song interludes plucked from pop culture that added plenty of humor to this bind up. While the art wasn’t my favorite it definitely fit the story well. This one will definitely appeal to a lot of people!


Monstress1Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

Published by Image Comics on July 19, 2016

Genres: Adult, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Steampunk

Pages: 192 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6

OMG why did it take me so long to read this? I mean, I bought Monstress two years ago and cannot believe I put off this incredible graphic novel. The art by Sana Takeda is exceptional with an intricacy and beauty that stands out on every single page. The detail, however, goes beyond the art with a world steeped in history and mythos as well as intriguing characters that pop up at every turn. While the gore and horror aspects can be slightly off putting, the darkness that lurks within this story will keep the reader enthralled. I totally recommend this though people should be conscious of triggers.


Have you read any of these graphic novels?

Let me know in the comments below!

Mini Reviews: Prince in Disguise & The Prince and the Dressmaker

Today I’ve got a couple of mini reviews for two cute titles featuring princes. I quite enjoyed both so check out my thoughts on Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang below!


PrinceinDisguisePrince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 19, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.

Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

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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

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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!

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!

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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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