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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Comic Review: Step Aside, Pops: A Hark, A Vagrant Collection

StepAsideStep Aside, Pops: A Hark, A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton

Published by Drawn and Quarterly on September 15, 2015

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Humor, History

Pages: 166 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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Cartoonist Kate Beaton returns with all-new sidesplitting comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture, and literature. Collected from her wildly popular website, readers will guffaw over “Strong Female Characters,” the wicked yet chivalrous Black Prince, “Straw Feminists in the Closet,” and a disgruntled Heathcliff. Delight in what the internet has long known—Beaton’s humour is as sharp and dangerous as a velocipedestrienne, so watch out!

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Comic Review: The Fade Out, Act One

FadeOutThe Fade Out, Act One by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Published by Image Comics on March 10, 2015

Genres: Comics, Mystery, Crime, Noir, Graphic Novel

Pages: 120 Format: Paperback Source: Library

3/5 Stars

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The Fade Out, is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true. The Fade Out is Brubaker and Phillips’ most ambitious project yet!

Collects THE FADE OUT issues #1 to #4

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Comic Review: Wonder Woman, Vol. 6, Bones

23012564Wonder Woman, Vol. 6: Bones by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

Published by DC Comics on April 7, 2015

Genres: Comics, Superheroes, Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Pages: 144 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

This review contains spoilers for DC’s New 52 Wonder Woman.

It’s the beginning of the end as writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang kick off the astonishing finale of their epic run! Olympus must fall, and its rightful ruler must be restored. Wonder Woman is locked in a desperate battle with the First Born with the destiny of immortals at stake–and she must make a decision that will affect the lives of those she loves most.

Collects WONDER WOMAN #30-35, and SECRET ORIGINS #6.

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Comic Review: Darth Vader Vol. 1

24819813Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca

Published by Marvel Comics on October 20, 2015

Genres: Comics, Science Fiction, Space, Action, Adventure

Pages: 160 Format: Paperback Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture’s most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own solo adventures — showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor’s secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don’t want him to learn the truths he seeks! Guest-starring Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and more!

Collecting DARTH VADER #1-6.

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Comic Review: Avatar the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One

25233432Avatar the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru

Published by Dark Horse Comics on October 6, 2015

Genres: Comics, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 80 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

The Fire Nation is threatened by a prophecy told by the Kemurikage–mysterious figures thought only to exist in legend–remove Zuko from the throne or the country will perish!

Avatar Aang and his friends escort Zuko and his family back to the capitol completely unaware of the looming threat growing in the city. Unrest is brewing as the New Ozai Society prepares to make its move against the crown, and children begin to go missing from their homes under mysterious circumstances!

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Comic Review: Kanan, Vol. 1: The Last Padawan

25066765Star Wars: Kanan, Vol.1: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz, and Mark Brooks

Published by Marvel Comics on November 3, 2015

Genres: Comics, Science Fiction, Space, Action, Adventure

Pages: 144 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4/5 Stars

In Star Wars: Rebels, Kanan Jarrus is a cocky, sarcastic renegade fighting the Galactic Empire alongside the ragtag crew of the Ghost. But years before, during the Clone Wars, he was known as Caleb Dume, a Jedi Padawan training under Master Depa Billaba. Neither master nor apprentice ever suspected that their “loyal” Clone Troopers would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66 — the Emperor’s directive to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume escape the Jedi purge? How did he learn to survive on his own after his master fell? And how did he become the man we know as Kanan Jarrus? What can a Padawan do when being a Jedi makes him a target? Join young Caleb for a tale that bridges the years between the Clone Wars and Rebels! Collecting KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN #1-6.

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Comic Review: Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid

25013184Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson

Published by Marvel Comics on November 3, 2015

Genres: Comics, Science Fiction, Space, Action, Adventure

Pages: 120 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire, she never betrayed her convictions – even after the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, Leia grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire – the destruction of the Death Star! But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains…what is a princess without a world? As Leia comes to grips with her loss, a new mission leads her to the underground world of Sullust. The Empire is rounding up fugitive Alderaanians, and that doesn’t sit well with their Princess! But what can one woman do against the Galactic Empire? They’re about to find out! Join the galaxy’s toughest Princess on a quest to save her people and rebuild her life!

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Comic Review: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka

25113095Star Wars: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto, and Phil Noto

Published by Marvel Comics on November 17, 2015

Genres: Comics, Science Fiction, Space, Action, Adventure

Pages: 136 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto take us past the destruction of the second Death Star — and into the chaos of a Shattered Empire. It’s the explosive lead-in to this winter’s blockbuster big-screen Star Wars revival, and everything you need to know is right here!

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