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Mini Review: Skyward, Vol. 1 by Joe Henderson (Goodreads Author), Lee Garbett (Contributor), Antonio Fabela (Contributor)

Image Comics
Published April 18, 2018
136 Pages

One day, gravity on Earth suddenly became a fraction of what it is now. Twenty years later, humanity has adapted to its new low-gravity reality. And to Willa Fowler, a woman born just after G-day, it’s…well, it’s pretty awesome, actually.

You can fly through the air! I mean, sure, you can also die if you jump too high. So you just don’t jump too high. And maybe don’t get mixed up in your Dad’s secret plan to bring gravity back that could get you killed…- Goodreads

I liked this graphic novel but there are caveats. The story felt rushed. The idea that everything we know about gravity changes is a great concept that deserves time to develop. The scientific concepts within this book were brushed over leaving the reader to assume that it will be talked about later on. Spoiler alert, in this volume, they are not.

I slightly understand why writers choose to rush new comics because they are trying to sell the story so the reader will keep buying or requesting the story. It is a risky move that I don’t agree with but I understand. If the authors would have took just a bit more time on the

Although a brilliant woman, Willa is selfish and I have no sympathy for her, at least in this volume. She is a mess and wants things her way. When she doesn’t get it her way, she makes a way. And this is all good and gravy IF you have the full story as to why something is being done the way it is. I understand being bored. I understand wanting to do something different with your life and wanting to travel but Willa. . .  girl that was not the way to go.

A brief note on the artwork; its stunningly beautiful. You are sucked into this world full of brightness and movement. You want to know all about it, which is why this volume was disappointing.

Overall, I plan on reading the second volume because I am curious to know what will happen to Willa next and if she learned anything from volume one.

2 Pickles

Graphic Novel Review: Wolf, Vol. 1: Blood and Magic (Wolf #1) by Ales Kot, Lee Loughridge (Colourist), Matt Taylor (Illustrator)

Image Comics
Published Nov. 11, 2015
144 Pages

Los Angeles, California: Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse. The road to hell & back begins.

Enter the World where myths & reality meet. . .- Goodreads

Lately I have been coming across and issue with graphic novels written by white writers that have African American leads. I love the diversity but the issue is the first comic books lack a decent story. It is as if the author doesn’t know how to tell the story and therefore write a weak one, either testing to see if the public will like it or just not exactly sure how to tell the story.

Wolf is an interesting story; where myth meets reality. I love the concept and for the most part this particular volume isn’t a bad start to what can be an amazing story.

Wolf, himself, is a bit dull. There really isn’t much to him but at the same time, I am curious to know him because you know nothing about him other than his “ability.” There isn’t enough information or personality for me to like him but there is enough to make me curious and because of that I will read the second volume.

The story, overall, feels incomplete. Yes, I am aware that this is a series but even in the first volume you should feel some kind of satisfaction, something that makes you feel this isn’t a story that is being made up as you go along (no offense). It didn’t feel like a complete thought and the author was trying too hard to make it relevant, “hip” for teens or whoever.

Artwork was good; exactly what should be expected in a graphic novel. Overall, I do plan on reading volume two but hopefully it is better than volume 1.

 

2 Pickles

Manga Review: QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 (QQ Sweeper #1) by Kyousuke Motomi

VIZ Media LLC Published Sept. 26, 2014 208 Pages
VIZ Media LLC
Published Sept. 26, 2014
208 Pages

Kyutaro Horikita is part of the cleaning club at Kurokado High School. Tall, mysterious and good looking, everyone notices Horikita but because of his dark and silent staring everyone stays away from him.

By chance he finds transfer student Fumi Nishioka sleeping in a room at the school’s old dorms. But before he can get her permanently away from the room, she sees a door only the cleaners can see and enters without a glance back. Horikita realizes Fumi is special but he must find her before its too late. 

The creativity in this manga is out of bounds and I really didn’t do the summary any justice.

The idea that there are cleaners that’s mission is to not only clean a home or place spotless but also clean the heart and mind of an individual of negative emotions is just freaking cool.

When this other world is introduced, the art work is actually creepy. Sending tiny shivers up my arm. It was actually really cool. It was more than just black dots around it was an emotional piece of art that I appreciate on every level.

The story was very detailed for the first volume. But this didn’t take away from the mystery, intrigue, curiosity whatever you want to call it from the characters. I fell in love not with the characters, who showed a range of emotions including humor but I really fell for the story. It is perfect and I hope the last two books will be great.

The reason this manga didn’t get full stars is because there is a cliche in the romance. It is typical turmoil from the main character and I was disappointed in that. But . . . .

I am really sad that I have to wait for book 2 (doesn’t come out until February). I really cannot wait for it.

4 Pickles

 

UPDATE!!!

The third volume has recently been released and it is amazing. I normally do not post updates to a series I am reading but this is fairly important information. QQ Sweeper is a prequel to the series Queen’s Quality. I do not agree with the move because there is only one volume of Queen Quality and it is only available in Japanese -_-

But anyway, the third volume is the turning point to everything. We find out key details about Fumi Nishioka. Not too much about her past but more about her future. The romance is still there but at the moment it is a bit one sided. I am also predicting the worst to happen because Horikita is being selfish and his feelings doesn’t seem to be genuine for Fumi.

There is much more action in this novel than there was in the other two. It was exciting and it had me at the edge of my seat. It was perfect, where as book two was a bit shaky.

Short review, yes, but this is only an update. As stated previously, there isn’t going to be a volume 4 of QQ Sweeper, because it is a prequel :( Queen’s Quality is the next novel in this series. Finger’s cross I can find it in English and the author will continue the series and not leave it off.

5 Pickles

Manga Review: Secret, Vol. 1 by Yoshiki Tonogai

Yen Press Published Jan. 20, 2015 208 Pages
Yen Press
Published Jan. 20, 2015
208 Pages

Six survivors of a bus accident discover that maybe the tragic lost of their classmates and teacher wasn’t a accident at all and that three of the survivors are actually murderers. 

The murderers have one week to think over their crimes and answer for them before they are turned over to the police but when everyone has a secret, how do you know who is telling the truth?

I have walked passed the manga at the bookstore for a while now because it didn’t seem that interesting. But I decided to try it and the end result is . . . it was alright.

The thing about the story line is it is really vague for most of the part. You instantly know that there are murders in the group; there is no build up to that. You also instantly know ironically all six survivors indirectly or directly had something to do with who died; not as in classmates but on the day of the accident everyone made decisions that changed some things.

So after that the build up was lack luster. There isn’t enough mystery surrounding any of the survivors for me to be at the end of my seat or for me even to consider this a great who done it story.

When things started moving a bit faster, it still didn’t make the book exciting because there as no build up to it. You knew as reading it that someone was going to slip however, the person that did slip was unexpected but in a way that you scratch your head thinking why? The author focuses on three other characters so much in this first novel that not only do you forget about the other three you also think they really have nothing to do with what happened.

It was a weak way to surprise the readers.

The artwork other than the creepy bunny heads was average; nothing stood out.

Overall this wasn’t a horrible manga nor was it really good either. I can’t say I am unhappy to have read it but it wouldn’t had made a difference on my shelf. Will I read volume two . . . yes. I have a rule to give mangas or graphic novels at least two readings before I completely cut them off my list.

2 Pickles

Manga Review: Resident Evil, Vol 1: The Marhawa Desire by Capcom (Creator), Naoki Serizawa

VIZ Media LLC Published Nov. 18 2014 176 Pages
VIZ Media LLC
Published Nov. 18 2014
176 Pages

*Prequel to Resident Evil 6 game*

At elite an Marhawa High School in Singapore, a student is infected and is suffering from a horrific transformation. As a favor to the headmaster, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky attend this school in order to help with the outbreak.

But they are unaware that Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance are looking for Wright and are close behind.

I am a fan of resident evil. So this book was an immediate grab. Let’s talk about the artwork first.

Graphic, bloody the definition of zombie horror. There was also great care in details not just in the gore but in all of the characters. No one look exactly the same and there wasn’t cliche Japanese characters either.

What I liked about the story line was that it didn’t leave you in the dark. Even if you don’t know the original story you don’t feel as if you are completely missing things. The relationship between Chris and Professor Wright is interesting and I am hoping that volume two will explain more because for the life of me I don’t fully understand why Chris wanted to see Wright.

The thing about this volume is it opens the door for a lot of possibilities for what can happen next and I feel not only will it have to do with the past but with Ricky. There was a really good flow of characters, creepiness and excitement in this volume.

Overall 3 Pickles 

Manga Review: Ajin (Vol 1.) by Gamon Sakurai

Vertical To Be Published Oct. 14, 2014 228 Pages
Vertical
To Be Published Oct. 14, 2014
228 Pages

 

Kei Nagai is hit by a truck when he discovers that he is a ajin, an immortal that has supernatural abilities.  Becoming an instant target by the government and those looking to make a profit, Kei goes on the run, becoming a turning point in a war against ajins and humans. 

I love the creepiness of this cover. That is what drew me to it.  It is the perfect blend of what the heck and ghost like creepy.

The story itself was interesting and a bit hard to understand. There is a lot going on once Kei has been “discovered.” There is also a lot of disgusting emotions that occur within Kei’s peers and his own family.

I can’t really say I liked the story because it was confusing and it didn’t feed the need of knowledge known. There is a lot of back-story that the author gives  very little of. Even in volume two ( yes, I read it) there is still so many whys that I am not sure volume three will answer them.

I didn’t quite understand nor like Kei. He is cold, very calculated but then the next page he is emotional and is fighting for the greater good. I also didn’t understand the relationship with his sister and why she hates him and where it came from. The author again tries to explain it but it isn’t clear at all.

I was intrigued by the story, so I kept reading ( Volumes 2 & 3) but I am still just as lost as I was in the first book.

Overall, this is a hit or miss. The art work was great; creepy, graphic, detailed, not cliché, exactly what to be expected. But the story got lost.

2 Pickles.