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Sin City, Volume 1: The Hard Goodbye

by Frank Miller
Paperback EditionRead August 5, 2015

Original Release Date: June 1992

Length: 208 pages

Official Description:

The first volume of the crime-comic megahit that introduced the now-infamous Marv and spawned a blockbuster film returns in a newly redesigned edition, with a brand-new cover by Frank Miller-some of his first comics art in years!

It’s a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town. But Marv doesn’t care. There’s an angel in the room. She says her name is Goldie. A few hours later, Goldie’s dead without a mark on her perfect body, and the cops are coming before anyone but Marv could know she’s been killed. Somebody paid good money for this frame . . .

My Take:

Much like reading 300 I watched the film, the first one, before reading this graphic novel.  Set in a noir style world with only black and white art, Frank Miller’s Sin City was a ground breaking novel. Or so I’m told, I don’t really know that much about all the comic world stuff. I like Marv. I like that the book is all about Marv and his desire for his version of justice for Goldie, a woman that he just met. I enjoy a good noir every now and then, as well as a good anti-hero. I love that this sticks with the noir grittiness and the rough around the edges, with a non PC approach. I also find it great the Miller not only wrote the story he also did the art work and lettering, which is fantastically impressive, that’s a lot of immaculate work. Noir is almost always more violent than expected, this graphic novel is no different, along with the violence we have unrealistic nudity. I mean it’s a graphic novel, so we can pretend that people look like that. It has been a few months since I actually read this so, I am a little short on detail. The book draws you in, it is a quick read and you care about Marv, and his obvious rage and insanity. It is amazing how quickly he thinks he falls for a woman, I mean, he goes on a rampage after a one nighter, that’s some crazy commitment. Though I have a pretty good idea how the next comics will go, I still look forward to delving into the insanity that is Basin City and all the residents.

Quote:

“Hell’s waking up every goddamn day and not even knowing why you’re here.”

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A Game of Thrones Volume 1

by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham (adapted), Tommy Patterson (Illustrator)
Hardcover EditionRead July 27, 2015

Original Release Date:  March 27, 2012

Length: 240pages

Official Description:

This graphic novel adaptation contains more than fifty pages of exclusive content not available in the original comic books, including

• a new Preface by George R. R. Martin
• early renderings of key scenes and favorite characters from the novels
• a walk-through of the entire creative process, from auditioning the artists to tweaking the scripts to coloring the final pages
• behind-the-scenes commentary from Daniel Abraham, Tommy Patterson, and series editor Anne Groell

You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thronesto majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the graphic series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

My Take:

I feel like a terrible human being. I have watched Game of Thrones I have read this adaptation, I have only read the first half of the first book. One day I will buckle down and actually read the whole series. After all it is just sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read them. Anyway, let us talk about this graphic novel. I liked it. It brings new depth to the story that we are familiar with, and gives a visual element that neither the show nor the book can bring. It is different, it is drawn beautifully and adapted well. In my opinion. I think my favorite part was the forward by George R. R. Martin. He goes into his history of comics, and gives reasons why everything is different. He also says he enjoys all the formats. I imagine it is fun, yet difficult, to see your hard work adapted and changed to so many different forums, the following that his epic world has gained. The comic was well done, the art was beautiful. I half expected the artist to draw each character as the actors portraying them on TV. I am glad that they did not, it gives the creators that much more of an edge. Anyway if you enjoy GOT then you’ll probably want to get your hands on this. It is just a fun way to enjoy a great series.

My Favorite Quote:

“The comic book is not the book; the graphic novel is not the novel. The same, of course, is true of films and television. When we move a story from one medium to another, no matter how faithful we attempt to be, some changes are inevitable. Each medium has its own demands, its own restrictions, its own way of telling a story.”

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The October Faction

by Steve Niles (author), Damien Worm (Illustrator)
Digital EditionRead July 8, 2015

Original Release Date: July 21, 2015

Length: 152 pages

Official Description

The October Faction details the adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family, which include a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock. Because sometimes crazy is the glue that binds a family together.

Collects issues #1-6.

My Take:

I really enjoyed this comic. It was dark and unexpected. It had that Adam’s Family vibe, everyone is just a little bit off, they don’t fit in with regular society, but they are pretty awesome. This comic has a wonderful sense of misdirection, you mind goes one way, the story goes another. I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect with a little bit of reality thrown in. I liked the art, it was different, gritty, a little angular, but worked well with the overall story. If you enjoy a darker, supernatural story with murder and mayhem you might enjoy this one, it’s worth picking up.

(I did receive this book free for an honest review)

 

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Eden Volume 1

by Bash
Digital EditionRead July 7, 2015

Original Release Date: June 2, 2015

Length: 208 pages

Official Description

Mysterious beings that do not belong in our world known as ‘angels’ are looking for a village that exists in-between space and time. But, the village is also searching for something – a boy named Touru. When they find him, a war breaks out and the angels are determined to exterminate the villagers. What is the secret the village holds and why must they find Touru? This is a story of fate. This is a story of epic fantasy. GEN presents Eden, an all-new epic series.

My Take:

This was pretty . . . terrible. I hate to say that about a book as someone put in a lot of effort to not only create the world, but made the story and drew the art…but it just doesn’t work for me. It is entirely confusing, I had an idea of what was going on, then…nope that was not what was happening at all. Angels are really demons…there is a town that exist in a bend of space and time. The art is ok…I read an incomplete version, I hope, it is typical in the manga style, but the story makes no sense. I never understood what the point was to the story. I still have no idea what was going on. It didn’t really hold my interest either, which may have been part of the problem. It was just really poorly executed and not thought out at all.

(I did receive this book free for an honest review)

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In Search of Lost Dragons

by Elian Black’Mor, Carine-M
Digital EditionRead May 17, 2015

Original Release Date: February 11, 2011

Length: 224 pages

Official Description

Gorgeous full-color paintings, accompanied by a unique story of world-wide exploration and dragon encounters! On the trail of dragons forgotten, an intrepid illustrator and reporter journeys from Europe through the Middle East and finally to Saigon in search of the dark caverns and mountaintop perches where the elusive winged serpents dwell. With the gift of seeing the invisible, our explorer friend records each encounter in a journal of gorgeous, fully painted artwork, capturing every majestic and fearsome visual detail of the scaly behemoths, and accompanies his findings with snippets of local lore as evidence that these hidden beasts continue to shape the world in ways we may never expect!

My Take:

This was a beautiful book, I expect the print edition was even better than the digital copy that I received. The ‘story’ follows a traveler and his journey of discovery. The story isn’t important, and of course it is just mostly a journal about the dragons, interesting facts. I actually gave up on the reading part, as it was pretty superfluous, and focused on the art, the type of dragon the art was displaying. That was all that really mattered here. I mean with drawings like these:

Dragons

It’s hard to not just sit and stare. This would be a great coffee table book for us fantasy geeks or just people who like some good art and sketches.

(I did receive this book free for an honest review)

 

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