Graphic Anthology Review: ‘Wild Ocean’ edited by Matt Dembicki

Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea CreaturesWild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures by Matt Dembicki

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Review from a digital copy.

This anthology offers a quick overview of twelve different oceanic species, each with a different scope of interactions with humans and within the ocean itself. Plots range from serious—capturing illegal fishermen who are doing it to survive—to lighthearted—a kid playing with a blue whale toy while his dad goes to a conference. Overall, the stories end happily, but the long-term prognosis for our oceans is grim, and that isn’t left out. Given that the point is to raise awareness, there’s no reason why it should be.

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Comic Book Review: ‘Sex Criminals vol. 1’ by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick  (Sex Criminals #1-5)Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I reviewed the first issue separately here. Checking out the first volume, now, I’m a little bummed that the mock-Lichtenstein style didn’t come over as much as I’d hoped…but this was more than made up for by the introduction of Jon’s story. While Suzie is quiet and withdrawn, Jon uses his special talent to wreak havoc and become a minor deity as far as the local porn store is concerned. His name for ‘The Quiet’ is taken from here, too…and it’s too wonderful to give away. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 8 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew Volume 8: Family RecipesChew Volume 8: Family Recipes by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Remember when I was bummed about all the stuff that didn’t happen in volume 7, given the end of volume 6, which came as the ultimate shock after all the zany preceding bits (psychedelic chogs)? Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Saga Vol. 3’ by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saga, Volume 3Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Oh man this series just really hit its stride. In the first two volumes, it was hard to enjoy the central characters as much as, well, every single one of the side characters. Marko’s parents, The Will/Slave Girl/Gwendolyn (and The Stalk foreverr), Prince Robot IV—this one, though, I actually found myself enjoying the main characters’ story. Seeing more of their interactions with other people, instead of the very Romeo & Juliet bubble, was probably why. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 7 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 7: Bad ApplesChew, Vol. 7: Bad Apples by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this volume, the snappier pacing I’d gotten used to, and the advancement of the main plot, take some serious brakes. The ending of the previous volume sets things up for major action times, and instead of having all of that explode here, we get more buildup. (For those of you who’ve read the Wheel of Time series, Book 9.) Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 6 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 6: Space CakesChew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Right as Tony Chu’s insistence on following the law in every situation ever starts to grate on the nerves of this whole series, we get a nice breather with what has to be the most ridiculous volume in a series that is, let’s face it, fairly ridiculous. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 5 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 5: Major LeagueChew, Vol. 5: Major League by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’ve got to take the time to peruse all the art in this series. Every little section with filler words has something pretty entertaining going on. In general, even when things get so serious that we’d be angling for a major superhero death (cough Batman cough cough) or Spiderman-grade angst, ‘Chew’ never gives up the snark. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 4 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 4: FlambéChew, Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Things just get more and more real!

Not in the reality sense, not even the slightest. In the other sense of being awesome. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 3 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 3: Just DessertsChew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The relatively sedate action in this volume is more than made up for with the last chapter: finding out where it all went wrong, also known as meeting Tony’s family. Who are about eighteen times more insane than I would ever expect. Lesson, set no expectations for this series. They know what you’re thinking, and they can do you one better.
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Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 2 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 2: International FlavorChew, Vol. 2: International Flavor by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The world of bizarre food superpowers and chickenless Prohibition expands in this second volume, which makes up for the absence of ninja skills with the reintroduction of an old face… half of it, anyway. (Although the other half is the Terminator, which I am totally cool with.)

Oh, and the newly amped-up USDA. I’d like to take a moment and brag on how I saw that coming. Continue reading