Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1, #2, and #3 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1, Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #2, and Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #3 by Sophie Campbell, Kate Leth, Tana Ford, Sarah Kuhn, Siobhan Keenan, Shawn Lee, Sarah Winifred Searle, Nicole Goux, Rebecca Nalty, Sam Maggs, Rachael Stott, and Marissa Louise
Average rating: 3.2/5 stars

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1 Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #2 Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #3 Continue reading “Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1, #2, and #3 Comic Book Reviews”

The She-Hulk Diaries Book Review

The She-Hulk Diaries

Erica gives this comic two starsThe She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta
Rating: 2/5 stars
#52Challenge prompt: a book with a green spine

I really didn’t know where to put this review. It’s a prose novel about a Marvel superhero, who has otherwise only appeared in comic books. So here we go…

The She-Hulk Diaries came out in 2013, amidst one of those “women read comic books too!” attempts both Marvel and DC have tried multiple times. They’ve only recently succeeded in having any traction with this — and by “they,” I mean DC. They’ve smartly hired already famous YA authors with built-in audiences like Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, and Sarah J. Mass.

The She-Hulk Diaries is dressed “for ladies” only. She-Hulk, our star character, is green skinned and wears purple. The book’s spine is lime green, the front cover purple with white curly and diary fonts, and features a single tube of rolled out green lipstick and the Marvel logo at the bottom. Someone gave Acosta the direction of Bridget Jones’ Diary with a superhero, which is exactly what this book is in plot and writing style. Continue reading “The She-Hulk Diaries Book Review”

The Best and the Worst of 2018 Comic Books

It’s the time of year for recommendations and best of lists. These are my favorites and least favorites of the comic books I published reviews of in 2018. The rankings are averaged from my individual reviews, and if there are ties, then I decide from there.

In 2018, I reviewed 93 pieces of individual media. Quite a bit less than last year, but I also did a book review challenge, which took a bit of my review time and reading focus. For the most reviewed series, I reviewed 15 issues of Lumberjanes, and 12 issues each of Bombshells: United, Giant Days, Ms. Marvel, The Wicked + the Divine, and Wonder Woman.

Going forward, I’m going to try to be reading more of my to-read shelves and spending time catching up again at the books I’m behind on.

The Best Series (reviewing 6+ issues)

23 different series eligible in this category.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #11. Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, Sean Parsons, Paul Mounts, and Dave Sharpe
Average rating: 5/5 stars

Anyone who’s asked me about comic books in 2018 and what they must-read has heard me rave about Snagglepuss. My partner brought home this book for me, and it’s the book I never thought would be one of the most relevant stories for 2018. Set during the McCarthy Cold War era, Snagglepuss covers incredible personal and political territory for a story about a pink lion who walks on two legs, wears suit jackets, and writes plays. Continue reading “The Best and the Worst of 2018 Comic Books”

My Brother’s Husband Vol 2 Manga Review

My Brother’s Husband Vol 2

Erica gives this comic five starsMy Brother’s Husband Vol 2 by Gengoroh Tagame
Rating: 5/5 stars
#52Challenge: a book about travel

This is the continuing story of Yaichi, Kana, and Mike, on Mike’s trip to see Japan and meet his in-laws for the first time. I ended Volume 2 wishing for the sequel when Yaichi and Kana go to visit Mike in Canada, or even perhaps a Kana all-grown up story. This tale continues to warm my heart.

While Tagame’s mission continues to be about educating straight people on a path of acceptance and love for the queer people in their family, this volume was less 101, and we see characters evolve emotionally. Thus, I gave it five stars.

If you haven’t read the first volume, I highly suggest doing so before you continuing reading this review. Continue reading “My Brother’s Husband Vol 2 Manga Review”