Check Please!: Year One Graphic Novel Review

Check Please!: Year One

Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsCheck Please!: Year One by Ngozi Ukazu
Rating: 4/5 stars

Sweet Eric Bittle, or Bitty, heads to college to play hockey in the delightful Check Please! What I love about this book is that you can tell Bitty is a character who lives a lot in Ukazu’s head, and we get the privilege to see him grow. Ukazu writes about she never really intended to make this into a web comic, or a series. But Bitty resonates.

While yes, this is one of those college stories where they never seem to actually go to class, what matters in Bitty’s world is his vlog, hockey playing, hockey team, and baking. Bitty stress bakes. Bitty bakes to get people to like him. Bitty bakes because there’s a kitchen — even if its a gross kitchen he has to clean first in the hockey team house.

The smallness of Bitty’s world feels so right. Continue reading “Check Please!: Year One Graphic Novel Review”

Saga Vol 9 Graphic Novel Review

Saga Vol 9

Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsSaga Vol 9 by Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Fiona Staples (artist), and Fonografiks (lettering + design)
Rating: 4/5 stars

If Saga gets you emotional, get ready for Volume 9. Vaughan continues with the emotional punches, and in many ways, this feels like a wind down of the book. The team says they’re going on a break from this book, so it’s unclear just how long we’ll have to wait for Volume 10 and some conclusions.

This review is about to get super spoiler-filled, so do not continue to read it if you haven’t read Volume 9. Continue reading “Saga Vol 9 Graphic Novel Review”

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”