Moonstruck Vol 2: Some Enchanted Evening Graphic Novel Review

Moonstruck Vol 2: Some Enchanted Evening

Erica gives this comic three starsMoonstruck Vol 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis (writer)
Art: Shae Beagle (artist), Kat Fajardo (Pleasant Mountain Sisters artist), Caitlin Quirk (colorist), Clayton Cowles (letterer), and Laurenn McCubbin (editor/designer)
Rating 3/5 stars

Unfortunately, this volume wasn’t as good as the opening story. Time and place were very muddled, and not just because of the moveable fairy houses. I wanted to cheer for Julie and Selena, but their relationship gets incredibly toxic as the story goes on.

Chet remains the very best here, and it makes me wish this story was about them. Chet and Manuel are so cute together.

I’m sad we didn’t get more of Cass; she mostly played a floating future-seeing head who kept predicting doom and gloom for Julie and Selena’s relationship. Give Cass more of her own characterization! Continue reading “Moonstruck Vol 2: Some Enchanted Evening Graphic Novel Review”

Madame Xanadu (Vol 4): Extra-Sensory Graphic Novel Review

Madame Xanadu (Vol 4): Extra-SensoryErica gives this comic five starsMadame Xanadu (Vol 4): Extra-Sensory by Matt Wagner
Art: Marley Zarcone, Laurenn McCubbin, Chrissie Zullo, Celia Calle, Marian Churchland, Amy Reeder, Richard Friend, and Guy Major

I appreciated this as the long form of saying goodbye to the Madame Xanadu comic book and Wagner’s time with her. And I can say that I greatly miss his take on her character, especially given how horrible the reboot has been with the magical characters. (It’s not their powers, but their back-stories that make them interesting.)

I enjoyed that the stories varied in how Madame Xanadu could really help these characters. Some needed her to calm their powers. Others needed her to stop the evil around them. Some accepted her guidance and others rejected her or were forces of evil she needed to banish.

Each story really reflected 1963-1966 and the different facets of culture from that time, depending on who you were or where you were. The variety of art was just gorgeous. In a lot of other stories, I might’ve been throw off by the switching artists. But the choices here just enhanced the book. Continue reading “Madame Xanadu (Vol 4): Extra-Sensory Graphic Novel Review”