Comic Books I Read in June and July!

To counter my surprising amount of books that I read in July, I didn’t read many comic books in June or July. It’s just one of those things I guess. I go through phases of reading certain narrative forms and the rest falls by the wayside. #10 featured in this post in June so I was reading them super slow.

Catwoman #1-12 (Collected in two trades, Volume 1: The Game and Volume 2: Dollhouse)
I love Catwoman. Even that weird Halle Berry movie version. I think she’s a great modern, female Robin Hood-type character. Stealing from the rich to give to.. well, herself. But still. There’s nothing like taking down some Russian mob leaders to help out the community.
I really like the New 52 run. There’s an artist change briefly that I wasn’t a huge fan of but the main art is beautiful. The storyline flows brilliantly through the arcs and there are several jumping-on points. The story moves fast as she uncovers nefarious plots, goes against different foes, plans to steal from certain people. There’s no time to breathe for Selina Kyle.
However, I’m finding single issues really difficult to read lately. The story sometimes moves too fast and there’s something about the urgency of a new issue each month that bothers me.
No matter though, because I’ll definitely be continuing with Catwoman. She’s a Queen.

And I had to show off my favourite covers. #4 is super classic 60’s Catwoman.

What comics have you been reading lately?
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Comic Books I Read in.. April and May!

One of the things that affected the amount of books I read in May was the amount of comics I was reaching for. And snapchatting about (imogenrose20 if you’re interested). I only read one hardcover in April, so I thought I’d save you a very short post and put the two months together…

The Walking Dead, Hardcover 2 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
I feel like they upped the gore in this one. At one point, a zombies guts were trailing behind it, got caught on the ribcage of a dead zombie, and it fell over. I felt bad for laughing. If they put that in the show I wouldn’t be so mad about the season 6 finale cliffhanger.
Hardcover 2 covers the beginning of season 3 pre-Governor for those show watchers out there. It also introduces my favourite character; Michonne. This series continues to pull no punches and test out apocalyptic scenarios. What’s it like being in a prison surrounded by zombies?
“Yeah, hopefully it’s just full of flesh eating monsters and our baked beans are still intact in there.”

The Walking Dead, Hardcover 3 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
The Governor is a thousand times more terrifying in the comics than in the show. This hardcover especially needs to come with a warning sign for some pretty hefty triggers because damn. Everything the Governor threatens in the show, he actually does in the comic and more. Up until this point it was more humans vs. zombies, this issue the humans vs. humans part of the apocalypse comes into full effect. Prepare to be terrified.
“I don’t consider paying attention to be something special just because most other people don’t do it.”

The Walking Dead, Hardcover 4 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
And we finally reach the end of season 3 in comic form. I love how they spent six comic arcs really fleshing out the time at the prison, because the show rushed through the time there. Think about how perfect a prison is in this situation; three layers of fences, towers that you could see for miles around from, weapons, prison cells to lock yourself in if it was over-run, food, space to grow vegetables. If I was in a zombie apocalypse, a prison is where I would go and that was really fleshed out.
Also- this ends with the most brutal death. I may have cried.
“I could if I wasn’t fuelled by testosterone and stupidity.”

The Walking Dead, Hardcover 5 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
The characters went through some major transformations in these arcs. It was nice to get to focus on them separately rather than one big group, however briefly. Especially dealing with last issues death, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to reach into a comic and give a character a hug so much.
And Abraham is one of my favourite characters in the TV show, so I was pretty excited when he showed up in the comics. I kind of forgot when he came in. He’s a strange dude.
“I never liked reading before. I never did it. It’s been a long time… But it might be more fun than video games.”

Nailbiter #1-10 (Single issue version of Volume 1 and Volume 2, or Hardcover 1)
Most of my single issue comic books are packed up and out of reach because of the redecorating so when I got that urge to pick up a comic, the only ones I could get my hands on were these. And boy am I glad for my disorganisation because I flew through these in an evening.
This is a horror comic that really plays on a lot of the horror genre clichés. And it works. A town that somehow creates serial killers then releases them on the country? An FBI agent who disappears while researching why? A failure of the justice system releasing one of the serial killers back into the small town? Drama!
Brian Michael Bendis (writer of a lot of comics including some at Marvel) shows up as himself in issue 7 which was amazing as well. Very meta.
I think this is kind of a niche interest- serial killers, horror comics, that old school vibe, but if you’re into that then this is a must. I’ll be picking up the next issues when I can!

Since I love a weird coincidence- the whole time I was reading Nailbiter (the day of Scream season 2 coming out) I was thinking about how it reminded me of the show, then I watch the new episode and…

Have you been reading any comics lately?
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Comic Books I Read in.. March!

I actually read a graphic novel and enough comic books to write a separate Comic Books I Read in.. post this month! Pretty exciting. I really felt like picking trades up this month, they’re quick and easy to read while complimenting the shows I was watching. I need to start on some single issues soon because they’re really piling up, but for now…

Comic books and a graphic novel I Read in March! Including Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case, Supernatural: Origins by Peter Johnson and Matthew Dow Smith and  The Walking Dead: Book 1 by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Allard

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case
I actually said ‘wow‘ out loud in an empty room after finishing this. Written by his son, the story of Detective Tom Jensen’s search for the Green River Killer rings true. It has everything you want in true crime; honest interviews with the killer and the victims families, personal moments, gruesome killings. And everything you want in a graphic novel; the phenomenal art is black and white, and it manages that delicate balance of enough words on a page without overcoming it that every graphic novel struggles with, beautifully.
The back is coated in positive comments from Stephen King, Damon Lindelof, Brian K Vaughn and more, all of whom agree with me that if you have even the vaguest interest in graphic novels, non-fiction or true crime then this is the book for you. My brother got this for me after my obsession over Christmas with Making A Murderer on Netflix and I can honestly say if you enjoyed the show, you’ll love this.
The question now is- where do you put a true crime graphic novel? With non-fiction or comic books?
‘Sometimes I feel foolish for hoping she’s alive. But then I feel guilty- as if being “realistic” is giving up.’

Supernatural: Origins by Peter Johnson and Matthew Dow Smith
I restarted watching Supernatural this month and after getting stuck on a couple novels I was reading, decided to pull out this origin story. I’d never read it before and can honestly say I’ll never read it again.
The story was just so unnecessary. It basically fills in the time that the show leaves to your imagination- directly after Mary dies, but in such a weird acid trip hallucination way that it just leaves you with more questions. And the art. Sam is six months-ish and is at one point sitting on a pool table unsupported like a little demon monkey. I could barely tell who was who. I think I’ll stick to my non-TV-spin-off comic books.
‘The easy way rarely takes you straight to your destination. Which is why a Hunter never turns back.’

The Walking Dead: Book 1 by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Allard
This isn’t a TV spin-off, the comics came first. Just so you don’t think I’m a lying liar who lies.
With the finale of The Walking Dead Season 6 at the beginning of April I really wanted to go back to the comics and I’m glad I did. I love The Walking Dead comics. They’re so fast-paced, this collection of issues 1-12 covers season 1 and 2 of the TV show. They’re action packed, so many things happen there is absolutely no filler pages. And the art is great. I personally prefer the faces and the detail in the shading that Tony Moore did for the first six issues but Charlie Adlard picks it up well and soon makes it his own. The world is laid out clearly, there’s nothing confusing and because it’s the base of the spin-offs, there’s no insider knowledge that might put you off.
Really, it’s a must for any fans of the show or just general zombies and I recommend hardcovers that collect 12 issues. You can really get them open to see the full page, and they still look brand new on the shelf.
It’s not the same as killing the dead ones, Daddy.

Did you read any comic books/ graphic novels this month? Have you read any of these?
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Books I Read in November!

November seems to be the month of the female authors this year! Every novel I read was by a female author and only the one comic book, which didn’t seem enough to do a separate Comic Books I Read in.. post, was written by a man. Although unintentional, this makes me quite happy. As does the number of books, quite a contrast from November 2014!

A New York Christmas by Anne Perry*
You can find my review here!

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
I read this way back at the beginning of November as part of the Hallowreadathon, and flew through it in a day. But honestly, a month later, I can barely remember what happens. I enjoyed reading it while I was reading it, but as the series goes on, the plot lines blur and the books become less and less memorable.

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
I just didn’t click with this one, there’s a lot of domestic happenings which I like- in moderation, which this lacked. I could see clearly where the series was going but, like Dead Reckoning, I struggle to remember any details of story or plot. I really need to write better notes while I read!

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
This book is neon, which shows up horribly in bad lighting. It is also the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series and I’m in shock. This is the first time in over a year that I’m not currently reading a Charlaine Harris series, I hope to remedy that soon. Either way, I wasn’t as disappointed with this book as most people were. Maybe because I knew Harris’s endgame, I knew who Sookie ended up with and knowing that possibly had an effect on the way I read the book. I did, however, think it could’ve been written with more emotion. I’m not sure quite how I feel, but I was a little confused by the sudden change in narrative. 12 books of first person then suddenly, first person and third person.

Redemption Road by Katie Ashley*
Note to self: When you’re not sure about the first book, don’t let the blurb of the second hook you in.
The dialogue was so unnatural in this book, I couldn’t get past it. It was like the characters were trying to sound posh but it just came off wrong. And they just spoke so much about certain ideas about sexual assault and love that it really just came off as preaching to the reader, rather than conversation.
Not only that but they kept repeating the same phrases. The thing is, I get it, because I do it when I’m writing. I think of something brilliant that fits perfectly and it sticks in my mind so by the end of a writing session, it’s been used about fives times with varying success. But it feels like something that should have been picked up in the editing process, especially when they’re repeated just a few pages or even paragraphs apart.
I won’t be reading the third book in the series, even though it’s about the most interesting character from the first two. I’m afraid I just don’t click with Katie Ashley’s writing.

How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake*
You can find my review here!

The Rules According to Jwoww by Jenni ‘Jwoww’ Farley
Jwoww is my second favourite from the Jersey Shore cast, first being Snooki obviously. She’s strong, she’s tough, she takes no nonsense. She reminds me of my best Booboo, Ashley. So when I first read this book in my late teens, I soaked up the information and remember thinking to myself that I would re-read it in the future.
I loved it, but I’ve matured. There’s lots of talk about manipulation in relationships, some really awful opinions about men and women, and a questionable rule about not going home with a guy if you don’t plan to sleep with him or you’re ‘asking for it’. Bleugh. Not acceptable.
I enjoy her attitude, I liked the parts about self-respect, and I’m pretty sure the book would read differently if she wrote it today. But I won’t be following a lot of her advice. If you’re a Jersey Shore fan, you might want to pick it up. But Snooki’s books are better.

Chew, Omnivore Edition, Volume 1 by John Layman
Chew is about a detective who knows the history of everything he eats. This was another read from the Hallowreadathon and it’s a fun comic! A little gory, a little gross, and very intriguing. It’s right up my alley. Unfortunately, it can be a little hard to follow at times but the art is great and it’s a really original concept!

What did you read in November?
*These books were sent to me for review. This has not changed my opinion.

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Comic Books I Read in September!

Something a bit new today! I’ve included comic book trades in Books I Read in.. posts before but I felt like keeping them separate from now on because they’re not really books. And I wanted to start including single issues and depending on the month, those can add up! So here we are. With a new kind of post. Comic Books I Read in… Hopefully you all like it!

Saga Volume 1, Constantine #1, Alpha Girl #1-5, Batwoman: Hydrology and Birds of Prey: End Run and The Death of Oracle.

Saga: Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I mentioned this in my first Books I Want to Buy and Why post as I found volume 2 on my wishlist and kind of inspired myself to pick up volume 1 again. I’ve had volume 1 since it first came out but haven’t read it for a while so I picked it up for a re-read while I’m in a reading slump. It was as good as I remember! It’s a great story and written by my favourite comic book writer; Brian K Vaughn who wrote my all time favourite comic book; Y: The Last Man.
Space. Parenthood. War. Sex. Magic. Violence. What’s not to like? Read it.

Batwoman: Volume 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W Haden Blackman
I didn’t pick up any Batwoman from the new 52 and probably wouldn’t have bought it if my brother hadn’t got a copy with a few printing errors and given it to me when he got a new copy. Turns out that I really enjoyed it. Kate Kane is a great character and a credit to the Bat name, although I would’ve liked to of seen her go up against an actual villain. Not a ghost.
I can’t see myself buying the next volume but it was a fun read. The art was extraordinary, and it’s nice to see a gay superhero.

Birds Of Prey: Volume 1: End Run by Ed Benes, Gail Simone and Adriana Melo
When the New 52 started, I looked at the options and an all-female superhero group had me interested so I picked up Birds of Prey. My brother then gifted me these old runs so I could read the history and I was excited.
I’ve been watching Gotham so I liked seeing some grown-up Penguin and I love Oracle as a character. It’s so nice to see disabled representation. I had a review that I had written just after I finished it all written out, but it got accidentally deleted and I honest to gosh can’t remember much about this book. I enjoyed it but it hasn’t left much of an impression.

Birds of Prey: Volume 2: The Death of Oracle by Adrian Syaf, Gail Simone and Marc Andreyko
I remember a little more of this book because- it’s pretty much right there in the title! The pre-new-52 death of Oracle. But that’s not all that’s in this book, there’s also a neat little one-shot with Huntress and Catman (who is adorable) and other stories after it that seem to have been put in there to pad out the hardcover and not for any real relevancy. If this was my only experience with superhero comic books I could totally see why people avoid them.
Lastly, I have to say though, in both of these books there was some seriously questionable drawings of women. I sent a picture to a friend of mine half way through with the caption ‘Nobody bends that way without dislocating a hip‘. It’s pretty awful.

Constantine #1

Constantine #1
Guess what show I started watching in September? You got it. The doomed one season of Constantine. Half way through one episode I remembered picking up this #1 and pulled it out of my comics box. It’s not a great start to the new 52 version of Constantine and as this series ended at #23, I wasn’t the only one who thought so. I won’t be buying the trades of this, but I want to read more Constantine. Maybe his old Hellblazer run.

Alpha Girl #1-5 by Jean-Paul Bonjour and Jeff Roenning
My full review of these comics is here!

So those were the comic books I read! Have you read any of these?

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