I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Am I still a month behind on reviews? Um, yes. I'm thinking of updating, leaving stars, and then just reviewing books I care about and not doing the ones that were meh for me. Possibly leaving reviews for books that made me feel a fiery passionate hate, too.
Anyway, whoah, I don't know what's going on, but I want more frum science fiction.
Frum is just a word for a Jew who's super observant, like more than they have to be. Like super religious, head covering religious, which isn't common amongst Jews.
Anyway, I'm enjoying the Jewish bent to these even when it feels a little weird, because it's so uncommon to find religious Jews in science fiction. I'm really enjoying getting some religious Jewish writers in, too.
Robbie seemed off, I wasn't crazy about the art in this, and although it was cute, it was all a little too much in the end.
'Cuz apparently it's an unwritten rule that Marvel has to get weird about Judaism and Christianity and that mythology...
He's still not at Roberts level, or hasn't reached the heights of Barber or Scott at their best, but he's winning me over. It's more tense, it's better, it's not all fucking Rubble - who still annoys the crap out of me*, and Barricade is alive again. Took a while to get there, but I'm glad I stuck out the first couple issues which I, quite frankly, hated after the MTMtE and LL runs. (And yes, RiD, OP, TAAO, and all the one shots and trilogies were pretty damn good too.)
Look, this hasn't reached five star level - not even at issue six, which I've read. (I'm still a month behind on reviews!) But it's getting better.
*look, if I want to see through anyone's eyes, it's not a baby OC, okay?
Still not crazy about these huge events. They usually try to shoehorn something in or are too bombastic for me, or... something. I just don't tend to like them. I'll take a tightly written smaller arc in an ongoing title over events like this any day of the week.
But Vision and Rocket, so, yeah, I was gonna see this through somehow.
First of all, the art is spectacular, which is huge; without good art, anything else will not save an art book. I find some art books have spectacular art, without good organization or too much text. I prefer an art book to let the art speak for itself, at least to a good degree, and a book about art is the place to talk about the artists and context of the art more.
This book had really good organization, although not, by any means, the one way to organize it. They collected prominent artists and built collections showcasing their art, then had brief interviews with each artist, including asking what their favorite piece of Darkness art was. (A clever way to add in more art, as they featured the piece the artist brought up.) I also found the questions and answers to be brief enough and interesting enough that it didn't take away from the spotlight on the art, so I found the text less annoying than I do in many art books.
I think I wasn't crazy about the animated style. I know this was based on the series, but I found the TV show more charming than this, partly because of how cute Chi sounded. It didn't translate into this as well. It was part of a Humble Bundle, so I probably won't be continuing.
This actually had a plot twist - that was probably pretty obvious because I guessed it and I suck at guessing plot twists - and I found myself invested in the characters. Not a favorite, but I dug this a lot more than the previous Darkness story.
I wasn't crazy about this. Maybe I just didn't see the point, or maybe The Darkness is just too dark for me right now. (Although I did like the next Darkness book better.)
Then again, I probably should have known that The Darkness and Visigoths would have gotten kinda dark and maybe I should have even know it would have been a big pointless.
This looked like a funky way to celebrate Pesach for secular Jews: fun, and funky, the illustrations all too pop culture for me not to be charmed. This was also inexpensive and I've started collecting Haggadahs, which is kinda perfect since the graphic novel Haggadah just came out earlier this year, too, I believe. I also own the Elie Wiesel version, and my mom has an old version and said I'd inherit all of hers so it was a shame I bought it. I disagree; I enjoy having my own copy. (Also if she lives forever, I would, for the record rather have her than the haggadahs, her jewelry or anything else she owns so I'm still praying she lives forever.)
That being said, and going back to this, I wasn't as impressed by what they left off their online ads/images. It felt just a bit to joke-y for me, and I'd have rather seen a balance between humor and seriousness. Even without the religious aspect, this is a serious holiday: it's about liberation from slavery. And no, I'm not so stuck-in-the-mud that I don't think that you can't joke about it. Hey, Jews joke about it, too; the writer of this was Jewish as were the writers of For This We Left Egypt? another humorous Haggadah. But this is one of big yearly events; it's not a High Holy Day, but it's taken quite seriously. To be truly Peseach kosher, bakeries have to sweet out all the leavened things, and have a serious clean out. I've seen Jews posting about Pesach cleaning. Our family is very, very reform, to the point of 'eh, throw all the bread in the basement', but they are serious about cooking and not eating the bread. Although my mom doesn't police me anymore and told me I could do what I wanted, I did, in fact, comply this year. It's a big, big thing. We don't celebrate, say, the ten plagues like we celebrate the first dude who tried to wipe us all out - Hammentaschen. He has his own cookie, mostly to celebrate him being, y'know, wiped out for trying to genocide the Jews. But we don't mope. We remember our bitterness about being slaves in metaphorical foodie ways, we talk a lot about being slaves, but we also celebrate our continuing liberation. And we pine for Jerusalem. Next year in Jerusalem we've all been saying for all too long.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is humor and Pesach has to balance the humor and the seriousness underlying this holiday. Especially, I think, for something so secular. Thanking G-d for saving us is huge. We have a very, very long repetitive song pretty much saying if G-d had done this thing, it would have been enough until we cover every single thing he did for us. (And Dayinu is one of my favorite religious songs. Here's why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p1pabOX3fc It's quite catchy.)
This didn't do it for me. It was a quick read, and entertaining but I think tried to hard to be funny, to fit in, to be everything and fell a bit flat for me.
I’d heard this was good. But what exactly is Wayne thinking?
Not sure how I feel about this. Very Christian, a little judgmental and not really my thing. But well written, with some spectacularly funny moments. Not my usual reading, but this was a gift.
1. This book really, really emphasizes the nuance of hamas. The nuance of an organization that calls for the genocide of the Jews. Take that in, guys.
2. They say hamas has 'robust social welfare.' Tell that to the starving people while the leaders of hamas have billions.
Tell that to the people whose homes have't been rebuilt while hamas builds tunnels.
Yup, this book is bullshit.
If Rocket were swearing, or blowing more, ah, people up, this would be a five star rated book. But the problem with writing children's books of adult things is that you have to water down some characters, at least when you're dealign with the likes of Rocket and Deadpool. (Yes, I've seen a Spider-Man and Deadpool comic for kids...)
Overall, the author really nailed everything, he was just help back by this being a children's book. So I highly enjoyed it, but can't say that I felt it was five star due to the warping of the characters due to children.
Children ruin everything. At least they ruin some media tie-in books for me...
There are a couple things happening here: it's not all about Rubble, the plot twists are better, and I was reminded that favorite characters can come back. Yaaaas. Barricade. Mmm.
He doesn't show up in this, but it didn't matter. The possibility of seeing him again is all I need, thank you very much.
The art gets better, and Ruckley seems to be saying 'I was just setting everything up in issue one and two.' I think this might be a bad idea for comics though; even setup needs to fascinate me to buy issue #2, unless I really, really want this series not to suck. Ahem, yes, like with this. I'm glad I stuck it out, but if I hated issue one? Well, I'd have never moved onto issue two. Ruckley, I suspect, has more wiggle room in a fantasy novel, especially as an established writer. First of all, convention can call for slower writing - he does epic fantasy, so many of those books are humungous - and he isn't selling it chapter by chapter. If he were, I think he'd find the need to hook people immediately.
I'm now seeing that he can write well, even if he's no James Roberts, aka the man I judge all writing by. (I imagine he'd be shocked, maybe even embraced if he knew this, but, yeah, it's true.) So I'm hoping this continues to be amazing.
The fact that it's redoing the series isn't taken too seriously, but at the same time they make some serious nods to the TV show. Like I didn't see this ending to this coming, because I though all the main characters were safe (I do not consider this a spoiler since the description on Amazon says someone makes a sacrifice) but when I read it, I immediately thought of the first couple episodes and how this mirrored what happened to a character in that episode. It's clever, and better than that, it's subtle about how it's clever and that makes me very, very happy.
Loving the writing and art and the small twists on this world that add up to, well, a whole new BtVS world.
That being said, I'm still holding out hope. I'm not sure why this isn't working for me as well, although I suspect it's an even heavier hand as far as message storytelling here. I'm mostly holding out on this one because of Viv: I still love her as a character, even when I'm not crazy about her team's dynamics.