Quick Thought Reviews: Graphic Novels (8)

A few more graphic novels read and this time, a new series of comics. I’m definitely sticking with this one and cannot wait until the full volume gets published together. I want it all!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

nimona-by-noelle-stevensonNoelle Stevenson is someone that can do no wrong, graphic novel wise. I absolutely love her series Lumberjanes, and Nimona is certainly no different.

Nimona is a steampunk, medieval, modern times mash-up story of good vs. evil; of government control; and of the meaning of true family and friendship. It is smart, hilarious, and punches you right in the feels. It’s sarcastic but serious and Stevenson has great skill creating a story that draws the reader in and keeps them interested until the very last page. Even the ending, which can be considered a cliff-hanger, is satisfying. The reader is not left wanting to know what happens next, but is happy and satisfied with imagining where characters’ lives may go.

At times, I was busting out laughing. Stevenson has a knack for just slipping something funny in (i.e. watch for characters’ names) and it catches you off guard. Overall, it was a surprising and refreshing story, which has so many different ways of reading it, that everyone will walk away with something different.

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

This graphic novel I just wasn’t feeling. It is getting 2 stars because I liked the 410yBDxG2TL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_idea that the author was trying to portray; his presentation of the idea just fell flat.

Killing and Dying is an anthology of six short stories that portray a few of the struggles in life that people can go through. The art is slightly different in each story, showcasing Adrian Tomine’s diversity and artistic ability. Despite that, my main complaint is the length of the stories. Tomine could have written two longer stories and had a greater impact than the six stories, which were cut way too short, in my opinion. Just when I was becoming emotionally involved, the story would end. They would end in such a sudden, and incomplete way that one cannot help but be frustrated.

Simply put, there was zero emotional connection and satisfaction when reading this.

50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mockingbird #1 by Chelsea Cain

mockingbirdOne, I have to mention that this issue is done by one of my favourite authors, Chelsea Cain, writer of the Archie and Gretchen Heartsick series. If you haven’t read that series, read it now!

This is a difficult one to rate, because this was a one-off Mockingbird in the 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. run. It’s a little introduction for Mockingbird, which is good for people like me, who are wanting to be introduced to the character. As such, I enjoyed it. It was a quick, light and fun read. Mockingbird is a sassy, funny and kick-ass lady. I certainly see Cain’s humor and sarcasm in the story, which I completely appreciate. The art was also beautiful, and I liked the colourful and bright style of the comic. The little details that have been drawn into the background were also a big treat; I was examining each and every panel, looking for little humourous quips or easter eggs.

I am glad that fans demanded more from Cain, because I can now talk about the next set of comic issues I’m thoroughly enjoying!

MOCKINGBIRD-S.H.I.E.L.D.-50TH-ANNIVERSARY-cover-BThe variant cover, because I am enjoying this character so much, that I also bought this version.

Mockingbird #1: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain

portrait_incredibleFirst off, there is a new artist, but I’m still loving the style. It’s still bright, funky and does a good job of matching with Cain’s storytelling style.

Cain again is doing a damn fine job with this comic series. I’m loving Mockingbird. I cannot state it enough, but she is sassy, sarcastic and generally a bad-ass. She’s smart and she uses her smarts to outwit and overpower those that should, potentially, be stronger than her. But she also messes up like any human. So I appreciate her character.

This comic issue makes no sense, but as Cain states, that’s how its supposed to be. Supposedly, this run is a puzzle box, and what better person to run it, than an amazing author in mysteries and thrillers. In this issue, she has given snippets of information, that when revisited once reading the rest of the series, will make perfect and awesome sense.

So I am totally ready for the rest of the series! Bring it on! I cannot wait to see more!

Joe the Barbarian by Grant Morrison

This is a re-read and I still cannot help but love this graphic novel. Joe_the_barbarian_coverBeing a Type 1 Diabetic myself, it is nice to see, not only a form of media get it right, but also provide the perspective of the individual going through the traumatic event. It is not very often that people understand what we are seeing. They simply know what they are seeing, which can, understandably, be a very scary thing.

On second read, I have noticed some things that bother me. It’s a very busy graphic novel, which makes it sometimes difficult to figure out the reading order of panels; Grant Morrison also draws for black and white, which leaves the colourist a difficult task. While the art is beautiful, it is quite dark and sometimes hard to see the finer details. Some panels maybe should have been left black and white.


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