Comic Book 4: Superman Vol 1. Before Truth

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Superman Vol 1. Before Truth by Gene Luen Yang

Illustrated by John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White

Finished reading on April 11th, 2016
Rating: artwork 8/10, plot 7/10

In order not to give any spoilers I’ll just stick to general terms.

I enjoyed that the comic book starts with Justice League and some humorous exchanges between it’s members. The general idea of the villain in this comic book, that is mentioned on the back-cover, Hordr, is interesting  – they try to find out the biggest secret of the person and control them using it – usual blackmail? But it seems more to be at the line of surveillance and security issues and instead of just releasing a secret (or secret documents for that matter) to the public Hordr uses it for it’s profit.

I didn’t really like the part that Lois Lane played in the book.

My major issue with this comic book was the name of Superman’s new power – “solar flare” – if there’s a flare on a different star, it’s a stellar flare, I’d be fine with Superman’s flare…

I got early access to this book via NetGalley.com

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Comic Book 3: Batman, Vol 3. Death of the Family

 

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Batman, Vol 3. Death of the Family, writer Scott Snyder, artists Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion

Finished reading on October 25th, 2014

Rating: 5/10

As I’m quite new to the whole comic book business, I just have to wonder whether it’s absolutely necessary to make the story-line so gruesome, that you’d think it’s been thought up by your elder brother at a camping trip to scare you or lose your appetite…

In this volume of Batman, there is the Joker. I don’t like him (nor other villains either, but he’s just a psychopath isn’t he?) and that’s why I’m not too excited about this volume. Also, because the previous Batman comic books I’ve read have had some mystery, then this one paled in comparison and all the mystery has been substituted with violence and pure horror.

Since in this book the Joker is after Batman’s sidekicks (who are almost total strangers to me), then it was all sort of a blur… maybe with a fan’s commentary I would have liked it more.

I think I’d go back to pink unicorns and butterflies now…

Comic Book 2: Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls

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Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls, writer Scott Snyder, penciller Greg Capullo

Rating: 6/10

Finished reading on May 4th, 2014

In The City of Owls we find out what happens from where the previous volume left off – Batman having to deal with… spoilers (continue below if you don’t mind spoilers) . As the story progresses and finds a surprising solution and the solution ends with a twist, we go a bit further away from Batman and get to know a little bit more about the family of Alfred – the Waynes’ butler.

The illustrations are cool and since Batman has  a stubble for the whole volume, you wouldn’t even notice his non-existent cheeks 🙂

In general not quite as interesting as the first volume.

Spoilers start here…

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Comic Book 1: Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

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Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls , writer Scott Snyder, penciller Greg Capullo, inker Jonathan Glapion

Rating: 9/10

Finished reading on April 22, 2014 (in about two hours)

This was my first Batman comic book I’ve read. And overall second comic book ever. Hooray for starting with some nerdy education!

I liked the story – it was quite mysterious and made me suspect totally innocent people in the comic book (but, hey, if the Batman movies are any indication, you have to watch out and not trust just about anyone in Gotham city).

In this comic book, there is a man found, murdered with a secret message hidden on the wall “Bruce Wayne will die tomorrow”, which naturally doesn’t sit too well with Batman. And then there are different signs and places were the imagery of owls creep up, and Batman is about to try and find out whether there ever has been and maybe still exists such a thing as the Court of Owls. What it’s all about you can read yourself.

It was cool, and the end definitely makes me want to find out what happens next.

I’ve never really given much thought to why I didn’t read comic books, probably because they never got in my way, and in general I tend to want the books I read (or at least buy) to have a lot of words and pictures aren’t really important.

The artwork in this one didn’t leave much of an impression on me except for being really bloody and Bruce Wayne not having any cheeks…

I liked the fancy technology though, and the quite imaginative (although not too realistic occasionally) science.

So in general I found it a pleasant reading experience, albeit a short one.

My favourite quote from this one:

“Tomorrow is just one dream away.”

Book 124: Wonder Woman Unbound by Tim Hanley

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Finished reading on March 31st, 2014

Published on April 1st, 2014 by Chicago Review Press

Rating: 9/10

Wonder Woman Unbound tells the story of how Wonder Woman came into being and how she and the comic books have changed over their 70-year-long history.

Wonder Woman began in the 1940-s as the first female superhero to have her own comic book, that in addition to the stories of her life and heroism, also had a short section in which every month a new important woman from history was introduced. Wonder Woman – an Amazon made out of clay by her mother Hyppolyta, who got superpowers depending on the story from the Olympian goddesses.

It was very interesting to read about how the comics were like in the 1940-s, where apparently there was a lot of bondage – Wonder Woman bound people up with her golden lasso, or was put into chains by someone else, and how that was received by the public and what happened afterwards. As Wonder Woman’s beginning falls into the Second World War era, she had a lot to do in the far – fighting the Japanese or German Nazis on her own, etc.

However as times changed, so did Wonder Woman, the writers and editors of the comic books. You can read about several reboots for the series with new origin stories, and different depictions of the Amazons and why are they living in an all-female society.

It is interesting, although sad to read about how the “Wonder Women of History” is substituted with short stories about superstitions about marriage, and advice on dressing and dancing. And Wonder Woman herself is changing as well, to conform to the times.

Although the book is about Wonder Woman, the reader gets more acquainted with a lot of other female superheroes and other characters in those comic books as well, since she is compared to them, for example in the way she is portrayed versus Lois Lane in Superman or for example, to Star Sapphire in Green Lantern, etc.

Despite Wonder Woman being the most famous (probably) female superhero, she isn’t really too popular, except as an icon for feminism.

Wonder Woman Unbound was certainly a fascinating read.

I have to admit though, that I knew nothing whatsoever about Wonder Woman before reading this book, except for the fact that she’s a brunette and that I knew because of The Big Bang Theory. Despite that, it was interesting to read, as in a way it combines the story of Wonder Woman and how women have been treated and what has been their role in society.

I received this book for review from the publisher via NetGalley.com