Monthly Archives: July 2014

Review: Snowpiercer: The Escape (vol. 1)

Posted 8 July, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 3 Comments

Snowpiercer: The Escape (vol. 1)
By: Jacques Lob (writer), Jean-Marc Rochette (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

In a harsh, uncompromisingly cold future where Earth has succumbed to treacherously low temperatures, the last remaining members of humanity travel on a train while the outside world remains encased in ice.

The surviving community are not without a social hierarchy; those that travel at the front of the train live in relative luxury whilst those unfortunate enough to be at the rear remain clustered like cattle in claustrophobic darkness. Yet, things are about to change aboard the train as passengers become disgruntled…

Originally published in French, this marks the first time that Snowpiercer will be available in English.

I’ve been on the lookout for this comic ever since I saw the trailer to the movie starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. It was quite exciting to hear that they finally published the series (only 2 volumes long?) into English so I picked up a copy 🙂

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Review: Fables: The Mean Seasons (vol. 5)

Posted 8 July, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Fables: The Mean Seasons (vol. 5)
By: Bill Willingham (writer), James Jean (illustrations), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

This trade paperback features two tales of Bigby’s exploits during World War II as well as “The Year After,” which follows the aftermath of the Adversary’s attempt to conquer Fabletown —

Spoiler Inside SelectShow

Sort of had to revise from my usual format here because of that massive spoiler in this volume’s blurb! 😛 Anyway, exciting issue to follow up reading with, especially after the events of March of the Wooden Soldiers (review). May contain some spoilers if you haven’t read the first 4 volumes of the series!

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Review: Green Arrow: Year One

Posted 7 July, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Green Arrow: Year One
By: Andy Diggle (writer), Jock (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

Oliver Queen has been a faithful member of the Justice League of America and defended Star City with his trusty bown and an arsenal of deadly arrows for years–now thrill to the definitive tale of how he became Green Arrow!

Queen is a frivolous playboy with little care for anyone or anything–apparently even himself. But when he’s double-crossed and marooned on a jungle island, he finds that he does care about something: justice!

Okay, so for some reason I ended up watching a bit of the television show Arrow–totally unintended, I liked Justin Hartley’s Green Arrow from Smallville, I thought the Green Arrow in Arrow was too serious, too broody. But I liked enough of what I saw. Plus, I enjoyed Ollie’s role in the comic series Injustice (review) so I seriously started looking into Green Arrow comics. This title came up, which was perfect since this line of series seemed to be geared at focusing on the origin stories of familiar superheroes (see my review of Huntress: Year One).

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Review: Saga (vol. 1)

Posted 7 July, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 5 Comments

Saga (vol. 1)
By: Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”

Collects Saga issues #1-6.

Saga has been one of those comics that I’ve been hearing a lot about, up there with Sandman and Fables (review). I was on a bit of comic book-shopping spree recently and decided to check this title out (at a very good price too!).

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Books: Interview with Lucy Clarke

Posted 4 July, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Hello again, everyone! So my review of Lucy Clarke’s latest novel, A Single Breath, just went live and suffice to say, I think it’s the perfect summer read to check out 😉 Thanks to Anneliese at Simon and Schuster CA, I also had the opportunity to ask the author a few questions about the process of writing the book. So thank you again to both the publishers and Lucy Clarke for taking the time to answering my questions 🙂

Also, before I jump right into the Q&A below: you can click on the following images to enlarge 😉 (again, thank you to Simon & Schuster CA for providing the material)

  1. What inspired you to write this novel?
    The idea came from two very separate threads. In 2011, I visited Tasmania for the first time and fell in love with its wild beauty and its remote shacks. Later on that year, I heard of a friend-of-a-friend who was leading a double life in order to hide a huge secret from their family. I was intrigued by the idea of the unknowability of those closest to us, and thought how devastating it would be to find out the truth only when that person had gone. These two threads began to weave together, stitching themselves into the beginning of a story.
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