Category: Comics


Review: Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird (Vol. 1)

Posted 19 June, 2017 by Lianne in Comics / 4 Comments

Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird (Vol. 1)
By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo (Penciler and Colorist)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Only Doctor Strange can protect our world from the darkness beyond — now, witness the full toll that constant struggle takes on Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme! Every spell cast comes at a cost, but what happens when Strange falls behind on his tab? Find out as the good doctor wakes up somewhere very odd, nearly naked — with no spell books, no weapons and no memory of how he got there…or why all the monsters are chasing him! And as a new visitor to Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum learns one wrong door can lead to oblivion, a magic circle of Strange’s friends and allies are about to face their greatest threat. Dark forces are destroying everything mystical in the multiverse, and their sights are set on this dimension. Magic’s days are numbered, and Doctor Strange is not ready!

Collecting DOCTOR STRANGE (2015) #1-5.

I had been eyeing this collected book since 2015 but it took me forever to get around to it…Actually it took watching the 2016 movie (review) to prompt me to pick it up at long last! Not knowing too much about this Marvel superhero coming into the movie, I figured starting with the New 52 story was a good entry into the character’s story.

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Review: Big Mushy Happy Lump

Posted 1 June, 2017 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Big Mushy Happy Lump
By: Sarah Andersen
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah’s Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.

I was so happy when Adulthood is a Myth (review) was released last year because I really love Sarah Andersen’s comics. So I was overjoyed when I heard that she was coming out with another collection of her comics! It’s another solid collection of comics about life and the everyday, awkward social situations, pressure and staying in. Some of these comics I’ve seen on her Instagram account but what’s delightful is that there includes comics that haven’t been posted online, as well as a personal essay from Sarah herself which as pretty interesting and relatable.

Plus, this collection includes this comic, which is instant win:

Go, go pick up this book now! 😛

Rating: ★★★★★

Visit the author’s official website || Purchase a copy from the Book Depository

Review: Heart and Brain & Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts

Posted 13 January, 2017 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Heart and Brain
By: Nick Seluk
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

From paying taxes and getting up for work to dancing with kittens and starting a band, readers everywhere will relate to the ongoing struggle between Heart and Brain.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection illustrates the relationship between the sensible Brain and its emotionally driven counterpart, the Heart.

Boasting more than one million pageviews per month, TheAwkwardYeti.com has become a webcomic staple since its creation in 2012.

Heart and Brain: Gut Instinct
By: Nick Seluk
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Fans of Poorly Drawn Lines, Liz Climo, Randall Munroe, and The Oatmeal will love this riotous collection marking the return of optimistic Heart and analytical Brain with over 60 brand-new, never-before-seen comics.

Vigorously demanded and highly anticipated, Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts is the follow-up to the tremendously popular New York Times bestseller, Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection.

The Awkward Yeti’s Heart and Brain comics perfectly illustrate the ongoing, internal struggle betwixt head and heart.

Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts features the same lovable characters as the first book and introduces a host of other vital organs like insatiable Tongue, irritable Bowels, and abused Stomach.

Okay, I decided to combine the two reviews for this comic series as my reaction is more or less the same for both. Firstly, I found out about this comic from Instagram and I believe a blogger that I follow posted something about it in the past but I never sought to learn more about it until I came across the official Instagram account. Anyway, I was sold by how amusing the panels were and immediately purchased the two volumes to enjoy for myself.

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Review: Aquaman: Maelstrom (vol. 6)

Posted 23 May, 2016 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Aquaman: Maelstrom (vol. 6)
By: Jeff Parker (writer)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

The ruthless Chimer—a new villain with links to Aquaman’s past—has arrived to destroy the King of the Seven Seas, and Arthur may not be powerful enough to stop him! Meanwhile, with threat after threat demanding his attention, it’s fallen to Mera to hold Atlantis together, even if most of the city wants her dead! The conspirators hiding in the shadows of the city’s darkest reaches can’t hide forever—but can Mera get to them before Atlantis comes apart?

Find out in these tales from Aquaman #32-40 and stories from Secret Origins #2 and 5!

So, fun fact: this is actually the last collected volume of Aquaman for the New 52! The next issue is the start of the new run (and after my brother and I got spoiled with the premise, we thought it was best that we were ending our collection with this issue (that decision was made beforehand, but learning the plot of the new series just confirmed it)). Anyway, new volume, hurray! It seems like a running theme since they became King and Queen of the Seven Seas that Atlantis is falling apart, but that book blurb does a poor explanation as to what is really going on in this issue. The following contains SPOILERS if you haven’t read the New 52 series to date!

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Review: Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Posted 12 May, 2016 by Lianne in Comics / 6 Comments

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall
By: Bill Willingham (Writer), Esao Andrews (Illustrator), John Bolton (Illustrator), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator), James Jean (Illustrator), Derek Kirk Kim (Illustrator), Jill Thompson (Illustrator), Mark Wheatley (Illustrator), Charles Vess (Illustrator), Michael Wm. Kaluta (Illustrator), Tara McPherson (Illustrator
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

This volume, set in the early days of Fabletown, long before the FABLES series began, featuring sequences illustrated by Charles Vess, Brian Bolland, John Bolton, Michael Wm. Kaluta, James Jean, Mark Buckingham, Jill Thompson and more, 1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL is both an entry point to the critically acclaimed series and an essential part of Willingham’s enchanting and imaginative FABLES mythos.

Traveling in Arabia as an Ambassador from the exiled FABLES community, Snow White is captured by the local sultan who wants to marry her (and then kill her). But the clever Snow attempts to charm the sultan instead by playing Scheherazade, telling him fantastic stories for a total of 1,001 nights. Running the gamut from horror to dark intrigue to mercurial coming-of-age, FABLES:1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL reveals the secret histories of familiar FABLES characters through a series of compelling and visually illustrative tales.

I picked this collection up for Christmas for my brother. I had been eyeing it for a while and I knew he would appreciate this collection as it contained some origin stories for some of the characters we know regularly from the series. May contain spoilers if you’re not familar with the series or haven’t read it!

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