Tag: Comics: Review

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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Review: Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis (vol. 3)

Posted 23 June, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Aquaman: The Throne of Atlantis (vol. 3)
By: Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

Atlantis attacks! Aquaman, long having since severed ties with his people, watches as as armies rise from the water and attack the surface world. The Justice League–Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Cyborg–answer the call, defending the shores from the invading Atlantean hordes.

But whose side is Aquaman on? With his brother Orm at the head of the undersea army, will Aquaman choose to side with his Earth-bound superteam? Or his own people?

Note: This is not the cover of the paperback edition (I could not find a hi-res image of the cover) but the cover to one of the single issues included; image source

Here we are, volume 3 of New 52’s Aquaman. The New 52 series has been getting a lot of flack for the uneven writing, continuity, etc. of the big characters, but I’ve been enjoying its run for Aquaman so far; Geoff Johns I think has done a good job in bringing Arthur Curry to life (and, let’s face it, has shown readers how truly badass this Atlantean superhero really is).

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Review: Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers (vol. 4)

Posted 19 June, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers (vol. 4)
By: Bill Willingham (writer), James Jean (illustrations), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she’s welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone – everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells spying and subversion more than survival. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? And how will it all affect Prince Charming’s upstart campaign to become the new mayor of Fabletown?

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that a few weeks ago I took a photo of this and the next volume and said how I wanted to read it but couldn’t at the time (because they were graduation gifts). Well, I finally gave them so hurray, I got to read it 😉 May contain some spoilers if you haven’t read the first 3 volumes of the series!

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Comics: What’s On My Pull List

Posted 21 May, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

For a while now I’ve been reviewing a lot of comics (see category) in the form of trade paperbacks. And that’s cool, but I realised that I haven’t really talked about what’s currently on my pull list 🙂 It’s sort of fluctuated over the past year that we’ve had it but here’s what’s currently on the list (feel free to click on the link to go directly to that series):

Thor: God of Thunder – Last Days of Midgard
By: Jason Aaron (writer), Esad Ribic (art)

THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD begin NOW! Thor, Asgardian God of Thunder, has always fought to save his adopted home of Earth. But who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? Thor’s mortal ally and environmental secret agent Roz Solomon has a few ideas. Namely the world’s largest and most nefarious energy company Roxxon, and its ruthless new CEO known as “The Minotaur.” Has the God of Thunder finally met his match, in the form of a multinational super-corporation? Meanwhile, many millennia ahead, a future version of Thor faces a very different battle to save what remains of the earth–a battle against the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known—Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds!


Of all the comics that I’ve picked up that are ongoing, Thor: God of Thunder continues to impress me. I’ve reviewed it in its early arcs (review) and it continues to be epic in the way it spans across centuries and different times of Thor’s life, the way the stakes continues to stack themselves like you wouldn’t believe, the enemies he has to face…Even in its quieter moments between sequences there’s just not a dull moment, and I think it’s because of the way that the writer has fleshed out Thor as a character and as a superhero but it’s also a real credit to the art style. It’s my favourite from all of the comics I’ve seen to date; even when the artists switch up, it still retains its painting-like characteristics. It’s just a joy to turn the page.

Story-wise, this arc has been pretty interesting: in the present, Avenger Thor faces off with a powerful corporation whose work is generating horrible consequences to the environment (a very contemporary theme) while in the future Thor All-Father is faced with an old enemy. The face-off with Galactus is, simply put, epic in proportions. If there’s any comic I’d recommend that’s ongoing, it’s this one.

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