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Review: The Boys, Vol. 2: Get Some

The Boys, Vol. 2: Get Some
The Boys, Vol. 2: Get Some by Garth Ennis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First for the disclaimer: this series is meant for a mature audience!!! Ok, now that we have that out of the way we can get on with the review. The writing is superb, drawing the reader into the story with ease. Some of the jokes had me gasping for breath only to find myself gasping at something ludicrous a page later. Yes, the violence, language and adult situations are gratuitous, but somehow that is what makes the book and series so enjoyable. Set aside any expectations of this being a superhero story and simply enjoy it for what it truly is, a story about a group of people who keep the “capes” from getting too big for their britches, holding them accountable for their actions.

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Review: The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm

The Dresden Files:  Storm Front, Volume 1:  The Gathering Storm
The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First a disclaimer, at this point in time I have only ever read the first book in this series in novel form. I plan to eventually read the others, but I got distracted by other shiny books coming up from my hold list and…we…you know what happens when you get distracted by new books, right?

Disclaimer aside, my impression is that they actually did a pretty decent job adapting the novel to graphic novel form. Sure there are bits and pieces missing, and a purist could probably tear it apart, but I am not a purist. I look for good, entertaining stories, and that is what I got in this volume. The adaptation was handled pretty well, and the artwork was actually rather nice. On the whole I eagerly await the second part of this story coming up on my hold list, and I have added the other adaptations to my hold list at the library.

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Review: Locke and Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom

Locke and Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom
Locke and Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aaaargh!!! I feel like Charlie Brown trying to play football with Nancy right now. The three previous volumes wrapped up their storylines nicely, giving you nicely complete stories in each volume. Technically this one did the same, but at the same time it left us with a cliffhanger ending with a major change in the playing field dynamics of the primary characters. I want to know what happens next, but unfortunately I now have to wait for the next volume to become available. Fortunately it has already been published and I am just waiting in a hold request line at my library, so it could be worse, but I don’t want to have to wait for the next installment of the story.

The writing, as is likely self-evident from my above statements, is still quite up to par, and is holding up very well as the series progresses. Having the same writer throughout helps to ensure consistency! The artwork did catch me off-guard when I first started this volume. At first I thought that we had an invasion of a new artist and it was now styled to look like Calvin & Hobbs instead of the style I have grown accustomed to seeing. In a few pages it became apparent that I was seeing that part of the story through the eyes of the youngest of the children, and once the viewpoint shifted to another character things were back to normal. In that light I find the change in art style rather interesting as they lend a new look into the mind of the different characters.

All in all a very solid series, and the Will Eisner nominations were well earned. Now…now I have to wait…I don’t want to wait…

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Review: Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls
Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really well crafted story, and it kept me solidly engaged to the end of the volume. The only thing that I didn’t like was the inconsistency in the artwork. Most of it was very well done, but there were some segments where the quality really changed, and not for the better. I am eagerly waiting for the next volume to be available.

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – IMDb

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – IMDb.

I have to be honest here, I went into this movie expecting high levels of camp. That said, I must also confess that I was pleasantly surprised to find that the camp was not as bad as I had feared, and was actually somewhat balanced. What it turned out to be was a fine family movie with a nice balance of humor, action, suspense and just a bit of a love story, albeit teen love.

What I found especially enjoyable was the excellent artwork that went into the sets and backdrops. Atlantis alone was gorgeous, but then toss in the Nautilus and we are having all kinds of fun times with details. The effects work for the underwater segments was also very well done. So…from a technical standpoint this was actually pretty well put together.

The weakness was in the script, and boy were there some issues there. To start with, it is next to impossible to take Duane “The Rock” Johnson seriously when he is spouting pseudo-science lines. They don’t come naturally to him and simply sound ridiculous coming out of his mouth. They don’t flow naturally like so many other lines do for him. Then the pedantic side of me kicks in when he utters a line about the sea level rising 100 feet overnight. The primary driving motivator for this movie is the need to escape the island because it is sinking rapidly back into the ocean. As such, if an island is sinking the ocean is not rising. Keep the pseudo-science straight please!

Alright, so aside from unbelievable dialogue from Johnson the lines for the other actors actually seemed to work well for them, and for the most part they were delivered rather well.  I can’t really think of a moment where a poorly delivered line really pulled me out of the story, outside of the previously discussed lines for Johnson.

In the end it was a very pleasant movie, and I must say that I am intrigued by the open ending they left for a potential sequel.  In the end I gave it 7 of 10 stars over at IMDB.

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