Book Review: Secret Wars #1 by Jonathan Hickman

Secret Wars (2015-2016) #1 (of 9)Goodreads Synopsis

The final incursion is happening! The Marvel Universe is colliding with the Ultimate Universe, and neither will survive!

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**I’ll be reading the entire Secret Wars Collection including the tie-ins in this reading order provided by Comic Book Herald.

‘The multiverse is dying. Only two universes remain. Today, Earths collide.’

As I started this comic series I kept getting a sense of déjà vu, as if I’d read it before but I know for a fact that I’ve only ever read the 1984 Secret Wars.

We kick off right where the prequel ended (see my review for that here) kind of so instead of jumping right into the action, we take a trip over to the other Earth (Ultimate Universe) to see what’s going on there.

At this point the Reed Richards of both universes have already figured out the world was going to end so naturally they had to develop a plan to either save the world…or sit back and watch it be destroyed. Either way, the fight between the two universes seems like it was always part of the plan. It was inevitable and nothing was going to stop it from happening.

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Fast forward a bit and the battle’s raging. Heroes are fighting and/or dropping dead in every direction you look. We are in an all out war. The not so funny thing is that this is only the beginning. We have barely scratched the surface. We all want to know ‘what happens next?’.

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Apart from me being unable to shake the feeling that I’ve seen this somewhere (I think I’m losing my mind) I found this comic book awesome! There was nothing rushed about this because this is only the first issue and I have absolutely no idea where we stand.

I haven’t read anything that featured Esad Ribic’s artwork but I’m loving what I’m seeing. I get the sense that ‘the bigger picture’ was being put out there. Many of the images are widespread so we’re seeing everything at the same time from a bird’s-eye view.

Can we take a moment to gush over the cover for a moment? Alex Ross did a wonderful job and I could probably stare at it all day.

It’s going to take me some time to get through this entire series and I’m ready for the ride. Also, the comics that come after this event will make a lot more sense. Which is great. Let’s go!

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Read: 10 May 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 1 January 2015
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Illustrators: Esad Ribic |Alex Ross

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Book Review: Secret Wars #0 by Jonathan Hickman

Secret Wars #0 (FCBD 2015)

Goodreads Synopsis

This May, prepare yourself for the kickoff of the biggest comic event in Marvel history, with a special preview of Marvel’s future in Secret Wars #0!

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**I’ll be reading the entire Secret Wars Collection including the tie-ins in this reading order provided by Comic Book Herald.

I read the original Secret Wars a few years ago so that I wouldn’t be too lost where the whole story was concerned. That way it’d also be easier for me to put the two side by side and see which one I liked better.

I’ve read East of West Vol.1 by Jonathan Hickman and I really enjoy his writing. Even though this prequel was a short piece, for those (like myself) who haven’t read the tie-ins leading up to this event, I think he managed to sum it up pretty nicely.

The world is about to be blown to bits and Valeria Richards and the other kids are planning on this not being the end of humanity. They come up with a plan to send only ‘the best of the best’ out on a life raft so that life as we know it won’t be totally over.

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Turns out that there’s a lot more in store that’s waiting for them and of course this is where the whole ‘war’ part comes in. The only way to survive this one is to fight through it.

I’ve read that this has been years in the making and this prequel did help to sum up what happened previously but did it do it justice? I can’t know that for sure. Can years worth of work be summaries in a a couple of pages and please the people that have been following it with complete dedication? Probably not.

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I liked what I read and I honestly have no idea why I took this long to actually start this event. As I mentioned above, I do enjoy Jonathan Hickman’s writing and I think he did a very good job on this piece. I flew through it extremely fast and nothing about this was boring for me.

The art also is nothing to scoff at. It’s friggin’ gorgeous. I prefer the more vivid images so this was right up my alley. My excitement for the rest of this event is through the roof.

My review for Secret Wars #1 will be up soon so look out for that.

 

***Just a casual random comic added in giving us the idea of what would happen if the Avengers happened to fight the titans from Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga.

I think that very random crossover was hilarious and added immediately after finishing the prequel gave the illusion of a break before the real drama starts.

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I enjoyed this entire issue quite a bit and hope that the rest will live up to my expectations that have now been elevated. I can’t say anything about the tie-ins till I’ve read it but I’m packed and ready to go on this adventure. We’ll see if I survive this one.

Read: 9 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 2 May 2015
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Illustrator: Paul Renaud

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Wrap Up: May 2017 (and June TBR)

SO delayed!!

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This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information The Nightingale Circus (Broken People, #0.5) Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (Supergirl 2016, #1) Secret Wars #0 (FCBD 2015) Secret Wars (2015-) #1 (of 9) Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1) The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) Time in a Bottle The Time Keeper City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

This is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy

This book needs to be in all libraries. I deserves to be noticed and I think that this was easily one of the best reads for me this year. See review here.

The Nightingale Circus by Ioana Visan

I really enjoyed this novella, as I do with Ioana Visan’s work. I want to read Broken People so I can find out more about the circus and the people that use it as their safe haven. See review here.

Supergirl: Rebirth #1 by Steve Orlando

This was a different and fresh view of Supergirl for me. I enjoyed this short piece and I’m definitely considering reading more about her. See Review here.

Secret Wars #0 by Jonathan Hickman

It’s about time I started this event. I think everything was summed up pretty well in this piece. Review to come soon.

Secret Wars #1 by Jonathan Hickman

I thought this was a pretty good start to the whole event. Definitely got me even more intrigued. Review to come soon.

Then Comes Love by Lindsay Detwiler

A cute, funny, quick read. I really liked this book and enjoyed it tremendously. See review here.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I’ve had this book for a few years and I took way to long to actually read it. I really liked it and I want to read the rest of The Giver Quartet. See review here.

Time in a Bottle by Kathleen D. Tresemer

I had a few issues with this book mainly because the proper trigger warnings weren’t applied but I really did enjoy the writing. See review here.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

This was definitely one of the better books I’ve read this year. I can’t believe I took so long to get to it. See review here.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

And so the reread continues! I loved this read a lot more the second time around and seeing my babies growing up is always a pleasure. See review here.

Total Read: 10 Books


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Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

ARCs (I swear this list is getting shorter)

Sleight Heartborn Loving Ashe: Book 1 of the Celebrity Series Soothsayer: Magic Is All Around Us (Soothsayer Series #1) Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) Unseen (Breaking Free Book 1) Teeth: The First Bite (Teeth, #1) Jaeth's Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1) Demolition Love The Labyrinth Eve The Soul Reaper The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1) Can't Buy Forever

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Book Review: Supergirl: Rebirth #1 by Steve Orlando

Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (Supergirl 2016, #1)Goodreads Synopsis

Supergirl turns to the shadowy organization known as the D.E.O. (Department of Extranormal Operations) to restore her lost powers once and for all! But as a fateful experiment sends Kara Zor-El rocketing toward the sun, disaster strikes at home in the form of the lost Kryptonian werewolf Lar-On! All the epic action of the brand new Supergirl series starts here!


Supergirl has lost her powers and the D.E.O helps her get them back. At the same time, this Kryptonian monster shows and suddenly it’s go time.

I had a thought while reading this comic that whenever the heroes aren’t really around, not too much goes on. But the second they announce themselves, would you look at that, a monster has appeared.

Not much happened in this comic. This was nothing more than an introduction for Supergirl and the people she plans to work with to keep the good guys safe and fight the bad guys.

I was introduced to Supergirl via the TV Show so I knew nothing about her beforehand. It was really something else for me to see her as a teenager who’s barely been on Earth long enough to know all the ins and outs.

The writing was really good and this was only 24 pages but I barely felt it. I flew through it that fast. The artwork was gorgeous and I can’t wait till I read the Supergirl series.

Read: 9 May 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 17 August 2016
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Steve Orlando
Illustrator: Emanuela Lupacchino

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My Week and Happenings (#17)

This week was an exciting and sort of eventful one. It started out normal enough but then Tuesday came and Lord of Shadows happened. This was the second time I got a book the day it was released, the other being The Cursed Child. I was so happy, I still am. I’m still reading the book, not that far in- it’s like 700 pages and I have other things to do as well- but I’m really liking it. I’m expecting the review to be up next week.

Posts that went up this week:

Peoples, I am still reading ACOWAR. I’m enjoying it, I am. The excitement’s kind of gone but the book’s not bad at all. As I said before, I have other things that require my attention as well. Judging the book only a 100 or so pages in, I can already tell that I liked ACOMAF more. I could be surprised though…there’s still just under 500 pages left.

I feel so happy when I walk into the bookstore and the staff just knows me. Almost all of them told me: ‘welcome back’. I was in my element. I didn’t stay there too long because I knew that I’d be tempted to buy more books and…please money.

That’s been my week for far. Not much happened, but the things that did happen were pretty big. Happy reading guys!

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)Goodreads Synopsis

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


There may be spoilers for City of Bones ahead. You have been warned.

City of Ashes picks up almost immediately where City of Bones ended.  Clary has almost gotten used to the fact that she is a Shadowhunter, that’s she’s been thrust into the world of the supernatural and whether she likes it or not, the fight isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s barely begun. Valentine is still running around causing havock and now added to the mix, Downworlder children are being killed.

I read this book a few years ago and I think this was possibly my favourite in the series for a long time because back then I was a big supporter of Climon. Things are different now of course and I can’t even remember why I liked the two of them together so much.

In City of Ashes, Jocelyn, Clary’s mom, is still unconscious and no one knows how to wake her up. Clary is still trying to fight her feelings for Jace, whom as we know, was revealed to be her brother. Jace is being the arrogant a-hole, so that hasn’t changed. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Clary finding out the truth started a chain reaction.

I can only really talk about my feelings for this book because I feel like there’s too much that can be easily spoiled.

The first thing that I noticed was Isabelle’s character. I know her to be this BAMF, take no-nonsense woman, and in this book she is that but I forget that she’s roughly Clary’s age here. There’s so much about her that still screams ‘child’ and then I’m reminded that most of the characters in these books are still children. Looking back at this book and knowing how Isabelle ends up in the end…that’s beautiful character development. All the applause for that!

I’ve already mentioned in my City of Bones review that I could ignore Clary’s annoying characteristics because I was more focused on what else was going on. In this book, I didn’t find her that annoying. She asked a lot of questions yes, but that’s good because I feel that was a great way for us as readers to learn more about this world without there being endless paragraphs of unnecessary descriptions. She’s starting to grow as a character and I’m actually very excited to see that, since I’ll be paying more attention to that now.

In this book, we see a bit more of the Clave and what they stand for. Everything hasn’t been explained yet but there’s a bit of an outline. I don’t think we can take Valentine’s word on anything really but he doesn’t always lie.

Another thing I noticed: every time someone talks about how Jace is exactly like his father, it’s always about his character and personality and not about his looks, which I think is great foreshadowing for what’s about to happen.

One thing I do like about Clary though, she wasn’t raised a Shadowhunter, so she doesn’t think like one. Sometimes her ideas and questions are so innocent you can’t help but go: oh honey. But then you see what her questions and ideas are doing and you can’t help but smile. She helped Alec, she’s helping Jace. She knocked some sense into Luke. Sometimes the means she goes about achieving this are sketchy but I think she’s one of the best things to happen to this book world. That might be overstepping it a bit but changes started happening once Clary came along, and I’m not ashamed of my opinion.

Have I spoken about how much I hate Valentine yet? I probably have but I hate that guy. Valentine’s issue is that he really believes in what he’s doing and that’s the problem. He believes that the world he desires is the world that was supposed to be there from the beginning and he’ll break heaven and hell to achieve this. There’s something he said in this book: “But isn’t that what love is, Clarissa? Ownership? ‘I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,’ as the Song of Songs goes.”

He’s so far removed from humanity and its emotions, sometimes I wonder if he’s even human. His ideals are not ‘normal’ and he seeks destruction claiming that it’s enlightenment. I don’t think I’ll ever really understand him and his is not a head I want to get into.

I don’t remember too much from my first time reading this book but I do know that I loved this second read so much more. New characters were introduced, knowledge was expanded and even though it’s still small, the story’s starting to evolve.

I like the action that Cassie Clare puts in each book. It’s like: if that wasn’t the final battle, what will the actual battle look like? She spares no detail and every climax is as big as the previous, if not bigger.

I don’t mind taking so long to finish these books because it gives me time to reflect and process everything. I’d even go as far as to say that it felt like I was reading this book for the first time and I’m so happy about that.

I know that there’s a lot that awaits us in City of Glass and my bags for this feels trip are already packed.

Read: 25 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 7 July 2008
Publisher: Walker Childrens Paperbacks
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Cassandra Clare

  • My review for City of Bones here.
  • My reviews for other books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles here.

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Book Review: Adventure Time: Candy Capers by Yuko Ota

Adventure Time: Candy CapersGoodreads Synopsis

An all-new stand-alone ADVENTURE TIME story featuring Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun!

FINN AND JAKE ARE MISSING?! Don’t worry Candy Kingdom, Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun will… protect… you? This is a mini-series you definitely don’t want to miss, with talent of Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya of JOHNNY WANDER writing our candied heroes and Ian McGinty of UGLY DOLL on art, there is nothing that can go wrong!


Finn and Jake are missing and obviously that’s a big problem because who will protect The Land of Ooo? Enter Peppermint Butler who believes he’s the man for the job. Translation: Peppermint Butler loses his marbles. Yea, I’d be terrified too.

Straight off the bat I’ll say that the artwork was amazing! It was right there in my face and I actually had to back up a bit because of how vivid it was. The detail was amazing, the colours were excellent. It was all just perfection.

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I mean, look at that! I had to spare a moment to take it all in because hot d*mn, dude’s talented. I could stare at it all day. I love it that much.

I’ve only read one other Adventure Time comic (Banana Guard Academy review) and I already like the fact that these comics are written by different authors. It brings something new to the table, which is different yet good. I don’t know if these characters are true to the story because I’ve only watched a handful of Adventure Time episode and that’s not really enough for me to judge. I did like how the characters were portrayed here because I don’t think that the story’s supposed to be serious, I laughed way too much for that anyway. I was introduced to Marceline in this book and my word, I love her! She’s so awesome. I’m going to need more comics with her in it.

Anyway, Finn and Jake are missing and Peppermint Butler is busy going mad because maybe it’s not so easy being the protector and having things go wrong left, right and center. My commentary is written down in my review book and I’m even laughing at it now. My thoughts throughout this entire book was that Peppermint Butler was either, going mad, out of it, or totally insane. I thought that he needed a vacation and if he was hungry, someone should’ve given him a Snickers.

This entire book was filled with humour…and a few questionable subjects. Where was Finn and Jake the entire time, you ask? It’d honestly ruin the punchline and the sight of Peppermint Butler’s tumble down the hill if I told you.

I recommend this comic to everyone and their pet. The mix of Ota and Panagariya’s writing with McGinty’s artwork was one of the best pieces of work I’ve seen in a while. Loved every moment and every page.

Read: 27 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 13 May 2014
Publisher: KaBOOM!
Writer: Yuko Ota | Ananth Panagariya
Illustrator: Ian McGinty

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Source: Images taken from the digital comic book.