Comic Book Review: Damage #1 by Robert Venditti

Damage (2017-) #1Goodreads Synopsis

Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster!

Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing, ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. Cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when the beast inside him springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.

I’m trying to get more into the DC scheme of things and I’m glad I haven’t been steered wrong as yet.

For a first issue, this was very good. There wasn’t too much dialogue but just enough forScreen Shot 2018-01-25 at 6.12.44 PMit to explain a bit of what we could expect from this series. The artwork is exceptional. I could stare at it all day. The illustrators really did a wonderful job.

Ethan as a human is certain of who and what he is, but when Damage comes out, it’s then that he has difficulty with keeping the monster in check. The thing is that Ethan remains the choice of reason even when Damage away from area where people could get hurt.


I think that it’s interesting that Damage comes out once every 24 hours and for one hour only so honestly, depending on what he does and where he goes, this series as whole too, could go almost anywhere. The concept is really great andScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 12.27.29 PM I think the writing, artwork and plot made up for a brilliant read. I can’t wait for the next issue.

At the end of this issue we’re given a sneak peak of a new comic called Sideways and from the looks of it, I think it’s going to be amazing. I won’t lie, he does remind me a little bit of Spider-Man with some Deadpool vibes thrown in but the excitement is still out there. I’m hoping to read that issue when it comes out and possibly review it as well, so keep a look out for this.

This is where I pray to the DC gods and hope that my continuation in this universe remains well and good because I don’t think I can take any more disappointment where comics are concerned.

Read: 25 January 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 17 January 2018
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Robert Venditti
Illustrators: Danny Miki | Tony S. Daniel

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Comic Book Review: Lumberjanes Vol.1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyGoodreads Synopsis


At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4.

I was procrastinating studying for my finals so I decided to read the first issue of this comic and I actually had to force myself not to read the next. This comic drew me in from the first page and there’s enough adventure and mystery in the first issue that makes youIMG_1979.PNG eager to come back for more.

I was quite intrigued by the all-female comic characters as I’ve never read something like it before. The second and third issues of Lumberjanes were amazing. Although we aren’t told directly what each character’s personality is, we’re given insight by the way they react to different things and situations. I personally adore Mal and Ripley.

I’m all for the adventures of this weird summer and I think I’m already in love with this comic series.

The artwork is unique and amazing and I find myself takingIMG_1980.PNG in the details as well instead of just reading the dialogue and moving on. The writing style is fresh as well as entertaining and it’s the combination of all these things: amazing  artwork, awesome writing style and fun characters that make for an addicting read.

After finishing this volume I’m convinced that this is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s easily high up in my Top 5. I can’t wait to start and finish volume 2.



Read: 10 December 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 7 April 2015
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Writer: Noelle Stevenson | Grace Ellis | Faith Hicks
Illustrator: Brooke A. Allen | Shannon Watters | Kat Leyh | Brooke Allen | Carolyn Nowak | Various | Carey Pietsch

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Comic Book Review: The Punisher: Born by Garth Ennis

The Punisher MAX: BornGoodreads Synopsis

The year is 1971. With mounting casualties and a rising anti-war sentiment, America’s time in Vietnam is coming to a close. Yet in the isolated Valley Forge Firebase on the Cambodian border, Captain Frank Castle is one of the few soldiers still committed to the fight against the enemy. With dwindling reserves, Castle must stand against an impending Viet Cong attack that threatens to wipe out the entire American platoon. To survive the battle, what grim decision must he make that will forever alter the course of his life? In this acclaimed tale, superstar Garth Ennis reveals the never-before-told story of the horrors Castle was forced to face to come home from Vietnam alive, ending in a shocking twist that will forever change how readers see Marvel Comics’ most famous urban vigilante. Collecting BORN #1-4.

I have never gone so far back into The Punisher’s origin story and I guess I got a bit curious. This was before everything. Before Frank Castle lost his family, before he started doling out punishments to the undesirables, This was when The Punisher was nothing more than a voice in a man’s head…offering him a way out.

The story is told from another officer’s point of view. We are thrown right into the thick of it near the Cambodian border and these soldiers have to face the harsh truth…nobody out there gives a d*mn about them, yet they keep on fighting.

This soldier tells us Frank’s story so we’re looking at the man we know as The Punisher from a different angle. What I got from it all is that he’s a cruel and cold bastard and he’ll bring justice to the innocent even if it means that those who are innocent have to die as well.

I did like this comic quite a bit and I loved that a huge portion of it was told from someone else’s POV. The art I thought, gave the story as a whole a bit of a dated feel and that further added to the story because it foes take place in the early 70s.

I am a lot more interest in The Punisher these days especially since he’s been featured in the Daredevil TV series and of course has his own series now, though I’m no stranger to the 2004 movie starring Thomas Jane.

I look forward to my journey on Frank Castle/The Punisher’s path I already know that it’ll be a bloody and action-packed one.


Read: 2 October 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: 21 February 2007
Publisher: MAX (Marvel Comics)
Writer: Garth Ennis
Illustrator: Darick Robertson

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Wrap Up: January 2018 (and February TBR)

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Afflicted Damage (2017-) #1 Give Me Five (The Princess Diaries, #5) Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Afflicted by Susanne Valenti

I took way to long to actually read this book but once I was in the zone, I was in. The. Zone! My rating for this isn’t very high but that doesn’t take away from the overall enjoyment. Looking forward to continuing this series. See review here.

Damage #1 by Robert Venditti

This issue gave enough information for me to be sure that I want to continue this series. I can’t wait to see how Ethan fights the monster he knows he’s not, but everyone thinks he is. Not to mention the actions that kind of proves it. Review to come soon.

Give Me Five by Meg Cabot

I really enjoyed this one! I hope I never get annoyed by this series and Mia’s tendency to obsess on one thing for almost 300 pages because I still have six more books to go so that would suck. Onward we go to Sixsational! Review to come soon.

Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

I LOVED this! After reading The Sword of Summer I was a bit reluctant to read another Rick Riordan book so soon (I know it’s been a year but come on) but I’m glad I decided to ignore that voice in my head and finished this book in a whopping 3 days. That hasn’t happened in a while. Percy is the man! Review to come soon.

Total Read: 4 Books

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The Girl on the Train The Graveyard Book Life of Pi Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1)  Invader Zim Vol. 1 


Sleight The Weight of a Wing (The Stolen Wings, #1) 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)  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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Comic Book Review: Frostbite by Joshua Williamson

FrostbiteGoodreads Synopsis

In the arctic wilderness of post-apocalyptic America, death comes in many forms—but none is worse than the terrifying plague that freezes its victims from the inside out. They call it frostbite, and it is slowly, inexorably infecting the struggling remnants of humanity. Frostbite has no vaccine, no immunity, and no cure.

Until now.

In snowbound Mexico City, Dr. Henry Bonham and his daughter, Victoria, have found the key to destroying the disease. In order to make their theoretical cure a reality, however, they have to travel 2,000 treacherous miles to a secret government installation on Alcatraz Island.

Enter Keaton, captain of the cross-country cargo hauler Icebreaker, and her hard-bitten mercenary crew. They’ve spent years learning how to survive on the ice, but they’ve never before gone on a run with such high stakes—or with such determined enemies.

Will these unlikely saviors make it across the frozen wasteland, defeat the relentless forces gunning for their lives, and bring warmth to the world? Or will frostbite continue to consume all life in its icy jaws?

Discover the shocking answers in FROSTBITE. Collects FROSTBITE #1-6.

Fifty-seven years ago the world was thrown into the new Ice Age and everyone has been suffering even more ever since. Billions of people died when it started but now there might be a light at the end of this previously doomed tunnel.

We follow Keaton and what starts with as her crew as they agree to take a doctor and her father to Alcatraz. In this day and age there is no time to feel guilty. You get what you can take and along the line, morals are tested, sacrifices are made. This is just the way the world is now.

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The graphics are a bit different, definitely not what I’m sued to but it fits with the theme and with the comic itself. I feel that if the images were super clear, it’d be too perfect and that would ruin the masterpiece.

This comic went a lot faster that I thought it would and I found myself flying right through it. I’ve read works by Joshua Williamson before and I admit that that is what made me pick this up. As expected, I wasn’t disappointed and I became quite engrossed in the plot.

I found the concept and idea interesting and I love that it ended off leaving a bit to the imagination but at the same time giving us closure. I’m all too glad that I decided to read this and I can’t wait to reach out more comics written by Williamson, not to mention works by this artist.

Read: 27 September 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 1 August 2017
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Illustrator: Jason Shawn Alexander

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Comic Book Review: Red Thorn Vol.1: Glasgow Kiss by David Baillie

Red Thorn, Volume 1: Glasgow KissGoodreads Synopsis

On the rain-soaked streets of Glasgow, a girl whose drawings somehow come to life has just stumbled across her one true love. And thousands of miles below those streets, an ancient demi-god plots his escape from the prison where he’s been held for nearly two thousand years. Evil forces are at play and no one is safe as the legends of Scottish mythology collide with the modern world.

Fans of Fables and The Sandman won’t want to miss this riveting dark fantasy epic!

Collecting: Red Thorn 1-6

I’d been putting off reading this comic for ages and I decided that since procrastination was a thing, I’d read it and hope for the best.

Twenty-five years ago Isla’s sister went missing and now she’s on a hunt to find out exactly what happened to her. Isla has a gift that makes her drawings come to life and after a bloody incident at school when she was younger, she vowed never to draw people again. The only problem with that is she’s been drawing this particular man for months and soon finds out that before her disappearance, her sister Lauren, had been drawing him as well.

Somehow, Isla’s drawings end up freeing Thorn who’s a demigod and he plans to use her as a crucial piece in his game that he’s had centuries to strategically plan out.

Throughout this comic and then after finishing it, I still couldn’t place whether Thorn was the bad guy or not because to Isla, everyone’s the bad guy. Someone always has a worser story and it gets confusing on who to believe.

I liked the art well enough and I do think the writing was pretty great but I didn’t find this story to be…addictive. It didn’t pull me in or hit any nerves. It was just another story to me. I honestly thought that there’d be more to the plot and that’s the main reason why I finished it but alas, that was not the case.

At the moment I am unsure on whether I’d want to continue this or not because it didn’t hold much for me and that’s quite unfortunate.

Read: 2 October 2017

Publication Date: 2 August 2016
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: David Baillie
Illustrator: Meghan Hetrick 

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Comic Book Review: Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake by Natasha Allegri

Adventure Time With Fionna and CakeGoodreads Synopsis

SUGAR, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING ICE?! It’s the critically acclaimed ADVENTURE TIME? spin-off starring our favorite gender-bent characters. It’s up to Fionna and Cake to save the day from the Ice Queen, hopefully with the help of her friends Prince Gumball and Marshall Lee, this adventure will be a peace of cake! Ice Queen is creating havoc again when she decides to try out some of her wicked cool ice magic on some poor Fire Lions! Fionna and Cake to the rescue, only they might be too late for their fiery prince! Will the be able to save Flame Prince in time, can they stop the Ice Queen from being so dang mean all the time, will Lumpy Space Prince find out the meaning of true beauty?! It’s all collected in this trade, written and illustrated by animation sensation Natasha Allegry, and featuring short stories from amazing indie artist, including Lucy Knisley (STOP PAYING ATTENTION), and Kate Leth (KATE OR DIE!). Featuring a lush art style, and a fable-line storyline that appeals to young and old, and a perfect first comic for any kid in your life!

This is a gender-bent version of Adventure Time and I freaking loved it! We have Fionna, Cake, Marshall Lee, Lumpy Space Prince and Prince Gumball. Fionna and Cake are the protectors of Ooo and everything is the same but not quite.I honestly enjoyed this gender-bent version a lot more than I did the original. Though I do think that the amazing writing played a part in my enjoyment.

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In this volume, Fionna and Cake are tasked with returning a flame elemental back to his original form after the Ice Queen put a heated salt crystal in his chest. They spend these awesome 6 issues working on saving him before he evaporates completely.

Of course there were other side stories in between as well and short comic strips at the end of each issue. I think Cake really has a knack for story telling. They might not have happy ending but it really gets a person interested.

I’m glad I decided to pick this comic up because now I know that I love Adventure Time in every shape and form. Major kudos to the awesome writing and beautiful artwork. I’m tempted to go in search for other works by Natasha Allegri after finishing one.

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Read: 27 September 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 15 October 2013
Publisher: KaBOOM!
Writer: Natasha Allegri | Lucy Knisley | Kate Leth
Illustrator: Natasha Allegri

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