Expected Releases for August 2017

Goodreads synopsis included.

1 August

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7

Ms. Marvel Vol.7 by G. Willow Wilson

Civil War II is behind her, and a brand new chapter for Kamala Khan is about to begin! But it’s lonely out there for a super hero when her loved ones no longer have her back. It’s time for Kamala to find out exactly who she is when she is on her own. Plus: it’s election time! Kamala gets out the vote!

COLLECTING: MS. MARVEL 13-18

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See What I Have DoneSee What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

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8 August

The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #14)

The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #14) by Philippa Gregory

The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.
Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days, dying on the scaffold for her faith. But few people know about her two sisters, cousins to Elizabeth I who also faced imprisonment and death sentences for treason.
Katherine Grey was the beauty of the family who earned the lifelong hatred of her cousin Elizabeth I when she married for love. Mary Grey was an extraordinary little person known as a dwarf in Tudor times, who defied convention to marry the tallest man at court in her own secret love match.
The fascinating story of three idiosyncratic Tudor girls and their challenges to the most powerful Tudor woman of all is the subject of the next novel from the author who defines what it means to be a writer of historical fiction (RT Book Reviews).

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Paper Girls, Vol. 3Paper Girls Vol.3 by Brian K. Vaughn

The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel… or risk never returning home to 1988.
Collects issues 11 through 15!

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15 August

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1) by Lana Popović

“Lush. Delicious. Bewildering. And darkly magical. Popovic has created a world that you tumble into from the very first words and wish you could stay in forever.” —Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown’s Game

“Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.

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24 August

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The Store by James Patterson

The Store knows you better than you know yourself.

Imagine a near future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door via drone, even anticipating needs and desires you didn’t know you had. Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob and Megan have made a drastic decision–they’re going undercover to dig up The Store’s secrets in a book that could change the entire American way of life–or put an end to Jacob’s. When they arrive at The Store’s distribution center in the Midwest, it appears to be an idyllic workplace. But after a series of unsettling discoveries, Jacob and Megan’s worst fears about The Store seem like just the beginning. With nothing escaping The Store’s watchful eye, and Megan’s commitment to the cause in doubt, Jacob quickly becomes a major inconvenience that The Store will do anything to silence. Harboring a secret that could get him killed, Jacob has to find a way to publish his expose before the truth dies with him.

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29 August

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, #4)Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, #4) by Romina Russell

Romina Russell’s epic sci-fi fantasy series reaches its breathtaking conclusion with this fourth and final novel.

The master has been unmasked. Rho’s world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?

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Dress Codes for Small TownsDress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

The year I was seventeen, I had five best friends…and I was in love with all of them for different reasons.

Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst wrappers. Like trouble.

This year, however, trouble comes looking for her.

Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock? They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky, for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected to the town’s highest honor?

But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways.

In Otters Holt, love has been defined only one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, and buy a Buick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey?

Author Courtney Stevens delivers an honest, funny, and endearing account of a girl coming to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and sexuality while facing the opposition that follows.

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SipSip by Brian Allen Carr

A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival

It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon.

Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad.

150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.

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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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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.

Book Review: Sex Criminals Vol.2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One CopGoodreads Synopsis

The second storyline from the Eisner Award winning Sex Criminals finds the honeymoon to be over for Jon and Suzie. Once the thrill of new lust fades, where do you go? Come along and laff and love with Matt and Chip as they brimp back ceaselessly against the past.

Collecting: Sex Criminals 6-10


Recap: Back in Volume 1, Suzie discovered that time stops whenever she orgasms. She thought she was alone until she met Jon. Turns out she wasn’t so alone after all. Because Suzie wanted to save the library, she and Jon concocted this scheme that wasn’t exactly legal- not legal at all actually- and that’s how they became literal sex criminals. See my review for Sex Criminals Vol. 1 here.

All caught up? Good. In Volume 2, Suzie and Jon have given up their illegal activities and work on finding ways to save the library without risking too much. Of course Kegelface won’t let them live their lives.

What’s different about this volume is that we look more into Jon’s life and see things from his perspective. He’s talked about his life a little in the first volume but seeing it from his POV…dude’s got a lot going on. We touch upon his mental illnesses and see how troubled he actually is. It’s actually kind of sad, all the things he has to go through and still seem like the one who brings the humour to the comic. It just goes to show how we don’t know what goes on in other people’s heads. We see what we choose to see.

The honeymoon phase is over and it’s time for Jon and Suzie to pull up their socks and face reality. With the Sex Police alway at the back of their minds, it seems that they can’t get a moment’s peace. Drastic measures have to be taken so that they don’t end up drawing the short straw.

As the story winds on, the POVs in the issues mold together and become one. Although I did like Jon’s POV more than I did Suzie’s. I liked this volume a lot more than the first one and I have no doubt in Matt Fraction’s writing so I definitely enjoyed the story as a whole.

Series were revealed and a new can of worms has been opened. We were left on a major cliffhanger at the end of this book and I need to know what happens next. Too much happened in this volume and I was at the edge of my seat the entire time. I’m itching to start Volume 3 as soon as possible.

Read: 27 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 25 February 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Matt Fraction
Illustrator: Chip Zdarsky

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