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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Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

I’ve been putting off this book for 2 years now and I finally decided to read it as part of a buddy read. Will Grayson, best friends with Tiny Cooper hates attention but unfortunately Tiny is attention personified. It’s not easy being in Tiny’s shadow especially when he seems to push Will into doing things that he doesn’t want to do. Emphasis on ‘seems to’.

Will Grayson (Will 2) has to take medication in order to feel some semblance of okay (actually suffers from depression). He says they’re mood altering pills. He makes it a mission not to care but I think he cared too much and this is why he got hurt.

Will 1 meets Will 2 and so their life starts intertwining. This book was fast, as in, I finished it in a day. I don’t know how, I wasn’t even reading fast but I just noticed that it was nearing the ending quicker than I thought it would.

There are many great aspects about this book, the fact that there can ever be a friendship so profound that a guy would pick his drunken best friend’s nose (gross!) or where you really dislike said best friend but you love him at the same time. Never mind the fact that you meet someone else with the same name as you.

I didn’t like this book much. It was ‘okay’ at best. There weren’t any particulars that I hated, I just feel that this book wasn’t for me. To me, the best part of this book was the musical. I liked that part. I didn’t relate to any of the characters and I didn’t feel myself being drawn to the story. All in all, I’d say it was ‘just another read’ for me.

This was my initiation into the writing of David Levithan and honestly, I could spot certain John Green parts. I mean, I have read 6 of his other works (7 now- I will not be reading the sequel to Zombicorns) so I think I have some knowledge on that front.

I don’t regret reading this book at all since there were parts that I liked but this was nothing to write home about.

“The things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you in the end.”

Read: 28 February 2016
Rating: ★★★1/2

Publication Date: 10 May 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Link to Authors’ Goodreads Pages: John Green | David Levithan

eARC Book Review: Grumpy Cat Volume 1 by Ben McCool

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Dynamite proudly presents the comic book misadventures of Grumpy Cat, featuring “The World’s Grumpiest Cat” and her brother, Pokey! With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. Now, her unbearable cuteness and infectious sourpuss are featured in an all-new, all-sensational collection of comic stories, sure to make fans of all ages laugh! If you love the memes, the videos, and that irresistible scowl, then get ready for the wildly fun antics of Grumpy Cat and Pokey!

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This comic book centres around Grumpy- a famous meme that is the best thing ever- and her brother Pokey. Grumpy, being exactly as her name describes her prefers napping and seeing the world burn…figuratively speaking. I think. Pokey comes up with these crazy ideas and often involves Grumpy who is reluctant at first but relents because she might see another character cry, and this brings her joy.

The fact that an internet meme has been made into a comic books makes me so happy, I can’t stop smiling. From the first page I was laughing and my eyes were tearing because of how could it was. Grumpy’s sarcasm gets me every time. I’d even go as far as to say that there is never a dull moment with her. Irony at it’s best.

The writing style of this comic was fantastic and Grumpy was so in character it was unbelievable. Cats are usually lazy and prefer doing nothing all day, which is Grumpy exactly, but Pokey is so active and joyous that you can’t help but go along with his crazy plans.

The artwork was amazing and I could stare at it all day. Great collection, I must say. My favourite part was the end of Treasure Map. Favourite story as a whole, Detective Cats. I really hope we get to see more of Grumpy and Pokey’s adventures.

Read: 13 January 2016
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 16 February 2016
Publisher: Dynamic Forces
Writers: Ben McCool | Royal McGraw | Elliott Serrano | Ben Fisher
Illustrators: Steve Uy | Ken Haeser | Tavis Maiden | Agnes Garbowska


Book Review: Deadpool Vol.6: Original Sin by Brian Posehn

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ORIGINAL SIN tie-in! Agent Preston follows a trail of secrets from Deadpool’s past that leads her to a surprising situation requiring immediate attention. Deadpool has — a daughter! And there’s much more to her life than meets the eye! But Deadpool is up to his neck fighting off Dracula’s forces — and he’s recruited a time-displaced Dazzler to help him do it! Even with her help, can Deadpool escape the gnawing fangs of the undead in time to safeguard his own flesh and blood? And where did his daughter even come from? Flash back to the grim and gritty 1990s as we learn the very darkest secret of Deadpool’s dark past! Guest-starring ’90s Sabretooth and ’90s Alpha Flight! Collecting DEADPOOL (2012) #29-34.

This volume of Deadpool is an Original Sin tie-in. I want to read all of the comics that are Original Sin related because of the few that I could find, I’ve seen that the plot is quite interesting.

I’m fairly new to the world of Deadpool. I’d heard of him before but I didn’t think of looking into his story line until I read a strip one night when I couldn’t sleep. Deadpool is in my top 5 favourite Marvel characters. It took one issue for him to secure spot no.4 and I’m not planning on looking back.

In this volume we’re uncovering more of Deadpool’s past. In other issues and/or volumes, his past is brought up but he brushes them off as is Deadpool fashion. He can’t escape his decisions of the past in this one and I feel that he actually tried to help and not because he was bored.

Once again Brian Posehn along with Gerry Duggan have outdone themselves. I’ve read a few of their other individual works and they are of my favourite writers so far. This storyline broke me but you can’t get away from that Deadpool humour, which if you think about it, isn’t all that funny. Sometimes, most times it’s pretty dark. Deadpool may wear his bunny slippers, but he is by no means a soft character. I liked that even though I wanted to hug him and never let go, I was constantly reminded that everywhere Deadpool goes, danger follows. The artwork was amazing and I’ve noticed that with these Marvel NOW! issues, everything just seems better. The art doesn’t hurt my brain and it’s really a pleasure to look at. I’m anxious to get to the next volume of Deadpool.

Read: July 2015
Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 9 December 2014
Publishers: Marvel
Writers: Brian PosehnGerry Duggan
Illustrators: John Lucas | Scott Koblish | Mark Brooks