It’s About Comics, Music, and Love. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is not a comic book or graphic novel but the references to X-Men, Batman, and Watchmen are enough for me to consider this in my “On Comics and Such” category 🙂

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell has been on my radar for quite some time now. It was the cover art that initially hooked me in — the simple illustration and the type. At first, I thought it was a graphic novel.

Yesterday while I was returning a stack of books to the library, I saw Eleanor & Park as one of their featured titles and I grabbed it. I was just going to check out a few pages, but then I got completely sucked in. I couldn’t put it down. Usually, when I’m speed-reading, I gloss over words and sometimes pages. But, not with this one. I wanted to read every single word written on the page.

Six hours later, I was, like, damn. I haven’t read a book that made me so happy, gave me butterflies in the stomach, and brought tears to my eyes in so long. Plus, it brought me back to my high school years that were also filled with cassette tapes, Esprit bags, waiting for telephone calls, and that one crazy crush.

Set over one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Some of my favorite quotes:

  • “The new girl’s eyes were darker than his mom’s, really dark, almost like holes in her face. That made it sound bad, but it wasn’t. It might even be the best thing about her. It kind of reminded Park of the way artists draw Jean Grey sometimes when she’s using her telepathy, with her eyes all blacked out and alien.”
  • “Paul was the one who’d taught Eleanor to say Asian and not oriental. ‘Oriental’s for food,’ he’d said.”
  • “‘I don’t like you,’ he said. ‘I need you.'”

I am now a Rainbow Rowell fan and can’t wait to read her other books.

Nimona. “We’re Villains! Villains kill people sometimes!”

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Nimona has been on my to-read list for quite some time. I’d been hearing great things about it and I really liked the artwork. So, while I was noodling at the library the other day, I saw it as a featured read and I quickly grabbed it.

I absolutely loved it. The artwork is wonderful, the dynamics between all the characters are so well developed, and it’s a story/plot that I’ve never read before..truly refreshing.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

My favorite quote?

We’re Villains! Villains kill people sometimes! ~Nimona

It’s such a boss quote and Nimona is so boss!

Diving Deep Into the Spider-Verse Universe (2015)

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I recently discovered the graphic novel/comic book section of the local library and went to town on it. One of the titles I picked up was Marvel Comics’ Spider-Verse (2015) trade paperback only because Silk was in it. I’ve never read any actual Spider-Man comics so this was going to be the first and…

Oh. My. Gawd.

It was dark, action-packed, and gut-wrenching. Every Spider-being was thrown into this epic story arc. I’m also a fan of time travel and parallel worlds so it was an added bonus. My brain will never be the same again after the crazy shit that happened. I definitely see Spider-Man and its universe in an entirely new light. Wow.

When the unstoppable Morlun returns, it will take every Spider-Man EVER to stop him! Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel spearhead a massive event that unites wall-crawlers across all universes against a single threat, swinging through Amazing Spider-Man and a web of tie-ins! READ MORE

Black Widow (2014) #20, Say It Ain’t the End!

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And so the team that gave us this latest story arc for Black Widow have closed out this particular story with issue #20. Say it ain’t so! *sniff sniff*

WHO IS THE BLACK WIDOW? What set off her long path of atonement? The creative team that’s brought you the longest run in Black Widow history steps deeper into the psyche of Natasha Romanoff than ever before. MORE

It was a tough issue to read — you learn more about Natasha’s past and also how she tries to atone for it in the present. This Black Widow storyline is what really got me into the superhero genre of comics. Previously, I wasn’t very much impressed with the boob’d out nakedness of the heroines. It just didn’t appeal to me. But then, why would it?

That all changed when I saw the artwork and read the story for issue #1 of Black Widow. Nathan Edmondson (writer) and Phil Noto (artist) just killed it on all fronts. They made me fall in love with Natasha even though she’s not perfect. She’s done some shitty things, but that’s what makes her…human…and a kickass fighter.

So, I want to thank both Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto for their amazing work. I look forward to their future projects…altho sad that this arc of Black Widow has come to an end.

Also, I couldn’t resist…

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A Revamped 2015 Archie Makes Its Way, Issue 1

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I’ve never read any of the Archie comics, but I was familiar with the love triangle and that it took place is Riverdale. Other than that, I just didn’t have any interest in reading it because I didn’t think that it was for me…it was dated — in an era that I couldn’t relate to in a tone that was maybe too juvenile jokey.

But, I had heard about an Archie comics re-camp for 2015 and seeing some of the sneak peek previews of the artwork really amped up my interest. So, when issue #1 released, I picked it up and was very pleasantly surprised. It’s fun and full of teenage romance, high school angst. I also very much enjoyed the artwork. I’m definitely looking forward to issue #2.

And definitely check out all the variant covers that were released. I especially liked the one by Sanford Greene, which is the cover I chose.

COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

Image Comics’ Kaptara: “Wizards Just Got a Whole Lot Sexier”

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This insane intergalactic space odyssey is…insane and I absolutely love it.

From the first issue to issue three, the writing and art have kept me glued. The sense of humor is quirky and weird — it speaks to me. I find myself shaking my head and laughing out loud.

ENTER: MELVON! BUT REMEMBER: ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER: MELVON! To save their own lives, our heroes must slay the famed, sensual wizard of The Unchanted Forest! A great jumping-on point for anyone who reads! READ MORE

Thank you Chip Zdarsky for the unique story and Kagan Mcleod for artwork that’s just as unique and beautifully weird. I’m looking forward to issue 4. If you haven’t hopped on the Kaptara train, it’s still early on so please do get on!

Black Widow’s First Line of Red. How It Started. (Issue 19)

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Black Widow is one of the few titles that I’ve been sticking with. I love the series — full of action and drama with amazing artwork to boot. It’s the reason why I started reading more and more current superhero comic books. The latest issue did not disappoint. It takes the reader to Natasha’s past and how it started. We’ve gotten a few glimpses before, but this issue really delved into it.

What decision will she make? I guess we’ll find out in issue 20.

TOO LATE FOR REDEMPTION? At the end of all things, Black Widow finds herself unexpectedly connected to one of the darkest moments of her past. See how the first lines of red in her ledger were written. Will Natasha fall into darkness or rage against the dying of the light? READ MORE

JEM Keeps Getting Better with Issue 4

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The upcoming live-action JEM film may suck — actually, it probably will after having watched the trailer — but, fans should definitely be reading the comics. They’ve got the core of JEM, but updated for 2015, which I very much appreciate.

The driving force of the JEM and the Holgrams vs The Misfits rivalry is the music but also forbidden love between two of the band members. It definitely heightens the drama between the two bands. And, I love the artwork.

Jem and The Holograms do their first live show at The Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but a rabid Misfits fan is determined to sabotage their performance… at any cost! READ MORE

What Happens After the Bad Guy Has Been Defeated? New Comic “Zodiac Starforce” to Debut in August 2015!

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Ooh! This comes out in digital and print on August 26th! The art looks amazing and the story sounds like a very interesting premise! Comic created by artist Paulina Ganucheau and writer Kevin Panetta.

It’s been two years since the girls received their power from an goddess named Astra and destroyed the villain Cimmeria; the team has since disbanded, and like a lot of friends do over the course of high school, they’re starting to find themselves drawn to different interests and heading in different directions. READ MORE

[via BoingBoing]