Review: The Complete Big Nate #1

Title: The Complete Big Nate #1
Author: Lincoln Peirce
Genre: Comics
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Complete Big Nate collects every daily and Sunday cartoon ever syndicated. Presented in a numbered series of e-books, each containing one year’s worth of strips, this is a goldmine for all Big Nate fans to see many cartoons that have never been published in books. Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate. As a popular middle-grade book character, Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, has a habit of annoying his family, friends, and teachers with his sarcasm.ced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

Review:

I kept seeing these books everywhere, so I decided to give it a try. This is a funny collection of Big Nate comic strips.

I had never read Big Nate comics before reading this collection. The stories were fun. Nate goes through life as an ordinary kid who loves to draw. He reminded me a lot of the Diary of a Wimpy kid series because he has some of the same observations about school and life as Greg in that series. Nate makes funny caricatures of his teachers, friends, and family, just like Greg does.

I was surprised when I got to the end of the book and discovered that it was written in 1991. I thought it was much more recent than that because the stories seemed very current. It would be a great read for kids today because the stories were so funny and relatable.

What to read next:

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Big Nate Novels #1) by Lincoln Peirce

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1) by Jeff Kinney

Have you read The Complete Big Nate #1? What did you think of it?

Review: The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats

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Title: The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats
Author: Dan Parent, Bill Galvan
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Archie Comics
Source: Library
Format: ebook
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s a match made in rock & roll heaven when two of the greatest bands get together to make sweet music.

Join The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats on a whirlwind tour full of rockin’ rivalries, romance, and revenge!

What starts with a kiss turns in to an all-out love smackdown when Archie falls for Valerie!

But when Betty & Veronica find out, it could be the end of not only their romance, but of The Archies and The Pussycats, too!

Review:

This is a great story!

The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats go on tour together. It was so cool to see these two bands come together.

This comic also shows the romance between Archie and Valerie. They were together for a bit on the show Riverdale, but I didn’t know they had ever been together in the comics. It was kind of awkward to see him with someone other than Betty and Veronica.

As well as the bands, their managers also made an appearance. Josie and the Pussycats had their evil managers Alexander and Alexandra, who stirred up lots of trouble for the bands.

I loved this short collection of comics. It’s a must read for fans of the Archies and Josie and the Pussycats.

What to read next:

  • The Archies & Other Stories by Mark Waid, Alex Segura, Joe Eisma

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  • Josie and the Pussycats, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio, Audrey Mok

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Have you read The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats? What did you think of it?

Review: Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears: A Pie Comics Collection

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Title: Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears: A Pie Comics Collection
Author: John McNamee
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Lion Forge
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: ebook
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back is the mid ’00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But it wasn’t until a shoulder injury forced John to simplify his drawing style and improvise the comics instead of actually sitting down and writing them that Pie Comics became the beloved strip it is today! This collection showcases some of the funniest and most trenchant of Onion writer John McNamee’s online comic strips, found at piecomic.tumblr.com.

Review:

This is a hilarious collection of comics.

Each comic is about page long and has parodies of fairytales or popular characters. I loved them, and I laughed out loud many times. For example, Super Mario runs through tunnels, but he forgets that his actual job is to unclog drains. That makes fun of how the games have drifted so far from the original premise.

There were multiple stories from the story of Cinderella. In one, Cinderella goes to a pawn shop with her jewelry from the fairy godmother, and it turns into bugs after midnight. Another one makes fun of the fact that Prince Charming doesn’t actually know what her face looks like.

Though there are references to kids stories, it isn’t a collection for children. It is a laugh-out-loud collection of comics.

What to read next:

  • Book Learnin’: A Pie Comics Collection by John McNamee
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Have you read Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears? What did you think of it?

Review: Archie: The Married Life Book 1

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Title: Archie: The Married Life Book 1
Author: Michael E. Uslan, Paul Kupperberg, Norm Breyfogle
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Archie Comics
Source: Library
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Find out what happens after the “I do”s!

Delve deeper into all of the emotion and drama surrounding two different choices: Archie’s decision to marry sultry debutante Veronica Lodge versus his decision to marry sexy girl next door Betty Cooper. How do his choices affect not only Riverdale, but the world and everyone around him? Is it a match made in heaven? Will he find that he can’t put a price on love?

Collects the first six chapters of both Archie Marries Veronica and Archie Marries Betty, the most critically acclaimed storyline Archie has ever published, as originally seen in the newsstand magazine Life with Archie.

Review:

I loved Archie comics as a kid, and I still love them today.

This book about an adult Archie reminded me of the show, Riverdale, which I’m obsessed with. It had some of the same subplots, such as Mr. Lodge buying lots of property in Riverdale and an important mayoral race. There were mature themes explored in this story, such as marriage, death, and losing jobs. The comics I read as a kid were more optimistic and innocent. The worst thing that happened was that Cheryl Blossom would come to town and steal Archie from Betty and Veronica. This book shows more of what happens in real life, which was kind of depressing most of the time.

One thing that bothered me about this book was the way that it switched between Archie and Veronica’s married life and Archie and Betty’s married life. Both lives were similar but slightly different. For example in both stories, Jughead was trying to buy Pop’s diner but was struggling to find the money. However, only in one of them does Moose run for mayor. I kept getting confused between chapters because it would alternate between them both. One thing I liked was that there were some characters and events that appeared in both of Archie’s stories, so those things were meant to be. It would have been easier to read if the book was divided into two different sections, one about Betty and one about Veronica, rather than having alternating chapters.

Despite the confusion, I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

 

Review: I’m Not Your Sweet Babboo!

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Title: I’m Not Your Sweet Babboo!
Author: Charles M. Schulz
Genre: Comic
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Pick up a glass of milk, curl up with your security blanket, and enjoy the timeless brilliance of Peanuts in this new collection of comic strips!

Everyone’s favorite classic characters are back: Peppermint Patty enrolls in a private school to end her academic troubles—only to discover she’s just graduated from obedience school. Linus finds himself entangled in a love triangle (and stuck on top of a snow-covered roof). And Charlie Brown runs away from the law and becomes a vagrant baseball coach.

The Peanuts crew is lovable, popular, and charming, but please whatever you do, don’t call Linus “My Sweet Babboo!”

Review:

This is the first collection of Peanuts comics that I’ve read. I have seen some of the comics over the years, and I always watched the holiday specials when I was a kid.

These are cute little comics. Many of them are related, with storylines that take up multiple pages. These stories are still relatable years after they were first written.

Snoopy is one of my favourite characters! I love his commentary. I also love the dynamic between Peppermint Patty and Marcie. I kept laughing when Marcie called her “sir.”

This is a great collection for fans of Peanuts!

Kill Shakespeare – Past is Prologue: Juliet (Issue #1)

Title: Kill Shakespeare – Past is Prologue: Juliet
Author: Conor McCreery
Genre: Comic
Publisher: IDW
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

This new series is the prologue to the Kill Shakespeare comic series.

Juliet Capulet is still alive. She survived her cut from Romeo’s dagger. Now she is living with her mother and her mother’s new husband Shylock. Her mother wants Juliet to go live with her new husband and the new Lord Montague, Benvolio. Juliet feels that she is being passed from one supervisor to another. No one wants to leave her alone because she wants to kill herself to join her beloved Romeo. Juliet ends up escaping and running through Verona, only to be met by a mysterious joker character that talks her into staying alive.

The premise of the Kill Shakespeare comics is that Shakespeare’s characters band together to kill their creator, Shakespeare. I loved this series! When I saw this comic, I knew I had to start this series too!

This was a very good introduction. I liked that it blends characters from different Shakespeare plays, like Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure. It also had a cliffhanger at the end. I’m excited to read the next issue.