Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers

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Title: Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers
Author: Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven, Sara Pichelli
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

There’s a new rule in the galaxy: No one touches Earth!

But why has Earth suddenly become the most important planet in the galaxy? That’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to find out!

Join Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and–wait for it–the Invincible Iron Man as they embark upon one of the most explosive and eye-opening chapters of Marvel NOW! The secrets these galactic Avengers discover will rattle Marvel readers for years to come! But while London deals with a brutal invasion by the Badoon, the fate of the Guardians may have already been decided millions of miles away! Why wait for the movie? It all starts here!

Review:

The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are some of my favourite Marvel movies. This is the first Guardians of the Galaxy graphic novel I’ve read, and I enjoyed it.

This story is a great intro to the Guardians. It starts with Star-Lord’s parents meeting. They had a different life than in the movie, but it still ended in his father leaving Earth. His father was not a nice person in this story, which is not surprising from the movies.

One change that I didn’t like was Groot! He is adorable in the movie, but he looks like a giant tree monster in this graphic novel. I guess that’s how he was originally drawn, but he is just so cute in the movie that it was a little scary to see this version of him.

I will definitely look for more Guardians of the Galaxy graphic novels! Have you read any? What did you think of them?

Review: Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max

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Title: Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max
Author: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

What a mystery!

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.

This New York Times bestseller and Eisner Award-nominated series is written by awesome all-star Noelle Stevenson and brilliant newcomer Grace Ellis, and illustrated by the tremendously talented Brooke Allen.

Review:

This is another great Lumberjanes story!

The story arc that was started in the first volume was completed in this one. It was unpredictable. You never now what’s going to happen at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types.

My favourite part was the introduction of Greek mythology. I suspected it when Diana appeared, but I was so excited to see more of the myths explored. I was surprised at who Apollo was too! It was a great conclusion to this chapter of the story.

Have you read this book or other Lumberjanes books? What did you think?

Review: A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

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Title: A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
Author: Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Limerence Press
Source: Paperback from Publisher
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!

Review:

This is a great guide to gender pronouns.

I learned a lot from this book. I recently read a book with a non binary character, and it was hard to get used to the use of “they” to refer to a single person. I was always taught that you shouldn’t use “they” to refer to one person in your writing if you don’t know the gender, or you want it to be universal, and instead you should use “one” or “a person.” This book shows how the pronouns “they/them” and others should be used today.

The book also gives examples of how to handle situations where you are unsure of or use the incorrect pronoun. For instance, it is better to try and use the correct pronoun, rather than just ignoring the person’s wishes. You shouldn’t ask someone what pronoun they “prefer” because their gender identity isn’t a preference. Gender identity is who they are, so they can’t change it. Instead you should ask what pronoun they use. These kinds of sensitivities are important in the modern world of multiple different gender identities.

This is a great guide to pronouns, in an accessible graphic novel format. It is short and informative, with some humour in the illustrations.

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

Review: Giant Days, Vol. 2

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Title: Giant Days, Vol. 2
Author: John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Max Sarin
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Continuing their first semester at university, fast friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy want to find their footing in life. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, holiday balls, hometown rivals, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

Collects issues #5-8.

Review:

This is another great volume of Giant Days.

The girls find love in this graphic novel. Susan continues her relationship with Graham, out in the open now. Esther welcomes an academic into her life, which doesn’t end well. Daisy becomes obsessed with Friday Night Lights and adopts a Texas accent.

It’s never a dull moment with these girls. I flew through this graphic novel so fast that I was surprised when it was finished. These girls are funny and quirky. It would be so much fun to hang out with them!

Have you read this graphic novel? What did you think of it?

Review: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why

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Title: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why
Author: G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fan-girling out about meeting her favorite super hero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity — by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel’s life take over Kamala Khan’s? Kamala Khan continues to prove why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!

Collecting Ms. Marvel(2014) #6-11.

Review:

I loved this second volume of Ms. Marvel.

Since Kamala and her new powers were introduced in the first volume, this one jumped right into the story. There was less of a focus on her friends and family, and more time spent on her crime fighting.

Her search for the Inventor continues, and she runs into another familiar Marvel character, Wolverine. I loved how she turned into a fan girl when she met him. It was like she was meeting a celebrity.

I really like the way this story is continuing. Kamala is such a real teenage girl.

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

Review: Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

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Title: Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
Author: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brook A. Allen
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Source: Purchased
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

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.

Review:

This was my second time reading the Lumberjanes, Volume 1, and I enjoyed it much better than the first time. 

The story is hilarious. Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types isn’t your typical summer camp. The girls in the Roanoke cabin encountered three-eyed foxes and living statues, as well as mysterious boy scouts! Their encounters get more and more outrageous as the story progresses!

I found it hard to differentiate between the girls when I first read this book. I would love it if there was a diagram at the beginning or end that gave a description of each girl with their pictures. I was able to tell them apart this time because I have read the recent novels based on the series. However, they may be confusing for new readers, so I recommend reading the stories over again. 

I love the Lumberjanes! Have you read this series? What did you think?

Review: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

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Title: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
Author: G. Willow Wilson
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Purchased
Release Date: October 30, 2014
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

Review:

I love the new Ms. Marvel. She’s a great, diverse addition to the Marvel universe.

Kamala has to balance her strict family rules with the modern world. She wasn’t allowed to go out to a party, so she snuck out and ended up with superpowers, which may or may not be a good thing. Her brother contrasts her, because he is extremely religious, even more than their parents.

I loved the introduction to the superhero, Ms. Marvel. At first, Kamala turned into the original Ms. Marvel, who was a white, blonde woman in a skimpy outfit. Kamala’s version is very different. She is a young, brown girl, who is more modest.

I love Kamala. I’m excited to see where this story goes!

Have you read Ms. Marvel? What did you think?