Review: Manga Classics: Macbeth

Title: Manga Classics: Macbeth
Author: Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan, William Shakespeare, Julien Choy
Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: ebook
Release Date: September 1, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Macbeth, the Thane of Cawdor, is a loyal subject to Duncan, the King of Scotland. At least, he used to be. With tempting words and treacherous images, three witches and his own wife inspire Macbeth to a terrible act of treason and murder. As one murder follows another, Macbeth begins to lose his grip upon both his sanity and his hard-won kingdom – but what could possibly unseat him from his bloody throne?

Featuring lush visuals and the FULL, ORIGINAL TEXT

 of Shakespeare’s brutal Scottish tragedy, Macbeth is the second title in Manga Classics ‘ Shakespeare line, an unflinching version of this classic tale! 

Review:

I read Macbeth in high school many years ago. I don’t remember all the details of it, so I wanted to read this Manga Classic graphic novel as a refresher. It was a great adaptation.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s madness was illustrated very well in this graphic novel. Macbeth start out as a fairly good, ambitious character. As he grows in status and kills people, he developed shadows on his face and aged a lot. I liked the way his madness changed his appearance.

I also liked the way the metaphors were illustrated in the pictures. There were many animal metaphors, including snakes and bears. When they were mentioned in dialogue, they were accompanied by an image of the animal. This reinforced the written text.

I love these Manga Classics! They are great adaptations of classic plays and novels!

Thank you Udon Entertainment for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet by Stacy King, William Shakespeare

Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Stacy King, Alexandre Dumas

Have you read Manga Classics: Macbeth? What did you think of it?

Review: The Golden Lion (Cleopatra in Space #4)

Title: The Golden Lion (Cleopatra in Space #4)
Author: Mike Maihack
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Graphix
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cleo is back at Yasiro Academy, recovering from the tragic events that occurred on planet Hykosis. She feels responsible for the death of her friend Zaid, and trains nonstop. And when she learns that the Golden Lion — a star with immeasurable energy that could destroy them all if weaponized — has been located, she goes alone to the snowy, icy planet Cada’duun to find it. There, she faces off with a new enemy who has been instructed to destroy the Golden Lion… and her.

Review:

This is a fun series about Cleopatra in space.

Cleo is just a regular kid, even though she is the prophesied queen from ancient Egypt. She disobeys her teachers and doesn’t keep up with her algebra homework. However, she faces much bigger consequences than an ordinary kid would face by doing the same things. She travels to distant planets and almost becomes trapped when she can’t communicate with a group of people who speak only in equations.

There is tons of action in these graphic novels. I think they would be great for reluctant readers, because there are a lot of pages without a lot of dialogue. There are some fantastic battle scenes, which look like the characters are really moving. I love the art in these comics.

I highly recommend this fun series!

What to read next:

Fallen Empires (Cleopatra in Space #5) by Mike Maihack

Have you read The Golden Lion? What did you think of it?

Review: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 2: The Weeping Angels of Mons

Title: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 2: The Weeping Angels of Mons
Author: Robbie Morrison, Daniel Indro, Elena Casagrande
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Publisher: Titan Comics
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The second collection of the sell-out smash new Tenth Doctor series, from award-winning writer Robbie Morrison (Spider-Man, Drowntown, Nikolai Dante) and Daniel Indro (Sherlock Holmes, Green Hornet), sends the Doctor and new companion Gabriella Gonzalez hurtling back into the past – and into the trenches of World War One!

Bombed by the German artillery, arrested as spies by the British, Gabby and the Doctor soon learn that there’s something even worse moving in the gas and wreathes of smoke out in No Man’s Land… stone statues who move only when you’re not looking at them! The Weeping Angels have come to feed on the futures of young soldiers — in their hundreds of thousands!

It’s an unmissable historical epic!

Cover by comics superstar Tommy Lee Edwards (TURF, 1985)! 

Collects Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #6-10.

Review:

The Weeping Angels are one of my favourite creatures from Doctor Who. They are statues of angels, which “kill” their victims by sending them back in time so they lose all their loved ones and the life they know. The only way to stop them is to look at them, which means not blinking.

The Weeping Angels target the World War One battlefield in this story because they can “feed” on many people all at once. The story is plausible, since so many people went missing and were never seen again during the war. This graphic novel even shows the lives that some of the soldiers lived after being sent back to the previous century.

I loved this book! The Angels were so creepy. There was a lot of historical significance since it took place during World War One. Gabby, the Doctor’s companion, wasn’t on the TV show, but she’s a great character in the graphic novels. This could also be read as a standalone story, if you haven’t read the first graphic novel in the series.

I love the Doctor Who comics! I highly recommend them for fans of the show!

What to read next:

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 3: The Fountains of Forever by Nick Abadiz, Elena Casagrande, Arianna Florean

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, Vol. 1: After Life by Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Frazer

Have you read Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 2: The Weeping Angels of Mons ? What did you think of it?

Review: The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)

Title: The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)
Author: Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventh grade has been surprisingly quiet for Percy Jackson. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get…well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed. 

In the follow-up to the wildly popular The Lightning Thief, The Graphic Novel, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family–one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke. 

Featuring a faithful adaptation by Robert Venditti, stunning artwork by Attila Futaki, and sumptuous colors by newcomer Tamas Gaspar, Rick Riordan’s blockbuster book comes to life in The Sea of Monsters, The Graphic Novel

Review:

This was a fun graphic novel!

I loved the original novel, The Sea of Monsters. It mirrors the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer. In the Odyssey, Odysseus faces many challenges on his way home from the Trojan war, including surviving encounters with the sorceress Circe and the cyclops Polyphemus. In this story, Percy goes on a quest with his friends to save his friend Grover and retrieve the Golden Fleece to save his camp. He also encounters Circe and Polyphemus on his journey.

This graphic novel was true to the novel. It has been a while since I read the novel, but this story was exactly the way I remembered it. The graphics were detailed as well. I loved seeing these characters come to life on the page.

I loved this graphic novel! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

What to read next:

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

The Titan’s Curse: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #3) by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti

Have you read The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel? What did you think of it?

Review: Kristy’s Big Day (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #6)

It wasn’t until I started reading this book that I realized I’ve never read the original story. I knew that Kristy’s mother got remarried, but I didn’t know the story behind the wedding.

Title: Kristy’s Big Day (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #6)
Author: Gale Galligan, Ann M. Martin
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Graphic
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Kristy’s mom is getting married, and Kristy is going to be a bridesmaid! The only trouble is, fourteen kids are coming in town for the wedding. Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, and Mallory think they can handle it, but that’s before they spend a week changing diapers, stopping arguments, solving mix-ups, and planning activities. It’s the biggest job the BSC has ever had, but they’ll work together to make sure Kristy’s big day is a success!

Review:

It wasn’t until I started reading this book that I realized I’ve never read the original story. I knew that Kristy’s mother got remarried, but I didn’t know the story behind the wedding.

I was always fascinated with Watson’s house when I was a kid, so it was so cool to finally see it again in the images. His house has enough rooms for all 6 kids to have their own bedroom, even when they have to split their time between their other parents. There is also a ghost that lives in the attic, as well as multiple pets. This always seemed like a fun and huge house to live in!

One thing I love about this series is that it discusses real issues that kids have to deal with, while also maintaining their friend group. These include dealing with difficult siblings, medical issues, and moving to a new house. In this story, Kristy’s family is combining with her new stepfather’s family and she is moving to his new house which is across town. 

I loved this graphic novel! I’m excited to see the series continue.

What to read next:

Kristy’s Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club #6) by Ann M. Martin

Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala

Have you read Kristy’s Big Day? What did you think of it?

Review: Nancy Drew and the Palace of Wisdom

Title: Nancy Drew and the Palace of Wisdom
Author: Kelly Thompson, Jenn St-Onge
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything…ESPECIALLY solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she’ll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her…and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. 
KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits) team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon!

Review:

I’ve loved Nancy Drew since I was a kid. I’m always looking for new adaptations, including graphic novels. This was a fun new story.

The setting of the story was a little difficult to get used to at first. Nancy grew up in Bayport, and she moved to River Heights with her father when she was a teen. In this story, she is called back to Bayport when she receives a threatening letter referring to her mother’s death. Her old friends Bess and George, as well as Frank and Joe Hardy, are in Bayport, and they join her on her new mystery.

There was some diversity added to the original Nancy Drew cast. Nancy meets Pete, a black boy, who joins her and her friends on their mystery. George is gay, and is dating Danica, who is also black.

Bess has always been one of my favourite characters and she was hilarious in this story. She finally started a romance with Joe, which I’ve been waiting to see for a long time. Bess also knew some surprising information which helped them solve the mystery!

I hope this series continues. There was a huge cliffhanger at the end, so I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Thank you Dynamite Entertainment for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col

Have you read Nancy Drew and the Palace of Wisdom? What did you think of it?

Review: Mera: Tidebreaker

Title: Mera: Tidebreaker
Author: Danielle Paige, Stephen Byrne
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Ink
Source: Indigo Spring Preview
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.

Review:

I am so excited to review this graphic novel! It was a lot of fun.

I liked that this was one complete story about a superhero. So many superhero comics are spread out over multiple books. This is also Mera’s origin story. She begins the story as a girl who is rebelling against her father, but then she realizes she has to work for what she wants in life. She meets Arthur Curry (who will later turn into Aquaman) and her life changes.

I loved the art in this graphic novel. Most of the colours were in green tones, just like the cover. However, Mera’s and her parents’s hair had that vibrant red colour, which contrasted with the rest of the images and made them stand out. With that bright red hair, she reminded me of the Little Mermaid.

This is a great graphic novel! It’s a lot of fun for kids or adults!

What to read next:

Mera: Queen of Atlantis by Dan Abnett, Lan Medina

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Have you read Mera: Tidebreaker? What did you think of it?