Infinite Seven Volume 1

 

Title: Infinite Seven V.1
Author: Dave Dwonch
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Anthony plans on spending the summer playing video games while his parents are away on a business trip. He invites his friend from a coffee shop over to have a movie marathon. But his plans are ruined when Smash Brannagan storms into his house asking about Mavara. Anthony has no idea who she is and he gets his dad’s gun in defense. When Smash doesn’t back down, Anthony shoots and kills him. This immediately makes him a member of the Infinite Seven. Whoever kills a member takes their place and has to go by their name. Though Anthony killed Smash, he doesn’t think he’s powerful enough to be part of the Infinite Seven. But he is able to use his video game knowledge to work alongside them to find and defeat Mavara.

This graphic novel was very good. The group of “superheroes” reminded me of Marvel groups.

The way that Anthony figured out a way to use his computer skills to fight with everyone else was very clever. I think kids would be able to relate to this since video games are so popular today.

The ending of the story had a good twist. It really hooked me and made me want to read more. I’m going to have to look for the next volume.

World of Warcraft: Dark Riders

Title: World of Warcraft: Dark Riders
Author: Mike Costa, Neil Googe
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Rating: ★★★★

Mardigan is always looking for a fight. So when his latest victim is found dead, he is the first suspect. He runs away to find the wolf cult. Meanwhile, his father, Karlain, has gone on a quest to find a missing artifact. When he returns home, he finds his house torn apart and covered in blood. He is sure that something happened to his son but the officials say that his son is a murderer. He doesn’t believe it, so he goes on a search for his son and the wolf cult.

I enjoyed this graphic novel. It’s a good story and has nice pictures.

I’m a huge fan of World of Warcraft so I had to read this book! It was really cool to see the world on the page. But even if you don’t play the game, you could understand the story.

The Circle

Title: The Circle
Author: Damon Clark
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Rating: ★★

Christian and his father move to a new town to be closer to his grandparents after his mother dies. He gets into some fights with other kids on the first day at his new high school. Another group of kids notice him and invite him to go to their hangout in the forest. They say they need one more person to join their group to complete the ritual. They proceed to perform rituals, which involves killing people from their school.

This is a strange story. It was very unpredictable.

The art was confusing at times because of the dark colours. The style reminded me of Tim Burton. However, many of the characters looked alike so I couldn’t differentiate between them.

There was a lot of unnecessary profanity in the story. The feelings of the characters could have been displayed in a more emotional way if there wasn’t as much swearing.

Some parts of the story were inconsistent too. On one page, Christian’s father tells him he doesn’t have school because it’s Sunday, but in the next frame he is heading out the door for school. I couldn’t tell if he was dreaming, if his father was wrong, or it was a mistake in the comic.

I think this story could have been much more successful with some more editing.

The Royals: Masters of War


Title: The Royals: Masters of War
Author: Rob Williams
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Rating: ★★★★

The British royals are not supposed to get involved in WWII. The King doesn’t want his sons to fight. This is because all of the royals in the world have special powers. This includes the Emporer of Japan and the Tsar of Russia. Princess Rose of England can read minds and her brothers can fly, as well as shoot lasers from their eyes. The royals end up joining the fight, which leads to many deaths.

I really liked the art in this graphic novel. It is very realistic. The pictures of Winston Churchill were especially good, since I could recognize what he looked like.

The story had a twist on a traditional WWII story since the royal families intervened with their magic powers. I enjoyed this unique story!

A-Force Volume 0: Warzones!

Title: A-Force Volume 0: Warzones!
Author: Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

A-Force is an all female superhero group in Arcadia. The members are She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Sister Grimm, Dazzler, Ms. America, Loki (female), and Medusa, among others. In this opening graphic novel, they first battle a giant megalodon. Ms. America puts civilians in danger so Dr. Strange orders her to be banished to the Shield for the rest of her life. Sister Grimm is the most distraught over the loss of Ms. America. However, she finds a new creature that looks like the night sky. But this new girl also creates dangerous portals that bring enemies to Arcadia. They have to decide if she is a friend or foe.

I love this female driven comic! She-Hulk is my favourite superhero so I love that she is their leader. It’s important to see all of these powerful women, since there are so many male-dominated superhero groups, such as the Avengers. It’s amazing to see how many female superheroes there are in this comic, when they aren’t normally given the spotlight.

This graphic novel is just the introduction to the A-Force series. There are two more volumes that I hope to review soon!

Hockey Karma


Title: Hockey Karma
Author: Howard Shapiro
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Jeremiah Jacobson is a 32 year-old hockey player. He has back problems and his game is suffering from it. Everyone can see that he is close to retirement. He starts taking a lot of pain medication, so much that he forgets to spend quality time with his wife and children. His friend Tom Leonard wants him to look over a plan he has to improve their neighbouring city, Bump City, but Jeremiah keeps forgetting. Meanwhile, Tom is having his own romantic issues. He is dating his high school crush, Jaelithe, but she lives across the country in Pittsburgh. Tom goes back to a high school reunion and is reunited with his old bandmates. Jeremiah has to deal with his new drug problem, while Tom has to decide what to do with his new relationship.

I loved this graphic novel! It’s the third and final part in the Friends Forever series from Howard Shapiro. This one is definitely my favourite in the series. I love that it brings together the points from the first two books. I didn’t see as much of a connection between the first and second books, but this one brings back all of the characters from the series in a reunion.

The only part that was a little confusing was determining which character was which while they played hockey. Since they were all wearing helmets, I couldn’t tell which character was speaking at first glance.

I really enjoyed this series. This third book was a great conclusion to this heartfelt series.

Mythic Vol. 1

Title: Mythic Volume 1
Author: Philip Hester
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Mythic Lore Services is a company that solves the problems of supernatural beings in the world. Waterson is the leader. He is immortal, and has been around for thousands of years. Waterson, Nate, and Cassandra are one of the teams that work for Mythic, but when a bunch of robots start destroying the world, they end up being the only team left. This first volume covers them fighting off a variety of mythical creature.

The premise of this graphic novel was so interesting. I love mythology. I like how mythical creatures are brought into the real world in this story.

At times, I found the story and pictures confusing. There were so many different sides to the fight, from the Mythic team to the mythical creatures to the robots. There were many fight scenes where the explosions made it unclear what exactly was happening. Also, each issue in the volume followed a different creature attacking the earth, so by the time I figured out who one character was, they were gone.

The ending of this graphic novel was very good. It was a bit of a cliffhanger and now I want to go find out what happens next!