[Review]Identiy Crisis by Brad Meltzer

Identity CrisisIdentity Crisis by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Synopsis via Goodreads:
The most talked-about and successful miniseries of 2004 the story that has created ripple effects throughout the DC Universe for many years to come is now available in a stunning hardcover volume! New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (GREEN ARROW) teams with artists Rags Morales & Michael Bair (WONDER WOMAN) and cover artist Michael Turner (SUPERMAN/BATMAN) to deliver an all-too-human look into the lives of super-heroes, and the terrible price they pay for doing good. 

When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! But before the mystery is fully solved, a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.
Bonus features include extended commentary by Meltzer and Morales, the rest of the creative team talking about their favorite moments, a look at Morales’s sketchbook and more!
My Feels:

OH DEAR GOD! I knew things were going down in this but I just can’t…OMG

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I love it but it hurts!!! SUUUUEEEEEE!!!

*After taking a few breaths*
Even if you don’t know the relationship behind Elongated Man (Ralph) and Sue, you will feel the hurt from this comics. There was also a lot of conflicts and tension between the league that made this interested to read. I am sorry I don’t have much to say about this…you got to read this to understand. I can barely write up a review…A must read!

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[Review] Fables: Storybook Love Volume 3 by Bill Willingham

Fables: Storybook Love {Volume 3}

Synopsis via Goodreads:
FABLES: STORYBOOK LOVE is a captivating tale of romance and adventure. After being hunted and hounded by a savage being called the Adversary, the legendary characters of fables and fairytales were forced to relocate to a magical high-rise in Manhattan. Living in peaceful disharmony for centuries, the literary figures have forged a dysfunctional existence of tentative alliances and allegiances. But when Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf begin an improbable romance, Bluebeard enacts a devious plan to destroy his rivals. Now as Goldilocks mercilessly stalks the two lovers in the Cascade Mountains, Prince Charming confronts Bluebeard in a deadly duel within the confines of the Fables’ New York condominium.


My Thoughts:

This volume is separated in distinct sections and stories compared to the first two. This destroyed the fluidity and made it hard to follow.

When the volume started, it reminds me of Supernatural with the soul trading. I was pretty amused. And it got super intense and exciting when a reporter tried to expose the fables. I love how some of the fables characters had a heist to prevent the exposure to happen, but it felt short. To me it was a silly kind of heist, nothing that made you stop breathing. You know what everyone is going to be save and sound. But the plot was pretty interesting.



I do have to say that I am not a fan of the character Snow White. Every time she appeared in the volume, it was just politics, politics, blah, blah, blah. Boring! But as the story moved on, I hated her less, perhaps it was because she became more human to me. When Snow and Mr. Wolfe was in the forest, it reminded me of Twilight mix with the action of The Hunger Game. I wanted more! I was screaming in my head to “run, run, run”, and “awwwww”. It definitely left me wanting to read more to see how this “relationship” turns out.


I enjoyed the last section of the distinct section about SmallTown. The drawings were more cartoon than comics. It was very rustic and less defined, kind of like children’s picture books. I was a little lost from the transition because I didn’t understand how this story was connected to the previous one. It seemed like who ever created this volume just put this story in to fill in the space. :S But I did enjoyed the story.


Overall, I enjoyed this volume fairly much, 3.5 out of 5.

[Review] Fables: Animal Farm Volume 2 by Bill Willingham

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Fables of the world Unite!

Ever since they were driven from their homelands by the Adversary, the non-human Fables have been living on the farm – a vast property in upstate New York that keeps them hidden from the prying eyes of the mundane world. But now, after hundreds of years of isolation, the Farm is seething with revolution, fanned by the inflammatory rhetoric of Goldiclocks and the Three Little Pigs. And when Snow White and her sister Rose Red stumble upon their plan to liberate the Homelands, the commissars of the Farm are ready to silence them – by any means necessary!

My Thoughts:

First of all, there are soooo many literary references, j’adore! I was like “oh, there’s one, oh and here too, here’s one too.” I loved it! Ok, on to the story.

            The story start out intense, no dragging of the plot like the first one. This volume was like the end of the first volume. The suspense and the mystery of the first volume was amazing, this volume had more fear build in, if you know what I mean.
 
In this volume you get to see how intelligent Red Rose is. You also get to see the evil plan building which I always like to read about, and which I think is harder to write. The amount of thinking and strategy makes this volume a fantastic read!!
 
When a chase began, my heart was pounding so hard that I was barely breathing! This volume will definitely make you sit at the edge of your seat and read until you are completely finished.

The relationship between the characters were farther revealed. Snow and Red’s past was shown and I felt horrible. I hope my sister and I never get separated like them. But as you read on, you see how much emotions and care there are. *tears*

Overall, this volume was definitely enjoyable to read. 🙂 5 out of 5!


 

[Review] Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games (Locke & Key #2) byJoe Hill

Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games (Locke & Key #2) by Joe Hill (author), Gabriel Rodriguez (Illustrator)


Synopsis via Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, the creators behind the acclaimed Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, return with the next chapter in the ongoing tale, Head Games.
Following a shocking death that dredges up memories of their father’s murder, Kinsey and Tyler Locke are thrown into choppy emotional waters, and turn to their new friend, Zack Wells, for support, little suspecting Zack’s dark secret. Meanwhile, six-year-old Bode Locke tries to puzzle out the secret of the head key, and Uncle Duncan is jarred into the past by a disturbingly familiar face. Open your mind – the head games are just getting started!



My Thoughts:


Ok, I thought I would give this book a try because I had it at my house. All I can say is that there was a lot of talking that lead basically nowhere. I didn’t want to finish it. I finished half of the volume but just couldn’t bare it anymore. I read a lot of the new 52 from DC comics and I enjoyed a lot of them. This was just “yawn”. I hate that I didn’t like it. I really try to love it. Once again, the illustrations were just gorgeous. I really don’t know what to say. :/ Sad. 2 out of 5 stars.

[Review] Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key #1) by Joe Hill

Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key #1) by Joe Hill (author), Gabriel Rodriguez (Illustrator)

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Old New England mansions have a well-earned reputation for strangeness, but no other abode can match the supernatural weirdness of Keyhouse. From the very first page of Locke & Key, the forbidding old house draws you in and binds you, challenging you to guess what’s beyond each ghastly door. Bram Stoker Award–winning writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez have delivered a graphic novel in throat-grasping horror seeps to the surface when you least expect.

My Thoughts:
I had high hopes for the comics. The idea seemed very unique and very interesting. But as I started to read the comics, I was very disappointed. The plot went by slowly. And I thought perhaps it had an awesome cliff hanger that can want me to read more, it failed. The characters are not loveable. I really don’t enjoy any of them. And for people who does not like gory, don’t read the comics. The images are very graphic. I guess the comics did provoke emotions from me. I think the only good thing was that the illustrations were amazing! The colours and lines were very intense, and strong. It is the other side of the Fables comics. But I will tell you that I did read the second volume, because I just happen to have it at my house, so why not? I am just very disappointed, the idea has so much potential. It just didn’t grab me.

2 out of 5 stars.

Fables: Legends in Exile [Volume 1] Review

Fables: Legends in Exile

This is the first book in the Fable series by Bill Willingham.

Synopsis:
When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.

My thoughts:
This comic was a brilliant read! The murder, the lies, the suspense, and the alteration of our favorite childhood fairytales twisted into 119 pages of comics.

The graphics had the classic comics drawing. Each characters had their own spice. They were all different from the characters we remember as our childhood fairytales. The plot was breath-taking; I was at the edge of my seat. When the murder was solved it had the moment of “Holy crap! I didn’t expect that! Look at all the details! How could I not seen that!” Pure magic, kind of remind me of the Detective Conan comics where you just fan girls at the detective skills.
There were gory scenes and sexual contents but it won’t be a good comics if there weren’t any.

I’m pretty sure the show Once Upon A Time was sort of influenced by the Fables comics. But I personally enjoy Fables better because it is not cheesy and typical. It actually have substance.

I cannot wait until I get my hands on the second book. 🙂

✩✩✩✩✩ 5 glossy, shiny, golden stars out of 5 stars!