Dy's Take

February 12, 2012

Burn Notice: A New Day — Volume 1 by Ryan Johnson

Filed under: graphic novel,Thriller,TV — Dy @ 16:08

(10) Burn Notice GN #1

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)


December 28, 2011

The Gathering Storm by Jim Butcher et al

(100)  The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm

November 19, 2011

The Alchemist: A Graphic NovelThe Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel(86)

I’m glad I’ve never read the apparently huge book this graphic novel is based on. Thanks to this GN I am pretty darn sure I don’t want to read it. If it is this dang boring when it is abridged and fully illustrated, the book itself must be truly awful. Well, that and I do have a bias against preachy/spiritual tomes and this was one.

As a side note – when are GN artists going to learn to draw realistically proportioned women?

June 30, 2011

Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs

Filed under: Books,graphic novel,Paranormal — Dy @ 13:04

(52) Mercy Thompson # 0.5 (?)

Funny numbering is because this is a new Mercy story written specifically for the graphic novel and takes place (chronologically) prior to the events in Moon Called. I liked the story, but…

The artist’s concept of Stefan and the one in my head turned out to be polar opposites. It jarred me out of the story every time he showed up.

March 31, 2011

Serenity: Those Left Behind

Filed under: graphic novel — Dy @ 13:53

(28) Serenity, volume 1

Love. Really that’s all I have to say. I want to write a GN one of these days. 🙂 But I doubt it would be this good.


(Of course, I’m a quietly fanatical Joss fan, so take this all with a grain of salt, especially if you’re NOT a Joss fan.)

February 5, 2011

Tales of the WitchBlade: Selena’s Story by Warren Ellis

Filed under: graphic novel — Dy @ 22:59


Never been a huge WitchBlade fan, so this was new material for me. I read it because Ellis wrote it. A fast read, and a nifty ending/set-up for whatever comes next, but I didn’t particularly enjoy it.  I wonder if his series work (functioning in an already established universe) is weaker than his stand-alone work?


January 6, 2011

Ignition City, Volume 1 by Warren Ellis

Filed under: Alternate History,graphic novel,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 21:54


I’ve decided, after reading a couple of his books today, that I like Warren Ellis’ stuff.  It’s dark, and grim, but it’s also smart and thought-provoking.  ‘Scuse me while I go search the library database for more of his work…

This was an intro into a new world, same as No Hero, though not the same world. This was more steam-punk meets UFOs with a dash of Firefly. A good book and while crude, in some places — these are graphic novels, emphasis on the first word, NOT Archie comics — the gross factor was far lower than in the other 2 GNs I read today.


Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz

Filed under: graphic novel,Horror — Dy @ 16:47


I’ve had a couple of people recommend Koontz’s Frankenstein series to me. If this GN is based on those books then, well, I dunno… It was pretty gross and twisted. And if I read it in a form without pictures I’d invent my own in my head and they might be worse. *shudder*

Good art, good story, but not, I think, for me.

4/5 — yes, I take off points for gross 🙂

No Hero by Warren Ellis

Filed under: graphic novel,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 14:26




Post contains spoilers — enter at your own risk!



Thanks to my geeky husband I am much more of a graphic novel/comic reader than I used to be.  I read mostly one-offs and short runs; I don’t have the patience to wait for the next issue, though I do love the X-Men and if Gambit was a real person he’d definitely be on my freebie list.  Mostly I read bound collections from the library.

This was a little on the gross side, and I never saw Act 3 coming, which I liked. My favorite part was the last 2 or 3 panels, where the author shows what happens in the aftermath. Sure, the good guys were really bad guys, but they faked being good and actually did some good along the way. And now they’re gone and no one is around to do good, even as a front…

4/5 – I took off a point for the nasty visuals/over-gross factor.

October 11, 2009

Wonder Woman: The Contest by William Messner-Loebs

Filed under: graphic novel — Dy @ 13:18

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I enjoyed this so much I’m debating buying the next volume re: Artemis so I can read it, since my library doesn’t have it 😦

Great issue about the morality of WW’s role in society, both human and Amazonian. Also a nifty sneak-peek at the Amazon’s genealogy.

The 8yo loved it, too. There were one or two violent scenes, only one, really, that I wish she hadn’t seen, but I think my making a big deal out of it would have made it stick in her head more so I left it alone.

October 1, 2009

Wonder Woman: Land of the Dead by Greg Rucka

Filed under: graphic novel — Dy @ 19:32

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Nice mostly conclusion to the series that began with Bitter Rivals.  The overlapping interlude with the Flash has me wondering what comes next—the goal of any serial story I suppose.

September 26, 2009

Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon by Greg Rucka

Filed under: Books,graphic novel — Dy @ 17:56

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I liked this one better than the last and can’t wait to get to the next volume.  I’d write more, but it’s hard to judge a continuous story arc in the middle. And I have 46 (I took some back!) library books to get through. I’m thinking read more, review less right now.

September 22, 2009

Wonder Woman: Bitter Rivals by Greg Rucka

Filed under: graphic novel,J-related — Dy @ 23:49

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I keep this my (mostly) book blog and a personal blog. Sometimes I forget what I’ve mentioned where. My 8yo is a bit of a reluctant reader. She’s a fantastic reader, literally off the chart the elementary school uses to measure their reading, but a largely disinterested one. We have a heckuva time finding things that catch and keep her attention long enough for her to finish a whole book.

2 weeks ago she spent 4+ hours in her room reading all the way through Jodi Picoult’s “Wonder Woman: Love and Murder“. I read it last year and was comfortable letting her read it. When she ran into a word or even a concept that didn’t make sense she came and asked me to explain and we talked about it.

Naturally, the first thing I did was hop on the library website and reserve every Wonder Woman graphic novel I could find in the catalog (except George Perez’ — I tried to read it last year and was so disappointed in the artwork and the script that I abandoned it).

“Bitter Rivals” was one of three I picked up today, and, it appears, they are sequential books in a large story arc. That J-girl won’t get to read. Yes, I let her read comics where people have physical fights (we both dug “The Hiketeia“) and we discuss the unreality of it and how it’s not okay to treat real people that way, etc.

The story itself is one we could discuss, but… There’s a multi-page torture/rival exposition scene  that ends in death—followed by a sex scene. I’m reading the rest of the story arc, but she can’t. It’s a shame, really, since, currently, the only thing she will sit down and read through is comics (way to go reaching reluctant readers!) but this one was just too far over the line. I made Raidman read it, too, to make sure I wasn’t being overprotective and he agreed with me.

It IS an awesome story arc, though, and I am looking forward to finishing it.

July 13, 2009

Heroes: Volume Two by Chuck Kim

Filed under: graphic novel — Dy @ 23:40

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I enjoyed volume 1 a lot more.  This book, and volume 1 as well, is a bound collection of the short comics the network runs on the “Heroes” website during the regular TV season.

It may just be that I was too far behind the curve on this, but I could scarcely remember half the characters in this one.  A few were recognizable, but most were people never introduced in the series, or else characters that were bit players and are no longer actively part of the story in the latest season of the show.

One particular GLARING inconsistency between series and comic drove me nuts—a character whose conflict with his brother becomes a major plot device for a couple of the tv episodes is an only child in the comic and his father dies in his childhood. Only one story works, ABC—pick one, please.

Still not thrilled with the art either, and think it actually declined in quality since volume one.

Or I could just be writing this after a night of insomnia and be  bit crank.  Happens, ya know.


May 24, 2009

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Filed under: graphic novel — Dy @ 23:48

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Can I just say that Alan Moore is, outside of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, volume 1, an unmitigated plotting and dialogue genius?

I loved this book.  I loved the movie (Hugo Weaving was superb, fantastic chilling yet enthralling delivery of amazing dialogue) and was afraid the book would be too different for my taste. Not so.

The book was less flashy, but with more depth—we got to know more about minor characters who in the end prove to be not so minor at all. I found myself almost glad that none of the major catchphrases from the movie were in the book’s dialogue.

A fantastic story in both mediums (though I thought Portman weak and a poor choice for the movie, even more so after reading the book) and one that should be appreciated in both.

8.5 out of 10; would be higher but I was not as excited by David Lloyd’s art as I was with Moore’s storytelling.

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