Poison Ivy: Thorns: A Review

Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger

Art by Sara Kipin

My Rating: 5 stars

Cover Rating: 10/10 I find this to be so beautiful! It introduces the art style of the whole graphic novel perfectly.

Publisher: DC comics

Publish Date: June 1st, 2021

Number of Pages: 208 pages

Received: DC comics provided an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF Kody Keplinger and artist Sara Kipin reimagine an iconic DC antihero with a gothic-horror twist.

There’s something unusual about Pamela Isley–the girl who hides behind her bright red hair. The girl who won’t let anyone inside to see what’s lurking behind the curtains. The girl who goes to extreme lengths to care for a few plants. Pamela Isley doesn’t trust other people, especially men. They always want something from her. Something she’s not willing to give.

When cute goth girl Alice Oh comes into Pamela’s life after an accident at the local park, she makes her feel like pulling back the curtains and letting the sunshine in. But there are dark secrets deep within the Isley house. Secrets Pamela’s father has warned must remain hidden. Secrets that could turn deadly and destroy the one person who ever cared about Pamela, or as her mom preferred to call her…Ivy.

Will Pamela open herself up to the possibilities of love, or will she forever be transformed by the thorny vines of revenge?

Opening Sentence: “I’m so sorry.”

Musings:

I thought this graphic novel was beautiful. It told the story of a girl with trauma whose trauma twists into actions that aren’t beautiful. Ivy’s actions are misguided, but yet they are very understandable considering the circumstances.

What I Loved:

The art! I am a sucker for beautiful art and as can be seen below “Poison Ivy: Thorns” has just that. It’s a gothic yet colorful art style that had me turning pages fast.

Seeing an origin story. This is the story of how Ivy became Poison Ivy. What drove her to become a villain. It’s sad, but it’s also reasonable. Her pain and her want to become more then a victim. To end her own suffering it’s admirable even.

Friends to lovers. I love seeing this. Alice starts as Ivy’s friend and they get to know each other and discover they both want so much more. Alice is someone Ivy can finally let come close to her and I loved seeing it.

All in All:

Poison Ivy: Thorns is well worth the read! It was beautiful and it stuck with me for weeks after I read it (I know took me way too long to review, but it does say a lot that it has that staying power). It made me happy to read. There was so much nuance to it.

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House of El: Book One: The Shadow Threat: A Review

House of El: Book One: The Shadow Threat by Claudia Gray

Illustrated by. Eric Zawadzki

My Rating: 4 stars!

Cover Rating: 10/10 the art is stunning! Perfect art style for this story I adore all the art!

Publisher: DC Comics

Publish Date: January 5th, 2021

Number of Pages: 208

Received: DC Comics provided a physical copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis:

Welcome to a brand-new vision of one of comics’ most famous tragedies from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray and illustrator Eric Zawadzki. In this first graphic novel in a trilogy, explore Krypton like never before: through the eyes of two teenagers on opposite sides of the same extinction-level event.

Zahn is one of Krypton’s elites: wealthy, privileged, a future leader. Sera is one of Krypton’s soldiers: strong, dedicated, fearless. Their rule-bound society has ordained that their paths should never cross. 

But groundquakes are shaking the planet’s surface. Rebellious uprisings are shaking the populace. Krypton’s top scientists–Jor-El and Lara–conduct a secret experiment that is meant to reform their planet from the cellular level up. Zahn and Sera must join forces to investigate the hidden dangers truly threatening Krypton. In the process, they form a bond that will endure past the end of the world…

Opening Sentence: “Wake up!”

Musings: As someone who has never read any Superman comics and has not watched Superman since I was a kid, I liked that I could still gain a sense of the world and an understanding of events in an easy way. The beautiful art helps immensely and paints the picture of an advanced world that has lost the value of emotion allowing growth and change in society. Everyone is made perfect and emotionless. A cool and calculated mind.

What I Loved:

The idea of the world. This is a society that has progressed so far that minds are made so perfect there is no desire to progress. Due to this, the rich live a life that doesn’t acknowledge that the world is unstable and falling apart. In order to fix this, experiments to give back emotions to a select few begin and through contrast these people find the desire to search for solutions to fix the world they live in that is beginning to break apart.

The art. There’s so much color and action on every page. It depicts the desperation of the world lived in and the comfort of the Rich’s lives. It’s beautiful and I love it.

All in all:

This comic is the start of a fun, action-filled adventure. I’m excited to see how Zahn and Sera band together in order to help save their world and restore their humanity along with it.

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Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story… My Review

Victor and Nora: A Love Story by Lauren Myracle and Illustrated by Isaac Goodhart

My Rating: 4 stars!

Cover Rating: 10/10 it’s Gorgeous! It perfectly shows the essence of the story. It’s just so beautiful to look at.

Publisher: DC Comics

Publish Date: November 3rd, 2020

Number of Pages: 200

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl, ttfn) and artist Isaac Goodhart (Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale) reunite in this gorgeous YA story about living life to the fullest, and how far one will go for love.

Seventeen-year-old Victor Fries has a cold heart. After his brother died in a tragic house fire for which Victor feels responsible, his parents have isolated themselves, and Victor has dedicated his whole life to one thing: science.

Nora Faria is full of life. She is suffering from an incurable illness that will slowly consume her, so she’s decided to live her last days to the fullest at her summer home outside of Gotham City until her birthday. On that day, she plans to take her own life.

When Victor and Nora happen to meet at the cemetery outside of town, they are astonished to find the connection they have each been missing in their lives. Their summer quickly spirals into a beautiful romance, and Victor’s cold heart begins to thaw, allowing him to enjoy life just a little more. But when Victor learns of Nora’s illness, he’s driven to try to find a solution to keep from losing another person he loves…by any means necessary.

Victor & Nora: A Gotham Love Story is a tragic tale about living life to the fullest and what it truly means to love…and to let go.

Opening Sentence: “You ever catch this many, Otto?”

Musings:

This comic was really cute. It had beautiful art work and a sad and blooming story and I wanted to know more after it ended.

What I loved:

Victor. He reminds me so much of my boyfriend while also being completely different. The intelligence. The want for a future that is totally different from the way things are now. The want to be right and the way Victor cares for Nora. It endeared me to Victor because of those qualities that feel familiar to me. Even while understanding there’s many things that made him flawed. He felt real and three dimensional and I loved that.

Nora. She was super sweet and full of life. That’s the biggest thread in this story. Nora is dealing with an unimaginable fate. Death in her face every single day. She continually chooses to cling to life and I loved to see it.

The clear DC elements. This felt like a clear DC story. Victor being so deeply focused in science and Nora with her illness giving her episodes that are purely fantastical. It made for a really fun read!

All in all:

I really loved this comic. I don’t want to spoil any of it. It’s really beautifully done and at times humorous and heartfelt. It’s very much worth the read.

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Monstress Volume 3: A Review

Monstress Volume 3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

My Rating: 5 stars!!!

Cover Rating: 10/10 of course! The cover art for all of these are perfection! I love them! They make my jaw drop to the floor in awe!

Publisher: Image Comics

Publish Date: September 11th, 2018

Number of Pages: 168

Received: Amazon purchase

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Synopsis: Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life…is to make friends?

Opening Sentence: “Maika.” “Shut up, Tuya.”

Musings:

Every single review I write for another volume in this series is full of pure joy. That’s what reading Monstress is for me pure joy.

I am absolutely obsessed with each of these comics as I read them. Every single one is wonderful! The art absolutely incredible. The story amazing!

What I Loved:

Every single thing! At times it’s funny and at times it’s so intense I want to eat it all up. It is always beautiful! The story is amazing. The interludes of history are amazing! It’s all so amazing!

Professor Tam Tam! My heart every-time I get a history lesson from the adorable Professor Tam Tam! It overflows with joy even with the darkness of the history. The contrast of adorable and dark is something I can’t get enough of.

The epicness of this volume! There was a battle I couldn’t get enough of. It took me in and entranced me completely. It was phenomenal in every way.

The subtle betrayal aspect mixed with a bigger betrayal! I think I often get so into the art with these volumes that I don’t ever talk much about the story itself which is phenomenal! But the way the themes weave together so beautifully was wonderful! I’m so obsessed with these volumes.

I connect and care for all the characters! I love everyone that’s in this book. Good or evil they are so gloriously written and I just love everyone here. So damn good!

The cat race in general. I adore cats in general, but this hard-edge cat race is amazing in every way. They aren’t to be messed with. I can obsess about the cuteness all I want, but they are incredibly callous at times and they fight for their own whatever the cost. I have a huge sense of respect for them.

All in all:

I adore this series in every way. Each and every volume is incredible. I’ll never get enough of it.

About the Author 

New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu was born in Philadelphia, and has lived in numerous cities in the Midwest, as well as Beijing and Shanghai. Prior to writing full-time, she was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston.

About the Artist 

Sana Takeda is based in Japan and is best known in the United States for working with Marjorie Liu, most recently on their hit fantasy series MONSTRESS.

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Monstress Volume 2: A Review

Monstress Volume 2 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

My Rating: 5 Stars!!!

Cover Rating: 10/10 these covers are always stunningly beautiful. True works of art like the comics inside are.

Publisher: Image comics

Publish Date: July 5th, 2017

Number of Pages: 152 pages

Received: Purchased off Amazon

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Synopsis: The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past… and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12

Opening Sentence: “ “Miss? I woke up last night, and you were gone.””

Musings:

I cannot say enough how much I love these comics!!!! They are so goooood!!! I could never hype them up enough. Sometimes the best things you can barely talk about cause you mind is shouting continually everyone must read this thing!!! It’s so goooood!!! Over and over. These comics are top notch in every way.

What I Loved:

THE ART!!! I will never not be obsessed with this art. I finish one of these comics and immediately want to go back and obsess over how god damn gorgeous it is. It’s glorious. Sana Takeda is a queen!

It’s dark. The story itself has this continued sense of foreboding and urgency with horrific tones throughout. I love for it. Even the adorable cat history parts always have grim stories and grim imagery it’s perfection.

The Hispanic influences. It’s the little touches too of mixing in Hispanic culture. Specifically the use of Spanish words and acknowledging that background context that Maika has in this unique fantasy world is beautiful I love to see it!

How invested I get. You can’t read this without wanting to know more or caring for these characters. It’s dripping with mystery and curiosity. Both at the larger world level and at the individual motivation and wants level. Every single facet of the story itself is interesting.

It’s so gorgeous! The writing is so good! The art is a *chefs kiss*. Both writing and art are so nuanced and work together seamlessly to propel the story forward. I LOVE IT!

All in all:

I don’t want to spoil this I just want everyone to read it for themselves. It’s soooo good!

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu was born in Philadelphia, and has lived in numerous cities in the Midwest, as well as Beijing and Shanghai. Prior to writing full-time, she was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston.

About the Artist

Sana Takeda is based in Japan and is best known in the United States for working with Marjorie Liu, most recently on their hit fantasy series MONSTRESS.

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