‘We spent the next three days together. I didn’t want it to end’ – The Beauty, Volume 2

Sorry for no post last week! I was away in the middle of Wales, with really bad internet (just my luck). Fear not though, I am back and ready to get cracking with a tonne of comic reading!
Those of you that have known me long enough know that at university I wrote for the newspaper there, and reviewed the first issue of The Beauty (which I am sure is one of my first ever reviews) – Link found here!

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Gorgeous and very, very dead – The Beauty, Image, 2015-Present

As you can see from my original review, I really loved the first issue and when I was gifted the second issue for Christmas of 2016 (where has time gone?!) I was over the moon! As I’ve previously stated; the premise of The Beauty – what happens when a sexually transmitted disease becomes desirable? Well, attainable beauty is one sexual encounter away. Issue #1 was very interesting – Two police officers, one with the beauty, looking for a way to stop it and halt anyone getting it again. After it basically heating people from the inside out – causing them to explode – has suddenly caused a panic in the public. This disease just seemed to go from amazingly desirable to unwanted in a split second.

 

 

 

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The lady that exploded on the tube! – The Beauty, Image, 2015-Present

Issue #2 was very different to #1. We have said goodbye to our police officers and hello to Timo, a man who gives himself the Beauty to leave his former life and Bonita, born Isaiah who takes the Beauty to feel fully herself in her new skin. Both work for a man called Parks, who I never really understood as a character, but that’s probably just me – they are basically his hitmen. There’s less sexual content in the new issue, though there is a couple full-frontal shots. But there’s much more blood and violence!
I don’t want to give too much away (with it being a 2nd issue) but I didn’t find it is interesting as the first. This issue seemed to drag on and could really have been 5 separate stories – that’s how it felt anyway – only the last two seemed to connect to each other.

I am excited for Issue 3 to come out, purely because I love the idea of a wanted STI that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I just hope that it brings back our lovely police officers from the first issue.

Have you read any of The Beauty? Would you get the disease to be glamorous even if it might blow you up in the end – or are you happy in your own skin? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: The Beauty, Image, 2015-Present)

 

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‘You also enslave women. This is not illegal but is displeasurable to me’ -Kill Six Billion Demons

One good thing about the internet is the webcomic. No longer does an avid comic book reader need to venture out of their house; they can get a free, indie comic right from their bed. There are quite a few around – for instance, I avidly read Questionable Content, a webcomic about a group of friends with their robotic/AI companions or Alfie, a completely NSFW comic about a halfling leaving home for the first time. But today I wanted to bring you a review of one I had never heard of until just now; Kill Six Billion Demons, by Abbadon (Tom Parkinson-Morgan). Due to it’s popularity, you can now buy a copy of Tom Parkinson-Morgan’s comic, which you can purchase with your local comic book shop. 

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Our protagonist, Allison, being changed so she can travel through dimensions – Kill Six Billion Demons, Image/Abbadon, 2013-2017

Kill Six Billion Demons takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride, even within its first chapters. The story begins in our universe, and Allison is about to have sex with her creepy boyfriend (trust me, he is really into weird things). All of a sudden a demon turns up next to her bed, kidnaps her boyfriend and transports her to another universe via the key in her forehead. I never said that any of this story made sense when written down. When she is transported to the other dimension she obviously has no idea where she is – nor what anyone is saying.
For some reason, mostly because I am unsure it was actually explained, but she can suddenly understand what they’re all saying via her head-key.
Even though this mini-explanation makes it sound pretty confusing (I seem to have lost the ability to explain things this week); it’s really interesting! I love the ideas of travellers from other worlds getting stuck and wanting to get home.

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Throne, the epicenter of the universes – Kill Six Billion Demons, Image/Abbadon, 2013-2017

I felt like there could have been a bit more character development for Allison before throwing her into a situation like that. Normally you want to be able to attach yourself to a character before bad things happen to them, and because if this I kind of felt like perhaps Allison deserved all that’s happening to her? I don’t know any better to assume otherwise.

All in all I recommend it for a free read. What do you have to lose? If you love it you have years worth of comics to catch up on – if you don’t then you’ve wasted no money!

What do you think of Kill Six Billion Demons? Love it? Hate it? What other free webcomics do you read? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Kill Six Billion Demons, Image/Abbadon, 2013-2017)

‘I have allergies’ – Snotgirl Volume 1

Hope you enjoyed our guest blog last week! The Man on the Silver Mountain loved giving his review of the new Mummy movie, and I hope you’ll be hearing more from him in the future.

Onto this weeks review – Snotgirl! Lottie Person – a girl after my own heart; A blogger (like me), a girl with allergies (like me) and dyes her hair cool colours (like me… ish). Bryan Lee O’Malley, who you may know from film and graphic novel character Scott Pilgrim. I loved Scott Pilgrim, though I must admit I watched the film first (and own but haven’t read the books – I know… naughty me!), and couldn’t wait to see what characters O’Malley had created next.

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Lottie Person, aka Snotgirl. A world renowned fashion blogger – Snotgirl, Image Comics, 2017

Snotgirl is someone I felt like I could really relate to – I too am a snotty and itchy wreck when my allergies (pollen and dust mites). I too am chugging pills to get rid of my stuffy, itchy nose and watery eyes. I really felt her pain – Lottie wants for no more than for someone to recognise her as she wants to be, not who she really is. I think she’s a character that everyone can relate to. As you can see she wishes to be ‘effortlessly chic’, but deep down she’s just a persona – this isn’t the real Lottie. In real life she’s a snotty 20-something year old, who’s ex-boyfriend is dating her old intern .

 

 

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Lottie showing you how much effort goes into making her persona – Snotgirl, Image Comics, 2017

I do have a couple of issues with the story line, however. It seems to be (minor spoiler alert) that Lottie thinks she’s a murder, she’s killed the only friend that she feels like she can rely on. But at the end this new friend turns back up, and then disappears again. Lottie’s crazy behaviour seems to be a side effect from her new allergy medication; the bottle advises not to operate heavy machinery or ‘make important life decisions’. It seems like these drugs are giving her hallucinations. However, her descent to madness is too fast and sudden, it’s jarring.

 

But, other than that one small hiccup, I would suggest reading it. It’s funny and lighthearted, but there’s still a sense of danger.

Have you read Snotgirl? Are you like Lottie – a snotty person just trying to be amazing? Did you think it was too jarring at the end? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Snotgirl, Image Comics, 2017)

‘We’re born believers. We’re just made that way’ – Outcast Volume 1

I thought I would get in some 18+ horror comics. Now, if I were to watch a movie that was an 18+ horror, I would be cowering behind the sofa. I am not good with horror. But reading it is fine, easier to tell my brain that the big scary monsters not actually going come and eat me. With this in mind, I decided to order in Outcast Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him, written by Robert Kirkman (who you may know from writing The Walking Dead).

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Outcast Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him –  Outcast, Image Comics, 2015

Now, dear readers, I have to admit before I write about Outcast that I didn’t like it. Not because it’s “scary”, because it isn’t – but nothing happens. Absolutely nothing. It’s such a slow burner, that I took none of it in. I had to turn back to the beginning to remember who someone’s name was because I got him confused with the main character. It was not an easy thing for me to finish. I actually can’t fathom how they made a TV series out if it – perhaps I need to sit down and watch that?

I have nothing against the art of Outcast. I like the gritty style, it fits with the idea of possession and the idea of eating people. However, I didn’t like the feeling of the constant jumping from one storyline to the next. As said earlier, I had to go back to the beginning of the book to check if I was in a flashback or not – I am pretty sure I got Kyle and Joshua confused more than once.

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Kyle and Joshua mid-fight. What are these demons? Why are they after Kyle? – Outcast, Image Comics, 2015

I never understood the story hook about Kyle’s mum, from Reverend Andersron. When talking about it, it was made to seem like Sarah Barnes, Kyle’s mother, and Reverend Anderson were in a relationship. I don’t assume that’s the case, as no other reading around Outcast I have done says that, but feel free to correct me. There were just too many story lines that made no sense to me.

I will attempt to read the other volumes of Outcast – Volume 2: A Vast and Unending Ruin and Volume 3: This Little Light – that I have sat at my foot, and try to understand some of the story! I really wanted to like it, and I just couldn’t get on with it.

Have you read Outcast? What about watched the television series? Which do you like better? Did you struggle as much as I did? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Outcast, Image Comics, 2015)

‘This is how an idea becomes real’ – Saga

With volume 7 of Saga, from Image Comics, being released just around the corner, which all of us at the Library are very excited about, I thought I would re-read the first ever volume of it and give you all a brief insight into the world of Landfall, and it’s moon Wreath. Before we get into the review, I want to remind you that Saga is an 18+ comic, and there is sex, swearing, blood and gore below.

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Marko cutting the umbilical cord – Saga, Image Comics, 2015

Alana, a Landfallian – all whom have wings and horns (though she can’t actually fly) – and Marko, from Wreath – who’s people all have horns or antlers and can wield magic – get married and have a baby together, which is highly unethical and bad in this world. As a warning, this comic basically just puts you in the middle of the action – as in Alana is literally giving birth to a “mongrel” child – she’s born with horns like her father and wings like her mother. It’s narrated by an older Hazel looking back at her life. This narration carries on for the whole series – which makes for a slightly unreliable narrator, because she’s a child. But it does make for a more interesting story.

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Salient points made by Prince Robot – Saga, Image Comics, 2015

There are also TV people. As in people with TV’s for heads. I am not making this up. Next to this paragraph is Prince Robot, a Prince who is a Robot. The Robots are from a dwarf planet, “which doesn’t mean that dwarves live there” which is just some of the great lines narrator-Hazel has.

A big trope in this comic is love. Alana loves Marko and vica versa. Prince Robot has a wife whom he is about to have a child with. Marko and Alana have parents who love them, and despise the other race due to their war. It evokes feeling from the reader by reminding them that they have someone, somewhere, that loves them.

My main issue with the series is that it just feels like we’re going in circles story-line wise, however that is only noticeable in Volumes 5 and 6. Otherwise, it’s an amazing comic, which you should all read! Look out for Volume 7 on our shelves soon!

Have you read Saga? What’s your thoughts? Would you recommend it to anyone? Leave a comment below! 

(Header image: Saga, Image Comics, 2015-Present)