Comic Book 4: Superman Vol 1. Before Truth

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Superman Vol 1. Before Truth by Gene Luen Yang

Illustrated by John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White

Finished reading on April 11th, 2016
Rating: artwork 8/10, plot 7/10

In order not to give any spoilers I’ll just stick to general terms.

I enjoyed that the comic book starts with Justice League and some humorous exchanges between it’s members. The general idea of the villain in this comic book, that is mentioned on the back-cover, Hordr, is interesting  – they try to find out the biggest secret of the person and control them using it – usual blackmail? But it seems more to be at the line of surveillance and security issues and instead of just releasing a secret (or secret documents for that matter) to the public Hordr uses it for it’s profit.

I didn’t really like the part that Lois Lane played in the book.

My major issue with this comic book was the name of Superman’s new power – “solar flare” – if there’s a flare on a different star, it’s a stellar flare, I’d be fine with Superman’s flare…

I got early access to this book via NetGalley.com

Book 177: Trinity by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Trinity by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Finished reading on June 20th, 2015

Rating: 7/10

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I figured I’d look into some more graphic books and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm’s “Trinity” seemed to me the perfect thing to start with as I’m quite familiar with the topic having read some biographies of the scientists behind the Manhattan project.

This short graphic book strikes me as surprisingly well balanced between history, science, politics and people behind the project- you find out a little about all of it in a way that won’t leave you grabbing for an encyclopedia unless you really really want to.

The black and white artwork is lovely and the historical figures are quite recognizable.

What I found as the biggest problem was that I would have liked it to deal with everything just a little bit longer and in more depth, but I guess that is also one of the better parts of it – you get a taste for it and to find out more you can turn to the books listed at the end of this one.

Book 158: What If? by Randall Munroe

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What If? by Randall Munroe

Finished reading on December 31st, 2014

Rating: 10/10

If you like science mixed with comics,then “What If?” is the book you should find. Written by the XKCD web-comics author Randall Munroe, the book is a compilation of “what if?” questions and answers to them accompanied by some Munroe’s stick-figure comics.

With questions from such varied areas of science as genetics, rocket science, chemistry and astrophysics, there’s something for everyone and the answers are so humorous that even if you might have hated chemistry in high-school or despised anything to do with physics, the book shows that they’re actually harmless and quite interesting if well explained.

The book took me about six hours to read from cover to cover and I was quite sad to reach the last question, as the book certainly leaves you wanting more of that nice proper humorous sciency fun 🙂

My favourite question was one about a bullet as dense as the matter in neutron stars and what would happen if it went through the Earth or was near the ground and also one about draining Earth’s oceans.

If you’ve read it, what was your favourite question/answer?

Comic Book 3: Batman, Vol 3. Death of the Family

 

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Batman, Vol 3. Death of the Family, writer Scott Snyder, artists Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion

Finished reading on October 25th, 2014

Rating: 5/10

As I’m quite new to the whole comic book business, I just have to wonder whether it’s absolutely necessary to make the story-line so gruesome, that you’d think it’s been thought up by your elder brother at a camping trip to scare you or lose your appetite…

In this volume of Batman, there is the Joker. I don’t like him (nor other villains either, but he’s just a psychopath isn’t he?) and that’s why I’m not too excited about this volume. Also, because the previous Batman comic books I’ve read have had some mystery, then this one paled in comparison and all the mystery has been substituted with violence and pure horror.

Since in this book the Joker is after Batman’s sidekicks (who are almost total strangers to me), then it was all sort of a blur… maybe with a fan’s commentary I would have liked it more.

I think I’d go back to pink unicorns and butterflies now…

Comic Book 2: Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls

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Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls, writer Scott Snyder, penciller Greg Capullo

Rating: 6/10

Finished reading on May 4th, 2014

In The City of Owls we find out what happens from where the previous volume left off – Batman having to deal with… spoilers (continue below if you don’t mind spoilers) . As the story progresses and finds a surprising solution and the solution ends with a twist, we go a bit further away from Batman and get to know a little bit more about the family of Alfred – the Waynes’ butler.

The illustrations are cool and since Batman has  a stubble for the whole volume, you wouldn’t even notice his non-existent cheeks 🙂

In general not quite as interesting as the first volume.

Spoilers start here…

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Comic Book 1: Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

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Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls , writer Scott Snyder, penciller Greg Capullo, inker Jonathan Glapion

Rating: 9/10

Finished reading on April 22, 2014 (in about two hours)

This was my first Batman comic book I’ve read. And overall second comic book ever. Hooray for starting with some nerdy education!

I liked the story – it was quite mysterious and made me suspect totally innocent people in the comic book (but, hey, if the Batman movies are any indication, you have to watch out and not trust just about anyone in Gotham city).

In this comic book, there is a man found, murdered with a secret message hidden on the wall “Bruce Wayne will die tomorrow”, which naturally doesn’t sit too well with Batman. And then there are different signs and places were the imagery of owls creep up, and Batman is about to try and find out whether there ever has been and maybe still exists such a thing as the Court of Owls. What it’s all about you can read yourself.

It was cool, and the end definitely makes me want to find out what happens next.

I’ve never really given much thought to why I didn’t read comic books, probably because they never got in my way, and in general I tend to want the books I read (or at least buy) to have a lot of words and pictures aren’t really important.

The artwork in this one didn’t leave much of an impression on me except for being really bloody and Bruce Wayne not having any cheeks…

I liked the fancy technology though, and the quite imaginative (although not too realistic occasionally) science.

So in general I found it a pleasant reading experience, albeit a short one.

My favourite quote from this one:

“Tomorrow is just one dream away.”