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

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.”

Book 135: The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios

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The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios

Finished reading on April 21st, 2014

Rating: 9/10

How to make physics less threatening and more relevant for everyday life? You add superheroes!

Well maybe it won’t really be everyday physics and considering all of the villains mentioned in the book, it might make one even too scared to go outside in a comic-book world.

In Kakalios’ “The Physics of Superheroes”, as the name suggests, you find out about the physical laws behind some of the abilities that superheroes have – jumping up high buildings, walking through walls, flying, shrinking themselves, etc. The physics ranges from simple classical mechanics and thermodynamics to electricity, magnetism, relativity and quantum mechanics. the mathematics necessary for understanding are however kept at low level – you can succeed in understanding everything if you’ve passed high-school algebra.

I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for almost a year, the sheer size of it is more than some of the other “Science of …” or “Physics of …” books, and also I didn’t feel like I knew superheroes well enough to read it just yet. Now, after having watched all of the Superman and Batman movies (though not the animations or series), X-Men and Avengers etc. I felt I probably knew some of them. Alas, there were still superheroes and villains I hadn’t heard of, but it didn’t make much difference in the end, as there are some of the comic strips of the important scenes, so you get  the story.

I liked how it is fun to read this book – it’s not just this superhero can do this – x is the equation or law governing his power – he can/ can’t do that really. Rather you get to read the side of the comic book writers and real science and there are only rare equations, when they’re really necessary.

It’s not a textbook, so not every physics law is presented, but the content is fun, so I’d really recommend reading it, although if you’re going to be using the physics knowledge gained from this book while watching a superhero movie with friends they might not be too happy unless they also like to point out scientific inaccuracies.

It’s a great book! (And it  might make you want to find out more about superheroes.) Also  I don’t think that knowing about the scientific possibilities or improbabilities would take anything away from watching a movie or reading a comic-book, if for you it does, then maybe this book is not for you…

It reminded me of a lot of scenes from The Big Bang Theory series. Like this one:

 

I also did a short video review of it: