Read or Die: Book Reviews by Emily


If you’re a fan of almost impenetrable fog, then this movie is for you! I love that there’s a character in this movie who’s supposedly a great writer, and he demonstrates this by complaining about what BS the plot of the movie is. 

Tom: “Have you ever really looked at a squirrel? I mean really looked, up close?”

Joel: “A marine that says ‘gee whiz.’ What’s he gonna do, storm the Cunningham house?”

Crow: “And remember folks, even at the end of the world, signal those turns.”

(Tom describes his idea for an MST3K-type TV show.) 

Joel: “Oh…no. What would they eat?”

Tom: “It doesn’t matter—you should just relax, it’s just a show.”

Tolliver: “Genius waits for no one!”
Crow: “But stupidity hammers on deserted buildings.”

Joel: “Hey, c’mon, it’s not the end of the world, you Gloomy Guses.”

Tom: “But it is, actually.”

All: “D’ohh…”




Yeah, I forgot to finish this last week. A lot of great comics have come out lately, and I’m glad that this week, I’ve only got seven new issues to read, because I’d like to catch up on a few things before C2E2. I’ve still got several series to get caught up on (namely Wonder Woman) but I’m getting there! 

Avengers Undercover #2: The survivors of Murder World try to rescue Cullen from an island of supervillains, only to discover that he may have decided to turn villain himself. 

Batgirl #30: Batgirl battles the Midnight Man after a creepy poem somehow summons him. (Basically, it’s like playing Bloody Mary, only something actually happens.) Marguerite Bennett is the guest writer for this issue, and I really enjoyed this entertaining tale of a horror movie with a happy (or was it?) ending.

Captain Marvel #2: Captain Marvel and Chewie in space!!! Also, Carol meets the Guardians of the Galaxy. And Rocket totally flips out when he sees Chewie. Then, Tic tries to steal Carol’s spaceship. Issue three can’t come soon enough for me. 

Iron Man #26: Tony fights Malekith. ‘Nuff said.

Ms. Marvel #3: *SCREAMING*

Secret Avengers #2: Coulson and Fury are still lost in space, and Black Widow and Spider-Woman (with Hawkeye in tow) are on their way to save them. Meanwhile, Maria Hill’s only hope of escaping an assassin is…MODOK. 

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1: Yes, I have been hoarding this comic for months, which is probably kind of weird, except this way, I get to read the first four issues in rapid succession, then wait with bated breath for the last two. Great art, great story…can we just get an ongoing Serenity series? Please? 

Winter Soldier: The Bitter March Part 3: Ran Shen is really in trouble now: with both Hydra and the Winter Soldier to contend with, how will he keep a former Nazi scientist’s alchemy formula from falling into dangerous hands? This limited series has been tons of fun, and I’m glad I’ve got two more issues to look forward to. 

I’ll see you Friday with some C2E2 posts! :)



In honor of the third issue of Ms. Marvel, here’s some fanart! (I like to imagine Kamala’s very excited inner monologue here. :)) Also, I am addicted to drawing superhero selfies right now.



"Hayate the Combat Butler" #17 by Kenjiro Hata

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(Grade 7 and up) Ever since Hayate Ayasaki began working as a butler for Nagi Sanzenin, he’s shown a rather unnerving aptitude for the job. How did Hayate acquire his skills as a butler? In this volume, we finally learn some of the secrets of Hayate’s early years, including the identity of his first love, a girl named Athena Tennos. But who is Athena, and what’s going on with the mysterious castle she lives in? What magical forces had a hand in transforming our hero into a powerful young man? And much as Hayate and Athena care for each other, is their innocent romance doomed?

The tone of this volume is different than that of your average Hayate story, but change is good sometimes, and I really enjoyed this flashback. As with any Hayate arc, there are funny moments, cute moments, and melodramatic romantic moments, which is kind of weird here, since everyone is a little kid, but maybe that should make it less creepy? (All the kisses and mentions of future marriage are pretty chaste after all.) It’s interesting to see Hayate as he begins his transformation from weak crybaby to scary-strong super butler, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this story turns out in volume #18. (4 out of 5 stars)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421530678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421530673 (Source of Publication Data: Amazon.com)

"Deadpool: Operation Annihilation" Deadpool Volume #8 by Daniel Way, art by Sheldon Vella and Bong Dazo

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(Grade 9 and up) Deadpool’s back from space, and it turns out that his “friend” Hydra Bob has a bone to pick with him. In fact, so do a lot of people, including the alien bounty hunter who Wade took out before stealing his spaceship (and his wife). Having a bunch of former friends, associates, and rivals try to kill him gets Wade thinking: he wants to have people who care about him enough to try to kill him, because he can’t die. But how can he overcome his healing factor? What if he made the Hulk really, really mad…?

This was an interesting volume of Deadpool, because it managed to be both funny and affecting at the same time. Wade’s inability to die, and the fact that he sometimes wants to, is one of those recurring elements of his character that remind us that Deadpool isn’t just funny—when you think about all the terrible stuff that’s happened to him, he becomes a more sympathetic figure. (Though he can certainly still be gross, and unnecessarily violent, and extremely hilarious and foul-mouthed.) I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of Way’s run on Deadpool, though goodness knows that the current run on the Merc with the Mouth might be the best ever. (4 out of 5 stars)
  • Series: Deadpool (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785158901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158905 (Source of Publication Data: Amazon.com)

"Bleach" #55 by Tite Kubo

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(Grade 7 and up) Now that Ichigo has his powers back, he’s returned to his duties as a Deputy Soul Reaper. Along with Orihime, Chad, and Uryu, Ichigo keeps Karakura Town safe from hollows, much to the amazement of the new Soul Reapers assigned to the city. But something strange and ominous is happening in the Soul Society. People are disappearing, and when Ichigo battles what seems to be an Arrancar, he finds himself being draw into a mystery. After a group of mysterious foes breaks into the Soul Society and kills an assistant captain, it seems that the stage is set for a bloody battle. But can any force really be powerful enough to challenge the thirteen court guard companies?

This volume marks the dramatic beginning of what is apparently the final arc of Bleach. As such, I have no doubt that it’s going to be violent, bloody, and hopefully long, because even after reading 55 volumes of Bleach, I’m not ready to see it end. (Of course, when it finally does, I guess I’ll be more likely to catch up on Naruto…
There were some really great moments in this volume: I loved the splash page with Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, and Uryu all getting ready to battle hollows. I also liked Ichigo’s exchange with the Arrancar he ultimately defeated: “I don’t know who you are, but get off my bed.” And when Ichigo asks how Urahara’s timing was so perfect, Urahara replies: “Isn’t it obvious? I was waiting outside your window until the right moment.” (Oh, Urahara. After years and years, I’m still glad I have a wall scroll of you.) Next week: volume #56! (4.5 out of 5 stars)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421552361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421552361 (Source of Publication Data: Amazon.com)


Another week, and another post about recent comics. (Obviously, I forgot to do this Wednesday night.)

Batman: Li’l Gotham #12: I’ve been hoarding this one for a while; this series was so much fun to read, and I’m sad to see it end. I loved the father-son dynamic between Batman and Robin, and I also enjoyed the fact that, though this is ostensibly a series for kids, Bruce Wayne seemed to be romantically involved with both Selina Kyle and Talia al Ghul. Also, I would love to read a comic where Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn have fun/criminal adventures together. I’ll miss these adorable tales…

Black Widow #5: Ooh, the cliffhanger that this issue ended on is going to stress me out until May. How will Natasha escape her captors?!

Deadpool #26: It’s another flashback episode, and honestly, this one might be my favorite. First, Hitler gets a time machine. Then he uses it to try and kill Nick Fury at several stages of his life/continuity. Luckily, Deadpool and Cable are there to give Nick a hand. Spoiler alert: Hitler dies! Good job, Wade.

Deadpool and Carnage #1: I really enjoy these limited series by Cullen Bunn. I wasn’t too familiar with Carnage prior to this, but now I’m intrigued to watch Deadpool face a foe even crazier than he is.

Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #1: In my experience, these MCU comics are a mixed bag. I loved them when I first started reading comics, because they offered me a look at familiar characters, stories, and continuities. But many of them are just a rehash of the movies, so they don’t often make for very exciting reading. This one is different though: the rivalry between Gamora and Nebula made this a fascinating one-shot, and I can’t wait to read the next one, which will focus on Rocket and Groot.

Inhuman #1: This was a strong start to a new series. The Inhumans are a part of the Marvel Universe that I don’t know much about yet, so this first issue made me want to go out and read more.

Iron Patriot #1: Great art, great story, and a delightful variant cover from Skottie Young. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far of Iron Man 2.0, so I’m glad that Rhodey has a series of his own again.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #3: Evil Loki travels back in time—way back, to Odin’s childhood, when legends lived. Then he kills a giant pike with a rocket launcher. Yes. Excellent. 



Wonder Woman fanart. (Wonder Woman’s dialogue is in black, and Hades’ is in silver. I loved this moment back in volume 2, so here’s a drawing to commemorate it. :))



To celebrate the second issue of Captain Marvel, here’s some fanart I’m working on. (I can’t wait to color it. :))


Young Avengers fanart, with my favorite quote from America Chavez.

Young Avengers fanart, with my favorite quote from America Chavez.


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