Review: The Walking Dead Vol 19 by the same tired hacks

The Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to WarThe Walking Dead, Vol. 19: March to War by Robert Kirkman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ugh. Do I have to review this one? Screw it, just move on to the next volume. I did.

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Review: Letter 44 Volume 1 by Charles Soule, Alberto Alburquerque

Letter 44 Volume 1: Escape VelocityLetter 44 Volume 1: Escape Velocity by Charles Soule

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Short review: great book. Don’t let this linger on your shelf like I did, you’ll regret it.

The longer this story unfolds, the more tense and dramatic it becomes. I’m finding myself genuinely surprised at this – I’ve read a couple of other Soule joints and this level of control, of depth of research, wasn’t hinted at in his previous works. While interesting stories, the only surprises I felt during Strongman were at his adherence to old school Latin self-sacrificing hero dialogue. Whereas here I was surprised by the intrigues, the unexpected plot developments, and the layers to the characters.

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Review: Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 The Shrike, by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The ShrikePretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OK, seriously…what the fuck was that?

“So Ms. DeConnick, what exactly were you hoping to accomplish here? Did you have a plot or plan for this to make more sense? Was there a reason for things?”

“I see. Butterfly and a dead bunny? Care to elaborate on the symbolism you’ve used here for our narrator(s)?”

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“So…that’s a no then? MMMkay. Moving right along…can you explain to us the origins of Johnny Coyote and how he fits in with Big Alice, Ginny, Sissy, and Death?”

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“OK. Sorry…guess it’s a secret. Do you plan to continue the series in the same manner with no character development, but lots of intense fight scenes?”

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“Ah. Indeed. So pretty much you’re just wingin’ it and letting Rios’ art carry your random musings?”

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“Swell. It’s been a pleasure. All the best in your future endeavors.”

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