REVIEW: Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) by Hugh Howey

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

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I disagree with the hype. I’m sorry. I felt this book had a lot of potential but it was honestly too long. I’m not saying that long books are bad. When it’s necessary, bring the pages, but when the story doesn’t need the length it just drags on.

I think almost the entire Holsten, Jahns, and Marnes, could have have been condensed into one or two chapters. Why do I need to know so much about people who are just killed off anyway? When I was reading it, I thought it was great but once it moved past their section to Juliette’s I just morned for characters that had very little impact in the rest of the story. They got the ball running, I get that, but it wasn’t necessary for us to care about them so much.

Also, Allison, who I thought was described in just enough length went nuts right? She wanted out. But what exactly did she see that drove her there? Was it the color monitor? Was it something else? It was the question I had the entire time but it never got answered. At least I don’t think it did. I could be wrong. Anyone know specifically what made her go nuts?

Here and there throughout Juliette’s story there was a little too much dragging but overall it seemed cohesive. I was very impressed with the world Hugh Howey set up. He also had amazing timing for revealing all his key details about the world. I was constantly waiting for new info and when I got it, wow, I was impressed.

The ending was a little bittersweet for me too. Even though it looks positive, Solo and the kids have to save themselves. I had hopes that Juliette would come back for them.

So the book had it’s ups and downs. I’ll probably read the other books from Hugh Howey and see how else he can break my heart.

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REVIEW: Green Lantern: Sinestro by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke

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This wasn’t really what I was expecting from a New 52 Volume one. With most of the other restarts I’ve gotten a chance to familiarize with characters I didn’t really know about and get a glimpse of an origin story.

This was not the case in Green Lantern: Sinestro. I’m wondering if Green Lantern is like Batman: just the fact that most people know a chunk about the series, they don’t need to do a complete reboot. Is Green Lantern that popular with people who don’t read comics? I didn’t even watch the movie.

I know who Hal Jordan and Sinestro are just from reading random volumes that my husband has pushed on me. But now I started this one and Hal Jordan isn’t even a Green Lantern anymore!? I’m completely flabbergasted. Did I miss something?

It was an interesting enough story, but I just couldn’t get over this gargantuan information gap where I didn’t know what happened with Hal.

The art was pretty good, but the switch in style was really sudden and not what I was expecting. Filler?

So in the end, I was hoping for an origins story—at least a recap, of how Hal got his ring and how Sinestro became evil. I didn’t get any of that, but because I’ve read other random volumes I could follow the story.

3bats

Comic Read-A-Thon: Justice League Dark Volume 1

Today is my day off and I’ve decided to have a read-a-thon! I’m reading comic book issues and graphic novels all day. I’m going to see how much of my to-read pile I can finish today. This was a sudden decision so lets see how far I can get!

I only actually have to leave my house once so I think I can get through a chunk!

Let’s start the reviews! (All will be short and to the point since I’ve got to get reading more)

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52 event of September 2011, a new type of super-team must come together when supernatural forces threaten the DCU – Justice League Dark!The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing a wave of chaos that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna, Mindwarp and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat? Critically acclaimed writer Peter Milligan brings together an unorthodox team for the most unnatural threats. With stunning art by up and coming star Mikel Janin, Justice League Dark Vol. 1 visits the unexplored corners of the DCU!

This one was mediocre but it has set up a story like that I’m extremely interested in. I like most of the characters so far, Zatanna is a badass chick, Deadman I’ve already thoroughly enjoyed in his graphic novel and he doesn’t disappoint in this one, John Constantine is epic and I can’t wait to read more about him (one of my favorite movies too) and Xanadu seems pretty cool but weak. I’ll decide if I like her and Shade later.

The story set up was just weird and even though I knew it would be I was hoping for a little bit more of a creative way for it to have turned out then it did. Whateves. I’ll still read the next one.

3bats

REVIEW: Stormwatch Vol 1: The Dark Side by Paul Cornell & Miguel Sepulveda

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics–The New 52 event of September 2011, Stormwatch returns, but this time to the DC Universe Jack Hawksmoor, Midnighter, Apollo, The Engineer and Martian Manhunter comprise a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Collected here, this covert team of sci-fi Super Heroes must not only battle the Earth’s moon, but find a way to hide its monstrous metamorphosis from the rest of the Earth Featuring writing from Doctor Who and “Superman: The Black Ring” scribe Paul Cornell, and art from rising star Miguel Sepulveda.

Stormwatch was really weird and complicated. At first I didn’t even know if I was going to finish it because I didn’t know any of the superheroes and the more I read the weirder and more convoluted it got. At the beginning there was a whole lot of nagging over who should be the leader of the group. Lots of whining and such. This progressed through the whole store but eventually it faded from whining to mature discussions.

So even though it gets way weirder it also gets more interesting as well. Every person in the story has weird super human abilities like controlling media, or having tactical powers. This made it really cool. I love the guy who is “the god of cities” and controls and talks to cities.

The art is nice and if you’re looking for something different I’d check it out. I’ll be reading the next volume but I’m not in a rush.

3bats

REVIEW: Batman Li’l Gotham Issue #4

As always it’s cute and going through the holidays. This one covers St. Patrick’s Day and a string of bank heists that seem to be perpetrated by all the villains in Gotham and Easter where the Mad Hatter plants a bomb. I have to say the Mad Hatter story was awesome but maybe I’m biased since I love Alice In Wonderland so much.

Cute for kids and good for adults who love cute stuff. (Me.)

3bats

REVIEW: Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins, Dan Green

Wonder Woman goes to hell! After playing Poseidon, Hades, and Hera against each other, Hades strikes back by kidnapping Zola and trapping her in the Underworld. It’s up to Wonder Woman — with a little help from the God of Love and the God of Smiths — to break Zola out. But what is Hades’ real game, and once you get into the land of the dead, how exactly do you get out?

Wow. I was really impressed with this one. I don’t know if you guys remember my review for volume one but I felt disappointed that Wonder Woman wasn’t as badass as she could be. There was a big turn around on this one, I felt like she wasn’t just the good little girl her mama wanted her to be. Yes, she was still good but she took things into her own hands and did what she felt she needed to do, not what was expected of her.

The art was still great and the mythology was rich and made the story full. It was pretty dark as far as Wonder Woman goes. Now I’m excited for volume three. Now I expect more. Don’t let me down Brian Azzarello and company.

4bats

REVIEW: Batman Li’l Gotham Issue #3

Another super cute issue of Li’l Gotham. This one covers Valentine’s Day with joker being the unhappy recipient of a lot of love from the bad girls of Gotham. And Chinese New Year where Damien and Katana team up to save a stolen jade sword but ultimatley get trapped. They are saved by badass Alfred and friends.

Again, nothing thought provoking but really cute and if you have kids I think they’ll love it.

3bats