REVIEW: Invincible, Vol. 9: Out of This World by Robert Kirkman & Ryan Ottley

Allen the Alien returns to Earth as directed by the Coalition of Planets – he’s come to gather information from Mark about his father – the Viltrumite Traitor. Meanwhile, the Viltrumites have come to Earth to check up on Mark’s progress as the reluctant Viltrumite Agent of Earth. Collects Invincible #42-47

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The main human point that this installment focuses on is Mark wanting to quit school. He’s failing, barely goes, can’t study. He’s thinking the whole time, “what’s the point?” And honestly, I also can’t see the point. It’s not like he’s going to have a real job after he finishes college. His talent is in defending Earth and helping out other societies in the galaxy.

It’s the humanistic side of the Invincible’s story that really keeps me reading. While I love his adventures. I like to see how he just deals with life. He’s a teenage boy with a government job to protect Earth. He lives in a dorm and occasionally attends classes. But it’s so hard for him. He’s just broke up with his girlfriend and there is this potential with Eve… It’s convoluted just how teenage life should be.

As for Mark’s superpowered adventures, this book covers a few things. A surprising event happens (don’t worry, I won’t spoil you) and more importantly, Mark gets a visit from a lady Viltrumite. She’s coming to check on his progress since he’s the designated Viltrumite of Earth. She informs him that someone will be back, whether it’s five months or five years to see if he’s started organizing Earth’s takeover. A minor fight ensues and Mark is left with a lot of anxiety over the whole thing.

I love the perfect balance of Mark’s personal life plus his life as Invincible. I never knew how much I wanted to see that in a superhero comic. But apparently I did.

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Guest Review: Fatale, Volume 1: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

The first arc of Image’s surprise hit is collected just in time for new readers to jump on board with issue 6!

Secrets, lies, horror, lust and monsters from the time before time all collide in FATALE: DEATH CHASES ME.

In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path, on a quest for… what? ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS best-selling series will leave you craving more!

Collects FATALE #1-5.

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Tentacle Monster Alert!

If I were going to start worshiping a demon, he’d have to be the sexy kind. Not some gruesome bastard with bad teeth, you know?
Also, I’d want to get some decent perks out of it.
Some sort of useful power would be nice, robes made out of that soft jersey cotton, and (most importantly) I’d like a nice insurance package. Maybe even toss in a 401k and some retirement benefits?
I’m just throwing that out there for any of you who are considering joining a cult. Don’t sell your soul to the first one that comes along.
Negotiate for the best deal.

What I wouldn’t want, for example, is for the highlight of the whole thing to be my head turning into some kind of an octopus/butt…complete with tentacles.
Some of you probably think I’m too picky about which monsters I devote myself to, but I like to think of it as being selective with my time. Devil worship can take a huge chunk out of your day, from what I’ve heard, and I’ve got a lot going on right now.
That means, in all likelihood, I won’t be joining a satanic sect anytime soon.
Although, I’m seriously thinking about giving the PTA a shot, and I’m pretty sure some of those ladies sacrifice animals in their spare time…

That being said, this was a pretty cool little graphic novel. I thought (because I didn’t read the blurb) that this was going to be a straight-up crime noirish thing.
I also thought it might be set near the ocean, since the folks on the cover look like they are being caressed by a squid.
Shockingly, I was wrong about that , as well.
This story fall into the horror/noir/mystery/paranormal crime/graphic novel category, I think.

The plot goes a little something like this:
There’s a guy who meets an irresistible girl, who used to be his godfather’s lover (there’s a story there), but for now she’s in a weird relationship with a crooked cop who love/hates her (which is another story), and the original guy wants to save her…sort of.
Oh, yeah. And she’s immortal or something.
Plus, there’s a group of Octopus-Demon worshipers who need to sacrifice Sexy Girl to their deity, in order to get rewarded with the Power of a Thousand Architeuthis (that means squids, by the way).

The art isn’t what I prefer to look at, since it’s all dark and pulpy, but it kind of grew on me by the end.
I’m doubt this one is for everybody, but I enjoyed it.

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Comic Review: Saga #23 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Betrayal.

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Wow. This book was pretty heavy. I knew it was going to be because of Alana’s new drug hobby and Marco’s situation with Hazel’s dance teacher but I didn’t really expect this…

It’s honestly a great issue. There are times when the books are light but always have this hidden intensity but that have to be offset with books like this week’s issue.

Comixology’s synopsis for this issue was simply, “Betrayal.” It’s on so many levels. You can’t really like anyone but Hazel and her babysitter in this issue. But I love each character for how crappy they are too. And we get a glimpse of said crappiness in this issue. But Marco always remains better to me than anyone else because of how devoted he is to Hazel and even Alana despite the events that almost happen in this issue. Alana sucks more than usual. (Know that I love Alana despite suckage)

REVIEW: Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham & Mark Buckingham

In the Fables’ world, there isn’t a lot of happily-ever-after to go around. As refugees from the lands of make-believe, the Fables have been driven from their storybook realms and forced to blend in with our gritty, mundane reality.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t have any room for romance—or the pain, betrayal and jealous rage that go along with it. In fact, love may be blooming between two of the most hard-bitten, no-nonsense Fables around. But are they destined for happiness— or a quick and untimely death?

Collects issues 11-18

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Wow. Every volume of this impresses me more than the last. Each storybook character’s history and life gets so much fuller and richer with each installment.

The art is wonderful and fits the story perfectly and the cover art is AMAZING.

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In this volume, we see what the people of Fabletown will do to keep their true nature a secret from a reporter. Let me just say it was super imaginative and done in only a way that people of fairy tales would do things. We also get a visit from Goldilocks and her attempts murder. She really is crazy. How Bill Willingham came up with a homicidal maniac Goldilocks is beyond me but it’s great.

I really liked seeing Bigby Wolf and Snow White’s interactions too. And with that ending I’m really excited to see what will happen next.

Desperately Wanting Wednesday: Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

Desperatly Wanting Wednesday, hosted by Parajunkee's View

Desperately is hosted by Parajunkee, it’s kind of based off Breaking the Spine. It’s where I feature whatever book my little heart desires that I don’t already own but I want.

Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports #1)
by Cherie Priest

Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files—documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.

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I’ve had this one on my to-read list since February 2011. It looks really exciting and I’ve heard lots of good things about it and the author…time to pick it up?

Guest Post/Book Blitz: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J.L. Bryan

Book & Author Details:

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J.L. Bryan
Publication date: September 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal

Synopsis:
Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.

When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbance presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronted an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.

Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.

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Author Bio: J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his son, and some dogs and cats.

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Five Signs Your House May Be Haunted

Things go bump in the night. You feel like someone is always watching you. You think you have a ghost, but maybe it’s a just a creepy squirrel scrambling around your attic at night and staring at you through the windows. How can you tell for sure?

The editors of Ladies’ Haunted Home Journal are back with an easy guide to determining whether a paranormal presence infests your house! Before calling the ghost trappers, consider whether you have any of the following signs:

Cold Spots: One or more areas in your house might seem much colder the space around it. This may be a corner, closet, or other out-of-the-way spot. You may be excited to learn that when you feel the cold spot, you’re not just in the presence of a restless dead spirit, you’re also touching it! You’re almost inside the ghost, and it’s kind of inside you. Pretty neat. Important note: A cold spot inside your refrigerator or freezer may be caused by the appliance itself.

Strange Sounds: You may hear moaning, groaning, thumping or crashing late at night. Make sure it isn’t an elderly neighbor or relative bumbling around your house. If you hear voices threatening you with death or dismemberment, you might consider the benefits of spending the night at a Motel 6.

Mysterious Motion: Plates slide off the counter. Doors open or close by themselves. The chandelier leaped down from the ceiling, flew across the room, and tried to kill you last week. You’re beginning to think something may be amiss. First, make sure there aren’t any logical causes for these problems, such as keeping your counter too greasy, or a broken hinge in the door, or that idiot who installed your chandelier. If you can’t find an explanation, odds are you’ve got a ghost (or a poltergeist, but let’s not split hairs).

Absurd Disappearances: Your keys disappear from your end table, only to be found in the fish tank. Your good silver vanishes, piece by piece, and you discover all of down in a mysterious back corner of the basement. It’s either a family member with bizarre hoarding tendencies or a mischievous ghost. Either way, you’ve got an annoying problem on your hands.

Full Apparitions: If you have seen a ghost appear and disappear, you probably have a ghost. We don’t really have an alternate explanation for this one. Call your local paranormal exterminator today!

We hope these tips will help you sort out whether your house is haunted or your family just weird! If you have further questions, please read our pamphlet: My House is Haunted – What Now? Good luck with that ghost!

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Book Blitz: The Rental by Rebecca Berto

Book & Author Details:

The Rental by Rebecca Berto
(The Rental #1)
Publication date: September 22nd 2014
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance

Synopsis:
At first, Rick Delaney watched Vee Wyland with the hungry eyes of a fox as if she were a rabbit … his rabbit. But one day, he slunk away without notice.

Months away from graduating high school, Vee’s life is on the verge of crumbling. At home, dire finances and long hours test her family. Her boyfriend hardly pays attention to her. And she can’t shake her feelings for his older brother, Rick.

Then, all in one night, tragedy tears her teetering life into shreds.

When Rick and Vee reunite, the sparks fly. However, she unwittingly signs away a future for both of them. In his world, a place called The Rental, she becomes Victoria and Rick becomes Rhett. One part of her watches with fascination, while the other unfurls and embraces her sexual awakening. It began as a game, but the consequences are real.

Following their heart’s desire is forbidden, but walking away could strip their hope for a future.

The Rental is an erotic romance that explores how sex isn’t purely physical; sometimes, it’s a gateway to your soul.

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Author BioRebecca Berto writes stories about love and relationships. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her books, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their pets.

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