New Release! – The Castoffs Vol 2

The Castoffs Vol 2: Into the Wastelands
By: M.K. Reed; Brian Smith
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Publisher: Lion Forge
Series: The Castoffs #2
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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During the Get Graphic Readathon I read an early copy of The Castoffs Vol. 2: Into The Wastelands by M.K. Reed and Brian Smith. The Castoffs is a graphic novel series filled with magic, mechanical enemies, and a trio of girls who go from adversaries to friends.

I had the opportunity to read volume one of The Castoffs a few months ago. When the opportunity arose to read an early copy of volume two I simply couldn’t turn it down. As always, major spoilers will be avoided, but minor plot points will be discussed (nothing that wouldn’t be on a dust jacket).

Throwback Thursday – Dream Country (Vol 3) by Neil Gaiman

Dream Country (Vol. 3)
By: Neil Gaiman (writer)
Release Date: (Original release) 1991; (this volume) October 19, 2010
Publisher: Vertigo
Series: The Sandman #3
Award: World Fantasy Award for Short Story (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Harvey Awards Nominee for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Material (1992); Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Continuing Series, Best Writer (for Neil Gaiman) (1991)
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Happy Throwback Thursday, everyone. This week I continued reading The Sandman series, written by Neil Gaiman. This is an excellent horror graphic novel series, perfect to read around Halloween that everyone should read.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series, or if you’d like to catch up on our reviews, check out the reviews of Preludes and Nocturns (Volume 1) and The Doll’s House (Volume 2).

Dream Country (Volume 3) of the The Sandman series reads more like a compilation of short stories as opposed to the previous volumes in the series. The volume is separated into three different stories. One is about a Here again Dream takes somewhat of a back seat. Dream’s presence is obvious, and very much felt in each tale. Yet, he is not necessarily the main character of each tale. He is the catalyst, the important factor, the other, at times.

The Get Graphic Readathon – The TBR List

The Get Graphic Readathon begins this weekend, and guess who’s participating? I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to binge read all of my unread graphic novels, so here we are.

This readathon is dedicated to reading only graphic novels, comics, and manga. The readathon begins at 5 pm on Friday, October 6th and runs through October 8th. I do love that the readathon begins Friday evening. Now I don’t have to stare at the pile of graphic novels and manga all night!

Like most readathons, there is a list of challenges for readers can decide to participate in. This list is as follows.

Challenges:
1. Read from a new-to-you series.
2. Read two installments of the same series.
3. Read a work over 300 pages.
4. Read a work with black and white art.
5. Read a work picked out by a friend.
6. Read at least 5 works.

I expect some of these challenges to be easier than others. I read a good deal of manga and have plenty on my shelf that are unread, so reading a work with black and white art will be easy enough. Funnily, one of the challenges which may be the most difficult for me is reading two installments of the same series. By this point in life I know that I can be very easily distracted. No matter how many installments in a series I have, no matter how many of them are set out before me, I know I will get distracted by something. Skipping over tbr piles has become too easy for me. But I will persevere!

So, what is this list of books I’ll probably wind up changing on the day the Get Graphic Readathon starts? Here’s the list:

Black Clover Vol. 1 by Yuki Tabata
Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
FLCL Omnibus by Gainax
Watamote Vols 8-9 by Nico Tanigawa
D-Frag! Vol 4-5 by Tomoya Haruno
Konosuba Vol 1 by Masahito Watari, Natsume Akatsuki & Kurone Mishima
Monstress Vol 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
The Sandman Vol 3: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
Descender Vol. 3: Singularities by Jeff Lemire

Honestly, I could just keep listing things. Between everything I have borrowed from Hoopla and Comixology along with the the recent manga I received in the Loot Anime crates I have more graphic novels than one list warrants. And that doesn’t even include the stacks of owned but yet unread manga.

I’m not sure how many manga and graphic novels I will get to. I’m also not positive how good I will be at actually sticking with my to-read list. It’s something that I always struggle with. I set books aside to read next and get distracted by newer books or pretty covers or remember halfway though something that there was another book I had meant to read last month and I should probably get to that one first.

As always reviews of the books will follow the readathon. Stay tuned to see what gets read and what thoughts on each title!

Are you participating in the Get Graphic Readathon? Let us know what graphic novels and manga you’ll be reading in the comments below!

Throwback Thursday – The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman

The Doll's House
By: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: 1995
Publisher: Vertigo
Series: The Sandman #2
Award: Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Continuing Series; Best Graphic Album - Reprint; Best Writer (Neil Gaiman)
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The Sandman series is a long running graphic novel series written by Neil Gaiman featuring the immortal Dream and his struggle to rise to full power once again after a long imprisonment at the hands of humans. The Doll’s House is the second volume within the series, a dark story with memorable characters that feels more refined and bears more visible characteristics of Neil Gaiman’s work that the first volume of the series.

New Release! Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte Tp

Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte TP
By: Joe Benitez
Website: http://www.joebenitez.com/
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Benitez Productions
Series: Lady Mechanika
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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In my quest to read more graphic novels and not only manga I stumbled onto the Lady Mechanika series by Joe Benitez, a steampunk action series with beautiful character designs and gorgeous artwork. Lady Mechanika is a graphic novel series that I’ve been following for almost half a year now. The series is a steampunk, action packed story that follows the Lady Mechanika, a woman with mechanical limbs with no recollection of her past who solves problems that other people can’t. Lady Mechanika La Dama de la Muerte is a prequel of sorts, occurring before the start of the first volume of the graphic novel between the as yet unexplained origin. With breathtaking art and a story that is keeps you hooked, La Dama de la Muerte is another great addition to the series.

Review – A.D.: After Death by Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire

A.D.: After Death
By: Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemire
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Image Comics
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The graphic novel A.D.: After Death by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire is an ambitious beast. Combining prose and graphics, this is a wonderful graphic novel which explores death, its cure, and what it all means for a man named Jonah, who was there to witness it all.

Review – The Castoffs Vol. 1: Mage Against the Machine by MK Reed and Brian Smith

The Castoffs Vol 1: Mage Against the Machine
By: MK Reed; Brian Smith
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
Series: The Castoffs #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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I received a copy of The Castoffs Vol. 1: Mage Against the Machine by MK Reed and Brian Smith from the publisher quite unexpectedly. This is a fun, engaging graphic novel with great characters who grow immensely throughout the story.

Review: Trigun Omnibus by Yasuhiro Nightow

Trigun Omnibus
By: Yasuhiro Nightow
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Series: Trigun
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One of the first anime I ever watched was Trigun. Soon after I bought a few volumes of Trigun Maximum, which have been sitting on my shelf for close to ten years. Of course, Trigun Maximum is not the start of the series, something I hadn’t realized at the time. Finally, finally, I’ve read the actual beginning of the series: Trigun Omnibus by Yasuhiro Nightow. It took long enough, I know. And I am very happy I finally got around to reading this.

Space Battle Lunchtime Vol 1: Lights Camera Snacktion

Space Battle Lunchtime Vol 1: Lights Camera Snacktion
By: Natalie Riess
Release Date: 2016
Publisher: Oni Press
Series: Space Battle Lunchtime #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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Here’s a little known fact. I watch a probably unhealthy amount of cooking shows. Not the ones where they actually show you how to make a dish. Nope. I know I can’t cook without the supervision of my mother, even nearing thirty. (Sorry Mom.) I watch all the cooking competition shows. Because, well, everyone has a not quite so guilty pleasure, right? Space Battle Lunchtime, Vol 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion! by Natalie Riess is everything I never knew I needed in a graphic novel. It’s fun, it’s cute, it’s in outer space, and it’s a cooking showdown.

Yes, please.