Comics I Read Last Week (March 29th / April 5th)


America #2 by Gabby Rivera & Ming Doyle

America Chavez continues her epic first day in college in the frontlines of WWII. It’s cool that she gets to meet Peggy Carter and punch nazis, but… I guess I’m still not that into this series, as much as I want to be. The dialogue’s still kind of stilted and cheesy, and I’m still not seeing enough of America beyond the cocky self-assured persona she shows the public. This issue is perfectly fine, and the cover is brilliant, but I guess I wanted it to be more. Continue reading “Comics I Read Last Week (March 29th / April 5th)”


#NewComicBookDay (March 15th)


American Gods: Shadows #1 by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
So far, I’m really liking it. It makes me want to reread the book because a whole month for the next issue feels like too long.

Batwoman #1 by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV & Steve Epting
I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this a whole lot more than I did. There are parts I liked, and I love Kate Kane, but. This looks like it’s going to be yet another grimdark DC. I shall be continuing for the next couple of issues to see if it gets better.

Coady and the Creepies #1 by Liz Prince & Amanda Kirk
The whole vibe of this comic reminds me of Jonesy, which is a thing that I like. I also like the fact that this is a ghost mystery story with an all-girl punk band as the main characters. Continue reading “#NewComicBookDay (March 15th)”


花のち晴れ 花男NextSeason

Hana Yori Dango

Back in the early 90s, Shueisha published a shojo manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) by Yoko Kamio. The title is a pun on the phrase “dango over flowers”, referring to the chewy dumpling-like sweet one might eat during a sakura viewing. The story was typical of the time: a “normal” girl works hard to get into a super elite school, which is ruled by a group of super rich boys. She gets in the leader’s way, and sparks fly. Lots and lots and lots of drama happens before they finally get a happy ending.

The manga ran for 37 volumes, and was pretty popular, ending in 2003. It was so popular, in fact, that it spawned an anime series, an animated film, two live action movies, and about nine TV dramas around the world – and this is just based on a quick wiki search. I know of at least one tv adaptation not listed on the wiki, so there may be more.

The 2005 Japanese tv series was how I got into the whole thing: a friend lent me her VCDs, and I ended up watching the whole thing in one sitting. It was basically my first binge-watch. Continue reading “花のち晴れ 花男NextSeason”


New Comic Book Day (March 3rd)

Mega Princess #4 by Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard

Seriously, where were the comics about princesses who would rather be detectives when I was a kid? I’ve been following this series since the first issue, and am looking forward for the next one, which will be the last. Princess Maxine had received the “greatest” gift from her fairy godmother – the powers of all the princesses combined! Unfortunately, being able to feel a pea underneath twelve mattresses, or hear what her pony Justine was REALLY saying, wasn’t very helpful to a detective-wannabe. In this issue, Max and Justine are prisoners in the Kingdom of Atlantis, and need to break free so that they could continue their search for Max’s brother. I’ve been really enjoying this run, and will probably be passing all of my floppies on to my niece Sophie once the last one is out.

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New Comic Book Day (February 28th)

Note: since I live in Malaysia, the earliest I can get my comics is about a week after the US release date. Sometimes our shipment comes in early (and we get our comics on time-ish). Sometimes they come late (and I get my comics two weeks late instead). So “new comic book day” here only means new to me, and at our store 🙂 And, of course, I’ll just include those in my pull-list that I read immediately after buying.

Supergirl: Being Super #2 by Mariko Tamaki & Joelle Jones

supergirl2I tend to go for female-led titles, but for some reason, I had never liked Supergirl much, even as a kid. I don’t even know why. Probably the same reason a lot of people I know don’t like Superman. Anyway, I tried this because Mariko Tamaki wrote it, and it was excellent. I loved Kara’s friendship with her two best friends, and that alone made me want to continue reading. This issue starts with a tragedy, and it kind of hit too close to home. I was literally crying, reading this. Continue reading “New Comic Book Day (February 28th)”

Comics · Monthly Books

January’s Books (plus ramblings on Civil War II: The Oath)


Young Adult
* Heartless, Marissa Meyer
* Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth
* Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, Jaye Robin Brown
* True Letters From A Fictional Life, Kenneth Logan
* Thick As Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner
* You Know Me Well, Nina LaCour & David Levithan
* Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan Continue reading “January’s Books (plus ramblings on Civil War II: The Oath)”