Mini Reviews: Teen Titans: Raven/Beast Boy

As much as I like comic books, I always struggle to review them. Anyway, I really liked the Teen Titans, so, I figured I at least gave them a try with a mini review! Haven’t done of these posts in a really long time.

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia (author) and Gabriel Picolo (illustrator)

Teen Titans: RavenA while ago, I would have firmly claimed to be a Marvel girl, but if we are being entirely honest, I am mostly consuming DC content now. While I have never watched or read Teen Titans before, I did watch DC’s Titans and liked it for the most part. This is entirely different, but I feel like that previous knowledge came in handy with Raven anyway.

The graphic novel very much focuses on Raven’s insecurities and her way of trying to figure out who she is as a person. Since she can’t remember anything, she tends to question everything instead of listening to her gut. She’s a teenager, so, she sometimes makes cringy choices, but I found those were easy to forgive.

Something I found confusing at times were the transitions between scenes, as they seemed very disconnected. I also felt like there was definitely some prior knowledge required, or you’d be a bit lost when certain characters started showing up.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Interesting introduction to this series.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia (author) and Gabriel Picolo (illustrator)

Teen Titans: Beast BoyI loved the illustration in this one even more than in the first one, even though it was both done by the same person. Gabriel Picolo has mentioned several times that Beast Boy is very near and dear to his heart and it shows. Especially the pages where Gar uses his powers for the first time are just swoon-worthy.

Again, this one also heavily focuses on the insecurities of the main character. For now, it’s what ties them together as they haven’t met yet. Gar just wants to be popular, not because he likes the people so much, but because he wants to prove a point. I understood why his friends were annoyed with him at times and appreciated that they had their own struggles to face. Still, there was a definite relatability to it, which made Gar very endearing.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! I was never once bored while reading.


Over all, I was really happy with these graphic novels! I think the illustration especially was excellent and I cannot wait for the third book (Beast Boy Loves Raven in Fall 2021). Have you read these ones as well? 

Mini Reviews: Heart of Gold, Venustransit and Ghostly Echoes

Coming home for Christmas, I managed to not only catch up on my reading, but surpass my (adjusted) reading goal for 2018. I’ve definitely read a lot less this year than in the previous ones, but overall I am still not unhappy with the outcome. So, there’s that!

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads!

Heart of Gold: Act I by Eli Baumgartner/Viv Tanner

Heart of Gold Act II supported this graphic novel via Kickstarter and I am beyond happy I did. The final product is BEAUTIFUL with golden edges and a gorgeous sketch of one of the characters on one of the first pages for me. I adore it!

All the better that the content inside fits the great exterior. It’s such an interesting take on religion, damnation, love, faith and healing. It shows two entirely different approaches to those topics and keeps a mystery and tension going throughout the entire first act. The imagery is so beautiful and I honestly cannot wait to read more.

Heart of Gold is also available as a web comic here!

Fazit: 5/5 stars! I am 100% intrigued and here for it!

Venustransit by Hamed Eshrat

VenustransitVenustransit is a German comic about a guy who hasn’t quite figured out his life, gets dumped bis his girlfriend and is stuck in a job he hates. It’s set in Berlin and I can almost see the street I am living in on the cover (so close!). I like diving into things I know the setting of and can try and figure out if I walked the same streets. Stuff like that never gets tired to me (except when it’s only historical fiction … like so often with Vienna).

While I wasn’t as in love with the drawing style as I was with other comics I own, the story had a clear line and still took a lot of creative liberties. It was interesting and I am sure relatable to a lot of people out there.

Fazit: 3/5 stars! Gets plus points for the setting.

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3)Ghostly Echoes is the third book in the Jackaby series. I only did a mini review for the second book, Beastly Bones, as well, so I feel like I should stick to that format of reviewing for now.

This series legit just keeps getting better and better. The story is becoming more complex, with more dots to connect and still so, so much to discover about the characters. The writing style isn’t really anything over the top and it all seems like light fun in the beginning, but by now there’s a lot more serious stuff happening and you are so emotionally invested in the fate of the characters. And there is a lot to worry about! This book even included a little detour to the underworld!

If you are into Sherlock-esque mysteries with a supernatural twist, have at it with this series. I can only recommend it!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Here’s to hoping the last book will be equally as amazing, if not more so.

Have you read any of the books/comics I mentioned? Are you interested in some of them? Let’s talk!

Mini Reviews: Comic Book Edition

Since the mini reviews were quite well received last month and I didn’t have the best of reading months in July, I just wanted to do a short round up of all the comic books I read. I hope you like reading those too!

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Deadly Class, Vol. 1+2

Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan YouthDeadly Class, Vol. 2: Kids of the Black HoleI wanted to check out Deadly Class so bad before the show starts airing (check out the trailer here) and I got very lucky when a friend of mine decided to unhaul some of his comic books and I got them really cheap. I’ve heard so many people raving about this one, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I can definitely see the appeal in terms of the storytelling and dialogue, because it’s more than kids just beating each other up. It’s about depression, anxiety, moral ambiguity, tough circumstances and even tougher choices and all of it in a high stakes setting.

“This isn’t a dress rehearsal Marcus, you only get the one turn. Life is a series of unique opportunities. It’s our job to find the happiness in each one.”

Still, as I read on, I just found that the art style and the violence weren’t for me in this type of format. I think I can still see myself enjoying the show a lot, but as soon as I realised I was skipping panels because I really didn’t want to read or see what was happening, I gathered I probably won’t be continuing with the comics, even though I would like to know what will happen in the overall story.

Fazit Vol. 1: 4/5 stars! It was a wild trip!

Fazit Vol. 2: 3/5 stars! This kind of proved to me that I probably won’t be reading this on the long run.

Faith, Vol. 1

Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & VineI gravitated towards this story because they want to adapt Faith for the big screen and I really wanted to check out what her character was all about. I can’t say that Valiant comics are what I usually strive for, so I kind of missed Faith’s origin story (which was in a previous series and not in this one) but I didn’t feel too disoriented.

As a character, I really loved Faith! It’s not often that you get to see a plus-size female superhero and such a funny, geeky and badass one at that. (The pop culture references were on point!) She charms you even when the story is only meh and you want to know more about her regular life, romantic entanglements and alliances.

On a side note, I am also very curious about the casting should they go forward with the movie! I can’t think of anyone from the top of my mind, which is sad if you think about it.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! I can see myself really following this character for a while.

Magritte: Ceci n’est pas une biographie

Magritte: This is Not a BiographyI don’t know if any of you know this about me, but René Magritte is one of my all time favourite artists. It’s not even all his paintings or themes, but he was one of the first artists I really discovered for myself and quickly learned to distinguish in exhibitions (Seriously, I can spot a Magritte a mile away). I don’t remember why, but we learned a lot about him when I was around the age of 10 and his life story just sort of stuck with me. I won this book and to get a whole graphic novel that’s basically a homage to his life, art and shortcomings as well as accomplishments was really great.

It’s a weird story for sure, but so was Magritte’s art. I liked that they kept the surrealist approach while making it their own and also educating people on parts of his life some might not have known about. It was really fun and with a certain unexpected ending.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Such a nice short homage to Magritte!

That’s it for today! Have you read any of these or do you have thoughts on them? Let’s chat in the comments below!

#CurrentlyWatching: The Gifted

As promised this week is all about heroes, villains and people with abilities. The Gifted falls right into the category as if focuses on some lesser known mutants from the X-Men universe. I’ve always had a thing for mutant stories, I think I just liked them better than the regular superheroes because in a weird way, they were more grounded in reality than the others. That could just be me though, lets talk about this particular show!

The Gifted runs on FOX and currently has one season with 13 episodes out there. It started around the same time as another Marvel show, Inhumans, but was greeted by a far better reception (peoples, I am not even going to talk about Inhumans ever. That show was such a massive disappointment!). So, I am happy to once more bring you good news and tell you that even before the season ended, The Gifted was renewed for a second season!

The X-Men are gone. There is only one safe place to go – the Mutant Underground. Together they will protect each other and fight for the life in peace they deserve.

I liked what they were doing with The Gifted from the beginning. While a lot of shows like it focus on origin stories and using all the CGI possible, The Gifted was always more about its characters and their relationships rather than anything else. Do I think the CGI could be better sometimes? Maybe, but if we’re being honest here, I think that about 90% of the things I watch, so that’s a way too high standard anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against origin stories, but it’s also nice to just have all the players ready and laid out for you. As I understood it, we are in some sort of alternate universe here – the X-Men have vanished, and so has the Brotherhood. There are no real representatives for mutants anymore. If they make one misstep, they are hunted by the government no matter what and to see the light of day again after that is more than unlikely.

As so often when it comes to the mutant franchise, this is an underlying way to talk about racism and how society and politics deal with it. The conflict is best represented by the various main characters. On the one hand we have the Strucker family, where the parents are seemingly humans (with the father even being involved in the prosecution of humans) and their children are mutants. Then we have a Sentinel Services agent, whose daughter died during a mutant protest which he blamed people with abilities for ever since and lastly, the various members of the Mutant Underground who all have their own tragic and complicated backstories.

While the Struckers are definitely an integral part of the story and provide some of the biggest conflicts, I have to admit to enjoying the parts with the members from the Mutant Underground more. A lot of the romantic relationships were already established before the show even began, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t drama and growth. I liked how they struggled with the use of their powers, when it was morally right to use them for the cause and when it wasn’t.

While I really enjoyed the whole Thunderbird-Dreamer-Blink struggle, it was Eclipse and Polaris that caught my attention the most in the end. Their personalities mirror those of Professor X and Magneto (*cough* like father like daughter?*cough*) so much, which made their relationship even more intense, comprehensive but also bound to explode. If you follow the series until episode 13, you won’t be too surprised by how the season ends, as it reminds us of several stand offs in X-Men history.

Still, they are basically meant for each other. They literally create an aurora borealis, because that’s how their powers act when they are together.

Some of the episodes unfortunately have the tendency to fall into a predictable routine. It’s almost as if we were dealing with a case-of-the-week type scenario, which here is more like “how do we get the police off our backs” coupled with “the humans went off and thought they knew better once again”. It didn’t bother me too much, but it is something to be aware of as you go along. The stakes got higher with time though, and I appreciated that.

As I said, there’s already a second season in the works and I am really looking forward to seeing where our characters end up. Allegiances have shifted a bit by the end, so there’s definitely a lot to explore!

Have you watched The Gifted? What is your stance on mutants? Do you want to watch it now? Let’s talk!

#CurrentlyWatching: Marvel’s Runaways

I am not going to promise I will have a theme every week, but last week was unusual weird shows and this week is all about heroes, mutants and villains! I’ll get started with a comic book adaptation that I personally haven’t checked out yet, but heard a lot about (and I really, really want to take a look at the new Rainbow Rowell run!) – Marvel’s Runaways!

The show premiered on hulu last November and is comprised of 10 episodes so far. For once I am actually happy to tell you that it was already renewed for a second season, so there’s no begging from my side to watch it. Unless you want to of course! That’s what these posts are for after all!

Former friends have to band together to find out the truth about the possibly evil doings of their parents – High School and romantic drama included.

Hmmm, how do I start this … don’t expect them to run away right in the beginning? The show takes quite a lot longer than the comics to establish all the different relationships and dynamics. The pace continues to be on the slow side, focusing more on the teen drama than the superpowers. I am not the best person to discuss the changes that were made from the source material to the product you can see on screen, however, most people I talked to didn’t mind that the show is a bit different (also, fingers crossed that some things maybe never happen to begin with?). The show definitely took the characters on a more superficial level and changed their background completely. As I said, I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but I personally really enjoyed what I got to watch.

First of all, this is a show about parents and their children. I have to say that in this particular genre, that’s not something we get to see all too often. Most teenagers questions their parents and their parents’ beliefs as they get older, but this takes it to a whole new level. There are secrets that even the viewer doesn’t get the full scope of and people at play that we don’t get to see until late in the game. It is the sad truth that maybe they have to face that their parents are just not good people and that is never easy.

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the different characters. I loved discovering their abilities and interests – there was something unique and relatable about each one of them as various topics ranging from domestic abuse, adoption, suicide, adultery, sexual orientation, moral issues and just plain discovering yourself get discussed and dealt with individually and as a group.

My favourite character in the whole series would probably have to be Gert. Her sisterly relationship with Molly is amazing and the girl has “control” over a dinosaur! It barely gets cooler than that, except that she is a feminist and outspoken but also soft and confused when it comes to her crush. I am not saying she is perfect! Because she crosses the border, especially when it comes to Karolina and that’s just not cool. Which brings me to my next point!

We actually get our first canon gay Marvel on-screen couple! Nico and Karolina are so freaking cute, I almost feel sorry for the guys who fancy them (well, more Alex than Chase, but whatever). The build up for those two was amazing. I could feel it in lingering glances from the early episodes on, but I really enjoyed how it grew and to them actually admitting their feelings.

Lastly, I just really enjoyed how the show dealt with seemingly heavy topics, but cloaked them between villains and superpowers and regular teen drama. There is still room for improvement, but I am definitely excited to see what they will bring to the table in Season 2!

Have you watched Runaways? Do you want to? What are your thoughts on the show? Let’s talk!

#CurrentlyWatching: Wynonna Earp

Welcome back to yet another #CurrentlyWatching! The decision for this week’s topic was up to the Twitterverse again and I am surprised happy to announce that the winner was (as you can see) Wynonna Earp! I’ve mentioned it a couple of times already, so it’s only fitting that it would get a whole post now.

I kind of stumbled upon this series by accident, having heard some of the names mentioned before, but never having read the comics or anything like that. Horror or demon-involving-shows always seem kind of scary to me, but then I just binged the whole thing in 2-3 days. Wynonna Earp has currently one season released and the second one coming this year. It airs on Syfy/Space but will be available on Netflix in some territories come April 1st.

Reluctantly, Wynonna Earp has to fulfill her family’s legacy and wield a magical colt to send demons back to hell.

From the beginning this was quite the surprise for me. A Western-Horror-supernatural show wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it was apparently something that I needed in my life. While there are definitely a couple of flaws (especially in the CGI and visual department), the acting is on point, the show is very fun to watch and Wynonna and the fellow characters are easy to root for. The dialogue is so clever and really funny a lot of the time. It’s definitely not a show you should judge on the pilot alone. I don’t think it’s necessary at all to know the comics, although it might be more fun at times to have at least heard the names Wyatt Earp and/or Doc Holliday.

Reluctant heroes are always a lot of fun and Wynonna is seriously the perfect representation of that. She’s irresponsible, partially selfish, but fiercely loyal to her family and there when it really counts. She grows so much during this first season alone, having to make tough calls along the way, I am excited to see where she is going next season. But she isn’t the only amazing character. From heroes to villains – there are very few people I didn’t enjoy seeing each episode, simply because there is so much more to all of the characters than what you might see at first.

As action packed and full of demon-hunting as the show is, there is still plenty of room for shipping. You can go for the picture-perfect one, the odd coupling or the fan-favourite. The relationships of all the characters are so intertwined that the lines often blur.

When it comes to the main character, Wynonna, you don’t exactly peg her as someone who needs to have a boyfriend or girlfriend. She knows how to have fun and I think she purposely avoids getting too attached to people. However, that doesn’t stop her from having chemistry with people and I guess there are two ships people are quite into – WyDoc and WyDolls.

So, WyDoc is the ship name for Wynonna Earp and Doc Holliday. It’s always a little weird to me because he’s like … more than 100 years old and Wynonna is in her mid-twenties but if vampire movies/shows have taught me anything (not that he’s a vampire), it’s that age is irrelevant when it comes to supernatural love stories. He definitely cares way more about Wynonna than either one of them would like to admit, but there are still too many unknown variables to really say if this could go anywhere. They definitely have the whole non-committal-whatever-we-are-it’s-working-thing down.

WyDolls in turn refers to Wynonna and Agent Dolls. He’s a man that has his feelings very much under check, but I think he also knows which effect he has on Wynonna. I don’t know why, but I was a little surprised when things were going in the WyDolls direction. I saw them as great, admittedly sometimes flirty, partners and growing friends, but not necessarily the romance. There are worse things to base a possible love story on though.

As I said in the beginning, I don’t really see Wynonna as the relationship type. She’s badass by herself, but it’s still fun to watch those ever changing connections between people. While her love life is something I haven’t really decided on, there’s another ship I would definitely go down with!

In the end, I think most people will agree though that the most important ship on the show is WayHought, which I support all the way. It’s the blossoming relationship between Wynonna’s sister Waverly Earp and police woman Nicole Hought. Those two are incredibly cute, but it’s also so much fun to watch Waverly realise that she is into women (which you will see from the start, is not obvious to her). Them figuring everything out together was just great to watch.

If you aren’t into vulgar jokes, some foul language, a little bit of violence or consider yourself a bit of a TV snob … then, I don’t know? Maybe skip this one? I thought it was fun, so it’s definitely worth a try, especially if you are able to overlook the sometimes “cheap” looking visual effects.

Have you watched Wynonna Earp? Would you? Who are you shipping?