This week Netgalley has been ever so generous to me and approved me for 10 books at once! Over half of those were comic books/graphic novels, so I decided to get through those over this weekend. I started off really strong with The Weirn Books and X-O Manowar. Yesterday I wasn’t nearly as lucky with Dark One and Wahcommo. But I am quite happy again with the books I read for this final set of reviews.
While fleeing the Galactic Federation, Stitch’s spaceship malfunctions and he makes an emergency landing… not in Hawaii, but in sengoku-era Japan! Discovered by the brutal warlord Lord Yamato and his clan, Stitch’s incomparable cuteness is no match for the battle-weary samurai, who decides to bring the “blue tanuki” home with him. Will Stitch’s love of chaos turn into a formidable advantage for the samurai’s influence? Or will his cute and fluffy form disarm the noble lord’s stern façade?
I don’t have too much to say on this manga. Stitch crashes in Japan instead of Hawaii, where he is found by a samurai… who cannot handle Stitch’s cuteness and just wants to take him home to cuddle and play with. So that is what he does, forgetting all about the war he is in the middle of. There isn’t really any plot to this, though some things happen at the very end that indicate the second volume might be a bit more exciting. That doesn’t mean this wasn’t a fun read though. There were some clever nods towards the movie, but mainly Stitch and the samurai are just really cute together.
I have to say I was quite surprised by how well the different art-styles mixed together, so well done to the artist for that. Overall this was a very quick and fun read, but nothing too special.
After reading this I asked The Husband if he wanted to watch the movie with me… he had never seen it. He refused, so I watched it on my own while he was playing his games. And guess who was giggling in the corner? Yeah… he really is just a little kid sometimes.
Years ago Shae, her brother Kenny, and two childhood friends experienced a traumatic, unexplainable event that left Kenny scarred for life. Kenny commits himself to the belief that what they experienced was an alien abduction. Twenty years later and the friends have since drifted apart, but the sudden, mysterious disappearance of Kenny leads the group to reunite and discover the truth of what took place all those years ago.
Aliens… Kids get abducted by aliens, and now 20 years later have to deal with the consequences of that. Though tropey, it is done very well. I was a bit confused at the start when we jumped around in time without any indications, but it only took a few pages for me to ‘get settled’ and really enjoy this story. Apart from a somewhat diverser set of main characters, it doesn’t do anything new. You have your conspiracy theorist podcast, implants, black-ops. So that might me something you might want to be aware of going into this.
I really liked the art-style. It may not be for everyone, but I though the colourscheming was great. My only issue with it is that it couldn’t quite handle the complexity at the end of the novel, making me quite confused at to what was happening.
Overall this was a very basic but very solid scifi comic that I thoroughly enjoyed.
And that was that. Now I’ll have to go back to my books without pictures I guess…
Hoping you are well,