Shallow Reader Post – Isn’t it Bromantic

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Hello everyone! Are you having a good New Year? ‘Cause I’m not, I have two essays due soon (sobs in despair). I realize I’ve been missing for a while, and it’s mostly because I haven’t actually read any books. There’s a bunch of sequels releasing this month, so fingers crossed. Meanwhile, have this short review.

The story follows Deadpool in his attempts to befriend Spiderman, who quit the Avengers for some vague reason I don’t get. Of course, since this is Deadpool, his ulterior motives have ulterior motives, so things are fairly complicated.

Strangely, I actually sort of ship this now? Read the review here.

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Shallow Reader Post – Way of the Weird

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College and deadlines have given me a neck that a wrench couldn’t fix. Sigh. The only person who seems to be suffering more is Doctor Strange in this new run:

I also tend to get annoyed when they don’t complete a story arc in one volume and this ends on a major cliff-hanger. I mean, it wasn’t that bad, but honestly the story had barely gotten started.

On the bright side, I sincerely loved the idea of magic having a price for its use and the whole secret Himalayan sect thing.

He isn’t doing too badly at the box office, though. Read the full review here.

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Shallow Reader Post – Faces of Death

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So I missed a post last week because I was busy, but on the bright side, I got to watch Doctor Strange. The scales have been balanced, if you don’t think too hard about it.

Rambling aside, I read a Batman Detective Comic a while ago and honestly could not tell what was detective about it. Excerpt here:

There are two kinds of people in the world: the ones who believe Batman is the real personality and the ones that believe Batman is the persona.

Ok, the latter camp is something I made up, but it was a cool way to open the review.

Anyway, I belong to the third faction (population: 1) that believes that neither Batman nor Bruce Wayne is the real person, but something in between, a mixed personality that we never get to see.

Read the review here while I fan-girl over the latest Wonder Woman trailer 😉

Shallow Reader Post – Sunstone

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Guys, I made a discovery…It’s called digital comics. And here’s a review of one of the first ones I read – Sunstone, a breakout graphic novel that’s essentially a romance between main characters Ally and Lisa.

For some reason, I’ve decided this is the cat gif review.(shrugs)

Sunstone deals with what some people might call uncomfortable topics, but which will surprise no one who is acquainted with:
(a) fanfiction
(b) M/M romances
(c) anime fan-girls

I happen to be one of those people.

See the rest of the review here and hope that I manage to get through this year of uni without being distracted by all the shiny books.

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Shallow Reader Post – Darkseid War

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Hola! I have realized why some people might decide never to start reading comics. They come with a great deal of history, convoluted relationships and endless reboots that aren’t really reboots. Not knowing even one of these details can sometimes kill a book. And because there were things I didn’t know at the time of reading this Justice League volume, it kinda sucked:

But the reality was more like…

Some barely comprehensible backstory (I had to reread it to get the whole exchanging sons thing)
Some randomly distributed murders by Darkseid’s generalissimo(or is it Antimonitor’s, I forget)
Followed by this completely badass Darkseid’s daughter character(Grail?)whose motivations I don’t fully understand
Some more backstory about Grail and a gibberish prophecy, also something about Luthor’s heartless sister, all random
The Flash and Bats in CSI mode(I realize much later that this volume is part of DC Rebirth; until then confused by Flash’s presence)

Read the rest of my babbling here. In the mean time, how much are you dreading school on a scale of one to 10? A 100?

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Shallow Reader Post – Injustice Year 3, Vol.1

Before I get stabbed by well-deserved condescension, let me apologize for missing out on the last two posts. Friday just went by without me realizing that it was post day and yesterday I was just plain uninspired. So back to the review of the last Injustice volume I have.

Yellow Superman continues to be as loopy as ever, turning a convenient blind eye to Sinestro’s more…persuasive interrogation tactics. He’s also experiencing the joys of being a paranoid ruler, as he can’t really seem to trust Billy. Or the Spectre. Or anyone really.

It’s not a very long review, since the book isn’t very substantial.  Read it here. For the other reviews in this series, see the previous post. I hope to do a more interesting post later this week on a different medium of storytelling – the visual novel. Stay tuned!

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Shallow Reader Post – Injustice Year 2 Vol.2

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We’re returning to the Injustice series today and boy is it a painful experience. Good people dying left and right, bad people not dying but getting worse and horror of horrors, Superman’s suit now has yellow in it. It’s every primary color now!

Moving on to an excerpt.

The problem is that by definition, heroism seems to be wanting to believe the best of everyone, and this is why the DC Universe needed Batman. Otherwise their own gullibility would have killed off everyone by now. By this volume, Superman has been firmly entrenched as an irredeemable dictator who will kill off an entire planet and a young mother in a fit of rage; Hal Jordan has been established as a glitch in the Green Lantern system. I used to like him once. Not any more.

Read the review here.

If, like me, you have trouble remembering what happened in which volume, see Vol 1, and Vol 2 of Year 1. Year 2 Vol. 1 is here.

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Shallow Reader Post – Grayson Vol 2

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We all know Batman has sidekicks because that level of coolness cannot be handled by just one person, and the best one is, hands down, Dick Grayson aka Nightwing aka Agent 37. I’m a big fan of this character (especially in Injustice) so imagine how let down I was when I read this volume of his solo series and it turned out to be utter nonsense. See an excerpt of my rant:

Story 2: The Brains of the Operation

This one starts with a zombie orca on wooden legs trying to eat Grayson and Helena. I’d like to know what the storyboarding process was here. Did the writers sit down and go:

“We need to start this one with a bang. Any suggestions?
“Let’s see, what would a pair of spies encounter on a reconnaissance mission of a high-tech criminal hideout?”
“I know! A killer whale that crawls around on land with spider legs!”
“Brilliant, now we can have that coffee break!”

Read the rest of the review here. Come on, you know you want to.

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Shallow Reader Post -Injustice Vol.2

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Helloooooooooooo! Remember that comic book I raved about a while ago? The one with Superman going loopy? I finally got around to writing a review for the second volume, which is equally good.

In the second volume, the torture of the reader’s soul continues as Superman grows ever more depraved and people die faster than you can say Game of Thrones. Wonder Woman isn’t helping things, so even the writers decide to put her out of commission for a while. Literally every two penny, ha’penny villain in the universe is out for Earth.

And since my sister has been so kind as to get me the latest volumes for the series, I’m planning to review all the books I have in the coming weeks. Look forward to it, and read the current review here.

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Shallow Reader Post – Magdalena

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Happy Leap Year Day, everyone! It’s been a while since I rage ranted in a snide fashion, so I decided not to disappoint. As an archaeology student, I always revel in someone else’s misery. Especially my own. Here’s an excerpt:

I don’t want to recount the plot because it gives me the hives just thinking about it. But in essence it is:

STORY 1

Magdalena (the new one) is sent out to kill Jackie Enchilada Esta-something
Jackie has IQ reducing conversations with his literal demons
A prostitute and an enthusiastic Christian zealot have a pointless conversation on a bus
Some girl is dying of a coma somewhere and is somehow related to Jackie
Maggie finds Jackie
Fight scenes ensue where Maggie says meaningful things like, “The power of Christ compels you” and “OMG”
Jackie and the tentacle monsters say meaningful things like “!@£% you, ^&*$!”

Read the rest of that fairly long rant here. And then heave a sigh of relief that a certain someone finally won the Oscar 😉

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