Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Jellaby Volume 1 & 2 by Kean Soo

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When I read March Grand Prix I was looking for more reads by Kean Soo and I discovered these adorable books. This story is about a young girl named Portia who is adjusting to her new life in a new town with her mother. Portia has a hard time making friends and she spends many nights wondering about the whereabouts of her father.
One night after waking from a bad dream, Portia sneaks outside to investigate a strange noise and discovers a strange Purple creature. The creature seems lost so Portia takes him home. Thus begins a secret friendship. When a young boy from school discovers her secret the three of them form a friendship and name their new friend Jellaby.

This is such an emotionally powerful read. There is tons of cuteness but Kean also covers serious topics like bullying and isolation.
Volume 2 of this series shows the trio on a road trip on Halloween. Jellaby has recognized a door that was photographed in the local newspaper. The trio board a train and after some unexpected occurrences make it to the city. There is a definite tonal shift in this volume as secrets are revealed, but it is still has elements of cuteness and a satisfying conclusion. Check these wonderful books out!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Marvel Classics: God Loves, Man Kills by Claremont & Anderson

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I recently brought another copy of this book and found the story as engaging as the first time I read it over 15 years ago. Of all the super teams in the comic book universe, the X-men have always covered social topics like racism and discrimination. The mutations that give them superpowers also set them apart.-
In this graphic novel we find that the Stryker Foundation has accelerated their war against mutant kind. Stryker’s new group the Purifiers are killing those possessing the mutant gene, even if their powers are yet to develop. That is Stryker’s private war, His public war is a growing congregation of humans that are falling prey to his hatred of all things mutant.
This is a story full of depth and exploration of the nature of hate and how it can quickly spread . This book is such an important read but it also succeeds in showing new facets of the X-men’s personalities. Especially Magneto.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Diversity Spotlight : M.F. K Chapter One



I discovered this series in February when Nilah was the recipient of the first Dwayne McDuffie award for Diversity. I got to meet Nilah at Wondercon last month and purchased this issue. It’s a pleasure to read a new series when you have no knowledge about it. Nilah’s gorgeous art creates an absorbing experience for the reader in this first chapter. The reader is introduced to a young boy named Jamie who discovers a young woman in the midst of a sandstorm. He brings Abbie back to his aunt, a gifted healer.
The remainder of this chapter gives us glimpses of Abbie’s past and a sense that she is holding secrets. It is only at the end of the chapter when Abbie watches a Parapsi (an individual with extraordinary strength) , threaten the villager for food and goods, that we get a sense of who  Abbie is and wonder what if anything she will do to help those around her.

An intriguing start to to a story I’m excited to follow.
The entire series is available for free Here