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Supernormal Step Vol. 2

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Everyone wants a piece of Fiona. Her heroic deeds in the last volume did not go unnoticed and now she has all the unwanted attention. Including two opposing groups that want Fiona on their side. The volume starts off with Fiona reluctantly having to change into her hero outfit and stop a robot while all she wants to do is get to work.

We learn a bit more about how Fiona learned her magic. It was a really quick flashback. I enjoy the way this comic does flashbacks. Here’s a little info. Now let’s get back to the now.

I still like Hall and Eva. Their boss probably has some ulterior motives but I’d likely take his offer if in Fiona’s shoes. If he really could maybe get me back home at some point. I really like Hall. Like the way he approaches things with Fiona is great. I think Hall is my new comic crush tbh. Can’t help it. It’s probably the hair. I love green.

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We get introduced to a new character. We see her first in a flashback helping Fiona learn magic. Cecelia comes with a lot more going on than I first thought. Em is an interesting character too. We learn more about them in this volume sort of.

The way Vampires talk in this book may be the most annoying thing ever. Like so hard to read. I got past it, though. Plus the result of that story cracked me up. Like I don’t even understand. The vamp saga in the last chapter was intense. A little more bloody than any of the other combat or story lines have been. Was a bit of a shock but fine. This was a big mission for the group to deal with.

Jim can only be the kickass human he likes to be when he’s nice to people. He’s a bunny a lot. It shouldn’t be that hard. He really does kick some major butt when he gets his human form together and can show how great he is at magic. He was a resourceful guy in the real world and it shows.

We learn quite a bit about Fiona, Van, and Jim in a pretty organic way. It made sense for the information to come out then. The team needed to understand each other better in order to work together. I was just happy to see more about her lessons from her father. It’s what I wanted to know about the most and it gave me so many more questions. Well, not questions. Just theories. Lots of theories. It’s also really interesting. So I need to keep reading.

So this volume gave me more badass female characters. Van and Jim have more to them than I thought. Hal’s plot is going somewhere interesting. I’m going to need to get used to this vampire speech maybe. Omg, I hope not. Fiona has more decisions to make. I’m excited to see more.

 

 

 

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Comics, LGBTQIA+

Supernormal Step Vol. 1 Review

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Supernormal Step is about a girl named Fiona who one day gets sucked into another dimension or the parallel world. This world has mutants, talking animals, and magic users. I was really happy to find out this story starts off in media res. Fiona has been in this world for a while. She has some allies and has learned to use the magic of the world. Her allies are trying to help Fiona find a way back home and hide that she is the alien the government has been hunting down. Seeing her origins would have been good but I’ve seen a lot of stories with all the beginning parts like this. It was nice to just fall into it with this story. I also have heard that the character is Aro/Ace. It was my original reason for picking up the comic and I’m glad that I have.

The first volume covers the first three chapters. I wasn’t sure what type of journey Fiona would be going on but I’m starting to see remnants of a hero journey by the end of this volume. Fiona still wants to find her way home but while she’s stuck she starts to go against some of the teachings of her father. Fiona’s father and his teachings may be a big element going further. Fiona was homeschooled and I’m really wondering about her teachings. She knows things that honestly make her a good candidate for being dropped in another realm and on the run. She has some survival instincts. I’m excited to see more about her background.

I’m starting to like our main possible villains. Not sure if that is what the Hendersons will be in the end. Evan and her brother are fun characters. Their dynamics are really great. There are other quirky possible villain characters that I can see myself enjoying as well.

Fiona’s allies, in the beginning, are Val and Jim. They may be why she got sucked into this dimension in the first place. I don’t really get much from Val but he does seem to really want to help Fiona. He helps her figure out the world and I think he must have helped her figure out magic when she got there. Jim is a guy who is usually a talking bunny. It’s some kind of curse. I just loved the little angry bunny being around, to be honest.

This is a really solid intro to this world. I’m so excited to keep reading. Fiona is really intriguing. I wanna see what she has to face next and how she handles it. I want to see what happens with Jim and Val. I want to figure out how much Jim knows. I think that bunny is hiding some things.  Just excited for more Supernormal Step. Let me know if you’ve read the comic and what you thought of it below.

Comics, diverse books

Spider-Man: Miles Morales Vol 1

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I feel like this is a great introduction to Miles Morales if you don’t want to start at the ultimate version.This version is really different with some big character changes but similar in some ways as well. I have only read one other comic Miles is featured in before. It was a team comic and the focus wasn’t really on Miles. It was great seeing more of Miles world. Brian Michael Bendis has been doing great things with the character.

Miles’ best friend Ganke reminds me so much of Ned from Spider-Man Homecoming. I feel like that made me like him automatically. Ganke does things in this story that made me want to see more of his and Miles friendship before this book. I had a moment where I was really questioning the choices Ganke made but I’m interested in seeing more of his and Miles friendship in future volumes of the comic.

Black Cat is one of my all time favorite Spider-Man characters. I was pretty happy to see her in this comic.  She’s so great. I need more Black Cat honestly. I wasn’t sure if Miles would be ready to face her in this. Even after facing down a demon that almost took out a large portion of the Avengers.

That was such a cool beginning to the comic by the way. Miles really showed that he holds his own as a hero. Then we got to see him interact with Peter Parker. Loved seeing the two Spider-Man together. I feel like Miles is really at a point where Peter was when he first started being Spider- Man. it’s great seeing Peter be the one to give someone that guidance they need.

I also really loved seeing Miles family in this. Miles is Black and Hispanic. His father knows that he is Spider-Man prior to the start of this comic which I really like. Don’t have to do a big reveal. Plus, it’s interesting to see how his father handles knowing his son is a superhero out putting himself in danger.

His mother, on the other hand, wants to know why his grades are slipping. Why he keeps missing classes. She calls her mother to come straighten him out and I don’t know if this family could be more relatable. like his grandma goes off and I was sitting there like I’ve seen this before. Why is this familiar? Hopefully, Miles can figure something out to explain his hero disappearances so that he doesn’t have to deal with his grandma coming down on him.

This comic also had an appearance from the wonderful Ms. Marvel a.k.a Kamala Khan. She is on a team with Miles so I hope that means we will get to see more of her in future volumes. Miles might also have a  bit of a crush on her. Very understandable I think. Don’t think that will really go anywhere knowing Kamala from her solo series but it will be fun to see him pining a little bit.

The art is really great too. A friend pointed that out first when I let them check out the comic. I feel like I’m really excited to get to the next volume. Hoping it arrives at my library soon. Going to pick it up right away. Pretty great set up for the next few volumes. I need to see what happens next.