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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, LGBTQIA+

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 Review

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Goldie Vance has some pretty great artwork. I really like the character design. The art is really colorful and Bold. I need to check out more comics that Brittney Williams has done illustrations for. Kind of want to do a post highlighting some artist of color from the comics I’ve enjoyed in the past. Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing that.

From the first issue, I was intrigued. Goldie is a pretty great character. She’s a 16-year-old girl solving crimes and helping people out at the hotel in Florida that her father manages. It seems like she’s basically grown up in the hotel. She knows the language the staff uses and other things that it seemed like the private investigator (Charles) she works with didn’t know.

It seems like Goldie puts herself into the cases Charles gets sometimes. Charles trains her and in turn he gets use of her skills and to use her familiarity with the staff. Gave me a Veronica Mars vibe but much lighter in tone. I love Veronica Mars. It was fun to see Goldie’s process. She’s a good detective.  Goldie takes some risk s that pay off but also some that don’t. She takes some that she really shouldn’t take when she has a nemesis like Sugar Maple hanging around.

Sugar Maple reminds me a little too much of Cheryl Blossom. I was having flashes of the Archie comics when she was introduced. She’s going to be a thorn in Goldie’s side for a while. I can already tell.

The main cast is filled with people of color.  Our main character Goldie is biracial. We get to meet both of her parents in this story. They are divorced before the story starts and I wonder how often we will get to see her with each of them. Goldie’s best friend Cheryl wants to be an astronaut. She loves Alan Shepard. She’s a great asset to this little team. She has a wide knowledge set. I just love her character so much already so far.

Goldie Vance also has some LGBT representation. Goldie is queer. We see her crushing on a girl in the second issue in this volume. I really love when the comics give me gay.  I am so here for the gay that happens at the end of this volume too. It made me happy.  Don’t know if Goldie is a lesbian or bisexual yet but I’m just happy we have a queer person of color as the main character of this story.

 

 

Comics, LGBTQIA+

Shades of A Webcomic Review

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This is a story about a guy named Anwar who is asexual. His friend drags him to a kink party. He’s uncomfortable and doesn’t want to be there but meets a crossdresser (Vixen/Chris) there who he befriends. Anwar keeps running into Chris after that night and it slowly builds a relationship between the two guys.

The story does a pretty good job of accurately showing the certain aspects of the BDSM/kink community unlike some things out there. The members of the community are shown in such a wonderful way. There is a variety with the members shown apart of that community.They aren’t all the same at all. It’s so well done. Plus the story overall shows a large variety of characters from all different backgrounds in this story.

Wish we could see more moments between Anwar and his mother in this story. Anwar’s mom loves quoting star wars. She’s so supportive. We see her for a few panels and loved her immediately. Anwar’s father is dead but you can see that he still thinks of his father a lot when making certain decisions. Especially decisions about school and what he wants to do with his life.

I loved the conversations Anwar has with Chris in this story. Communication is such an important part of a relationship. They understand they care about each other and have a big romantic attraction but need completely different things sexually. I love that they talk about it and come up with a plan that works for them. The trust that is there by the end of this story is good.

Best side comments ever. I haven’t read 50 Shades of Gray and don’t plan on it.In some of the comments under the comic pages, the author would point out if a scene was a direct parody of something in that novel. Sometimes they would call out the inaccuracies 50 Shades of Gray presented about BDSM at the bottom as well.I also read over some people’s opinions in the comments for each page. It’s cool to see what people thought who were waiting for the comic to come out page by page. I love that stuff with webcomics.

At the point that this ends I had a very ‘that’s it’ feeling. I felt like more needed to happen. Anwar is kind of irritating for a lot of this story. He’s hung up an ex. I’ve been there. I feel that. The problem was he is pretty focused on his self and his problems throughout this. I felt like I wanted to see him caring for Chris and see him thinking about that relationship more. I don’t know how far apart the end of this first comic and the release of Shades After, the sequel. I’ve gotta be honest and say that if it just ended with this first one I’d be disappointed because I don’t feel like Anwar has made enough progress in this one. Excited to read Shades After and I’ll definitely be talking about it right here. Go check out this comic at the link below if you’re interested.

http://www.discordcomics.com/comic/shades-cover/

Comics, LGBTQIA+, YA

Lumberjanes Comic Review | Volume 1

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I liked Lumberjanes more than I thought I would.I’d heard bits and pieces about the series but never decided to pick it up. After reading Nimona which is also by Noelle Stevenson I thought it might be time to pick this up from my local library. I love Nimona. It was one of my favorite reads of last year so I hoped this would be something I enjoy.

It’s a group of girls off at summer camp trying to earn their badges and solve the mystery of this crazy place.There are three eyed things lurking in the woods, water monsters, yetis, and a lot more. It’s pretty wild from start to finish. Lumberjanes starts with some of the troop lost in the woods a page before encountering three-eyed foxes.

If I wasn’t looking at a picture with the characters names on it right now I would not be able to refer to any of the characters by name in this review.I still won’t probably. About midway through I tried to go back and see if I could figure out who was who but still was confused honestly. The only ones I was sure on was Rosie the Camp Counselor we only see once in this volume.I think she knows things. Then Jen the Roanoke cabin’s scout leader. Jen yells at the girls a lot for disappearing and breaking rules.She probably should have taken an internship at space camp instead of being stuck in the woods as a scout leader.Too late Jen. Too late.

I did like a lot of the main cast of girls. I loved their friendship. They build each other up. They each have different skills they bring to the table and work well together to get out of the situations they get stuck in. They are great friends and a great team. I love girls supporting each other in books.

Lumberjanes is tagged as LGBT  but no one was completely pointed out as queer in the story. There are hints of a possible relationship between some characters or at least feelings, though.Mal and Molly are the characters names I’m pretty sure. There is also sort of a kiss in the story but extenuating circumstances so I don’t know.The queer subtext is there and I hope it is explored more in the following volumes. Especially if that is with Mal and Molly. I ship it.

The sign for the camp has “Hardcore lady types” stapled onto it. It was pretty cool to see that for sure. I also liked the way they did the oath and the girls would say things like “What the Joan Jett?” It was cute.Really enhanced that girl power message but let you know if was for all girls too. I appreciate this comic a lot.

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I liked the artwork. The creatures they encountered look really cool and there is a lot going on in each page. I love the pace of the story. It’s a quick paced comic and was great for when I was stranded waiting for my boyfriend’s car to get fixed. I just wish there was more going on with the character development to keep me invested. I still want to get the next volume, though and have already put a hold on it at my library.

 

 

 

 

Comics, LGBTQIA+

Midnighter, Volume 2: Hard

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This comic starts off with a pretty awesome team up. I never saw the character Midnighter teamed up with until this but it was really great. I really like Dominic Mndawe.I always appreciate learning about diverse heroes. Dominic Mndawe is a South African man with the power to fuse two animals together, some mind control, and probably more. I need to read more comics on his character for sure.

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Then we get more into Midnighter dealing with the issues from the last volume. He experienced a betrayal. He’s hurting but in a Midnighter way. So he’s out beating up crime wherever he can. He’s dealing with all these emotions when we get into what we will really be facing in this volume.

Henry Bendix. A man from Midnighter’s past has come around to create more soldiers with the capabilities of Midnighter. Midnighter has to fight people who can get around his ability to see several steps ahead. It’s a really good volume.

I still love Marina Lucas.She shows up in this volume in a different role than before. I like that she’s someone Midnighter can rely on. He saw good in her when others would have just locked her up and thrown away the key. It’s more insight into who he is moral wise. he operates in the in-between. I need people to get some Marina Lucas images on the web. Fanart too. I know she makes appearances in the upcoming Midnighter and Apollo series and I’m looking forward to it.

Helena Bertinelli in the New 52 is pretty cool from the little bit on her that I’ve seen. She’s the big shot caller at the organization Spyral. We get to see Spyral at odds with Amanda Waller and her suicide squad in this volume which I think was one of my favorite things.

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Midnighter going up against Harley Quinn and Deadshot was really awesome. I would not mind seeing more of Midnighter versus the suicide squad or working with them one day. They were all so good going up against each other. When things get really rough Midnighter reaches out to someone he can always count on and I won’t say who that is. Just pick this up and love it like I do.

Super excited for the release of Midnighter and Apollo this year.I definitely need more Midnighter in my life.

Comics, LGBTQIA+, YA

Runaways Complete Collection Vol 1

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This comic is so good. I wasn’t expecting things to happen the way they did by the end. There is a beautiful collection of characters. These kids come together because they find out their parents are super villains.Plus, their parents kept some other secrets from them. Like that some of them have some super abilities they don’t even know about.

The runaways are a good team.Each member brings something great and different to the team.They are able to come together and get down to business when they need to but they are also still kids.They are young. When they first runaway they don’t really have a plan. Their parents have a much further reach than they expect so how can they face them. They are good villains. Scary villains at times with what they are able to acomplish. They were sometimes relatable too which is scary.

The one big crossover in this volume is when The Runaways go up against Cloak & Dagger. I thought it was a great part of this arc.The way things ends there was kind of as I expected so early on in the volume.

There are queer characters. I was all about it. I didn’t expect some of the relationships in this comic. Either of the two at the end really.I was happy about them, though. Excited to see how they are handled going forward.

The big twist in the last section really threw me off. I didn’t expect it. I was trying to piece together so much and anticipate what could happen and ruled out something without even realizing I did. I was genuinely surprised by that ending. I was shook as they say. I am excited to read more of this comic in the future. This was a great arc over this volume.

 

 

 

 

Comics, LGBTQIA+

Life With Kevin #1

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Kevin’s made his big move to the Big Apple! He’s got his own place, he’s starting his internship on the production team at a high-profile news channel — Kevin’s really got it all together… or does he? Will his first day in NYC be a dream come true or will the big city eat him alive? Kevin will learn one thing for sure: when it comes to city living, expect the unexpected!

I really liked this a lot. Kevin is out of college and has moved to New York city. He thinks his internship will lead him to where he wants to go with journalism. He’s young, excited, and naive. This comic was able to be fun and quite funny while Kevin was having the worse first day ever for a while there. Excited for the next one because of the hints of a possible romance for Kevin that I actually like. I was not a fan of Kevin’s boyfriend in the last Kevin Keller comic I read so I’m very happy he’s starting over in NYC. Fingers crossed for him. Hope I like the next comic.

 

Comics, LGBTQIA+

Kevin Keller: Welcome To Riverdale

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Kevin has some love interest in this set. He’s going on his first date and getting tips from Archie and friends. Kevin had bad luck on dates and is generally just kind of awkward as it is when it comes to dating. It was nice to see since he does come across at just kind of good at everything kind of character at times.

At one point he gets a secret admirer and I was rooting for it so hard. Hoping all the best things. Definitely want this to be followed up on in future issues. The whole thing was too cheesy but these comics are cheesy and I just love it.

I really ship Kevin with someone he probably won’t ever be with and it makes me sad. I can’t even explain without spoiling but just know I have so many feels reading this.

Loved that there was some variation to the way the homophobic characters are written. I swear I keep saying the same thing in every story with a queer character. I felt like you see different levels in this a little.Not much. It could be better but at least there was some.

Overall I really enjoyed this set of Kevin Keller stories.

Comics, LGBTQIA+

Midnighter, Vol. 1 : Out

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Overall I felt the story was a little chaotic but still loved it. Midnighter is a really great character to follow. He has a different moral compass than some other heroes you might read but the compass is still ticking. There was a situation in the book that I felt would go really badly but Midnighter handled it really well. Like a superhero should handle it I think. He also just likes to fight and help people who deserve it. He’s a good guy. Violent but good. I appreciate that.

I think everything happening in his personal life was really interesting. Midnighter is gay. He’s trying to get over his ex-boyfriend Apollo. I never read the two of them together but even from this comic, I could see how great their relationship was.

Loved how realistic his dating life seemed to me. He’s going on dates kind of casually. He’s hooking up with guys. Sometimes the relationships don’t go anywhere even if he definitely wants more. Sometimes those dates are interrupted by gunfire. It’s the life of a protagonist in a comic book. What ya gonna do? Midnighter is a relationship kind of guy who has a hard time in relationships. I felt that was something people could relate to.

I’m really excited to get the next volume of this when I can. I need to read more about this Midnighter and see how he progresses after everything he goes through in this volume.