Monday, January 8, 2018

Paul's TOP FIVE COMIC BOOKS Read in 2017

Out of the 47 books I read in 2017, a large majority were comic books. I read mostly Star Wars and Power Rangers comics, but also some other great ones. I got to read some awesome comics with queer representation this year. Below you will find the TOP FIVE comic books that I read in 2017. Click on the titles or cover pictures for links to my reviews!



 MY TOP 5 COMIC BOOKS OF 2017







    




What were your favorite comics of 2017? What comics are you looking forward to in 2018?


--PAUL

Paul's TOP TEN Books Read in 2017

I read 47 of 50 books for my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge for a second year in the row. Thus, I am setting my 2018 Reading Challenge goal at 47 books. 2017 was the year of graphic novels for me.  I read so many Star Wars and Power Rangers comics, but also some great comics with queer representation. Since I read so many comics, I'm going to make a separate post about my TOP FIVE COMICS. This is the top non-comic books I read in 2017 (And I may have finished one of them on January 3rd, but it didn't count toward my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge). There were a lot of great YA books released in 2017 and I'm hoping to get to some of them this year that I missed. Below you will find the TOP TEN books that I read in 2017. Click on the titles or cover pictures for links to my reviews!  




 MY TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2017














What were your favorite books of 2017? What books are you looking forward to in 2018?


--PAUL

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Leia: Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Claudia Gray - Paul's REVIEW



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Title: 
Leia: Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Author: Claudia Gray
Recent Release Date: September 1, 2017

Review of LOST STARS by Claudia Gray
Review of BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray

Synopsis: The never-before-told story of how young Leia Organa comes to join the rebellion against the evil Empire, from best-selling author Claudia Gray.



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Review: Claudia Gray is one of the best authors writing Star Wars right now. And that's saying a lot, because there have been some wonderful Star Wars books in the past few years. If you haven't read Lost Stars (the YA forbidden love story that takes place over the original trilogy ending in the Battle of Jakku) or Bloodline (Leia between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens) you need to go read them NOW! It is not necessary for reading this book, but there are some references.


This book shows Leia when she is going through her coming-of-age rituals on Alderaan. I really enjoyed learning about Alderaan's culture. Queen Breha is such an awesome character. This book does so well filling in gaps in the Star Wars universe. Since this is one of the books made leading up to The Last Jedi, there are references to places and people featured in the movie. You get to meet Holdo when she was a junior senator just meeting Leia. I'm hoping for a Holdo book that explains her absence from the original trilogy. 

There is so much heart in this book. The relationship between Leia and her parents is written so well. There are things that make Leia the woman she is in the original trilogy. There's also some great moral dilemmas that arise. Claudia Gray portrays galactic politics so well in her books. 

I obviously give this book a 5/5. If you're a Star Wars fan like me, this is definitely worth picking up. Even if you've never read a Star Wars book before and just want a YA book about Leia, this is it!     


--PAUL

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 3: Legend Lost (comic) - Paul's REVIEW




Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 3, Legend lostAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Title: 
Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 3: Legend Lost
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Angel Unzueta
Recent Release Date: November 14, 2017

Review of Vol.1: Black Squadron
Review of Vol.2: The Gathering Storm

Synopsis: It's a sad day for Poe Dameron and the Resistance, as they mourn the loss of a fallen comrade. But their fight is far from over - the First Order must be stopped! And Captain Phasma knows just how to get Terex to toe the line. Follow the continuing the adventures of the galaxy's greatest pilot!



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Review: In this third volume of the ongoing Poe Dameron series, we get to learn a little more about the members of Black Squadron. I like how their backstories are gradually being revealed. There's also a new journalist character that adds an interesting dynamic, a different perspective in the Star Wars universe. Terex's story over this series is also been a roller coaster. It seems like Marvel is using these original characters to show change and development, since they can't reveal much of the characters still being featured in the movies. We do get to see a little more of Leia in this one. I love seeing her as a mother figure.


I give this volume a 4.5/5. It's another great entry in the Poe Dameron series. 

  


--PAUL

Monday, January 1, 2018

Star Wars: Darth Maul (comic) - Paul's REVIEW




Darth Maul (Star Wars)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Title: Star Wars: Darth Maul

Writers: Cullen Bunn & Chris Eliopoulos
Artist: Luke Ross
Recent Release Date: September 5, 2017

Synopsis: Raised on hate, fear and anger...steeped in the ways of darkness...and trained to kill! Darth Maul's time as apprentice to Darth Sidious has long been cloaked in shadows - now at last his tale of revenge is revealed! It's a story of rage unleashed as Darth Maul prepares for his first encounter with the hated Jedi. But when a Jedi Padawan is captured by sinister forces, why is Maul so determined to find her? And what role will a band of bounty hunters, including Cad Bane and Aurra Sing, play? Get to know the galaxy's deadliest Zabrak like never before!



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Review: This story is set before Episode I. There are so many connections to different Star Wars eras. I loved it! There are aliens from the prequels, the original trilogy, and even The Force Awakens. The crowd scenes feel even more Star Wars because of this. There are even characters featured from the animated shows. Cad Bane and Aurra Sing! 


The artwork in this graphic novel is beautiful. I love the imagery of red and blue representing good and evil as well as the skin colors and lightsabers of Darth Maul and his jedi combatant. 

I give this graphic novel a 5/5. I hope Marvel makes more comics set in this era. 


--PAUL

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Star Wars: Darth Vader-Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol.1: Imperial Machine (comic) - Paul's REVIEW




Imperial Machine (Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, #1)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Title: 
Star Wars: Darth Vader-Dark Lord of the Sith, Vol.1: Imperial Machine
Writers: Charles Soule & Chris Eliopoulos
Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli & Cam Smith
Recent Release Date: December 5, 2017

Synopsis: From acclaimed writer Charles Soule comes a brand-new, exhilarating series exploring Darth Vader's early history. Picking up directly where Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ends, follow Vader as he receives his legendary red lightsaber and witness Vader's rise to power as a Dark Lord of the Sith! 



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Review: This comic picks up right where Episode III left off. Like directly. There's the whole "Noooooooooo" thing and everything. I liked seeing Vader when he is new to being a Sith. It really is Anakin under there still. Throughout the comic, that Anakin begins to fall away. 


I liked the mix of prequel and original trilogy aesthetic. Seeing Vader alongside clone troopers was very cool. The Grand Inquisitor even makes a cameo!

I read the Dark Horse comics that took place right after Order 66 so certain aspects of this comic remind me of those. In this comic, there are jedi who took the Barash Vow prior to the Purge, so they are still out and about in the galaxy. Vader takes this opportunity to take a lightsaber and make it bleed.

I really enjoyed this first volume in a new, ongoing comic series. I am absolutely excited for volume two. I give this volume a 5/5.    


--PAUL

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Star Wars: Screaming Citadel (comic) - Paul's REVIEW




The Screaming Citadel (Star Wars)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Title: Star Wars: Screaming Citadel

Writers: Kieron Gillen & Jason Aaron
Artists: Marco Checchetto, Salvador Larroca, & Andrea Broccardo
Recent Release Date: October 24, 2017


Review of Star Wars Vol.1
Review of Star Wars Vol.2
Review of Star Wars Vol.3
Review of Star Wars Vol.4
Review of Star Wars Vol.5
Review of Doctor Aphra Vol.1

Synopsis: A rebel pilot and a rogue archaeologist delve into the darkest shadows of the galaxy side by side, as Luke Skywalker reluctantly teams up with Doctor Aphra! The not-so-good Doctor will make Luke an offer he can't afford to pass up...one that leads him to a very rare gathering at the heart of the infamous Screaming Citadel! Will Luke find what he's looking for? Can Aphra be trusted? Or will they both wind up victims of the Citadel's queen? And as this unlikely duo steps right into the lair of one of the most powerful, reclusive and dangerous women in the galaxy, can Han and Leia be far behind them? 



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Review: This is the second crossover event in the Marvel Star Wars comics. It brings the ongoing Doctor Aphra and Star Wars series together. I liked the pairing of Luke with Aphra. They play well off of each other with Luke's naive goodness and Aphra's experienced gray morality. I liked when she called him a wannabe padawan. 


There are some well designed characters in this comic. The residents of the Screaming Citadel have a goth bdsm vibe. Luke even gets to dress up. I liked seeing him in something different. 

I want to know more about Sana and Aphra's past!!! Please, Marvel, make a queer love story prequel!!!

The murder droids are wonderful. Having them on the same side as the "good guys" for at least the time being led to some funny situations. 

The last panel intrigued me. I give this graphic novel a 4/5. I am always here for more Doctor Aphra!   


--PAUL