Series: Grimoire Noir
Written by: Vera Greentea
Illustrated by: Yana Bogatch
Published by: First Second
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Bucky Orson is a bit gloomy, but who isn’t at fifteen?
His best friend left him to hang out with way cooler friends, his dad is the town sheriff, and wait for it—he lives in Blackwell, a town where all the girls are witches. But when his little sister is kidnapped because of her extraordinary power, Bucky has to get out of his own head and go on a strange journey to investigate the small town that gives him so much grief. And in the process he uncovers the town’s painful history and a conspiracy that will change it forever.
The art for this series really caught my eye and is why I ordered it through my comic book store. I also really like any story with witches and like to see what kind of magic an author decides to use. In this story, all the girls in town are witches and have their own different types of power—some can use fire, some can fly, some can turn invisible, and so on. No one can leave the town either, that way the witches would be confined to the area and protected from the outside world.
But who wants to be confined, am I right?
There is a lot going on in this story and I felt some parts weren’t completely flushed out and lot was left open. I don’t mind some parts to be left open for sequels and such, but I felt like it ended a little abruptly and there were still a lot of unanswered questions. Most of it was the chase and everything, but then in the last few pages it just kind of all happened and was resolved. There needed to be a little more clues and things to be revealed before how it ended. I enjoyed it a lot though and definitely recommend it.
I felt for the character Chamomile and how she was written. I probably cared about her more than the main guy, and I’m still not sure about their past and what had happened between them. It didn’t seem like something that would end a friendship like they had and I wished we learned a little more. All in all, the art was beautiful and there was enough of the story that it kept me reading until I finished it, as I wanted to know what happened next.
Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments!
Title: Black Canary: Ignite
Author: Meg Cabot
Artist: Cara McGee
Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Changing Hands/Indie Bound/Book Depository
Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock-star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name. When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and threatens her friends and family, she’ll learn more about herself, her mother’s secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.
With expressive and energetic art by Cara McGee to match the trademark attitude and spunk of Meg Cabot’s characters and dialogue, this mother-daughter story embraces the highs and lows of growing up without growing out of what makes us unique. It’s an inspirational song that encourages readers to find their own special voices to sing along with Black Canary!
I came across this comic because I’m a big fan of Cara McGee’s art. One of my favorite commissions is from Emerald City Comic Con this year where she drew a punk version of Crowley Eusford from Seraph of the End (aka my husbando <3) I love it a lot and have it in my living room/anime room.
Anyway, I heard about it through her website and saw that it was written by Meg Cabot. It’s like a win-win! Meg Cabot is great author who wrote the Princess Diaries! So I figured this would have to be good (spoilers: it was).
This graphic novel follows the origin story of the Black Canary. She is a teen who wants to be a police officer and is the main singer in a band. Weird stuff starts to happen because of her voice, as anyone who knows Black Canary knows, and she has to figure out what she wants to do. It’s a simple plot, but it is made for 8-12 year olds so it has to stay pretty simple. Even with it being a simple plot, the art and story was good and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves DC, punk art, or Black Canary!
I am now getting back into comics! If you have any comics to recommend, please do so by commenting below! I can’t promise I will review them, but I will definitely check them out.
Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet 2014
Posehn – Duggan – Brown – Koblish
*Note: I haven’t read any other Deadpool comics and the only things I know about Deadpool are from the movie and random things online*
Deadpool has gone to England for some time off to forget about whatever is going on his life, and he suddenly finds himself getting a job from Dracula. He wants Deadpool to retrieve his fiancé from a tomb in Egypt and bring her to England. Of course he runs into trouble every step of the way.
As a fan of vampires and Marvel, I found this comic to be hilarious. Deadpool is a hilarious character and I love how he makes fun of himself, comics, and how he breaks the third wall all the time. I found the plot to be interesting, the myths, history, and pop culture references incorporated in the story to be perfectly selected, and the art to match the story. I really liked the art and coloring done. It matched the feeling perfectly.
My favorite part of the comic was when they visit tombs in Paris. I won’t give away what happened, but it was really well written and I thought it was a great scene.
I give the comic 5/5 stars as it was well-written, the art was perfect, and the humor in it left my husband staring at me like I was crazy.