The Damned Vol 1: Three Days Dead by Cullen Bunn | March 28, 2017
Prohibition is at its height and two rival crime families are calling a truce. However, before things can be finalized, a bookkeeper – in possession of a ledger that could literally bring destruction to both families – is kidnapped. The solution? Put Eddie on the case. Have him track down the bookkeeper (and ledger) before it’s too late. The only problem is that Eddie’s corpse is lying in a ditch. Not that that’s going to stop Big Al..
Prohibition, gangsters, demons, magic. Sounds like a great time, right? Unfortunately, I don’t believe I’m the target audience for this one. For me, it was simply okay. The art was VERY noir-ish and the story was fun, but apart from the magic and demons, there really wasn’t anything special about The Damned. It was just your run-of-the-mill crime story.
The Altered History of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor | March 6, 2018
Willow and her best friend aren’t exactly the most popular girls in school. In fact, they’re the total opposite. When Willow comes across a magical book that allows her to change anything she chooses, well…it’s hard to pass that up. What initially starts out as small details (a new outfit here and there, something trendy and name-brand) quickly snowballs out of control. But is popularity and dating the coolest boy in school worth losing your best friend?
The Altered History of Willow Sparks was a fast read – and fun! Willow has an after school job at the library and it’s in a backroom that she discovers the magical book. With each change she grows bolder and slowly loses control, not realizing the damage she’s causing until it’s too late. While I enjoyed this in a graphic novel form, I’d really like to read a full-length novel! There’s so much depth to this story that would be fun to really dive into and explore!
Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir | March 20, 2018
After her mental health struggles cause her to lose her job, Celeste sinks further into depression. By chance she happens upon a posting for a museum archivist and applies – ultimately getting the job. But Cel quickly discovers there’s more to the museum than she first thought. She’s given an apartment on one of the upper floors and she soon begins having strange dreams…dreams of a girl. A girl practically demanding Cel’s help.
Another quick, easy breezy read. I’m all for stories where an old asylum still has a hold on the present day. Here, the museum one held patients and Cel uncovers some very disturbing secrets. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Cel’s character, the others were great – and wonderfully diverse – and the story was intriguing too!
Kim Reaper Vol 1: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley | March 13, 2018
Becka has a super huge crush on goth cutie Kim. Though they’re only in an art history class together, Becka is determined to ask her out on a date and follows Kim after class one day…only to fall through a portal. It turns out that Kim is doing a part-time gig as a Grim Reaper. Becka’s appearance in the Underworld soon sets off a chain of events (including being chased by zombies). Is Kim really worth it? Totally.
Kim Reaper is SO SO SO great. Cute and funny and captivating, seriously, I was hooked the entire time and absolutely inhaled this one. I mean, a suspended Grim Reaper who takes a job at a bakery? How could I pass that up? This was adorable and I’m looking forward to the next volume!