I can’t believe we’re up to number ten for the Weekly Round Ups! I also can’t believe that Christmas is in three days! Will you be doing anything for Christmas? I will have Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday off because the library is closed for the holidays so I will be getting in a lot of reading! I can’t wait because I have fifty-six books checked out that I need to get through (I’m a book hoarder, what can I say?). This week I mostly read comic books and started two fiction books that I’m really liking so far. Let’s get to the books!
- Marvel Zombies Return by Fred Van Lente (finished)
- Let me just start off by saying that I thought that this was an interesting concept but this comic was really not for me. Altogether I just thought it was poorly written and that the story line was just a tad ridiculous. There are huge time jumps that happen with no explanation as to what really happened during the time jump. The plot is boring and I consequently, was bored. I give this two out of five stars.
- Rogue and Gambit by Kelly Thompson (finished)
- I didn’t know much about Rogue and Gambit other than what I had seen in the X-Men movies so I was going into this one pretty blind, which turned out to be a good thing I think. This comic was about Rogue and Gambit going on a couples therapy getaway thing to local kidnapped mutants. This story had a great way of showing you their history without a bunch of horrible flashbacks that left you bored. Not knowing much about them or their relationship I appreciated getting the backstory in a creative way that kept me still interested in the main story. Kelly Thompson did a great job of weaving the current story line and the backstory together. I give this one five out of five and I am looking forward to more from this writer.
- Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (finished)
- Bingo Love was a cute little comic about two women of color that fall in love as teenagers in the 1960s. They are not able to be together during that time period and they are forced apart by their families. Years later they reconnect and end up rekindling their love. I’ve read other reviews on this and it seems that people had mixed feelings on this comic. I generally feel the same way but I lean more towards liking this than not liking it. I think this is one you would need to read for yourselves and judge on your own. I was really hoping that there would be other editions to this maybe with different people’s stories, but I don’t think that is happening. As for me I gave it a four out of five stars.
- Motor Crush, vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher (finished)
- This was a really great comic book and I’m super excited to read more volumes of this. Domino Swift is a motorcycle racer with her dad as the manager of her team. But motorcycle racing doesn’t really bring in the big bucks for such a small team unfortunately. In order to help out Domino races illegally at night against gang leaders to obtain a “machine narcotic” called Crush. At first I was assuming that she was selling the Crush that she would win to put back into her motorcycle racing team, but not all is as it seems with Domino. Crush is to valuable to her to sell it; she needs it to survive. Also, loved the fact that Domino is a lovely POC lesbian and that’s it’s not a big deal. Nothing is said about, it’s just there. Highly, highly recommend this one. Five out of five stars.
- Midnighter vol. 1: Out by Steve Orlando (finished)
- I’m going to be honest, I had never heard of Midnighter until one of my coworkers told me about this comic and said I needed to read it. I don’t normally read DC Comics but I’m trying to branch out from just reading Marvel and indie comics so I thought I would give it a try. Honestly, Midnighter is a great comic book character. His power is unique enough not to be boring but not so complicated that I need a PHD in physics to figure it out. I liked the story line and the artwork was great (and gory). I’m looking forward to reading more about Midnighter and getting to know his character more. This one gets a five out of five.
- My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (in-progress)
- This is a great romance/ chick lit book that I would highly recommend to anyone that liked books such as The Kiss Quotient or I’ve Got Your Number. It’s not a straight up romance novel which I like (so far) I’m almost all of the way through and we’re really just now getting to the mushy lovey dovey stuff. This book is all about Ella Durran who is studying abroad at Oxford for a year. She does not plan on having a fling with the teacher of one of her classes, Jamie Davenport. I won’t spoil the twist of the book but it has been a great one so far and I’m actually sad that I’m almost done with it. I don’t want to leave Ella and Jamie.
That is it for the week! I hope you all have a great Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Festivus next week! I am going to try and post on Monday, Thursday and Saturday next week. I may not get to Monday, depending on the holiday. I’m giving myself permission to relax and spend time with my family and friends. Come say hi on Twitter!