Fables The Deluxe Edition Book 1, Chapter 1 Comic Review!

Fables is a comic book series that was recommended to me by my co-worker Erick. You may remember him from the Pokemon Battledome post where he composed a team that was built to hit hard! To sum up the theme of Fables, if you have ever watched ABC’s Once Upon A Time Series, the premise is similar; Fairy Tale characters are dropped into the modern world. But instead of the quiet, town of Storybrooke which outsiders can neither see nor visit, the characters are living amongst real people in New York City! They take on new identities and try to make their way in the world while concealing their true identities. Sit back and enjoy this multi-series review (Spoiler Free of Course) of Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book One!

Title: Fables

Author: Bill Willingham

Artists: Lan Medina, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Craig Hamilton

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Vertigo

Number of Pages: 248

Published Date: July 2002

Once Upon A Time… Imagine that all the characters from the world’s most beloved storybooks were real – real, and living among us, withall of their powers intact. How would they cope with life in our mundane, un-magical reality?

The answer can be found in Fables, Bill willingham’s celebrated re-imagining of the venerable fairy tale canon. From Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf to Goldilocks and Little Boy Blue, the folk tales of old are reborn here as exiles living in the magically camouflaged New York City neighborhood of Fablestown.

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Story# 1 – The Book One series consists of 10 stories that seem to all connect. The first story introduces us to a few characters that are assessing their problems. We join the detective B. Wolf on his investigation of a missing person’s report. Jack’s (from Jack and the Beanstalk) girlfriend is missing and he enlists the help of Detective Wolf. Along with the investigation, other members of the community show their cards and their assumed persona in this new world.

 

Graphics & Art: One of my biggest draws to the comic is the artwork. There are 4 different artists that contribute to drafting and creating the Fables world. The comic looks less like a comic and more like an art exhibit when you turn each page.

 

Quotes:

“But YOU try being married for almost a thousand years without a few ups and downs along the way.” -Belle

“Never Mention, The Dwarves!” – Little Boy Blue

“Nothing more to eat or drink miss. But we;ve shared such a nice flirtation this afternoon that I’m tempted to ask you for your phone number.” – Prince Charming

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Final Thoughts: What I love is that each character has a job and a role in their community of fairy tale creatures. I feel like the Big Bad Wolf is an excellent detective with his primal instincts. Think about it. In interrogations he can use his instincts and intimidation to get confessions and he is a bloodhound so sniffing out clues would be super easy. We also meet Snow White, Belle and the Beast in this first story, each having their own problems and concerns. What has happened to Jack’s Girlfriend? Who is behind the mysterious disappearance (if anyone)? What can we expect from series 2?

Play:

  • An exciting comic on fairy tale characters
  • If you enjoyed the Once Upon A Time series
  • Easy to follow and a quick read

Skip:

  • If you prefer the traditional personalities of the characters (altered and more modern)
  • If you like to have the backstory up front

 

Reviews:

Goodreads – 4.3 out of 5

Amazon – 4.7 out of 5

Barnes & Nobles – 4.6 out of 5

Since I am reviewing all 10 chapters, I will hold off my overall rating of the comic until the final chapter has been reviewed. Have you read the Fables collection? What comics are you currently reading? Let’s talk comics!

-Luna 🙂

Friendly Trends 1: Guilty Pleasures

Happy Sunday Novas! You know how you can hang around someone so much that you start picking up their habits and sometimes even their interests? That’s what I have noticed has been happening to me and my co-workers lately. Each week I will introduce the blog to this new segment called “Friendly Trends” that basically will catalog the trends that I have been “Put On” to by my friends. The inaugural post will feature my friends Selena and Erick and the Guilty Pleasures that they have introduced me to!

The Beginning: Selena and I were looking for a way to bond and have something that we could talk about (we have little in common).

The Trends: The trend that Selena has put me on to is the teen drama on YouTube. So let me set the scene: Selena is 21 and very young. She is constantly on her phone watching videos on YouTube and Instagram.

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Instagram Drama!

She has been following the drama of these teens fighting on Instagram and it slowly led into me being mildly entertained. I will say right now as a PSA that I DO NOT CONDONE the behavior and I haven’t went as far as to “Follow” their accounts, but I was introduced into this world that slowly transitioned into me watching people on YouTube.

 

Now I follow few new channels on YouTube that shows young adults vlogging and doing challenges. She has also put me onto beauty tutorials with makeup and natural hair that I watch more than the teen drama stuff now.

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The Trend(s) – Erick is a hardcore advocate for just about anything it seems. Erick has put myself and others on to a number of things that we would otherwise not have bothered with. The 2 main “Put Ons” are Game of Thrones and Comics! Around January of this year Erick was pleading with me (who had never seen an episode) to download HBO Now and watch Game of Thrones. He was recommending GOT to me because I was consistently talking about or watching historical dramas. He figured it was right up my alley and I am so thankful that I listened!

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The suspense is killing me!

 

 

Erick also put myself and Selena on to comics. I was always interested in reading comics but there was never a drive strong enough to make me start. That is until Erick. He started recommending comics that suit each of our personalities. When you find friends that really understand you, it is an indescribable feeling!

Those are the few trends that will start off this series. What items have you been “Put On” to by your friends? Let’s talk Friend’s Trends!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Snotgirl : Comic Review!

Happy Tuesday Novas! Thank you for tuning in to my very first Comic Review! My coworkers and I are in a so called “Comic Club” in which we each purchase comics and then let each other read them. We talk about the issue and decide if we want to continue the series or not. Selena was up and she picked a comic that was SO HER! The volume that she bought contained 6 issues of the story (it ends on a cliffhanger!) and I have completed  reading it and would like to share my thoughts!

Title: Snotgirl: Green Hair, Don’t Care Vol. 1

Publishing Date: February, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/ Romance/ Fashion/ Comedy

ISBN: 978-1-5343-0036-1

Creators: Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung

Publisher: Image Comics Inc.

Lottie Person is a glamourous fashion blogger living her best life- at least that’s what she wants you to think. The truth is, her allergies are out of control, her friends are terrible people, her boyfriend traded her up for someone younger, and she may or may not have killed somebody! It’s the first volume of Snotgirl, and things will never be the same!

My Thoughts:

I definitely enjoyed the first volume of snotgirl. You’re left trying to put a few pieces together and really, nothing is explained. It’s great becuase it keeps the reader engaged in everything going on and I couldn’t stp turning the pages.  Lottie is a well known fashion blogger, but what is her like really like? Sure, she knows about the latest trends and are invited to all of the best parties, but what is life like behind the blog.? It’s like a VH1 Behind the Music Special and I can tell you, her life is nothing like it seems!

The characters in the comic are not really relatable. They are exaggerated versions of what one would think the world of a fashion blogger and their friends would be. Lottie gives nicknames to everyone she meets and these names are representations of how Lottie views the person. You will read names like Normgirl and Cutegirl come up often.

The Aesthetics:

The art is beautiful in my opinion. The bright and vibrant color scheme reflects the modern and trendy  personality of the main character, Lottie. The character personalizations are pretty well detailed and I like that each character has their own personal style.

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Something hat I think can be improved are the transitions from one scene to the other. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not fluent in reading comics, but some transitions seemed a little sudden. It was as if there should have been 1 or 2 more panels of dialogue before the next scene started. Also, the comic is marketed towards a specific demographic. The use of emoji’s and socail media language is widely integrated.

As with any review that I write on the blog, I would like to provide my top reasons to “Play” or read the comic and my reasons you might want to “Skip” this series.

Play:

  • Beautiful color scheme
  • Funny Story
  • Interesting characters and plot

Skip:

  • Not Interested in the life of a Fashion Blogger
  • If you find looking at Snot Disgusting
  • Looking for a more action packed story

Reviews:

IGN 9 out of 10

Comic Book Roudup 8.6 out of 10

Thank you for reading my first comic review! What are your thoughts on Colume 1 of Snotgirl? Have you read or heard of this series? What comics are you currently reading? Let’s talk comics and graphic novels!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Ultimate TKO Tuesday: Poison Ivy Vs Swamp Thing!

Happy Tuesday Novas! After a long hiatus with the TKO battle series, I’m brining it back for Tuesdays! The inaugural Tuesday match will begin with Poison Ivy Vs Swamp thing! For anyone new to this series, in TKO battle matches I pair 2 characters (most of the time from different realms or universes) and create a fan fiction battle how I would imagine it. If you like this series, feel free to request characters that you want to see battle it out!

Swamp Thing is tired of the DC Universe! He’s heard about the Dark Knight trying to “Clean” up Gotham. 598dec4f164b69e847b5e9c804c311e4  While his intentions are noble, now he has to worry about a certain “Penguin” and Ice Man murking up his swamp waters. The new “tenants” arrived about a month ago with their schemes and even dared to freeze some of the foliage in their area to create a decadent ice facility. “I will not let anymore of this eco system die off.” swamp thing broods. “Something has to be done and the Dark Knight must be held responsible.”

“Ya know, Gotham’s been a little quiet lately, huh?” Harley says. She walks around the house running her finger tips across the counter.  harley  “Yea… a little too quiet if you ask me.” Ivy responds. She walks through the darkness as if she was modeling for Home & Garden. “Where is Batman anyway?” Ivy asks. Harley screams “Doll, Look!” Ivy runs over to the TV. The Breaking News… Batman has been abducted by a strange green monster. “Well we’ve lucked out.” Harley says laying across the sofa chair with her head over the arm rest. Ivy’s gaze is hardened at the screen. “Guess we don’t have to worry about the Bat anymore. He’s gone and got himself kidnapped.” Harley continues. The room is eerily quiet. “Doll?” Harley asks. She falls onto the floor and looks around. “Doll? Ivy? … Now where did she go?” A trail of flower petals leads out the mansion.

“You have destroyed my home and now I will destroy you!” Swamp Thing says to an unconscious Batman. As he goes to turn on the poisonous gas, a poisoned rose needle pins his hand to the wall. “Tisk, Tisk babe… don’t you know not to touch what doesn’t belong to you?” Ivy says as she walks into the room. Her long, flowing red locks cascade down her back. “Ivy…” Swamp Thing acknowledges. “What are you doing here?” he says. “You have something of mines and I’ve come to collect it.” Ivy’s gaze catches the Bat’s limp body. “I trust, he isn’t dead.” she snarks. Ivy uses the vines in Swamp Thing’s home to start unlocking the container Batman is held in. “He has upset the balance of my swamp! Banishing these villains here to destroy our eco system. You of all people should understand why I have to do what I have to do.” Swamp Thing says. Ivy smirks and nods her head. “Oh I understand and if it was anyone else I’d leave you be…. but as I said you have something that belongs to me and I’ve come to collect him.” Ivy snaps her fingers and the vines wrap up Swamp Thing. “This’ll only take a sec.” she says winking and walking past him. “You can’t have him!”

Swamp thing enrages and breaks through the constricted vines. He launches a devastating punch at Ivy sending her flying across the room.

Ivy rubs her head. “Ouch, is this the fight you really want?” she says brushing herself off. “Ye…” before Swamp Thing can finish his sentence another vine is smacking him in the face. Swamp Thing turns on the poisonous gas. “Ummm 2 things… I’m immune and you’re crazy.” Ivy laughs. Swamp Thing smiles at the plant Goddess. “The Gas isn’t for you.” Ivy’s eyes are ghost as she realizes Thing’s intention. She jumps to grab Batman but is quickly tossed to the side of the room by Swamp Thing. “Stop!” she screams. “hahahaha” a hoggish voice laughs through the green gas filling up the room. “What is this?” Ivy asks, staring at Swamp Thing. She can tell by the befuddled look that it wasn’t his call. “Allow me to introduce myself… I’m Hoggish Greedly and I have a proposition for you.”   1761523-hoggish01  The silhouette of a giant pig emerges with The Penguin and Mr. Freeze behind him.

“What’s going on?” Thing says. “Don’t you get it?” Ivy responds rising to her feet with tears in her eyes. “This was a set up from the beginning.” she says. Swamp Thing nods. “Since you 2 have embraced your dark side, some of us for a second tie huh Ivy? I think that we should become partners.” Greedly continues. “I refuse.” Swamp Thing says and turns off the gas. “Me as well.” Ivy chimes in. “Oh well it wasn’t a request!” Greedly continues and signals to Mr. Freeze. “No!” Ivy screams and uses her vines to push Swamp Thing out of the way of Mr. Freezes’ Ice Beam. She succeeds but is soon frozen herself. The lack on sunlight has weakened her. “Let her go.” Swamp Thing yells throwing toxic punches at his enemies. To no avail he is frozen after the brawl. The startled face of Poison Ivy and the defeated look of Swamp Thing is loaded unto a flatbed and carried out of the room. “I have big plans for you 2, big plans.” Greedly says. As they leave the room an unconscious Batman balls up his fist.

What did you think of this week’s TKO Battle? Did you expect that outcome? Who would win in your battle? What characters should I do next? Let’s talk TKO!

-Luna 🙂

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Art Feature by Artist EF

Happy Friday Novas! I hope that you are having a fantastic week and are ready to enjoy the weekend! This past Wednesday was my birthday and hanging out with my friends and family was a blast. Today I will feature one of my friends artwork that we found on Thursday.

We were cleaning off my friend Emily’s porch and came across one of her old drawing pads. Both Storm and Spiderman look fantastic don’t you think? By the way it wasn’t a full size journal drawing, maybe like half the size of a normal sheet of paper.

I really like the shading in these 2 pictures. It’s crazy to watch people with natural talents create pieces of art. With Emily she is also very talented in the speed in which she can produce drawings. One of the fastest people I have ever known with pretty god quality in my opinion.

My two favorites are Storm and Naruto in a bowl of Ramen lol. I would leave her Twitter  information butttttt she has not taken my advice as of yet and set one up lol. Her Instagram is @emy_37. I’m just about to create her a portfolio on here until she creates her own lol. By the way she does graphic designs as well. Which are your favorite drawings? Do you draw, paint, etc? My creative outlet is in writing because I can’t even make stick figures look good lol.  Thank you fo reading and have a fantastic weekend!

-Luna (Blasting off againnnnnnnn lol) ❤

Playing This Week at GamersUnitedGG!

Happy Easter Novas! This week’s post will be less than normal as I am going a=out of town Wednesday to go the the C2E2 Comic Convention in Chicago. I’m really excited as I am Cosplaying as Lana Kane from Archer! This will be my first event actually going in Cosplay so I expect to have tons of fun with my friends. I will definitely have a post updated after the convention with the pictures of everything we did. Anyway I hope that you have a fantastic week1 Let’s see what’s on the agenda.

Monday 4/17/17Gamers Hard Drive (update on current games I am playing and the progress).

Tuesday 4/18/17Throwback Tuesday: Dead or Alive 5: (In honor of the comic convention!)

Wednesday 4/19/17Creative Writing Pt. 3

Thursday 4/20/17Skyforge Video Game Review!

Friday 4/21/17Funko Pop Friday Super Heroes & Villains!

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s upcoming posts! Are you looking forward to any of the posts this week? What are you planning on writing this week? Let’s talk upcoming plans! Have a fantastic week Novas!

Luna’s blasting off again!!!!! 😀

Ultimate TKO Thursday: Billionaire Battle!

Bruce Wayne knows every inch of his company Wayne Enterprises. He knows when the finance reports are released, when each of his employees are on vacation or in the break room and he even knows how to make sure that budget cuts will never lead to layoffs for his employees. Yes, Bruce is very intuitive and intelligent. But how could he have ever predicted what would happen next? Wayne Enterprises is a well oiled machine that makes millions upon millions each year. As Bruce exits the board room with a grimace look about his face. The poised businessman starts to feel a rage that he has only felt during his vigilante role as the Dark Knight. His alter ego protects the streets of Gotham from the vile, disgusting, nefarious characters that only seem to thrive in Gotham. How could he tell his board members that for the first time, Wayne Enterprises was in the red. They were no longer a top contender on the Forbes list of Fortune 500 companies, no they were hemorrhaging money due to a competitor who has taken over their must lucrative markets. Wayne Enterprises, according to 2017’s current quarter is playing second fiddle to Stark Enterprises!

The Background: Over the course of the last 3 years, Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark have alternated awards for the most successful company, Man of the Year and Community Service Project of the Month. bat “How can that arrogant jerk be nominated for anything?” Bruce says as he paces around his study. “This is unacceptable” Bruce says as he peers over his right shoulder into the cracked door of his room. Bruce sets his glass on the desk and walks toward the secret door.

Tony Stark wakes up to excellent news! “Finally Stark Enterprises is back on top where it belongs.” he says. The newspaper Tony is looking at is then folded and sat on the edge of his table. “J.A.R.V.I.S! Do you I have any new emails?” tony-stark-2p Tony asks. He takes a bite out of his toast and chugs the cup of orange juice. “You have 3 new email messages. Should I review them now?” J.A.R.V.I.S responds. “Who are they from?” Tony replies. “One message is from your Board of Directors congratulating you on this Quarters Results, the next is from AWI Cruise Lines, Subject: You are a Winner! and the last is from Wayne Enterprises Subject line: Invitation.” J.A.R.V.I.S lists. “Wayne Enterprises?” Tony says. “I wonder what this can be? J.A.R.V.I.S read the email from Wayne Enterprises.” Tony says. “You are cordially invited to a meeting of the minds. Tony Stark, we have rivaled each other for too long. Let’s have a formal meeting next week at 8pm in Gotham. Oh and bring your suit… Iron Man! Signed Bruce. I do believe that you have been challenged sir.” J.A.R.V.I.S. finishes. “I do believe you are right.” Tony says as he walks over towards his new suit. “I do believe it is.”

The Battle: Ironman man rest on top of Wayne Enterprises waiting for Batman to appear. “I mean if you’re going to invite someone to a duel, shouldn’t you be punctual?” he says as he looks through the skyline of Gotham City. Iron Man 2 movie image He can see the bat symbol illuminating the sky “Pfft, how tacky. Talk about an ego-maniac” stark says. “Look who’s talking”the deep, gloomy voice responds. Stark turns towards the sound and sees Batman walking out of the shadows. “Ah, there you are. So what is this about?” Stark asks. batman Batman tilts his head to side and opens his left palm. A Batring slides from under his suit and he responds “There’s only room for 1 vigilante and I have decided that you’re too arrogant to be him.” He tosses the Batring at Ironman who swiftly knocks it away with his arm. “Cute, but um with toys like that I think that I will take the number one spot. Plus this whole dreary thing is not working for me, could you smile every once in a while?” Stark notices the brooding Bat smirks and lunges at him.

The 2 begin to spar on the roof of Wayne Enterprises. Batman’s abilities in hand to hand combat are far superior to Ironman’s, however, J.A.R.V.I.S makes sure that Stark is staying afloat in this fight. “You’ve really been pumping the iron haven’t you?” Stark says. “You should really pay more attention to your opponent instead of your wise cracking mouth!” Wayne says. Before Stark could muster up another witty comeback Batman follows a 3 hit punch combo with a swift leg sweep bring the Iron hero down. Batman towers above him with an odd ball shaped item in his hand. “I can see that I have won, so you should find new distributors for Stark Enterprises.” he says. Stark shakes his head and Batman replies “Have it your way.” tossing the sparkled ball on top of Ironman. Ironman shakes on the ground as the electromagnetic pulse takes over.

“Now that suit is useless” Batman says and walks toward the edge of the roof. “You know, I had a feeling that you would do something like this?” Stark says in a rather chipper mood. Wayne quickly turns around to see that Ironman was no longer immobile. “That’s why I changed the suit. That EMP didn’t damage anything, you see I’m smarter than you.” Stark proceeds. He taps Batman on the shoulder “Checkmate!” The Bat’s eyes are now wider than the moon and index1 Ironman blasts him off of the roof. “You know he wasn’t a bad guy, moody yes, but not bad. J.A.R.V.I.S let’s go home.” Stark says. In a blink of an eye his thrusters are propelling him into the air and back towards Stark Enterprises.

Meanwhile Batman is hanging off the edge with his grappling hook. “We shall meet again Stark, we shall meet again!”

What did you think of the battle? Did you agree with the winner? Who wins in your mind out of Ironman and Batman? Let’s Talk TKO!

-Luna 🙂

 

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