Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bookworming: Wytches, Vol. 1

Wytches Vol. 1, Scott Snyder, Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, Clem Robbins, ***
I can get into a good, creepy, psychological horror story. This is one of those. The art style, with its abstract painting overlay, gives it a dream-like quality for me. I do wish Snyder had come up with another name for his monsters as they have nothing to do with what anyone thinks of when evoking witches. If I were to criticize, I would have to say that horror fans have seen this type of story before, often. However it is a tale well told, so it gets a solid if-you-like-that-sort-of-thing recommendation.

Bookworming: East of West, Vol. 2

East of West, Volume 2: We Are All One, Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, and Frank Martin, **
Sometimes I am pulled along in a story because I find the setting or premise of it more compelling than actual the execution. East of West looks to be one of these cases. Everything I said in my review for volume one remains true here. Volume 2 in my opinion is somewhat better than the first because the plotting, such as it is, tightens up. Slightly. The artwork remains wonderful. And I'm still not sure I would actually recommend it.

Bookworming: Locke and Key, Vol. 6

Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez, ****
Alpha & Omega continues the series's excellent artwork and imaginative writing and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion.

Bookworming: An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir, ***
While the tropes of YA are on full display here, this is a fast-paced, dark, low fantasy tale that is well worth your time if you like the genre. The world is unique enough and the main characters drawn well enough to make it compelling. And crucially, it has an excellent villain. It tells a complete story, but very much in the style of the first in a series.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Bookworming: Locke & Key, Vol. 5

Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez, ****
As the end approaches, some of the secrets of the history of the keys are revealed. I do not have much to say on this one save the excellent art and interesting writing remain in full force, aided by something of a change in setting. If you liked the previous volumes, you will likely enjoy this as well.