The Client – A Thrilling Masterpiece

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The Client

5 stars

A Nobody falls for a stripper and when she goes missing, he kidnaps the sister of the local mob boss; because what could go wrong?

Our story begins with a stripper- joint named Paradise. And among the slow, poetic display of strippers, I imagined a sad story of some lassie who lost her path. Bust just then the book shaded its skin and turned into a suspense thriller. There was tension, thrill, cons, blackmails, root-able characters and a tight story about the length a Nobody can possible go to for someone dear. Like an onion, the story began to unravel its layers with gorgeous pages. A ticking clock set for the life of the mob boss’s daughter ensured the grip of the book and the chase to find out the missing stripper set the mood. I will not go into further details for the sake of spoilers. 

As the review title suggests, this is a masterpiece by all means – character development, suspense, thrill and last but not the least, the artwork. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Centipede: Oh god why

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Centipede Vol. 1: Game Over

1 star

 

After enlarged centipedes’ attacks mankind is on the brink of extinction and one man decides to stand his ground and fight against the leading 1000 m long flying steel-eating indestructible centipede alone.

Centipede is a love-hate book. It is downright weird as hell. Our hero’s motivation was never clear to me and to be honest, I did no care much. The story takes you for granted and throws oddballs one after another. From bed-size spiders to glowing mushroom drug-trips with insect mother – this book has all. But different kind of large centipedes attacking one human being and the human having a shroom trip about being born from and brought up by insect mother is not a pleasant picture at all.

The artwork is great but with no proper motivation or character development, this falls flat.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Why so Sarah?

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Herding Cats
4 stars

 

You know Sarah Andersen right? That weird looking black n’ white one page comics that somehow know how we live? Yeah, those are created by Sarah Andersen and this is her third book.

Sarah’s Scribbles is a comic strip that takes us on a trip of her life and finds humor in daily observations. Observational comedy is always very subtle that points at our surroundings in a third party manner. We don’t see it because we are in it. And it frames a more authentic stage when the comedy is about us and our own life.

5

Sarah Anderson is one of us – that might be the most fitting thing I can say. Her life, anxiety, laziness, friends and all else are so much like us that one feels asking her, “How did you know?” again and again.

The last part of the book is a collection of short-notes, open letters and relevant comics for struggling artists, writers and any kind of creative developers. It feels like a friend’s pat on the back to those who are facing self-doubt and other problems.

A must-read if you love cats, dogs, food, yourself and life. 

Disclaimer: I love Sarah’s Scribbles and it was a delight to get ARC of it. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Slow down

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Accell Volume 1: Home Schooling

1 star

First thing first, it is inevitable that any superhero who is a speedster, will and should be compared with Flash. So I was prepared for similarities. But not this nightmare. 

This is basically a story of a young man (having superpowers similar to flash), his friends, his love of life and many characters appearing out of blue just for the sake of it. There is no serious danger; even if there is, it disappears within one or two pages. Nowhere going plots, ridiculous artwork, flat characters and disastrous plot-holes this book is infected of all. This is beyond repair and reinvention.

I am really sad to give the book a bad review because rarely someone tries to write new speedster. You can only read this book just for time-pass and even then you will not be satisfied. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The better 007

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James Bond: Kill Chain
4 stars

Bond traces down a rogue MI6 operative and journeys down a path that reveals someone framing MI6 organisation of such crimes that may reawaken the presumed dead Cold war.

Ian Fleming’s renowned son James Bond has had many faces, stories and personalities. Like many others, I too used to prefer Sean Connery as the definitive Bond. He did action (but never too much), he had class (martini and all those things) and most importantly he had so much sass. It was much much later when I read Bond novels and comics (drawn by legendary John McLusky’s) and realised what Bond truly is like. He is a ruthless agent with a dash of class and minimal sass.

Kill Chain is Andy Diggle’s love letter to Fleming and it shows. Occasionally I smirked at references but at the end I was left in awe of the brutality. James is merciless, bloody and a kill machine when required. The tension was high and the finishing was bombastic. Rarely have I come across graphic novels so good that I feel like re-reading it just after the first read. Only hiccup is that some pages are a bit too filled with dialogues. 

CaptureBut the real star for me is Luca Casalanguida. I was not just reading the comics with my eyes; the action, the mellow, the silence – I was almost experiencing every bit of the artwork. No jump-cuts, no shortcuts; the pages look like actual storyboards of action movie.

A must-read for 007 lovers and action junkies.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Steve in the Forbidden Zone

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Book 1 and 2  –  3.5 stars

Our beloved Captain America gets himself stuck in the ‘Lost Dimension Z’ and raises a child he found, against all the odds.

We all know Captain is the ultimate ‘Goodie-shoe’ when a man’s principles are considered, right? But where did his principles come from and why do they matter so much? Mr Remender has gifted us with a heart warming story to answer. So when such a righteous man finds a baby being used for biological experiments, it is no surprise that he will escape with it and raise it as his own. He sinks himself in more danger when the baby turns out to be the son of Warlord of this dimension. The Lost Dimension Z is messy, full of muties (not the lovable X-men kinds) and a war raging for years and ages. Frankly the story is sometimes too much to wrap your head around. But that flashback story about Steve Roger’s childhood is so spot on that it makes me wonder if we ever get to see a book just about the little Steve. Mr Romita Jr is as aggressive as always. Head too big for body, ribs wider than tanks but somehow gives a visual treat (don’t worry, he always delivers) so enrich of colour and action that the plot-holes seem less important.

The story contains various cliché formats of needless-sacrifice-for-emotional digging, enemy-becoming-righteous and elephant-dropping-plot-holes. But still the story somehow passes off due to its purity. Read it for our good-ol’ Cap’s sake.