[Webcomic Review] 14 Nights (COMPLETE)

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Kristina Stipetic

What rating would you give it?
4.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

This story is about a guy who is afraid of sex.

What did you think of the book?

So… the story is about a guy who is afraid of sex.

But trust me, it’s about so much more than that. This is a brilliant piece of fiction and artistry – both in the storytelling and the art – that has captivated me for over x years. I have been following this strange, and yet poignant tale from its first pages and can honestly say I am happy with the final results.

Unusual characters in an unusual story with an equally unusual ending. My only “problem,” you could say, is that Lucian is not so much afraid of sex, as he is just uninterested in it and lacks the desire for it. I mean, yes – to an extent, he is genuinely afraid of the idea of having sex with someone else. You can see that clearly in the nightmarish dreams he has so often through the pages. But it’s much more than that. Lucian is asexual, or some spectrum thereof. Probably aromantic. I’m not going to speculate further since titles aren’t used in the comic. Nevertheless, the story circles around this topic and the relationship he eventually builds with Nikita, a man who loves him and whom he too loves just as much.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Because of the obvious nature of the content: nudity, sex, cursing, and some horror-esque graphic imagery.

Is it available to read for free? Where can I purchase it?

The answer to both questions is right here.

You can read it for free here! Just click the link.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

YES-YES

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Self-published (I believe…)
Publication Date: (Completed) May 2014
Format: electronic, webcomic
Pages: 128
Genre: Webcomic, Romance, M/M Romance,
QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI, Asexual, Disabled /
Handicap Main Characters, Contemporary
Fiction, Comic / Graphic Novel, Sex, Nudity,
Surrealism
Age: Young Adult / New Adult (I think…)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
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2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,
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[Comic / Graphic Novel Review] Wonderland (Volume 5)

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(Age of Darkness series, Wonderland #21-25)

Raven Gregory & Eric M. Esquivel (Writers); J.G. Miranda (Artist)

What rating would you give it?
2/2.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
As an “Age of Darkness” spreads across the realms, pushing the Queens of Wonderland into conflict, Calie must take a final stand. Journeying into Wonderland to save her daughter Violet, Calie assembles a team of warriors in effort to take control of Wonderland… for good. Wonderland: Volume 5 collects Wonderland #21-25.

What did you think of the book?

That was…. interesting. I’m gonna go with… with that. On my blog this graphic novel is probably going to get a 2.5… because… because… I just don’t know what to make of half of that nonsense (and not the good kind of nonsense either!) that takes place within its pages.

I feel like most of this story was just a lot of bad puns taken from the media, stereotypes, and a perverted mind, with bucket-loads of gratuitous and wholly unnecessary fanservice. There wasn’t much working for it. Neither was there much originality, either. A couple concepts were interesting and new (at least to me), but the majority of what paraded about as a “plot” was confusing, disjointed, and lacking sense of purpose. I understand that this is Wonderland, and things are supposed to be nonsense, and I also know this is the last(I think???) collection of the Wonderland tales, BUT. This just didn’t work for me. The story jumped around too abruptly without giving the reader a chance to follow along. I think if it had just done that, I would have been more into it. As it were, I just wanted to get through reading it so it could end.

I have the feeling some things may have been explained in the precious collected volumes, so I won’t be as harsh on rating it as I might usually be. Perhaps I can get my hands on the earlier chapters to see if this disjointed storytelling (and weird paneling) is a consistent thing or just in this book. Then I might change the rating, for better or for worse.

What was your favourite aspect of the book?

PFfft—! The line, “Have Chris Hemsworth’s babies” and “Date night with James Franco,” because… Wow…. are you serious?? xDD

Although I’m not sure if any of these are positives or not, The Queen of Spades reminds me of a Mord-Sith. (Sword of Truth/Legend of the Seekers fans, anyone???) Am I right or am I right? Seriously. Also [highlight for spoilers regarding this book and the TV show The Librarians]the entity known as “Wonderland” itself reminds me of the Mystery Houses episode of The Librarians. Annnnnd the manifestation of Wonderland does NOT look like whoever he’s supposedly supposed to look like, but instead looks like Tony Stark, and I mean it. Come on! You can’t tell me to my face that he doesn’t look like Stark FROM THE COMICS. Not RDJ. Though he does kinda look like him a bit too…[/highlight]

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Don’t be surprised by anything. That’s all I’m gonna say.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

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Doubt it. :/ Unless you’re a hardcore fan of the series, I definitely wouldn’t suggest anyone start with this book (too much weird shit goes down here for anyone to make sense of it out of the blue).

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Zenescope
Publication Date: January 2015
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 148
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, Fantasy,
Fairytale Classics Retold, Alice In
Wonderland retelling, F/F Romance,
M/F Romance, Horror, Scantily Clothed
Women, Mental Disorder/Illness,
Surrealism, Action/Adventure, Alternative
Worlds/Realms/Dimensions
Age: Young Adult / New Adult (I think…)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
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2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,
2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
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2015 New To You Reading Challenge

[Graphic Novel Review] Love Volume 1: The Tiger

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(Love, #1)

Frederic Brremaud & Federico Bertolucci

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
A day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure of survival as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their territory. This exciting tale is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. A beautiful, all-ages title that explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling. Like a nature documentary in illustration.

What did you think of the book?

This story was wonderfully told, like a silent film. There were no words, only visual stimulus to tell a well-thought out tale… of nature and beauty, and a savage, ancient love we as human beings will never understand. It was a true telling of “the circle of life” and all that truly entails. No singing and dancing. Just life and death. Survival of all, not just the fittest. Mankind has long since clung to that belief, that they are the fittest, the most intelligent and technologically advanced, and thus they can do what they want…. but not only is that arrogance, it is also illustrating every ounce of Man’s ignorance and prideful, selfish ways. Humans do not truly understand what it means to be part of this great world we live in. That everything has its place, and sometimes the predator gets its prey. Sometimes the prey outfits its predators. And sometimes, more times than most would admit, no one comes out “on top”. It is just a random thread on the loom of fate.

Tiger tries everything to just get himself a meal, and EVERYTHING goes against him, tries to kill or eat him, or just outright chases him away. In the end, he finds himself face to face with a predator who thinks far too highly of himself (with his guns and his tents to protect him), and that overconfidence, that lack of respect and understanding of nature and his place in it, is ultimately what gets him killed.

A poignant story, indeed. Let’s hope trigger-happy idiots don’t decide to use it for their own “WE MUST KILL THE BEAST” campaign, as that would once again only prove the lack of any understanding at all.

What was your favourite aspect of the book?

Uhhhggghh… Okay. So straight off the bat – THE ART IS SO GORGEOUS, it warrants its own special mention. Right away I knew I might give it a 5 for that fact alone, and nothing else. XD

Secondly, TIGER. I feel so bad for that tiger. XD XD XD And I really, REALLY mean it too! xD HE’S JUST TRYING TO GET SOME BREAKFAST! And EVERYTHING is turnin’ against him as he hunts. XD

I was laughing out loud throughout most of this book, at all the misadventures this big kitty had to go through to finally get himself some grub. Like when *dies laughing just thinking about it* [highlight to see–>]AN ELEPHANT IN HEAT just PLOWS him over like he was nothing.[/highlight]

I would show you all what I’m talking about, except… well.. I can’t. So go read the book! You won’t be disappointed!

…..PFFFTT THAT POOR TIGER. XD

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

BEWARE OF GORGEOUS ART AND POSSIBLE SIDE-SPLITTING AS YOU LAUGH AT TIGER.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

Absolutely! If for nothing else, but it’s gorgeous art and silent storytelling!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Magnetic Press
Publication Date: February 2015
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 84
Genre: Wordless Storytelling,
Graphic Novel, Stunning Art,
Animals, Jungle, Tiger, Jaguars, Drama
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Publisher upon request
Challenge:   2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (18),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,
2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
Readathon Day 2015

[Graphic Novel Review] Henni

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Miss Lasko-Gross

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
In a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life, lives a girl named Henni. Unlike most in her village, Henni questions and wonders what the world is like as she comes of age. Striking out on her own, Henni goes out in search of truth, adventure, and more!

What did you think of the book?

Dahahaha… Oh dear sweet gods. This book is GREAT. The art style took awhile to grow on me, but the story is phenomenal and the characters wonderful.

I’m particularly lovin’ that field guy who marked Henni with his ring. He’s cool.

“Ah, the murderous imbeciles approach. …AND THEN THE UNGODLY CREATURE IMMOBILIZED ME WITH A DEMONIC HOWL… AND SHE VANISHED INTO THE DARKNESS!”
– quoted from the dude from the field as he tells the rest of the town what has “happened” to Henni xDD

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Good gods you’re rockin’ that superstitious bullshit real good. Well done, sir! Well done. XD

I wish we had seen more of him to be honest with you, but the story progressed forwards, not back, and as such… it was to be expected.

I think the scariest part about this entire book, is that THIS SHIT HAPPENED IN THE NOT SO LONG AGO HISTORY OF OUR WORLD – although it was more common historically to have the women committed to insane asylums instead of outright killing them. That would be far too uncivilized after all.

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I saw several other obvious historical references while reading Henni, but especially the one on pages 129-134. I mean, WOW… This LITERALLY sounds like some of the happenings during the reign of the Catholic Church during the Medieval and Renaissance periods… like… I swear to God, this shit is terrifying. o____o

Definitely meant to put some perspective to our own history, and it certainly did just that with this very visual reconstruction of the injustice served to people based on their sex, creed, religion, or origin of birth.

Overall I REALLY, REALLY liked that aspect of this comic. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect upon acquiring the book on NetGalley, but I’m happy with my choice. The only complaint I had was that ending. I really, REALLY wished there had been more. Maybe a second volume is in the works??? (Which would be fabulous BY THE WAY *HINT HINT AUTHOR MAKE ANOTHER BOOK HINT HINT*) What a great read!

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

None that I can think of. It’s a tad graphic at times, but honestly – which comics, graphic novels, or manga aren’t?

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

yep!

Oh yeah! This is a good read. Some people might find the art a little weird like I did at first, but you get used to it quickly and the story really propels the reader along.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Z2 Comics
Publication Date: January 2015
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 168
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, Religion,
Coming of Age, Self Discovery, Rebellion,
Injustice, Feminism, Surrealism, Theology,
Zealots,
Age: Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
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52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,
2015 NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge, Readathon Day
2015