Comic Book Review: Silver Surfer: Black, Issue #1

Details: More information can be found at https://www.marvel.com/comics/issue/74840/silver_surfer_black_2019_1

Score: 7.4/10

Silver Surfer: Black has some of the best art I’ve seen in recent memory. It’s unique, fluid and frenetic. For the art alone, this is a book you must read.

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Manga Review: Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku

Details: You can read it at https://www.viz.com/shonenjump/chapters/hells-paradise-jigokuraku

Jigokuraku is an action oriented manga with some nudity and gore-y action. There isn’t too much of a story or high emotional notes. This is a battle royale oriented comic where the main attraction is simply trying to figure out who is the strongest.

The story takes place in feudal Japan. A group of the most dangerous criminals, each paired with one of the most dangerous samurai of the time are tasked to go to an island in search of the elixir of eternal life. Many have traveled there before but none have returned whole. Now these criminals and samurai will begin what is likely a suicide mission into a mystical island rife with dangers.

The art is great, although there are times where so much is going on it’s hard to comprehend the art. The art is generally detailed and fluid. Lots of action packed panels.

The general flow of the story draws on some aspects of mythology from Asia. There are some familiar elements that reminded me of One Piece and Dragon Ball like the use of energy or ki.

Overall, this was a fun read. Don’t expect too much and just enjoy the action.

Score: 7/10

Manhwa Review: My Wife is a Demon Queen

Details: Google it yourself. I assume this is the official site because this is the first result when googling the Chinese name: https://www.onemanhua.com/11624/

My Wife is a Demon Queens is a Chinese isekai comic where the protagonist gets teleported from modern day China to a fantasy world. It’s pretty cookie cutter so far. Not as much fan service as I feared, which is nice. Art is about as good as The Gamer. Solo Leveling is probably the best drawn isekai thing I’ve seen recently and this doesn’t compare. This comic is average all around with nothing particularly interesting about it.

Score: 5.9/10

Book Review: Star Wars: Thrawn, by Timothy Zahn

Details: Official site can be found here (I think): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/223651/thrawn-star-wars-by-timothy-zahn/9780345511270/

Score: 7.4/10

Thrawn is a much beloved character of the extended Star Wars universe. After Disney acquired Star Wars, the extended universe was erased and a big question was where Thrawn ended up. Well, the animated television show Star Wars: Rebels brought Thrawn back into the new Star Wars canon, so I guess Thrawn’s back. This book is an origin story for the character and also a prequel for the Star War: Rebels television show.

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Book Review: The President Is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Details: Official site is https://www.presidentismissingbook.com/

Score: 7/10

The President Is Missing is a fairly standard political thriller reminiscent of shows like The West Wing and 24. While James Patterson is obviously one of the most successful writers of our lifetime, the main draw here is Bill Clinton. Not many books can say that they are told with the perspective of one who has actually been president of the United States and there are clearly many points in this book where you can feel Clinton’s voice in the story.

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