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Monday, December 15, 2014

Edward Scissorhands is back!


The Comic!

In case you have never seen the film (where have you been?!) Here is the trailer.


Synopsis of the Comic:
Edward Scissorhands comes from Kate Leth, writer of the Adventure Time comics and Fraggle Rock Miniseries, and artist for Zombie Tales and Cathulu Tales. Taking place two generations after the original movie and focusing on Kim's granddaughter (the same granddaughter that, in the original movie, Kim is telling the story to) Edward is now a myth among the town but he still lives in the same old abandoned mansion, all by himself. We get to meet a whole new cast of characters and hear more of Edwards tale in this new chapter of Edward's tale.

I originally picked this comic up because Edward Scissorhands is one of my favorite movies and ballets, and it looked perfect for my husband who is also an avid fan. I watch it every December for Christmas. The cover was gorgeous, however when I saw how the characters were drawn within the comic I put it back on the shelf. I was disappointed that it didn't match the artwork on the cover. But in the end I couldn't resist and bought it as a gift for David.

We sat down and read it together and we were hooked from the start. The story was beautiful and even though it wasn't what I expected the artwork wasn't bad.

I really liked that the story picked up with Kim's granddaughter and is telling us a completely original tale. Things seem to be taking a dark turn and the story sucks you in. When it came to the end my husband was saying "No! I want more story!" And I had to agree. I can't wait for the next issue.

It should be noted that my husband is not a reader. Not even magazines or comic books. After reading Edward Scissorhands he told me "I love comics now." He went on to read two more that night and two the next day. I have to give props to anything that makes a reader out of my hubby.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sunday, December 14, 2014

(Barely) Catching Fire!

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

The first time I tried to read Catching fire  I just couldn't get into it. I was kind of bored and it didn't keep my attention. This time I did actually finish it, though sometimes I had the same feeling. Overall I liked Catching Fire, but it isn't often that I enjoy a movie over it's book and this was one of those times. I found the novel to be a little slow and, sadly, kind of boring. It wasn't "on fire" with excitement, it was more like the embers of a fire, providing a little heat here and there but not much in the way of substance.

There were some things brought up in the novel which wasn't in the movie that I enjoyed.I really enjoyed seeing Katniss and the tributes basically giving the capital the finger and also seeing Katniss grow genuine feelings for Peeta (who I think might always win my affection between the two boys.) Reading about Rue again made me cry and I did choke up here and there throughout the novel.

I will admit that the beginning of the novel seemed much stronger and more interesting than the second half did. The film did a better job with them being in the Arena than the book did but the Victory tour is much more interesting in the novel.

And of course I liked Catching Fire for the issues it raised, just as I liked Hunger Games for the same reasons, but this is simply a novel I didn't fall in love with.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Merry Christmas Lil' Vampi

Christmas has come to Stoker, Maine, and nobody is more excited than resident monster-fighter Li'l Vampi!

But when an evil curse steals Christmas from the minds of mankind, Vampi must team with a beast of holiday lore to save Santa Claus, defeat a pagan god bent on revenge, and save Christmas for boys and girls around the world!


Lil' Vampi is an absolutely adorable comic that's great for young children and those that are yound children at heart. The Holiday Edition is wonderful! I could see the whole family gathering around and reading it together year after year as they prepare for the holiday season. This is one of those comic books that could inspire young kids to love reading!

One of my favorite parts of the comic is how it slips in educational information without the reader knowing!

This issue of Lil' Vampi may be focused on Lil' Vampi saving Santa Claus and Christmas it also talks about the other solstice holidays that were celebrated before Christmas came to be. There is a little bit mentioned about Yule, the German Pagan festival that celebrates that Winter Solstice that was absorbed by the Christians into Christmas, but the main focus is put on Koliada! A holiday that is almost entirely unknown nowadays.

Koliada is the holiday that surrounds the winter season where Veles, god of the underworld, would send spirits into the world of the living. Festivals were held in his honor in winter as it was believed that chaos was stronger and the borders between the land of the living and the land of the dead were weaker.

This is Veles. Not the Lil' Vampi version though!
Lil Vampi is wonderful in the way that is sheds light on a holiday that is no longer in vogue or talked of much!

I definitely recommend this to any family out there looking for a new and interesting read this holiday season!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Fans of the following would enjoy this comic:
Sabrina the Animated Series either the comics or the t.v. show