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Comic Reviews: Blackbird, Trees, and Kick-Ass 1

Blackbird, Vol. 1 by Sam Humphries

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nina Rodriguez always seems out of the loop on why her life sucks and why her family just can’t get it together. She’s always been sure that magic is real, but no one believes her. Nina is desperate for answers, but she is really desperate for some control over her own life.Blackbird is a delightful book from co-creators Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel. Bartel’s artwork makes it. The pages are just consistently beautiful.

This series is apparently on hiatus, which sucks considering all of the open-ended questions from book one. The Beacon and the Jackal? That cop who knows what’s up with the cabals?

Four stars for magical romp through Los Angeles with hopefully more coming soon!

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Trees Volume 1 by Warren Ellis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think the world is ending, and it has something to do with aliens and some huge metal “trees” they left at various locations around Earth. There were so many times while reading Trees that I was unsure what was happening. The art style isn’t my favorite either, but…I want to read the second volume, so I felt I couldn’t give it less than three stars

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Kick-Ass by Mark Millar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Certain aspects of Kick-Ass have perhaps not aged well. The main character’s incel-ish-ness as a part of his whole tragic background story feels dated. Not to minimize his issues, but the whole horny, lonely, can’t-talk-to-a-girl trope is just overdone, to say the least. And then there’s pretending to be gay so that he can get closer to said girl. Yeah.

Now that that’s out of the way, though, Kick-Ass is fast-paced and action-packed. And while I was pretty over the titular character by the end of it, I was left definitely needing to read more Hit-Girl. This book is very violent. But the juxtaposition of said violence with the fact that the heroes in this book are freaking children, disturbing as it was, was very engrossing. Three stars for a…you know…kick-ass, rockin’ story with hopes for more Hit-Girl in the future.

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