Scooby Doo Apocalypse Vol #1 Review

Scooby Doo Apocalpyse

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Scooby Doo is that guilty pleasure cartoon I will always enjoy. When I was young, me and a neighbor would hang out and play Scooby-Doo Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom during sleepovers. I would usually played as Velma because she was quirky and weird like me. Scooby Doo will always make me think back on my childhood and playing that addicting PC game. DC Comics happens to also own Hanna-Barbera for years and decided to release titles with the Scooby Doo characters, Flinestones and the Wacky Races. After a trip to the comic book store, I picked up the first volume of Scooby Doo Apocalypse. It’s a flawed comic book, but it’s fun.

Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby and Fred all get a makeover in this updated comic. Something awful has hit the world the gang are apart of, people are being transformed into cannibalistic creatures and food becomes scarce. Can these pesky kids uncover the reason for this atrocity!?

One flawed part about this comic is the writing. It often felt repetitive at times especially in the way Daphne and Velma interacted. In every issue was there an argument between Daphne and Velma about the cause of the epidemic. I don’t need to read about the same fight between two characters in multiple issues. Another flaw I found is in Daphne’s revamped personality. She was constantly abusive to Velma and Fred which seems so unlike her cartoon counterpart. Daphne can still be a bad ass female without punching or throwing things at other people. I hope in the future trades of this series that Daphne is improved upon and develops more as a character.

I do happen to like each character’s revamped look. Daphne may be obnoxious, but I like her purple camo look. Shaggy even looks a bit more hip along with Scooby who’s a technologically advanced super dog. Velma is the only character that didn’t really receive that treatment, but I feel her character is fine on her own.

I wasn’t expecting much from this comic, but it did surprise me on how enjoyable of a read it was. There were elements I certainly wasn’t a fan of, but it didn’t completely turn me away from this series. DC Comics made a valiant effort in creating an interesting twist on my favorite childhood cartoon.

 

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Scooby Doo, Superhumans and Gaming. My Reading List

Reading has been on the back burner these past couple months. As I scrolled through my reading/books category on my blog, I notice how I haven’t been posting as many book reviews. Reading is a huge hobby of mine and I want to make it more of a priority. I have brought my book to work so I could read on my lunch break which I really enjoy doing, but I also want to read right before bed because it does help me sleep better. Take a look at the books I’m currently reading.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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Steelheart follows the story of David Charleston, a young man growing up in the U.S. where epics reign. Epics were regular humans when exposed to Calamity (a red sun that appears in the sky) gain superpowers. All epics have used their powers to kill or rule over humans and David’s dad was killed by Steelheart, a very powerful epic. David joins the Reckoner’s, a small army of humans who engage and kill epics. David and the Reckoner’s attempt to take down Steelheart and other epics in the trilogy.

This series is one of my favorite sci-fi trilogy’s. I normally never re-read books, but I wanted to be in the mood to finish the third book Calamity. I haven’t read Calamity yet, so to prepare I am going back and re-reading the other books Steelheart and Firefight. 

Warcross by Marie Lu

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Emika is a teenage hacker struggling to pay her rent. To make extra cash, she works as a bounty hunter for the police capturing smaller criminals the police doesn’t have time to track. She is a gamer and used to play WarCross, a popular video game almost everyone in the world plays. The WarCross championships are this week, and Emika tries to hack into the game. She is caught by the game’s creator Hideo Tanaka and offered a position to spy on the on the tournament to catch other hackers in the game.

That’s the most basic premise to the story I can give because I’m only a couple chapters into the book. The average rating for this book on goodreads is 4.23 stars so I’m anticipating I will enjoy this book.

Scooby Doo Apocalypse Volume #1

Scooby Doo Apocalpyse

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Imagine if the Scooby Doo gang were involved with killing zombies. This comic brings the team together in a new way to fight off alien creatures. Each team member gets an updated look including Daphne who looks a lot more kick ass than her cartoon counterpart. I haven’t finished this comic yet, but I will admit it’s a pretty fun comic to read especially if Scooby Doo was apart of your childhood.

Hopefully, I will start posting comics and book reviews again because I miss writing them. Also Happy Halloween because this post magically coincides with my favorite day in October.

Coffee Shops and Green Arrow; Comic Haul

Last Monday, I was shopping at Marshall’s with a gift card the boyfriend bought me. I enjoy buying clothes for a bargain plus I needed to mature my wardrobe for my full time job. I randomly popped into my local comic shop after I spent my gift card and bought a couple different comics. One mini goal of mine is to go to my local comic shop once a week or every other week to keep up with a variety of comics. Here is my haul from last Monday:

Moon Struck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

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Thanks to dePepi for this comic recommendation! dePepi is a female geek blogger who sometimes writes about comics to add to your pull list. I hadn’t heard of this comic, but it looks like a lovely body positive indie comic. Julie is the barista trying to serve all of those fancy coffee drinks with her centaur best friend Chet. Apparently a magical conspiracy occurs so now Julie needs to manage working as a barista and save her friends.

Green Arrow #1 by Benjamin Percy, Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra

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My sole reason for purchasing this is Benjamin Percy is from Minnesota! Plus I just finished Red Hood & the Outlaws Rebirth #1 which was pretty decent. I must admit that I am loving Rebirth versus DC’s New 52.

Jade Street Protection Services #2 by Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay

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I bought the first issue of this comic at Convergence 2016 and when I saw Katy Rex at MCBA Comic Con this past May, she was sold out of the second issue of her comic. In Jade Street Protection Services Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are rebellious students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for girls with magical abilities. This comic is about following these punk rock sailor scouts attending a school similar to Hogwarts.

KaijuMax by Zander Cannon

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Kaijumax is a comic that I have been missing out on and I was able to score this first issue for a dollar. Kaijumax is a prison filled with Kaiju monsters and vicious guards. I haven’t read this comic, but I have heard it’s somewhat violent so this comic isn’t for everyone.

I always need new comic recommendations so feel free to comment below with some of the comic series you’re enjoying so far. I plan on taking some much needed time on Tuesday, which is my day off from work, to read and get caught up on all the comics I have bought for this haul.

 

Lying Cat + Soviet Superman; Comics I Read Recently

My comic to be read pile is ginormous! Last weekend I went to a convention where I bought numerous comics and graphic novels and today I went shopping and picked up DC’s Rebirth: Red Hood & the Outlaws Vol. 1 because I’m considering a female Red Hood cosplay in the future. In recent days I have finished a couple of series and I wanted to share one gigantic post with all the comics I read because I’m too lazy to write reviews on each series.

Also I won’t be going over the synopsis of each series or comic I write about. These are just my first reactions. If you head over to my goodreads page, it shows what I read and that’s where you can read about each of these series in detail. Otherwise google is a good source as well 🙂

Saga Volume #1: Saga was the comic book series that everyone couldn’t stop talking about. I felt like I was out of the loop so I purchased the first volume and overall it was decent. Lying cat is a majestic pet and I want one of my own because wouldn’t that make life easier? Having a creature by your side that detects dishonesty. . .  I think so. The relationship of the two main characters is told extremely well along and I like how each separate story line intertwines all the characters together. I will practically buy anything Image Comics puts out including this, too bad I was late to the party. (4 stars on goodreads).

Nailbiter Volume #2:  Nailbiter Volume #1 was my favorite series I read last year so I had extremely high hopes. Sadly, I felt a little let down. I felt like I read the trade paperback and nothing really happened. It seemed a lot of the stories were more filler information about the town than anything else. However, the ending did leave me wanting to keep reading on to the third volume so I’m hoping this is just a slump in the series. (3 stars on goodreads).

Superman Red Son: This graphic novel presents an interesting dilemma; what if Superman crash landed in Russia versus the United States? Obviously Superman would still fight for his country and his people, but now it’s on the side of communism versus capitalism. I liked how each of the DC characters were brought into the story including Batman as an anarchist to Superman’s reign. This was an interesting read, but not my favorite title I read this year, but if you’re a DC fan particularly of Superman, this is for you. My boyfriend loves Superman and probably enjoyed this more than I did. (3 stars on goodreads).

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Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Volume #1. Three quick words to sum up Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur would be: adorable, heartwarming and charming. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur establish this strong relationship right off the bat and seeing Devil Dinosaur’s facial expressions makes me laugh and feel sorry for him at times.. I promise nothing happens to the dinosaur, but you shall see when you buy this because you need to purchase this ASAP. Moon Girl is also a great comic to introduce to younger girls so I seriously want to save this for my future daughter I may/may not have. (5 stars on goodreads, go buy this right now.)

Finally. . . last, but not least.

Snotgirl #1: I was unsure of this series so I only purchased the first comic. This comic like Saga, had really good reviews so when I was browsing my comic book store on Free Comic Book Day, I bought it for a dollar so I could try the series out. I thought it was okay, but it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. I eventually will read the first trade paperback, but not for a while.

Phew, now I don’t have to write 6-7 separate posts since I crammed this into one. Let me know in the comments what comics you have been obsessing over lately and if you don’t follow me on goodreads, you should >>>> Bizarre Brunette’s Bookshelves!

 

Daring and Whimsical; Marked for the Hunt

*Trigger Warning: attempted sexual assault in the book and graphic violence.*

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Image from Leah’s writing blog: Leah Corrine Writes

I first met Leah Chiasson on the Geek Girl Bloggers Facebook page. Leah is passionate about creating a world for readers to be immersed in. That sparked her into writing Marked for the Hunt; an urban fantasy novel about a werewolf clan fighting for the right to be the clan Alpha. Marked for the Hunt was the first book I ever read on the Kindle. To be honest I hate using the kindle to read books, but I still adored Marked for the Hunt. 

Diana Warren is called back to her forestry hometown of Maine when her grandfather passes. A civil war is brewing in the clan over the fight of the Clan Alpha position. Jonathon is a monstrous werewolf that believes wolves should embrace their evil nature while his son Darren wants to protect the clan and not savagely destroy humans nearby. Diana joins forces with Darren since Diana has a deep hatred of Jonathon though I won’t name why. Violence escalates as Diana will do nothing but to stop Jonathon and his  followers.

Leah does a great job with creating imagery in her sentences. I have a clear description in my mind of Balefire which is a family owned woodsy restaurant, the town square and the characters. Marked for the Hunt is also realistic when describing how werewolves behave. Werewolves are vicious creatures and some of the fight scenes detailed in the book are gruesome hence the trigger warning at the top of this post. I personally enjoyed the fight scenes because war is terrible and shouldn’t be downplayed in books; however, that’s my personal opinion.

My biggest complaint is the grammatical errors in this book. Leah did self publish this book which I have a lot of respect for. Knowing that this book is self published explains the errors and I offer more forgiveness to the book. If I were to self publish, I know I would have had way more errors in my book. Leah is aware of the errors and is working on catching them all.

Leah is an author just starting out so the best way to support her is to buy her book! I believe I only paid $3-4 which is super cheap! Her book can be found on amazon and it’s available in paperback which I recommend versus the kindle, but that’s my preference. Go buy the book and make sure to write a review too.

Dietland & Discussions about Harmful Diet Culture

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Dietland Book Image from Sarai Walker’s Home Page

Weight loss products are everywhere. I googled how much we spend on diet products and an ABC article states around 20 billion dollars per year. The way we market weight loss is destructive to mental health, physical health and financial wellness. I was convinced the key to happiness was being smaller, but even though I have my insecurities, I generally like how I look. I live in a society that tries to tell me I could lose an extra 5 lbs. in 2 weeks. Dietland is an honest depiction of what it’s like to wander NYC and to be. . . fat. This book wasn’t what I had expected, but I still think it’s worth a read because it’s eye opening to how we treat people who aren’t skinny.

Dietland depicts the daily struggles of Plum Kettle. She hides her appearance behind baggy clothes and being quiet. She is dreaming of her weight loss surgery that will turn her into Alicia. Alicia is the skinny, beautiful woman who gets dates all the time and probably has a handsome boyfriend. Plum gets connected with feminist icons who teach her what beauty truly means and how to accept yourself.

That seems so corny, but I love how Plum develops throughout the book. She becomes such a bad ass in the end. She’s confident and proud of her body and I think a lot of women including myself struggle daily with this concept. Plum deals with negativity from men and being called a “cow”. It sickens me that as a culture we have become so mean. Many of us often assume someone’s health status based on their size when that’s frankly none of your business.

Steering this post back to harmful diet culture, the diet industry tries to make people (men are included in this discussion too) feel bad about themselves so they purchase these products that may not even be healthy anyway! Our bodies aren’t designed to lose weight quickly. Under my ACSM Certified Personal Training Certification, it’s healthy to lose 1-2 lbs. per week. So these products that are saying 5-10 lbs. in a week… it’s not reliable or safe.

To end this post, put Dietland on your book shelf and be kind to each other. Don’t assume someone’s health status and be proud of the natural beauty that we all radiate.

 

Throwback to the 80’s; Paper Girls Volume 1 & 2

Image Comics is captivating comic readers with intriguing novels. The first word that comes to mind when discussing comics is superheroes. Superhero comics are cool, but there are so many other glorious comics to read that don’t have the appearance of Batman. One such comic that I’m loving right now is Papergirls. Image as you may have noted published this series. The random references to the 80’s, pterodactyl like creatures flying around Cleveland and female teenagers kicking ass makes Papergirls a must-read for 2017.

 

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Image taken from Image Comics website

Papergirls starts the story of young Erin Tieng waking up in the early hours of the morning to deliver newspapers. After being harassed by some local boys, she is defended by Mackenzie, KJ and Tiffany. The quartet notices some pretty strange occurrences including locating an alien capsule, ninjas from outer space and flying pterodactyl like creatures. These four are the only hope that Cleveland has in preventing the destruction of planet Earth.

I will purchase any comic with mostly all female characters. Zodiac Starforce, Rat Queens and now Papergirls have all starred female ensembles and they’re awesome comics. I can’t choose a favorite character because they all add to the story and further the adventure. I have also heard that if you watched Stranger Things on Netflix you will love this story. I’m the opposite as I have never watched Stranger Things, but read Papergirls first.

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This first volume mostly takes place in the 80’s, so there are numerous references. On one panel is a Bush 88′ sign outside the window whereas the dialogue references the AIDS epidemic and another reference to E.T. Reading through this, I feel that I missed out by not being alive in the 80’s.

I cannot rave enough how much I liked both of these paperbacks. I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the third paperback. Image Comics is a force to be reckoned with in the comic universe and if you’re looking for a series that doesn’t include superheroes, Papergirls should be your next read.