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    Corpse Talk – Adam Murphy

    Join Adam Murphy as he hosts his very own, unique talk show, Corpse Talk, the only show which takes you direct to the voices of the past. Each week Adam digs up the dirt on some of the most famous, and infamous figures from the past. Did you know the secret of Cleopatras irresistible personality? Or why Genghis Khan became obsessed with world domination? Well you can, as Adam talks to their corpses and scoops all the goss!  *** What a crazy concept! This book is a collection of comic strips which I believe have run in previous issues of The Phoenix comic, and I must say I fully understand…

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    Fables: Legends in Exile – Bill Willingham

    Join the characters you know as you will never recognise them. Their homeland is gone and in Fabletown, New York City, the Fables must keep themselves to themselves. When Rose Red goes missing and her apartment is covered in blood the mundy cops must not be informed. Its up to The Big Bad Wolf to solve the case, along with Rose’s sister Snow White, and keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams.  *** Fables has been on my wish list for a very, very long time. Thankfully a christmas present helped me on the way towards reading them when it turned out to be the first volume.…

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    El Deafo – Cece Bell

    Starting a new school is always scary. But try being Cece, a first grader going to a school for ‘normal’ kids after spending kindergarden with those just like her. You see Cece is deaf. She needs hearing aids just to be able to hear a person and even then she cant understand them a lot of the time. Now she has the Phonic Ear, which is massive and will make the other kids stare. Whats worse is that the teacher has to wear a microphone and Cece has to explain why in front of everyone. Cece struggles to make friends who see her for her and not for her differences…

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    Mercury – Hope Larson

    In small-town modern day Nova Scotia Tara is getting to grips with living at her aunt and uncles house and returning to school after two years o home-schooling. Following a fire that burnt down the family home and her mum moving away following a better job, Tara is feeling lonely and unsure of what her life has become. Reminiscent of a time 150 years previous when her ancestor Josey has met Asa Curry, Josey doesn’t know that her world will be turned upside down by the arrival of this new man in town and she certainly doesn’t know that being swept off your feet is not always a good thing.…

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    Dark Satanic Mills – Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick, John Higgins & Marc Olivent

    Set in a near-future Britain, Dark Satanic Mills tracks a young girl’s journey from the flooded landmarks of London to the vast, scorched and abandoned hills of the north. Framed for a murder she did not commit, the innocent and beautiful Christie has no other choice but to run for her life.  Both a cautionary tale and a rip-roaring road trip, Dark Satanic Mills is altogether an intelligent, captivating and thrilling ride – The Wizard of Oz for a new generation, told in exhilarating shades of light and dark. *** Wow, this graphic novel was intense, but I shouldn’t have expected anything less with Marcus Sedgwick and John Higgins involved.…

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    Johnny The Homicidal Maniac; The Director’s Cut – Jhonen Vasquez

    Dark and disturbingly funny, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac (JTHM) follows the adventures of Johnny (you can call him Nny), who lives with a pair of styrofoam doughboys that encourage his madness, a wall that constantly needs a fresh coat of blood, and–oh, yeah–his victims in various states of torture. Join Nny as he frightens the little boy next door (Todd, known to fans of Vasquez’s work as Squee), thirsts for Cherry Brain Freezies, attempts suicide, draws Happy Noodle Boy, and tries to uncover the meaning of his homicidal existence. *** This may only be a short review but that isn’t to say I didn’t love the book, I find it…

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    Flora & Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo & KG Campbell

    “Flora Belle Buckman was in her room at her desk. She was very busy. She was doing two things at once. She was ignoring her mother, and she was also reading a comic book entitled The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto!” Flora’s mother doesn’t like her reading comics, she is a romance novelist and feels comics are not appropriate literature for Flora. Then an unfortunate incident leads to Flora witnessing the birth of a superhero. It begins with a vacuum cleaner, and a squirrel who never saw it coming. The squirrel wouldn’t have stood a chance really, if Flora wasn’t around. Having read every issue of Terrible Things Can…

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    The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs – Gary Northfield

    Every wondered if you could fly to the moon in a wedge of snot? How triceratops grow back their horns or if the Bogey Monster really exists? The Teenytinysaurs are here to help you answer those questions and more in epic graphic novel form. Join Dave, Natasha, Reggie, Ronnie and Thomas as they explore stinky innards, steaming volcanoes and the star-spangled outer space.  *** Oh wow, I had soooo much fun reading this graphic novel. I didn’t want to stop reading as it meant I had to leave the dinosaur gang behind and that nearly broke my heart. The book is a collection of a set of comics which follow the…

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    Will & Whit – Laura Lee Gulledge

    Will is an artistic soul struggling with life. Living with her aunt and trying to help keep the family business afloat she crafts whimsical lamps, beautiful creations which keep her in the light, away from the darkness she is terrified of. As Will and her friends near the end of another summer she yearns for ‘unplugged adventures’ away from the constraints of technology and social media in particular. When Hurricane Whitney arrives and causes a blackout Will gets the unplugged adventure she wanted but has to face her fear of darkness head on.  *** Oh man, I love a good graphic novel and Will & Whit was definitely that!  The…

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    The Walking Dead vols 1-3 – Robert Kirkman

    This short post is my thoughts on the first three volumes of The Walking Dead series; Days Gone Bye, Miles Behind Us and Safety Behind Bars. It will be different to my normal reviews as it is kind of a summary of my thoughts towards the comics, especially after having watched the three seasons of the TV series. I watched the TV series and played part of The Walking Dead video game before I got round to reading the comics. I wasn’t even sure I was going to read them but my partner started them and told me I had to, now I’m glad I did.  The comics are so…