Review: Constantine – The Spark & The Flame V1

img_8941Thanks to Moleh5 on Twitter for this excellent recommendation and borrow of this comic!

I’ve heard some great things about this comic, so I was really keen to give it a read.

We meet John Constantine, a powerful mage, who is set on making the world balanced and at whatever cost. He has little people close to him – which makes some of the decisions he makes understandable and they make sense, even if they aren’t completely morally right.

Through a series of events, he is battling very powerful forces that want to get their hands on instruments that could cause much destruction to our world. Constantine is at odds with these individuals but always manages to talk himself around.

The illustrations are beautiful in this comic, the full colour pages really help punctuate the flow and dramatically tell the story.

I liked the way Constantine narrates the comic, its natural and doesn’t feel forced. The character of Constantine is quite well written, and has a lot of depth and complexities beyond a character I’ve read before.

The story itself, I enjoyed but it was probably not my favourite. I think it may have to do with the subject matter (which is crazy when you think about how much I love Harry Potter), but there was just something about the magic element that I just didn’t enjoy *as* much and I just wasn’t able to get as immersed into it as I would have liked.

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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Comic image taken by me
GIF sourced on Google

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you so much to Hammy Reviews for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger Award! This is my very first award, so very exciting! Thank you again!

The Rules:

  1. Post the award nomination on your blog
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  3. Answer 11 questions assigned to you
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Award
  5. Ask 11 questions to your nominees

The Questions:

The Simpsons or South Park?

The Simpsons, for me. It’s such an easy watch and good to have on in the background.

Do you believe in conspiracy theories?

Yes. Yes I do.

The worst film you’ve seen so far this year?

I don’t think I’ve seen enough films this year to adequately answer this. I’m not a huge movie watcher, admittedly!

What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen?

The Lego Movie. Everything was not awesome.

What’s you favourite film adaptation of a book?

Harry Potter series. I think that the casting is on point, the script adaption was awesome and I love that it’s how I envisioned everyone!

Who is your favourite film Batman? Keaton, Bale or Affleck?

I am really enjoying Ben Affleck as Batman! So at the moment, Affleck!

What would be your dream job?

Probably what I do now. I love my job, I love going to work every day.

Do you play any musical instruments?

No. I wish I did though!

Have you ever completed a Rubik’s Cube?

Nope. I always found them to be way to frustrating.

Who’s your favourite director?

I don’t think  I actually have one, I like to judge a film on its merits – casting, script – all those things, I don’t think I look at the director and think, “I will see this movie!”

What would be your favourite film of the 21st century?

Harry Potter series… hands down. LOVE!

My nominations:

  1. Graphic Novelty
  2. Geek Blogger UK
  3. Axis of Action
  4. unbolt
  5. Lethis
  6. Comics Grinder
  7. Dear Reader
  8. Sci Fi Jubilee
  9. So Many Books
  10. Holy Batgirl 
  11. Shimo

My Questions:

  1. Favourite comic book series?
  2. Favourite comic book character?
  3. What is your favourite movie based on a comic series?
  4. Do you have a favourite comic writer?
  5. Favourite quote from a comic book?
  6. Cats or Dogs?
  7. If you recommend any comic or novel to read – what would it be?
  8. If you could adapt any comic series into a movie – what would it be?
  9. What was the last movie you saw?
  10. What was the last comic you read?
  11. If you could have a dinner party with five comic book characters, who would they be?

#FridayFirsts: Criminal #1

imageGiven I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title at All Star Comics at the Back Issue & Toy Fair event.

I’ve heard excellent things about Ed Brubaker, so I was really keen to pick up a few things to get a small taste of his writing and see what it was all about. Being new, I haven’t heard much about Sean Phillips, but I am really grateful I got to check out this title and become more familiar with his work, which is beautiful!

What’s it about?

Teegs Lawless is on the wrong side of the law, in jail and has a few enemies, on the outside and in the inside. He has a target on his back, and has no means of protection – even from the prison officers. He makes a friend, one friend, the librarian, and here he finds an escape and refuge of sorts.

Criminal switches between present day (with Teegs Lawless) and the comic he is reading himself, Zangar. The thing I found interesting was how the two stories run side by side each other. Mirroring Teegs’ experiences almost through the very old school story telling within the pages of Zangar.

Thoughts

I liked it! I liked that there was this stream of consciousnesses feel to the writing, which really gave the main character an authentic feel. I can understand if the adult nature of the comic (nudity, violence etc) would turn off the reader – however, I didn’t find it distressing or anything and fits the nature of the comic.

There is six more in the series and there is a recommendation from the writers to read the comics in the order that they are published as there is a few story arcs that continue throughout slightly.

I look forward to checking out future issues, especially to see if the flick back of Zangar (or presence of something similar) continues throughout.

Just before I hit publish on this, I found this handy blog, keeping tabs on all the news and going-ons for Criminal. I love this stuff, so please check it out.

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Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

Comic cover image taken by myself
Other images / gifs sourced from Google.

Review: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

14046003_1155981457806872_6130048339900245996_nI know, I know – this is meant to be a comic blog. However, I am unashamedly a huge Harry Potter fan and I was beyond excited when this arrived in the mail. In fact, I hit pause on all the comics I was reading and immediately dove in.

There’s something about loving a book series so much and getting an opportunity to go on one last adventure. To be able to be with the characters you grew up with, that you feel you know so well, and to see a new chapter of their lives. I still believe that J.K. Rowling is one of the greatest character writers of the present day, so when it was announced that this was coming out, I leaped at the opportunity.

First things first, if you are expecting the same tone, flow-on descriptive language that you have come to expect from the previous Harry Potter novels, than you may be disappointed. This is a play, it’s written and presented in script form. It does take the mystique out a bit, but I found myself imagining the characters on stage and the scenes taking place there, which is actually kind of cool when you think about it.

adult harry potterI love that I was able to picture my favourite characters in a different element, but still behaving in the same way with the same mannerisms that I previously pictured. Their true identities, remained the same. After I adjusted to reading the book as a script, I found following the story and  being in the moment with the characters easy.

I don’t want to spoil the story but going into extreme detail as to what it’s about, but the premise is that it’s set 19 years after the last book. Harry Potter’s children are of age and are attending Hogwarts, along with Ron and Hermione’s children, and Draco Malfoy’s son. Through a series of events and overheard conversations, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy embark on an adventure that rattles the wizarding world in ways that could potentially change that world forever.

I absolutely loved getting to know Albus and Scorpius, seeing the dynamic with their fathers, with each other and how it differed to how their parents went to school. I may have also teared up a bit when there was an appearance from Dumbledore and Snape, I cried so hard when those characters died in the novels, but being able to have that interaction with them was a really nice touch.

It was brilliant to go back and be with the amazing world of Harry Potter again. It wasn’t the same as the book series, and I am okay with that. I think it was fitting with the story centralised around the children that it was different, and I was able to visualise it in a different way. Rest assured, if I lived in the UK I would absolutely love to go to the stage show. Given how on point the script is, I have no doubt the casting is as well.

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, I absolutely recommend the book. What a pleasure it was to go on another adventure.

Always

Book cover image taken by myself
Other images / GIF sourced on Google

[3 Day Quote Challenge] Day 3 – Hazel (Saga)

sagaThank you to Lethis for nominating me!

In line with the theme of my blog, I have decided to make each of my quotes comic related.

This quote comes from Saga, which is a comic I reviewed way back when at Free Comic Book Day (FCBD).I’ve since gone on to read Volume 1 and it was *brilliant*. But do we expect anything less from the great Brian K. Vaughan?

There’s something about this quote that’s just so… beautiful, real and refreshingly honest about who we are as human beings and where we come from.

“Once upon a time, each of us was somebody’s kid.
Everyone had a father, even if he never provided anything more than his seed.
Everyone had a mother, even if she had to leave us on a stranger’s doorstep.
No matter how we’re eventually raised, all of our stories begin the exact same way.
They all end the same, too.”

The way Hazel’s dialogue is within the frames of the comic (as though they are just small little features of the story) but are so pivotal and so insightful. I love this quote, especially the last line, our stories are what we make them to be. We are put on this earth the same and leave the same too, but what’s between – that’s up to us. It’s quite inspiring when you think about it!

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Today I nominate:

If you want to participate, the rules are simple
Three quotes for three days (consecutive or not, your pick).
The quotes can be about whatever, from whomever.
Three nominees each day (no repetitions).
Thank the person who nominated you.
Inform the nominees.

Images sourced from Google

My other Brian K Vaughan reviews are:
Saga | We Stand On Guard | Y: The Last Man

#FridayFirsts: We Stand on Guard #1

IMG_9429Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title at All Star Comics at the Back Issue & Toy Fair event.

Instantly I was attracted to the title because of the writer, Brian K. Vaughan (BKV). It seems so different to what I have read in the past (Review: Y: The Last Man (Book 1)|FCBD Review: Saga & We Can Never Go Home), and it was!

What’s it about?

Canada is at war with the United States and after a blast at home presumably killing the family, young Amber and her older brother, Tommy are left fending for themselves. We fast forward to present day, Amber and Tommy are separated (we learn that Tommy was captured by the Americans) and Amber is searching the Northwest Territories on her own. Here she encounters other Canadians and after some combat, they are approached by heavy American machinery. Shoot to kill, ask questions later type of machinery. Amber instantly proves her value with her zero hesitations and DGAF attitude. It is at this point, the issue one ends with Amber becoming  part of the Two-Four.

Thoughts

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First things first, the writing is incredible in this comic. I’ve said it heaps of times before but BKV’s talent for transporting the reader into the scene and into the action of the comic is amazing. Aided this being in the moment for the reader  is the beautiful artistry of Steve Skroce.

I am hooked! There are six issues in total for this story arc, so I am really keen to see how this story transpires and if at all, Amber and Tommy are reunite. The writing is captivating, the illustrations are gorgeous and the story line draws you immediately.

I have a few BKV titles on the go now and I highly recommend them all.

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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Comic cover image taken by myself
Other images sourced by Google

 

[3 Day Quote Challenge] Day 2 – Batman

killingjoke_headerThank you to Lethis for nominating me!

In line with the theme of my blog, I have decided to make each of my quotes comic related.

My second quote comes from Batman in The Killing Joke.

“I spoke to Commissioner Gordon before I came in here. He’s fine. Despite all your sick, vicious little games, he’s as sane as he ever was! So maybe ordinary people don’t always crack. Maybe there isn’t any need to crawl under a rock with all the other slimey things when trouble hits. Maybe it was just you, all the time!”

I take a lot of personal stake in this quote, maybe it’s because of things I have witnessed or lived through – or that after all that Commissioner Gordon endures, that he still wants to bring The Joker in by the book speaks volumes of his character.

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Today I nominate:

If you want to participate, the rules are simple
Three quotes for three days (consecutive or not, your pick).
The quotes can be about whatever, from whomever.
Three nominees each day (no repetitions).
Thank the person who nominated you.
Inform the nominees.

Images sourced from Google