Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion

Short Description: Follow Bats as he runs around Gotham City trying to solve a deadly mystery and not loose himself in the process.

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This is not my first comic – but it is my first comic review. I thought I’d at least give it a try. Since comics are more visual then just words. I am going to share with you some of the images in the comic to give you a good idea of the graphics. So, here we go:

 

The Good:

The graphics are fantastic!
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Storyline is strong and fast paced! It isn’t old school though (with the wham, bam POW) kinda thing. I wasn’t expecting that so it was fine for me.

I have read other comics by Scott Snyder and was really, really disappointed – granted it was a collaboration with Steven King – so I don’t know who’s head that would fall on. So honestly I was a little hesitant to start this one. But I needed my Batman fix since none of the new games have come out yet or movies or anything. Plus, it was the batman anniversary or something and you can’t beat 1.99 comic!

This Comic did not disappoint tho! I think the story line and the awesome graphics made this a very strong graphic novel. I like how Batman isn’t portrayed as being perfect either. At some point he clearly loses it and has to talk himself sane basically.
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It was dark. It gave me some really weird and screwed up dreams while I was reading it. I’d fall asleep on it and wake up all disorientated and just down right moody from the weird dreams it gave me. I wouldn’t recommend this for small children.

But if you are looking for a Batman that has some real life characterization to him- this is it! I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more!batman5

The Graphics are what really sold this story for me though. LOVED them!

 

The Bad:

Parts of it I got a little confused and lost. I’m not sure if that was the intention since Bats was technically losing his mind. And if they wanted the reader to actually have those same feelings I’m not sure.

Batman looks fat to me in some of the drawings. He looks so... square in the face. That isn't how I picture him in my head. He reminds me of frat boys in college and that isn't how I want my Batman draw personally. I'm done with college. ha ha! I want a mature debonair kinda Batman.batman3

Now this part has nothing to do with the comic – just amazon’s comic mobi file version. It was really frustrating when some of the pages wouldn’t load right on my kindle fire. When I view it on my laptop it looks fantastic and works fine (with the up and down arrow keys – not the side to side keys like when you turn the page).

Four Out of Five Stars.

 

If you enjoy dark, real characters (the mental struggle poor bats went through) – Read this.

If you like comics that the graphics ROCK and pull you in – Read this.

If you love Batman and have played the video games – Read this.

If you want to see some kick butt crime fighting – Read this.

 

Creative Juice #2

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This is a creative meme I created for fun, where I design random magazine covers for places I've visited over the years. All the images used in the magazine I took and it is all done in Photoshop or Illustrator.

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Far From You by Tess Sharpe

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Short Description: Teenager that had an addiction to pain medication and trying to clear her name about a Murder and prove that she’d hasn’t relapsed.

The Good:

The friendship and bond between Rachel and Sophie was fantastic! It reminded me of some of my closest friends and how real it was.

I loved Sophie’s Character! She was real. She was in pain from an accident that had taken away her ability to walk and be a normal teenage.
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Hello! I'd like to introduce my friend and author/Editor Cait Spivy (Just click her name to be taken to her blog).

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You can find her over at Bear and Black Dog Editing where she works really hard on awesome manual scripts. She sometimes hangs out at Curiosity Quills Press and last but not least you can trace her plugging away at REUTS Publications. She's here today to talk about how she does Character Development.

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I apologize in advance for the overuse of exclamation points. I'm super excited to be apart of this Book Blog Tour! ) So here it goes! This might be a REALLY long blog post because I don't want to leave anything out! So please hang in there!
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For the Love of Death Blitz

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Yes, I'm doing a Book Blitz for Tamara Rose Blodgett because well I read the first book in her series and LOVED it! No, I haven't read the others (I'm horrible at keeping up with series, sorry Tamara - but a really good friend of mine likes her books too so I thought I'd at least honor her awesomeness and do a book blitz for it!) And if you read EVERYTHING in this post there will be a link to a give away! GET IT!!

Alright let's get down to the good stuff you're really interested in:
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Feature & Follow Friday!
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It's Friday! Happy Friday Everyone! I'm actually doing a feature and follow hosted by Parajunkee's View. It's a pretty awesome website I get a lot of book recommendations.

Since it's been so long since I've done one - maybe it would make sense to say a little about me so you can get a feel for the type of book blogger I am. I read all types of books. Here recently in the past year or so I've mainly focused on Young Adult.  I honestly don't post on a regular basis. I just do it when I feel like it. I def try to post reviews and random thinking and thoughts as much as possible and occasionally I post some advertisements I do for work or just for fun. I work at a hotel front desk full time and part time I work as a graphic designer. ...continue reading

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Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table (you know...back to school theme)
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It has been a while since I thought about sitting down at a lunch table (even in high school) and I didn't really sit at the same table every day. Some days I changed it up. ...continue reading

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This is going to be a big rant and it might upset a few people - friends included. But, I have to get it off my chest.

Let's give an example first (may not be the best example but I think it will make my point across).

Say, you've just worked a ten hour day. You busted your ass and worked very hard as a cocktail waitress (or whatever you do) these past few weeks- your tired and want to go home. But first you have to pick up your pay check. You open it and notice you didn't get 40 hours like you were promised. You worked 40 hours - but your pay check doesn't reflect it. You talk to your boss. He said, someone stole it and they are still in the process of figuring out where it went. Your understandability angry and upset. You busted your ass and for what? Just to get ripped off? What gives? ...continue reading