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Book Review: Oddball by Sarah Andersen (ARC)

The topics in Oddball include social awkwardness, anxiety, the pandemic, pets, reading, being introverted, and more. Reading it reminds me so much of my younger self, when I easily get embarrassed to go out there, was unassertive, just wanting to be alone and read, and tends to overthink things. I’d like to think that I’ve already overcome some of those characteristics— at least to a degree.

This collection of scribbles is a laugh-out-loud read with scenario after scenario that would make you think that maybe, you’re taking your life too seriously. It would make you think of the things you’re not aware of doing, and perhaps that includes your pets, who are probably out for blood every time you forget their mealtime. Lol. Speaking of pets— there’s a ton of cat jokes here that are silly and just adorable! If you’re a cat person, in particular, you’d get a kick out of the charming cat jokes here.

Although I’ve seen half of what I’ve read here in memes online, I still find them funny because of the author’s way of writing, as it is very engaging and relatable. If you’re looking for some light reading that would make you laugh-out-loud, and get you out of your funk, then this could be the perfect read for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: December 7, 2021 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, via Netgalley for an impartial and honest review

About the Author
Hello! I’m Sarah and I’m a cartoonist and illustrator. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 and currently live in Brooklyn. My comics are semi-autobiographical and follow the adventures of myself, my friends, and my beloved pets.

Review: Michael Turner Creations Softcover Featuring Fathom, Soulfire, and Ekos

Aspen Comics
Genre & Themes: Comics & Graphic Novels | Sci Fi & Fantasy | Teens & YA
Publication Date: June 29, 2021

This creative journey of the late Michael Turner is such a nostalgic throwback as we get a collection of his works as a result of a very successful Kickstarter which into a 720 pages of art showcasing Fathom, Soulfire and Ekos – Turner’s most beloved works.

We also get interesting introduction about each work. It feels so nostalgic because as someone like me who grew up in the 90’s – I was able to witness the development of the art. I am not a comic connoisseur in any way but I have deep appreciation of it – the artistic concept, the story, the development of characters and of course its impact to a wider audience.

Turner’s works are rather provocative than what I’ve been used to reading. It is his style and I think it works well with majority of his target audience. “Fathom” and “Soulfire” in particular have great art and concept but they’re not actually as mind-blowing, story-wise, which is my only gripe towards his works. In the scope of things, it really doesn’t matter much for the mere visuals of works are to die for.

Admittedly, I am more of a fan of Japanese manga back in the mid-90’s when I starter reading comics starting with the Dragon Ball, Yuyu Hakusho, Hunter X Hunter, and Naruto to name a few because they’re more accessible for me but I do love me some of his works that’s why when I opened Netgalley, and it’s featured on my Dashboard, I’ve requested for it right away. This is such a great tribute for his works which definitely withstood the test of time. It’s delightful and a very solid buy for fans.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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The book also features Bill O’Neil (Author), Jeph Loeb (Author), J. T. Krul (Author), Geoff Johns (Author), Frank Mastromauro (Editor), Vince Hernandez (Editor), Gabe Carrasco (Editor), Peter Steigerwald (Artist), Joe Benitez (Artist).

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an impartial review.

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Review: The Avengers (2012)

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I’ve actually been thinking if this film would live up to its promise of assembling a group of superheroes and making it work at the big screen. After all, some of them haven’t had any film solely dedicated to them and their heroism although we see them every now and then popping up in some scenes from the previous Marvel films, we still don’t know them “personally.

 The Avengers tells the story of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson ( Clark Gregg) assembling a group of superheroes (rather gifted and talented creatures) which they have been doing for the past five years to form a military force known as the Avengers Initiative. There we see Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) being joined by Fury and Coulson themselves, Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to fight for humanity.

In this film, we see Loki (Tom Hiddleston) leaving Asgard to take up Earth as its king and enslave humanity including his brother Thor.  It’s funny because Loki’s much more interesting now than his less-compelling antagonistic take in Thor. Somehow, it enriches his character as well as Thor himself which I thought was the weakest prior to this film – performance wise.

There may be some weak moments in the film, which are stereotypical with the genre – good versus evil, but there are far enough moments that I can truly say that The Avengers really is the best film in the Marvel series. It has stunning action sequences, great climax building and the characters establishment was superb! I thought the banter between Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Steve Rogers (Captain America) was good and carry the film all throughout. And with the occasional hilarity of the Hulk’s character – I thought it was effortless.

Althought I’m not exactly a fan of the series, I am still excited for the sequel which I think we will be getting after this. The Avengers took on some cultural icons and made them even more appealing than they already are. The anticipation for this film was worth the entire wait and the expectation which I think is pretty high was nevertheless a success.

 Rating: 9/10
Director: Joss Whedon
Casts: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

This film review was first posted at Pinoy Exchange. Read all my film reviews at Pinoy Exchange Official PEx Movie Reviews.