Let me start by saying that I love Lights. I first saw her live by accident at the Warped Tour at St. Petersburg, Florida in 2009. Since then, I’ve seen her live each time she’s come to Glasgow. I love her music…yes, music. This author and illustrator of Skin & Earth is primarily a musician, and this graphic novel is directly linked to her album of the same name. Chapters in the graphic novel link to tracks on the album. It’s an amazingly unique concept and experience and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this!
I went in to this really wanting to love it, but I reminded myself of something I alluded to in my Turtles All The Way Down review – it’s wrong to like something just because it came from an idol. Judge everything on its own merits. So that’s what I did – I went into this unbiased and objective. And I still loved it! Continue reading
I’d never heard of Lady Mechanika before reading this story. This was my first introduction to her and her story and from the back cover this is what I learned: she’s the result of an evil scientist’s experiment and has no idea who she is, but she knows she’s different – she’s strong and no longer fully human. All of this was wrapped up in a steampunk package and I was intrigued to say the least! Continue reading
Heathen is a Viking/Norse mythology crossover graphic novel about a lesbian warrior who is out to rescue a Valkyrie who has a problem with the God-king Odin after he punished her for defying his law. Sounds quite impressive, right? Sounds a bit different and quite inviting, right? Well…it wasn’t awful but it seriously lacked any ‘oomph’ or staying power. Continue reading
I feel as though I should start this off by saying that I haven’t read Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables – but it’s not for lack of wanting! It’s just not happened yet! But I’m aware of the storyline as I saw the 2012 film adaptation when I was a student and spent the following 6 months singing the songs in my student flat with my flatmates. So the story has stuck with me after 6 months of repetition, which is why I was curious about this manga adaptation, especially after I enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice one! Continue reading
Pride and Prejudice is a novel that’s very close to my heart, as I’m sure it is with a lot of other readers. It was one of my earliest introductions to sharp wit (alongside Oscar Wilde’s work) and also one of the first drama stories I ever read. It was one of my first classic reads and it gave me my first crush on a fictional character – Mr Collins was everything a girl could ever hope for! JUST KIDDING! How could it possibly be anyone other than Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy?
So when I found out that Udon Entertainment had released an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in manga form I knew I had to read it! A beautiful story accompanied by beautiful pictures should be a treat for the senses! Continue reading