Morning Glories Volumes 3 & 4 | REVIEW

Morning Glories Vol. 3Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on July 10th 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 241
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind its hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be!

The critically acclaimed, smash-hit series rolls on with this collection of the blockbuster third arc, “P.E. ” The first days were just the beginning–when the faculty cancels classes and sends the students on an outing in the nearby woods, all hell breaks loose–sending the Glories on a mysterious journey through time and space.

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4 Stars

First Line:

Come on, ya little wimp… you can do better then that.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟          PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟         ARTWORK 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟  


The Good

Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma was a wild but confusing ride for me. On one hand I love all the secrets and lies, and on the other, I still have no clue what the heck is going on. That might pose more of a problem as the volumes go on…

The stories behind what brought each of our six main characters to Morning Glory Academy have been fleshed out and better explained, while also somehow becoming even more complex and mysterious. But, weirdly, I’ve had no problem with the jumps back and forth in time, and I even like the way there’s no division, no break whatsoever, between the timelines as we read them. Some actually alternate from one frame to the next – here’s Casey now, here’s Casey then, here’s Casey now, etc., right down one page – and it works.

With every exchange between the students – good (?) girl Casey, lovable geek Hunter, tormented Jade, psychopath Ike, silent-but-maybe-deadly Jun, and homicidal mega-bitch Zoe – we get to know them so much better, and Spencer does this without using dull exposition dumps. Each character really does have a distinct voice, and none of them are one-dimensional. Indeed, I’m not even sure all of them – hell, ANY of them – are what we’ve been led to believe up to now… I wonder if even the characters know for certain what their true natures are, or what they’re capable of…

And oh, my goodness: an actual, honest, loving gay relationship subplot? I’m thrilled to see it done in a totally non-shocking, non-exploitative way, and it’s a love story I’d want to read more about, regardless of the sexes involved. I definitely did not see that coming!

The Bad

I just don’t understand what is going on. I have never been so confused about a story in my entire life. With so many characters and so many sub-plots to pay attention to, the actually story must be getting lost in the background. If you know what is going on here, please enlighten me… because this is getting ridiculous.


Morning Glories Volume 4Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on May 7th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 168
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Still reeling from the climactic events of “P.E.,” the Glories find themselves lost in time and space, confronted by a new group of students who might be even more dangerous than the faculty themselves – the truants! Questions are answered and new mysteries emerge as Season One comes to a shocking end! Collects Morning Glories #20-25.

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3 Stars

First Line:

Oh my god–


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟          PLOT 🌟🌟 

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟          ARTWORK 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟


The Good

Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma is starting to lose me. The confusion and utter lack of answers is beginning to annoy me. But let’s discuss the good stuff first.

The cover is pretty? Yeah that’s all I got.

The Bad

I just don’t get it. This was supposed to be the ending of the first season’s story arc. But it just felt like even more unanswered questions. Don’t even get me started on the introduction of 6 new students to mess you up. I spent most of this issue trying to figure out who is who, because to be honest the artwork of the characters are all starting to look alike. Especially Irina and Akiko.

I’m beginning to think Spencer has no idea what is going on either. This is starting to get dragged out for far too long just to print more issues. How about we start answering questions before new plots and ideas start making it to the page?

This volume just frustrated me beyond belief. Here’s hoping the next volume doesn’t continue on the decline it’s currently going on.


As you can see, my opinion drastically changes between volumes 3 and 4. This series is beginning to lose it’s spark with me, but I will give it two more volumes to change my mind before letting it go. Let me know what you guys thought of Morning Glories Volumes 3 & 4 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#MorningGloryAcademy

Nick SpencerNick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics (Existence 2.0/3.0, Forgetless, Shuddertown, Morning Glories), his work at DC Comics (Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), and for his current work at Marvel Comics (Iron Man 2.0, Ultimate Comics: X-Men).

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Joe EismaJoe Eisma is the artist & Co-creator of Morning Glories, the Eisner-nominated & NY Times Bestselling comic from Image Comics. Also worked for IDW and Boom! Studios

July 2016 Wrap Up!

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Hey guys!

July is now over, and what a month that was! I attended the Book Riot monthly book club meeting in Toronto, I met a boy, I got sun poisoning and a severe sun burn, and I seen some great movies too! So all in all July was a month to remember. Here’s hoping August will be just as good… minus the nasty sun burn!

So let’s take a look back at July 2016!


Wrap-Up-Books-Ive-Read

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine – July 1st, 2016

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – July 9th, 2016 

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – July 16th, 2016

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – July 22nd, 2016

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott – July 29th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer – July 29th, 2016

Night Flower by Kate Elliott – July 30th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer – July 30th, 2016

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – July 31st, 2016

6 novels +  1 novella +  2 graphic novels = a success!

Other books I’ve started:

 


Wrap-Up-Reviews

Morning Star by Pierce Brown – 5/5

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine – 3/5

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – 4/5

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 5/5

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


WOW's-and-Whats-NExt

Waiting On Wednesday

NevernightJuly 6th, 2016

A Torch Against the Night – July 13th, 2016

Empire of Storms – July 20th, 2016

Three Dark Crowns – July 27th, 2016

What’s Next?

Next Sequel (The Exiled Queen / The Mirror King)July 15th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Tops

Top 10 Tuesday

Books I Enjoyed Under 2000 Ratings – July 5th, 2016

10 Facts About Me – July 12th, 2016

10 Books Set Outside the U.S.A – July 19th, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Outside of My Comfort Zone – July 6th, 2016

Wish There Was a Sequel – July 13th, 2016

Recent Additions Wishlist – July 20th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-Hauls

Haul #49 – July 7th, 2016

Haul #50July 14th, 2016

Haul #51July 21st, 2016

Haul #52July 28th, 2016

 


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-Achievements

July Awards

N/A

July Achievements

500 Blog Followers – July 2016

21,000 Blog ViewsJuly 2016

8500 Blog Visitors – July 2016


Wrap-Up-Tags

The Diverse Book Tag July 11th, 2016

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – July 16th, 2016

Pokemon GO Book Tag – July 23rd, 2016


Discussions-at-Dawn

Benefits to Re-Reading – July 2nd, 2016


SUMMER BOOK BINGO

Book Bingo Progress July

Squares I obtained this month:

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M/M Romance – Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine

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White Cover – Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer

Part of 4+ Series – Morning Gories Vol. 4: Truant by Nick Spencer

2016 Debut – The Assassin Game by Kirtsy McKay

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June, July, August Release – Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Mental Health – We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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PoC Main Character – Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Political Intrigue – Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman


And that was July. I had a great month, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in August!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Comic Book Haul [#52]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Batgirl #1A & 1B

Writer: Hope Larson
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“Beyond Burnside” Chapter One: The Batgirl you know and love is going global with Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time, Goldie Vance) and all-star artist Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE). In order to up her game, Babs travels to Japan on a quest to train with the most elite modern combat masters of the East. But when a chance meeting with an old friend puts a target on her back, Batgirl may need to use her new skills to solve a deadly mystery.

Detective Comics #937A & 937B

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Four: Batman’s found his way into the heart of the Colony, the mysterious new organization cutting its way through Gotham City! Unfortunately, now that he’s in he may find there’s no way out!

Nightwing #1A & 1B

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Javi Fernandez
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“BETTER THAN BATMAN” Chapter One: Batman taught Nightwing everything he knows-but what if everything he taught him is wrong? When Dick is stuck with a new mentor who challenges everything Batman taught him, Nightwing has to shatter his concept of justice in order to fight for what he knows is right.

The Flash #3A & 3B

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter Three: In issue #3, dozens of innocent people mysteriously gain super-speed! But not all are heroic, and it’ll take everything The Flash and August have to harness the lightning before Black Hole does.

Harley Quinn #30A & 30B

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Elsa Charretier
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

As Harley’s monthly series comes to an end, the world prepares for twice as much Harley when her new series debuts in August! And you’d better believe Harley’s burning the place down on the way out the door…

Titans #1A & 1B

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“REMEMBER THE TITANS” Chapter One
After an old ally returns to the team, the Titans set their sights on a dangerous enemy with the power to change reality itself! But the Titans have never faced a threat this massive before, and with so much on the line, will they be able to stand united as a team? Or will their past mistakes be their undoing?

Spider-Gwen #10

Spider-Gwen #10

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Spider-Gwen lost her powers in SPIDER-WOMEN and now has to face FRANK CASTLE without Spider-help!

Black Panther #4A & 4B

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• “A NATION UNDER OUR FEET,” the first arc of the new hit BLACK PANTHER series, comes to a startling conclusion!
•  Suicide bombers terrorize the people of Wakanda, further eroding any last bits of goodwill towards the royal family…
•  T’Challa struggles to unite his citizens, who are choosing to side with Zenzi and The People in growing numbers…
•  A familiar villain reveals his part in T’Challa’s current ruination…and it’s not who you think!

The Mighty Thor #9A & 9B

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• Marvel’s most corrupt corporations are up to something sinister, but Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Roz Solomon are determined to stop them.
•  At the heart of the ultimate white-collar crime? None other than the Silver Samurai and the Exterminatrix!
•  OH! And it turns out millions of lives depend on the God of Thunder saving Roxxon’s own evil executive Dario

X-Men '92 #5

X-Men ’92 #5

Writer: Chris Sims, Chad Bowers
Artist: Cory Hamscher
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• An X-TRA special and X-TREME one-off tale featuring the best romance the ’90s can offer!
•  Scott Summers and Jean Grey want nothing more than a quiet, romantic getaway.
•  But time for “romance” and “quiet” doesn’t exist when you’re an X-Man!
•  Something Sinister this way comes for our two lovebirds!!!

Captain America: Steve Rogers #3A & 3B

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• Hydra vs. Hydra! The Red Skull vs. Zemo, with Captain America caught in the crossfire.
•  The trial of Maria Hill begins.

Beauty #9A & 9B

Writer: Jeremy Haun, Jason Hurley
Artist: Brett Weldele
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Some believe everything is perfect in life, love, and beauty. When it comes to THE BEAUTY, perfection is dangerous.

Red Thorn #9

Red Thorn #9

Writer: David Baillie
Artist: Meghan Hetrick
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

There have been many secrets and many questions since Thorn broke free from his prison beneath the Earth nine months ago-but all of that is about to change. There is a woman stalking the streets of Glasgow who won’t rest until she has the answers she seeks. And what she discovers will alter the fates of two worlds forever. Join us on this epic journey as Lura Investigations gets to the bottom of what makes this dark Celtic fantasy tick.

Grumpy Cat and Pokey #6A & 6B

Writer: Ilias Kyriazis, Ben Fisher, Derek Fridolfs
Artist: Steve Uy, Ken Haeser, Ilias Kyriazis
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Three more misadventures of The World’s Grumpiest Cat! When two dog-loving boys visit the household, they can’t wait to play fetch and take Grumpy Cat for a walk. Wait until you see how the curmudgeonly kitten teaches these kids the difference between canines and felines! Next, Grumpy and Pokey discover a supposed genie’s lamp… and their wishes are whimsical and wacky! Finally, a local witch wants to recruit the two cats as her supernatural familiars. What’s more superstitious than a black cat? A white-and-gray cat with a blackened spirit!

Jem and the Holograms #17A & 17B

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Sophie Campbell
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Still reeling from the shattering conclusion to DARK JEM, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS regroup-desperate to find a path forward. Meanwhile, THE MISFITS find themselves with a unique problem… one lead singer too many!

Archie #10A & 10B

Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Veronica Fish
Publisher: Archie Comics
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

It’s Team Archie vs. Team  Betty! A civil war has broken out in Riverdale – friends against friends, parents against parents, with the entire town torn down the middle by an event that forces everyone to take sides! No joke-the events of this issue will impact Archie and his pals for some time to come!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Pink #2A & 2B

Writer: Brendan Fletcher, Kelly Thompson
Artist: Daniele Nicuolo
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Once a Ranger, always a Ranger. Kimberly must embrace her past to become the hero her family needs. The return of Angel Grove’s original Pink Ranger is here.


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Comic Book Haul [#50]

COMIC-BOOK-HAUL-NEW

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Nightwing: REBIRTH #1A & 1B

Event\Storyline: Rebirth
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Yanick Paquette
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

He’s been Robin, Batman, a spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those he loves most, Nightwing faces being torn away from home once again in order to destroy the dark force once and for all.

Detective Comics #936A & 936B

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Three: In issue #936, Batman is M.I.A., and it’s time for Batwoman to take the reins! But can she control a strike force that’s barely worked together…including unstable wildcard Clayface?

The Flash #2A & 2B

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter Two: In issue #2, The Flash trains novice speedster August Heart to help protect the people of Central City from the Black Hole, a new breed of rogue with a deadly agenda for the Fastest Men Alive.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #4A & 4B

Writer: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Gurihiru
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• M.O.D.O.K. is on to Gwen’s totally powerless/skill-less nature!
•  Can she escape his wrath with no powers or skills to speak of?
•  I wouldn’t think so! But she IS unbelievable.

Deadpool #15A & 15B

Event\Storyline: Civil War II
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Mike Hawthorne
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN!
•  The Mercs for Money hate Deadpool and want out!
•  Wait…isn’t there a new Mercs for Money series launching?
•  How is that going to work?

Morning Glories #50A & 50B

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Joe Eisma
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $5.99

SPECIAL FIFTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION!
Celebrating five years of mind-bending mysteries with a blockbuster Season Two finale! It’s our biggest issue yet-with an ending that will leave EVERYONE talking. A true can’t-miss moment in one of the longest-running epics in comics today.

The Wicked + The Divine #21A & 21B

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.50

“RISING ACTION,” Part Four

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! But don’t worry, it’s probably a metaphor for the creative process or the Hegelian dialectic or something clever so we’ll still get taken seriously. FIGHT!

Horizon #1

Horizon #1

Writer: Brandon Thomas
Artist: Juan Gedeon
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

Zhia Malen thought she’d fought her very last war, until she learned her planet was targeted for occupation… by a desperate world called Earth. The people of Earth will be told that her arrival on their planet means invasion; these are lies, this is retaliation.

Charmed #19

Charmed: Season 10 #19

Writer: Patrick Shand
Artist: Elisa Feliz
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING PRUE As friends and frienemies from the past reach out to assist the Charmed Ones, Prue seeks help from Tyler to save the world. As the situation with the Old Ones continues to worsen, the strength of the sister’s bond will face its greatest test yet.

Powerpuff Girls #1A & 1B

Writer: Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman
Artist: Derek Charm
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Ah, the City of Townsville, home to none other than: THE POWERPUFF GIRLS! But things have been pretty calm lately… So much so, that Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have fallen out of the public eye-which makes it the perfect time for their super-simian arch nemesis Mojo Jojo to take over and win the hearts of millions, backed by his army of paparazzi!


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

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June 2016 Wrap Up!

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another end of the month special. June has been a really good month for me. I managed to get a lot of reading done, had some pretty successful blog posts, and attended quite a few bookish events as well. Earlier in the month I attended a book signing by 3 Canadian authors for their first contemporary books, I also attended my first Read Harder Book Group meeting hosted by Book Riot peeps, and I was one of the lucky bloggers that got invited to Simon & Schuster Canada’s Fall Preview event this last Saturday. I had such a blast, and loved meeting all my fellow bloggers, and new authors as well!

So let’s take a look back at June 2016!


Wrap-Up-Books-Ive-Read

Citrus Volume 1 by Saburo Uta – June 3rd, 2016

Morning Star by Pierce Brown – June 18th, 2016

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber – June 19th, 2016

Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan – June 19th, 2016 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – June 27th, 2016

Bravest Warriors Volume 2 by Joey Comeau – June 29th, 2016

3 novels + 1 manga + 2 graphic novels = a success!

Other books I’ve started:

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine


Wrap-Up-Reviews

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – 5/5

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight – 4/5

Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2  by Nick Spencer – 5/5 & 4/5

Storm Siren by Mary Weber – 5/5

Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber – 4/5

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


WOW's-and-Whats-NExt

Waiting On Wednesday

And I DarkenJune 1st, 2016

The Merciless IIJune 8th, 2016

The Beauty of DarknessJune 15th, 2016

The Assassin GameJune 22nd, 2016

Three Truths and a LieJune 29th, 2016

What’s Next?

New Trilogy (Winner / Half Bad)June 16th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Tops

Top 10 Tuesday

Fall 2016 ReleasesJune 14th, 2016

Characters That Got on My Nerves – June 28th, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Favorite Character NamesJune 8th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-Hauls

Haul #44June 2nd, 2016

Haul #45June 9th, 2016

Haul #46June 16th, 2016

Haul #47June 23rd, 2016

Haul #48June 30th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-Achievements

June Awards

N/A

June Achievements

450 Blog Followers – June 2016

19,000 Blog ViewsJune 2016

7500 Blog Visitors – June 2016


Wrap-Up-Tags

Netflix and Books Tag June 11th, 2016

Book Buying Habits Tag – June 25th, 2016


BOOK BINGO

Book Bingo Progress June

Squares I obtained this month:

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Red Cover – Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber

Over 500 Pages – Morning Star by Pierce Brown

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Magic – A Court of Mist of Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Free – It’s Free!

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Starts with S, U, M, M, E, R – Siren’s Song by Mary Weber


And that was June. I had a great month, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in July!

Until next time,

Sig New

Comic Book Haul [#48]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Spider-Man / Deadpool #6A & 6B

Writer: Scott Aukerman
Artist: Reilly Brown
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• Deadpool goes Hollywood! See the M w/the M on the set of his own MOVIE!
•  And he brings his pal Spidey along, as he has lots of experience selling out!
•  All-Star Special Issue-written by Scott Aukerman of TV’s Comedy Bang Bang!


Black Panther #3A & 3B

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• The most anticipated Marvel series since Whedon & Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men!
•  The Midnight Angels continue the liberation of Wakanda with extreme prejudice, and T’Challa’s indecisions could cost him more than just the throne.
•  Coates and Stelfreeze weave a quintessential Black Panther tale that will change the tapestry of the Marvel Universe forever.


Captain America: Steve Rogers #2A & 2B

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $4.99

As Steve battles a resurgent Hydra more dangerous than ever before, he must confront a ghost from his past!

Spider-Gwen Annual #1A & 1B

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Chris Brunner
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $4.99

• The first ever SPIDER-GWEN ANNUAL is here and it’s huge.
•  Threads for the next year of SPIDER-GWEN are laid down here in these stories:
SPIDER-GWEN and CAPTAIN AMERICA go on a secret mission!
THE MARY JANES get loud!
CAPTAIN STACY and GWEN meet SHE-HULK?!
SPIDER-HAM!!!


Jem and the Holograms #16A & 16B

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Sophie Campbell
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

DARK JEM PART-concludes! PIZZAZZ rejoins THE MISFITS in time to confront looming threat of Silica. But it will take everyone working together-and performing together-in one SUPER SHOW to stop Silica and The Sickness’s spread once and for all.


Plutona #5

Plutona #5

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Emi Lenox
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

MINI-SERIES CONCLUSION With the kids torn apart and lost in the woods, nothing can prepare them for what happens next. The startling conclusion to PLUTONA, with an ending that no one will see coming!


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2 | REVIEW

Morning Glories Vol. 1Morning Glories Vol. 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on March 2nd 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 188
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Morning Glory Academy

One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind it’s hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be! Collects MORNING GLORIES #1-6

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5 Stars

First Line:

For a better future.


Review

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The Good

  • This graphic novel hosts a bunch of main characters into the mix. It follows 6 troubled/gifted teenagers as they as thrust into this new boarding school from hell. (Not literally hell though). I thought each character was unique and had their own voice. They reacted to situations appropriately due to their character traits and stayed true to themselves. My personal favorites were Jun and Zoe!
  • I thought the plot was very unique. My interest was always at it’s peak from beginning to end. There is still so much more to discover in the future volumes. Especially WHY this kind of school even exists and what their purpose is with these kids.
  • Another great point to Morning Glories Vol 1 is the artwork. I thought it was well done and realistic to teenage proportions. And the fact that it includes 2 PoC main characters is awesome to see visually as well.

The Bad

  • There wasn’t too much that disappointed me with this volume other then the bland looking cover. But it’s the same style for all the volumes… so I guess that is what worked the best!

Morning Glories Volume 2Morning Glories Vol. 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on September 21st 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 168
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Collecting the second story arc of the smash series in one volume. Learn (some) of the secrets in the Glories’ lives as we delve into their pasts and see how it affects their present. Each chapter focuses on a different Glory while maintaining the narrative and moving the mystery forward.

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4 Stars

First Line:

All will be free.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟          PLOT 🌟🌟🌟 

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟          ARTWORK 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟🌟


The Good

  • Diving into Morning Glories Vol 2, we finally get some back story of all the characters. We find out how they got to their current point in life and the driving factors that cause them to do what they do. With all the heavy character growth in this volume, it doesn’t take away from driving the plot forward which was nice.
  • I also quite enjoyed the writing a little more this time around. Maybe because it is starting to sound more authentic coming from the characters that makes it more believable for me.
  • And of course Eisma doesn’t disappoint with his amazing artwork.

The Bad

  • The plot / world is getting a bit dry for me. Although the plot is moving forward, I still feel like I’m missing some critical information. My who, what, when, where and why censor is going crazy with how little information we got this time around. I know this volume was a character growth storyline, I just wish my curiosity got a little sated this time around. I guess there is always Volume 3!

So if you guys are looking for a thrilling new graphic novel to read, then I highly suggest you pick this one up. You’re in for a wild ride!

Let me know what you guys thought of Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#MorningGloryAcademy

Nick SpencerNick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics (Existence 2.0/3.0, Forgetless, Shuddertown, Morning Glories), his work at DC Comics (Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), and for his current work at Marvel Comics (Iron Man 2.0, Ultimate Comics: X-Men).

 

 

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Joe EismaJoe Eisma is the artist & Co-creator of Morning Glories, the Eisner-nominated & NY Times Bestselling comic from Image Comics. Also worked for IDW and Boom! Studios

Comic Book Haul [#43]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Scooby Apocalypse #1A & 1D & 1E & 1F & 1G & 1H

Writer: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Hank Porter
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Those meddling kids-Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and their dog, Scooby-Doo-get more ghost-debunking than they bargained for when faced with a fundamental change in their world. The apocalypse has happened. Old rules about logic no longer apply. The creatures of the night are among us, and the crew of the Magical Mystery Machine has to fight to survive-because in the apocalyptic badlands of the near-future, the horrors are real!


DC Universe Rebirth #1A & 1B

Event\Storyline: Rebirth
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez, Ethan Van Sciver
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
THEY SAID IT: “Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe,” says writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “It brings back what has been lost, the legacy of the characters, the love and the hope of the DCU!”


Batgirl #52

Batgirl #52

Writer: Brendan Fletcher
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

With her friends starting new lives and Burnside changing all around her, it’s time for Batgirl to decide what her next adventure will be-and it just might take her around the world!


Captain America: Steve Rogers #1A & 1B

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $4.99

He’s back! The original Sentinel of Liberty returns, with a new shield, a new team, and a new mission! And he’s not the only one who’s back! Like the saying goes– cut off one LIMB, two more will take its place! HAIL HYDRA!


Deadpool #12

Deadpool #12

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Scott Koblish
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• Deadpool 2099 returns!
•  Plus: Who is Zenpool 2099?
•  I hope they fight! (They do!)


Nighthawk #1A & 1B

Writer: David Walker
Artist: Ramon Villalobos
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Straight from the pages of SQUADRON SUPREME comes one of the most brutal super heroes of the Marvel Universe. Nighthawk is Chicago’s dark protector, dispensing swift, decisive justice to those that truly deserve it. When the city’s shadiest power brokers turn up murdered in gristly ways, the apparent work of an inventive serial killer, Nighthawk must ask himself, Does this predator deserve to be caught? Who is the killer? What is he after? What does he want from Nighthawk? To answer these questions, Nighthawk must first look in the mirror.


Spider-Man Deadpool #5

Spider-Man / Deadpool #5

Writer: Joe Kelly
Artist: Ed McGuinness
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• What the heck does this cover image mean?!
•  Gotta grab this mag to find out, True Believers.
•  PLUS! The truth about that weirdness at Parker Industries begins to be revealed!


Jem and the Holograms #15A & 15B

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Sophie Campbell
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

DARK JEM part 5 of 5! Silica’s band The Sickness take over the Misfits’ Tour-and the Holograms have to work with the Misfits to stop her! And just as things look hopeless, an unexpected guest shows up in appropriately dramatic fashion to help save the day… or maybe bask in their destruction!


Afterlife with Archie #9A & 9B

Writer: Roberto Aguirre Sacasa
Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Publisher: Archie Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

“Betty: RIP,” Part 4. The Horror began in Riverdale when Reggie Mantle struck and killed Jughead’s beloved pooch Hot Dog. Since then, Reggie has been living with this secret knowledge-and terrible guilt. With no one to talk to about it, Reggie has started to crack under the strain. He is seeing visions of his dead friends – or are they literal ghosts? When an act of kindness prompts a confession from him, Reggie must decide for himself, once and for all-is there any good within him? Or is Reggie, as we’ve always suspected, beyond redemption?


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

The Coffee Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Jenna over at Reading with Jenna and Kat over at Impossible Girl Blog to do The Coffee Book Tag.Thanks for the tag and you guys should go check out her blog right now, please and thank you. Now as I am not a coffee drinker, I still thought this would be a fun tag to do!

So let me brew a pot of tea and let’s get this started!


 

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

I still haven’t been able to get through the first book… but I hear it’s an amazing series!

Peppermint mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

I don’t know what it is about this series that reminds me so much of Christmas and the holidays, but it does. Does it do that for you guys too?

Hot chocolate: A favourite children’s book

Harold and the Purple Crayon

This one always sticks out when I think about childhood books!

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Morning Glories Vol. 1

A recent graphic novel read of mine. I was absolutely glued to the pages from beginning to end!

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

Over the last couple weeks, all I’ve been seeing everywhere is this wonderful series! I love it!

That hipster coffee shop: A book by an indie author (a shoutout)

Shout out to Elise Kova for this beautiful series!

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from

Carry On

I wanted more from the story. The characters were great though!

The perfect blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

That ending though…

Green tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

This book is so beautiful and so not talked about enough.

Chai tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places

This is probably the only book I have read that evolves time travel, and it is lovely!

Earl grey: A favourite classic

The Outsiders

I don’t read classics, so this is my version of a classic!


I TAG YOU

Vivian | Larkin | Ali | Amanda | Maria | Becca | Emma | Chelsie | Beth

Until next time,

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The Wicked Morning Saga | What’s Next #2

What's-Next

Hey guys!

Welcome to a new feature I will be doing on my blog every week from now on! What’s Next? is fun weekly meme created by Hafsah & Asma over at Icey Books. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of #WhatsNext … you can find all the details at the BLOG page.

Here are a few books I have to (or want to!) read soon. Which first?

The Graphic Novel Edition

The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5

 

 

 

 


Morning Glories Vol. 3One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind its hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be!

The critically acclaimed, smash-hit series rolls on with this collection of the blockbuster third arc, “P.E. ” The first days were just the beginning–when the faculty cancels classes and sends the students on an outing in the nearby woods, all hell breaks loose–sending the Glories on a mysterious journey through time and space.

 


Saga Vol. 4From the Eisner Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Pride of Baghdad) and Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, Thor, SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.

 

 

 

 


So what should I read next? I’m leaning toward Saga or The Wicked + The Divine… but we’ll see!

Until next time,

Sig New