DC Rebirth Batman Beyond Vol. 1 Escaping the Grave by Dan Jurgens

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Most of my knowledge of Batman Beyond is from the TV show of the same name. I have never read a BB comic book until now.

Terry McGinnis is the Batman of the future, mentored by an old, retired Bruce Wayne to protect Gotham. He has a younger brother named Matt and a girlfriend named Dana.

In this volume, Terry is believed dead (I have no idea if the cause was written about in another issue). Bruce Wayne is also believed dead. Gotham has been without a Batman for months. Terry finds the city practically overrun by Jokerz, criminal who idolize the Joker. The main plot is that the leader of the Jokerz wants to bring the Joker back to life and also kidnaps Terry’s girlfriend (now ex, since he’s believed dead) to show her what he’s doing. The leader of the Jokerz, Dana, and Terry all went to high school together apparently.

This volume has a lot of confusing references for readers who have never heard of Batman Beyond until they picked up this issue. I could only understand part of it because I watched some of the TV show. This volume is not the best introduction to a character. The art style isn’t the easiest to understand either, it’s not something I’m a fan of.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.

May + June Recap

Books read:

DC Rebirth Batgirl Vol 1 Beyond Burnside by Hope Larson

Symphony in Blue by MJ Duncan

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Books read but did not finish:

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Books purchased:

Symphony in Blue by MJ Duncan

Placed on TBR:

The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera

 

 

 

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Lisa See returns to share the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha in the Yunnan province. Li-yan, her family, are all tea farmers. Their people have lived and died by the farming of tea for generations. It is not until one day a stranger arrives in a car (the first one the Akha people have seen) that their lives change. Li-yan has received some schooling thanks to a teacher sent by the Communist government years ago to educate the people and with that schooling was able to serve as a translator for the stranger. It gives her a glimmer of hope for her future as she was satisfied with her certain future as a midwife. The stranger offers her and her village a more prosperous future through the growing of a certain kind of tea he claims is worth a lot of money.

Unfortunately, Li-yan’s hope for a better education are dashed when an encounter with a young man changes her life. This sets in motion the second half of the story, wherein a Chinese girl is raised by white American parents in southern California. The adopted child wonders about her biological parents. All she has from them is a tea cake with a design on it that she cannot decipher.

As always, See writes an engaging tale. I myself was particularly invested in the young girl’s part of the story. My K-12 schooling took place in one of the cities mentioned during her tale and I recognized everything she talked about. I’m not adopted nor am I Chinese (only half Taiwanese) but I understood her feelings about many things. Frankly, if she were real she definitely could have been one of my classmates.

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (ARC)

Rating: 5 / 5 stars.

A riveting and thoroughly researched history of the young American women whose lives were irreversibly changed by radium. During World War I, dozens of young women, some still teenagers, were hired to paint dials numbers and hands with a magical substance called radium. No one told them it was toxic. The numbers and hands were so small, the girls only had one option to get the brush fine enough to paint them properly: put them in their mouths.

Lip, dip, paint. Over and over again.

When the girls started getting sick, no one could figure out the cause. It took some time before anyone even considered that what they did at the factory could be the cause. And when even a hint of blame was placed on the radium, the company worked as hard as it could to divert the blame to something, anything else.

It took decades for the young women, many of whom had died horrible, painful deaths decades before they were meant to pass, to get justice. Moore tells the never-before-heard story in painstaking detail. Truly an incredible book.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.

DC Rebirth Batgirl Vol. 1 Beyond Burnside by Hope Larson

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

This volume contained Issues #1 – 6.

Barbara Gordon travels to Japan to train with combat masters of the East. But on her first day she runs into an old friend who causes a whole load of problems for her and whose actions place a target on Batgirl’s back.

Gordon is in fine form in this volume, using her combat skills, technology skills, and library science skills to fight against this new nemesis. The new skills she struggles to learn also help her save herself and her friend. The only downside, for me, in this issue is the unnecessary romance between her and her old friend. Why do they have to be lovers? Why can’t a man and a woman just be friends?

It’s also not the best issue to start with if someone is new to DC because it assumes the reader knows who Babs is and what she can do. Her personality is already firmly established. There is nothing new here beyond the skill she learns from the people she meets in this issue. There’s only a brief hint to the long period where she was wheelchair-bound (the great Oracle days) and is easily missed. I personally am still torn whether it’s tolerable or bad that she is no longer paralyzed.

Overall, it’s an acceptable iteration. Issues #7-10 are already available.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.

Free Comic Book Day 2017 Haul

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Pictured:

Rebirth Batman, Betty & Veronica, Steam Wars Strike Leader, Doctor Who, Wonder Woman, Catalyst Prime The Event, The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

Went to my local comic book store on Free Comic Book Day (May 6, 2017). I arrived around 4pm and the line took approximately one hour just to get in. The employees were throwing out trivia questions for prizes, which is how I got the Batman comic that is in the picture. I wasn’t able to purchase any comic books because I was with someone who wanted to leave and they were my ride so I had to listen to them (the woes of not having my own car). Plus the line to purchase items looked like a two hour wait and I was in no mood to wait in another line. It was really great to see them have such good business though. It was the first time I’ve been to a comic book shop (because no car) and I was relieved I didn’t have to deal with any snide comments. I’m hoping the atmosphere is as positive during regular business days because I want to browse their Funko collection one day.

I highly recommend FCBD to anyone who has the chance to go. Many comic book stores sell comic books other than the Big 2. And FBCD has special issues to help people who wouldn’t normally be into comic books get into comic books, such as The Legend of Zelda or Spongebob Squarepants. They have kids and teenage and adult (not that kind of adult, mind you) comic books so anyone and everyone can find something they like on FBCD. It is an annual event on the first Saturday of May and you find a local comic book store that participates¬†using this link.