Book Review: Scarlet Witch, Vol 1, Witch’s Road (James Robinson, Vanesa Del Rey, Javier Pulido)

Publisher: Marvel

Pages: 112

Release Date: July 19th 2016

Summary:

Witchcraft is broken – and the SCARLET WITCH is on a journey across the globe to fix it. From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Wanda will have to face down her foes and find out who her true friends are. But as Wanda solves magical crimes and pieces witchcraft back together, the most important question remains: Who is the mastermind that broke it in the first place?

Review:

I love the Scarlet Witch’s character and was excited when I unwrapped this Volume 1 on Christmas Day. I’m not sure it really lived up to expectations though.

To start with the art, the book is stunning. The different artists give the book an inconsistent look but it’s actually the best thing about it. The Greek issue was probably my favourite: the colours were gorgeous and just everything about it was beautiful.

Sadly, I just didn’t think the stories were as good as the art. The main problem for me was that the climax always felt the same: whatever happened, the Scarlet Witch just did a spell, which looked pretty but was ultimately boring to read. I wanted more from it and it just wasn’t there, which is a shame.

So this one wasn’t for me. It looks good but I just didn’t find it interesting, and I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series.

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A Christmas Book Haul

I don’t often to book hauls, mostly because I don’t really get a lot of books in one go, but I was lucky enough to get so many wonderful books for/around Christmas that I just wanted to share them.

From Publishers

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Before Christmas I got a few exciting booking parcels in the post. One was this lovely set of It Girl books by Katy Birchall from Egmont. I loved the first two books and am excited to see what happens to Anna next. The new covers are gorgeous and I love this new design.

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I also received a copy of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber, from Walker books, which I’m reading at the moment. So many people have been tweeting amazing things about this book and I feel really lucky to have a copy.

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And finally, I have The Fireman by Joe Hill, from Gollancz. When I was emailed about this I’d just finished reading Horns and the offer of another book by Joe Hill was just too tempting.

From Nathan

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The majority of my presents from Nathan were books, which is alright by me! They were a good mix of things he knew I wanted – Noughts & Crosses which I used to borrow off my sister so never had my own copy, Goldenhand because I love The Old Kingdom series, a beautiful illustrated copy of The Lie Tree – and some new things to try as well. I’ve already read Scarlet Witch and can’t wait to get stuck into the rest of them.

From the In-Laws

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Nathan’s parents really know how to do Christmas well, and I was lucky to get a lot of books from them. The one I’m most excited about is The Call by Peadar O’Guilin, which I’ve heard great things about, and The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich, as I loved The Dead House by her.

From my Mom

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And lastly, from my dear old Mom, I got The Muse by Jessie Burton. I read The Miniaturist last year and quite enjoyed it, though I’ll admit I struggled a bit as adult books aren’t really my thing. but it was still an interesting story and I’m looking forward to picking this one up.

This year I’ve decided to prioritise the books I got for Christmas, as last year some of them got lost in all the review books and new books I got throughout the year (I still haven’t read some of them…) So I have my new books in a separate pile and am going to work my way through them, alternating with review books when I have them.

I hope you all had a very bookish Christmas and that the new year holds lots of exciting things for you to read.

Book Review: Civil War (Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, Morry Hollowell)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Pages: 208

Release Date: April 11th 2007

Summary (from Goodreads):

The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse.

Review:

I started this about 2 years ago but never finished (I found my bookmark in there halfway through). I wanted to read the book before going to see the film so restarted it and read it in a day.

As I read the book and went to see the film within days of each other I’m inevitably going to be comparing the two. I have to say, the book is so much better than the film! I did enjoy the film a lot but it wasn’t really the Civil War story line which I was expecting.

I love huge Marvel events and seeing different groups of superheroes interact with each other, and Civil War does this on an epic scale.

When a group of C list superheroes accidentally cause an explosion resulting in a lot of civilian casualties, public opinion turns against those with super powers and calls for a control on them. This splits the heroes into two groups: those who believe they should work for the government and those who think they should remain free agents. What I love about the conflict is that there’s not really a right or wrong side: I kind of agreed with both, though I leaned more towards Captain America and his views on freedom.

There’s so many heroes that get involved, and that means some epics fight scenes. It’s great to see people who normally fight alongside each other go head to head. The reason I preferred the book so much to the film was that the stakes just seemed so much higher: someone gets killed, someone else reveals their closely guarded secret identity and the good guys even fight alongside villains. It’s so tense and action packed and I loved all the conflict.

The only downside was the ending. Although I understand one side’s reasons for standing down, it was kind of disappointing to see them give in. The destruction they caused by fighting each other was awful but I wanted to see it through to the end anyway!

I really enjoyed this and it’s made me want to read more Marvel books, as I haven’t read any for a while. It might be time to revisit Marvel Zombies again!

4

Top Five… Superhero Stories

 

Last week my #RandomReads book picked by Stacie was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, which I completely adored. So for this week’s Top 5 I’ve decided to write about my favourite superhero stories. I’ve said ‘stories’ as most are comic book arcs rather than novels.
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The Dark Phoenix Saga
Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and John Byrne
This is a storyline that I remember from my childhood, watching the animated tv series. I later read the comics and saw the live action film (disappointing!) Jean Grey/The Phoenix have always been my favourite X-Men (with Rogue a close second) and this story of ultimate power and the struggle to deal with it is just perfect.
4


Animal Man
Grant Morrison
I studied the Grant Morrison run on Animal Man for university and found it fascinating. It’s full of moral issues like animal rights and vegetarianism, and also introduced me to metalepsis (the point of my uni essay) which was new to me, and these comics were the perfect way of learning about it and exploring the technique.
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Civil War
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven
With the film coming out next year, Civil War is going to be a very talked about story. I love comic book crossover stories: it’s like having all your favourite things in one place, and Civil War is a brilliant one. I’m not always sure whose side I’m on, and I love seeing both sides of the arguement.


2

Marvel Zombies
Mark Millar and Greg Land
I know it’s a bit silly, but I adore the Marvel Zombies series. It’s another crossover one, and it’s such a fantastic idea: superheroes are stupidly powerful as it is, so with the zombie hunger there’s pretty much no stopping them. It’s fun to have a story from the villains point of view too.
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Brandon Sanderson


Rather predictably, this takes the number one spot this week. I just completely adored this take on superpowers, the idea that those imbued with powers don’t always put on tights and go save the world, the idea that this kind of power can change you, and not in a good way. Once again, I heartily recommend this book!

Which superheroes do you love? Or which supervillains do you love to hate?