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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Writer: Holly Black
Artist: Ted Naifeh
Publisher & Pages: Graphix (Scholastic), 113 pages
Blurb: For generations, the faerie realm has been waiting to take over the human realm. Their time has come.
Something is going wrong in Rue Silver’s world. Her boyfriend has changed. Her friends are drifting in strange – and sometimes homicidal – directions. And even the land around her seems to be shifting.
Rue is in a unique position to see these things. She’s half faerie, half human . . . and her family history is tied directly to the fate of her friends and the future of everything around her. In order to save the humans, she’s going to have to travel deep into the realm of the faeries – and resist the temptation to stay there.
Highlight: This is a gripping story.
Caution: It feels a bit rushed.
Highlight: The artwork matches the tone of the story.
Caution: Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the characters.
Guest reviewed by Grant Neame
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Cassaday
Publisher & Pages: Marvel Worldwide
Audience: Star Wars Fans All Ages
Blurb: Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebels opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far – the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fight for freedom against Darth Vader and his evil master, the Emperor! When a rebel assault goes wrong, Han and Leia must think fast to make their escape – while Luke comes face-to-face with Darth Vader! In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital – and dangerous – secret mission. But can they succeed without Luke? Plus: the menace of Boba Fett!
Highlight: True to life character artwork.
Highlight: The story continues on seamlessly from Episode VI
Guest reviewed by Cameron Corban
Writer: Frank Miller (w/Klaus Janson & Lynn Varley)
Publisher & Pages: DC Comics
Audience: General. Any fan of Batman-this is a must.
Blurb: It’s been 10 years since the last sighting of Batman in Gotham City. No one knows if he died, was kidnapped or simply disappeared. Society is crumbling in the once great city of Gotham thanks to the new threat of a gang simply known as ‘The Mutants’.
Bruce Wayne, now 55 years old is watching the work he put in fighting crime burn all around him. Hanging up the black cape after the death of Jason Todd (Robin), he has resigned himself to a life of a thrill seeking, close to suicidal, philanthropist.
With Gotham facing new threats, old foes returning and the worlds remaining heroes being used as tools for the White House, Batman is needed now more than ever. The Dark Knight Rises follows Bruce Wayne’s battle with his own mortality, his own moral code and his former friend-Superman.
Highlight: The Batman/Superman fight. The dialogue and tone is perfect-one of DC’s greatest moments in comic history.
Caution: A darker tone makes it one of the more violent stories in Batman’s history.
Highlight: Frank Miller is really the first Batman artist to display Joker and Batman’s relationship as a Yin & Yang system. Perfect for any Batman fan.