September 30th, 2018

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Book 107-109

Angel: After the Fall, Volume 4Angel: After the Fall, Volume 4 by Brian Lynch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

And the first of the arcs is finally finished. It's muddy in both art and storyline. Part of the problem is Lynch and company tried to wrap up every character's storyline giving us fragmented stuff. This volume ties it all up and it's pretty satisfactory as far as that goes.

It would have been more tense of course if I had read this monthly because there are places and twists that would have made me sad until I could get the next volume but that falls a bit flat when you're reading the bound graphic novel.

Some characters die, some don't stay that way and it ends up some place I'm not sure I'm going to like. However, the things that got undone are likely to make me happy.

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My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by Kohei Horikoshi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One of my students, knowing how much I love anime and manga recommended this one (and in an unusual twist I started with the anime). While it doesn't really move far from the superhero genre, it's still very entertaining. 80% of the world in the last several generations have developed 'quirks' i.e. super powers. Most don't amount to much but those with great quirks end up superheroes or, of course, super villains.

Rather small in size (I thought he was more like 12 not 15) Izuku Midoriya wants nothing more than to be like his hero, All Might but he's in the unevolved 20%. He's quirkless but that doesn't stop him from dreaming. Meanwhile his childhood friend (now his bully) Kacchan has developed a powerful quirk, lording it over everyone especially Midoriya who he calls Deku (someone who can't do anything), furious that Deku wants to be a hero and go to the best school in the country just like him.

After meeting All Might, Midoriya is disheartened but an act of heroism on his part convinces All Might to take him under his wing and brings him into a great secret, one that makes Midoriya's dreams of going to the academy a reality.

The art is nice and the storyline is fine, mostly because of the characters who are engaging. That said there are SO many characters that you could get easily overwhelmed.

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Hope Never DiesHope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have a love hate relationship with real person mysteries. I keep reading them but I rarely like them. However, this is a first, me reading one where the real person sleuth are still alive, in this case Biden and Obama. I have to confess I didn't like this nearly as much as my friends who recommended it, took me forever to get thru it (okay a week but for me that's long when you realize one of my friends knocked it out in two hours). It was fun but really I wasn't that interested in it. The humor didn't work for me I guess.

It opens with Biden being butt hurt that after leaving the White House, Obama has moved on to do all these cool things while he's just sitting around the house getting older. Obama never calls, never writes and Biden spends a good deal of time whining about this throughout the book.

But when Obama does show back up it's to tell Biden that one of the train conductors Biden knows - as an avid user of that particular public transit - has been killed and for some reason he had a map to the Biden's home. Convinced the man has been murdered, Biden tries to solve the murder with hit and miss help from Obama.

As a mystery it works for the most part but really there are a few TSTL moments for Biden that really bothered me like (mild spoiler) walking into a biker club house or the ridiculous Hollywood ending. I'd be curious to know what Biden himself thinks of this.

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