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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 || Gene Luen Yang || Smoke and Shadow #1-3 || 80 / 80 / 80 pages
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Top 3 Genres: Graphic Novels / Fantasy / Young Adult

Synopsis: The Fire Nation is threatened by a prophecy told by the Kemurikage–mysterious figures thought only to exist in legend: “remove Zuko from the throne or the country will perish!” Unrest is brewing as the New Ozai Society prepares to make its move against the crown, and children begin to go missing from their homes under mysterious circumstances! Avatar Aang and his friends are doing everything in their power to save them–but will it be enough?!

Finished: July 16th / 16th / 16th, 2016.

Progress: 23-25 / 50. 46-50% complete.

My Rating: ★★★★★. [5/5] / ★★★★★. [5/5] / ★★★★★. [5/5]

My Review: [Under the read more - NOT SPOILER FREE]

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Rat Queens is the story of four incredibly different women who have formed an adventuring group together, but instead of actually helping the community they live in more often than not they cause trouble and get arrested for brawling, drug use, and just all around anarchy. 

Our heroines are Hannah the elven mage, Dee the human atheist cleric from a family that worships a Cthulhu-like entity, Violet the dwarven warrior who for some reason has shaved her beard, and Betty the hippy halfling rogue who has a serious candy and drug addiction. Together they go on mandatory adventures to get out of prison, get high and drunk as all hell, and have sex with many men and women along the way.

Needless to say, this story is VERY NSFW, so if you do by some issues be sure to keep it out of reach of any children you happen to have lying about.

Personally, I adore this series, it is a very different kind of fantasy story that has both more realistic situations as well as more insane ones thrown in for good measure. The story is absolutely amazing, each character starts as just someone who was thrown at us to these well-developed, interesting people who have lived and learned from harsh experiences as well as some not so harsh ones. Each chapter simply expands on the universe and the current artist just happens to be the creator of one of my favorite adult comics Sunstone.

Speaking of, the art is just gorgeous. While not in my favorite style of the slowly evolving art, Rat Queens is very polished and obviously well drawn. The backgrounds, the side characters, the set pieces, even the floors and ground all have rich and amazing detail put into them. As a little easter egg in one of the more recent volumes, my favorite D&D group Vox Machina of Critical Role was even featured as guest characters! 

If you like fantasy comics with a healthy dose of adult humor, also if you don’t mind a little drug abuse in your stories then I highly suggest you give Rat Queens a read. You can get the series as ebooks over on Comixology or if you want some physical copies just head on over to Amazon. You won’t be disappointed.

And, as always, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

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Margaret Atwood’s Part-Cat, Part-Bird Graphic Novel Hero Has Great Pecs

[via wired.com]

If you’re in the business of judging graphic novels by their covers, Angel Catbird is exactly what it sounds like: a story about a part-cat, part-bird superhero who looks like an angel. What you probably wouldn’t guess about Angel Catbird is that it’s the latest politically-minded story from legendary novelist Margaret Atwood.

Yes, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale is bringing her talents to the world of illustrated stories. Drawn by artist Johnnie Christmas, Angel Catbird hits comic book shops on Sept. 9 and—in case you need a little more info on the book’s weird titular hybrid—is about a man whose genes get spliced with those of a feline and an owl and becomes a superhero who can “thus see both sides of the complex cat/bird relationship,” Atwood says, adding that the book is also an effort to raise awareness about endangered bird populations…


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