2019 Reads

  • A Graphic Novel History of the Apollo Theater

    Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater by Ted Fox and James Otis Smith The Apollo Theater is one of those legendary venues that has a rich, history behind it. It only makes sense that someone chose to immortalize that in graphic novel form. It goes in depth too, looking at […]

  • Ms. Marvel, Catwoman, and Batman

    Here are the latest graphic novels that I have had the pleasure of reading. Ms. Marvel: Volume 9 – Teenage Wasteland When Ms. Marvel disappears, her friends decide to step in and make sure that Ms. Marvel’s presence is still felt in the city. It’s quite funny to see a group of teenagers, none of […]

  • The Story of a Unlikely DJ

    This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales Elise Dembowski is fifteen years old and determined to turn her life around. She thinks that if she studies popular culture over a summer that she can fit in better at school. She will no longer be an outcast. She spends months looking at magazines, doing […]

  • Eveyone in L.A. is an . . .

    Everyone in L.A. is an Asshole: Book 01 by Sarah Fuller Everyone in L.A. is an Asshole . . . except Ellen Degeneres. So writes Sarah Fuller in her humorous work of fiction that revolves around a character also named Sarah. She tells a quick story in her first person narrative that shows how Ellen […]

  • Chris Hadfield’s Guide to Life on Earth

    An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield Chris Hadfield is a Canadian icon. He is the face of the space program for quite a lot of people and the first name that often comes up when you think […]

  • The Magic in the Pause (Lessons from Blue’s Clues)

    When Blue’s Clues premiered in 1995, it was truly unique and revolutionized preschool television with the use of something called the four-beat Pause. It worked this way, Steve, the host of the show, would break the fourth wall and ask the viewer a question. He would then pause and give the chance for the viewer […]

  • Common Wants Love to Have the Last Word

    Let Love Have the Last Word by Common When Common Sense first emerged in the hip-hop scene, I wasn’t immediately sold. His debut just didn’t impress me. But over the years, he showed an impressive growth an emcee. He has released some amazing albums, starred in films, and even written a book. His latest project […]

  • Flash - Lightning Strikes Twice TPB

    Lightning Strikes Twice for The Flash

    The Flash: Volume 1 – Lightning Strikes Twice A lightning storm imbues several people with super-speed. Most of the new speedsters don’t know what to do with their power. Star Labs opens up a training facility and The Flash even teaches a few of them some of the ropes. His new role of teacher is […]

  • Supergirl TPB

    Supergirl from Screen to Page

    Adventures of Supergirl Vol 1 This graphic novels ties in to the television series and takes place during the very first season of the show. The book looks and feels like a regular episode, which is both a strength and a weakness. The writing on the show isn’t particularly strong. The characters are good and […]

  • Star Trek - Planet of the Apes

    Star Trek / Planet of the Apes Crossover

    Star Trek / Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive Star Trek was a television series that ran for three season from from 1966 to 1969. The first Planet of the Apes movie was released in 1968. That is one of the reasons that a crossover event just makes sense. They are both great sci-fi […]