Wes Reads Catch Up Edition 12/5/17: Sing Song Ladycastle

I’ve needed an informal blog format between the more serious reviews here and there. So hello Wes Reads Catch Up edition. As I am going through my backlog and just tearing through comics and books I haven’t read yet. I was tempted to put Ladycastle and Justice League of America into the same title but that would be a mess. I’m tempted to blog on more informal stuff too as Warren Ellis inspired me in his newsletter to do it. Heck if informal blogging makes a weird comeback in the coming year, rock and roll Wes Reads will be ready for it. I guess you can consider Wes Reads the great catch all of my site. My great experiment begins as I tell you what I’ve been reading in the Wes Reads Catch Up edition.

Yes I may have to tweak this as I catch up on reading but I am also always behind so Wes Reads works here.

Justice League of America Rebirth #1 DC Comics

If you’re wondering if these are going to be formal reviews, yeah these are not formal reviews. Just me telling you what I just read, so enjoy. The Justice League of America books I read were Justice League of America: Road to Rebirth and Justice League of America Vol. 1: The Extremists. When I recorded these on my Goodreads account I saw the reviews and I was baffled. These were both fun reads and some people were trashing them to pieces. I don’t get some comic fans at times. Then again in all of my adventures in Comics Internet I still have a tough time understanding some fans to this day. I had a blast reading both books though, I’ll detail into them a little as we go on here.

The Road to Rebirth collects all the Justice League of America one-shots with Rebirth #1. If you’re not sure about this series Road to Rebirth gives you a good idea as to what you’re in for. Steve Orlando writes all of the one-shots with Jody Houser co-writing the Vixen and Killer Frost stories. I think it helps to connect people to the series as you get to know these characters through the one-shots. This also came out of the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad series but if you haven’t read it yet, you will be fine as Killer Frost’s story fills you in. I can say that all the stories worked for me in one way or another. Definitely check it out if you haven’t yet.

I’m also trying to not make these 1,000+ word juggernaut posts but knowing me with Wes Reads, it’ll happen. I know me.

I’m also not mentioning all the artists but trust me when I say, the one-shots have rocking art in them. The same goes for Vol. 1 of Justice League of America, The Extremists. Ivan Reis is but one of the artists in the first arc. Now what’s weird about both Road to Rebirth and The Extremists is the Rebirth one-shot is collected in both trades. It’s weirder having the Rebirth one-shot in both trades reading them back to back, but I like that it is in both trades. The Extremists collects actually two story arcs too, the four issue Extremists story and a two issue mythological weapons arc. It’s interesting the arc that Orlando is taking with these characters as this is heavily character oriented and I like it. Great stuff all around.

Again, it was funny reading the Goodreads reviews of this as people were grouchy about this one too. It’s a cool take on a team, it’s diverse, it’s interesting, and there’s not one character I really dislike. If you haven’t read Justice League of America yet, I’d recommend getting on that. I may do a more formal review of all this down the line when I catch up with more of the series. For now though, still highly recommended. As I love good character work and some good world building in between. The world building here being how the characters operate and where the adventures take them, so I dig it. Go forth and read.

Now for the really fun part of Wes Reads, Ladycastle. I fully admit I love this comic. I really want more. You’ll see why as I type on.

Now Ladycastle I’d heard a lot of good things about over the past few months. I didn’t get the chance to read it until recently and now I’m clamoring for more. It’s got a musical element to it with riffs on just about any musical and theme song imaginable in there. There’s also a ton of heart to it and some genuinely endearing characters. The story of it is all the men except one Knight get eaten by a dragon, and now the women are in charge of the kingdom. I love how the concept comes together with the perfect balance of humor and drama. Delilah S. Dawson is great with these characters and I love how the artists Ashley A. Woods, Becca Farrow, and Rebecca Nalty gel this together.

See when all the men get killed, suddenly the Blacksmith’s Wife, Merinor becomes King of the former Mancastle now Ladycastle. Princess Aeve becomes the Captain of the Knights, with Sir Riddick teaching all the ladies how to fight. It’s a cool idea and it also gets deep within the four issues the series runs. You really do want more by the end as it does have a satisfying ending there’s so many more stories to do in this universe and I like what I see. It’s a beautifully written, well thought out, and wonderful world that I want more of. If you haven’t read this yet, fix that sooner rather than later.

Told you this would end up being a 1,000 word juggernaut of a casual Wes Reads piece. Like I said, I know me.

In closing, Justice League of America if you don’t know comes from DC Comics and Ladycastle comes your way from Boom! Studios. You can find these either at your local library or Hoopla Digital if your library is affiliated with it. If you want to own them outright, hit up your local comic shop or any other retailer out there. As likely you’re going to want to own these if you dig them as much as I do. All of these reads were fun, engaging, and above all absolutely delightful.

Anyway thanks for reading this and comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading and I hope you all are doing well out there in the universe. Take care everybody.

The Bloggity Session for 4/23/16: Bless You Libraries

A later into the night edition of The Bloggity Session than I would like but sometimes you can’t help it. I spent most of the day reading Superman and The Justice League of America Vol. 1 I got from one of the libraries here in Ohio. It was pretty nice as I’d wanted to read it but not sure I wanted to really own it, hence me taking advantage of the Ohio Libraries and the lovely system we have here in Ohio connecting them. I love libraries and this saves me a good chunk of change. Yet I also put a ridiculous amount of books on hold thanks to a massive order spree my own local system got in. Soon I shall be reading Wonder Woman: Earth One for starters as it got ordered so I put that sucker on hold. My hold list at my library right now is out of control but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Besides this Goodreads challenge isn’t going to finish itself and it’ll just encourage me to keep up with my reading. I fell behind on my Goodreads challenge anyway so I am determined to keep up with my reading and I got so many book worlds I want to explore. I can easily say this is a win win situation for me, I save money and get to read cool books along the way, that is fine by me my friends.

Justice League Spectacular #1 Cover

Outside of reading though today, I was saddened that I didn’t get in my order for my massive back issue haul from mycomicshop.com. Looking at the tracking number it was so close to my house, alas it was not meant to be as I now have to wait till Monday for it. Oh well, one more day or so won’t hurt and I still have plenty to read either way. I’ve been enjoying these Bloggity Sessions too, they keep me writing on the day to day and not locked into a given subject per day. Besides it gives me a way to keep you all updated on me. I was always surprised by how many people enjoyed my off the cuff blogs so I’m going to keep doing them. They’re not going to be featured post blogs or anything of that nature, just me rambling along as I plot out my next round of more detailed pieces. I am liking how things are going with this blog anyway and I want to keep progress going so even if I’m just doing these quick blogs day to day in between other posts, it is a good way to let people know I’m around. Outside of random tweet blasts on my twitter or whatever other social media network I’m hanging out on.

The Medusa Chain Cover DC Comics

I did find one cool thing today, a DC Graphic Novel called The Medusa Chain by Ernie Colon. I’d never heard of this before until I found it in my local Half Price Books. If anyone has anything to say on it, feel free to fire me a line. Otherwise this is just a nifty piece and is #3 in the series of DC Graphic Novels as it follows the Warlords and Star Raiders graphic novels I already have. You can’t help but love the random finds and those things that are so cool you can’t help but smile. Looking above at the cover too it looks like a good read, I also the Jack Kirby Graphic Novel The Hunger Dogs is part of this series but I know it is hyper expensive so I doubt I will ever find that out in the wild. Still one can dream as I would love to own a copy of The Hunger Dogs one day as it is part of the Super Powers series that Kirby did for DC so The Hunger Dogs would be neat to have.

Anyway, I’ve rambled enough for one night so I shall catch up to you all later. Much appreciated for you all reading this and till the next Bloggity Session, be awesome to one another. Take care everyone.