Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. Description:(by goodreads.com)In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts - never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals - the Juni Jinsho - stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space - to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City - and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!My Review: Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 5/7WARNINGS: violence… um I think that was it? … I may get rid of warnings all of you are smart enough to figure out if a book is appropriate or not

 Title: Deva Zan

Author: Yoshitaka Amano

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. 

Description: (by goodreads.com)

In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts – never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals – the Juni Jinsho – stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space – to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City – and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!

My Review: 

Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. 

The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 

5/7

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 Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure:

Title: Dragon Age: Those Who SpeakAuthor: David GaiderPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.Description:(by goodreads.com)In this canonical story from the lead writer of BioWare’s Dragon Age games, reluctant monarch King Alistair travels to an empire of evil mages.Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, Alistair will stop at nothing to uncover the fate of his lost father — even if it means battling an army of cultists singlehandedly!The fight turns even more personal as Alistair faces a former ally and Isabela must confront the tragedies of her past while imprisoned in the cultists’ dungeon!My Review:Um So… I gave this a try because the Art Work and Story seemed really interesting. I knew nothing about the game and I had no idea that this was a sequel going in. However, once I started reading that became apparent. The story was okay, a bit melodramatic, and the art work was decent. I didn’t really get what was going on and NetGalley, I love you guys but you need to tell your publishers to do some high resolution scanning the text was barely legible. I probably would have liked this more if I didn’t have to squint to read the text and if I had known who these people were and what was going on. That being said at least the characters seemed interesting.4/7

 Title: Dragon Age: Those Who Speak

Author: David Gaider

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.

Description: (by goodreads.com)

In this canonical story from the lead writer of BioWare’s Dragon Age games, reluctant monarch King Alistair travels to an empire of evil mages. Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, Alistair will stop at nothing to uncover the fate of his lost father — even if it means battling an army of cultists singlehandedly! The fight turns even more personal as Alistair faces a former ally and Isabela must confront the tragedies of her past while imprisoned in the cultists’ dungeon!

My Review:

Um So… I gave this a try because the Art Work and Story seemed really interesting. I knew nothing about the game and I had no idea that this was a sequel going in. However, once I started reading that became apparent. 

The story was okay, a bit melodramatic, and the art work was decent. I didn’t really get what was going on and NetGalley, I love you guys but you need to tell your publishers to do some high resolution scanning the text was barely legible. I probably would have liked this more if I didn’t have to squint to read the text and if I had known who these people were and what was going on. That being said at least the characters seemed interesting.

4/7

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 Title: Dragon Age: Those Who SpeakAuthor: David GaiderPublisher: Dark

Title: Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Library EditionAuthors: Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko. Editor, Dave Marshall and Illustrator GurihiruPublisher: Dark Horse ComicsStatus: Available on March 5th 2013*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.Description:(by goodreads.com)The Avatar’s adventures continue right where the TV series left off, in this beautiful, oversized hardcover of The Promise, from Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations’ tenuous peace is threatened in an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang’s friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict! Featuring annotations by Eisner Award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and artist Gurihiru (Thor and the Warriors Four), and a brand-new sketchbook, this is a story that Avatar fans need in an edition they will love!My Review:If you Loved Avatar the Last Airbender, you’ll love this. It combines all three parts of “The Promise,” and gives you oodles of annotations and behind the scenes info of our precious ATLA! Netgalley I love you, I do but DAMN FIX YOUR RESOLUTION. My version was barely readable. Despite that I loved this. Toph and Sokka are still mega BAMFS. Aang and Katara were nice to see, Katara mellowed out and Aang serioused up. Lol. Zuko again for the last time, IS NOT EVIL. While I love this story and this edition of “The Promise” (and I know they are working on this…) but CAN WE FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO ZUKO’S MOM ALREADY?! Overall rating: 5.5/7

Title: Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Library Edition

Authors: Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko. Editor, Dave Marshall and Illustrator Gurihiru

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Status: Available on March 5th 2013

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.

Description: (by goodreads.com)

The Avatar’s adventures continue right where the TV series left off, in this beautiful, oversized hardcover of The Promise, from Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! Aang and friends must join together once again as the four nations’ tenuous peace is threatened in an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei! As the world heads toward another devastating war, Aang’s friendship with Zuko throws him into the middle of the conflict! Featuring annotations by Eisner Award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and artist Gurihiru (Thor and the Warriors Four), and a brand-new sketchbook, this is a story that Avatar fans need in an edition they will love!

My Review:

If you Loved Avatar the Last Airbender, you’ll love this. It combines all three parts of “The Promise,” and gives you oodles of annotations and behind the scenes info of our precious ATLA! Netgalley I love you, I do but DAMN FIX YOUR RESOLUTION. My version was barely readable. Despite that I loved this. Toph and Sokka are still mega BAMFS. Aang and Katara were nice to see, Katara mellowed out and Aang serioused up. Lol. Zuko again for the last time, IS NOT EVIL. While I love this story and this edition of “The Promise” (and I know they are working on this…) but CAN WE FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO ZUKO’S MOM ALREADY?! 

Overall rating: 5.5/7

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Title: Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Library

Title: The Massive: Vol. 1Author: Brian Wood, Illustrators: Kristian Donaldson and Garry BrownPublisher: Dark Horse ComicsStatus: Available on April 2nd 2013*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.Description:(by goodreads.com)What does it mean to be an environmentalist after the world has already ended? For Callum Israel, leader of the Ninth Wave oceanic activist group, this is the question that cuts to the core of his identity. In a post-war, post-Crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, nothing is certain and ideologies are meaningless. But the mission remains: search this crumbling world for answers to the cause of the Crash, and keep up the hunt for their missing sister ship, The Massive, lost and adrift in the chaos. Brian Wood’s new, sprawling, post-apocalyptic epic takes the crew of the Kapital from the flooded remnants of Hong Kong to Unalaska, with stops in Antarctica and Mogadishu, as post-Crash ethics and economics are explored across a broken world.My Review: This was really slow to start. Really. Really. Slow. I tried to get into it but it just wasn’t doing anything for me. I didn’t care about their world. I didn’t really care about them. I will not be reading the sequel. It wasn’t terrible or anything, it even had some moments where I was gripped (albeit that was short-lived,) but I ultimately just didn’t careOverall Rating: 3.5-4/7 Meh**will repost review closer to the expected publication date.

 

Title: The Massive: Vol. 1

Author: Brian Wood, Illustrators: Kristian Donaldson and Garry Brown

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Status: Available on April 2nd 2013

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

What does it mean to be an environmentalist after the world has already ended? For Callum Israel, leader of the Ninth Wave oceanic activist group, this is the question that cuts to the core of his identity. In a post-war, post-Crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, nothing is certain and ideologies are meaningless. But the mission remains: search this crumbling world for answers to the cause of the Crash, and keep up the hunt for their missing sister ship, The Massive, lost and adrift in the chaos. Brian Wood’s new, sprawling, post-apocalyptic epic takes the crew of the Kapital from the flooded remnants of Hong Kong to Unalaska, with stops in Antarctica and Mogadishu, as post-Crash ethics and economics are explored across a broken world.


My Review: 

This was really slow to start. Really. Really. Slow. I tried to get into it but it just wasn’t doing anything for me. I didn’t care about their world. I didn’t really care about them. I will not be reading the sequel. It wasn’t terrible or anything, it even had some moments where I was gripped (albeit that was short-lived,) but I ultimately just didn’t care

Overall Rating: 3.5-4/7 Meh

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 Title: The Massive: Vol. 1Author: Brian Wood, Illustrators: Kristian