Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowhere

story by Jim Zub

Art by Shun Hong Chan

Full Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley

Description from goodreads:

A young boy named Colby Reynolds searches for meaning in the world around him and discovers a place where dreams can come true – if he’s willing to pay the price! Along the way he’ll see sights he’s never fathomed and encounter hidden truths about himself he’ll wish he never knew. The hit online comic is now a beautiful, high-quality hardcover graphic novel, perfect for teen readers and manga fans with a durable, library-quality binding.

My Review: The art work is amazing

The plot is interesting but A) it’s hardly new and B) Colby and Iris fell a little flat. At first I really didn’t like Colby slowly he got more tolerable, but unfortunately Iris went in the opposite direction. We first meet Iris when she fell from the sky.

Iris lost her memories, so for me she gets a pass to be a little mary sue-ish and irritating, which actually she wasn’t, for the first half of the story. Then, she somehow managed to turn a person into tree? Or made a tree out of thin air in the middle of Colby’s Apartment. She acts like it’s nothing when Colby asks her about it. I don’t know about you but is I somehow grew a tree out of a person or nothing, I would be freaking out. I would probably call Colby while having a panic attack. She acts like a snotty jaded teenager which really turned me off of her unfortunately, and then only cries when Colby freaks out and asks her what happened. It seemed so fake, and completely lacked authentic human emotions that you would expect would arise in that particular situation.

Colby is at first annoyingly self involved and is completely overdramatic. I nearly put the book down because of his crappy attitude. Luckily the art work was so amazing that I felt compelled to at least see where it was going. It’s actually funny while Iris got seriously annoying he got more and more sympathetic. 

Overall I like the concept of this particular work and I would read the second volume to see if it got better. The start was slow but it got progressively better and even though Iris became annoying she can do pretty amazing things, and I want to give her the benefit of the doubt considering I thought she was awesome in the beginning of the book.

4/7 so far, but I really want to see volume 2 

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 Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowherestory

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Title: The Witch HunterAuthor: Jung-Man ChoPublisher: Seven SeasStatus: Available now*full disclosure: Free thanks to my first job as being an editorial internDescription:(by goodreads.com)Witch Hunter is an all new shonen fantasy manga series in the vein of Soul Eater and Full Metal Alchemist, presented in two-volumes-in-one omnibus format. Seven Seas will release the entire action-packed series across six low-priced omnibus editions. In a world where witches have declared war against humanity, the surviving human population has gathered specialists with the power to hunt and destroy witches.Tasha Godspell, also known as the “Magic Marksman,” is one of the best Witch Hunters there is. Along with his sword-wielding Jack-o’-Lantern partner known as Halloween, Tasha puts his magical training and weaponry to good use, in his constant battles against witches. And yet, he cannot bring himself to fully hate the very witches he is tasked to destroyMy Review: To be fair to the review, I see the similarity to Soul Eater (which is the most amaze-ball series ever) but to FMA? (Full Metal Alchemist which is also phenomenal) no way. I’m sorry I just don’t see the connection to FMA at all.  I have to admit I thought this was the more boring version a soul eater until the second half of the omnibus so lol basically volume 2. I really like how not all witches are evil in this Manga or  Manhwa. The characters are interesting and I did grow to like the story more and more I just wish it hadn’t tried so hard to be funny in the first volume because it didn’t need to. Once the story line got series (aka when Tasha and his sister reconnect) things get waaaaaay better.Overall Review:  5/7 5 because the second half saved it

Title: The Witch Hunter

Author: Jung-Man Cho

Publisher: Seven Seas

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Free thanks to my first job as being an editorial intern

Description:

(by goodreads.com)Witch Hunter is an all new shonen fantasy manga series in the vein of Soul Eater and Full Metal Alchemist, presented in two-volumes-in-one omnibus format. Seven Seas will release the entire action-packed series across six low-priced omnibus editions.
 In a world where witches have declared war against humanity, the surviving human population has gathered specialists with the power to hunt and destroy witches.
Tasha Godspell, also known as the “Magic Marksman,” is one of the best Witch Hunters there is. Along with his sword-wielding Jack-o’-Lantern partner known as Halloween, Tasha puts his magical training and weaponry to good use, in his constant battles against witches. And yet, he cannot bring himself to fully hate the very witches he is tasked to destroy

My Review: To be fair to the review, I see the similarity to Soul Eater (which is the most amaze-ball series ever) but to FMA? (Full Metal Alchemist which is also phenomenal) no way. I’m sorry I just don’t see the connection to FMA at all.  I have to admit I thought this was the more boring version a soul eater until the second half of the omnibus so lol basically volume 2. I really like how not all witches are evil in this Manga or  Manhwa. The characters are interesting and I did grow to like the story more and more I just wish it hadn’t tried so hard to be funny in the first volume because it didn’t need to. Once the story line got series (aka when Tasha and his sister reconnect) things get waaaaaay better.

Overall Review:  5/7 5 because the second half saved it

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Title: The Witch HunterAuthor: Jung-Man ChoPublisher: Seven SeasStatus: Available

 

Title: Clockwork Sky

Author: Madeleine Rosca

Publisher: TOR or Tor Teen publishing?

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Bought 

Description: (by goodreads.com)From the award-winning creator of Hollow Fields comes the start of an all new, steampunk adventure trilogy! London, 1895: Riots in the streets! Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn of Scotland Yard calls in Ember’s latest and greatest creation, the automatic police boy, Sky! Meanwhile, Sally Peppers, Croach’s headstrong and brilliant niece, dreams of a life beyond manners and marriageability. When she escapes her overbearing governess on a motorized velocipede and joins a no-rules road rally through the slums, Croach sends Sky to bring her back, preferably alive. Together, the impulsive Sally and the naive Sky crash headlong into a mystery involving rogue automatons prowling the sewers, children disappearing without a trace, and a dark secret so big it could overturn all of London. But the biggest mystery of all is why Sky is the first robot who can dream…

My Review: When the Plot of this manga becomes clear, this has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, this does not happen until the end of the manga… Nothing really gripped me until the end. Sky, and Sally were both okay as characters but they felt a little stale… The cover art is … well it’s better than Vampire High, but the way their mouth are open looks ridiculous, I was worried about whether the art work on the inside would look just as silly. Luckily, I really enjoyed the art work, both the characters grew on me especially when they know what’s being used for “Spare Parts” by Ember, but until that moment I nearly lost interest. So um yay for a potentially awesome plot line?  

Overall Rating: 4.5-5/7 

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 Title: Clockwork SkyAuthor: Madeleine RoscaPublisher: TOR or Tor Teen

Title: Zombie-Loan vol. 13
Author: Peach Pit
Publisher: Yen Press
Status: Available now although good luck this is one of the hardest manga volumes (and series) to find
*full disclosure: Borrowed
Description: (by goodreads.com) Michiru’s true nature as a “singularity” is revealed!! An existence created by Hakka, she was made with the sole purpose of setting the fundamental logic that governs the world on its head. Now Chika and Shito must come to grips with the truth, while Michiru must confront it head-on. What kind of future will the three choose?! The tale of death and rebirth woven by these teenagers spins to a close in an intense, soulful conclusion!
My Review: 
I-… I don’t know what to say, I was a little disappointed… I was so hoping for I don’t know something else. The story was building it looked like it was going to be so profound and amazing, but rather than continue on with the story to tie up all the loose ends, they did a reboot. 
It left more questions than it solved and it broke my heart a little bit, but because I loved this series so much I have to give it at least a satisfactory. I just want to pretend that I never read the ending. 
Overall Rating: Total Meh 4.5/7

Title: Zombie-Loan vol. 13

Author: Peach Pit

Publisher: Yen Press

Status: Available now although good luck this is one of the hardest manga volumes (and series) to find

*full disclosure: Borrowed

Description: (by goodreads.com) Michiru’s true nature as a “singularity” is revealed!! An existence created by Hakka, she was made with the sole purpose of setting the fundamental logic that governs the world on its head. Now Chika and Shito must come to grips with the truth, while Michiru must confront it head-on. What kind of future will the three choose?! The tale of death and rebirth woven by these teenagers spins to a close in an intense, soulful conclusion!

My Review: 

I-… I don’t know what to say, I was a little disappointed… I was so hoping for I don’t know something else. The story was building it looked like it was going to be so profound and amazing, but rather than continue on with the story to tie up all the loose ends, they did a reboot. 

It left more questions than it solved and it broke my heart a little bit, but because I loved this series so much I have to give it at least a satisfactory. I just want to pretend that I never read the ending. 

Overall Rating: Total Meh 4.5/7

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Title: Zombie-Loan vol. 13Author: Peach PitPublisher: Yen PressStatus: Available now

Mardock Scramble 1-3

Title: Mardock Scramble review for volumes 1, 2, and 3

Author: Tow Ubukata illustrator Yoshitoki Oima

Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Status: Available now 

*full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by goodreads.com) Volume 1:“I’d rather be dead.” Rune Balot was a lost girl with nothing to live for, when a man named Shell took her in and cared for her… until he tried to murder her. Standing at the precipice of death, Rune is saved by Dr. Easter, a private investigator, who uses an experimental procedure known as “Mardock Scramble 09.” The procedure grants Balot extraordinary abilities and now Rune must decide whether to use her new powers to help Dr. Easter bring Shell to justice, or if she has the will to keep living a life that’s been broken so badly. 

Volume 2: Rune Balot is a prostitute who is nearly murdered by Ciel, an enigmatic casino manager, who suffers from a disease that forces him to remove and store his memories. A victim for most of her life, Rune faces a choice. While on the brink of death, she is given the opportunity to live. It is not a simple choice for a victim, but Rune takes it. A professor brings Rune back to life as a cyborg with the ability to control electronics and partners her up with a self-aware universal tool named Oeufcocque. Together they begin to unravel the mystery behind Ciel and Rune sheds the role of the victim, but must struggle between seeking justice and vengeance.

BOILED IN BLOOD

Oefcoque’s former partner, Boiled, comes after Rune and Oefcoque. A human manifestation of death and violence, nothing seems to be able to stop the relentless Boiled. Rune’s only chance for survival is to commit with conviction to a partnership with Oefcoque. Together, will they be able to overcome the cold fury of Boiled? And what is the story behind his failed partnership with Oefcoque?

Volume 3: VICTIMIZED OR VICTORIOUS? After Rune Balot was nearly murdered, an enigmatic casino manager gave her a new purpose in life – vengeance! Rebuilt as a cyborg with the ability to control electronics, she starts a crusade to cleanse her haunted past. But when the relentless Boiled wanders into her life, ruining and shredding all she cherishes, Rune’s mental state and very well-being are threatened.

My Review: This manga series peaked my interest by the illustrations and the plot concept. However, it’s very slow paced and I’ve completely lost interest in finishing the series.  The third volume is where things begun to finally picked up the pace and Rune had some major character development… or so I thought. She ends up becoming completely crazy by the middle/end of the 3rd volume and her back story was so moving I thought (because in the beginning of the third volume she was a bamf) that she finally was coming out of her shell to find her purpose! I was wrong; because of this I became disinterested in the rest of the series and my investment of Rune, the Doc and boiled has completely faded… also these themes and fusion to weapons reminds me of Trigun, which executed their ideas, pacing and character development 100x better 

Rating: 3/7

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