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A Walk Through the Wheatfields: The Missing Journals of Vincent Van Gogh
Terrence James Coffman
Progress: 45/214 pages
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)
Chris Grabenstein
The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fall of Arthur
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
Blood's Pride
Evie Manieri
Aaron Allston
Tomas Mournian
Magic's Pawn
Mercedes Lackey
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
Grant Morrison
Black Amazon of Mars and Other Tales from the Pulps
Leigh Brackett
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.... - Chris  Alexander The diagrams and instructions were confusing and frustrating. There are better demonstrations online.

X-Men/Steve Rogers: Escape from the Negative Zone

X-Men/Steve Rogers: Escape From the Negative Zone - James Asmus, Nick Bradshaw, Ibraim Roberson, Max Fiumara I don't know which made the first annual in this collection worse: that all of Bradshaw's characters had horrifyingly lumpy faces or that Hope Summers is an unpleasant person and not at all fun to read about. Fortunately the rest of the book is respectably decent with redeeming artists and a witty Doctor Nemesis.
Avenging Spider-Man - Zeb Wells This book was good fun, but what was up with Hawkeye? The first few issues also employed some of the most appropriate uses of bold lettering.
Catwoman, Vol. 1: The Game - Judd Winick, Guillem March It was an interesting enough read, but I prefer less exaggerated anatomy in the stories I read.
Ultimate Comics Thor - Jonathan Hickman, Carlos Pacheco The writing is terrible, but it's the art that takes the prize this time with some very embarrassingly questionable clothing choices.
Demo: The Collection - Brian Wood, Becky Cloonan I didn't care much for the stories; they were fairly unmemorable for me. But I did enjoy Cloonan's art and was impressed with her ease in which she changed styles throughout the collection.
Powers, Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? - Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming In and of itself, the story was alright. But the dialogue was a nightmare to read. I felt like my brain had developed a stutter as every character seemed to repeat at least one word per every sentence. I also had to re-read pages over and over, trying out different combinations of speech bubble patterns until the pages made sense. And then there were those odd discussions where the main detective's partner of all-of-two-hours demanded the guy's life story. She definitely didn't charm her way into my heart.
The Wishing Spell - Chris Colfer, Brandon Dorman I guess I misunderstood the age group this was written for, but regardless, nothing can change the fact that it's too simplistic and entirely lacking in charm for a book based on fairy tales. Colfer's grandmother should have written this book. Her quote in the dedication was very charming.
Saga, Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples My only gripe with this series is that it feels like a sequel to something else I have never read.
White Tiger: A Hero's Compulsion - Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe, Philip Briones I don't know, the dialogue was really bad which pretty much wrecked it for me. It's been a few years since I've read anything from Pierce, but I was certain she wrote better than this. I did enjoy the individual cover art for each issue; I'll give it that much.
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It - Lynne M. Thomas, Tara O'Shea, Catherynne M. Valente, Sophie Aldred, Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, Carole E. Barrowman, Seanan McGuire, Jody Lynn Nye, Kate Orman, Lloyd Rose, Lisa Bowerman, Johanna Mead, India Fisher, Jackie Jenkins, Christa Dickson, Deborah Stani I initially believed this book was about female Doctor Who fans celebrating their fandom solidarity by sharing their individual stories of love for the television series. But it quickly turned to disappointment as each woman's story was neither unique nor varied. I read through many stories in which the women professed their undying love for the original Doctor Who but most discussions about the current doctors and their shared love were overshadowed by their criticisms of how the modern female companions failed to match their own ideals of feminism. So much for solidarity.
Voodoo Heart - Scott Snyder The stories in this collection were fairly interesting, but I confess I don't know where Snyder was going with them. I particularly enjoyed the last story, but it, too, was as unsatisfying as the rest of the collection.
Batman: Death by Design - Chip Kidd, Dave Taylor The architecture theme is fascinating to read, and the designs looming in the background are impressive, but Batman-- and worse, Bruce Wayne-- is not convincing. Bruce Wayne's interaction with the one female character is so cringe-worthy and awkward, I was embarrassed to read it. The woman initially presented herself as intelligent and well-spoken but she quickly retreated to an inner-voice in which she regarded Wayne as 'cute' and used words like 'duh'. Lastly, Batman is uncharacteristically forgiving towards a fellow costumed vigilante who had few qualms about murder and attempted it several times over the course of the story. I understand that perhaps this Batman was likened more to the lighter, classic Batman but his darker, grim side poked through occasionally, leaving me confused.
Romeo and Juliet: The War - Stan Lee, Max Work, Skan Srisuwan, Terry Dougas, William Shakespeare The story is a little rushed, but the art is really beautiful and the sci-fi world is a fitting setting.
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah MacLean I almost hate myself a little for reading this book. It's fairly typical and ordinary as far as romances go, but the 'heroine' was especially loathsome. She was obnoxiously clueless, and just plain stupid at times, and the book was a 400-page pity party held in her honor.
Batman: Red Hood - The Lost Days - Judd Winick, Jeremy Haun, Pablo Raimondi This is the most sympathetic I've ever seen Jason Todd presented as, and it's the most enjoyment I've had reading about him.