Staff Recommendation: Doom Patrol

Hello comic book fans! If you’re in the mood for something weird and wonderful, I have the perfect recommendation for you.

Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick By Brick is the flagship comic from DC’s brand new Young Animal imprint. Written by Eisner winner and imprint curator Gerard Way, Brick By Brick is a reboot of the classic Doom Patrol comic from the 1960s. The team was originally created by Arnold Drake, then repopularized for later generations by Grant Morrison in the 1980s. Way’s incarnation is a kaleidescopic fever dream of singing telegrams, sentient robots, a space ambulance that leaves a rainbow jetstream in its wake, time travel, and a missing cat. The main protagonist is Casey Brinke, one of a handful of new characters written for the reboot, who meets up with the scattered members of the original team one by one as their enemies chase them across time, space, and reality.

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Wonder Woman

For the first time since her original entry into the world of superhero comics in 1941, Wonder Woman has her own record-breaking blockbuster movie. Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is the best-known and most enduring female superhero of all time. The only live action version of Wonder Woman prior to Gal Gadot’s debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice last year was the 1975 TV show starring Lynda Carter, which I grew up watching in the 1980s. I don’t remember much of it apart from the theme music, but I did have a Wonder Woman outfit that I wore as often as my parents would let me.

I have already seen the new Wonder Woman movie twice, and I absolutely loved it. However, it shames me to admit I have never read the comics. So I did what I always do when I need to catch up on my reading: I turned to my library.

Cover of Wonder Woman Archives by William Moulton Marston Cover of Wonder Woman: Gods and Monsters by George Pérez Cover of Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth by Gail SimoneCover of DC Universe Rebirth Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

With the newest entry in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J. K. Rowling has once again proven herself a master of imagination. However, it’s important to remember that there are now two books bearing this same title: the screenplay which is the basis for the movie starring Eddie Redmayne, and the Hogwarts Library edition that serves as a facsimile of Harry Potter’s text book. Both are available through the Chesapeake Library, and both are quick, entertaining reads, but make sure you know which version you’re looking for. (Click on the book covers to go to that item’s catalog page!)

fantastic-beasts-screenplay       fantastic-beasts-text

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Finally, it’s my turn to read and review the eighth Harry Potter book!

This was one of the biggest surprises out of the Harry Potter world. I personally wasn’t expecting anything else after the last movie, and definitely didn’t think another book was coming. This new story picks up right where the last one left off, focusing on new characters, namely the children of Harry and Ginny Potter, Ron and Hermione Weasley, and Draco Malfoy. You’ll see the first generation quite often, but the time period and point of view are completely different. However, the setting–Hogwarts students navigating their way through school and the social heirarchy, one of whom is coping with everyone else having prior expectations about him due to circumstances entirely beyond his control–is very familiar.

The reactions so far have been extremely mixed. A number of my friends have loved it, hated it, or just been confused by it. My mother described it as “disturbing.” Now, honestly, I wasn’t that troubled by this, because I like disturbing stories. However, since so many have been wary of diving into this particular volume, I wanted to give as honest a reaction as possible. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Staff Recommendation: Lost Stars

 

 

 

Hello everyone! If you weren’t aware of this, May the 4th is Star Wars Day. (“May the Fourth Be With You”–get it?) I got hooked on Star Wars books thanks to my marathon reading project last year, so now I’m finally reviewing Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars. Joe has been insisting that I read this book for months, and I see why: it is easily the best Star Wars book I have ever read.

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