Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown by Drew Rausch

I saw Edward Scissorhands in its original run in the theaters in 1990 (I don’t know why I thought it was released a few years earlier than that). I like it well enough, but it was never one of my favorites. Maybe that’s because the ending is so bittersweet. It certainly is a cult classic, though, so it makes sense that someone decided to extend the story…in this case, through graphic novel format. This is the first volume of combined individual issues that, I believe, started releasing last fall.

Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown Volume 1 Front Cover (Idea & Design Works, LLC)

Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown Volume 1 Front Cover (Idea & Design Works, LLC)

 THE PLOT: Megs has always believed in her grandmother Kim’s stories about the man everyone else believes is a murderer. Megs’s mother believes her own mother was deranged, and they were not on good terms when Kim passed away. Megs is obsessed with finding Edward, despite her mother’s nagging that she forget him AND her grandmother. At the same time, Edward, alone in his mansion, finds an earlier prototype with some missing parts, whom he activates and names Eli. Eli becomes the same sort of monster everyone believes Edward is. Together, Megs and Edward work to track down Eli and clear Edward’s name.

MY TWO CENTS: The art is colorful, but the style is not to my taste. Everyone is drawn to look very unattractive in a cartoony way, which may be deliberate. Megs is definitely not the pretty popular girl her grandmother was. That’s okay (she reminds me a bit of Amy Farrah Fowler), but she is also drawn to look a bit abrasive. The story is engaging, but why does all the action start at this moment in time? Is it because Kim has just died, which makes both Edward and Megs lonelier than ever? With their one link gone, all that remains is for Megs and Edward to connect with each other. Their relationship does seem to be more about friendship than romance at this point…which is also just fine.

BOTTOM LINE: An interesting continuation of a classic movie, definitely worth checking out for dedicated fans. I’m interested in reading the next volume.

TEACUP RATING: Three-and-a-half out of five teacups.

ON SALE DATE: Available May 19, 2015, in paperback. (Individual issues are available now.)

Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Star Trek: Khan by Mike Johnson and Claudia Balboni

WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE STAR TREK AND STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS MOVIES.

The five volumes of the “Countdown to Darkness” comics  are bound in this paperback that explores Khan Noonien Singh’s past.

THE PLOT: The Khan of Star Trek Into Darkness (Bennedict Cumberbatch) is on trial for his crimes. But Kirk points out that he can’t even be Khan, because he looks nothing like the real Khan (Ricardo Montalban). What follows is an explanation that ties the Original Series in with the skewed timeline of the new movies.

Star Trek: Khan cover (IDW)

Star Trek: Khan cover (IDW)

MY TWO CENTS: I kind of love that they did this story. I’ve been a Trekkie (Trekker? I don’t care) for more than 25 years. I was surprised to find that the reboot was acceptable to me. (Well, I wasn’t surprised about Zachary Quinto. He’d be more than acceptable no matter what he did.) But that doesn’t mean I like all the history being lost. This was someone’s brilliant idea of marrying the two timelines. Oh, but they do kind of offer an out as well, so if you have already established in your head that Khan was ALWAYS “John Harrison,” then you’ll still be okay. It’s mythology for everyone.

BOTTOM LINE: If you spent the entire second movie saying, “But Benny Batch CAN’T be Khan, because the timeline didn’t skew that early!” then you need to read this. It’s also an entertaining story about Khan’s childhood, rise to power, and ultimate trip on the Botany Bay.

TEACUP RATING: Five out of five teacups. Love it.

ON SALE DATE: The book will be available June 3, 2014, in paperback. All volumes of the individual comic are available now.

Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Star Wars Legacy II: Prisoner of the Floating World

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Prisoner of the Floating World Volume I Cover (Dark Horse Comics)

I don’t read many comics or graphic novels (manga excepted), but I did read most of the first “Star Wars Legacy” series. I was excited to hear that Dark Horse was doing “Star Wars: Legacy II” featuring a female protagonist. I believe this bind-up is volumes 1 through 3 of a planned 18-volume arc; as many have probably heard by now, by 2015 Star Wars comics will be moving from Dark Horse back to Marvel.

THE PLOT: I think this picks up not long after Legacy I ended, with some of the same characters. For example, Marisiah Fel is empress in the triumvirate government. However, most of the action takes place in a junkyard with Ania Solo and her sidekick, the Mon Calamari Sauk. They find a lightsaber, which is actually symptom of a bigger problem with imperial knights, a communications array, and (surprise!) Sith.

MY TWO CENTS: My problem with Legacy I is that I never really liked Cade Skywalker. His character just didn’t appeal to me, and I felt like he was drawn as a cruel distortion of Luke (which, I suppose, was partially the point). In any case, I do feel more sympathetic to Ania. She seems like a tough, spunky girl who is worthy to be a descendent of Han Solo and Princess Leia. The question is: where does she fit in the family tree? She’s supposed to be a great-great-granddaughter, which means either a granddaughter of Allana or of Jaina’s child(ren). Ania does, apparently, realize that she’s part of the Fel family, but doesn’t associate with them. Her question of “Do I look like royalty?” is met with the response, “Han Solo wasn’t royalty. He was a smuggler.” But it seems that the ruling Fels aren’t aware of Ania’s existence, based on Sia’s exclamation at the end: “Who the HELL is Ania Solo???” Indeed.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The art is interesting and colorful, Ania is engaging, and I’m willing to go along for a while to find out more about future Solos…especially outcast ones.

TEACUP RATING: I’m giving this about three-and-a-half to three-and-three-quarters cups. It seems to be a promising beginning.

Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, I was interested enough that I bought a copy for my Kindle Fire. Did you know that in Kindle Fire you can isolate and zoom individual comic panes? It’s kind of awesome!

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