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Thor, Volume 1: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron

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Title: The Goddess of Thunder
Author: Jason Aaron
Genre: Comic, Superhero, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Series: Thor, Volume 1
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: May 26, 2015

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Baby Blues: This Is Going To Be Tougher Than We Thought (Scrapbook 1) By Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott [Book Review]

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I borrowed this from my Uncle a long time ago.

My Review:

Book Cover |

The cover itself is humorous. It’s all about first-time parents and showing two confused parents with a crying baby is perfect – as is the title.

First Thoughts |

I first read this a long time ago when I was little. I remember my sister reading it at our uncle’s house so I ended up picking it up as well.

Plot |

This is the first of many Baby Blues comics. Darryl and Wanda have just had a baby girl, Zoe. They’re first time parents trying to figure out the baby as well as other life things. Not that I’m a parent myself, but many of these strips ring true to life but put a funny spin on it.

Characters |

Darryl and Wanda are quite the funny characters and it’s fun to follow their story. Wanda can be a bit crazy at times, but it’s always funny and never really annoying. Poor Darryl just tries his best to help her along.

There are many other characters in here that come and go like Wanda’s sister, and they’re all great and add a lot to the story.

Writing Style |

This is, of course, a comic book, so the story is told in dialogue and drawings. Each “scene,” I guess you could call it is told in four panels. Or there can be sort of a mini-series and a longer story may be told me through a series of four panels. Everything makes sense and it makes for an easy read.

Overall |

If you’re looking for something quick, humorous, and true to life, pick up Baby Blues. It was fun to revisit this one and I’ll be reading the rest of the series soon.

Baby Blues: This Is Going To Be Tougher Than We Thought (Scrapbook 1) by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott gets…
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Getting Out Of A Reading Slump

Graphic novels aren’t the typical books I read. I used to read a fair amount of comics when I was younger, mostly because Kris was really into them.

I’ve always wanted to read more graphic novels, but I rarely do because they’re more on the expensive side and they never take me too long to read. So, I always end up getting novels than graphic novels.

But I love a good one every now and then and, as you all know, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately.

The other day Kris and I went to the bookstore and she was in the mood to buy. And when I say buy, I mean buy a lot. Then again, I also had $50 in gift cards so we went a little nuts.

There are always a lot of graphic novels I want to buy whenever we go to the bookstore. There are a ton of series I want to read, most being superheroes that I don’t know where to start since there are so many different versions.

So, what exactly did we buy?

We ended up buying four manga books and two graphic novels. We bought the third volume of Archie, the first volume of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the first and second volumes of the original Pokemon manga, volume one of Ninja Turtles Universe, and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (which is technically the fifth volume).

I also wanted to get the first volume of Ouran High School Host Club and Fruits Basket, but we figured we’d stop at $100. We could have gone on and on and on… We could have gotten Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, etc. The list goes on.

I think reading these will help me get out of a slump and get me back into reading great stories again. I can’t wait to give them a shot and buy the next volumes in all the series.

Do you typically read graphic novels? How do you get out of a reading slump? Let me know in the comments below!

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Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid

Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale | Book Review

Title: Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale
Author: Mark Waid, Fiona Staples (illustrations), Annie Wu (illustrator), Veronica Fish (illustrator)
March 2016 by Archie Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel
How I got the book: I borrowed it from my sister


America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.

My Review:


Kris used to have a subscription to the Archie comics for as long as I can remember. She’d get Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, pretty much all of them. There are two drawers in my bedroom filled with all the Archie comics (mixed in with some superheroes and Looney Toons, I believe). She used to read them to me when I was still learning how to read and with this new artwork and storyline, we were both intrigued.


Volume 1 has six issues inside that all continue the same overall plot. Archie and Betty have broken up due to some “lipstick incident” after being together for practically their entire lives. Then rich girl Veronica moves to Riverdale and Archie falls head over heels in love.

It’s not until issue four when we find out what exactly broke Archie and Betty up. Still, the premise is that they miss each other, they miss being friends even though Betty moves on and Archie follows Veronica around like a puppy.

Most of the kids at their school scheme to get them back together, but Betty and Archie want nothing to do with it. Archie is more concerned about not being clumsy so he can keep a job all the while trying to impress Veronica’s father.

But then at the end, Reggie, the school bully, steps in to impress Veronica’s father even more.


Personality and characteristics wise, all the characters have pretty much stayed true to themselves. I’ve missed reading the Archie comics and reading these updated characters brought me right back to the olden days when I used to read them with my sister.

Archie, being the main character, is also the narrator. He talks to the reader knowing he’s telling a story. He’s an overall good guy, gives just enough back ground information, and is too clumsy for his own good. I absolutely love his character and he is ridiculously funny.

Betty is her tomboy self and Veronica is her rich-girl self. In this first volume they never actually met one another and Betty would watch Archie with her from afar.

Reggie is his normal bully-like self and then there’s Jughead. Jughead is one of my favorite characters. He witnesses all and as Archie’s best friend, he helps him out no matter what. Still, he acts as though he’s on nobody’s side but his own.


Volume 1 is made up of six comic issues, each one being broken up into three short “chapters.” At about 200 pages and being a graphic novel, this is a fairly quick read.

The script is funny and engaging the whole time and the illustrations are beautiful and incredibly detailed.


I love a good graphic novel every now and then and reading Archie brought me back to my childhood. If you were a fan of the Archie comics back then, you won’t be disappointed by this newest version.

Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid gets…
5-Star Rating | Book Review5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“You are who you are. Not what people think you are. Be straight. Be weird. Be whatever. Just be what you wanna be.” –Mark Waid, Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale

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