Graphic Novel Mini Reviews: Nimona, Lost at Sea & Thor: Goddess of Thunder

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Series: Standalone
Rating: 3 Stars
272 pages – Published May 12th 2015 by HarperCollins

The start of this comic was so funny, cute, quirky, and lovely. Sadly the latter half didn’t live up to the former. There was not enough time spent on the strengths of the comic; the relationships between the characters and the humour. Nimona starts off so fresh and original, but in the end collapses under genre tropes, an overarching plot that felt done before, and a rather unsatisfying ending.

Would definitely have been better with more shark jokes.

Title: Lost at Sea
Author: Brian Lee O’Malley
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4 Stars
160 pages – Published May 3rd 2005 by Oni Press

Lost at Sea is the debut graphic novel of Brian Lee O’Malley – you might know him from his Scott Pilgrim books. Lost at Sea is more whimsical and lyrical in its writing. Text floats throughout the panels, sometimes a page only has one image, and most of the text is internal monologue. I loved the idea of this book, and it’s incredibly quotable with amazing haunting images. The four-colour scheme adds to the ethereal quality of the book. My only gripe is that the ending was too abrupt. It was almost as if he ran out of pages to make his point, and squished them in the last two instead of making a proper final climax. For a debut, Lost at Sea is pretty amazing.

Title: Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder
Author: Jason Aaron
Artist: Russell Dauterman
Series: Thor (2014) #1-5
Rating: 4 Stars
136 pages – Published May 26th by Marvel

I bought Goddess of Thunder because of the fantastic cover and the fact that I love another female-centered Marvel comic, Ms. Marvel. Goddess of Thunder is a good starting point for a Marvel noob like me – you don’t really need to know all that much about the Marvel universe to be able to enjoy this comic. I have only seen one Thor movie and the first Avengers one, and they gave me enough background to appreciate this comic. The big blonde Thor guy is no longer worthy of his hammer, but some mysterious lady picks it up… The artwork is fantastic, and I love how the new Thor knows how to kick frost giant butts.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson

Title: Lumberjanes
Author: Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
Series: Lumberjanes #1-4
Rating: 4 Stars
128 pages – Expected publication April 8th 2015 by BOOM! Studios

Summary: Camping was never this dangerous. The Lumberjanes, five teenage best friends, have some pretty strange adventures at the scout camp this summer.

What I liked:

  • Don’t you just hate all those comics where the female body is all leg, boob, and butt? Enter Lumberjanes – a comic where teenagers have actual awkward teenage bodies
  • Having humor in comic books is hard, or honestly, in any kind of book. A successful joke is dependant on perfect timing, and I think the writers of Lumberjanes nailed it. I laughed out loud several times throughout the book
  • Girl powerrrrr!
  • Honestly, I was expecting this one to be rather lame by the premise, but it completely surprised me by being filled with crazy action and awesome characters
  • There is no swearing, violence, or nudity. If you have any preteens in your life you’d like to give something fun, this is a good one
  • It has one of the cutest romances ever. I love that this one isn’t about grand gestures and amazing proclamations, but about things like holding hands and being aware of each other
  • There is this entire Indiana Jones-esque sequence that’s pretty brilliant

What I didn’t like:

  • The girls are very diverse, but I had troubles keeping track of who was called what
  • Although I love the crazy adventures and the running around, I was hoping for more of a plotline – though it looks like the next volume will have more of that
  • Because in most panels all five girls are present, they can seem rather busy and crowded

Verdict: An adorable and funny comic, which has given me an appetite for more. Perfect gift for someone in need of some PG girl power

4 stars

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp… defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons… what’s not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! /em>