From Edward, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Campbell, Ross
“Shadoweyes” by Ross Campbell is a graphic novel that takes place in a dark city named Dranac during the year 200X. The city is covered with disease, crime and garbage. Hobos litter the streets. The story is about a teenager named Scout Montana who becomes a strange super strong creature and becomes an inspiring vigilante known as Shadoweyes. And through her acts of justice she slowly becomes a hero. Her life comes to a halt, as it became harder and harder to change back to human form. She becomes separated from society and things aren’t as easy as before.
This graphic novel is brilliantly illustrated, but the plot can be hard to believe some times. For instance, she gains her powers from getting hit with a brick. The characters are a bit sketchy too. They are thrown at you, one after another with hardly any information to help the reader know what is going on. Other than that, the novel is decent, however I wouldn’t recommend it to people who want a good story, but to people who want something new.
From Rosalia Millan
author: Madrid, Mike
The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines
This book gives a great overview of the place that female superheroes have held in comics over the last 70 years. The author writes in a very easy to read style that makes the book fun and easy to enjoy. For each decade since comics first became popular, the author addresses the changes occurring for women in the decade and how these changes were reflected or in some cases not reflected in comic books. There are also chapters devoted to specific characters or even arch-types within the comic book industry.
While it would be completely crazy to have a book on female superheroes without devoting a chapter to Wonder Woman, the author does cover parts of Wonder Woman’s background in other chapters so by the time you get to her chapter the beginning feels a little bit repetitive, but hold out because the end of the chapter is very interesting. Otherwise this is a great read for any girl that’s into comics and graphic novels or anyone who wants to see how women’s issues are reflected in the media of the day.
I’ve just finished Kingdom Come, a graphic novel featuring the heroes of DC Comics. I’ve never read anything like it before, and wouldn’t have picked it up if it hadn’t been recommended to me. The illustrations by the amazing Alex Ross are extraordinary and make reading the book a cinematic experience – this is truly a comic book for adults. It was a fantastic leap into another world – reading and film combined.