Harley Quinn Vol.2 Power Outage Review

  • Title: Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage (the New 52)
  • Author: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication: December 15, 2015
  • Edition: 2015 paperback, collects #9-13, Future’s End, Harley Quinn invades Comic Con.
  • Pages: 208
  • Special Features: different cover styles, and cover sketches.
  • Price: $19.99 CAD ($16.99 USD)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4912-5763-7

Harley is at it again with her wild antics, and she’s just as crazy as the last time we saw her. Also more “Holy Guacamole” jokes that don’t land, and jokes that are boarding, if not already, lame.

I like the craziness, I like the adventures, and I like the people we meet along the way. Harley is entertaining, but I think the writers need to bring a comedic writer on board, because all the sayings their trying to pass off as jokes are not working. And Harley should be funny. At least she was when she was original introduced.

I loved seeing Harley and the Joker together here, even though it was just for a short while. And Harley’s adventures with Power Girl were fun, although I couldn’t help but make a comparison between a certain character they met to another belonging to a rival comic studio.

What I didn’t like though was Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti wrote Harley a new origin story, and I did not like it. I feel like anything that is meant to replace Mad Love, is just wrong, and I won’t consider it canon. Mad Love in my opinion was perfect, and I don’t see any reason to change it. In the new origin, Harley is written as having psychopathic thoughts at a young age, which would explain why she’s so violent when she’s older. This is such a twist on the old Harley, that’s it’s hard to digest, and can’t get behind it.

While I can enjoy the New 52 Harley, I can’t forget the impression original Harley made. Out of the two, I much prefer original, especially after reading this edition, and after what the writers did with Harley’s new origin story.

Overall rating: 3/5 stars. The jokes are not that great, and again, over use of the “hole guacamole” variations. The new origin story was not even close to being up to par as Mad Love, and the violent acts they are making Harley perform are starting to be too much. Especially when you remember how she use to be.

Would I recommend: Yes, I would still recommend it, because it’s still an interesting read, if you can keep original Harley stored away while reading and just enjoy this new interpretation of the character. I find the best way to enjoy her is to think, “Oh wow, what a coincidence, another character named Harley. Oh, and she has a fascination with a guy just like the Joker. How cool”, then it’s much easier to enjoy what you’re reading.

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Harley Quinn Vol.1 Hot In The City (New 52) Review

  • Title: Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot In The City (the New 52)
  • Author: Amanda Conner, and Jimmy Palmiotti
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2015
  • Edition: 2015 paperback, collects Harley Quinn #0-8
  • Pages: 224
  • Special Features: different cover variations, and beginning sketches.
  • Price: $19.99 CAD ($16.99 USD)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-5415-5

A Harley Quinn stand alone comic, that features a couple interesting characters.

I liked this Harley comic, but she definitely doesn’t compare to her original counterpart. What Paul Dini and Bruce Tim did with the character together was fantastic, and some of that is lost with this version.

New 52 Harley is more quick to kill, commit quite violent acts, and seems completely off her rocker. She is chaotic, and unpredictable. But her adventures are still fun to read. The art is incredible, and not all aspects of this Harley are bad. At moments she was quite funny, and there is some humanity still left in her. Which is evident in one of the stories.

But there was one small quirk about the character that I just couldn’t get behind, and that was the over use of the term “Holee Guacamole” in various ways. It was almost like the writers were trying too hard to make it a funny joke, but failed.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars. Too much “Holee Guacamole” punch lines, and a too violent Harley.

Would I recommend: Yes. Even though this isn’t the same Harley we were introduced to, she is still fun, and exciting. The best why to think of it while reading is, this is a new Harley (which it is), and she by coincidence, shares some features to original Harley.

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Alice Through the Zombie Glass (A White Rabbit Chronicles Novel #2) Review

  • Title: Through the Zombie Glass
  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Edition: Paperback 2013
  • Pages: 472
  • Special Features: “A Note from Cole”
  • Price: $11.99 CAD ($9.99 USD)
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-21129-6

So much humour, and great one liners, while still staying serious while the group deals with two serious issues. Secrets are being spilled to the enemy, and Alice is dealing with a personal situation that could have deadly consequences.

Alice’s story line was so intense, and there are moments where you will wonder how she, and others will make it out safe, and unharmed. Not to mention the tension between Ali, and Cole had it’s own intensity thermometer. One moment the two could barely keep their hands off one another, and the next, you could see the frost crystallizing in the air. But the frostiness isn’t just between Ali and Cole, two other game players make their way in, and start to cause drama.

A particular quote that was my favorite, “Enjoy him while it lasts. Apparently he has girlfriend ADD”. A hint of caddies to come, so you may want to get yourself a snack, because there’s no way you will want to put the book down for any reason.

Cattiness aside, serious issues do arise, and you’re constantly wondering what is going to happen to these characters. Unfortunately I learned something about a character before getting the chance to read it in the book, so I was constantly wondering if this was the book the unfortunately event happens in. I won’t say if it is or not, but I don’t like the idea either way.

But this book is great if you’re looking for, intensity, humour, suspense, and of course, zombies.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes. This is a great book, and series of far for young readers, and anyone who if a fan of not only Gena Showalter, but of the paranormal.

White Rabbit Chronicles:

  1. Alice in Zombieland
  2. Through the Zombie Glass
  3. The Queen Of Zombie Hearts

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Batman: The Killing Joke ‘The Deluxe Edition’ (Comic Book)) Review

  • Title: Batman: Killing Joke (deluxe)
  • Author: Alan Moore
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Edition: 2008 Deluxe Edition
  • Special Features: Afterword, What happened at the end of The Killing Joke.
  • Price: $21.99 CAD ($17.99 USD)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-1667-2

Just one bad day. All it takes is one bad day to turn the most level person, insane (to a degree). Who would have thought the Joker would be the one to say something that can be so true. A single bad day can change everything. Granted, one bad day won’t turn you into a murerous clown, but it can have an impact on you.

Batman: Killing Joke (deluxe)
Edit was so well written, dark, and showed a more human side to the Joker. But it also gave Joker an origin story, which I think is something the Joker should never have. But even though they gave him an origin story, they still found a way around it where the Joker didn’t know what it was. But while he wasn’t sure of his past, I didn’t like that I knew, and to some degree he did.

Joker’s how joke, was to prove that one bad day can turn anybody insane like him, and so he tries to prove his point by making a devasting impact on Barabra, and Jim Gordon’s lives. The comic both starts with a joke, and ends with a joke. The first is cruel, and the other gets even a laugh out of the Batman.

The Killing Joke, while twisted is so entertaining, and I could not put it down. The dark twisted nature of the Joker is one of those things that makes you wonder how someone can be so malicious, yet so intriguing at the same time.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars. The Joker should never have an origin story, because it takes away the myertiousness of the character. The unknown is what makes him so alluring.

Would I recommend: Yes.

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Batman: A Death of the Family (Comic Book) Review

  • Title: Batman: A Death In The Family
  • Author: Jim Starlin, and Marv Wolfman
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Edition: 2011 Paperback.
  • Pages: 269
  • Special Features: A Death in the Family Alternate Ending, “New Afterword” with Marv Wolfman.
  • Price: $28.99 CAD ($24.99 USD)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-3274-0

Batman: A Death In The Family
Edit contains to tales; A Death in the Family, written by Jim Starlin, and A Lonely Place of Dying, written by Marv Wolfman.

A Death in the Family is about Robin, Jason Todd, going off on his own to find his mother after making a startling discovery. But along the way he runs into trouble, and it be too much for him to take on all on his own. And the effects may be fatal.

A Lonely Place of Dying is about Batman be in ruins over what happened with his last encounter with the Joker, and now engaged in a fight with Two-Face, and the New Titans on the hunt for their friend Dick Grayson. Dick Grayson finds himself back at his childhood home, and there he meets an unexcepted party, who knows his secret. That he is Nightwing, and former Robin. But who can this mister you person be, and what do they want?

I really enjoyed this comic, A Death in the Family more so then, A Lonely Place of Dying. But both were great and I enjoyed getting a more in depth look into Jason Todd, even though I was aware of what happens with his character. Of course this being the only comic I’ve read with the character, I wasn’t invested in him, but come the end of the comic, I still couldn’t forge any feelings for the character. In fact I felt more for the new character to come up in, A Lonely Place of Dying, then I did for him. A Death in the Family also shows just how twisted an sick the Joker is, especially what he was prepared to do in Ethiopia, Africa.

A Lonely Place of Dying was great, and I really did like being introduced to new characters (for me), when at the moment I am slowly easing myself into the world of comic books by starting with characters that interest me more. But I liked reading about the New Titans, especially since it has Cyborg in to, and he will be in the Justice Leage movie that is coming out next year. Again I knew of the character that was introduced in this comic, and I knew who he’d become. But I didn’t know he was going to be in this comic, so I was happy to finally read the story that brings the origin of the character, Tim Drake.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes, it was well written, and if you’re looking to immerse yourself slowly into the comic book world, like myself, I feel like this is a good place to start.
Collected Tales:

  • Batman: #416-419, #440-442
  • The New Titans: #60-61
  • 2006 follow up story from Batman, #25

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Batman: Harley Quinn (Comic Book) Review

  • Title: Batman: Harley Quinn
  • Author: Paul Dini, Yvel Guichet, Aaron Sowd, Don Kramer, Wayne Faucher, Joe Quinones, Neil Googe.
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Published: July 21, 2015
  • Pages: 200
  • Special Features: None.
  • Price: $23.99 CAD ($19.99USD)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-5517-6

Back Story: I have only ever read one, and a half comic books before this one. The first was Mad Love, and the second, which I only got half way through before I had to stop was, Harley Quinn: Night and Day. While I did enjoy Mad Love, I couldn’t get into Night and Day. Though with the Suicide Squad movie coming out, I decide to give the comic books another try, to try and understand more of these characters. Specifically Harley Quinn and Joker. While I don’t live under a rock, I don’t know everything about these characters, and the depth of their relationship. Yes, I know how Harleen became Harley, and I know she and Joker have a toxic, abusive relationship. But is there more to the characters? Both when they’re together, and when they’re by themselves? What better place to learn then the comics. And this was a great start.

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The Legend of Tarzan (Movie) Review

  • Director: David Yates
  • Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Waltz, Djmon Hounsou
  • Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Rating: PG
  • Release Date: July 1, 2016

This movie was actually really good. The movie wasn’t phenomenal , but it definitely wasn’t boring, slow, or a waste of a twelve bucks. If anything my popcorn was the big disappointment of the night.

Best moments:

  • Margot Robbie
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Special Effects

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Rum & Coke (A Novel) Review

  • Title: Rum & Coke
  • Author: Jaxy Mono
  • Published: May 16, 2016
  • Edition: Ebook, Smashwords edition
  • Pages: 263
  • Special Features: None
  • Price: $3.99 (Kindle) £10.00 (Hardcover)
  • Genre: Romantic Thriller
  • ISBN: 9781311810656

Disclaimer: I was sent this book for review.
Rum & Coke is about a crazed Cuban woman who kidnaps an American man who is sent to Cuba to report on an up and coming hurricane, which kindly shares the same name as his wife.

Ulysses is a recovering alcoholic, but seems rather quick to throw away those few months of sobriety when he meets his future kidnapper, Calypso. Calypso is a young, crazy woman who worships the Orisha gods, and goddesses to a point where she’ll offer the goddess Orchun her blood in the hopes that the goddess will help her lure in a man for a mysterious reason.

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The Conjouring 2 Review

  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Franes O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente, Lauren Esposito
  • Distributor: Warner Brothers
  • Running Time: 134 minutes
  • Release Date: June 10, 2016
  • Genre: Horror

Hands down, the best horror movie I have seen in a long time, and I’m really tough when it comes to horror films. I was introduced to them at a very young age, and have developed a rather strong tolerance to them. It is very hard for me to find a scary movie that will make me jump, or at least give me a start. It seems in recent years a lot of horror movies that have come out just haven’t cut it. The only movies to have come out that seemed to have the worthy title of horror, scary, or terrifying, are; The Conjouring (2013) and both Sinister films. Annabel wasn’t that bad of a film either, but it didn’t (in my opinion) reach the same amount of horrifying has The Conjouring did.

But with the movies mentioned above, The Conjouring 2 exceeds them all as the top scariest film. While I didn’t scream in fright, throw my hands over my face, or use my sweater as a shield, it did make me jump a few times. And if a horror movie can make me jump at least twice, I consider it a success.

Props really have to be given to the young actress, Madison Wolfe, who plays Janet Hodgson. She was fantastic in the role. I had mentioned before about how phenomenal Jacob Tremblay was in last years Room, and I strongly believe that these to young actors can give a few, more experienced actors a run for their movie. Let’s just hope Hollywood sees the tremendous potential, and talent these youngsters have, and more doors are opened for them.

Vera Farmiga was fantastic as usually, I don’t think it’s possible for her to disappoint. Have you seen her in Bates Motel *weeps silently*? 

It wasn’t just the actors performances that made the movie, but the visual effects, and the makeup itself. Did you see that Nun? It was terrifying to look at, and they definitely made it into something that you would not want to encounter. I am definitely looking forward to what they do with the Nun’s sequel. But it wasn’t just the Nun that I was interested in, but The Crooked Man. I found him creepy, and fantastic. I’ve seen a lot of people buzzing about wanting to see a spin-off with him, and after seeing the movie, I do too. He definitely added to the horror element of this film.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Absolutely! I’m a harsh judge when it comes to horror films, and this film has been approved for the hardcore horror movie junkies.

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Room (Movie) Review

  • Director: Lenny Abrahanson
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridges, William H. Macy
  • Based on: Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Distributed by: Elevation Pictures (Canada) A24 (US)
  • Running Time: 118 minutes
  • Release Date: October 16, 2015
  • Genre: Drama

I don’t know how long it’s been since I watched a movie, that was as moving, and heart-warming as Room is. And there is one thing that made the movie so superb; the performance of Brie Larson, and newcomer Jacob Tremblay. With Tremblay’s performance, you never would have guessed that he was new to the acting game, that this is something he had been doing for years. But for his first feature film, he was fantastic. He gave a performance that could put some more seasoned actors to shame.

Brie Larson was phenomenal. A performance so brilliant, and believable, that you couldn’t help but be pulled into her world. There wasn’t a second of her performance that took you out of the moment, or made you think that there’s no way that could happen. Larson pulled you into her character, Joy Newsome a.k.a ‘Ma’, and you felt her anguish, and loss of hope at times. But still her adamance was encouraging, and admirable.

Room is one of those movies that offers not only drama, and suspense, but love. It is truly one of the best movies I have ever seen, and offers one the best performances I’ve seen from anyone from two young actors.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes. A highly recommended film if you haven’t seen it yet.

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