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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Meh & Monsters

Fight Like A Girl: Learning Curve TP - David Pinckney Alabaster Shadows - Matt Gardner, Rashad Doucet

Fight Like a Girl A young girl takes on an epic quest in an attempt to save her brother from illness.  If she's able to pass 9 trials the pantheon of various gods (Loki, Chronos, etc. etc.) will save her brother, but if she fails, she's dead.


I enjoyed the fact that it was her brain that made her weapon work, if she could imagine it, then she could use it.  However, I wasn't really that interested in her fate.  We also never even got to see an interaction with her brother, so it was hard to sympathize with her or him.  It needed a lot of work in the story and plotting department.


The artwork too was just ok, nothing to write home about, but not awful either.  If comics got grades this would be about a C+.  It's not surprising there was an ad for the Princeless series in this one.


Alabaster Shadows Carter Normandy and his family are new residents of the Alabaster Shadows community and things aren't starting out great.  Sure, Carter makes friends with three other students right away, but only because the three of them all get caught up in a strange conspiracy.  Carter found an underwater city in his basement.  Harley and Warren have dreams and theories and Dudley listens to strange creatures chant beneath his bed.


Some readers may already be picking up on something here.  Dudley, Warren...Carter and the nice man who tries to help the kids called Mr. Randolph all have something in common.  They share their names with characters from H.P. Lovecraft stories.


And that's what this comic is about, middle school kids facing eldrich horrors and the evil adults (all strangely women so far) who summon them.


Definitely a fun story for kids in grades 5+ I'd say.  It's not too scary, but has it's moments (the shadow creatures I found the most chilling). The art wasn't my favorite, but I enjoyed the characters and the story quite a bit.