Valerian Complete Colllection Vol 1 Review

Title:  Valerian Complete Collection Vol 1

Author:  Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mezieres, Luc Besson, Stan Barets

Rating:  5/5 stars

Page Count: 160 pages

Genre:  Comic, SCI-FI, Fantasy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33255584-valerian?ac=1&from_search=true

If you are looking for a SPOILER-FREE REVIEW check out this video on my Youtube channel:

 

Interview:

I loved that the collaboration between the creators and director is such a great relationship. It was so interesting to hear their different interpretations of each question and I love that they don’t always agree. The most intriguing point is the fact that Laureline was one of the first strong female characters in French comics as most were ‘bimbos’ as Pierre states. Not only that but their discussion of their relationship with the characters which was fascinating as one is easier to writer than the other. I love that there is more of this interview coming can’t wait for more!

History:

The history is written by Stan Barets it is very interesting and he writes it as a story which is a joy to read. It was very interesting to hear about the substaintial similarities in Star Wars from Valerian well inspiration has to come from somewhere I guess. I love that they went to America to escape the dullness of France how hilarious. I enjoyed the fact that there are so many people who have called their children Laureline and Valerian. Some fantastic points in this mini history of the comic and creators I hope there is more to coming!

Bad Dreams:

I loved this comic it was witty and hilarious with an amazingly imaginative world. The artwork was beautiful so detailed and defined I really enjoyed it because every box looked like a cinematic scene. I loved that the colours of the comic worked beautifully and made the drawings come to life even more. The palette of colours throughout drew you more into the comic.

There was lots of dialogue in this comic which I’m not used in other comics I read, but I loved it because I started out with books first. The length of the dialogue really helped bring the wittiness to life. I love how the dialogue is about weirdest things ever but the conversations sounds so normal. Superintendent has the best lines he’s just so irritated all the time which makes his lines hilarious.

In terms of the plot for the first issue, I loved it almost taking the mic out of the middle ages with a serious mission. The mission was fantastic a combination of wizardry and taking over the galaxy what more do you want. I liked that Laureline came later in the plot as you got to see the start of their relationship which I enjoyed. I loved the ending as it was settled but you also had lots of questions on how Laureline would fit in.

In terms of characters the superintendent was a typical angry boss but so funny you just loved him by the end. Valerian was quite cocky but also kind so I was a bit on the fence about him. Laureline I loved she was stunning, strong, independent and fiesty. Jirad was so sweet and nice you felt a bit sorry for him being pushed around. Xombul was such a typical greedy villain but also quite funny mainly because he really didn’t know what he was doing so a bit of a farcical villain. Overall, a great start to the volume with great characters and an imaginative story.

The City of Shifting Waters:

I love the colours in this issue the blues are stunning especially in the scenes in downtown New York. The colours throughout the comic are so beautiful its like looking at a sunset for the whole story. The artwork is mostly very dark in the sense of the colour, the people and buildings have a lot less colour in them and also less detailed which gave it a mysterious look.

The dialogue in this issue is more serious which works well with the plot as Xombul is back and causing havoc. My favourite dialogue is between Valerian and Sun Rae such a bolshie and funny character.

The plot of this issue as it is only half finished because it is in two parts. The first half was thrilling and exciting on how Xombul was connected to this post apocolyptic New York. I loved that Laureline swept in and rescued Valerian mainly because she is from the eleventh century and is super badass now. I really enjoyed that Sun Rae and crew played such a major role in the development of the plot as either badies or goodies.

Sun Rae was so weird and hilarious I really liked his character. Valerian was less cocky in first part of the issue which I liked plus his alone dialogue was funny. Valerian although not huge part in the first part of this issue was badass but also she is the conscious to Valerian. Overall, this first part was mysterious and thrilling with stunning artwork of storm scenes.

Earth in Flames:

What a fabulous ending to the story the second part was thriling and revealed some interesting information. The range of colours in this second part were beautiful and gave a lot of those landscapes a breathtaking look to them. I especially loved the artwork in Yellowstone it was so beautiful to look at the rocky mountains. I also really liked the space artwork its just so spacey and pretty I just don’t have any intelligent descriptive words today lol!

I felt there was more dialogue than usual which I found a bit too much at times but the dialogue is so witty I just ignored my eyes being overwhelmed. I hope Laureline has more dialogue in the next issue as I think she doesn’t have enough in this one but I guess thats the way her personality is. I really enjoyed the dialogue of Scheoder he is sweet, so intelligent and quite funny.

In terms of the plot it had a fast pace which was great as it made the build up to the end battle so exciting. Lots of twists and turns where you thought yes they did it, then no something else goes wrong which kept you interested throughout. Then the ending was satisfying but I felt like Xombul could have gone out with more of a bang. I also felt that instead of somber moment with Valerian at the end I wanted a wise crack from Valerian.

Valerian I enjoyed more in this issue as he developed more as a character. Laureline was funny in this issue especially with her shrinking incident but I still wanted more development from her character as a whole. Schroeder was such an interesting character and quite funny a great addition to this issue. Xombul was not as powerful as I was expecting him to be, he felt quite defeated which was interesting to see from a Villain. The ranch guy (he doesn’t have a name or at least not that I could find!) he was so cool, calm and always said the right thing I would love it if he was going to come back. Overall, a fantastic second part to this issue exciting, kept you on your toes and a great adventure with stunning landscapes!

 

The Empire of A Thousand Planets:

This was my favourite issue yet I think it is because it had so much relatability to the issues going on in our earth. The artwork OMG even more stunning than the last two issues. I loved that there was more full page artwork in this issue it really made the battle scenes dramatic and stunning. I loved the artwork on the first page it was so simple and effective. Every artwork throughout this issue was so colourful and bright I loved it. Marcyam what an awesome sea creature kind of reminded me of Chinese New Year dragon which is why I liked it so much. The Enligtened were so creepy and a bit scary looking which made them great villains.

The ice storm was so beautiful and sharp such a fantastic addition to the plot. The battle scene were drawn with such epicness and looked so action packed which kept that thrill of the story. When the Enlightened were revealed their true selves wow so horrible to look at but also quite intriguing to look at.

There was less dialogue in this issue which worked well as there was a lot more action in it. The dialogue at the end between the Enlightened and Valerian was sad but also had this important humaritarian message which I liked. The dialogue between Valerian and Laureline was a lot better as it had more wit and teasing to it.

The plot was fantastic kept you gripped to your seat the whole time and I did not put it down at all. The epicness of the conflict between the Enlightened and Syrte residents was very much in connection to a lot of our history which made the story so much more intriguing towards the end. I liked the ending I thought it was very poignant.

Valerian was much more get up and go on this mission compared to other mission which I liked. Laureline had a lot more involvement and development which made me like her character evenmore. Elimir was interesting as you kind of didn’t know what his end game was in terms leadership and the future of Syrte. The Enlightened were intriguing and at first awful creatures but by the end you understood them and at a point felt sorry for them. Overall, the best issue yet with a thrilling plot, fabulous artwork and a surprising ending!

Let me know if you have read this collection what you thought of it or if you are fan of Valerian or Cinebook let me know!

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June Comic TBR

 

Here are all the comics I will be reading in June I now this is very late I apologise my boyfriend’s pool has been taking up a lot my attention due to the hot weather. However, I am still on track with my comic reading so will be finished my pile by the end of the month. Let me know what comics you are reading this month and if you have read any in my pile in the comments below but no spoilers please. Hope you are enjoying the hot weather! Here are all the goodreads link for all the comics talked about in the video:

Groot Vol 1 by Jeff Loveness & Brian Kesinger
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26030887-groot?ac=1&from_search=true

Izombie vol 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson & Mike Allred
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8493612-izombie-vol-1?ac=1&from_search=true

Suicide Squad Vol 2 Basilisk Rising by Adam Glass & Fernando Dagnino
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15798410-suicide-squad-volume-2?ac=1&from_search=true

Saga Vol 5 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25451555-saga-vol-5?ac=1&from_search=true

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Uninvited Guests by Andi Watson & Dan Brereton
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/293504.Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer

Surgeon X Vol 1 The Path of Most Resistance by Sara Kenney and John Watkiss
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33161253-surgeon-x?ac=1&from_search=true

Lazarus Vol 3 Conclave by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23440067-lazarus-vol-3?ac=1&from_search=true

Legendary Star-Lord Rise of the Black Vortex by Sam Humphries and Paco Medina
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23546831-legendary-star-lord-vol-2?ac=1&from_search=true

Moonshine Vol 1 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32777861-moonshine-vol-1?ac=1&from_search=true

Providence Act 1 by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34682866-providence-1-4

Batman The Killing Joke by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/96358.Batman?ac=1&from_search=true

Orbital Vol 4 Ravages by Sylvian Runberg & Serge Pelle
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11548443-ravages?from_search=true

 

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Legendary Star Lord Vol 1 Review

Legendary star-lord

from Goodreads

Title: Legendary Star-Lord Vol 1

Author: Sam Humphries

Artist: Paco Medina and Freddie Williams

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Genre: Marvel superhero, comics, SCI-FI

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23017960-legendary-star-lord-vol-1?ac=1&from_search=true

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:

This comic follows Legendary Star-Lord on an adventure through space. It follows his revenge mission for Thanos and how he plans to rid the world of him. But will his revenge work to his advantage?

Here is my spoiler free review:

https://youtu.be/i_Y8xinoW8U

SPOILER ALERT!!

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this comic it was fun, witty with a curious story. It was a great starting point to a comic series it built up the story really well with a slight altercation with Thanos but the promise of more. It also had a great use of other characters introductions and storylines to develop the plot. I really enjoyed the fact that the plot had all the components of a great story with romance, rivalry and drama.

Artwork:

I loved the artwork it was not too busy but still had a lot going on on most pages which kept the pace going at a steady pace. The palette of colours used is so pretty and space agey with the blues and purples which made me love it even more. Not only that but I really enjoyed the people and monster designs they were very classic marvel with an updated look.

Dialogue:

I really loved the dialogue it was very witty with jokes that were very relatable to real life. The dialogue also gave us a good amount of background to understand the situation a bit as like everything in Marvel its all interconnected so starting new series can be confusing. There wasn’t a lot of dialogue which was an advantage as it kept the superhero pace.

Favourite Characters:

I really loved Star-Lord partly because he was quite like Chris Pratt’s version. Also he had this great mixture of kindness and charm to him. I also really enjoyed Captain Victoria although a small part and would liked to have seen more of her because she is a badass confident woman.

Hated Characters:

I didn’t like Thanos he is an arrogant villain but it was interesting that they made him more humane in the sense of his conscious in a conversation with Legendary Star-Lord. I also didn’t like Kitty the girlfriend of Legendary Star-Lord as she was too whinny and didn’t have enough of a part in this volume to develop her character I assume she will develop later in the volumes.

Overall:

Awesome comic with witty dialogue and beautiful art and the promise of lots of interesting drama in later volumes.

If you have read this comic or are planning to feel free to leave a comment below I would love to know your thoughts!

Lazarus Vol 1 Review

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from Goodreads

Title: Lazarus Vol 1

Author: Greg Rucka

Illustrator: Michael Lark

Publisher: Image Comics

Genre: Action, Thriller, Dystopian, Comics

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18259637-lazarus-vol-1?ac=1&from_search=true

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

Lazarus is about a women Forever who is a robot in the service of the Carlyle family. The Carlyle family has a rival family in this dystopian world who is the Morray family. There is an attack at the Carlyle base but who is really behind the attack?

Here is my Spoiler free review:

https://youtu.be/Eyrl98gIFlQ

SPOILERS NOW!

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this comic it is a high energy action comic with twists and turns that will keep wondering where the mystery lies. The plot was intense and a great pace for an action comic. The concept of a dystopian was interesting that we would revert to family that holds us together I would think it would be violence but I’m a synic. It was a bit of a anticlimatic start but so good by the middle.

Artwork:

It is mostly a dark palette which shows the dystopian side to the story with lots of black outlining that gave a serious tone to the comic. I feel like Lazarus could have been slightly brighter only because I would have liked to have some hope but its dystopian so. I really liked the use of purple in the chapter 3 and 4 it made it look beautiful.

Dialogue:

There is not much dialogue in the comic which is good because the storyline centres on violence attached to this world. The dialogue between the family is very typical and relatable with lots of drama which I love.

Favourite Character:

Forever is badass and interesting character because she has empathy like a real person and her connection to the family intrigues me. Also she has this relationship with the other family’s robot which interesting see how different they are and how much humanity influences them as characters. I really like her history and want to know and about her purpose to the family.

Hate Character:

Jonah mainly because he is such an ignorant asshole and such a typical son wants to take over the business but there was a lot of characters are like that but that might change. Another reason I didn’t like him is his conspiracy with his other sister it was creepy and made me hate me more.

If you have read Lazarus or want to read it please feel free to comment below I would love to know your thoughts!

 

New Schedule for My Blog Every Week

Hey everyone I apologise for my absence lots of things have been getting in the way with get handle on blogging properly. However, a new year has come and my new year’s resolution is to work out a schedule for my blog and vlog. So here is the weekly schedule for my blog slightly delayed as my computer decided to pack up yesterday so had to run to regent street Apple Store and thank you to them for fixing it in a day.

Monday

-Watch a long episode of Private Practice

-Book Review

Tuesday

-Film Review

-Comic Book Review

-Gaming of the Week

Wednesday

-Watch a long episode Chicago MED

-Youtube watching of the Week

Thursday

-Film Review

-Blog Reading of the Week

Friday

-Watch a long Blunt Talk

-Podcast listening of the week

Let me know what you think of the schedule and anything you think I should add in!

Amino and YA Bookclub

I have recently picked up a new social media app called Amino and I am loving it. Amino is an app that makes communities out of things like books, TV shows, genres and many more. You can blog on it, create conversations, share news or articles via links, create mini profiles for your favourite things, get opinions from the community using polls and have Q&A with the community.

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The Amino apps that I am connected to are Horror, Books, Movies & TV, Charmed, Poirot, Fantasy Books, BookTube, YA Literature, LOTR, Harry Potter, YA Books, Tubers, Comics, Video Games, Food and Book Bloggers Unite. I know its a lot but they are all things I am interested in and these communities allow you to target the particualr audience I want and link it up to my blog.

A great thing I got out of my book community amino app is that I am now part of chat called Young Adult Novels and are doing a bookclub each month. This month we are reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and we have a reading schedule and a discussion each week on the chat. Then a book giveaway at the end of the schedule. It is great way to do a bookclub the cheaper way.

Overall, Amino is great for people who are interested in starting a blog and for bloggers who are trying to expand their own community. It also gives bloggers a better analysis who likes which post and how likes you get for all posts.

 

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Orbital Volume 1 Scars

For those who wish to have a spoiler free review here it is:

 

I heard about this comic through the London Book Fair 2016 when I went to a conference about science fiction in comics on the last day of the Fair and said hello to the author, Sylvain Runberg. They showed the audience a copy of one of the volumes of Orbital. As soon as I saw it, I had to check it out!

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This comic is a series called Orbital and the first volume is called Scars. It is set way way in to the future where the planets are tied together by an organisation called the Confederation sort of like our UN and it’s similar in the essence that it doesn’t work as well as it should. There is a task force called IDO which do diplomatic missions and this is the two main characters Swany and Izzua the “dynamic duo’s” first mission. Can they restore diplomacy?

In terms of the comics I have read (which are not that many) I felt this had a lot more writing and dialogue than usual. This was a good thing as there is so much to explain in this “world” as all details matter to the understanding of the story.

Overall, it was a good mixture of both and just enough background information so you don’t feel confused but enough that make you keep reading.

The artwork in this comic is phenomenal and breathtaking which is done by Serge Pellé. I really felt like I was looking at the old Star Wars movies in some of the artwork. The reason is the artwork had that beautiful slight pastel look to it. The scenes where it had large landscapes drawn were beautifully done for such a small space allowed.

Overall, the story really drew me in with the many political ties and also the way Slyvain Runberg and Serge Pellé set up both the main characters as lost souls starting their journey to their own truths. When I was at the conference the author talked about how a lot of current political issues get incorporated into his comics which you can definitely see in Orbital. On the whole it is a fantastic comic and I can’t wait to read the rest of the volumes. A truly original comic I think that all comic lovers should read this especially anyone who loves Star Wars!

As usual, comment below to let me know what you think.

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