Monday, July 06, 2015

Booknote: Bodies

Si Spencer,, Bodies. New York: DC Comics, 2015. ISBN: 9781401252755.

From the book's description:

"VERTIGO brings you a graphic novel with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies - all set in London. Edmond Hillinghead is an 1890s overachiever who’s trying to solve a murder no one cares about while hiding his own secret. Karl Whiteman is our dashing 1940s adventurer with a shocking past. Shahara Hasan is 2014’s kickass female Detective Sergeant, who walks the line between religion and power. And Maplewood, an amnesiac from post-apocalyptic 2050, brings a haunting perspective to it all.

Si Spencer (HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS, THE VINYL UNDERGROUND) executes a centuries-spanning murder mystery like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with four sensational artists illustrating a six-page chapter in each issue: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay.

Collects BODIES #1-8, the complete miniseries."

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: murder mystery, paranormal
Format: e-book galley
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is one that I really wanted to like. It had it all: an intriguing premise with the four detectives trying to solve murders that seemed linked over time, great art done by various artists, and it seemed reminiscent of works by authors like Alan Moore, and great use of Jewish, Kabbalah, and other lores. It even had a strong female detective who also happens to be Muslim. This should have been great. It just felt short on the delivery.

The story starts out in good solid manner. The author develops the mystery in one story, then it jumps around from one time period to the next. The setting is in London in the following time periods: 1890, 1940, 2014 (present day), and 2050. Each time period is carefully presented and depicted. The artists pay great attention to detail, capturing the essence of a time period, including the uglier elements. In addition, the detectives are pretty compelling characters that we want to follow. In addition to our Muslim female detective (in 2014), we also get the Victorian detective who is involved in some secret society (and so happens to be gay, though back then, it was seen as a perversion); the 1940s detective is trying to solve the case, but he is also a corrupt cop involved with local rackets, and the future era detective suffers from some form of amnesia. To be honest, it is with that future timeline that things seem to fall apart in what could have been a good tale.

For one, we do not totally get what exactly happens in the future to cause her amnesia. There is something about a pulse wave, an experiment, and her mother may have been involved in it, but it is left up in the air. That thread is not tied down. So when you come from following the tale from the other three time periods, you are just not sure what the deal is. Second, as I got closer to the end, there is a feeling the author just did not quite know where to go, and it ended up in some new age kind of ending that sort of left me unsatisfied and with a few more questions than I started with. After following all the threads, when I got to the end of the comic I was asking myself, "what the hell was that about? It ends here?" And this is not the good kind of open end neither. It just plops the ending and the book is done. It was a real letdown.

Oh, and another minor issue if you are reading this on an e-reader. The publisher decided to put all the filler material such as variant covers and sketches at the start of the book. So you go about 20 pages in before the actual comic starts. Now, in print, you just flip through the pages and ignore it. In an e-book comic without a hyperlinked table of contents, it can get annoying having to flip page after page of art they want to show off in order to get to the story. That certainly did help me like the volume any better, and I honestly hope in the final draft they do fix that and put that stuff where it belongs: in the back of the book. 

In the end, it was an OK work. The only reason I do not rate it lower is because I did like the attention to detail in the older time periods and the good art. However, the plot leaves a lot to be desired and is overall confusing. This is not one I would recommend. If you must read it, borrow it.

2 out of 5 stars (barely).

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

Friday, July 03, 2015

Booknote: Gotham Academy, Volume 1

Becky Cloonan,, Gotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy. New York: DC Comics, 2015. ISBN: 9781401254728.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: mystery, superheroes, teen fiction
Format: e-book galley
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

From the book's description:

"Gotham City's most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It's got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!

Like, what's up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what's the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

Collects Gotham Academy #1-6"

Gotham Academy is the most prestigious private school in Gotham. Apparently, given the courses we see the students taking for the most part, it is also all Gotham City, all the time. I am guessing the rest of national history is not really a priority here. Anyhow, that is just a minor detail I noticed as I read along. There is a hint also of paranormal elements, but the story is vague enough to leave room for speculation: is there really something paranormal, or is it just another case that "those kids" (to invoke Scooby-Doo) will be able to solve in the end. There are a lot of questions, but we do not always get the answers. For instance, what did happen to Olive's mom; we get bits and pieces of it, and that includes indication Batman may have been involved. Perhaps this will be answered in later installments.

This series is a teen drama, so it is not the usual story. It is one of those "Batman without Batman" stories. Batman makes a brief appearance, but overall, he is not central to the story. Olive is the central character, and she is quite insecure. Part of it I am sure is because of the baggage she brings including the trauma about her mother. But at times her insecurity can get a little irritating. I know teens and insecurity go hand in hand, so one would think Olive is someone they can relate to, but there are moments when the insecurity is a bit much. Grow a spine already. As for Maps, the geeky friend, she is a pure tabletop gamer stereotype including the encyclopedic knowledge of tabletop tropes and the social awkwardness.

In terms of pace, this book is a bit slow to get going. It takes a while building up the setting and the dynamics of the academy before we get to something actually happening. However, if you look close, and you are in the know, there are small details that can be rewarding. For instance, the librarian who helps Olive find books is reminiscent of a certain book loving villain in the 1960s Batman series. I am not sure if that was intentional or not, but it was a nice thing to see.

Overall, this was just OK for me. The mystery elements are a bit drowned by the teen angst and drama. Teen readers might like it better than I did. I would consider this an optional purchase for libraries with graphic novel collections. I would guess public libraries that already collect a good amount of Batman comics may want this for their youth readers; I am suggesting it as an optional title, not a must-have. For academic libraries with graphic novel collections, this is one to skip as it is not likely to be as popular with college students. I am willing to admit I could be wrong, but given my experience in academia, I do not see it. I also foresee this title may be geared a bit more to female readers. Not that it is a bad thing, just an observation.

In the end, I am giving it 2 out of 5 stars. Seeking the next volume in the series would be low priority for me given all other choices out there.

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

Booknote: Time on Two Crosses

Bayard Rustin, edited by Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin. New York: Cleis Press, 2015. ISBN: 9781627781268.

Find it in your local library via WorldCat.
You can buy the book from Amazon
You can buy the book from Barnes and Noble.
You can buy from the publisher, Cleis Press.

Genre: Nonfiction
Subgenre: African American history, biographical, collected writings
Format: Trade paperback
Source: Provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

After reading The Right Side of History, there were various folks and events that I wanted to learn more about. One of the folks who I wanted to learn more about was Bayard Rustin. Now, I have taken coursework in African American history, and recently did the Civil Rights Tour my college offers for faculty and staff. While I learned a lot about Dr. King, I did not hear a word about Rustin, a man who was one of his most senior advisers and even organized the March on Washington. Lucky for me, Cleis Press also published a collection of Rustin's writings, and I was invited to write a review as part of their book blog tour. Though I initially read it for review, I can see the book is very timely now given the current events of Charleston, South Carolina as well as the recent SCOTUS decision regarding marriage equality. I get the feeling that much of what Rustin said and wrote remains very relevant today. It is a good time to rediscover this hero of the Civil Rights Movement and get an inside look at those times as well as the times right after the movement.

The book's introduction starts by describing the structure and purpose of the book. This is followed by a biographical sketch of Bayard Rustin's life and activism, showing how his thinking and actions grew and progressed.  It also shows that the great man had his flaws; he could be a bit indiscreet at times in his sexual affairs, something he did acknowledge in some of his letters. In such correspondence he mentions how discretion was an important lesson to learn. But he was also a passionate man who could not let an injustice stand, no matter where it was. And he was a man loyal to the Civil Rights Movement even when at times the movement did not show him that same loyalty in return.

It is admirable how early on he was doing great things, even getting invited to meet Gandhi in India in the 1940s. This is not history you hear often in the usual textbooks. Much of Rustin's presence and influence has been erased, often by those in the movements he worked in. Being gay, having connections to the Communist Party, among other things tended to make those he worked with uncomfortable if not outright prejudiced against him. He was also a brave nonviolent fighter,  and he even went against his mentors such as A. Philip Randolph when he felt his elders would not go far enough. All in all I hope this book helps bring Rustin back to the spotlight.

An element I found curious and interesting while reading this book is now some in the Civil Rights Movement could display strong brands of sexism and bigotry. This was not just when they shunned or tried to keep Rustin hidden for being gay and/or having communist ties. People like Ella Baker. Even though she went on to become a leader in the SCLC, she faced strong sexism from the Christian ministers in that organization:

"SCLC ministers, few of whom had ever before taken directions from a woman, resisted her authority, while King disregarded Baker's input on substantive matters" (xxv). 

Baker would go on to resign in 1960. She took her talents to work on student protest movements. Rustin resigned from SCLC shortly after due to a threat of blackmail with false allegations of him having an affair with Dr. King. Rustin did it for the "greater good." Shamefully Dr. King swiftly accepted the resignation, a move that was criticized by figures such as Muste and James Baldwin. From the book, we see the inside of the Civil Rights Movement, and we see that it was not always unified or in lockstep. The movement could be contentious at times, and the "greater good" may or not always have been the right thing.

As I read this book, I see that so much of this writing is relevant today. While Americans cling to an illusion that racism is over, the reality is we still have a very long way to go in changing society's minds and hearts. By the way, Rustin did look to the future; he likely knew much work had to be done to win hearts and minds. In pieces such as "From Protest to Politics," Rustin did look to the future; he knew the struggle for equality would need to continue. Rustin knew the movement would have to evolve to respond to new challenges. There is much to learn today by reading history as Rustin lived it and taking lessons from his insights, experiences, and strategic thinking.

Rustin looked around, and he saw a need to act broadly. This is reflected in his writings, which show not only how his thinking evolved over time but also the many interests he had and his passion to help those who needed to fight for their rights no matter where they were. He addresses a very diverse range of topics in his writings. This is illustrated in the book's arrangement. The book is divided in the following 6 parts:
  • The Making of a Movement
  • The Politics of Protest
  • African American Leadership
  • Equality Beyond Race
  • Gay Rights
  • Equality Beyond America
In the end, Bayard Rustin sought to bring democracy and equality not just to all Americans, but to people around the world as well. 

Rustin could be controversial, not only for the reasons I have mentioned already. For instance, he raised a lot of questions such as questioning the field of Black Studies in his essay "The Myth of Black Studies." In this essay, he describes how he sees what the field should be versus what he sees it becoming. The essay may give food for thought to scholars in Black Studies today.

The book features a selected bibliography for those who wish to learn more, be it about Rustin or some of the folks he worked with such as Dr. King, A. J. Muste, and A. Philip Randolph.

Overall, this book offers a lot of material that should make people think and reflect. The selections provide a diverse range of Rustin's thinking and advocacy, showing how he went from a leader in the Black Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. to Gay Rights advocate to a humanitarian seeking to help the oppressed around the world. And through it all, he held onto and practiced the principles of nonviolence. Was he perfect? He was a human being with flaws, but he rose to do what was right not letting what others may think deter him. His writing is strong, moving at times. Even in moments when some may disagree with him, he always shows solid logic and argument.

A strength of the book is that is is very accessible. That is in large part because Rustin's writing is very accessible. This is an easy book to read, and I do mean that in a good way. This is a book more people need to pick up. We need to learn more about Bayard Rustin and heed the lessons he offers. He had much to say in his day, and he still has much to say now.

This book is definitely a good choice for libraries both public and academic. I will certainly be ordering it for my library. For me, this is one of the best books I've read this year, and it is one I may go back to now and then if I need further inspiration. It was a great way to learn about a part American history and a man instrumental in civil rights that has been buried. The book is a great work of bringing history back to visibility.

I am giving it the full 5 out of 5 stars.

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Additional reading notes:

From the introduction to the book, I wanted to remember this quote by Rustin. These are words that we should heed this day and in the future:

"One has to fight for justice for all. If I do not fight bigotry wherever it is, bigotry is hereby strengthened. And to the degree it is strengthened, it will thereby have the power to turn on me" (quoted in x).

On Rustin not being discreet. He is writing here after an arrest for lewd conduct after a lecture he delivered in 1953:

"I know that for me sex must be sublimated if I am to live with myself and in this world longer" (xx). 

It was a very hard time to be a gay man, even so if you were open about it. Rustin certainly did not advertise it, but he did not hide it neither. He was true to himself.

In this next quote, he is writing about Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, but this is relevant and still applicable today in light of recent events:

"In response, moderates today warn of the danger of violence and 'extremism' but do not attempt to change conditions that brutalize the Negro and breed racial conflict. What is needed is an ongoing massive assault on racist political power and institutions" (111). 

Keep in mind that he is advocating doing this via nonviolent means.

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This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Booknote: Batman, Volume 6: Graveyard Shift

Scott Snyder,, Batman, Volume 6: Graveyard Shift. New York: DC Comics, 2015. ISBN: 9781401252304.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: superheroes
Series: The New 52.
Format: e-book galley
Source: Provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This volume is a compilation of various single issues. Though the description emphasizes this story happens after the death of Damian, that is not the only focus in the volume. There are other stories from various Batman titles, including Batman Eternal, which is more of a near future Batman story arc. To be honest, the volume as a whole is not terribly coherent. We do get one story arc where Batman grieves for his son, but then we get other stories that barely seem connected. The result is that this volume feels like it was thrown together from various separate parts in order to sell something. I liked some of the stories better than others, but in the end, this is a volume to borrow rather than buy. If you have not kept up with the various series that this volume draws from, you may have a bit of a problem following details at times. For instance, I have not really read into Batman Eternal, so naturally I have questions about how that future came to be where James Gordon is in prison. That does not affect the quality overall, but it can affect the reading experience. In the end, as I said, borrow this one; I consider it an optional volume. It seems more a placeholder until DC gets to the next big stories.

For libraries, I would consider this one an optional selection. If your library already collects Batman titles fairly extensively, then you probably want to get this one for completist readers. Otherwise, I think you can probably pass on it and move on to the next thing. As for readers, I think only those who feel they need to have every single title would buy this. Otherwise, borrow it. I liked it, but it was just not that great. After reading other works by Scott Snyder, this did not seem to be the best he can put out.

3 out of 5 stars.

This volume qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

What's on Deck? What I am reading now, June 27, 2015

I saw this idea for a post at Rhodia Drive here. So, I decided to give it a try, and I may make this type of post a semi-regular feature here on the blog. So, as of this week, this is what I am working on reading now or in the queue to read next right away.

I have quite a bit on my nightstand, so to speak. It is a combination of graphic novels, fiction, and nonfiction, which is how I tend to read. Usually my deck is not as filled as it is this week, but the review items arrived at about the same time. Since I could not stagger them a bit, I slowed down on other things to get them read. So, this week, I am working on the following:

  • Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin. I am reading this for review, but I am also interested in it because of June being LGBTQIA Pride Month. In addition, I am considering it for purchase for my library. I should have a review for it at the end of next week. 
  • Best Sex Writing of the Year, Volume 1. This is one I am also reading for review. I have not gotten far into it yet, but I did start it. As it is a collection of essays and short pieces, it is one I pick up when I can.
  • Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica. This is for review as well, and it is at the moment my fiction selection as well. At the moment, I am bit behind on it, but you can expect my review soon. It is an anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, an editor whose works I have enjoyed before, so I expect this will be good too. 
  • Discovering Vintage New York. This is a selection from my local public library. I picked this one up strictly on impulse. The library had a small display of travel books, and this one caught my eye. It is guide book with short entries, so I read an entry or two here or there as I go. This one I will read along as I have time. 
  • Heathentown. This is one of the graphic novel selections I picked up from my local public library. I have not started it yet. It looks like I can mark it for the 2015 Horror Reading Challenge I am doing this  year. It is a pretty short work, so I anticipate a quick read once I do get to it.
  • March: Book Two: I continue to read the story of Congressman John Lewis in the days of the Civil Rights Movement. I read and enjoyed the first book, so I am really looking forward to reading this one. I picked it up from my local public library. As soon as I finish some of the books for reviews I will get to it. 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3: Guardians Disassembled. Another selection from my local public library. I picked this up because I happen to  like Guardians of the Galaxy. Again, as soon as I get through the books I need to get done first, I will get to this.
And then I have three on my e-reader. These are NetGalley selections, so they are not pictured above:

  • Gotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy. This is the story of Olive Silverlock, a young girl at the weird Gotham Academy. Gotham Academy is an exclusive prep school basically. She is there on a scholarship it seems. I just started it. So far, seems one of those Batman without Batman stories. We'll see. I am reading it now to get it done before the file expires. My review should be out soon. 
  •  Bodies. This is another graphic novel, a tale of four detectives across four time periods. This is the one I will be reading as soon as I get done with Gotham Academy.
  • Arms and the Dudes. This is about a very unlikely group of  young men who became gun runners for the Pentagon and the U.S. Army. I started it about couple of weeks ago, and I paused in reading it to get to the books for review. So far, it is very riveting, so I expect my review will be favorable overall. This is a story you have to read to believe. As soon as I get done with the nonfiction above, I will be back into this one. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Booknote: To The Letter

Simon Garfield, To the Letter: a Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing. New York: Gotham Books, 2013. ISBN: 978-1592408451.

Genre: Nonfiction
Subgenre: letter writing
Format: hardcover
Source: My local public library

I really wanted to like this one, but the pace and prose were just too slow for me. In addition, the book had a lot of digression. It tries to weave a story, but then it skips around time periods. Very often this meant that as a reader you lost your thread. Additionally, the book had some distractions. For instance, the soldier letters between chapters were just a flat out distraction that broke the flow of the book, and to be honest other than showing off some old letters I am not sure what the point of those were. You can probably safely skip them.

Naturally, for the librarian in me, the bibliography at the end of the book was interesting, and I may seek out some of the books listed there down the road.

While the topic interests me, this book really did not engage me. It just dragged on and on. Fans of letter writing may find their experience with this book may vary, or they may want to consider other lighter books on the topic.

It was OK, so it gets 2 out of 5 stars.

Reading about the reading life: June 26, 2015

Welcome to another edition of "Reading about the reading life" here at The Itinerant Librarian. This is where I collect stories about reading and the reading life. Basically, these are items related to reading, maybe writing and literacy, that I find interesting and think my four readers might find interesting as well with a little commentary.As with other features I do on this blog, I do it when I have time or feel like it. Comments are always welcome (within reason). 

  • Are you looking for some manly reading ideas? The Art of Manliness has a list of "36 Books for Ambitious Men." I must not be terribly ambitious, as I have only read one or two, and I have no interest in the rest. But hey, I am sure others may find the list of interest. If you do read from it, feel free to come back and let me know your thoughts.
  • Now this story about the urban fiction writer Zane caught my eye. It turns out that even though she has been very successful as a writer, well, as a manager of her finances she is not so good. Add to it that she has made some really bad decisions, and apparently surrounded herself with one or two dishonest persons, and you get a recipe for the disaster she is facing now, including being labeled as Maryland's top tax deadbeat. The story comes from The Washingtonian. I admit that I have been curious about her books and the urban fiction (often also known as "ghetto lit") genre, but I have not gotten around to reading any of her books yet. My local public library has some, so I may give one a try down the road.
  • Here is a little tidbit on etiquette and matters. Via 365 Letters, learn a bit on "How to Write a Thank-You Note."
  • Those who know me know that I try to read widely. They also know that I rarely read bestseller stuff. Shane Parrish makes an argument for avoiding best-selling books if you want to read more. Why? Well, in brief, "Avoid most best-selling books. These books are not fertile ground for learning and acquiring knowledge. In fact, most are forgotten within a year or two. Why learn something that expires so quickly?" I can certainly concur with that, especially when it comes to nonfiction books on topics that are pretty ephemeral. This is a topic that I could reflect upon further, so stay tuned. I might write more on it down the road. In the meantime, you can read the full essay via The Week
  • Need some ideas on how you can read more books? Zen Habits published a post that is "The Delightfully Short Guide to Reading More Books." It really is short, so you can absorb the advice then get to reading those books. 
  • Here is an older piece via Rhodia Drive on commonplace books and a suggestion for readers to start one if they do not have one. I do not have a formal commonplace book, but my personal journal at times does serve the function of a commonplace book. The definition of what a commonplace book is from the article is: ". . .essentially handwritten scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas, etc. These commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts, or facts they had learned and each book would be unique to its owners particular interests." Along with my musings, parts of my journals do contain some of the elements listed in the definition such as quotes, proverbs, and other concepts I want to remember. I also keep a form of an online commonplace book with my blog Alchemical Thoughts.
  • This is an item I have had sitting on my feed reader cue for a while, and I think it is a good reference source for readers' advisers as well as readers who want to learn more on the topic. A while back, The Advocate published "Yaoi: The Art of Japanese Gay Comics." The article provides a bit of a primer on yaoi manga and offers some titles to read. 
  • Another item that has been sitting on my feed reader cue, but an interesting one. Via Global Voices, a look at "Indigenous Libraries as Social Venues." 
  • On a note of interest that should get the attention of more than just librarians and researchers, The New York Times featured an editorial last week calling for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to make its reports open and fully available to the public. Read the article, then you may want to contact your representatives and legislators to help implement this. Right now, few private nonprofits collect these reports and make them available, such as the Federation of American Scientists, and the only ones who often know about this are librarians. This is material that belongs to the people, and thus the people need to demand free and open access to it.
  • Also via The New York Times, an interesting piece about Malaysians discovering and reading more pulp fiction, usually via alternative sources like "pop-up" book markets since the regular bookstores rarely if not all carry those newer titles. Titles include topics such as "risqué tales of crime, horror and gritty young love that are written in Malay and aimed at young Muslim Malaysians."
  • And this is an oldie, but given today's historic decision given how we like graphic novels here, here are some notes via Lambda Literary on comic books embracing LGBTQIA characters.

Booknote: Jupiter's Legacy, Volume 1

Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter's Legacy, Volume 1. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2015. ISBN: 9781632153104. 

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: superheroes, family stories
Format: e-book galley
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Sheldon Sampson, known as The Utopian, is the main superhero in this story. He has done many great deeds, and he has earned the respect and admiration of the people. However, time goes by. He gets married, has children, and like any other family man, his children grow up. In this case, the children have quite a legacy to live up to. Neither the son nor the daughter seem to be very interested in carrying on the family "business." The daughter mostly lives off her celebrity status as daughter of a superhero, and the son is mostly a slacker. What none of them is aware of that other family members, who also have superpowers, are plotting a coup against Utopian, who they see as out of touch with the current realities of the world.

This was a pretty good story of family and betrayal. It also has a pretty good pace and a good amount of intrigue. In some ways, it is reminiscent of some classic dramas where the father is frustrated over the seeming lack of care of his children when it comes to the royal legacy. The story has tension as other heroes begin to take sides in the upcoming conflict. When the coup does happen, many of those heroes now become fugitives of the new regime if they refuse to fall in line. The story also asks a question about ethics and who should rule in society. It is a question we have seen in other works ranging from Superman to the Watchmen.

The volume features very good art overall. This is the first volume in a series, and I will look for the next one to see how things unfold. This is a good selection for libraries with graphic novel collections. However, do note that it does have some violence and adult situations, so this is not one for the little kids. I would say more for advanced teens and for adults. At this point in time, I really liked it.

4 out of 5 stars.

The book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges: