Comic Book Tuesday: Blackbird by Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel, Triona Farrell

Author: Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel (Artist), Triona Farrell (Colourist)
Series: Blackbird #1-6
Audience: +16
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 14th 2019
My Rating: 3 Cups
Source: Image Comics
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Nina Rodriguez knows a hidden magical world run by ruthless cabals is hiding in Los Angeles. When a giant magic beast kidnaps her sister, Nina must confront her past (and her demons) to get her sister back and reclaim her life. Don’t miss the first collection of the smash-hit neo-noir fantasy series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL (Mighty Thor)!

Collects BLACKBIRD #1-6

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Image Comics in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Trigger warning: substance abuse

Aside from books, I’ve collected some comic book ARCs over the last few months and I thought that it’s finally time to read them. First up is this really interesting story by Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel, and Triona Farrell. Let’s dive right into it.

I need to start by talking about the art. I am not familiar with either the artist or the colourist, so I didn’t have wild expectations, but I knew just based on the cover art that it was going to be magnificent. And I was right.

The art is simply fantastic. The colors are really bold, the lines are sharp, and while the panels may seem a bit crowded, it’s the first time I didn’t mind that. It felt like the art just added some very good details to the story, and I liked that very much. If I were to rate only the art, this would get at least 7 stars from me, that’s how in love I am with the art part of this comic book.

The story setting was interesting. Nina Rodriguez is trying to find magic. She’s obsessed with magic, ever since the night of a really devastating earthquake, which she kind of had a premonition about. As Nina gets desperate to rescue her sister, she starts finding out secrets about her family, things she didn’t see coming. Normally, this would be the kind of story I’d love. The problem for me was that the story felt too rushed in some places, while it was too slow in other places.

While I liked finding out the things that were uncovered of Nina’s family, I wish it would have been explored more. Nina was told constantly that she needed to go back to living in a world without magic, but no one actually explained why. Why was it dangerous for her, why were people after her? I felt like very few things were properly explained, which took me out of the story a few times.

There’s also a love interest, and I’ll be honest: I wasn’t into it. The story alternates between having them fight, to having them be friends, and then they’re flirting, only to go back to fighting. The only part I truly enjoyed about this relationship is the reveal at the end. We’re left with a huge question regarding Clint and that is actually the only thing I enjoyed about their relationship.

I will probably read volume 2 if and when it comes out, because I am curious to see where the story goes, but I would have loved more details and more worldbuilding in this first volume.

Book Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #6
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date:  February 10th 2015
My Rating: 3 Cups
Source: My copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Don’t miss their unforgettable final chapter. . . .


**Disclaimer: This is book 6 in the Bloodlines series and book 11 in the Vampire Academy series. Spoilers are unavoidable for previous books. 

The day has come! Jamsu and I have reached the end of our Vampire Academy/Bloodlines, and I feel so sad, you guys! When we started out buddy read, I knew it would be a wonderful experience, but also heartbreaking. I just didn’t expect how heartbreaking it would be.

Buckle up, my dear book lovers, and join me for the last time on this wonderful adventure. I mention this in the disclaimer I put above, but this review will contain spoilers. There’s just no way around it.

I have to say that my expectations for this book were sky high, especially after reading Silver Shadows. That book was, before I read The Ruby Circle, my favorite of the Bloodlines series, and I expected to like TRC just as much. Unfortunately, as you can guess from my rating, I still like Silver Shadows more. In fact, if it wasn’t for the mild cheating plot, as I’m writing this review, I’d be very tempted to bump SS to a 5 star rating. Let’s start with what I liked first though, shall we?

I adored that we get some domestic Sydrian. I felt that their issues were understandable and very well explored, as much as they were. Sydney is afraid of what using Spirit means for Adrian’s sanity, while Adrian feels that it makes him selfish not to use Spirit when he can help so many people. We once again see the choice theme reappear, the issue that both Lissa and Adrian had in regards to their powers: how do you choose who deserves to be healed and who doesn’t. It’s been a while since that topic has been touched upon, and I feel like it should have been brought up before, but I am glad it has been brought up now. On the other hand, Sydrian are still hiding from the Alchemists, but also the Moroi who hate their pairing and wish to harm them because of it. And that is also putting some pressure on their relationship. As the cherry on top, Adrian’s mom is living with them and let’s just say that she’s not the easiest to live with.

I also loved that we get to see Sydney perform some pretty badass magic. From changing forms, to battle magic, to defensive spells, she can do it all, and I loved it. Not only do we get to see her engaging in magic, we see her do some pretty old school scavenger hunt, which was pretty cool. And we get to see a lot of witches come together to defeat a common enemy.

Now….this is where things get tricky. I understand that at the time it war written, this book was intended to be the last in this world. And for what we know, Mead may decide never to write in the VA/Bloodlines world ever again and that’s fine. But. Because The Ruby Circle is the last in the series, I felt like Mead tried to tie up a lot of loose ends, while also making things a bit more dramatic for Sydney and Adrian, as well as the rest of the characters. It’s not that that’s a bad thing, but I felt overwhelmed compared to the actual page length of this book. Because the book isn’t as thick as even some of the previous books in the series, the last 120 pages felt very packed with details, between the main plot, side characters, subplots, and even the introduction of some very interesting developments for some side characters. So much so that at one point I told Jamsu that I was mentally exhausted. I think in only one chapter I counted about 5 different plots intertwining. That in itself wouldn’t bother me, because I love complicated, complex books, but since this is the last book in the series, I felt like they were too many. I just wish that some of the subplots would have been divided between the last two or even three books, as opposed to having them all in the last one.

What this book has, that Last Sacrifice didn’t, is a cool “gang reunion” epilogue. We get to see how life is for everyone a year after the main events of the book. We meet up with Sydney and Adrian, who have adopted a baby dhampir and are raising him as their own son, we get to see Angelina and Trey, Jill and Eddie, and Rose and Dimitri. Lissa and Christian are missing and I have to say that as much as I disliked Lissa in this series, I wish they would have been there. They were part of the gang as well, so they deserve to be there in my opinion.

I am horrible at reading series endings, so I probably wouldn’t have had the courage to read this book without Jamsu buddy reading it with me. I keep hoping for a new spinoff in this world, especially since there were quite a few bombshells that the gang discovered towards the ending of this book, but I wish it had Neil as one of the main characters. He truly deserves a happy ending after what happened to him.

I expected more, but ultimately I had a ton of fun reading this book and revisiting some of these characters. As always, remember to visit Jamsu and read her review of The Ruby Circle.

Reread Book Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #6
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date:  December 7th 2010
My Rating: 3 Cups
Source: My copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):

They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

The day has come, my dear fellow book lovers. Jamsu and I are finally at the end of our Vampire Academy buddy reread. I didn’t imagine I’d be this happy to read the final book in a series that I love so much, but here we are. Here’s the thing. This reread has made me realize once again that the way one feels about the book they’re reading is influenced by a lot of things that are not related to the book itself. Let me tell you all about it.

I was about 23 when I first read this book. At the time, I felt seen by Rose. She was impulsive, I was impulsive. She let her emotions guide her actions, I did that. She loved hard, I loved hard. She acted first, thought about things second, I also did that. At 23, I felt as close to Rose as I did as a 13 year old reading about Hermione Granger for the first time.

Let me start with what I did like about my reread of Last Sacrifice. I enjoyed the hunt for Lissa’s lost sibling. It was a good story line, that I wasn’t all that into the first time I read the book. I also enjoyed seeing how the gang tried to solve Queen Tatiana’s murder, which…considering who the murderer turned out to be, is quite amusing to read.

I liked seeing Rose and how she struggled with spirit’s side effects on her. As we’ve learned in previous books, Spirit has an influence on her, but it was never as bad as it was in this book. I just wish it would have been explored more, just as I hope that in the Bloodlines spin off we get to see if she’s still being affected by Spirit residue even after the bond broke.

I enjoyed seeing more of Sydney. I especially enjoyed seeing her struggle with her distaste for everything vampire. This is because I truly enjoy reading about characters that have their beliefs challenged, and I feel like Mead did a great job forcing Syd in situations that had her act in ways that she wouldn’t have in any other situation. I feel like Sydney needed it, and we’ll see that side explored in the spin off as well, just because this shows there’s no true good on the good side, or bad on the bad side. I just like those kinds of situations.

I liked reading this book, but as I said before, there’s a few things I noticed now that didn’t bother me the first time I read this book, which ultimately made me lower my rating quite a bit.

The first thought that struck me during this reread was the fact that in reality, I don’t like the Lissa-Rose friendship. It felt one-sided from book 3 onward, but now it was confirmed. While Rose is always constantly worrying about Lissa, I never felt as if Lissa was worried about Rose. She selfishly shamed Rose for wanting to leave the Academy to save Dimitri, she made their love story about her, when it wasn’t her story at all. I took issue with most things Lissa did in her relationship with Rose, and even her decision to temporarily block Rose from seeing through her eyes annoyed me. I’m sure there could have been a loophole to be found there, like maybe Lissa not participating in the planning of certain events, but since that’s not the case, I was annoyed.

Something Jamsu told me about Dimitri made so much sense. We were talking about this book and she was so right, because she said that Dimitri was acting like he was sired to Lissa. Which is so true. (That is a The Vampire Diaries reference in case you have no idea what I’m talking about). He was doing anything that Lissa wanted him to do, which kind of annoyed me, but not enough to make me completely hate him, but I did hate that it took way too much time to be solved.

When I read Last Sacrifice I saw nothing wrong with what Rose did. Of course those things happened, of course she needed to be with Dimitri. At 31…. I’m not saying I’m “wiser” now, but I see things differently. I absolutely hated how she got back together with Dimitri. First of all, she needed to lose it in order for Dimitri to contemplate getting back together with her, which felt wrong. But on top of that, she was still with Adrian. I wish Rose had broken things off with Adrian before she slept with Dimitri. I was annoyed by the whole “yay, I waited for sex” speech when it was paired with cheating.

I also hated the last conversation that Rose had with Adrian. Adrian is dealing with a lot. His aunt was murdered, he’s an alcoholic, and he’s going crazy because of the toll that using his magic is taking on his mind. On top of that, he is convinced that he needs to change in order to be with Rose. See, this right here is why I never liked the relationship between Rose and Adrian. Just the fact that Adrian wanted to change and to control his addiction because he wanted Rose to like him tells me that it’s not a positive relationship for him. But the fact that Rose called him a victim…. UGH it makes me want to shake her so badly.

All of that aside, I don’t regret rereading this series. I don’t know how I would have felt about these books had we took longer breaks between books. I do believe I would have had a different reading experience.

I’m excited though, because now we can finally dive into the spin off. I am very excited for Sydrian stories. Don’t forget to read Jamsu’s review of Last Sacrifice!!

Reread Book Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #5
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date:  May 1st 2010
My Rating: 3 Cups
Source: My copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

My buddy read with Jamsu @ Jamsudreams of the Vampire Academy series continues. I have to say that so far, this has been the most disappointing reread out of the entire series. Let me tell you all about it!

If in the previous books I liked Lissa and Rose’s friendship, it’s only now that I can clearly see how this relationship makes Rose become someone I don’t quite like. Lissa is very much in her own bubble, and I’d go as far as to say she was a bit selfish, while Rose goes back to being overly reckless and angry.

Part of Rose’s anger is due to Lissa using spirit, but part of it I feel is just being near her childhood friend. Rose does not care about who gets hurt in her quest to either save or kill Dimitri, which is a very different situation than where she was at in Blood Promise. In the past, she went to Russia by herself, with only Adrian’s money to keep her company, so to speak. Now, because she promised Lissa not to leave her behind this time, she just does not care. And there are potentially many people that can get hurt due to what they’re planning on doing in order to catch Dimitri. I didn’t like this side of Rose. When I first read this book I wasn’t truly focused on the little details that I was able to notice now, so I didn’t initially have an issue with how Rose behaved, or with Lissa in general.

Once again, I was a fan of evil Dimitri more than post-Strigoi Dimitri. Evil Dimitri is honest about how evil he is, and about what he wants, while after his soul is restored he’s just… not even the god he was before he was turned. I thought at first he was bonded to Lissa, because of how he behaved. And I understand, he remembered everything he did while he was Strigoi, but I can’t help but think he should have been truly grateful to Rose for trying to save him.

Like during my first read, I can’t help but feel like Adrian’s feelings are not… fully honest. I don’t remember much about Bloodlines, so I don’t know what changes, but I feel like his feelings toward Rose are more influenced by his sexual attraction to her, as well as Spirit forcing him to notice her. I think that the fact that Rose is bonded to Lissa is what makes Adrian notice her, and I don’t think he truly loves her.

The only character I truly loved reading about was Christian. He’s the one that didn’t disappoint or made me want to shake violently.

I have to say that Spirit Bound took the longest to read so far. I think in part is because I’ve been reading these books pretty close together, and since this isn’t my first time reading them, I’ve focused on other details than just the story line. I am however ready to finish reading Last Sacrifice so we can finally read Bloodlines. I need my Sydrian fix.

Don’t forget to check out Jamsu’s review of Spirit Bound on her blog.

Book Review: Wolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford

Author: Nikki Jefford
Series: Wolf Hollow Shifters #1
Audience: +18
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dystopia
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 23rd 2017
My Rating: 3 Cups
Source: Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):


Cocky. Coy. Wolf shifter. Tabor is the hollow’s only half-breed, scorned and forbidden to use his powers. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there’s more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog to the council.


Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a sexy, hotheaded half-breed.


Bewildered by the deceptively proud and surprisingly sensual Sasha, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can’t resist the charismatic half-breed even as predators threaten their pack and the elders pressure her to breed with a pureblood.

In a fantastical post-apocalyptic world, where only the strongest survive, sometimes trusting the heart is the bravest act of all.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Nikki Jefford in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

I never imagined dystopia and paranormal could be combined into one book, but then I read about Wolf Hollow and I was intrigued.

Wolf Hollow is at its core a story about the struggles of a wolf pack to live. There are a number of things that endanger the pack: from wild vicious animals called vulhenas, to wizards, humans and rabid wolves, and even their own dwindling numbers. This world had some new to me rules. Wolves could only get pregnant during the full moon, there were a lot of steps to go through in order to participate in the full moon celebration. There was also a council formed by the alpha, Sasha, and the elders of the pack, that actually ruled the pack. That was new for me. It seemed to me like Sasha was alpha in name only, because she didn’t have all that much power to speak of.

Sasha is an interesting character. She’s strong and she’s a very capable warrior, even though the elders in her pack don’t see her as such, because she’s a female. I wanted to understand Sasha more, but I can’t really say I connected with her all that much. I liked her, but I didn’t fully understand her. I liked that she didn’t sit on the sidelines, instead she participated in the protection of the pack and in the supply runs whenever they were being made. I liked seeing her in that role, because that’s what showed me she could be a strong leader, not just her lineage or the title she has.

Tabor is a half-wizard/half-wolf male, and for that most pack mates hate him. He is a good guy, that unfortunately because of his heritage is being hated on by everyone, being accused of bewitching the females of the pack, or of endangering the pack just by existing. I truly felt for him. So I was glad when towards the end his friends step in to save him, especially when he saved the pack.

The thing I didn’t enjoy all that much was the constant reminder that Sasha had a duty towards the pack to mate with someone the pack deemed worthy of an alpha. Everybody else had a choice of accepting a mating or not, she didn’t. And it wasn’t just the elders that reminded her of that, it was the other pack members too, both males and females. It got to the point where I wanted to be able to jump in the book and smack a few people around. It was enough to pull me out of the story a few times, and that doesn’t happen quite so often for me. I talked about how this story had some new elements, and some new ideas for how a pack should function, but I didn’t fully understand those rules. We also aren’t told all that much about where the shifters and the wizards come from, they just exist, and we also don’t have a lot of information about the apocalypse itself. So a lot of times I didn’t understand what was going on and how exactly does this world function outside of the pack.

There was a lot of potential to this story, but I admit that, sadly, I didn’t fully click with this book. I hope that the next book in the series sheds some more light into the mythology of this world and that we learn more about the wizards and the shifters.

All in all, an interesting start for a new series.

Comic Book Tuesday: Xena: Penance by Meredith Finch

Author: Meredith Finch
Series: N/A
Audience: +16
Genre: Comic Book
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: October 9th 2018
My Rating: 3 cups
Source: Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

The path to redemption is never easy, and the journey of a warrior princess seeking to wash the blood of innocents from her hands is no exception. Xena travels to Athens, to plead for redemption in the temple of Eleos. But some things can never be forgiven and the shadows of past sins are long. Will Xena find redemption or betrayal waiting for her in the temple of the gods? The power, the passion, the danger… her courage would change the world. Xena: Warrior Princess.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Dynamite Entertainment and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

Growing up, Xena was my go-to TV show ever. It was THE show to watch every Sunday morning and I would watch it religiously. Now, I can honestly say it’s still one of my favorite TV shows ever, so any chance I get to be reminded of those stories and characters I’ll take it and see where it goes.

I really enjoyed the art in this comic book. The panels are very nice and not overly crowded with dialogue. The colors were also very vivid and the tones chosen matched the tone of the scenes they were depicting.

I also liked that the artist didn’t try to create perfect portraits of the actresses from the show. Although I’d love nothing more than to see Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor back in their roles as Xena and Gabrielle, I do like the fact that the artist stayed true to their vision of the characters and not force a portrait-like drawing that likely would have taken me out of the story.

Sadly, it’s the story that truly disappointed me. If you’ve watched the show, you probably remember a little bit about the details. If you’ve watched it countless times, you remember the smaller details. Well, Penance kind of felt like an alternate universe story, in which Gabrielle’s costume looks like it did after she became an Amazon but without actually being an Amazon able to defend herself, in which she had never seen a cyclops, and Callisto was a villain capable of leading an army. I’m not mad about it, but I definitely wasn’t a fan of where the author went with this story. I also wonder if the costume choice for Gabrielle was made by the author or by the artist, but either way that was the thing that bothered me the most. I feel like there was so much to explore with that title, and this story almost misses the point. I would have wanted to see Xena making the decision to change who she is, in the few moments before she hides her weapons and gives up her warrior clothes in the first few seconds of the pilot episodes. I would have wanted to see Gabrielle in the first few months after the end of the show, when Xena died. Why Ares started to hunt down Xena in the present time and how he once again became the amoral god of war that he was in the earlier seasons. A reimagining of how Xena and Gabrielle met and how Xena found out about Callisto was definitely not what I was imagining when I started reading this book.

That being said, if I look at the story on its own and try really hard to forget about the show, and imagine that this is the very first time Xena appeared in the world, then the story is pretty compelling and interesting. There’s a woman who lost her soul and is trying to make up for her past mistakes, a young girl in search of a different life, and a cunning villain that is looking for revenge. You can see Xena is a woman tormented by her past, but I think this torment is still in the early stage, as she doesn’t truly know what to do in order to make up for what she did in the past. Then you have the innocent Gabrielle, a bard who left home in order to escape the future that was awaiting her. Gabrielle was a little bit too annoying for my taste, and her clumsiness was not endearing, more like irritating. I did chuckle a few times, but all in all I can’t say I can see Xena and Gabrielle be friends forever. Callisto was truly the most interesting point of the story in my opinion. Lately I’ve been very interested in seeing the villain’s side of the story, so I was anxiously waiting to see a little bit more of Callisto’s background, but it wasn’t explored as much as I wanted it to be.

When I saw this book on Netgalley I truly was expecting something great, something new, an exploration of a hidden corner in Xena’s mind, a new story within the universe. While the story was interesting, it wasn’t what I had hoped for and the nerd in me was bothered by the misuse of some of the finer details of the universe.

Comic Book Tuesday #30: Charmed: A Thousand Deaths by Erica Schultz

Author: Erica Schultz
Series: Charmed Vol. 1
Audience: +18
Genre: Comic Book
Publisher: Dynamite Book Distributors
Release Date: October 11th 2017
My Rating: 3 Cups
Source: Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to continue the story of Phoebe, Piper, and Paige, television’s fan-favorite witches, in all-new adventures set within the official continuity of Charmed! A dark force has set its sights on the art world of San Francisco, utilizing a gallery exhibit to feed souls to the underworld and unleash demons into our reality. Only the Power of Three, harnessed by the Halliwell sisters, can stop the madness! Collects issues 1-5.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Dynamite Book Distributors in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

I have a confession to make: I haven’t watched Charmed. I watched a few episodes back in the day, but it didn’t catch me. I don’t know why exactly. My guess is it was because it was airing at the same time as Buffy, and I loved Buffy, and I was a one-TV show kind of girl at the time. I was a kid, okay? Anyway, I saw this on Netgalley a few weeks ago and I thought I’d give the Charmed sisters another try, and now I’m kinda thinking about watching the show too.

The story in this comic book is pretty simple, when you think about it. Basically a bad guy with a lot of power wants to bring some pain and mayhem on Earth and decides to help another bad guy that wants the sisters dead. I feel that for the number of issues this volume had, the story was enough, however I kept wishing for a bit more depth. There were a lot of things that could have been explored more, like what Shaina can do and what are the limits of her power, what this place where souls go is like and more. I also didn’t particularly like the fact that for as bad as he was, the sisters managed to get rid of the villain so fast, based on how devious he was. Djall was pretty smart and pretty evil, and I believe he deserved a bit more struggle from the sisters’ part. That being said, the story is pretty short, so it kind of makes sense that it was all solved so quickly.

The artwork was pretty amazing. I liked it a lot. The panels weren’t too crowded, and they were easy to read and to follow. The colors used were very pretty and vibrant, but they also got pretty dark when the story went to darker scenes, which I liked. I love it when the color tones follow the story-line like that.

All in all, this was a pretty good story, and it made me curious about the sister and their stories, so I might be inclined to watch the show now.