SciFi Book Review: Lois Lane: Triple Threat

Lois Lane: Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond

Synopsis:
For the first time, Lois Lane has almost everything she wants. Non-temporary home? Check. Dream job? Double check. Incredible BFFs? The absolute best. And now, her online crush, SmallvilleGuy, is coming to Metropolis. If all goes well, they ll turn their long-distance friendship into a some-kind-of-fairy-tale romance. But when does all ever go well? Before she can check boyfriend off her list, Lois must take down a mad scientist plus a trio of mutant teens, protect the elusive flying man from the feds (including her dad), and navigate her very first date with SmallvilleGuy. In the follow-up to FALLOUT and DOUBLE DOWN, Gwenda Bond’s reimagination of DC Comics s first leading lady takes on her toughest challenge yet: Love.

Review:
Lois Lane is an average teenage girl with a penchant for getting into trouble. She’s also incredibly brave, with a good heart. She has an online romance with a certain young man from Smallville. And her best friends are in the midst of an awkward love triangle. When some super-powered kids begin showing up around Lois and her friends, she’s convinced her nemesis is behind it.

Triple Threat is the third installment in this YA, scifi series. This latest adventure is paired nicely with Lois finally getting to meet SmallvilleGuy as well as another online individual. As her romance blossoms, so does the danger. And Lois is only willing to risk her own safety in search of the truth behind the mysterious kids with powers. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest novel. And I appreciate that the character’s relationships are involving – and that Lois finally gets to meet her online crush. Comic book fans will notice some changes to Superman lore, besides their early meeting. But the characters, especially Lois, feel true to their roots. The story follows her point of view, so it would be great to see some more character development from the other characters past just their romantic entanglements. And I look forward to more in this fun and exciting series.

SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka

Synopsis:
On the desert world of Jedha, in the Holy City, friends Baze and Chirrut used to be Guardians of the hills, who looked after the Kyber Temple and the devoted pilgrims who worshiped there. Then the Empire came and took over the planet. The temple was destroyed and the people scattered. Now Baze and Chirrut do what they can to resist the Empire and protect the people of Jedha, but it never seems to be enough. Then a man named Saw Gerrera arrives, with a militia of his own and grand plans to take down the Empire. It seems like the perfect way for Baze and Chirrut to make a real difference and help the people of Jedha live better lives. But will it come at too great a cost?

Review:
Author Greg Rucka has written several backstories of characters from the recent Star Wars film. Baze and Chirrut are introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And now we get a backstory focusing solely on these fascinating characters. This story begins with Baze and Chirrut already dealing with the Empire invading their world. When Saw asks for their help in rebelling against the Empire, the two friends must weigh their distrust of Saw versus the evil the Empire is causing.

This is a quick, fast-paced read for Star Wars fans of all ages. There is plenty of suspense, intrigue, and drama packed in this fun adventure. I only wish we could see even further back in these characters lives – such as when they first meet. Where this picks up, Baze and Chirrut are pretty much the same rough and jaded men they are in the film and have the same, brotherly camaraderie. I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting adventure, and hope to see much more of these fantastic characters.

Spotlight: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book

Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book

Dot-to-dot artist Thomas Pavitte has developed a book of 20 complex dot-to-dot puzzles with at least 1,000 dots for each image. This time, the theme is Guardians of the Galaxy!

Guardians Dot to Dot

There is a sample page to get you started.

Guardians Dot to Dot

Each page is color-coded in groups of 100. The numbers are very small, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fairly easy to follow. If your eyesight is good enough to see some of the more faded numbers!

Guardians Dot to Dot
Guardians Dot to Dot

Here’s a partial and completed page that features Star-Lord!

Guardians Dot to Dot

And Gamora

Guardians Dot to Dot

And Rocket!
I love these images… Each one has been a lot of fun to complete. These dot-to-dot books are for those who love puzzles and mindless fun. I usually work on them while “watching” tv. Each takes more than an hour to complete usually. And I’d recommend for teens and up, because of difficulty and length of time to completion.

Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 1: Black Cross & Volume 2: Cross of War

Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 1: Black Cross

Synopsis:
In 1927, Darius Gift, young, handsome, terribly entitled, is given his first mission for the ancient Templar Order, and the chance to clear his tarnished family name. All doesn’t quite go to plan when he arrives in Shanghai, however, and his inexperience jeopardizes the whole operation. Thankfully, he isn’t the only Templar new to the city, as the enigmatic Black Cross is stalking the shadows… and saving Darius from failure! Collecting the first arc of the brand new explosive Templars series, from the world of Assassin’s Creed, Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero offer a new perspective on the century-spanning feud between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order!

Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 2: Cross of War

Synopsis:
In the dungeons of Tripoli, a man will have his fortunes changed forever as he becomes an agent of honor for the legendary Templar Order. The introduction of the second character ever to be officially called the Black Cross, defender of the Templar Order ideals.

Review:
This series focuses mainly on the Templar’s and the mysterious Black Cross character. Volume 1 is a very exciting story, with some great plot twists. In 1927, the son of a disgraced Templar tries to save his family name with a mission in Shanghai. But his incompetence is soon apparent, when the Black Cross steps in to save the day. I wasn’t a big fan of the artwork and coloring. It was dark and rigid, and wasn’t easy to depict some of the characters.

Volume 2 introduces an older man who agrees to look back in his ancestor’s memories for the Templars. This story arc has a nice balance of both time periods – both with thrilling storylines. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. And I enjoyed the artwork more. I do wish the character of Black Cross was fleshed out more, more of his purpose and duty. The person is supposed to be shrouded in mystery, which I understand. The series doesn’t lack for action and suspense. I look forward to more in this promising comic line.

SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Rebel Rising

Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis

Synopsis:
When Jyn Erso was five years old, her mother was murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents she is not completely alone-Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own, and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become rebel herself.

Jyn dedicates herself to the cause-and the man. But fighting alongside Saw and his people brings with it danger and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go as one of Saw’s soldiers. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to pull the pieces of herself back together and figure out what she truly believes in… and who she can really trust.

Review:
In the film Rogue One, there’s a big gap from when Jyn’s a child and rescued by Saw to when she’s rescued from the Imperial prison. Rebel Rising fills in those missing years.

Jyn is just a young girl when she goes to live with Saw. With Saw, she learns skills beneficial to subverting the Empire. And Saw trusts no one, especially with the truth of who Jyn’s father is. Through the years, Saw become more of an extremist. And after a horrifying massacre, Jyn flees a planet and finds herself alone for the first time. This coming-of-age story is action-packed yet heartfelt. There is plenty of adventure, intrigue, drama, and even a bit of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed Jyn’s story from beginning to end, when she chooses to join the rebellion in an inspiring finale.

PSYCH: THE MOVIE Coming to USA in December!

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Awesome news for Psych-os! Our favorite fake psychic detectives will be back!

From press release:
SHAWN AND GUS TEAM UP FOR AN EPIC TWO-HOUR ‘PSYCH’ HOLIDAY MOVIE, SET TO PREMIERE ON USA NETWORK IN DECEMBER 2017

From Universal Cable Productions, PSYCH: THE MOVIE is Executive Produced by Steve Franks, James Roday, Dulé Hill and Tagline Pictures

Universal City, CA — May 8, 2017 — USA Network and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) have an early holiday present for fans of their hit series PSYCH. Fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend, Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill), will team up once again, returning to USA for the holidays, when the two-hour PSYCH: THE MOVIE premieres in December 2017. PSYCH creator Steve Franks co-wrote the movie with Roday and will also direct the special.

Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), Juliet (Maggie Lawson), Henry (Corbin Bernsen) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) will also return for the movie, which picks up three years after the series finale. The ambitious friends — along with some returning fan-favorite characters — come together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. A comedic thrill ride follows, as the wild and unpredictable PSYCH team pursues the bad guys, justice …and food!

“PSYCH is a beloved part of our USA family, and what better time to reunite with family than the holidays.” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Steve and James have taken the unique brand of comedy that the series honed over eight seasons and packed it in to a two-hour movie that successfully rekindles one of the greatest bro-mances in television history.”

“PSYCH has an absolutely phenomenal and constantly refreshing fan base. We couldn’t be more thrilled to gift our Psych-os this holiday season with PSYCH: THE MOVIE,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and President, Universal Cable Productions. “Steve, James, Dulé and the rest of the gang are all returning for a delightful holiday movie that will not – nay, dare not – disappoint!”

PSYCH: THE MOVIE is executive produced by Franks, Roday and Hill, along with Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak via Tagline Pictures. The special is from Universal Cable Productions in association with Tagline.PSYCH: THE MOVIE goes into production on May 24.

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
The team of Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector. Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story!

Review:
Even though this is volume 2, this is another origin story for Wonder Woman. Not much new here, but a fresh story once she actually gets to modern day America. There is a mysterious group of terrorists who leads to a familiar foe. And I enjoyed the new characters that befriend Diana. Steve’s story is pretty similar with a bit of a heart-breaking twist. And it was pretty funny that during each action scene, he manages to lose his shirt. The artwork was great, with vibrant colors. And I really like Wonder Woman’s modernized costume. I look forward to the next in this series reboot.

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