Lenni Reviews: “Sensor” by Junji Ito

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Kyoko Byakuya comes across a strange village almost as if it was calling to her. The Kiyokami village is covered in what they call heavenly hair or Amagami; which seems to have mystical properties. Made from volcanic glass, these hairs allow the villagers a type of cosmic sight but also herald dark and terrible events.

This was… Strange. Usually, I’m on board with Ito’s signature weirdness – which this is chock full of – but something about this story feels unfocused and incomplete. This is one of the first offerings from this author that I will say I would pass on it if you’re not a huge fan of the creator. It’s ok but nowhere near other Ito works I’ve read. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Fist of the North Star” Vol 1 by Buronson & Tetsuo Hara

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Ken wanders the post apocalyptic landscape in the year 199X, facing vicious marauders and desperate survivors.

Yup. Shun me. I’ve never read this manga or seen the original anime. So, now that this classic has been reprinted, I decided to check it out. And I am not disappointed. This is classic 90’s and feels nostalgic even though this is new to me. I’m glad I finally got around to reading this. It’s action packed, well drawn, and compelling to read. If you’re a fan or new to this series like me, I encourage you to check this out. 4.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gray” by Arvind Ethan David, Eugenia Koumaki, Diana Greenhalgh & Joana LaFuente

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Detective Hank Wutan is investigating a series of violent robberies of bankers by a pair of women. As he gets closer, he discovers it all connects to a mysterious woman who appears to not have aged in decades.

I can see some readers being put off by the politics or triggered by the sensitive subject matters so trigger warning if you are anti-choice or don’t want to read about sexual assault, female circumcision, gun violence, drugs, or spousal abuse, I suggest you skip this one.

If you’re still with me, this book is very in your face about all the above subjects but I didn’t mind since I found the overall story interesting. I would like to know what the endgame is for all of this, how the next installment (this ends on a cliffhanger) plays out, and how this connects to Oscar Wilde. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Asadora!” Vol. 3, by Naoki Urasawa

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Asadora meets a scientist who is studying large creatures like the one that caused such destruction when she was a child. The Japanese government wants her help as the Olympics will be held in Japan and they don’t want some monster causing trouble.

Asa is the glue that holds this all together. She’s just a great character and grounding force in what looks like is amping up to some craziness. I’d bet there’s gonna be some giant monster battles but I think I’m going to stop expecting things with this series and just go along for the ride because it’s cool! 5 out of 5.

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Writing Update: Cover Reveal!

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The rough draft of Dahlia is done and this is going to be the cover! I may tweak the font and I’m considering either a subtitle or series name but I wanted to show this off! And show that I’m not slacking on my writing or just talking about it without any results. 

I’m thinking this series will be three parts but depending on the flow, that my change. My original outline was four parts but I already changed that. That’s usually why I don’t outline… But I can’t deny my output has increased overall with a plan in place; even if I don’t follow it.

I don’t have a release date since I’m still editing to make sure it flows right and has no typos. I’ll post that as soon as I know.

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Lenni Reviews: “Forget Me Not” by Alix Garin

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As her grandmother’s health deteriorates; Clemence realizes how miserable she is in the nursing home so, she decides to take her grandmother on an unauthorized road trip to her grandmother’s childhood home.

Oof… This hit in all the feels. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking, beautifully drawn, and covers a wide range of topics and emotions. It’s hard to watch a loved one go through memory lose and have the cared for and caregiver roles reverse. This book is so emotional but amazing from beginning to end. 4.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Ice Cream Man Volume 5: Other Confections” by W. Maxwell Prince, Martín Morazzo & Chris O’Halloran

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This volume dips it’s toes into a range of stories from a parody of superheroes, how to be a ghost, and features the Ice Cream Man reading a bedtime story to children.

The series is still suitably creepy and twisted but where previously we were getting hints of what the Ice Cream Man is, that just stops in favor of these short scary stories. I was excited for that reveal but I suppose keeping us in the dark is part of the suspense and fear. I still would like more of a follow through instead of just continuing with the short story format. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Breaklands Season One: The Chase” by Justin Jordan & Tyasseta

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Far in the future, it is the norm for humans to have psychic powers. Kasa has no such abilities so she hides away from society with her little brother, Adam. But when Adam is kidnapped by marauders, Kasa has to find help among the people she’s determined to stay away from.

This book is dark but also managed to be intersting and quirky. Kasa is a great character and the crew she stumbles into are endlessly entertaining. I hope volume 2 comes out soon so I can get some more post-apocalyptic adventures. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Sacrifice of Darkness” by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, Rebecca Kirby & James Fenner

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When the sun is replaced by an ominous red crease in the sky after a Hiram Hightower flies into the sun, a town flounders for answers and someone to blame.

This is a great concept; the sun being put out due to greed and desperation; the same feelings that lead the town to shun the Hightower family after the sun goes out. The main plot really is the relation ship between Hiram’s son, Joshua, and a girl named Claire who befriends him despite the rest of the town hating him and his family. The art is soft and beautiful, the story is compelling, and this book is worth checking out for something unique. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Dracula: Vlad the Impaler” by Roy Thomas & Esteban Maroto

 

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This graphic novel goes through Vlad’s childhood where he acquired his taste for blood and his rise as a brutal warrior.

First off, I can appreciate the aesthetic choice to have this in black and white but I think this would have benefitted from deep, dramatic coloring. This is also heavy in period politics along with the blood and battles and that made my eyes glaze over sometimes. It also feels like it should have been longer but this is a good adaptation of Vlad’s history if you’re interested in Dracula’s story. 3.5 out of 5.

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