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: “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: “Call of the Night” Vol. 2, by Kotoyama

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Ko is still roaming about at night and feeding his vampire friend, Nazuna in hopes of eventually being turned into a vampire himself. When a schoolmate of his, Akira Asai, also happens upon Nazuna, she makes Ko give more thought into his mission to fall in love so he can become a vampire. We also learn how Nazuna makes her money; as a professional cuddler.

For me it makes total sense for Nazuna to be a professional cuddler. She’s a go with the flow type person so it makes sense she would have a job where she can make money on her own terms without set hours and her clients wouldn’t want people to know they see her. And we also get to meet one of her clients; who has much the same feelings about being out at night and just being able to be alone with your thoughts. I like that Nazuna being a vampire isn’t really the main focus; it’s the freedom of being out at night with out the pressures of the day. It’s interesting. 3.5 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: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 13, by Tomohito Oda

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In this volume, Komi and Rei spend some time together, forming a bond that breaks through Rei’s initial standoffishness. As it’s becoming easier for Komi to make friends, Tadano notices she doesn’t need to rely on him as much, making him wistful about her progress.

It’s nice to see the development between Komi and Rei and the closeness of the others in the group. This volume is on point with the humor and characterization making it really fun to read. I am wondering how new people will fit into the group but that remains to be seen. 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Fall” Volume 1, by Jared Muralt

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Amid a mysterious flu outbreak, food shortages, and environmental crisis, a single father of two teenagers struggle to survive.

This was just… Ok. For an apocalyptic drama, this was surprisingly dry and if you’ve read anything in this genre before, this doesn’t bring much new to the table. The art style does its job and the characters left by the end of this volume are people I’d want to continue to follow. Good, but nothing special. 2.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kick-Ass: The New Girl” Book Two by Steve Niles & Marcelo Frusín

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Patience is expanding her reach, taking down or absorbing increasingly dangerous criminal organizations. Doing good with her money, she also has people working with her and using her money to help her community. But Patience has made dangerous enemies who are not happy with her meddling.

This volume goes more into the real issues dealing with a double life and how it affects her family. While I enjoy the idea of Patience leading this gang to do some good, I don’t feel like this idea is explored. It’s just told to us while the meat of this is the other cartels and mob trying to taker her down. Probably to keep up with the requisite need for tons of violence. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Kick-Ass: The New Girl” Book One by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.

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Veteran and single mom Patience has to find a way to make ends meet. When she runs into and takes down some criminals, she decides to make pummeling bad guys a lucrative sidehustle.

This is an interesting way to continue the Kick-Ass name with a fresh new character. I like that it’s someone familiar with combat and planning. Patience is smart, capable, and has a LOT to lose if something happens to her on the job or if she’s found out. It’s also much less negative than it’s predecessor. There are likable people to follow and I’m interested in what happens next. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Stars of History: Marilyn Monroe” by Bernard Swysen, Paty Christian

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This graphic novel is a fast-paced biography of Marilyn Monroe starting from birth until her untimely death.

And by fast-paced, I mean very, VERY rushed account of her life. I like the art style for the expressive faces but the body proportions are iffy in places; like all of a sudden someone will have a HUGE behind or look like their back is broken. Unlike something like Irena – a biographical comic that is entertaining and detailed enough to act as a jumping-off point for further research – this book is more like a cliff-notes of a real biography. It’s ok but superficial. I think it should have taken more time to really dig deep but maybe they had page constraints. 3.5 out of 5.

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