"Destiny Unfulfilled" by Jim Adan is a good critique of Harry Potter. It's worth a read especially if you want to be a writer yourself.
It's a 157 pages long. Some of it could apply to other franchises .
"Teen Titans Academy" issue 1 is written by Tim Sheridan and the art is by Rafa Sandavol. It's basically the first day of school at the newly opened Roy Harper Titans Academy. The Titans of old adjust to being teachers while the students figure out their new lives. Also one of them is gonna become Red X and I think I know who it is. XD.
It's a decent first issue and your mileage may vary on your interest in Teen Titans.
I just had the time and space on my to-read-list to begin with Mitchell's Black Swan Green and I think I'm in love.
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I'm also wondering if I should get back to Novik's Temeraire series. I loved the first two books, the rest of them are available in the community library, but only in English. Only the first two are translated into my language. I don't like reading prose in English, it affects my own writing in a negative way.
I thought I'd have a hard time getting into it since it's been awhile since I read the first two, but it took no time for me to be refamiliarized with the characters and plot. She's definitely really good at threading those reminders in without being overwhelming or redundant.
"Reckless: Friend of the Devil" is written by Ed Brubaker and the art is by Sean Phillips. Its another Ethan Reckless adventure as he tracks down a missing actress and gets involved in a satanic cult in the mid-80s. Pretty slick read with a dense but easy to follow plot.
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"Way of X" is written by Si Spurrier and the art is drawn by Bob Quinn. Nightcrawler is concerned with morality in Krakoa, the newly created country of mutants. So when Proffessor X asks him to reach out to his wayward son Legion, he starts on a journey he might not like the end of. Its a fun but dense first issue and I'm excited to see where it goes.
I tried to start reading A Critique of Practical Reason and I was doing fine at first, but the further I got the more lost I got. Maybe I should start with Introduction to Logic or Groundworks for the Metaphysics of Morals.
"Scene of the Crime" was published by DC's Vertigo imprint. It is written by Ed Brubaker and the art is Michael Lark.
It follows Jack Herriman, a 20-something Private Investigator living with his Uncle Knut and his girlfriend Molly. His uncle was a famous crime scene photographer but retired. He opened up a camera shop with his longterm girlfriend Molly titled the Scene of the Crime. .
This was a miniseries released over 20 years ago but it holds up pretty well.
There are two stories collected.
The first was "Into the moonlight". It focuses on Jack finding a missing woman who turns up dead the morning after he found her. She has ties to a mysterious self help group/cult called the LunarHouse.
"God and Sinners" is a short story where Jack has to stakeout an ex-con over Christmas.
It felt like a YA/Film Noir mashup to me. Jack is in his 20s and the series doesn't ignore it.
Also the series works as a look at how to do a character driven genre show. The cases are seperate from Jack's life but they do parallel each other.
Which is something DMC could've benefit from....just saying
"Journey to Mystery" by Kieron Gillen- Loki gets Reborn as a human child on Earth. Thor finds him and endeavors to raise Loki better than before. Kid Loki gets into all kinds of Mischief along the way and it's pretty fun.
This comic came out over 10 years ago. It's a time capsule, preserving some of the storytelling decisions Marvel made.
The first two volumes focuses on the Fear Itself event. Where the Red Skull's Daughter "Sin" released the Asgardian God of Fear. Who happened to be Odin's brother Cul.
Kid Loki endeavors to help Thor fight Cul and the second volume deals with the fallout of his actions.
Volstagg retelling Fear Itself as a bedtime story is hilarious and a good character beat.
Despite being a dark series, it has a ton of whimsy and self aware comedy to it. It balanced itself out.
Volume 3 has a teamup between Kid Loki and Hellstorm as they battle Nightmare. Nightmare isn't happy Cul tried to muscle in on his terf. He seeks to take advantage of Cul's defeat by Thor and show everyone whose boss.
Volume 4 is called the Manchester Gods. It deals with a civil war between English folklore and New gods brought on industrialization. Asgard sent Kid loki to be in the middle and engineer the conflict in their favor. Only problem is Kid Loki is unsure who he should support.
It's a fun read that feels like a combination of Artemis Fowl and the Sandman.
"-- we have procedures designed to prevent the meting-out of unfair punishment. Scarlet letters are a thing of the past.
Except, of course, they aren’t. Right here in America, right now, it is possible to meet people who have lost everything—jobs, money, friends, colleagues—after violating no laws, and sometimes no workplace rules either. Instead, they have broken (or are accused of having broken) social codes having to do with race, sex, personal behavior, or even acceptable humor, which may not have existed five years ago or maybe five months ago. Some have made egregious errors of judgment. Some have done nothing at all. It is not always easy to tell."
Recommendation for @Morgan - I assume you'd enjoy this as much as I do!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, as an audiobook, though. Somehow, and in a good way, I find the protagonist working in child custody services very interesting, being a custody child myself... without any supernatural skills, that is