Blast from the past, a comic series from the 70s…

Yoko Tsuno: TWO-IN-ONE: Unterirdische Begegnung / Die Orgel des Teufels
by Roger LeloupHarald Sachse (Translator)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Two issues collected in one softcover edition, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the German comics publisher Carlsen, translated into German from the original French.

Roger Leloup is a Belgian comic strip artist, novelist, and a former collaborator of Hergé, for whom he created drawings for The Adventures of Tintin. He is most famous for the Yoko Tsuno comic series, which was first published in 1970. (info transcribed from Wikipedia)

The first issue, Yoko tsuno le trio de l’etrange (CROSS OVER, was published in 1972. Yoko Tsuno and her colleagues get sucked into an underground world while scuba diving and meet aliens living in a subterranean colony. It‘s an SF adventure story with quite a lot of action and conflict. The story was not my cup of tea, I skimmed through the last few pages.

The second issue in this collection is L’Orgue du diable, first published in 1973. Katz Castle, a real castle towering above the river Rhine, and its surroundings are the place of action for this one. This part of the Rhine Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I have come past this particular stretch by train many times, trying to catch a glimpse of the Lorelei from my train window. The first frame of this comic gives a realistic view of the setting…

(Photo at the top taken from Wikipedia)

Here is the text of Heinrich Heine‘s poem Die Lorelei with an English translation:…

Anyway, back to Yoko Tsuno! Another mystery, this time a less speculative story, about a massiv pipe organ. I liked the artwork depicting real settings. But generally, as mentioned above already, this type of comic is not really my thing. Not bad, but I won‘t pick up any other issues of this series.

Weird stuff coming our way

Witchblade #80 by Ron MarzMike Choi (Illustrator), Joe Weems (Illustrator), Brian Buccellato (Illustrator)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A freebie for kindle. I knew nothing about the series before picking this up. First published in 2009 and was stuck on my comics TBR pile since 2020. I still know nothing, beside that there are a gazillion issues and versions in this world.

The female MC is a police detective in New York and is attracted to „the weird stuff“. The comic starts with her in a hospital bed, comatose and hooked up to machines, watched over by her old partner, who is on administrative leave.

Another cop comes to investigate and things become mysterious. Not bad. I am interested.

The artwork is ok. The women unfortunately are a little old-school-big-boobs and scantily clad.

I just remembered why I don‘t like the Mirrorverse…

Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #0 by David TiptonScott TiptonJ.K. Woodward (Illustrator)

Rating: 1 out of 5.

The titular story is only 19 pages long, pretty short. The other 20 pages are teasers of several other Star Trek comics. So not even half of the content is what it says on the cover.

The storyline is the usual Mirrorverse, aka assassination attempts, slavery, silly outfits. Plus I never liked Barclay and don‘t care…

The artwork is iffy, aka the human anatomy is off. Heads are sitting at unrealistic angles, arms are on steroids and out of proportion to the rest of the body, it‘s not pretty.

Seriously, that arm looks as if Data borrowed it from the Hulk…

Not recommended. I will definitely not get another one of these.

You gotta bleed…

Saga #58 by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Fiona Staples (Illustrator), Fonografiks (Letterer)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Is it me or do the single issues feel shorter and shorter?

What do you have to do to become really good at something? 

And how do you deal with the loss of a loved one longterm? And everybody trying to get you?

I am so glad that someone told me that the words in blue are in Esperanto! And that I can get translations online!

Unstuck, on and off planet

Slaughter-House Five by Ryan North (Author), Kurt Vonnegut Jr.Albert Monteys (Illustrator), Scott Newman (Illustrator)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Love the artwork.

I can‘t say how it compares to the original, as I haven‘t read the book. I had no issues following the timeline. Great concept. The story itself didn‘t really do an awful lot for me. I might have to digest it some more and then reread it or actually pick up the book.

So, reviewing the comic…. This is autobiographical, so does that mean that Kurt Vonnegut was unstuck in time? How would that have presented itself in his life? Presumably he came unstuck due to his experiences during WWII?

The comics within comics where a fun idea. 

The ending did not satisfy me. It just sort of fizzled out.

This epic journey to fight evil is not for me.

Seven To Eternity #1 by Rick Remender (Author), Jerome Opeña (Illustrator), Matt Hollingsworth (Illustrator)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Fantasy with a heavy hint of the Wild West and a family struggling and fighting the good fight. Maybe. They might also be traitors to a cause. I was missing backstory and world building, I couldn‘t really make much sense of the story. It was verbose, but explained little. Consequently it did not really engage me and lacked suspense.

Good artwork. Some of the visuals made me think of Star Wars. Or the more outlandish parts of the Marvel universe. Meobius? 

What I liked: Fantastic beasts, dragonlike creatures and flying squid. 

Other graphic novels I read by Rick Remender:

Black Science #1 — ★★☆☆☆ — My review

Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope — ★★☆☆☆ — My review

I think this author might not be my cup of tea. I will avoid him going forward.

Girls just want to have fun…

Unnatural #1 by Mirka Andolfo

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Leslie, the pig girl, hates her job, working at a diner. She lives in a totalitarian society, where nobody is allowed to have „unnatural“ relationships. So, only your own species and the opposite sex. Problems ensue.

I like the artwork well enough. The story of issue #1 was ok, but didn‘t really tempt me to continue.

France meets Peru

The Adoption: CE by ZidrouArno Monin (Artist)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is alternatively funny and sad. Grandpa is grumpy and gnarly. And Qinaya is too cute for words.

She is a little girl from Peru, that has been adopted into a French family. Mostly this first issue is about the developing relationship between her and her new grandfather. Nice artwork, good story, well-done character development. Very surprising ending of Issue #1. It threw me for a very unexpected loop.

So I went into Issue #2 with some apprehension… The story was a little scattered and rambly. Very situational and reflective. I didn‘t like it as much as Issue #1. It didn‘t really shed much light on the cliffhanger of Issue #1 for a long time either and only had a light connection to it. However, the art was still very good.

And the ending made me happy. A feel-good finale.

Too cute for words…

Qinaya (L’adoption #1) by Zidrou (Scénario), Arno Monin (Dessin, Couleurs)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is alternatively funny and sad. Grandpa is grumpy and gnarly. And Qinaya is too cute for words. She is a little girl from Peru, that has been adopted into a French family. Mostly this first issue is about the developing relationship between her and her new grandfather. 

I dared to get this in French. I understood most of it without looking up words and context helped where I didn‘t. I definitely missed some nuances, that I then picked up when I read the English translation in The Adoption: CE. I will post more of a review there eventually.

Nice artwork, good story, well-done character development. Very surprising ending of Issue #1.

Saga continues in small installments

Saga #57 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Illustrator), Fonografiks (Letterer)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A little backwards look down memory lane. 

And a precious parenting moment…

More Will and Lying cat, a little progress with Alana‘s newest job, family and what you do to keep it safe and happy. 

I could have done without the seven pages of fan letters and promotions for other comics. More Saga would have been nicer.