The Sci-fi Fantasy Reader's Review

My Comments on Science Fiction / Fantasy Books and other related media.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Flash, the television series

I was skeptical about watching the Flash on Netflix. I had never read the comic book so didn't have a clue what to expect. It is amazing! Really, I would recommend to anyone who likes action/hero themed television shows or movies. Coming in to this series without any pre-knowledge wasn't a hinderance to watching the Flash.

The series starts at the beginning on how he obtained the super power of speed. There is also background on his life and as the series progresses, you see the background of the other characters as well. It's funny yet it can be very sad that it can make a grown man teary eyed. The only problem I had with this series was the way the character of Barry Allen, the Flash was developed. He could be so emotional and not think things through. I also found some holes in the script as I watched the series. I figured some clues out before the characters did. But I have to say it was a thought provoking series, really. My husband and I would discuss what was happening and share our thoughts about some of the mysteries in the series, like who Dr. Wells really is or who is the Reverse Flash.

What is nice about the Flash, is that the first season dealt with one problem with a cliff hanger then the second season started with the cliff hanger and introduced another villain. We watched the second season on Amazon Prime since we don't have cable so now we"ll have to wait a year to see it again which is a bummer! I can't wait till season 3!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Star Wars graphic novels

Star Wars has become again a popular franchise with the advent of the movie opening of Star Wars: Force Awaken. This has spun-off comic books and graphic novels that I'm really enjoy reading. What I liked about the series is the characters look like the actors in the movies. It's familiar and the character development was much like the original Star Wars movies.  Each of these spin-offs has a comic book series but I rather read the full novel than buy the individual comics, basically the graphic novel is a little cheaper than buy each individual comic, I like the feel and look of the novels. The illustrations in the novels is beautiful and the story lines are really good too.

Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes graphic novel takes place after the rebels have blown up the Death Star in "New Hope". Luke is having troubles controlling the force which is reasonable since he just learned he had the power. The rebels have a mission to Tatooine to blow up the weapons factory there but as usual the mission doesn't go as planned. Later Luke goes to Obi-Wan Kenobi's old place to learn more about his mentor. As this time, Darth Vadar doesn't know who Luke is until he sends Boba Fett to Tatooine for information.

Darth Vader graphic novel is very interesting since this is about him and his relationship with the Emperior, Darth Sidious. There are also scenes from his past when he was Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi with Padme Amidala.

If you're a fan of the Star Wars Rebels anime that is running through the Disney Channel,
the graphic novel Kanan: The Last Padawan is a must read. We actually get to see his beginnings before and after the Clone Wars. He was just a Padawan when his master is killed by clone troupers and had to survive on his own.

I really enjoyed these comic graphic novels because it gives you some information about the characters form the movies and what they were doing in between each episode (or film).