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Tiny Navajo Reads: Skyward, Vol. 3

Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix the World by Joe Henderson

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*Published August 27, 2019*

skyward vol. 3The last in the Skyward series, we see what happens when the Willa is able to figure out all that her father wanted her to know and what it means for everyone else in the world. As Willa makes her way to Kansas City, she learns a little more than she planned on.

Willa’s faced terrifying storms, giant man-eating bugs, a deadly rebellion and a whole lot of heartbreak but nothing can prepare her for this. It’s time for Willa to fulfill her father’s last request. Time to fix the world. But a revelation will rock Willa to her core and test her in ways she never imagined possible.

SKYWARD VOL. 3 collects issues 11-15 of the hit ongoing series from writer JOE HENDERSON (showrunner of Netflix’s LUCIFER) and artist LEE GARBETT (LUCIFER, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD).

I do believe that my review over on Goodreads sums up this last volume really well.

Okay, this series was really good, but it felt like it ended far to quickly and far to easily. I love that Willa figures out what her father wanted her to find in Kansas City, I love that Willa was able to figure out how to save Chicago from the farmers that were coming to take over it. And while I truly love all of these features, everything was really rushed in the fast chapters of this series. So, while an excellent series, the ending wasn’t as satisfying as I thought it could be.

The only thing that I would end is that I truly wished we could have explored the ideas of the Earth losing gravity and what that actually meant for the people and the animals of the world. We got some idea of what it meant for the people in Chicago, and it was somewhat terrifying but also something I would like to experience. Granted, giant bugs are not my forte, but I’d just say in the city. But I would like to see more of the world this story is a part of. What does it mean for the Earth to lose the majority of its gravity?

 

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Skyward, Vol. 2

Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Joe Henderson

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*Published March 5, 2019*

skyward vol. 2This second volume of Skyward picks up just about right where we left off, with Willa now trying to make her way out of Chicago to try and make her way to Kansas City. Hopefully.

Now a fugitive, Willa leaves Chicago and goes on the run! But when she takes refuge with some low-G farmers, she stumbles into a plot to attack the city. Oh, and on top of all that: giant, man-eating bugs! Maybe we should have led with that.

SKYWARD VOL. 2 collects issues 6-10 of the hit ongoing series from writer JOE HENDERSON (showrunner of Fox’s LUCIFER) and artist LEE GARBETT (LUCIFER, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD).

Okayokayokay….giant insects!!! It makes sense, but giant insects that wish to eat me! Nopenopenope, get me out of here; I no longer wish to be a part of this world, I resign.

Okay, granted, I don’t think giant insects will ever come back, at least if the gravity doesn’t turn off here on earth, but if it does, I will be staying in the city, I will not be venturing outside of it for any reason. Unfortunately for Willa, she doesn’t have a choice. If she wants to restore gravity to the way it was, then she needs to make her way out of Chicago and try to figure out where it is her father wanted her to go. On her way to wherever she is supposed to be going, the trains stop. The trains aren’t supposed to stop and for good reason. Something which Willa and Edison find out once the doors are pushed open to see if people can figure out how to get the train moving again. INSECTS!!!! Flippin’ giant INSECTS!!!! (as you can probably tell, I have a thing for bugs that are not in their proper realm of tiny and not in my house…)

But it’s here that Willa, and we as her audience, find out more about how the cities are being kept alive now that there are giant insects roaming around the world outside of cities, and how much the cities are and have been relying on farms outside of their skyscraper realms. Only this seems far worse to me as the farms were left on their own to defend against the giant insects, something that no one in the cities really know about due to the isolation that the lessened gravity seems to have naturally enforced.

At the giant farms, a revolution seems to be brewing and it starts with taking back Chicago. By attacking Chicago with said giant bugs. Willa, being the woman that she is, decides that she can’t condone this, nor let it happen, so she does what she can in order to stop it. It convince those that live there that those in the city don’t know what’s going on out there and that there is a different way to go about this.

What I will say about this volume though is that the story seemed a bit more rushed in this volume, like things were moving far to fast to make any logical sense. Not that this is always a bad thing, but there was too much happening for it to be going in the direction it seemed to want you to think it was going. Other than the odd pacing issue, which  may be more my fault that anything, this volume is wonderfully action-packed and I do kind of wish to visit this world where gravity is low enough to fly. Though I could do without the giant bugs. Please no giant bugs!

What aspects of alternative worlds do you enjoy? What do you wish you could experience? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Animosity, Vol. 4

Animosity, Vol. 4: The Walled City by Marguerite Bennett, illustrated by Rafael de Latorre

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*Published April 16, 2019*

animosity vol. 4Oh…this one went dark. This volume went to a very dark place and it was a bit unnerving to read, but it does show how much humanity is animalistic.

Betrayal! Jesse is kidnapped by a traitor she trusted and loved. Sandor follows the bloody trail to the dreaded Walled City, where the remains of human civilization reign in terrible power–and attempt to rebuild the world for humans only. With the hideous truth of the Walled City revealed, Sandor must use every ounce of cunning to rescue Jesse from her human captors–before the try to “save the world” from the risen Animals…

I think what a lot of this series is showing is that there is always going to be good and bad within the world, and it will depend on what side you are on what you do or how you are perceived. In this one, a colony called the Walled City is thought to be a heaven on earth, especially for the women of the world, but when Kyle brings Jessie there, it’s shown that this is no heaven on earth. As one woman tries to bring back human society, through cruelty and violence both to humans and animals, Jessie shows the girls of the commune that there is a different way to live, even if it means leaving the safety of the walls.

What does it mean to have humanity? How do you show said humanity?

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Beasts of Burden Vol. 1

Beasts of Burden Vol. 1: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin

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*Published May 22, 2018*

beasts of burden vol. 1This is the first volume of Beasts of Burden, I had read the second volume towards the end of 2019. I had only realized that after I had finished reading the second volume. But I love it!

This six-time Eisner Award-winning comic book series blending fantasy and humor features the adventures of paranormal pets investigating the horrors of their suburban community.

This volume collects the comic-book series Beasts of Burden issues #1-4, the short stories from the Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, the Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, the Dark Horse Book of the Dead, and the Dark Horse Book of Monsters, “Stray,” “Unfamiliar,” “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,” and “A Dog and His Boy,” published by Dark Horse Comics.

Black magic, demonic frogs, and zombie roadkill are just a few of the problems plaguing this seemingly sleepy little town. Beneath the quiet streets a rat cabal plots vengeance, while in the local cemetery the dead leave their graves. With the human residents unaware of the supernatural danger, it’s up to a determined crew of dogs (and one cat) to keep their community safe. Lives will be lost, and bonds forged as the beasts of Burden Hill battle against an unknown evil rooted within their town.

Award-winning comics creators Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) come together to share the lives of some unlikely heroes.

“For pet lovers and enthusiasts of supernatural mysteries, the series is an absolute must. . . The surprise factor within this series is not the suspense or horror, but rather the emotional resonance that the writing and illustrations create. . . Beasts of Burden is one of the comic book highlights of 2009.”–USA Today

If you love magic, animals, and slice of life then this is a comic series that you should check out. It’s wonderful, beautiful, and I love seeing just how much animals can sense and see that just passes the eyes of humans. As we see what exactly is going on in Burden Hill, we see how much these dogs (and one cat) seek to do in order to protect their home. They want all the weirdness to stop popping up, but when it does, they go and investigate and take care of whatever is disturbing their home.

I love this series, and I do want to buy this series next. I’m loving reading comics and they are quick reads, but they seem to be more my style right now, especially with the world having seemingly imploded in this weirdness that is 2020. So, if you love animals and magic, check out Beasts of Burden and check out my review for volume 2!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch

Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch by Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer, illustrated by Mike Mignola, Jill Thompson, and Benjamin Dewey

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*Published October 1, 2019*

beasts of burden neighborhood watchI saw a small comic from this series online, and as soon as I saw it, I knew that I needed to read the rest of the comics. So, I ordered this book from my library and I’m so glad that I did!

This eight-time Eisner Award-winning comic book series blending fantasy and humor features the adventures of paranormal pets investigating the monsters of Burden Hill.

The dogs and cats protecting Burden Hill from supernatural harm find themselves facing new threats and mysteries, including a vengeful demon, an invisible killer and an enigmatic flock of lost sheep. As a growing evil threatens to overwhelm their town, the animals find themselves some unlikely allies, most notably a seasoned paranormal investigator named…Hellboy.

This volume collects the comic-book series Beasts of Burden: SacrificeBeasts of Burden: Neighborhood WatchBeasts of Burden: Hunters and GatherersBeasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, and Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #1 and #2.

Now…when I write this review, please remember that I read at the end of November of last year, and I don’t remember much anything I read then other than I really liked it. I know that there are supernatural entities that live around Burden Hill, an area where cats and dogs are tasked with protecting. I know that there is magic and the cat familiars of a destroyed coven of witches knows how to use said magic. And I know that there are dogs that can truly see the supernatural world for what it is.

All of these elements, while they seem disparate, once they come together, Beasts of Burden hill is fantastic and was one of the coolest comics that I read last year. It is definitely one that I hope to keep reading and I hope to find out more about these amazing animals.

What are some different types of comics that you’ve read recently? What stood out about them to you as compared to others? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Animosity, Vol. 2

Animosity, Vol. 2: The Dragon by Marguerite Bennett

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*Published October 17, 2017*

animosity vol 2This picks up where we left off in the previous volume, Jesse and Sandor and now some new companions seeking to get Jesse across this new version of the United States to where her estranged half-brother is living in working in San Francisco.

One day, for no reason, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. The world is plunged into chaos as the newly-intelligent Animals fight humanity, and simply fight each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. In the midst of the turmoil is Jesse, an 11-year-old girl, and her dog, Sandor, who is devoted to her and her protection. Collecting issues 5-8 issues of the best-selling series, plus the special one-shot issue THE WORLD OF ANIMOSITY.

In this volume, we see Jesse and Sandor continue making their way across the country. As they do so with those they rescued from the previous volume, they start to hear rumours of a fire-breathing dragon. Not only does this lead to members of their group being snatched, but to thoughts of what it means now that animals have sentience.

I will admit that what I truly love about this volume is that it dives deep into questions like, does sentience equal a soul? Does a sentient animal killing a sentient animal equal murder, even if the killing is done for food? What does all of this mean now? There are no easy answers and the discussions that come about within the group are not giving easy answers either. This is what I think is most interesting about this volume, is that it tries to invoke a thought process within its readers about what if this does happen to us? Or, heaven forbid, we figure out that animals are sentient, we just can’t understand them? What will happen next?

This has been a very interesting series thus far, and while I didn’t talk about the dragon, once you read it, I think you’ll understand why. It’s far and away one of my favourite reveals and it’s one that can make you think. Think long and hard about what it means to be human.

What do you think makes you human? Why does it make you human? Comment below and let me know! And just so you know, as this is Thanksgiving week, I will not be posting on Thanksgiving, but you can expect a post on Friday. Enjoy your turkey and mashed potatoes everyone!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Faith: Dreamside

Faith: Dreamside (Faith #6) by Jody Houser

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*Published March 12, 2019*

dreamsideThis had been sitting on my TBR list at home for a LONG while now and I just got around to reading it about two months ago, actually on the day that I found out I got my full time job. YAY! Good memories with it!

Even before Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of the Valiant Universe, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what’s a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which we’ve never seen…and she’ll need some help from the world’s premiere parapsychologist, Doctor Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact! Uncover the secrets of the Dreamside as writer extraordinaire Jody Houser (FAITH, Stranger Things) and rising star MJ Kim (FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1) continue the adventures of the high-flying icon that Uproxx calls ‘A joy to read!’ Collecting FAITH: DREAMSIDE #1-4.

I love Faith so much and how much she wants to help others. In this one, we see Faith risk herself to help a girl who is being haunted by her friends who have died. She goes to another hero/parapsychologist, Doctor Mirage, who can help Animalia and Faith figure out what’s going on.

Faith has become one of my favourite superheros, just for how much she loves and connects with those who she protects and saves because she is a loving and compassionate person. It’s the best part of her and what makes her an amazing superhero! You can look at some of my previous interviews to see how much I gush about Faith in general.

Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Faith, Vol. 3

Faith, Vol. 3: Superstar by Jody Houser

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*Published May 10, 2017*

faith volI love Faith! I love her so much! She’s just an amazing character!!!

Fight and Flight!
As Los Angeles’ high-flying protector, Faith as inspired the dreams of an entire metropolis… Now get ready to meet its worst nightmare When an escaped psiot prisoner starts tearing through the streets, Faith must stop her fiery rampage before all hell breaks loose! But this isn’t just any ordinary threat… Not only can this empowered escapee drain the energy of everything in sight, she’s one of L.A.’s most controversial pop stars to boot!
Valiant’s chart-topping superhero is about to add a major new player to her frenemies list, courtesy of breakout writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic) and acclaimed artists Meghan Hetrick (Red Thorn) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells)! Plus: legendary writer Louise Simonson and Harvey Award-nominated artist Pere Pérez present history in the making as they bring together the leading female hero in comics today with the first female nominee from a major political party for a presidential milestone like no other!

In this one, we see Faith be the true superhero that she is, not through using her powers, but by using her compassion and her words. She doesn’t sacrifice what she believes in to save the ones that need her help. I love Faith, and I truly believe that you should read this comic series if only to have a new type of superhero to read about.

What do you enjoy most about a superhero? When they use their powers to save the day or their empathy? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Faith, Vol. 2

Faith, Vol. 2: California Scheming by Jody Houser

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*Published November 15, 2016*

faith vol 2I need to find out what happens with Faith, so I am continuing my reading of Faith and all of her adventures as the hero of Los Angeles.

Because you Demanded it! The high-flying hero that captured the Imagination of the world is back with a Colossal new ongoing series!
In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters, and even worse… celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by night, Faith has tackled every obstacle in her path with confidence like those crushing deadlines at work, the long-distance boyfriend half a world away, and the missing back issues that plague her comics collection! But, unbeknownst to her, Faith is about to collide with the one force she never saw coming: an up-and-coming super-villain bent on snuffing her out once and for all! But who is lurking behind the mask of her new foe and could they just be the one person capable of rendering Faith powerless?

We have an up-and-coming super-villian who wishes to kill Faith to kickstart his career. Unfortunately for Faith, it’s her celebrity crush who plays just about every hero in all the Valiant Hollywood movies. But she does what she does best and takes him down!

Then we see Faith and her kind of boyfriend go a comic convention, but things don’t turn out the way she hopes when a Murder Mouse starts to steal from vendors and it leads to a load of Murder Mouses running around causing even more havoc. And somehow, there is a double of Faith as well. What else can you ask from a comic convention?

I truly love Faith, she believes vehemently in doing what is right, even life is throwing the most unexpected things her way. Including her celebrity crush trying to kill her to start his villainous career. But she doesn’t really let this get her down, or if it does, not for long. She’s a superhero, but she’s a human superhero and she suffers human trials and downturns. Faith is allowed to be HUMAN. Not many other superheros that I know of are allowed to be as human as Faith is allowed to be. And I love this about her and her story.

Do you like it when superheros are humanized? Why or why not? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Faith, Vol. 1

Faith, Vol. 1: Hollywood & Vine by Jody Houser

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*Published July 6, 2016*

Again, I need to thank a friend of mine, she introduced me to Faith and the wonderful hero she is while recommending to me another comic series. Seriously, Megan, if you read this, you are my comic dealer, you and Clovis.

Valiant’s most demanded hero steps out of Harbinger and into an all-new miniseries adventure!
Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!
But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought when Zephyr uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off an full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

Okay, I’m going to try and NOT spoil the title, but I just got to chuckle and say, “Good one ;)” anyway, we start off seeing Faith in her normal day-to-day life, her secret identity’s life as a writer for a website very similar to Buzzfeed. Her secret identity is bust though when bad guys come in, looking for Faith, or her superhero self, Zephyr. She gives up her secret identity to save her friends. In doing so, she gains the respect of her boss, and a now endless supply of materials for her day job.

My absolute favourite thing about Faith is that she is not shaped like your typical female superhero. She is bigger and she embraces it! I love her and I love she is non-apologetic about her size and shape. And her powers are pretty cool as well, the power of flight and a companion field that a bit telekinetic.

What is your favourite female superhero? Why? Comment below and let me know! Please, I need more comics to read!