Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Much like Saga, Vol. 1, Fables has been on my list to read for the longest time. I have a soft spot for genre mashups, so the idea of taking Fairy Tales and having them alive and well in a hidden corner of our real world? Wonderful!

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile introduces us to the setting and the characters, taking the guise of a classic murder mystery and throwing a few Fairy Tale specific wrenches in along the way.


Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 16

Oh man. A bit of fallout from the war, going north (it’s COLD!), and (re-)meeting another Armstrong. Exciting things and it doesn’t have to even been brainbreakingly weird!

Chapter 62: Beyond the Dream


Bicycle Mystery

Only a few weeks left in the summer, so the Boxcar Children are going on (another) adventure closer to home! This time, they’re going to ride their bikes to Aunt Jane’s and of course find a several mysteries (and a dog!) along the way. It’s really quite strange how close together everything is. They keep going by previous locations, such as Second Landing and Aunt Jane’s. New England I guess?

It’s a cute story and, given their current ages, seems entirely appropriate. Although just how old is Benny supposed to be to plan to ride up to 50 miles a day several days in a row? I don’t know if it’s something that would really make sense where we live in the midwest, but everything in New England is a bit more compact.


Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 15

Herein, we see the horror of the Ishvalan war. Just how terrifying living weapons of war–taught that the Isvalans are the ‘other’ and deserve to die– can be. Man this chapter hits hard.

It’s interesting to see the research Hiromu Arakawa did for this book.


Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 14

Hoo boy. That was yet another crazy volume. I seem to be saying that a lot, but man. Father. Answers. Questions. Alchemy on a whole ‘nother scale. Gross and weird and crazy homunculi.



Saga, Vol. 9

And so it ends… for now?. I didn’t realize the 9 volumes out were the first half of the planned story arc. Without getting into spoilers… holy crap that’s a cliffhanger!!! At least I’ve already skipped two years of waiting?

Overall, a lot of things come to an end. Hazel and Squire are growing up and fighting (as you do):


Saga, Vol. 8

Man this universe just keeps getting more and more surreal. That’s what you get where Sci-Fi is real, Fantasy is real, and you want to really explore just what it means to be people.

You get owl people:


Tree House Mystery

In a nutshell, new neighbors move in, they’re mostly ignored by their parents (back to that in a moment), the Aldens barge in and make friends, they all build a treehouse, find a hidden room, and fix a old (kind of dumb) feud between the neighbor’s father and uncle.



Saga, Vol. 7

Oh these poor poor people. The main family. The Will. All of them. Man this series got depressing.

But for the moment, let’s back up a bit.