Mini-Reviews: "Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings" & "Faith and the Future Force"

Kim Reaper: Grim BeginningsKim Reaper: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley
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Purchase: Amazon
Release Date: March 13th 2018 by Oni Press

Description from Goodreads:
Part-Time Grim Reaper. Full-Time Cutie!

Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim's job is pretty cool: she's a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife.

Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka's crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn't know that.

Unaware of the ghoulish drama she's about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself. But if they work together, they just might make it... and maybe even get a smooch in the bargain.

My review:

I wasn't sure what to expect from KIM REAPER, all I knew was that I loved the cover and wanted to read it. And now that I have? I'm curious as to what took me so long.

This is exactly the type of book I love to read. It's lighthearted -- even though the titular character is a grim reaper! -- and features two wonderful female leads. Yes, the writing is a bit much at times, but even then, it's always fun. There were moments where I wished the artwork was a bit tighter, however, it's quite enjoyable.

I do wish Becka was a bit more developed. Yes, she does come to terms with Kim's job over the course of the book, but we also don't really get to see a side to her outside of the dorky Kim obsessed student who accidentally follows Kim on a reaper job. The instalove is a bit off-putting, and the timeline isn't necessarily clear as one moment they hardly know one another and the next they're working together in a bakery. Still, despite my issue with the book, I can truly say I enjoyed it and will be picking up a copy for my shelves.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


View all my reviews Faith and the Future ForceFaith and the Future Force by Jody Houser
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Purchase: Amazon
Release Date: December 6th 2017 by Valiant Entertainment

Description from Goodreads:
Every second counts as acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One), explosive artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics), comics legend Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four), and special surprise guests push Faith into a centuries-spanning fight for existence alongside the greatest heroes of the valiant universe…past, present, and future!’Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – former member of Unity, current Harbinger Renegade, and Los Angeles’ #1 superhero – is the universe’s last, best chance at survival! Centuries from today, a devious artificial intelligence has unleashed a blistering attack on the very foundations of time…one that is the unwriting history from beginning to end! Now, with her options exhausted, Neela Sethi, Timewalker – the self-appointed protector of what is and will be – has returned to the 21st century to recruit Earth’s greatest champions of today and tomorrow to oppose this existential threat…and she needs Faith to lead them! But why Faith? And why now?

Fly to the farthest edges of the future right here in a death-defying race to save time itself as Faith leads the charge alongside Valiant’s greatest heroes…and becomes a new legend for the ages!

My review:

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading stories with Faith over the past year or so, however, this installment felt very rushed to me. While I understood the need to repeat scenes due to the time travel aspect, the constant repeating took away from actual character development. Yes, Faith ultimately saves the day -- although, not in the way one would expect -- but the story seems like it's struggling to make sense of itself along the way.

And the story is not the only part that suffered. The artwork in the second half was choppy and inconsistent. Given that one of the important aspects of Faith's character is that she isn't your typical hero -- she's overweight, and that's okay -- it was a bit unfortunate when towards the end, her face was drawn to be thinner. It was rather distracting and took me out of the story.

Thankfully, although I had some issues with this story, it was fun to revisit Faith and read a story featuring a bunch of fantastic female characters.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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