James M's double review of IDW Sonic FCBD 2022 & Imposter Syndrome issue 4

 









Salutations once again, Sonic fans. I'm back... WITH A DOUBLE REVIEW!

First up, we have IDW SONIC FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2022 with a new story. So, what's that about?

Well, the story involves Sonic and Tails going to Angel Island and teaming up with Knuckles to assist him with an issue and they end up battling Eggman, who is stirring up trouble. This comic story was well-done, just like the others. 

Don't you just love great Sonic comic stories, no matter who writes them? 

I'll tell ya now, it was Ian Flynn who wrote it. That's write, the main story's an Ian Flynn story and it was also written by IDW editor David Mariotte. I gladly give the story "Deep Trouble" (and FCBD 2022) a nicely deserved 8.5 out of 10.

As for Imposter Syndrome issue 4?

That was an intense, amazing and almost mind-blowing issue. It wrapped up the miniseries excellently and set the stage for issue 50. 

Doctor Starline, Surge and Kit took Eggman's city and Starline successfully took over the Eggman Empire, ousting Doctor Eggman (for now anyway), while Surge took down Metal Sonic with Kit's help and the two continue planning to kill Starline when the time is right. The writing in this was beyond incredible to a point where I'm gonna read it again. 

Ian Flynn, you knocked it outta the park real good, you and the writing team deserve a good salute from me. 10/10.

Well, that's all, folks. See ya next time, ya'll.

-James M



James M's review of IDW Sonic issue 49

 













Greetings to all of you, sorry for the long delay, but its time to review IDW SONIC ISSUE 49. We're coming up on issue 50 and its gonna be big, but not as big as Archie Sonic, mind you.
So, what's the story?

Well, its about Badniks, good Badniks, Belle and something connected to Mister Tinker. 

After the heroes met Motobud, a good Moto Bug that helped the girls during a perilous and fiery situation, Sonic, Tails and the crew decided to experiment with some Eggman robots. So they reprogrammed a pair and Sonic revealed himself from under some tarp, testing to see if the robots would attack. The test was a success when the robots did not.

That night, the robots started acting strange and began leaving the workshop, responding to a rogue signal coming from Eggman's base in Eggtropolis. Belle briefly complied with the signal until Sonic and Tails made her snap out of it, then they shut off Motobud, who was following the signal, and found a note inside that was from Belle's creator Mr. Tinker before he turned back into Doctor Eggman.

You gotta feel sorry for the poor puppet robot, even though having Eggman as the main villain of the Sonic franchise is too important. Unless there was a way to bring him back, Tinker's gone for good, but at least you'll have his belated daughter. 

IDW Sonic issue 49 here was a great issue, nice set up for issue 50 and very nicely written. Sonic comics have never been better, this is beyond stellar and is unforgettable to the max. See you next time, fellow Sonic fans of every age. 10/10.
-James M

BW18: April Reading Wrap Up


 

It's book week 18 in our 52 books quest and this month is all about historical mysteries.  

Since we're saying goodbye to April, it's time for a reading wrap up.  I finished eight books in April; all of which were dusty books except for The Bone Shard Daughter.  I cheated once, and broke my buying ban in February for Bone Shards Daughter, which was so worth it.  However, I've been good since then and haven't added any new books to my stacks. My wish list though is growing ever longer.  One more month.... maybe. 

Bone Shard Daughter - Andrea Stewart (Historical Fantasy)

Ice Hunt - James Rollins (Thriller, reread)

Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (Dystopian Fiction)

Library of the Unwritten (#1 Hell's Library) - A.J.Hackwith (Fantasy, e)

A Cold Day for Murder (#1 Kate Shugak) - Dana Stabenow (Mystery, e)

The Round House - Louise Erdrich (Native American mystery)

City of Dark Magic  (#1 Dark Magic) - Magnus Flyte (Fantasy, Prague, e)

Reliquary (#2 Pendergast) - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Thriller, e)

Stats wise: 

4 physical books with 1782 pages and 4 ebooks with 1506 virtual pages for a total of 3288 pages.  I noticed that although it hasn't been my intention, I read the same number of ebooks as the number of the month. Interesting.  We'll see what next month brings.  Genre wise, three fantasies and one dystopian fiction, along with two thrillers, and two mysteries. I seem be to be sticking with fantasy, sci fi, and mystery genres. Six are new to me authors.  

I'm still sipping on George Eliot's Middlemarch, one chapter at a time in the mornings with breakfast. My current chunkster is Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings which is really good.  I'm currently on page 732 out of 1200+ pages but enjoying the heck out of it. 

I'm taking a mini break at the moment for our May historical mysteries reading month to read dusty book And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander which has been on my virtual shelves since 2014.