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Comic Review: Cellies, vol. 1

I was perusing the comics available on NetGalley recently when this cleverly named collection jumped out at me. Cellies follows a group of retail employees at a cell phone store through midnight launches, parental drama and store romances.

Volume one of Cellies is a fun introduction to some interesting and varied characters. The staff feel like they’re your average underpaid and under-appreciated retail worker and their manager is a hoot. Though, I must admit, I never found myself really caring about the characters or what happened to them.

Interspersed throughout the main storyline are “real life” retail horror stories that have been drawn in the same style as Cellies. I think these in particular will resonate with anyone who has ever worked in retail. 

The art is quite cool and I loved the use of colour throughout the comics.

I enjoyed Cellies, vol. 1 as a very quick “slice of life” style read, but found it odd that the volume ended on a cliffhanger. Most collections I have read in the past end on the conclusion of the current story arc so that each collection can be read separately. 

While I did enjoy the first collection, I wasn’t hooked in enough to be super keen on checking out the next instalment in the series. I don’t feel like what I’ve read will be particularly memorable in the long run, but it was a quick read that gave me a few laughs.

 

Have you read Cellies? Is it worth continuing with or do you have another indie comic you’d like to recommend? Hit me up in the comments or on the Twitters.

– CJ

We Are Robin, Volume 1: The Vigilante Business (2016)

Review by CJ

Page count:
157

Format:
Trade paperback

Publisher:
DC Comics

ISBN:
978-1-4012-5982-0

 

A band of teenagers don the Robin mantle to fight crime in Gotham City under the guidance of a mysterious figure.

We Are Robin, Volume 1: The Vigilante Business collects issues 1-6 of We Are Robin (2015).

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New Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Pure Insanity (2015)

Review by CJ

Page count:
192

Format:
Trade paperback

Publisher:
DC Comics

ISBN:
978-1-4012-5238-0

 

The new Suicide Squad is assembled, adding Joker’s Daughter, Reverse Flash, Black Manta and Deathstroke to the line-up alongside regulars Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Captain Boomerang.

Their first trip takes them to Russia for a mission that will test their wits, their teamwork and their (in)sanity. The second mission sends Taskforce X to China where they inadvertently awaken a new metahuman superhero.

Meanwhile, Amanda Waller struggles with a new chain of command and things at Belle Reve Prison aren’t quite what they seem.

New Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Pure Insanity collects issues 1-8 of New Suicide Squad (2014).

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Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits (2016)

Review by CJ

harley-quinns-greatest-hits

Page count:
155

Format:
Collected edition graphic novel (paperback)

Publisher:
DC Comics

ISBN:
978-1-4012-7008-7

 

A collection of stories featuring Gotham’s Clown Princess of Crime.

Included stories are from the Countdown, Batman Adventures, Batman, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, and Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fools’ Special series.

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Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War by Mike Johnson, Angel Hernandez and Alejandro Sanchez (2015)

Review by CJ

Page count:
157

Format:
Digital

Publisher:
IDW Publishing and DC Comics

 

When the greatest heroes and villains of the galaxy are unable to stop Nekron, Guardian Ganthet uses a last resort that sends the remaining ring-bearers from all spectrums to a parallel universe along with a new ring of each colour.

The universe to which the remaining lanterns are sent just happens to be the same universe in which Captain James T. Kirk and his crew are boldly going where no-one has gone before.

The heroes from both universes soon realise that Nekron was amongst the ring-bearers transported to the Starfleet universe. It is up to the crew of the Enterprise, Hal Jordan and the rest of the ring-bearers to put an end to Nekron once and for all.

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Batman: The Killing Joke – The Deluxe Edition by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland (2008)

The Killing Joke

Page count:
64 [includes introduction by Tim Sale, The Killing Joke, afterword by Brian Bolland, and An Innocent Guy]

Format:
Hardcover

Publisher:
DC Comics

 

The Joker has once again escaped from Arkham Asylum. This time though he targets Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl.

Will Batman recapture the Joker before he drags Commissioner Gordon into the depths of madness?

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