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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

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
David Leitch

Starring:
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison

Other notable appearances:
Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård, Lewis Tan, Terry Crews, Rob Delaney, Shioli Kutsuna, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Alan Tudyk, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan

Running time:
119 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok

 

Wade Wilson (Reynolds) has been kicking arse and taking names as Deadpool since we last left him.

After a life-changing attack, Deadpool joins the X-Men as a trainee and, on his first mission, finds a mutant boy who needs his help. It falls to Deadpool and a ragtag crew of heroes to defend the boy against a time travelling soldier by the name of Cable (Brolin).

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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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The Flash: Season Two

Review by CJ

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Director:
Ralph Hemecker, Jesse Warn, John F. Showalter, Stefan Pleszczynski, Steve Shill, JJ Makaro, Dermott Downs, Kevin Tancharoen, Rob Hardy, Michael A. Allowitz, Rachel Talalay, Millicent Shelton, Hanelle Culpepper, Glen Winter, Alice Troughton, Armen V. Kevorkian, Kevin Smith, Antonio Negret

Starring:
Grant Gustin, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Keiynan Lonsdale

Other notable appearances:
Victor Garber, Robbie Amell, Rick Cosnett, Wentworth Miller, Teddy Sears, John Wesley Shipp, Stephen Amell, Malese Jow, Peyton List, Amanda Pays, Patrick Sabongui, John Barrowman, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Mark Hamill, Shantel VanSanten, Matt Letscher, Jason Mewes, Katie Cassidy

Running time:
40-43 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
23

 

After defeating Reverse Flash last season, two members of Team Flash are gone. The team now face a new threat in the form of Zoom — another speedster whose speed far exceeds that of The Flash. Can Barry Allen (Gustin) put past betrayals behind him and trust the newly arrived Jay Garrick to stop the evil Zoom?

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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 v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Review by CJ

Batman v Superman

Director:
Zack Snyder

Starring:
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Other notable appearances:
Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Patrick Wilson, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher

Running time:
151 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Man of Steel, Watchmen, The Dark Knight

 

After witnessing first hand the devastation caused by Superman’s battle with General Zod, Bruce Wayne (Affleck) decides that the Man of Steel must be stopped. When Batman starts branding criminals of heinous crimes who are then murdered by inmates in prison, Clark Kent (Cavill) knows that the Caped Crusader has gone too far. While the two heroes fight amongst themselves, Lex Luthor  (Eisenberg) concocts a plan that could destroy the world as we know it. Can Batman and Superman put their differences aside and unite with Wonder Woman (Gadot) to save the planet?

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