Tuesday, April 25, 2017

*Review* #BeatTheBacklist - Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana by Mike Barr

Genre: Graphic Novel
Published: September 27, 2016
Pages: 128


One of the stars of 2016's blockbuster film Suicide Squad, get her own solo graphic novel: Katana! 
Katana's trademark weapon, her sword christened with the name Soultaker, has always been a mysterious blade. However, one of the world's most dangerous superhumans needs to know more about Soultaker's origin if she's going to have any hope of controlling the sword instead of falling under its influence. Dr. Helga Jace, a Markovian astrophysicist, may be able to shed some light--but before Katana can get the info, Kobra's forces attack! 

Prepare for Summer 2016's biggest blockbuster film with SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: KATANA, written Mike W. Barr, returning to the character he co-created in the 1980s, with art by Diogenes Neves!


I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First to Read program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review.

So I don't read a lot of graphic novels, I've mentioned that before, because I find they just don't really appeal to me all that much, but sometimes I win them, and when I win them, I feel like I should read them (especially since they are much faster to read than novels.) I was really hoping this book would be an exception for me because I really enjoyed Suicide Squad, but I just did not really enjoy this graphic novel. 

The illustrations were good, I guess. Because of my lack of experience with graphic novels, I don't have much to compare them to however. I didn't find myself having issues following the illustration panes, so that's a positive for me. Being able to follow the storyline was definitely a bonus, but it didn't help much. 

As far as the story goes, I just felt like it was somewhat lacking in the delivery. I never really felt very engaged with the characters, and during the high action scenes, there were so many sentence fragments I wanted to bang my head against my desk. I get that I'm probably supposed to get the story from the pictures at that point, but I just don't enjoy doing that. I'm not a child anymore and prefer to form my own pictures in my head while reading because my brain is capable of doing that. 

Overall I give Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana 3 out of 5 stars, because even though I didn't enjoy it, that has a lot more to do with my own personal preferences than the book itself, and I wouldn't feel right giving it a lower rating with my limited experience and fondness for graphic novels. - Katie 

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About the Author

Mike W. Barr has written for some of pop culture's most enduring icons, including Sherlock Holmes, Ellery Queen, Doc Savage, the Shadow, Captain America, the Hulk, Batman, Star Trek, Star Wars and The Simpsons. He's also created some icons of his own, including the comic book series CAMELOT 3000, BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS, The Maze Agency and Mantra. He has written for the online sites Icebox and Stan Lee Media (and lived to tell the tale), and co-created the web comic Sorcerer of Fortune. He lives in a house with too many cats and not enough books.

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