Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman – A Review

Snow Glass Apples Neil Gaiman

Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Colleen Doran
Retellings | Fantasy
Published by Dark Horse
Released August 20th, 2019
Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars

Many readers of this blog will know that Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. I love the whimsy and darkness that permeate his stories. I had never heard of this Snow White reimagining before it was re-published by Dark Horse back in August, but the cover art immediately caught my eye.

Neil_Gaiman_01

Snow, Glass, Apples is a reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale, where the step-mother isn’t the evil one, but the young girl, Snow White, is. I love that this is a horror-reimagining of the fairy tale, something I’ve never seen done before. The story was delightfully dark and twisted.

As wonderful as Neil Gaiman’s writing for this was, however, the art by Colleen Doran stole the spotlight. It’s gorgeous. I’ll be buying a physical copy of this before long just so I can look at the artwork whenever I want to. It’s perfect.

If you’re looking for a Snow White story with a happy ending, this isn’t for you. It’s very dark, there’s no happy ending, and the story involves vampires. For example:

“If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow.

I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.”

It probably won’t happen, but I would love to see this story turned into a film or television show.

If you like Neil Gaiman or dark fairy tale reimaginings or just amazing art, definitely pick up this book.


What is your favorite Snow White retelling or reimagining? Let us know in the comments!




Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Wishlist

If you would like to support Read Yourself Happy, you can donate through Ko-Fi!

The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman – A Review

16794.jpg

The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch
Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Michael Zulli
Graphic Novel
Goodreads
Released April 1, 2008
Published by Dark Horse Books
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_2_stars

I had never heard of this Neil Gaiman graphic novel until I came across it while perusing the comic book shelves at my local library. As I’ve mentioned so many times on this blog, I love Neil Gaiman’s writing, so I added it to my pile without looking at the synopsis or anything else.

The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch is about a group of four people, including Miss Finch, who go to an urban underground circus together. A lot of bizarre things happen, and the acts of the circus are all over the place – from flying ghostly apparitions to a man hanging from the ceiling by his nipples to a guy in a fish costume motorcycling around the audience. Miss Finch disappears, and we’re left wondering what happened to her.

15442666.jpg

While this was an interesting graphic novel, it wasn’t one of my favorite Neil Gaiman works. It was difficult for me to get past how much I disliked the art. It wasn’t that the art was bad, it was just of a style that I personally don’t enjoy in comics or graphic novels. It was a little rough around the edges and had a watercolor quality to it. Again, I think the art is good and does seem to work for the story, I just wasn’t a fan of it.

My favorite books or stories are the type that leaves you guessing and thinking about it even after you close the book. This is not one of those. While the story was entertaining, after I finished it I found that I stopped thinking about it after setting it down. I didn’t realize this at the time I read it, but apparently, this is a graphic novel adaptation of one of Gaiman’s short stories. I feel that I may have appreciated it more in story format. The graphic novel format felt too short and rushed.

This was by no means a terrible graphic novel or story, and it was mildly entertaining, but it just wasn’t for me. I definitely favor Neil Gaiman’s novels more than his graphic novels. I’ve read three of them, and none of them lived up to my expectations.


Have you read The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch? What did you think?

Lady Killer Vol 1 by Joelle Jones & Jamie S. Rich – A Review

23995491

Lady Killer, Vol 1 by Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich
Graphic Novel | Thriller
Published by Dark Horse
Released September 15, 2015
Goodreads
Purchase: AmazonBooks-a-Million
Jamie S. Rich Links: Website
Joëlle Jones Links: Website | Twitter | Tumblr
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars


The first book/graphic novel I finished in 2019 ended up being a re-read for me. I first picked up this book last year after falling in love with the fifties-style art while browsing at one of our local comic book shops, Comic Kings.

While 90% of the comic books and graphic novels I read are situated in the Marvel universe, I do like to branch out on occasion and pick up something new. Lady Killer Vol 1 was one of those times.

I’ve always been slightly obsessed with dark, morbid, 50-style motifs, which is the reason Fallout is my favorite video game in the world. The 50s have always been portrayed as a time of wholesome family endeavors, and seeing a bastardization of that is something that I’ve always found incredibly delightful.

Written by Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones, this series follows Josie Schuller, a housewife by day and assassin at night. The beautiful dresses and dinner soirees are starkly contrasted by the sheer bloody violence of the story – this is not a series for people who get nauseous at the sight of blood. Joëlle Jones does an absolutely wonderful job of drawing all that gore and violence in an almost pleasant and definitely artful way.

One of the most interesting aspects of this series is how it deals with the inherent sexism of the 1950s. Josie is expected to be the perfect housewife – raising the children, cooking and cleaning, keeping up appearances with the neighbors, etc. During her “other” life as an assassin, she’s always given jobs that require her to wear skimpy outfits and flirt with the men she’s going to kill. She is also told by her boss that she cannot keep a family and work at the same time, that she has to choose. Josie, however, sees both sides of her life as completely separate and is willing to do both.

The book reminded me a bit of a combination of Archer and Mad Men, and I think would be appropriate for fans of either.

Josie herself is a complete badass who is willing to do what it takes to finish a job and is smarter than most of the men in her life. I love that she’s not willing to take nonsense from anyone and will stick up for what she wants. I also am very envious of all of Josie’s daily outfits, and I appreciate that so much time was spent focusing on the fashion of the 1950s.

Overall, this has easily become one of my favorite self-contained comic series, and I’m going to be picking up volume two very soon.

9 Great Comic Books Coming Out Today – October 24, 2018

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

  • Whispering Dark #1 by Christofer Emgard and Tomas Aira (Dark Horse)
    This new comic series is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” and Francis Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now!
  • Mars Attacks Vol 4 #1 by Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer (Dynamite)
    One of my favorite movies during my teenage years, I’m excited to read this new series. The cover art is wonderful as well!
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Terra Incognita #4 by Scott Tipton and Angel Hernandez (IDW)
    I love all of the Star Trek series that Tipton has written, and Terra Incognita is fantastic.
  • Moon Knight Vol 8 #200 by Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows (Marvel)
    Moon Knight is one of my favorite Marvel characters, due to the sheer insanity of the character and his storylines.
  • Return of Wolverine #2 by Charles Soule and Declan Shalvey (Marvel)
    Wolverine is back in this exciting new series.
  • X-Men Red #9 by Tom Taylor and Roge Antonia (Marvel)
    Tom Taylor is my favorite comic book writer, and I love where he’s taking X-Men Red, which is my favorite currently running X-Men series (just one of the many you can currently read). I’m also super-digging Nightcrawler’s beard.
  • Punisher Vol 11 #3 by Matthew Rosenberg and Szymon Kudranski (Marvel)
    Anytime Frank Castle and Matt Murdoc are found in the same issue, you know it’s going to be a good one.
  • Olivia Twist #2 by Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, Emma Vieceli, and Lee Loughridge (Dark Horse)
    This is a futuristic retelling of Oliver Twist.
  • Black Panther vs Deadpool #1 (Marvel)
    I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen these two characters paired up together, whether working with one another or battling. Either way, I’m excited that it’s happening now.

What comic books are you most excited about reading this week?

New Comic Book Releases for October 3, 2018

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

Marvel

  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #2 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy #2 by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli
  • Champions Vol 2 #25 by Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, Max Dunbar
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider #4 by Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett
  • Deadpool Vol 6 #5 by Skottie Young and Scott Hepburn
  • Death of the Inhumans #4 by Donny Cates and Ariel Olivetti
  • Doctor Strange Vol 5 #6 by Mark Waid and Javier Pina
  • Infinity Wars Sleepwalker #1 by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Todd Nauck
  • Shatterstar #1 by Tim Seeley, Carlos Villa, Gerardo Sandoval
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #55 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Lorroca
  • Superior Octopus #1 by Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne
  • Tony Stark Iron Man #4 by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti
  • Typhoid Fever Spider-Man #1 by Clay Chapman and Stefano Landini
  • Weapon H #8 by Greg Pak and Guiu Vilanova
  • Weapon X Vol 3 #24 by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Luca Pizzari

 

  • What If Spider-Man #1 by Gerry Conway and Diego Olortegui
  • What If X-Men #1 by Bryan Hill, Neil Edwards, Giannis Milonogiannis
  • X-Men Black Magneto #1 by Chris Claremont and Dalibor Talajic

 

DC

  • Adventures of the Super Sons #3 by Peter J. Tomasi, Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert
  • Batman Vol 3 #56 by Tom King, Tony S. Daniel
  • Deathstroke Vol 4 #36 by Christopher Priest, Ed Benes, Fernando Pasarin
  • Green Arrow Vol 7 #45 by Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Javi Fernandez
  • Green Lanterns #56 by Dan Jurgens and Marco Santucci
  • Harley Quinn Vol 3 #51 by Sam Humphries and Sami Basri
  • Injustice 2 #35 by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere
  • Justice League Vol 4 #9 by Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez
  • Nightwing Vol 4 #50 by Ben Percy, Chris Mooneyham, Travis Moore
  • Unexpected Vol 2 #5 by Steve Orlando and Ronan Cliquet
  • United States vs Murder Inc #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
  • Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark Witching Hour #1 by James Tynion IV and Jesus Merino
  • Border Town #2 by Eric M Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos
  • Dreaming Vol. 2 #2 by Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely

Image

  • Blackbird #1 by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
  • Dead Rabbit #1 by Gerry Duggan and John McCrea
  • Errand Boys #1 by D.J. Kirkbride and Nikos Koutsis
  • Jook Joint #1 by Tee Franklin and Alitha Martinez
  • Last Siege #5 by Landry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood
  • Magic Order #4 by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel
  • New Lieutenants of Metal #4 by Joe Casey and Ulises Farinas
  • Paper Girls #25 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson
  • Paradiso #8 by Ram V. and Dev Pramanik
  • Redlands #7 by Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey
  • Thief of Thieves #41 by Brett Lewis and Shawn Martinbrough
  • Walking Dead #184 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  • Spawn #290 by Todd McFarlane and Jason Shawn Alexander
  • Eclipse #11 by Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano

IDW

  • Batman the MAXX Arkham Dreams #1 by John Layman and Sam Kieth
  • Euthanauts #3 by Tini Howard and Nick Robles
  • House Amok #2 by Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus
  • Star Wars Adventures from Vader’s Castle #1 by Cavan Scott and Derek Charm

Dark Horse

  • Death Orb #1 by Ryan Ferrier, Alejandro Aragon, Chris O’Halloran
  • Tomb Raider Inferno #4 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Phillip Sevy, Michael Atiyeh
  • Umbrella Academy Hotel Oblivion #1 by Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, Nick Filardi
  • War Bears #2 by Margaret Atwood and Ken Steacy

Dynamite Entertainment

  • Barbarella #10 by Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar
  • James Bond Origin #2 by Jeff Parker and Bob Q
  • Lone Ranger Vol 6 #1 by Mark Russell and Bob Q
  • Rainbow Brite #1 by Jeremy Whitley and Brittney Williams

New Comic Book Releases for September 26, 2018

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics.

Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase from Midtown Comics, directly from the publisher, or through Comixology if you prefer digital copies.

Continue reading “New Comic Book Releases for September 26, 2018”

Sunday Links – September 23, 2018

Book News

Comic Book News

Dark Horse - The Witcher - Of Flesh and Flame

Wellness