Batman Europa Graphic Novel Review by Madman Rants

Batman Europa

Written by:
Matteo Casali
Brian Azzarello

Art/Illustrations by:
Jim Lee
Giuseppe Camuncoli
Diego Latorre
Gerald Parel

Published April 13, 2016

Pages: 144

The plot:
Batman is infected with a strange virus that was designed to be extremely debilitating and fatal. He naturally assumes his archnemesis, Joker, is to blame but he quickly learns that Joker has also been infected with the same virus. With the clock ticking, Batman decides to join forces with Joker and pull all of the resources at their disposal.

With the aid of Alfred, Batman discovers the origins of the virus point to somewhere in Europe. So, Batman and Joker trek across Europe with nothing but their wits to keep them alive.

Joker does his best to try to inject a little dark humor into their predicament but Batman refuses to make light of such a harrowing situation. Though, he does hold back his laughter more than once.

Eventually, they discover the antidote and who created the virus. The reveal was somewhat surprising but makes perfect sense.

Afterwards, the story comes to a climactic end with a very awesome fight scene!

My Thoughts:
The story is very well written and all of the illustrations are top notch.

If you’re a long time fan of Batman and/or DC Comics then I definitely recommend Batman Europa.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Leaves of Grass Book Review

The first time I read Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman I didn’t know what to expect. Not only is it deeply poetic and philosophical but it’s also quite illuminating.

It’s hard to say exactly what it’s about because in all honesty it’s about everything and everyone that resides within this magnanimous universe.

One could say Whitman was more of a hopeless romantic than a poetic genius. Though, it’s best to let his work speak for itself.

I give Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


On Bullshit Book Review

This pocket sized book is an essay on the definition of bullshit and the differences between bullshit and lies.

The author makes some pretty convincing claims and arguments. But he inevitably points out that anything can be considered bullshit nowadays. Even sincerity can be bullshit.

I give On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐


One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Book Review

The movie is good but the book is even better! Mostly because it’s written from the perspective of Chief; he’s a lot wiser than he let’s on.
And the character McMurphy is so much more layered and complex that it makes one want to become his best bud!

If you like well written novels about mental illness then I highly recommend One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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Brain On Fire Book Review

Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan is a rather interesting memoir/autobiography.

It was a day just like any other day when Susannah began experiencing bipolar like symptoms. One minute she felt extremely elated and the next minute extremely depressed. She initially assumed she was just overworked and in need of rest but then her mood swings became more frequent and either followed or preceded seizures.

Luckily, her boyfriend and parents were able to eventually coax her into visiting a specialist. Once at the hospital, Susannah ends up being misdiagnosed multiple times by multiple doctors. It turns out that she was exhibiting symptoms from more than a handful of neurological disorders.

She is eventually correctly diagnosed by Dr. Souhel Najjar with Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. Which is a disease that occurs when antibodies produced by the body’s own immune system attack NMDA receptors in the brain.

I gotta admit… for the first half of this book I was so engrossed in it that there were times when I wondered if maybe I had experienced similar symptoms in my own daily life. But then I quickly realized that I was just allowing my imagination to get the better of me.

The other half of the book seemed somewhat overwrought with details but that’s probably due to the fact that Susannah Cahalan has no real recollection of what she experienced and had to sift through a pile of notebooks, journals and security camera footage from her month long stay at the hospital.

I don’t want to give away too much but it definitely has a happy ending.

There’s also a movie adaptation due out in theaters later this year. That actress Chloe Grace Moretz is supposed to portray Susannah Cahalan. I’m somewhat interested in watching it.

Overall I give Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Book Review

This definitely is not your typical YA (Young Adult) novel and that’s what makes it so unique!

Greg Gaines is a high school senior who has somehow managed to maneuver around all the usual cliques without becoming a part of them. Of course, such a feat means that he’s had to remain relatively friendless throughout high school.

His only somewhat friend is smart mouthed Earl. Greg and Earl originally bonded over video games then later became obsessed with watching badly made movies. It wasn’t long before they decided to make their own movies.

Of course, all of their movies are so terrible that they refuse to let anyone watch them.

Then, one confusing day, Greg’s mom tells him that a former Hebrew school classmate, Rachel, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia. Greg doesn’t know how to react, not because he has any feelings towards Rachel but because he has never really had any kind of relationship or friendship with her.

Greg’s mom then insists he spend as much time as possible with Rachel. Greg is reluctant but really has no say in the matter.

And so begins the forging of an awkward friendship between Rachel and Greg, with Earl’s unique brand of humor thrown in every now and then.

I really enjoyed this book! The writing style is great and I found both Greg and Earl easily relatable. I mean, I too was once an immature wise cracking teenage boy. Now, I’m an immature wise cracking adult. Ha, ha!
Rachel seemed to be more of a motherly type figure in that she eventually gets to watch Greg and Earl’s terrible movies then insists that they are not terrible and worthy of praise.

The ending is sad but both boys do gain a greater appreciation for life. Even though Greg makes sure to point out that he learned nothing.

I believe everyone should read this book at least once!

I give Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Utopia Book Review

The original meaning of the word Utopia is more akin to peaceful coexistence than it is to paradise. This is just one of many important points that Thomas More tried to explain in his short novel Utopia.

This fantastic tale masks what is a serious and subversive analysis of the failings of More’s society. Advocating instead a world in which there is religious tolerance, provision for the aged and state ownership of land, Utopia has been variously claimed as a Catholic tract or an argument for communism, and it still invites each generation to make its own interpretation.

I believe it is more relevant and applicable to today’s modern society than ever before.

I give Utopia by Thomas More 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐