Logan is a pretty decent character though he's definitely a younger, more brash version of the original, but he still feels like Wolverine, for the most part. There are never really any big changes to the basic character, but I'm not sure Wolverine purists would be happy with the character either.
It's a fantasy mishmash story about wizards but includes things like trains, yachts and magazines. The series stars teenage wizard Lucy who wants to get into Fairy Tail, a wizard guild, which is mostly made up of misfits/the cool kids who also have hearts of gold, for the most part. I find that slightly annoying since it's trying to have it both ways, but it's nothing more than annoying at this point.
Anyway, the story is about how Lucy meets Natsu, a member of Fairy Tail, and, after helping him out, joins the Guild. I enjoyed this for the most part, minor complaints about the Guild aside. It was a lot of fun with plenty of action, enjoyable characters and some humor as well. The art is also pretty good as well. Mashima goes a little too far with some of the exaggerations for my tastes at times but it's never anything that is more than slightly annoying. Otherwise, the art is pretty engaging and Mashima handles the action scenes pretty well while managing to give the overall look a distinctive feel. I'll definitely give the second volume a look.
Normally, I never really bother reading the back cover for trades, but, looking for some inspiration, I checked out the back cover of this collection and saw some of the review snippets on the back and wondered what story they were talking about. One of them said that Howard should be consider one of the top names in the industry, which baffled me. Yeah, Howard does have potential, more so with his art than writing, more on that later, but he's by no means a top creator in the comics industry.
The one bit of his writing that I did like was his mythology building, which he does pretty good job with, but he attaches it to Christianity's mythology for no apparent reason other than to do a poor job of using Revelations to add some symbolism to his story. Well, I guess he could have really wanted to have Jesus make that one page cameo. Okay, that's was a little snarky but it's something that really annoyed me with the series. I had the same problem with Kingdom Come. Yes, there is a lot of great symbolism in Christianity and the Bible, and most religions in general, but when it's used badly, it just weighs everything else down. Even more so with Dead@17 since Howard did some mythology building of his own.
As for the art, it's pretty good but can be awkward at times, which mostly has to do the cheesecake that tends to show up throughout the collection. As said before, the art is definitely a step above the writing and is pretty enjoyable on it's own, awkward cheesecake stuff aside.
It also seemed kind of quirky to me, which I think is partially due to the art, which has a simple aesthetic that manages to get a lot of details across. The humour isn't really laugh out loud funny either, but still very enjoyable. The characters, both main and supporting, are fun, there is a nice diversity among them and they work well as a group with some interesting dynamics. All in all, I had fun with this and will definitely get the entire series, which is only five volumes long, at some point.
The biggest reason why I get this is because that's how the story basically ends - introducing plot elements that are setting up further stories. Another reason is that the main plot felt kind of weak to me and I didn't really get into the story. There are also a lot of interesting concepts, or concepts that could be interesting when they are further fleshed out, but, again, that's the next volume.
Hill does some wonderful character work which helps to make up for the weak story but not enough to really impress me. That said, if I do try out the second volume, it will be because I enjoyed the characters. The art by Rodriguez is pretty good as well and I can see him becoming a higher profile artist as time goes on. Overall, Locke & Key is a solid mini that felt a little hollow.
The story is about a high school student named Sawako Kuronuma. who looks like Sadako, from The Ring movies, yet she is a really nice person. Of course, she doesn't really have any friends and her classmates think she can do things like curse them and what not. She eventually does making friends and such which is the endearing part of the story.
The repetitive part is, well, that's all that really happens. Similar situations repeated over and over. It works for about the first half of the volume but starts to grate by the second half and slowly gets worse as it goes on. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I can't see myself enjoying further volumes unless the basic formula changes.