Wednesday, August 24, 2016

American Terror: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb, Vol 1&2 by Jeff McComsey

American Terror: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb, Vol One by Jeff McComsey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 80 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Alterna Comics
Source: egalley via publisher

American Terror: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb (Vol. 1)


This is awesome and the art is really good. It's the future, Nov. 11, but Veteran's Day is no longer celebrated. Victor was in the wars that got the world to where it is now (a supposed Utopia) and he sees and talks to his dead comrades. He wants people to know of the millions who died to make the world they know and he starts telling his story. We learn his background in Kosovo ad eventual court martial. Then he's recruited by a new team that will be working corporate security as the military is no longer going to look after its civilians abroad. Pretty violent and intense!



American Terror: Confession of a Human Smart Bomb, Volume 2 by Jeff McComsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 80 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Alterna
Source: egalley via the publisher

American Terror: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb (Vol. 2)

Intense read! This starts off with the action and never lets up. We're in the past now (possibly close to our current present) and there are only a few flashes to the present to remind us Victor is telling his story to a Deacon. (This confuses me a bit because Deacons can't hear confession) Back to the past, he rounds up a small base group and then they go out recruiting people to gather at a meeting where he'll tell them what it's about. He says the only thing worse than an army for hire is a person whose not. Those are who he is looking for in putting together this group of special op trained people to fight the new corporation armies. It ends with a cliffhanger and there is still no conclusion seven years later.

Bee Sting by Matthew D Smith

Bee Sting by Matthew D Smith
Illus. Jeremy Massie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ebook, 47 pages
Published March 20th 2013 by Alterna Comics
Source: egalley via the publisher

This was great! Really cheesy but great! It starts out with an old EC Comics vibe and an emcee introducing the story, Maggot Smith. Then some guys go to summer camp as councillors for the purpose of getting laid. A girl one of them likes gets stung by a bee and needs to be taken to hospital, so the dudes volunteer. Guess what? They get lost in the woods and meet-up with hillbilly cannibals. There are only a couple of survivors as the kids don't go down without a chainsaw fight. LOL. Gruesome fun!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trespasser #1 - #4 +Epilogue by Justin M. Ryan

Trespasser #1 by Justin M. Ryan
illus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ebook, 23 pages
Published February 10th 2016 by Alterna

As it starts we can tell the man and his daughter are alone. The man goes out hunting gets a hen, it's radioactive so the dog gets it. Further ahead they find something in one of their traps ... an alien. They take him home clean him up, find out he has a massive weapon of destruction. Then I think, they do something to him ... Good dialogue and interesting art.






Trespasser #2 by Justin M. Ryan
llus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 23 pages
Published April 13th 2016 by Alterna

Freeky jeeeps! The man has blisters but the girl's ok. The alien comes back but the man is shocked because of the ...thing... he did. The man is really sick. They go into the house and the girl shoots the gun, but there is nothing but an empty ???









Trespasser #3 by Justin M. Ryan
llus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 23 pages
Published June 15th 2016 by Alterna

Belle, the dog ran away last time, The girl knows what the dad did and is getting sick. They go hunting and kill a bear eating an antelope but both are radioactive. Then the (or perhaps *another?) alien comes back and starts to walk away ... I'm really enjoying this; the art is great.







Trespasser #4 by Justin M. Ryan
llus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 19 pages
Published August 10th 2016 by Alterna

Creepy! The dad and girl are in the house but the girl is real sick. The house is surrounded by the aliens and dad runs out there saying he's sorry, do what they want to him just help his daughter get better. The aliens take the girl. Then she wakes up in a military compound. She seems okay but asking for her dad. This place doesn't appear to like the aliens much. Freaky!







Trespasser: Epilogue by Justin M. Ryan
llus. Kristian Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ebook, 11 pages
Published August 10th 2016 by Alterna

OK, all I can say everything is *not* good but good anyway. Pops and daughter are back together but it's been about ten years and obviously, the girl had a bad time! Is this the end??








Source for all were egalleys provided by the publisher for review purposes. Thanks Alternacomics!!

Lucifer, Vol. 1: Cold Heaven by Holly Black

Lucifer, Vol. 1: Cold Heaven by Holly Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by DC Comics
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Lucifer (vol. 1)

I've never read anything with Lucifer in it before and this seems to pick up the story wherever it left off last. However, it tells a lot of backstory about the characters as it's important to where the plot is going now and I felt like I was getting everything. It certainly makes me want to read some back issues, though! I really enjoyed this. The good and bad characters aren't so easily defined. I've always enjoyed this type of story and I'm a fan of Holly Black's books for teens. She's done a great job with what I presume is her first foray for DC. Will certainly be looking out for volume two.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bookhunter by Jason Shiga

Bookhunter by Jason Shiga
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Sparkplug Books
Source: egalley via edelweiss

A comic for bibliophiles or librarians!. Agent Bay is the Chief of the library police and he hunts down stolen books. Set in the 1970s the book opens with our hero in action. Then the rest of the book contains the main story involving the theft of an 1800s Bible on display in the Oakland Public Library. Bay is the type of officer who chases his suspects across the roofs of buildings and swings by cables when necessary. It was a fun little story that I enjoyed bur it is aimed at those with knowledge of books from paper content, bookbinding techniques and materials and library jargon. I did bookbinding years ago and am a lifelong library user and understood much of the bookishness. There is a certain dry humour as well which makes the book fun. If your only interest in books is reading them , this probably might be on the tedious side but if you like books for the sake of the actual product you'll get the jokes and jargon.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mister X: The Modern Age by Dean Motter

Mister X: The Modern Age by Dean Motter
My rating: 4/5 stars

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Dark Horse Books
Source: egalley via edelweiss

A fantastic omnibus of the latter stories of Mr. X by Dean Motter. An ingenious world this is, a city affected by architecture. The world is 1940s-ish, a bit steampunk with zeppelins and monorails in the air; it's definitely a future world but the art is awesome Art Nouveau in style. My favourite character throughout the book was a secondary one, Mercedes. Great read, not to be missed and this makes me want to read the earlier incarnations of Mr X.

1. Condemned - A really strange city where the architecture had been mixed with psychic stuff that eventually drove all the residents insane. Now the government, with an election coming, is trying to rebuild, urban renewal. There are a few angles going on here: the mafia, a secret society of architects, a serial killer, and government corruption. Although hard to describe it's a crime/mystery plot that I quite enjoyed. Mr. X is trying to fix the architecture and Rosey Stone is a reporter who secretly works with him. The art is gorgeous! It's very Art Nouveau in style. Futuristic sci-fi with a 30/40s look. (5/5)

2. Yacht on the Styx - A short story featuring X and Rosey. A man's body is found in the cornerstone of his own building. How could he have gotten there when he was publically active for many more years to come. (3/5)

3. The Vanishing Breed - Takes place one year after "Condemned" and is a short two-parter. This is about the drug poltercaine which turns you into a phantom. The former mayor is addicted to the stuff and a friend gives it to Mr. X when he gets held up in jail. (4/5)

4. Eviction - Mercedes has been taken by the Ganeral Assembly and is placed in Purgatorium (jail) as she won't give up any info on Mr. X. Rosey gets a new cameraman, an orphan, since Scooter is in the Asylum dealing with his addictions. Meanwhile X and Rosey work on getting Mercedes out while at the same time bringing down the Assembly. A lot of stuff happens in this one and it's a complicated story with reference to previous stories and lots of pop culture. (4/5)

5, Hard Candy - The big pharmaceutical company that used to make all the illicit drugs has their young heiress kidnapped. When a ransom note arrives saying they must restart production and sell only to the kidnappers the owner hires Mr. X to get her granddaughter back. (4/5)

6. Frozen Assets - This one was a lot of fun. Bad guys unfreeze a cryogenic head of a crook who hid all his money. Stories with talking heads floating in jars are always fun. Turns out this guy stole a lot of money from Mr. X (4/5)

7. The Eaves of Destruction - A short Christmas story where Rosey's Rabbi father comes to visit while she is working on a series of Rabbi serial killings. Really liked this one, and the red in the art was gorgeous. (5/5)

8. Dead Giveaway - Another short Christmas story set in the same area as the previous one but starring secondary characters. A man and his trophy wife are trying to kill each other for Christmas. (3/5)

9. Razed Expectations - The best story in the book and the longest. Takes place a few months after "Eviction". The election for a Mayor is back on and all the candidates have schemes going. The story is broken up for a few issues of Rosey investigating a zombie precious metals theft ring, which sounds insane but was really good. Everything wraps up at the end of the urrent arc but there are tons of things left wide open. (5/5)

10. Mr. X in Slumberland - Just a kind of advertising short explaining the history of the 9th Architects and how Mr. X is back. (NR)

11. The Return of Mr. X - Some pages from the first issue worked on with Paul Rivoche which was never published. (NR)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored by John Wagner;

Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored by John Wagner; et al
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by 2000 AD
First published 1978
Source: Print copy from Amazon.ca

Judge Dredd

The whole Cursed Earth saga from the pages of 2000 AD, uncensored for the first time. This was a blast to read. The "banned" issues are everything you could imagine them to be: garish and cheesy, pure delightful fun! The Burger Wars was just plain silly but the Jolly Green Giant story was actually good and I loved the Michelin Man part. LOL. The rest of the book, of course, can be found in "Complete Case Files Vol. 2" and involves Dredd crossing the Cursed Earth from Mega City 1 to deliver a vaccine to Mega City 2. At first, I didn't like his companion Spikes, but I grew to find him a fun comic sidekick after awhile. Written in 1978 most of the plot found here is unadulterated cheese, but Dredd fans will have a hoot with it. The book itself is great quality. Hardcover with thick glossy pages and all the original colour included (which I must say is garish to the extreme! I'm glad the Case Files are all in b/w at this point). The back has covers and posters. Brian Bolland's art in the book is great and completely recognisable from other artists.