Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Black CherryBlack Cherry by Doug TenNapel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not bad, though I was hoping for better. I love TenNapel, especially his Christian works and this is full of theology and as a Catholic, I appreciated the Catholicism. We've got aliens, demons and quite a bit of swearing in this mafioso story but I enjoyed the theology. The main theme is the spread of the Gospel but also that by becoming human one also inherits sin.

The Action BibleThe Action Bible by  Sergio Cariello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This took me a long time to read but it is very good. First, the illustrations by DC & Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello are gorgeous! Secondly, the book is not arranged by the books of the Bible, as usual, rather, instead, it is arranged chronologically really providing an historical view of the "Greatest Story". This really helps in the OT presenting one continuous story. Between the OT and NT is a non-biblical history of what went on during those years and though not noted as such this contains some information from Maccabees. The NT is already mostly chronological but it brings a bigger picture by weaving the Letters throughout Acts. While the book is intended for children I'd recommend it for any age. As a Catholic, I found the Protest publisher's take to be Catholic-friendly with only a few common Protestant-only ideas.

Voodoo, Vol. 1: What Lies BeneathVoodoo, Vol. 1: What Lies Beneath by Ron Marz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a new origin story for Voodoo whom I'd never heard of before. I really enjoyed it! There are ties with the groups The Black Razors and The Blackhawks. Green Lantern Kyle Raynor appears in one issue too. So I liked those familiar faces showing up with this otherwise new-to-me character. Voodoo starts off seeming like a bad guy at first but by the end of this volume we like her and see her not as badly as first shown. Lots of action, with a fast-paced plot and an ending that leaves you ready for the next volume.

Sonic Super Special Magazine #9Sonic Super Special Magazine #9 edited by Jonathan Goldwater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fun. This isn't my kind of thing but I certainly enjoyed the stories. It's a cross between a magazine and a comic book. The comics all tie into what is going on in all the other comics with issue reference numbers and they also tie-in with the latest games being sold. Recommended for super special Sonic fans.

Aquaman, Volume 1: The DrowningAquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning by Dan Abnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent start to a new Aquaman. The story is dense, full of political machinations and lots of action. We've got a new group of villains and the return of Aquaman's nemesis. The only thing I don't like is that each issue is drawn by a different illustrator so it doesn't have a cohesive look but otherwise the art is all excellent. The first issue has an anonymous villain giving us an introduction to who Aquaman is, making this a good starting point for new readers and Superman shows up in the last issue for some Justice League tie-in. An exciting finish leaves us waiting for the next volume.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Green Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver QueenGreen Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen by Benjamin Percy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the New 52 Green Arrow and this new beginning for GA is pretty good. It picks up with Oliver still having the same background he gained in The New 52 but things are going in a new direction for him. He loses old friends and gains back ones who 'd forsaken him.This has Green Arrow partnering up with Black Canary and the two of them battling an organization. This story also takes Green Arrow to a point where he loses his Oliver Queen identity and we're left with him possibly only having his Green Arrow persona left. But the cliffhanger ending leaves us not knowing what is going to happen next making us anxious to read the next volume. A good story with decent art.

At The ShoreAt The Shore by Jim Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, what a surprise this turned out to be! Amazon has this listed as horror but it is not at all. How can I describe this? It has zombies (the slow variety), zombie fish, loch ness monsters, a mad scientist who likes to be called "Professor" and sea weed mining. Set in a science fiction-y sounding fictional town some college kids have an adventure at the shore. This is a parody of old zombie films and the "mad scientist" sci-fi shows. The dialogue is at times very formal, sarcastic or naive (Gee, swell). One girl keeps telling nonsensical stories about her father who is a sea weed miner. Another boy is there but doesn't really have a part. And each issue shows a TV in the living room flashing a seventies show: MASH, Gilligan's Island, Sesame Street, etc along with an Atari game at one point. Honestly, at first, I didn't know what the heck was going on (especially since I was expecting horror) but then I realized it was fantastically hilarious. Very weird, but hysterical! Props!