Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Green Lanterns, Volume 1: Rage Planet by Sam Humphries

Green Lanterns, Volume 1: Rage PlanetGreen Lanterns, Volume 1: Rage Planet by Sam Humphries
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm relatively new to the Green Lanterns and their goings on but like what I have read so far. This new volume 1 is no exception. It starts out with basic background on what Lanterns are and who the current four Earth Lanterns are. While at the same time introducing us to the two newest recruits, Simon and Jessica, who are the main characters of this volume. The villains are the Red Lanterns and Simon and Jessica are on their own in stopping them taking over the inhabitants of Earth with rage. Red Lantern Bleez, whom I like, is given a curious role in this story and I'm especially interested in finding where she goes in the next volume. Thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the new characters.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Orchid Trilogy by Tom Morello

Orchid, Volume 1Orchid, Volume 1 by Tom Morello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Just did a re-read as, five years later, I am finally going to read the rest of the trilogy. On second read, this volume is just as good as I remembered it to be. Original review here.













Orchid, Volume 2Orchid, Volume 2 by Tom Morello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent! The middle book of a trilogy, it brings all the threads and people together. New characters take over as those in charge and the politics are being played out by the bad guys. Members of our team die and pecking order remade with the stragglers left behind. They are on the verge of a great rebellion with a new person in power as their leader. An exciting action-packed story. A bit predictable but well-written and fantastic art. Really looking forward to the finale now.








Orchid, Volume 3Orchid, Volume 3 by Tom Morello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An action-packed conclusion with the oppressed fighting the tyrant. There is a very naive part where they dream of a future world with no government, no money and everything is free; something only the idealistic could even take seriously. But the story redeemed itself in my eyes with the twist ending that says there is more of the story to come and evil always exists. The whole trilogy is a decent read but not overly deep.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 03 by John Wagner

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 03 by John Wagner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I've been looking forward to this one as it has the first appearance of Judge Death in it (also Judge Andersen's first appearance). It was a decent enough episode appearing to be suited as a Halloween issue probably. Other stories were better, though. This volume contains no major story lines but is full of one issue or 2-3 issue stories. Most are of a dramatic nature with only a couple of cheesy ones. A very good read of late 70's Judge Dredd. What I really enjoyed though was one of the opening stories which introduced the Blocks as having the celebrity names. Up to this point, they had just been numbered and I had wondered when (and how) they started using the names. This first story introduces Blocks Charlton Heston, Benjamin Spock and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The block names come up a couple of times throughout the volume but haven't been integrated into the universe yet. There is also a return (kinda) of Satanus! Good read.

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!

Twin Star Exorcists, Vol. 7Twin Star Exorcists, Vol. 7 by Yoshiaki Sukeno
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great volume with lots of action. Roku and Benio both go through their trials to see if they are ready for the island. Meanwhile, two super-duper Kegare have come to capture the little girl, taking power from every exorcist they kill. She is kidnapped and used as a lure for her brother and the Twin Exorcists. Character-wise we learn more about Sayo, the little girl.