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Gr. 6-10. This collects the first eight issues of an ongoing comics series that follows Justin Braddock as he learns deep secrets about his past self. In a distant past, Justin lived as a traitor to the great civilization of Atlantis, which continues as a secret city under the sea floor. When he reencounters Kaila, an ally from his past who is still involved with Atlantis, he is drawn into her life and the ongoing political intrigue in a sunken metropolis. This is a perfect fit for teens who are new to comics. The adventure is smooth, and Bishop's use of quick dossier-style character overviews will remind teens of the way video games present their backstories. The crisply colored art is competent, and even sometimes inspired, and there are a few intriguing extras that feature information about some of the theoretical technology used in the book. Tina Coleman
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From Booklist Gr. 6-10. This collects the first eight issues of an ongoing comics series that follows Justin Braddock as he learns deep secrets about his past self. In a distant past, Justin lived as a traitor to the great civilization of Atlantis, which continues as a secret city under the sea floor. When he reencounters Kaila, an ally from his past who is still involved with Atlantis, he is drawn into her life and the ongoing political intrigue in a sunken metropolis. This is a perfect fit for teens who are new to comics. The adventure is smooth, and Bishop's use of quick dossier-style character overviews will remind teens of the way video games present their backstories. The crisply colored art is competent, and even sometimes inspired, and there are a few intriguing extras that feature information about some of the theoretical technology used in the book. Tina Coleman Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --Tina Coleman Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

(five stars) COMPLEX PLOT WITH MANY CHARACTERS By Tim Janson Black Tide has had a publishing history as complex as the plot of its story. Starting with Image, then moving on to Avatar before finding its home at Angel Gate press. It's not easy trying to categorize Black Tide. There are characters with super powers who wear costumes but it's not a super hero title really. Part Sci-fi, part fantasy, with elements of covert intrigue and superhero action, Black Tide is one of the more multifaceted stories I've read in quite a long time. Trying to summarize the story in a short review would not really do the multi-layered plotline justice, but let me give you a bit of a synopsis. Nearly 13,000 years ago the legendary lost city of Atlantis was destroyed and sunk beneath the ocean, yet its people endured. Using far advanced technology the people regenerated themselves, building a new home, far below the surface, cloaked from modern man. It is in this modern world we meet Justin Braddock, leader of a special ops team known as "The Deceivers." All his life he has been haunted by strange nightmares and he's finally about to find out why. While on a mission he encounters Kaila, an Atlantean and helps her rescue an Atlantean Prince named Theros. They return to Atlantis where Justin comes face-to-face with the revelation that he had once been Atlantis' greatest enemy, Villonious, responsible for much bloodshed and death. Villonious had been placed in stasis and was regenerated as a human who should not have had these memories of his previous life. Queen Celestia decrees that Justin be put to death for his past crimes but Theros intercedes on his behalf since he is the rightful ruler. He frees Justin, and to Celestia's consternation, Justin, Theros, and Kaila leave Atlantis for the surface world. We then find out that Kaila herself is also a member of the Deceivers as well and Justin never knew it. They were once lovers in Atlantis but Justin now does not hold those same feelings as he did as Villonious. Celestia will not give up her son or Justin so easily and allies herself with the Catharta, the witch who stole Theros' powers. While all this is going on, Justin and Kaila are determined to find out who killed Justin's partner and friend, and also track down terrorists who intend to use a biological bomb at an international summit meeting. Theros is forced to return to Atlantis to deal with great trouble at home. The Atlanteans are not happy that Theros freed the slaves before he left and there is rebellion on the rise against him. Whew! And trust me I'm being brief. Writer Debbie Bishop has woven a story that is extremely intricate and layered with plots, and sub-plots and even a few sub sub-plots, I think. It's certainly not a story you can breeze through and I found myself re-reading sections just to make sure I had everything straight. One thing Bishop does is devote a full page here and there to a character, giving their background, powers, etc, which really helps you get a handle on who is who in the story. Kind of like a graphic novel scorecard. The art by Mike S. Miller is first-rate and very smooth. If you like in-depth, elaborate storylines, then this is unquestionably a book you'll want to read. It's rare that you get a comic series this complex today. Reviewed by Tim Janson --Reviewed by Tim Janson, Amazon.com reviewer

(five stars) Interesting So far By John O'donnell on June 4, 2004 Format: Paperback I saw an article on Newsarama about this book and decided to check it out. So far so good, the art is above average reminding me of Crossgen's Scion. --amazon.com
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Left Field Ink, Angel Gate; 1 edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932431004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932431001
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,563,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debbie Bishop first came to the public's attention with her science-fiction comic book series, Black Tide, which was originally published by Image comics.

Books by Bishop include the Award-winning, Fairies of Bladderwhack Pond; Shadow Boys; Enter The Game and the graphic novel, Awakening of the Key, from Black Tide, which is a fictional series set in a foundation of real earth history and the legend of Atlantis.

Bishop co-authored, Martha's Got Nothin' On Me, with her sister, Cori Berg. The humorous cookbook started out as fun tips for their dad who was going through a divorce and had to cook for himself for the first time in his life. Debbie included things like how to turn on the stove and where to find the kettle to make hot cocoa for their younger sister Boone. Cori loved the book and said, uh, how about putting some recipes in it... and Voila! The pre-fab cookbook was born. Debbie also did most of the illustrations, proving, in her words, 'why I am a writer.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Black Tide has had a publishing history as complex as the plot of its story. Starting with Image, then moving on to Avatar before finding its home at Angel Gate press. It's not easy trying to categorize Black Tide. There are characters with super powers who wear costumes but it's not a super hero title really. Part Sci-fi, part fantasy, with elements of covert intrigue and superhero action, Black Tide is one of the more multifaceted stories I've read in quite a long time. Trying to summarize the story in a short review would not really do the multi-layered plotline justice, but let me give you a bit of a synopsis.

Nearly 13,000 years ago the legendary lost city of Atlantis was destroyed and sunk beneath the ocean, yet its people endured. Using far advanced technology the people regenerated themselves, building a new home, far below the surface, cloaked from modern man. It is in this modern world we meet Justin Braddock, leader of a special ops team known as "The Deceivers." All his life he has been haunted by strange nightmares and he's finally about to find out why. While on a mission he encounters Kaila, an Atlantean and helps her rescue an Atlantean Prince named Theros. They return to Atlantis where Justin comes face-to-face with the revelation that he had once been Atlantis' greatest enemy, Villonious, responsible for much bloodshed and death. Villonious had been placed in stasis and was regenerated as a human who should not have had these memories of his previous life. Queen Celestia decrees that Justin be put to death for his past crimes but Theros intercedes on his behalf since he is the rightful ruler. He frees Justin, and to Celestia's consternation, Justin, Theros, and Kaila leave Atlantis for the surface world.
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I saw an article on Newsarama about this book and decided to check it out. So far so good, the art is above average reminding me of Crossgen's Scion.
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