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Gears of War, Vol. 2 Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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The next part of the book is a one-shot called "The Quickening" that tells the story of Tai and his time during the Pendulum wars all the way up to his death after being a prisoner of Skorge's. The final story is entitled "Harper's Story" and is another one-shot. This one follows a soldier named Sergeant Jonathan Harper and his mission down into the hollow to fight the locust and his triumphant, yet tragic end as he survives the hollow and makes it back to the surface, even saving civilians, only to be gunned down at the evac point.Read more ›
This comic is volume number 2 in the series, so if you haven't read the first one yet, go check that one out first. This comic is just like the Gears of War games. Dark, violent, and dreadful. That is, full of dread, not bad. Just to be clear. The thing that I really like about these comics is that they are expertly drawn. The writing is good too, but the art is on another level. Fantastic. And, that's about it; if you like dark, violent, dread-filled stories about soldiers killing (and being killed by) monsters, or if you like Gears, then I'd recommend these.
This volume contains the six issue storyline Barren, as well as two one-shot comics. All are poorly written, and completely forgettable.
Barren follows Delta Squad as they respond to a distress signal and discover a group of Stranded women surviving at a former birthing camp. It also introduces us to hard-boiled female Gear Alex Brand. While an interesting idea for a story, it remains poorly developed and executed. Many of the scenes feel somewhat disjointed, and there's nothing new, particularly exciting, or interesting here. It's essentially only a vehicle to show a bunch of women dressed in shiny, minimal clothing as if they walked off the set of a porn film about five minutes ago. There's nothing here that makes you believe you're looking at a bunch of people who have survived not only some of the most horrible human-inflicted conditions possible, but also the constant struggle for survival against the Locust. Unfortunately, the decent action is disrupted by the laughable character design. If you've read anything by the Gears writers or creators or played the games, you know this definitely isn't a realistic or accurate vision of the Gears universe. It reads and looks more like the fan fiction of a teenage boy.
The two one-shots have similar poor scripting, one focusing on Tai Kaliso, and the other on Gear Jonathan Harper, who was a part of Operation: Hollow Storm. While much more in the spirit of the Gears universe than Barren, both are so disjointed that they feel more like a series of semi-related snapshots.Read more ›
I came across this book at the bookstore and I was taken in first by the cover. I thought, this is a woman with a story behind her. Who is she? What motivates her? How is she so nonchalant about slaughtering aliens? What does her cigar say about her femininity?
I understood that this is not meant to be a great work of literature and I might never get answers to all or possibly any of my questions. No matter; it was enough that I was intrigued. But, of course, you cannot judge a book by its cover, so I flipped through it a bit to see if it looked good. I liked the pages I saw -- perhaps a little too much use of blue and green tones, but it seemed good enough. So, eventually, I ordered it.
How disappointing, then, when it turned out to be crap.
I ordered it with volume 1 because I didn't want to take the risk of missing anything. Well, it turns out in fact I didn't miss anything and volume 2 stands fine on its own. Well, perhaps "fine" isn't the word to use. I knew that this was likely an action-oriented book and so it was going to be mostly eye candy. Unfortunately, the art style just does not hold up throughout the book. In one or two points there is obvious copying and pasting. You should *never* see any noticeable copy and paste in a book like this.
OK, what of the girl on the cover? Sadly, there's nothing to her. Her backstory is...Read more ›
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Amazing comic alternating between novels and games. It works out very well.Published 11 months ago by Corry Richardson
Gears of War is the only reason why I bought an XBox 360. Love the games as well as the stories in the books. Hopefully someday they'll make a movie.Published 19 months ago by Jason B.
This was a present for my son. Great quality, Great service, received on time and will purchase from this seller again. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by DAC
The writing and the stories are good and entertaining. I wish it came with more. I cant wait till part 3Published on January 11, 2013 by Luis Texidor