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Next Men Premiere Edition Volume 2
Next Men Premiere Edition Volume 2
by John Byrne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $36.22
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive oversize reprint of Classic Next Men, February 25, 2015
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I've been enjoying the Next Men series, so I don't want to rate this item too low. In fact, if you want to spend the money on a large, oversize, bulky hardcover printed on high quality paper, this one is for you.

However, the Premiere Editions reprint the Classic Next-Men stories, available in much less expensive and easy-to-read paperback format (issues 2 and 3 are available also in Kindle format). So, if you just want to read the stories, the Classic series is a better buy.

The Compleat Series (just to make things more confusing) is a black-and-white reprint, similar to DC's Showcase and Marvel's Essentials series.

I bought this by mistake, thinking that it was the next installment in the series; but that's actually Next Men Vol. 2: Scattered, and Next Men Vol. 2: Scattered, Part 2. These are in standard size hardcover and not too expensive.

There is another installment in the series, Next Men Vol. 3, Aftermath. This story is available in Kindle format as well as hardcover.


Marvel Masterworks: Warlock Volume 1
Marvel Masterworks: Warlock Volume 1
by Gerry Conway
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.62
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More fun to remember than to reread, January 29, 2015
I vaguely remember enjoying this when I was in my 20s, although it was eclipsed a year or two later by Jim Starlin's superb re-imagining of the character. I bought this book, thinking it would be fun to read these earlier stories again, but it was a waste of time and money. This is a simplistic, obvious parable of the Garden of Eden and the fall of humanity, culminating with the crucifixion (which occurred in an issue of The Incredible Hulk, as this title had already been cancelled).

The artwork is really bad, and the dialogue (especially among the teenaged characters) is embarrassing. It's not surprising that this was cancelled after a handful of issues, because it's dull and uninspiring. My advice is to skip this one and proceed directly to Starlin's Warlock, which is superb; this series is dreadful.
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Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1: The Red Shadow
Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1: The Red Shadow
Price: $8.09

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, January 24, 2015
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It's always a bit of a challenge to read current comic books. If it weren't for my childhood memories, I probably wouldn't find them interesting at all. However, from time to time I like to take a look at what my childhood superheroes are up to.

A lot of things of changed, but a lot of things haven't changed. The story is still the same: superheroes fight supervillains. There is new artwork and new twists and turns of the lives of our heroes, but the plot devices are the familiar routines that I was reading when I was 10 years old.

This story was typical, very wordy and talky, with a few fight scenes. But after more than 50 years what do you expect?


The Man in the High Castle [HD]
The Man in the High Castle [HD]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good start to a series based on the Hugo-winning novel ..., January 15, 2015
Surprisingly good start to a series based on the Hugo-winning novel by Philip K. Dick. Not a direct adaptation of the book, but does a good job of integrating the story elements into an ongoing plot. Strong performances, intelligent writing, great CGI and beautiful, moody production design make this one a winner. Hope to see more!


Avengers Masterworks Vol. 5
Avengers Masterworks Vol. 5
Price: $16.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Avengers, December 24, 2014
These were the Avengers at the height of the Silver Age. Having achieved a nice balance between second-line regulars (Goliath, Hawkeye), A-list stars (Captain America, plus guest appearances from Iron Man and Thor) and occasional members like Hercules, Roy Thomas and John Buscema served up a satisfying series of adventures.

The weakest part is probably the Annual, which I enjoyed very much when I was a kid but which seems pretty hokey today. Don Heck's artwork looks rushed, and the Mandarin is a very dated villain.

This is classic Avengers, recommended for fans of Silver Age comics, and especially for admirers of John Buscema's work.


Streets of Fire (Strassen in Flammen) [Import-Germany, Region Free Blu-ray]
Streets of Fire (Strassen in Flammen) [Import-Germany, Region Free Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Michael Pare
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, in Hi-Def at last!, October 30, 2014
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This cult classic was released over 30 years ago, but it still doesn't feel dated; perhaps because it's set in a mythical never-never land that blends elements of the 50s and 80s, giving it a timeless feel.

The long-ago DVD release is not very good. It is not in anamorphic widescreen (if you watch it on an HDTV, you'll see a window with black bars on the left and right) and the soundtrack is mediocre. There was an HD-DVD release, when that short-lived format was still in existence, but so far no U.S. Blu-Ray release.

This German release fills the gap. The cover art is in German, and there's a German soundtrack, but all you have to do is choose the English original track and you have the movie in its original form. The soundtrack is in DTS-HD and the picture quality is as good as it gets for an 80s film. The German disc is region-free (note that the British version is not, and will not play on U.S. BD players).

If you're a fan of this movie, this edition is the one to get.


The Flash: Rebirth (The Flash: Rebirth series)
The Flash: Rebirth (The Flash: Rebirth series)
Price: $11.71

3.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated for my taste, October 23, 2014
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The last time I read FLASH, it was the late 1980s and Wally West had become the adult Flash. These stories, written by William Messner-Loebs, were perfect: intelligent enough to be interesting, but not too complicated to be arcane.

Unfortunately I can't say the same about this sequence. Apparently there's a lot of complicated continuity that I've missed over the last 25 years, and if you haven't been following this, you will probably have no idea what's going on here. It's extremely talky, with a lot of dialogue and discussion and exposition but not much plot. I read the first half and put it aside.

I'll give it 3 stars because I really like the artwork ---- great layouts and inking --- but the story is convoluted and uninvolving. There's just too much detail for someone who isn't "in the know" to follow the story, and there's way too much talk.


Scalia: A Court of One
Scalia: A Court of One
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, fascinating, hard to put down. Made ..., July 14, 2014
Riveting, fascinating, hard to put down. Made me think about Scalia's career and legal philosophy in a new way. I may not agree with him on most issues, but reading extensive quotes from his opinions and speeches made me think. A highly readable and compelling biography.


Tour De Force: Live in London - Hammersmith Apollo
Tour De Force: Live in London - Hammersmith Apollo
Price: $14.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Performances, June 1, 2014
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This is part of a four-concert set released on video last year. While the decision to fade out at the end of each track is strange, it doesn't alter the quality of the performances; and these are some of Joe's finest work. I have all his other live releases, and I think he has really outdone himself here.

I understand the objections other reviewers have posted here, as the sound fades after each track, as on a studio record. You do hear applause, but no inter-song chit-chat or band introductions. For me, it doesn't overcome the quality of this music, which is as good as it gets. For the concert experience, I still have the shows on Blu-Ray.

I have to recommend this set to all Joe Bonamassa fans, unless the fades really bother you.


Bathed in Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond
Bathed in Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond
by Colin Harper
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.11
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough Going, May 2, 2014
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I've only read the first 80 pages of this book, but I'm already skimming. The huge accumulation of data about the British rock scene is frequently overwhelming; it's like a Facebook page for a group of people in their 60s reminiscing about "back in the day." The author goes into great detail about who played where and when, but he buries the story under the welter of forensic information.

The book also suffers from its lack of focus. The topic, supposedly, is John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. However, the author spends page after page talking about people like Dufffy Power (whoever he was) whose relationship with McLaughlin was tangential at best.

I'll probably keep browsing through the rest of the book, as there are occasional nuggets of interesting information, but the narrative here is weighed down by the sheer volume of data, most of which is not very interesting to people who want to learn about McLaughlin.


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