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Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)
by Scott Snyder
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.12
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Joker Event is Here!, November 9, 2013
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DC has the right idea. When the king of all supervillains comes back to Gotham, it needs to be an epic event. Joker is more deranged and sadistic than ever. Even Harley Quinn doesn't seem to like the new Joker as he tells her he is going to slice off her face just as his face has been sliced off...oh yeah, I forgot to mention, Joker's face was taken off by the Doll Maker a year ago so in this book he has his face pinned on (you know, like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre does with peoples' faces...it's really awesome!) The cover of this hardcover book has a slip cover of the Joker's face that can be taken off only to reveal Joker's grotesque face under the skin...but back to the story. I don't want to ruin too much about this book, but I will say it is one of the best Joker stories ever if you are into the sick and twisted version of the Joker. Joker plays psychological games with his adversary and tries to hit him where it will hurt most...his Bat-family. Joker kind of reminded me of Jigsaw in this book. He had these weird and sick traps/jokes that he would put Batman in to try to challenge his morals...Great writing from Scott Snyder who shows he knows these characters through and through and Greg Capullo's amazing art is dark and twisted, which fits the feel of the story perfectly. I would almost consider this to be a horror story if the main character wasn't Batman...Highly Recommended!!


Animal Man Vol. 4: Born to be Wild (Animal Man (DC Comics))
Animal Man Vol. 4: Born to be Wild (Animal Man (DC Comics))
by Tom Veitch
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Animal Man slips in quality but isn't THAT bad, August 11, 2013
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Grant Morrison rebooted Animal Man in the late 1980s and made it one of the best comic books ever. Animal Man Vol 4: Born to be Wild brings Animal Man back down to being a passable comic. The first story arc by Peter Milligan is interesting but it can be hard to comprehend what is going on at times. Nowhere Man is a molecularly displaced person, which means that his words are displaced too. This basically means when he talks it can be difficult to understand what he is saying...think Bizarro but more confusing. The first story arc can seem overly complex and is also wordy, but all in all it is a decent story.

The second story arc written by Tom Veitch and with art by Steve Dillon is much less complex than the Peter Milligan arc. It deals with Animal Man's connection to the animal m-field being messed up and he must focus on a particular animal to use its powers. The entire story arc is not contained in the book, only the first five issues of it. The story ends with a cliffhanger. The art by Steve Dillon is nice. I am a fan of his and it is always cool to see some of his earlier work. The story is good enough, although I had some problems with it including a part where Animal Man turns down doing a charity event with other superheroes because he can only work paying gigs because he has bills to pay. What kind of superhero turns down a charity event because he wants money? I did not like hearing Animal Man say this because it seemed out of character.

All in all, you are getting two passable and somewhat mediocre story arcs of Animal Man. These story arcs are definitely not on the same level as when Grant Morrison was writing on the book, but if you are a fan of the late 80s Animal Man and don't have super high expectations for the book, it is a decent read.


Ferals Vol 01 TPB
Ferals Vol 01 TPB
by David Lapham
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood, Gore, Nudity & a Werewolf story, July 15, 2013
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This review is from: Ferals Vol 01 TPB (Paperback)
Do you like graphic horror comics filled with gore and nudity? Have you heard of Eisner Award winning writer/artist David Lapham? If not, you had better pay attention because David Lapham is writing the best horror comics around right now! After writing the best story arcs for the "Crossed" comic book series ever written, Lapham has been writing a few creator-owned titles for Avatar Press along with continuing to write on "Crossed". "Ferals vol. 1" is a wonderfully written horror story about werewolves. It contains lots of mystery and is intriguing. It also is filled with gore and boobs. If I have any complaints about some of Lapham's titles including "Ferals vol. 1", it is that all of the naked females have ridiculously big and fake looking breasts. The women all look like Playboy models with breast implants even if they live out in the sticks. But when my complaint is too many big fake looking boobs, I guess I don't really have too much to complain about.


Batman: The Black Glove Deluxe Edition
Batman: The Black Glove Deluxe Edition
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman and Son + Black Glove + More!!, June 25, 2013
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This Deluxe Edition of the "Batman: The Black Glove" by the legendary Grant Morrison is awesome!! Not only does it contain "Batman and Son" (the first introduction to Damian Wayne) and "The Black Glove", it also contains all the other Batman issues written by Grant Morrison before "Batman R.I.P" takes place (some of which I had never read before, so that was a real treat). There are a total of 15 issues in this over-sized hardcover deluxe edition!! It includes excellent artwork from Andy Kubert, J.H. Williams III, and Tony Daniel. Grant Morrison's writing is top-notch here and his run on the Batman series is amazing and is sure to go down as one of the greatest Batman runs of all time. So do yourself a favor and pick up this book and see how Morrison began his legendary run on Batman.


Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 2: Secrets of the Dead (The New 52)
Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 2: Secrets of the Dead (The New 52)
by Matt Kindt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who is this Matt Kindt?, May 1, 2013
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Okay, I admit I bought this because Jeff Lemire wrote the first 2 of the 10 issues included here and they were probably my favorite 2 issues of the series. That said, Matt Kindt does a damn good job taking over for Jeff Lemire. Although Kindt's stories are not always as character driven as Lemire's were, he never loses the "heart" of Frankenstein and therefore the character is always interesting. Kindt also shows a talent for witty dialogue between the characters. And the art from Alberto Ponticelli is a perfect fit for this book. This is a great book for lovers of monster comics. It is always creative and it never seems like the writers or artists are phoning it in...Really cool stuff!


Crossed Volume 5 Hardcover
Crossed Volume 5 Hardcover
by David Lapham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $28.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Solid Crossed Story Arcs, March 29, 2013
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Crossed volume 5 contains 2 solid story arcs that are both great additions to the Crossed series. Both stories center around people dealing with the Crossed virus when it initially started. If you have enjoyed the series so far, I can't see you disliking this book. With the first 4-issue story arc, they finally team up my favorite Crossed writer, David Lapham, with my favorite Crossed artist, Jacen Burrows. The results are pretty awesome. It centers around a teen at the circus, where the Crossed have broken out and he manages to be the only person to make it out alive. Now he has to warn others of the Crossed and try to survive. The second story is a 5-issue story arc written by David Hine. Since Hine is new to the Crossed writing team, I was a little bit skeptical going into this one. But Hine appears to know exactly how to write a Crossed book. That means that there is plenty of gore and sadism, but most importantly, there is a compelling story. This one is about a group of 8 people that are part of a writer's workshop. The author running the workshop has written parts for all of the 8 people attending. They are to act out their time in the workshop as the characters written specifically for them, based on something they had written for the author running the workshop. These "characters" they are to play have been written for them as if they were able to strip all the layers of hypocracy from their lives and strip themselves of the usual social norms. I won't give away any major spoilers for either of these stories, but I will say it's a bloody good time.


Red Lanterns Vol. 2: The Death of the Red Lanterns (The New 52)
Red Lanterns Vol. 2: The Death of the Red Lanterns (The New 52)
by Peter Milligan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.44
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4.0 out of 5 stars Monster vs. Monster vs. Monster vs Stormwatch, March 15, 2013
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I am happy to see that after a slow paced first book the second Ted Lanterns book kicks directly into an interesting storyline full of lots of action at the very beginning. The art by Miguel Supulveda is great and fits the story perfectly. This is basically a sci-fi series with plenty of monster fights. Atrocitus' first attempt at making a Red Lantern named Abysmus is back from the dead and is angry that his creator Atrcitus had killed and buried him so he wants to kill all the Red Lanterns. Abysmus sticks his tainted rib in the red power battery and the Red Lanterns begin to suffer and die off. Who is helping Abysmus and what does he have to gain by doing this? Atrocitus is determined to find out and save the Red Lanterns before it is too late. There is also a side story involving Bleez considering turning against Atrocitus so she can take over the Red Lanterns and there is another side story about the first human to become a Red Lantern named Rankorr. The story by Peter Milligan is plenty interesting and has a lot of cool stuff going on. The Stormwatch crossover in the middle is okay, but I have to admit that I am not the biggest Stormwatch fan so I didn't care for the Stormwatch issue as much as I enjoyed ALL the Red Lanterns issues. All in all, this graphic novel was enjoyable and definitely worth picking up.


John Constantine, Hellblazer: Pandemonium
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Pandemonium
by Jamie Delano
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, March 4, 2013
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I am shocked at all the positive reviews on here for this book. Every reviewer has given this book a 5 out of 5! Were we reading the same book? Let me start off by saying that I am a big John Constantine fan and I have read the first 3 graphic novels written by Jamie Delano and I really liked all of them. Which is what makes this book such a disappointment. This 124 page book is boring beyond belief. Nothing even remotely "black magic" related happens until well over halfway through the book. On top of that, we are always hearing what John Constantine is thinking but it's usually not all that interesting. The book takes forever to read but yet when I think about it, the story itself is very simple. It should have been told in a more simple way, without all the inner monologue that moved the story nowhere. Yes, I know Delano's older Hellblazer books had a lot of inner monologue, but those old Constantine books written by Delano were actually interesting, so I could get past all the inner monologue, but this book takes forever to go anywhere interesting (and I am not really sure I would consider ANY of this book interesting). The artwork by Jock is kind of cool and that is why I am giving this book 2 stars instead of 1. Unfortunately I have to say that this book kind of sucks.


Justice League, Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey (The New 52)
Justice League, Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey (The New 52)
by Jim Lee
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Volume 1, February 8, 2013
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One of the best comic book writers around, Geoff Johns, has written an emotionally compelling superhero story that has also got plenty of action...Johns has written for all of these characters before and knows exactly what he is doing. I love the funny banter between Green Lantern and The Flash throughout the book...Oh, and did I mention this book is drawn by one of the greatest comic book artists of all time, Jim Lee? This book is not just all action like volume 1 but instead we really get a look at the superheroes psyches and what makes them tick. Geoff Johns also introduces a new villain, but you probably got that from the title of the book. All in all, I think this volume is better than volume 1 and I highly recommend it!!


Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Revenge of the Black Hand (The New 52)
Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Revenge of the Black Hand (The New 52)
by Geoff Johns
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why are you not reading this?, January 31, 2013
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Whoa! This book is awesome! Geoff Johns' run on Green Lantern is sure to go down as some of the best comic books ever! The artwork from Doug Mahnke & Ethan Van Scriver is amazing and the story from Geoff Johns is epic and incredible! Seriously, you are missing out if you are not reading this series...I really can't say enough good things about this book!! I can't wait for the next one!


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