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Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach
Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach
by Brian Azzarello
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.57
70 used & new from $9.87

5.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: B plus to A minus., June 20, 2015
This one focuses on the Comedian and especially his time with the Kennedys and Vietnam. The latter part is on Rorschach and his earlier years on his own and dealing with a dangerous gang.

I especially likes this one for its themes and character focuses. It didn't cop out on the tough topics.

Artwork is great as usual.


The Sons of Liberty #1
The Sons of Liberty #1
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: B., June 20, 2015
Two boy slaves escape from their master and gain supernatural powers along the way. This setting uses some authentic American History and then mixes things up a lot, too. Artwork is average to very good.


Fables Vol. 20: Camelot
Fables Vol. 20: Camelot
by Bill Willingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.58
73 used & new from $8.49

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B, June 18, 2015
Rose Red believes that bringing Camelot back will help the Fables with all of their problems. That's the main story with a few average to above average other tales woven into the book.

Artwork is its usual quality.


Fables, Vol. 19: Snow White
Fables, Vol. 19: Snow White
by Bill Willingham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.26
93 used & new from $8.35

4.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus., June 18, 2015
There's a lot of tales to cover in this one, including the heroic tales of Bufkin, but the major focus is upon Snow White and her continued ordeals.


Uncanny X-Men: Quarantine (Uncanny X-Men (Marvel Paperback))
Uncanny X-Men: Quarantine (Uncanny X-Men (Marvel Paperback))
by Matt Fraction
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.03
69 used & new from $3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: B., June 17, 2015
The X-Men have been contaminated and no one has the cure. Meanwhile, others take advantage of the lack of X-Men saviors.

Kudos to the Emma Frost moments. Her artwork was off the hook and I'm not talking about just her sex appeal.


Ghost Story: A Novel of the Dresden Files
Ghost Story: A Novel of the Dresden Files
by Jim Butcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.90
73 used & new from $4.10

3.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: C, June 15, 2015
It looks like I was wrong to give this series another chance. I used to love Harry Dresden but somewhere around #11 the quality really plummeted. Dresden is pretty much so powerful now that he doesn't have to worry about much.

Worse, the gamer jokes just don't hold up that well compared to a few novels back and it seems like the body language gestures and dialogue are too similar between all of the characters.

So Harry dies and becomes a ghost and he has to save his friends but is limited aaaannnndddd you get the idea. I'm sure he'll come back. No surprises there.


Before Watchmen:  Minutemen/Silk Spectre
Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre
by Amanda Conner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.84
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B plus to A minus., June 15, 2015
This beautifully illustrated piece takes places before the original WATCHMEN. It focuses mostly on the original Nite Owl and how he came to become a part of the Minutemen. The latter part focuses on the second Silk Spectre. Of course other characters makes cameos here and there and a few have their own tales taking place.

Almost an A tale!


World War Hulk: Damage Control (Incredible Hulk)
World War Hulk: Damage Control (Incredible Hulk)
by Dwayne McDuffie
Edition: Paperback
32 used & new from $13.86

4.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: B, June 14, 2015
It's time to fix up New York City after the hulk raged through it but there are conflicting parties involved. I liked some of the focuses on the non superheroes in this one, too, but it's the first I've read of the series (library copy).

Artwork was done well.


Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel
Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel
by Kim Harrison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.57
124 used & new from $0.04

3.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: B minus., June 14, 2015
A funky urban fantasy setting in which a lesser vampire cop gets a new partner who turns out to be a female human witch. There's a lot of fantasy interwoven into our world and a lot of sexual references (or actual sex). Oh my.;)

Artwork is fairly good.


The Modern Scholar: The Second Oldest Profession, Part 1: A World History of Espionage
The Modern Scholar: The Second Oldest Profession, Part 1: A World History of Espionage
Offered by Audible, Inc. (US)
10 used & new from $42.95

3.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: C plus., June 11, 2015
This seemed like an interesting audio based on the subject alone and the narrator covers some interesting topics but dryly. Additionally, it jumps around chronologically which can be confusing. At one point we're covering Ancient Rome and then we're doing England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. What happened to the eras in between?


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