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Hatter M, Vol. 1: The Looking Glass Wars (Hatter M Looking Glass Wars)
Hatter M, Vol. 1: The Looking Glass Wars (Hatter M Looking Glass Wars)
by Frank Beddor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.73
61 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B to B plus., April 20, 2015
Off to a good start. Promises to unlock some new venues for the Wonderland Mythos.

The artwork will be hit or miss for some people. The latter group will feel lost if they don't stick with it.


Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52) (Batman Volume)
Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52) (Batman Volume)
Price: $16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus., April 17, 2015
The new 52 takes a look at Batman as a relatively new Batman. His nemesis, who seems to have defeated him in the past, is The Riddler. As Gotham is put in tech peril Batman tries to save the day.

Snyder delivers a solid story with the usual artwork level.

OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.


Cemetery Girl: Book One: The Pretenders (Graphic Novel) (The Cemetery Girl Trilogy 1)
Cemetery Girl: Book One: The Pretenders (Graphic Novel) (The Cemetery Girl Trilogy 1)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B minus to B., April 13, 2015
Beautiful artwork and a somewhat predictable yet engaging tale. Would read the next one in the series.


The Unspeakable Oath 23
The Unspeakable Oath 23
by Shane Ivey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
6 used & new from $6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B plus to A minus., April 13, 2015
The quintessential magazine for anything related to Delta Green a la the RPG.

The scenario within "Cold Dead Hand" by Adam Scott Glancy makes it worth the price of admission alone. I've run that one three times now as a Keeper.

MY GRADE: B plus to A minus.


Deadlands Reloaded Player's Guide Explorers Edition (Savage Worlds, S2P10206)
Deadlands Reloaded Player's Guide Explorers Edition (Savage Worlds, S2P10206)
by Shane Hensley
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: $15.96
11 used & new from $12.21

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B plus, April 13, 2015
First off you need the basic SAVAGE WORLDS to play this game. The book does a good job of updating the Deadlands franchise keeping some of the original content yet blending it with the Savage Worlds model. By the way, you should like Savage Worlds (which has several similarities to Deadlands like dice exploding, poker initiative, etc) or this game won't fly for you. Think of the Wild West with a twist in History and then toss in steampunk, horror, monsters and all types of Western cliches.

I really like the poker method for initiative, the poker chips (which are like the Fate/Action Points in other games), the dueling, and, of course, the world of Deadlands, especially the extended American Civil War as I'm a big time enthusiast. Deadlands purists may not like this as its condensed down into one hardback (the original Deadlands was books upon books).

CONCEPT: A minus; MECHANICS: B plus to A minus; PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: B to B plus; ARTWORK: B to B plus; THE EXTRA TOUCHES: B to B plus; WHEN READ: November to December 2011 (revised review January 2013); OVERALL GRADE: B plus.


Batgirl Vol. 3: Death of the Family (Batgirl(DC Comics-The New 52))
Batgirl Vol. 3: Death of the Family (Batgirl(DC Comics-The New 52))
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B plus., April 13, 2015
The new 52 Batgirl has recovered from her wheelchair after a few years and is out fighting crime. In this installment she deals with the Joker and her crazed brother.

Almost a five star but not quite.

MY GRADE: B plus.


Spider-Man: American Son
Spider-Man: American Son
Price: $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B., April 12, 2015
Harry is being manipulated by his father to become the next Captain America while Spider-Man tries to stop the madness.

A solid three star, especially if you include the artwork. Almost a four star but not quite.

MY GRADE: B


Captain America: Land of the Free
Captain America: Land of the Free
by Mark Waid
Edition: Paperback
39 used & new from $2.41

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B to B plus., April 12, 2015
Various stories ranging from above average to very good. Some homages to Old School comic book writing so if you aren't aware of that you will think it's dated. It's not. It's intentional.

OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus


Infinity
Infinity
by Jonathan Hickman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $35.25
58 used & new from $27.25

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B plus., April 11, 2015
This review is from: Infinity (Paperback)
It’s the conclusion to the Infinity series with a lot of answers. If you’re like me you haven’t read the whole spread of graphic novels and therefore have to piece a few things together.

All said this is a wonderful series with big artistic presentations by a variety of artists (two pages of credits in the big hardcover). Hickman wields the many stories within and sometimes they get unruly. Arguably there is too much going on and moreover a whole saving of the galaxy/galaxies with the same old crew feels a bit worn out when there are so many other topics that could be covered.

The Avengers are off to not only save Earth this time around but arguably several galaxies as the Builders, an advanced civilization which claims to have started life, decide Earth must be destroyed.

I could say a lot more but I risk giving the readers spoilers. So, on that note, I enjoyed the development of Black Bolt, Outriders, Thanos and his ilk, Thor’s big bad hammer, Black Dwarf and The Mother.

MY GRADE: B plus.


X-Men: Nation X
X-Men: Nation X
by JAMES ASMUS
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.41
47 used & new from $6.45

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B minus to B., April 11, 2015
This review is from: X-Men: Nation X (Paperback)
The early stories dealing with Magneto were close to "A" quality.

But then all these mostly disconnected short tales dropped down what could have been a B plus to A minus tale from a B minus to B.

MY GRADE: B minus to B.


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