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Spider-Man: India TPB (Amazing Spider-Man)
Spider-Man: India TPB (Amazing Spider-Man)
by Jeevan J. Kang
Edition: Paperback
35 used & new from $7.29

3.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: C plus., June 13, 2014
An unimaginative refresh of Spider-Man as an Eastern Indian lad with Spidey powers who has the usual background and problems amidst deities of said sphere.

OVERALL GRADE: C plus (lower if we take out the artwork)


Star Wars: Darth Maul Death Sentence
Star Wars: Darth Maul Death Sentence
Price: $9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: C plus., June 10, 2014
Somehow Darth Maul is alive and back and mostly droid made. He and his brother are going across the galaxy causing trouble and irking the Jedi.

Why can't they leave two brothers who just want to be left alone?

Mostly a tale you would expect with a big fight at the end.

MY GRADE: C plus (probably a B minus if I could get past the stupid way they brought Maul back)


Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.68
84 used & new from $3.33

3.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: C plus., June 10, 2014
The first story was good but then it became flat focusing on Mary Jane reacting and dealing with various problems as Peter reveals himself as Spiderman to the world. A really stupid idea, by the way, as you will (thanks, Stark).

OVERALL GRADE: C plus.


Justice League of America, Vol. 4: Sanctuary
Justice League of America, Vol. 4: Sanctuary
by Alan Burnett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.55
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3.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B minus., May 12, 2014
<b>MINI REVIEW: </b> An intriguing idea which never came to fruition: super villains seeking sanctuary from government types which want to deport them to a planet.

The artwork of Benes is amazing at times and even at its worst is still good.

The tale doesn't finish and leaves a big question mark which I suppose is a setup for FINAL CRISIS. There are tales in between which break the flow and at the very least should have been put at the end.

<b> STORY/PLOTTING: C plus to B minus;
ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B plus;
CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B;
DC MYTHOLOGY FOCUSES: B minus;
ACTION SCENES: B minus;
WHEN READ: mid May 2014;
OVERALL GRADE: B minus. </b>


Captain America: The Winter Soldier [HD]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier [HD]
DVD
Price: $19.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B plus., April 17, 2014
A bit better than the first and something of a treat for the graphic novel fans. Like most Marvel movies it's easy to get lost in the action over the story and characters but this one does a better job. A lot of fun but far from perfect for film snobs. Kudos to Black Widow trying to set Cap up with Sharon Carter (another nod to the graphic novels).


Justice League of America, Vol. 1: The Tornado's Path
Justice League of America, Vol. 1: The Tornado's Path
by Brad Meltzer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.21
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: A minus., April 12, 2014
MINI REVIEW: it's nice to see the Big Three getting along and rebuilding the JLA. Old feelings arise as various superheroes are considered. Of course there is a crisis or two or three along the way. What did you expect? Tea with superheroes? This is the JLA!

This tale focuses mostly upon Red Tornado, a variety of themes including one spin on heroism and why the JLA trains so much together (see the supervillain they must defeat this time around).

Nice homage to JLA artwork in the back of this volume. Awesome artwork by Ed Benes. He killed it. Bonus for doing Wonder Woman in a feminine yet strong fashion.

ARTWORK: A minus to A;
STORY/PLOTTING: B plus to A minus;
CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: A minus to A;
ACTION SCENES: B plus;
DC MYTHOLOGY: A minus;
OVERALL GRADE: A minus;
WHEN READ: early April 2014.


The Fifth Estate
The Fifth Estate
DVD
Price: $4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B minus., March 3, 2014
B minus. It tries but keeps missing the ball. The shot at Call of Cthulhu RPG, well, let's just say I tried not to take offense heh. Interesting in certain parts but not fully explored enough to make it engaging.


The Great Gatsby (Two-Disc Special Edition DVD + UltraViolet)
The Great Gatsby (Two-Disc Special Edition DVD + UltraViolet)
DVD ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Price: $6.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B minus to B., March 3, 2014
B minus to B (at the cusp of three star) if you include all the set designs and costumes. Lucy proves herself to be an even more worthless human being in this adaption of Fitzgerald's novel.


Batman: Noel
Batman: Noel
by Lee Bermejo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.34
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4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B to B plus., February 26, 2014
This review is from: Batman: Noel (Hardcover)
Batman faces his rage towards the Joker and other “villains” during the Christmas season.
Charles Dicken's influences galore.

Amazing artwork by Lee Bermejo (also the scribe).

ARTWORK: A minus; STORY/PLOTTING/PANELS: B minus to B; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B; BATMAN MYTHOLOGY: B plus; WHEN READ: end of February 2013; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus

<spoiler> Interesting twist that Scrooge is Batman.</spoiler>


Fatale, Book 1: Death Chases Me
Fatale, Book 1: Death Chases Me
by Ed Brubaker
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.96
98 used & new from $4.37

4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B plus., February 26, 2014
A nice noir detective tale that uses narrative well and tosses in some old Lovecraftian horror to boot.

ARTWORK: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING/PANELS: B plus to A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B to B plus; NOIR ELEMENTS: B to B plus; HORROR FOCUSES: B to B plus; WHEN READ: end of February 2013; OVERALL GRADE: B plus.


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