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Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection
by Warren Ellis
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Like Shakespeare But With Lots More Punching, September 28, 2010
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A lot has been said about about Warren Ellis. Not enough, though. He is a famous writer who's proven to be capable of writing about virtually anything. This is his take on once-famous-now-lame superheroes. A comic comic book, if you will.

Actually, I guess this is important to say: this is comedy.

Mr. Ellis put these forgotten Marvel characters together to fight lame villains - old Marvel characters, Not Brand Echh comic characters, doubles from lame characters - in an extremely successful attempt to mock the very comic book industry he is writing for.

Stuart Immonen draws fantastically well. In fact, it seems he was having a lot of fun designing and drawing everything, as if he had been finally "unleashed" to show his talent.

Different from the two TPB previously released, this Ultimate Collection brings also the H.A.T.E.Mail section of the original series.

After the end of the series, Marvel, in an attempt to correct the Marvel Universe, rushed to say that everyone involved in the Nextwave comics were either cloned or had their memories erased or had had drug-induced experiences. But fear not, for the Ultimate Collection is here not to let YOU down!!!


Umbrella Academy Volume 2: Dallas
Umbrella Academy Volume 2: Dallas
by Gerard Way
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.66
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4.0 out of 5 stars The cover says it all... almost., September 27, 2010
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This is the second book in the series of the Umbrella Academy.
And it's safe to say that it's a natural sequel, as good as the first.

I guess the only downside is that Gabriel Bá did the covers instead of James Jean. Bá's work is ok, but Jean takes covers for a new level...

Taking some months where the previous series left, Dallas will show you what you expect to see from the cover. Yeah, I know you saw it too...

In this volume the creative team shows our heroes in not really heroic situations. I would expect them to move on. Instead, they don't really seem to worry about the world. It seems that they just really accept saving something when they can't not save this something anymore.

If you feel dizzy with timetravel, after-life experiences, bio-trained assassins and sugar, stay away from this one. Otherwise, prepare yourself for a thrill-ride.


The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1
The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1
by Gerard Way
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.66
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!, September 27, 2010
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I think it's important to say that I don't like "My Chemical Romance".

When I've heard that Gerard Way - the singer of the band - was the writer of this piece, I didn't get that excited. I was instantly draw to the series because of Gabriel Bá's artwork.

To my surprise, the writing in very good! Great storytelling that wonderfully matches the drawings.

The team is focused in narrating a good story, and if by that a monument should be destroyed, a character needs to die or the world must explode... well, that will sure happen!!! It's not exactly a new take on the superhero genre but a great tale. Most importantly: there is a whole world in which this story fits, but don't expect they will be explaining it to you. Using a Japanese storytelling technique, Gerard Way lets the world be uncovered little by little, not explaining anything before it's strictly necessary.

Add to this the awesome colors of Award Winning Dave Stewart and the flawlessly creative covers of James Jean and you've got yourself an instant classic.

Do yourself a favor and read it.


The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
by Haden Blackman
Edition: Paperback
37 used & new from $7.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, September 27, 2010
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If you have ever played The Force Unleashed you know that this is the best Star Wars material released in the last 30 years. Although Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars was also great, The Force Unleashed was closer to the original trilogy.

This book is perfect for anyone interested in games, Star Wars or concept art.

Actually, I took the name with a little drawback (the art AND MAKING of the...) because I'm not that much interested in game creation. If you're like me, don't worry: the games features, development, production, character developments, voice/acting, staff meeting reports, concept art - and I mean, A LOT of those - and also a chapter about game development and technology - this the least interesting for me, but it's there if you want to check.

One of the things that strikes me the most is that they reveal what they were planning before the actual game came to be. The books features many drafts of stories that were considered but not developed... It makes one wonder what the new trilogy would be like if Mr. Lucas had had such a team with him.

Highly recommended!


The Monkey and the Monk: An Abridgment of The Journey to the West
The Monkey and the Monk: An Abridgment of The Journey to the West
by Anthony C. Yu
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.20
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, August 18, 2009
TMatM tells a story that happens to be one of the most well-known tales in Asia: "The Monkey King's Journey to the West".

The story is profound and funny - and very different from any tale you may hear in this side of the globe.

By reading it, you get to know a lot about the basis of a whole culture.
The Monkey King was the inspiration - direct or otherwise - for many mangá creators.

Suggested for people who are really interested in the Asian culture.


Sookie Stackhouse Dead Until Dark; Living Dead in Dallas; Club Dead; Dead to the World; Dead as a Doornail; Definitely Dead; All Together Dead
Sookie Stackhouse Dead Until Dark; Living Dead in Dallas; Club Dead; Dead to the World; Dead as a Doornail; Definitely Dead; All Together Dead
by Charlaine Harris
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Addictive, August 18, 2009
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Charlaine Harris has a quality that cannot be described!
Bookshelves around the world are full of vampire stories, leaving little (or none) new ground for authors do talk about. Harris decides then to take care of the good and well-known ground; And also, mix it up with every type of literature, style, genre and myth that you've ever heard!!!
In fact, it's extremely hard to label her work. Is it thriller? Romance? Action, adventure, horror, fantasy?

And she writes in a way that it makes almost impossible for the reader to drop the book.

Here goes a tip: let yourself read 20 - 25 pages of Dead Until Dark Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, No. 1) . If you're not convinced by then, I'm sorry. I mean, I'm sorry for your taste...
But if you do like it, buy the whole collection. It's worth every penny.

Don't think she talks only about vampires in the book. After a while you realize they are just a minority...


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