Plot drives character in "Justice League, vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis," and "Aquaman" stands in the center of a war begun by an unknown force responsib...morePlot drives character in "Justice League, vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis," and "Aquaman" stands in the center of a war begun by an unknown force responsible for a U.S. Naval missile striking Atlantis. Should he stand alongside his brother "Orm," aka the "Ocean Master," to defend Atlantis? Or, should he stand alongside the "Justice League" and put a stop to the war?
At its core, "Throne of Atlantis" is about loyalty, and DC Comics demonstrates this by placing Aquaman, who is half-Atlantean, in the middle of it. Even more, readers get confirmation as to why they should even care about "Aquaman," who has not enjoyed the same kind of fame as a few of his "Justice League" colleagues.
Preceding the "Throne of Atlantis" storyline in this volume is another that gives "Wonder Woman" the stage after long-time foe, "the Cheetah," attacks "Superman." That loyalty is the theme of the "Throne of Atlantis" storyline is the only reason I can see DC Comics including "The Secret of the Cheetah."
In it, Wonder Woman feels she must "save" "the Cheetah" from herself as, according to our resident Amazon, they were once friends and Wonder Woman blames herself for how "the Cheetah" came to be. While I enjoyed the showcase of "Wonder Woman" and "the Cheetah," some part of this story I found implausible. Where "Throne of Atlantis" was strong on both plot and character, "The Secret of the Cheetah" missed on both counts. Yet, it was still a fun read and gave DC Comics the opportunity to shine a spotlight on its super-couple - "Superman" and "Wonder Woman"!(less)
To understand August Wilson's play, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," one might need to have knowledge and an understanding of Black life at the beginning...moreTo understand August Wilson's play, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," one might need to have knowledge and an understanding of Black life at the beginning of the 20th century. Without that knowledge and understanding, it might be difficult to pinpoint what the story is about as its characters tell stories of heartbreak from love or express plans for building a stable future. Only after the second act gets underway, is it clear that August Wilson's play is about characters wanting to overcome the disenfranchisement and limitations experienced as a result of racial discrimination and slavery. (less)
A serial rapist and murderer seems to be the focus of James Patterson's "Cross" more than the author's hero whose wife's murder is somehow connected t...moreA serial rapist and murderer seems to be the focus of James Patterson's "Cross" more than the author's hero whose wife's murder is somehow connected to the culprit. While the novel's momentum is generally good, it seems long-winded simultaneously as Alex Cross races to catch the killer, and the killer goes from one criminal episode to the next. As a reader, I couldn't help wondering if Patterson was telling a story for the sake of the story or providing a profile of the killer/rapist juxtaposed to that of Alex Cross. If the latter, the point of the book is lost. Otherwise, fans of Patterson's Alex Cross will like that "Cross" creates a hook for the Alex Cross novel that follows.(less)
Anticipating seeing a film adaptation starring Tyler Perry, I bought James Patterson's "I, Alex Cross" and tried imagining the story unfolding as it p...moreAnticipating seeing a film adaptation starring Tyler Perry, I bought James Patterson's "I, Alex Cross" and tried imagining the story unfolding as it played on the big screen. Unfortunately, once the book finally brings the title character into the novel, I could only see Morgan Freeman and hear his voice after seeing the actor appear in an adaptation of "Kiss the Girls," another "Alex Cross" novel.
Actors aside, "I, Alex Cross" seems a casual read similar to "Along Came A Spider," and the casualness of the novel was a frustration up until about 35% into the book. But before the casual flow, Patterson provided several opening chapters featuring characters who would be part of the crime "Alex Cross" would have to solve. He introduced so many characters that I found myself losing count and trying to keep up with who was who. I found myself wishing the story were more straightforward and simpler.
But, alas, it would not be a descent crime thriller if Patterson made the story uncomplicated. Eventually, as the story unravels, Patterson shows how the pieces fit -- and the payoff is big! Once the story is over, Patterson has created a portrait of Washington, DC politicians so drunk with power that they believe themselves immune to the law.
Oh, turns out I bought the wrong book. Nonetheless, "I, Alex Cross" is a good read.(less)