The universe is in trouble. It has just undergone two near cataclysmic events. There are rips in the time and space continuum. What the universe needs...moreThe universe is in trouble. It has just undergone two near cataclysmic events. There are rips in the time and space continuum. What the universe needs is a team to proactively work towards stopping these events from happening. What it gets is the new Guardians of the Galaxy.
I remember the old Guardians of the Galaxy. They were from the far future and hung out there for most of the time except when they came back to the "present". Then you had characters interacting with a much younger version of himself and other weird things happening. In fact, whenever Marvel sets stories in space and gets to the "cosmic" level, things get weird. What does this have to do with this new batch of Guardians? Very little except for Vance Astrovik. Oh and has me remembering just enough to be confused beyond belief. So after some quick catching up with character profiles on the internet, I went back to reading this collection of issues 1 to 6 of the new Guardians of the Galaxy.
I really got this collection to try and prepare myself for the new movie. I haven't seen the movie but I am pretty sure it is going to have very little to do with the group that is here. For the first thing, some of the characters are not in the movie (or at least in the trailers and commercials). So if you are only getting the graphic novel to go along with the movie, probably not a good idea.
If you want to actually catch up on the comics, this is a good place to start since it is there beginning. But you should know that they all have a good deal of background material that is not told in this story. So previous knowledge of the characters will definitely help to make this more enjoyable. Even with that knowledge, the story is a little confusing. The threat of the rips is not really explained beyond they are bad and dangerous. There is a lot of who can you trust with the characters, even those on the team. Most of the questions and plot lines that are started are not finished by the end of the collection. In fact, it ends with the team splitting up into different groups and them all going their own ways. To get the full story, expect to buy more collections.
The artwork is bright, colorful, and beautiful comic book illustrations.(less)
A man with a bandaged head is playing Batman, his friends, and even his foes like they were game pieces. His foes are suddenly using new, more deadly...moreA man with a bandaged head is playing Batman, his friends, and even his foes like they were game pieces. His foes are suddenly using new, more deadly tactics. Catwoman has taken on a larger role not only in Batman's life, but in the life of Bruce Wayne as well. It all begins with a fall that nearly kills Batman and will lead him down a dark and twisted path.
There is a lot of stuff that happens in this story arc. There are plenty of big name villains. You have the growing romance between Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle. You get to see Batman's relationships with the rest of the "Bat-family" including Superman and just how important those relationships really are. To top it all off, you get the wonderful mystery of who is really pulling all of the strings.
The artwork is gorgeous. There are a few minor quibbles. One such quibble is the face of Killer Croc keeps changing shape from panel to panel. Perhaps it is just me, but Ra's al Ghul seems to bear a resemblance to a certain clawed Canadian. But as I said, these are minor and did not distract from the story.
My only complaint with the story was that the resolution on the bridge was so quick that it felt slightly rushed or anticlimactic. Still I would say this is one of the better Batman graphic novels and highly recommend it to any Batman fan.(less)
An archangel comes to Earth to save a particular human from one of the first attacks by the demons from Hell. His success or failure will help to dete...moreAn archangel comes to Earth to save a particular human from one of the first attacks by the demons from Hell. His success or failure will help to determine the future of the entire human race.
There are two ways to look at this story. It can be read as a stand alone story or it could be the start of a new series. If it is just a stand alone story, it will leave you feeling unsatisfied because you will want to know more than is told in this story. If it is the a start of a new series, then you will definitely want to read the next installment to see what happens next.
Fantasy stories seem to go through trends at a fairly quick rate. Vampire, fairies, zombies, and most recently angels have been featured. Demons seem to be the favored villain for all of the groups for some strange reason. This story reminded me of the original Terminator movie. (Come with me if you want to live.)Of course, there are a lot of differences too. You don't have an unstoppable android from the future. It is an nearly unstoppable demon horde. You also don't get to see the bad guy stopped. The story ends almost at the beginning of the real story. I can easily see this short story being turned into the prologue or first chapter of a much longer novel.
This is very different from the author's fantasy series. He still manages the same high quality that he manages with his other works. There are one or two minor glitches but nothing that really distracts from the story. This is definitely one to give a try, especially while it is available as a free download.(less)
This graphic collects Batman #655-658, 663-669, and 672-675. So there is a lot of content included, but just don't expect it all, or even most, to be...moreThis graphic collects Batman #655-658, 663-669, and 672-675. So there is a lot of content included, but just don't expect it all, or even most, to be about Batman's son. There is also the prose story about the Joker. The largest part is the beginning of the Black Glove story arc.
I have to admit that I got out of comic book reading for a long time after having reading them for another long while. So I am playing catch up with a lot of characters and still need to do a lot more to fully grasp everything that has changed. Also, I have never been that big of a fan of the whole Ra's al Ghul nah Talia storylines.
It amazed me that Batman was so accepting of Talia's story. He didn't even do a paternity test on the kid. As for Damien, I couldn't get a good feel for his motivations. One second he seems to hate and resent Batman and the next he can't do enough to try and please Batman.
The prose story with the Joker had promise. But the author seemed to ignore a basic rule of writing. You have to use moderation in setting the mood. Too much and the reader becomes numb. This story was unrelenting. It couldn't just say it was raining, it would have to compare it to the blood of a thousand slaughtered innocents dripping upon the floor of a tomb. Give the reader a break every once in a while. That is why it would just be the cat making the spooky noise occasionally in those old horror movies, so the next big thing would be even more shocking.
The Black Glove stories had a chaotic feel to them. I kept feeling like I had skipped a page or missed something. At other times, I wasn't sure if what I was reading was supposed to be real, a flashback, or a hallucination. It read like it had been written by a kid with ADHD that had eaten too much sugar the way it jumped around. I am not sure if including the skipped issues would have helped or not.
The Batman has always been a great character. The problem is that he also seems to be a dual character. You have the lighter, at times campy, character earlier in his history. This is where the stories revolved more around detective work and villains more interested in sticking to their theme than just killing people. The second version of Batman is the darker, brooding vigilante that will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Naturally the villains in these types of stories are extremely violent and act like they are going for the high score in a video game when killing people. Is one better than the other? That can be argued forever. Personally, I would like to see more of a middle ground Batman. Let him brood, but let him have some light in his life as well.
The same thing goes for the city of Gotham. Who in their right mind would live there? From the way it is described, I would drag myself with two broken legs out of that city. It isn't just the masked loonies either. There is crime everywhere, corrupt city officials, and the odds are you will get mugged or killed in your own home on any given day.
Overall, I would have to say this collection left me feeling lost, unfulfilled,and incomplete. It also made me realize how dark and hard to believe in the setting of the series. I still enjoyed it but I feel it could have been better. This should be a 2.5 rating.(less)
Batman is just starting out. He doesn't have a bunch of cool gadgets and those that he does have aren't reliable. At this point, he sees his mission a...moreBatman is just starting out. He doesn't have a bunch of cool gadgets and those that he does have aren't reliable. At this point, he sees his mission as simply avenging the murder of his parents. How things will change.
This was an interesting take on Batman and the start of his crime fighting career. We also get to see early stages of Jim Gordon and his daughter, Barbara. Even Harvey Bullock had not started down his path yet. This story shows all of the character as more human in a way. They all have a lot to learn to become the characters with which we are all morning familiar.
The biggest real change though is the treatment of Oswald Cobblepot, better known as the penguin. Instead of being a non-killing criminal mastermind as he was in the comics, or a disgusting, freakish thug like in the movie, here Cobblepot is the mayor of Gotham. I may be old-fashioned, but I still prefer the original. He was designed as a counter to the Joker and his murderous chaos.
The artwork was beautiful and full of detail. It fit the theme of the story and added a fullness to it. A perfect example of what comic book art should do.(less)
The start of another Batman title. A new recruit comes to the Gotham police force while Batman and Commissioner Gordon fights Professor Pyg. A terribl...moreThe start of another Batman title. A new recruit comes to the Gotham police force while Batman and Commissioner Gordon fights Professor Pyg. A terrible tragedy happens and Commissioner Gordon caused it.
I got out of collecting and reading comics after having collected for years. Now, years later, I slowly getting back into reading the odd title here and there. At times, it is confusing because while I know a lot about certain characters, there is also so much that has changed. For example, I had no clue who Professor Pyg was. So I was a little lost here. Also since we are talking about a comic book, it is just a small piece of the story.
The artwork is very detailed and quite nice. Reading it on the kindle can be challenging though. Even with the ability to expand panels, it is still fairly small and I am sure I missed some details.
Please note that this was a single issue and not a collection.Overall, I would say this is off to a promising start. I am sure that I will be up to speed on the story after a few issues. For now, I would say it gets a 3.5 star rating.(less)
A ghostorian is a person who studies the history of a ghost and the place they haunt according to the story. This case is presented in the form of dif...moreA ghostorian is a person who studies the history of a ghost and the place they haunt according to the story. This case is presented in the form of different exhibits collected during this research. It loosely tells the story of a haunting and a mysterious tablet that keeps appearing throughout history.
For me, the presentation of the story in this format is both entertaining and confusing. The author leaves it to the reader to stitch these different elements into the story. He even BOLDLY hides a clue throughout the tale. The problem is that the story doesn't mean stitch together and really doesn't have any conclusion.
It is just a short story and probably intended to be an introduction to a series. I would have to say that it is an interesting concept but it didn't really work that well for me. I doubt I would read another ghostorian case file especially if it was presented in the same way.(less)