Pilato (The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery) highlights 45 female television stars from the 1950s through the 1970s, focusing on the archetypal and nubPilato (The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery) highlights 45 female television stars from the 1950s through the 1970s, focusing on the archetypal and nubile characters they portrayed. Dividing the actresses into six sections—from Gilligan's Island, Tina Louise (Ginger) is a "Liberated Soul" while Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) is a "Country Girl"—Pilato provides a three- to five-page overview of each actress's life, characters, and TV productions, and closes with a summary of iconic facts. It's impossible to argue with Pilato's picks, and his breadth of knowledge allows him to spotlight lesser-known roles such as Anne Francis's single season as detective Honey West alongside more recognizable "Supersleuths"—Diana Rigg's Mrs. Peel or Barbara Feldon's Agent 99, for example. However, despite the central conceit, this book lacks cohesion and depth. Save for a few recent interviews, the author collates classic works such as Peggy Herz's TV Talk or John Javna's Cult TV. Lastly, the "iconic facts" presented here are chiefly drawn from Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database, which interested readers will have already explored.
VERDICT: While Pilato offers a breezy, fun retrospective for nostalgia buffs, there's little here that fans haven't had access to before—either in print or online.
My review printed in Library Journal, 09/01/2014...more
Jackie Estacado, imbued with the Darkness, has reshaped the world. Now his murdered girlfriend not only is alive but is the mother of his daughter, HoJackie Estacado, imbued with the Darkness, has reshaped the world. Now his murdered girlfriend not only is alive but is the mother of his daughter, Hope. Hope’s mother in the previous reality, Witchblade-wielder Sara Pezzini, senses something is wrong, but Jackie’s actions have allowed an older evil to ooze through cracks and enter the world. Former priest Tom Judge has gathered Sara and other artifact-bearers in an attempt to stop both the Darkness and the Ancient Ones.
Verdict: Progeny is a crossover collecting issues from Artifacts, Witchblade, and The Darkness that will have the strongest appeal to die-hard fans of Top Cow’s comic universe. The collection reads more like a middle chapter than a stand-alone event, making this a poor starting point for new readers. However, the artwork and writing are strong throughout, with Sejic’s photorealistic work being particularly notable.
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Imagine every alternate universe is layered upon one another like the skin of an onion and you have a pillar that can spike through them. With this piImagine every alternate universe is layered upon one another like the skin of an onion and you have a pillar that can spike through them. With this pillar you can jump to—and borrow from—a universe that has cured cancer or solved global warming. This is the dream of Grant McKay, Remender’s Reed Richards (aka Mister Fantastic) read-alike if the Fantastic Four were led by a postpunk, philandering founder. However, Grant’s team of anarchistic scientists is thwarted from the outset, handing the team to the whims of a sabotaged Pillar. The Black Scientists are trapped, randomly jumping from reality to reality all the while emphasizing that Grant has doomed himself, his team, and his kids to an ego-driven series of quantum leaps.
Verdict: Remender (Fear Agent), Scalera (Secret Avengers), and White (Uncanny X-Force) have taken a fresh approach to a standard sf trope, revisiting the classic pulp cliff-hanger but upping the stakes in a way modern audiences will appreciate.—Terry Bosky, Madison, WI
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