Local Comic Book Store is having a $1 trade paperback sale, and the first book that catches my eye is this one, just setting there on the table.
I wasnLocal Comic Book Store is having a $1 trade paperback sale, and the first book that catches my eye is this one, just setting there on the table.
I wasn't disappointed. This is the first full arc by Gail Simone that I believe I've had the pleasure of reading. It seems I've been missing out. Her style on this title is very much what I like to see in comics. Deep stories peppered with really serious shit. It's excellent.
The art is great, too. I wasn't familiar with Nicola Scott at all before this, but I'd definitely be excited to see her working with other authors I'm interested in, or other titles I'm reading. (I know your relationship has mostly been with DC, but feel free to pick up She-Hulk from Mr. Pulido, Ms. Scott.)
All in all, this book was great, and I'll have to pick up more of the non-52 Secret Six stuff, now. I've already got the first issue of the New 52 reboot, and I'm quite interested to see where it goes....more
Another Golden Super Adventure Book. These things are fantastic. Big, bright, colourful art. They're a fantastic mix of story book and comic book. TheAnother Golden Super Adventure Book. These things are fantastic. Big, bright, colourful art. They're a fantastic mix of story book and comic book. They're just great.
Inhumanoids - A Monster Among Us is set in the universe of the largely forgotten 80s cartoon, Inhumanoids. A group of scientist and adventurers defend the Earth in their super-suits against huge monsters from the centre of the Earth. The series had two large monsters that were largely the only thing your average 80s kid would remember from it, and each was featured in their own Golden Super Adventure book.
A Monster Among Us is a pretty basic story. It features Tendril, a giant green monster with tentacles for feet and toes, a kind of Cthulhu Jr. in a way. Of the two main Inhumanoid monsters, Tendril was my favourite. Tendril comes bursting through the ground on a movie set, wreaking havoc.
The Earth Corps heroes track it to the LaBrea Tar Pits, team up with some friendly Mutores, good transforming monsters that take on natural forms. The ones featured in this book become rocks. With the help of the Mutores, and a new flamethrower invention, the heroes push Tendril back, trapping it in the tar pits.
This book does a better job of introducing the more fantastic elements of the series, like the Mutores, than the other Inhumanoids Golden Super Adventure book does. It also doesn't juggle any questionable themes like cult mentalities and evil high priests that I'm not interested in answering questions from a 4 year old about.
These things, along with the nostalgia factor that comes along with reading it, make it one of my favourite older kids books still kicking around in my collection....more
Man, did I love these old Golden Super Adventure books. The art from Fred Carillo was always big, and colourful. It was always the big draw towards thMan, did I love these old Golden Super Adventure books. The art from Fred Carillo was always big, and colourful. It was always the big draw towards these books. I loved how they were a mix of story book and comic book. There were always a few pages where talk-bubbles were used for some characters' dialogue. Everything about these books just made me want to read them.
Inhumanoids - Cult of the Great Protector is set in the universe of the largely forgotten 80s cartoon, Inhumanoids. A group of scientist and adventurers defend the Earth in their super-suits against huge monsters from the centre of the Earth. The series had two large monsters that were largely the only thing your average 80s kid would remember from it, and each was featured in their own Golden Super Adventure book.
This book features Metlar, a giant metal covered Goblin like creature. In our story, a cult priest named Kamaran has convinced many local followers that Metlar is their "Great Protector" and that the cult will be essentially the right hand of Earth's new God when he comes to rule the world.
One thing that surprised me, reading this book as an adult now, is how much older an audience it's geared toward than I expected. Reading it to my four year old daughter felt very odd. She's definitely not ready for the idea of cults, evil priests and sacrifices, yet, I don't think.
Additionally, the book doesn't really stand on it's own legs. Most of the shows concepts are introduced. However, if you don't already know that a Mutore is a bunch of different races of good monsters able to transform into different natural forms, the Deus Ex Machina of them saving the day won't make any sense, especially since in this book they never appear in anthropomorphic form.
As usual, though, if you have access to the old 80s show or toys and have kids that are enjoying them, this is a definitely a good book to give them another taste....more
It feels like Rick Remender wanted this book was hoping to be the missing link between "The Watchmen" and "Kingdom Come". As it turns out, the link isIt feels like Rick Remender wanted this book was hoping to be the missing link between "The Watchmen" and "Kingdom Come". As it turns out, the link is neither missing, nor needed.
Remender and Mat Broome create characters that are clear analogues of existing DC and Marvel legends and set them in an environment where Not-Superman was duped by Not-Luthor into effectively ending the world. Now, Not-Superman attempts to atone for his sins with a ragtag bag of characters like Not-Batman, Not-Wonder-Woman, Not-Captain-America-or-Flash, Not Ghost-Rider-on-a-Horse, Not-What-if-Jean-Grey-Got-Stuck-In-Cerebro and many more.
One of the major problems the book has is that it depends on you knowing too much about these characters already. These are not the characters we already know, but so many of them are thrown at us that it's almost impossible to keep track of who they are and why we should care. This isn't like Kingdom Come, where finding your favourite character as an Easter Egg in the sprawling awesomeness of the art is exciting. These are speaking, story-driving characters, and you don't really know a damn thing about them except that they're not their famous equivalent.
The other major flaw of the book is that it's telling a story that really doesn't need to be told. Slightly altered versions of famous characters have lost hope in a world that doesn't want or need them anymore? Kingdom Come and The Watchmen have already got those angles covered.
This book feels like it intended to pull the best elements of both those books and create something original. It just doesn't work out that way. The pacing of the title is off and the story itself seems tried and tired.
The book has decent enough art, but that's not enough to save it. It's especially not enough to save a book that aspires to be like 2 of the most beautiful books in comics....more
Most of my X-men knowledge comes from the 90s cartoon, their various guest appearances in other books in the 80s and 90s, and the movies. This is actuMost of my X-men knowledge comes from the 90s cartoon, their various guest appearances in other books in the 80s and 90s, and the movies. This is actually my first real exposure to Claremont's X-Men.
This book is great. There were pages where I literally stopped turning, just to take it all in. I can't even imagine what it must have been like to pick this up on the shelves in '82.
Relative to the time, the art is fantastic. The story is pretty heavy handed, but I think that's pretty much something you have to expect from the classic X-men stories.
This volume has a moderately slow start. The book is one long build up. The direction Michonne seems to be headed is less interesting than she had beeThis volume has a moderately slow start. The book is one long build up. The direction Michonne seems to be headed is less interesting than she had been. The love affair between Rick and Andrea still seems forced, as well. Basically, if you don't love the newer characters, like Jesus and Negan, this build up would be painful.
Fortunately, I love almost all the newer additions, and the relationship between Carl, Rick and Negan is fantastic.
Once the volume kicks into high gear, though... it's a constant page turner. I couldn't stop until I was done. Of course, it turns out the payoff still isn't until the next volume. I'm almost excited enough about where this is headed to start buying the monthlies. Almost....more
Runaways continues it's run with no discernible drop in quality. It's still a fun, light book, despite dealing with potentially heavy topics. Adrian ARunaways continues it's run with no discernible drop in quality. It's still a fun, light book, despite dealing with potentially heavy topics. Adrian Alphona's artwork continues to suit the book perfectly, and Takeshi Miyazawa handles this book's second arc equally well.
Vaughan's up to his usual tricks writing witty dialogue that's full of pop-culture references and banter. The stories themselves, I think, work very well considering their target is a YA audience....more
The interesting thing about this re-read was that this particular chapter is arguably the best one of the six. Four or five of the most interesting plThe interesting thing about this re-read was that this particular chapter is arguably the best one of the six. Four or five of the most interesting plot points occur in Coffey's Hands. The story really gets cooking.
Unfortunately, that also makes it one of the most memorable parts of what has been--for me, anyway--a very memorable story. So while I still find it interesting, and very enjoyable to read, this particular chapter has been the hardest so far to "get through" again... simply because I felt like I knew every word that was coming. Despite having re-read many books before, this isn't a feeling I can recall having happened before.
I'm really curious to see how the next three books entertain as I re-read them, since I feel like there's really only one or two important events that occur in each of them....more
I first picked this up in Audio Book format at a thrift store. Turns out the 3rd cassette had some issues, and wouldn't play. I saw it on the shelf atI first picked this up in Audio Book format at a thrift store. Turns out the 3rd cassette had some issues, and wouldn't play. I saw it on the shelf at another store this week, and picked it up.
While I definitely missed the fantastic voice of John Glover, it was still his voice I was hearing in my head as I read along myself.
The book itself is a fantastic work of Young Adult fiction. I'm honestly surprised I hadn't ever heard of it before, because 12 year old me was very much interested in Clive Barker's The Hellbound Heart and Cabal, having read them both after watching the movies that had been made of them.
The story itself is a fresh take on the whole "Pleasure Island" arc of Pinocchio's story. I think it really worked well, because, although you feel like you know what's coming, you're still interested to read it.
Obviously, since the target audience is pre-teens, it is a very easy, quick read. It's well written, and just dark enough to interest that age group.
I give the audio book 5 stars, because adding John Glover into the mix just made it that much better. I wish I had been able to finish the audio book. The book itself is a solid 4 stars, but I'm fairly sure had I read it when it released in '92, when I was the target age, it would have been the full 5....more
This is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the EarthThis is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the Earth from whatever various threats, from both without and within.
Take one part The Fifth Element, one part Ancient Aliens revisionist history, and just a dash of The Highlander... the story's premise was interesting. I enjoyed the characters greatly. Gaiman's dialogue was sometimes serious, sometimes light hearted, and worked over-all. Unfortunately, it's an introduction story that didn't really get picked up. So several questions go unanswered.
As far as the art is concerned, I'm not generally a fan of Romita Jr. However, since these were characters I didn't have an attachment to, nor an expectation of how they should look, I found the art to be good at worst and--in some places--actually pretty great.
One of the biggest setbacks of the story, was how this grand premise is not only shoehorned into the Marvel Universe, but also manages to get jammed square in the middle of their "Civil War" fiasco. Interestingly, Zuras, at one point, effectively tells Iron Man "I don't give a shit about your Civil War." which is precisely how I felt about Marvel Comics at the time this launched.
I'm not sure of the history on this book, but it's just good enough that it's disappointing it didn't get picked up for more after it's intro-arc finished....more