I have to admit that I am not a big fan of alternate realities in comic books. Often they are a cop out because they allow the creators to twist charaI have to admit that I am not a big fan of alternate realities in comic books. Often they are a cop out because they allow the creators to twist characters around in all sorts of directions before resetting the world back to the norm, and undo everything in the story.
That being said, I really like Ex-Purgatory, probably because of the good use of an alternate reality.
As with the other books in Clines Ex series, We follow the adventures of superheroes St. George, Stealth, ZZZap, Cerberus, and others as they deal with a post zombie apocalypse Los Angeles.
Well, sort of. This book begins with our heroes in a world pretty much like our own, not even realizing who they are. Throughout the book, clues are dropped. Moments of superhuman ability, flashes of a nightmarish world, and one hero, Corpse Girl (introduced in Ex-Communication) who seems to remember the world that was. Can our heroes return to their own world? More importantly, why would they want to return to a world that is overrun with the undead?
Clines once again manages to evade the obvious pitfall that can come with zombie series. It is far too easy to put the main characters through the same heroes fight zombies pattern. But Clines doesn't. In fact, the zombies are almost tertiary to the main plot in this book, acting only to remind the heroes of the world they should remember....more
**spoiler alert** When last we left our intrepid adventurers the Centurions, they were tumbling through time. Beyond Dinocalypse picks up the story sh**spoiler alert** When last we left our intrepid adventurers the Centurions, they were tumbling through time. Beyond Dinocalypse picks up the story shortly after the first book of the series Dinocalypse Now. Our heroes, Jet, Amelia, Benjamin, Atok and Khan find themselves some years in the future, one dominated by dinosaurs.
This book picks up the adventure at the same pace at the first book. The time lost heroes are reunited with old allies, long since changed by the nightmare world they live in. The book leaves our heroes struggling with helping the people now, or trying to find a way of going back and fixing the world before it goes to Hell.
Like the first book, this one is a fast read that any fan of the classic pulp heroes will love. The story twists and turns as the heroes struggle to find their place in the new world.
Also featured in this book is the short story Truth and Illusion, which focuses on another Centurion and his role in things, both in the past and in the nightmare of a future....more
This book, the third in the Ex-Heroes series, kicks off with our heroes back in Los Angeles and under siege. However, the ex-humand outside the gatesThis book, the third in the Ex-Heroes series, kicks off with our heroes back in Los Angeles and under siege. However, the ex-humand outside the gates of The Mount are not the only thing they have to contend with. They must also deal with ghosts from their past as well.
This book does not fall into the usual pitfalls that many zombie oriented series fall into. The author remembers that the humans reacting to their situation should be the focus and not the zombies. He also manages to kick up the zombie threat in this book as he had done with previous books in the series, thanks to the character Legion.
The author also keeps things interesting within the walls of the Mount as well with good use of both new characters and returning characters as well.
As you might expect from the title, there is some exploration of religion in this post-zombie apocalypse world, exploring moral decisions of the heroes, but also new beliefs that arise among the people of the Mount....more