I am pretty jaded when it comes to mega-event comics, but I was very impressed by Batman Eternal's progress so far. So good in fact, it reminded me aI am pretty jaded when it comes to mega-event comics, but I was very impressed by Batman Eternal's progress so far. So good in fact, it reminded me a lot of the other DC weekly I enjoyed back in the day, 52.
This one of the most enjoyable aspects of this title being a celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary, is the writer thinktank has done a great job of pulling from all corner's of Bat-history to pose the Bat-family a huge threat. Stuff like Roman Falcone, Deacon Blackfire, Scorpiana, Cluemaster, the introduction of Spoiler to the New 52, and so much more! The main hook of the plot is all very effective by taking Commissioner Gordon out of the equation, it also makes the book a celebration of his impact on the Gotham as well. I am also enjoying the slow eeking out of information on who is actually behind the conspiracy that is enveloping all corners of Gotham. Since there are so many diverse plot strands, I am looking forward to seeing how they all connect!
Again, I was very surprised how much I enjoyed the title. I know it may not keep all of the plates spinning or connect the various plots together in a satisfying manner, but as of this volume, I think they are off to a great start! I will also say if you are not highly versed on Bat-lore, I think you will find the book accessible and entertaining. It will help if you are passingly familiar with the current Bat-family line up from the New 52, as they don't really go into much back story for those characters (Batwing and the current status of the Red Hood are two examples). Recommended!...more
This was technically a re-read/listen since I heard good things about the audio book, and hoo-boy it does not disappoint. Since it is an oral history,This was technically a re-read/listen since I heard good things about the audio book, and hoo-boy it does not disappoint. Since it is an oral history, the book is perfectly suited to the format, and Brooks managed to get an all star roster of talent to read. Special shout out to Mark Hamill who knocks it out of the park with one of the linchpin roles of Todd Wainio. Good stuff....more
As with anything by Beto, the art is beautiful, but I am not really sure that the story (the little there is) really hangs in there. I still liked itAs with anything by Beto, the art is beautiful, but I am not really sure that the story (the little there is) really hangs in there. I still liked it just fine. The pull quote from Comics Journal is still the best summary: "If you like comics about people getting shot in the head, it's literally impossible to find a better one." ...more
Excellent collection of short stories in the Hellboy universe, including the Corpse, which is arguably the best tale Mignola handed in. Along with thaExcellent collection of short stories in the Hellboy universe, including the Corpse, which is arguably the best tale Mignola handed in. Along with that tale, I also loved The Wolves of St. August, A Christmas Underground and Almost Colossus. Funny enough, I think the title tale, The Chained Coffin was not as effective since Hellboy is sidelined for the tale (don't get me wrong, it is still great), and both Baba Yaga and Iron Shoes are fun, but inconsequential.
I picked this up for the Halloween season for some appropriate reading, and this did not disappoint. I would also recommend this volume for anyone interested in trying Hellboy out, since the short stories help encapsulate the one-two punch of fun and horror that the comic excels at....more
Other reviewers have mentioned elsewhere that this book is a romp, and I happily agree. This is by far one of the breeziest, and more carefree LOEG inOther reviewers have mentioned elsewhere that this book is a romp, and I happily agree. This is by far one of the breeziest, and more carefree LOEG installments probably since it is the one most tangential to the core plot of the other volumes. Anyway, we get a daring adventure in Antarctica, villainous pursuers trying to kill the crew of the Nautilus, now under the command of Nemo's daughter. Even though most of the characters here die horribly, this volume maintains a fun subversive vibe throughout. O'Neill's art excels as usual in the volume; I especially liked the design of the book itself. The text piece in the back is a good laugh too. Recommended!...more
This only broke 3 stars thanks to the excellent performance of the audiobook that Galaxy Press put together. Otherwise, this is a fun, brainless zombiThis only broke 3 stars thanks to the excellent performance of the audiobook that Galaxy Press put together. Otherwise, this is a fun, brainless zombie mystery. Hubbard does a great job soaking the story with atmospheric dread, and has some fun touches to the story (got to love that one of the villain's secret lairs is behind a jazz club!). Too bad our detective of the tale, Terry Lane, is dumber than a sack of zombies!...more
This was so very close to 4 stars, but the meandering plotting held it back. I realize that I am imposing my own modern expectations of pace and styleThis was so very close to 4 stars, but the meandering plotting held it back. I realize that I am imposing my own modern expectations of pace and style, so that said, Dracula is a fantastically energized novel once it kicks into gear. Bram Stoker really does a great job of synthesizing and building on the existing vampire mythology of his era, making his famed vampire extremely familiar to a modern audience (although he has way more animal control powers than I previously recalled). Stoker makes some great choices, primary of which is Dracula remains mysterious and elusive for the entire novel's length. I believe his only dialogue is in the beginning when Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula. This is great, it keeps the character far spookier and unknowable than he usually is in most film adaptations (although Christopher Lee gets pretty dang close with his silent ferocious characterization of the novel quite well). I also thought the choice to make the novel entirely composed of found documents extremely interesting, especially when we got the occasional overlapping accounts. Very nifty.
My beef with the book is it is way too repetitive, especially in the various scenes with Lucy & Mina getting bit by Dracula, as well as all of the business with Renfield in the asylum. It feels like we see carbon copy scenes over and over with next to no progression. Again, this might be more of my own preference, but I am suspecting that I really prefer 19th Century short form writing (think Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales), which have less time for this glacial pacing. Also, I was a bit let down by the finale; the chase was exciting, but the actual defeat of Drac was a bit underwhelming.
Misgivings aside, I really do recommend this to anyone wanting to get a taste of formative vampire literature. I think it is pretty accessible for folks who usually don't read literature this old as well. ...more