Sooo... I guess now that Peter Parker is Tony Stark someone has to be Petey. That person, working for J. Jonah Jameson, and taking pictures of their aSooo... I guess now that Peter Parker is Tony Stark someone has to be Petey. That person, working for J. Jonah Jameson, and taking pictures of their alter-ego to make money by selling them to a news organization, is now Cindy Moon.
I like the idea of Cindy and I don't hate any of these stories that she's been featured in, as of yet, but the art in this volume was a bit all-over-the-place. I like the fact that Cindy is seeing a therapist in an attempt to come to terms with her past as she also tried to resolve the mysteries of her present.
I also like how Mockingbird is in this series as well as The Amazing Spider-Man but I really wish there was more meat to these Cindy Moon stories. I think there are some great Spider-Girl... I meanSilk stories that are waiting to be told. I just hope MARVEL does as well?!
Recommended for anyone who wants to read a good ole Spider-Man story and they've already read all the Ms Marvel or Invincible they can get their hands on ;)...more
I'd have to give this 2 Stars - It's a fun little read with some very interesting and creative ideas, such as the 'Sacker' aliens and the Three MinuteI'd have to give this 2 Stars - It's a fun little read with some very interesting and creative ideas, such as the 'Sacker' aliens and the Three Minute Universe Weapon itself.
That being said the idea that any Space Fleet would let someone with documented psychological issues with fire into it's service is criminally ridiculous. It might, and I emphasize might, have some value in setting up tension but the evidence for that is dubious at best.
Trek fans may enjoy this one, if they're not too persnickety....more
Not a bad ending to ARCADE'S REVENGE PART 12 (or whathaveyou). Though, while I'm not sure what I was hoping for I have to admit this wasn't it.
I can'Not a bad ending to ARCADE'S REVENGE PART 12 (or whathaveyou). Though, while I'm not sure what I was hoping for I have to admit this wasn't it.
I can't say I disliked how the book finished out... yet I can't say I was overjoyed at it... it was a pretty good way to end Arcade's Hunger Games. It was a net idea, as it has been since reader's first visited Murderworld back in Marvel Team-Ups vol. 1 #65. The problem is, I'm just not sure how well Dennis Hopeless understood both the potential of a Murderworld story as well as all of the characters he was using in this series.
Indeed many of the characters were underutilized, misunderstood and even marginalized [like Runaways Nico & Chase]
All-in-all this series did have some charm, some very good art and some interesting character development. Yet I have to admit I found myself more interested in the implications only hinted at by the ending, to the characters and the world they inhabit, rather that anything that happened between the pages of this volume.
Suffice to say, if you're already deep into this series you should finish it. But if you haven't decided to pick up the books yet, don't be surprised by the predicable and kind of average ending - 2.5 Stars at best!...more
This books is an oddity for the Trek Novel-verse for it was a rather interesting SF story [4 Stars] but it was a rather middling TNG story [2 maybe 2.This books is an oddity for the Trek Novel-verse for it was a rather interesting SF story [4 Stars] but it was a rather middling TNG story [2 maybe 2.5 Stars].
The good aspects of the story surround the White Whale of gem... or perhaps more aptly this One Ring of a gem has falling down through the centuries. It's technology is so beyond Federation tech that it's powers are mow akin to magic. It grants great favors but ultimately it destroys.
We learn of it's past through the dreams of Gem Bearer, and that history, the mysteries of what is to come next as well as who will succumb to it's powers drives the story.
The problem with that is our usual Trek stars are rather left in the dust... And what we do see when they are in place isn't always true to the characters. That being as it is I would still recommend this book to any of the Trek fanatics out there because it is a fun time.
That being said take it with a grain of salt....more
Of what I have read in the Secret Wars/Warzones! Event, this was far and away the best! Whimsical and fun with none of the heavy layers of history orOf what I have read in the Secret Wars/Warzones! Event, this was far and away the best! Whimsical and fun with none of the heavy layers of history or the bat$#!^-craziness that this Secret Wars has been shoveling.
Alone that should give this book a STAR BUMP!
For those of you who can't tell by the cover (and the synopsis) this title leads readers back in time to the world of the 1990's X-Men Cartoon. With it's X-team composed of Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jean Grey and Jubilee. With Professor X, of course, holding down the fort back at the X-Mansion.
Writers, Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, have not only captured the feel of the decades old television program but have also been able to deconstruct X-lore from the last 20 years only to reassemble and adapted it here into an excellent, more interesting, story than had previously been told by the, now, classic series.
With a star-studded list of guest-mutants, as well as the X-FORCE '92 [I ain't tellin'], the pages of this book zooms on by with the light fun of X-Men Adventures past. While there are some goofy aspects to this tale, that is part and parcel of staying as true as they did to the television run.
If you liked the 1990's TV show, you will love this book which features the excellent illustration talents of Scott Koblish and Pepe Larraz... oh, and Deadpool who is in there for... uh, no sensical reason other than kids love 'em (and by that I mean he sells books)!...more
To some extent this book is a great example of what every Trek Novel should be: Exciting... Ambitious... Fast Paced... even Terrifying at times. If itTo some extent this book is a great example of what every Trek Novel should be: Exciting... Ambitious... Fast Paced... even Terrifying at times. If it does spend a little too much time with characters the reader hasn't opened this book to follow, however well drawn they might be.
In this volume the Enterprise is again called in to an emergence involving an ancient and mysterious series of space bound Stargates as their malfunctioning threatens to tear apart the galaxy. Even with the large amount of narration and exposition in the book (more in league with TNG story-telling) this book was, in every way, the best of this Stargate Nexus series.
The regular Trek suspects are all assembled and, while a little wooden, were characterized correctly [especially Spock and McCoy]. DeWeese, unlike many other writers who've penned a novel in this franchise, instead of bending established characters into action needed to expand the plot she (rightfully, I feel) created a character to take those actions Kirk & Co wouldn't be right for.
And Lt. Cdr. Esther Ansfield, oldest Starfleet Academy graduate and Science Officer of the USS Cochise, is a strong and clever one indeed. Her mental abilities are even somehow rival to Mr. Spock's. Though this seems to have been a cause for some to disparage this tale it isn't unheard of in the Trek-verse that a human demonstrates a strong, untapped, telepathic abilities (ex. Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, Cdr. Gary Mitchell, Lt. Mira Romaine and even Dr. Miranda Jones).
So come join the crews of the USS Enterprise, Cochise, Devlin and Eddington as well as cyborg Kremastor, several dead alien races and a space entity as finally the mystery of the Stargate Nexus is solved in a very interesting and intelligent way.
Recommended to any Trek fanatic interested in a neat SF tale of discovery!...more
Parts of this book were very good, others... not so much. Finally there's the very unsatisfying ending.
The best part of this book was Reannon's story,Parts of this book were very good, others... not so much. Finally there's the very unsatisfying ending.
The best part of this book was Reannon's story, a Seven-of-nine type character (Pre-Voyager). The worst part was the story of Captain Korsmo, an old academic rival from Picard's Academy days.
David is Trek nerd enough to bring in a nice amount of texture to ground the reader in the Trekness of it all and the characters act pretty close to how most TNG fanatic have come to expect them. That being said the over-all Borg story and that which intertwines it, the story of Delcara and The Doomsday Machine, aren't very compelling.
If you're in it for a Peter David book I'd say read it, but if you're looking for a great star trek, then I'd recommend you stay clear... this book is not where it's at!...more
3 1/2 Stars - A susprisingly solid little novel which I'd recommend to any classic Trek fanatic!3 1/2 Stars ★★★ - A susprisingly solid little novel which I'd recommend to any classic Trek fanatic!...more
Fan-funking-tastic! Not only a great story, a excellent addition to the BPRD/Hellboy Universe but it's full of answers to the mysteries of that univerFan-funking-tastic! Not only a great story, a excellent addition to the BPRD/Hellboy Universe but it's full of answers to the mysteries of that universe which Mignola & Co have been crafting for about two decades... A MUST read for all fans!...more
More so then most books like this, Fallen Heroes would have made an excellent (two-part?!) episode of Deep Space 9.
It was 2000 and the television TrekMore so then most books like this, Fallen Heroes would have made an excellent (two-part?!) episode of Deep Space 9.
It was 2000 and the television Trek franchise was in the dump, and soon to implode thanks to the requirements of TV Executives (you know the kind, old white men who like to tell people what they want). It was the summer and I wistfully decided to pick up some beach books, this was one of them.
The first DS9 book I would read, not that I read many, and it was pretty dang good. It's really the only reason I read the next few. Since DS9 had been my favorite ST series I was more hesitant to see some bastardized version of the characters and situations I enjoyed so much be given the 'book treatment' which so many franchise love.
I'm sure all know what I mean, where in an attempt to make money books are published in truckloads with little concern to the quality. But I had heard some good things about this particular volume and while it was no Imzadi, it was one of the more enjoyable of the Trek franchise books I read.
It wasn't because Mr ab Hugh was any great scribe, no it was more because he clearly knew how to tell a clever story. A story that felt like it could have been shot and aired as one of the DS9's episodes. And despite following what I found to be a formula which many of the DS9 books, namely a space mystery with Odo and Quark at the forefront, he did it in a way no one - to my limited knowledge - had done it before.
Sure his McGuffin was kind of ridiculous (though how much more redic than had been some episode of TOS, TNG and even DS9) but it's job wasn't to make sense but to set up a good tale where our characters could have some interesting moments as well as move the plot. Speaking of which the story is remnant of Days of Future Past, only this time our hero is sent to the future and must find there way back to save the day.
I would love to see someone take the cover of Uncanny X-Men 142 and make it into the cover of this book. Perhaps replacing Wolverine with The Chief, because IN THIS ISSUE: EVERYONE DIES!
I highly recommend this book to any of the, DSNiners out their (Yes, I've seen Trekkies and I know there's a name for this sub-subculture). It's a great time and there are hardly any OCMs, so read on and enjoy this romp back in time to the 24th Century!...more
High concept though only a middling presentation, despite the talents of illustrator Salvador Larroca.
On average I've found Kieron Gillen's work to beHigh concept though only a middling presentation, despite the talents of illustrator Salvador Larroca.
On average I've found Kieron Gillen's work to be good, but this dive into the world of Star Wars was into the shallow end of the pool. The only reason volume one of Darth Vader even received 2 ★★ stars, was because the overall premise Gillen was working with: Filling the gap between Episode IV and Episode V, with Darth's attempt to win back the favor of the Emperor after the destruction of the Death Star, was interesting.
As were the ideas played with, in this volume, regarding the way Darth went about it. That being said this book was a series of, if not always, missed opportunities and mischaracterizations (save for Darth himself), at least strange pacing and un-Star Warsy dialogue. I've read more than my share of SW tie-ins [much more than I've cared to add to this site] and I've seen many-many-many failures when it comes to bringing us to A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away...
However few have made me feel as frustrated as this, mostly because it had such promise. Sadly though, it was as if I was reading a story set in a entirely different universe. More akin to Stargate or Sliders than what I came looking for. Like those programs, this book is too grounded in our world/reality. Something most noticeable in the way the way the characters talked to each other.
It was as if Brian Michael Bendis was writing the dialogue (in case you don't understand, that is a VERY bad thing).
I could get on board with the ridiculous evil C-3PO & R2 as well as the obnoxious callbacks to Episodes I-III that kept popping up throughout. But when you read dialogue like, "I'm a rogue archaeologist. You have to expect a little digging." I was slapping my forehead asking silently, What is wrong with the world that this in not only being produced, people actually think it's good?
I'd almost rather re-read Chris Claremont's Star Wars Annual 1: The Long Hunt from 1979. It's basically the same story, despite the fact that most of the characters hadn't been very developed yet and no one knew Darth was really Luke's father.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this volume, yet I wouldn't exactly warn all to say Far Far Away from it either. Especially as often comic writers of today need some time to find their stride... it is entirely possible that volume two could be better [I'll have to let you know]. ...more