MADAME XANADU VOL. 2 – EXODUS NOIR Reviewed Feb18

MADAME XANADU VOL. 2 – EXODUS NOIR Reviewed

MADAME XANADU VOL. 2 – EXODUS NOIR VERTIGO Madame Xanadu has been around the DC universe for quite a while and she always seems to play small roles in the stories of others. She is enigmatic and mysterious and that’s the way I like her. Matt Wagner has come in and started telling some of her stories going way back to the time of Merlin and giving us an origin. Kudos to Wagner for being able to do this and still keep her mysterious. This second collection has our magical heroine in the 1940’s New York, a time of noir. The setting is familiar to Wagner as he spent quite a few years there with the golden age Sandman. It’s no surprise actually...

End of the year reviews (Clearing off the desk) Dec16

End of the year reviews (Clearing off the desk)

I have to say that I really enjoyed reading comics this year. There were tons of great books, both new and old. The same can be said of creators. Some people I’ve loved for years and a bunch of people that are new to me.Before I take off for the holidays I wanted to get a last blast of reviews up and try to make my desk a workspace I can use again.EX-MACHINA DELUXE EDITIONS Volumes 1 and 2WildstormBrian K. Vaughan has become a staple in the comics world and is a truly gifted writer with a vision and execution of vision that is both unique and refreshing. EX-MACHINA, originally in out in 2004. Vaughan introduces us to a modern but...

SUPERMAN RED SON Dec04

SUPERMAN RED SON

DC has released a deluxe hardcover of this really great book. When the Elseworlds books were hot this was one of the truly great ones.Imagine a baby Kal-El landing in Siberia on a collective farm instead of in Kansas. 12 hours difference lined him up to crash in a entirely different environment. Instead of growing up to be the greatest American hero is is a hero to the people of the USSR during the cold war. Stalin puts him to work and eventually he starts to venture out into the world.I love the look of the world as it would have been with the Soviets leading the way instead of the US. I wouldn’t want to live there, but it was really...

EVIL FOR EVIL by James R Benn: Book Review

EVIL FOR EVIL James R. Benn 2009 SOHO Books Book four in the Billy Boyle WWII series is a real winner. This series has been consistently well written and entertaining. EVIL FOR EVIL opens with Billy being sent to Northern Ireland to recover some stolen guns and hopefully keep them from falling into the wrong hands. The Germans hope that hostilities in Northern Ireland will distract the British and so Billy’s mission is important on a number of levels. With the help of an undercover operative he investigates but finds many suspects on all sides. The seriousness of his mission escalates as the body count rises. Benn writes about this era in...

Awakening – review Aug11

Awakening – review

AwakeningArchaiaWritten by Nick Tapalansky, art by Alex Eckman-Lawn, letters by Thomas Mauer. Back Cover by Teresa Marra.Just when you think every zombie story has been told another one rears is pasty blood-thirsty head. After so many tales of the undead have been released what can you possibly do? You mix genres. Awakening found it’s hook, a zombie-crime story. Think Walking Dead meets Dragnet. At it’s core, though there isn’t much new, at least right now.Derrick Peters lives his life solving crimes as a mid-sized town detective. A couple brutal, cannibalistic murders have taken place and the cops haven’t gotten...