Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘fantasy’ Category

THOR: THE GODDESS OF THUNDER by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Jorge Molina

August 6, 2016

  I remember all the hoopla that went along with the debut of the female Thor. There were arguments on all sides, that it was just a gimmick, that it was to build onto the diversity package Marvel was hoping to bring to the brand. I didn’t buy into any of it. I figured it […]


August 17, 2014

People who are coming through the doors of Castle Perilous for the first time are in for a treat. I first entered the castle almost 30 years ago, though it does not seem so long ago. I recently re-read the book on an e-reader and was surprised at how much of the story and characters […]

CONAN THE REBEL by Poul Anderson

May 28, 2014

Conan the Rebel was written back in 1980 by Poul Anderson, a writer I’ve read and admired for years. I’ve always enjoyed Anderson’s Dominic Flandry series (haven’t read all of them and it’s been years since I picked them up), but my favorite book he wrote was Three Hearts and Three Lions, a mix of […]


May 25, 2014

Roy Thomas was the second major writer at Marvel Comics, groomed by Stan Lee himself. But Thomas was also the first guy to bring Conan the Barbarian to comics. In fact, he was the one who named Conan “the Barbarian” instead of the Cimmerian as Robert E. Howard usually referred to his larger-than-life hero. I […]

RED SONJA: QUEEN OF PLAGUES by Gail Simone & Walter Giovanni

May 25, 2014

Gail Simone really GETS Red Sonja! Simone has long been one of my favorite comics writers, but she exceeds all my expectations with her first graphic novel collection featuring Red Sonja. This is absolutely a wonderful story, and Walter Giovanni’s art is a visual cornucopia of imagery. The story caught me completely off-guard because I […]

SUPER DINOSAUR by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard

May 25, 2014

Super Dinosaur is a treat for kids and the comics-loving adults who choose never to grow up. When I first saw the cover for the new comic, I’ll admit I had my doubts. The guy who gave us such serious comics worlds as The Walking Dead, Thief of Thieves, and Invincible couldn’t possibly create something […]


May 20, 2014

When the new 52 debuted with Animal Man on the list, I was pumped. I’ve always liked that character, even back when he was just a back-up feature, a lightweight hero with kind of ridiculous powers. Buddy Baker was just a guy’s guy who ended up putting on a costume and battling bad guys. I […]

THE PHANTOM STRANGER: A STRANGER AMONG US by Dan DiDio, Scott Hanna, & Brent Anderson

May 15, 2014

I’ve been a fan of the Phantom Stranger for years. One of the things I always liked about him was his mysterious origin. Over the years, there were all sorts of legends about where the Stranger was from, and I liked that I didn’t know. It was fun to suppose. Dan DiDio, the author and […]

THE BOUNDLESS by Kenneth Oppel

April 22, 2014

As soon as I dug into The Boundless, I was immediately reminded of another book I’d read by Kenneth Oppel: Airborn. Both of the books feature young protagonists in worlds that are slightly a-kilter from our own. In the latter book, the world spun around large airships. In The Boundless, the world revolves around a […]


January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 3: Rotworld: The Red Kingdom Much of the forward moment set up in the first two volumes of what has turned out to be one very LONG story gets frittered away by endless action scenes. The battle in this volume seems to go on forever and involve a cast […]