Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘graphic novels’ Category

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 […]

CREATURE COMMANDOS by J. M. DeMatteis, Pat Broderick, Robert Kanigher, Mike W. Barr, & Jerry Ordway

May 12, 2014

When the Creature Commandos first saw the light of day in the November 1980 of Weird War Tales, I was twenty-three years old, so I picked it up and read it. All I really remembered was that J. M. DeMatteis had created a team of soldiers that were based on the old Universal Monsters: Frankenstein’s […]

SUPERMAN: REDEMPTION by Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza, Carlos Pacheco, Peter Vale, Allan Goldman, and Walter Simonson

January 22, 2010

Superman: Redemption takes on some heady issues in the graphic novel’s compilation of three stories, kind of making for an anthology of the power of belief. This is one of those graphic novels that you can hurry through or take your time and read a story every now and again. I liked Kurt Busiek and […]

SUPERMAN: THE THIRD KRYPTONIAN by Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza, Dwayne McDuffie, Rick Leonardi, and Renato Guedes

January 21, 2010

I probably picked up Superman: The Third Kryptonian at the wrong time. At the moment, Geoff Johns, James Robinson, and Sterling Gates are busy reinventing Superman and his relationship to the world, as well as playing with the problem of Kandor, what was once a bottled city stolen by Brainiac. If I’d read the graphic […]

MOUSE GUARD FALL 1152 by David Petersen

January 8, 2010

When I first heard of Mouse Guard, I immediately thought of Brian Jacques’ Redwall books. Like the Jacques books, David Petersen’s series also features mice as heroes carrying swords and performing deeds of derring-do. One of the biggest differences is that Redwall is prose (except for the DVD adaptations) and most of the imagery is […]

IRON FIST: THE MORTAL IRON FIST by Duane Swierczynski and Travel Foreman

April 10, 2009

Duane Swierczynski is a Philadelphia-based crime writer that has an incredibly hard name to spell. I’ve read his crime novels and enjoyed them a lot. Lately, though, he’s taken up the reins of Marvel Comics superheroes Iron Fist and Cable. His first issues of Iron Fist have been collected in a hardcover trade edition called […]

GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE by Andy Diggle and Jock

June 15, 2008

Green Arrow, as cheesy as he was sometimes portrayed with all the trick arrows (Net Arrow, Boxing Glove Arrow, Boomerang Arrow), was always one of my favorite heroes when I was growing up. When I got tired of wanting to grow up to be Batman, I’d want to be Green Arrow. Especially when he got […]

TEEN TITANS: TITANS EAST by Geoff Johns, Adam Beechen, & Tony Daniels

January 9, 2008

Teen Titans: Titans East is the latest graphic novel gathered from the pages of the newest incarnation of the young heroes in the DC universe. Led by Robin (Tim Drake, actually the third person to wear the Robin uniform), the team consists of Wonder Girl, Miss Martian, Kid Devil, Ravager, Cyborg, Raven, and Jericho. They […]


December 20, 2007

Meg Cabot is a high profile author whose books have gone on to become movies and television shows. Her series include The Mediator, 1-800-Where-R-You (which became the television show, MISSING), The Princess Diaries (which became movies of the same name), and others as well as many stand-alone books of romance and humor. Avalon High was […]

DEADLY BELOVED by Max Allan Collins

November 30, 2007

Ms. Tree started out as a comic book series back in 1981. Conceived by writer Max Allan Collins and artist Terry Beatty, she began the longest ever career for a lady private investigator in the comics field. She also set some milestones in the publishing world. Much has been said of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone […]