Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Juvenile Fiction’ Category

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 […]


May 11, 2014

Grant Morrison’s The Return of Bruce Wayne is one of those dividing books in the DCU. You mostly either hated it or you loved it. I’m pretty much a fence-sitter on this one. I was okay with reading it, but not blown away. It felt too much like an “imaginary” adventure that was prevalent in […]

ALL-STAR WESTERN: THE WAR OF LORDS AND OWLS by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Moritat

July 9, 2013

Couldn’t resist picking up the second volume of All-Star Western from DC’s New 52 lineup. The first volume was just too good to easily walk away from, and now I’m waiting on the release of the third volume. This series just continues to improve, adding layers and nuances of character, growing the characters and the […]


December 4, 2010

I passed this book by in the library on a couple of trips. But I couldn’t get the image out of my mind. The bullfrog in the foreground just wouldn’t go away, and it underscored the presence of the two kids but in the mini-sub behind it. All a reader really wants to be is […]

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE OF ARSENAL by J. T. Krul and Geraldo Borges

March 27, 2010

When I was growing up and the Teen Titans comics were still a group of the sidekicks of the Justice League (Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, then Wonder Girl), Speedy was a frequent guest star and one of my favorite superheroes. I know, I know, the whole trick arrow schtick was really cheesy, but I could […]

STREETS OF GOTHAM #1 by Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko, Dustin Nguyen, Georges Jeanty

June 21, 2009

The premise of Streets of Gotham, another of the new “Bat” titles from DC Comics in the wake of Bruce Wayne’s departure from the role of Batman, piqued my interest immediately. First of all, I loved the idea of getting two stories in one book, but I don’t know how that’s going to affect the […]

Coming Soon PHANTOM GENERATIONS #3 by Mel Odom

April 3, 2009

My first comic in a long time and I really enjoyed it. I especially loved working with the Phantom, who was one of my first heroes. Click on the image to get more info. My thanks to Joe Gentile of Moonstone Comics for the opportunity!

WEASEL by Cynthia DeFelice

September 11, 2008

Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice is one of those great books for kids that I read to all five of my children. My ten year old and I just read it this weekend, and he enjoyed it just as much as my oldest kids. Quite frankly, I never get tired of it myself. Over the span […]

THE BOXER AND THE SPY by Robert B. Parker

May 19, 2008

Robert B. Parker’s sophomore effort into YA fiction delivers more action and better pacing than his first. The Boxer And The Spy is also set in today’s world rather than the 1940s as Edenville Owls was. As an older reader who’s been reading Parker’s books since the 1970s, the earlier time period was no problem […]

INTERWORLD by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

June 28, 2007

    Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves are both award winning writers.  They also both rose to prominence outside the novel arena.  Gaiman scripted the Sandman comic series that lasted 75 issues plus specials.  Since that time he’s gone on to script many other things, including novels, television shows, short stories, movie scripts, and continued […]