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CITY OF THE BEAST/WARRIORS OF MARS by Michael Moorcock

August 31, 2014

Michael Moorcock originally wrote the first Michael Kane book under the name Edward P. Bradbury. I read the DAW version of the book back in the 1970s, I think, and the book carried both titles City of the Beast or Warriors of Mars. I enjoyed the book a lot when I was a kid because […]

CHRONICLES OF CONAN: TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT AND OTHER STORIES by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith

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 […]

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 […]

SHAZAM! by Geoff Johns

May 15, 2014

Shazam, or Captain Marvel, was once the flagship of Fawcett Comics back in the 1930s. Captain Marvel’s adventures were released in Whiz Comics and he soon became the hottest selling superhero for decades before a copyright infringement case was settled in favor of DC Comics. For a long time, Captain Marvel languished, then DC Comics […]

EARTH 2: THE TOWER OF FATE by James Robinson & Nicola Scott

May 12, 2014

I was blown away by James Robinson’s first Earth-2 book, but not so much the second. The first graphic novel collection seems like it moves quickly, introducing a ton of idea and world building. This second volume has a ton of world building too, but it’s like it’s been exposed an Ice Age. There are […]

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 […]

MISTWALKER by Saundra Mitchell

February 14, 2014

Buy At Amazon Mistwalker I got an advance copy of Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell. I fell in love with the evocative cover and couldn’t help guessing what the book was about even before I read the synopsis. Turns out I was both surprised and disappointed. To encapsulate this book for a quite byte, I’d call […]

DAREDEVIL by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Marcos Martin

January 3, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Daredevil, Vol. 1 For years now, Daredevil has been a dark character. I remember when Frank Miller took over the writing chores of the monthly book way back in the day. We’d never seen cinematic art like that, and we’d never seen Daredevil portrayed so … mean. I liked the change. Daredevil […]

THE BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT by Francesco Francavilla

January 3, 2014

Buy At Amazon: The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out Author/artist Francesco Francavilla has been on my radar for some time now. I just didn’t know it. I loved his covers for the Shadow, Batman, and various other comics titles, but I’d just never bothered to check for his name. It’s a shame, but […]

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: THE BOOKS OF MAGIC

January 2, 2014

Buy at Amazon: Justice League Dark Vol. 2: The Books of Magic (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)) Justice League Dark: The Books Magic is a mixed bag. Peter Milligan, the author of the first graphic novel, has a two-issue story in this one that doesn’t quite feel finished, but maybe […]