Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Juvenile’ Category

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: INTO THE DARKNESS by Peter Milligan, Ryan Sook, and Mikel Janin

January 2, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels)) Justice League Dark: Into the Darkness has got to be one of the creepiest graphic novels I’ve ever read that was a superhero title. When I learned that DC Comics was going to reboot […]


January 2, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Earth 2 Vol. 1: The Gathering (The New 52) James Robinson and Nicola Scott are blowing my mind with Earth-2. The reimagining of the Justice Society (or maybe this is kind of a slipstream Justice Society since the New 52 is in effect) is just amazing. The new/old heroes are a welcome […]

JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee

January 2, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) DC’s The New 52 has hit the ground running, splitting the fan base to a degree, but raising the sales overall, which is a good thing for comics. With all the superhero movies doing so well at the theaters these days, the spillover is […]


December 30, 2013

Buy At Amazon I read this book back when it first came out in 1979, so I was still somewhat young and impressionable, still trying to find my feet as a writer. The cover is what sucked me in, made me lift that book out of that rack and take it home. Darrel Sweet really […]

PRINCE OF SCORPIO by Alan Burt Akers

December 28, 2013

Getting Dray Prescot to his love, Delia of Delphond, and to meet her father, the Emperor of Vallia consumes the first five books of the long-running sword and planet series written by Kenneth Bulmer. The culmination of that quest comes to a head in this novel in the series, and I enjoyed it as much […]


December 28, 2013

Swordships of Scorpio keeps up the pacing from the third book and Dray Prescot is once more thrown into a violent situation and we get a woman of color thrown into the mix. The past books have shown that Kregen is made up of men and half-men, like the Rapas and the Fristles, and also […]


December 26, 2013

Warrior of Scorpio is the third book of the Dray Prescot series. Where the second book of the series seems a little uneven to me, this third book really hits the spot by presenting all of the action I remembered of the books. I suppose Kenneth Bulmer was just settling into his pace with this […]

THE INFERNAL BUDDHA by Kenneth Robeson (Will Murray)

December 23, 2013

I loved the cover of this new Doc Savage novel from the moment I saw it. Reminded me of Pirate of the Pacific, one of the early Doc novels. From what I gathered in the pages of this one, the adventure is set sometime in 1936 or 1937. The Japanese-Chinese war is raging, and Hitler […]

THE SUNS OF SCORPIO by Alan Burt Akers

December 23, 2013

The Dray Prescot sword and planet books have made every move I have made since I was a kid. I moved the first lot out of my parents’ house when I got married. Then I kept adding to them over the years and moving them from place to place. Unfortunately, they’re in a box somewhere. […]

ALL-NEW X-MEN: HERE TO STAY by Brian Michael Bendis, Dave Marquez, and Stuart Immonen

December 23, 2013

After reading the first volume in this new series, I couldn’t help downloading and blazing through the second volume. If you haven’t read the first review I’ve done for this series, take a minute and do so. In this book things really come to a head. Young Scott is trying to figure out what he’s […]