Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Superhero’ Category


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 […]

ANIMAL MAN: ANIMAL VS. MAN by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh, & Timothy Green II

January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 2: Animal Vs. Man Animal Man: Animal vs. Man takes the read on an even darker turn in this new imagining of the life of Buddy Baker. The road trip from/to Hell continues unabated. I’m glad I decided not to list the book for juveniles because I personally think […]

ANIMAL MAN: THE HUNT by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman

January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt (The New 52) Animal Man is one of those weird superheroes who was – seemingly – destined for obscurity. In the beginning he was picked up by aliens and exposed to a process that allowed him to temporarily take on the abilities and attributes of animals, […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu

December 12, 2013

The Hulk is an intriguing character, shifting from hero to villain depending on the circumstance (usually beyond his control) and the inspiration of the writers currently scribing his adventures. Peter David had an impressive ten-year run on the book and did a lot of things with the character, followed by Greg Pak who gave us […]