Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Young Adult’ 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 […]


May 20, 2014

World War II soldiers fighting dinosaurs in a land that time forgot began in Star Spangled War Stories in 1960, and the idea has never seemed to go away. The “forgotten” war has shown up time and again in the DC universe, and even showed up in the New 52 in the short-lived GI Combat […]


May 19, 2014

Edmond Hamilton was a pulp writer from the 1930s. He wrote most of the Captain Future pulps and earned the sobriquet, World Wrecker, because of the planet destroying plots he embraced. In later years, he moved into comic books and wrote several of the early issues of Superman and Batman, as well as helping give […]

THE PHANTOM STRANGER: A STRANGER AMONG US by Dan DiDio, Scott Hanna, & Brent Anderson

May 15, 2014

I’ve been a fan of the Phantom Stranger for years. One of the things I always liked about him was his mysterious origin. Over the years, there were all sorts of legends about where the Stranger was from, and I liked that I didn’t know. It was fun to suppose. Dan DiDio, the author and […]

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 […]

LAZARUS by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

May 12, 2014

Greg Rucka is a writer I routinely follow in comics. He writes some of the best character-oriented stuff out there. I enjoyed his run on Wonder Woman and on Gotham Central (and I’m wondering how much of that will be cherry-picked for the new Gotham television series coming this fall). I love his work on […]

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 […]

BLACK WIDOW: THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Marjorie Liu & Daniel Acuna

May 11, 2014

I read the first issue of this graphic novel collection when it came out and was impressed. The story is pretty emotional and there’s lots of action along the way. Marjorie Liu is a novelist by trade, and the layered plot shows off those skills. She also does a really good job building up all […]