Tag Archive: graphic novel


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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52 event of September 2011, the Dark Knight continues his crusade as defender of Gotham City, taking on his greatest foes during a breakout at Arkham Asylum. But when his enemies gain powers and abilities far beyond their normal capacities, the Caped Crusader’s crusade may finally be at an end!

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Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!
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The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt

Greg Hildebrandt, Jr.
Dynamite Entertainment

Pub Date                Oct 16 2012

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  • ISBN9781606903490
  • Price29.99
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionPaperback

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The million-selling Lord of the Rings calendars created during the ’70s by renowned fantasy artists Greg and Tim Hildebrandt are now considered artistic masterpieces. The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt collects all that fantastic art, while telling the untold story behind the creation of those cherished illustrations.

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I approached Tony Hubbard after reading and writing a review for his novel ‘A Demon Lies Within’ and have found him very talkative and a genuinely nice guy (so far).

I can let you in on a little secret (though Tony might start hunting me down after this).  Tony is already working on his next book and it’s about a contract killer.  Mmm, after reading ‘Demon’, I cannot imagine what Tony will come up with.  Whatever it is, I bet it will turn the serial killer logic on its head.

I have decided to include a cover shoot of his first book, as it is a visually stunning piece of work.

This is one image that really captured my attention when I saw it on NetGalley.  Without giving too much away, it lets you know you are in for a ride.  And boy, what a ride it is.

If you want to read my review of Tony’s book ‘A Demon Lies Within’, then go here for my take on it – Review: A Demon Lies Within by Tony Hubbard.  But otherwise, have a read of Tony’s interview.

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The Strain Volume 1

David Lapham
Dark Horse Comics
      Dark Horse Books
ISBN9781616550325

Pub Date                Nov 14 2012

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When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Centers for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event—an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness. Collects issues #1-#6 of the ongoing series.

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Alice in Wonderland

Robert Gill
Zenescope

Pub Date                Oct 23 2012

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The one thing known is that her time spent in a world full of insanity left her a broken adult.  However, her courageous will to survive is what ultimately saved humanity.

Now the story of Alice’s visit into Wonderland is fully revealed and the truth of the terror will be told in full!

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Title: The Tower Chronicles
SubTitle: Geisthawk Volume 1
Publisher: Legendary Comics
Pub Date: October 09, 2012
ISBN: 9781937278021
Author: Matt Wagner
Category: FICTION – ADULT: Action & Adventure

Marketing Copy:

He Lives to Kill the Dead!

Written by Matt Wagner, award-winning creator of Grendel and Mage, and developed with Thomas Tull, executive producer of 300 and The Dark Knight, The Tower Chronicles is the tale of John Tower, a supernatural bounty hunter who tracks down the creeping shadows that the modern world has all but forgotten.

His harrowing missions lead him across the globe and into the darkest recesses of mankind’s most dangerous places to banish a wide variety of poltergeists, demons, and other unfathomable evils to free his troubled patrons from their tormentors’ ethereal grasp.

My Review:

I am not a graphic novel follower. I will say that up front. I don’t know the names that should be read or who the great illustrators (or whatever you call them) are. I pick up what I like the look of and read it.

First thing that I found disappointing was the length of the graphic novel. It is only 72 pages long, which dsoes not give us much time to get a know this new super hero. In fact, I found knowledge about John Tower himself too thin. He’s here and he hunts, but that’s about it. There are three small stories in this volume, but I still do not feel that we covered much ground. I suppose that is the advantage of graphic novels.

This is not intended for children in any way with strong language and the occassional suggestive scene. The art work is interesting and I can imagine that some will like it and some will not. I enjoyed the style, as I found it clean and easy to see the action.

I liked it, but have not fallen into it yet, but I will be looking for the next volume to see what matt Wagner takes this.

My Rating:

3 dead out of 5

Title: Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1
SubTitle: Precious Little Life Color Edition
Publisher: Oni Press
Pub Date: August 14, 2012
ISBN: 9781620100004
Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Category: FICTION – ADULT: Humorous, Comics & Graphic Novels: Comics & Graphic Novels

Marketing Copy:

Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about Scott Pilgrim comes Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 1: Precious Little Life! The first in a series of brand-new hardcover editions, this remastered, 6×9 hardcover presents Scott’s first “evil ex” battle as you’ve never seen it before — in full-color! Plus, previously unpublished extras and bonus materials make this mighty tome one that’s required reading for Scottaholics everywhere!

My Review:

Canada’s greatest twenty-something year old slacker gets a colour makeover and he looks great. Scott Pilgrim is alive and well. He plays in a rock band, but is between jobs at the moment. For him life is sweet.

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Title: Thief of Thieves Volume 1
Publisher: Image Comics
Pub Date: September 18, 2012
ISBN: 9781607065920
Author: Robert Kirkman
Category: FICTION – ADULT: Humorous, Comics & Graphic Novels: Comics & Graphic Novels

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Conrad Paulson lives a secret double-life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can’t steal, nothing he can’t have… except for the life he left behind. Now with a grown son he hardly knows, and an ex-wife he never stopped loving, Conrad must try to piece together what’s left of his life, before the FBI finally catch up to him… but it appears they are the least of his worries.

Collects Thief of Thieves #1-7.

My Review:

Robert Kirkman has an incredible reputation, being the creator of The Walking Dead, so when I saw this come up at NetGalley.com I found myself jumping on it.  I had recently purchased Walking Dead Trades, skipping through volumes one and two in quick sucession as I realised how much I had to catch up with.  Here though I had the opportunity to start a Kirkman series from the start.

And what a trip it is.   This has everything.  A heist that goes wrong, women, language, a lost son, and even a cruise ship.  Kirkman does very well here by not introducing any of the angles from the Dead series, and creates new characters that are full of life.  The further I went into this collection, the more I felt I learnt about the characters.

The story is captivating, the style is great and this book skipped along at a fantastic pace.  Another one that is well worth the read., especially if you already like Kirkman’s stories.  Do not be disappointed there are no zombies, and enjoy it for what it is.  A newset of characters and a new series that stands out in its own right.

My Rating:

5 pearls out of 5

Title: Doctor Who Dave Gibbons Collection TPB
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Pub Date: September 18, 2012
ISBN: 9781613773475
Author: Dave Gibbons
Category: FICTION – ADULT: Humorous, Comics & Graphic Novels: Comics & Graphic Novels

Marketing Copy:

Industry legend Dave Gibbons illustrated a classic run of Doctor Who comics, and this oversized book collects them all! And in full color!

Gibbons-drawn strips began appearing the very first issue of Doctor Who Magazine (then titled Doctor Who Weekly), starring the Fourth Doctor as portrayed by Tom Baker, and Gibbons continued as the primary artist until issue #69, a Fifth Doctor tale.

This volume also features an introduction by Gibbons, along with early Doctor Who sketches from the master.

My Review:

I am a Doctor Who fan from way back, and the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) was my absolute favourite.  Gibbons uses the fourth Doctor as his basis for this wonderful collection.  You get it all in here, weredogs, squishy monsters and even Daleks in a great number of individual stories that kept my attention.

The highlight for me was when the Doctor turned into a weredog himself!  Great stuff.  This is well drawn and the stories read just like the old televsion shows in that serialised fashion.  Even the Doctor has that cheekiness that made him so watchable.

If you love your Doctor Who (and who doesn’t), then this is a must.

My Rating:

5 tardis out of 5