A lot of beloved stories don’t really hold up to a second reading. A lot of stories that didn’t go over so well read a lot better after a second reading. Spike: After the Fall definitely changes with repeated reads, but doesn’t fall into either of those categories. It was fantastic when I first read it, but the more I read the more the utter greatness of it starts to stand out.
It’s a prequel that truly stands on its own. It tells what happened to Spike and Illyria between First Night and the main arc of After The Fall, so we know where they start and where they end up… but getting there is all the shocking, tragic, bloody fun. Spike’s dialogue is the strongest it’s ever been, allowing us to get close–but not too close–to our vampire champion. Brian Lynch subtly, gracefully crafts the relationships between the three leads, Spike, Illyria, and Jeremy, setting us up for heartbreak that we knew had to come but could have never predicted how. Spike’s story reads even better in the context of the entire Angel: After the Fall arc. Both of them play off each other so well, elevating both stories to a new level. I loved Spike: After the Fall when it was released in four parts, and I looked forward to the book every month… but it’s nothing compared to how the story reads now.
Brian ended his commentary by saying this: “Spike’s grown a lot throughout the TV shows, hasn’t he? Just thinking about all the changed Whedon and company put him through on the TV shows, it’s pretty mind-boggling. He’s a wonderfully rich and complicated character, and hopefully Franco and I did him justice.” I’ll end my review by saying this: Spike is among the most well-developed characters in the Buffyverse, going from pitiful poet to feared killer to a monster trying to go against his nature to a true champion. Brian and Franco took that character to the next level. In their Spike trilogy, they forever changed the character, reminding us how deep and complex he can be, something that might have been glossed over in the business of Angel: Season Five. They’ve added a season’s worth of development to the character, taking him in brand new and excitingly dark directions. No one writes our favorite blond vampire better.
“No Way Out,” however, should satisfy those begging for a return to bloodlust and monster mayhem. While early sections of the story are spread among far too many characters (we need to thin the pack!), this is the chapter in which we really see Rick reclaim his leadership role making both good and bad decisions. The entire focus of the tale is taken over by a zombie horde that has discovered our little community. Things may not be as secure as our heroes had hoped and when safety is compromised–nothing will be the same again. Mutilated corpses and surprising new victims populate this episode which is an absolute game changer. But amidst all the carnage and loss, Rick has a remarkable epiphany near the end that makes one of the most powerful soliloquies the series has yet produced.
by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Illustrator)
Also Kirkman wrote his first draft including the coma storyline way before 28 Days Later, so you people crying about “plagiarism” can go point a finger at Danny Boyle, and while your at it, tell him rotting corpses can’t run.
Second of all the people crying that he was in a coma for a month with no care can go climb a tree. IN A GRAPHIC NOVEL ABOUT ZOMBIES THAT’S WHAT YOUR GOING TO HIGHLIGHT AS BEING UNREALISTIC? Your a joke. Also, it never says he was without care for the whole month. Who knows when the hospital cleared out, NOBODY WAS THERE WITH HIM TO KNOW.
Lastly, for those complaining that it follows the motions familiar with Zombie Outbreak story lines, there is a simple reason for that. Romero spent his life perfecting the story line. They go with the obvious outcome and follow the obvious chain of events. How do you think it would happen? What do you think the government would do? What do you think people would do? I’m pretty sure it’d be something close to what Romero, Krikman, and all the rest have already written or filmed. Kirkman does an amazing job. The first book sets up what happened, which is why it seems familiar.
Blood Debt is just another one of Wolverine’s adventure in Japan but this time he also goes to Mongolia. There really nothing special about it. Wolverine is doing his thing, avoiding trouble but then some bad guys decide to get into a fight with him, thinking that they could actually take him. Overall, Blood Debt follows the basic Wolverine story, he kills some villains and save the day….with attitude.
There are two kind of Wolverine fans, the ones that like to see wolverine fighting powerful mutants, and the ones that like more realistic enemies, the tale belongs to the second group, in the story Wolverine fights against a Mongolian Mob, which is very fractured from the inside.
The action is non-stop, as Wolverine battles hundreds of mobsters in order to rescue his stepdaughter from the Mob leaders.
The art is simply outstanding, not only Steve Skroce makes an interesting approach to Logan, but he also creates very visually attractive characters, with original clothing and body language.
The story could have been better, but is entertaining enough to make the book worthy.
by Rick Remender, Jerome Opeña (Illustrator), Dean White (Colorist)
by James Vance, James O’Barr (Illustrator), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)
by Kevin J. Anderson, Mark Heike
by Grant Morrison, Tony S. Daniel (Illustrator), Sandu Florea (Illustrator), Tony Daniel (Illustrations), Lee Garbett (Illustrations)
by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland (Illustrator)
by Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill (Illustrator)
by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jonathon Green, Jonathan Green (Goodreads Author) (Text), Brett Booth (Text), Wellington Alves (Illustrations)
by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator), John Higgins (Colorist), Len Wein (Editor)
Written by Darwyn Cooke and Jeph Loeb; Art by Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone; Cover by Darwyn Cooke – the visionary creator of the acclaimed DC: THE NEW FRONTIER — turns his attention to the classic Will Eisner creation The Spirit in this amazing hardcover collecting the first six issues of the new series from DC Comics plus the BATMAN/THE SPIRIT special! In these thrilling tales. Cooke maintains the “spirit” of Eisner’s creation but brings his own original sensibilities to the character. The Spirit, a.k.a. Denny Colt, Commissioner Dolan, and his Daughter Ellen are reintroduced in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out collection of crime stories filled with action, adventure, humor and sexy girls!
The first volume of the award-winning series is collected in trade paperback, featuring BATMAN/THE SPIRIT and THE SPIRIT #1-6!Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: The Lost Memory by Junichi FujisakuMy rating: 5 of 5 starsAn awesome display of story and art working in tandem to lay the reader flat. The art has a kinetic energy that flows through the pages with a power that just sweeps one up. The story, meanwhile, exerts great crossover appeal to fans of the cyber-punk, tech-noir fiction of the likes of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson.In the not-too-distant future of 2032, the frontier dividing humans and machines has been crossed. Crimes comitted by flesh-and-metal cyborgs are investigated by Section 9, an elite counter-terrorist squad run by Chief Aramaki and his cyborg assistant, Major Motoko Kusanagi. Section 9 has faced countless adversaries in the real world and in cyberspace, but none like ‘The Awakened.’ It is believed that this lethal group of terrorists can take over the minds and bodies of almost anyone. Used as tools to commit crimes against the state, the victims are unaware of who or what is controlling them. When Major Kusanagi captures one of the victims, she hacks into his cyberbrain to learn the ringleader’s identity-what she discovers leads her on a journey deep into the heart of cyberspace, a journey that shakes her to the core.Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 2: Revenge of the Cold Machines by Junichi FujisakuMy rating: 5 of 5 starsGhost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex: Revenge of the Cold Machines is a solid addition to anyone’s collection, combining action, mystery, and a serious reflection on what our future might look like in a novel that’s as entertaining and thoughtful to read as any work by writers on this side of the Pacific. The continuing saga of Ghost in the Shell stands alone as an increasingly focused vision of a utopian/dystopian tomorrow irresistably attractive to readers of science fiction and sociology as well as manga and mystery.Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 3: White Maze by Junichi Fujisaku
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The year is 2030. Advances in robotics and cyberbrain technology have transformed the world into a miraculous place where almost anything is possible–even the melding of humans and machines. In this not-too-distant future, the crimes of flesh and metal are investigated by Section 9, an elite counterterrorist squad headed by Chief Aramaki and his cyborg sidekick, Major Motoko Kusanagi. When dead bodies, drained of blood and with two bite marks on their necks, start turning up on the streets of Tokyo, it isn’t long before the entire city is in a panic. As Major Kusanagi and the other members of Section 9 investigate the killings they begin to wonder–is the killer a real vampire or something much worse? In a dark world of murder, where cyberbrain hacks and treacherous conspiracies reach to the furthest heights of government, Section 9 is all that stands between the people and anarchy.