Friday, April 28, 2017

Superman Vol 2: Trials of the Super Son by Peter Tomasi


I requested this from Netgalley and DC Comics for two reasons. First of all I wanted to read a story that involved Superman and his son, and Batman and his. Just the cover alone made me want to read this. I also wanted to read this because Action Comics Vol 1, was such an amazing story/reboot of a Superman franchise that I felt had really lost its mind during New 52. 

I was really disappointed with the Superman books really before New 52. They started to get too ridiculous with their story lines and I just didn't want to deal with it so I gave up these books. Since I felt that way I actually skipped Superman Vol 1 and didn't bother to request it. Well the Cover for that first Action Comics volume made me curious and I am so glad I read it. It renewed my faith in these books and it was rewarded with this book. 

This book is broken up into different stories. The first one is really kind of heartwarming. We get to see Clark, Lois, and Jonathan as a family and just enjoying the county fair in their new home. Getting junk food, riding rides, and teaching John about girls and what not to say is fun and I enjoyed seeing this side of Superman.  

The next section of the book has to do with Superman and Batman training their sons. Damien hates Johnathan and wants nothing more than to kill him or at the very least put him out of commission. Superman and Batman understand the need for teamwork and are determined to find a way to get these kids to play nice and work as a team. It doesn't help when the fighting between the two boys destroys one of Batman's Labs. I remember that look I would get when I would fight with my brother and something ended up broken. 

I didn't feel that this book advanced the overall Superman story to much but it was a really enjoyable story that not only didn't disappoint but was fun and a fast entertaining read. I'm so glad I was granted this book for a review and I will be picking up Vol 1 to get caught up. I also will be continuing with this series as soon as Vol 3 is available. I also need to mention that I just love this artwork. The page on the right with the darkened Superman and Batman looking over the destruction Damien and John just created is just perfect.

This book was awesome and I am so so glad I read this. It is an easy decision to give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This year has given me a lot of 5 out of 5 reads and almost all of them are Rebirth books. Thank you DC Comics for getting back to the way things were and writing great stories again for the Superman line. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Green Arrow Vol 2: Island of Scars by Benjamin Percy


I'm just going to say it. I love this series. I have read Green Arrow on and off for a long time even before Arrow started on the CW. I am so fortunate to be selected to read and review these books by NetGalley and DC Comics because this is a series I don;t want to miss. Oliver Queen is back and I love the return to the classic hero I knew in Rebirth. 

So of course this book picks up right after Vol 1 ends. Oliver and company had destroyed the floating island thing of the ninth and Oliver is yet again stranded on an island. However this time it is a little less deserted. Black Canary and Diggle are both on the island as well, they just have to find each other. Let it be no surprise that Black Canary finds Oliver first so we get a little romance in the book, which I actually enjoy. I love the relationship between these two and I actually own the wedding issue when they got married before New 52 shook things up. 

While on the island and looking for Diggle Oliver and Canary stumble on to a huge opium field. Well this seems like no good can come from this and Diggle is still missing. Now they either have to find a way to destroy the field or find and stop what ever this is being used for. There is plenty of action to be had in this book and I flew right through it. 

As I mentioned I do really like the relationship between Oliver and Canary. It is just the right amount of romance for an action packed comic that I always look forward to moments between these characters. It also helps round out this suspenseful plot. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait for volume 3. This book easily gets my 5 out of 5 star approval and I am so glad this series seems to get better with each volume. Her is hoping this trend continues. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Hellblazer Vol 1: The Poison Truth by Simon Oliver


I haven't read much of Constantine.I liked the movie with Keanu Reeves, and I loved the Shoe with Matt Ryan when it was on. I think that was cancelled way to soon. Anyway, the tv show really got me interested in the darker more adult titles from Vertigo. So I started to read the Hellblazer seires but didn't get very far. When this came up on Netgalley from DC Comics I knew I had to request this book. 

This is definitely a dark book with a lot going on that seem small but I'm sure will tie into a bigger story. Not going to lie at times I had no idea what was going on and felt a little out of the loop. This may be because I wasn't reading this book before Rebirth but I don't know. This book opens up John Constantine leaving the US and heading back to his home in London. Constantine then tries to defeat a demon but unleashing a deadly curse on London which will collect all of the souls of the people and shoot them into the demon all at once. It would wipe it out but also kill a lot of people. It is a dangerous bluff. This is a nice little warm up to sort of reintroduce this character to new readers and veteran readers since Rebirth began.

Next we get a collaboration story with Swamp Thing. I have always been intrigued by Swamp Thing but never intersted enough to read his books so I really enjoyed the fact he is in this book and that the story kind of ties to him. Swamp Thing is trying to find his counterpart in the scheme of things and he needs John's help. John has his own things going on so the story bounces between the two characters but it meshed well for the most part.

I did enjoy this book quite a bit. The only issues I had with it is the fact I had moments where I didn't understand what was going on and even after a re-read of that section I still felt lost. Also, the artwork could be a little better. I know the original books had that gritty low detail kind of artwork so this kind of sticks with the formula, but I know this could be so much more. It could be creepier and darker with more detail. The covers like the one I included with this post are the best pieces of artwork in the book. I will give this 3 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King



This was an amazing book!!! I have loved every instillation in the Dark Tower series more and more. This is what I wrote when I reviewed this book the first time I read it almost 6 years ago. I take pride in saying that this statement still holds up for me. I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. The biggest is we finally get back on the path of the beam. The bonus and second reason I love this book is the crossover with Salem's Lot which happens to also be one of my favorite books. I also like the western feel to this book which says something because I am not usually a fan of westerns.

Reading the reviews before and as I read I noticed a lot of people were not happy with the pace and the length of it. There might have been a few things that could have been left out to cut down on the length, but as long as this is, it didn’t feel that long. I seemed to breeze through this when I first read this in hardback and I couldn't stop listening to this in Audio form this time around.

In this book the four Gunslingers come across a town on their journey to the tower and are asked for some assistance. This town, Calla Bryn Sturgis, is having one child from there many sets of twins taken by the Wolves every 23 years or so. The children are returned to the towns people but they aren't the same. Devoid of higher brain function and they grow to massive proportions these children are what the towns people called Roont and there is no better word to describe them. This is the year the wolves return to claim these children and the town doesn’t want this to continue any longer. While in the town Roland and his Ka-Tet stay try and uncover the many mysteries these people hide while preparing for war.

This is an amazing story and every book has kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are so well developed I felt like part of the town. As I mentioned earlier we meet up with Father Callahan from Salem's Lot and his story of what happens to him after that book is really interesting and weaves its way through every thing the Ka-Tet has been through up to this point.  For those who have not read the Dark Tower series I would highly recommend it. This is still one of my favorite books in this series and it is still a 5 out of 5 star read. I'm looking forward to continuing my journey again and it looks like I just might finish before the movie comes out.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Deathstroke Vol 1: The Professional by Christopher Priest


I have always liked Deathstroke. He was the villainous equal to Batman in a sense of being super calculating and meticulous. That being said he does have this lighter side to him that makes him sort of an anti-hero. It makes this character very deep and interesting. I have read a few of the books Deathstroke is in but I have never really dug into the character like this book has. Since I am a fan and DC Comics and Netgalley were so kind to allow me to read this for a review I anxiously read through this. 

I usually save the art work for the end of the review but I have to share this cover. This type of detail runs through most of the book and I was really impressed. For being so evil and cold these pictures are really vibrant. There may not be a lot of colors but this cover alone is both bright and dark and gives off so much emotion. 
Now, on to the story. I will admit that I was a little lost through this book and will need a re-read in the future to get everything going on in this book. I felt that this book even though it was a Rebirth story would have been better if I had read the previous books. So here is the long and the short of the plot. Slade Wilson, like every other character in the DC Universe he is reinventing who he is and what he stands for. We get to see glimpses into Slade's past and his family life. We also find out that someone has a contract out on Slade's daughter. Now Slade has to figure out who is out to destroy every part of his life. 

Here is where I got excited. Who better for Slade to turn to for help by Batman. He doesn't really ask nicely but instead kidnaps Robin to make Batman sort of babysit Slade's teenage daughter. This part was the best part of the book, but don't get your hopes up. We don't find anything out in this volume. We get exactly the story we should have at this point because this is going to be big. I enjoyed this book. I am so glad I got to read it and I do plan on moving on to Vol 2 when it comes out. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz


The name is Bond. James Bond, and he wants his martini shaken not stirred. Not a frickin Heineken like they use in the Danniel Craig bond movies. I'n not going to get into my distaste for the recent bond films. This book is bond as we all know and love him. Anthony Horowitz is an amazing author because he can find the voice of classic characters and write it like you were reading it from Ian Fleming himself. He did an amazing job with the Sherlock Homes novels he has written so I was very excited to see him not only pen the new Bond novel, but to be able to incorporate actual material from Ian Fleming. 

This book has absolutely everything. Fast cars, espionage, action, women, and a crazy plot that is so interesting you can't help but keep reading. Bond is facing the international organization SMERSH in a race to find out what is going on between the West and the Soviets in their race to not only control the world, but to control the space race. This starts out feeling like it is a sequel to Goldfinger and I think this is where Ian Fleming's work comes into play. Horowitz does such a great job of capturing Fleming's voice that it is impossible to know what material was the original and what was Horowitz expanding this to a full story.

Horowitz explains when he was asked to write the next James Bond novel, he was given access to all kinds of Fleming  writing. It turns out there was talks of a Bond TV show and Ian Fleming had written some of the stories for them. Bond has been in all kinds of different adventure situations but a Grand Prix race wasn't one of them. While trying to get closer to SMERSH to figure out what exactly their plans are to interfere with the US launch of a new rocket.

I loved this book. I realize this review is a little disjointed and that is because I wrote this in sections. I started this book a year ago and just now finished it. The time frame had nothing to do with the book in a sense that it was dull. I just have two wonderful young kids and they don't like to let their Dad read on the weekends. It was impossible to find any time to get this book read. So I wanted to make sure that I was able to hit on the key points of the plot in my review before I forgot about them. I wish I could have read this all at once because it was great. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this to any fan of the Bond series. I really enjoyed this book and I'm so glad I was able to get some time this weekend to finish this.   

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wonder Woman Vol 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka


I have always liked Wonder Woman. She really is this positive role model for girls to show they can be strong and confident. I didn't read Wonder Woman until Crisis on Infinite Earths and then I didn't read her through New 52 except for one of the volumes. Rebirth has brought my favorite heroes back to the greatness they once had before New 52 so when I had the chance to read this for a review from NetGalley and DC Comics I took it. Thank you to DC Comics and NetGalley. 

So you need a little bit of Wonder Woman history before I get into things so bare with me. Originally Wonder Woman was the creation of her mother and sand on the beach of her home. The amazons are devoid of men so there is no children running around and Hippolyta wanted a daughter. She formed a baby girl out of the sands of Themyscira and beg the gods to bring this child to life. It was always a very touching story and one I have enjoyed. New 52 changed things, Wonder Woman became the child of Zeus making her a Goddess. 

This volume we find a Wonder Woman torn apart by conflicting memories. She remembers the original story and being the child of Zeus so she is having a crisis of identity. At the very begining we see this crisis and struggle to the point that we see her change from the sit she has worn all through New 52 to the Wonder Woman suit of old which was a great moment. Part of this struggle to find herself she realizes that she cannot fine Themyscira, she can't go home. To do that she needs to find help and she finds it in the most unlikely place. Diana seeks out one of her enemies known as Cheetah. Cheetah blames Diana for the curse she is under and it becomes quite a challenge for Diana to bring her around to help her and in return find a way to help get Cheetah back to her original self.   
Once she is able to convince Cheetah to help her she finds herself in the exact same place as good old Steve Trevor. She is now trying to rescue him and his team while trying to kill a creature who has kidnapped women from the local village. This does open up one of my favorite pages in the whole book which just highlights the point aI made earlier about Wonder Woman being a symbol for women to be strong. If you can't read what Wonder Woman is saying it is "...let us share your courage" which to me showed that as strong as she is there are still women out there in the world who see through some of the most horrible conditions. I just liked this page and had to share it. I enjoyed this book so much and I can't wait for the next volume to come out because I will be continuing this series. I give this 4 out of 5 stars.