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   Y The Last Man Vol 10 Whys And Wherefores TP,12/27/2010 3:19:54 PM
The best book, out of an incredible series. This tragic, yet optimistic, climax is executed so perfectly by Vaughan and Guerrera that it will leave you gasping at every turn. This is the end of the line, for all of the characters within the series, and it follows them through the rest of their lives in a world they helped shape.
   Watchmen HC,12/27/2010 3:25:48 PM
Moore is frightening. This collection of one of his many masterpieces tells the tragic, powerful, and morally ambiguous story of an entire history of regular people, taking up the mantle of the 'superhero', and how it all changes when a real life superman comes into town, and how the world views them. The way Moore tells the story is downright masterful, creating an entire world that is familiar, yet disturbingly different. The movie didn't even scrape the book's surface, and anyone who has read this can tell you exactly why.
   Spider-Man Maximum Carnage TP,3/19/2011 12:59:56 PM
It's so hard to fall in love with a villain if he doesn't have a motive. Sure, Carnage has a memorable origin story, but the way Maximum Carnage is written makes you wish he died, just so it could be over. Line after corny line, we watch Carnage narrowly escape death. The only reason they would do this is to sell comics, and it certainly feels that way after the eighth issue where the plot is STILL vague and childish. We have to stop him. Why? Because he's killing people. Why's he doing that? Cuz that's what he does. Oh... The only redemption to this series is that we see Venom working alongside Spidey. Even that gets old fast. It's such a shame that this series turned out this way, given such an awesome villain.
   Venom Vol 2 #1 1st Ptg Regular Joe Quesada Cover,3/12/2011 12:21:38 PM
This is the series to return to Marvel with. They're obviously pulling from a few mainstream motion pictures here, (with the war in the middle east, the paraplegic hero who can have 'legs' again, and even the dialogue seems to have taken a page from Watchmen), but let me just say that I can't remember a time that I enjoyed a comic this much. It's a dark turn for Marvel, giving a few awesome baddies and a nice, flawed hero. They're really trying to create a 3-dimensional character out of Flash Thompson, and they're doing a fantastic job. Of course, the addition of Venom into this environment just makes everything that much sweeter. I never thought the absence of Spider-Man would be such a great thing.
   Carnage #1 Cover E 2nd Ptg Clayton Crain Variant Cover,3/19/2011 12:50:10 PM
A welcome change from the colorful, never-ending 90s series, they're finally doing Carnage right. The story is dark, the artwork is unforgettable, and every issue leaves you begging for more. With so many plot twists in just this issue alone, it was hard to put down. Doppelganger makes an awesome entrance, as do all the villains, as if Marvel finally realized that the villains were more interesting than Spider-man himself. That's not to say that Spider-man isn't done well. I think the dialogue was written really well, and putting the webslinger next to Tony stark the whole time is just gravy. This isn't a story about Peter Parker brooding the whole time. This is about Carnage's team. Finally.
   Carnage #2 Cover C 2nd Ptg Clayton Crain Variant Cover,3/19/2011 12:54:26 PM
The series takes a turn from action into bizarre science fiction. We FINALLY see the symbiote as Spider-man and Iron Man hunt down these mysterious superheroes. Marvel used to be guilty of making cookie-cutter, meaningless comics. This is not the case with this series. You really feel like it's going somewhere, and the eerie release of the symbiote just solidifies that. I was really expecting to lose interest in this series by now, but they just keep pulling me in.
   Superman For All Seasons TP,3/19/2011 1:21:21 PM
A really unforgettable retelling of Superman's origins. It's all the warm and fuzzy charm that we've come to expect from Loeb/Sale, while adding the strength and poise of Superman. Honestly, if The Long Halloween was the best Batman you've read, this is probably going to be the best Superman you've read. Even the relationship with Lanna Lang just gives this small, unexpected flame to the entire story. Although I'm not crazy about Lex Luthor's 'plan', it's interesting to see Loeb use Luthor as a vehicle to the plot, and not the real antagonist. This is Smallville done RIGHT.
   30 Days Of Night Vol 1 HC,3/19/2011 1:27:22 PM
I got this pretty cheap off of Ebay, and now I can't get rid of it... As haunting as the story may be, there are hardly any real protagonists. It's just a story about these savage vampires that somehow came up with a plan. Throughout the entire book, there's not a lot of great dialogue. More often than not, we're just reading people screaming, which doesn't really invoke fear into the reader, so much as a bit of comedy. If you're like me, you watched the movie and really wanted to read the book, thinking it would be better. That's not the case here.
   Batman Year One Deluxe Edition SC,3/30/2011 5:48:17 PM
If you're like me, you saw that Frank Miller wrote this and immediately expected it to be full of Miller-esque portrayals of the media, the lower-class, sketchy illustrations, and campy dialogue. In truth, it's Miller's best work because it hardly has any of those things. It was remarkable to watch how many things from the Nolan Batman movies were taken right from these pages. Not only does Miller make Batman a regular joe, he also gives Gordon a refreshing sense of badassery that I haven't seen before. I don't agree that this is a good place to START for Batman comics, seeing as how Batman seems very frail. It only makes it more interesting because we see this legend as a human.
   Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition Book 2 HC,3/19/2011 1:07:33 PM
One of my many favorites within this series, the tragedy picks up around where it left off, giving depth to every single one of the characters. This book in particular has so many "OMG", "WTF", and "WHOA!" moments that it's hard to believe there's only one guy writing it. The artwork is decent, focusing on the almost-realism. And Yorick continues to be a trouble-making protagonist. It really feels like he's just not in control of things anymore, and that's such an amazing thing to watch. The other characters become crucial, giving this book more of an action feel. What I love about this series is that this isn't even the best book. This was the book that slapped me in the face and made me think: Wow, where the hell is this going to go from here???
   Dave McKeans Cages TP,3/30/2011 5:59:25 PM
Be careful what you're looking for with this one... If you're looking for an epic, mystical story, you'll be left wanting. If you're looking for art that is so sweetly dark that it takes some serious effort before turning the page, this is the book for you. The design, the array of colorful characters, and the contrast between everyday life and fantasy seems to draw the reader in, regardless of how bland and hard to follow the plot becomes. Ever read one of those books that aren't great, but you're glad you read it? That's what this book eventually becomes. Unfortunately, the immense size of the book makes it that much more difficult to get through, but if you're feeling a bit naughty and mystical, this is a pleasurable experience for those late-night dreamers.
   Batman And Robin Deluxe Edition Vol 3 Batman & Robin Must Die HC,6/28/2011 11:33:15 PM
An absolutely chilling take on the gritty world of Gotham City and all its tall, buzzing chaos. Morrison has been known to be very...trippy at times, but the realism is captured beautifully, while keeping us within a bit of an old-school Tim Burton film. This book really made me grow to love the decision of a Dick Grayson Batman, exploring the maturity within the role, and how it affects those around him. Morrison created these 3-D characters out of the simple archetypes weve grown to know and love. And the best part about all this? The artwork understands all of it, and cooperates with the writing beautifully. I loved this book.
   Revolver TP,3/19/2011 1:14:56 PM
This is just one of those books that stick with you: the artwork, the tragic and unforgettable story, and the John Everyman protagonist that just makes us wonder what WE would do, if thrown into this kind of world. It makes you look at the news in such a different perspective. Like Watchmen before it, Revolver constantly makes us think "well, it doesn't matter what I do here, because..." which makes everything just a little more interesting and a little less predictable. The only thing that stopped me from giving this comic a '5' was the Hollywood ending. Not so much the events, but the way the character thinks and acts. Maybe doing away with the captions would have been helpful, I'm not sure. This is a must-read.
   Daredevil Yellow TP,3/30/2011 5:54:26 PM
Simply put, it's Loeb/Sale does Daredevil. If you're looking for the dark, tortured soul, you won't find much of it here, but that's not to say it won't be found entirely. At a very early stage in Daredevil's career, we are given a very romantic vision of the blind lawyer in Hell's kitchen. There's a sense of humor throughout the entire book, which is classic Loeb, yet we're given slight glimpses of his darker side through various street fights. This is a great, great book if you're a fan of any of Loeb/Sale's other books, but as for Daredevil fans, you may want to take this with a grain of salt. I was not a huge fan of Daredevil, so I was quite surprised to see the 'Purple Man' and 'The Owl'. I'm only trashing this book because I'm suddenly realizing that Daredevil fans are looking for this... It's a must-have for fans of Loeb/Sale.
   Saga #1 Cover A 1st Ptg ,3/14/2012 8:47:57 PM
Look, sci-fi is like fantasy: it feels like everything has been said and done already. The simple truth is that the reason the genre is still loved is because of all the little tiny touches that make the story absolutely unforgettable. In what may be the most endearing, complete form of storytelling within comics since Watchmen, Brian K. Vaughn returns to his beloved medium with all his glory. The narrative is gorgeous and complex, as Vaughn throws us into a galaxy which has been devastated by war. Fiona Staples has absolutely shined as well, leaving each page to be gorgeous and dark and ugly and real. The gigantic first-issue is unstoppably enjoyable, and it may very well remain just so for the rest of its run.
   Before Watchmen Comedian #1 Regular JG Jones Cover,6/22/2012 3:16:14 PM
The best description I can muster about the hesitation I had with this book was that it was Watchmen without Moore. It would've been like Lord of the Rings without Tolkein. I was terrified of hating this book, but seeing as how I loved Watchmen so much, I knew I would buy this regardless. I can't express how pleasantly surprised and blown away I was with this issue. Azzarello and Jones are a phenomenal team that capture realism and the dark side of humanity beautifully in both the writing and artwork. Moore's lack of participation is evident, yes, but it was not even a thought in my mind while reading it. If the rest of the Before Watchmen event is as fantastic as this, I think fans will be very happy.
   Before Watchmen Minutemen #1 Regular Darwyn Cooke Cover,7/4/2012 12:54:44 AM
I could not agree with Josh more. As interesting as this book TRIES to be (several cut-aways and flashy art choices), it still gives off the "Phantom Menace" effect. It feels a bit forced and unneeded. Still, the modernization of heroes such as Nite Owl and Hooded Justice were done so well that they haunt my dreams, which was why this book received above a 3 by me.
   Before Watchmen Nite Owl #1 Regular Andy Kubert & Joe Kubert Cover,7/4/2012 1:01:44 AM
Though the story may seem needless and the "coming of age tale" may seem forced, I loved this book. Granted, young Dan Dreidberg became Nite Owl entirely too quickly, but there were moments I found myself sitting up and shouting expletives followed by "that's so cool!" Still, with several very sweet scenes, I believe this does more justice to "Minutemen" than the actual spin-off of Minutemen. Granted, it's not Alan Moore, though it breathes just as beautifully.
   Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #1 Cover A Regular Amanda Conner Cover,7/8/2012 8:00:10 PM
I have to agree with Josh. As a male reader, I was instantly slumped into the first few pages of this book thinking it was going to be a "Watchmen Chick Flick", but the fact that she's still Laurie Jupiter is a beautiful thing. There are several girly moments, which really would make this a great start for female readers. But it also has some moments where you sit back and go "That's it! That's why I'm reading this!" A solid read.
   Saga #4 Cover A 1st Ptg,7/8/2012 1:05:28 AM
Let me start off by saying how huge of a fan I am of this run so far. I've reviewed almost every one and I love every different direction this series takes; this issue, being no exception. As overdone as some of the sexual aspects were (mature rating indeed) it was really nice to see one of my favorite characters so far really fleshed out in a very sweet, very small moment. Speaking of small moments, that's about all that happened in this book. I love this series. I love the creators. But I can't stand how small these comics have become. Ad-space included, it feels like I'm given one potato chip at a time, once a month. It's killing me, I'm sure of it.
   Before Watchmen Ozymandias #1 Regular Jae Lee Cover,7/10/2012 12:26:17 PM
Something I could have lived without: comparing Adrian Veidt to Anikan Skywalker. We had a complicated, enthralling villain like Ozymandias. He was a man with JUST ENOUGH history. He was sinister and despicable, and we all knew why he did what he did, and we loved/hated him for it. This book tries SO HARD to make us love him that it actually hurts to read it. Between the tragedies in his life, and the "okay, we get it, you're the smartest man on the planet", I have to say that this is really the first Before Watchmen title I was really disappointed with. Pushing the story aside, the artwork is absolutely phenomenal. The artist took some huge risks (in format and artwork) that were very, very rewarding. With such fantastic talent in the artwork and so many amazing fan-fic writers out there (or even hollywood writers that would've known better than to make this flop), it's sad to know that this mythos will live on with this issue.
   Fatale #1 5th Ptg,5/19/2012 10:43:09 AM
I simply don't see the big deal with this. A lot of people have been saying that this is an awesome series, and I can definitely see their points. The storytelling is done quite well, as is the artwork, but it doesn't pull you in or captivate you like a good comic should. It's interesting, yes, but I'm only reading more because I hope it'll get better.
   Before Watchmen Nite Owl #2 Regular Andy Kubert Cover,8/16/2012 11:22:59 PM
I knew it. I knew that when this event first came out, I was gonna say to myself "It's probably going to be awful, but I'll have to buy it anyway because it's Watchmen." And religiously, I've been following this hit-or-miss campaign to screw creators. Honestly, I've been disappointed with most, but Nite Owl #2 has floored me. The nite owl run has taken the humanity that we all loved about the watchmen comics and ran with it. The heroes are not above getting pulverized, and the sudden chemistry between Dreidberg and Rorschach is hauntingly charming. The artwork is mildly forgettable. It serves its purpose, but it's nothing special. Honestly, it's this particular run that is going to keep me coming back for more.
   Before Watchmen Rorschach #1 Cover A Regular Lee Bermejo Cover,8/16/2012 11:28:30 PM
Despite several moments of absolutely cheesy caption boxes (okay, we get it, your mom was a whore and you're an extremist), I was really pleased to see Rorschach done so well. He's not some origin hero who can take out several thugs at a time without even trying. He gets mutilated. And maybe it's what we know about him already through Moore's work, or maybe it's the gorgeous (and realistic) artwork, but this is a hero that has never been better than when he loses. He's not batman. He's a street thug vigilante, and he behaves as such. I'm not saying it's cannon. I happen to agree with Dave Gibbons on his latest comments, but it's the best we could've gotten out of anyone besides Moore. (and do take note of a certain cameo of a very bearded man on a well-timed piece of symbolic dialogue)
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