Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / April 22, 2019

About: The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di GIandomenico) is a graphic novel starting a new story line for the scarlet speedster. This graphic novel collects The Flash: Rebirth #1, and The Flash #1-8.  216 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 140126784X My rating for The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice – 4 Buy The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice from Amazon.com* More Books by Joshua Williamson* Thoughts: I really enjoyed the new Rebirth story lines, and this issue is no exception. Right off the bat, The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di GIandomenico) held my interest – from beginning to end. The villains are an important aspect of this graphic novel, including a new one called Godspeed. There are a bunch of new speedsters, which made me lose track at them at first, however it will be cool to have Barry Allen have Kid Flash back as a sidekick. The art was really good, it’s difficult to draw speedsters but Mr. Di GIandomenico did a great job bringing the feel of motion into the panels.  Even with a bunch of normal people suddenly becoming speedsters, something which could get very messy in both…

Graphic Novel Review: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV
5 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / February 5, 2018

About: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV (illustrated by Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez) sees the innocent victims maimed by Batman’s enemies band together to blame the hero for their misfortune. This graphic novel collected the issues of Detective Comics #943-949. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics (May 16, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1401268919 My rat­ing for Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth)   — 5 Buy Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth)   from Amazon.com* More Books by James Tynion, IV Thoughts: The story of Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate (Rebirth) by James Tynion, IV (illustrated by Eddy Barrows  and Alvaro Martinez) is very interesting, and to be honest it’s something I have thought about here and there. Heroes who fight, destroy buildings and city streets much have many innocent victims in their wake, even if they try to minimize the damage. In this story the victims, meta-humans now but still troubled souls, fight back blaming Batman for their misfortune. I think they have a good point. In this issue Stephanie Brown, A.K.A Spoiler, gets a lot of attention in this graphic novel. We get to understand Spoiler, her…

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, Vol. 4: This Blood Is Thick by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, and Trevor McCarthy
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / October 2, 2017

About: Batwoman, Vol. 4: This Blood Is Thick by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, and Trevor McCarthy (Illustrated by Francesco Francavilla, Walden Wong, Sandu Florea, and Derek Fridolfs, colored by Guy Major) is a continuation of the DC52 series introducing kate Kane as the new Batwoman. This graphic novel collects comics #18-24. 160 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401246214 My rat­ing for Batwoman, Vol. 4: This Blood Is Thick  — 4 Buy Batwoman, Vol. 4: This Blood Is Thick  from Amazon.com* More Books by J.H. Williams III More Books by W.Haden Blackman Thoughts: After the excellent Batwoman Vol. 3: World’s Finest, I was looking forward to the next installment, crossing my fingers that the creative team is on a roll. The good news is that they are, Batwoman, Vol. 4: This Blood Is Thick by  J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman and  Trevor McCarthy (Illustrated by Francesco Francavilla, Walden Wong, Sandu Florea, and Derek Fridolfs, colored by Guy Major) continued to expend the Batwoman world with style, action, and an excellent story-line. The story-line not only highlighted Batwoman, but also her girlfriend Detective Maggie Sawyer (and old favorite of the DC Universe) who certainly proved she can handle herself without the protection of her…

Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
3 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / September 20, 2017

About: Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World by J.H. Williams III (Writer, Cover Artist), W. Haden Blackman (Writer), Amy Reeder (Illustrator), Trevor McCarthy (Illustrator), Rob Hunter (Illustrator), Pere Pérez (Illustrator), Richard Friend (Illustrator), Guy Major (Colourist) continues with the story of Kate Kane who took up the mantle of Batwoman. This graphic novel collects issues #6 – 11 of Batwoman from DC’s New 52. 144 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401237908 My rat­ing for Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World  — 3 Buy Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World  from Amazon.com* More Books by J.H. Williams III More Books by W.Haden Blackman Thoughts: After reading Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology I was very happy to continue the story-line. The second graphic novel, Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World by  J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (illustrated by Amy Reeder, Trevor McCarthy, Rob Hunter, Pere Pérez, and Richard Friend; colored by Guy Major) did not disappoint as it continued in the same vain as the first, but this time we know the characters better. I felt this book was more complex than the previous graphic novel. It takes the reader a bit of an effort to figure out what’s going one and the villains are just weird monsters…

Graphic Novel Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore
5 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / February 4, 2014

About: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore is a graphic novel collecting issue from the first run of this popular series. A movie by the same title was made in 2003, however don’t let that turn you off from reading this wonderful rendition. 176 pages Publisher: America’s Best Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1563898586 My rating for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 – 5 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Alan Moore Part of the League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle — Men of la — Book Chal­lenge (Vol. 1) Thoughts: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore brings in a bunch of famous fictional characters, written by different authors, to a steampunk adventure which spans literature and imagination. The story revolves around several famous Victorian characters which serve as a wonderful introduction to their stories and authors. The graphic novel is illustrated with skill and talent, every panel has an aim and is worthy of close examination. Every panel is aimed at the reader who, with some knowledge of the classics, can appreciate the humor and genius behind the lines and words. The characters which Mr. Moore “borrowed”…

Q&A with Nadja Baer (Adapter) and David Cohen (Chief Strategist of Round Table Companies)
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / April 3, 2012

I posted about a graphic adaptation of the U.S. Constitution a few days ago. When I got a chance to send some questions to Nadja Baer, the adapter, I jumped on it, as an added bonus Mr. Cohen chimed in as well to make it a very interesting and unique post. Q. What was the idea behind writing the Constitution in graphic novel format? +David (Publisher): One of the procuring causes for adapting books into comics was to make content more accesible to an audience that currently doesn’t favor it.  When looking at our wish list of IP for 2012 the Constitution easily made our short list for titles to move into production.  Besides the fact that this is an election year, the Constitution is a document that has steadily lost ground in our educational system.  There are many reasons for this that have nothing to do with the content, but we wanted to make this an easy choice for a kid to pick up and read.  We’ve played with the educational sector and saw this as an opportunity to dive in.  ~Nadja: I would add that putting it into a visual format makes not only the content, but also…

Graphic Novel Review: Petrograd by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook)

Article first published as Graphic Novel Review: Petrograd by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook) on Blogcritics. About: Petrograd by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook) is a graphic novel about an assassination. The graphic novels tells about an international conspiracy behind the murder of Gregorii Rasputin. 264 pages Publisher: Oni Press ISBN: 1934964441  My rating for Petrograd – 5 Get a great price on this book through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by Philip Gelatt More books by Tyler Crook Thoughts: The graphic novel Petrograd by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook) is more of a historical thriller than anything else. The death of Gregorii Rasputin has generated much controversy at the time and many more conspiracy theories which are always fun and supply fodder for authors. The story, while fictional, seems realistic enough to have actually happen (almost). Somehow Mr. Crook took the blighted atmosphere which authors try very hard to create and drew it. While I’m sure that many creative licenses were taken, as they are in every historical novel, I still enjoyed the story immensely. But don’t let the words “graphic novel” fool you. Petrograd takes historical facts (as seen by Americans) and re-tells the story in the format of an…

Thoughts on: Holy Terror by Frank Miller
3 Stars , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / October 1, 2011

About: “Holy Terror” by Frank Miller is a new graphic novel which has our heroes fighting Al-Qaeda. The book was written after 9/11 and it feels like it. 120 pages Publisher: Legendary Comics LLC ISBN-10: 193727800X My rating for Holy Terror – 3 Buy & Save on “ Holy Terror” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: To say that “Holly Terror” by Frank Miller is an angry graphic novel would be an understatement. In a recent interview Mr. Miller said that he hopes the book will “really piss people off”, I think he achieved his goal. This is an wrathful book and it seems like it was written right after 9/11 when the nation was in an ass-kicking mood, Miller’s rage towards Al-Qaeda is literally spilling off the pages. However, ten years later the book is sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, yet simplistic and could certainly be interpreted as hateful. That being said, a little of Mr. Miller’s storytelling genius shines through. “Holy Terror” was originally supposed to be a story about Batman, but even for Batman this book is far too violent. But the two main characters, The Fixer and cat…

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