Thoughts on: The Coldest City by Antony Johnston (art by Sam Hart)
4 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / January 7, 2012

About: The Coldest City by Antony Johnston (art by Sam Hart) is a graphic novel taking place during the Cold War in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Johnston has worked on several high profile comic book projectsincluding Daredevil, Queen & Country,Wasteloand, Wolverine and more. 176 pages Publisher: Oni Press ISBN: 1934964530 My rating for The Coldest City – 4 Great price on this graphic novel from Amazon through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Check out this & more World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: The Coldest City by Antony Johnston (website | Twitter) with art by Sam Hart(website) takes place two weeks before the Berlin Wall came down. The graphic novel is a spy thriller and uses the pictures to tell a story which is exciting and well paced. The art and dialogue of the book is done in a noir style, one could almost hear the music blazing in the background. The panels are full of shadows, as is the story, and the eeriness of Soviet controlled Berlin comes through. The story telling is very good, I don’t know if I had the final version since the publisher sent me an ARC. The art was in black and white which, I felt,…

Fun Facts Friday: Khalil Gibran
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 6, 2012

On this day in 1883 Lebanese author, poet and artist Khalil Gibran(January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was born.  Growing up in the United States, Gibran has written in English. Works by Khalil Gibran 1 ) Gibran was born to a Catholic family in the town of Bsharri which is in Northern Lebanon. 2 ) After Gibran’s father went to jail for embezzlement, Kamila Gibran decided to go to her brother in the United States. She left with Khalil, two younger sisters and older half brother to Boston’s South End in 1985 even though Mr. Gibran was released in 1894. 3 ) Due to a clerical error at his school, Gibran’s first name, Gubran, was dropped and hence forth he was known through his middle name, Khalil. 4 ) In 1898 a publisher used some of Gibran’s covers for a book. 5 ) At age 15 Gibran returned to Beirut, Lebanon to study in a prepatory school. There he started a literary magazine and was elected “college poet”. 6 ) Day’s studio in Boston held Gibran’s first art exhibition in 1904. 7 ) Gibran’s poetry is noted for is formal language and insightful thoughts. 8 ) Gibran’s book The Prophet…

Thoughts on: Snow by Nigel West and Madoc Roberts
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / January 5, 2012

About: Snow: The Double Life of a World War II Spy by Nigel West and Madoc Roberts is a non-fiction about a double agent for England and Germany. This extraordinary book claims that England’s first double agent was a Nazi spy. The author is giv­ing away one copy of this book— enter at the end of the post. 272 pages Publisher: Dialogue ISBN: 1849540934 My rating for Snow – 5 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Check out this & more World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: Snow: The Double Life of a World War II Spy by Nigel West and Madoc Roberts (Facebook)  is a dense book, filled with secrets, double crossing and the fog of espionage. The authors did a tremendous research job to shed light on this world of shadows. What remains a mystery though is the protagonist of the story. Arthur Owens, a Welsh battery salesman who has no interest for his inventions decides to offer them to the Germans. When the British Intelligence (MI5) discovers this, Owens becomes a double agent. Owens is a character no one could make up, a man who changes his beliefs and his allegiance whenever convenient. Espionage…

Thoughts on: Absolute Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
5 Stars , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / January 1, 2012

Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross was the mega comic book event of the 1990’s. The story is complex and has multiple layers upon layers opened to interpretation by the reader. The artwork is breathtaking, which shows almost every DC character that has existed before 1990, the gauche paintings could be looked at for hours. They are, in fact, so complex that a separate guide of characters had to be created.

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