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By Roy Thomas MARVEL MASTERWORKS DOCTOR STRANGE HC VOL 03 NEW ED
By Roy Thomas MARVEL MASTERWORKS DOCTOR STRANGE HC VOL 03 NEW ED
by Roy Thomas
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Colan’s most memorable and adventurous artwork, 1 Oct 2014
This volume of Doctor Strange reprints Doctor Strange (first series) issues 169-179, from June 1968 to April 1969, and Avengers #61 from February 1969. The artwork is initially pencilled by Dan Adkins (169, 170), and Tom Palmer (171), with Gene Colan taking over from #172. Inking is by Dan Adkins (169-171) and Tom Palmer (172-178). The Avengers issue art is by John Buscema and George Klein. The stories are written by Roy Thomas, beginning the second of the greatest runs of the Doctor Strange comic (as far as its older fans are concerned), following on from that of Steve Ditko. Gene Colan and Tom Palmer were one of the greatest art teams in Marvel Comics history, and they begin here at the top of their form, and will just keep going for the next several volumes of this archive series.

The contents are –
#169 – retelling the origin
#170 – Nightmare returns
#171 – the return of Clea, Victoria Bentley, and the Dread Dormammu
#172 – how Dormammu escaped from his previous appearance, the rescue of Clea and Victoria, and the return of Umar the Unspeakable (“I told you not to mention her!”)
#173 – Dormammu vs. Doctor Strange
#174 – ‘Power of the Pendulum’ – Baron Mordo returns in one of Gene Colan’s masterpieces; Jim Steranko was making his name at this time with the surreal influences on his artwork over in ‘Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD’, but for my money, Gene Colan was actually being much more innovative with his page and panel designs, here and in the next volume of this series, throwing away conventional structures and actually making the story more powerful without detracting from the flow of the story.
#175 – introducing the ‘Sons of Satanish’
#176 – ‘Sons of Satanish’ who defeat Dr Strange
#177 – featuring the transformation of Dr Strange into his ‘masked’ version in order to circumvent the spell set by the Sons of Satanish.
#178 – the Black knight guests to help defeat Tiboro - another returning character from the Ditko days.
#69 – The Avengers cross-over issue as they and DR Strange take on Surtur and Ymir, released by the Sons of Satanish.
#179 – the cover only, as it was a reprint issue.

This book begins the first run of one of the enduring art teams for Doctor Strange, and one of Roy Thomas’ most famous sequences as well. This volume and the next features what might be Gene Colan’s most memorable and adventurous artwork. Don’t miss it.


By Derek Fridolfs Batman Li'l Gotham Volume 1 TP
By Derek Fridolfs Batman Li'l Gotham Volume 1 TP
by Derek Fridolfs
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Batman book ever!, 1 Oct 2014
The stories from DC Comics’ Old 52 ‘Batman – Li’l Gotham’ issues #1-6 are collected as Batman Li'l Gotham Volume 1 TP. These are described as ‘all ages’ stories, and as a 58 year-old who has been reading Batman stories for 50 years, and has read all the Archive editions to give me another 10 years seniority, I have to declare these the best Batman stories I have ever read, better even than the Englehart and Rogers series from the 1970s. Alright, probably not better than the original Golden Age stories from the Archive editions, but as good as, though without that 70-year history we wouldn’t have the stories presented here, or their cast of characters. Let us view these then as the icing on the 75th anniversary birthday cake, or even the candles, as one of the main characters in these stories is no longer with us. Anyway, the six two-story issues reprinted here are excellent work, and several stories brought tears to my eyes, both of laughter (the Halloween story) and sadness (Mr Freeze at Christmas). Enjoy them while you can, and put me down for a copy of the omnibus edition.

THE SPOILER ZONE
For a detailed breakdown of the stories collected in this volume, see Batman Li'l Gotham Volume 1 TP.


Look Around You: In A Village
Look Around You: In A Village
by Ruth Thomson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A basic easy to read children's introductory booklet describing a typical village and its local environment, 1 Oct 2014
This is a basic, easy to read 24-page booklet describing a typical village and its local environment, intended for younger readers. It consists of ten two-page chapters, each one about a different aspect of the village and its history. Each chapter has several colourful photographs and diagrams, with short, easy to read and informative text-pieces and captions. This is an ideal basic introductory book for younger readers.

The Contents are –
P04: Villages everywhere
P06: Village features
P08: Village buildings
P10: Homes
P12: Work
P14: Signs of the past
P16: Moving around
P18: The village church
P20: Mapping a village
P22: A walk around a village
P24: Glossary & Index


Batman Detective Comics Scare Tactics {{ BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS SCARE TACTICS }} By Daniel, Tony S. ( AUTHOR) Apr-09-2013
Batman Detective Comics Scare Tactics {{ BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS SCARE TACTICS }} By Daniel, Tony S. ( AUTHOR) Apr-09-2013
by Tony S. Daniel
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old-school Batman stories with new-school spectacular artwork, 1 Oct 2014
The stories from issues #8-12 of the ‘New 52’ Batman – Detective Comics series are reprinted, along with issue #0 and Annual #1, as Batman Detective Comics Volume 2: Scare Tactics TP (The New 52). They are an excellent collection of what I would call old-school style stories, but with spectacular high-definition artwork. They are a collection of unrelated stories, with guest appearances by Catwoman, the Scarecrow, Mr Toxic and the Mad Hatter – though no Robins. These were very entertaining stories.

THE SPOILER ZONE
Issue #8 features the Scarecrow, and a cameo by Catwoman, as Batman has to run errands for Scarecrow in order to rescue a hostage, who turns out to be the son of a very old villain – one who was in Batman issue #1, and the first Batman issue #1 at that.

Issue #9 is a Night of the Owls crossover, as Batman has to rescue Dr Arkham from the Talons, with a few guest turns from some of the guests at Arkham asylum.

Issue #10-12 is a complicated story involving Batmen-suicide criminals, time-travelling cloned mad scientists and related stuff, some of whom are Mr Toxic. Grant Morrison must be envious of this plot.

Annual #1 features a struggle between the Black Mask and the Mad Hatter for power among the underworld of Gotham, as they fight over the missing masks of the former False-Face Society.

Issue #0 is a tale of the last training course that Bruce Wayne underwent before returning to Gotham to become the Batman. It is possibly inspired by the Batman Begins film, but is an infinitely superior story. Just because someone is a master of martial arts, it doesn’t mean that he is a master of the marital arts.

There are also some excellent short stories featuring Harvey Dent / Two Face, which I assume were a back-up serial from Detective Comics.


The Dark Knight (Vol 2) #0 (Sketch Variant)
The Dark Knight (Vol 2) #0 (Sketch Variant)
by David Finch
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Dark Knight issue #0, 1 Oct 2014
The story running through issue #10-15 of the New 52’s Batman The Dark Knight is collected, along with issue #0, as Batman The Dark Knight Volume 2: Cycle of Violence HC (The New 52).

Issue #0 is a straightforward tale of the very young Bruce Wayne setting out on his path of vengeance, starting with the hunt for Joe Chill, and is excellently written and illustrated.


The Dark Knight Batman series (Set of 5)(Chinese Edition)
The Dark Knight Batman series (Set of 5)(Chinese Edition)
by MEI GUO DC
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure stories for younger readers, 1 Oct 2014
These are excellent adventure stories for younger readers who are interested in the exploits of the Batman and his supporting cast. The style of the artwork illustrating the text stories is heavily influenced by the animated TV / DVD series of DC Comics’ superheroes, and so is likely to be familiar to readers. The five-chapter stories are well-written with clear storylines and well-described action and problem solving situations. Each volume contains 76 pages of story, which includes one double-page and nine full-page colour illustrations, as well as supporting pages of character (and writer & artist) biography, along with a page each of Glossary, Discussion Questions and Writing Prompts.

FURTHER READING
The ‘original’ Batman comic books are reprinted in both colour and black-and white (and suitable for home colouring-in). They are no less suitable for younger readers than these more modern stories aimed at the same age group as the originals were.
Colour version –
The Batman Chronicles, Volume One
Black & white version –
Batman (Showcase Presents)


By David Finch Batman: The Dark Knight - Golden Dawn TP (Batman Dark Knight)
By David Finch Batman: The Dark Knight - Golden Dawn TP (Batman Dark Knight)
by David Finch
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Demons and Magic, 1 Oct 2014
This volume reprints the Batman - Dark Knight: Golden Dawn mini-series issues #1-5, Batman: The Return #1, and a bit of Superman/Batman #75. The main story is about a little girl who Bruce Wayne used to play with as a little boy, and who grew up to be severely troubled due to her father being a Satanist who intended to sacrifice her in return for immortality. She is currently missing believed kidnapped, and Batman is on the hunt for her, and running into the Penguin and Killer Croc on the way, not to mention Ragman and the Demon Etrigan. Etrigan has lost his major powers somewhere, and Blaze offers them back in exchange for Batman, a deal which he accepts.

The Batman: The Return story gives us the bat’s view of the origin sequence, followed by Batman calling in the bat-squad to explain their roles in Batman Incorporated, and introduces the next Big Criminal Conspiracy, Leviathan. The Superman/Batman story is a flash-forward to a future where Damian is the aging Batman and Superman’s name is Conner…

I have to say that I wasn’t impressed by the main story: we’ve men so many children from Bruce’s childhood, it’s a wonder that he ever found time to mope about alone; and they never seem to have met each other in the very narrow Gotham social scene; also there seems to be a scene missing from the Batman-Etrigan showdown. Apart from that, it is well-written and has excellent artwork.


By Jeff Parker Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Volume 2 TP
By Jeff Parker Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Volume 2 TP
by Jeff Parker
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent collection of stand-alone stories, 1 Oct 2014
The stories from issues #6-10 of the latest Legends of the Dark Knight comic series are collected as Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Volume 2 TP. They are by various writers and artists, and exhibit a variety of styles and subjects. There are a few stories featuring the regular suspects, Penguin, Killer Croc, Catwoman and Scarecrow, but mainly new or unrecognised-by-me characters. The stories are also published on-line as 10-page sections, so each individual comic book may have 1-3 stories, made up of the 10-page sections: issue #6 has three stories, issue #7 is a single story taking up three sections, #8 and #9 have two stories, one of 1 and one of 2 sections, and #10 is a single 3-part story.

These are all Batman solo-stories, though by solo I mean there is no sight or sound of a Robin; Alfred is definitely a full partner in this enterprise.

These are all superb Batman stories, regardless of story-length. While I normally prefer full-length and multi-part stories, I was incredibly surprised by the quality of this collection.


Batman: The Dark Knight (Vol 2) # 21 (Ref35254491)
Batman: The Dark Knight (Vol 2) # 21 (Ref35254491)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars “Mad”, 30 Sep 2014
The story running through issues #16-21 of the New 52’s Batman - The Dark Knight is collected, along with Annual #1, as Batman The Dark Knight Volume 3: Mad (The New 52).

Issue #21 - “Mad” – opens with Batman finding the body on the Bat-Signal, as Alfred finaly breaks the encryption hiding the Hatter’s secret base. Batman arrives at the front door, and the Hatter lets him in, but managed to drug him with a psychedelic gas. Batman has to fight his way through the Mad Hatter’s dreams to reach him and exact his revenge…


Batman: The Dark Knight (Vol 2) # 20 (Ref1147100432)
Batman: The Dark Knight (Vol 2) # 20 (Ref1147100432)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars “Down, Down, Down.”, 30 Sep 2014
The story running through issues #16-21 of the New 52’s Batman - The Dark Knight is collected, along with Annual #1, as Batman The Dark Knight Volume 3: Mad (The New 52).

Issue #20 - “Down, Down, Down.” – sees Batman finding more leads to the empty ground from issue #17, so Alfred starts to probe deeper into its past, while the Mad Hatter prepares for his ”show”, having decided to cast Natalya as Alice. Batman discovers Natalya’s abduction, the Hatter questions her about Batman’s identity, which she refuses to reveal, and Alfred directs Batman to the site of her tracking signal, the roof of the Gotham Police Department…


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