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Supergirl (Vol 4) # 23 (Ref-631522244)
Supergirl (Vol 4) # 23 (Ref-631522244)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Issue #23 – “Out of the Past”, 2 Mar. 2015
The story running through issues #21-25 of DC Comics’ New 52 series of Supergirl is collected, along with Superman #25 and Action Comics #23.1, as Supergirl Vol. 4: Out of The Past (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #23 – “Out of the Past” – sees more fighting as the probe generates copies of people from Kara’s memories, in order to wear her down. Eventually the Kryptonite poisoning takes its toll, and she is captured and downloaded into the probe’s memory. However, the ‘third voice’, which owns the probe and created the Cyborg now arrives, and it is Brainiac; and the Cyborg’s reconstructed body turns out to be a long lost member of the House of El…


Supergirl (Vol 4) # 30 (Ref-829098281)
Supergirl (Vol 4) # 30 (Ref-829098281)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Issue #30 - “Red Remembrance”, 2 Mar. 2015
The story running through issues #26-33 of DC Comics’ New 52 series of Supergirl is collected, along with Green Lantern #28 and Red Lanterns #28 & #29 as Supergirl Volume 5: Red Daughter Of Krypton TP (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #30 - “Red Remembrance” - sees Supergirl and the Red Lantern Corps defending a planet from an invading alien (but different aliens) death cult. The evil aliens’ leader is quite taken with Supergirl and her Kryptonian heritage, and decides that Earth could do with a visit…


Supergirl Volume 5: Red Daughter Of Krypton TP (The New 52): Written by Michael Alan Nelson, 2015 Edition, (52nd New edition) Publisher: DC Comics [Paperback]
Supergirl Volume 5: Red Daughter Of Krypton TP (The New 52): Written by Michael Alan Nelson, 2015 Edition, (52nd New edition) Publisher: DC Comics [Paperback]
by Michael Alan Nelson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars “In darkest night”, 2 Mar. 2015
The stories running through issues #26-33 of DC Comics’ New 52 series of Supergirl are collected, along with Green Lantern #28 and Red Lanterns #28 & #29 as Supergirl Volume 5: Red Daughter Of Krypton TP (The New 52). This is a well-scripted and illustrated volume, with a reasonably self-contained storyline - and though you will find more of Supergirl’s adventures over in Red Lanterns Vol. 5: Atrocities (The New 52), there is nothing important missing from this volume.

Although the stories collected in this volume range across Sector 2814, it begins and ends on Earth, with a confused, unhappy and angry Supergirl returning to the Block, looking for a friendly face after her recent adventures in time and space. What she finds is Lobo (the other one), looking for the other Lobo (the one we know), which leads to a fight which ends up in New York, where a passing Red Lantern ring chooses an angry Supergirl as a new host. This in turn brings the Silver Banshee, who manages to get Supergirl to take her anger into space to look for someone to take it out on. During all this, a couple of plot developments are set in motion for the future, involving Silver Banshee and Blaze, an alien formerly imprisoned in the Block. The story then crosses over into the Green and Red Lantern titles, before swinging back to Earth. The Red lanterns manage to get Supergirl’s red rage under control, and she joins them for a couple of adventures, before being sent on her way, which involves hunting down one of the baddies from a Red Lantern police action. The baddie turns out to be the missing Worldkiller (from an earlier volume), and after a long fight, Kara has to sacrifice herself to save the Earth…

THE SPOILER ZONE
She doesn’t die. However, all the recent struggles have burnt the anger and confusion out of her, and she does return to Earth calmer and with a new sense of purpose (and without the ring).

SAFE ZONE AGAIN
As I said above, this is a well-scripted and illustrated story - especially the Red Lantern episodes - with a wide range of locations and both big and small-scale action. Sub-plots and continuing characters get a look-in as well, making this a fairly well-rounded collection, with no ‘missing’ episodes, unlike so many past volumes. The final panel hints at a visit from Superboy in the next volume - who has lust lost his own series, which suffered even more than this one with crossovers.


Supergirl Volume 5: Red Daughter Of Krypton TP (The New 52)
Supergirl Volume 5: Red Daughter Of Krypton TP (The New 52)
by Diogenes Neves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars “In darkest night”, 2 Mar. 2015
The stories running through issues #26-33 of DC Comics’ New 52 series of Supergirl are collected, along with Green Lantern #28 and Red Lanterns #28 & #29 as Supergirl Volume 5: Red Daughter Of Krypton TP (The New 52). This is a well-scripted and illustrated volume, with a reasonably self-contained storyline - and though you will find more of Supergirl’s adventures over in Red Lanterns Vol. 5: Atrocities (The New 52), there is nothing important missing from this volume.

Although the stories collected in this volume range across Sector 2814, it begins and ends on Earth, with a confused, unhappy and angry Supergirl returning to the Block, looking for a friendly face after her recent adventures in time and space. What she finds is Lobo (the other one), looking for the other Lobo (the one we know), which leads to a fight which ends up in New York, where a passing Red Lantern ring chooses an angry Supergirl as a new host. This in turn brings the Silver Banshee, who manages to get Supergirl to take her anger into space to look for someone to take it out on. During all this, a couple of plot developments are set in motion for the future, involving Silver Banshee and Blaze, an alien formerly imprisoned in the Block. The story then crosses over into the Green and Red Lantern titles, before swinging back to Earth. The Red lanterns manage to get Supergirl’s red rage under control, and she joins them for a couple of adventures, before being sent on her way, which involves hunting down one of the baddies from a Red Lantern police action. The baddie turns out to be the missing Worldkiller (from an earlier volume), and after a long fight, Kara has to sacrifice herself to save the Earth…

THE SPOILER ZONE
She doesn’t die. However, all the recent struggles have burnt the anger and confusion out of her, and she does return to Earth calmer and with a new sense of purpose (and without the ring).

SAFE ZONE AGAIN
As I said above, this is a well-scripted and illustrated story - especially the Red Lantern episodes - with a wide range of locations and both big and small-scale action. Sub-plots and continuing characters get a look-in as well, making this a fairly well-rounded collection, with no ‘missing’ episodes, unlike so many past volumes. The final panel hints at a visit from Superboy in the next volume - who has lust lost his own series, which suffered even more than this one with crossovers.


Supergirl (Vol 4) # 26 (Ref-405699327)
Supergirl (Vol 4) # 26 (Ref-405699327)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Issue #26 - "Survivors", 2 Mar. 2015
The story running through issues #26-33 of DC Comics' New 52 series of Supergirl is collected, along with Green Lantern #28 and Red Lanterns #28 & #29 as Supergirl Volume 5: Red Daughter Of Krypton TP (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #26 - "Survivors" - opens with (a) Lobo hunting down an impostor (the Lobo that we are familiar with) claiming to be him. His search takes him to the Block, the super-scientific research facility near the Earth,s core, where Supergirl has just returned, looking for a friendly face after her recent adventures in time and space. Naturally, there is a fight...


[( Survivors: Living in the World's Most Extreme Places )] [by: Ross Piper] [Nov-2009]
[( Survivors: Living in the World's Most Extreme Places )] [by: Ross Piper] [Nov-2009]
by Ross Piper
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A colourfully-illustrated and informative booklet looking at how various creatures survive in extreme environments and locations, 2 Mar. 2015
This is a colourfully-illustrated and easy to read but informative 32-page booklet looking at how various creatures survive in the extreme environments and locations that they live in, and is an excellent general-purpose book for young readers.

It consists of eleven chapters each looking at a different creature or environment, plus an introductory chapter and one about human exploration and experimentation. Each chapter has colourful photographs and short, easy to read and informative text-pieces and colourful captions. Certain words are in a bold font to indicate that their definitions are to be found in the Glossary.

The Contents are –
P04: Life is tough
P06: Dicing with ice
P08: Rain drain
P10: Super diver
P12: The living dead
P14: Deep freeze
P16: Crushing depths
P18: Red-hot worms
P20: Bear-ing the cold
P22: Bone eaters
P24: Desert travellers
P26: Taking the heat
P28: Using our heads
P30: Glossary
P31: Further information
P32: Index


Thor( Season One)[THOR][Hardcover]
Thor( Season One)[THOR][Hardcover]
by MarvelComics
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds, 2 Mar. 2015
This is an excellent retelling of the mighty Thor’s ‘origin’ story. It manages to capture the elements of the original story with the various upgrades that have taken place over the years, though including the films’ Bifrost may have been a bridge too far. It starts with the young Thor, Loki and Volstagg sneaking into the castle of the Frost Giants in the best ‘Tales of Asgard’ tradition – and I read the originals when I was a child – and slowly moves forward in time, adventure by adventure, until we get to the ‘modern’ day, and Doctor Donald Blake and Doctor Jane Foster go to visit Blake’s ancestral castle in Norway – “Fiords, Donald! Aren’t you pining for them?” – where Rock Trolls stand in for the Stone Men from Saturn in the original origin. Loki has got his Frost Gant heritage in this version, but his invasion of Asgard with all the monsters and weirdos is straight out of the original Lee and Kirby stories – I was there, remember – even if the reason for it has been updated. Then, in the finale, Doctor Donald Blake is required in order to help Doctor Jane Foster to perform an operation to save a major character, thereby completing the circle, as it were.

This is a story about mythical beings, and therefore it is fitting that it is updated every so often to reflect changes in the culture of the people telling the stories. Jane Foster is now a doctor and a (business) partner, not a nurse; Loki is Loki, but a mixture of the film version and the current ‘Young’ Loki; but Thor is still the young god who needs to learn about humanity; and it really was a great story, well-written and well-illustrated with great style, humour and respect for the original - all of the originals.


[(Batman & the Villainous Voyage)] [ By (author) Scott Sonneborn, Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio ] [August, 2013]
[(Batman & the Villainous Voyage)] [ By (author) Scott Sonneborn, Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio ] [August, 2013]
by Scott Sonneborn
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adventure story for younger readers, 2 Mar. 2015
This is an excellent adventure story for younger readers who are interested in the exploits of Batman and his supporting cast. The style of the artwork illustrating the text story 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 story is well-written with a clear storyline and well-described action and problem solving situations. There are 76 pages of story, which includes one double-page illustration and 9 full-page illustrations, as well as supporting pages of character (and writer & artist) biographies, a glossary, and a page of Discussion Questions and Writing Prompts.

THE SPOILER ZONE
This story begins with Alfred sending Bruce Wayne on a charity voyage along with fifty of Gotham’s richest people. It is not long before Poison Ivy seizes control of the ship and crew with the intention of ransoming the rich hostages. However, Mr Freeze has had the same idea, and the ship soon collides with an iceberg… Batman has to rescue the hostages and the crew while Ivy and Mr Freeze fight each other and him…

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)


Know It All: Cars
Know It All: Cars
by Andrew Langley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A colourful introductory book for kids, 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Know It All: Cars (Hardcover)
This 32-page book is a colourful introductory volume looking at a cross-section of exotic types of cars, ranging from sports cars to dragsters to armoured cars. Each two-page section looks at a different type of vehicle, each with a superb selection of photographs and explanatory diagrams, with easy to follow text-boxes, captions, ‘Amazing Facts’, ‘True or False’ questions and jokes. This would be ideal for schoolchildren or adults alike who have an interest in transport technology.

The Contents are –
P04: A world full of cars
P06: Driving force
P08: Power to the wheels
P10: Sports cars
P12: Supercars
P14: Racing cars
P16: Custom cars
P18: Off-road cars
P20: Dragsters
P22: Military cars
P24: Electric cars
P26: Unusual cars
P28: The fastest cars
P30: Quiz
P31: Glossary
P32: Want to know more? / Index


Know It All: Knights
Know It All: Knights
by James Nixon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A colourful introductory book for kids, 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Know It All: Knights (Hardcover)
This 32-page book is a colourful introductory volume looking at the history of knighthood, and all the good and bad things that went with it. Each two-page section looks at an aspect of the subject, each with a good selection of illustrations and diagrams, with easy to follow text-boxes, captions, ‘Amazing Facts’, ‘True or False’ questions and even jokes. This would be ideal for schoolchildren or adults alike who have an interest in the subject, or just medieval mayhem in general.

The Contents are –
P04: Who were Knights?
P06: Becoming a Knight
P08: Wining your Spurs
P10: Dressed to Kill
P12: Armed and Dangerous
P14: Warhorses
P16: Going into Battle
P18: Loyalty to the King
P20: Life in a Castle
P22: Siege
P24: Crusades Abroad
P26: the Code of Chivalry
P28: Jousts and Tournaments
P30: Quiz
P31; Glossary
P32: Want to know more? & Index


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