Profile for Octo7 > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Octo7
Top Reviewer Ranking: 47,114
Helpful Votes: 229

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Octo7 (Dublin)

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
pixel
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Century 1910, 12 Dec. 2010
Totally different to previous League books but then again, none of them are all that similar. I guess it's the pacing with this one, it's quite a slow burner and practically everything that happens in the plot is leading up to the climactic ending of death and destruction along with the birth of a new character. A lot of people seem to be complaining about this one being too confusing but I'm not sure why, anyone who's read The New Traveller's Almanac (from League 2) and The Black Dossier should be up to speed and aware of exactly who everyone is and what their purpose is. Another complaint people have is that the literary references are too obscure, well that doesn't matter, League isn't just a glorified game of where's Waldo, there's a lot more to it than spotting the literary references and figuring out where the characters are from, if one is really desperate there's always google. The point of any good comic is the story and the characters, not the satisfaction of a nerdy ego.


Alan Moore The Complete Wildcats TP
Alan Moore The Complete Wildcats TP
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WildC.A.T.S., 12 Dec. 2010
The four-star rating must be looked at in the context of Super-Hero comics aimed at a teenage audience. WildC.A.T.S. is all fairly straight-forward super hero stuff. Not a typical style for Alan Moore, it remains mostly conventional but it's an enjoyable read and the characters will grow on you as you advance through the book. At 400 pages it's a meaty title, it also has a self-contained story-arc that doesn't require much foreknowledge of the characters or the Wild Storm universe.

If you pick this up expecting a fun super-hero comic rather than an epic Victorian tragedy like From Hell or a multi-layered and complex plot like Watchmen, you will love it.


Swamp Thing: Earth to Earth (Vertigo)
Swamp Thing: Earth to Earth (Vertigo)
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Swamp Thing vs. Gotham, 12 Dec. 2010
Wow. Just when you think Swamp Thing couldn't get any better Alan Moore comes out with this. Abby has fled to Gotham having been persecuted over being Swamp Thing's lover, she is wanted for 'sexual crimes against nature' and eventually arrested by the GPD. When Swamp Thing returns from his epic battle in Hell and realises what's happened, he goes to Gotham city in a fit of rage, threatening to level the entire City if the authoroties don't hand her back to him. What ensues is a real display of Swamp Thing's godlike power, including him kicking Batman's ass black and blue, changing the entire city into a rain-forest, and altering some of the citizens' whole perspective by littering the city with his hallucenogenic tubers. I won't spoil the entire plot or the ending, all I will say is that so far, this is the pinnacle of an already outstanding series.


Tom Strong: Book Two: Bk.2
Tom Strong: Book Two: Bk.2
by Alan Moore
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Strong 2, 12 Dec. 2010
Tom Strong returns with more fantastic adventures! If you liked the first book, you're sure to like this one. Great art, great writing, great presentation. Highly recommended!


Swamp Thing TP Vol 06 Reunion
Swamp Thing TP Vol 06 Reunion
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The end of an era., 5 Dec. 2010
And so ends Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing. I am a huge fan of the series but alas, these final issues of Moore's run tend to underwhelm. Two of the eight issues collected here aren't even penned by him and surprisingly they may not be the worst in the book.

Don't get me wrong, this is still lightyears ahead of most other comics, especially at the time it was published, it just seems to be missing some of the human element which was so evident in previous issues. Swamp Thing is in space and has been there for quite a while. Where the previous issues did well in this new celestial environment, some of the ones in this collection just lack anything of real human value. In one really bizarre chapter he is captured and raped by a godlike, semi-cybernetic super-organism for the purpose of pro-creation, all told from the perspective of the creature itself as it narrates the story to its offspring.

Another chapter has Swamp Thing discover a planet of sophisticated vegetable life, his arrival causing accidental cataclysm which prompts the intervention of one of the Green Lantern corps, although an interesting concept; it didn't seem very well executed, some of the veiled symbolism and metaphor really felt like a rare miss from the mind of Alan Moore.

The thing about this collection is that it's essential for anyone who has collected the series up until now. The very last chapter is great and gives us closure on Moore's entire story-arc. I even think there's a pseudo-Moore in the shape of a bearded and hairy native American who expresses his disdain for money before sailing gracefully on past the Swamps.


Saga of the Swamp Thing: Bk. 3
Saga of the Swamp Thing: Bk. 3
by Alan Moore
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swamp Thing Bk. 3, 5 Dec. 2010
And here begins the American Gothic arc where a young John Constantine brings the swamp creature on a tour of some of America's most twisted places, in order that he may better understand evil and gain the ability to deal with it more effectively. A brilliant book, they seem to get better with each volume.


The Time Machine & The War of the Worlds (Millennium SF Masterworks S No24
The Time Machine & The War of the Worlds (Millennium SF Masterworks S No24
by H.G. Wells
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading., 5 Dec. 2010
War of the Worlds was the first book that ever genuinely scared me and also my gateway to the world of Victorian literature and science-fiction. This and The Time Machine will forever be among my favorites.


Akira Club
Akira Club
by Katsuhiro Otomo
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Akira Club, 5 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Akira Club (Hardcover)
An essential companion-piece to the 6-volume manga. This book is bursting with beautiful illustrations from Otomo, everything from pencil sketches to oil paintings representing all of the characters and objects from the dense world of Akira. Included are all of the covers from the original Japanese serialization, these were not included in the American Darkhorse versions. There's also tons of outtakes from the manga, material from the anime, poster and t-shirt art, laserdisc and dvd covers as well as the 'toy box' section which covers everything from photographs of an 'Akira' traditional handmade broom to a hand-painted pinball machine and a full-scale model of Kaneda's bike.

If you are a real Akira fan then you NEED this book ASAP.


Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-error Processor (Ghost in the Shell 1.5)
Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-error Processor (Ghost in the Shell 1.5)
by Masamune Shirow
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Police procedural cyberpunk supercops!, 6 Nov. 2010
Less philosophy, more cop stuff. This is section 9 at its most straight-edged and procedural. Great read but not much Major Kusanagi (Chroma). A nice transmission between the two main books. One bad aspect is the latest member of section 9, a very stereotypical Manga comic relief character, who doesn't bring anything to the plate other than bad jokes and and an obnoxious personality. Fans of the TV series will notice some seeds here which formed the basis for numerous episodes of the show. I'd definitely recommend this volume to fans of the original Manga.


The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (Arkana)
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (Arkana)
by Carlos Castaneda
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but don't live by it., 6 Nov. 2010
A good, thought provoking book for those with an interest in shamanism and mystical experiences. Some dispute it's authenticity but to me it's irrelevant whether the recorded events actually happened or are merely a figment of the author's imagination, perhaps that's the point.
Regardless of what other reviewers say, this book is just a book. A thought-provoking book yes, but it won't change your life or open some mystical gateway to a plane of infinite mystery. No book will. Stuff like that takes years of study, or weeks of drug-use..
So read it, enoy it, ponder it, just don't take it too seriously. Castaneda was closer to being a David Coresh than a Don Juan, the man had five wives whom he made sever contact with all their friends and family for the sake of being in his cult. These women all vanished (at least one is a confirmed suicide)when Castaneda died of cancer in 1988. Keep this in mind before Beatifying him or hailing him as your saviour. Much like Paulo Coelho, the legend is more interesting than the man.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7