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OZ Complete Collection (Season 1-6) [DVD]
OZ Complete Collection (Season 1-6) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Terry Kinney
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Price: 69.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars disturbingly brilliant, 13 Jan 2013
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Possibly the most violent, brutal and savage portrayal of mans inhumanity to man that I have seen. Incredibly executed as a series, with some epic characters who, despite committing horrifying atrocities, you just can't help but feel for.

Despite that I won't be seeking employment as a corrections officer anytime soon.

Amazing. Watch it.


Being Human: Series One [DVD]
Being Human: Series One [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Tovey
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Price: 4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Dark..love it, 12 Feb 2010
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Cant recommend this enough. If you think vampires werewolves and ghosts arnt your thing, think again....


ABC Warriors: The Volgan War Vol.2
ABC Warriors: The Volgan War Vol.2
by Pat Mills
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, re-reading, framing and then giving to your children and their childrens children, 8 Feb 2010
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Its great to see what were once disperate story lines start to fold together to give a world view.

Its something that could only be achieved in a comic like 2000ad, which has over 30 years of story telling behind it. The Volgan War is such a story line. It links the contemporary world of Savage and the beginning of the Volgan invasion with the ABC Warriors as we know them from tales set far in the future "The Black Hole" and "Hellbringer" as well as icons such as Torqemada and Nemesis. For me, The Volgan War links our present day with 2000ad's vision of the future like no other story line can. It also shows how war transforms society, both technologically and culturally. In the same way that the cauldron of the 1st and 2nd World Wars transformed our history into the present we know today. The Volgan War is the fictional avenue from where we move from today into the bizarre and sometimes horrifying view of the future 2000ad presents us with.

So thats why im so interested in the storyline.. :)

At the beginning of the novel, the ABC Warriors are on Mars and have committed MekQuake to an insane asylum where he befriends the Volgan leader Volkahn and driven over the edge by Blackbloods taunting, helps him to escape. On hearing this, the ABC Warriors tell their tale of encounters with Volkahns forces in The Volgan War and so the story is revealed as a sequence of flashbacks from each characters point of view.

The artwork simply has to be seen to be believed. In the same way that 2000ad's art was revolutionised in the late 80's and 90's with the work on both ABC Warriors and Slaine, so it is again here. It is a mixture of real life images melded with imaginative art. It sounds like it should be rubbish, but in fact its done incredibly well and adds an anchor of realism to the fantastic scenes illustrated. Not that the art relies upon the real-life images, in fact the scene which for me was most chilling was Blackblood collecting the blood from the head of a still concious Hammerstien war droid. The expression of abject horror is very real indeed.

As for the story, having the origins of the warriors revealed, especially the mysterious Deadlock meant that I consumed the graphic novel in one unbroken read. Then I read it again. And finally I poured over the artwork of each page.

In short, its great. Go and get it.


Conquerors' Pride (Conquerors' Trilogy)
Conquerors' Pride (Conquerors' Trilogy)
by Timothy Zahn
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done..., 24 Oct 2009
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This book is one of a trilogy, which takes you through a first contact experience gone very badly wrong.

The way in which the story unfolds, initially through he eyes of the humans, then in the next book through the eyes of the aliens, clearly has been carefully thought through. In fact, the trilogy's structure challenges you to rethink your views of the aliens and humans alike as you progress from one book to the next. In fact, its hard not to take a firm stance on who's fault the whole mess was in one book and then reverse that stance in the second.

I happened to start on the second book, so initially read the story from the aliens point of view...and i was thinking "tsk..just like humans...pah!", but then as i read the first book i could understand why the humans acted and reacted in the way that they did.

The third book, ties it all together and pretty much everyone lives happily ever after.

The only criticism I would give of this book, is that there is a particular species who seem to be deeply involved in everything, but their motivations are never really explained and civilisation never really explored. It left me thinking...."so why are they doing that? Whats in it for them? Who are these people?"...which pulled me a little out of the story

I guess if i had to give it another criticism, it would be the structure of the story, which ironically for me is also one of its great strengths. What i mean is this. Its very difficult to pick up one of these books and go "oh that was a nice story...but not sure ill bother with the rest of the books".
The problem is, either of the first two books only give one side of half the story...so you arnt given the tools to judge whether the whole story is nice or not. To fully understand the story you definately have to read the first two books. I guess then you can make your mind up on whether you want to read the third and see how it ends...

Mind you...i really enjoyed them all...so what do i care? :)


Batman: Dark Knight Returns
Batman: Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Frankly Incredible :), 23 Oct 2009
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Batman pops on the cape and comes out of retirement. He's older and wiser, but physically time has taken its toll. The challenges of the new criminal element force Batman to rethink his approach to crime fighting, or hang up his cape for good.

As a result we see a smarter, more ruthless crimefighter....and somehow although physically older, much more visceral. When you see the rematch with the mutant leader, you'll see what i mean.

Its an incredibly tale, told from a very human perspective. His triumph over other "superheroes" at the end of the novel is that much more compelling for it. He is after all a mortal human being, taking on the world - plus those beyond it. Motivated only by his belief in what is right.

One of the best graphic novels i have ever read.


ABC Warriors: Shadow Warriors
ABC Warriors: Shadow Warriors
by Pat Mills
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks like something id scribbled, 28 May 2009
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Sorry...but this really didnt do it for me.
I am a huge fan of the ABC Warriors, right from their appearance in 2000ad and in the reprints/graphic novels. So Im sorry to say that this left me a little flat. Its hard to tell if there is a good story there or not, it sounds like there should be....seven hard as nails meks take on the abc warriors..loads of scope i would have thought. But the problem is the art work distracts you from the story. After every second or third turn of the page, i would be taken aback by how childlike and rushed the artwork seemed. It really made me wonder if the great Mr Esquerra and Mr Flint where under a fair bit of time pressure to get it done. Its not that i dont like Mr E and Mr F's artwork, I thought the work on Judge Dredd was amazing. And to be honest, who is better than Mr E? Noone. But both artists seem to have scribbled the story on a coffee fuelled all nighter.

Sorry..maybe it went over my head....but, just not for me...
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