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Justine, or Good Conduct Well Chastised
Justine, or Good Conduct Well Chastised

2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not a good edition, 8 Jan 2012
I think if you pay for an ebook, as opposed to download a free verson, you are justified in being disappointed if it is badly transcribed or translated, so be warned. The sex and violence is toned down significantly, and there are more than a few typographical errors. As for the book itself -- the characters and plot are devices to explore De Sade's provocative political, moral and religious views. These are certainly worth reading, and should appeal to those interested in radicals such as Machiavelli, Rousseau or Nietzsche, or the intellectual history of the French Enlightenment.


Punisher Max Volume 3: Mother Russia TPB: Mother Russia v. 3 (Graphic Novel Pb)
Punisher Max Volume 3: Mother Russia TPB: Mother Russia v. 3 (Graphic Novel Pb)
by Dougie Braithwaite
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Garth Ennis should write the Punisher for evermore, 21 Mar 2008
This is Die Hard with Russian nuclear weapons. The action is more intense than any comic book I've read. The story is ludicrous but very gripping. The characters are much deeper than you would expect. And Nick Fury is very cool and very funny.

My only quibble is that the covers make The Punisher look a little douchey. They could rock a little harder. Other than that, this thing is awesome. And from here the series just gets better and better.


Witchblade 1: Witch Hunt: Witch Hunt v. 1
Witchblade 1: Witch Hunt: Witch Hunt v. 1
by Ron Marz
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 4 Mar 2008
I've read a few things by Ron Marz. He won't rock your socks off like Warren Ellis or creep you out like Grant Morrison, but he's a decent writer. This story is involving, the characters are believable, and the dialogue isn't embarrassing, although it isn't particularly witty either. So yeah. Average.

Similarly with the artwork. The Witchblade plate armor thing looks pretty awesome. And Mike Choi can capture facial expressions well. But there are missteps, namely the last page of issue 3 where Sara's breasts are inflated beyond all credibility.

Otherwise this re-imagining does tone down the Michael Turner butts and boobs a lot. Lechers have been warned!

On the whole, the feel of the comic is much like an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you liked that show, you'll probably like this too.


Top 10 TP Book 01
Top 10 TP Book 01
by Zander Cannon
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meh, 7 July 2007
This review is from: Top 10 TP Book 01 (Paperback)
I like 'Powers' more, which shares the same premise. There's less of the Alan Moore wild invention, more of the Brian Michael Bendis dry wit and complex character...

This is still good, though.


Promethea: Book 2
Promethea: Book 2
by J. H. Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Moore at his most original, 7 July 2007
This review is from: Promethea: Book 2 (Paperback)
Issues ten and twelve in this collection are amazing. The conventional superhero narrative is discarded. Even panels are forgotten. You are left with pure ideas on a page (courtesy of Alan Moore) and brilliant images (thanx to the artist/s). Those two issues justify the purchace of this book.

Unfortunately, the other less revolutionary issues (or is it chapters?) are a bit of a let down. The superhero action in Promethea fails to exite as much as the psychedelic theorizing. Issue 11 in particular suffers from being between the two genius issues. It's a story about Promethea saving the world from crazy goo.


Runaways Volume 1: Pride And Joy Digest: Pride and Joy v. 1
Runaways Volume 1: Pride And Joy Digest: Pride and Joy v. 1
by Adrian Alphona
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Runaways is brilliant. Shame about the size..., 7 July 2007
I like Runaways a lot. The premise is kind of silly (kids fighting super-villan parents), but it also has the potential to explore some more serious issues of family and relationships. The story is well paced and involving. The characters become familiar very quickly, and together have a lot of mileage. The dialogue is hilarious (I laughed out loud 5 times, somthing I never do when reading).

It's a shame the trade is so tiny. I would have liked larger prints of the (very pretty) cover art, and less squinting at the panels. The price is nice, but couldn't it have been a proper comic book size?


Secret War TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
Secret War TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
by Gabrielle Dell'Otto
Edition: Paperback

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bendis at his best, 7 July 2007
First of all get the art out of the way. This comic is beautiful. Moving on. It's hard not to see Secret War as some kind of allegory on Iraq. Nick Fury suspects the country of Latvaria is sponsoring super-villan terrorists in a plan to attack US civilians. But unlike the goings on in the real world, the White House refuses to do anything, so Fury goes it alone -- recruiting a rooster of superheroes to travel to Latvaria and show them who's boss. Hmmmm.

It's interesting to find such ideas in a Marvel comic, and Bendis should be applauded for his treatment of the subject, which I think is rather more subtle that the bombastic style of Mark Millar's political statements. The only place he fails is in the exploration of the villans' motivations -- ultimately the thing that is most important. The Latvarian hatred for America is largely unexplained. Fury simply retaliates against it, seeing the conflict in a black-and-white, us-against-them, heroes vs. villans way. This doesn't reflect the rather more complex real life 'war on terror'. But it suits the conventions of a Marvel superhero comic. It is also interesting that the rather simplistic comic book good vs. bad tone in Fury's speeches mirrors the neo-conservative rhetoric coming out of the White House. Again: hmmmm.
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Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 8: Cats and Kings: Cats and Kings v. 8
Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 8: Cats and Kings: Cats and Kings v. 8
by Marvel Comics
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's so pretty!, 21 May 2007
Apparently, Mark Bagley is proudest of the art in this volume - where he depicts Elektra and Black Cat in their 'ultimate' get-up. They all look very cool. Pity the plot lags a little, being divided into two - the first dealing with the Bullit campaign and the second with the Black Cat/Elektra confrontation.

Even so, there is a sense of unity between the two developments in terms of theme. The two storylines both feature the clash between the Kingpin and Spidey, and they detail Peter's growing frustration with the public reaction to his antics, which lead to him questioning what is right. In the very end of the volume we find out that the evil Kingpin has in fact been acting somewhat nobly in consern for someone else. We along with Spidey discover that things are not black and white. The clever writing rescues this volume from its 'running on autopilot' plot. It can stand proudly among the others in this impressive series.


Daredevil, Vol. 9: King Of Hell's Kitchen
Daredevil, Vol. 9: King Of Hell's Kitchen
by Alex Maleev
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So totally cool!, 21 May 2007
Luke Cage, Spiderman and some others have cameos in this storyline -- they come complaining to Matt about him taking over Hell's Kitchen. You get to see them all in action as well (with the standard Peter Parker banter in between the swinging fists). Bendis' Daredevil is brilliant because he focuses on character as much as plot. Here there are some interesting insights into the (delightful) Foggy and Ben Urich, as well as the hero, who may be in the throes of a midlife crisis...


Daredevil, Vol. 7: Hardcore TPB: Hardcore v. 7
Daredevil, Vol. 7: Hardcore TPB: Hardcore v. 7
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is great stuff, 18 May 2007
Its very Tarantino in the beginning, and builds up to a massive showdown with the Kingpin at the end. Bendis is probably my favourite comics writer, and this Daredevil series is some of his best (better than his spiderman run I think).


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