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The Ultimates volume 1: Super-human TPB
The Ultimates volume 1: Super-human TPB
by Mark Millar
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Not So Ultimates, 6 April 2012
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The Ultimate universe has always given the average Marvel fan something new, particularly a new perspective. Ultimate Spiderman has shown that it can be a good thing to start from the beginning with a fresh out look on well known characters. Having grown up with Spiderman, Cap, Thor etc I was looking forward to a new take on what is basically The Avengers. With this book though, I was very disappointed. Two thirds of the book is set up and not a very interesting set up. Assembling the team via Nick Fury with far too many wink wink moments, the story doesn't get going till the last act. Even then though, I found Millar's take on the characters to be so distracting that I found it hard to care. What Millar was thinking when he created this Hulk I do not know! Captain America is unlikeable. One of the most charasmatic Marvel characters is unlikeable! WHAT? And Thor...Thor is a hippy. A HIPPY. I wanted to slap him. Iron Man was the only one that raised a smile.
The art work is good for the most part, it's the only reason this book gets two stars. Some of the character models are a little jarring, Iron Man's armor looks awful. However the action sequences are often fun to look at and the scene involing a dropped tank is fun.
I know this review is a few years out of date but if it helps one person avoid this book then job done.

Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010]
Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Bruce Greenwood
Price: 3.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the young!, 26 Nov 2011
Under The Red Hood delights in reminding the viewer that they are not watching the Animated Show. As excellent and dark as that show was it was still for kids. Red Hood isn't. There's a brutality to the fights that Chris Nolan would be proud of and the action is nothing short of spectacular. The story is lifted from the comic of the same name and is gripping from the very start. Those who don't know Batman's back catalogue will very likely find a few surprises. The voice acting is by and large excellent. I'm so accustomed to the voices from the animated show and recent video games that the voices were a little jarring at first. As many others have said, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill ARE Batman and Joker respectively. But that doesn't stop Bruce Greenwood and John DiMaggio from doing a good job. Greenwood especially brings a vulnerability to Batman that isn't always seen.
The only real downfall is that the whole thing seems to be over too quickly. It's a silly gripe to be fair, as it's based on the comic so there's a finite amount of source material. Perhaps I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to finish so soon.
If you want to explore Batman's world outside of the usual offerings of films and cartoons, Under The Red Hood is a great place to start.

by Lee Bermejo
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Lex, 6 July 2011
This review is from: Luthor (Hardcover)
A surprisingly human Lex Luthor inhabits a very well written and beautifully drawn book. There are points where you will find yourself convinced that Lex is just about the nicest guy in the world before being reminded that he is in fact the bad guy. You may even sympathise with him and find yourself thinking that he might be a little bit right about Superman. The writing is emotional enough in the right way and the climax packs a somber punch when The Man of Steel utters his only words in this book. That may be the only problem, Superman is reduced to bit part. But the clue's in the title...Luthor! The art work is often brilliant, drawing Supes in darker tones than usual to emphasise Lex's point of view (you'll spend most of the book convinced Superman is evil). So if you want something different from the usual Superman saves the day story then embrace your dark side and buy this!

Smallville - The Complete Eighth Season [DVD]
Smallville - The Complete Eighth Season [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Welling
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 19.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics!, 29 April 2010
Finally!!! After too many so-so seasons we actually have a show worth watching. The last four years of Smallville have produced mundane and often tear-jerk-inly boring Lana/Clark story lines. Thank the lords of Warner Brothers TV then for a change in the right direction. The Superman mythology gets a welcome jolt of the green stuff (or red stuff, I can't decide which would be better for this metaphor) right in that big fat vein, just enough to make things interesting. A bad guy that actually seems threatening, a reveal at the end that actually manages to surprise, and most of all...the ability to see how the writers might just pull off the impossible...the birth of Superman.

The Song of the Seraphim
The Song of the Seraphim
by Andrew G. Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid entertainment, 13 July 2009
I came across this book by chance, looking for something to read to my daughter and I'm glad I did. Although I admit that the cover, being colourful, attracted me to the title, it became apparent that the author's enthusiasim was also attractive. The story is told at a keen speed whilst also maintaining a sense for character and direction. The book, I would imagine, is aimed at 10-12 year olds (or along those lines) and it is this age group that will benefit most from the main characters many dilemas. The reason I give it such a high score is due to the fact that I enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed reading it to my daughter (who is younger than the intended age group).
If you are looking for something that's not too taxing but engaging enough to keep you and your children interested, The Song of the Seraphim might just be it!
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