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Green Arrow Volume 4: The Kill Machine TP (The New 52) (Green Arrow (DC Comics Paperback))
Green Arrow Volume 4: The Kill Machine TP (The New 52) (Green Arrow (DC Comics Paperback))
by Andrea Sorrentino
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars A huge turnaround in style, 8 April 2014
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The 1st three volumes of the New 52s Green Arrow run have been extremely poor with bland cartoonish art and pretty ropey story.

With volume 4 a brand new creative team take the reins and it makes a huge difference. Andrea Sorrentinos artwork has a style of it's own which isn't the default house style that pervades the rest of the DC universe. Using limited colour pallets and and more freehand sketch style this book looks gorgeous. The page layouts mix things up a bit and add to the quality art feel of the this volume. In terms of artwork, this i'd love to see more of in the new 52, something a little bit different with it's own personality.

In terms of story Jeff Lemire pretty much scraps all that went before and starts off a radical new secret origin revolving around totem weapons and destiny. It's all a bit hokem, but aren't most comics? The story rumbles along at a brisk pace without feeling too rushed. There are nods to the success of the Arrow TV series with Diggle making a cameo in here.

It's not perfect, the new origin story is a bit leap and may not work for everyone, but the art here is gorgeous.

3/5 for the story
5/5 for the artwork

Although the plotting is the weak point I can only see this series getting stronger now this new team is at the helm.


Jla Presents Aztek The Ultimate Man TP (Justice League (DC Comics) (paperback))
Jla Presents Aztek The Ultimate Man TP (Justice League (DC Comics) (paperback))
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.47

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok companion to the JLA volumes, 26 Mar 2014
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If you've read the Grant Morrison JLA trades then you may have seen Aztek before as a new Justice League member. This volume provides back story and fleshes out the character somewhat.

Overall it's a vaguely interesting origin type story showing Aztek early days attempting to get a secret identity and move into a new city assuming the mantle of it's resident superhero. The look at the idea of cities having their own heroes of varying qualities is humourous and well written. Somewhat reminded me of the setup for the Tick.

Artwork feels a little old a this point, hopefully they release an recoloured edition to match up with the superb new versions of the JLA collections.

It's a interesting side project and fills out some story around a character that came out of nowhere in the JLA storyline, but it's probably not weighty enough to really stand out on it's own,


Threshold Volume 1: The Hunted TP (The New 52)
Threshold Volume 1: The Hunted TP (The New 52)
by Tom Raney
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Space Opera, 17 Mar 2014
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Although this series (all contained in one volume) is linked to the Green Lantern / Green Lantern Corps comic series it's very much it's own beast. Using the Green lantern corp characters to introduce us to the setup of a worldwide deadly game of cat and mouse where hunter teams track and kill 'The Hunted' We follow a new Green Latern character as he's captured and made one of the hunted.

The book starts with the Green Lantern Corps annual seeing Star Sapphire caught and sent into the game before the story hands over to the main protagonist Jediah Caul. From this point onwards the rest of the established DC universe is mostly ignored, this benefits the book immensely, allowing it to do it's own thing without the burden of being part of the big continuity.

The action is solid and there are plenty of comic asides, it's a joy to read a decent DC book that isn't slave to some cross over or other. The cat and mouse game of death has been done before, think the Running man on a global scale. But it's executed well here.

There's a cameo appearance from one of the big DC villains but otherwise the writers get to build their own world of new and interesting characters. The story draws you in and pleasingly doesn't go the way you might think at the beginning. Without spoilers everything is wrapped up nicely at the end in sometimes surprising ways. Also included here is a Larfleeze Orange Lantern story which I liked but can see being very hit and miss. It's a bit slapstick but sometimes you need something thats not totally grim and gritty. Doesn't add anything to the Hunted story through.

If you want decent space adventure story that stands on it's own merit, you won't go far wrong with this volume.


The LEGO Movie: Videogame (PS4)
The LEGO Movie: Videogame (PS4)
Price: 21.85

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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the successful forumula, 7 Mar 2014
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If you've played any Lego game you've familiar with the setup.

Adventuring, smashing objects, collecting studs and building Lego all return here and are executed as well as ever with the series trademark humour. There's a couple of new game play additions here, a rhythm dance mini-game and a 2d underwater swimming section to break up the game play a little.

It's a game all ages can enjoy, I buy this series and play 2 player co-op with my wife for abit of fun. The sense of humor that is injected into these Lego games is a joy and makes the series worth coming back to.

This edition following the Lego Marvel super heroes game feels a fair bit shorter with less side quests to do. While the game is till fun it does lack the interest into being attached to a more recognized franchise such as DC/Marvel/Lord of the Rings. The game looks great on PS4 and pays well. The replay value comes in going back through the levels on 'free-play' mode using unlocked characters new abilities to obtain the secrets and collectibles. This will keep you going for a while at least.

Its fun, funny and accessible for people of all ages. For me just not quite as entertaining as the previous releases.

However if you have kids who loved the Lego Movie I imagine this game will go down very well indeed.


Teen Titans Volume 3: Death of the Family TP (The New 52)
Teen Titans Volume 3: Death of the Family TP (The New 52)
by Brett Booth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crossover casualty, 7 Mar 2014
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With this volume being tied to the Death of the Family event it suffers more than most of the titles in being featured elsewhere. With their leader Red Robin taken by the Joker the team travel to Gotham to investigate, in the process teaming up with Red Hoods gang also looking for their kidnapped leader.

The good part of the book sees Red Robin and Red Hood (Robin number 2 and Robin number 3) waking up and attempting to thwart the games that Joker has set up for them. The interplay between the 2 former boy wonders is the highlight here with Red Robin actually getting some character development, it's clear he actually likes Jason Todd and they play off each other well.

All of the above issues were also featured in the Red Hood and the Outlaws Death of the family volume, aside from the a few pages of build up, we then get the Batman 17 issue concluding the arc, and issue that's in all of the Death in the Family cross overs. It ties things off nicely and it's a decent issue. By this point I'd read it in around 4 other books though.

The volume does finish with a setup for the next story suggesting something strange is influencing the titans, but it's only really a teaser

Overall while the content in here is fine, it's mostly something I've already read in the other crossovers which were released 1st. If you don't collect Red Hood there's a lot here for you. If you do, it's not much. Hopefully the 4th book will do something interesting to finish the series on a high as I believe the monthly issues are ending after issue 30 (which would take us to volume 5 collected)


Animal Man Omnibus HC
Animal Man Omnibus HC
by Chas Troug
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 44.79

5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting character reboot and a thoughtful look at comics writing in general., 6 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Animal Man Omnibus HC (Hardcover)
This volume collects all of Grant Morrisons seminal run on Animal Man. Making a character that was once a bit of a one trick joke into an interesting well rounded story.

The stories play around with ideas of continuity and rebooting in the world of comic books and the relationship between the protagonists and the writers. As the book goes on, it's as much a story about comic books as it is a comic book itself.

The Omnibus edition here is a nice chunky hardback, even though the book is pretty heavy and thick the spine holds up well. While not the most comfortable to read at times due to the sheer heft, the bindings are good so the volume should hold up to repeat viewing.

I would recommend this volume to any fan of comics, the writing goes way beyond simple cape adventures and is thought provoking. The art style by todays standards may seem a little old fashioned but it's of its time.

It's fantastic to see DC comics releasing historic runs like this in the big all in one format, here's hoping its a trend they continue.


JLA Volume 4 TP (JLA (Numbered))
JLA Volume 4 TP (JLA (Numbered))
by Andy Kubert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.91

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More solid grand adventuring, 6 Mar 2014
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Collecting the World War III and Tower of Babel JLA stories this volume continues the strong storytelling of this Grant Morrison Run. The 1st part 'World War III' concludes the larger story hinted at in the previous 3 volumes with the biggest threat the Justice League have faced so far with the big bad enemy Mageddon finally arriving including the return of Prometheus the villain who also defeated the whole league single handed.

It's the epic large scale conflicts like this where this series shines, with all the biggest heroes and villains thrown in the mix and the fate of the planet at stake.

The 2nd part of the book covers the Tower of Babel storyline and is the stand out story of the two. With Earths finest heroes all targeted and their secret weaknesses exploited the fate of the Justice league seems in the balance. The big reveal as to whats who these secrets were obtained is worth the pay off and has big repercussions.

It's worth getting this book for Tower of Babel alone, it's one of the finest JLA stories out there. As with the previous 3 volumes the artwork here is big, vivid and bombastic. These new numbered volumes of the JLA run are highly recommended for the comics fan.


Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale [Blu-ray]
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jorma Tommila
Price: 15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of Christmas movie, 4 Mar 2014
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Going back to the original Christmas legends of what would happen to the naughty and nice children this film plays around with Nordic legends of Father Christmas and does it very well.

I didn't know much about the film before seeing it which meant every twist and turns comes as a pleasant surprise. Although this in the end a horror film with a darkly comic edge the characters are well written. The film does a lot with a smaller budget and doesn't fall foul of using cheap CGI to fill in for special effects.

This is a very enjoyable comic horror set in the world of remote reindeer farming communities, it looks stunning all the way through and the final ending pay off is a really good unexpected turn around that finally explains the title.

I would highly recommend to genre fans and people looking for alternative films for their Christmas movie collections


Deadpool by Joe Kelly Omnibus
Deadpool by Joe Kelly Omnibus
by Joe Kelly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 61.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stories in one huge volume, 3 Mar 2014
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This volume collects the same issues as 'DeadPool' Classic volumes 1-5 with some additional specials.

The stories start with a link back to Deadpools origins in the Alpha flight team and see the merc with the mouth dragged into defending the planet against threats on a global scale. For readers familiar with the newer Daniel Way books, these stories are perhaps a little less frenetic and darker than the later series.

The volume itself is fairly unwieldy to use being a seriously heavy tome, but the quality is without question. If you want to read some of the earlier Deadpool solo stories and don't have the Classic volume individually then I would recommend this high quality book.


Revival Volume 1: You're Among Friends TP
Revival Volume 1: You're Among Friends TP
by Mark Englert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead returning to life, but it's the not same old zombies, 3 Mar 2014
Revival is another image comic series that deals with the dead returning to life. Unlike The Walking Dead this series takes a completely different tack and at least tries to do something interesting a familiar theme.

Instead of the familiar shambling zombie hordes, the returned dead here look and act like normal people, for the most part that is. We see what happens to one small American town were the dead won't stay dead, the town is isolated with roadblocks all around making this story more focused on a small group.

We follow the towns deputy struggling to deal with this new reality. This reminds me most of the series 'Le Revenants' both the small towns population and the recently returned dead are dealing in different ways with why this phenomenon is happening. Nothing is fully explained here in the 1st volume, its more about the fallout. It's interesting to see this play out in the small scale rather than the usual global zombie outbreak scenarios.

I'd recommend this series as one to keep an eye on, the art style is sharp and the writing shows promise it could throw up a few surprises along the way.


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