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Thor the Mighty Avenger - Volume 1
Thor the Mighty Avenger - Volume 1
by Roger Langridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mightiest Thor Story Ever Written, 16 Aug. 2011
Thor is confusing. Lets get that out of the way. Years of conflicting continuity destroyed him. The Mighty Avenger goes back and produces a story the hybridises the early Lee/Kirby era with the new movie for the best Thor story ever written. I believe Chris Samnee said the biggest difference in this is that their Thor smiled and what a difference it makes! This is Jane Foster's Thor. A Thor not seen in decades. The sweet, happy, romantic, warrior goliath in love with the kindest, funniest, bravest mortal woman. Its a formula that works, a formula that has been lost in favour of blood, tears and women who have little more to them than a sword and a sexuality.

Lets get into the specifics of The Mighty Avenger. This contains 4 issues of the run with the other 4 issues in the following volume. Samnee proves himself a master of the comics form and I have no doubt he will go down as one of the greats. The art is vibrant and expressive. In particular I love his realism. Shocking for someone with such a clean style but he knows that we all make the most unattractive faces sometimes and his characters are not afraid to show that.

The writing is diverse. From the heartwarming romance and friendship to the plot strands that interweave perfectly. Everything is pitched just right. The characters are deeper than most comic characters. Jane especially as this is told from her point of view. Jane Foster has had a rough ride at marvel comics. As an everywoman she has often been shunted away so writers can relish in the glory of Asgard and its fantasy. She was replaces as Thor's primary love interest for this very reason. Her biography has become something of a tragedy so its wonderful to see a Jane with the light in her eyes and her hope still intact. She has finally been able to adapt and modernise here and its spectacular. All it took was some attention, love and care that Marvel can't seem to be bothered to show her in the main universe. This Jane would definitely rank as one of the best Marvel women ever written. She has a life outside of all this madness and she keeps it despite all the amazing things that happen around her. Its important to her. For those with a more solid grasp of Jane's history, this is definitely more of the Gerry Conway/ Dan Jurgens/ JMS Jane than the more sexist interpretations of the character.

Thor is younger than usual here. Both he and Jane I would say are in their mid 20's (by human standards of course). He is in a world he doesn't understand and can't get home. He has displeased his father so much his actions have been rendered unspeakable. Its a journey into mystery indeed! There is no macho aesthetic here that dominates the regular Thor. He's smaller in muscle, he's dumbfounded by the world around him and he cooks dinner. In the words of Volstagg 'He's asking directions like a woman'. We see Thor learn true humility in this hopeless situation. This Thor is reminicent of the very earliest Thor who was a hopeless romantic, unafraid to soar through the air proclaiming his love for Jane.

In this first volume we meet the adorable couple of Wasp and Ant Man who follow up on a murder only to find a mind altered Thor ready to attack. We also see the Warrior's Three, in what is the funniest single issue I have ever read. Thor has friends he can just be friends with. They go for a drink and hilarity ensues.

Now, if only Marvel would sprinkle some of this gold dust on their main universe. We may get a readable, relatable Thor who we can root for.
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Kubik Edge 8GB 2.8" Touch Screen MP3 & Video Player with Built-in Camera & YouTube Player
Kubik Edge 8GB 2.8" Touch Screen MP3 & Video Player with Built-in Camera & YouTube Player

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Little Player, 26 Feb. 2009
I found this player met and exceeded my needs. I got all I would need from an ipod touch in a far cheaper package. I bought this player as an upgrade from the iitronics 2gb, AAA battery powered, black and white screened player I had been using since christmas 2005. I was attracted firstly by the memory capacity and secondly by the video playback feature. When it came I got so much more. Its also a radio player and the memory can be expanded by using a mini SD card. It also plays youtube videos I have downloaded.

Reading through the reviews here I can see that AMG seems to be a company that is great at customer service and a company that yearns for improvement. My player came with earphones, a stylus and a pouch to carry the player in. The earphones were disappointing though, their shape didn't stay in my ears well and I replaced them with the pair I used before.

I can't wait to try the ebook feature and see if comic books work on the image viewer.

Futurama: Complete Seasons 1 - 4 [DVD]
Futurama: Complete Seasons 1 - 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Billy West

5.0 out of 5 stars Well put together..., 23 Feb. 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Futurama is an absolutely, absurdly hilarious show but it can also be very dramatic at times. Unlike Groening's other hit 'The Simpsons' the characters go through incredible changes in character. There is a continuity rather than self contained stories. I cannot recommend the TV show enough.

The box itself is incredibly sturdy. It contains the slimpacks of the previous season releases collected into an aesthetically pleasing package. The only problem with this product I can find is that its not the complete collection anymore. With the movies and speculation of more tv seasons ahead it looks that it will require adding to if you wish to complete your futurama collection.

Teen Titans: Year One (Teen Titans)
Teen Titans: Year One (Teen Titans)
by Amy Wolfram
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly fun Titans Tale., 14 Feb. 2009
I'd recommend this to any fan of the Teen Titans escpecially if you want to make the leap from the cartoon series to the comic books. Year one retells the very first Teen Titans stories that were published in the 1950's. They have been brushed off, re-adapted and re-drawn for the modern reader. Wolfram does a wonderful job at keeping all the retro touches she can. Wonder Girl is in love with a band called The Flips just like in the original story for example.

Both Robin and Kid Flash have the personalities they had in the cartoon making this a great jumping on point. If you read Teen Titans Go you will see Wonder Girl being written the same. The biggest change is Aqualad who is not the good looking ladies man but the unpopular 'freak' of the group.

For me the biggest plus about this comic was that it was fun and innocent while not really being immature. Its a breath of fresh air compared to the modern titans who have stories where the pet dog is a demon that murders them. Here we read about friends growing up in the shadows of their mentors and having to step out, work together and prove themselves as equal. If you want to see why the name 'Titans' is respected by the Justice League then pick this up.

X-Men  - Season One Part One (Marvel Originals Series - 90s) [DVD] [1992]
X-Men - Season One Part One (Marvel Originals Series - 90s) [DVD] [1992]
Dvd ~ Larry Houston
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £7.81

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvel's best., 2 Sept. 2008
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Its been a long wait and just as we are slowly moving to the next format we get Marvel's back catalogue. This contains 7 episodes of season one listed above in the product description. Be aware though that a collection of seasons one a two together will be available in November. X-Men Complete Seasons 1 & 2 Box Set As of right now there is no extra features mentioned not available on the single disks.

You may also like to visit this site [...] for more information on future releases and special features.

On to this release. I've heard it criticised for being sparse on features and it is but we have to remember that there are 5 seasons to go through. Compare this to other releases where the early seasons are filled with extras that dry up and the run continues. What is on the set is a brief comparison collage of how the original tapes were restored for a better quality transfer. While watching this its astounding the work they have done but when watching the episodes themselves its taken for granted and unnoticable as we are immersed in the story.

As for the episodes themselves, some dialogue is over the top but the plots are great. Stylistically the show is the early 90's comics brought to life. Its a show that both kids and adults will enjoy. It works on multiple levels, funny jokes and good action but also thematic issues.

I would give this 5/5 if it had had more bonus features. Its excellent but it could have done more.

Countdown to Final Crisis: v. 1
Countdown to Final Crisis: v. 1
by various
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Part one of four, 15 Aug. 2008
Countdown to final crisis volume one is the first of four paperbacks telling the story of what happened prior to 'The Great Disaster'. In this review I will be talking about the story as a whole rather than individual volumes. I would not reccommend buying this alone. In order to grasp the magnitude of events you may also be interested in Death of the New Gods. In short The Gods of Apokolips and New Genesis are being murdered by a mystery killer, the most evil of Gods is looking for a way to survive. With this backdrop we go into the countdown.

The cover of Volume one is misleading, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Supergirl and most others barely feature in this story. Its Donna Troy, Jason Todd, Mary Marvel, Captain Atom, Kyle Raynor, The Pied Piper and Legionnaires Karate Kid and Una that play the biggest roles. A disaster is coming and only Captain Atom holds the key to averting it. The problem is he is missing. Its up to Donna, Jason and Kyle to scour the parallel universes to find him. Through their adventures we get a guided tour of the new multiverse with such crazy concepts as vampire batman, teen titanimals and evil versions of our heroes.

However this is only one strand of the tale. Karate Kid and Una from the future superhero team 'The Legion of Superheroes' are stuck in this century and Karate Kid has a virus. Its a race against time to cure him before he dies or the deadly strain becomes contagious and ends the world as we know it.

In another subplot Mary Marvel, the sweet, innocent sister of Captain Marvel is now powerless. Desparate to get her power back she goes down a dark path. Can she save herself or will our heroes have to use force?

Its a cosmic story that showcases the variety of the DC universe. As the title says its a countdown to a big event 'Final Crisis'. Although the countdown introduces us to the concepts in 'Final Crisis' its not essential. As a stand alone story this series works. Its format as a weekly means the story can breathe and characters are fleshed out well. While some changes that occur may not be to the tastes of all long time readers those with a more open mind will probably enjoy this.

DC Comics' Covergirls
DC Comics' Covergirls
by Louise Simonson
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Pictures but not much else., 19 July 2008
This review is from: DC Comics' Covergirls (Hardcover)
When I bought this I was looking for a look at the development of Female comic characters through the years and to some extent I got it. It reads like a comic history book. The author refrains from making judgements or opinions on what she researched. It hard fact that this book contains. This has more in common with the DC Enyclopaedia than any form of academia. If you want to know how Wonder Woman has gone from a fetish object to feminist icon then this is the book for you just don't expect the author to tell you what she thinks of the transition.

In the Supergirl chapter there is virtually no talk of post crisis kara but a lot of images. Each Supergirl whether she be kryptonian, protoplasm, angel or elseworlds is mentioned here and summarised but that is all. The 'gender- swap' issue of Superman/Batman has no intellectual opinion attached. Powergirl's infamous boob window is glossed over as just being there. Its a whole lot of 'what?' and 'how?' and not enough 'why?'

One notable mistake I saw in the book regarded The Legion of Superheroes. The author notes 'The legion of Superheroes has always featured a future where sexism is all but non existant'. Is this the same comic that had brainiac 5 tell Saturn Girl she couldn't go on a mission because of her gender? Is this the same comic where the girls were manipulated to kill the boys because they were better? In the same issue Supergirl snaps out of it because of the thought of her boyfriend Brainiac 5 having to do chores! Non Existant? Far from it! It also labels an image of triplicate girl as part of volume 4 when its actually from volume 5.

Birds of Prey: Complete Series [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Birds of Prey: Complete Series [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £20.85

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cancelled too Soon, 19 July 2008
This show ran for 13 episodes but deserved so much more. The story ideas are solid but some dialogue tends to be too sentimental. Each episode sees one of the character's learn a lesson of face their issues. They live and they learn. It was a great start to what could have evolved into a great entertainment show.

It stuck relatively true to the comics. The only issues on that regard were Dinah's age and powers and perhaps depowering Lady Shiva but in that case we could assume she would have gotten better skills in the future.

The only problem I see with the show is that it needed more money. The make up of the joker even though he is only on screen for a minute needed more work and its very obvious that they had a collection of 'set up' shots such as the zoom into the clocktower or the obviously CGI sweep into the school building.

The DVD is great. It is lovingly put together in a way that very few cancelled shows are. The set comes with 3 seasons of the animated short tales 'Gotham Girls' inspired by Bruce Timm's Animated Universe. Extremely entertaining featuring Batgirl, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Zatanna. It also features The unaired pilot of the show and a written introduction by DC Comics President Paul Levitz who I can assume we can thank for such a great package.

I would recommend this to people who enjoy shows like Smallville, Buffy, Angel and Charmed or of course if you enjoy the comics.

Sense & Sensibility : Complete BBC Series [2008] [DVD]
Sense & Sensibility : Complete BBC Series [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charity Wakefield
Price: £4.99

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Serves to show Austen's genius, 14 Jan. 2008
While no one in this adaptation were spectacular in their roles they were very serviceable. The first episode was glorius and went about setting the story up very well with lots of momentum however the second part really dragged which brought the whole adaptation down. None of the actors brought much new to their roles that we haven't seen before in adaptations of the novel which goes to show the strength of Austen's characters on the page. Morrissey's version of Brandon could be interchanged with Alan Rickman's and give or take some sensitivity be very similar. Marianne continues to be the annoying character in the story but in this version we get the sense that she is punished for her melodrama and idealistic notions and learns her lesson. Elinor is fairly flat in this version. There is a difference between suppressing feelings and just being plain mundane. I would have liked to have seen more from Mark Gatiss'character as I thought he was the best realised even if we did need more scenes to clarify whether he truly had good intentions. Overall a good adaptation but I continue to feel that any actor could just read Austen's words and inhabit the character satisfactorily which is her genius. My biggest disappointment is that because of ITV's recent adaptations we won't be getting any decent multi part Austen adaptations for a good while now. Oh well, at least we still have colin firth's wet t-shirt on DVD!

Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000]
Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Frances O'Connor
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £14.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining if not entirely faithful, 23 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
For me the stand out performance of this piece was johnny lee miller as edmund betram. He embodies the chracter perfectly and comes across as being entirely adorable and clueless. However i have problems with a few areas- Fanny in this film is not fanny, she is far too outspoken to be the shy fanny of the book and indeed they have given fanny dialogue that belongs to Jane Austen herself. Yes we can go into the idea that Austen's characters are a self insert for her romantic fantasies anyway but when adapting this book it is essential that you stick to your source material.
my second problem are the lesbian tendencies of miss crawford to the point my friend who i watched it with asked if she does indeed turn out to be in love with fanny!
thirdly and lastly my issues with slavery being so pronounced. I find that both in this film and criticism of the book sees the novel as being socially concious. While it is true that Austen does comment on society it is never as big as slavery. While the issue is raised for the family it is never taken any further.To see it as taking issue with slavery is missing the point of jane austens work. She tells intimate stories of towns and families and social movement. She shows women in stark realism across the spectrum. That is what should be first and foremost and I feel this adaptation gets carried away

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