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Thor God of Thunder: Godbomb
Thor God of Thunder: Godbomb
by Jason Aaron
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much better than this!, 29 Dec. 2013
The second volume of Jason Aaron's Thor wraps up the tale started in Thor: God of Thunder, and it doesn't disappoint.

This concluding half of the story gives the reader the pay-off we've been waiting for since volume one: the three Thors are united (to some hysterical results), and they take on Gorr in an epic planet-shaking showdown.

It must always be a temptation for writers of Thor to rely on Thor's well established supporting characters to add interest to the book, leaving Thor to simply hit the bad guy with his hammer at the end, but Jason Aaron is to be commended for not going this easy route - no Loki-shaped crutch here in this story, the star of this tale is Thor himself and he's rarely been so entertaining.

Aaron pulls a trick Doctor Who fans will be familiar with, and has the main character argue with his other time-warped incarnations much like the Doctor does in The Three Doctors (and other anniversary stories), and it is as much fun here as it was in Who. This means that the focus is always on Thor, Thor, Thor, making this one of the tightest plotted Thor stories I've read.

In a brave move for a Thor writer, Aaron breaks away from the Simonson template and avoids the Norse myths; neither does he rely on the rest of the established trappings of the Marvel Universe, having none of the book set in Marvel's New York, with its super-villains and heroic guest-stars - Aaron is content to create his own mythology, one that doesn't lean heavily on the past glories of Simonson's legendary run or tap into the Avengers current popularity, and succeeds in making Thor very much his own.

The art is beautiful, with Essad Ribic's accomplished drawing being spectacularly coloured by Ive Svorcina, and it really does stand out as one of the best looking Marvel graphic novels available. The only fly in the ointment is the first chapter, which is a much more workman-like affair from the art-team of penciler Butch Guice and inker Tom Palmer (both talented people in their own right, but this is far from their best work). This is not as jarring as it could be, as the first chapter rather stands alone, it concerning the origins of Gorr and not featuring Thor at all, but it does make the start of the book the weakest and least pleasurable section of the story.

So to sum up:

Thrilling, epic, funny, action-packed story.

No Loki, Warrior's Three, Norse myths or Avengers guest-stars.

Beautiful Ribic/Svorcina art for 5/6ths of the book, disappointing Guice/Palmer art for the first 20 pages.

You don't need to have read any Thor stories or Marvel comics other than the preceding Thor: God of Thunder to understand what's going on; if you don't already own Thor: God of Thunder you should pick that up first.

I think this is one of the best Thor tales in print and have no hesitation in recommending it - it's superb.


Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £6.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An okay script produced very well, 25 Aug. 2013
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It is long, it does have some problems with the colour, and the script did pass through too many hands in an effort to get it up onto the screen; however, it is played with a great deal of conviction by the cast, and the director really pulled out the stops despite Who's limited budget.

There is a lot of the Brigadier, UNIT, the always intelligent Liz Shaw, and gun-battles; there isn't any Tardis or alien worlds. Always having heard that this was a boring, overlong adventure, I was surprised to find myself really enjoying it.

If you like your Doctor Who camp and imaginative, this probably isn't going to be your cup of tea; if you like it played seriously and thoughtful, along the lines of Doctor Who and the Silurians, and Inferno, then this might well end up in your top ten.


Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album, 24 Aug. 2013
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It took me a while to warm to the songs on this album, but it's really grown on me. Hustle Rose, Combat Baby, Wet Blanket and The List are my favourites, but there isn't a track I dislike.


Synthetica
Synthetica

5.0 out of 5 stars Good album, 20 July 2013
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I think all the tracks on this are good (all the main tracks - the instrumental versions at the end are a bit dull), with no tracks that I'm tempted to skip.

What stands out for me as someone who hadn't listened to much Metric before is that their lyrics are consistently interesting, not something I can say about a lot of groups these days.


Thor: God of Thunder
Thor: God of Thunder
by Jason Aaron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Thor has been since Simonson, 14 July 2013
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This review is from: Thor: God of Thunder (Paperback)
This has been one of the better titles Marvel have put out recently.

The plot centers around a particularly nasty serial-killer who's victims all happen to be gods, and the action takes place at three different times in Thor's life when he encounters this being. This means that you've effectively got three protagonists: Young Thor, who's over-confident and up-beat; Thor the Avenger, who is the Thor contemporary with the current Marvel timeline and is the more thoughtful one playing detective; and finally Old Thor, who is cynical and damaged by events the other two have yet to experience.

It's a good plot - interesting, exciting, and above all, epic. It doesn't have any of Thor's supporting cast like the Warrior's Three, Loki, or Sif, it's just Thor, Thor, Thor...that means no romantic subplots, or indeed any sub-plots really, as you are jumping between the three Thors. Iron Man turns up for a page or two, but that's it as far as Avengers cameos.

Other things worth noting for potential buyers:

The art is by Esad Ribic throughout the entire book, and it is beautifully coloured by Dean White and Ive Svorcina. This means the entire book looks great from start to finish with no irritating changes in art-team to pull you out of the story. One of the best-looking books Marvel have put out in a while.

The story requires no knowledge of Marvel's Thor to enjoy - there are no references to past Marvel events, no crossovers with other comics, no need to have read any Marvel comic before to understand what's going on in this story. Basically this is new-reader-friendly.

This book is the first-half of a story that will conclude in the next Thor graphic novel "Thor God of Thunder: Godbomb", and consequently ends on something of a cliffhanger. So forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

Overall I think this is a great book and a must-have for Thor fans.


Slaine: The Horned God (2000 AD)
Slaine: The Horned God (2000 AD)
by Pat Mills
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic art, 14 July 2013
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The painted artwork throughout the book is just fantastic - if you've read the graphic novel "Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgement on Gotham", then you'll be familiar with the quality, as Simon Bisley painted that, too.The story is good, and makes sure to give new readers enough background information on the characters to understand what is going on with no problems. I was surprised to find that the book is actually quite philosophical, and while it's not exactly mind-blowing stuff, it is definitely more than just a series of beautifully painted fight-scenes.

I think it's good value for money and well worth picking up if you like graphic novels.


New Mutants Classic Volume 3 TPB: v. 3 (Graphic Novel Pb)
New Mutants Classic Volume 3 TPB: v. 3 (Graphic Novel Pb)
by Chris Claremont
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good art, good story, 26 May 2012
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I bought this mainly for Bill Sienkiewicz' terrific art, which is moody and rather beautiful even with the over-saturated colours that are the result of reprinting this on high quality paper rather than the original rag-paper that comics used to use; however, I had forgotten just how good Chris Claremont's writing was before he went off the boil. The scripts are interesting despite the fact that the New Mutants themselves often feel like characters rejected from the X-Men for being too dull; I suspect Claremont also realised this, as he puts in a fair number of guest-stars: Cloak & Dagger, Rachael Summers, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, and even Kitty Pryde's pet Lockheed make an appearance. The team also gain a new recruit in the chaotic form of Warlock, an alien forced to flee from his home galaxy who decides to make Earth his new home.

Bob McLeod draws one story, originally printed as the New Mutants first Annual, which is presented a little before halfway through the book; I have to say I found the switch in art-styles a bit jarring - McLeod has a far more conventional comic-art style than Sienkiewicz, and while some might find it easier to follow, it lacks the atmosphere that Bill Sienkiewicz' art brings to the stories.

Overall I think this is a really great collection, and well worth the money


Nextwave: Agents Of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
Nextwave: Agents Of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
by Warren Ellis
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Nextwave Ultimate Collection, 4 Sept. 2011
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This is a fun book that doesn't take itself or the Marvel Universe too seriously. If you're after gritty action and character development, you should look elsewhere. If you are a fan of Marvel comics and want a laugh, this is for you. The art by Stuart Immonen is superb, and compliments Ellis' wacky ideas perfectly. For those people that were fans of the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League of the late 80's, this is similar in tone.


Queens Of The Stone Age
Queens Of The Stone Age
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queens Of The Stone Age, 2 Aug. 2011
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Excellent. Not a dud track on the whole album as far as I'm concerned. If you like Queens of the Stone Age then you can't go wrong with this - I've played it at least once a day every day for a month and it continues to impress.


Tuff-Luv Classic Leather Case Cover for Sony Walkman S Series NWZ-S630 NWZ-S730 – Black
Tuff-Luv Classic Leather Case Cover for Sony Walkman S Series NWZ-S630 NWZ-S730 – Black

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tuff-Luv (Veggie) vs. EASYi, 31 Aug. 2009
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After considering both cases for my S-series Sony, an ordering mistake led me to receive both cases on the same day. For those trying to decide between one or the other, this information might prove useful:

Neither case has a screen protector. Neither comes with a lanyard, though both have a D-ring where one may be attached.

CONTROL ACCESS:

The EASYi leaves the area around the volume control open, making access to the volume control easy.

The Tuff-Luv's volume control aperture is smaller, plus it has a little flap of material decorated with Tuff-Luv logo stitched right next to the volume control opening which does get in the way a little; I wouldn't say it's difficult to adjust the volume in this case, but it takes a while to get the knack.

The EASYi's precise cut-outs for the S-series' front panel controls (BACK, OPTION, and the 5-way button) actually make access to the controls a little fiddly if you are used to operating them with your thumb - the left and right direction arrows being the most difficult to press.

The Tuff-Luv doesn't have any material to get in the way of the front controls, and consequently it's easy to use them.

BELT CLIP:

The EASYi has a built-in belt loop, fastened with a press stud. It works fine, but of course you can't twist the player so you can see the screen while you are wearing it. On the plus-side the belt clasp can be used as a cable tidy for the headphones, which is very useful when the player is not in use or is hanging from a lanyard around your neck.

The Tuff-Luv has a detachable carabiner belt-clip. It's very easy clip it on or off the belt loop on a pair of jeans, and you can swivel the player so you can see the screen, meaning you don't need to remove it to fiddle with the menu system.

COVER FASTENING:

The EASYi uses a concealed magnet to fasten its flip-cover. It is rather weak, but it does the job and makes it very easy to open the case one-handed (very useful if you're wearing it on a lanyard).

The Tuff-Luv has a magnetic press stud to fasten the cover. It feels solid and reliable, but it makes closing the case one-handed annoyingly difficult.

BUILD QUALITY:

The EASYi is, I think, made of real leather. It has rather a no-frills look to it, with the D-ring and the stitching on the belt loop feeling a little cheap, but I honestly can't see this case failing before the player does. While it has a few rough spots up close, it generally does look pretty smart and of respectable quality.

The Tuff-Luv is made from synthetic leather. It has nice attention to detail, with the inside of the cover being lined with fabric bearing the I-nique logo, and all the stitching appearing to be of good quality. Overall it feels very solid, and looks very nice.

OVERALL:

The Tuff-Luv really does feel of superior quality to the EASYi, but in practical terms there really isn't much to choose between the two. It's a little easier to access the volume control on the EASYi, and the weak magnetic lock of the flip-cover makes opening it one-handed a doddle; on the other hand the menu buttons are much easier to use on the Tuff-Luv, and the carabiner lets you swivel the player around so you can see what you are doing.

Generally I prefer the Tuff-Luv (the ease of use of the menu buttons, and frankly it just feels better), but I would suggest that if you are planning to wear the player on a lanyard, the EASYi is the better choice: the weak magnetic flip-cover makes it much easier to open and close the cover one-handed, and the belt-strap works great as a cable tidy, keeping those long coils of headphone lead from hanging in front of you and catching on things.


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