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Green Arrow TP Vol 01 The Midas Touch (Green Arrow (DC Comics Paperback))
Green Arrow TP Vol 01 The Midas Touch (Green Arrow (DC Comics Paperback))
by Dan Jurgens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but disposable story, 14 July 2015
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I don't have a great deal of love or hate for Green Arrow. He is a hero I really struggle to feel one thing or another for and I gave up on the TV show after four episodes (yes, I am aware it gets better. I have been informed already). I bought this pretty much because it was £1 plus delivery so I thought why not? I was pleasantly surprised.

The comic is split into two stories. The first has Oliver taking on a group of super powered reality star terrorists that stream their killings online. I thought it was a really powerful story in the current climate and I was really surprised that it didn't pull any punches in that regard. The second story is much more basic and there is a bit of a mystery to solve and some villains to smack about but it serves it purpose and is a fun enough caper.

The art is one of the biggest drawbacks in the book. It is by no means terrible but with Arrow being a big property you would have thought they would have lavished a bit more attention on it. The art is serviceable but never feels like it is meant to go beyond that.


Batman Night of the Owls TP (The New 52) (Batman (DC Comics))
Batman Night of the Owls TP (The New 52) (Batman (DC Comics))
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.59

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting collection, 14 July 2015
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This is an interesting collection that adds a bit more context to the fantastic Court and City of Owls storyline from Batman. Because this is a collection of a bunch of different stories the quality does vary from story to story. It seems the main purpose of the collection is to add a bit more humanity into the various Talons as most stories start with a set up of what the Talon was doing before they were recruited by the Court.

The comic also contains a large chunk of City of Owls so if you are reading this right after that you might find yourself a bit frustrated since although a lot of this is a reprint from Batman, it doesn't give you the full story. So it can feel a bit cynical.

It is however a great taster for the wider range of comics set in Gotham and if you are wanting to expand your comic tastes this should give you a good idea of what you are wanting to move on to or avoid.


Swamp Thing TP Vol 01 Raise Them Bones TP (The New 52)
Swamp Thing TP Vol 01 Raise Them Bones TP (The New 52)
by Yannick Paquette
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative art and an exciting, grim story, 14 July 2015
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I absolutely loved this book! I was unsure what to expect because I have only even read a bit of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing way back and that was in a collection where he was trying to wean Superman off Kryptocrack or some such. So I didn't have a great base for the character and bought it mainly because it was written by Scott Snyder and I am love with his Batman stuff.

What an incredible surprise! The story starts off relatively fresh and although there were some things I didn't quite understand about the history of the character, I didn't feel that it took anything away from the story. The story follows a guys struggle with his identity as Swamp Thing as the essence of disease rips across the land. There is a lot more to it than that, but that is the basics.

The tone of the story is very dark and reminded me a lot of Hellraiser with the twisted designs of the monsters. The panel layout is innovative with vines and branches stretching across pages to separate the action. Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to follow but the impact of the design is well worth the slight double take every now and then.


Flashpoint World Of Flashpoint Batman TP (Batman (DC Comics))
Flashpoint World Of Flashpoint Batman TP (Batman (DC Comics))
by J. T. Krul
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Batman story with interesting support, 14 July 2015
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I ignorantly saw the Batman title and thought this was just a big collection of Batman stories within the Flashpoint universe. I was of course wrong and it is a collection that features Batman, Nightwing and Deadman, Deathstroke and the Secret Seven. It is a bit of a mixed bag.

The Batman story is great. As with all the best Batman stories it is dark and takes a good look at the psychological state of the characters. There are some very obvious influences from the Dark Knight in there with the design of the Joker and it does a great job of providing a very vivid snapshot of the world of Flashpoint.

The Nightwing and Deadman story also does a great job of showing how well thought out and deep the world of Flashpoint is. Deathstroke starts off slow but picks up steam by the end and was a pretty rewarding story.

The Secret Seven was really the only low point of the book but what a low point. It was a real struggle to get through it and I reckon when they were putting these collections together they pulled straws to see which got stuck with this stinker. Maybe it isn't helped by how incredibly dislikeable I find most of the Secret Seven and Rac Shade especially. Even then, the story was just a bit of a mess and I had very little idea what was going on there.

The other three stories make this a great read if you are wanting a bigger look at Flashpoint but even if you are only really buying this for the Batman story, you probably won't be left disappointed.


Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench TP (The New 52)
Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench TP (The New 52)
by Ivan Reis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Great take on a much maligned character, 14 July 2015
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This is the first Aquaman comic I have ever read and I was really impressed. Even with very little knowledge of the character I knew that he is the butt of many, many jokes. Not only does this do a great job of making Aquaman a credible, powerful and interesting character but it does it by incorporating that aspect of the character and I actually found it to be a very emotional book because of it.

The art is really good with some great action scenes that get really epic in the big finale. My only criticism on that front is that sometimes the action jumps a bit much from panel to panel so it isn't quite as kinetic as it could be.


Batman The Man Who Laughs TP (Joker)
Batman The Man Who Laughs TP (Joker)
by Ed Brubaker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting bit of Bat history, 14 July 2015
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This is a bit of an odd comic. Split up into two stories we have the title story and then one that feels like it has been chucked in randomly to make up page numbers. The Man Who Laughs is an interesting story but it would have benefitted from being significantly longer and really delving into the relationships between the characters. It feels like things are heating up and then it ends. As a Batman fan I found it interesting from a historical perspective but if it wasn't a retelling of their first encounter it would be completely forgettable. It does provide a great base for reading Scott Snyder's Death of the Family though.

The second story sticks out like a sore thumb as Bats teams up with the Old Man Lantern Alan Scott to fight crime. It is a fun little story but the comic would have been better served with a reprinting of the original meeting between Batman and Joker from the 40s and maybe some nice extras to make this book a lot more interesting and really play up the fact that it works best as Batman history rather than a compelling story.


3D The superhero Pattern Soft Silicone Case Cover For SamSung Galaxy S5 (Batman)
3D The superhero Pattern Soft Silicone Case Cover For SamSung Galaxy S5 (Batman)
Offered by JAT Accessories
Price: £2.82

4.0 out of 5 stars I'm the Batcase, 6 Jun. 2015
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It's pretty damn cute. Goes on super easy. Doesn't obstruct anything on the phone and has a smooth texture. Only complaint is that it has visible molding lines all around the case. So it might need a bit of a clean up but a sharp craft knife should take care of that for you.


Frontline Spot On Flea Drops Large Dog 20-40Kg 3Pk
Frontline Spot On Flea Drops Large Dog 20-40Kg 3Pk
Offered by VetePet
Price: £14.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Spot On, 6 Jun. 2015
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Always work a treat for my rottweiler-collie cross. Usually takes about a week to really set in and stop any nibbling so bear that in mind. Also comes with a chart on the back so you can note down when you need the next dose and also a set of stickers so you can easily mark it on a calender.


leading star CHEAP FASHION Cute Black Cat Nap Pet Light Switch Funny Wall Decal Vinyl Stickers
leading star CHEAP FASHION Cute Black Cat Nap Pet Light Switch Funny Wall Decal Vinyl Stickers
Offered by leading-star
Price: £0.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cute, 6 Jun. 2015
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Really cute decal. It was a bit fiddly to put on but lets just put that down to my sausage fingers and move on. It has been sitting above the bedroom light switch for a few months now and doesn't show any signs of peeling off.


Clive Barker's Hellraiser, Vol. 3: Heaven's Reply
Clive Barker's Hellraiser, Vol. 3: Heaven's Reply
by Stephen Thompson
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Terrible binding., 6 Jun. 2015
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Like other reviews have said the book falls apart in your hands as you read it. If you can put it back together again a portal to hell opens. It was a nightmare getting out of that one. The seller I bought mine from was nice enough to send out a replacement copy but unfortunately it was the exact same problem.

The story itself is very good. The art is great with very liberal helpings of extreme violence and it is definitely the most interesting thing to happen to Hellraiser since the first movie. It is impossible to recommend buying the physical version of the book though. Another review says that it was a bad batch and they received a better version of the comic but I bought this more than a year later than that review and the problem seems to persist. So if the publishing company was good enough to fix their mistake, they certainly didn't do a recall and there are enough of these out there to not bother risking it.

Still a great story and well worth buying digitally if you have the means to do so.
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