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Batman: Year One
Batman: Year One
Price: £7.09

4.0 out of 5 stars And so, it all begins..., 25 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Batman: Year One (Kindle Edition)
How exciting it must have been to read this comic book off the stands when it first came out ! Beyond being a classic street-level Batman tale, Year One was the promise of a rebirth, a total revamp of the universe of the caped crusader. A promise made to the avid comic-book readers that loved "The Dark Knight Returns", which certainly was a good surprise. And a much darker take on Batman.
I expected the book to be longer, and I wanted Frank Miller to be more explorative of the the Gordon/Batman relationship but I enjoyed Year One greatly.

The Humble Assessment
The Humble Assessment
Price: £2.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read., 21 Jan. 2014
Kris Saknussemm has become one of the my favorite authors of all time. His stellar, dark and weird prose, his wonderfully crafted plots and characters make his books completely unputdownable.
The Humble Assessment is the story of a very unconventional job interview. I find it very difficult to describe the plot without giving anything away; so I will tell you that the author leaves nothing to chance (as he always does) and that the psychedelic and clostrophobic athmosphere of the story will charm you.
Ah, Interviewer N°1 is quite reminiscent of Genevere (Private Midnight), which I loved.
The only reason I am not giving The Humble Assessment 5 stars is because the blurb on the back cover contains a major spoiler. A shame!

Kingdom Come (New Edition)
Kingdom Come (New Edition)
Price: £8.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A unique book., 19 Jan. 2014
The magnificence of Kingdom Come is a rare and unique thing. It is a graphic novel about a future that holds nothing but havoc, bloodshed and lost morals, it is about what it really takes to be a true hero, and most importantly, it is about a battle for truth, justice and a new American way. And redemption.
The wide range of characters, the epic battles, the amazing plot and the gorgeous artwork will leave you in awe. If you are into comics and have not read this by now, there is something seriously wrong with you.

Marvel 1602: 10th Anniversary Edition
Marvel 1602: 10th Anniversary Edition
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Elizabethan Marvel is awesome., 18 Jan. 2014
This book is awesome. Neil Gaiman did a "fantastick" job of reimagining the Marvel Universe in a 17th-century setting. His take on the characters was greatly enjoyable, and the weirdness of the plot, the "mad history madness" as the author himself describes it, and the amazing art make 1602 a true classic.

Angel Dust Apocalypse
Angel Dust Apocalypse
Price: £4.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and read ADA., 14 Jan. 2014
Jeremy Robert Johnson's Angel Dust Apocalypse is one of the best works of fiction I have ever read. The stories are stunningly dark and weird, grotesque and very funny. Rarely have I read a book that transcends genre so well.

My favorite stories off of the collection are:

The League Of Zeroes - A great gross-out opener for the collection. Could be visionary. Wait and see.

Stanley's Lips - Totally relatable thus genuinely scary.

Snowfall - Hands down my favorite. I particularly found the descriptions stellar; beautiful in a very dark way. Very clever writing that was reminiscent of Stephen King, Night Shift era.

Priapism - A story about a very special type of punishment. I did not see it coming.

Luminary - This is the kind of story that I love the most. Heartbreaking, bizarre and beautiful piece about brotherly love.

Saturn's Game - "C'mon, you know you've had bad thoughts like this guy". Most definitely Mr. Johnson. Call me psycho but I definitely have.

Sparklers Burning - This genre-bending piece weirded me out hardcore. I dig the 'Videodrome' reference.

Last Thoughts Drifting Down - The first adjective that comes to mind is : Fascinating. I am fascinated by the imaginative skills of Jeremy Robert Johnson. KABOOM!

You don't come across talented and exciting writers like Jeremy Robert Johnson very often these days. This is a book that made me feel like savoring it by the words it discloses. Which I did, twice! And I will read it again.

by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars FUN RIDE !!, 9 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Skizz (Paperback)
I picked this up at a local comic convention last year, on a whim. I did not regret it. Skizz is a short, straight-forward E.T. kind of story that is compelling, thought-provoking and funny. The perfect read if you are looking for something not too challenging yet gripping.
Alan Moore's characters are very well-crafted, that is no secret. Cornelius, who is very reminiscent of Tom Cullen (Stephen King's The Stand), is the stand-out character in the book as far as I'm concerned.
5 out of 5 mostly because, for a moment, I felt like a kid again.

Justice League Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis (Justice League Graphic Novel)
Justice League Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis (Justice League Graphic Novel)
Price: £7.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of aXXXion !!!, 7 Jan. 2014
Very enjoyable action-packed graphic novel. Props to Geoff Johns and most importantly Ivan Reis for the spectacular artwork that got the book an extra star. The dynamic between Aquaman and Batman was a definite highlight from the book.
The only problem I have with Throne of Atlantis is the lack of character study, but as a wise man once said, You can't always get what you want. Can't wait for the next trade.

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