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[Vertigo First Cut] – (Various)
April 28, 2010, 3:45 am
Filed under: 6 Stars, Various
The concept here is a book containing the first issue from seven series to whet your appetite. (DMZ) : Good Art and an intriguing story line. I might give this a try in the future especially if an omnibus edition gets published. (Army@Love) : Nice art work but I couldn’t get into the story. A little too farfetched even for me. (Jack of Fables) : Good artwork and the promise of an interesting story line. I might check this one out further. (The Exterminators): I really enjoyed this story and was impressed by the art and the writing. Definite buy. (Scalped): A very dark and gritty Native American based gangster tale. Not bad but pretty heavy going. (Crossing Midnight): A very intriguing story line and good art. I don’t really like books with kids as the heroes so I am unlikely to buy this one. (Loveless): A western tale that strangely left me cold. [ISBN-13: 978-1401217969]. 6/10.

[Conan Volume 2: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories] – (Kurt Busiek,Cary Nord)
April 28, 2010, 3:35 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Cary Nord, Conan The Barbarian, Kurt Busiek
There are many Graphical novels that are quite a challenge to read. They often have confusing cluttered artwork and convoluted story lines. This is not one of them. Conan, God In The Bowl is a straight forward classic adventure tale with a bit of murder mystery thrown in for good measure. The artwork is perfectly suited to the subject matter and great to look at. The character of Conan is built up nicely from the first volume and I found it difficult to put the book down once I started. [ISBN-13: 978-1593074036]. 8/10.

[Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant’s Daughter And Other Stories] – (Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord)
April 28, 2010, 3:30 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Cary Nord, Conan The Barbarian, Kurt Busiek
I really enjoyed this book. The story was well written and it captured Conan perfectly. The artwork was beautifully colored and a pleasure to look at. It is done without bold inks so the images have a bit of a water color look to them. At first I found them to look a little lacking in detail but I soon warmed to the lush style. Nice biography of Howard at the end too. [ISBN-13: 978-1593073015]. 8/10.

[Caliber: First Canon Of Justice Volume 1 – Hardcover] – (Sam Sarkar, Garrie Gastonny)
April 27, 2010, 3:59 am
Filed under: 7 stars, Caliber, Garrie Gastonny, Sam Sarkar
I bought this book because I was impressed with artwork , thought the premise of the story was interesting and mainly because it was on sale for only $10 in hardcover. The story was pretty good but I found it very difficult to tell the characters apart as they all looked pretty similar. All in all a very stylish book but a bit weak on script. [ISBN-13: 978-0980233520].7/10.

[Pride of Baghdad] – (Brian K Vaughan, Niko Henrichon)
April 27, 2010, 3:49 am
Filed under: 5 stars, Brian K Vaughan, Niko Henrichon
If you read the reviews on the back cover you would expect this to be one of the greatest comic books ever written but I found it to be quite unsatisfying. The story feels very one dimensional without any subtle counterplots to keep your interest and it is also very short. I have nothing against animal stories, try the work of William Horwood for some excellent examples of the genre, but this just feels like Disney with shock value to me. It even has the formulaic Disney cute cub character. On the other hand the artwork is a pleasure to behold. Every page is filled with glorious images and a very atmospheric color palette. Ultimately this book is very pretty to look at but it nothing special to read. If you like Disney movies but would like to see some more gore then this may be the book for you. [ISBN-13: 978-1401203153]. 5/10.

[Battle Pope Volume 4 : Wrath of God] – (Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Val Staples)
April 26, 2010, 12:27 am
Filed under: 7 stars, Battle Pope, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Val Staples
The final book in the series follows on in the same vein with its crude and funny style. In this book Battle Pope ends up fighting with God himself which is pretty Bizarre. A very enjoyable series. [ISBN-13: 978-1582407517]. 7/10

[Battle Pope Volume 3 : Pillow Talk] – (Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Cory Walker, Val Staples)
April 26, 2010, 12:24 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Battle Pope, Cory Walker, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Val Staples
The third volume in the Battle Pope Series is as good as the first two volumes. It is still just as offensive and funny and the art is spot on. This volume introduces Santa and Mary as new characters to great effect. Mr. Vaughan is overdue a visit from the Spanish Inquisition I think :-). Definitely not recommended for sensitive religious types. [ISBN-13: 978-1582406770]. 8/10.

[Battle Pope Volume 2 : Mayhem] – (Robert Kirkman, Matthew Roberts, Tony Moore,Val Staples
April 26, 2010, 12:21 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Battle Pope, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Val Staples
Battle Pope is lewd, Crude and offensive. It is also pretty funny and a very entertaining read even if you are a Catholic. The artwork fits the story perfectly and the large list of characters are superbly drawn. Battle Pope is like a comedy punisher with an over active sex drive. His partner who also happens to be the son of God is a meek and mild Hippy type that is apparently hung like a grand national winner. Volume two is as good as the first Volume and that makes it a great read. If you are sensitive and easily offended please stay away but for us hardy types it’s a great way to while away an hour. Extras are pretty good too. [ISBN-13: 978-1582406527]. 8/10

[Battle Pope Volume 1: Genesis] – (Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Val Staples)
April 26, 2010, 12:15 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Battle Pope, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Val Staples
I really enjoyed this book even though it could be considered quite offensive. Just like the great religious parodies “Life of Brian” and “Dogma” it pokes a bit of fun at organized religion but does so in a light hearted slapstick way. This color version of the collected books 1 to 4 is gorgeous to look at and the drawing is excellent. The script is fun and witty and the action never lets up. If I can make one criticism it is that the book is a little short. [ISBN-13: 978-1582405728]. 8/10.

[Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash] – (Jame Kuhoric, James Craig)
April 26, 2010, 12:05 am
Filed under: 7 stars, Army of Darkness, James Craig, James Kuhoric

I am a big Army of darkness fan but this was the first time I have read a Graphic novel based upon it. I didn’t really have very high expectations especially as the Nightmare on Elm street and Friday 13th franchises had become such a parody of themselves. The book turned out to be a very enjoyable read and it worked very well, probably better than it would as a Movie (it was original a Movie script idea). The artwork is very good and the gore is off the scale. Ash is true to his movie roll and comes across very nicely in print.  This book was a pleasant surprise. [ISBN-13: 978-1401220044]. 7/10