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Starwars Omnibus Droids (Dan Thorsland, Bill Hughes, Ryder Windham, Ian Gibson, Jan Strnad, Anthony Daniels, and Brian Daley)

Based on the adventures of C3PO and R2D2 before they met up with Luke Skywalker.  They get tangled up with pirates, bounty hunters, rock monsters, and the notorious space criminal Olag Greck.  The stories are a fun read and the story lines quite inventive.

This travel sized omnibus includes every “Droids” story published by Dark Horse and contains:

  1. “Droids Special”: Script : Dan Thorsland : Art : Bill Hughes
  2. “The Kalarba Adventures”:  Script : Dan Thorsland and Ryder Wyndham: Art : Bill Hughes and Ian Gibson.
  3. “Rebellion”: Script : Ryder Wyndham: Art : Ian Gibson.
  4. “Seasons of Revolt”: Script : Jan Strnad: Art:  Bill Hughes
  5. “The Protocol Offensive”: Script; Anthony Daniels and Ryder Wyndham: Art : Brian Daley.

The story line flows through the many different collections within the book.  This is a good read and the imaginative story grabs the readers attention for the whole book. No real story stands out but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be “Rebellion” as the “Smiler” plot is a good one.

The artwork is generally solid but quite simplistic at times. The “Protocol Offensive”  had a different style of art to the rest of the book and I didn’t really like the change.  The Ian Gibson drawn episodes have quite a 2000AD look to them and the art is both simple and pleasing to the eye. Ian’s work adds a light hearted cartoony feel at times but it fits in remarkably well with Bill Hughes work. Bill Hughes art style is Quite similar in many ways but just a bit more serious. Brian Daleys work although of good quality didn’t really fit in with the rest of the book in my opinion.

[ISBN 978-1-59037-955-0] 7/10

 

 

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Jonah Hex: No Way Back  (Justin Gray,‎ Jimmy Palmiotti ,‎ Tony DeZuniga)
December 5, 2017, 2:56 pm
Filed under: 7 stars, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jonah Hex, Justin Gray, Tony DeZuniga, Uncategorized

This standalone graphic novel delves deeply into Hex’s past and revolves around him meeting up with his mother and step brother.  The story is well written and engaging and the baddies are well crafted to be really nasty.  Hex plays out his gruff no compromise self well. The artwork is good and appropriate to the content which is violent in a true Hex fashion.  I think this book should appeal to Hex and spaghetti western fans alike. ISBN-10: 1401225500. ISBN-13: 978-1401225506. 7/10.



Jonah Hex – Counting Corpses (Jimmy Palmiotti,‎ Justin Gray,‎ Paul Gulacy,‎ Darwyn Cooke,‎ Billy Tucci,‎ Jordi Bernet,‎ Dick Giordano)

Counting Corpses’ compiles Jonah Hex issues 43 (July 2009), and 50 – 54 (February 2010 -June 2010). (the intervening issues 44 – 49 constituted the `Six Gun War’ miniseries). It contains The Hide House Massacre, The Great Silence, Divining Rod, Too Mean to Die, Shooting Stars and You’ll Never Dance Again.

Some solid stories with great artwork that kept your attention.  I didn’t really enjoy the “Hide House Massacre” in the beginning but it turned out ok.  The pages of pictures without text didn’t really work for me. Recommended for fans of the series and a good read for everyone else.  7/10.



Valerian: The Complete Collection , Volume 1 – Valerian & Laureline. (Pierre Christin, Jean Claude Meziers) Hardcover
June 17, 2017, 12:57 pm
Filed under: 7 stars, Jean Claude Meziers, Pierre Christin, Uncategorized, Valerian

Valerian is coming out this summer as a blockbuster movie by Luc Besson. I bought this book as I am really looking forward to the movie adaptation after seeing the very impressive trailer.  Luc Besson is the creator of one of my favorite movies of all time “The Fifth Element” and in the Fifth Element he collaborated with this books author Pierre Christin.

This first volume of the trilogy contains books 1 and 2 of the series,  The City of Shifting Waters (extended by 9 pages) and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also contains several interviews with the author and Luc Besson and plenty of background information on the series and the movie. The book also Includes book 0, Bad Dreams (translated into English for the first time) which is the debut adventures of the two heroes

The stories are quite engaging and the book is a good read. The artwork by Jean-Claude Mézières is good and is both colorful and detailed. It is quite cartoony and not too serious but fits the stories well. I particularly enjoyed the “Empire of a Thousand Planets” story. ISBN-13: 978-1849183574.  7/10



[The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (The Wheel of Time) – H/C] – (Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon, Chase Conley)
January 11, 2012, 9:00 am
Filed under: 7 stars, Chase Conley, Chuck Dixon

This trade paperback is the first in a series of graphic novel interpretations of the late Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series “The Eye Of The World”. I read the prose novel “The Wheel of Time”, upon which this graphic novel is based, about 15 years ago and really enjoyed it. Reading it in graphic novel format did not bring back any memories at all of the original book and I don’t seem to remember the original being quite so generic in it’s high fantasy plot lines.  Even though the book felt very much like a Lord of The Rings spin-off I still really enjoyed reading it and it felt well paced and encouraged me to not put it down.

For a hardcover this TPB uses pretty cheap quality paper and the first 10 pages of my copy were crinkled. The cover art is a good indication of the art inside but when I first got the book I thought the colors had faded in the sun. This is not the case  and the entire book has a unsatisfactory color pallete  that is reminiscent of a color book that has been left in a shop window too long. My copy was from Amazon and was factory sealed so the color pallete is deliberate.

The art in The Wheel of Time isn’t to my liking  and it seems very low rent to me. Even though it is not impressive It does do a good job of conveying the story.  The art is not helped at all by the colors chosen and the inappropriate cartoony nature of some of character faces at times.  I am not familiar with Chase Conley’s other work but this book definitely does not make me want to check it out.

The book has quite an extensive extras section with character sketches, cover art and biographies and in this section Conley’s work is much more pleasing to the eye.  It is a pity the same level of detail could not be used throughout the book.

“The Wheel of time” is a good story with poor art and no real need to be a fan of the original novel to appreciate it. It should appeal to Lord Of The Rings Fans. ISBN-13: 978-0765324887. 7/10.



[The Saga Of Solomon Kane] – (Roy Thomas, Ralph Reese, Alan Weiss, Doug Moench, Steve Gan, Mike Zeck, Howard Chaykin, Don Glut, Alan Kupperberg, Sonny Trinidad, Virgillo Redondo, D Nebres, Dino Castrillo, David Wenzel, Marillitz, Duffy Vohland, Bill Wray, Robert E. Howard, Jo Duffy, Danny Bulandi, Steve Carr, John Arcudi, Al Williamson, Alan Rowlands, Colin MacNeil)

This collection Includes:

  • “Skulls in the Stars” written by “Roy Thomas”  with art by “Ralph Reese”.
  • “Castle of the Undead” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Alan Weiss”.
  • “The Hills of the Dead” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Alan Weiss”.
  • “Into the Silent City” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Alan Weiss”.
  • “The Right Hand of Doom” by “Doug Moench” with art by “Steve Gan”
  • “The Silver Beast Beyond Tinkertown” by “Doug Moench” with art by “Mike Zeck”
  • “Rattle of Bones” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Howard Chaykin”
  • “The Castle Of The Devil” written by “Don Glut” with art by “Alan Kupperberg” and “Sonny Trinidad”
  • “Solomon Kanes Homecoming” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by”Virgillo Redondo” and ” D Nebres”
  • “The Dragon At Castle Frankenstein” written by “Don Glut” with art by “Sonny Trinidad”
  • “The Cold Hands Of Death”  written by “Don Glut” with art by “Steve Gan” and “Dino Castrillo”
  • “Retribution In Blood” written by “Don Glut” with art by “David Wenzel”  and “Marillitz”
  • “Blades of The Brotherhood” written by “Don Glut” with art by “David Wenzel” and “Duffy Vohland”
  • “Moon of Skulls” written by  “Don Glut” with art by “David Wenzel” and “Bill Wray”.
  • “The Return of Sir Richard Greenville  written by “Roy Thomas”  with art by “David Wenzel”.
  • “Wings In The Night” written by “Don Glut” with art by “David Wenzel”.
  • “The One Black Stain” written by “Robert E. Howard” with art by “David Wenzel”.
  • “Red Seas” written by “Jo Duffy” with art by “Danny Bulandi”.
  • “Solomon Kane’s Homecoming” written by “Robert E. Howard” with art by “Steve Carr”.
  • “Shattered Innocence” written by “John Arcudi” with art by “Steve Carr” and “Al Williamson”.
  • “Satan’s Sanctuary” written by “Alan Rowlands” with art by “Steve Carr” and “Al Williamson”.
  • “Deaths Dark Riders” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Colin MacNeil”.
It also includes some articles and prose stuff. It has good quality paper which is unusual for these phone book collections and this really helps the black and white art standout.

I enjoyed this collection and it blessed by some really good black and white art. There are a huge variety of stories and styles but they are all readable.  I particularly enjoyed the artwork of Alan Weiss and Ralph Reese and the story telling of Roy Thomas.  My least favorite stories had David Wenzel as the author and I found them harder work to read. My least favorite artists were “Howard Cheykin” and  “Colin MacNeil” but Colin’s art was still good and improved as the story progressed.

I am not a fan of prose in Graphic novels so I didn’t read all these sections  but they may appeal to some people.   This book represent a great taste of Solomon Kane with over twenty stories. ISBN-13: 978-1595823175. 7/10



[Jonah Hex – Only The Good Die Young] – (Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Phil Noto, Jordi Bernet, David Michael Beck)

Jonah Hex – “Only the Good Die Young” is the 4th TPB in the Jonah Hex series and it collects issues #19 to 24. It includes the following stories:

  • #19 “Texas Money” with art by Phil Noto.
  • #20 “Unfinished Business”  with art by Phil Noto.
  • #21 “Devil’s Paw” with art by Jordi Bernet.
  • #22 “The Current War” with art by Phil Noto.
  • #23 “Who Lives and Who Dies” with art by Jordi Bernet.
  • #24 “All Hallows Eve”  with art by David Michael Beck.

“Texas Money” and “Unfinished Business” cover one story arc and form a pretty average Hex story. I found Phil Noto’s art to be very inconsistent and I didnt warm to it at all. I really don’t like how he draws Hex either.

“The Devils Paw” featured Jordi Bernetts excellent art style that In my opinion  fits Jonah Hex perfectly. It was a classic Hex story of revenge that has a very satisfying conclusion.

“The Current War” was an unusual Hex tale with a bit of a steam punk feel to it. Hex meets up with Thomas Eddison and the story explores Eddisons reputation for stealing other peoples ideas. Although it wasn’t a bad read I found the whole thing a bit unsatisfying.  Noto’s art did nothing to add to the story.

“Who Lives and Who Dies” was the highlight of this collection for me with a really good story told through the eyes of a schoolteacher and blessed with excellent art by Jordi Bernet.  I enjoyed how this story explored moral dilemmas and the end of the Native Americans without any misplaced sentiment.

“All Hallows Eve” featured impressive almost photo realistic art by David Beck.  It was a bit of Horror Genre departure for Hex and I imagine this issue was released around October 31st . I really enjoyed this story and it was my second favorite story in this book.

“Only the Good Die Young” is a nice addition to the ongoing Hex series but with a slightly weaker overall impression than the previous three volumes.  This book should still appeal to Hex fans and it took me a while to find it. ISBN-13: 978-1401216894. 7/10