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[City of Dust : A Philip Khrome Story] – (Steve Niles, Brandon Chng, Zid, Garrie Gastonny, Clint Langley,Lucio Parillo)
August 13, 2010, 7:04 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Brandon Chng, Clint Langley, Lucio Parillo, Steve Niles, Zid

Collects Issues #1 to 5. “City of Dust” is set in the future where the government have outlawed any form of fiction, religion or mythology. They have done this because they believe such things lead to war and conflict. The hero of the book “Philip Khrome” inadvertently had his father arrested when he was a small boy by revealing to a schoolmate a short fable his father had told him. Khrome is now a homicide detective employing the latest hi-tec technology to solve crimes but he is suddenly faced with data his equipment can’t handle and it seems monsters are once again stalking the earth.

The setting for this book is very much like blade runner and the art is soft focussed , dark and almost photorealistic at times. I normally prefer graphic novel art to be brighter and less muddy but there is no denying that this book looks gorgeous or that the style fits the story well. I like Steve Niles style of writing and this book is no exception. City of Dust is a mix of horror, sci-fi and crime genres and does all of them well. This TPB also has absolutely stunning cover art by the likes Clint Langley, Frederick Rambaud, Zid, Lucio Parillo, Patrick Reily, Michal Ivan, Arthur Suydan, Alex Ruiz, J.P Targete and  Nick Percival. [ISBN-13: 978-0980233551]. 8/10

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It might just have been my copy but I was disappointed that the spine started falling apart  when I was reading it. I am extremely careful when reading books not to over stress the spine as I like to keep my copies in mint condition and this  hasn’t happened to me in over 100 books .



[Return to Barrow – 30 Days of Night, Book 3] – (Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith)
April 5, 2010, 12:55 am
Filed under: 30 Days of Night, 7 stars, Ben Templesmith, Steve Niles

I got this book as part of an excellent 3 part boxed and signed signed collectors set. For this book we return to Barrow to discover the poor old town is still beset by Vampires. This time the town is ready for it…or are they ? I can only assume the more you look at  Ben Templesmiths artwork the better it gets. Its still kind of chaotic and confusing but I now feel it suits the story perfectly. The third novel is a rip roaring adventure tale with great back stories and suprises. Out of the three books this was my favorite (I read all three books on consecutive evenings). A great trilogy. [ISBN-10: 1932382364]. 7/10



[Dark Days – 30 Days of Night, Book 2] – (Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith)
April 5, 2010, 12:53 am
Filed under: 30 Days of Night, 7 stars, Ben Templesmith, Steve Niles

I got this book as part of an excellent 3 part boxed and signed signed collectors set. The setting for this book has changed. The heoroine from the first part has moved down to LA to continue the war on the vampires. I think this is a better book than the first one although the concept of the first was more engaging. There are many plot twists and turns and sublots going on within this relatively short tale. I am not sure if I am getting used to Ben Templesmiths art style but I found it more enjoyable in the second book and the abstract gore fest certainly portrays an atmosphere. A great book. [ISBN-10: 1932382364]. 7/10



[30 Days of Night] – (Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith)
April 5, 2010, 12:47 am
Filed under: 30 Days of Night, 7 stars, Ben Templesmith, Steve Niles

I got this book as part of an excellent 3 part boxed and signed signed collectors set. I decided to buy it after watching the enjoyable movie based on the book. I was initially quite dissapointed when I got my copy. The books are printed on nice glossy stock and look fantastic but the artwork in an unusual abstract style. I like my graphic novels to be more conventional and less confusing to read (Its sometimes difficult to tell Vampire from Human as both parties are shown with bared teeth). The story is good (different from the movie) and I found it engaging enough to read in one sitting but it was a little short. Quite a large section of the book is given over to previews of the next books and advertisements for other books (I think this is a waste of paper). A good book but I enjoyed the movie more. [ISBN-10: 0971977550], 7/10