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Indiana Jones Omnibus Volume 2 (Pat McGreal, Dave Rawson, Ken Hooper, Joe Pinney, Hal Barwood, Bill Stoneham, Aric Wilmunder, Leo Duranona, Elaine Lee, Will Simpson, Dan Spiegel, Karl Kesel & Paul Guinan.)
July 1, 2017, 6:24 pm
Filed under: 6 Stars, Uncategorized

This book collects four stories:

  1. Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece. Script : Pat McGreal & Dave Rawson. Art: Ken Hooper
  2. Shrine of the Sea Devil: Script/Art : Gary Gianni
  3. Indiana Jones and the iron Phoenix: Script: Joe Pinney, Hal Barwood, Bill Stoneham & Aric Wilmunder. Art: Leo Duranona
  4. Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny. Script: Elaine Lee. Art : Will Simpson & Dan Spiegel
  5. Indian Jones and the Sargasso Pirates. Script: Karl Kesel. Art: Karl Kessel & Paul Guinan.

As an Indian Jones fan I think this book should have some appeal as the feel of the books leans quite heavily on the movies but it can be slightly hard work. I found several of the stories pretty hard to follow. The artwork is OK but at times I found it difficult to pick Indy out in some of the stories and sometimes it was hard to figure out what was supposed to be happening .  I found the iron Phoenix to be particularly confusing and a hard read. I was also  not impressed by the implausible ending to the “Shrine of the Sea Devil” (it was just a little too far fetched for me).  The saving grace for me was the final story (Sargasso Pirates) which I really enjoyed.  It had a good pace and the story kept you wanting to read more and the artwork was pleasing to the eye too. The spear of destiny was also a good read and well drawn.  ISBN-13: 978-1593079536. 6/10



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 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



[Conan Vol. 3: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories] – (Kurt Busiek,Cary Nord, Mike Kaluta)
July 2, 2012, 10:38 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Cary Nord, Conan The Barbarian, Kurt Busiek, Mike Kaluta, Uncategorized

“The Tower of the Elephant” continues on at full pace from the previous two Dark Horse volumes in another enjoyable and well crafted Conan tale. Tower of the Elephant concentrates on Conan’s development as a professional thief and culminates in a strange encounter with an alien being in the Elephant Tower. This third volume also deals with Conans attempts to understand and integrate into big city lifestyle which seems totally alien to him. Just like the previous two Dark Horse Conan volumes this is a very easy story to read, has witty dialog and moves along at good pace.

Cary Nord’s art is top notch and despite his some strange aspects the overall look captures the world of Conan admirably. I particularly liked his backdrops and landscapes which are a key part of the book.  Sometimes Nord’s faces are a bit unusual with the characters looking like they have grotesque smiles (Not quite Steve Templesmith strange but strange non the less). I also noticed that Conan himself can look quite different from one panel to another but is still instantly recognizable.  This does not detract at all from the story especially as Nord seems to dedicate much of his bandwidth to rendering voluptuous scantily clad female supporting characters. The book also features Mile Kaluta drawing a several page flash back sequence and although the art is good it doesn’t shine like Nord’s work.

“The Tower of the Elephant” is a great read and is highly recommended if you enjoyed the first two volumes.  You might not like it if you are offended by nudity but as this is an integral part of the Barbarian lifestyle you probably wouldn’t have picked up a Conan book in the first place. ISBN-13: 978-1593075477. 8/10



[Jonah Hex – Bullets Dont Lie] – (Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paulo Siqueira, Jordi Bernet, Darwin Cooke, Mark Sparacio, J.H. Williams III, Rafa Garres)

“Bullets Dont Lie” is the 6th Jonah Hex TPB  and it collects Jonah Hex #31-#36. The book contains:

  • #31 “The Red Mask” with art by Paulo Siqueira.
  • #32 “The Matador” with art by Jordi Bernet.
  • #33 “The Hunting Trip” with art by Darwin Cooke.
  • #34 “Outrunning Shadows” with art by Mark Sparacio.
  • #35 “A Crude Offer” with art by J.H. Williams III
  • #36 “Seven Graves Six Feet Deep” with art by Rafa Garres.
This is another solid collection and worth shelf space in any Jonah Hex collection.  I really enjoyed the first 4 stories and 5th was also pretty good  but  the 6th (seven Graves Six Feet Deep)  where Hex’s confederate uniform is explained  didn’t really capture my imagination.  It suffered from “Rafa Garres” artwork and panel layout which is very nice to look at but really hard work to follow and a contrived plot that seemed to have the authors battling with political correctness. It really didn’t work for me.
“Red mask” and “The matador” were both classic Jonah Hex style stories with great art and an easy to follow pulp western sytle.  “The Hunting Trip” at first seemed out of character with the normal Hex stuff as it was set in the frozen north complete with Darwin Cookes unique art style.  This story was really something a bit different but no less enjoyable for it.  Mark Sparacio’s artwork in “Outrunning Shadows” was a huge contrast to Darwin’s and it verged almost on the photo realistic. This  was  another story that puts Hex out of his usual environment and it worked well.  I was uncomfortable with some of J.H. Williams panel layouts in “A Crude Offer” and it prevented me from truly engaging with the story. It was also a story that was a little light on Dialogue. This was by no means a bad Jonah Hex story but not one of my favorites.
If you like the first 5 Jonah Hex TPB’s there is no reason why you should enjoy this one. ISBN-13: 978-1401221577. 8/10