Friday, July 21, 2017

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle


I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for a very long time. I grew up knowing the name and we even had an entire room dedicated to Sherlock Holmes memorabilia. I remember meeting Jeremy Brett at a channel 9 telethon event when I was little. Now I watch over and over Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock.So when my wife said her book club book this month was going to be this one I had to give it a re-read. 

Holmes and Watson are challenged with one of the strangest cases they have faced. A family friend of the Baskervilles comes to Holmes to look into the saftey of the newest resident to Baskerville Hall. All the previous family members who have lived there have found themselves dead due to some strange circumstances. The last one died of complications of heart failure. His heart failed because he was literally scared to death. 

I can see how for it's time, this book could have been considered a horror novel. The story goes that there is an inhuman beast of a hound loose on the moor. This larger than life hound is wreaking havoc on the members of the Baskerville clan and the newest heir is on his way to take up residence. This book has everything. A ghost story, mystery, intrigue, and adventure. This is one of my all time favorite Holmes stories and I was excited to give this what I'm sure will be many re-reads. 

I love this book because the story is engaging and really hard to put down. It also gives Watson a chance to shine. Holmes is in very little of this book and it gives Watson time to show what he is made of in his own investigative skills. Holmes is to busy with other cases to head out to the moor. So Watson takes off on his own to report back to Holmes as the clues develop. Seeing as this is one of my favorite books it is easy for me to give this a 5 out of 5 star rating. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nightwing vol 2: Back to Bludhaven by Tim Seeley


I have loved Nightwing from the time I was very young and first learned to read. I have follwed his story all the way from the second series where he first donned the Black and Blue costume he wears again. Since we now know that we are on a different Earth than what we read before Flashpoint and New 52 we now know this isn't the Nightwing I have known for so long. Since we are reading a new Nightwing to us this book is all about Nightwing finding out who he is. 

This is sort of broken into two parts. The first part is a normal adventure for Nightwing. His dreams are being invaded to help build up a being who feeds on fear and despair in dreams. In order to defeat this guy, Nightwing gets a littel help from our very own big blue, Superman. Nightwing is then forced to live out his worst fear in his dreams and that is the death of all the people he loves. Superman helps Dick realize that no matter what he is never alone because of the kind of man and hero he is. He has friends. 

The second part is all about Nightwing getting out of Gotham to find himself. Where would Dick go to be on his own? Well as the title states, Dick heads to Gotham's sister city Bludhaven. I was waiting for a Blockbuster from this Earth to pop up somewhere. That didn't happen but who knows, maybe in the future. Dick has to distance himself and reevaluate his life as a person and a hero. 

As a story I really enjoyed it, but there were some slower moments. Volume 1 I flew through and couldn't out it down. This volume I didn't have a problem setting it aside and walk away from it. I can't thank DC Comics and Netgalley for allowing me to read this for a honest review. I do have to apologize that it took me so long to get this reviewed. You expect this type of story to have its slower moments because it is character development, not an all out action thriller. This was still very much worth the read and does seem to set up the next chapter in Nightwing's story so I am excited to continue on to the next volume. One complaint I do have for this is the art work kind of fell short for me. I always love the detail that has been in the city pages in other books and this lacked detail. Maybe it was meant to be that way but it just felt incomplete to me. 

I enjoyed reading this book and like I said, I can't wait to read volume 3. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fort Solitude by Derek Fridolfs

Fort Solitude

The Secret Hero Society books are really cute. My son and I look forward to each of these books because these we read just the two of us. We read a ton of kids books together with my daughter and we read the Harry Potter books with my wife, but these are just Father and Son time. 

We both really enjoy the fact that these books are about our favorite heroes but as kids around my son's age. In this book it's summer camp time. Our heroes have been sent to summer camp and strange things start to happen. Campers who win competitions mysteriously vanish. Now Clark, Bruce, and Diana have to figure out what is going on before there are no kids left. 

The first book centered around the big three with Bruce Clark and Diana. In this book we get more heroes involved like The Flash, and Cyborg. These books are a lot of fun to read. They incorporate so many different forms of telling a story. There are journal entries, text message, camp flyers, and comic strips. We enjoy reading back and forth between my son and I. He could read these all on his own but I enjoy that he wants to wait to read them with me. I appreciate this time we send together before he gets older and realizes I'm not cool. 

We enjoy these books and they are really cute. My son is 7 and I am going to brag. He reads at a level above his grade. These are easy quick reads ans a lot of fun. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and encourage any little fan of Superheroes to give this  a read.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Trinity Vol 1: Better Together by Francis Manapul


I love these heroes. Whenever there is a series with these three I have to read it. Big thanks to DC Comics and Netgalley for allowing me to read this for a review. I loved the weekly series Trinity back when Infinite Crisis had the 52 weeks series going on. I had high hopes for this book and I can say I wasn't let down. 

So Rebirth Spoiler here. In New 52 the Superman we had been following died of nothing more than Kryptonian Cancer. All this time a Superman had been in hiding on the Earth with his wife Lois Lane and a son Jonathan. Turns out he is the sSuperman we used to follow before Flashpoint. Some how he has moved to a new Earth and now that their Superman is gone he has come out of hiding to help the people of this Earth. 

This book starts out with a dinner party. Bruce and Diana were invited to Clark's home to have dinner so they could all get to know him and he could get to Bruce and Diana. The best part of that is watching Bruce be a normal person at a dinner party. Afterwords the three of them went for a walk. Next thing Clark knows he is waking up in Smallville with his dad and a younger version of himself. All three of our heroes find themselves in earlier versions of themselves reliving the most depressing moments of there life. Fortunately for our heroes they are together and the adventure begins. 

I really liked the story but then again I am bias towards these characters when they are together. My disappointment for the Superman books during New 52 has been well voiced in my blog here, but I have enjoyed learning more and more about the Superman I remember. The art work in the book could have been better. I wasn't all that impressed with it but the covers art was great. Each book featured a hero front and center in there own story and I really enjoyed it. 







I really liked this book and I am looking forward to volume 2. I want to see the relationship between these three heroes grow all over again. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I have been a fan of Rebirth so far but I have a lot of questions that still haven't been answered. Here is hoping some of them start getting answered so. I do recommend giving this book a read. It was quite enjoyable.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love by Sarah Vaughn


I have always been fascinated with this hero. Deadman is a former daredevil who died while performing a stunt and now remains on this plain to help those in need. Boston Brand has popped up in many different series I have read and I always like the stories he is in. I know he is in the Justice League Dark series but I have yet to read that one. When I saw this book pop up on Netgalley I had to throw my name in the hate to read this. Thanks to DC Comics and Netgalley I got that chance to read this for a review.  

Ok so this book is about Boston being drawn to this house. He isn't sure why and he usually helps people but there is something different here. When he finds it he becomes trapped and there is a Spirit in torment. While in the house the current residents come home. A man who is trying to write a book and his girlfriend who has this connection with the spirit world. I have to say this story is a little slow but it is haunting. I was completely fine with the slow build throughout the book because it helped create this eerie atmosphere. Usually a comic has a very short time to get your attention so the action and story need to be right up front. This however needed to be paced out.

The story was great but the art work in this book stole the show. The covers for these issues were fantastic and the best part of the artwork. To be fair though the rest of the book is packed with amazing detail that really stood out. I have included a few examples. The combination of both art work and writing made this book an easy 5 out of 5 stars. I will say this about the book. When our female character lead was thinking the text boxes were a very light blue with white writing. Reading this digitally it was really hard on the eyes and I had to take breaks. I'm sure this wont be a problem in the print version but fair warning if you read this digitally. 

I am really impressed with this and I hope to see more adventures with Boston Brand in the future. I would love to read more and I am going to look for his origin story so I can read the beginning of Deadman. Thank you DC for letting me read this for a review. 



Monday, June 26, 2017

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling


Slowly but surely we are getting through this series with my oldest. He is a huge fan of Harry Potter and knows his trivia already. The look of his face when we got to the end and the big surprise hit was priceless. If you have read this book or when you read this book you will know exactly to what I refer. 

Book 6 in this series is dark. The wizard world now officially knows that Voldemort has returned. Now that the world knows Harry and Dumbledore are not crazy, the pressure on them has become tougher than ever. Everyone may know Harry was right but now they know he is the chosen one. Harry is in fact the one person to end Voldemort. This book has two story lines that progress through the book. 

The first story line leads right into the title. Harry is taking potions this year and he didn't expect to The reason is Snape is now the Defense against the Dark Arts teacher and since the new teacher isn't as strict Harry can follow his school plan to be an Auror. Since he wasn't expecting to take the class he has to use an old book. While using this book he finds little notations in the margins. These notes were made by none other than the the Half-Blood Prince. These little notes help to make Harry the best student in the class which will come in handy if he wants to get the information he needs for Dumbledore out of Professor Slughorn. 

This leads us to our second plot line. Dumbledore is away from school a lot but he is taking time to work with Harry on a very important back story. I know what you may be thinking, this is the 6th book I think we know everything there is to know about Harry's backstory. This book isn't about Harry's story but rather the early days of Voldemort. Dumbledore and Harry have to find out what secrets Voldemort is hiding and the best way to defeat him. 

I love this book. This is my second read of this series and I have to admit that my opinions haven't changed at all. I have re-read other series and found that the books didn't hold the same magic as when I read it for the first time. The Harry Potter books have remained some of my favorites. and now that my wife and I take turns reading this to our 7 year old  there is even more magic watching his face as we read these. I stay firm on my 5 out of 5 rating. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Song of Susannah by Stephen King


I enjoyed this book both times I have read it now. I went back and read my old review on Goodreads from when I read this back in 2011 and I was disappointed with my write up. It is really hard to write up a book in a series towards the end of it. As I have written more and more reviews I have come to terms with the fact that when I read a series I cannot write to those who have never read anyof the books in the series. I will not spoil the book but I will write a true review that will possibly spoil parts of the previous books. I say this so that you are officially warned. If you have any interest in reading the Dark Tower, read the other books before this review. 

This book picks up right where Wolves of the Calla leaves off. Susannah has gone through a door in the cave of the Mani and Jake, Roland, and Eddie are left to find her and save the tower. As our heroes wonder what to do next a beam quake hits hard shutting the door way into our world and Jake is the only one who can get it back open. The Mani have plans to send Jake through the doorway since he is strong in the touch and can open it but Eddie has other plans. I would too if it was my wife gone missing through a strange door into a different where and when. 

Susannah has crossed into our world but she isn't in control. A new personality has taken over Susannah and her name is Mia. Her whole purpose is to make sure the Chap is born and to care for the baby. Now Roland and Eddie have to do what they can to protect the rose while finding a way to get to Susannah and keep her from being killed by her Chap and the things that want it.

I'm going to be honest here and this is something you don't really think about until the second read. In this book Stephen King is actually in it. Eddie and Roland are in our world and find King in his home and have a few questions for Sai King. When I first read this book I thought this was so cool. I loved that the characters got to meet the creator. However, on a second read I don't find this as cool as I once did. I found this very vain and kind of a waste of time. Considering the ending of this book and the beginning of the next, if this section was cut out then more could have been covered in this book which either would have shortened the Dark Tower book 7 or allowed for just more.

I still enjoyed this book but I think I will have to change my original review from 5 out of 5 stars, to 4 out of 5. I still enjoyed this book but it wasn't as good as I remembered it. There was a slight hint of disappointment this time around with book 6.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wonder Woman Vol 2: Year one by Greg Rucka


DC knew what they were doing when they did a Year One story for Volume 2 to coincide with the Wonder Woman movie that also has an origin/year one story. I have loved reading Wonder Woman but have missed a few during New 52. I will catch up at some point but for now I am trying to keep up with Rebirth and not miss a thing. Thanks to NetGalley and DC Comics I was able to read this for an honest review. I fell down on my reading a bit so I am a bit late getting this review up but I'm back and ready to read. 

Greg Rucka is a great writer and I have loved his stories in the past. This one just wasn't my favorite. I really liked Vol 1 of Wonder Woman. Diana is dealing with conflicting memories of her origin and has partnered up with Cheetah to take down a demon. It had a really goo start to a larger story line and then it was a bit unsettling to interrupt that with a Year One story. I'm not saying this isn't a good book, just that the timing on this book was a little poor. It is great that it came out with the release of the movie, but here I got all excited to continue on with what I read in Vol 1 only to go backwards and move away from that story.

We still got a very good Wonder Woman story it was just out of place for me. Instead we get to see Diana train to become the champion of the Amazons. We get to see her meeting with Steve Trevor and the tough decision to leave everything behind to help save the world of Man and stop Ares from his torment over mankind. 

Ares is impressive and I always enjoy the stories he is in. I feel like I am being a little unfair on this book just because it didn't really fit in with what my expectations were. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, I still look forward to getting to vol 3 now that the year one story has been done I hope to get back to the now. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Wonder Woman (2017)


One word... FANTASTIC!!!!! My wife and I have been waiting for this movie for so long that at Christmas time we asked for Movie gift cards so we could seer this and Justice League because we knew money would be tight. We waited in anticipation until the day came this came to theaters and I want to go see this again. 

The movie fits in with the current universe of DC movies as it opens but hten this is a flash back origin story in the best way. Gal Gadot was absolutely impressive in Batman versus Superman and she surpassed that performance in this movie. We see Dinana Prince walking into the Louvre on her way to work and a Wayne Enterprise truck shows up to deliver a case to her. This is where the story flashes back to when Diana is just a little girl on Themyscira growing up under the shadow and protection of her mother the queen. Here we get to watch Diana grow up until the world of the Amazons is shattered by the arrival of Steve Trevor as his plane crashes through the magical barrier. 

We then get to see Diana defy her mother's wishes and take Steve Trevor to leave Themyscira and head to the world of man to help end Ares the god of War and stop World War 1. There are some great lighthearted moments, like Diana's discuss at how women are treated in 1918 London. How women are supposed to fight in the layered dresses. Also, Steve Trevor's secretary is quite funny and her interaction with Diana is just great.

All that aside I am humbly moved by this movie. I have always been conscious of the struggles women face and I hope everyday that my daughter doesn't have to deal with the same hurdles when she grows up. She always wants to be Batman or the Flash and never wants to be Batgirl. I want my daughter to be proud to be a woman and have a strong role model other than my wife to look to. Wonder Woman, I mean Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are those women. I had no idea that I had been waiting all my life for this movie until I saw. it. I want my son to know that Women can be strong and deserve respect so I am as much excited for my daughter to watch this movie as I am my son. I was moved to tears at one point and had goosebumps through the whole movie. 

This is easily the best movie I have seen all year and I'm so glad I finally got to see it. My wife and I loved this and wish we could go right back to the theater to watch this again. If you haven't seen this movie yet I beg you to go. It doesn't matter if you are a comic book fan or a Wonder Woman fan this is just a very well done movie with a moving story and a cast that was perfect for every role. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and will give it 10 out of 5 just because this is my blog and I make the rules. Check out the trailer below. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Flash vol 2: Speed of Darkness by Joshua Williamson



I love this series but I have to admit that I am so confused. I'll admit that I didn't read much of the Flash during New 52 so I am sure I missed some stuff but these books are confusing because I keep waiting for answers and none have come in two books. The being said I have been so wrapped up in Vol 1 and 2 that I still have loved every panel of these books. A big thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics for allowing me to read this for a review.

Now before I get into the book I am going to explain why I am so confused. This may be a spoiler so read forward at your own risk. In volume 1 we see briefly that Wally West has come back. What do you mean Wally is back you might be asking yourself. Wally has been there all the time. Well I grew up with one Wally West and since New 52 there has been a whole different Wally West. So now we have 2 Wally Wests in this world and I have no idea how my Wally ended up gone and how this new Wally exists. So yeah, my fault I haven't been an avid Flash reader but at the same time I was expecting to get some answers in this book, especially since it has a decent bit of my Wally in it. At the same time it did make for a great cover that made me nostalgic for the original Barry Allen Jay Garrick one of old. I loved this take on the classic cover. To tie into this 
I also have to admit that one other thing confused me is at the beginning Barry freaks out and starts to fade into the speed force. Of course it takes the two Wallys  to work together and pull him back to reality, and while in the Speed Force Barry gets a vision that gave me goosebumps. Here is my issue, this seems like a set up for what this volume will be dealing with and then all of a sudden the book takes a left turn and we never speak of this fade into the Speed Force again. Why bother getting this all set up if you aren't going to even develop it.

So the Flash has been dealing with a lot since Rebirth started. He has had to deal with a lot of new speedsters at first like in Vol 1 and Wally has been getting powers, much like in the tv show. Barry has been dealing with training him and keeping his identity from Wally and Iris, on top of holding a job as CSI for the Central City police department. Of course new Wally is anxious to really test out his powers so he tries to go out on his own and in doing so he is pulled into the shadow world. This book has the Shade in it. Once a villain he has now crossed over to side of good all for love. Changing his emotions and thoughts has caused a problem with his shadows and they go rouge. No the Shade is desperately looking for Barry because he is the only one who can help him save the love of his life and keep Central City from being overrun by darkness. 
I really liked the story in this book. The writing was so engaging and well plotted. I wasn't a huge fan of the art work in this book and it looked a little rough. I have seen much better art work in Flash comics before and the writing is the thing that carries this book. All of this being said I will give my rating. This is a 3.5 out of 5 stars due to the art work being less than spectacular. The writing and characters will allow me to round this up to 4 out of 5. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Batman Vol 2: I Am Suicide by Tom King


I have been a fan of Batman since I first started to read. Being able to follow this series has been very exciting. Thank you to Netgalley and DC Comics for letting me read this for a review. Batman is desperately trying to help Gotham Girl after she was whammied by Psycho-Pirate . In order to try and get to him he has to go through Bane. 

To do this job Batman has to enlist the help of some strange characters. Batmaan creates his own version of Suicide Squad. The biggest shock in his decision isn't who he picks for his team but why she is locked up. Catwoman has been locked up for killing 237 people. I'm not going to lie, I still have the last 2 books of the Batman series to read before Rebirth took over. Rebirth was so exciting I jumped ahead so I could get started right away so I have no idea what is going on. Apparently Catwoman is awaiting lethal injection for killing the terrorists that wiped out the Orphanage she grew up in killing everyone inside. 

I will admit that the story for this book wasn't as good as volume 1 nor was the art work up to the standard either. A good portion of this book is just a letter from Catwoman to Batman and then a letter from Batman to her. I have always enjoyed the relationship between Batman and Catwoman so I enjoyed the letters but it didn't fit with the action going on in the panels so I was a little distracted. 

The art work was good but not as detailed in most of the book. There were some good panels that had a good bit of detail to show just how Gotham can be. Batman has some good pages too but I just felt that this could have been better. I know the artists tend to change issue to issue but when Vol 1 had such amazingly detailed art I was a little let down. 

So all this negativity I am sure you are guessing I didn't like this. Well you would be wrong, this book may not have lived up to what I expected but it was still very well done. I wish there was more to the story instead of the letters over the action, but I loved the characters. Bane is a changed villain which added more depth to his character and made me want to see where his story will go in the future. Seeing Batman and Catwoman deepen their relationship was great, and I would love to see more in future books. I have always wished those two could make it work. This was an enjoyable story and I can't wait for the next volume. This is a 4 out of 5 star read. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Crossing by Michael Connelly


I have been a big fan of Michael Connelly's for a very long time. Harry Bosch is one of my favorite detectives and I have also enjoyed the Mickey Haller novels. Its a good thing that I enjoy these two characters because the last few books Connelly have written haven;t fit in one series or the other but they fit in both. Now that we know Bosch and Haller are half brothers they tend to cross over more and more in these books. I'm ok with that. I love a good crossover and these two work well together to enhance the plot. Most people would think, of course they are going to work well together since they were written by the same author. That isn't always the case and trying to get two completely different and, in a way, opposing characters to work this well is pure talent. 

This book's title has so many meanings the crossing means so much to different people. In this book the title has two meanings. One is Bosch's battle to make sure he doesn't cross over the line between police officer and the defense. These two worlds rarely play nice together and always seem to fight back and forth, especially during trial. The second meaning is the point in every case where the victims life crosses over with the perp's. Not only is Bosch fighting his own situation but he has to take this closed case and investigate it to prove that his gut feeling that Haller's client really is innocent.

This book was great and I am so glad I caught up (sort of) to where Bosch is at becuase I like following him through his trouble with the department and trying to brave the world of a teenage daughter. There was a few slower parts in the book but life has to have those moments every now and then. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend this to any Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller fan.  


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Green Lanterns Vol 2: The Phantom Lantern by Sam Humphries


My favorite Green Lantern is Hal Jordan with Kyle Rayner a very close second. It took a long time for me to get into the Green Lantern Corps series which I started to read when Blackest Night began. I'm a fan of Green Lantern and I tried to keep up through New 52 so I got to see Simon Baz become a Green Lantern and I was a little uneasy with his picking up as yet another Lantern of Earth. Rebirth started and I had to find out what is going on with the missing Corps and what is going on with Hal since he was outcast from the Corp and using a Renegade ring. So I requested this series not knowing what to expect. 

This series hasn't disappointed yet.I have been so impressed with the plot and artwork in these books that I am already looking forward to Vol 3 when ever it comes out. I have to thank NetGalley and DC Comics for letting me read these for reviews. I am thoroughly hooked on this series and Lantern Jessica is a close second to Hal Jordan in my favorite Lanterns.

So what is the Phantom Ring? This is the very first ring ever crafted by the Guardians of the Universe.  Anyone can wield this ring because it doesn't choose the bearer and taps into the complete emotional spectrum. Like the White ring that Kyle Rayner has been given it taps into fear, rage, will, and all the other emotions bit the Phantom ring brings a power that is to much to handle. Jessica and Simon have been doing their best to protect this ring and the Guardian who forged it but it gets out and finds the most delusional and deranged peson hell bent on becoming a Green Lantern.

Jessica and Simon will have to find this Phantom Lantern, while trying to find the Guardian and rescue him. In order to accomplish this they will have to face their greatest enemies, themselves. As Green Lanterns they are chosen because they can overcome great fear. This book tests these characters and I loved it. I highly recommend this book and one of the things I have to admit really getting a kick out of is the beginning of the book when it is Halloween. This book is easily a 5 out of 5 read. Love this series and can't wait to see what happens next with these two new Lanterns. 


Monday, May 1, 2017

Action Comics Vol 2: Welcome to the Planet by Dan Jurgens


What a title and doesn't mean what you might think. Sure we have a new Superman who shows up right as the old one on this Earth vaporizes. If you read the previous volume you know that Superman has been around for awhile but in hiding. Now this book picks up from the issues of Volume 1.

So here we have some answers to the questions raised in Volume 1. We not only have our new Superman, but we have a Clark Kent. Yes there is actually a Clark Kent on this Earth with no powers and he is just a mild mannered reporter, and Superman is standing right next to him. Lex Luthor is still wearing the Super suit and Superman's S and cape. On top of that the Lois Lane from this Earth has gone missing. 

I had so many questions like how did Lex become this Superman version of himself and what is this powerless Clark Kent doing here? This book addresses those in a very interesting way. We also get to find out more of this new Superwoman who bares a striking resemblance to the Red Energy Superman. 

I really liked this book and I am so hooked on this series. A big thnak you to DC Comics for bringing back everything I liked about the Superman franchise that I felt was erased with New 52 and to Netgalley for letting me read this for a review. I would highly recommend reading Vol 1 of Action comics before you read this, but if you are a fan of Superman and especially a fan of Superman. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Superman Vol 2: Trials of the Super Son by Peter Tomasi


I requested this from Netgalley and DC Comics for two reasons. First of all I wanted to read a story that involved Superman and his son, and Batman and his. Just the cover alone made me want to read this. I also wanted to read this because Action Comics Vol 1, was such an amazing story/reboot of a Superman franchise that I felt had really lost its mind during New 52. 

I was really disappointed with the Superman books really before New 52. They started to get too ridiculous with their story lines and I just didn't want to deal with it so I gave up these books. Since I felt that way I actually skipped Superman Vol 1 and didn't bother to request it. Well the Cover for that first Action Comics volume made me curious and I am so glad I read it. It renewed my faith in these books and it was rewarded with this book. 

This book is broken up into different stories. The first one is really kind of heartwarming. We get to see Clark, Lois, and Jonathan as a family and just enjoying the county fair in their new home. Getting junk food, riding rides, and teaching John about girls and what not to say is fun and I enjoyed seeing this side of Superman.  

The next section of the book has to do with Superman and Batman training their sons. Damien hates Johnathan and wants nothing more than to kill him or at the very least put him out of commission. Superman and Batman understand the need for teamwork and are determined to find a way to get these kids to play nice and work as a team. It doesn't help when the fighting between the two boys destroys one of Batman's Labs. I remember that look I would get when I would fight with my brother and something ended up broken. 

I didn't feel that this book advanced the overall Superman story to much but it was a really enjoyable story that not only didn't disappoint but was fun and a fast entertaining read. I'm so glad I was granted this book for a review and I will be picking up Vol 1 to get caught up. I also will be continuing with this series as soon as Vol 3 is available. I also need to mention that I just love this artwork. The page on the right with the darkened Superman and Batman looking over the destruction Damien and John just created is just perfect.

This book was awesome and I am so so glad I read this. It is an easy decision to give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This year has given me a lot of 5 out of 5 reads and almost all of them are Rebirth books. Thank you DC Comics for getting back to the way things were and writing great stories again for the Superman line. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Green Arrow Vol 2: Island of Scars by Benjamin Percy


I'm just going to say it. I love this series. I have read Green Arrow on and off for a long time even before Arrow started on the CW. I am so fortunate to be selected to read and review these books by NetGalley and DC Comics because this is a series I don;t want to miss. Oliver Queen is back and I love the return to the classic hero I knew in Rebirth. 

So of course this book picks up right after Vol 1 ends. Oliver and company had destroyed the floating island thing of the ninth and Oliver is yet again stranded on an island. However this time it is a little less deserted. Black Canary and Diggle are both on the island as well, they just have to find each other. Let it be no surprise that Black Canary finds Oliver first so we get a little romance in the book, which I actually enjoy. I love the relationship between these two and I actually own the wedding issue when they got married before New 52 shook things up. 

While on the island and looking for Diggle Oliver and Canary stumble on to a huge opium field. Well this seems like no good can come from this and Diggle is still missing. Now they either have to find a way to destroy the field or find and stop what ever this is being used for. There is plenty of action to be had in this book and I flew right through it. 

As I mentioned I do really like the relationship between Oliver and Canary. It is just the right amount of romance for an action packed comic that I always look forward to moments between these characters. It also helps round out this suspenseful plot. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait for volume 3. This book easily gets my 5 out of 5 star approval and I am so glad this series seems to get better with each volume. Her is hoping this trend continues. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Hellblazer Vol 1: The Poison Truth by Simon Oliver


I haven't read much of Constantine.I liked the movie with Keanu Reeves, and I loved the Shoe with Matt Ryan when it was on. I think that was cancelled way to soon. Anyway, the tv show really got me interested in the darker more adult titles from Vertigo. So I started to read the Hellblazer seires but didn't get very far. When this came up on Netgalley from DC Comics I knew I had to request this book. 

This is definitely a dark book with a lot going on that seem small but I'm sure will tie into a bigger story. Not going to lie at times I had no idea what was going on and felt a little out of the loop. This may be because I wasn't reading this book before Rebirth but I don't know. This book opens up John Constantine leaving the US and heading back to his home in London. Constantine then tries to defeat a demon but unleashing a deadly curse on London which will collect all of the souls of the people and shoot them into the demon all at once. It would wipe it out but also kill a lot of people. It is a dangerous bluff. This is a nice little warm up to sort of reintroduce this character to new readers and veteran readers since Rebirth began.

Next we get a collaboration story with Swamp Thing. I have always been intrigued by Swamp Thing but never intersted enough to read his books so I really enjoyed the fact he is in this book and that the story kind of ties to him. Swamp Thing is trying to find his counterpart in the scheme of things and he needs John's help. John has his own things going on so the story bounces between the two characters but it meshed well for the most part.

I did enjoy this book quite a bit. The only issues I had with it is the fact I had moments where I didn't understand what was going on and even after a re-read of that section I still felt lost. Also, the artwork could be a little better. I know the original books had that gritty low detail kind of artwork so this kind of sticks with the formula, but I know this could be so much more. It could be creepier and darker with more detail. The covers like the one I included with this post are the best pieces of artwork in the book. I will give this 3 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King



This was an amazing book!!! I have loved every instillation in the Dark Tower series more and more. This is what I wrote when I reviewed this book the first time I read it almost 6 years ago. I take pride in saying that this statement still holds up for me. I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. The biggest is we finally get back on the path of the beam. The bonus and second reason I love this book is the crossover with Salem's Lot which happens to also be one of my favorite books. I also like the western feel to this book which says something because I am not usually a fan of westerns.

Reading the reviews before and as I read I noticed a lot of people were not happy with the pace and the length of it. There might have been a few things that could have been left out to cut down on the length, but as long as this is, it didn’t feel that long. I seemed to breeze through this when I first read this in hardback and I couldn't stop listening to this in Audio form this time around.

In this book the four Gunslingers come across a town on their journey to the tower and are asked for some assistance. This town, Calla Bryn Sturgis, is having one child from there many sets of twins taken by the Wolves every 23 years or so. The children are returned to the towns people but they aren't the same. Devoid of higher brain function and they grow to massive proportions these children are what the towns people called Roont and there is no better word to describe them. This is the year the wolves return to claim these children and the town doesn’t want this to continue any longer. While in the town Roland and his Ka-Tet stay try and uncover the many mysteries these people hide while preparing for war.

This is an amazing story and every book has kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are so well developed I felt like part of the town. As I mentioned earlier we meet up with Father Callahan from Salem's Lot and his story of what happens to him after that book is really interesting and weaves its way through every thing the Ka-Tet has been through up to this point.  For those who have not read the Dark Tower series I would highly recommend it. This is still one of my favorite books in this series and it is still a 5 out of 5 star read. I'm looking forward to continuing my journey again and it looks like I just might finish before the movie comes out.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Deathstroke Vol 1: The Professional by Christopher Priest


I have always liked Deathstroke. He was the villainous equal to Batman in a sense of being super calculating and meticulous. That being said he does have this lighter side to him that makes him sort of an anti-hero. It makes this character very deep and interesting. I have read a few of the books Deathstroke is in but I have never really dug into the character like this book has. Since I am a fan and DC Comics and Netgalley were so kind to allow me to read this for a review I anxiously read through this. 

I usually save the art work for the end of the review but I have to share this cover. This type of detail runs through most of the book and I was really impressed. For being so evil and cold these pictures are really vibrant. There may not be a lot of colors but this cover alone is both bright and dark and gives off so much emotion. 
Now, on to the story. I will admit that I was a little lost through this book and will need a re-read in the future to get everything going on in this book. I felt that this book even though it was a Rebirth story would have been better if I had read the previous books. So here is the long and the short of the plot. Slade Wilson, like every other character in the DC Universe he is reinventing who he is and what he stands for. We get to see glimpses into Slade's past and his family life. We also find out that someone has a contract out on Slade's daughter. Now Slade has to figure out who is out to destroy every part of his life. 

Here is where I got excited. Who better for Slade to turn to for help by Batman. He doesn't really ask nicely but instead kidnaps Robin to make Batman sort of babysit Slade's teenage daughter. This part was the best part of the book, but don't get your hopes up. We don't find anything out in this volume. We get exactly the story we should have at this point because this is going to be big. I enjoyed this book. I am so glad I got to read it and I do plan on moving on to Vol 2 when it comes out. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz


The name is Bond. James Bond, and he wants his martini shaken not stirred. Not a frickin Heineken like they use in the Danniel Craig bond movies. I'n not going to get into my distaste for the recent bond films. This book is bond as we all know and love him. Anthony Horowitz is an amazing author because he can find the voice of classic characters and write it like you were reading it from Ian Fleming himself. He did an amazing job with the Sherlock Homes novels he has written so I was very excited to see him not only pen the new Bond novel, but to be able to incorporate actual material from Ian Fleming. 

This book has absolutely everything. Fast cars, espionage, action, women, and a crazy plot that is so interesting you can't help but keep reading. Bond is facing the international organization SMERSH in a race to find out what is going on between the West and the Soviets in their race to not only control the world, but to control the space race. This starts out feeling like it is a sequel to Goldfinger and I think this is where Ian Fleming's work comes into play. Horowitz does such a great job of capturing Fleming's voice that it is impossible to know what material was the original and what was Horowitz expanding this to a full story.

Horowitz explains when he was asked to write the next James Bond novel, he was given access to all kinds of Fleming  writing. It turns out there was talks of a Bond TV show and Ian Fleming had written some of the stories for them. Bond has been in all kinds of different adventure situations but a Grand Prix race wasn't one of them. While trying to get closer to SMERSH to figure out what exactly their plans are to interfere with the US launch of a new rocket.

I loved this book. I realize this review is a little disjointed and that is because I wrote this in sections. I started this book a year ago and just now finished it. The time frame had nothing to do with the book in a sense that it was dull. I just have two wonderful young kids and they don't like to let their Dad read on the weekends. It was impossible to find any time to get this book read. So I wanted to make sure that I was able to hit on the key points of the plot in my review before I forgot about them. I wish I could have read this all at once because it was great. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend this to any fan of the Bond series. I really enjoyed this book and I'm so glad I was able to get some time this weekend to finish this.   

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wonder Woman Vol 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka


I have always liked Wonder Woman. She really is this positive role model for girls to show they can be strong and confident. I didn't read Wonder Woman until Crisis on Infinite Earths and then I didn't read her through New 52 except for one of the volumes. Rebirth has brought my favorite heroes back to the greatness they once had before New 52 so when I had the chance to read this for a review from NetGalley and DC Comics I took it. Thank you to DC Comics and NetGalley. 

So you need a little bit of Wonder Woman history before I get into things so bare with me. Originally Wonder Woman was the creation of her mother and sand on the beach of her home. The amazons are devoid of men so there is no children running around and Hippolyta wanted a daughter. She formed a baby girl out of the sands of Themyscira and beg the gods to bring this child to life. It was always a very touching story and one I have enjoyed. New 52 changed things, Wonder Woman became the child of Zeus making her a Goddess. 

This volume we find a Wonder Woman torn apart by conflicting memories. She remembers the original story and being the child of Zeus so she is having a crisis of identity. At the very begining we see this crisis and struggle to the point that we see her change from the sit she has worn all through New 52 to the Wonder Woman suit of old which was a great moment. Part of this struggle to find herself she realizes that she cannot fine Themyscira, she can't go home. To do that she needs to find help and she finds it in the most unlikely place. Diana seeks out one of her enemies known as Cheetah. Cheetah blames Diana for the curse she is under and it becomes quite a challenge for Diana to bring her around to help her and in return find a way to help get Cheetah back to her original self.   
Once she is able to convince Cheetah to help her she finds herself in the exact same place as good old Steve Trevor. She is now trying to rescue him and his team while trying to kill a creature who has kidnapped women from the local village. This does open up one of my favorite pages in the whole book which just highlights the point aI made earlier about Wonder Woman being a symbol for women to be strong. If you can't read what Wonder Woman is saying it is "...let us share your courage" which to me showed that as strong as she is there are still women out there in the world who see through some of the most horrible conditions. I just liked this page and had to share it. I enjoyed this book so much and I can't wait for the next volume to come out because I will be continuing this series. I give this 4 out of 5 stars.