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Review: A Once Crowded Sky

A Once Crowded Sky
a novel

Author: Tom King
Illustrator: Tom Fowler
Publisher: Simon&Schuster
Cover Price: 14.99 CAD

I have had varying degrees of opinions at different stages while reading this book. Never have I felt so bi-polar while reading and at times conflicted on what is happening before mine own eyes! I really wanted to make this point now before the continuing; this was one of the hardest reviews to write but after some convincing (at  Book Camp TO 2012) I’ve decided to go ahead and share my thoughts on this story.

The plot is simple and follows your basic super hero story with a twist of despair.

From the Publisher: 

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Review: Sherlock Holmes Year One #1

SHERLOCK HOLMES: YEAR ONE #1
The Butlers Did It 


Writer
 Scott Beatty
Illustrator: Daniel Indro
Colorist: Tony Avina
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Aaron Campbell, Daniel Indro
Editor: Joseph Rybandt
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: 3.99 USD

This isn’t the first time I’ve read this comic, though I will admit that I did remember it differently. My first opinion of it was cruel and I realized I must have read it while tired. Taking that into account I am tired again, not as much so, but enough so not to bow down to the this comic as it might be deserving.

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I’ve got the bug

There’s always a time of year when you start to feel the itch. No it’s not the sickness kids are bringing home from schools, or interoffice cold going around.

The writing itch.

I’ve picked up pen and paper (ie. keyboard and my precious memory stick) and trying my hand at my favourite, but sorely dismissed as of late, hobby of writing. Right now it’s touching up scripts on my lunch breaks, poking at page layouts while the boyfriend marks children’s papers and the new task: Comic book a night until my stores are complete.

THEN I can buy more.

So are the reviews back? YES! Though probably less thorough as it’ll be one a night.  And maybe more that just comic reviews. I’m not just a publicist (now sadly unemployed publicity wise) but I’m a writer and lover of art and words. I’m turning now to the successful authors and artists for inspiration and guidance.

Want to join me in my little mini quest? And read all your unread comics before you buy another? I’d love the company. And I always want to know what authors and artists out there are thinking.

What comics do you go to for inspiration?

Who were your muses?

As always, happy reading and writing.

Review: Cowboy Ninja Viking #1

Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.

Cowboy Ninja Viking #1


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Story by AJ Lieberman
Cover and Art by Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price:  $3.50
|Release Date: Wed, October 14th, 2009

You’re introduced to the story via the villain. Does that ruin it for you if you’ve only read the first few pages? Yeah, probably but this is a review! The villain of course is just like the hero and its set up a little like a detective fiction where you’re constantly twenty-paces behind the events as they’re happening. Some might not like this, I kind of love it.

The main character is Duncan, better titled Cowboy Ninja Viking. How can one character be all three? Multiple personalities! Nicknamed as a ‘Triplet’ Duncan was of course a part of an experimental program the reader really doesn’t know much about that trained him to be a deadly weapon utilizing the three personalities he’s developed. A Cowboy, a Ninja, and my all time favourite Viking!

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Review: Carbon Grey #1

Carbon Grey #1

STORY BY: Hoang Nguyen, Paul Gardner
ART BY: Khari Evans, Kinsun Loh, Hoang Nguyen
LETTERS BY: Paul Gardener
COVER BY: Hoang Nguyen

PUBLISHER: Image Comics
COVER PRICE: $2.99 (USD)
RELEASE DATE: Mar 2nd, 2011

I’ve made probably one of the worst mistakes when it comes to reviewing a comic, or anything for that matter. I’ve read some other reviews. Sue me, grill me, fillet my authenticity as a writer: I couldn’t help it because I was really torn on what to think about this comic.

First thoughts

Beautiful. It can’t be denied that the artistic quality and colour of this comic is beautifully done and was painstakingly executed. Every detail is there, and the colouring compliments the line art. It has a very smoked appearance, which reminds me greatly of my first true comic love: Spawn. There is a gritty darkness in each panel. It’s not ‘pretty’ or maybe, a better word is ‘clean’. The art is done cleanly with crisp lines and striking contrast but the look of the page when you take a step back isn’t cartoon drawn ‘clean’. There is a smokyness to it that I can’t quite put my finger on, but that I LOVE and admire. Hell, I’ll buy a comic just for that art style.

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Review: The Surrogates (Vol 2): Flesh and Bone

The Surrogtates: Flesh and BoneThe Surrogates (Vol 2): Flesh and Bone

by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele

What can I say, I read the prequel.

There are a few basic things I can say about this book but they’re not exactly good. I could go on for a great deal of length as I did before but Flesh and Bone didn’t give as much out.
So.

It fell short of the first. Read the rest of this entry

Review: The Surrogates

The SurrogatesThe Surrogates (Vol 1)

by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele
 

*No Spoilers!! I swear!

A brief synopsis or introduction would be helpful I’m sure, on The Surrogates written by Robert Vendetti, illustrated by Brett Weldele.
It’s about a society where people no longer deal in the flesh from day to day but rather live through ‘surrogates’: life like ‘models’ that allow the user to look different, be stronger, faster, and live safer. The users don’t feel pain, but can have the thrill of living the acts their ‘surries’ commit. A man can be a woman, a white woman can be black, an Asian can look East Indian, etc. It’s an interesting concept that certainly opens up a world of opportunities but begs the question of who is behind the surrie, and when the surrogate units are targeted for attacks – who’s behind them?
This was made into a major motion picture that released last year starring Bruce Willis.

So, now that you’re interests have been peaked (or at least distracted) I’d like to talk about it without giving too much away. Read the rest of this entry

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