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Night Raven: From The Marvel UK Vaults 0

I didn't read the Amazon reviews before I bought this- wish I had. I have the Marvel Graphic Novel issue, .Night Raven: The Collected Stories, and loved it. So a bigger book of Nightraven? Sure! Wasn't expecting the extra material to be prose. Oh, well, I'll probably enjoy it anyway. It just wasn't what I was expecting, and it's not specified in the publisher's solicitation.For the score... while I don't mind prose, I was really expecting more of the beautiful comics that were in the Collected S...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq 0

This is a black-and-white, 32 page, hardcover graphic novel, and it's a quick read. Based on true events, it's the story of "Alia Muhammad Baker, the chief librarian of the Central Library in Bosra, Iraq" (quoted from the dust jacket). In short, she feared the library would be a casualty of war, and that the 40,000 books inside would be destroyed. She made a plan, and managed to rescue 30,000 of the books before the library was burned. Hero, indeed!If that sounds a lot like the issue description...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Foreskin Man #7 - Blowback 0

Donovan Tracer, AKA Blowback***SPOILERS***Twelve pages of story this issue. We are immediately introduced to Donovan Tracer, who narrates a flashback that takes nearly the entire issue. It details how he was circumcised as an infant by Doctor Edric Griswold (Dr. Mutilator, from FM #1) and how it ruined his entire life. We see full-on baby-penis again, and I'm still not down with that. It is in context, but it's completely unnecessary. Griswold took part of the nerves with the foreskin, causing D...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Foreskin Man #6 - Operation Tuli 0

***SPOILERS***Yes- she roofies her sister.Twelve pages of story this issue. Malaya Luansing is from Manila. She's the chief sculptress for circumcision museum, but she feels that something terrible might happen on her trip to Manila. So Miles tells her to go early. Her sister Jovelyn is planning to have her son, Kidlat, circumcised. Since she arrives early, Jovelyn roofies her, and locks her up at a shady "clinic" so she can't "spoil her fun." First thought: "Great, demonizing the parent again."...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Foreskin Man #5 - BioFlesh 0

***SPOILERS***Twelve pages of story again. Max Warmong of La Jolla, California, and an unidentified Manhattan, New York woman discuss the demand for their "ForeFace Cream" - a face cream made from the foreskins of infants. There has been a sharp decline in the demand for circumcisions though, so Max is having trouble finding a foreskin for the woman in Manhattan to test. He's supposed to bring her one to tomorrow's OB/GYN conference. Um... what's to test? They're taking infant foreskins from "pa...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Foreskin Man #4 - The Sünnet Knife 0

Honestly, I just like the detail on that box.***SPOILERS***Twelve pages of story this time. Miles travels to Tahir's Treasures in Istanbul, Turkey. Tahir, having heard of Miles' museum and the Turkish circumcision exhibit, wants him to take the Sünnet Knife and lock it away so that its power won't corrupt anyone else. He's had it successfully hidden for this long, so why didn't Tahir just keep it locked away himself? Why would he entrust it to some stranger from halfway around the world, ju...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Foreskin Man #3 - Vulva Girl 0

***SPOILERS***Twelve pages of story this time. While contemplating his new African tribal circumcision exhibit, Ahera Kamili comes to ask Miles to rescue her son Kito. They had left Kenya before Githinji attacked her village, and forced circumcision on all the male children. Now, he has kidnapped Kito, and taken him back to Africa to force the rite on him too.Okay, that's legit funny.When Miles gets there, his driver (who Ahera had told him he could trust) sets him up for an ambush by Githinji's...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Foreskin Man #2 - Monster Mohel 0

The issue's most interesting image.***SPOILERS GALORE*** but it's for the best.This is the issue that brought on accusations of "anti-Semitic imagery." And... <sigh> ...they're not wrong. Matthew Hess was out to demonize any practice of circumcision with this series, but once again, he's gone a little overboard with the villain. Honestly, I'm a little torn about it.On the one hand, the argument against would be stronger if the mohel was presented in a normal light, and the argument still h...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Foreskin Man #1 - Dr. Mutilator 0

***SPOILERS GALORE*** but I'm just trying to save you from your own curiosity.This character was shared in a Facebook group I follow, called Forgotten, Obscure and Underrated Comic Characters. After I got over the shock that this even exists, I had to know more. So I went to Wikipedia, and... let me just give you the opener:Foreskin Man is a comic book created by Matthew Hess to protest against circumcision. The comic centers around Foreskin Man, a superhero who saves babies from being circumcis...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Catwoman (2004) 0

***SPOILER-ISH*** but it's been almost twenty years.I don't think I saw this movie in the theater. I know I bought it on DVD in the cheap bins, and watched it at least once. At that point, my mom was living with me, and I know she watched it with me at least long enough to roll her eyes at the name "Ophelia Powers."I thought it was pretty corny too, but only because it seemed out of place- it was the only wordplay name in the movie (that I caught, anyway). Personally, most of the characters I co...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Foolkiller: White Angels TPB 0

***SPOILERS***I read through this pretty quick the other night. I'm honestly a bit torn about this book. I like a fiction where racists, Nazis, or hostile aliens are slaughtered willy-nilly. I guess I have become accustomed to the decades of nerfing these subjects that came from publishing under the seal of the Comics Code Authority. This... is NOT... that.It's Foolkiller dropping racists (The White Angels) left-and-right, which sure- who doesn't like to see racists get their heads handed to the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fighting American: The Ties That Bind TPB 0

***SPOILERS***This is Volume 2 of the Titan Comics Fighting American series- a four-issue mini-series called The Ties That Bind.The weirdness just keeps on coming with this one. Professor Dyle’s inventions are just all over the place, in the hands of all kinds of nut cases. Fighting American is being kept very busy. In the midst of all of this, Agent Rutherford is replaced on Project: Fighting American by two FBI agents! Only, they aren’t really agents, they’re hitmen sent by t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Daredevil: Ninja TPB. 0

***SPOILERS, but it’s 22 years old***I was surprised by this one. I’ve had this book for right around twenty years, but I’ve only just now read it in 2023. I didn’t know what to expect from this title. I kind of thought it was just going to be a rehash of Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, because Marvel has rehashed several of their popular mini-series or story arcs in the last two-or-so decades.Well, turns out this wasn’t that. It was more of a sequel. It definitely...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Thunderbolts: First Strikes TPB 0

***SPOILERS, but it’s been 26 years***I may have read this when it was first released, but rereading today in 2023, I remembered none of it. I remembered what the big reveal at the end of the first issue was, but that was it. I didn’t recall how it was done though.I must confess that I am a fan of Kurt Busiek. Love Astro City. Love his JLA/JSA crossover from the pages of Justice League of America, back in the Eighties. Love The Liberty Project. And Thunderbolts is actually a little b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Startling Stories: Banner TPB 0

***SPOILERS, but it’s 22 years old***Written by Brian Azzarello, and drawn by Richard Corben, the story in short is: Doc Samson and General Ross are chasing the Hulk from town-to-town, covering up his carnage as a string of natural disasters and mechanical failures. Hulk is in a futile search for Bruce Banner. Doc fights Hulk a couple of times, and finally, a weapon they deployed against the Green Goliath knocks him out. Once in captivity, Bruce tells Samson that he wants to die, and Doc c...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Pro 2

***Full SPOILERS, but it’s been sixteen years***I like parody. I like crude humor at times- mostly the kind where you snicker and move on. Sustained, long-form crude jokes (that’s what she called it anyway) are not really my cup of tea. And Garth Ennis, as much as I liked Hitman, is not often for me either. He’s one of a handful of creators that I feel should not be allowed to publish creator-owned work. Not in the name of censorship, just… well, he’s gross…...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Jupiter's Legacy #1 0

***Spoilers***I had no interest in this, simply because it had Mark Millar's name on it. I've come to not like the way he treats comics in general, and I believe in the concept of "If you don't like it, don't buy it." So, you won't usually find his works in my shopping cart. G-Man's official Comic Vine review changed my mind with nine words: "new comic universe" and "a world where heroes do exist." I'm a sucker for the former, and am very interested in the latter, thanks to some personal favorit...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America TPB 0

***There will be some spoilers.***September 5, 2023I’ve had the Fallen Son TPB since it came out in 2008. I’ve only just gotten around to reading it. I just finished it. Fifteen years removed from the hype surrounding Captain America’s death- a stunt that wasn’t announced; wasn’t even in Civil War as it seemed like it should have been at the time; and that caught all of us off guard.As collectors, it left everyone scrambling for copies of Captain America #25. Especi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Shaman's Tears TPB 0

Back of book blurb from the IDW Shaman's Tears TPB.***SPOILERS*** ...But look, Shaman's Tears is from 1993, and even this TPB is from 2011. You've had your chance.I include the back of book blurb here, because... well... it's kind of a lot, isnt' it? And this thirteen-issue series tried to fit it all in, and be artsy, and angsty, and statement-y, and... and I'm really kind of disappointed. I picked up Issues #1 & 2 back in 1993 when they came out, and ran across an ashcan of #3 sometime late...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The New Adventures of The Human Fly #1 4

Bare bones plot descriptions, but no spoilers.Marvel's 1977 The Human Fly series is one of my favorites. So, I was really excited when I saw this on Amazon. The New Adventures of the Human Fly?! Yes, please!Then I received it in the mail. I thought, "Bonus," becuase it was a magazine-sized book, like the Marvel Graphic Novels of the 1982 series. That joy was immediately dampened when I looked inside, and discovered that the art was all in black-and-white. It's okay, it's a viable choice- I just ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Batwoman S1E1 Pilot 0

*SPOILERS* but c'mon, it's been over two years.IMPORTANT NOTE: To put my review in context, I feel the need to put my feelings on LGBTQ programming in print here. It was a process for me- stick with me.First: I haven't read the Batwoman series that spawned this show, so I can draw absolutely zero comparisons.Second: I was not for this show.I am all for inclusion and representation, but I really HATE the way DC does it. Or really, I hate the way CW does it. I have yet to ever see LGBTQ characters...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batwoman S1:E1 - Pilot 0

*SPOILERS* but c'mon, it's been over two years.IMPORTANT NOTE: To put my review in context, I feel the need to put my feelings on LGBTQ programming in print here. It was a process for me- stick with me.First: I haven't read the Batwoman series that spawned this show, so I can draw absolutely zero comparisons.Second: I was not for this show.I am all for inclusion and representation, but I really HATE the way DC does it. Or really, I hate the way CW does it. I have yet to ever see LGBTQ characters...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Green Arrow: Here There Be Dragons TPB 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** The stories are from 1988, so you've had yer chance.Want to read the review on the previous volume? See Green Arrow: Hunters Moon TPB.I dinged the first volume of this series for seemingly wrapping up Dinah's trauma from Longbow Hunters, and moving on- saying it was a little too easy. While they didn't exactly redeem that in this volume, they at least did mention it again, so kudos for not completely letting it go.Where Dinah's trauma was dealt with in two issues, the six...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Green Arrow: Hunters Moon TPB 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** They're from 1988; over thirty years ago. Y'had yer chance.Recently, I treated myself to a bunch of trade paperbacks, most at some very discounted prices. Among those, I got all nine currently-available volumes of the 1988 Green Arrow series. Easing into a three-day weekend, I finally got around to reading the first volume today. It's... well... right in line with what I expected it to be, but a tiny bit dated.Only "a tiny bit" though, because Oliver Queen was a "social j...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Nancy In Hell: A Dragon In Hell #1 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS***You may be wondering how something like this happens. See the pic to the right- El Torres explained it himself in the back of this very issue. TL;DR? Allow me to get to the core of it with this quote:...I used that hey-we-are-in-the-same-company trick... "Can I use The Dragon in one of my books?", I asked."Yes," answered Erik...."Can I publish this book through Amigo?", I asked."Yes", answered Erik.El TorresSo, that's how that gets done. Easy, right?Y'know what wasn't easy...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Savage Dragon #250 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** (you were warned)It's that time again! Another milestone issue for Savage Dragon! This title has been plugging along for 250 issues now... 256, if you count the original three-issue mini-series, #0, #1/2, and the #13 from the Image X-Month (although Larsen would prefer you forgot that last one). If you start counting the minis, crossovers, and significant guest appearances, there have been at least another 50 (FIFTY!!!) issues with Savage Dragon in them! That's OVER 300 i...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Teen Machine #1 0

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** you were warned.Teen Machine #1 is a one-shot that collects the Teen Machine stories from Argo Comics Anthology. The stories are each fun for what they are, but as a whole, it seems like the creators were trying to decide what they wanted Teen Machine to be as they went along.In the first story, "Helping Melvin," nerdy Melvin wants to ask the beautiful Renee to the prom. The Teen Machine team decides to help him out, but the school bullies want Renee to themselves. The st...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

MPH TPB 0

Okay, so the first issue of this came out in 2014, and I don't think I bought it until 2015. Never did get the other issues. A few weeks ago, I was shopping around for another two trade paperbacks about a super drug, and it reminded me of MPH. So, I went looking, and found it for a pretty decent price (that is: less than cover). Before I get into the book though. let me get something out of the way...I kind of dislike Mark Millar. Kind of. To be fair, I liked parts of Wanted, and most of Starlig...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1 0

After reading the Tales From the Dark Multiverse: TItans: The Judas Contract one-shot, I was super stoked to read the other Dark Multiverse books. Unfortunately, the story quality is apparently not consistent. This divergence on Batman: Knightfall is just weird.*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* you were waned.So Bane breaks Batman's back. Bruce works his way back to health to be Batman again. Here though, when he confronts Jean Paul Valley, the former Azrael decides he's the "one true Batman" (which had me th...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Futurists #1 0

Example of former webcomicBack in 2009, The Futurists was a webcomic. That and this one picture I found on comicsbeat are about all I can tell you about it, because the website - whoarethefuturists.com - is now gone. I imagine that they had to pull the webcomic when they decided to sell comics through Allegiance.Although the webcomic is no longer available to read, The Futurists #1 is! And I say: READ IT! British soldier Terry Gunn is caught up in a treasure hunt gone wrong which he tried to sto...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Norah's Saga #1 0

Hammer of ThorNorah's Saga is my third of four reads from Allegiance Arts & Entertainment, and I have yet to be disappointed. Between the company name, and the way these titles have gone, I'm assuming they're being written with an eye towards film development. I gotta tell ya: I'm okay with that. These stories are fantastic!A few years after a death in the family Norah Karrlson is in a new town, and new high school, and she's not exactly fitting in the way she'd like to. A fateful trip durin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves #1 0

Badass Mofo should totally be an official job titleI love a good Western. There's just something about the tall tale mythic nature applied to gunfighters. Maybe it's the fact that some of them actually existed? Whatever the case, U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves delivers all of that, including the fact that this guy was real! I was surprised by that- I don't remember reading his chapter in Badass, but here's his entry on Badass of the Week which says he's in the book, so I must have read it. There's po...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Red Rooster #1 0

I currently work at Wal-Mart. So, when I ran across an article saying that a new comic line would be distributed directly to Wal-Marts, and sold in their book section, I wanted to check them out. I'll be honest: I wasn't expecting much. I picked them up June 5th, and I'm happy to say: I was wrong. With fantastic art, and so-far great writing, I'd hold up this title to anything being put out at one of the larger companies.There's not a lot to tell as of this issue since it was mostly setup, but t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #5 0

Possible ****SPOILERS**** but for the love of life, take them, and don't buy this book!This story was originally serialized in fifteen chapters in the British anthology comic Crisis - sister title to 2000 A.D. It ran from #1-14, and resurfaced in #28. The five-issue mini-series was the way it was formatted for the American market. Frankly, maybe it loses something not having to wait from issue-to-issue for each chapter? Whatever the case, this issue was a mess.It turns out Phoenix had given Dalt...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #4 0

Possible **SPOILERS**, but take them and save yourself from buying the book.Stuff hits the fan right out of the gate this issue, and without warning. I mean, it's what Phoenix was planning in the previous issues, but we didn't know exactly what that was, and here we didn't get to see it start. There's no Ozymandias-like explanation of it either, beyond some vaguely hinted at puritanical cleansing of the non-Christian elements in the country, city-by-city. Basically, it just jumps right into Phoe...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #3 0

Possible ***SPOILERS***, but take them and don't buy this book.I was trying to read an issue, then write the review before going on to the next issue, but I couldn't stand it anymore with this issue. So, I went ahead and read #4 and #5. It doesn't get better.Ugh. This mini-series really goes downhill quick. I stated in a previous issue's review that this was published three years after Watchmen, and it just becomes more-and-more evident that they were out to either emulate it or top it with this...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #2 0

Possible ****SPOILERS**** but it's from 1989.I gotta be honest: I think maybe the first issue had such high marks from me, because of the similarities to my own Statesmen idea. This issue was way less... well, just way less than the first issue. Phoenix- the televangelist Statesman who's running for president- has some plan underway, and surprise, he suggests murder to his second-in-command, but "maybe you can make it look like a suicide." Le sigh. Not really a surprise, as dark as this story is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

New Statesmen #1 0

****SPOILERS***** but this story is from 1989, so you had your chance.I ran across New Statesmen completely by accident. I was researching something in the Comic Vine wiki, and it came up in a search. I was intrigued, because in my own characters I have a group called The Statesmen. As it turns out, the idea is similar on the surface. That is: both teams are a group representing the United States- a member for each state. That's about as far as it goes.The story starts off in September, 2064, th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 0

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* ...you were warned.Just to be upfront with everyone, I haven't liked much of what DC or Marvel have done since 2011. I pretty much stopped reading them after 2015. I've checked out only a few things here-and-there, and have been mostly disappointed. Which pains me to say, because I love DC and Marvel. I really do. I grew up with them, and these are the comics that made me fall in love with comics. But really... lately? Not so much.Honestly? I only bought Legion of Super-Heroe...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 0

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* ...you were warned.Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 is a one-shot revisitation of the 1984 Power Pack series that made us love this group to begin with. The fact that they threw in some other nostalgic favorites like Kofi, Friday, Kitty Pryde, Wolverine, Lila Cheney, and the Brood just made this a really fun read. It's split into two stories: "Growing Pains!," which is the main story where they fight the Brood, and "The Gift!," which is really just an epilogue to the main story, but i...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.