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review 2017-06-12 18:45
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Man in Black
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black - Robin Furth,Alex Maleev,Stephen King,Peter David

"Go then. There are other worlds than these."

 

 

And I might just do that after the next graphic novel in the series, which finishes off this story arc.

 

This installment completely changed what happened in the books, and I'm okay with that, I guess. However, that combined with the artwork, which I still don't feel is on par with the earlier graphic novels, may be enough for me to quit the series entirely. That goes against my completist nature, but life is too short and I want to read ALL the books. Choices must be made and I'm not sure the rest of this series will make the cut.

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review 2017-03-31 14:58
"Mroczna Wieża" Komiks
Zdrada - Peter David,Stephen King,Jae Lee,Richard Ianove,Robin Furth
Bitwa o Jericho Hill - Peter David,Stephen King,Jae Lee,Richard Ianove,Robin Furth
Upadek Gilead - Peter David,Stephen King,Richard Ianove,Robin Furth
Narodziny rewolwerowca - Peter David,Stephen King,Jae Lee,Richard Ianove,Robin Furth
Długa droga do domu - Peter David,Stephen King,Jae Lee,Richard Ianove,Robin Furth

Tak, jestem fanem Kinga. jego twórczość co jedno z najlepszych rzeczy jakie mnie spotkało w czytelniczym życiu. Problem jest taki, że z czasem zapoznałem się ze wszystkimi jego dziełami. Może więc wyjść poza ramy czytelnicze i rzucić okiem na powieści graficzne, czyli komiksy. Potencjał jest ogromny. Dzisiaj na rozkład trafia pięć pierwszych tomów. 

 

Postanowiłem ocenić wszystkie tomy zbiorczo, ponieważ historia w nich zawarta to jeden ciąg zdarzeń i trudno oraz nienaturalnie było by to rozdzielać. Jedynym wyjątkiem może być pierwsza część, a więc "Narodziny rewolwerowca". Skąd ten wyjatek? Otóż w pierwszym tomie otrzymuje historię, którą już znamy. Tzn znamy, jeżeli czytaliśmy "Czarnoksiężnik i kryształ", a więc czwartą część cyklu Mroczna Wieża. Jest to swoiste wprowadzenie w świat oraz historię Rolanda. Lecz nawet znając tą historię z chęcią przerzucałem kolejne strony. Odświeżyłem swoją pamięć i mogłem ze spokojem sięgnąć po kolejne części. A o czym opowiadają? Zastanawiam się jak to opowiedzieć, aby nie zdradzić zbyt wiele. Powiedzmy, że są to losy Rolanda, młodego rewolwerowca od momentu zdobycia prawa do noszenia broni, do chwili gdy poznajemy go na łamach cyklu literackiego. Takie jest założenie, ale jak się to rozwinie nie jestem w stanie przewidzieć.

 

Oceniając samą fabułę jest niesamowicie. Powrót do Świata Pośredniego po kilku latach nadal wywołuje u mnie masę emocji. Dialogi są cudowne a narrator w bardzo udany sposób oddaje charakterystyczny styl Kinga. Poznajemy perypetie młodego Rolanda, gdy jeszcze jest beztroskim młodzieńcem ,a później stopniowo popada w rozpacz i uczucie bezsilności spowodowane kolejnymi wydarzeniami. Jest to świetna szansa na powolną analizę przypadku głównego bohatera. oraz lepsze zrozumienie motywów jego postępowania. Dodatkowo możemy zagłębić się w ten świat nie tylko za sprawą naszej wyobraźni, ale i świetnych rysunków. No w końcu to komiks! Lecz ten, kto spodziewa się kreski znanej z kaczora Donalda niech od razu stąd wyjdzie. Rysunki są dojrzałe i zdecydowanie dal pełnoletnich czytelników. Co najważniejsze jednak odpowiadają moim wyobrażeniom, które miałem podczas wcześniejszej lektury "Mrocznej wieży". Chyba nic więcej nie trzeba

 

"Cykl Mroczna wieża" w wydaniu komiksowym to punkt obowiązkowy dla każdego fana cyklu oraz Kinga. Może być też doskonałym wstępem dla nowych czytelników, jednak z zastrzeżeniem, że pierwszy zeszyt będzie zdradzał praktycznie całą fabułę 4 tomu powieści, więc trzeba się z tym liczyć. Tak czy siak polecam serdecznie i ide szukać kolejnych części :)

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review 2017-03-29 22:44
The Specialist, Blood Oath (Spiderman 2099 #4 & 5) ★★★☆☆
Spider-Man 2099 #4: The Specialist - Peter David,Rick Leonardi

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Title: The Specialist, Blood Oath
Series: Spiderman 2099 #4 & 5

Author: Peter David

Artist: Rick Leonardi

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Comics

Pages: 48

Format: Digital Scan





 

Synopsis:


Gabriel O'Hara, brother to Miguel, our erstwhile Spiderman 2099, gets involved with a woman who is on the wanted list by one of the Corporations, namely, Stark-Fujikawa. She is taken in front of Gabe by some Super Samurai. Gabe immediately runs to his big brother to cry for help. Miguel is being wooed back to Alchemax by Stone himself.

 

To get out from under Stone's eye, he accepts reinstatement and immediately takes Gabe's call. Miguel, affectionately known as “Miggy”, dons the suit and rushes to rescue Gabe's latest girlfriend. He rescue her from the Samurai and then starts a very public battle with the Samurai, who is named The Specialist. He starts the fight to test his own capabilities but unbeknownst to him, “Spiderman 2099”s movements are being watched by Alchemax and publicly broadcasted.

 

The Public Eye, a sort of private/public Security Force are under orders to capture Spiderman, but one of the higher ups takes things into his own hands and has his forces fire on Spidey. These 2 volumes end with Spidey falling to the undercity of New York.



My Thoughts:


“Miggy”? That really is the tone here. A ton of one liners and cutesy quips. Miguel is desperately trying to keep his identity as Spiderman secret from Stone but fooling the CEO of a Mega-Corp isn't easy.

 

Gabe, as the token relative, is a real idiot and I foresee a lot of drama coming from his direction. The Specialist was a bit overblown as a character and was more about showing off how another Mega-Corp worked than as a serious threat or evil villain. It's hard to take him serious when he's spouting off about “Honor” and “Chivalry” while taking a graffiti artist in to be a human experiment.

 

We also get a few panels of Doom 2099. I like that character and hope he's more involved even while he has his own comic line from the time.

 



★★★☆☆



 

 

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review 2017-03-29 22:44
The Specialist, Blood Oath (Spiderman 2099 #4 & 5) ★★★☆☆
Spider-Man 2099 #5: Blood Oath - Peter David,Rick Leonardi

This review is written with a GPL 4.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at WordPress, Blogspot, Booklikes & Librarything and links at Goodreads by  Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission

Title: The Specialist, Blood Oath
Series: Spiderman 2099 #4 & 5

Author: Peter David

Artist: Rick Leonardi

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Comics

Pages: 48

Format: Digital Scan





 

Synopsis:


Gabriel O'Hara, brother to Miguel, our erstwhile Spiderman 2099, gets involved with a woman who is on the wanted list by one of the Corporations, namely, Stark-Fujikawa. She is taken in front of Gabe by some Super Samurai. Gabe immediately runs to his big brother to cry for help. Miguel is being wooed back to Alchemax by Stone himself.

 

To get out from under Stone's eye, he accepts reinstatement and immediately takes Gabe's call. Miguel, affectionately known as “Miggy”, dons the suit and rushes to rescue Gabe's latest girlfriend. He rescue her from the Samurai and then starts a very public battle with the Samurai, who is named The Specialist. He starts the fight to test his own capabilities but unbeknownst to him, “Spiderman 2099”s movements are being watched by Alchemax and publicly broadcasted.

 

The Public Eye, a sort of private/public Security Force are under orders to capture Spiderman, but one of the higher ups takes things into his own hands and has his forces fire on Spidey. These 2 volumes end with Spidey falling to the undercity of New York.



My Thoughts:


“Miggy”? That really is the tone here. A ton of one liners and cutesy quips. Miguel is desperately trying to keep his identity as Spiderman secret from Stone but fooling the CEO of a Mega-Corp isn't easy.

 

Gabe, as the token relative, is a real idiot and I foresee a lot of drama coming from his direction. The Specialist was a bit overblown as a character and was more about showing off how another Mega-Corp worked than as a serious threat or evil villain. It's hard to take him serious when he's spouting off about “Honor” and “Chivalry” while taking a graffiti artist in to be a human experiment.

 

We also get a few panels of Doom 2099. I like that character and hope he's more involved even while he has his own comic line from the time.

 



★★★☆☆



 

 

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review 2017-03-19 04:05
Spiderman 2099, Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained (Spiderman 2099 #1, 2 & 3)
Spider-Man 2099 #2: Nothing Ventured - Peter David,Rick Leonardi

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Title: Spiderman 2099, Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Series: Spiderman 2099 #1, 2 & 3

Author: Peter David

Artist: Rick Leonardi

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Comics

Pages: 68

Format: Digital Scan





 

Synopsis:


Miguel O'hara, brilliant geneticist, is working for Alchemax, one of the Mega-Corporations. He is working on genetically imprinting various aspects of other creatures onto humans so as to make them more fit for various Alchemax jobs. So far none of the prisoners assigned as test subjects have survived.

 

Due to his smart mouth and bad political sense, Miguel gets on the wrong side of Tyler Stone, CEO of Alchemax. Stone injects Miguel with a synthetic drug that bonds to his dna and forces him to keep working for Alchemax, or he'll die of withdrawal symptoms. In desperation, Miguel returns to his Alchemax lab and re-imprints his own dna pattern onto himself in an effort to cleanse himself from the drug bonding.

 

Unbeknownst to Miguel, one of the other scientists, who has taken the brunt of Miguel's acid wit, is also working that night. Said scientist sabotages the imprint program by overloading it with spider dna. A huge explosion happens, Miguel lives but with talons, fangs and messed up vision. He escapes the lab but a bounty hunter is hot on his trail.

 

Realizing he has to throw the cyborg bounty hunter off of his trail so he won't know it is Miguel O'Hara he is chasing, Miguel puts on a mexican day of the dead costume made from unstable molecules, which will allow him to use it without slicing it to ribbons with his talons. He attacks Venture, gets captured, escapes and defeats Venture and comes across a cult to Thor.

 

The origin story ends with Miguel taking a phone call from Tyler Stone, who wants to discuss “Spiderman”. Thus a new Super Hero is born.

 



My Thoughts:


Holy smokes!!! I had totally forgotten just how short comic books were. These scans had all the ad pages removed, so they're only about 22-24 pages each. I think most comics ran about 30 pages back in the 90's, so you're talking an advertisement every 4th page. Glad I don't have to deal with that now.

 

This is my first time reading Spiderman 2099 so let me back up and give just a bit of history about me and the 2099 comic line. I'll be as brief as possible. I started seriously reading comics in 1991 and in 1992 started my first subscription with Silver Sable & Her Wildpack. This took up all of my money but I began haunting the semi-local comic stores and the grocery stores where comics were sold. I saw Doom 2099 in December of '92 and that was my introduction to 2099. I bought the first 4 issues of Doom then bought the first couple of issues of Punisher 2099 from my friend Cam who had bought them but he didn't like them. That brought me to mid '93 and I was just plum out of money. So while I realized that things were really hopping over at Spiderman 2099 I just couldn't afford it. Plus, the first several issues sold out wicked fast and trying to get back orders was, while not impossible, much harder than it was today. I've always liked Spidey, I've always wanted to see what Spidey2099 was all about and since I'm in a manga funk, I figure this will be a good break from that while still keeping my toes in the visual medium.

 

I bet this would have blown the socks of my teenage self. Flying cars, armed police/guards using flying cycles, cyborg bounty hunters, evil corporations, evil CEO's personally injecting drugs into their most brilliant workers. Check, check and checkity-check! Now, I am reading this as an “experience” and not as just a book to read and review. If I just read this, it would be very hard to overlook the puerile nature, the complete lack of logic, the utter and complete “boy'ishness” of it. As an “experience” though, it sure is fun. Memories, memories, memories.

 

These first 3 issues comprise the Origins storyline. We'll see how future volumes pan out. I will not be surprised if I just up and quit in disgust at some point or just let it peter out [ha, get it, Peter Out, Miguel In?]

★★★☆☆



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