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review 2017-10-26 17:51
It's time to take a peek in 'The Vault'...
Late in the Day (Vault) - Mary Calmes

'Late in the Day' is the second book in the Mary Calmes series 'The Vault' and this story belongs to one man, known as...Conrad Harris...Darius Hawthorne...Terrence Moss...Gold Team Leader and more recently as 'The Vault'. He's answered to all of these names at one time or another in his life.

 

While this character isn't new to anyone who's a fan of this author this is the first time that we are given his story. Conrad's floated around the periphery of several books but for me...'Mine' is the story that really brought him to my attention and got me wondering 'who is this man? and please can we have more of him?' Ironically it's probably the oldest of the books that he's appeared in...so, Conrad's been around teasing us for a long time and now at last we are given his story.

 

I loved this character in 'Mine'. The interaction between Conrad and Trevan Bean as they went from colleagues to friends was intriguing and oft times tinged with sardonic humor. While I've enjoyed his random appearances in stories over the years...I was more than a little excited to find out that Ms Calmes was finally going to give us the story behind the enigma that was Conrad...Darius...Terrence...you get my drift...whatever identity he was using I wanted to know and now I do.

 

This story worked for me from start to finish. Ms Calmes has given us the answers to so many questions and I loved having those blanks filled in and more.  Although a lot of this story focused on Conrad's past with Efrem not all of it did and all those little gaps that are filled in were just a whole lot of happy moments for me and while I loved all the glimpses of Conrad's connections to characters we've met in previous stories it was equally as enjoyable getting to see some new characters and potential new stories. 

 

'Late in the Day' is a bit unique in that it's a story that is essentially set in the past, with the changes that have happened recently in Conrad's life it's become time for him to reclaim his past to create a life for himself that's real and permanent but in order to have the future that Conrad truly wants it's time for him to deal with his past...a past that he believed lost to him forever. A past that involved the one man that Conrad loved with all his heart...Efrem Lahm.

 

The focus in this book was more about filling in Conrad's background and giving us a more complete person to go forward with and while the romance took a bit of a back burner to this, I definitely wasn't disappointed with the glimpse we were given of Conrad and Efrem both in the past and the present and I absolutely loved the fact that these are two mature men...over 40 folks...45!!! Yeah, for life after 25!!!  

 

I have no problem with MC's under 25 or age gaps or both MCs being younger but sometimes it's just really nice to read a story were the MCs are mature. It's a really nice change of pace and I'm looking forward to more with these two. More of their life together, more smexy times and just more of whatever comes their way.

 

If you're new to this author than, at the bare minimum, I strongly suggest reading 'A Day Makes' the first book in this series and possibly 'Mine' but that's probably due in part to my personal bias of how much I love that book than anything else.

 

Once again Ms Calmes has created a series that's filled with interesting characters, unusual stories and a potential place for intriguing times and love and best of all another new happy place for readers to explore.

 

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An ARC of 'Late In the Day' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-04-29 14:23
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 160 pages.
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) - Philip Tan,Jim Lee,Rob Williams

that was a shocking death (if it sticks, that is)! meanwhile, I hate the way the movies dictate the way things roll in superhero comics lately--team make-up, lines stolen from films, characters in films are most likely to get all the glory--but that's the way it is these days. fortunately, I always liked Katana and Killer Croc, so it's not a tragedy that their selection for the film version of the Squad has carried through to DC making the safe choice of making the movie team the Rebirth team. semi-gripe aside--this is all still right up my alley. high energy, highly unpredictable, the Squad perpetually the underdogs putting up a good fight even if that's just drawing fire while June Moone finally stops angsting and powers up. art is dynamic--I like Deadshot's eyepiece a little bit bigger than the version we get here but okay. it's hard not to love Harley. Rick Flag is more alive here than that film version. and the gore level is up a bit from the old days, for what that's worth. this is still my team, my series. happy!

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text 2017-04-27 01:41
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 160 pages.
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) - Philip Tan,Jim Lee,Rob Williams

ah, the Squad. been too long. it's like going back to my favorite little patch of paradise. I know that seems twisted, given the company I end up surrounded with...but there it is. hi, Floyd! hi, other, uh, psychos!

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review 2017-03-14 22:48
Suicide Squad: The Black Vault Vol 1 (Rebirth)
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) - Philip Tan,Jim Lee,Rob Williams

Rebirth. Suicide Squad: The Black Vault Vol 1

Collects: Rebirth. Suicide Squad #1-4

Written by Rob Williams. Artwork by Jim Lee

 

By now everybody knows the Suicide Squad, a collection of DC villains kept in a high security prison until they are needed to perform a risky task for the US government. They are a disposable resource, after all who’s going to miss this rag tag collection of crazies and homicidal killers. Oh, and did I mention the bomb installed in the brain of each member of the team, just in case they try to make a run for it.

The Rebirth comic before the storyline starts in earnest lets the reader in on how Rick Flag becomes the new leader of the squad. Flag is currently being kept in Guantanamo Bay charged with terrorism after defying a direct order (really?). Amanda Waller gives him the ultimatum join the team or rot in his cell forever. Not much of a choice really.

 

That sets the scene for the first mission, the retrieval of a cosmic item from a Russian facility. The first few pages give us an idea of what’s to come: Boomerang has the trots and keeps pooping his pants, whatever he’s eaten was obviously shared with killer Croc because he projectile vomits continually into his space helmet, until Flag must risk crashing the ship to stop him from drowning in his own puke. Yes, poop and puke. The message, don’t take anything in the next 100 pages too seriously.

 

To go with those bodily fluids, we also get much blood and gore while the bad guys (i.e. the Russians) get diced, sliced, and generally mullered by Katana and Harley Quinn.

Now it’s all going fine and dandy until they get to the item they are there to find and inadvertently open it. This is where I had a problem with the storyline, up to this point the storyline has been irreverent and fun, but suddenly we’re expected to believe that this mismatched group are powerful and clever enough to beat and catch a Kryptonian. And they don’t manage to do this without losing one of their own (whether this character will make a return has yet to be established).

 

I like the way Harley Quinn was portrayed here. Yes, she was crazy but you see her intelligence alongside the madness. And I loved her outfit. But seriously, what happen to her boobs? For some reason, they have been noticeably inflated.

Apart from the magically inflating bosom, I enjoyed the artwork. It’s quite busy with a lot happening in each frame that kept me on a panel long after I’d read the words.

The story here is quite short (and leaves most of the questions unanswered) but the extra pages are made up with back stories for several members of the team. (I particularly like Boomerang’s because you have no idea if any of it is true or not.)

 

Verdict

Did I enjoy it? Yes. It was a fun, if not exactly taxing, read, but ultimately unsatisfying because nothing was resolved.

Would I read on? Yes, probably. Although there are other titles I would pick up before this one.

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text 2016-08-12 18:30
Whoo!
Marvel's Ant-Man: The Art of the Movie Slipcase - Marvel Comics
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season Two Declassified - Marvel Comics
Battlestar Galactica Vault - Paul Ruditi... Battlestar Galactica Vault - Paul Ruditis

I got two sets of these - six books total - for 12 dollars, twelve seventy five with tax. 

 

Normally each set goes for 140 dollars - the first two at fifty each, the last at forty each - so that's 280 total.   Yay, yay, yay!  I snagged one set as a Hannukah gift, one for me. 

 

I also got a Beach Boys book - huge, picture book - and another huge, art book for an extra four. 


Today was good for me.

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