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review 2017-09-08 16:25
Lucifer Vol. 2 Children and Monsters
Lucifer Vol. 2: Children and Monsters - 'Dean Ormston', 'Ryan Kelly', 'Peter Gross','Mike Carey'

Lucifer has opened his doorway into the void now, and there's a fairly complicated plan where he retrieves his wings, avoids a battle with the heavenly host, and some other stuff. I read this for the "Demons" square for the Halloween bingo. Whether the devil counts as a demon may be debatable, but there are other demons in the story. I'm not sure if it would work for any other square. The children from the title are important to the story but I'm not sure whether they would count as main characters for "Chilling children". Maybe Elaine would.

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video 2016-03-09 08:25
Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned - Mike Carey,Peter Gross,Ryan Kelly,Dean Ormston

Lucifer the TV series is wonderful.

 

Lucifer is a character trying to live his day with freedom and free will, and escape from the dictatorship and tyranny of god. 

 

Great show. I would like to read the series now, thank you very much. 

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review 2015-07-27 06:23
Expecto Derivatum
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice - Mike Carey,Peter Gross

Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice was the first volume of the Unwritten series I’d encountered. The illustrations were fantastic, but the main story—that of the comic Tommy’s history—was so derivative of the Harry Potter series that it was a distraction. The frame story—that of a twisted older man engineering a real life counterpart for his literary hero—was more original, but also less appealing. Unfortunately, the artwork didn’t save this one for me.

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review 2015-07-04 21:50
The Unwritten; Apocalypse
The Unwritten Vol. 11: Apocalypse - Mike Carey,Peter Gross

The Unwritten is a series I've been following for a long time.  It's a complicated and complex story about a man who discovers his life is linked inextricably to a character in a book his dad wrote.  And that he's also part of a plan to end stories altogether and by doing, destroy the world.

 

This is the final volume of Unwritten, so for those unfamiliar I don't give away any big spoilers, but I do talk about how the ending made me feel, so perhaps skip to the final thoughts.  Just know, I've really enjoyed following the characters of this story and it has gave me a lot of food for thought as well.  For fans of classic literature or just books in general, this is a must read series, or if you want to show some naysayer that comics can be smart, this is the one.

 

Volume 11 of the Unwritten brings a lot of closure to the characters.  As with all issues in the series, the characters face a host of challenges and obstacles, set backs and traps.  Readers are left to wonder just who is on whom's side and each moment fate hangs in the balance.

 

We turn to one of the most epic adventures this time, the Grail Quest.  The object of power is sought by all three, the homicidal/suicidal Pickman, the puppeteer Anna-Beth and Tom Taylor et al.  Who will prevail and what will it lead to for the rest of the world?

 

The end comes, the pages fade to white, but the great thing about books is...you can just turn the page.

 

Turns out there is something mightier than any life-giving chalice, trumpet or sword.  Wilson once again takes up the pen, will he craft a better story this time around?  The final volume wraps everything that happened in the series up nicely, but what happens to Tom?

 

Readers are left with an unanswered question - will there be more?

 

I hope so.

 

Want to start reading The Unwritten?  Start at the beginning and don't skip a panel.

 

 

 

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review 2015-06-09 00:00
The Unwritten, Vol. 11: Apocalypse
The Unwritten, Vol. 11: Apocalypse - Mik... The Unwritten, Vol. 11: Apocalypse - Mike Carey,Peter Gross When I first heard that The Unwritten was coming to an end, I was sad because I've come to enjoy this weird blend of Harry Potter and the Thursday Next series. After that, I started to wonder exactly how Carey was going to wrap up the series, considering that it's a metafictional exercise in storytelling and the power of reading. Plus, one of the subplots of the entire series involved a character who was the archetype of all villains, and that he wanted to die. How do you wrap up that storyline without destroying all of fiction?

The good news is that Carey managed to stick the landing here, without pulling any cheap tricks to make it happen. I'm not going to spoil it for you by telling you how he does it, but I will say that he pulls in many of the series' major characters in order to do it. In fact, he pulls in one character you may have forgotten about, and did it in such a way that it worked, and it never felt like cheating. We are talking about story here, and its power, so a lot of what happens makes perfect sense when you think about it in that respect.

I'm still going to be sad to see the series end, because I think it's the best thing that Vertigo has published since Sandman came to an end nearly twenty years ago. (Lordy, that was twenty years ago?) In fact, with Fables ending before the end of the year, I won't be reading any Vertigo titles. That just doesn't seem right. I guess I'll have to rely on The Walking Dead and Usagi Yojimbo to keep me going.
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