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review 2018-09-10 19:55
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Cryptozoologist
Oblivion Song - Robert Kirkman,Lorenzo De Felici

'Oblivion Song, Chapter 1' by Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici

 

I don't know why I chose the shortest possible book for my Bingo pre-read, but there you go.

 

'Oblivion Song' is a new comic series by Robert Kirkman ('Walking Dead') that puts us in Philadelphia ten years after an unexplained phenomena wiped out a huge portion of the city, replacing it with horrific monsters and alien vegetation. 300,000 people vanished with the land. The monsters were defeated and the plants died, leaving a barren wasteland that the government built a wall around as a precaution.

 

It was soon discovered that the 300,000 were not dead, they were somewhere else. A scientist, driven by the loss of his brother, figured out the frequency to go to that other place and endeavored to bring back as many people as he could find. The government supported him and his team, but after many years, have shut down the program. Nathan Cole refuses to give up on his brother, making solo expeditions to Oblivion, avoiding the deadly creatures and rescuing those he finds.

 

The art is vivid, and the story hooked me right in. This is a promising start to a great series.

 

Oblivion Song

 

Next: ?

 

 

While 'Oblivion Song' hasn't gotten into the biology of the creatures of the zone, Nathan Cole expresses compassion for them, even objecting to their being killed out of hand. The alien landscape and its native inhabitants is an essential part of the series.

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review 2018-09-10 19:20
Legion of Super Heroes, Vol. 1
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Vol. 1 - Jerry Siegel,Michael C. Hill

My neighbor growing up, his dad collected the DC Archives, hardbound editions collecting gold and silver age comic books. They were of phenomenal quality, and introduced me to the deeper history of Superman, Batman and The Flash, among others. A blast from the past!

 

I loved those books, I was allowed to borrow one at a time and devoured everything he had. My favorites though, were 'The Legion of Super Heroes', teens from the distant future (there was some confusion about their being 100 or 1000 years ahead) who had formed a super-hero club in honor of Superboy.

 

Since they were a 'Superboy' spin-off, they were rather silly at first, but these proto-typical X-Men struck a cord with me. By the end of this volume, the Legion is only beginning to gel into the story-telling dynamo it became, but it was a pleasure to be re-introduced to Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and the rest (even Bouncing Boy).

 

These books can get crazy-expensive, so I don't know when I'll get to the next volumes, but I'll keep my eyes open.

 

Legion of Super Heroes

 

Next: 'Volume 2'

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review 2018-07-15 14:47
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by McElroys
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins - Clint McElroy,Griffin McElroy,Justin McElroy,Travis McElroy,Carey Pietsch

This comes out this Tuesday, July 17th - order or pick it up from your local bookseller!

 

I don't do podcasts, but when a comic lands on my doorstep riffing on D&D I'm going to pay attention. The McElroy's have done a great job translating the often bizarre, silly and fun world of role-playing games into an entertaining adventure. I can't comment on how they've translated the podcast itself - where they play in real time - into the graphic novel form, but the jokes landed for me without any other experience.

Taako, Merle, and Magnus are intrepid adventurers on their way to liaise with...adventure. They intend to help Merle's cousin pick up treasure with the help of Barry Bluejeans. There are deeper currents to contend with, of course. Things start to go wrong, and its wonderful. The three must use what wits they have, spells and strength to get out alive and perhaps figure out what it is they're supposed to be doing. The ever-helpful DM occasionally pops in with a timely quip or reminder.

The art by Carey Pietsch (Lumberjanes) suits the tone of the book, and I can't wait for more. Not enough to bother with a podcast or anything, but still pretty impatient.

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review 2018-07-14 23:58
X-Files: Night Lights, Book # 4 by John Rozum
Night Lights - John Rozum

Of the two X-Files comic collections I picked up, this was the stronger. I feel like these three stories pushed the boundaries of what the X-Files could do. Network television, especially in the 90s, was limited in what it could and could not do. Rozum seems to have caught on that, while he couldn't make canonical changes to the series, he could definitely do some weird shit.

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review 2018-07-13 03:23
X-Files: Haunted, Book #3 by Stefan Petrucha
The X-Files: The Haunting - Stefan Petrucha

We've been rewatching the X-Files for the last few months, and have been really enjoying it. It has its ups and downs, but for every clunker there's an absolute gem that obscenely never seemed to make it to syndication. I saw this and "Night Lights" at one of the flea markets this spring and couldn't pass them up.

Tie-ins are always dicey, because they have to fit into the canon of the show, but being sidelines, they can't make any permanent change to the status quo. You can't have Scully showing off a new tattoo without explanation. 20th century TV was bad enough at continuity most of the time, no one wants to worry about what happened in the comic book.

'The Haunting' was pretty good. In my memory they're already taking shape as actual episodes. Mercifully eliminating some of the rushed art. The stories themselves were solid. Hicks and aliens, classic combo.

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