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The Chronicles of Conan Volume 27: Sands Upon the Earth
If you’re anything like me and you grew up reading comic books through the 70’s and 80’s, then you might feel as I do: while graphic storytelling has indeed come a long way, it occasionally feels like contemporary yarns stray quite a bit away from the source material.  Even in situations wherein, say, an old book or short story is only used as a starting point for modern era …
The Chronicles of King Conan, Volume 8: The Road to Empire and Other Stores
As I’ve mentioned in review many times before, I’ve been actively reading comic books since the early 1970’s.  Unlike others with my experience, I don’t necessarily believe that makes me an expert on anything: my tastes tend to be a bit more eclectic than most, and I’ve often said I’m practically willing to read any title as I only have one honest desire, that …
Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir (#3)
I know that Darth Maul was all the rage when THE PHANTOM MENACE hit the multiplex, but there were more than a handful of us who felt short-changed by his rather simple theatrical introduction and his sudden disappearance from the screen universe.  Who was this masked man?  What story did he have to tell about the Force?  Why was he dangled so prominently as a lead villain only to meet …
Space: 1999 - Aftershock and Awe
Maybe eighteen months or so ago, I saw a copy of SPACE: 1999 – AFTERSHOCK AND AWE on the shelves at my local Barnes & Noble.  It was sealed up in plastic so I couldn’t exactly flip through it to see if the story caught my interest – I was part of that generation that missed SPACE: 1999 in televised syndication in the mid-1970’s, but – as an ardent fan of practically …
The Strain: Volume 1 (Hardcover)
Don’t you just know it but there’s always some ancient evil secret at the heart of any good horror-based conspiracy, no?  Sure, there is!  And most of the times those ancient evil secrets come from countries and cities all across Europe where civilization is much older than it is here in the States.  Why, that practically goes without saying!  Of course, once that ancient …
Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir (#2)
If you ask around, you’re likely to get a good handful of reasons why folks enjoyed Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy so much.  For one, Zahn demonstrated precisely how adept he was at characterization by bringing Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and all of the gang back to life in all new settings with all new circumstances.  Also, Zahn rather deftly added a …
reviewed Dark Empire I (Star Wars). June 30
Dark Empire I (Star Wars)
Now that Dark Horse Comic’s tenure with the Star Wars license is starting to wind down, I wanted to take some time to go back and reread some of the bigger, bolder titles that have seen release throughout the years.  Like many longtime readers, I’m immeasurably bummed about the move of the comics from the Horse to the Mouse House of Marvel (I’m really not looking forward to …
reviewed Tomb Raider #2. May 28
Tomb Raider #2
Tomb Raider isn’t just a comic title; rather, it’s an institution.  It started as a video game franchise, and – in no time at all – it grew into this massive entertainment franchise.  While the motion pictures weren’t my cup of tea, I could certainly see the merit in the lovely, luscious character of Lara Croft.  She was tough.  She had spunk.  …
Star Wars: Darth Maul -- Son of Dathomir (#1)
One of the reasons why the Timothy Zahn Expanded Universe epic – it’s more commonly known as ‘The Thrawn Trilogy’ – is so fondly remembered by its fans I believe is because once and for all readers were presented a cool and calculating force for evil to be reckoned with in the Star Wars galaxy.  This isn’t meant to snub either Emperor Palpatine or the Dark …
The Joker: Death Of The Family
Let’s be perfectly clear: arguably, I’m one of the web’s oldest self-proclaimed Bat-fans.  As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up reading the occasional Bat-issue in the early 1970’s, and I’ve read him off-and-on-again ever since.  What happened to me as a regular reader is that around the mid-1990’s everything – every story, every character, …
Conan And The People of the Black Circle (04 of 04)
Readers, take note: you gotta love your barbarians.  These days, they’re certainly in short supply.  Though fantasy has made and continues to make a grand resurgence, what with THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT theatrical adaptations along with HBO’s mostly stellar GAME OF THRONES gaining steam on the boob tube.  Still, there aren’t too many characters who resemble …
Conan And The People of the Black Circle (03 of 04)
Readers, take note: you gotta love your barbarians.  These days, they’re certainly in short supply.  Though fantasy has made and continues to make a grand resurgence, what with THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT theatrical adaptations along with HBO’s mostly stellar GAME OF THRONES gaining steam on the boob tube.  Still, there aren’t too many characters who resemble …
Conan And The People of the Black Circle (02 of 04)
Readers, take note: you gotta love your barbarians.  These days, they’re certainly in short supply.  Though fantasy has made and continues to make a grand resurgence, what with THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT theatrical adaptations along with HBO’s mostly stellar GAME OF THRONES gaining steam on the boob tube.  Still, there aren’t too many characters who resemble …
Conan And the People of the Black Circle (Part 01 of 04)
Readers, take note: you gotta love your barbarians.  These days, they’re certainly in short supply.  Though fantasy has made and continues to make a grand resurgence, what with THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT theatrical adaptations along with HBO’s mostly stellar GAME OF THRONES gaining steam on the boob tube.  Still, there aren’t too many characters who resemble …
Conan: The Phantoms of the Black Coast
It’s been said that only the greatest warriors truly understand what it means to love as greatly as is humanly possible.  Why, who other than a mighty man or woman could appreciate the gentler, softer moments of companionship?  Who else but the strongest seeks to have his (or her) heart warmed to perfection?  Indeed, if great men love greatly, then no man from myth or legend but …
reviewed Nosferatu Wars (One Shot). May 05
Nosferatu Wars (One Shot)
Of all the monsters in creation, vampires have always been the most romanticized.  That’s probably because despite the nasty, ghastly need to ingest human blood for nourishment vampires are the only creatures (that we know of) who truly enjoy a life immortal.  Being immortal, one certainly has the greatest opportunity to find and enjoy the benefits of lasting true love … but, …
Star Wars: Rebel Heist (Part 01 of 04)
I’ve often discussed the difficulty of reviewing comic book mini-series.  For starters, they’re generally constructed as entirely independent entities; though they may be part and parcel of a larger, ongoing universe, the critic really has to separate himself (or herself) from what’s come before in order to be perfectly fair and impartial while evaluating the story’s merits.  …
reviewed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. April 07
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I'll be honest with you, I wasn't all that excited for this movie when I saw the first trailer. The first Captain America was a dud, my vote for the worst Marvel movie leading up to The Avengers. In the second wave we've been treated to a God awful Iron Man 3, one of my picks for worst movies of 2013, and a Thor that, while pretty cool, didn't wow me in the same way as some of Marvel's …
reviewed Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. March 25
Jusitce League: Flashpoint Paradox
With as long as many of these DC characters have been around, I would imagine that some writers and illustrators certainly have their work cut out for themselves when it comes to crafting a tale that’s both fresh and innovative as well as respectful to much of what’s come before in the pages.  Reading audiences are constantly in flux, dropping off when some new creative teams don’t …
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