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reviewed Loverboys. October 01
Loverboys
Confession time: one of the experiences I’ve found frustrating about being an online critic (of sorts) is the fact that – sometimes when we’re told by organizations, institutions, and …
reviewed Aliens: Fire and Stone (1 of 4). September 24
Aliens: Fire and Stone (1 of 4)
I rarely dream, but – when I do – they tend to be very vivid.  And particular.  I notice very specific things.  Colors.  Names.  Very fine details from the experience …
reviewed The Terminator: 2029-1984. September 05
The Terminator: 2029-1984
So far as I’m concerned, THE TERMINATOR has always been a great franchise that has suffered from lackluster treatment in the comic books.  Now, I’m not picking on Dark Horse here; they’ve …
King Conan - The Conqueror (Part 2 of 6)
What can be said about a second issue in a multi-chapter miniseries?  Well, unlike the first installment (which basically serves to ‘set the stage’), the second usually is where the writer …
King Conan: The Conqueror (Part 1 of 6)
As I’ve often said (and kinda/sorta been derided for), telling a first issue can be a treacherous, treacherous thing.  There’s a balance I think every writer seeks to create, one that …
reviewed The Star Wars (Hardcover). August 18
The Star Wars (Hardcover)
Behind every great story is obvious a story about that which never got told: namely the original tale.  From the script to the screen is one thing, but what about from the writer’s head on …
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows
One of the most significant and personal reasons I read comic books is for the inherent escapism.  I love to find myself lost in the pages of a good graphic read, being whisked away from reality …
The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #163
To my delight, I’m getting the chance to relive some of the Conan graphic tales of the 80’s – a time when the Cimmerian was less concerned with where his next meal was coming from and …
reviewed Conan The Avenger (#4). August 06
Conan The Avenger (#4)
For this particular time and particular place, it isn’t uncommon for there to be various forces conspiring behind the ruling elite in some secret big for power.  But equally compelling for …
Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars - Volume 1: Red Meat
When I was a boy, I read a fair amount of what one might call vintage Science Fiction.  Sure, I’d also read some of the more contemporary stuff for that time (mid-1970’s to mid-1980’s), …
The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #162
To my delight, I’m getting the chance to relive some of the Conan graphic tales of the 80’s – a time when the Cimmerian was less concerned with where his next meal was coming from and …
The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #161
To my delight, I’m getting the chance to relive some of the Conan graphic tales of the 80’s – a time when the Cimmerian was less concerned with where his next meal was coming from and …
The Strain: Book One (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 …
reviewed Conan The Avenger (#3). August 04
Conan The Avenger (#3)
Epic fantasy that involves barbarians, kings, and queens gets great mileage out of the obvious and clandestine pursuits of power.  For example, HBO’s stellar GAMES OF THRONES is entirely about …
reviewed Conan the Avenger (#2). August 04
Conan the Avenger (#2)
I realize that part of my issue in evaluating CONAN comics is that because I’m such a big fan of the Cimmerian, his worlds, and these tales I’m probably predisposed to liking just about anything …
reviewed Conan the Avenger (#1). August 04
Conan the Avenger (#1)
On occasion, I tend to be the lone voice in the wilderness I’ve found when it comes to some of Dark Horse Comics’ take on the CONAN material.  Having read a handful of Robert E. Howard’s …
reviewed Star Wars: Dark Empire II. August 01
Star Wars: Dark Empire II
Erm … it’s a bit difficult to figure what to make of Dark Horse’s DARK EMPIRE II.  Rarely does a title seem so entirely unnecessary much less a crass attempt to cash in on a middling …
The Shadow: Midnight In Moscow (Issue #1 of 6)
As I’ve mentioned before, I consider myself to have grown up on The Shadow.  Naturally, there were other influences – thanks to the comic books provided to me by a very generous distributor …
Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya
I grew up as part of that generation that had its hearts stolen by George Lucas’s original STAR WARS flick.  You know the one?  Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca?  1977?  Long before …
The City of the Edge of Forever (Issue #1 of 5)
I’ve had some experience with IDW Publishing, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t much care for them as a company.  Oh, this isn’t to say that I dislike their properties; …
reviewed To Hell You Ride. July 25
To Hell You Ride
I’ve always admired the work of actor Lance Henriksen.  He’s been in some great movies and television … and – as tends to happens in the world of Hollyweird – he’s …
Dream Thief: Escape (#2 of 4)
An awful lot of fiction has drawn from one’s search for revenge to fuel the narrative.  Heck, even Bruce Wayne himself capitalized psychologically on the loss of his parents by using that seminal …
Dream Thief: Escape (#1 of 4)
So long as there have been ghosts there have been questions of what purposes these spirits ultimately serve.  While a handful of theories exist, it’s generally been accepted that those who …
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 …
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 …
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