Book Review: The Flash Vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare by Francis Manapul

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Goodreads Synopsis:

In his hometown of Central City, The Flash–a.k.a. Barry Allen–is constantly deflecting the criminal schemes of his Rogue’s Gallery. Money hungry, cunning and powerful, these villains have the Scarlet Speedster running at a pace faster than even the world’s fastest man is used to.
But when Gorilla Grodd and his army descend on Central City, The Flash will have to contend with a threat he’s not used to: murderous, ruthless and without principle. With mammoth strength and mind-control powers, Grodd will not stop until he conquers the city with its heroes blood on his hands. Knowing full well he cannot defeat this new foe alone, The Flash will have to turn to his former enemies, the Rogues, if he wants to keep himself and Central City alive.

 

About the Author:

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Francis Manapul is a comic book artist living in Toronto, Canada currently working for DC comics. His list of credits include the forthcoming Adventure Comics, and Superman Batman. In the past he’s worked on titles like Legion of Super-Heroes, Iron and the Maiden, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, Darkness, G.I Joe and of course Witchblade.

 

My Review:

I really did like this story as well as the illustrations.  In fact, the artists made Grodd look like an evil version of Grape Ape (in my opinion).

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Book Review: The Superior Spiderman by Dan Slott

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s the story that turned Spider-Man’s world upsidedown, as a dying Doctor Octopus hatches his master plan for vengeance against Spider-Man: he will become him! As Peter Parker suddenly awakens to find himself trapped in the failing body of his greatest foe, Otto Octavius rejoices in the power and youth of his new spidery form. Can Peter switch their minds back before his time runs out? Yes…and no! As Peter’s story comes to a dramatic close, Otto vows to become better than his old foe in every possible way. Smarter, stronger…he will be the Superior Spider-Man! But even with his newfound sense of heroism and responsibility, can Otto survive his heroic baptism of fire against the new Sinister Six?

 

About the Author:

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My Review:

I didn’t like the storyline as much as I had hoped and I didn’t like many of the illustrations as much as I had hoped, but some of you may really like this story, it is all a matter of opinion.

Book Review: The Amazing Spiderman: The Book of Ezekiel by J. Michael Straczynski

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Peter delves further into the totemic origin of his powers when the enigmatic Ezekiel returns! Is he truly Peter’s mentor and ally, or something more? Plus: In the aftermath of an interdimensional rift caused by Spider-Man and Doctor Strange’s battle with Dormammu, a sorceress of limitless power is set free…

 

About the Author:

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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction TV series Babylon 5…. From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long-running Marvel comic book series The Amazing Spider-Man.

 

My Review:

Really liked this story line and I really what to read more Spiderman books in the future because he is one of my favorite superheroes.  (I also really love Tom Holland’s performance as Spiderman in Spiderman:  Homecoming.)  I really have a feeling that Spiderman himself would seriously approve of this book.

 

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Book Review: Black Widow #6 by Chris Samnee

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Goodreads Synopsis:

DRAWING BACK THE IRON CURTAIN! The WEEPING LION has released the BLACK WIDOW’s most dangerous secret into the world. Now Natasha is on a collision course with the INVINCIBLE IRON MAN! Even if they survive CIVIL WAR II, the AVENGERS will never be the same!

 

My Review (#SPOILERALERT):

I really loved the story line of this one.  I wanted to know what Iron Man would have done to Black Widow if they weren’t really friends.  I can’t wait to find out what happens to this friendship now that Black Widow deceived Iron Man again to gain something that she needed.

 

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Black Widow #5 by Chris Samnee

Book Review: Black Widow #5 by Chris Samnee

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Goodreads Summary:

THE WEEPING LION’S HUNTING GROUND. Using her darkest secret as leverage, the Weeping Lion has pushed Natasha further from the straight and narrow. And Agent Elder of S.H.I.E.L.D. is closing in — is he fellow prey that needs Black Widow’s protection, or another predator?

 

My Review:

This book was AWESOME with a capital A.  I love the story line of this one and all the illustrations were amazing.  Black Widow is one of the most bad ass women in the Marvel Universe and also one of my favorite avengers.

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Book Review: Captain America The Man with No Face by Ed Brubaker

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Bucky has survived his first major trial as the new Captain America, but now a villain from his past – both as Bucky in WW2 and as the Winter Soldier during the Cold War – has come to the U.S., and he’ll have to face his history just as he’s finding his feet in the present. The beginning of a gripping war and espionage tale, with some familiar faces for long-term Cap readers, as the New Captain America moves further into the Marvel Universe.

 

About the Author:

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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles for Image Comics, such as Fatale, Criminal, Velvet and Kill or Be Killed.

In 2016, Brubaker ventured into television, joining the writing staff of the HBO series Westworld.

 

My Review:

Brubaker did an amazing job with this story. I really loved it and I have a feeling that Steve Rogers wouldn’t mind his best friend taking up the mantle of Captain America.  This is one of the books that I will have to buy.

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Book Review: Captain America vs Red Skull by Stan Lee

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Captain America vs. The Red Skull

 

About the Author:

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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

 

My Review:

Really loved all the story lines in this book.  Again I especially love Captain America, he is my favorite Avenger and I have a feeling that Captain America will approve of this collection.

 

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Book Review: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Legendary Edition by Akira Himekawa

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A young boy named Link must defeat evil at every turn on his long, perilous quest to find the Triforce and deliver it to Princess Zelda!

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition contains two volumes of the beloved The Legend of Zelda manga series, presented in a deluxe format featuring new covers and color art pieces by Akira Himekawa. The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun! A young boy named Link must defeat evil on his long, perilous quest to find the spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce, and deliver them to Zelda, princess of the land of Hyrule.

Young Link embarks on a perilous quest to find three spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce, the wielder of which will rule the world! Link’s plan is to deliver the stones to the Princess of the mystical land of Hyrule, Zelda. But obstacles abound and his long journey has only just begun!

 

About the Author:

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Akira Himekawa is the collaboration of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano. Together they have created nine manga adventures featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons and Four Swords. Their most recent work, Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, was serialized in Shogaku Rokunensei.

 

My Review:

I really loved this book.  One reason for that is that it is a game from my favorite video game franchise in book form.

Book Review: The Avengers: The Big Three by Steve Englehart

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Mighty Thor! Captain America! The Invincible Iron Man! Alone, each one of these champions is a legend throughout the Marvel Universe. but together, they make up the Avengers’ Big Three! Witness how this triumphant trio justifies their status as the three greatest World’s Mightiest Heroes in adventures that span from Avengers Mansion to Asgard, with the time-tossed tale the Terminatrix Objective thrown in for good measure!

 

About the Author:

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Steve Englehart went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. After a stint in the Army, he moved to New York and began to write for Marvel Comics. That led to long runs on Captain America, The Hulk, The Avengers, Dr. Strange, and a dozen other titles. Midway through that period he moved to California (where he remains), and met and married his wife Terry.

He was finally hired away from Marvel by DC Comics, to be their lead writer and revamp their core characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern). He did, but he also wrote a solo Batman series (immediately dubbed the “definitive” version) that later became Warner Brothers’ first Batman film (the good one).

After that he left comics for a time, traveled in Europe for a year, wrote a novel (The Point Man™), and came back to design video games for Atari (E.T., Garfield). But he still liked comics, so he created Coyote™, which within its first year was rated one of America’s ten best series. Other projects he owned (Scorpio Rose™, The Djinn™) were mixed with company series (Green Lantern [with Joe Staton], Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four). Meanwhile, he continued his game design for Activision, Electronic Arts, Sega, and Brøderbund.

And once he and Terry had their two sons, Alex and Eric, he naturally told them stories. Rustle’s Christmas Adventure was first devised for them. He went on to add a run of mid-grade books to his bibliography, including the DNAgers™ adventure series, and Countdown to Flight, a biography of the Wright brothers selected by NASA as the basis for their school curriculum on the invention of the airplane.

In 1992 Steve was asked to co-create a comics pantheon called the Ultraverse. One of his contributions, The Night Man, became not only a successful comics series, but also a television show. That led to more Hollywood work, including animated series such as Street Fighter, GI Joe, and Team Atlantis for Disney.

 

My Review:

I loved every single one of the many story lines.  I also love the Avengers, especially Captain America.

Book Review: All New X-Men All-Different by Brian Michael Bendis

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The X-Men are shaken to the core by the Battle of the Atom. Kitty Pryde is particularly shaken by the events of the X-Men crossover. With her students gone, what is Kitty to do?

 

About the Author:

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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot to stardom as a writer of Marvel Comics’ superhero books, particularly Ultimate Spider-Man.

Bendis first entered the comic world with the “Jinx” line of crime comics in 1995. This line has spawned the graphic novels Goldfish, Fire, Jinx, Torso (with Marc Andreyko), and Total Sell Out. Bendis is writing the film version of Jinx for Universal Pictures with Oscar-winner Charlize Theron attached to star and produce.

Bendis’s other projects include the Harvey, Eisner, and Eagle Award-nominated Powers (with Michael Avon Oeming) originally from Image Comics, now published by Marvel’s new creator-owned imprint Icon Comics, and the Hollywood tell-all Fortune and Glory from Oni Press, both of which received an “A” from Entertainment Weekly.

Bendis is one of the premiere architects of Marvel’s “Ultimate” line: comics specifically created for the new generation of comic readers. He has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its best-selling launch, and has also written for Ultimate Fantastic Four and Ultimate X-Men, as well as every issue of Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Ultimate Origin and Ultimate Six.

Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel’s AVENGERS franchise by writing both New Avengers and Mighty Avengers along with the successful ‘event’ projects House Of M, Secret War, and this summer’s Secret Invasion.

He has also previously done work on Daredevil, Alias, and The Pulse.

 

My Review:

I really loved this book.  I loved the story line and the illustrations.  Bendis and the illustrators did a wonderful job with this graphic novel.