Spawn Origins Collection Volume 2
Issues 7-9, 11-14
Written by Todd McFarlane, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller.
Al Simmons, the newest hellspawn, has discovered that the powers granted to him by Malbolgia are limited and non-regenerating. He’s now metering out his use of them and supplementing with weapons from his past as an assassin. His memory is surfacing also. Jason Wynn and his minions are continuing to dispense death as their personal privilege by sending the Youngbloods out for missions in Botswanna.
The artwork was excellent in this volume and there was a large quantity of content compared to other comic works. Three entertainment points out of five. Enjoy!
Written by Jill Sanders.
Yes, it seems a while since I have read and reviewed something not Science, Science Fiction or Fantasy. I read this through so here it goes.
Katie Derby left college to go traipsing around Europe after finding out that her mother had been lying to her for 26 years. She was actually the biological offspring of one Damiano Cardone. Wandering around Europe maintaining no contact with her concerned family she is rather surprised when Jason, her lifelong best friend, rescues her from a kidnap attempt in Greece. I do not intend to retell the entire tale here.
The book was entertaining for numerous reasons. The plot was decent with Katie coming off as being not quite the spoiled rich kid you would expect from her upbringing. The thugs were exactly what you would expect for amateur hour. Truly the reason someone buys a book with this kind of title is for the scenes that get the reader all hot and bothered. This expectation was met in a rather tasteful manner, not over the top rutting on every page.
Something that bugs me here, because I write also, is that the quality of the product was not high for someone who in her bio states has been on the NYT best sellers list. Editing for paragraph or content repeats should be on a checklist along with copy editing before you deserve to be there. I’m certain at this time that the reason for the sales was…people who want books to make them hot and bothered don’t seem to give a shit about editing. That’s my take.
I’m awarding four points for ‘plot and hot’ and two points for editing averaging to three out of five for the finished product. Enjoy.
Captain Canuck 002 Ongoing
by Andrasofszky and Team, Published by Chapter House Comics
This issue picks up where the reboot issue #1 left off. Canuck is trying to rescue a bunch of oil workers from a burning rig that has been attacked by some golden goo that is sentient. His team has been roughed up but are still supporting. Meanwhile, his brother Michael has fallen off the grid but apparently is under somebody’s mind control.
The story is good and there is a back up story in the second half of the issue. That one is good too although it seems to be alternate universe Canuck and some aquatic bipeds fighting over an oil rig. Oil seems to be a big theme here. The artwork is top notch.
I award this outing with 4 entertainment thumbs up. One note is that I seem to have an alternate cover and I keep having to scratch my Canuck itch through Amazon. Enjoy!
V for Vendetta
by Allan Moore and David Lloyd
with Steve Whitaker and Siobhan Dodds
Been a while since this work was added to my reading list and now I’ve completed it. Let me just say that it was worth it. V is a man who was experimented on in an internment camp for undesirable persons. Who said they were undesirable you ask? The government of England does in this storyline because they are the last country standing after World War III. They decide who to lock up and who to allow the semblance of freedom to based on skin color, sexual persuasion, credo and the droning belief of “England Prevails.”
V blows stuff up while he rescues Evey from being raped and killed by a gaggle of Vice cops. He takes her into his refuge and teaches her all the things that have been purged from the officially sanctioned school curriculum. He teaches her to think independently.
There are several compelling storylines in this presentation of V for Vendetta and sometimes they come off almost like a soap opera but they all have their little parts to play. It is a shame that they did not pick this up as a mini-series instead of a one shot movie because there is a lot missing in that piece.
I enjoyed this enough to give it four satisfaction points for story and artwork. Enjoy, and embrace anarchy…not chaos.