Daily Archives September 15, 2017

The Quest for Ameron

Battling evil does not develop character, it reveals it! That is easy to say when evil is not in front of you, darker than night and as numerous as roaches in a slaughterhouse.

The Quest of Ameron is the fourth installment in the Ameron Chronicles series. It is an epic saga that brings you to the distant past and far future in the blink of an eye — a till filled with swords, sorcery, and advanced science that will make you question what you thought you knew.

Rejoin Thomas, Hank, Mariella, and Thierry as they reveal their character through quests that will change them–and Ameron–forever.

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When I said that the action picked up in book 3, I wasn’t joking. What I didn’t realize is that it wouldn’t slow down any in book 4...

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Writer: Mark Millar (Co-Plotter: Matthew Vaughn)
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Publisher: Image

When Gary learns his Uncle Jack is actually a super spy, he’s given the opportunity of a lifetime – to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and save the world.

Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of the most outright entertaining comics I’ve read recently. With excellent dialogue and pacing, and especially explosive and momentive action. Spy gadgets and martial arts and saving the world are all in a day’s work for Jack London, and his nephew Gary is on the way to becoming a super spy in his own right.

The dialogue is snappy and naturalistic, with enough stylistic flair to match the intensity of the genre. Bits of comedy woven through, especially when it comes to the villains, works pretty well...

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Lazaretto #1

Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman
Artist: Jey Levang
Publisher: Boom! Studios

Starting college for the first time is tough for Charlie and Tamara, two shy kids who don’t know what to do with their newfound freedom and all the strange people around them. Things are made worse when they find their school has been infected by a horrific virus and they’re now trapped in the quarantine zone.

If that synopsis feels like it has a very sudden tonal shift, that’s because Lazaretto has a very sudden tonal shift, and how you feel about that will probably be central to what you think of the comic. About half of it is a charming, light-hearted story about two kids trying to find their place in a new environment, and then it takes a very sudden and very dark dive into grotesque horror.

To the credit ...

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The Dark Horse Book of Horror

Mike Mignola, Hellboy, and a roster of great creators and characters explore the dark corners of the horror genre in thirty-five stories of witchcraft, ghosts, and the risen dead.

Originally published in four award-winning anthologies, these stories featured the debut of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s Beasts of Burden series, and standalone stories by Kelley Jones, Kurt Busiek, and many others.

In addition to the comics, Gary Gianni (Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea) illustrates stories by legendary authors such as Robert E. Howard (Conan) and William Hope Hodgson (The House on the Borderland), and Scott Allie interviews experts in the occult fields, including a seance medium and a witch who specializes in love spells.

I absolutely loved whenever the book fair came around during school and...

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