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Comics Picks For 10.09.2014

With everything going on right now, I had doubts whether I’d be able to get through many comics this week but it seems that this was indeed the week where I surprised myself in a big way. Not only did I catch up on quite a few new titles, but I also managed to read two graphic novels this week, one of them at almost 300 pages no less!

The surprise hits of this week were Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #2 from Titan Comics, Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division #2 from IDW Publishing and Inhuman #5 from Marvel Comics. This week’s surprise flops were Caliban #6 from Avatar Press, Grim Tales of Terror #3 from Zenescope, and Superman Unchained #8 from DC Comics. Of the others, they were mostly great, and I loved that both G.I. Joe Volume 1 and Witchblade Volume 3 are among my absolute favourite graphic novel reads of the year!

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach (Book Review)

As you have seen recently from my reposted reviews, Rachel Aaron is one of my favourite fantasy authors, for a whole load of different reasons. When I heard in late 2012 that Rachel was going to be publishing a new series with Orbit Books, a space opera trilogy no less, I got very excited. All the expectations that I had of the Paradox series were fulfilled when I got done reading the first novel last year, Fortune’s Pawn, and then the sequel and the third novels earlier this year. If you are looking for a space opera that is both serious and humorous at the same time with a great female protagonist, then Fortune’s Pawn has to be on your radar!

The Paradox novels are published by Orbit as written by Rachel Bach, rather than Rachel Aaron.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Future’s End: Green Lantern Corps and New Suicide Squad (Comics Review)

From my reading thus far, the second week of Future’s End one-shots hasn’t been as overwhelmingly positive as the first week. Many titles seem to have suffered from the oddest stories being told, partly because few of them have actually tied in to the larger Future’s End story. They are mostly just dealing with their featured characters five years into the future and that’s it. Kind of a shame, but hey, I’m still picking up a lot of titles that I wouldn’t have otherwise, and that’s great, I tell ya, since it allows me to easily sample a wide variety of DC’s ongoing titles, with a rather low risk attached.

Green Lantern Corps: Future’s End #1 and New Suicide Squad: Future’s End #1 are two of the odder titles I’ve read this week, though not by much. They feel very natural extensions of their respective titles, though I haven’t read a single issue of the New 52 version of Green Lantern Corps, though I’ve been keeping up with the newly rebooted Suicide Squad title. The former is an interesting issue in many ways, but flawed to a great degree while the latter is a fully self-contained story that actually does impress, more than I’d thought would be possible.

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Legends of Dune by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (Book Review)

Frank Herbert’s Dune is for me one of the best space opera stories told, ever. It has had a great influence on me, as both a reader and a writer, and it really opened up the world of grand space opera for me, a world of rich, detailed settings and fantastic characters. Since Frank Herbert’s death, his son Brian and noted SFF author Kevin J. Anderson have taken up the master’s mantle and they’ve delivered a number of novels in the Dune-verse, continuing the original Dune Chronicles series and also going back to flesh out tons of prequel stories hinted at in the original series.

Legends of Dune is one such trilogy, which focuses on the fabled years of the Butlerian Jihad. The trilogy goes into detail about how the Jihad started and how it ended, presenting some truly great moments. If you are a fan of Dune and Dune Chronicles, then Legends of Dune is well worth a read for sure.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson (Audio Review)

I’ve had a long fascination with Superman, since my earliest years in fact, and as I’ve grown older, I’ve become very curious about what happened to Krypton, that Kal-El’s parents had to take the drastic step of sending him away from the world all the way to Earth. Over the years, many different variants of the basic story have come out, whether in movies or live-action television or animated television or comics, but I have to say that none have had as much of an impact on me as Kevin J. Anderson’s The Last Days of Krypton, and that’s precisely because Kevin focused an entire novel on the event, not just a few minutes of a movie/television show or the pages of a comic.

I listened to the audiobook of the novel last year and it was a great experience, so much so that the audiobook eventually found its way to my “Best of 2013 Part 1” list as one of the best audios I listened to in the first half of 2013. Definitely an experience.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson (Book Review)

Kevin J. Anderson is one of my favourite writers, owing largely to his Young Jedi Knight series and for the fact that he and Brian Herbert continued on the legacy of Brian’s father Frank Herbert in continuing the Dune Chronicles series and also doing a whole lot of prequel fiction. Hidden Empire is the first novel in Kevin’s massive Saga of Seven Suns series and while I liked the novel, I wasn’t too taken with it. Which is why I haven’t gone back to the series as yet, but considering that Hidden Empire was an easy fast read, I think I just might get a start back on the series. I am curious as to how things continue on!

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Death of Antagonis by David Annandale (Book Review)

David Annandale debuted on the Black Library back in early 2012 and since then he has turned out one quality work after another, whether that be for novels or novellas or even audio dramas. He has written in all the different formats that Black Library publishes, and I would even say that he has emerged as one of its strongest writers in the novella format. Last year his Black Dragons novel The Death of Antagonis was released and it proved to be a great read indeed. The Black Dragons are one of the most colourful of all the Space Marine Chapters, being a part of the fabled Cursed Founding, and to see them get some spotlight is great indeed.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Captain Marvel #7 and Ms. Marvel #8 (Comics Review)

Last month both Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel closed out on their first major arcs, establishing a great story and direction for both titles. Amazingly, both titles have found strong readership with their respective reboots, and of the two Ms. Marvel has been the most successful with the debut of teenager Kamala Khan, daughter of Pakistani immigrants. In spirit, both titles are strongly linked and I think it is great that they were both relaunched at the same time (roughly) and that the quality on both titles, especially Ms. Marvel, has been so high. That is extremely gratifying.

This week, in Captain Marvel #7 we see the beginning of a new arc as writer Kelly Sue DeConnick brings back Rocket of the Guardians of the Galaxy for some madcap adventures with Carol, Tic and the former’s cat Chewie. The cat is quite the star of this new arc it seems, and I had fun reading the new issue, though I thought that it was a bit too gratuitously silly and funny. The art however, with new artist Marcio Takara, was as good as it was with David Lopez in the last issues, so that helped balance things out. With Ms. Marvel #8, we see a new arc once again as the Inhuman Queen Medusa sends her trusted companion Lockjaw to keep an eye out for Kamala, following Wolverine’s tip to Captain Marvel about the young hero. It is a damn good new story arc here and Adrian Alphona is back again, so the art too is awesome.

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Comics Picks For 03.09.2014

With DC Comics’ Future’s End event kicking off last Wednesday, this was a great week for reading since I got through the comics pile faster than I’d believed I could. And I even managed to read a graphic novel!

Anyway, the surprise hits of this week were Action Comics: Future’s End #1 and Batwing: Future’s End #1 from DC Comics, Death of Wolverine #1 from Marvel Comics and Dr. Mirage #1 from Valiant Comics. The surprise flops of the week were Ex-Con #1 and Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1 from Dynamite Entertainment and Aquaman: Future’s End #1 from DC Comics. The others were more or less all great, such as The Phantom Stranger: Future’s End #1, Green Arrow: Future’s End #1, Black Widow #10 or even Angel & Faith Season 10 #6. And of course, can’t forget Ron Marz and Mike Choi’s Witchblade Volume 2, which was a right cracking read!

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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Horus Heresy: Know No Fear by Dan Abnett (Book Review)

Black Library’s Horus Heresy series is a worldwide bestseller, and with good reason. Many of the novels and anthologies and audio dramas have ranged from good to stellar with very few bad apples in between. The series started off innocuously enough, but it has since then become the publisher’s flagship range, also with good reason. One of the first books in the series to come out, right alongside the excellent Deliverance Lost from Gav Thorpe, was Dan Abnett’s Know No Fear, a novel that proved to be a major game changer in the series, both in terms of the lore revealed and also for future novels. It is also one of the best novels in the series, by far.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Born To Us by Dan Abnett (Short Story Review)

Black Library started its trend of micro-shorts back in 2012 and it is something that has really caught on since. With a word-length ranging from 1,000-2,000 words, these shorts are great teasers for various characters and events within Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Dan Abnett kicked off the 2012 Black Library Advent Calendar with his Inquisition short story Born To Us, which I loved since it satisfied my desire to read more Eisenhorn, a character I love dearly.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Pariah by Dan Abnett (Book Review)

Coming in at the end of 2012, Dan Abnett’s Pariah was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. The start of a new Inquisition trilogy, dubbed Eisenhorn vs Ravenor, the novel promised much in its premise, which is why I was so excited for it. But unfortunately the reality didn’t pan out, not at all. Now, Pariah has the unfortunate distinction of one of the worst novels from Black Library I’ve read to date. It just didn’t work for me, not on any level, and I was sorely disappointed with it. As it turned out, my review also turned out to be one of the most contentious I’ve ever written and my opinion on it seems to be among a very, very small minority of the fans.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so read on!

The original review can be found here.

Note: This review contains major spoilers.

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