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Review & Preview – Transformers Annual 2017

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Review & Preview – Transformers Annual 2017

This year’s Transformers Annual features two stories that are very different in style, but they’re tied together by the storytellers (Optimus and Pyra Magna, trying to work out their differences) and the eavesdroppers (Starscream and Bumblebee, though Bumblebee’s a figment of Starscream’s imagination of course, right? …..right…?)

See below for preview pages and a review of Transformers Annual 2017.

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Review – Savage Things #1

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Review – Savage Things #1

You want to hurt. You revel in suffering. You are monsters. That is fine. We simply want you to be our monsters.

See below for a review and preview images from the newest book from Vertigo: Savage Things #1. (The book itself has some pretty explicit images of death and dismemberment, but the preview pages I was sent left out the very worst page, so you can read this review over breakfast if you feel like it.)

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Review – The Wild Storm #1

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Review – The Wild Storm #1

It’s been a while, but I remember reading WildC.A.T.s for a while in the 90s. It was full of women in painted-on micro-armor and men with shoulders that could block doorways. Everyone was always posing dramatically and scowling those beautiful, Jim Lee, dark-eyed glares (even when it wasn’t Jim Lee’s art, that’s what everybody was trying to do back then.)  (Well, him or Liefeld anyway.) Long tassels of hair swung around in perfectly-timed breezes, and there were leg-pouches everywhere. I thought they were pretty silly, and I was completely obsessed with them for at least six months.

I skipped the New 52 reboot of many of the Wildstorm characters, and now I’m sort of glad I did, because The Wild Storm looks to be a selective re-reboot of everything, and if the first issue’s any indication, I’m going to like it.

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Review – Transformers Till All Are One #7

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Review – Transformers Till All Are One #7

When we last saw everybody, an army of undead Titans was destroying Cybertron and Starscream had swallowed his pride enough to ask Elita One for help. And she refused. You’d have expected Starscream to suggest doing something sneaky and unethical at this point, but it was Windblade who volunteered to sneak behind Elita’s back, to interface with the Titan Carcer and convince him to help. This issue we get to see how successful (?) that plan was. See below for a quick look at Transformers: Till All Are One #7.

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Review – Scooby Apocalypse

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Review – Scooby Apocalypse

I wasn’t much of a Scooby fan growing up; the recycled Hanna-Barbera animations always bugged me. But I’m a fan of 80s nostalgia just as much as the next geek, so I took a look at the collected Scooby Apocalypse graphic novel, without expecting much.

I’ve gotta say, I’m pleasantly surprised. The story is sometimes repetitive, but the dark tone and clever dialogue makes up for it. And the art’s beautiful. See below for a recap, review, and preview pages from Scooby Apocalypse.

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Review & Preview – Empowered “The Soldier of Love” #1

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Review & Preview – Empowered “The Soldier of Love” #1

It’s only two weeks till Valentine’s Day! Are you ready? Got plans? Want to see a super-powered villain with a love-gun and a rotten attitude spread chaos and destruction all over the city? Why wouldn’t you? See below for preview pages and a review of the first issue in the Empowered mini series Empowered and the Soldier of Love.

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Review – Neil Gaiman’s “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire”

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Review – Neil Gaiman’s “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire”

It’s always hard for me to pick a favorite Neil Gaiman story, but it’s easy for me to pick a favorite collection: Fragile Things wins, hands down.

Included in that book is “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire.” As you can guess from that mouthful, it’s a very tongue-in-cheek (ha) story, and when I heard it was being made into a graphic novel from Dark Horse, with art by Shane Oakley and (occasional) colors by Nick Filardi, I really hoped they’d stay true to the spirit (ha again) of the story.

(Minor spoilers below.)

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