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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: Lucifer

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Review: Lucifer

I was going to rant for a bit about all the ways that the Lucifer TV series is different from the source material (originally from Neil Gaiman, and then spun off very capably by Mike Carey), but I’ve decided that’s not a very productive discussion. There’s no point to making a carbon copy of the original stories in a new format, and even if you could it wouldn’t guarantee that the results will be good. The TV show is going to have to succeed or fail on its own merits.

Besides, there are some positive things that have come out of the interest generated by the show. Like the fact that bookstores have started carrying the Lucifer graphic novels again, or Vertigo’s brand new comic book series written by Holly Black, continuing the story of the fallen angel and former ruler of Hell. So let’s talk about those, because Mike Carey’s series is one of my all-time favorites, and Holly Black’s continuation is growing on me with every issue.

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Review – Neil Gaiman’s Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade

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Review – Neil Gaiman’s Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade

It says here that the Vertigo Universe will never be the same again.
Of course, it was never the same before.

In 1993 and ‘94 several Vertigo writers and artists created a huge crossover event, featuring characters from six of Vertigo’s most popular titles. The result was a little confusing and unwieldy, but there were a lot of very talented people involved, and it marked the one and only time Vertigo tried a crossover that big.

More than twenty years later, Free Country: A Tale of the Childrens Crusade, by Neil Gaiman and many talented writers and artists, has finally been collected into a hardback book, but it isn’t just a reprint: an entire chapter was created to fill in some of the gaps and smooth out the storytelling.

In the end I think it’s still a little confusing, especially if you aren’t familiar with the characters, or you haven’t read about them in twenty years. But if you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman, or any of the original books (or just feeling a little nostalgic for 90s Vertigo) you should give this collection a look.

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Review: Fables issue 150 – “Farewell”

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Review: Fables issue 150 – “Farewell”

Vertigo released the final chapter of the Fables comic book in July. The series that started with the quirky idea of refugees from fairytales, folklore and nursery rhymes all living together in a community in New York City eventually turned into an epic that spanned dozens of mythologies, launched several spin-offs/mini-series, and had a literal cast of thousands (if you take into account all the wooden soldiers and background mundies, that is).

So how do you wrap up all the threads of a thirteen-year story and still answer many of the “So whatever happened to…” questions in a single issue? Simple: you give it at least a hundred more pages and turn issue 150 into Fables: Farewell, the 22nd and final graphic novel of the series.

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Constantine comes to NBC

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Constantine comes to NBC

DC Entertainment may be rushing their movie franchises and alienating their comic book readers, but at least fans can enjoy this fall’s TV selection.  Fans already knew about CW’s Arrow already confirmed for Season 3 back in February, but within the last week The CW also confirmed a go for the Flash spinoff series.  Not to be outdone, Fox then announced the pick up of the James Gordon centric (not Batman) show Gotham, then only days later released a teaser for it that got everyone talking.

Now just this past weekend NBC released the trailer for their new series Constantine, and the people agree that everything looks right.

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