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Review: The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read!

The Horror! The Horror! uncovers a rare treasury of some of the most important and neglected stories in American literature—the pre-Code horror comics of the 1950s. These outrageous comic book images, censored by Congress in an infamous televised U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency in 1954, have rarely been seen since they were first published—and are revealed once again in all of their eye-popping glory. Jim Trombetta, in his commentary and informative text, provides a detailed history and context for these stories and their creators, spinning a tale of horror and government censorship as scary as the stories themselves. [ Source: Amazon ]
WARNING #1: SPOLIERS IN THE FORM OF PICTURES
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Review: The Crow: Midnight Legends Vol. 1: Dead Time

After a ten-year hiatus, James O’Barr returned to The Crow with Dead Time, a story he envisioned as a new Crow film. A tale of grief, reincarnation, and long-sought vengeance, Dead Time is adapted by John Wagner and illustrated by Alexander Maleev. ( Extracted from Amazon )

Let me start this off by stating I absolutely love The Crow. Ever since I saw the film, it forever changed the way I knew a movie could be and is undoubtably my favorite movie of all time. I recently purchased it on Blu-ray and watched the special feature interview with James O’Barr, the creator of the original comic book. I found the interview quite interesting. You may view it below:

Before I read this digitally, on Kindle Unlimited I was largely unfamiliar with James O’Barr’s work ( other than how it is portrayed in the movie ), but this time O’Barr is only writing the story and leaves the script to John Wagner, the art to Alexander Maleev and the lettering to Dan Burr.

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Review: The Sandman Overture Deluxe Edition

Wow. That is all.

Summary:

“#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller and winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story!

Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe edition!

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds NEW YORK TIMES best-selling writer Neil Gaiman’s return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary J.H. Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to the Sandman’s origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as the Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.”

( Extracted from Amazon )

Evaluation:

In it’s first release in 25 years, The Sandman: Overture feeds a story in lofty dream spaces of the universe starring a character named Dream. Philosophy is sometimes mixed with how this story unfolds and setting warps these common variables in time and space. This story is the prequel to the comics that started release in the late 80s that redefined comics and this book does the same; is sometimes lucid other times not so much and in effect, creates the atmosphere, breaking the bounds of what we are used to in normal life, but still often we can relate. It is beauty in less context while giving curious wonders at the same time:

WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN THE FORM OF PICTURES
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Review: Stephen King’s The Stand Vol. 1: Captain Trips THB

This looks exciting. Personally, I’m not a fan of blended photos. However, overall the art here is well done, but the text blending effects such as that glow, could use to be turned down a couple notches.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

It all begins here: the epic apocalyptic battle between good and evil. On a secret army base in the Californian desert, something has gone horribly, terribly wrong. Something will send Charlie Campion, his wife and daughter fleeing in the middle of the night. Unfortunately for the Campion family, and the rest of America, they are unaware that all three of them are carrying a deadly cargo: a virus that will spread from person to person like wildfire, triggering a massive wave of disease and death, prefacing humanity’s last stand. Collects The Stand: Captain Trips #1-5.

Evaluation:

What is a THB you ask? Trade hard back unlike trade paper back. It’s a hard cover graphic noveleta. Don’t ask me what noveleta means. Marvel might know. That is who published the book. 🐵