FIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL MINI-REVIEWS: A QUICK TOUR OF DC’S GREATEST HITS RE-IMAGINED

It’s all gone a bit DC this time out. Four titles from the publisher, covering some of their major franchises: The Titans, JLA, Green Lantern, and Batman ‘worlds’ all get look at. Plus an oddity from an SF great in collaboration with a comix great published by a straight-up book publisher I’ve never heard of: what could possibly go wrong?

 

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LEGO 250 REVIEW: 6929 STARFLEET VOYAGER

If the golden age of Science Fiction is twelve (Thank you forever, Peter Graham), then the golden age of Lego 250 reviews is somewhere between eight and thirteen. Let’s revisit that age for a review that will unashamedly burble over an ancient set like a Granddad under dementia care. Welcome to 6929 Starfleet Voyager. It’s my childhood. You all just live in it.

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THE LEGO 250 REVIEW GOES TO ALDI: 30364 POPCORN POLYBAG (AND A BOOK!)

If we’re going to get back on the blogging circus now that we’re not hiding under our bed waiting for the roof to cave in, let’s get stuck into another Lego 250 review. Because, honestly, right now this whole get-through-250-in-a-year thing is looking like a Dunning-Kruger wet dream. So let’s go a little left-field, and rummage around the chuck-out bins at Aldi for a book/build combo. It’s a popcorn cart with pages attached!

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FIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL MINI-REVIEWS: GINGER’S CHOICE

Okay, cyclone over. Back to business.

Having exhausted my recent purchases, and long ago burned through the local library’s meagre collection, I’ve turned to my family to randomly select some titles from my collection to read and review. First up, five volumes selected by the inimitable Lord 15. And just for a change, this time when I say I’m reviewing five graphic novels, I’m going to review five.

 

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Eavesdropping On Evil: Paperback + Spoken Word CdEavesdropping On Evil: Paperback + Spoken Word Cd by Wayne Howell

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Absolutely one of the worst true crime books I’ve ever read. It’s riddled with typos and grammatical errors, and takes the bizarre editorial decision to treat the narrative as if reporting on the various stages of a film or TV production, lending the whole thing an air of authorial frippery that it doesn’t deserve.

There is no attempt to analyse or place the events within any larger context, simply chapter after chapter of copy-pasted transcripts that haven’t even been neatened up to aid readability– as if every ‘um’, ‘uh’, or wandering off into irrelevant discussions is somehow necessary to understand the story, rather than just the product of a lazy author rattling off a quickie cash-in — squeezed in between breathless, over the top tabloid descriptions that hit every stereotype in the Murdoch Fish Wrapper Manual.

I read this while trapped inside my house during a cyclone, without power, by battery-powered lantern, and *still* almost gave up in favour of lying in the dark listening to my fences being torn down. An absolute junk job.

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REVIEW: EAVESDROPPING ON EVIL, by WAYNE HOWELL