FIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL MINI-REVIEWS: VAMPIRES AND GODS AND CONSPIRACIES, OH MY.

So, suddenly you turn around, and it’s been nearly two weeks since you’ve posted anything: that’s life in a family requiring as much self-care as we have since Blake’s death. And it’s been a self-care-heavy kind of fortnight, coupled with reports and marking for school. Little time for Lego, even less time for writing about it, buuuuut I did manage to get a couple of graphic novels read, so let’s talk about them.

 

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FIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL MINI-REVIEWS: LUSCIOUS’ CHOICE

In my never-ending quest for things and stuff and junk, I turned control of my next five graphic novel reads over to Luscious, just to see what she’d pick put from my collection. Turns out it’s an endearing mix of used-to-be-Gods, Anti-Christs, Nazis, and assassins earthly and cosmic.

Good times.

 

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FIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL MINI-REVIEWS: FROM GOTHAM TO LONDON, AND BRIDGES BETWEEN

A veritable grab bag of titles this time out, from next-door-to-spandex mainstream, through novel tie-ins, the weird end of the superhero genre, and something tossed off by a formerly excellent comic book writer in between self-promotional gigs and a late dinner. There’s some genuine excellence in three of these five titles, which is a ratio I’ll happily accept on just about any occasion.

 

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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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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