New Superman Graphic Novel
For those needing a bit of a refresher on the origins of Superman, check out this new graphic novel...
Secret Origin by Geoff Johns
Summary: Chronicling Clark Kent's journey from the cornfields of Smallville to the skyscrapers of Metropolis, you'll witness a whole new look at the beginnings of Lex Luthor, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Lois Lane, Metallo, Jimmy Olsen, the Parasite and more of your favorite characters from the Superman family! It's a look at the mythic past of the Man of Steel with an eye toward the future!
Wonder Woman on TV... Again.
Well, this shouldn't come as a surprise but TV executives are thinking of reviving Wonder Woman for television audiences. Here is the article from CBC.
New Graphic Novel
Supergirl: Friends and Fugitives
Description: Supergirl and Flamebird must work together to track down their father's assassin, the man known as Reactron. Spilling out of the stunning finale of "Codename: Patriot", in which Supergirl's biological father and Flamebird's surrogate father, Zor-El, was murdered, the childhood friends find themselves at each other's throats. But they must work together to track down the villain who killed Zor-El - the covert operative known as Reactron.
New Graphic Novel
New in the library! Arkham Asylum: Madness by Sam Kieth.
Description: It is the most feared house in all of Gotham City. It contains the worst that the city has to offer. It is the place The Dark Knight's most dangerous and psychotic foes call home. Writer/artist Sam Kieth, creator of THE MAXX and artist of the acclaimed miniseries LOBO: HIGHWAY TO HELL, invites you to spend 24 hours in Arkham Asylum – the most unsettling house in the DC Universe.
Review: Exodus Noir
Exodus Noir by Matt Wagner
Summary: Weaving a mystery that jumps between the Spanish Inquisition and 1940s New York City, long-buried secrets come back to life as Madame Xanadu investigates a murder 500 years in the making.
May's Review: It's been awhile since I read the first volume of the Madame Xanadu series but I liked it so much that I knew I wanted to read the second volume as soon as it came out. Unfortunately real life intrudes and I almost forgot about it until I was poking around the library catalog last week. Thankfully, I got my hands on the second volume and read it right away.
Once again, Wagner's story does not disappoint. From beginning to end, both stories (one set in 1940s New York and the other set in Spain during the time of the Inquisition) were engaging, filled with interesting characters (including an appearance by Sandman Wesley Dodds and his love Dian Belmont), and plenty of action. What I liked most about this book than say, Batman Reborn, was how Wagner carefully balances the action and the suspense with "quiet" moments in the story. I enjoyed the panels where Xanadu is happy and content sharing a peasant's life with her friend and companion, mainly because it shows another dimension of Xanadu that could have been easily glossed over by another writer. A worthwhile read, especially if you enjoyed the first volume.
Superman: Code Name Patriot
Check out this new Superman title!
Product Description: Superman has left earth and taken residence on the planet of New Krypton along with 100,000 Kryptonians freed from the bottle city of Kandor to prevent a war between Earth and New Krypton. Chaos erupts on New Krypton after a Kryptonian is shot and The Man of Steel will stop at nothing to find the culprit. When the shooter flees to Earth, it's up to Superman and Supergirl stop the assassin in time to prevent further hostilities between earth and New Krypton. Will their actions cause more harm than good and lead to a war of the worlds?
Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Philip Tan et al.
May's Review:The original Batman, Bruce Wayne, is dead and his former protege, Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, has picked up the mantle. Bruce's long-lost son, Damian, is now the new Robin and two of them are now left to battle the criminals in Gotham City while trying to figure out how to live up to Bruce's legacy. In spite of the fantastic artwork, I really had a hard time getting into the story, which was often disjointed and at times, convoluted. Perhaps the most annoying aspect for me was how "loud" this book was. Every second or third panel had an explosion of some sort in it that only serve to highlight the artists' pyrotechnic drawing skills. The "quiet" time that was present in the story was few and far between. Personally, I would have liked a little more introspection from the main characters and perhaps even a brief discussion about why Dick and Damian are compelled to pick up Bruce's mantle.
Regardless of my review, Batman fans will want to read this graphic novel. As for me, I thought it was okay and will reserve judgment until the next book in the series to see if the storyline improves enough for me to recommend it.
Kick-Ass by Mark Millar
May's Review: Chances are, some of you have already watched the movie Kick-Ass, starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Nicholas Cage. If so, then you might also want to check out the graphic novel which is the basis for the story about an unpopular teenage boy who becomes a masked vigilante by night. Similar to Miller's previous work, Wanted, Kick-Ass is heavy on the adrenalin and extreme violence but light on character development. For instance, don't expect much an explanation of why our hero, Dave, wants to be a superhero other than it was the only exciting career he could think of. While Kick-Ass will never be as complex as other superheroes such as Batman, he was still entertaining in a bizarre and slightly twisted kind of way.
So check out the graphic novel and let me know what you think.
X-Men Prequel Coming Soon
Well this was inevitable. Hot on the success of the Star Trek prequel, it looks like a prequel has been planned for the X-Men franchise. Even better news is that Bryan Singer will be back!
Batman: Battle for the Cowl
Check out Batman: Battle of the Cowl to see who wins the fight to wear the mythic identity of the caped crusador. This one is loaded with guest stars.
Book Description: Months after Batman disappeared, Gotham City sits on a precipice. Perhaps not even Nightwing, Robin, or Commissioner Gordon could save it now. As the fires, rioting, looting and gang warfare swirl, one question is on everyone's mind: Where is Batman?
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