Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: What Dreams Cost

Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: What Dreams Cost

When Sandman began in 1989, Neil Gaiman was just another British writer following in the footsteps of the likes of Alan Moore. When it ended, Gaiman had created one of the most enduring long form pieces of fiction of the twentieth century and carved out a niche for himself as an industry giant. Sandman broke barriers and expectations taking comics into a new dawn of possibilities. Sandman was a unique project in that it explored myths and legends from every angle and iteration as it examines the mythological hypotex  as sandman can be called  integrative diegesis, that is, a diegesis engulfing other diegeses. Indeed, apart from Gaiman’s characters, it features mythological and sacred characters from various religious traditions, characters from the DC Universe, characters who are both at the same time, fairy characters from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (c. 1594-1596), and fictionalized versions of historical personalities as it all that forms a giant mixture which is shot through with meta-fictional passages that make it, in many ways, and in Stephen Rauch’s words, ‘a story about stories. , it is metaphysical examination on the nature of fiction that is by very nature one of a kind in comics as its story-telling that tells of the nature of how wonderful comics can be for literary story-telling.

Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: What Dreams Cost

Sandman was not collected into volumes until May 1990. These volumes, and the annotated collected editions (which I love and have talked about before), collected story arcs of Sandman as well as could be done in context of Sandman non-linear, anti-plot structure. There are ten volumes of Sandman, which collect all 75 issues and one special issue. They include Preludes & Nocturnes (#1-8); The Doll’s House (#8-16); Dream Country (#17-20); Seasons of Mists (#21-28); A Game of You (#32-37); Fables and Reflections (#29-31, #38-40, #50, The Sandman Special); Brief Lives (#41-49); World’s End (#51-56); The Kindly Ones (#57-69); The Wake (#70-75) as sandman is one of the first comics to be taught with any regularity in literature classes; stupendously awarded, Sandman has won a World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction unheard of in comics—26 Eisner’s, and has been nominated for a Hugo Award; and universally praised, Sandman should be shelved next to Shakespeare, Keats, and Tolkien as first among equals as its truly something special in the world of comics. 

Preludes & Nocturnes

Preludes & Nocturnes is the eight-issue arc that vaulted Sandman to fame, helped Neil Gaiman find his voice for Dream, and is perhaps one of the greatest beginnings to any comic-book series as this series opening arc setups the ideas of dreaming and the ideas of the dream and collective being connected together. Preludes & Nocturnes follows dream in while he attempts to recover his powers and return to the Dreaming, after having been imprisoned for 72 years. For us though, it is important to notice that Preludes & Nocturnes while linear in nature does not follow a typical heroes journey. Sandman is not about apotheosis. Sandman is not about an ordinary person, who experiences something supernatural, is sent to the underworld to do battle with unimaginable forces, and ultimately return to the ordinary world empowered. Sandman, rather, is about a god among gods who is dragged to the ordinary world, stripped of his powers, and ultimately tested against himself before he can return to his own dimension,This issue closes the arc of Preludes & Nocturnes in a fantastically un-comicbook way. Rather than through redemptive violence, it is through quite contemplation and through witnessing his sister’s charms that Dream is reinvigorated with a new wisdom and a new purpose. Rather than defeating a villain, Dream defeats his own sense of self-doubt and self-loathing. The nature of sandman frist arc really defines about what defines the traits of this series as whole. In issue four we see the Gaiman describes the impossible Hell in this way: “Now in Hell, wherever possible I want any structures to be built either of rock or of people that shows hell as a dark and twisted landscape made of mankind or rocks. Gaiman’s Hell, pulled from several mythologies that defined this darker idea of what the hell is like upon it. Gaiman explores, with just a page, the depths of Dream’s incalculable inhumanity after humanizing him for several issues.The nature of the frist arc breaks apart how distanced he is from humanity even if Neil does humanize him at times. Preludes & Nocturnes really setups many traits to come but also shows you the power of how self-doubt can change things.

The Doll’s House

The groundwork has been set for the series as whole now. it’s time for Sandman to flesh out relationships and start developing a long-term narrative. This second volume features the introduction of some of the title’s major players, including Dream’s younger sibling Desire, Rose Walker, and Lyta Hall. Its a creepy with depressing child abuse disguised as a cheerful superhero adventure, and a serial-killer convention with a nightmare guest of honor that shows shows the darkness of the horror comic elements of this series to come out at times.  the prologue “Tales In The Sand,” which details the romance between Morpheus and Nada shows you the love of Morpheus whom he lost ages ago. Every genration a young boy is taking into the desert for a journey. The heart-shaped piece of glass recovered by the boy as to find ways to adult-hood.

Tales In The Sand” would be a drastic shift to someone reading Sandman issue by issue, month to month, especially following “The Sound Of Her Wings.” But in The Doll’s House, it’s very much positioned as a prologue, which allows for its sidestep away from the main story-line, and signals that its thematic significance is going to be more important than its narrative significance later to the plot.

Gaiman knows how to work the contrast between classic comic-book brightness and contemporary grittiness, whether it’s in the juxtaposition of Jed’s fantasies with reality, or the depiction of two different incarnations of the Sandman. Hector Hall is an idealized version of the Sandman, clad in bright primary colors with a smile permanently plastered to his face, while Morpheus is the dark, emotionless reality of the Dream King. that shows the contrast of the two versions of the character.

The  reappearance of Desire, the very embodiment of sexuality. Every single one of the individual dreams in “Into The Night” is related somehow to sexuality, power, and/or sexual and gender identity that defines the dreaming there is a strong undercurrent of sexuality in these concluding issues. The entire idea of a serial-killer convention is brilliant, and I can’t help but notice the similarities between the men who gather at Rose’s hotel and the collectors that frequent comic-book conventions as both groups as whole can be basically the same in some ways. When dealing with something like dreams.. well, there’s a lot you can do with it. A lot of places you can go. Gaiman is essentially only limited to his imagination that defines the whole of the doll-house its truly a wonderful arc.

 Dream Country

These four independent short stories take place largely, though not completely, outside the main narrative that all are four one shot tales that tell of the nature of dreaming.

The story of Calliope’s captivity by Madoc doesn’t have any direct correlation to events in The Dreaming, but her liberation by Morpheus which is delayed somewhat by his own imprisonment in The Sandman’s opening issues is very much tied to his status as master of stories: Gaiman recreates a myth. Madoc’s imprisonment of Calliope is similar to Bellerophon’s attempt to fly to the top of Mount Olympus, or Ravana misusing Shiva’s power in the Ramayana that re-tells a myth in this story. All three men come into contact with the supernatural, and their abuse of a power that is beyond them leads to ruin. Calliope is an old archetype, and Gaiman’s use of a muse is  an ancient narrative concept that he is aware of that. We’ve already seen the idea that stories are endlessly retold in The Doll’s House, in his depiction of The Corinthian and Fiddler’s Green. Gaiman is clear that both of them have lived in many people’s dreams and nightmares, just as stories find new contexts and voices to be retold by him.

Dream Of A Thousand Cats,” it fits one of the central conceits of The Sandman, the idea that the dream and corporeal realms are connected together. arable about one of the oldest and most resilient creative ideals, the belief that ideas and imagination have the power to effect change. The history of humanity, everything from religion to politics to art, comes down to stories, to narratives that shape how people think and act which can also be a simple tale about cats if you read it that way. “A Dream Of A Thousand Cats” could also be about the significance of the oral storytelling tradition, or a metaphor about organized religion, or even just a love letter to cats, if you’re inclined to read it that way. The best stories work on several levels that connect to you.

Midsummer” can be a somewhat confusing in the way it bounds between perspectives, from the action backstage to the onstage performance of the titular play, from the real fairies in the front row and peanut gallery to the characters they inspired. It’s a lot to keep track of, especially if the reader isn’t well-versed in the text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Myths don’t really die, at least not easily; there’s always something left of them that remain in the end. The story of the start of this play and the muse of Shakespeare is dream is another element that connects to the idea that dream is a muse and story-teller of this series. 

Season Of Mists

This book as a whole is about old mythologies, and their attempts to re-create or rescue themselves. Everyone here is in a state of profound identity shift. Morpheus is recovering from his captivity, facing up to the challenges of his newly empathetic state, and learning to let go of his overwhelming pride. Lucifer abandons his eons-old rulership of hell to try something new that defines the whole of this series to re-tell the tales of old but to give us something new as the Norse gods and the Japanese gods all in this volume of the series as whole show the powers of world myths that define the series.

The Norse gods want to cheat Ragnarok and escape their paradigm; the Japanese gods are incorporating new idols and reshaping themselves; the demons want the independence they’ve never had. Even the minor players here are caught in a state of flux that shows that myths are ever changing and expanding that cycle never ends. Consider the first issue of Season of Mists, which gives us a much closer look at the Endless which defines their traits as whole. Gaiman shows for stories and storytelling throughout Sandman, it’s apt that he paid so much attention to the single comic-book issue as a storytelling vehicle, even within a larger arc as each issue in this volume of series shows the powers of myths and legends the idea that the cycle of myths connects to our world now and the nature of it is he is a muse as the lead dream is muse of the story to tell us the myths of old again is basically a rebirth of the legends of old as the muses say stories don’t die they just continue in new form as gaiman’s unique Endless mythology, rather than the rabbit-trail byways of Dream Country that all makes this volume such fun. It’s about the stories we tell, about our world and about ourselves. Again, we have characters summarizing who they are, and letting those definitions define them that makes this volume so powerful as we can take these stories to define them in many ways but you can find something new in this volume that shows the power of sandman and its story-telling.

 A Game Of You

A Game Of You, but it’s an internal conflict within Barbie, a perfect character to explore identity through. And Gaiman isn’t being subtle about it either; our initial look at the new Barbie shows her with a black-and-white checkerboard pattern drawn on her face. A chessboard on her face, a game of you.

After revealing the flaws underneath the surface perfection of Barbie and Ken in The Doll’s House, Gaiman returns to Barbie and all the cultural baggage that is such that you see him define whom this person is. The whole arc is about finding yourself.

 Fables & Reflections

Fables & Reflections collects and re-orders scattered stories released between the Season Of MistsA Game Of You, and Brief Lives story-lines that collects collective tales that are tales that are vastly diffrent form each other.

My favorite of the Distant Mirrors stories is “Three Septembers And A January,” not just because it’s one of the rare “sweet” stories in the Sandman universe that is collectively rare for the unverse. Emperor Norton imagines his own reality, and many of his San Francisco neighbors decide to honor it because he thinks its so is the way as proclaimed himself emperor of the united states. It a myth that was a legend based on a real man that was such a crazy story of one man’s life that many think its a myth and legend of that era.

Fables & Reflections, since it’s the least cohesive and most uneven of the Sandman short-story collections yet many of the stories are collectively interesting little tales that show the power of a great muse and story-teller to tell a story.

This  Sandman’s story-line is truly one of the best arcs of the sand-man as it thoroughly it fleshes out the world and personalities of these characters, but because Jill Thompson’s artwork is so perfectly suited to Gaiman’s script. Her balance of realistic detail and fantastic whimsy is an ideal fit for a story centered on Delirium and Dream in which it defines them.

As much as I enjoy Gaiman’s short stories in this title, I’m definitely a bigger fan of the longer arcs in Sandman, which showcase Gaiman’s ability to build tension and flesh out character over an extended narrative. Both of those qualities are exemplified in Brief Lives, which gives us a thrilling story full of twists while presenting the most complete portraits of the Endless in this series as he defines the series in such ways her in a larger arc. En Desire, the closest thing this book has to a consistent villain, shows some sympathy for Dream after he kills his son. I feel that Gaiman does his best work when he has room to breathe, and the side stories he tells in Brief Lives all help strengthen the idea that life is precious and fleeting, even for immortals. And that Death line you’ve now mentioned twice is one of my favorites of the series as i said before the power of the muse is what makes this arc stand out as such an amazing arc it’s the power of choice plays out into the arc. It’s truly one amazing story-line of book.

Worlds’ End

Worlds’ End is my favorite of the Sandman short-story collections, in part because it’s the most cohesive, with a framing device that puts the stories in a larger, more powerful context that is defined in a framing device known as the dream city.

Hob’s Leviathan” is my favorite because I think it’s the most interesting interpretation of some of the reoccurring themes in Worlds’ End, of journeying between realms or states of being, and of leaving a former life behind that does define as many times in life we feel same way as this moment to leave beyond our life. As the innkeeper puts it, “When a world ends, there’s always something left over. A story, perhaps, or a vision, or a hope that larger trait of the collective arc as whole tells stories that is such fables that connect to the end of the collective whole. It’s the power of myths to tell us about our humanity and connect to us that feels like a powerful trait of mankind as fables of old are never forgotten but always return to their forms in the end as the dream city shows us the collective powers of short fables to tell us about our humanity.

The Kindly Ones

The Kindly Ones is the ninth of the Sandman graphic novels and is also the largest. It is a sustained story-line, originally published across thirteen issues of the title’s original comics run. It was also deliberately written by Neil Gaiman to be read as a single graphic novel, a decision that provoked the ire of some readers of the comic who felt that many of the individual issues failed to satisfy when taken on their own merits. However, read as a single story it becomes clear that The Kindly Ones may be the strongest of The Sandman‘s long story lines with rich story-telling that does tell the end of line of dream. As well being a feast for continuity lovers, the collection also delivers its own thematic arc: this is a Greek tragedy, pure and simple. Events build slowly and with growing intensity towards an ending that is the tragic of all myths have an ending. The last act of dream is something that will move you form its start to its end.  The Kindly Ones shows how far he has changed…and how far he has to go. As a result, The Kindly Ones offers the most insight into the character of Dream himself as its fate of dream and the whole of this collective comes to an interesting end Sandman relies on symbols, archetypes, and fables, and as much of that kind of dichotomy exists in mythology as richly it does make sense its ending is tried back to the cycle of the muse and story that ends but it really never ends.

The Wake

The Wake is the tenth and concluding graphic novel in the Sandman sequence. It is an extended coda to the main narrative of the series, which climaxed in the preceding book, The Kindly Ones. As such the story is about wrapping up the story as its ending is coming to full cycle of the nature of the series.  A wake is held for Morpheus (who died at the end of The Kindly Ones) and beings from across the universe arrive to take part. There are numerous cameos from familiar characters that all are at the wake of dream. In the final part, we suddenly reverse back to the early 17th Century. William Shakespeare has decided to end his writing career, but has to fulfill a promise: the second of two plays commissioned by Dream. As he labours on the work – a play called The Tempest Shakespeare reviews his life. , considers his legacy and muses on the choices he did not make. He wonders if a person can every truly change, and of course this entire series was about: Dream coming back from his captivity a changed being, but in the end not able to change enough, resulting in his destruction. The choices made in life can always come full cycle. The Wake is not a blood-and-thunder grand finale, but instead it’s an effective analysis and wrapping-up of the cycle of myths and legends that setup the series. It’s an ending that can also act as a setup for a new start to. The power of myths that stories never die they just return back to their original forms. Today i talked about in an epic blog post about the sandman as whole this series is such a wonderful nod to myths and legends that one should read today. The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s exemplary modern fantasy that began in 1988 and went on to become one of the most acclaimed comics of the 1990s that he series helped establish Vertigo as an imprint for sophisticated and cutting-edge comics while cementing Neil Gaiman as one of the greatest authors of the modern age as you should read it anytime. 

Review : Aquaman

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showcase comics weekly

so it is my second time i talk about comics weekly in my second showcase comics weekly. I talk this week about the best of comics this week based upon my favorite books i read this week. These books are simply the best comics of this week of comic book reading.  I hope you enjoy this week’s  showcase comics weekly for the week before Christmas. lets honor this week’s best comics. I will be taking break for week on this weekly review in Christmas time. I hope you have a happy holidays. 

Klaus and the Crying Snowman #1

Grant Morrison’s mind-bending, alternative take on Santa Claus returns this week with Klaus and the Crying Snowman, with art by Dan Mora and letters by Ed Dukeshire.

klaus crying snowman grant morrison dan mora boom! studiosKlaus (Santa) teams up with Father Frost and Master Yule-Goat to stop the Nightborn, giants who defeated the Norse Gods and brought about Ragnarok 1500 years ago. Along the way, he also picks up an amnesiac man-turned-snowman and helps him learn an important Christmas lesson.

BOOM! Studios is billing this series as the best holiday tradition in comics for the season. Morrison’s Klaus stories are epic tales of magic and action that is such fun to read each year. They’re Christmas treats, like the TV specials you wait all year for. But where Rudolph and Frosty are going to tell you the same stories every December, Klaus has new ones for you to enjoy each year.

Nothing seemingly screams Christmas less than the Twilight of the Gods  aka Ragnarök  but Morrison brilliantly uses the world-ending backdrop to communicate his message but the context only tells some of the story. Its like his many other works he did as he does his great trait of storytelling. There’s Christmas magic in Morrison and Mora’s story, and while the creative team wraps the story in epic and far-reaching trappings, at its core it’s actually a reinforcement of the essence of Santa Claus legend that makes it simply magical. Klaus and the Crying Snowman is a fun read that you will simply enjoy to read anytime. 

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Aquaman #43 Revew

When we last left Aquaman, he’d flown a boat into the gaping maw of an inter-dimensional Kraken, skewering it with a trident dipped in ancient fatal goo, ultimately destroying both of them. At the end of the issue, however, Wonder Woman, who has suddenly become an all-seeing sorceress or something, said she sensed he was still alive…somewhere. And so he is! Washed up on the shores of…somewhere, rescued by a beautiful woman named Caille who likes to dance outside during thunderstorms and sacrifice rabbits on the beach. She lives an austere lifestyle on a remote island in a tiny village with crone couple named Loc and Wee. And now Aquaman lives with them as well, because he can’t remember who he is.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha have come on board the title, bringing another great layer and lens to the character. Stripping him away from the Atlantis-heavy framework, cast and stories, DeConnick and Rocha have placed an Amnesiac Arthur Curry in a perfect place for re-examination and reworking of the comics. ere’s a man who’s been king, superhero, outlaw, mariner, lighthouse keeper and so much more and yet he now knows not who he is or ever was. Falling to the shores of the remote island village of Unspoken Water, Arthur Curry now resides alongside a whole host of ancient sea deities who have been cast away by the angry ocean.

We’re introduced to Callie, a lady in red garb, who seemingly performs regular rituals and rites to please the simmering ocean. Callie is the one who discovered Arthur on the banks of Unspoken Water and thus they share a bit of a special connection form the start of finding each other. Drawn gorgeously by Rocha, with Henriques’ inks and colored marvelously by Gho, the flashbacks teasing and setting up Namma are breathtaking, to say the least. Gho’s muted palette sets an ominous tone as the blurred portrait-esque depiction of the panels give it a sense of larger than life grandeur that it would otherwise lack. The panels are blurred, with no true borders because they cannot truly contain what is depicted inside.

DeConnick’s vision, too, is absolutely stunning as it reexamines the whole of aquaman. It moves away form the Atlantis-centralism of the title to re-examine and analyze Arthur among a whole host of other ocean-related beings is a clever decision and a much needed breath of fresh air for the title. DeConnick and Rocha have moved the hero from super-heroic duels and Atlantean politics to a very mythic high fantasy context of the tale. he story is very much a fantasy mystery rather than a typical superhero plot that is a welcome breath of fresh air for the title.  Whether you’re a long-term fan like some or a new reader looking to jump onboard the sea king’s adventures, this is a great place to start. Just dive in to read this weeks adventure of aquaman.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Livewire #1

Livewire #1 review

ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! FOR THE FIRST TIME, LIVEWIRE TAKES CENTER STAGE! Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all? From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!

Writer Vita Ayala wastes no time in getting this story started and immediately treats readers to an opening scene that is as telling and insightful as it is exciting to read. By the way it generates a great deal of momentum here, Ayala is able to coast on the previously generated energy while establishing the plot that setups nicely a wonderful story. Come issue’s end, Ayala turns up the intensity and provides readers with good reason to eagerly await Livewire #2. 

Clean and sharp, the artwork in this issue is easy to digest and enjoy. Focusing more on character expressions and movement, artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin are able to create lived-in settings and authentic transitions that highlight Ayala’s script wonderfully on each panel of the book. All in all, Livewire #1 is an electric debut issue that promises greatness; a must read for Valiant fans or comic book fans as you will simply enjoy to read this comic.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Gideon Falls #9 Review

ORIGINAL SINS,” Part Three As Norton spirals deeper into his own mind—or deeper into madness?—Father Fred entertains a visitor from his past who can’t possibly be real. But Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes…

Gideon Falls #9

in Issue #9, the lines that have thus far separated Norton from Father Fred are blurred further and unsettling connections are made. There’s a laughing man in the basement, there’s a heartbroken woman swinging from her neck in the church, and there’s an escape from an asylum that happened thus far in the story. Jeff Lemire’s script is intense and well-paced with wonderful and sharp writing. It bends and folds at his whim, and with it, he manages to suffocate his characters in an engulfing whirlwind of terror. Issues after issue, Lemire continues to stun us with this comic.Gideon Falls continues to evolve as it cements itself as a masterwork of modern Horror comics that is simply such a marvelous read.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Welcome everyone that adores comics should It’s new comic book day! But before you head to the local comic shop, arm yourself with a few recommendations based upon what is simply the best comics of this week of comics to read.

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showcase comics weekly

so it is my frist time i talk about comics weekly in my frist showcase comics weekly. I talk about each week starting this week about the best of comics this week based upon my favorite books i read this week. These books are simply the best comics of this week of comic book reading.  I hope you enjoy my frist weekly showcase of comics for this week.

Detective Comics #994 review

We are closing in on yet another milestone issue after a year of milestone issues be it Action ComicsThor, or DaredevilDetective Comics is at issue #994 this week and will soon reach 1000 issues, being the second book to reach such a high number. With a milestone coming it’s probably why writer Peter J. Tomasi is delivering a story that brings Batman back to his roots.

Tomasi is finally here!  I wish that DC would have given us an add like they did with Bendis since the reason Tomasi is writing Detective Comics is that Bendis snatched his Superman book from him. Tomasi continues by giving such wonderful batman comic writing with Detective Comics 994.  It has everything from detective work, kickass action, character moments and a cool new villain with the fact that it ties into the Wayne’s deaths and also the crazy twist at the end made things even cooler. if you love batman you will simply adore this book.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

 The Batman Who Laughs 01 review

Scott Snyder is bringing the Batman Who Laughs to the main DC Universe as , Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. Scott Snyder crafts out what may be one of the best works of comics he did on batman since he did the black mirror arc of batman. Scott Snyder Snyder gives such wonderful batman comic writing with wonderful action and character moments and a cool villain that returns to the universe as the batman crafts such a dark and twisted gem of a tale that any batman fan will adore to read from start to finish of this comic.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Batman Annual #3 Review

When you think about it Alfred doesn’t get enough credit. He’s basically necessary for Batman to exist at all or else he’d never eat, sleep, or get his gear in order. Alfred is the oil that keeps the engine greased and running and in Batman Annual #3 his struggle gets the focus thanks to writer Tom Taylor and artist Otto Schmidt give us such a story this week.

This issue begins and ends with Alfred’s perspective, which is written beautifully by Tom Taylor.

The issue starts with Alfred getting the dreaded call that Thomas and Martha have been shot.  I usually roll my eyes the more and more we get this scene, but seeing it through Alfred’s eyes makes it way more fresh the cores of batman’s parents death.

Taylor does an exceptional job of capturing the love and care Alfred has for Bruce Wayne. He was a man of hopes and desires, but after that traumatic day his life, and Bruce’s, were changed forever. This story depicts Alfred in a way that is caring beyond belief as we see how Alfred is such a caring guy for Bruce Wayne.  Taylor has crafted an interesting story focusing Batman’s attention on a new villain which is quite clever. . It’s an exciting adventure that comes with its own resolution and a solid foundation for Alfred to swoop in and be a hero himself.I’ve marveld at Schmidt’s art over the years on Green Arrow and he continues to do a great job in this annual issue that is simply marvelous. A fantastic issue that may win an Eisner when all things are said and done. It’s meaningful, heartfelt, and exciting. It’s a near perfect one-shot Batman adventure that you should read.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1 review

Love is in the air between our rocky love-bug, Thing, and his sweetheart, Alicia Reiss Masters. Marvel Comics is celebrating with a pre-wedding celebration in the form of this issue.

All three stories do well to capture different aspects of getting married and the stresses that come with it with three different writers capturing the stresses of marriage. The bachelorette opening written by Gail Simone with art by Laura Braga does a great job showcasing the weird nature of the pre-wedding party that simply is such a fun read. The second story is written by Dan Slott giving such a marvelous story of the thing asking for permission to wed Alicia and it’s a curious scene, not unlike an interrogation scene. Dan Slott does a good job with this story. The last story is by Fred Hembeck with colors by Megan Wilson, focusing on the lament of the person Thing asked permission from. This is quite a fun comic strip style story. This comic is such a marvelous joy of a comic that captures the magic of the best of FANTASTIC FOUR.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Bitter Root #2 reviewBitter Root #2

David F. Walker and Chuck Brown have some simply killer e killer dialogue and scripting in Bitter Root #2. It is exciting, poignant, and funny all at the same time. This issue was just a delight to read from beginning to end. Its simply a marvelous comic to read form start to finish. Bitter Root #2 delivers an exciting read and makes this series a must-read for anyone.

Bitter Root #2

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

BLACK HAMMER: CTHU-LOUISE #1 review

A trip to the world of Black Hammer is always time well spent, doubly so when artist Emi Lenox is on board.  Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise #1 is a one-shot story about a cursed young girl struggling to find acceptance. It’s like Carrie with tentacles, a sad tale that you just know won’t end well. Louise is a deeply tragic character and her journey is expertly brought to life by Jeff Lemire in such a simply marvelous writing in this comic.. This is haunting stuff that adds another layer of awesomeness to the Black Hammer universe as simply a marvelous comic to read form start to finish.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 review

Rejoice, for it’s the best time of year! It’s that special season when families come together, snuggle by the fire, and read the Hellboy Winter Special. This annual anthology always sports a lineup of awesome creators and this year is no different. Mike Mignola, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic, Ben Stenbeck, and Dave freaking Stewart all grace these pages with magic and monsters. Whether you are a longtime Hellboy fan or a first-time visitor to the Mignolaverse, you’ll have a blast reading this comic. It has all the action, humor with everything that is simply marvelous to read.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Hawkman #7 review

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It’s an approach very reminiscent of Grant Morrison’s Batman and much like that run, it’s a rich buffet of tonalities, genres and varying stories, all unified under a central theme that pervades all. It’s an ambitious epic spanning all of time and space in the DC Universe.

Hawkman #7 builds on the foundations laid thus far in the title while unveiling an all new origin for the character. Venditti’s always excelled at characters who have pasts that contrast immensely with who they are, from Aric in X-O Manowar to The Eternal Warrior and Hawkman proves to be a perfect fit for him. Though Hitch is very much the star of this title, doing arguably career best work at incredibly unbelievable speeds, he’s creating a definitive take on the character that takes trough many worlds of the DC Universe. The creative team showcases such range and so many threads of possibility in Hawkman that it’s truly exciting to even wonder about the wondrous legacy the team will leave on the franchise. It’s an incredibly exciting time for hawkman as this could be the defined series that everyone looks upon for ages to come. Hawkman continues to surprise and delight, as ever. It is a title where anything is possible and it defies classification, much like its titular character that you simply should read today.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

SDCC ’18: Hellboy’s 25th Anniversary Celebrated With Three New Titles

Welcome everyone that adores comics should It’s new comic book day! But before you head to the local comic shop, arm yourself with a few recommendations based upon what is simply the best comics of this week of comics to read.

12 Days of X-mas:a silent night

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Christmastime breeds nostalgia. The holiday atmosphere, full of traditions, encourages everyone to think back to Christmases past, back when things were the same but also a little different. Over the years,for whatever reason batman has always been able to translate well to Christmas stories.

Paul Dini’s “Slayride review

In the long history of Batman and Batman-related titles, there are many holiday stories. Some are particularly broad, atypical portrayals of characters as writers struggle to fit them into a story with an easy-to-swallow holiday morality: villains letting heroes go “in the spirit of the season” and so on. Though interesting diversions, these stories seldom hold any weight in terms of the continuity of the universe and even less in terms of the development of character. But Paul Dini’s “Slayride”, the story told within the pages of Detective Comics #826, breaks this mold, with intriguing results.

If you’re thinking that this doesn’t sound like a particularly Christmas-related story, you’re absolutely right. In a way. True, the action of the story has little (if anything at all) to do with Christmas. In fact, as far as Batman stories are concerned, it’s pretty standard fare: Joker kidnaps Robin, kills innocent civilians, Robin escapes and foils the Joker’s scheme. What is so powerful about Dini’s story, however, is how deftly he uses the setting to elevate the stakes which makes joker feel even more deadly. . After Robin discovers a dead couple in the backseat of Joker’s car (presumably the car’s previous owners), he very intelligently deduces that, due to the larger number of presents with the bodies, they must have a child – at which point he discovers a toy car in the seat and tries to cut his bonds. It took a second for this to sink in for me, but I very quickly realized that what Dini was doing was very subtly reminding the reader that somewhere in Gotham a child has lost his parents at Christmas time. And each subsequent murder echoes this idea. An old man is run over; a family loses their patriarch. The manager at a fast food joint is shot point-blank; his family and colleagues spend Christmas dwelling on his death. Just as Dini’s story treats the Christmas setting as more of a subtle detail, the art does the same. Simple details like the string of Christmas lights that bind Robin to his seat, or the Christmas ornament in his mouth are subversions of the holiday. Both are traditionally beautiful visual reminders of the season, but in this context they are fraught with danger; will the lights electrocute Robin? Will he be forced to bite through the glass ornament to free himself? Faucher’s inks and Kalisz’ colours add the perfect mix of holiday merriment and the cold and dark of a winter night. Together with the writing, what is left is a story that finds threat in every detail.

slayride” is a successful holiday issue because it reminds us of the principles for which the season is meant to stand – family, joy, and good will – even though it accomplishes this by showing a character who actively disrupts those principles. this is a wonderful issue to read from start to finish.

BATMAN: NOËL (2011)

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is perhaps one of the best known classic Christmas stories of all time. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is completely devoid of holiday spirit, focussing instead making and hoarding his own money. On Christmas Eve, the ghost of his former partner arrives to tell him he must change his ways and that three ghosts will visit him to help show him why and how that is to happen. These ghosts (Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future) give Scrooge a new perspective on his life, his regrets, and his fears, and as the sun rises on Christmas morning he springs out of bed a new man, righting wrongs with family, strangers, and most importantly his employee Bob Cratchit and his family.

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Batman: Noël by Lee Bermejo (one of the men behind the critically acclaimed Joker). Bermejo’s adaptation does not directly place characters from the DC Universe into the roles of A Christmas Carol, though it comes very close. Instead, the narrator is telling his own colloquial version of the Christmas classic tale.

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In Batman: Noël, author/artist Lee Bermejo has taken the basic structure of A Christmas Carol and mixed in Gotham City. We get a Scrooge (Batman), a Bob (Bob) and the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Catwoman), Present (Superman) and Future (Joker). In this case, Batman is once again after the Joker and follows a henchman-for-hire who he is hoping will lead him to the clown. Meanwhile, we learn this henchman Bob (fitting) is down on his luck and just needed some quick cash to give his son a somewhat good Christmas. He’s not a bad guy, just a desperate one. This is known all-too-well by the Dark Knight, as he stubbornly shows and tells others throughout the story that makes it such a joy to read form start to finish. A brilliant take on Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Batman: Noel is simply a perfectly crafted holiday story with a Dark Knight twist that makes it all work. Lee Bermejo proves that he’s not only a talented artist but he can also spin a good yarn. Whether you’re a true Batman fan or are interested in a different kind of holiday story that you should read today.

Batman 9 review

A Christmas Carol, Batman and Robin try to reunite orphan Timmy Cratchit with his father, Bob, a wrongly imprisoned man. This story has everything: multiple fights, Batman throwing a pillow to block a punch, a death trap, Batman dressing up as a ghost, the meaning of Christmas, and Batman threatening to beat up a street Santa. The comic ends with Batman telling Robin that “Santa is real and always will be if we believe in the spirit he stands for – Good cheer, unselfishness, and love of the fellow man! That’s the real Santa Claus!” This story is simply such fun story to read.