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Comic Book Review (8/10) “Great”Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #11 “Bottled Light Part 4”Writer: Robert VendittiPenciller: Rafael SandovalPlot: Larfleeze was behind the bottling of the Green Lantern Corp and the Siniestro Corp, and John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Soranik must search a method to escape. Meanwhile, Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner re-unite, and explore that the Green Lantern Corp is still alive…This was a fun problem with a lot of of the New52 characters coming back to create a comic that was reminiscent of the New52 Green Lantern comics. The dual stories in this book of Hal Jordan going to Mogo to explore that the Green Lantern Corp was still alive, and Stewart and Soranik planning to search a method to escape their prison were both amazing and had me turning the pages to see what happened next. Not a lot happens, but this comic does progress the story finally in a direction where I was hoping the comic would be by ic Book Review (7.5/10) “Good”Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #10 “Bottled Light Part 3: By Lantern’s Light”Writer: Robert VendittiPenciller: Ed BenesPlot: Brainiac has the Green Lantern and the Sinestro Corps trapped in a bottle with the Xuderian capital. Meanwhile, Kyle Rayner aka the White Lantern is tasked by Ganthet and Sayd to access Hal Jordan’s ring to bring him back into reality. While inside of the ring, Hal Jordan also comes across fellow Lanterns who gave their lives for the cause…It seems like Robert Venditti is throwing everything but the kitchen sink into this book as “new” returning characters constantly pop up in every book! This book also has a surprise hero reveal towards the end of the book. Although the story is moving along narrative wise, the structure has felt the same as the previous two problems also had someone being revealed towards the end. It is cool right now, but if there is another surprise reveal at the end of problem #11, I feel like this structure will obtain stale and feel repetitive – it feels repetitive even now!I have only seen Benes’ artwork in the Justice League (2006) run by Brad Meltzer. I have always appreciated his artwork and among Ethan Van Sciver and Rafael Sandoval, his detailed artwork seems the fit this book. This problem is probably one of the prettier books this ic Book Review (9/10) "Amazing"Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #8 "Bottled Light Part 1: Duty Calls"*A amazing jumping on point as this is the beginning of a fresh story arc.*Writer: Robert VendittiArtist: Ethan Van SciverPlot: Hal Jordan died defending the galaxy and fighting Sinestro and his power ring is floating around in "error" mode. Meanwhile, Guy Gardner, Soranik, and the remaining Sinestro Corps create their method to Mogo to join John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps.Will the Green Lantern Corps and the fresh Sinestro Corps be enough to stop a fresh terror from consuming the galaxy?Venditti does a amazing job setting up this fresh story arc and having a fresh Sinestro Corps led by Soranik was a brilliant move on the part of creative. This changes the Green Lantern Corps dynamic from a single dying unit to a surviving unit that must reluctantly have the Sinestro Corps join its ranks. I'm also liking the dynamic between Soranik, Stewart, and Gardner and I would like to see more in future n Sciver is one of those reliable artists whom if you see his name on a cover you know it's going to look wonderful and Van Sciver doesn't disappoint here. I absolutely loved his rendition of the fresh threat on the planet Tomar-tu. Looking at that page I just knew that Van Sciver was not only a amazing artist, but a real nerd that understood the characters of the DC ic Book Review (7.5/10) "Good"Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6 "Sinestro's Law Part 6: Globe of War"Writer: Robert VendittiPenciller: Rafa SandovalPlot: John Stewart and the remaining Green Lantern Corps plan to mount a defense versus Sinestro and Warworld with the support of an armada of ships from worlds that wish to stand up versus the tyranny of Sinestro. Meanwhile, Guy Gardner is being held prisoner by Sinestro, as he is being tortured for the info of the whereabouts of Hal Jordan. Can Hal Jordan and his allies successfully push back Sinestro's tyranny of fear?This problem feels rushed. Just when Hal Jordan is about to take on the Sinestro Corps, someone shows up before Hal starts going to city on these guys. Why have the build up of Hal showing up like a [email protected]#$% in a ring construct warrior jet and fighting Sinestro Corps members powering up to 200% if you're not going to do anything with them. The problem has wonderful build up and feels epic with ship armadas, galactic forces, and globe conquering fear engines, but ends with a bit of a sigh.Once again Sandoval delivers the goods with his artwork, and makes this book feel epic in every panel, except the latest one. I should have ended this problem excited for the next one, but ended up going "wow - already?" All that build up and you're taking us to the third act of the story arc already? Amazing beginning, so-so ending.
Comic Book Review (8/10) "Great"Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #4 "Sinestro's Law Part 4: The Fear Engine"Writer: Robert VendittiArtist: Ethan Van SciverPlot: Guy Gardner has been captured by the Sinestro Corps as it continues to scour the galaxy for the rest of the Green Lantern Corps. Sinestro and the Sinestro Corps are subjugating inhabitants from other planets and galaxies to power the Fear Engine that Sinestro has created. Sinestro is also looking for Hal Jordan, considered by a lot of as the greatest Green Lantern that has ever lived, to power the Fear Engine after he is created to see that fear is a greater force than will is problem brings the irreverent, machismo spitting Guy Gardner that we all loved back to take on Sinestro and his Sinestro Corps. Venditti not only uses him for the comic relief in this issue, but also to explain what Sinestro's plan for the universe is as Sinestro explains everything to him. Meanwhile, Sinestro's daughter, Soranik has taken custody of Hal Jordan without alerting Sinestro, and her intentions for Jordan are yet n Sciver's art is just excellent for this comic. Is it just me or is Sinestro looking more and more like Adolf Hitler every successive issue? I love how he draws Sinestro to look so smug and evil that I don't wish anyone else drawing Sinestro from now on. His spreads are epic and each hero shows the right emotion for each situation. His renditions of Guy Gardner and his conversation with Sinestro is some of the best Guy Gardner items I have ever seen and they are just talking - well Sinestro is talking and Guy is disrespecting him every possibility he can get.
Comic Book ReviewHal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Rebirth #1 (8/10) "Great"This problem is in essence a set up issue. The Guardians of Oa that made and oversaw the Green Lantern Rings are mostly dead, Sinestro is more evil than ever, and Hal Jordan is trying to rediscover e story telling is primary Green Lantern and if you have read "Green Lantern : Rebirth" (2004) you can expect the same type of story telling and Ethan Van Sciver's art will create you reminisce of that mini-series. To this day my favorite Green Lantern artist is Ethan Van Sciver as he draws Hal Jordan with purpose. His Hal Jordan feels set apart compared to the other Green Lanterns. The first page with Sinestro's dead eyes tells you everything about Sinestro - he is the most strong despot in the universe and because no one can stand up to his might he has become jaded by his own power. You don't even need the word bubbles because the art alone tells the story - that's how amazing Van Sciver nditti does a serviceable job as the writer, as I mentioned before this is a book that tips at things to come, and sets up how the story will move forward. At this point I have no idea how the series will play out, but his writing ability lets me wish to believe that this will be a amazing series.A amazing powerful start, but one will have to wait and see how the story will play s:-As usual Ethan Van Sciver 's layouts are unbelievable and with purpose.-The writing is powerful and sets up the story nicely. The book support a Green Lantern fan catch up nicely...Cons:...but if you're not a Green Lantern you may feel confused...who are the Indigo tribe? Who is Star Sapphire? If you have not read a lot of Green Lantern books it will be difficult to understand what is going on.-not the best jumping off point...
The art is amazing and there are some nice moments, but this obsession they have with going backwards will be why I stop buying. Years of Kyle's hero development undone in an instant, for literally no gain. It felt forced and although some are happy, I am not one of them. I'll stick to back issues, where Kyle was at his best.
Hal Jordan is now the lone GL but ready to search the other Green Lanterns as Sinestro, Parallax, and Battle Globe threaten the universe. Amazing starting put for a fresh Green Lantern story.
A riproaring beginning to DC's zone opera. I really enjoyed the reintroduction of Hal Jordan as the ultimate jet jockey in space, flying by the skin of his teeth and letting the poor guys have it. Sinestro is, of course, the best method to introduce the fresh story: who better than the oldest bestest arch-enemy? This story arch is exciting and on the universal scale that we expect from Hal Jordan in Space. Amazing items and the beginning of a fun series.
A solid green lantern run that suffers from a pacing issue, a common issue all rebirth trades seem to suffer from. Other than that Robert Venditti seems to really love all of the green lanterns and their mythos. I would go as far as to say this is my number 2 in rebirth.
'Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps, Volume 1: Sinestro's Law' by writer Robert Venditti. There are things that have led up to this issue, so if you aren't up to date, then this might not be the put to start.Hal Jordan is alone and everything is wrong. The Green Lantern Corps is gone. His ring is gone. What is not gone is Sinestro and his own Corps. In their yellow uniforms they feed on fear and protect Sinestro's battle planet.Hal finds a method to obtain a ring, and remnants of the Green Lantern Corps limp back. Guy Gardner is sent on a recon mission and in typical Guy Gardner fashion stands up to Sinestro's goons. Hal finds support in unexpected 's a huge sprawling zone epic of a story. There are lots of zone wars and grit.. The Green Lantern Corps is definitely outnumbered and possibly outgunned, but they create a war of it.I liked the story and the art. I haven't always been the largest fan of Green Lantern, but the stories I've read lately have been beautiful good.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
The other GL Rebirth book. One can really feel the presence of Geoff Johns in this work, even if he had nothing to do with it......oh yeah, except inspire the whole thing!Story: I never read any Fresh 52 GL books of any kind, though I am familiar with some of the plot elements from those stories. A lot of fresh readers will search that simply starting here with this volume 1 is quite a rough start. The book closes off at least most of the stories from the end of the Fresh 52 GL books. I would recommend reading the latest two GL volumes of the Fresh 52 and Lost Army, and Edge of Oblivion, and the Fresh 52 Sinestro solo title to understand how all the characters got to be where they are by the beginning of the book. BUT, if you don't wish to spend the money, or have the time, or don't have the patience, do not allow the yellow light of fear into your heart! The gist of it is Hal has been using Krona's gauntlet, has taken the fall for the Corps and been branded a criminal, is literally transforming into living will, the GL Corps went somewhere, a lot of died, now they're back, Oa is destroyed and Warworld is in its put with Sinestro ruling over his Corps who rules the Universe through fear. Once we obtain past the opening, we obtain a slow setup for Hal eventually confronting Sinestro for the ultimate showdown! The book explores quite thoroughly the dichotomy of will and fear (as any amazing GL story does), but also dives into the private relationship between Hal and Sinestro. I have the first two GL by Geoff Johns omnibuses and I've read quite a lot to really see just how deep the characters are of Hal and Sinestro and that their bonds are just as powerful to each other as Superman and Lex Luthor, or Batman and the Joker! These two lanterns have so much history and emotions between them, so a lot of feelings of resentment, being skeptical, hope, acceptance, disappointment, heartbreak, and anger and this volume explores all of that brilliantly. I feel as though we obtain some amazing dialogue with almost every character, but especially during the main happening super war at the end! Even though Venditti's Fresh 52 GL run is...how do I say....not so revered, I think anyone who loves Geoff Johns' run will say that it appears now that Venditti absolutely understands these characters, or at least can write them in a method that calls back to Johns' legendary run. The book has a nice pace, switching between John leading the surviving lanterns to search out how to obtain back to the center of the universe, Guy Gardner being tortured and interrogated and prepared for a "baptism" by a servant of Sinestro and Lyssa Drak, and Hal finding his method to Warworld to face Sinestro and end his rule through fear. It's three plots in the same book that not only switches comfortably, but also comes together in the end nicely. I offer praise to Venditti for being able to handle three various situations event at the same time and being able to create them all work in tandem. It's not hard at all to follow this story. This book created me do something I thought I'd never do: like Guy Gardner. How can one not root for him when he's being tortured, but refuses to talk? Guy really is a jerk most of the time so I'd imagine that it'd come as a surprise to longtime fans to see Guy actually inspire and rally his fellow captives into rejecting their fear programming by reciting the GL oath. This book shows just how tough Guy is as a man; perhaps John Stewart was right in saying that Guy is just too stubborn to die. One thing I found interesting about this volume is that it deepens the characterization of the Sinestro Corps itself by having Soranik, Sinestro's reluctant lackey daughter, describe how there are other members of the Corps, like her, who are genuinely amazing people. The book never establishes Sinestro as doing evil because he loves it. Maybe at one time, decades ago, he was that, but we can really thank Johns and Van Skiver for giving us the modern interpretation of the character. That is, one who genuinely wants law and order in the universe, but has a powerful conviction that will is insufficient to fear. That's what makes Sinestro such a amazing character, especially as explored in this book. Of coarse, that's also why he's the villain and why he and Hal must be enemies. Hal, and the GL Corps, wish to offer a helping hand, but not to force the universe to observe a universal government that the GL Corps mandates. There is an argument that could be created that this offers a greater amount of liberty and freedom, but also invites chaos. Quite oppositely, chaos disgusts Sinestro. His mindset is, "I know what's best for you, whether you like it or not". He'd rather rule as a dictator if it means total control, no crime, no chaos....and no choice. Yeah, if you think that way, GL books dealing with the Sinestro Corps always have that political undertone. I mean, the modern interpretation of Sinestro as given to us in 2005's GL: Rebirth is based on Hitler. I loved seeing Hal and especially Guy crack jokes. Venditti really chose amazing lines that work for each character. I could almost hear Nathan Fillion as Hal saying some of the quips during battle! The ending was epic in scale and I have no idea where this book is gonna go now. There is obviously going to be some mystery as to what happened to Hal and Sinestro; I mean, c'mon. It's comics. They're not dead. Not : We obtain a return from industry legend Ethan van Skiver for the Rebirth one shot and he gives us a amazing work with two awesome splash pages! He's still got it! Rafa Sandoval does most of the art for the remainder of the book, with Van Skiver doing problems 4 and 5. I'm overall happy with Sandoval's style. His page composition really gives the book a film feel, and Sandoval is quite liberal with the splash pages (at least I felt so). His splashes and double page spreads are AMAZING and really brings forth the epic scope and scale of the plot. At first I wasn't so sure about Sandoval being the main artist, but his style grew on me quickly and I'm looking forward to seeing more of that cinematic flair in future installments. Of coarse, we all wish to see as much of Van Skiver as we can get. DC just needs to allow him do GL books as long as he wants!Overall: A rough, and possibly confusing begin to fresh readers looking to jump on quickly falls away to a amazing book with incredibly deep characters with a lot of history and legacy behind them. The book was created fun with Hal and Guy's quips. We obtain another amazing cosmic adventure that really functions as DC's huge "adventures away from Earth" book, and this seriously delivers! There's a lot of exploration of the themes of power, control, will vs. fear, and a deeply private student/mentor relationship. Just as in the majority of DC's Rebirth books, there's a whole lot of heart in this book. This isn't the first Rebirth book I've read which seemingly opens the first volume of the line with what people would expect as a final act. We obtain a hell of a cliffhanger! I'm really looking forward to the next volume to search out what's next for Hal Jordan and what is to become of the Green Lantern Corps.
After five years of the love-it-or-hate-it Fresh 52 where DC’s pantheon of superheroes where altering into younger, edgier, and less experienced versions of themselves, DC is has ushered in a fresh era known as Rebirth. DC’s Rebirth is not about another reboot, but more about honoring and accepting the companies entire 75+ years in comics. This means a lot of of the most loved aspects about these characters has returned in their more approved status. For the amazing GREEN LANTERN, the most established work on the hero is thanks greatly to Geoff Johns revival of Hal Jordan in 2004’s GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH and lasting almost 10 years of his run on the hero pushing the boundaries of the hero like never before. After Johns left the title in THE NEW 52 with problem #20, Robert Venditti took over and has been there since. As much as Venditti did a reasonable job taking over, a lot of readers left because it just wasn’t the anks to REBIRTH, Hal Jordan is back to his former glory while sharing some page time with the Green Lantern Corps and this is a amazing return to at that.HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS collects HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH and problems #1-7. The whole Green Lantern Corps disappeared from the universe and it appears Sinestro and his Yellow Lanterns, The Sinestro Corp, have taken control of the whole universe in the former’s place. With the Sinestro Corp now in charge of the universe, it means spreading order through fear across the solar system and that means dark times. After spending time in self-exile, Hal Jordan has returned to save the universe by becoming a Green Lantern again to war versus Sinestro. Even if Hal is the only Green Lantern left to war Sinestro and look for the missing GL Corps, he will push his limits to the max to take on his greatest nemesis from universal tyranny through e surprising thing about all this is returning writer Robert Venditti who’s been writing GREEN LANTERN since THE NEW 52 problem #20 from the former 10-year run from Geoff Johns. His NEW 52 work on Hal Jordan as Green Lantern is considered unfavorable by a lot of who adored Geoff Johns former work on the series. There are things I really did like what Venditti did, yet there are plenty of things that bothered me as well. The surprise about this is you would never have guessed he would write this because it is so various from what he wrote during THE NEW 52 and far more in-line with Geoff Johns tenure. It’s huge on cosmic-level action, pushing GL lore, and every hero obtain their time to shine. If you’re one who dropped GL once Johns left, I strongly suggest you give this a e REBIRTH line is about getting back to basics and seeing as Geoff Johns run on GL is one of the most herald within the character’s background, I can see why Venditti is going back to that template. Hal is back [email protected]#$% and taking names as he is trying to search the Green Lantern Corp and figure out how/why Sinestro took control of the Universe. Vendittit spends a solid amount of time also giving Sinestro his page time as we see his evil nature being for the greater amazing to present the duality between Hal and Sinestro as reason why they two of DC’s best heroes and villain. It is simply amazing cosmic comics that feel as if Geoff Johns was writing this all over again and Venditti captures it beautifully.Of course, seeing as Green Lantern Corps is part of the title, they do play a huge part in the story. The GLC have John Stewart in charge, with Guy Gardner and Kilowag as second-in-commands. Venditti changes between the two plots of Hal taking on the Sinestro Corp and GL Corp trying to recoup their forces. Both stories shift between page time reasonably well, yet most of the better material hands down goes toward Hal taking back the universe from e two-changing artist for this series contain industry legend Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval. Van Sciver’s already gave Hal the Rebirth treatment in 2004 with Geoff John both on Green Lantern: Rebirth and The Flash: Rebirth, so it feels natural to have him here again doing the HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH and problems #4-5. It’s highly detailed and cosmic that never hurts to have. The other rotating artist Sandoval interesting because him and Van Sciver’s artwork do not gel well at all because both styles are different, yet somehow, they both work. Sandoval’s art is hugely cinematic in the action scenes and still gives off proper amount of emotions when need know, I am tempted to give this a 5-star rating because I really loved everything about this book and feel truly like Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern, yet I am giving this a 4-star rating. While the love the return to form for the title, it isn’t doing anything new. Nothing wrong with that, as that is not the issue I have with it. The reason for the 4-star is because of the rough starting point for fresh (and even old) readers. You see, this series beckons back to much of the NEW 52 and if you’re not familiar with those old plots, this book is rough to start. Hal Jordan being some rogue throughout the universe? You need to read Green Lantern Vol. 7: Renegade and Green Lantern Vol. 8: Reflections to understand why. Where did the Green Lantern Corps disappear to and come back from? Read Green Lantern Corps: Lost Troops Vol. 1 and Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion Vol. 1. How and why did Sinestro Corps become the leading authority in the universe? And why is Sinestro on the threshold of dying? Read Sinestro Vol. 4: The Fall of Sinestro. Venditti doesn’t really catch readers up to speed regarding how these things happened, so it makes this series one of the roughest starting points in the REBIRTH ide from making a poor starting point for fresh readers, I really loved HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL.1: SINESTRO’S LAW on most fronts. It may be Robert Venditti still at the helm, yet it feels like Geoff Johns spiritual hand is all over this and it is all for the better. It has huge zone action, amazing art from Van Sciver and Sandoval, and feels like the GL we are love. So it’s a 4 ½ star review, yet again since Amazon does not let half stars, I’m rounding to 4-stars because of the difficult starting point to fresh readers. If you are fresh and can obtain the gist of the plot, you’ll have fun this. For fans who left ship after Johns left, I highly suggest giving this a go again. Another REBIRTH title that shines for long time DC readers.
This trade reignited my love for the globe of Green Lantern. It could be the Van Sciver art or the return to the feeling that you are witnessing zone opera on a grand scale. I hope Venditti can hold this momentum up. It takes me back to the Geoff Johns days.
Rebirth kicks off the fresh Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern series by reigniting the old rivalry between Hal and Sinestro. While the Green Lanterns series sees Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz protecting Earth, this fresh title brings together all of the galaxy-spanning other titles into one fresh series. This volume picks up where the Fresh 52 Green Lantern and Sinestro titles left off: the Green Lantern Corps has all gone missing aside from Hal (who had previously gone renegade) and Simon and Jessica. While the latter two protect Earth, Hal reforges his own ring and sets off to confront the Sinestro Corps which has become the dominant peace keeping force in the galaxy. Sinestro appears to be on death's door after using up his power to conquer the Paling on Earth and has given his Corps over to his daughter, only to revitalize himself using Parallax and reveal a sinister fresh chapter in his rule. With Sinestro's real colors on display, Hal heads to confront his opponent and take as a lot of Sinestro Corps members out in a blaze of e book is a direct continuation of the Fresh 52 GL stories so if you haven't read them you'll probably be a bit lost. Overall this is one of the few Rebirth titles I've seen so far that isn't simple to pick up blind. The book doesn't do the best job explaining where the GL Corps disappeared to, why Hal was renegade, or why Sinestro's Corps had become the fresh galaxy police (aside from a few brief moments of exposition). Furthermore, as a large fan of the method Sinestro's solo title ended (with the Fear Corps essentially accepting their newfound roles as heroes) I was majorly disappointed to see this title immediately undo that with Sinestro taking control back from his daughter and getting all diabolical on everyone. As much as I appreciate the fact that the book continues to discover the idea that Sinestro thinks he is a character and believes in his cause, it was a letdown to see him go so over the top villainous l that said, this is an action packed and fun story overall that sets the fresh status quo going forward for the GL Corps. With Hal and some of the massive hitting GLs back on the stage it looks to be a amazing return to form for the series after the Fresh 52 run dipped in quality after the Wrath of the First Lantern event. Also, while I am sad to see Sinestro's fall back to over the top villain, it was cool to see that some of his Corps splinters off near the end to follow his daughter and continue the trend of not all Sinestro Corps members being out and out villains.
A amazing addition to the Earth One books. The art is solid, and the various take on old characters are interesting, and they work. There are two flaws that I can really think of and it's that the book wraps up too quickly, almost as if the writers ran out of time, and some of the hero introductions were beautiful weak; specifically one hero that I don't wish to spoil.
Being someone that's read every problem of Green Lantern written since the 1990s, the idea of a new take on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps really grasped my interest. I've been looking forward to reading this since mid-2017 and was more than happy to keep the promotional copy a couple months before start, this is not your normal DC Universe. This obviously takes put somewhere in the future when the political environment has changed greatly and zone travel is more accessible. "Harold" Jordan is a miner rather than a try pilot and the green lantern corps is a defeated entity rather than a successful zone police force. As for the style, similarly to the current DC film universe, this story takes a comic that is generally bright and hopeful and turns it into something gritty, dark, and hopeless. From the first page you know you're about to read something entirely fresh and various from any Green Lantern story you've read in the past, and that's somewhat pleasing to at being said, it would be strange to introduce a fresh reader to this story without any prior Green Lantern experience for two reasons. 1) The style and story isn't representative of any other Green Lantern comic and would therefore create it difficult to recommend them other Green Lantern stories they may enjoy. 2) If they really like it, they will have to wait at least a couple of years before they'll keep any form of sequel.I think this is a great, fun read for any Green Lantern fan looking for a fresh take on their favorite characters, but it doesn't fully meet the expectations made by other amazing Earth One books like Superman and Batman. Definitely recommend for fans, but it's far from a must read.
I've generally enjoyed all of the DC Earth One graphic novels (except for the Teen Titans ones as I've never read those). The Earth One series is set on an alternate Earth (Earth One) that closely resembles the true world. It's the iconic characters you know and love re-contextualized into modernity by some of comics best talents. Well it was anyway until Green Lantern.I could spend a very long time complaining about all of the changes that were created to simplify the story and how everything they've taken out destroys the most crucial parts of Green Lantern lore (There is no emotional spectrum, the rings are powered by a generic sci-fi energy source). I could complain about how the color palate looks more at home in a Batman book, that Dark Knight III was prettier and more colourful than this. But really when doing a project like this the writers have creative license to tell their story their way. I didn't care for it but none of that really bugged me.What I take problem with is their portrayal of Hal Jordan. He 's bland. He has almost no personality and the book wants to breeze from one point to another quickly giving small to no characterization. For the man who supposedly will become the greatest Lantern of all and in the main books forged his own ring from his will he sure runs and complains a lot. (Again in this universe the rings aren't powered by will and they imply anyone can use them, so it's not really a plot hole more a cheapening of the mythos). I'm not the largest fan of Hal Jordan's "fly by the seat of his pants" attitude but it's his character. It's who he is and when it's gone it's not him anymore. The Other Earth One titles always managed to do right by the character, they were various but familiar. There is nothing familiar about Green Lantern Earth One. It feels like something generic you'd obtain out of a room full of screenwriters who know nothing about Green Lantern and that's scary because we've already had one not good Green Lantern film, which I'd argue did better by the mythos than this. Is it less corny than Green Lantern? Yes. If you dislike everything that makes modern Green Lantern Green Lantern you'll probably like this. . But if you're like me I'd recommend you save your cash because it broke the cardinal rule- to quote the true Hal Jordan "You wear the ring, you say the oath".
Despite some pacing issues this is a really cool reinterpretation of the GL mythology that ditches silver age superheroics for hard Sci-Fi and zone opera. Not as amazing as WW or Batman Earth One but still another amazing addition to the Earth One line and a amazing entry point for fresh readers.
The Amazing Green Heist is one of those books you want was about you. The main character, Jackson Greene, is a clever, just and tasteful teenager who is uses his skills for the greater amazing of the people. I loved how the book was diverse including a multitude of cultures through main characters. However I had no clue that Jackson Greene was black. I ordered the book on my Kindle and on the electronic ver the cover page never shows up. I want somewhere in the text Varian Johnson would have created a reference to Jacksons ethnicity. I think it would have added to Jacksons’ charisma if the audience knew he was proud of his culture. Another hero that I liked that took a back seat was Jacksons’ father. I am glad the book touched on his parenting style as a father who cares but doesn’t bombard his kids and hoover over their every move. Maybe this is the reason why Jackson seems to be so balanced? Overall I liked the book and will recommend it to the tweens I meet. In the future I would like to see Varian use his skills as an engineer incorporated in one of his books. I think he has a lot to offer in his zone of expertise.
Intelligent and funny--A amazing adventure for middle-graders! Jackson Greene has changed. He's done with scheming for good. But when he learns the principal intends to rig the school election, Jackson can't stand by and allow it happen. He pulls together a squad of mates to fix the issue undercover. A amazing book with a huge cast of characters--each of whom have a distinct role in an unforgettable heist.
A fresh story with an old soul. That's how this book has been described by others who have fallen in love with it and I could not agree more. I was surprised to search something that reminded me, powerfully, of Edith Nesbit, CS Lewis and George MacDonald - while being something completely various at the same time.A character story, this is more Hobbit than Watership Down. More Narnia than Beatrix Potter. And it works. I was skeptical because I usually prefer my animal characters to be of the James Herriot kind - rather than the talking Beaver kind. But, this, like Lewis, somehow lets us forget that Heather and Picket are animals and instead we relate to the heroes in these interesting characters.I had a hard time getting into the story. Because I had no idea what the intention was, I struggled in the first few chapters. They were almost too pastoral for me. Looking backwards, I understand now that they are in fact much like the beginning of The Hobbit - the innocence of the Shire (I mean Nick Hollow) must be acknowledged before the adventure can begin.Once Picket and Heather and are on the run, the story comes alive.I have waited weeks to write this review because I wish so badly to communicate the profound value of this humble and tender small story. Even two months later, words fail me.Heather and Picket are unwitting participants in an adventure that transforms them into the very best versions of themselves - in the old fashioned way. They suffer much. They struggle versus themselves. They humble themselves. They confront their own worst attributes. And they do it with the support of wonderful mentors and fresh mates who have their own complex ere is so much to love about this book. It feeds the imagination, nourishes the soul and fortifies the hero of the reader.S.D. Smith is the creative force behind Story Warren - a www service dedicated to being the horns of Rohan in our lives as we seek stories of truth, goodness and beauty that point our kids to the ere is a sincerity in S.D. Smith's writing that makes the reader feel like they too could be the heroes of their own stories. Like the greats that Smith loves (Tolkien, Lewis, etc.), he tells stories worth knowing. Stories which inform the moral imagination and continue to speak to the reader long after the book has been returned to the is [email protected]#$%!.D. Smith says at Story Warren - they are on our side. They are allies in imagination.I have been asked about the intensity level of this book. I would place it at the same level as The Latest Battle. My four year old had no issue with this book but he is not particularly sensitive. I think that it is fair to say that the intensity progresses as follows:NarniaThe Green Ember/The Black Star of KingstonThe Hobbit/The Wingfeather SagaThe Lord of the Rings
"My put beside you, my blood for yours. Till the Green Ember rises or the end of the world!" So ends the prologue to The Green Ember. What a start! S.D. Smith's debut novel stands in stark contrast to most contemporary middle school fiction. Courage, loyalty, wisdom, and hope abound. Classic virtues are esteemed. It is moral without moralizing. It is dramatic without resorting to preteen angst. It is swashbuckling without glorifying violence. Amazing is amazing and evil is evil. Clearly Smith is influenced by Lewis' Narnia, but this isn't derivitive fan fiction. Smith has made a fresh globe that stands on its own inhabited by unbelievable and sometimes terrifying characters.Heather and Picket are young rabbits who are dragged into globe happenings much larger themselves. Their journey begins as their parents are visited by mysterious strangers, and their father tips that the family history may be tinged with intrigue, betrayal, and amazing pain. Within the first few pages, Smith launches the reader along with Heather and Picket on a fast-paced flight away from their home and headlong toward something momentous. From labyrinths to hidden kingdoms, our heroes travel toward their destiny. Along the method they meet unbelievable characters like the unexpectedly capable Smalls whose own path may be more risky than theirs. There is the dark and mysterious Helmer whose mastery of the arts of battle draw Picket out from the prison of crippling self-indulgence and sets him on a trajectory of amazing danger and self-sacrifice. The wise Maggie O'Sage and Uncle Wilfred set hope firmly within their spite living in a blighted globe surrounded by foes and treachery, Heather, Picket, and their fresh mates keep firmly to that hope. Till the Green Ember rises or the End of the World!The Green Ember is at its core simply a amazing story. I recommend it as a read-aloud for younger kids or a self-serve novel for middle schoolers. The reading level is comparable to the Chronicles of Narnia. My little children love it. Rabbits with swords! What's not to love?[Disclosure: I am similar by marriage to the author. This relationship has not affected my objectivity when observing my kids beg, "Please just one more chapter!"]
Loved this book! After reading this, I knew that my 9 year old granddaughter would love it. She is a large Narnia fan and a voracious reader. So I ordered a second book for her because I wanted to hold my copy. ~Smile~ My only complaint is that the author really should have the sequel ready for publication before selling this book. My anticipation level for the next "tale" is running high. Not really a real cliffhanger, but definitely left an appetite for more of this saga.
We, my ten year old daughter and I, just finished Green Ember. Actually, I finished it latest week as I got tired of waiting for our times of reading it out loud together. She had to [email protected]#$%! herself and she is "furious!" She came stomping in this morning declaring, "IT CAN"T END THERE! Is there another book?! GRRRR!" She has been a reluctant reader but that is all over now. The latest few months she has started to have fun reading but this is the first time she experienced such a full range of emotions reading. She doesn't know how she will wait for the next book.Oh, and just as important, I ENJOYED reading it with her. So often a book doesn't achieve multi-generational enjoyment, The Green Ember does. I hope it comes out in an audio book soon as it would be PERFECT for summer street trips. I hate it when all the teens are listening to separate music. A amazing book draws everyone into the same story and makes for more interesting dinner e kindle price is a steal, but I bought the physical book because it makes for better snuggling on the couch reading.
My children and I were preparing for a trip and I saw The Green Ember on Audible for $1.99. I'd just read about it in WORLD magazine and was excited to obtain it for such a amazing deal. Wow!! I had no idea what we were getting into!! Our trip was shorter than the book, so we ended up taking long drives in the country and, I confess, I stayed up until 3am to [email protected]#$%! one night. (My 9yo was horrified when I confessed it to her the next morning, but delighted when I declared an afternoon of audio so we could all finish it together.) The only thing we hated was finding out we'd have to wait almost a year for the sequel to come out!It's been several months since our first listen to The Green Ember. It's no.1 in our most listened to audio book. My children can't obtain enough of it. The book also develops some deeper themes for adults to mull over. As I educate my kids I think a lot about apprenticeship and praying over their individual giftings.We've purchased the hardback of this book and the kindle. At the authors website you can nab an amazing shirt and his recent book, The Blackstar of Kingston. (Prequel to The Green Ember)For reference my children are 9,7,6 and almost 5. The audio ver was excellent for us as a family, otherwise we would've definitely read it together.
Surprisingly entertaining read - almost like a Lord of the Rings, except instead of Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves, the lead characters were Rabbits, Rabbits, and Rabbits - with the odd bad-guy Wolf thrown in for amazing measure! So remarkably well written that it had all the action and adventure of a Tolkien, when incredibly, all the main characters were cute cuddly bunny rabbits - amazing! Very well written, intriguing plot, highly entertaining and DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED! Well done SDSmith!--vick
The Green Ember is a tale of two rabbit siblings who learn a lot about friendship, bravery, and sacrifice. Somewhat reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit, it also reminded our family of the Tales of Larkin series and Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga. Definite edge-of-your-seat adventure with loveable characters and classic drama appropriate for the entire family.But it’s also about pride and trust, the wisdom to be gained in community with mentors and friends, and the hope of a fresh globe in “The Mended Wood”. Yet the lessons in hero and perseverance are such a natural part of the story that you learn along with Heather, Picket, and their friends, rather than feeling like they are trying to teach you a The Green Ember. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll hug your family tighter. (But you’ll also be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!)
A unbelievable book our family enjoyed! This book would create an perfect and memorable family favorite read-aloud! This is an enchanting fantasy set in a globe of anthropomorphic rabbits. The book is like a mixture of Brian Jacque's Redwall, for it's well thought out characters, and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, for it's charming universe and clever plots, only the target audience is younger readers. The book has hero development that was well done. There are plot twists and tender moments, humor and suspense. It ends with a cliff-hanger. We very much enjoyed the very skillful weaving of the Christian allegorical themes of the book. The phrase "it will not be so in the mended wood" has become repeated over and over in our family conversations about after the resurrection, turning "it will not be so in the mended world" into a commonly repeated phrase and has given an enjoyable platform for a lot of theological discussions without our family. I and 6 of my kids read this book, taking turns. More than one of us ended up staying up method too late at night because we were unable to place the book down. My husband and I bought this book for one of our son's 10th birthday book and he enjoyed it so much he ended up buying a copy to give to his sister for her birthday and also bought book 2, both out of his own money. Previously he was slow to warm up and really take off with reading and was finding reading somewhat laborious. This book fascinated and captivated him and he devoured it and we were thrilled that he was enthusiastic enough to buy the second book for himself. S. D. Smith is a gifted writer and has done a very fine job with his first novel. He has room to develop his skill and style, but we will have fun reading his future books and hold passing this book around to the younger siblings.
I kept hearing about this book on The Read Aloud Revival podcast. I was interested, but had thought to read this to my boys when I got around to it. Then I listened to interviews with S. D. Smith and Zach Franzen. After that I knew I had to find out the book and buy it. I began to read it to my 16, 13, and 10 year old boys. I loved the word choices, the phrasing, and the characters (who knew rabbits could be so exciting!). It was hard to place the book down. We wanted to know more, to figure out more of the plot and intrigue! We loved Heather and Picket! As we came speeding to the end of the book and finished (my 8 year old son had joined us too), we immediately searched out the other two books, The Black Star of Kingston and Ember Falls!!
Anyone who has known me for any considerable amount of time knows that I am a lover of stories. I am a voracious reader and I tend to agree with Erasmus in that “when I obtain a small cash I buy books; if any is left, I buy meal and clothes.” I have been known to hunt down out-of-print titles and stalk eBay for hard to search editions for months on end. I have broken the wheels on suitcases under the weight of my bounty from library sales. If it seems to outsiders like I am on a mission, it is because I am.I believe in the power of stories. I believe that stories form us by nourishing our souls and ordering what our hearts love. I believe that stories provide the fertile soil in which Truth, Goodness, and Beauty can take root in our hearts and eventually grow into Wisdom and Virtue. I am drawn to stories that kindle the moral imagination and echo to us the whispers of the Amazing Storyteller. And when I search these kinds of stories, I wish to scream it from the rooftops. That is why, over the past 18 months, my mates have heard me gush once or twice (or a few dozen times) over my love for The Green Ember by S.D. e Green Ember has been called “a fresh story with an old soul,” and I believe that is a fitting description. Although it was Smith’s first novel, it seems as if it could have been written generations ago. It is full of the adventure, heroism, mystery, and virtue that distinguishes stories of old, yet it resonates today with readers of all seems strange at first to think that a story about anthropomorphic rabbits would be as beloved by adults as it is by the kids for whom it is written. But it’s true. After the first few chapters, I was absolutely captivated by Heather and Picket and their adventure and peril. Perhaps that is because the hero development is superb and the plot is so well thought out. It truly is a amazing story in the old-fashioned sense. But what enthralled me the most, I think, is the method that the story, as seen through the eyes of the main characters, is told in such a method that I felt as if I become a part of it. Heather and Picket’s globe comes undone at the beginning of the book, and they obtain caught up in the peril and calamity of the wider globe around them. They realize how their small lives are very much linked to the bigger story going on around them, and I walked with them through that discovery and on the journey to become who they truly are. It created me think, in a very profound way, about my own life and the bigger story of which I am a part. I wish to summon Heather’s fortitude and Picket’s courage as I face the calamity that is the globe around n’t be mistaken; these characters are not perfect. They display the same flaws that a lot of of us see in ourselves. There is selfishness, cowardice, and even betrayal. There is uncertainty and real peril. There is very true pain. But nothing is gratuitous and it is the peril and pain that shape the characters into who they were born to e Green Ember is written for middle grades, but it has been enjoyed immensely as a read-aloud by our entire family. My six-year-old, my husband, and I all rated it as one of our very favorite books latest year. Because of the anthropomorphized animals and Christian themes that permeate the story, it has been compared to C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, and I would say that it is also of related level and intensity, particularly The Latest Battle. This is a book that deeply nourishes the moral imagination and kingdom longing in our children, and it deserves to have a permanent put on the shelf of every family library.
Scott Snyder delivers with All-Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally. One of my favorite things about Snyder's Batman stories is how he is able to fresh ideas and characters to Batman's past while making it seem like they'd been there all along. That is what he's done with The First Ally, only in this case, he's added to Alfred Pennyworth's tman tracks Hush to Miami to test and acquire the Genesis Engine before Hush, Penguin, Black Mask, and Amazing White can obtain there hands on it. As Batman nears his goal in a confrontation with the descendants of actual pirates, he encounters an unexpected fresh foe: a Black Knight, or Nemesis, and his handler, a man named Briar. While Nemesis is fresh to Batman, he is familiar to Alfred, who at one point in his life was on the path to be a Nemesis Black Knight. As the struggle for the Genesis Engine heats up, Alfred will revisit a part of his past he thought was ere was a lot to like about the First Ally storyline. I really liked the focus on Alfred, who narrated the entire story. Snyder alternates between Alfred's past as an SAS agent and his show as Bruce Wayne's ally. We are given a very open, and interesting, look into Alfred's relationship with his father and some unresolved feelings that led him to join the military. The confrontation between Batman and Briar and his Black Knight dovetails with Alfred's training in the Nemesis program. Additionally, the modern pirates tie in with Alfred's story, as well, which ends up bringing The First Ally full circle. All of these things created for a rich, deep story, one which was really enjoyable. I've found that often times my favorite Batman stories are the ones that deepen the characters that surround Batman, rather than just focus on Batman himself. This is what Snyder did with The First Ally, and it paid ong with The First Ally arc, there was a back-up story arc called Killers-in-Law that focused on Bruce Wayne going undercover in Russia as a part of a Russian crime family known as the Myasniks. Batman wants to stop a shipment of weapons from making their method to Gotham for the Russian crime families there to begin a battle with the Falcone family. While in Russia, Bruce makes the acquaintance of Vik Myasnik, who will become known as Assassin Queen. Snyder makes this an interesting story with Batman out of his normal element, and also finds a method to tie it into his main First Ally story arc.Overall, I found All-Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally by Scott Snyder to an perfect read. I highly recommend this story of fathers and sons, especially to Batman fans who like their supporting cast to be rounded out with depth of character.I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is volume three of “All-Star Batman” that is a part of DC Comics’ latest “rebirth” reboot. I enjoyed the storyline for this show work more than the previous two volumes. It seems the “All-Star Batman” is more fast-paced than other Batman titles which can have its strength and weaknesses but being bored won’t be one of them. But in volume three the timing was right in my opinion along with a amazing reoccurring theme and human interest’s angle. The artwork is amazing as well. I give this a rating of five out of is work include two stories. The first is titled “The First Ally” and the second is titled “Killers-In-Law.” The bulk of this volume is dedicated to “The First Ally.” At first it might seem to be two unrelated stories but by the end of the volume the author gives enough clues of how they relate but it does so in a method that builds anticipation for the next ncerning the first story, “The First Ally,” I love how the story is told from the perspective of Alfred narrating the story. The author did a amazing job of bringing a hero that is usually in a supporting role of helping Batman and placing him to the limelight. What we have here is not just only a story about Bruce Wayne/Batman but also Alfred the man, his past and also his motivation and relationship with Bruce Wayne and his adventure of being Batman. The plot for this story is centered on Batman trying to search and retrieve a mysterious “Genesis Engine” device but we also the narrating voice of Alfred and flashback scenes from Alfred’s younger days. Here we see Alfred’s youth and how much it parallel that of Bruce Wayne. I thought that is a fascinating angle, where you explore there is more to Alfred than the stoic butler. In fact Alfred’s lives isn’t just parallel to Bruce in the story but also becomes relevant to what’s going on in the show as readers explore more about Batman’s recent villains that he is fighting. Both the villain Blair and the knight Nemesis has ties to Alfred and towards the end of the story there is a fascinating twist concerning their relationship to ncerning the second story, “Killers-In-Law” Batman sneaks into Russia pretending to be a Russian thug in order to penetrate into a strong Russian crime organization run by the Myasnik Family to pre-emptively stop a weapons smuggling operation into Gotham. As the story progress we see Batman’s philosophy of not killing being contrasted with how the father and daughter of the Myasnik Family operate. The daughter Vik is the chief villain versus Batman in this story and like the first story there is a theme of fathers, secrets and betrayal. The ending is gold in how it ties it to the first story in the volume. Readers shouldn’t miss the latest few panels of this work.Overall I enjoyed this volume very much and one reason is that the story takes Batman out of Gotham to other areas such as the islands off of Florida, a deep sea in a submarine and to Russia. Like the other “All-Star Batman” volumes there is a hosts of different villains and with a lot of of them being fresh ones. It is nice to see some fresh characters with various personalities and motivations being introduced. This volume also is a testament to the author’s creativity of having a running theme that unified the two stories which at first glance seems so various and unrelated but towards the end of both stories the saying of “the first and latest ally” and echoes of the theme of fathers and lost kids occurs. I think this work was quite deeper for a comic for exploring the theme of the impact of fathers on their children, whether for amazing or for ill. It also discover the theme of dark secrets, authoritarianism, love, betrayal and more complicated is the theme of how being a father with amazing intention can still bring about questions of enabling issues for one’s son. Again I give this work a five out of five TE: This book was provided to me free by DC Comics and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
DC continues its revisionist approach to Alfred in volume 3 of All Star Batman. I’m generally opposed to revising iconic characters, but I have to admit I like the presentation of the fresh Alfred. Who knew he was such a [email protected]#$% in the Falklands? I mean, all Brits think they’re James Bond, but it turns out that Alfred was the true deal. And after all, it’s been decades since DC cared about continuity, so why not remake Alfred? At DC, if the current universe gets out of control, just blow it up and begin a fresh one. The past doesn’t exist at DC, so writers are free to do any damn thing they please. Sort of like Trump. But anyway . . . .The story takes us back to Alfred’s youth while, in the present, it takes Batman and Alfred to Miami. Hush is pretending to be Bruce Wayne for reasons that have to do with the Genesis Engine, which is apparently in the hands of some pirates. Batman wants it and the Penguin and squad wish to support him for territorial reasons (Miami muscling in on Gotham? Never!). So Batman and Alfred have to save each other multiple times while Batman tries to obtain control of the Genesis Thing.Eventually the past and show merge, as they always do. Alfred’s mentor from the past becomes Batman’s nemesis in the present, except there’s another villain who is actually named Nemesis, so test not to obtain them confused. There’s even another Alfred.Put aside the convoluted comic book logic, and Scott Snyder’s powerful prose actually makes the story worth reading. It’s genuinely touching without being melodramatic, and there’s no shortage of e next story is a flashback to a time when Batman went to Russia pretending to be a warrior named Knockout (Nokaut) so he could infiltrate a crime syndicate that is moving into Gotham. He might also infiltrate the hot daughter of a Russian crime boss, a chick named Vik, if she doesn’t slay him first. He wants to stop a weapons shipment because the Gotham police, Coast Guard, FBI, CIA, NSA, and other agencies that handle that sort of thing just aren’t up to the task. Flashing forward to the present, Vik has become the Assassin Queen and is seeking revenge by doing business with Penguin, bringing us full circle back to the Genesis in this volume is generally beautiful good, although it continues the modern tradition of artists drawing iconic characters as they see fit, without regard to how any other artist has drawn the hero over the latest several decades, but apart from that quibble, the art is pleasing and that’s better than the modern DC often delivers.
Story: There are two stories to this the first obviously The First Ally story written by Scott Snyder. It deal heavily with Alfred, his internal struggle dealing with what Bruce Wayne has become and the part he played in it. The villain is someone from his past and while he is helping Batman deal with the Black and Whites (Penguin, Black Mask, Amazing White), Hush, and some others it flips back and forth between Alfred's youth and the current situation which is Batman trying to stop Hush and the Black and Whites from gaining control of a high tech device that can clone exact duplicates like it's a 3D printer. The second story Killers-In-Law written by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone is all about Batman infiltrating a Russian mob in Moscow to stop them from making an arms deal that could lead to a all out battle in : Rafael Albuquerque does the art for The First Ally story arc and Sebastian Fiumara did Killers-In-Law. Both did a amazing job attractive photos and the coloring (Jordie Bellaire, Chris Peters, Trish Mulvihill, Lee Loughridge) The covers Albuquerque did are my favorites they have a amazing light and dark contrast and the detail is so well done. Don't obtain me wrong I enjoyed Fiumara's work : Overall, I did like this peek at Alfred's life before the Wayne's and his own troubled youth all the juicy bits after. While I did like that it explained how Alfred got to be as well trained and how he could teach this to Bruce but the whole thing with Briar and all that was a small too much. The analogy with the pirates and the classic pirate stories I'm torn on I liked it but it also came off as cheesy. But between the art and what of the story I liked, mainly Killers-In-Law, a solid four stars.
All Star Batman Vol 3: The First Ally uses flashbacks effectively interspersed with the main Dark Knight plot line. The flashbacks tell Alfred’s origin story and how he starting working for the Batman. There is a amazing comparison between superhero and pirate stories that will create readers think. The main plot is Batman taking risks and fighting evil as usual. Penguin, Black Mask and Amazing White join in on the fun. The two plots intertwine in surprising ways. The ending is unexpected and is book includes problems 10-14, which were published separately from July 2017 through November 2017. It can be read as a standalone. It also includes the five-part short story that was including in the original comics: Killers-in-Law. Rafael Albuquerque is credited as one of two writers along with Rafael Scofone. The art is done by Sebastian Fiumara. It is a slight tale of the Batman’s travel to Russia to prevent weapons being smuggled into Gotham City. While there, he is engulfed in a turf battle between two rival gang families. Princess Vik is amazing but the rest was rather forgettable. Still the main story was very amazing and expanded the reader’s knowledge of the Bat universe. It is definitely worth picking up. 4 stars!Thanks to the publisher, DC Comics, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
The globe knows the early history of Batman, the man whose parents died one evening when out for dinner. Bruce Wayne would be raised by the families faithful butler, Alfred. What most of us do not know (this reader at least did not) is the early history of Alfred Pennyworth and his connection to British Intelligence. This edition of All-Star Batman provides some of that e story moves back and forth between flashbacks and current history, occasionally making the story difficult to follow. But even with that little flaw, the story is fun and kept this Sexagenarian's interest. The artwork (both for photos displaying the past and that displaying the present) appears to present a somewhat aged set of characters. I might expect the modern set of characters to present aging - but it was disappointing to see some of that same aging to appear on the historical Batman et al.I expect those who are fans of DC Comics or Batman, whether earlier generations of the story or of the current generation will search the story and book of interest. I know I did.______________This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.
'All Star Batman, Volume 3: The First Ally' by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque and other fine artists continues Scott Snyder's run on the title and collects problems tman tracks down a device in Miami that is being sought by a group of villains, including Hush who is impersonating Bruce Wayne. There is another Dark Knight on the trail, and his origins may have something to do with Alfred Pennyworth's tale. And pirates, for some the backup story, Batman infiltrates a Russian mob in Russia and tries to stop an arms shipment bound for bastian Fiumara's art elevates an average story to something worth reading.I liked the main story well enough, but felt like the lost boy, father/child theme was laid on just a bit too thick. I like the hero of Alfred, and giving him a cool backstory is a amazing idea, but this felt heavy-handed.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
Scott Snyder does it again! As usual, his writing is superb!Snyder digs deep into Alfred’s history and brings forth a villain that, while not the deepest, is certainly entertaining. Alfred spends quite a bit of the story narrating the current timeline along with his flashback experiences. Snyder weaves the narrative perfectly into the context of an old pirate tale. You can almost hear the pain in Alfred’s voice over how torn he is over his role in Batman’s yder also keeps Batman human which is why we’re drawn to him in the first place. He’s not an alien demigod who can only be killed by a green rock. Batman is flesh, blood and emotion. He’s relatable on every level and his wounded state through most of the novel aids e art by Rafael Albuquerque was very good! Not my usual taste (I’m a die hard Greg Capullo fan) but it really lent itself to the story. I was impressed finitely pick up a copy of this story! I missed out on series 1 and 2 of the All Star line so far but didn’t feel like I couldn’t pick up this story right away. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Two connected stories which go towards an unpredictable end that I hope to read as soon as possible. The first one in this comic is absolutely unbelievable, and the second is also good, so this is a super comic .Due storie collegate che avranno un finale che spero di leggere il piú presto possibile. La prima storia inoltre é fantastica e anche la seconda non é male, quindi direi un fumetto super nel suo complesso.
Better than the latest story arc, so don't give up on it just because "Ends of the Earth" was so you will obtain some items in here to I am guessing Snyder is planting for some future goodies that he's got planned.
Really well structured, the same kind of layout that I use to take notes myself. Each section is clearly labeled with the the most necessary dot points of info underneath. There are flashcard type hints within the text and links to other resources. It's interactive and simple to use. Really valuable resource.
I have had a possibility to sit down and really go through this book. There is a very amazing amount of clear concise info that surely can broaden your knowledge if you are looking to succeed on the NCLEX test. I am happy with the method that this is written because it is simple to follow yet provides really accurate info and some if it is actual info that has not been published in previous editions of these style books. Bravo to the author for providing such accurate and amazing info I look forward to reading more from the author soon. I was given this book free in exchange for my honest review and can say I am very satisfied with it.
I'm not actually a Nurse right now, but a Clinical Pharmacy Tech. My job requires me to know as much as I possibly can about medications, diagnosis and what will and won't qualify for Prior Authorization approval for numerous plans. I like that this study tutorial (over 2,400 pages of it) challenges my knowledge in this area. This is a amazing study guide, and I think it will support me pass the NCLEX, when I obtain to that point. It breaks up the questions into categories, provides helpful charts, and allows you to be able to check your answers. I received this item for free in exchange for my honest opinion and I honestly think if you work the entire book, you will learn, or reassure yourself that you have learned all of the info about medications important to move ahead on your career path.
2016 NCLEX Medications for Nurses & Practice Questions: Nursing Drug Handbook 2016 Nursing Guide I really like the method this book is laid out. It is not word massive and gives you the facts that you need. It groups drugs together and ways to remember drugs in that category. Lets you know what the drug is used for, side effects, interactions, if the med should be taken at a certain time and nursing interventions, There are also alerts to what meds are commonly tested on the boards. My daughter is in nursing school and this is a amazing book to have not only to study for her boards but to learn facts she needs to know for school. The practice questions are a amazing learning tool. I have been a RN for 35 years and really enjoyed reading this book.I received this product for free . All my reviews are based on my own experience and evaluation of the product so that others can benefit in finding quality products that meet their needs & expectations.
As a nurse, I was interested in taking a look at the eBook edition of this. It is always amazing to go back and refresh yourself on medications. Plus I wanted to see how it compares to the books I used when I was studying for the NCLEX.I have to say, this book is beautiful good!! In each chapter, the author explains why the medication in used and is able to explain it in a method that non-medical private could understand. It then goes on to talk about what you need to hold in mind as a nurse when giving these medications such as side effects, what patients labs should look like before giving the medicine or how the medicine can affect labs, administration instructions, etc. It then goes on to list the names of the medications. All this is then followed up by some practice e author does not add any additional non-sense to what is being explained in this book, unlike so of the other books I used in the past. I did not obtain a sense of info overload when reading. The questions that are asked in this book was more like the questions I encountered on the NCLEX exam. Other study tutorials will add additional items to the question because they wish you to pick out the necessary info and come to a decision that way. This book is beautiful much clear chop and to the point. It is a book I want I had at the time I was studying for the test. I recommend this book to nursing students.I received this book free or at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion.
I would highly recommend this book, as it offers a concise breakdown of the most common med categories. I'm beginning my latest semester of nursing school and required a amazing review. This has provided that and then some. My only regret is not purchasing it as a supplemental learning tool when I took Pharm, because it would have enabled me to more easily streamline all the material I was reading.
This book really helped me to study for my RN test. I was so surprised how much the mini quizzes helped me to prepare! I like that it is an ebook since I can carry this around and study whenever I have a spare moment (waiting on the bus, in line at the store, etc.) Though it would be nice to have a small pocket tutorial that I could have chop out and kept for simple reference.***** I received this product free in exchange for my HONEST and UNBIASED feedback. ALL opinions are my own only, and are based solely off my experience with the product itself! *****
I am a nursing professor and have reviewed this book entirely. This book is a amazing read and very beneficial to nursing students. I have recommended this book to my own students and they have done extremely well on the exam. I like how this book points out and highlights necessary nursing interventions. The interventions are based on best practice nursing.
I received this product at a discounted rate in return for my honest review and, as always all opinions are my own. I actually really have fun using this book as a study guide. I learn and study well with question and respond type work. I actually create my own pretest try on Quizlet to prepare me for tests I have coming up and this does it for me. I think it is actually beautiful well organized as well. I think this is going to be an asset for me as I am attending the Nursing program. This book has a lot of necessary info and the author also has a blog. You can follow on their blog as well to obtain some more free study tips.
This book is a amazing support for all Nurses who wants to pass NCLEX. This book includes some helpful info that can support them review basics question for their exam. I am not a Nurse but I would say that I found this book informative and helpful.
This is a amazing deal for all these books on the Kindle! My daughter was totally hooked on the series. Just note this set is missing Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside. We had to buy those separately.
Some of the most unbelievable books for young girls there are. I am in my 70's and rereading them now. I am enjoying them now as much as I did years ago. Follow orphan Anne Shirley (be sure to place that E at the end of Anne) as she is taken in by the Cuthberts in Avonlea PEI Canada. She has a vivid imagination and obtain into all sorts of problem because of it but with each chapter story she goes into the unbelievable woman she will become.
I love this book. I can't believe I've never read it, though I have all the DVDs. I love the language used, and books aren't really written in omniscient tense anymore, but I love that tense since so a lot of classics are written in omniscient.Anne is a pre-teen swept up in the excitement of finally having a home to call her own. She is taken in by matronly Marilla and shy Matthew Cuthbert, siblings who own Green Gables. Using her "scope of imagination" to make amazing and unbelievable things, Anne, a real romantic, finds so much unbelievable scenery and so a lot of loveable bosom mates and kindred spirits to overload her senses, that she often gets into trouble. Though she tries to be good, a wrench is thrown into each activity. Each chapter could be a weekly TV present or mini-series--which, I guess, it already is.I want I would have known about these books when I was young. I would have had more to read along side of "Little Women," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," and "The Wizard of Oz." If I had it to do over, I would have read these books to my girls when they were growing up.
First read this series when I was twelve and loved the story of Anne and her progression of life from being adopted mistakenly, to learning to live with what life has given her, and the method she helps people around her, even those who don't realize they need or wish the support to start with. The funny, the sad, the satisfied and the thought-thinking scenes create this a must for anyone's reading list.
Been waiting to grab my Anne of Green Gables Collection for the longest time and this certainly came at an perfect time! Eight books total with something like at least 2000 pages (must have left the zero '0' off the advertised length) that will hold you reading for quite a long time. Superb author, amazing series and a real deal!
Anne of Green Gables is a classic everyone should read. The story of the red-haired orphan in Avonlea will steal your heart. I've read all of the "Anne" books a lot of times and it never become old or boring. The story is set on Prince Edward Island around the turn of the century. They are still using oil lamps and horse and buggy but you can obtain ice cream in the city. Anne is adopted, accidentally but a brother and sister and is a sensitive, imaginative child. The books take you from her growing up years ("Anne of Green Gables"), to her teen years as a teacher in "Anne of Avonlea". Her years in college ("Anne of the Island'), years as a high school teacher ("Anne of Windy Poplars"), early married life "Anne's House of Dreams", Anne's life as a mother ("Anne of Ingleside") her children's adventures ("Rainbow Valley") and finally the story of her youngest in "Rilla of Ingleside".As a young person, I remember searching every book shop to search the next book in the series as they had gone out of print for several years. To have all of them in one kindle book is a amazing deal and so much fun to read.
Before I got the collection I read the reviews to see if these were the unabridged versions. I have to say that a typo here or there does not annoy me at all in these books. I am just too caught up in the stories. I read 'Anne of Green Gables' when I was about thirteen (I don't care to mention how many, a lot of years ago that was!) and loved it. I never read any of the other 'Anne' stories, so I was thrilled to see this collection and at such a bargain price. Montgomery is a masterful storyteller and her stories and characters are as new and vibrant as when they were first written. I loved Anne from the first page and shy, gentle Matthew captured my heart. I am only halfway through the series and none of the books thus far have disappointed me in any way.
These books were a favorite of mine as a tween, and at the encouragement of my neighbor I began reading them again latest year. These books are written beautifully, and the language and characters are captivating. I was instantly transported to a time when things were simpler. To revisit these books as a woman and mother was such an awesome adventure! I laughed and I cried as I followed Anne from girl to grandmother.
Beloved by girls and women everywhere, the Anne series follows a young orphan from her first real home through her youth to a home and family of her own. Set on picturesque Prince Edward Island, it's amazing clean fun that you'll hold coming back to for a nice palate cleansing after the more edgy fare that today's media offers as entertainment.
This book series is great. My complaint: In the table of contents, each book is listed in order, but on the line for Anne of Avonlea, you also search Anne of the Island. When you tap them, it takes you to the next page. They are on the same line! I also bought this series when the original listing said that Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside were included. They were not. I must add that you can obtain free kindle versions of Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea on kindle.Wonderful story, but poor kindle format and missing books.
Anne of Green Gables is a unbelievable classic story and it gets 5 stars. This particular printing, however, is completely unacceptable. It's as if someone typed it into a document, and printed it off--no page numbers, not titled at the top of each page, the lines don't even break properly (see photo). Purchased as a gift, thankfully with enough time to purchase a better quality copy--probably for less money! A disgrace to the publishing community.
I LOVED Anne of Green Gables as a kid and own the complete hard copy of the Anne series. Initially, I was delighted to search this collection of books written by one of my all time favorite authors for only $0.99 (kindle price. What a steal!) and felt I had to obtain the digital copy for my kindle at once. As soon as the product was delivered to my device, I began to read it since it's been years since I've visited the darling globe that L.M Montgomery created.I was very surprised to search that I kept tripping on certain sentences; the writing didn't seem as smooth as I remembered. When I got to chapter 6, I decided to compare a sentence in the digital print to my old, yellowing physical copy of Anne of Green Gables book. I realized why I had some difficulty reading my fresh digital copy: THERE ARE TYPOS IN THIS includes the WORST kinds of typos. There are typos in which it results in sentences that don't create sense. There are typos with the wrong pronouns in them that create it confusing for the reader to understand which hero the publisher meant to write about. I am able to follow the story because I've read Anne of Green Gables more than once with my hard copy but for fresh readers, these typos will create this attractive story difficult to read and at times, understand.I hope the digital copy can be fixed so that owners can have fun L.M. Montgomery's work as it was meant to be enjoyed. I have given this two stars instead of one because of the fabulous price for kindle readers.
The illustrations are actually random pictures that are creepy since they are in the beginning when Anne meets Mathew Cuthbert so they insinuate a romance between them. And the free audiobook is click bait to set you up to download an application and give your email address to spammers. Screen shots of the "illustrations" below.
Two years ago I would have bet a bazillion dollars I would never read a "girls" book. But at 71 years of age I found myself in a house full of books only one of which I had not read. I am terrribly addicted to reading so, in desperation, I started "Anne of Green Gables". It is a marvelous book with a main hero I want I could meet every day in true life. Again to feed my addiction I bought the "Anne of Green Gables" series. Each book was a delight and I soon forgot that they were "girls" books. Maud made a hero we all need in our life. She turns the mundane magical and believable. Reading them all in nearly a continous setting makes Anne "wearying" to quote Marilla since unbounded child-like wonder is hard to maintain. I want I had read these books decades ago so Anne could have helped me through some less than satisfied times.
This review is of the kindle ver of Anne: The Green Gables Complete Collection and does not reflect on the L.M. Montgomery text. The Anne books have always been favorites of mine. Buy the book, but obtain another edition! First issue: Really random pics grabbed from some art history textbook do not qualify as illustrations. They are more distracting than I would have imagined. Why didn't they leave the totally unrelated photos out? Second issue: This is some fresh definition of complete that I am unacquainted with. This is Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea only. None of the later books are included. False advertising. A text I am being pulled out of by unnecessary distractions. There have to be better options. I am going in find of one.
BUYER BEWARE! The ver published by "CreateSpace" is slapdash print-on-demand garbage. I hoped an illustrated ver would be amazing for a child, but I returned it on first inspection. Nowhere could I search evidence of thought or effort in layout to justify any price. Illustrations are small, extremely infrequent, and essentially worthless. Some shameless soul has simply taken LM Montgomery's text, which, as it is in the public domain, is freely available to anyone, and tried to create cash selling it. Interested readers would be advised to download a free ebook or pay for a handsomer edition, such as the Puffin In Bloom version. We went with the Puffin in Bloom ver and are much more satisfied.
I think it goes without saying that I love the Anne books, so I will hold my review to one strictly of this Kindle edition.While I am only about half through the first book (and will certainly modernize my review if it changes), I'm beautiful thrilled with this collection. It's exactly as the description claims: it's simple to jump from one book to another using the Table of Contents. Once you reach the desired book, it is simple to jump from chapter to chapter. I'm giving this only four stars, because the editing isn't perfect; I've noticed a couple odd words and phrases. (Example: "Parthian shot" became "Parthian shaft.") Thus far, however, they are minor and have not significantly impacted my enjoyment. And for the price (I paid $0.99), it's certainly not a huge deal.Over all, I highly recommend this collection. As I stated, if my opinion changes as I read further, I will certainly modernize my review.
This is falsely advertised as the complete collection; however, it is only the first two books. Also, the first few chapters are riddled with random pictures and ads. Anne of Green Gables is a lovely story, but this kindle ver is absolutely terrible.
How glad I am that I grew up before "reading experts" decided that a young reader can have fun only books which are "relevant" - in other words, books which act as a mirror to the child's own circumstances. I don't remember reading a single book when I was growing up that resembled my life as a 1950's child growing up in a working class family in a suburb in a medium-sized Southern city with parents and siblings and pets. I was living that life. Why would I need or wish to read about it?To me, reading was (and is) escapism and no adult ever tried to tell me otherwise. I assume they thought that reading about other times and other cultures would add to my knowledge and sharpen my imagination. I read Nancy Drew and Tarzan and historical novels and romances and biographies and a copy of 1984 that I found in the attic. And I read and loved the "Anne" e poignant story of an orphaned girl born fifty years before I arrived on earth was as true to me as my own life. The setting on a farming island community in Canada was quaint, but the themes and characters were familiar. Which is another method of saying that they were universal and timeless. The people in the Anne books dressed differently and talked differently, but I had no problem recognizing and understanding their dreams and aspirations, their anger and pettiness, their generosity and sisters and I read and loved and shared them and 60 years later we sometimes say, "Do you remember when Mrs. Lynde said....?" or "Doesn't that remind you of the time that Gilbert and Anne....?" We had no problem at all "relating" to those books and I want that the author knew how much enjoyment they gave us.I can (and do) still read them and in some ways my enjoyment is deeper. Although the author was a relatively young woman when she wrote the earliest of the series, she had grown up with old relatives and was capable of painting them realistically and lovingly. The generations weren't segregated as they are today and kids and old people were often close companions and allies. What a unbelievable method of life.When I first got my Kindle, I down-loaded a collection, but it lacked ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS and ANNE OF INGLESIDE, which are two of my favorites. I know now that the author wrote the first book of the series (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES) in 1908 and (following up on its popularity) continued with ANNE OF AVONLEA (the story of Anne's two years as a village "school ma'am") in 1909, ANNE OF THE ISLAND (the story of Anne's four college years) in 1915 and ANNE'S HOUSE OF DREAMS (the story of Anne's early years as a wife and mother) in 1917. Two books that dealt primarily with Anne and Gilbert's grown kids (RAINBOW VALLEY and RILLA OF INGLESIDE) appeared in 1919 and en the author left the series for more than a decade. It wasn't until the 1930's that she went back and told the story of Anne's three years as a high school principal (ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS) and the story of her young family growing up (ANNE OF INGLESIDE.) Those two books are not yet in the public domain and I don't know why they are offered for free in this collection, but I'm glad to have all of the books together with a fine interactive chapter of contents.I re-read WINDY POPLARS and I still think it's a delightful book. Times have changed, but there are still wealthy, influential families who think they are above the rules and kids from not good families struggling to over-come large obstacles. There are still teachers who pour their hearts into their jobs and resentful ones who want they could be somewhere, anywhere, else. There are tragedies and frustrations and some people deal with them wisely and others foolishly. Lucy Maud Montgomery had her own issues in life, but her belief in the value of doing your best, cheerfully and generously, shines through her stories. Her observations are sharp and humorous, but never vicious or unkind. These books are not out-dated, but as relevant today as when they were written.
Don't pass on this kindle book ASIN: B01IAQI9WQ (especially given it's reasonable price) All eight of the basic stories featuring Anne Shirley are included in order of how the main hero ages (rather than year published which makes more sense to me) as follows:1) Anne of Green Gables ages 11-16 found at the 1% tag in kindle version(start)2) Anne of Avonlea ages 16-18 found at the 14% tag in kindle version3) Anne of the Island ages 18-22 found at the 26% tag in kindle version4) Anne of Windy Poplars ages 22-25 found at the 37% tag in kindle version5) Anne's House of Dreams ages 25-27 found at the 49% tag in kindle version6) Anne of Ingleside ages 34-40 found at the 60% tag in kindle version7) Rainbow Valley ages 41-43 found at the 75% tag in kindle version8) Rilla of Ingleside ages 49-53 found at the 86% tag in kindle versionNeed a larger font or various type for your primary kindle? Begin the book, press the menu button and click on "Change Font Size" where you have your choice of 8 size settings, 3 various typefaces, 3 line zone settings or you can even reconfigure the words per is collection actually bested my former favorite Anne of Green Gables Collection (Xist publishing ASIN: B016CFGT2Y) by including "Anne of Windy Poplars" which isn't one you're going to search separately for free on n't obtain discouraged if when you begin the book for the first time or use the "Go to" button so as to arrive at the beginning you might think that it does not have a table of contents because it does! Simply use the page back function at that point and there you will search an active table of contents for all eight books including every chapter heading (which isn't something I necessarily require).Reason I'm giving it only 4 stars? Doesn't contain "Chronicles of Avonlea" and "Further Chronicles of Avonlea" which does reference Anne Shirley when she was about 20 years of age and for me should be in a 'complete' set (tho you can pick these two titles up free for kindle). Otherwise, book is a bargain and one I would definitely recommend.
Shallow Hal wants a gal. Hal Larsen (Jack Black) only ever dates attractive trophy women on acc of tip he received on his death bed from his father. However, a possibility meeting with a self-help guru helps him to see inner beauty first and foremost. Soon after, he falls in love with his boss' severely overweight daughter, which as it raises eyebrows everywhere the couple go, Hal is oblivious as to what everyone else is on about. Tender, sweet and subtle are not words one readily attributes to the Farrelly Brothers, but in Shallow Hal they have managed to blend all three with their penchant for close to the knuckle humour. Gwyneth Paltrow in the dual role dons the fat-suit and once again showcases her unheralded comic timing, while Jack Black proves ebullient and engaging in a role that calls for him to shut out what he is actually meant to be seeing. In help Jason Alexander gets the weasel best mate comedy sidekick role, and is wonderfully abhorrent and amazing at keeping the cards close to his chest. It's never uproariously funny, but it doesn't need to be, it tickles where it needs to, and it prods the emotional psyche with requisite impact. In a globe that has become obsessed with the girth and weight of a person, especially with women - and as it happens is led by Hollywood, Shallow Hal is refreshing entertainment. 7/10
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