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Suicide Squad (2016-) Vol. 1: The Black Vault Kindle & comiXology

Rob Williams (Author), Jim Lee (Illustrator), Gary Frank (Illustrator), Ivan Reis (Illustrator), Jason Fabok (Illustrator), Philip Tan (Illustrator), Carlos D’Anda (Illustrator), Scott Williams (Illustrator)

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

 

Harley Quinn. Deadshot. Killer Croc. Enchantress. Captain Boomerang. Katana. They’re dangerous. They’re deadly. They’re deeply unstable. And they’re our only hope. They’re the characters from the smash-hit film and they’re here in this great new starting-point graphic novel, SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 1: THE BLACK VAULT, as part of DC Rebirth!
 
Assembled by the tough-as-nails intelligence expert Amanda Waller and overseen by disgraced military genius Captain Rick Flag, the men, women and monsters of the Suicide Squad—a.k.a. Task Force X—do the jobs that are too dirty for any superheroes to soil their capes with.
 
Their latest mission should be easy enough: recover a powerful cosmic weapon called the Black Vault from enemy hands. The Suicide Squad always gets the job done (mostly) but this time, when the weapon’s dark influence spreads and the team is driven to madness and mayhem (more than usual), there’s only one person sane enough to save the Squad from destruction…the Clown Princess of Crazy herself, Harley Quinn!
 
Legendary artist Jim Lee teams up with writer Rob Williams and artists Philip Tan, Jason Fabok, Ivan Reis and Gary Frank for a new deadly Task Force X mission in SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 1: THE BLACK VAULT! Exploding from the pages of DC’s blockbuster Rebirth event and starring the characters you love and hate from the smash-hit movie, this graphic novel is a great jumping-on point for new readers! Collects issues #1-4 and the SUICIDE SQUAD: REBIRTH one-shot.

 

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Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey Vol. 1: Who Is Oracle? (Rebirth) Paperback – April 11, 2017

Shawna Benson (Author), Julie Benson (Author), Claire Roe (Illustrator)

 

Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone’s uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they’re using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City…Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way…

 

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Review of “Sexcastle” – Kyle Starks

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Image Comics (March 31, 2015)

The Former World’s Greatest Assassin leaves the world of killing to a small town only to be pulled back in. An exciting action romp in the style of classic ‘80s Action Film.

 

REVIEW

Sexcastle was quite a comedic find and I’m so glad our paths crossed. Kyle wrote/illustrated a story so funny and unique I read it more than once.

Shane (Sexcastle), now one of my favorite characters, had no qualms giving anyone the middle finger and the stuff coming out his mouth was funny as hell. Ex. When he spoke about the times when a man should be able to cry. 1.) When his momma dies. 2.) His dick’s got messed up. Like by a bear attack. Don’t know about you but those seemed like two valid reasons to allow waterworks.

Something else I loved about Sexcastle — his weaponry. The man had freaking gunchucks (nunchucks with built in guns). Seriously, they were wicked cool!!

Oh and wait until you meet the assassins after him.You’ll recognize most, if not all, of the 80’s action stars and chuckle at some of their names. Thunderbutt happened to be my favorite. 

From start to finish, I adored everything about this book. I wish it was longer because I DID NOT want it to end. Brilliant…. absolutely brilliant! 

 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

 

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Review of “Harley’s Little Black Book #1” – Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

51AZuDT6YOLIt’s the sensational debut of a bimonthly, overstuffed, oversized team-up series in which Harley meets (and almost certainly annoys) the greatest heroes and villains of the DC Universe! First up? The incredible Wonder Woman! There’s a plot to assassinate Wondy, and Harley is convinced that only she could possibly stop it! (Hey, you want to tell her about all the other options? We tried.)

 

Review

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti had me in stitches throughout Harley’s Little Black Book, volume one. It had to be one of the funniest storylines I’ve read in a long while and the illustrations by Amanda Conner, John Timms, and Dave Johnson were nothing short of outstanding. Their artwork was spot on, beautifully drawn, and absolutely perfect. 

My favorite scenes/images had to be with the costume switcharoo. If you think Wonder Woman looked hot before, wait until you see her in Harley’s costume. Her hotness reached a whole new level. 😉

Oh and I loved how Harley snuck in an ass grab on Wonder Woman. Can’t say I blame her for the squeeze and wouldn’t expect anything less from her. Amanda, Jimmy, and John, fantastic job all around!! 

 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Review of “James Patterson’s Max Ride First Flight #1 ” – Margueritte Bennett (Author – Marvel)

James Patterson’s Worldwide Bestselling Series gets a Marvel makeover. Follow the soaring adventures of Max and her extraordinary ‘flock’–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–as they try to escape their creators and defend themselves from the diabolical Erasers. Along the way Max discovers her purpose – saving the world – but can she?




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With such a fantastic, vibrant cover, I was prepared to be blown away by the graphics and was majorly let-down. For Marvel, I expected more. Based off the detail on the cover, I expected more. What a shame. The “Flock” looked drawn by an amateur. Sorry, Alex Sanchez (Artist) but I stand by my opinion of your work. 

As for the storyline, you don’t need to read the books to follow this story. Bennett pretty much summed it all up. As a reader of the series, I found this boring. It ended too quickly and really didn’t leave me excited or thirsty for more. I think individuals who haven’t followed the series, like myself, will agree this was just BLAH. 


Heart Rating System – 1
(lowest) and 5 (highest) 
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I’m only giving it a 1 ❤ because of the cover work. 
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Review of “Hulk: The Complete Collection Volume 1” – by Jeph Loeb

 

Red alert! There’s a sadistic new red-skinned Hulk in the Marvel Universe, with keen intelligence and a radioactive touch! Who or what is he? And with Marvel’s heroes powerless against him, will it take a Hulk to catch a Hulk? It’s an explosive battle as the red and green Hulks collide! But even as Bruce Banner is attacked by a pack of wild Wendigos, She-Hulk recruits a cavalry of super heroines including Valkyrie, Thundra, Ms. Marvel and Storm! Plus: the Defenders are reassembled to take down the Red Hulk, but he’s got a team of his own!

 
 
—–> Review <—–
 
Hulk has to be the most badass character Marvel has created for us. He is a “man” of few words. Yeah, I like he lets his actions speak for himself. 
 
In this collection, we meet Red Hulk (Rulk) who is a chatterbox but can also bring the pain. His battles against everyone under the sun created a fast pace storyline. 
 
But the scene I loved the most was when he took Thor’s hammer. Sorry folks but I like when Thor gets taken down a notch. He irritates the hell out of me. 
 
Now the epic flow of words wouldn’t have packed quite the punch without the illustration talents of Ed McGuinness, Arthur Adams, and Frank Cho. 
 
You three have mad skills!!!! Errrr, you four. We mustn’t forget Jeph Loeb. 🙂
 
And Super Chicks, better luck next time! 
 
 

 Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 

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Review of “Death of Wolverine” – Charles Soule

All roads must end somewhere, and every hero’s story eventually comes to a close. For Logan, the century-old mutant known as Wolverine, that time is now. The loss of his healing factor and the traumatic events of “Three Months To Die” have all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a savage, a samurai, a teacher – and so much more. Logan has spent decades being the best there is at what he does…but even the best fade away eventually. And now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before in this solemn special event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.


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I hate to see such a fan favorite cease to exist but I thought Charles/Marvel orchestrated a remarkable exit. 

The majority of the finale was rather boring but the ending made it worth waiting for. 

And Steve McNiven (Illustrator), you did a helluva good job bringing the story to life! 

Heart Rating System – 1
(lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2


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Review of “Thor – Goddess of Thunder (Volume 1-3) – Jason Aaron

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Mjolnir lies on the moon, unable to be lifted! Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him unworthy for the first time ever! But when Frost Giants invade Earth, the hammer will be lifted – and a mysterious woman will be transformed into an all-new version of the mighty Thor! Who is this new Goddess of Thunder? Not even Odin knows…but she may be Earth’s only hope against the Frost Giants! Get ready for a Thor like you’ve never seen before, as this all-new heroine takes Midgard by storm! Plus: the Odinson clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer…it’s Thor vs. Thor! And Odin, desperate to see Mjolnir returned, will call on some very dangerous, very unexpected allies. It’s a bold new chapter in the storied history of Thor!

 

—–> Review <—–
 

Like most comic enthusiasts, I was curious to read about the new Thor. I didn’t find myself getting lost in her story. However, I’m totally diggin’ her attire. Wicked cool! I can already see many female fans deciding to be “Thor” at Comic-Con and can you blame them. Check her out!

 

 
Russell Dauterman (Illustrator)
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score:❤❤
 

 

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Review of “Deadpool:The Complete Collection (Volume 1)” – Daniel Way and Andy Diggle

Daniel Way’s hilarious, action-packed run begins here! When the Merc with a Mouth is hired to rub out Wolverine, sparks will fly! But when both men can regenerate any wound in minutes, how can either one expect to finish off his foe? And whoever wins will have to face Wolverine’s murderous son, Daken! Then: The Skrulls have infiltrated Earth, but nobody warned them about Deadpool! The invaders replicate Deadpool’s healing factor in a new generation of Super-Skrulls – but why is Deadpool himself leading this brigade against Earth? And when Norman Osborn double-crosses Deadpool, the maniacal merc unleashes a full-on assault against Avengers Tower! Norman must pull out all the stops – and that means deploying his new team of bloodthirsty, black-ops Thunderbolts!

 
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(Wolverine: Origins #21-25) I love when DP and Wolverine’s paths cross. I know I’m in for a wild ride and this time was no exception. When DP dropped a piano on Wolverine’s head, I actually laughed out loud. It appears Daniel Way was inspired by vintage Warner Bros. *grins* 
 
(Deadpool #1-12 and Thunderbolts #130-131) Deadpool training Super Skrulls. All I can is OMFG. I read the “training” scenes over and over and (yeah you guessed it) over again.  I got two words for…. KNOCK KNOCK *smiling*

Oh yeah, the rest of this collection was  pretty spectacular too. That is, if you like the idea of DP making the moves on Black Widow, Taskmaster dressing up as DP to have a bit of fun against the Thunderbolts and Bullseye taking on DP at the end of this epic tale. 

Poor, Deadpool, I can’t imagine the beast of a headache he had when Bullseye nailed him with the arrow to the noggin. Somethings Excedrin Migraine just can’t fix. *belly laugh* 

 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
 
 

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Review of “Deadpool Classic – volume 4” – Joe Kelly and James Felder

The secrets of Deadpool revealed! In some of his funniest adventures of all time, the truth behind Deadpool’s origins in the Weapon X program is explored, as well as his unique relationship with Death herself! Ajax returns for revenge on Dr. Killebrew as Deadpool faces the ghosts of his past…literally! And is Deadpool the Cosmic Messiah, destined to save all? Featuring Captain America, Batroc the Leaper, Blind Al and Arnim Zola!

 
 
 
 
 
Review
 
The phrase “love is blind”, without a doubt, pertains to Deadpool. He may not be easy on the eyes but his mouth keeps me in stitches. I love how you never know what crazy, weird, sarcastic lines will spew out of him next. He’s a freaking riot!
 
In this comic, the reader will be once again dazzled by his comic genius and his internal battle to do the right thing — to be a better man. 
 
We see him face off with many people including a possessed Captain America. 
 
We also discover a connection between Al and our favorite American hero. 
 
From the dialogue to the marvelous illustrations by Walter McDaniel, Pete Woods, Steven Harris , and Yancey Labatthis book was brilliantly thought out and developed for our viewing pleasure. 
 
Bravo Team Marvel! *round of applause* 
 
  
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
 
PURCHASE LINKS: Paperback and Kindle

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Review of “Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock Knock Jokes” – Karl Kesel

Meet the clown princess of crime! When psychologist Harleen Quinzel met the Joker, the last thing she expected was to find love – but as the Joker preyed upon her mind, she fell for him, becoming the crazy sidekick Harley Quinn! Now join in on the action as Harley breaks her ‘pudd’n’ out of jail; forms a gruesome twosome with Two-Face; arranges an all-bad-girl slumber party; hires some henchmen; reveals her secret origin; and arranges a heist – on stately Wayne Manor! This first collection of Harley’s madcap adventures is presented by author Karl Kesel (“Superman”) with fan-favourite pencil-and-ink team Terry and Rachel Dodson (“Wonder Woman”) – bad has never looked so good!

Review

Anyone close to me or who follows the like page/personal FB wall knows that I love comics. Yeah folks, I’m not just a fan of mystery and erotic tales. Like in the bedroom, I like a little variety. *winks* 

Harley happens to be my favorite evil comic chick. She just a big ball of fun and what a dresser. *grins* Yup, I have several Harley items in my closet/dresser drawers. This Christmas, Dirk got me a BUTTLOAD of Harley gear and several of her comics. I read this one first and I have to say it’s WICKED GOOD. 

She’s twisted but in a very delectable way. 

I know it would detrimental to my health to hang with her but maybe I could be persuaded to attend one of her slumber parties. I’ll even spring for the pizza. (Read the comic to find out why that’s funny.)  

 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
 
 

 

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