Kindle Edition DC Graphic Novels under $7

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This morning I discovered that there have been quite a few price drops on kindle edition DC Graphic Novels on the Amazon site.  I knew that a few of these were on sale but I couldn’t find anything about the other price drops.  Grab them while you can I guess…  37 books under $7 each.

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StoryBundle: Dynamite Thrills and Chills Bundle

StoryBundle started a new Dynamite bundle  today which looks like it will be up through the end of December.  StoryBundle is a bit pricer than other bundle sites and I’ve never bought anything from them but I might pick this one up.

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This is copied from the promotional email I received:

The initial titles in the Dynamite Thrills and Chills Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

Vampirella Vol. 3: Throne of Skulls by Eric Trautmann and Jose Malaga
Raise the Dead Vol. 1 by Leah Moore and John Reppion
Grave Sight #1 by Charlaine Harris
Evil Ernie Vol. 2 by Tim Seeley and Steve Seeley
Dark Shadows – Complete 1st Series by Mike Raight and Nacho Tenorio
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus these outstanding comic collections:

The Dresden Files – Storm Front Vol. 1 by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers
Lady Demon #1-4 by Aaron Gillespie and Mirka Andolfo
Super Zombies #1-5 by Marc Guggenheim and Vince Gonzales
Alice Cooper Vol. 1 by Joe Harris and Brandon Jerwa
Dead Irons Collection by James Kuhoric and Jason Shawn Alexander
And even better! If you pay just $20, you get all 10 of the aforementioned comic volumes, plus eight more:

Reanimator #1-4 by Keith Davidsen and Randy Valiente
Purgatori #1-5 by Aaron Gillespie and Javier Garcia-Miranda
Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli
Mercy Thompson Moon Called Vol. 2 by Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence
The Living Corpse Omnius Vol. 1 by Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson
Game of Thrones #1-4 by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson
Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz
Cryptozoic Man Vol. 1 by Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan
And now, a preview from Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation!

 

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol.3: Casualties of War

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of WarSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke (Illustrations), Jaime Mendoza (Illustrations)begins with a flashback to Wonder Woman and Superman’s first meeting in the pages of Justice League, then slips into the present time as Clark is attempting to create a written memorial to those that they were not able to save. Clark’s endeavors are cut short by Diana though as it’s date night and she wants to get a move on.

In typical superhero fashion, date night doesn’t even really get started because they are pulled away to an emergency and there they encounter an unknown metahuman calling himself Wonderstar. Who is he, and what is his ultimate purpose? Follow Superman and Wonder Woman’s adventure as they unravel the history of Wonderstar. Features a New 52 Origin Story from a character probably best remembered from the pages of Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

I feel like the story aspects of this volume are it’s biggest selling points. It contains a complete story with a clear beginning and end, making this a good jumping on point, or gift volume for the approaching holiday season. Peter J. Tomasi’s story is a solid read, and explores the theme of superheros seeing past the big picture to how their actions might have impacts on individual lives. I would like to say a little more but I can’t without giving away the mystery of the story and spoiling it for you.

I’m somewhat torn about the artwork. The illustrations are dynamic, vibrantly colored, and have good overall composition; but those with a discerning eye will note weaknesses in the facial work. This can sometimes be off-putting as we have a tendency to first look at characters facial expressions before we notice the larger aspects of the artwork. More attention should have been given to maintaining a congruent look throughout the panels. So, I can’t in honesty say it’s all good, but it’s far, far from being all bad.
The first page of the story is action packed:

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Wonder Woman being modest about her fight prowess.

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The date night that wasn’t.  If you look at the panels of Diana’s face here you will see some of the facial inconsistencies I referenced.  Note the distance between her hairline and brow line is different in each panel, causing it to look skewered?

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And here is Wonderstar.  I like the costume and the matching metallic highlights in his hair.

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I hate it when they do that! ;-/

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: War and PeaceSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: War and Peace by Charles Soule

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Technically this is a DNF —

Warning this is a trade paperback not a graphic novel.

Collects issues #8-12, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1, WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1 and SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1.

I quickly realised that these issues are part of a larger story making this a hot mess of a collection. Most of these issues with the exception of the Worlds End issues are printed in order with the storyline in
Superman Doomed by Charles Soule
Superman: Doomed.

Thankfully I had purchased that back in the summer when it was on the kindle sale for $5; so I’ll be moving to that volume instead. Unless you are a completest and simply must have all the volumes save your money on this one and buy Superman: Doomed for the whole story; as this is pretty much incoherent.

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Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power CoupleSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a nutshell, this story basically centers around Zod and Faora plotting to get out of the phantom zone. Some light romance between Diana and Clark, with cameo appearances from Batman, Doomsday, and some of Diana’s friends and family. I’m pretty indifferent to the romance between Superman and Wonder Woman; I just don’t find it particularly compelling. There are dangling plot threads at the end of the volume, that I assume will be returned to.

The art in this volume is really lovely; however it’s got a few different artists working on it, so you will note some differences. It’s the kind of art I really think of when I think of DC Comics, big, bold, and dramatic. Absolutely beautifully colored throughout the book.

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Diana looking fierce.

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Kneel before Zod!

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Batman is everybody’s favorite surly friend.

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I love the colors used in the background of this panel of Zod and Faora; it really makes it pop.

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So, it seems that Clark is the backseat driver of superhero battles.

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Side-Kicked by Russell Bettholtz

Side-KickedSide-Kicked by Russell Brettholtz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I obtained a copy of Side-Kicked by Russell Brettholtz via NetGalley’s Read It Now section in exchange for feedback and a review. First off this is a imprint and publishing house I wasn’t previously aware of but it has a web page listed in the back of the book that you can check out at: http://www.darbypop.com/

This story deals with a group of sidekicks who are a bit disgruntled at the way they are being treated by their crime fighting partners and the general public. So they decide to go on strike to teach them all a lesson about how much they actually contribute. It’s an interesting premise and executed in a fairly concise story, however I think it would have been even better if they had told us more about each of the heroes and their relationships with the different side kicks. This story could easily have been fleshed out into a book twice this length, explored more of personal lives of the side kicks, and delved a bit more into the moral aspects of their decision.

Overall, I liked it a lot, the art was also pretty solid, and I especially liked some of the character’s costume designs. Recommend if you like independent, stand alone stories.

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The ringleaders of the strike movement they have bios in the back of the book that explain their origins  and powers a little bit.

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Here’s a panel worth of comic gold:

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The lair of Flying Fox; because no independent comic is complete without a Batman parody of it’s very own.

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We aren’t “Henchman”! or if you prefer, Villains have sidekicks too!

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G.I. JOE Vol.3: Siren’s Song by Paul Allor

G.I. Joe (2013-) Vol. 3: Siren's Song (G.I. Joe (2013))G.I. Joe (2013-) Vol. 3: Siren’s Song (G.I. Joe by Paul Allor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read on Scribd service. From the inside cover: ISBN:9781623025816; originally published as G.I. JOE Volume 3 issues #12-15.

Good story but seemed like the art was weaker in this volume than the last two. This volume chronicles the indoctrination of a new Cobra Agent called Siren as she follows the Baroness around the world while they try to find Siren’s son who has been taken by child traffickers. The story is interjected with snippets of different Cobra Commander’s throughout history. The first half deals mainly with Cobra and the last part of the story is told by Hashtag.

Looks like this may be the last story in this particular run.

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There are quite a few different looking art styles in this volume and some I liked better than others.

 

 

G.I. JOE Volume 2: Threat Matrix by Fred Van Lente

G.I. Joe Volume 2: Threat MatrixG.I. Joe Volume 2: Threat Matrix by Fred Van Lente

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the inside cover: Originally published as G.I. JOE Volume 3 Issues #6-11.

I read this graphic novel on Scribd.

Continuation and conclusion? of the story started in the first volume as well as a sort origin story for Roadblock and his cousin Heavy Duty. Sill, enjoying this title. More Cobra agents showing up in this one we had Zandar, Zarana, Baroness, Destro, Mad Monk, and Cobra Commander. Scarlett and her team make a few cameo appearances. I also really like the shorts with Marcy Malone, intern of Cobra, they made me laugh.

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When I was a little kid, we played out our favorite cartoons at school sometimes,  if we were playing G.I. JOE, I always wanted to be the Baroness!  Even when she’s beaten she slips away to fight another day.

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Does it make me evil if I laughed at this scene where Destro and the Baroness are skeet shooting human disks?

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I still like Cover Girl even though she was being a total stalker, when she was following Duke around.

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This was the first of those shorts about the Cobra Intern. Hahah…

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G. I. JOE Volume 1: Homefront by Steve Kurth

G.I. JOE Volume 1: HomefrontG.I. JOE Volume 1: Homefront by Steve Kurth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got a trial month of Scribd to try out and this is the first thing I picked.

I had read some of the old Marvel G.I. JOE series but this is the first of the IDW G.I. JOE comics I’ve ever read. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia but I really liked it despite it getting off to a bit of a snarky start. At about the halfway point I got sucked right into the story and finished it pretty fast. I like the art in this volume too, there are some great images of my favorite villainess The Baroness in here. I liked Cover Girl’s costume a lot too, and it’s got a bit of humor about the toy line.

Oh, there are a few pages in the back about the history of G.I. JOE toys and their history that I found quite interesting to read. I’m looking forward to reading the next volume.

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This is the team featured in the story,  with the addition of Duke and a media specialist called Hashtag.

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Oh, I took a snip of one feature of the Scrbd comic reader that I liked.  If you put the pages up to the largest setting the pages will be flush with each other as you scroll down.  This made it really easy to read through with only using the mouse wheel for navigation.

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