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A matter of tals 0

This is a bit of a mixed bag for in terms of its actual content, but in the end it succeeds due to sticking close enough to the source material.  The genre of science fiction doesn't necessarily often overlap with that of espionage or detecting but that occurs here as Dejah is on the hunt for a serial killer that is stalking the streets of the city where she is searching for answers.  As she considers this to be information which is related she decides that she should find this killer herself.  ...

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The sight of us walking 0

Generally speaking I only read the Dejah Thoris stories from the series that focuses directly on her, though I do occasionally delve into some which come from elsewhere.  This is such a case as it deals with Dejah after she has met Carter and after a peace accord with the Tharks.  The last such series which I read was also a miniseries and was quite fun when she was forced to battle the White Apes of Mars.  This time she has a different colour of peril to deal with and under distinctly different...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Until they're contained 0

This entire series has been one of my favourites from the Grimm Fairy Tales line since the earliest of the original series.  Since deciding to go the way of explaining the background of the morality tales in terms of a supernatural explanation, the series lost some of its luster.  This series gave a bit of that back by looking at the highborns and falsebloods in a different light, more as people and less as superheroes.  Generally speaking this has been successful in this series but in this last...

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Welcome to Excess 0

After a relatively weaker intermediate issue in the Flowers story arc, this issue picks up where the previous failed somewhat.  With less focus on Violet's rebelliousness and more on the effects of her actions, this issue had more relevance than previous.  Violet continues following Harmony until she realizes that she has gotten herself into trouble that she cannot deal with.  Elsewhere Calie comes out of her drugged state and realizes that Violet needs saving and heads out to find in a rare exa...

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Figure it out 0

The usual format of the Wonderland series is slightly modified here and not necessarily to the best effect.  Generally speaking I have some issues whenever someone is drugged to unconscious in any work of fiction (as it is in actuality hard to do this without killing them.)  It is not so much this though, more so the fact that Violet's life has become almost like a case of a cliched teen, with her rebellious friend that makes her do things which she shouldn't do.  This also ties into some usual ...

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The wait is over 0

As an introduction to what will presumably become the next major hero in the Grimm Fairy Tales universe, the story somewhat falls apart in this final issue.  There are some minor factual problems, though these do not affect the story that much.  It is more so that at times things seem very rushed (like the creative team seemed to want to wrap up the events of Myst almost immediately) and that the resulting campaign of revenge after returning to Earth does not seem to be very much in character fo...

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Crime Scene Investigation 0

It is always nice to see a title which ties into the bigger concept of the Wonderland series from Grimm Fairy Tales, but like the Call of Wonderland series before it, this series starts off being mediocre mostly because of a lack of well established characters.  The cover in this lead issue indicates likely to where this series is going even if how it gets there is not as clear.  The story focuses on Emma Legrasse, a supporting character in the Call of Wonderland series who gets top billing here...

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A grave marker 0

I am going to put aside my distaste for the Wonder Woman and Superman romance which is ruining the cover for me.  I am also going to put aside that this is partially a business move for DC, both because of the fact that they canceled so many new 52 books that there are not enough to make a full list of 52 titles for the month and because they get to maintain rights to their old series "Young Romance."  On that last point, I am going to put aside that as a fan of the campiness of the old romance ...

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Happy happy 0

I am not exactly sure what to say about this title that I have not said about Grimm Fairy Tales stories before (but I can still repeat myself).  This title has a nice enough story, but the underlying presentation of it is flawed by the framing of it around the usual "something is amiss in Myst" story lines from the series as opposed to the more organic morality tales which the series is also known for.  The Myst based stories are simply not as engaging (though I think some credit is due here as ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

You dirty ape! 0

Where the first series of the GFT Jungle Book succeeded so well was in the unconventional and generally amazing presentation of a take on the original Kipling source material.  As this second starts starts though a lot of the themes evident in the original series such as the dangers of revenge and the Mowgli's personal growth seem to be gone.  That is they seem to be gone from Mowgli as instead Akili shines here where Mowgli used to hold the spotlight.  Mowgli is shown at times to to almost even...

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Something like that 0

This issue follows some of the regular marketing approach for Zenescope which is to basically to contain a small preview issue with a look back to some previous notable series.  In this case those series which are being referred to are Sinbad, Wonderland, Neverland and an early Grimm Fairy Tales story from the main series.  Having read most of the other issues already it is not much of an introduction to any missed material (except for the Sinbad in my case.)  That having been said, if someone w...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Swinging like thinking 0

The first story here is a little forced, and even feels constrained by time more so than the usual adventures do.  As usual some alien species wants to invade Rann and Adam and Alanna try to stop them.  It does get bonus credit though for the cover sequence actually being in the issue and for the cover action to be fairly engaging.  The Giants of the Telescope feature looks at Walter Baade.  The second story here is actually funny in parts as there is a nearly chauvinistic space traveler that mu...

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At them 0

The first story here, as usual detailing some adventure of Adam Strange, is a bit better than they have been recently (and oddly for this time frame even refers to a previous issue.)  It kind of highlights the fallacy of become a completely pacifist society though in a not so serious way.  The next story highlights one featuring the "Great Brains" which is a weird use of the standard formula for science fiction as the brains (which are in fact literally brains, come to Earth's rescue.)  The last...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Abby Gun 0

For the second issue in a row, the Adam Strange story here is fairly weak.  At the time because of the Cold War and the threat of nuclear war, the threat of radioactivity was a strong motive for any fictional work, but in this case the science is all wrong (though it is based in part of real science.)  The plot is not particularly well handled either.  Following this is a Giants of the Telescope feature (which are becoming more infrequent) about Samuel A. Mitchell.  The next story is another one...

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Seem less the tyrant 0

I keep telling myself that I am not a series regular on this title and then I keep reading it every month, so maybe now it is time to finally admit to myself that I am reading this series.  What does it for me is that the covers keep drawing me in, and as a Wonder Woman fan, this cover did that more than most.  The underlying concept here is pretty well executed.  Earth-2 is basically a story about the Justice Society, even if it is not referred to explicitly as such.  One of the common themes o...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Rub me the right way 0

The ongoing story continues here as Rapa tries to put together more answers and gets only more questions.  Indeed the entire series is still somewhat confusing as the stories do not necessarily ever really converge.  That is not to say that this issue is bad in anyway, in fact it is pretty good.  This issue takes a stronger look at other underlying themes in this series - xenophobia, friendship, and morality, and it deserves full praise for doing so.  In terms of this particular issue though, th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It isn't a dog 0

Britney Waters as a character is a bit of an enigma to me in how she is being utilized.  As the original Grimm Fairy Tales character (appearing before even Sela) she has been given a new lease on life as a character after the engaging treatment of her in Myths and Legends.  She has now become a full fledged Grimm Fairy Tales style super hero, with super hero costume, and martial arts training.  This is all fine, it works well with her as to develop her character.  At the same time it seems as th...

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Someone to fly 0

This issue ends up becoming a victim of its own success, or more accurately the success of the series as a whole.  The previous two issues leading into this one were full of suspense and fun though meaningful character interactions.  This issue on the other hand is far more divided in terms of the story development.  As was referred to in the previous issue there is a threat to the team aboard the Flag as well as the impending battle between Storm Shadow and Snake-Eyes.  Unlike elsewhere in the ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not yet 0

After the somewhat nonsensical journey to Titan in the previous arc, and a weaker run since about issue 10, the series appears to be back its original standard here as the plot gets pretty involved pretty fast.  As opposed to the previous story arcs, this one focuses on really the best part of this series, which is Dejah Thoris acting as leader and compassionate female figure, while also sometimes lacking the maturity to know when not to get involved.  Because of her resolve it never becomes a h...

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Jo in charge 0

Just about anytime that this series seems to be going one way, it shoots off on another tangent and takes on a new bizarre twist.  The developments here are much the same as Elle is still inhabiting Katie's body, and as Jo tries to help her despite the obvious problem that she has no real connection to the little girl, at least at surface value.  The development here to make it possible for Jo to communicate with Elle is a little bit cliched though it serves the purpose as the character of Katie...

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Straying to pick 0

After a series of better Adam Strange stories in this series, once again it reverts back to a more simplistic approach.  Rann is invaded by mysterious aliens with inexplicable powers and then to solve it all their is a bogus scientific explanations.   The second story is a somewhat usual double cross involving some science fiction based concepts.  The resolution of the plot is pretty weak in the end though and not even as fake-scientifically inspired as usual.  The final story is somewhat all ov...

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Brilliant simplicity 0

I suppose I should probably provide a disclaimer here that I am not a particularly big fan of pigeons.  A counter disclaimer is that I am in general terms a pretty big fan of animals, and it is thus interesting to see in this case the relatively simple story of an urban animal.  At first glance there is not much depth to this story, but below the surface there is a lot more.  The lead character (a pigeon) struggles to find a place in the city, and even for survival at times, but eventually finds...

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Life force extension 0

As I have said before about this series, the backup story of Beowulf has been really quite interesting whereas the main story with Amethyst has been fun though not terribly noteworthy.  Part of this remains the case here as the story with Beowulf was once again a lot of fun, but additionally here the Amethyst story is working a lot better than it had previously.  Instead of all of the politics in Gemworld instead they choose to look more at the development of the character, which generally speak...

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He kissed me 0

As someone that is trying to not get wrapped up in the entire H’el story arc, I am only getting half of the story by only reading Supergirl, but from what this issue offers, at least it operates well enough as a standalone issue.  This is accomplished primarily by the role of the character development which Kara undergoes.  Instead of throwing itself into the plot, the time is taken here to fir in the developments with everything else which has transpired thus far in the series as far as it rela...

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Keep you safe 0

I was a little hesitant to pick this up at first but almost immediately it grabbed my attention.  Generally speaking taking one genre and setting it into a western is a guaranteed way to equate failure, but in this case the mix of the two seems to be well handled because of the innovative handling of the characters.  The scarecrow is a native woman while the lion is shown to be gender bending.  There is just enough of the familiar to make everything fit, but enough of a new twist to make everyth...

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Ropes like iron 0

For anyone looking for continuity in a comic series, this issue might not be for them.  For any reader interested even slightly in comic history or of simply a great reading experience, then conversely this is perhaps the ideal issue.  It tells a few divergent stories – one with Hawkman and Hawkwoman, one with Angel and the Ape, one of a new character which critiques the attitude towards the poor, and the final one which is a sort of homage to the World War II comics except with a different outc...

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Look for me here 0

This is a hard series from first glance to get interested in.  It is not so much that the character is not endearing – it is that she is too endearing.  The writer seems to be holding nothing back from the “bad girl” persona template.  This is even pretty visible on the first page as a well-drawn panel shows only her hand with tattoos and tiger print fingernails.  With this established as a pattern the character more or less stays within these parameters.  I understand that the writer is trying ...

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Into the box 0

I find generally speaking that when writers delve too much into ancient mythology that they end up missing a lot of the reason for that mythology.  That is to say that a lot of mythology serves as either parables or moral stories for those that here them.  Thus in this case as the writer is telling a modern version of the story of Pandora’s Box, that most of the original story is lost.   As usual one of the main problems with the ancients is that there is not much to connect to.  As the reader w...

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Right into my hands 0

This issue seems to maintain the same standard maintained by the rest of the series thus far in that this is a fun issue, but that it is almost completely unoriginal.  As Robyn and her Merry Men enter the tournament, a surprise entry arrives (the king’s champion) who makes their plan more difficult and in the end impossible.  There is an underlying sense of payback here at least as it relates to Robyn’s real world problems but these are still two divergent streams of plots that it is hard to put...

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Come up with a plan 0

 Again as with the previous issue, this issue has the same limitations in that Robyn is not a perfect match for the setting nor is the character as well developed as in other Zenescope series.  The problem here is how she interacts with her band of Merry Men, a must for any story trying to channel the original source material, but as it is here, it is somewhat clunky in the middle of the rest of the developments.  There is really not much to distinguish these Merry Men from the usual ones from t...

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Proper Counsel 0

One of the underlying problems of this series is that it has narrower confines within which to fit the Robyn character.  Whereas others in the Grimm Fairy Tales lineup use a looser adaptation, by basing the action here in Myst, the character is somewhat more easily bound to the usual story.  It is not so much of an issue, except the manner by which the character fits in doesn’t leave much room for movement, except as it has been done before many times in Grimm Fairy Tales – the streetwise girl w...

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Something out of my dream 0

My ongoing frustration with Raven Gregory goes on as he delivers here another great individual issue of this series, despite that I find his work to be poorly executed and conceived elsewhere.  As with the best of the best of the Wonderland series, while the plot here is engaging enough, it is really the characters that drive this forward.  The writer lets Calie take a break here and instead for the first time ever gives Violet the center stage as she battles with the onset of the Wonderland mad...

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What you think blondie 0

In a rarity among the main series related to the story of the Liddles and Wonderland , this story mostly ignores the Liddles and focuses on two of the new players to the mix – Salome and Julie.  Also uncharacteristically this issue is mostly an action issue foregoing the regular dose of mind warp for some mostly generic battle sequences.  It is obviously not the best but the concept underlying the series is maintained here even if it is mildly ignored.  The development of Salome particularly was...

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Things to be worried 0

The ongoing madness continues here, with a pretty well executed issue.  With the town mostly possessed by the power of the mirror, it is hard for the Liddles to resist the pull of Wonderland, especially with the return of what appears to be Johnny.  That it is never actually revealed to be Johnny works really well here (as does the supposed return of the Jabberwocky and Alice.)  Calie’s decision halfway through also speaks well to who she is as a character, but this leads her on a mind bending j...

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Like the wolves 0

That this issue follows a poorer lead-in works for it in that the quality and continuity is a lot better here and thus seems a lot more complete as the previous two issues.  As usual any comic series which takes the effort to build its characters is going to succeed a lot easier than one that depends on plot developments, and so that works well here, especially in relation to Gina who thus far has been mostly ignored in both this story arc and the one which preceded it.  It is kind of a brutal w...

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Release a monster 0

For how the previous issue served to assemble all the villains, this issue serves a similar purpose if only for the heroes.  The lead-in to this was a bit stronger, as it shows Samantha as usual trying to struggle with the great power she has and the important role which she plays.  She ends up soon enough having to protect Innocence from an attack by one of the group of villains only to find that her allies have gathered to meet her as well.  This aspect of the story worked pretty well and in f...

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Drawback to backstabbing 0

This issue serves as a significant departure from the remainder of the series.  For the second time in the series, the story is going to focus on the freeing of Helios, but only previously (which was a two part story arc) the story here is longer and so this issue takes most of its length to re-establish what has passed before, the assembled group of villain (there are two groups of villains) some of whom have not been seen in a while (or in the case of one of them – at all).  It all serves as b...

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Finish Preparing 0

In terms of the story arcs building up the core of this series thus far, the one including Hank and Gina has been the weakest of the four.  This does not mean that this is particularly bad, just that unfortunately the series here is maintaining the same success rate as the main series.  As the action unfolds here the revelation of Hank and Gina as falsebloods is pretty much expected (as the same developments have occurred in every other story arc thus far in the series) and the revelation is eve...

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Got the job done 0

This end issue of the series is unexpectedly good one as pertains to the rest of the series and even the underlying concept behind it.  What really was notable here was the character development – Samantha Darren was nice to see develop more, as was Britney Waters, though the real surprise was the Limbo Queen and the Goblin Queen who showed more character is this issue than they have in all of their other appearances combined.  The plot itself was not particularly inspired, but the attempt to gi...

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We have the mall 0

I have always been a little ambivalent towards these series as they tend to bring the wrong concept to the holidays for me (horror fits better with Halloween than it does with Christmas.)  At that though within the confines of the collection of Christmas specials this one has worked pretty well.  It is well handled in how they relate the Christmas stories (which are all based on Christmas carols) and how it ties into the bigger concept of the role of Krampus into the Grimm Fairy Tales Christmas ...

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