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The Legend of Aquaman Review

By Meagan Milton for TheComicBookDen.ca

“…when in the fortunes of opposing forces are decided on the basis of matters as deliberate and dispassionate as the tides”

It was with these words that I was able to understand, possibly for the first time, what Aquaman’s true motivation is: balance. Balance between his kingdom and the seas at large; balance between his life in the sea and his life on land. Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with my copy of The Legend of Aquaman.

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Injustice 2 Volume 1 Review

By Meagan Milton for TheComicBookDen.ca

“I’m not to blame for the blood on your hands, Clark”

It feels like there are thousands of stories that focus on the relationship between Superman and Batman; each depicting there relationship with different lenses. This series has taken one of my favourite takes on their relationship. it focuses on what would happen if both of them felt they were morally superior and what lengths they would go to in order to protect Earth. Thank you Penguin House Canada for providing me with my copy of Injustice 2 (Volume 1).

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CLUE Review

 

 

Book: Clue

Collects: #1-6

Publisher: IDW

Writer: Paul Allor

Artist: Nelson Daniel

Release Date: March 3, 2018

Review by: Peter McNeely

 

https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/562750/clue#9781684051182

 

Clue the board game has been transformed into a comic book!

Yes, the board game you know and love is now available in a trade paperback containing all six issue of the series, along with the three alternate endings to issue #1. The familiar characters are back, along with some others, and are invited over to the mansion by Mr. Boddy. Dinner is just finishing up as the mystery begins.

 

I decided to read Clue simply based on nostalgia. As a kid I loved the game and read the children’s books (both Clue and Clue Jr.). So it is only fitting that I read the comic books as well. The story is written by Paul Allor with art by Nelson Daniel. The letters are done by Neil Uyetake and Gilberto Lazcano. The series is edited by Carlos Guzman.

Clue is a fun book to read. It comes off light-hearted with both its story and cartoonish art style. It is exactly what I expected from picking this title. The story is a straightforward Clue murder mystery. Slowly as things progress more guests begin to die and the list of suspects become narrowed. The characters are very simple with very little detail or background story to them. In most books this is not the best idea to have but it works well with the story. The characters are as follows:

 

Mr. Boddy: Host of the dinner and the man who is murdered in nearly every edition of clue.

Upton: The butler and narrator to the story.

Mrs. Scarlett: An Aussie Rapper who is at the dinner to perform a private gig.

Mr. Green: Hedge Fund manager turned pharmaceutical bro. Total asshat.

Dr. Orchid: Toxicologist.

Det. Ochre: Grew a cop stache out of peer pressure. Called in to investigate the murder of Mr. Boddy.

Proff. Plum: Polymath, and orphan.

Det. Amarillo: Partner of Det. Ochre.

Colonel Mustard: War hero and buddhist.

Mrs. Peacock: Aristocrat, widow

 CEO of the nation’s largest maid service, also a senator.

 

Not only do we have characters both new and old but we also have all the original weapons from the board game. The candlestick, lead pipe, revolver, wrench, knife and rope all make an appearance at some point in the story.

Throughout the story the butler breaks the fourth wall to tell the reader of the various happenings at the mansion. Not only does the butler tell the reader of what is going on, he also informs the editor of the book, Carlos Guzman, of his distaste of flashbacks. The editor is drawn into various panels throughout the story and has conversations with the butler. The butler is, in a way, correct that it seems almost unnecessary to have a narrator, to bring the reader up to speed on the story, as well as having flashbacks. The back and forth between the butler and the editor does not add a lot to the main story but does add to the goofiness of the book.

 

Overall the book is a simple and easy-going read. The kind of book that is good for lazy Sundays or road trips. It is a book that does not take itself too seriously and neither should you. A definite read for Clue fans.

The Old vs The New – A Review of American Gods

By Jarrett Heale for TheComicBookDen.ca

American Gods is the comic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. It’s a tale of old gods at war with new gods, and considering I like the author and I know it is successful in all it’s forms, I was happy to have the opportunity to review this book thanks to Penguin Random House.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Season 8 Review

By Meagan Milton for TheComicBookDen.ca

“In every generation, there is a chosen one…”

In less than 10 words, I am drawn back into a TV series that I have loved for more than a decade. Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with the opportunity to re-visit the Hellmouth with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus (Season 8 Volume 2). This Omnibus collects volumes #21-40 from Dark Horse Books.

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Transformers Drift: Origins and Empires Review

By Matt Larose for TheComicBookDen.ca

More than meets the eye, they were robots in disguise as well as one of the best parts of my childhood, yes folks I am speaking of The Transformers. Although with this review I’m not going to be talking about any of the famous or more well known of the Autobots or Decepticons, I will be talking about one transformer who was in fact a part of both factions, so let me tell you about Drift.

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Green Lantern: Earth One Vol 1 Review

By Ryan Arden for TheComicBookDen.ca

A long forgotten power has awoken again and along with the evil thought to have ended it. Green Lantern: Earth One vol.1 is a gorgeous interesting take on a character that so many love. As someone with very little experience with Green Lantern I found myself wanting more.

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Predator: Hunters Review

By Matt Larose for TheComicBookDen.ca

“There’s something out there hunting us and it ain’t no man…….We’re all gonna die”. This was quite possibly the best quote that I could use from the original movie to describe exactly what this book was about for me. I’ve been a huge predator fan ever since I was a little kid watching the first movie with my dad on Fox for the Sunday movie, sure it was edited to hell and dubbed terribly with every swear word but damn was it an entertaining movie!

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TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 Review

By Matt Larose for TheComicBookDen.ca

Ghosts and villains are terrorizing the world through multiple dimensions, who do you call?! The Ghostbusturtles!………..ok I’m guessing you’re not familiar with this term because you haven’t read this book, well then I guess I’ll use them by their real names, you call the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters. So if I was working at IDW and had the rights to almost all the best 80’s cartoon properties what would I do with two of them? Cross them over of course which leads me to today’s review. Here comes IDW with it’s second installment of this fantastic crossover, being a fan of the first chapter I had high hopes going into this read.

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The Sheriff of Babylon Review

By Pete McNeely for TheComicBookDen.ca

I have had my eye on The Sheriff of Babylon for a while, and thanks to Penguin Random House Canada, I’ve been given the chance to final read this great story. The Sheriff of Babylon collect Sheriff of Babylon #1-12 from DC-Vertigo. Check out my full review.

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