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Reviews by Balakrishna (9)

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HORRIBLE DRAWINGS
on 27 October 11
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I have regularly been shopping for Graphic Novels. I have never seen such awful drawings on any other Graphic Novel of our hero created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes, is an English private eye and Dr. Watson, his sidekick is, as much an Englishman you can fathom. But the way all the characters are drawn in THIS Comic Book are atrocious. Sherlock Holmes looks a lot like Bollywood star Vinod Khanna. The rest all fit into various parts of our own Desi Actors. The language in this adaptation are as good as the Original. But when one buys a Graphic Novel, one is looking not much for the words. The Pictures are the ones. In this aspect the book fails miserably. Seems that the artist is not used to drawing European Characters. Too Bad. If only the drawings were a bit more Westernised, this book would have got definitely more than the ONE STAR.

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THE ULTIMATE CONAN COMIC
on 24 February 12
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"King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel" is not only the best Conan comic of modern times, it is one of the best comics period. This is good in every single way a comic book can be good, in every way a literary adaptation can be good, and in every way Conan can be good.

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Frankenstein (original text) Graphic novel
on 03 November 11
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Great story, stunningly illustrated. Compared to the original novel I love this, the art really brings it to life and makes it even easier to read again & again. I think that lots of other young people who would possibly not be tempted to read, might find this a more engaging way into reading. Certainly makes a good alternative Xmas present

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FINE REPRINT
on 28 August 11
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Fine reprint of the Gold Key series. A lot cheaper than the hardback version (though perhaps can be found for about the same price), also a little lighter on the shelves. The Magnus stories themselves are all very good. Contains the first seven comics of the Gold Key series

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Young Bond Graphic Novel adaption is cut above all others in its class.
on 03 November 11
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Now, am I crazy, or has Walker revised his image of Young Bond to look a little more like a young Daniel Craig than a young Pierce Brosnan? Hey, it's fine by me! I also really enjoyed the new visual winks added by Walker -- like Bond wearing #007 on his chest during the foot race. Maybe that would have been too much for the book, but it works here, and I especially love how it's revealed. Like the Young Bond series itself, the first Young Bond Graphic Novel adaption is cut above all others in its class.

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Pretty poor
on 24 October 11
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The story is cut to the bone, so all you get is the investigation. The art reminds me of a cheap European comic from the 70s. It's quite badly drawn. In the interiors, the rooms are much too large, with furniture perched on a tiny rug in the middle of acres of bare boards. Mrs Lestrange's maid calls her "my lady" instead of "madam". Makes me nostalgic for the way Eagle (the comic) treated classics like The Hound of the Baskervilles and Wuthering Heights. How about reissuing those?

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Can You Fear Me Now?
on 11 September 11
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Presenting four all-new TALES FROM THE CRYPT by today s top graphic novel authors and artists. The Garden by Action Philosophers, Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four writer Fred Van Lente and artist Mr. Exes, is the shocking tale of a man named Richard, who is promised servants and beautiful women waiting on him hand and foot in paradise, all in exchange for completing one simple task. The Tenant by Neil Kleid, author of Brownsville, features the fearsome fate of slumlord James Winchell, who, after one of his tenants dies due to his neglect, is forced to live in one of his buildings by a creepy cemetery. Crystal Clear by Don McGregor offers a frightening look at what happens to a gangster, with a cell phone technology imbedded in his head, when one of his victims seeks revenge. And finally, Slabbed, by Nancy Drew, Timetripper, and X-Files writer Stefan Petrucha and artist Alison Acton, depicts the dire consequences of what can happen to you if you sell a priceless collector s comicbook to the wrong dealer. All stories introduced by The Crypt-Keeper, and his fellow ghoulunatics, The Old Witch and The Vault-Keeper, in classic pun-filled CRYPT-style by writer Jim Salicrup and Beavis & Butt-head artist Rick Parker.

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Nine Cautionary Tales of the Risen and Hungry Dead.
on 20 December 10
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The Dark Horse Book of the Dead is a fun and entertaining collection of short stories and comics. The stories - each beautifully illustrated - are varied in their tone and approach. Some are comical while others are stark in their bleak presentation. Bob Fingerman's "Death Boy" is easily one of the most light hearted to be found in the collection. The story contains the comical narration of a boy who acquires the touch of death after a near-death experience and his subsequent struggle with life-after-death in the land of the living. Puns abound and allow for a much needed retreat from the more morbid stories here. The tale of "The Wallace Expedition" details the gruesome demise of a group exploring the Arctic around the start of the 20th century. Eric Powell is to be commemorated for his dark story and brilliant usage of cross-hatching inkwork with watercolors. The effect is a lively tale of a time gone past. This piece alone could sell the collection and fits in well with the other shorts despite its noticeably different presentation. Strangely, Mike Mignola's Hellboy Adventure short of "The Ghoul" is an odd match here. The somber and peculiar pace gives a unique feel but lacks any of the sharp moments of revelation or shock that make the other stories so filling. It is an entertaining yet curious read, and ultimately its inability to be a wild success is as much a fault of the excellence found elsewhere in the collection as it is any of its own doing. Although the mood between pieces can differ radically, they manage to work well together and provide an entertaining read. Unlike the previous, checkered Book of Hauntings, Dark Horse has managed to put together a collection that is thoroughly satisfying with its variety and is well worth its price.

It's also a perfect introduction to comics for anyone that thinks they're just for kids and/or all about superheroes.

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There is a whole lot here to admire.
on 19 December 10
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Compiling the mini-series published by Dark Horse comics, Tales of the Vampires is a must read for Buffy and Angel fans. Featuring stories taking place in the Buffy universe with various writers and artists, Tales of the Vampires may come off as a mixed bag at first, but there is a whole lot here to admire. Standouts include "Stacy" written by Buffy creator Joss Whedon and penciled by Seaguy artist Cameron Stewart, and that alone is worth checking this out for, along with "Father" written by Buffy vet Jane Espenson which weaves a tale of a young man and his ageless vamp father. Espenson also writes "Spot the Vampire" which is delightful, as well as the creepily effective "Dust Bowl". Drew Goddard and Paul Lee contribute "The Problem with Vampires" which shows the reader a pre-Buffy Spike and Drusila, while Goddard also contributes the hilarious "Antique" which finds Buffy herself face to face with Dracula in an attempt to save a brainwashed Xander. "Numb", scripted by Brett Matthews, is another Angel redemption yarn that's been done before and done better, and "Taking Care of Business" by Ben Edlund isn't as clever as it thinks it is. Other than those two stories, Tales of the Vampires is a smashing read for Buffy and Angel fans, and if you liked Tales of the Slayers you'll definitely dig this.

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