Back in 2005 I started collecting graphic novels when some of my favorite "Starlord" and "2000AD" stories from my childhood became available in a collected form.  Since then it has become something of a passion and I am amazed at the Quality of Graphic novels out there. This page is a catalog of my current collection which seems to grow at an exponential rate. I used to write all my reviews in Amazon and then I moved across to the "MySpace" application "Books I read". I was extremely unhappy to find that about 1/2 of my reviews had disappeared from the I Read application so this page was born to give me better control. Unfortunately it is going to take me ages to try to gather together all the missing information so this page is in a definite state of construction.

Always a WORK IN PROGRESS. PLEASE CHECK BACK AGAIN SOON. Last Update 7/30/09

Index:
Brian Azzarello
100 Bullets
100 Bullets Vol. 1 First Shot, Last Call
Kurt Busiek
Conan
Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter And Other Stories
Conan Volume 2: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories
Dave Cooper
Basil
Suckle The Status of Basil
Garth Ennis
Chronicles of Wormwood
Chronicles of Wormwood
Chronicles Of Wormwood: The Last Enemy
Punisher Max
Punisher Max : Born
Punisher MAX : Vol 1
Punisher MAX : Vol 2
Punisher MAX : Vol 4
Preacher
Preacher Vol 1 : Gone To Texas
Preacher Vol 2 : Until The End of the World
Preacher Vol 3 : Proud Americans
Preacher Vol 4 : Ancient History
The Boys
The Boys : Volume 1 : The Name Of The Game
The Boys : Volume 2 : Get Some
The Boys : Volume 3 : Good for the Soul
Kev
A Man Called Kev
The Authority Kev
The Magnificent Kevin
War Stories
War Stories Volume 1
War Stories Volume 2
Various Titles
303
The Pro
Pride and Joy
Adventures In The Rifle Brigade
Enemy Ace
Joe Kelly
Steam Punk
Steampunk: Manimatron
Robert Kirkham
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars (v. 3)
Todd McFarlane
Spawn
Spawn Collection Volume 1
Mike Mignola
Hellboy
Hellboy Library Edition, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil (v. 1)
Pat Mills
Nemesis The Warlock
The Complete Nemesis the Warlock Volume 1
Robusters
The Complete Robusters
Slaine
The Books of Invasions: Moloch and Golamh v.1
The Books of Invasions: Scota and Tara v.2
The Books of Invasions : Volume 3
ABC Warriors
Hellbringer
Charley's War
Charley's War: 2 June - 1 August 1916
Mark Millar
Various
Wanted
Allan Moore
TOP 10
Top 10 Book 1
Top 10 Book 2
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 1
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 3
Tom Strong
Tom Strong (Book 1)
Various
The Watchmen
Grant Morrison
Various
The Filth
Simon Oliver
Exterminators
The Exterminators Vol.1 : Bug Brothers
Eric Powell
The Goon
The Goon Volume 1: Nothin' But Misery
The Goon Volume 2: My Murderous Childhood
The Goon Volume 3: Heaps of Ruination
The Goon Volume 4: Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof
Jeff Smith
Bone
Bone One Volume Edition
Sam Sarkar
Caliber: First Canon Of Justice
Caliber: First Canon Of Justice Volume 1
Kevin Smith
Tales From Clerks
Tales from Clerks Volume 1
Various
52
52 Volume 1
Darkness
Darkness Compendium, Volume 1
DC/Top Cow Crossovers
DC/ Top Cow Crossovers
Brian K Vaughan
Y: The Last Man
Y: The Last Man Vol 1
Battle Pope
Battle Pope Vol 1 : Genesis
Battle Pope Vol 2 : Mayhem
Battle Pope Vol 3 : Pillow Talk
Battle Pope Vol 4 : Wrath of God
Various
Pride of Baghdad
John Wagner
Robo Hunter
Robo-Hunter: Day of the Droids

One Of my Favorite Graphic Novels is "303" written by my Favorite author "Garth Ennis" and illustrated by one of my favorite artists "Jacen Burrows". This book is an absolute pleasure to read or even just to look at. Click on the picture below and buy yourself a copy. You will thank me for it ...I hope :-)

Reviews:
Brian Azzarello
Title 100 Bullets Vol. 1 First Shot, Last Call ISBN ISBN-13: 978-1563896453
Author Brian Azzarello Artists Brian Azzarello
Ratings Story 7 Art 7 Overall 7

I picked up this book in Borders and started reading it and it seemed to be an interesting story line. This coupled with the fact that it was only $10 made me take a chance. I am glad I did as this is good book that really gets you thinking. The basic premise is that some sort of government agent approaches people who have been wronged and offers them a gun with 100 bullets that are untraceable for them to put things right. Of the three stories contained in this first book, the first is by far the best. It is a really good story of gangland Chicago from a street gangs perspective. Very well drawn and good dialogue (even if I had no idea what they were saying half the time). Because it is a Vertigo book the only down side is that it appears to be printed on toilet paper rather than the glossy stuff you get from other publishers.

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Garth Ennis
Title Chronicles Of Wormwood ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
One of my all time favorite graphic novels is "303" which was written by "Garth Ennis" and illustrated by "Jacen Burrows". How could I not buy "Chronicles of Wormwood" when the same pair were back together. I am glad to say I was not disappointed, the artwork in Chronicles is fantastic and the story is amongst Ennis's best work. Ennis likes poking fun at religion (the Catholic Faith in particular) in several of his books but this one is probably the most extreme. It makes "The Preacher" look a bit tame and not only includes, offensive drawings, strong language and nudity but it also has blasphemous story line to seal the deal. I loved it. There is something about the laid back story telling style that keeps the whole thing light and amusing (Laugh out loud at times) rather than offensive. I am not sure what the Vatican would make of the scene with the Oz pope having a threesome with three naked nuns.
The story is based around the apocalypse and features all the parties you would expect but not as you expect to see them. The Devil is pretty much true to form and both God and his only son are a bit strange to say the least but what really makes this story special is the Wormwood himself. His unwillingness to participate in the end of mankind is the special key to why this book was such a good read. Jacen Burrows has a unique clean way of drawing that I really appreciate. I am getting to be a really big fan of his work.
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Title Chronicles Of Wormwood: The Last Enemy ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
This is a pretty good but very short addition to the chronicles of Wormwood saga. This volume deals with the popes attempts to capture Jay by using the killer eunuch. It’s in a similar vein to the first book and the story is pretty entertaining. There are some funny moments and the usual amounts of shocking scenes (the fight with the eunuch springs to mind) but it just doesn’t work as well as the first book. The artwork is OK but not as good as “Jacen Burrows” work.
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Title Punisher Max : Born ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0785110255
Author Garth Ennis Artists Darick Robertson
Ratings Story 8 Art 8 Overall 8
A great prequel to the Punisher series where Garth Ennis explores Frank Castles Vietnam war history and gives a big hint as to why The Punisher is such a killing machine. Extremely well written and illustrated TPB collecting 4 issues of Punisher Born with some nice extras too. Its message might be a lttle bit uncomfortable for some but I found it to be a great read and easily on Par with the rest of the Punisher Max series. In my childhood I was a big fan of the war comic "Warlord" and I still have a very soft spot for war stories. I think Garth Ennis handles this subject very well.
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Title Punisher MAX, Vol. 1 ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0785118404
Author Garth Ennis Artists Lewis Larosa
Ratings Story 8 Art 9 Overall 8
The hardcover version of this book is printed on very high quality paper and as a result of this the exploding body parts really jump off the page. The book contains two story arcs, "In the Beginning" and "Kitchen Irish". I found both stories very engaging and would find it hard to choose a favorite. The quality of illustration is very good and the violence is off the scale. I don’t think I have ever seen so many brutal killings in one book. It is all done with a subtle dark sense of humor and references to real world events. The dialogue is also very well done but definitely not for children. This book is highly recommended if you can stomach the violence.
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Title Punisher MAX, Vol. 2 ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0785120223
Author Garth Ennis Artists Dougie Braithwaite, Leandro Fernandez
Ratings Story 8 Art 7 Overall 8

Collects Punisher Max Vol. 3: Mother Russia and Punisher Max Vol. 4: Up Is Down And Black Is White.

In Mother Russia, The punisher is forced into a suicide mission deep inside Russia with the goal to retrieve a deadly retrovirus.  This story is full of the graphic violence and action the punisher series is famous for but this time with a slightly more military bent.  The artwork is pretty good and really stands out on the premium paper. Fantastic tale with many subplots and twists to keep the reader hooked.  The dialogue and level of violence are off the scale and quite a few scenes have jaw dropping politically incorrect references. I really enjoyed this story. It is probably my favorite Punisher book to date.  

Up is down and Black is White is a mafia based tale based around evil mafia mobster Nicky Cavella who finally figures out what is required to send Frank Castle over the edge (he desecrates his family's grave). The violence that ensues is even shocking for the Punisher and it is an absolute bloodfest. The language and situations are very adult orientated and some of the flashbacks to fill in the background on main characters such as Nicky Cavella are particularly shocking. Highly recommended read for adult audiences only. Artwork is not bad but nothing really special. Collects Punisher #13-24.

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Title Punisher MAX, Vol. 4 ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0785128670
Author Garth Ennis Artists Lan Medina
Ratings Story 8* Art 9 Overall 8
This hardback collects the two stories “Man of Stone” and “Widowmaker”. The quality of the paper in this collection is excellent and the images really jump off the page. “Man of Stone” is a compelling story with strong dialogue and great artwork. The main focus of the story is the punisher vs a barbaric Russian general. This is one of the best books I have read this year. The second story “Widowmaker” took me a while to get into but it had a satisfying conclusion. This was a very violent story of female revenge and featured a female punisher. Definitely not as good as “Man of Stone”. Artwork was very good.

*Man of Stone is a 9+

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Title Preacher Vol 1: Gone To Texas ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
"The Preacher " is a fantastic piece of work from the master of shock himself (Garth Ennis). Like all his books I have read so far this one has captivating and thought provoking story lines and witty well written dialogue. There is plenty to offend a lot of people but nothing too over the top in the bad language and gore departments. The artwork is well done and fits the story well. For once this is a book that lives up to all the hype. I can't wait to read the next installment. I reckon if you enjoyed the TV series Carnivale you will enjoy this book. The Preacher Volume 1 is a highly recommended read for adults only so don't buy it for little Timmy or he may have nightmares :-)
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Title Preacher Vol 2: Until the end of the World ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists Steve Dillon
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Fantastic story and great artwork.  Another one of Garth Ennis's finest works and IMHO better than the first part.
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Title Preacher Vol. 3: Proud Americans ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Yet Another fantastic addition to the preacher series that is showing absolutely no sign of losing momentum. This may very well be the best book in the series yet. The art is good and the story is very well written although there does seem to be some erosion in the level of detail in the pictures as the series goes on. I had a great deal of difficulty putting this book down once I started. It has to be noted that the quality of paper in this version isn’t as good as the previous two. For mature readers only.
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Title Preacher Vol. 4: Ancient History ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
This book is a collection of 3 back stories covering some of the characters in the Preacher series. The first story is an absolute classic and it covers the bizarre history of the Saint of Sinners. Although the artwork does vary between artists in this tale the overall effect is very good indeed. Superb! The second tale I enjoyed less and it fills in the back story for Ar*e face. The style and content of this little tale doesn’t really seem to fit in well with the rest of the Preacher series although it is still pretty violent and shocking. Ar*e face himself doesn’t look as grotesque as he did in the Preacher books. The final tale covers the insane Good Old Boys Jody and T.C. in a ultra violent side story. The art work and storytelling are fantastic and these guys really deserve their own book.
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Title The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of The Game ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Title The Boys Vol. 2: Get Some ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Title The Boys Vol. 3: Good for the Soul ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series so I had high hopes for part 3. It is nearly a year since I read part 2 so when I started reading this book I found myself a little confused with the storyline and characters. This is a really good book and has some very funny (not politically correct) moments. It is as good as the first two books but took a while to get going. Ennis takes a very risky storyline in this issue (think 911) but manages to pull it off with some excellent political satire. This book does a good job of fleshing out Wee Hughie and explaining the superhero back story.
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Title A Man Called Kev (Authority (Graphic Novels)) ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
I was drawn to this book because I am a great fan of carlos Ezquerra's earlier 2000AD work. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a good story, excellent art and some truly laugh out loud funny bits. This book permeates a kind of dry sarcastic humor that is so prevalent in the UK. "A man Called Kev" ties up the story from "The Authority KEV" and it is more of an urban war story than the superhero stuff in the earlier book. The art is very much in the style of 2000AD instead of some of the glossy "SPAWN" type detailed stuff but it fits the story perfectly.
Be warned that its is not a "politically correct" book and may offend various groups. It is the most enjoyable book I have read in a long while.
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Title Authority, The: Kev (Authority) ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
I think this book will polarize many people. It probably wont appeal to the hardcore superhero marvel and DC comic book readers but it may well appeal to some of the old school 2000AD, Starlord types. Up front I have to say I fall into the latter category and I have never really been into Batman, Superman, Spider man etc. I grew up on a diet of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Robohunter, ABC warriors etc. This book feels like an adult progression of those days so perhaps this is a comic book that appeals to a limited demographic?
The book is a strange mix of gritty British sarcastic humor and over the top alien superhero stuff. I think the SAS stuff works well and the Alien stuff less so. I found it to be an enjoyable read with art that is both clean and appropriate. It is horribly politically incorrect and contains scenes of gore and nudity in profusion but that didn't bother me.
I dont think it works quite as well as the follow on book "A Man Called KEV" but I still found it an enjoyable read. It hasnt made me want to try out any of the authority books.
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Title Authority, The: The Magnificent Kevin (Authority (Graphic Novels)) ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
I really enjoyed the previous two books in the Kev series. I found them to be laugh out loud funny and although much of the material could be viewed as offensive it really seemed to work in the context it was used. The third book is probably the weakest in the series and has less funny moments but it is still definitely worth a read.
What this book does is flesh out the Kev story and bring it to a satisfying close. The story keeps your attention and has satisfying plot twists and surprises. It continues the very anti-establishment focus of the first two novels but concentrates more on the bad treatment of the SAS. The artwork by Carlos Ezquerra is great as usual and the "Alien" based dream Kev has at the beginning of the book has a very "Strontium Dog" look to it. I think the bad language might be a little overdone but this is a minor criticism.
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Title 303 ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
This is one of Garth Ennis's best novels. I found this a very enjoyable read and in my opinion the artwork is fantastic. The story is well written and thought provoking and the art style fits it perfectly. The book is a little short but it makes up for it with a really good ending. Not as light hearted as much of Ennis's work but none the worse for this.
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Title The Pro ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
This is not a particularly long or a thought provoking read. The art is OK but ultimately this is a bit of pulp fiction with shock value thrown in to appeal to a teenage male audience. This isn't one of Ennis's best bits of work but it isn't bad for a comic book and it has its funny moments. The Kev series works much better than this. If you came to this book because you like the preacher you may well be disappointed.
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Title Pride and Joy ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
A great Garth Ennis novel with a more serious tone than his usual stuff.  The art work fits the story perfectly and it is the first book I have read that has been illustrated by John Higgins. Highly recommended.
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Title War Stories Volume 1 ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Title War Stories Volume 2 ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Title Adventures in the Rifle Brigade ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Title Enemy Ace: War in Heaven ISBN  
Author Garth Ennis Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Dave Cooper
Title Suckle the Status Of Basil ISBN 1-56097-301-3
Author Dave Cooper Artists Dave Cooper
Ratings Story 6 Art 6 Overall 6
One of the weirdest books I have read in a long time. A very strange and whimsical book that is more than a little erotic. Nicely bound and presented too. For Mature Readers only.
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Mike Mignola
Title Hellboy Library Edition, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil ISBN  
Author Mike Mignolia Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  

I have always been put off trying out the Hellboy books by the rather simplistic art but I do like the movies. When a chance to purchase the library edition came up at an amazing price I decided to take the plunge. I am glad I did as once you start to read the books the art fits the story perfectly. The art in this huge format library edition in particular looks fantastic. The first story “Seed of destruction” is a great read and it introduces many of the characters I recognize from the movies. The second part “Wake the Devil” continues on with the interesting Ragna RoK Nazi supernatural theme and hammers home the fact I was so wrong to dismiss these books in the past. Minola does a superb job of creating a sense of suspense and horror in these tales. The extras in this book are also top notch.

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Pat Mills
Title The Complete Nemesis the Warlock Volume 1 ISBN  
Author Pat Mills Artists  
Ratings Story 7 Art 7 Overall 7
This one really takes me back to early 2000AD. The smaller print format can make some of the complex drawings difficult to view. They certainly seem more cluttered than I remember first time round but my eyesight isn't what it used to be.
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Title Charley's War: 2 June - 1 August 1916 ISBN  
Author Pat Mills Artists  
Ratings Story 9 Art 7 Overall 8
 I was a big reader of war comics as a child but I read "Warlord" and not "Battle" where Charley's war was first published. I am also a big fan of Pat Mills as he penned some of my all time favorite comic strips such as Ro-busters and  ABC warriors. I decided to buy this hardback version of Charley's war as Amazon.co.uk was selling them very cheaply. I particularly enjoyed the extras in the book with interviews, timelines, real history and background stories. The artwork is very faithful to the old comic book originals and as such fairly low tech but it fits the subject matter so well. The story is engaging and very though provoking especially as Pat Mills went through huge amounts of research to keep it authentic. I would even go as far as saying the book is moving in a way few comic strips can hope to achieve. Highly recommended.
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Title ABC Warriors: Hellbringer ISBN 905437560
Author Pat Mills Artists Tony Skinner – Kev Walker
Ratings Story 5 Art 5 Overall 5
Although I was a big fan of Robusters I didn't enjoy the spin off series "ABC warriors" Quite as much. That's not to say I didnt enjoy ABC warriors but just that some of the characters were not as compelling. Hellbringer is a very colorful graphic novel but I find the artwork a bit cluttered and confusing at times. I also didn't like the way Hammerstein and Ro- Jaws were drawn. The story is OK but the highlight of the book is the short bonus story at the end.
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Title Slaine - The Books of Invasions: Moloch and Golamh v. 1 ISBN  
Author Pat Mills Artists Clint Langley
Ratings Story 7 Art 8 Overall 7

I used to read Slaine many years ago in 2000AD but it never looked like this. The artwork in this book is very detailed, colorful and unusual. Apparently Clint uses a combination of conventional art and digital manipulation to achieve the lush and often bizarre pictures. What you end up with is a comic strip with art quality and detail that would normally only be reserved for cover art. The two stories in this book are both very enjoyable and extremely violent. Classic Pat Mills work with grotesque characters and situations.

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Title Slaine: The Books of Invasions: Scota and Tara v. 2 ISBN  
Author Pat Mills Artists Clint Langley
Ratings Story 6 Art 8 Overall 7
The second collection picks up nicely from where Volume One left off and it includes Books 3 and 4 of the Books of Invasions. Another well written and easy to read story with visually stunning art that is especially impressive on the monsters. Like the first two books there is plenty of gore and nudity but it is all tastefully done. Despite the unbelievably high quality art in the Book of Invasion series one thing has started to irritate me a bit while reading them. The faces of the characters in the book often don’t have appropriate expressions for the action or dialogue and they seem to be looking in random directions rather than at whatever the particular frame is concentrating on. In some ways it reminds me of those cheezy photo love stories you used to see in comics in the 70's where the pictures and actors impressions never quite seemed to match the subject of the frame. Its only a minor niggle however and no doubt it is a by product of the digital manipulation. I reckon if you were to look carefully at the book you would find that the facial art is re-used a lot. It’s the only possible way Langley can maintain this level of detail otherwise each frame would take many many hours to draw. Special mention has to go to the Bonus Covers section of this volume where the art is absolutely stunning.
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Title Slaine: The Books of Invasions: Volume 3 ISBN  
Author Pat Mills Artists Clint Langley
Ratings Story 7 Art 9 Overall 8
The third volume in the stunning “Books of Invasions” series collects books 5 and 6. The standard of artwork is again fantastic and the stories are top notch too. I really enjoyed both the books. The first book “Odacon” is a very satisfying conclusion to the battle with his adversaries and ends with Slaine setting off to look for his son. Slaine finds his son working in a freak show in the second book “Carnival”. The story in this book is a bit of a departure from the other books in that it takes the form of a bit of a murder mystery. The story and artwork in this story are probably the best in the series.
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Title Complete Robusters ISBN 978-1-905437-82-5
Author Pat Mills Artists Various
Ratings Story 8 Art 7 Overall 8

I used to read Slaine many years ago in 2000AD but it never looked like this. The artwork in this book is very detailed, colorful and unusual. Apparently Clint uses a combination of conventional art and digital manipulation to achieve the lush and often bizarre pictures. What you end up with is a comic strip with art quality and detail that would normally only be reserved for cover art. The two stories in this book are both very enjoyable and extremely violent. Classic Pat Mills work with grotesque characters and situations.

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Kevin Smith
Title Tales From Jay and Silent Bob ISBN  
Author Kevin Smith Artists  
Ratings Story 5 Art 5 Overall 5
 I am a big fan of the Jay and Silent Bob movies and some of the same style of humor comes across here. A good book for Kevin Smith fans.
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Allan Moore
Title Top Ten (Book 1) ISBN  
Author Allan Moore Artists  
Ratings Story 7 Art 7 Overall 7
It took me a while to get into this book. For the first two chapters I was less than impressed by what seemed a genereric superhero story but from chapter 3 onwards the interesting story lines and subplots really began to grab my attention. The characters are pretty strange but Moore develops them nicely as the book goes on and this really is a satisfying read.
The artwork within the book is good although the quality of the paper could be better. There is a lot of things going on in the frames and it is worth a second read to pick out some of the funny things going on in the background.
This book is definitely recommended for Moore fans. A lighter read than "The Watchmen" but none the worse for that.
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Title Top Ten (Book 2) ISBN  
Author Allan Moore Artists  
Ratings Story 7 Art 7 Overall 7
I really enjoyed book one and this book continued to impress. Moore does an excellent job of developing the characters from the first book and adds a few new ones to the mix. The most enjoyable of the new characters is officer Joe PI who is a robot with a sense of humor. Joe PI integrates very nicely with the old team and generates some good story lines and one liners. The plots in book two are as good if not better than the first collection.
There are tons of things going on on every page (many of them you will miss on the first read) but the book never becomes a chore to read. Highly recommended but you must read book one first.
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Title Tom Strong (Book 1) ISBN  
Author Allan Moore Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
I really enjoyed book one and this book continued to impress. Moore does an excellent job of developing the characters from the first book and adds a few new ones to the mix. The most enjoyable of the new characters is officer Joe PI who is a robot with a sense of humor. Joe PI integrates very nicely with the old team and generates some good story lines and one liners. The plots in book two are as good if not better than the first collection.
There are tons of things going on on every page (many of them you will miss on the first read) but the book never becomes a chore to read. Highly recommended but you must read book one first.
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Title The Watchmen ISBN  
Author Allan Moore Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Title The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 1 ISBN  
Author Allan Moore Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Title The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2 ISBN  
Author Allan Moore Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  
Review AWOL
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Title The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 3 ISBN ISBN-13: 978-1401217105
Author Allan Moore Artists Kevin O'Neill
Ratings Story 4 Art 6 Overall 5
[The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier - Hardcover] - This book reminds me of annuals I used to read as a child. It has a mixture of Graphic novel sections to narrate the story and some lengthy prose sections to represent the "Black Dossier" itself. Although the book is well written and nicely laid out with different textures of papers and such I did not really enjoy it that much. Some of the semi erotic art work is particularly well done but the prose sections just drag for me. Even the back story just doesn't seem to have any drive or edge to it and the prose sections really disrupt the flow. Some sections are quite enjoyable such as the interplay with Jimmy Bond and the Bertie Wooster story but other sections are incredibly hard work. The “Crazy Wide Forever” story is virtually unreadable. The 3D section looks pretty impressive but does not provide a very satisfying end to the affair. Reading this book has been more of a chore than a pleasure especially when the characters are speaking in strange tongues.
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John Wagner
Title Robo-Hunter: Day of the Droids ISBN  
Author John Wagner Artists  
Ratings Story 10 Art 7 Overall 9
favorite comic book story of all time. Excellent writing and great artwork still feels as fresh as when I first read it back in 2000AD.
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Mark Millar
Title Wanted ISBN  
Author Mark Millar Artists J.G. Jones & Paul Mounts
Ratings Story 8 Art 8 Overall 8

Excellent artwork and story. Wanted is a very violent book with a somewhat controversial ending. I think if you enjoy stuff like Punisher Max you will probably enjoy this although there isn’t much in the way of a moral code. Extras are pretty good too.

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Joe Kelly
Title Steampunk: Manimatron ISBN  
Author Joe Kelly Artists  
Ratings Story 5 Art 6 Overall 6
This is a very challenging book to read and definitely not for everyone. The art work is beautifully colored and drawn but often the way it is laid out makes it very confusing. The script is also very disjointed and hard to follow. The first few chapters gave me a headache and left me wondering if this was art for arts sake. By Chapter 3 some of the threads of story started to make some kind of sense but it was still the sort of book you have to lock yourself away in a quiet room to have any chance of following. Does a graphic novel have to be this frustrating just so hardened comic book readers have a sense of superiority over the more casual reader? Chapter 5 rounded things off nicely although I still found some of the pictures hard to follow (so busy and full of detail). Some great art work and sense of achievement in finishing this novel but I don’t think I will be buying the sequel.
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Simon Oliver
Title 100 Bullets Vol. 1 First Shot, Last Call ISBN ISBN -4012-1064-3
Author Simon Oliver Artists Tony Moore
Ratings Story 8 Art 7 Overall 7

The book is set in a not very nice part of LA where pests, evil landlords and drug pushers rule the roost and poor people suffer. Our hero is an ex con who is now working as a pest exterminator. Unfortunately the pests are fighting back and his colleagues seem to be just as dangerous. This is an extremely well written book that is full of adult themes and great atmospheric art. Not a book for the squeamish or younger readers but a very intriguing mature read. The main plot twists around and opens up new clues and story lines at a fair old rate. I am hooked and will be out to buy book 2 to find out just what the significance of that scarab really is.  Good value too.

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Grant Morrison
Title The Filth ISBN  
Author Grant Morrison Artists  
Ratings Story 7 Art 8 Overall 7
I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the concept and very impressed by the art. This is definitely a Bizarre book that I struggled to follow. Some of the story arcs are fairly straightforward but generally speaking it is so surreal and at times confusing that it can be hard going. On the other hand the artwork is fantastic and there are glimmers of genius in some of the story. It certainly makes you think and probably needs a few reads to sink in. It contains some pretty adult themes, concepts and strong language.
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Eric Powell
Title The Goon Volume 1: Nothin' But Misery ISBN 978-1569719985
Author Eric Powell Artists Eric Powell
Ratings Story 7 Art 8 Overall 7
The Goon is a kind of anti hero mobster set somewhere back in the 40’s or 50’s in a land infested by all sorts of Zombies and other strange creatures. It’s a comic book version of a cult B movie. The artwork is consistently excellent and the stories are funny and well written. I was especially impressed by the way the pencil drawings are used to show flash backs. 
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Title The Goon Volume 2: My Murderous Childhood ISBN 978-1-59307-109-7
Author Eric Powell Artists Eric Powell
Ratings Story 7 Art 8 Overall 8
Volume 2 was as good if not better than the first volume and does a great Job of filling in the back story for the characters.  A highly recommended read.
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Title The Goon Volume 3: Heaps of Ruination ISBN 978-1593072926
Author Eric Powell Artists Eric Powell
Ratings Story 7 Art 9 Overall 8
Another classic collection of goon stories with witty dialogue and great artwork. If you enjoyed the first two books you will love this. The Hellboy Crossover story is a special treat.
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Title The Goon Volume 4: Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof ISBN 978-1593074562
Author Eric Powell Artists Eric Powell
Ratings Story 7 Art 8 Overall 7
Another classic edition to the Goon series with fantastic artwork and great stories. The level of humor is absolutely spot on and if you like the previous 3 books you will love this one. I particularly enjoyed the "Fish Canners" story.
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Title The Goon Volume 5: Wicked Inclinations ISBN 978-1593076467
Author Eric Powell Artists Eric Powell
Ratings Story 7 Art 8 Overall 7
The Goon series shows no sign of losing momentum. The artwork is still fantastic and the humor keeps a nice balance of slapstick and macabre. If you enjoyed the previous 4 books you will love this one. The only part I was not so keen on were the bonus short stories that were not up to the books usual standards.
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Robert Kirkman
Title The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars ISBN  
Author   Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  

This series of Graphic novels has the strange distinction that it is the only one that my wife has ever read and really enjoyed. If you liked the first two books buying this one is a no brainer. Book 3 is a very addictive read and it is hard to put down when you start. It expands the plot line nicely and seems to have more action and less relationship based story lines.

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Brian K Vaughan
Title Y: The Last Man Vol 1 ISBN  
Author Brian K Vaughan Artists  
Ratings Story   Art   Overall  

Review AWOL

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Title Battle Pope Volume 1: Genesis ISBN 978-1582405728
Author Brian K Vaughan Artists Moore, Staples
Ratings Story 8 Art 8 Overall 8
I really enjoyed this book even though it could be considered quite offensive. Just like the great religious parodies “Life of Brian” and “Dogma” it pokes a bit of fun at organized religion but does so in a light hearted slapstick way. This color version of the collected books 1 to 4 is gorgeous to look at and the drawing is excellent. The script is fun and witty and the action never lets up. If I can make one criticism it is that the book is a little short.
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Title Battle Pope Volume 2 : Mayhem ISBN 978-1-58240-652-7
Author Brian K Vaughan Artists Roberts, Moore, Staples
Ratings Story 8 Art 8 Overall 8
Battle Pope is lewd, Crude and offensive. It is also pretty funny and a very entertaining read even if you are a Catholic. The artwork fits the story perfectly and the large list of characters are superbly drawn. Battle Pope is like a comedy punisher with an over active sex drive. His partner who also happens to be the son of God is a meek and mild Hippy type that is apparently hung like a grand national winner. Volume two is as good as the first Volume and that makes it a great read. If you are sensitive and easily offended please stay away but for us hardy types it's a great way to while away an hour. Extras are pretty good too.
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Title Battle Pope Volume 3 : Pillow Talk ISBN 978-1-58240-677-0
Author Brian K Vaughan Artists Roberts, Walker, Su, Moore, Staples
Ratings Story 8 Art 8 Overall 8
The third volume in the Battle Pope Series is as good as the first two volumes. It is still just as offensive and funny and the art is spot on. This volume introduces Santa and Mary as new characters to great effect. Mr. Vaughan is overdue a visit from the Spanish Inquisition I think :-).Definitely not recommended for sensitive religious types.
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Title Battle Pope Volume 4 : Wrath of God ISBN 978-1-58240-751-7
Author Brian K Vaughan Artists Moore, Staples
Ratings Story 8 Art 8 Overall 7
The final book in the series follows on in the same vein with its crude and funny style. In this book Battle Pope ends up fighting with God himself which is pretty Bizarre. A very enjoyable series.
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Title Pride of Baghdad ISBN  
Author Brian K Vaughan Artists Niko Henrichon
Ratings Story 4 Art 10 Overall 5

If you read the reviews on the back cover you would expect this to be one of the greatest comic books ever written but I found it to be quite unsatisfying. The story feels very one dimensional without any subtle counterplots to keep your interest and it is also very short. I have nothing against animal stories, try the work of William Horwood for some excellent examples of the genre, but this just feels like Disney with shock value to me. It even has the formulaic Disney cute cub character. On the other hand the artwork is a pleasure to behold. Every page is filled with glorious images and a very atmospheric color palette.
Ultimately this book is very pretty to look at but it nothing special to read. If you like Disney movies but would like to see some more gore then this may be the book for you.

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Sam Sarkar
Title Caliber: First Canon Of Justice Volume 1 (v. 1) ISBN  
Author Sam Sarkar Artists  
Ratings Story 7 Art 7 Overall 7

I bought this book because I was impressed with artwork , thought the premise of the story was interesting and mainly because it was on sale for only $10 in hardcover. The story was pretty good but I found it very difficult to tell the characters apart as they all looked pretty similar. All in all a very stylish book but a bit weak on script.

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Kurt Busiek
Title Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter And Other Stories ISBN  
Author Kurt Busiek Artists  
Ratings Story 8 Art 8 Overall 8

I really enjoyed this book. The story was well written and it captured Conan perfectly. The artwork was beautifully colored and a pleasure to look at. It is done without bold inks so the images have a bit of a water color look to them. At first I found them to look a little lacking in detail but I soon warmed to the lush style. Nice biography of Howard at the end too.

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Title Conan Volume 2: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories ISBN  
Author Kurt Busiek Artists  
Ratings Story 9 Art 8 Overall 8

There are many Graphical novels that are quite a challenge to read. They often have confusing cluttered art work and convoluted story lines. This is not one of them. Conan, God In The Bowl is a straight forward classic adventure tale with a bit of murder mystery thrown in for good measure. The artwork is perfectly suited to the subject matter and great to look at. The character of Conan is built up nicely from the first volume and I found it difficult to put the book down once I started.

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Jeff Smith
Title Bone: One Volume Edition ISBN  
Author Jeff Smith Artists  
Ratings Story 9 Art 9 Overall 9

Review AWOL

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Todd McFarlane
Title Spawn Collection, Vol. 1 ISBN  
Author Todd McFarlane Artists  
Ratings Story 9 Art 9 Overall 9

I really enjoyed this book. The story was well written and it captured Conan perfectly. The artwork was beautifully colored and a pleasure to look at. It is done without bold inks so the images have a bit of a water color look to them. At first I found them to look a little lacking in detail but I soon warmed to the lush style. Nice biography of Howard at the end too.

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Various
Title Vertigo First Cut (DC Comics Vertigo). ISBN  
Author Various Artists Various
Ratings Story n/a Art n/a Overall n/a
The concept here is a book containing the first issue from seven series to whet your appetite. (DMZ) : Good Art and an intriguing story line. I might give this a try in the future especially if an omnibus edition gets published. (Army@Love) : Nice art work but I couldn’t get into the story. A little too farfetched even for me. (Jack of Fables) : Good artwork and the promise of an interesting story line. I might check this one out further. (The Exterminators): I really enjoyed this story and was impressed by the art and the writing. Definite buy. (Scalped): A very dark and gritty Native American based gangster tale. Not bad but pretty heavy going. (Crossing Midnight): A very intriguing story line and good art. I don’t really like books with kids as the heroes so I am unlikely to buy this one. (Loveless): A western tale that strangely left me cold.
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Title DC/Top Cow Crossovers ISBN 978-1401213381
Author Various Artists Various
Ratings Story 6 Art 8 Overall 6

A collection of crossovers between the stars of DC and the stars of Top Cow. #1: Darkness/ Batman was a must read for me as it filled in a few blanks the Darkness Omnibus I read recently. This is the first Batman I have read in about 20 years and I actually enjoyed it although it did feel to me as if they were throwing in characters just for the sake of it. #2: Witchblade/JLA. Not a bad story but a little confusing and techy at the start. I am not a big fan of JLA and think the whole thing is a little pointless. A bit like using a 20,000 pound hydraulic press to crack a walnut. #3: Darkness/ Superman. I really enjoyed this story of Ecstacado trying to become the mob lord of Metropolis. I am not a big superman fan but this was definitely one of the better crossovers. The pacing was good and it filled in some more blanks for me in the Darkness story. Art was pretty good too. #4: JLA/ Cyberforce. I am not familiar with Cyberforce at all but found this story to be enjoyable if a little formulaic. Why is it in every story featuring superman they have to make him vulnerable in some way regardless of who his adversary is? Artwork was pretty good in this tale too.

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Title 52, Vol. 1 ISBN  
Author Various Artists Various
Ratings Story 7 Art 8 Overall 7
When I first started reading this book I was in a state of confusion. All the characters and names thrown at me were bewildering. I suppose long time fans of DC could make sense of what was going on . I was seriously wondering if I had made a huge mistake buying all four books at once. The more I read the more things started to fall into place and the more I began to enjoy the book. By the end I couldn't wait to start book 2. The artwork is very good in typical superhero fashion. I also found the discussion sections between each week to be a much better than average read. Summary: A hard book for non DC fans at first but ending up a very enjoyable read. Great artwork and paper.
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Title Darkness Compendium, Volume 1 Hard Cover ISBN  
Author Various Artists Various
Ratings Story 8 Art 9 Overall 8

This is a hefty monster of a book (1280 pages) that is almost too heavy to read comfortably in bed. The artwork is vibrant and although I don’t normally read this type of mainstream graphic novel I was intrigued enough by the Garth Ennis connection to give it a go. There are times when the story arcs can be a little bit confusing (story probably running in parallel with Witchblade) but it is generally an easy read. Some of the double page spreads can be physically hard to read especially if you are like me and don’t want to damage the books spine. I didn’t enjoy the “Tales of the Darkness” stories as much but the preview of volume 2 was right back on form.

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