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Spider Man Ultimate Guide
Spider Man Ultimate Guide
by Tom Defalco
Edition: Hardcover
37 used & new from CDN$ 8.10

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Look at Spider-Man, July 1 2002
This the most comprehensive look at Spider-Man out there. There are a lot of books out now about Spider-Man the Movie, but this is Spider-Man the comicbooks. The comicbooks give you a real sense of the charater and this book takes you into every aspect of the adventures of the webslinger. Covering the major points in the Spider-Man mythos, it captures great moments from the introduction of Venom to the not so popular Clone Saga. All villains and supporting cast members are covered. From the Green Goblin to the Prowler (One of my personal favorites). From Aunt May to Debra Witman. This book has it all. From the large format of the book with incredible pictures and great text. Tom DeFalco did a great job, and he is a Spidey expert. This even has references to the individual issues where the major events took place. Recomended highly for fans of the Comics and especially the Movie.

Final Night
Final Night
by Ron Marz
Edition: Paperback
21 used & new from CDN$ 42.56

3.0 out of 5 stars Good Final Hal Jordan Story, April 17 2001
This review is from: Final Night (Paperback)
Hal Jordan is the Green Lantern that we all remember from our childhood as he was THE Green Lantern from the 60s to the mid 90s. Hal had been the greatest of the Green Lanterns but when his home town was destroyed he went over the edge seeking revenge. In the Final Night the rogue Hal Jordan storyline comes to an end.
The story is about a great cosmic entity that devours Stars and has come for Earth's Sun. All of Earth's greatest champions unite to help the sun fight off the entity to no avail. Several attempts are made with no progress being made against the Sun Devourer. Many believe that this will be the end of the world as Earth enters its Final Night. Could a fallen champion return and save the day? That is where Hal Jordan comes in.
This book is hurt as this was a major storyline that ran through the individual titles of the DC super heroes and therefore a lot of the story within the trade is lost to the titles that are not reprinted here. The story does not really pick up until Hal Jordan makes his appearance towards the end. So while the story may be somewaht lacking in completeness it is a very dramatic piece as many of the characters realize that for all of their powers and abilities they are helpless against this cosmic threat.
Get this if you are a Hal Jordan fan and want to see his return to being the hero he was always meant to be.

Secret Wars
Secret Wars
by Jim Shooter
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 18.41

5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Battle, March 27 2001
This review is from: Secret Wars (Paperback)
This is one of those stories you can read for the pure enjoyment of reading. Secret Wars was the original 12 part mega epic comicbook tale. All of the major players from Marvel were involved from Spider-Man to Dr. Doom, from Wolverine to Galactus. All taken to a strange new world which the characters call Battleworld. The point of the story is for the Beyonder (an all powerful being) to find out which side is better good or evil. So he pits Earth's greatest heroes against the best villains. What ensues is an all-out Marvel Superhero millitary campaign. With fun developments along the way: Spider-Man's Black Costume, the introduction of a new Spider-Woman, The X-Man Colossus falling in love with one of the inhabitants of battle world. All had far reaching impact on future Marvel books.
I thrilled when I finally collected all of the original issues of this series. A very fun read for any one looking to enjoy a great super heroe adventure. I don't know why the other reviewers chose to knock this book I guess they don't like heroic epics.

Daredevil Visionaries Frank Miller Volume 1 TPB
Daredevil Visionaries Frank Miller Volume 1 TPB
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 16.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Some Amazing Comic Books, Feb. 26 2001
I am not a big Daredevil fan. I like the character but I have never been a hard core fan. But if Frank Miller was still doing the book I would definitely become a Daredevil diehard.
I picked the book up because I do have an appreciation of the work Miller has done with The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Year One. This artwork is some of his earliest and I do have to say some of his best. While at this point he had not taken over the writing duties of the book the stories are very good. Some good storytelling both in words and pictures.
I recomend this book to any comic fan as Frank Miller's art is too fantastic to be ignored. Two follow up volumes are already planned to get the rest of Miller's Dare Devil work out, but you need to start with this book. Amazing crime art is Miller's niche in the comic world and this is has it all. A real sense of realism was brought to the world of Daredevil and Matt Murdock thanks to Miller.

X-Men (Widescreen)
X-Men (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Patrick Stewart
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 35.82
43 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable Movie-- Too Bad this is not the final DVD, Feb. 15 2001
This review is from: X-Men (Widescreen) (DVD)
I was amazed at how great the Movie was. As and X-Men fan I was really impressed by the characters and the action that was involved in this movie. Finally someone translated a comic to the big screen that did not suck. From Hugh Jackman being a very believeable Wolverine, to Patrick Stewart being the perfect Professor X. This movie was cast amazingly and the plot was easy to follow for those who have never read the comics. But those who have will pick up the minor references to the many characters in the X-Men mythos. I hope this movie gets everyone out there to go pick up the comic books and continue to thrill in their adventures.
My only knock against this DVD is that it is not the final one. After I purchased this DVD I read that the director Bryan Singer was planning on doing a second DVD with even more behind the scenes feature. So they released one DVD to get their sales done and now a second to make you buy it again. This is the wrong move to do making people buy a second DVD to have the full movie effect. But if you can wait until the second DVD comes out get that one, if you can't and still want to see a great movie with some really cool features on DVD get it. This movie does rate five stars but lost points when I heard a second DVD was coming out.
As an added bonus on the DVD see if you can find the hidden scene with Spider-Man. Hint: It is on the Theatrical trailer page.

Justice League America The Nail
Justice League America The Nail
by Alan Davis
Edition: Paperback
12 used & new from CDN$ 12.02

5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that brings you back to the Silver Age of Comics, Jan. 15 2001
The main focus of this story was to see how the other heroes of the DC Universe would function without Superman to help them win public approval and win acceptance from the public. Without Superman to lead them the heroes were slandered by the press and their lives were made miserable by the government. A different look at the DC Universe. Everything was changed all because there was no Superman.
What Alan Davis's goal of the Nail was to bring back the fun of the Silver Age of comics. The age where everything was simple and the characters were happy. Since Davis was raised on the heroes that appear in this book he uses them to the best of their ability. From Hal Jordan and Barry Allen still being alive to Hawkwoman having a very strong roll. A fun story with a little camp (See Villian at the end of story) and a lot of wonder. The best characters, amazing art, and a story with intrigue.
My only gripe is that it was not long enough. It felt rushed and hurried and the beginning left you more confused then needed. I would have liked a little more depth on either end of the book. But all in all a great read.

JLA: Year One
JLA: Year One
by Brian Augustyn
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 17.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Team + Great Writer + Great Art = Great Story, Jan. 15 2001
This review is from: JLA: Year One (Paperback)
I bought this book hoping to have a little fun reading about the classic heroes of the DC Universe, all of whom are greatly different today then they were in this book. (Two are dead) But when I started reading this I was incredibly pleased. This story is heroism at its best. You really see the true characters of each of these heroes. Fun all the way around.
I chalk the fun of this book up to the terrific Writer/Artist team. The art draws you in quick while the story moves at a pace that makes it impossible to put the book down. I was so happy to see the origin of the league retold. Sure this is a different League than the one that appeared in the '50s, but the DC Universe is far different that the 1950s. Which makes this book without all the confusing ties to DC History essentila to any fan.
Waid captures the glory of the Justice League perfectly. With a lot of fun, humor, action, and suspense. Great stories that only enhance the enjoyment of reading the stories about the League that are being printed today.

Justice League: Midsummer's Nightmare
Justice League: Midsummer's Nightmare
by Mark Waid
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from CDN$ 13.26

5.0 out of 5 stars The League as it should be, Jan. 15 2001
With the Midsummer's Nightmare the league is returned to greatness. No more second stringers only the big guns. This book reprints the entire three issue limited series form 1996 the year heroes returned fromt he dark ages.
IT is no longer an era of grim and gritty heroes who you are not sure if you should be rooting for. This book shows you that heroes are good and are looking to save the world. A really fun story that captures the imagination with its wide scope and properly using all seven of the Justice Leaguers. After reading this you will know something about each one that you may not have known before. The Justice League is now a group of the most powerful heroes on the planet, they may not always like each other but they can put those differences aside to save the world. I recomend this book to anyone who is a fan of the heroes. Anyone who always said the League is cool but they just aren't breathtaking. Well this book is certainly a start int he right direction not just for the Justice League but comics in general.

JLA: New World Order - VOL 01
JLA: New World Order - VOL 01
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 10.47

5.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Greatness for the JLA, Jan. 12 2001
After years of teams filled with B-League Justice Leaguers this book returns the heavy hitters to the Justice League of America. While the Blue Beetle and Booster Gold were great Justice Leaguers they just don't compare to a League full of the likes of Superman, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Batman. This book reprints the first four issues of the new JLA series as the League goes to battle the Hyperclan. Truly an exciting story and it defines the direction of the New League. Definitely recomended to fans of all the heros listed above and any superheroes ever. Great Story and Great Art.

Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Life in the Big City
Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Life in the Big City
by Kurt Busiek
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from CDN$ 14.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!, Sept. 25 2000
I bought this book just to see what all the talk was about. Everyone said Busiek's Avengers was secondary to his work on Astro City. Being a huge fan of the Avengers I decided to try this book out. Wow, the storytelling is amazing. This is what Super Hero comics should be like. The best was that the stories travelled throughout Astro City showing the whole picture rather than just one character. Now I am going to get the other Astro City books because Comicbooks like the Astro City Series are why i started collecting. True superheroics in a very great setting, none of the dark violence that took over comics for a while just solid story telling and classic art worrk. Alex Ross also did the covers that are simply amazing. Strong recomendation to anyone, the harcore comic fan and the person just looking to have some fun.

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