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Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition
Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 7.59
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent little read, July 6 2004
Neil Gaiman's, "Coraline," is a dark, moody short novel (160 pages or so) intended for a pre-teen audience that can also be enjoyed by adults as well. Gaiman succeeds in giving his readers a John Bellairs ("The House With a Clock In It's Walls, etc.) type reading experience with a story filled with eerie atmosphere and creepy supernatural beings. Fans of Gaiman's work in the medium of comic books will also appreciate the remarkable black & white illustrations provided by Dave McKean in each chapter. My only nit-pick is that while I was appreciating McKean's artwork along with Gaiman's excellent storyline and characters one can't help but think that perhaps this story would've been better suited as a one-shot graphic novel.

Best of the Fifties (Archie Americana Series)
Best of the Fifties (Archie Americana Series)
by George Gladir
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from CDN$ 2.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Another 'must have' for the Archie afficionado, June 30 2004
"Archie Americana: Best of the 1950's," is composed of story highlights from the years 1953-1959. Spanning 96 pages, readers will effortlessly breeze through the dozen or so stories basking in the home-spun charm that fans have come to appreciate over the decades. Personally, I feel that the artwork of 'Archie' comics was at it's apex in the 1950's thanks to its great attention to detail and for the fact that character design seemed to have been etched in stone from this point on. While this book will entertain, its true value is in providing historical reference to the serious reader of this series.

Death: The Time of Your Life
Death: The Time of Your Life
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Comic
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic art, average writing, June 28 2004
You see, it's not that this is a mediocre work - it's definitely above average (hence the 3 out of 5 star rating) - it's just that we've been spoiled silly by the brilliant standard of writing, plotting, philosophy and character that Neil Gaiman so generously gave us through the epic run of his, 'Sandman,' series and when we come across a spin-off graphic novel that doesn't quite live up to that standard, of course we're going to be just a wee bit disappointed. With that being said, if you were a fan of the, 'Sandman,' series then you certainly dug the character of Death, and with that of course you have to read this volume as well. While the artwork is brilliant throughout (almost taking on a japanese manga look at times) the writing, sadly, just isn't quite up to snuff. Still, it's a slim enough book to make breezing through quite an effortless and pleasing experience.

Best of the Forties / Book #2
Best of the Forties / Book #2
by George Gladir
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 'b-sides' from the 1940's, June 28 2004
Not quite as fresh as the previous volume - "Archie Americana: Best of the Forties, Book 1," but still a must read for the die-hard Archie afficionado. While Book 1 was lovingly crafted to showcase material with historic value (e.g. - the first appearance of key characters, locations, etc.), Book 2 comes across a bit more lightweight in comparison as the stories seem selected more for the zaniness of its humor and the timeframe that the stories were selected from (1946-1949) seems somewhat narrower. Still, this being Archie comics and all, it still manages to be an enjoyable read all the way through, but do make sure that you read/purchase Book 1 first.

Adolf Vol 5 1945 And All That Remains
Adolf Vol 5 1945 And All That Remains
by Viz Communications
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to a brilliant series, June 18 2004
Osamu Tezuka's, "Adolf: 1945 and All that Remains," is the end volume to the epic and sweeping 5 volume 'Adolf' series. While the quality of the series has been excellent throughout, Vol. 5 is truly the hallmark of the series with excellent writing, artwork and the satisfying closure to every single one of the myraid subplots weaved throughout the series.
If you haven't read this series yet do yourself a favor by starting from the beginning and working your way through each of the 4 volumes till you reach this book. Trust me, the journey will be worth it!

Adolf Vol 1 Tale Of The Twentieth Century
Adolf Vol 1 Tale Of The Twentieth Century
by Osamu Tezuka
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from CDN$ 5.17

5.0 out of 5 stars The first volume in a great, epic series, June 18 2004
Osamu Tezuka's, 'Adolf: A Tale of the Twentieth Century,' is the opening chapter in what will turn out to be an epic, sweeping tale of 3 Adolf's - Adolf Hitler, Adolf Kamil (a jewish boy growing up in Japan) and Adolf Kaufman (a half japanese, half german youth). Within this framework, Tezuka will spin a deep and moving story set against the backdrop of Japan and Germany during WWII providing both entertainment and fresh historical perspective of events during this timeframe.
Spanning 5 volumes and over 1300 pages readers will easily glide through each book thanks to Tezuka's sharp and easy-to-digest narrative along with his crisp black & white artwork. This series is highly recommended to anyone interested in graphic novels, excellent storytelling and WWII. Definitely start with this first volume and enjoy the rest of the tale over the next 4 books.

The Sandman The Quotable Sandman
The Sandman The Quotable Sandman
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal tchotchke for the 'Sandman' afficionado, June 17 2004
~This is a nifty little book that will be cherished for the most part by hard-boiled fans of Neil Gaiman's, 'Sandman' series. Casual fans or those without much knowledge of Gaiman's epic mythology would probablly be best advised not to read this until they've digested the series in it's entirety. Or maybe not. This book is slim and as far as text goes, quite sparse. Most readers will coast through this book in 15 minutes or so while still being able to appreciate the breadth of quality~~ artwork lining the pages. But to truly appreciate it do yourself a favor and make sure you read the entire series first.~

Nu-Mixx Klazzics (Explicit Ver
Nu-Mixx Klazzics (Explicit Ver
Price: CDN$ 19.90
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst remix ablum - EVER, June 16 2004
This one's a big fat disappointment and obviously reeks of homies trying to 'cash in.'
In most cases, remix albums are usually a bit of a letdown in comparison to the original material but typically you can find at least 1 or 2 tracks that present an interesting twist on some beloved track or in some cases an outright improvement. In this instance Exec. Prod. Suge Knight collects 10 of Pac's biggest hits and absolutely butchers each and every track on the disc. Not a single track shows any hint of creative revisionism and the reworked beats are insultingly generic in comparison to the source material. Steer clear and far from this stinker.

Best of the Forties / Book #1
Best of the Forties / Book #1
by George Gladir
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.56
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for Archie afficionados, June 13 2004
Fans who've followed the escapades of Archie Andrews and his Riverdale gang over the years will find great delight in this volume containing 15 stories spanning the length of the 1940's. The stories chosen in this first volume are included primarily for their historical significance. Kudos to the editorial staff for selecting such highlights like his first ever appearance in, 'Pep Comics' #22 along with other tales that introduce for the first time ever:
Betty Cooper
Jughead
Archie's Jalopy
Veronica Lodge
Mr. Weatherbee
Reggie Mantle
Mr. Lodge
Moose
While these early origin tales are not necessarily standouts storywise they do provide crucial insight into the genesis of this classic American comic series that fans will find much value in.

Sandman, The: Endless Nights
Sandman, The: Endless Nights
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the hardcover version if you can, June 11 2004
For those of you ready to take the plunge in making purchase of this excellent graphic novel, do yourself a favor and spend the few extra bucks on the hardcover version. For starters the hardback is slightly oversized and the thick, glossy paperstock wonderfully frames every panel of this diverse and beautifully illutrated book.
Fans of Neil Gaiman will find much to be delighted about in this return to his beloved, 'Sandman,' series. Made up of 7 chapters, each chronicles one of the Endless (Death, Desire, Dream, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny) in a self-contained story superbly illustrated by a different artist. Particular standouts are Milo Manara's contributions in 'Desire,' the subdued tones of Miguelanxo Prado in 'Dream,' and Barron Storey and Dave McKean's gritty work in 'Despair.' As a volume of bonus material post-Sandman, this book is a wonderful treat for fans and certainly lives up to the quality we've come to expect from Gaiman and company.

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