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JLA: Earth 2
JLA: Earth 2
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Paperback
22 used & new from CDN$ 14.98

4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Return of the Crime Syndicate!, May 28 2004
Ce commentaire est de: JLA: Earth 2 (Paperback)
Eversince I read the Crime Syndicate in Crisis and Who's Who, I was intrigued by the concept (I was a 10 year old back then), so when I saw JLA Earth 2 featuring updated versions of Ultra-Man (not the giant Japanese superhero), Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring and Johnny Quick, I had to pick them up. They were the original ANTI-Justice League. Not the Squadron Supreme. Not The Authority.
Morrison, in reviving the world of the Crime Syndicate, sidestepped the idea of another Multiverse (which were destroyed in Crisis) by setting up the CSA Earth in the anti-matter universe, the same universe as Qward's (of Sinestro fame). Here, evil is good and vice versa. So you get the counterparts of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash as the baddies while their Lex Luthor is the lone good guy (I wonder if this is the same Christopher Atkins-looking Alexander Luthor in Crisis), To make the story short, the JL members travel to the Anti-Earth to help the good Luthor against the CSA. The CSA , in turn, head to the JL Earth to retaliate against the meddling of Superman and company.
The story is engaging and Quitely's art is solid (really solid). The way the Crime Syndicate behaves is very reminiscent of today's The Authority. That's why, I'm asking myself
My only question is, how come there are no counterparts for Martian Manhunter and Aquaman? If the creators couldn't come up with Anti-Earth counterparts, why bother including the two members? They weren't that crucial in the plot anyway.
The Crime Syndicate, precursor of those superteam-taking-over-the-government ideas, can be an excellent vehicle to tackle those "philosophical" superhero issues. Too bad, it's becoming a lot of books have had a head start (Squadron Supreme/Supreme Power and The Authority) and became such a fad nowadays (JSA Black Reign arc is a recent example). But on second thought, maybe that's the reason why DC released this.

Lobo's Back's Back!
Lobo's Back's Back!
by Keith Giffen
Edition: Paperback
16 used & new from CDN$ 28.77

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Wherever there's Lobo, there's mayhem, May 28 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Lobo's Back's Back! (Paperback)
Lobo gets unexpectedly fragged by one of the criminals he's hunting and his soul journeys from Heaven to Hell. As expected, ultra-violence follows. This book has absolutely no pretensions or philosophical musings on the impact of violence on society. It's just good, sick, gory fun. There are some laugh out moments as you would expect from the Main Man. This book is rated mainly on sheer entertainment, no points for relevance or breaking new ground in literature (as if). The reason why it didn't get the perfect score (in Lobo standards) is the art. It may not be the fault of DC to have two artists in this book (Simon Bisley, the quintessential Lobo artist, failed to meet deadlines or some other reason and DC was forced to replace him midway in the series), it's just that Bisley's replacement artist, suffers in comparison to the man who defined the Lobo look. But if you could look past it, it's a nice read.

Formerly Known As the Justice League
Formerly Known As the Justice League
by Keith Giffen
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Give them their own series, May 26 2004
I'm a sucker for B-level heroes, and a series using my favorite second stringers trying to revive their lost glory is something I can't miss. The book has a number of laugh out loud moments, although sometimes I tend to get bogged down by the numerous exchanges of dialogue, sometimes it crowds out the art inside the panels. The addition of Mary Marvel is perfect, it's a wonder why she wasn't there in the previous series. I'm actually looking forward to the next book (which I hope becomes a TPB soon) where Guy Gardner makes a return, rumored to be using his old yellow power ring.
Although Giffen and DeMatteis JL is more about the characters, as stated by the previous reviewer, I would've loved to see them in a "serious" fight, meaning, facing them against a legit DC villain (No more Manga Khan please). Again, my bias for second stringers saving the day shows here.
Nevertheless, it's a fun book worth picking up.

The Losers Vol 1: Ante Up
The Losers Vol 1: Ante Up
by Andy Diggle
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Winners, May 23 2004
Ce commentaire est de: The Losers Vol 1: Ante Up (Paperback)
Although the premise sounds a little formulaic, the execution is more than sensational. Andy Diggle and Jock deliver a pulse-racing arc that's worthy of a cinema treatment. It may not be as ground breaking as Vertigo's other titles but it's sure is up there in terms of entertainment and thrills. Jock's art is perfect for this type of comic genre. Along with Stormwatch: Team Achilles, I recommend The Losers.

It's Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be: The World's Best Selling Book
It's Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be: The World's Best Selling Book
by Paul Arden
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.76
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lots of inspiring quotes but is it worth the price?, March 31 2004
This book is packed with wisdom and insights on how to succeed in any creative based business. It will inspire you and push you to heights you never knew you can reach However, the way it is written/presented makes it one of tthe greatest rip-offs of the year. It is basically a collection of one liners and phrases. Not that what's written are rubbish (it is very helpful) but some are obvious common sense. It is a very quick read, I managed to read the WHOLE book in a bookstore while standing. This where I balk at recommending this book for purchase. Borrow it from someone or wait when for it in the bargain bin or used books section because spending for the cover price is not worth the content.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Rich, 2E
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Rich, 2E
by Larry Waschka
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 23.16
25 used & new from CDN$ 1.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best investment, March 14 2004
The book lays out in simple, easy-to-understand terms, the ways you achieve wealth. The writing is not preachy nor circuitous like Rich Dad, Poor Dad. What we have here is a clear, easy-to-follow roadmap to financial independence. There are loads of insights and mind-opening concepts here, so I recommend buying this book. It's money well spent.

The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 20.69
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It's great if you haven't read Angels & Demons, March 2 2004
Debates on historical inaccuracies aside (after all, this is a work of FICTION), Da Vinci Code is a thrilling page turner, packed with tidbits and esotheric facts. You'll enjoy it you're a fan of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Umberto Eco's works. That is, if you haven't read Dan Brown's earlier Angels & Demons. The problem with Da Vinci Code is it's almost a rewrite of the earlier novel, it's as if Brown has a template for Langdon's adventures. The plot devices are the same: Both have a mysterious assassin tasked by a faceless villain to carry out a mission based on a historical secret. And both books feature the revelation of the villain as the least person you'd suspect (although he doesn't do a good job of throwing readers off, you'll know pages before the revelation). Another problem is Robert Langdon's involvement in the Da Vinci Code chase. It's so forced/contrived, you can have Da Vinci Code without Langdon! Sophie Neveu is supposed to be a crack cryptologist and she could've solved the riddles without Langdon's help, sooner or later.
Again, I'll say it's an enjoyable book IF YOU HAVEN'T READ Angels & Demons. If you have, it's like watching a rerun.

JLA: Riddle of the Beast
JLA: Riddle of the Beast
by Alan Grant
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from CDN$ 11.29

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Could've been an epic but it's not., Feb. 18 2004
Ce commentaire est de: JLA: Riddle of the Beast (Paperback)
Riddle of the Beast is a pretty interesting Elseworlds story but it could've used an extra issue or two. While the use of DCU characters as classic fantasy archetypes are quite enjoyable and intriguing, the overall story seems to be underdeveloped. Though they used different artists whose work appear in Magic: The Gathering cards for that epic fantasy look, the whole graphic novel reads like an outline, far from the aforementioned epic fantasy feel this work aims to project. The build-up feels rushed and the characters introductions are done in a hurried fashion. It's as if there was a general feeling that the creators wanted to cram as many DCU characters as possible, sacrificing the overall pace of the book. Characters like Flash, Green Lantern and the Atom were just given cursory glances even if there was a lot of build-up to Robin and Zatanna's journey to the three men's City at the Center. Only a few panels and off to another setting. In fact, the main battle scene, after pages and pages of build-up and repetitive captions, amounted to just one page. Heck if only they devoted more space to it just like what they did to the world map which appeared three times or more! After reading this book, you could've wished that the bosses at DC could've followed the lead of the fantasy epics they aimed to ape by doing a trilogy at least.

Perdido Street Station
Perdido Street Station
by China Mieville
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 16.61
31 used & new from CDN$ 1.00

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Long in action. Long in atmosphere. And simply long., Feb. 17 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Perdido Street Station (Paperback)
Perdido Street Station is one hell of a tome. It's brimming with colorful beings, a fully-realized world and loads of mind-opening ideas, it can serve as a jumping point for series. Meilville's words are very visual, I felt I was reading a graphic novel without illustrations. However, the pacing could've been faster, as Meilville tend to have overly-long descriptions of a character's philosophical state or the inner workings of a city's bureaucracy. But I guess that helps in making his world more vivid and real.

Lobo The Last Czarnian
Lobo The Last Czarnian
by Alan Grant
Edition: Paperback
16 used & new from CDN$ 34.80

5.0 étoiles sur 5 All the others are friggin' bastiches!, Feb. 17 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Lobo The Last Czarnian (Paperback)
If you're just going to get one book about the Main Man, be sure to get this one -- the Last Czarnian. It contains mind-blowing art by the quintessential Lobo artist, Simon Bisley and laugh-out loud words from Batman scribe Alan Grant. The situations are off-the-scale riot. Lobo, feared intergalactic bounty hunter must bring in his school teacher to Vril Dox, along the way they meet all sorts of crazy characters. In the end, we'll know why the book is titled the Last Czarnian.
Lobo was originally meant as a send-up/spoof to all those Marvel/Image grim and gritty characters like Cable, Wolverine and Punisher, but he the joke was lost to the fanboys back in the '90s and they (including me) lapped up his murderous, over-the-top antics. Just like the Main Man himself, this book kicks ass!

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