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  • gilwilson 6:43 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: asgard, comic books, loki, , thor   

    The World According to Thor by Marc Sumerak Illustrated by Freddie E. Williams 

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    by Marc Sumerak
    Illustrated by Freddie E. Williams
    Series: Insight Legends
    Hardcover: 64 pages
    Publisher: Insight Comics; Nov edition (April 21, 2015)
    ISBN-10: 1608874931
    ISBN-13: 978-1608874934

    I have to let you know that I am a big Thor fan.  Not as much as a Spidey fan, but close enough.  After all I didn’t give him the name Peter Parker.  I named him Thor.  So yeah, I’m a fan.  I pretty much knew Thor’s history and such, but, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know everything, and I forget half of what I learn.  So this was a nice refresher and I even learned a couple of things new to me.

    Let’s start out with first how awesome the illustrations are in this tome.  Freddie E. Williams knocks it out of the park with the drawings of the 9 realms and of all the heroes and villians.  As a comic book fan alone, the artwork is enough for you to keep this on your nerdy coffee table.

    This book features an Encyclopaedic look at the above mentioned 9 realms and such.  From Asgard, to Midgard, all the way to Svartalfheim, then to Hel and back the reader learns all the basic facts about the Heroes and Villians.  If something from the 3 movies recently made by the Marvel Cinematic Universe has you confused this would probably clear it up.  If you are new, or know someone who is, to the comic book world and want to know about a cool hero, I would highly recommend this book as the perfect intro.

    Publisher’s Summary
    See the world through the eyes of the Norse Super Hero in this immersive journey into Thor’s universe.

    While battling dangers from the nine realms, Thor shares his outlook on life, love, and war in this immersive new volume. Whether it’s handling mischievous siblings, defeating the Frost Giants, or falling in love with a mortal, Thor’s experiences span centuries. With removable items such as Donald Blake’s medical degree, a copy of the Superhuman Registration Act, pages from ancient Asgardian texts, and much more, this insightful look into Thor’s universe will soon be a fan-favorite.

    © 2015 MARVEL

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  • gilwilson 5:34 PM on June 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: comic books, , creepy, eerie, , scripts,   

    “The Haunting Scripts of Bachelors Grove: If Only Death Meant the End” by Brian K Morris 

    61UO0J1znhL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Haunting Scripts of Bachelors Grove: If Only Death Meant the End
    by Brian K Morris (Author)
    Paperback: 324 pages
    Publisher: Freelance Words (January 25, 2018)
    Charles D. Moisant (Introduction)
    Trevor Erick Hawkins (Cover Design)

    Another author I’m a fan of,  Brian K. Morris, seems to dabble in just about everything.  He’s got superhero books, he’s done some comic books (including the series “The Haunting Tales of Bachelors Grove” which created the need for this book,  He’s got some mashup humor/horror stories and a whole lot more.  The diversity alone should get you to read his stuff.

    I had first met him when he set up a booth at a comic/gaming convention I helped create.  The first thing I read from Mr. Morris was a story about Bloodshot, a Valient comics mercenary/superhero, from there I knew I needed more.  I have since purchased many other of his books and will soon have them all reviewed here, at least if he slows down on the writing so I can catch up.  But I don’t see that happening.

    The Bachelors Grove Cemetery comic book series is a project I feel I’m a part of, well because I am.  When I heard that he and Charles D. Moisant (the craziest man in comic books) had a Kickstarter campaign to launch the project, I jumped in.  As a result they have released issue #1 and are working on many more.  To top it off, since I contributed, I will be the subject of one of the stories in an upcoming issue.  The series is very reminiscent of the old horror comics like, “Eerie,” “Creepy” and others from back in the day.  I can’t wait to read my story.

    This book is about the creation of that series with a couple of extra stories that fit in the same style.  That may be one of the reasons I picked this up, hoping my story would get the pre published treatment.  But, alas, no, I still have to wait.

    One of the recommendations I can make for this book is for any future writer and especially a comic book writer.  Brian discusses the writing process and even publishes some of the stories from the first comic in their script form.  This is nice to see how an artist would receive the script and turn it into a comic.

    The last part of the book contains some stories along the same vein of the comics but may be a bit long to include in the comic book.  The stories all center around one of America’s most haunted places, Bachelors Grove Cemetery. One of the stories felt a bit too real and I think the next time I see Mr. Morris, I may have to frisk him for daggers.

    If you are a writer, a comic book reader, or just love good horror stories then make sure you pick up this book, it has a bit of everything.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Based on the real-life haunted cemetery, the book features comic scripts from The Haunting Tales of Bachelors Grove comic book, as well as advice on how to write comic horror and break into the independent comics market. The book also contains three brand new prose stories of mature horror, based on the Bachelors Grove legends

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  • gilwilson 7:56 PM on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brian k. morris, comic books, , skyman   

    The Original Skyman Battles the Master of Steam by Brian K. Morris 

    33130538The Original Skyman Battles the Master of Steam
    by Brian K. Morris, forward by Roy Thomas, Pat Boyette (Cover Illustrator)
    Paperback: 390 pages
    Publisher: Freelance Words (November 20, 2016)

    Back in the Golden Age of comics superheroes were being born left and right, some stayed around others sort of faded out. Skyman unfortunately faded out. There was an attempt to bring him back in the late 80s but the company folded and alas, it was just not meant to be. Now thanks to author Brian K. Morris a prose novel of what is pretty much the origin story of Skyman can be read.

    Allan Turner has millions of dollars and a massive education and trained himself in the many sports available. With the education he has become an inventor, with the millions he has the resources and with the athletics he is superhero bound. Upon his graduation Allan’s Uncle (who raised him since his parents died) is kidnapped by a representative of the Third Reich, the master of Steam (a steampunk villian).

    This story is a fun action read that will suck you in and leave you wanting more. Brian K. Morris knows how to make each chapter end with the reader only wanting more, thus creating a book you just can’t put down.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    A Nazi sympathizer wearing steam-driven armor has kidnapped the last of North America’s greatest scientists. Now socialite Allan Turner must battle the Master of Steam and his mob henchmen, as well as the FBI, to rescue his uncle.

     
  • gilwilson 4:03 PM on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One, Vol. 1” by Tom Taylor (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Jheremy Raapack (Artist), Mike S. Miller (Artist), Tom Derenick (Artist), David Yardin (Artist) 

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    by Tom Taylor (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Jheremy Raapack (Artist), Mike S. Miller (Artist), Tom Derenick (Artist), David Yardin (Artist)
    Hardcover, 192 pages
    Published November 19th 2013 by DC Comics
    (first published January 15th 2013)
    Collects #1-18 of INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US

    When the film “Batman v. Superman” was made I’m pretty sure this was the source material used and not the traditional/ “Real” DC comics stories. This graphic novel begins the introduction of the fighting game “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” The videogame is extremely fun to play and the story is very interesting, albeit radically different from any Superman Story.  When the film “Batman v. Superman” was made I’m pretty sure this was the source material used and not the traditional/ “Real” DC comics stories. This graphic novel begins the introduction of the fighting game “Injustice: Gods Among Us.” The videogame is extremely fun to play and the story is very interesting, albeit radically different from any Superman Story.
    If you’ve played the game it would hurt to pick up this graphic novel and get more of the backstory about how Superman and Batman became so divided, and how a world allowed Superman to be a cruel dictator. Yeah, i did say it was radically different.
    The death scenes of two villians are not for the faint of heart so be prepared.

    Publisher’s Summary

    From the makers of Mortal Kombat comes the critically acclaimed prequel comic to the smash hit fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us!

    Things in the DC Universe have changed after Superman is tricked into destroying the one thing he loves the most. Now unwilling to let crime go unpunished, the heroes of our world must choose if they are with Superman or against him. But not every country will submit to his new world order and neither will Superman’s greatest threat-Batman!

    Collects #1-18 of INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US (issues #1-6 in print).

     
  • gilwilson 5:23 PM on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , comic books, , , romita, slott, , waid   

    “Spider-Man: New Ways to Die” by Dan Slott (Author), Mark Waid (Author), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator), Adi Granov (Illustrator) 

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    by Dan Slott (Author), Mark Waid (Author), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator), Adi Granov (Illustrator)
    Collecting: The Amazing Spider-Man 568-573
    Published by Marvel Comics
    July 1, 2009
    192 pages

    Every so often comic books have to reboot the storyline yet still keep in mind all continuity. Think about it, Peter Parker/Spider-Man has been a teenager since 1962. So the story has to be changed a little each time. This reboot, while being a soft reboot, will keep some of the old ideas and for an old fan may even turn some on their head. The gist of this book in particular is to create another character, Anti-Venom.

    Norman Osborn (Green Goblin) is head of the group known as the Thunderbolts, a group of villains that have somewhat reformed and are fighting crime. One of the members of the Thunderbolts, Max Gargan, was formerly known as the Scorpion, one of Spidey’s enemies, now takes the mantle of Venom, and to become even cooler Gargan in his Scorpion suit takes on Venom. You have to know symbiotes to know how cool this is. Spider-man is the hated criminal, at least hated by Osborn, and is constantly trying defame the Spideman.

    While the Venom symbiote latches on to every cell of its host, when it originally bonded with Eddie Brock it gave him cancer. While battling cancer Brock’s white blood cells/anti-bodies fight off the symbiotes lingering effects they combine with the symbiote remnants to create the killer of all symbiotes, Anti-Venom.

    It’s great to get the comics in one story arc instead of having to wait month to month. That is why you’ll catch me always checking out these trade paperbacks and graphic novels

    Publisher’s Summary

    Spider-man takes on Mister Negative, Venom, and the Thunderbolts and finds his world turned upside down when villain Norman Osborne becomes a hero.

     
  • gilwilson 8:50 PM on September 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: attack on titan, , comic books, hajime isayama, japanese, kodansha comics, , monsters, , ,   

    “Attack on Titan, Vol. 1” by Hajime Isayama 

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    “Attack on Titan, Vol. 1”
    by Hajime Isayama
    Paperback, 208 pages
    Published June 19th 2012 by Kodansha Comics
    (first published March 7th 2010)

    I can’t say I’m a big fan of Manga, I like most of the stories, but the books seem gimmicky to me. I love comic books, and I love a good story, but with Manga comics the books are printed backwards and it takes me about halfway through the book before I start to get the hang of reading right to left. I understand the original printings in Japan are written that way, but they could easily be printed in the same way books are printed on this side of the planet and nothing will be missed. When Western hemisphere books are printed in the other countries that read in the opposite direction they are printed to make it easier for the readers there. So to be geek chic when you find a good Manga they are printed to be read “backwards.” The only reason this happens is to be different, cool, or hip.

    I had to overcome this bias because I had heard a lot of good reviews about both the “Attack on Titan” Manga books and TV series. When I started reading this book I hadn’t yet started watching the TV series and all I knew was that it was a survival series much along the lines of “The Walking Dead.” Yes it did take some time to get used to reading backwards, but once I started flowing with the story I was rewarded with a great story told in comic book form and using the tools of flashbacks, and weapon and tactics specifications all interwoven in the story. Again I say, I would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have to retrain my brain to read backwards.

    As for the story, it is a survival story set 100 years after the Titans have forced humanity to live behind walls. Humankind is down to just a few thousand people who live in a city surrounded by three concentric walls. The walls protect them from their enemies, the Titans. The Titans are humanoid giants that eat the humans alive. Untouched by the Titans for a century, humanity has become complacent. But Eren Jaeger, a trainee in the Army has had enough. While his fellow citizens are content to hide, Jaeger has the passion to take action to not only protect the city, but to learn what the Titans actually are. But on his first mission he comes face to face with horrors beyond his imagination and secrets from his own past that could shift the tides of war.

    I have since started watching the animated TV series and am hooked. The story is phenomenal. I am glad I read the Manga first only because it introduced me to the TV series which I could have easily not watched and would have missed out on a great show. If they do reprint these to be read from left to right I will definitely continue to read the series, but until then I’ll just have to settle with the fact that I’m too old to be taught new reading habits.

     
  • gilwilson 9:42 PM on May 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ant man, , , , , comic books, , hank pym, , , , michael jan friedman, tomorrow men, ultimates, wasp   

    Audiobook Review: “MARVEL: The Ultimates: Tomorrow Men” by Michael Jan Friedman 

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    Audiobook Review: “MARVEL: The Ultimates: Tomorrow Men”
    by Michael Jan Friedman
    Multi-cast performance
    Published by GraphicAudio
    Approximate Running Time: 5 Hours

    Once again the folks responsible for “A Movie in Your Mind,” GraphicAudio bring their audio production and vocal acting excellence to another Marvel Comics adventure. This time it is in the form of the Ultimates. For those not sure who the Ultimates are, let me clarify; back in 2002 Marvel comics did a little tweaking and re-imagining of the Marvel heroes in the form of the Ultimate Marvel universe. In this re-imagining the Avengers are re-titled as the Ultimates. The title ran through a couple of runs and this book is written to take place between volumes one and two.

    First of all I have to get out of the way my glowing review of GraphicAudio’s extraordinary audio production. Their slogan is “A Movie in Your Mind,” and they deliver exactly that. With only their over-the-top super-realistic sound effects and original music, the products put out by Graphic Audio would be superb. However, they don’t stop there. GraphicAudio employs some of the most talented voice actors in the business. The actors’ abilities to capture the complete characters they are portraying in all of GraphicAudio’s books are uncanny. Those actors shine even more so in the superhero genre, bringing the characters to full three-dimensional life. Combining all three of these factors (music, SFX and vocal talent) GraphicAudio brings to life the comic book / superhero world.

    Now let’s talk about the author, Michael Jan Friedman. Most of Friedman’s books are stories from the “Star Trek” universe. This book proves he is able to write some good superhero action. Much like the “Star Trek” based stories, there is a lot of build-up before the real action happens. Normally I would not think this works in the comic book realm of stories, but Friedman makes it work thus giving the reader/listener an intelligent comic book that has many threads running through it. All of these threads are loosely woven together but come to a common point to bring the story to an exciting end.

    So what is this exciting end? Nope, I won’t tell you, no spoilers here but here’s what builds up to the intriguing ending; “Tomorrow Men” is the story of a group of men from the future coming back to the time of the Ultimates to help stop a terrorist group, Tiber, from taking hold of the world and ruining the planet. They are able to prove their claim of being from the future by revealing knowledge that only they could know, such as the device in Steve Rogers’ (Captain America) brain that was planted in case the super soldier serum drove him insane. They also seem to know the location of some of Tiber’s secret bases. Tiber has just come on to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s radar as a terrorist group making the “Tomorrow Men” more believable.

    The “Tomorrow Men” help the Ultimates battle some of Tiber’s agents, but during the aftermath of the battle, Iron Man is accidentally sent to the future to find the truth about the “Tomorrow Men” and the truth about Earth’s future.

     

     

     
  • gilwilson 3:22 PM on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , bigfoot, chupacabra, comic books, Craig Rousseau, cryptozoology, dark horse comics, Elaine Lee, , perhapanauts, , Todd Dezago   

    Audiobook Review: “The Perhapanauts in ‘Monsters Among Us, or, Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin'” 

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    Audiobook Review: “The Perhapanauts in ‘Monsters Among Us, or, Chimaera Wanna Tellya Somethin'”

    Adapted from the graphic novel series The Perhapanauts by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau by Todd Dezago and Elaine Lee

    Full Cast Performance

    Published by AudioComics Company.

    Length: 51 mins

     

    I have been a comic book fan for over 40 years (yeah, I’m that old) and have read them for as long as I can remember. Comic books are fun, exciting and even help in the development of vocabulary and reading skills. I knew an English professor that for part of the semester he would hand out comic books and have the class read them and point out the language used is much more than what you would expect. I never took his class but I’m sure it would have been a blast.

     

    So as I grow older I seem to have less time for comic books. Many are available in digital format for reading on the computer and tablets, but even so, time is a limited asset. I have been a consumer of audiobooks for many years and have loved the fact that I can use my work commute, shower time, household chore time and various other times to “read” a good book. Thanks to a few very creative audiobook publishing companies, comic books can now be presented in audio format. One of the difficulties of bringing a comic book to life in an audiobook form is, well, let’s face it, the art work.

     

    To make up for the lack of the visual aspect of the artwork many these publishing companies bring the comic to life with excellent voice actors, stunning sound effects and an all round aural ambiance that make these audiobooks as complete of an experience as absorbing the visual artwork of a comicbook. AudioComics Company does this so well that each time I see one of their creations come available, I jump on it and give it a listen as soon as possible.

     

    This time around I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, I just knew it was an audiobook created by AudioComics based on a comic book. “The Perhapanauts” is a  comic book series featuring the creations of writer Todd Dezago (Sensational Spider-Man, Tellos, Young Justice) and Craig Rousseau (Impulse, Batman Beyond, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane). Adapted from the comics by Todd Dezago and Elaine Lee, the audiobook is a new story based on the existing comics.

     

    What can you expect, well the Perhapanauts team is controlled by the organization called Bedlam, the team isbuilt around characters from cryptozoological tales. The leader is Big, a sasquatch, who has a super-genius I.Q. The rest of the team include; Chooie, a chupacabra, Molly, a ghost, Karl, a mothman and others.

     

    In this audio premiere of the series a new member of the team is told of one of the past about the team’s mission against the shape-shifting Chimaera. While an exciting adventure about how the team uses their unique skills/powers to capture the Chimaera there is something else going on in the telling of the story. Very unique story with some great twists, turns and fun dialogue that make this a series that will get you hooked and wanting for more.

     

    I have added the Perhapanauts comics to my list of to read comics, when time avails itself to me, but until then I’m going to be hanging on the edge waiting for the next in this series from AudioComics Company.

     
  • gilwilson 2:55 PM on May 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , christopher priest, comic books, , , , justice league, , the spectre   

    Audiobook Review: “Green Lantern: Sleepers (Volume 3)” by Christopher J. Priest 

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    “Green Lantern: Sleepers (Volume 3)”
    by Christopher J. Priest
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by GraphicAudio
    Approx. 6 hours

    I just love it when I get my comic books and audiobooks mixed and can enjoy the comics during the same situations I can enjoy my comic books. GraphicAudio has provided the means for me to enjoy both with their outstanding productions of DC comics’ novelizations of their heroes. It took me a while to get through all 3 books in this “Sleepers” collection, but the reason for that is I was milking the experience. I have heard all of the productions from GraphicAudio’s comics genre and didn’t want the experience to end. Luckily they getting geared up to release a new DC Comics product, so I won’t have to wait long.

    The “Movie in your Mind” concept from GraphicAudio is always more than delivered, especially in these audio “movies” created from the graphic novel industry. GraphicAudio creates an entire ambiance that could only exist in the worlds where a ring created in mysticism could create a force for either good or evil.

    With creatively orchestrated sound effects this book’s entertainment factor shot through the roof. The Green Lantern who is the focus of this audiobook is the Hal Jordan Green Lantern, and it occurs in the continuity where Hal Jordan has taken on the role of “The Spectre.” With the powers of The Spectre, Hal Jordan is able to exist in all points of all of time and space at once. Just put into your mind the ambient sounds that all of time and space would create. No matter how expansive your imagination I’m pretty sure it in no way it comes close to the artistically created special effects this audiobook contains.

    From beginning to end the creativity is not limited to sound effects. The musical score envelops the story and weaves in and out to create even more comic book superhero ambiance. Then to top it all off the voice actors performing the various parts in the book are stellar. Each character is portrayed with a vocal artist who is able to bring to life every aspect by completely capturing their entire psyches.

    This story is one that surprised me. The surprise came in the form of a way to tie in all 3 volumes of this series. As I listened to the first two books in the series I saw how they were a little tied in with the common theme of some renegade yellow power rings created by Sinestro, but this book not only concludes the trilogy, it also ties it all together making one big package. While each of the books could be read/heard as separate stories, the concept works best when all are consumed together and in order.
    The final volume of this epic trilogy, Sleepers, Book 3 features Hal Jordan, the most famous of Earth’s modern-day Green Lanterns and now the Spectre. The Spectre has all the abilities a god would have including, but not limited to, manipulation of time and space, control over all matter, invulnerability, and limitless strength. But just after the beginning of this story, Hal has been stripped of his powers, and it is now up to him to fight the clones of the villain Sinestro, set loose by actions in the trilogy’s first volume. In order to save the Earth, he may have to sacrifice himself by taking the Sinestro power rings on a one-way trip to the anti-matter universe. The rings take over some members of the Justice League and the battles ensue. Some great action in this book and brought to full 3-D life by Graphic Audio.

     
  • gilwilson 11:06 PM on March 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “Civil War” (Marvel Comics) by Stuart Moore 

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    “Civil War” (Marvel Comics)
    by Stuart Moore
    Multi-cast production
    Produced by Graphic Audio
    Approx 6 hours

    Okay I have to start this review out with a confession. That confession is that I just experienced a six hour nerdgasm. Holy freakin’ cow, this audiobook just rocked my world.

    Now that that is out of the way let explain a few things. I’m a huge Marvel Comics fan and have been for years. What makes me a fan is that all of Marvel’s heroes are realistic. Yes I know super powers aren’t real, but Marvel makes it so that the heroes have everyday problems and how they cope with those problems and fight for what is right is what gives them the everyman experience to which the average reader can relate. Iron Man/Tony Stark struggles with his own alcoholism, Spider-man/Peter Parker has to contend with high school (in the early years) and bullies, the Fantastic Four have family problems and Ben Grimm has to contend with being made of rock, never able to be normal. Being able to relate to the average comic book reader makes Marvel, in my opinion, the most enjoyable comic book publisher around.

    Over a decade ago It was announced that a live-action Spider-man movie was going to be released and when this theatrical magic that was thrust upon us by Sam Raimi hit the theatres I was one of the first in line. Spider-man is my all time favorite, by the way. When the opening movie credits started I wept tears of excitement. Finally, my hero is on the big screen. By the end of the movie I was emotionally drained and pumped up at the same time. Not long after the release of the Spider-man movie I was forced to stop my weekly visits to the comic book store due to an economic downfall on my part and later moving to an area that had no comic book stores. I wasn’t able to go back to reading comics until just about a year ago.

    During my comics hiatus I missed some exciting events in the Marvel universe. One of which was the mega-crossover event that is covered by this novel. The “Civil War” created a major schism between the heroes in the Marvel Universe. This schism is a lot like the events that happened after 9/11 and the following P.A.T.R.I.O.T. A.C.T. in the United States. Where people (heroes in this case) were forced to give up freedom for the nation’s security. After a major accident that occurs with some heroes and leaves a town in New England decimated and over 900 dead, the government decides that superheroes must become registered and screened before they can use their powers. Captain America does not believe that freedom should be surrendered, and Iron Man (who stands to make lots of money selling weapons to Homeland Security in the deal) thinks that this is what must be done to protect innocents. the superheroes are split on this and thus begins the “Civil War.” Those that do not register are hunted down and imprisoned.

    In a curious note, this story can also be related to today’s issue of gun control. Where some events that have taken American lives lead to gun legislation arguments.

    During my comics hiatus I had heard about this crossover and was extremely curious. I can’t say I was too excited because I hate those stories that pit hero vs. hero. But with the political aspect involved I was intrigued to see how each hero would react. I then decided when the chance came up I would find the trade paperbacks of this crossover and read them, this turned out not to be so easy for me. Then I heard a novelization of the event was coming out and I knew I’d be reading that, but just when I heard about the release of the novel I heard that GraphicAudio was going to do an audiobook version of the novel. I was psyched at this point and knew right away I was going to wait for that release. After nearly a year of constantly checking the GraphicAudio website, it was released and to make it even more exciting was offered a review copy. Pure excitement ran through me. Finally, I will hear some of the world’s greatest heroes as portrayed by the excellent productions of GraphicAudio.

    I was first introduced to GraphicAudio about five years ago through a DC comics audiobook. That production blew me away. The fights were all realistic, and the otherworldly sounds that can only happen in sci-fi or comics were so original that It seemed as though they had actually gone to a rift in space and recorded a superhero battle. I then started listening to every comic book audiobook created by GraphicAudio. At the time all they did were DC comics and even though I was a marvel fan I took them all in and just let the “Movie in your Mind” aspect of GraphicAudio wash over me. In fact because of GraphicAudio, when I did start purchasing comics again I picked up some DC comics and gave them a chance where I would have not done before.

    GraphicAudio’s tagline is, “A Movie in your Mind,” and with every single audiobook they produce they deliver. With surreal sound effects and exciting music the illustrated artistry that is the main punch of comic books comes to life with sound. Once you experience this from GraphicAudio you will not be able to listen to an audiobook the same again.

    On top of the excellent ambient sound, GraphicAudio has some of the best voice actors I’ve ever heard. Each actor portraying the heroes in “Civil War” captured every essence of the characters and the plethora of emotions, which really pulled out the basis which makes Marvel my favorite. The actors all related to the characters and made them sound like heroes with the nuance of everyday problems. I was ready to nit pick this aspect, being the big Marvel fan, but there was nothing done wrong. Every hero sounded exactly like I imagined, no wait, strike that, they sounded better than I imagined.

    Once again I was so psyched about this marriage of Marvel and GraphicAudio that, again, I wept with excitement at the opening credits of this audiobook, and even doubly so when Spider-man fought his battles. I’m sure the other drivers in traffic would have thought me crazy if they happened to look over while I was cheering Spidey on in his battle.

    All I can say is, no matter what your preference in comics, audiobooks or escapism, you must go out and get this audiobook and be ready to be blown away.  When this book was over I was physically and emotionally drained, yet pumped up.  Pumped and ready for more.

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