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  • gilwilson 7:34 PM on June 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Daredevil, Vol. 1: Guardian Devil” by Kevin Smith & Joe Quesada 

    32035223“Daredevil, Vol. 1: Guardian Devil”
    by Kevin Smith & Joe Quesada
    Published October 26th 2015 by Graphic Audio
    (first published January 3rd 1998)
    SeriesDaredevil (1998) (Collected Editions) #1, Daredevil (1998) (Single Issues) #1-8, Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novels Collection #17, Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novels

    Wow, what can I say about this book? I think I can tackle this review in 3 aspects.

    First the GraphicAudio promise of “A Movie in your Mind” is definitely kept. You can hear through Matt Murdoch’s heightened senses. Dr. Strange opening a portal and Spider-Man’s web slinging are all brought to life in this outstanding production.

    The second aspect of the audiobook is the writers, Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada, bring to life an adventure in the Marvel Universe, involving the Daredevil that not only stays within the continuity of the Marvel heroes, but also throws in the humor that is Kevin Smith, including Star Wars references and all.

    The third and final aspect in this summary is that this is a story that contains more adult situations, from murder to unfaithful spouses, than a normal comic book so be prepared.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Winner of AudioFile Best Audio Drama & Earphones Award in 2016!

    A scared teenager on the run. An infant child some say is humanity’s savior. A former lover whose life is now hobbled by a terrible secret. A law partner accused of a horrible crime. A city being overcome by an inscrutable menace. They need a guardian. Someone to protect them. Someone with faith in them. They need Daredevil. Guardian Devil found Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) confidently transitioning from writing acclaimed screenplays to comics that hit the top of the sales charts and critics’ lists.

    ADVISORY: Due to subject matter, Guardian Devil contains scenes that may not be suitable for listeners aged seventeen or under.

     

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  • gilwilson 6:45 PM on June 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Deadpool: Paws” by Stefan Petrucha 

    28488127“Deadpool: Paws” by Stefan Petrucha
    Full Cast Production
    Length: Approx 6 hours
    Published November 16th 2015 by GraphicAudio

    This started as a prose novel with Deadpool and puppies. Then GraphicAudio got ahold of it and spread their magic all over and BOOM! this Deadpool adventure becomes a major epic performance with puppies.

    Some evil villain knows Deadpool, in fact knows him too well. This villain knows Deadpool has a soft spot for puppies, so create a bunch of monster’s whose larval stage is a puppy and Deadpool can’t kill them until it’s too late.

    With special guest appearances by Spider-Man and The Hulk, this is Deadpool at his best. Not only does he break the 4th wall as usual but in audibook form Deadpool tears down all the walls, ceilings and floors

     

    Publisher’s Summary

    Marvel’s popular Merc with a Mouth in an all-new ARRGGH * Hey hey, book readers, take off those big thick glasses—this is Deadpool speaking! Sorry, Marvel, somethin’ happened to your copy guy. Anyway, this is my first prose novel, and they got this dude Stefan Petrucha to write it. He’s good people. He’s written novels (Ripper and Dead Mann Walking) and comics (Power Rangers and X-Files). But here’s the thing: This book is about dogs. Dogs that turn into big nasty monsters. And then I gotta kill ’em. Thing is, I like killing people—the ones that deserve it, anyway—but I won’t kill dogs. No way. So that’s what we call a character dilemma. Now in GraphicAudio! I was unaware that that was a thing until now, but as long the check clears. Know what I’m saying, ladies?

    ADVISORY: Due to subject matter, PAWS contains scenes that may not be suitable for listeners aged seventeen or under

     
  • gilwilson 8:56 PM on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Captain America: Dark Designs by Stefan Petrucha 

    marvelcadd_1Captain America: Dark Designs
    by Stefan Petrucha
    Release Date: May 30, 2016
    Published by Graphic Audio
    Approximate Running Time: 6 Hours

     

    So, our favorite super soldier, Captain America, is the perfect representation of the protection our country deserves. He will do anything to make sure the country and its people are safe. What happens if he finds he’s infected with an extinction level virus. If the virus infects anyone else the world will end. But Cap doesn’t have time to be quarantined, the sleeper robots from Nazi Germany have awoken and will battle only Captain America or destroy anything in their path.

     
    This production from GraphicAudio brings to life the marvel universe in an audio presentation that delivers the punch that is a Movie in your Mind.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    Captain America has battled soldiers, terrorists and villains of all kinds. Now he’ll face a far more complicated enemy: his own body.

    When S.H.I.E.L.D. discovers that Cap is harboring an extinction-level pathogen hidden in his cells for decades, Cap’s greatest fear is realized: Until the virus can be cured, he’ll have to go into deep freeze. But he won’t be alone.

    Years ago, Cap’s greatest enemy managed the biggest coup of his career when he implanted his mind into a clone of Steve Rogers’ body – virus and all. And Red Skull isn’t the sacrificial type.

    Cap will have to put his archnemesis on ice – without exposing the virus. Can Cap stay alive along enough to capture Red Skull and return to his deepest nightmare?

    It’s a battle for perfect symmetry!
    © 2016 Marvel

     
  • gilwilson 10:08 PM on November 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder: by Christopher L. Bennett 

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    Audiobook Review: “Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder”

    by Christopher L. Bennett

    Multi-Cast Performance

    Produced by GraphicAudio

    Approximate Running Time: 5 Hours

    There just aren’t enough Marvel Comics based audiobooks. I could just listen for days to audiobooks based on the super-heroes from Marvel. Luckily GraphicAudio has just started down the trail of producing some Marvel comics auciobooks. Early this year the story arc turned novel “Civil War” was produced and just as with any audio production from GraphicAudio, they came out with guns-a-blazin’.

    Since 2004 GraphicAudio has been producing top quality audiobooks in the fantasy, science-fiction, post-apocalypse, western and comics genres. They use highly talented vocal actors mixed with super-realistic sound effects and superb music segues to create what they promise as “A Movie in Your Mind.” These productions are perfect for the comic-book genre, in that they are able to bring to full audio life the graphic intensive comic books. GraphicAudio has been producing DC comics based audiobooks for a couple of years and turned this “Make-mine-Marvel” die hard fan into a DC fan. These productions put you, as the listener, right in the middle of all the action, and in the case of this book web-slinging right alongside Spidey.

    Ever since I was able to read, I’ve been reading Spider-Man comics. With that being said, you can guess that I’m one of the biggest and most devoted fan of the webhead. So you can guess I’m gonna be picky. When the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie came out with Toby Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, I was stoked. Finally Spidey comes to the big screen. While I loved the movie for simply bringing Spidey’s story to film, I was very picky about some of the little things that took away from the web-slinger’s continuity ( i.e. the biologically created webs, rather than web-shooters). But there are none of those worries here.

    Christopher Bennet’s story “Drowned in Thunder” is a nice peek at the life of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, in that no matter how much he tries there is always someone after him. Whether it is J. Jonah Jameson, editor of the Daily Bugle turned blogger, and his constant blaming Spidey for all the destruction or seeking fame. This time around Spider-Man is fighting an army of robots who at first seem as though they are controlled by Electro, a small time crook who is using these robots which were created to explore Mars to steal jewels from the Diamond District. The problem is Electro is not one of those types of villains, he’s just not that smart.

    To add to that mystery Spider-Man’s Spidey-Sense is malfunctioning and he is getting false warnings, or worse, no warnings during battle. Tracking down a super-villain, finding out what is happening to his Spidey-sense, battling it out with Jameson, who blogs photos of the Peter Parker’s students who were injured in the last attack by Electro, all create this exciting adventure brought to full color audio life by GraphicAudio.

    Sit down with a true audio comic book with a great story featuring the greatest super-hero ever. (IMHO).

     
  • 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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  • gilwilson 8:51 PM on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “Green Lantern: Sleepers (Volume 2)” by Christopher J. Priest & Michael Ahn 

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    “Green Lantern: Sleepers (Volume 2)”
    by Christopher J. Priest & Michael Ahn
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by GraphicAudio
    Approx. 6 Hours

    Yes I will fully accept the fact that I am a nerd, I love my comic books. I used to be such a die hard fan of comic books that I even picked a side. I was the hardcore Marvel comics fan, so much so that I wouldn’t even look at a DC comic. Later in life I learned, it was okay to like all the comics. I began reading some of the other publishers like; Image, Dark Horse, et. al, but when it came to DC I just felt like I was cheating for some reason. I liked to read The Flash, and Batman, but for the other heroes I just couldn’t make myself do it.

    In comes my love for audiobooks and what lead me to where I am now. I used to make monthly road trips that would last about 8 hours and I would pass the time with audiobooks, on top of that my work commute was 30 – 45 minutes depending on Kansas City traffic, so there was more time for audiobook absorption. So I had more time for comics than audiobooks. Then to my amazement a few years ago I was introduced to GraphicAudio because of their production of some comic book novelizations into audiobooks. GraphicAudio was taking some DC comics novels and turning them into audiobooks, but not just an audiobook rather, “A movie for your mind.”

    GraphicAudio uses a highly skilled team of voice actors, out of this world sound effects and ready-for-theatrical-release music and mixes it all in to make the superheroes come to life in full 3d sound and mental imagery. GraphicAudio has a great library of DC comics based audiobooks and I understand will be working on some Marvel collections soon (I can hardly wait for those productions). These productions are nothing short of amazing. When you think of comics you think of the great artwork that steers the story. GraphicAudio is able to take the comic artwork and bring it to your mind through sound. Their sound effects sound just as though they are leaping out of the pages of a comic, not the funny “kapows” and “blams” but with Earth shattering explosions, and the sound of Green Lantern’s aura that sounds as though it is surrounding you as the listener. GraphicAudio has created the perfect way to listen to comic books.

    This audiobook is the second in a series written by Christopher J. Priest and each book is linked in a very cool way that makes it so as a fan you have to read or, in this case, listen to, all the books. I won’t give away how they are linked because it is a bit of a spoiler, and I don’t like to give out too many spoilers. This book covers the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott.

    “Sleepers Book Two” tells the origin story of how Alan Scott and how he came to fight crime as the Green Lantern. The other aspect of this story that makes it unique is that the Golden Age of comics occurred during World War II, and while nations were at war this super hero was fighting bank robbers not Nazis. With that aspect a question is formed, “Why doesn’t he go wipe out the Nazis, with all that power he yields?” Well eventually the Green Lantern, Alan Scott, does go overseas but once he does he meets up with Malvolio, a Green Lantern (at least at first appearance to Alan) who can help Alan discover what it means to hold the power of the Green Lantern. The beginning of this book explains the origin of Malvolio and the nice part of this is that the reader/listener knows that Malvolio is not a good guy and only the worst can be expected.

    In the beginning of the book it is revealed that Malvolio is a 17th-century supervillain, actually an anti-Green Lantern who wants to take over the world. The Guardians imprison Malvolio, but he escapes and makes it back to Earth just in time for WWII. Malvolio decides to cut a deal with Hitler that endangers the entire Allied campaign in Europe and the Pacific. Not one to think small, he is determined to eliminate the entire Green Lantern Corps, destroy Earth, and decimate all other worlds that have ever had the protection of a Green Lantern.

    Great origin story, great production and great super-powered battles make this a must hear audio book from GraphicAudio.

     
  • gilwilson 2:37 PM on November 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Batman: No Man’s Land” by Greg Rucko 

    “Batman: No Man’s Land”
    by Greg Rucko
    Full Cast Performance
    Produced by Graphic Audio
    Total Running time approx. 11 hours (separated in two volumes)

    It never ceases to amaze me as to how GraphicAudio brings audiobooks alive. Their thrilling sound effects, outstanding voice actors and incidental music truly create what they call “A Movie in Your Mind.” I’m an avid comic book reader and I have read novelizations of comic books. The thing with comic books is that you have great artwork helping to push the story along and when reading a comic based novel the reader has to use that imagination to fill in the graphics. It can lead to some great adventures because the imagination has no boundaries. However, some of the best features of comic books are the beautifully drawn panels of the heroes in action. When reading one of the novels I miss those features. GraphicAudio has produced many different genres of full cast production audiobooks, but my favorites by them by far are the comic book based productions.

    Through the great acting, sound effects and music, GraphicAudio fills in the gaps left behind by not having that stunning artwork. For example, in this novel when the Joker slaps a victim with a rubber-chicken filled with a hard substance you not only get the slam of the impact that is so real you nearly feel just listening, but you also get the sound of a cracked jaw and some comical sound effects that would naturally have to occur when the Joker is involved. Very realistic sound effects are not the only thing that keeps this (and other GraphicAudio productions) aurally stunning, there are also the great actors doing the voice work. Each actor playing their part is able to fully engulf the character whether it is Commissioner Gordon, Huntress, Oracle, Nightwing, Robin or the Dark Knight himself each character is portrayed by an actor that is able to fully represent the full impact of the character through audio only. Everything is represented in the voices in this production, emotions, the back story of each character and the thoughts behind the words are all brought to life through the extremely talented voices.

    My favorite from this story has to be the actor portraying the Joker. One of the difficulties in bringing to a performance a well known character that the listener/fan already has a preconceived notion as to how that character sounds. With the Joker many great actors have brought the Joker to life through television or the movies, Ceasar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and in the animations Mark Hamill a dedicated fan will probably have their favorite and will always compare that voice to any newcomers. Richard Rohan the actor who portrays the Joker in this production captures all those great Joker performances and wraps them up into one superb package that has now become my favorite Joker. To top that off Rohan also does the voice for Bruce Wayne/Batman and at no time in the performance can you tell it’s the same actor.

    So what’s this book all about? I will say it is one of the most interesting Batman storylines I’ve read. It contains a huge mix of Superhero action, loyalty, friends and family. This story mixes in some great Batman villains such as, the Joker, Harley Quinn, the Penguin and Two-face, some great heroes Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, the Oracle and even a bit of an anti-hero in the Huntress. So yes, this book is pretty much a who’s who of Gotham City. Putting all those characters together and then throwing in an appearance of Superman’s arch-rival, Lex Luthor, and you have an awesome story of crime and community in “Batman: No Man’s Land.”

    After an earthquake hits Gotham City, leaving thousands dead and millions more wounded, the U.S. Government decides it cannot throw away anymore money at the crime infested city. What happens is all bridges connecting Gotham to the mainland U.S. are destroyed and the city is declared No Man’s Land. Upon leaving Gotham someone at Arkham Asylum left the doors open. Now Gotham City is run by gangs led by the baddest of the bad villains. The Penguin has staked out his territory and has actually a nice black market business of bringing food and supplies into Gotham City. Poison Ivy has set up camp in Gotham’s version of Central Park and pretty much stays to herself (and her plants) while Two-face has carved out his niche. One other “gang” is in place calling themselves the Blue Boys. This “gang” is led by Commissioner Gordon and consists of the Gotham City police that were dedicated to their city. Gordon is trying to tame Gotham back into a civilized city by using some tactics that he would not have used when officially serving as the police commissioner. All this is going on while the Batman seems to have gone missing.

    Gordon manages to reclaim lots of territory just as Batman comes back, but by this time the anger toward the Dark Knight is enough for Gordon to no longer want his help. Batman finds that this “new” Gotham is a bit more to handle than planned for and having to battle his own ego, finally calls in Nightwing and Robin and enlists a new Batgirl. Just as the battle is being won Lex Luthor comes in and starts buying up parts of the no man’s land for his own purpose, but under the guise of goodwill and charity. Bruce Wayne begins his battle of paperwork to fight Lex and just when the Government looks like it will allow Gotham back into the nation the Joker begins his most hideous Joke and the fate of Gotham’s future will be battled between the Joker and Batman.

    Awesome Batman story performed in a larger than life production that every comic book fan must hear. Whether you are a Marvel or DC fan this will rock your world.

    Speaking of Marvel, in 2013 GraphicAudio will begin releasing some audiobooks based on Marvel storylines. Being a HUGE Marvel fan, I can’t wait for those releases.

     
  • gilwilson 8:59 PM on October 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    True Hideaway Geeks podcast #17 “A Dangerous Assignment” 

     

    True Hideaway Geeks podcast #17 “A Dangerous Assignment”.

     
  • gilwilson 8:02 PM on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Nuclear Bombshell: Book 1 – The Plutonium Blonde” by John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem 

    “Nuclear Bombshell: Book 1 – The Plutonium Blonde”
    by John Zakour and Lawrence Ganem
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by GraphicAudio
    approx. 6 hours

    I am a huge fan of Science-Fiction and Fantasy, and recently I’ve become a fan of the old Pulp-fiction. With that in mind, imagine my surprise and excitement that a recently written piece of science-fiction was written in the old Pulp-fiction style. “The Plutonium Blonde” audiobook sounds just like one of those old dime detective stories, however the year of this story is 2057 and Zachary Nixon Johnson is the last P.I. on Earth.

    Zachary Johnson narrates his own story and sounds like one of the old detectives, not dry like Jack Webb was in those days, but rather the straightforward deliver with some wit, wisdom and even a bit of sarcasm. Being a GraphicAudio production this audiobook is just as advertised from GraphicAudio, “A Movie in your Mind.” With super sound effects, great incidental and background music and talented voice actors, this production will not only bring this book to life, but will also put you, as the listener, right in the middle of the action. Whether it is barroom brawls with killer androids or hired thugs that know how to trash a living room, the superb sound pouring out of this audiobook will get your heart racing. I highly recommend listening to this and any GraphicAudio production on a full stereo surround sound system to get the full theatrical feel of the story.

    So Zachary Nixon Johnson is the last Private Investigator on earth, sort of, and is popular thanks to the mass of robotic paparazzi that seem to show up at just the right moments. He has his own weapons creator, not unlike Ms. Moneypenny in the James Bond stories. The world’s smartest supercomputer in the form of HARV. Of course HARV is too smart for his own good and is often smug, but he’s always there for Zach. In fact the latest invention puts HARV into Zach’s brain via a special contact lens.

    HARV is a fun character, with super-intelligence, a dry wit and biting sarcasm all wrapped up in a super loyal companion to Zach. HARV is always there to make his objections which most of the time are needed, but Zach works it all out somehow. These two partners make this futuristic pulp-fiction a blast.

    So now Zach is ready for his latest case. This case comes in the form of B.B. Star. It seems Ms. Star’s husband was a genius and a cheat. B.B.’s husband created an android version of her and that plutonium powered blonde has gone missing. After hiring some thugs to destroy Zach’s office to see if he is capable of capturing the android, Zach gets the case of a lifetime, it does come at a cost. First the story of B.B. 2 has to be kept hush-hush due to the illegality of creating an android that so closely resembles a human, and B.B. 1 is a wealthy corporate bigwig and cannot afford the story getting out so a story is concocted in which Zach was cavorting with Ms. Star for meaningless sex (thus ruining Zach relationship with the woman he loves.) Second, B.B. 2 doesn’t want to be found so she’ll do everything she can to stop Zach.

    Once Zach begins the hunt the fun begins. This story is full of humor and action and world destroying androids making it a super fun Sci-fi detective story that you don’t want to miss. One of my favorite features in this book is the use of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as references to God and Heaven, the mentions are subtle but will make you smile when you hear them. Or even more fun is the use of DOS as a term for Hell. Those are just small examples of the fun in this book. Check it out and get ready for the next installment of the “Nuclear Bombshell” series which I hope comes out soon.

     
  • gilwilson 10:50 PM on June 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Green Lantern: Sleepers – book 1” by Christopher J. Priest & Mike Baron 

    “Green Lantern: Sleepers – book 1”
    by Christopher J. Priest & Mike Baron
    Full Cast Production
    Produced by GraphicAudio
    Approx 6 hours

    Yes I love my comic books, and yes I love my audiobooks, so when I get the chance to merge the two I jump on it. You are probably thinking, “But isn’t the fun in comics the artwork? How do you see the artwork in an audiobook?” I used to think that until I got my hands on my first GraphicAudio production. The slogan for GraphicAudio is “A Movie in Your Mind” and boy do they ever deliver. GraphicAudio uses superb voice actors mixed in with original music and mind-blowing sound effects that take the full artwork experience of a comic book and bring it to life in their great audiobook productions. While this book was written as a novel and didn’t have the artwork of a comic book, GraphicAudio is able to bring this book to life in their full production, “Movie in Your Mind.”

    This book is actually part of a trilogy in which each book focuses on a different Green Lantern. If you are not a regular reader of the Green Lantern Comics, let me explain a bit on that. Throughout the continuity of DC comics there have been several different versions of the Green Lantern, beginning with Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern, the thing to note is that he got his power from a lantern created from a meteor. The Green Lanterns got their powers from rings created by the Guardians on the planet Oa. Alan Scott is also the father of Jade who is now dating Kyle Raynor, the current incarnation of Green Lantern. Raynor is the focus of this story, but more on that later. Since I’ve already mentioned Raynor, I’ll now mention the third Green Lantern you need to know about for this book and trilogy, Hal Jordan.

    Hal Jordan was a founding member of the Justice League, and the first Green Lantern to get powers from the Guardians. During the DC comics history Jordan became a bad guy, known as Parallax and attempted to commit cosmic genocide. It was because of this that the Guardians made Kyle Raynor the new Green Lantern. To make things short Hal has now become the Spectre. The Spectre historically has been judge, jury and executioner for people, countries and planets and usually in a very harsh manner. Hal, because of his time as Parallax, chooses to be a more peaceful Spectre and takes more of a pacifist’s view of helping out other heroes.

    Okay with all that back history let’s talk about this first book in the “Sleepers” trilogy. The book begins with a battle in World War II in which the soldiers are fighting on the ground and the superheroes battling in the air. When a medic finds a soldier dying on the field, the dying soldier insists the medic, Eddie Rochefort (Roach to his friends), take his ring. The medic takes the ring after the man takes his last breath and passes on. Jump now a couple of decades and Hal Jordan as Green Lantern teams up with Black Canary, Ganthet and Green Arrow to defeat Sinestro in the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. They send his remains back to his anti-matter universe and that is the end of Sinestro. Now jump to “today” and Kyle Raynor as Green Lantern has just proposed to his girlfriend, Jade, and she has turned him down. While looking for a shirt in his closet he finds a pregnancy test in her closet and he freaks out and takes a trip to Saturn.

    While around Saturn, Kyle finds remains of a ship that look as though it was destroyed millions of years ago and may have come from the anti-matter universe. After gathering some samples and sending back to Justice League headquarters for analysis, Kyle returns home to find Jade getting friendly with the exterminator, Eddie Rochefort II (Roach to his friends).

    Years ago Eddie the second was digging in his grandfather’s attic to find a ring that was similar to a Green Lantern Ring, but when he discovered the ring his Grandfather is burned alive by an alien monster. Eddie is then visited by an alien craft years later and soon becomes the next Sinestro. With his fixation on Jade, he kidnaps her and takes her to the anti-matter universe where an invasion is being planned.

    It is now up to Kyle Raynor, Green Lantern, to save Jade, destroy this second Sinestro and save the universe. Seeking help from Hal Jordan doesn’t seem possible since he’s off on his hippie Spectre kick, and the Justice League all seem to be out of reach. Can the Green Lantern stop Sinestro and the invasion in time? In a full-scale audio explosion from GraphicAudio you will have fun all the way to the exciting end.

     
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