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  • gilwilson 2:55 PM on May 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

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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 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.

     
  • gilwilson 10:22 PM on March 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Final Crisis” by Greg Cox 

    “Final Crisis”
    by Greg Cox
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced 2010, by GraphicAudio
    Approx. 8 Hours

    “Final Crisis” was a crossover storyline that appeared in DC comics published throughout 2008, primarily the seven-issue miniseries of the same name was written by Grant Morrison.  This was the last of the multiverse type series from DC and sort of closed up some gaps left in the previous titles; “Crisis on Infinite Earths”,  “Infinite Crisis”, “52”, and “Countdown.”  However I think this created more questions than answers and served no other purpose but to confuse the reader.  While having some great confrontations and interesting twists on science and gods the story just didn’t do it for me.  I was so glad I listened to the audio book format of this title.

    As usual GraphicAudio delivers this audiobook with a punch, and I’m talking one of those full-graphic-with-exploding-colors-as-only-seen-in-comic-books punches.  When GraphicAudio promises a “Movie in your Mind” they aren’t exaggerating.  First off the voice actors are superb and voice each character with precision accuracy, Superman sounds like Superman, Batman sounds like Batman and so on.  There is no denying the excellence in the talent pool here.  The sound effects will blast you out of your seat.  With planets exploding or crumbling, a black hole sucking in the multiverse and even Green Lantern’s ring fizzling out, the sound effects are perfect. And the music, well pretty much all I can say here is “WOW!”  The music moves the story, mood and action perfectly.  All in all these GraphicAudio productions are perfect.  For me it was the only saving grace in this title.

    The gist of this story is that one of the new gods, Orion, is murdered and another new god, Darkseid, sees this as his chance to take over Earth.  Also one of Earth’s multiverse monitors is stripped of his powers for letting Earth 51 be destroyed.  While some of my favorite heroes play major parts in this, The Flashes (yes 3 generations of The Flash) open a time portal allowing things to begin and end, and The Green Lantern Corps try to stop Darkseid, I think the story relied too heavily on Superman.

    There was one saving grace for the story and that was the creation of a young Japanese group of superheroes.  Mixing superheroes with Japanese pop-culture, the characters are: Most Excellent Superbat, Big Atomic Lantern Boy, Shy Crazy Lolita Canary, Shiny Happy Aquazon and Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash.  I first had some good laughs with their names but sheesh the way they interacted was fun.  At one point all the characters had revealed their powers, except one, and when asked what his was Most Excellent Superbat responded, “Mine is the best of all, I can buy anything.”

    Throughout the story I was confused as to what caused what and with The Flashes and Superman doing a little time traveling that just made it even more hard to follow.  But thanks to GraphicAudio, I had a great time listening.

     
  • gilwilson 1:51 AM on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Crisis on Infinite Earths” by Marv Wolfman 

    “Crisis on Infinite Earths”
    by Marv Wolfman
    Multicast performance
    Produced By GraphicAudio 2009
    approx 7 hours

    Before we dive into this awesome collection of every superhero created by DC comics, let me first say that before I started listening to GraphicAudio productions of DC comic novels I was a Marvel only fan.  Sorry Stan, but while I still say “Make mine Marvel,” I now append that with, unless it’s an audiobook from GraphicAudio.

    GraphicAudio does a superb job of creating audiobooks with the best in voice-acting, great music and excellent sound effects.  They promise “A Movie in your Mind,” and they deliver with a punch.

    Now let’s talk about this comic series turned novel turned audiobook.  Back in the mid-80s DC comics realized they had continuity issues with all their runs of comics.  There were different versions of The Flash, Superman never aged, superheroes that had appeared in the early years of comics but never again and many other problems.  So to solve this DC and Marv Wolfman came up with the 12 issue series “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which created the “Multi-verse” in which there were different versions of Earth.

    Marv Wolfman wrote the comic series and later turned the series into a novel, this novel is what this audio book is based on.  In the novel most of the story is told from the Barry Allen version of “The Flash.”  Barry’s nephew, Wally West, became kid flash and after Barry’s death became the flash.  This story also tells of Barry Allen’s death.  No, that is not a spoiler because the opening of the book is The Flash witnessing his own death as he is plunged through time via the speed force.  The Barry Allen Flash, is the catalyst for this story in that he witnesses the events ahead of time and then is plunged back in time to interact the correct way.  One of the things I should mention is that there is lots and lots of time traveling going on in this book.  The paradoxes of time are explored and they seem to get by some of the potential problems by the fact that Barry is somewhat of a ghost that is going back and forth through time, sometimes a ghost and sometimes his physical self.

    The main idea of the story is that the creation of the multi-verse was an accident by one of the Oans (the creators of the Green Lantern Corps) and in creating the multi-verse universe of anti-matter was created.  The anti-matter universe and it’s creator have been trapped in time until now.  Now the anti-matter universe is destroying the universes of the multi-verse making it stronger and its creator.  All the superheroes (and villains) of all the remaining multi-verses must gather together to prevent the destruction of untold millions of worlds and lives.

    With The Flash narrating and telling the story of the gathering of the heroes and the heroes all teaming up against a common foe there is lots of action in this book and leave it to GraphicAudio to keep your heart pumping as friends and foe alike battle in true superhero form.

    You will say good bye to some heroes but your favorites will make their appearance.

     
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