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  • gilwilson 9:42 PM on May 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    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 9:54 PM on November 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Marvel Zombies” Writer – Robert Kirkman Artist – Sean Phillips 

    “Marvel Zombies”
    Writer – Robert Kirkman
    Artist – Sean Phillips
    Hardcover collection published by Marvel (2006)
    136 pages

    About 9 years ago I stopped buying comic monthly.  Not any fault of the comic book publishers, but I just had other priorities and I moved to an area where there were no comic book stores (have you noticed it is nearly impossible to find a comic book in any store other than a comic book store, anymore?).   I kept my ear to the ground though so I could keep up with what was going on in my favorite heroes life and some of the other things going on.

    I had heard about the comic book “The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman and even read a couple of issues, and loved the story and artwork.  Then when the TV series was announced I immediately commandeered the couch every Sunday night to watch this awesome series.  After all it had zombies, and I LOVE zombies.  The series continues to be great, although this second season had a couple of episodes without seeing a single zombie, so they have me worried.

    Anyway this got me intrigued about Robert Kirkman and I looked into what else he had done.  To my surprise he was asked by Ralph Macchio to write a series based on Marvel heroes being zombies, how cool is that?  Well let me tell you pretty darn cool, oh and gory and brutal.   This series was 5 issues long and was hugely popular among the comics crowd.  I of course purchased the hardcover collection which not only features the entire story run, but also includes artwork for all the covers, which are based on classic Marvel comics covers.

    The story begins with the heroes in a different dimension having turned to zombies and seeking out flesh to eat for survival.  The problem is, no one is left on earth that has not turned.  Magneto is left behind to fix the situation and he (not a zombie) soon falls prey to the heroes.  With this being their only meal for awhile the heroes fight amongst themselves to get a slice of Magneto meat for sustenance.  The comic then takes a bit of a crossover turn and the Silver Surfer comes to earth as the Herald of Galactus.  With a world of zombies the Surfer decides the world is good for Galactus to devour.  The zombie heroes have other plans, after all eating Galactus would make a great meal.

    The great battle with Galactus and the zombie heroes and even a few zombie villains ensues and well let’s just say it gets pretty gory.  Iron Man is only an upper torso, Colonel America (not Captain in this dimension) gets half his head sliced off, but still functions, and the Hulk eats so much that when he shrinks back down to Bruce Banner he bursts his abdomen.

    Fun book and a some good gore for you Marvel and Zombie fans.

     
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