In Hellsing Volume 3, the Hellsing Organization searches for clues about Millennium, and Alucard must fight his way out of the hotel as Seras tries to maintain her humanity despite everything around her. Is this horror-action manga worth your time and money? Let's find out!
A secret formula and a bombardment of mysterious vita-rays changed a sickly weak 4F reject into Captain America. The formula died with its creator. Now others look to recreate it.
Fred van Lente reintroduces Morbius the Living Vampire in a story that sadly cannot live up to Mark Waid's drastic two-part Vulture story and Joe Kelly's dark conclusion to his Rhino arc.
Sci-Fi authors Orson Scott Card and Bruce Sterling dare American readers to take a fresh look at their ideas about cultural and moral superiority in their futuristic tales.
Discover Aquaman’s most relevant comics, those you would want to read before heading to the theatre.
Some of the most memorable novels fall under the dystopian genre. Find out just what a dystopian fiction is, its history, and some examples.
The Gray Seal was a hero before comic books, but started many of the tropes that later became associated with comic book superheroes.
The Sand Superman was born from the atomic kryptonite explosion that hit Superman which was so powerful that it left an inter-dimensional doorway at the impact site where Superman hit the sand. The doorway was from the Quarrm dimension and an entity traveled through it using the life energy that Superman had. As Quarmers don’t have a general shape it used the impression that Superman left with his body after the explosion to mold around itself.
Dick Grayson as Batman must solve a mysterious murder and also must investigate a man known as "the Dealer". Is Scott Snyder's graphic novel worth your time and money?
Fred van Lente brings danger in the form of the Chameleon as he kidnaps and replaces Peter Parker for his own nefarious designs! What trouble will this spell for Spidey's friends and family?
Why are so many superheroines just copies of their male counterparts? A look at how they were created and how they have been interpreted in real life.
I review Ernest's Cline's science-fiction young adult thriller, Ready Player One, in preparation for Spielberg's big screen adaptation.
Saber and Lancer begin their duel to the death in the Fourth Holy Grail War. Unbeknownst to her, Kiritsugu is plotting his next move to attack Lancer's Master; will Saber defeat Lancer or will he manage to kill her? Is this manga worth your time and money? Let's find out!
With so many facets of the science fiction literary experience, a reader will begin to ask himself, “What would have to happen for our reality to become like this?"
An in-depth critique detailing the weaker aspects of The Fellowship of the Ring novel, and why I’m not in love with it like most fantasy fans seem to be.
Because I'm a collector, I've found that it is wiser to buy some of the trade paperbacks of comic issues that I've already bought. If you are going to collect, it's good to read the issue once or twice and then board, bag, and box it for safe keeping. As the trade graphic novels don't have as much collector's value, it allows for multiple reads without the concern of damaging the actual book.
Gamora has worn different costumes as she earned the reputation as the Deadliest Woman in the Universe. Read about and see pictures of Gamora’s costumes as the adoptive daughter of Thanos, a member of the Infinity Watch, Nova’s United Front and a Guardian of the Galaxy.
Wedding bells are ringing as Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. have Aunt May tie the knot with Jay Jameson. But, which old Spidey foe (and old Aunt May flame) rears his head at the same time?
'Ayako' by Osamu Tezuka is a graphic novel that seriously departs from his more famous child-friendly works. The ill deeds of a corrupt family act as a metaphor for Japan's corruption.
Why was Denethor a Steward? Why wasn't Aragorn King? What was his actual claim to the throne? Unsurprisingly, it's a lot more complicated in the books than the films, which didn't have time explain.
'Forbidden Thoughts' is a science fiction short story collection challenging the unspoken or violently enforced rules of what can say, do or think.
Harry must learn about defense against the dark arts on his own and teach his friends in order to stop Voldemort from acquiring a dangerous object hidden at the Ministry of Magic.
An analysis of the major differences between the Fellowship of the Ring novel and movie, and why I think the movie stands above its source material.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy compiles Douglas Adams' five volume "trilogy." Reviewer Mel ponders if there is any food for thought here to supplement his 5 martini 3 martini lunches.
The release of the eighth story in the Harry Potter saga divided fans on whether it was a worthy continuation to the series. So what are the strengths and weaknesses in this new adventure?
What if an alien invasion is the reason for the political and social unrest we're seeing? Author Stephenie Meyer provides a scenario of possibilities, however remote, that may reveal the current media trend of disinformation.
Remove your mask because Seth Tomko reviews The Tengu’s Game of Go, the final novel in Lian Hearn’s Tale of Shikanoko.
Manga has been around for so long in the comic industry but Manhwa is slowly gaining recognition as well. Which one do you prefer?
As cosplay continues to gain popularity and respect in Indonesia, one cosplayer is riding the wave with his unique, rule-bending style.
Joe Kelly wraps up the epic Gauntlet tale with "The Grim Hunt," the big finale that brings Spidey face-to-face with one of his oldest foes, as the Kravinoff family's ultimate plan is revealed.
The Marvel Universe has an insane amount of characters in it. The fun part about finding obscure villains is that you can rarely swing a dead cat within the MU without hitting one. I can almost guarantee that any crowd scene in the Amazing Spider-man will have at least three villains in their civilian ID's thinking in their head, "There's that wall crawling jerk! Once my plans reach fruition, he will rue the day he ever made an enemy of me and I SHALL RULE THE WORLD!!"
It's hard to avoid at Barnes and Noble right now. Here's what I think about the latest YA bestseller, Red Queen.
Next to Morgoth, Feanor is the biggest catalyst for the events of the First Age of Middle-earth. Though he dies early on, his legacy outlasts him as one of the most controversial of Middle-earth.
Spidey's first issue following his origin sees him battling against the costumed communist criminal known only as the Chameleon! Add in cameos by the FF, and you get a yarn for the ages.
We all love superhero stories. However, sometimes the hero gets lucky when his antagonist makes an epic blunder. Some are so bad you have to ask what the hell they were thinking.
With Avengers: Infinity War, there are lots of questions about the Infinity Gauntlet - how it works, what it does, and why does it make Thanos such a menace. In this article, I try to connect the dots and explain what can only be guessed at by an average audience viewer.
Spidey's second adventure sees him go up against nemesis the Vulture... but how does this classic confrontation follow Propp's systematic story structure?
Picking up where the first creators left off, different writers and artists handle the reins of the next ASM issues and introduce new villains and crafting story points to add depth to Spidey's life!
A look at the different comic book characters to have taken on the identity of Batman’s sidekick Robin.
If you're looking for more manga like One Piece, this is the place! Grab a hold of these manga and read your fill of adventure!
There are many aspects of the Harry Potter films, books, and fans themselves that wind me up. So, here I will write about them and hopefully many readers will agree with what I say.
"Glory Boy" is a standalone book set in the "Birthright" universe. What are the pros and cons of this military science fiction novel?
In the history of comic book stories, some have been terrible. Of those, some have been distinctly lame. "The Saga of the Super Sons” featuring the spawn of Superman and Batman is a new level of suck.
For that paranormal romance fix or a bit of creative inspiriation, these are the authors who's books I always have close.
The animal kingdom of the DC Universe is a strange and sometimes dangerous thing. Come as we explore the problems and perils of some of the animal companions. Tread carefully.
Aoi Hana is a boring, slice of life yuri (lesbian) schoolgirl romance. I'll be frank, I didn't like it. Find out why.
Gilraen, Aragorn's mother, is one of those proud but doomed female characters in Tolkien's Middle-earth who can't seem to get a "happily ever after" ending.
This segment analyzes the first issue of a new comic book series and decides whether or not the next issue is worth picking up.
It's been a while since I started my pet project of doing psych profiles on characters from Middle-Earth I found compelling. So I'm glad to get back to it. These profiles are done from an in-universe point of view and not what Tolkien meant to write. It's long but hope you enjoy it.
Taking at look at the epic Civil War crossover event through the eyes of Spider-Man, J. Michael Straczynski crafts a tale of conflict in the life of Marvel's favorite Web-Spinner.
Harry Potter discovers a book owned by a mysterious Half-Blood Prince, and meetings with Dumbledore will reveal more about Tom Riddle than anyone else knows, including the key to undoing immortality.
Go from pillar to post because Seth Tomko reviews the first volume of Rick Remender’s Black Science.
Absolute Boyfriend is a story of girl meets boy. Cold, lifeless, robot boy in a box. Romantic, or creepy?
Can the diversity of the super-humans in comics, cartoons and film be divided into meaningful categories?
A list of holiday-themed comic books for you to share the spirit of the season with your favorite heroes, or maybe get ideas for a gift to that geek friend of yours who already have thousands of comics on their shelf.
The Circle by Dave Eggers is an exhausting tale about technology and the right to privacy in a world where everything is connected.
This article contains a reading list of the best fantasy and sci-fi books appropriate for teenagers. These books are great for anyone who enjoys a mixture of adventure, action, romance, and magic.
A forgettable Graphic Novel by Kevin Smith. If it had better artwork, it would be worth buying, but it's not.
The Marvel Universe is an awesome ever-expanding presence. We've seen a lot of characters making their debut. Here are some really obscure characters that probably won't see daylight again.
This is a book review for Lady Midnight, the first book in Cassandra Clare's Dark Artifices series. This article will give a brief synopsis as well as an in-depth review of the book.
In the final climax of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the biggest mysteries of magic were explored by Harry and his friends, but one remained ambiguous and obscured.
The Hellsing Organization finally discovers the Millennium group as the Major declares war on her, the Iscariot Organization and England. Rip Van Winkle attacks an English aircraft carrier. Will Alucard be able to stop her? Is this manga worth your time and money? Let's find out!
This is a look on the infamous Brazilian comic of Mega Man: Novas Aventuras de Megaman (aka New Adventures of Megaman). Saying it's a terrible is putting it mildly. It's a comic I love to hate!
With J. Michael Straczynski's run on Spider-Man over, a a whole group of writers and artists set out to redefine Spider-Man's world in the first volume of an epic set of adventures.
Starting to read DC comics for the first time? Here's your guide to the New 52 Justice League books.
The Avengers Movie was a box office smash! Those of you who decided to stick around after the initial credits saw one more scene. Now, I know the majority of you are wondering who the hell that purple guy was who caused all of your geeky friends to gasp. This is your introduction to Thanos, the baddest of the bad.
Seven years after Star Wars: Episode VII: Return of the Jedi, the last loyal Imperial Red Guard Kr Kanos seeks vengeance on the man who sabotaged Emperor Palpatine's clones. Karnor Jax, a would-be Dark Lord, tries to stop him. Is this graphic novel worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Not all of Marvel's bad guys are completely evil. Some of the worst villains in the MU have a silver lining to their black hearts. Here's how some manage to do their good deeds while being bastards.
Joe Kelly and Dan Slott revamp two more old enemies—Mysterio and Rhino—further twisting the life of Spider-Man as he proceeds through the Gauntlet.
Superman has been around for decades, and some people think he is overrated or outdated. I think being a bit old fashioned is part of Superman's appeal.
Zeb Wells and Chris Bachalo team up again to transform Curt Connors back into the Lizard, with a much darker take on the classic foe. What happens when Connors is "shed" and only the Lizard remains?
The problem I had looking for an obscure big-brained character was that almost all of them are well known. In all modesty as a fan, if I hadn’t heard of a character, chances are most people haven’t.
This Middle-earth profile covers Nienor, daughter of Hurin and Morwen, and sister/wife of her brother Turin. Again if you want a proper context, read the Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin
Master of the Mystic Arts, Conjurer of Cosmic Cataclysms, Arbiter of Alternate realities, Doctor Strange is the trippiest of Marvel's superheroes. Here we look at his tumultuous journey through time
A unique perspective on the genre of Sword and Sorcery fantasy novels, written by guest writer Cliff.
In this article, I will talk about a very new author and a fairly new bestselling author who both write excellent fantasy books.
I explain how fans of superhero movies can start to learn about, read, and collect comic books based on these movies.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are hilarious in audio book format. The comedy of Pratchett's writing is enhanced by excellent audio performances.
Looking to start reading DC comics for the first time? Here's your guide to the New 52 Batman and "Bat-family" comic books.
Spidey's faced a plethora of villains over the years, and a lot of them have been created fairly recently. Despite his enormous rogues gallery, Spidey keeps picking up new baddies that stick around.
Brush up on your occult knowledge because Seth Tomko reviews Spirits of Vengeance: War at the Gates of Hell.
A brief guide to why readers new to, or experienced with, the current DC comic universe should read the Justice League Dark title.
Though many of their names are lost to us, the stories of the most successful actresses – like Isabella Andreini – live on as a testament to the fact that women are, and always have been, integral to
Tired of mucking through mounds of political pap in search of a little liberating sunlight? Time to escape into the Libertarian Land of Ink and Artwork: The Comics!
Selling vintage comic books can be a fun hobby and business, but these items need special care when shipping to preserve their valuable condition. These detailed instructions show you how to package comic books for shipping. Proper packaging will help guarantee happy customers and positive feedback!
Hellboy fan? Key Comic hunter? Here are 2 Hellboy key comics that aren't that well-known currently but they are quickly gaining steam. You don't want to miss this if you love Hellboy comics.
Joe Quesada answers questions unanswered since the beginning of "Brand New Day": How was Peter and MJ's marriage ended? How did everyone forget Spidey's identity? And do we really want to know?
This is a review of lesser-known manga Ame-iro Kouchakan Kandan. It's a girls-love romance overflowing with classy femininity.
This profile is on the first High King of the Noldor elves and derives from the book, The Silmarillion. He has a long and last legacy in history of the lore and his immediate family.
For those who are into the Harry Potter franchise, there are elaborate fan theories floating around out there. Some are just plain crazy, and others give pause and sound as if they could be possible.
While there are some comic book characters who come back from the dead so often their coffins should have a revolving door, here are five that won't be coming back to the land of the living.
Given the backdrop of race issues in the real world, I never noticed until recently how much of that is indirectly reflected in JRR Tolkien's books and movie adaptions, so I wanted to explore that.
This is a book review for Cassandra Clare's Lord of Shadows, the second book in The Dark Artifices series.
The legendary Wolverine made his first full appearance in Incredible Hulk #181 in 1974. It's a Holy Grail book for comic collectors ... and many years ago I foolishly let one slip thru my fingers!
Marc Guggenheim wraps up the mysterious "Menace" plot line of Brand New Day, revealing the new villain's shocking identity and its repercussions for Spidey's supporting cast!
Batman's enemies try to attack him psychologically, will they succeed in breaking him? Is Grant Morrison's graphic novel worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Starting to read DC comics for the first time? Here's your guide to the New 52 Superman and "Super-Family" books.
A Court of Wings and Ruin is the culmination of the great war that has been building up for the last two novels, and the satisfying answer to what the mighty, secret abilities are within ancient beings, including Amren, as well as displaying all the powers that Feyre is truly capable of wielding.
Sir Terry Pratchett has written many great Discworld novels, but there's more to his bibliography...
All about the highly-rated Cotton Family Series by Nicole Canfield: the settings, the main characters, and folklore that inspired the acclaimed supernatural thriller magical realism books.
Try out the first book in these series for free with Amazon Kindle. Warning - You might get addicted to the stories and have to purchase the rest of the series!
So, I wanted to do psychological profiles of certain Middle-Earth characters from a in-universe perspective. This one is on Hurin.
This article covers the wife of Hurin, Morwen , the Lady of Dorthonion from the books, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin.
Women haven't always had the best treatment in comics, but some of the most interesting characters have been women. Here are some of the ladies who made comics what they are.
From Emma Frost to White Queen her different costumes change from Hellfire Club to Generation X to X-Men. See her costume history.
J.K. Rowling’s creative character Harry Potter serves as a wonderful example of the classic mythological hero. The hero story has been portrayed for centuries with early works present in the works of Homer and Hesiod. The classic format for the hero follows the idea of the monomyth. Harry Potter discovers his magical powers and progresses to save the wizarding world while learning more about himself and the horrors of good versus evil. This story provides a modern version of the early mythol
The novel "Discovery" by Karina Fabian contains a fascinating story, strong and positive Christian elements and a trio of nuns whose jobs are to save those in space. Novel indeed!
No one bats a thousand. My point is that for every Spider-man idea there are thirty Speedballs and OMACs littering the landscape. And every once in a while, we see a character that is just plain sad.
This segment analyzes the first issue of a new comic book series and decides whether or not the next issue is worth buying.
A guide for those of you looking to get into reading DC comics for the first time. Starting with the New 52
Among all the villains in the Marvel Universe, Spider-man has the most colorful. When the first bad guys fought Spidey, they broke the mold. The second guys were as dangerous as bathroom mold.
At the end of Brand New Day, Mark Waid teams one final time with Paul Azaceta to bring us the return of Menace and the birth of her son...who Spidey must keep safe from his fiendish foes!
Joe Kelly brings Black Cat into the Brand New Day setting, Marc Guggenheim resolves his Velociraptor plot, and Kelly returns to bring Deadpool into the mix as The Gauntlet draws near.
Spoiler Alert -- this review contains information about the plot, characters, and twists in the new Harry Potter play. Don't say I didn't warn you! We've waited years for another Harry Potter read, and the new book will delight fans, though it...
Characters like the Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Aquaman, and the Flash had simplistic origins that evolved into more sophisticated backstories. In them, we find a new wrinkle in the way their powers work
Fred van Lente makes his Amazing Spider-Man debut, and Dan Slott and Mark Waid craft a pair of crazy story arcs for our favorite Web-Swinger to fight his way through.
John Romita Jr. returns to ASM to help Dan Slott craft a tale that pits Spidey against Norman Osborn, the Thunderbolts, and Anti-Venom, a brand new adversary wearing a familiar face.
A pair of vampire brothers attacks the Helsing Organization. Seras and Walter have to protect Integra and the Round Table while Alucard faces off with Luke Valentine. Is the Hellsing manga's second volume worth your time and money? Let's find out!
With clever twists, quick suspense, and engrossing tales interwoven in the storyline, The Hazel Wood will make you yearn for answers from grim stories you’ve truly never heard before.
A Literary Criticism of a fanfiction entitled Lessons from a God written by a Literature major. If you are homophobic, I suggest you avoid this article
Neil Gaiman's Sandman series is considered to be one of the best comics ever written, and it has introduced many people to the genre. For those who enjoyed The Sandman, check out these similar comics.
Outpouring Comics has released a collection of seminal comic works from underground mainstay John Orlando, and they are a welcome blast from the past!
Despite their simple writing style, many gamebook series contain incredibly rich and detailed worlds. Wouldn’t these creations be great for open-world video games?
A look at the different costumes Mera has worn. From her time with Aquaman, as a Red Lantern and Queen of Atlantis see her costume history.
Let's face it, when starting a collection, for anything really, it can be daunting. As it stands now, the average comic store carries hundreds of titles. And that's just trying to figure out what to buy. Let me help you with all of your comic care needs.
Shirou recovers from his wounds and must decide what he's going to do as a Master in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Meanwhile, Rin's story is revealed as we are shown how she summoned Archer. Is this manga adaptation of Fate/Stay Night (2006) worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban answers many questions about Harry’s father’s past and reveals the deepest powers true friendship can unlock.
Harry Osborn's chain gets another major yank as he joins Norman, who wishes to add him to his arsenal of heroes, and Spidey sneaks into Avengers Tower disguised as his enemy Venom to save his friend.
“The Gods Defense” by Amie Gibbons is the first book in the Laws of Magic series. What are the pros and cons of this modern urban fantasy book doubling as a legal drama?
ASM fans are given a fun trio of tales that sees Spidey take on Hammerhead and...Magnum Moses? Plus, a war story centered on Flash Thompson about a mission that will change his life forever.
It's Superman by Tom De Haven takes the popular character back to his roots, but does so in way that's more in keeping with modern versions of Superman rather than with his comic book origins.
Being a hero is hard. Enemies attack from every direction. However, the hardest enemy to defeat is the one that comes from inside them. Here are six heroes who had to overcome addiction.
J. Michael Straczynski crafts one of the most controversial Spidey stories of all time, ending his run the Amazing Spider-Man and opening the door for a new era of stories.
Before there was the Flash, there was Hermod the Nimble, the fastest god in mythology. While speed may be his power, his legacy is as a character that bridges ancient and modern myth as a superhero.
Fantastic Four #52 and Black Panther's first appearance in comics has heated up since the Black Panther movie. This is a historical comic book and greatly influenced the movie. Here's a brief but fun look at this classic key comic.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a cool breeze of Night Court air, and while contentions gurgle below the surface, it remains a deeper insight into a city, and a world, that dreams of peace, hope, and starlight.
The lore of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is so dense that not even the most die-hard fan can't know everything. Here is a list of lesser known Harry Potter facts that you probably didn't know.
This final volume in the Brand New Day Complete Collection takes Spidey on crazy adventures against new foes and old as he battles Screwball, Paper Doll, and the Enforcers.
Admiral Yi Soon Shin, Korea’s greatest hero, leads his nation to an amazing series of naval victories against a Japanese invasion in 1592.
Love is in the air, so why not seize the opportunity to explore a few romance-themed comics and maybe take some ideas for a gift to your significant other.
This article includes a list of all the characters who have owned the title of Robin and their most relevant stories.
Saber is up against Lancer and Berserker, but then Rider chooses to side with her because he wants Saber and Lancer to finish their battle. Meanwhile, a serial killer, Ryuunosuke Uryuu, summons Caster. Is this manga adaptation of Fate/Zero worth your time and money? Let's find out!
The comic book scene of the early 1990s gets a pretty bad rap. Is it well deserved? Well, yes. Here's why...
Vampirella has been a femme fatale since 1969. From Warren Imprint to Harris Comics Vampirella’s costume has been a more stable part of her character than her origins.
Taking a slight break from the The Gauntlet, Fred van Lente introduces us to a new Scorpion and Roger Stern crafts a sequel to his classic "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut," because something can!
The Gauntlet begins to haunt Spider-Man as Mark Waid amplifies old enemy Electro, and Fred van Lente introduces us to a darker version of classic foe, the Sandman.
The Millenium Nazi vampires attack the Hellsing Organization's headquarters, and it's up to Seras and the Wild Geese to stop them from overrunning the Hellsing manor. Will they succeed or fail? Is this manga worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Spidey gets tangled in the Secret Invasion event, so watch Jackpot take down a Super-Skrull in a story with barely any Spidey in it! Then, watch as her secret origins are at long last revealed!
The Hellsing Organization continues to battle Nazi vampires as they invade London. Alexander Anderson pursues Alucard as he makes his return to London aboard a ship. Is this potentially offensive, over-the-top adult manga worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Following his life-altering take on Spider-Man's involvement in Civil War, J Michael Straczynski continues to rain blow after blow down on the life of Peter Parker.