Basil and Moebius are back in what may be their final adventure. In a fitting end, the duo go on one last whirlwind adventure with The Collector, their otherworldly master and benefactor. Jumping from one dimension to the next, they seek to evade The Collector’s enemies and return safely home - a task far more challenging and death defying than expected. As always, wherever these pulp heroes go there are plenty of quips, humor, monsters and explosions. Never underestimate just how much chaos and destruction these two can cause. Their adventures are escapist fun that is at once a tribute and a parody of Lovecraftian fiction. If you are looking for a thought provoking graphic novel experience this is not it. Instead if you are looking for humor, action and fast paced fun, The...
Lovecraft and pulp detective fiction - both fun on their own, but infinitely better together. Reanimatrix is an enthralling read with just enough horror to send tingles down your spine. Don’t be put out if horror isn’t your genre - there isn’t a lot of gore. There are zombies of a sort, as the reanimated dead play a major role in this captivating pulp fantasy but the explanation for their existence/activities is well done.
The story is told in diary entries, alternating between the two leads, Robert Peaslee and Megan Halsey. Robert’s experiences with the living dead date back to WWI and the reanimated soldiers that changed the face of the war. He, like the other central characters comes from Arkham. After working as an agent after the war, he is now a police detective assigned the stranger cases. Megan Halsey met Robert once soon after the w...
Monstress is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel set in a fantasy version of 1900s Asia. The world is in conflict. Magical beings on one side and humans on the other. The conflict emerged after the discovery that lilium, which could be taken from dead Arcanics, not only could enhance human mental and physical powers, it also possessed amazing regenerative abilities. The result - the large scale targeting of Arcanics. Maika Halfwolf is an Arcanic in search for those responsible for her mother's death and the suffering she has undergone. Maika possesses a unique connection to a monster of immense power and hunger. As she struggles to retain her humanity, she is hunted by Marium and Arcanics alike. The world is matriarchal, and few of the characters are male. The "monster" had a very lovecraftian feel - all tentacles, ancient power and hunger. I...
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pub Date: February 16, 2016
I've never read a novel quite like Lovecraft Country. Superficially it is an anthology of interrelated stories clearly influenced by pulp noir and Lovecraftian horror. There is much more to Ruff's novel, however. With the current troubling uptick in racism, Lovecraft Country is particularly pertinent in how it reminds the reader of the terrifying challenges faced by African Americans during the era of Jim Crow and segregation. Terrors of racist malevolence blend with creatures and circumstance seemingly drawn straight from the pages of science fiction.
The novel centers around 22 year old African American Army veteran Atticus Turner and his family and friends. Their lives are irrevocably changed when Atticus, his Uncle George, and friend Letitia follow his father to Ardham in pursuit of Atticus’s legacy. The Order of the Ancient Dawn need Atticus, willing...
The Adventures of Basil and Moebius: Volume 3 Secret of the Ancients
by Ryan Schifrin and Larry Hama
Diamond Book Distributors
Graphic Novel, Adventure, Horror
Pub Date: January 19, 2016
The third volume of The Adventures of Basil and Moebius has everything a comic lover could want - explosive action, cheeky but charming heroes, a globe spanning treasure hunt, guns and gadgets galore, gorgeous buxom spies and assassins, and vile over-the-top villains. Add a few voracious tentacled fiends to the mix and you’ve got a winner.
When I read the first volume of The Adventures of Basil and Moebius, my thought was - not bad. I have changed my mind about the series.
I REALLY enjoyed reading The Adventures of Basil and Moebius: Volume 3 Secret of the Ancients. The art has improved, as have the plotting and the dialogue. You’ll even see a few nods towards other famous fictional adventurers. The story moves forward at a break-neck pace, smoothly going from one action sequence to the next...
Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon is a simply marvelous graphic novel. This Soleil-Dark Horse joint production combines exquisitely detailed art with a thrilling supernatural plot. Sylvain Cordurie is a French writer and artist known for his tales pitting the classic detective against various nefarious supernatural creatures menacing London.
The one weakness it has is due to its length and format, if is difficult to portray Sherlock’s eye for detail and his superior reasoning ability. What places Sherlock Holmes in the story is his conflict with Moriarty, who has returned from the dead. Moriarty needs Sherlock in order to return to his former self. Moriarty is the pawn of a man desiring the Necronomicon. The writer makes use of the reader’s background knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes, his conflict with Moriarty, and th...