Winter’s Awakening: The Metahuman Emerge (Winter’s Saga 1) by Karen Luellen
Created for evil.
Raised to protect.
Searching for truth.
Extraordinary teen Meg Winter and her brothers Alik and Evan are shoved into a new reality when they discover life is not what they thought it was: there is evil hunting them, they are not normal teens, and their mother’s captor wants them back to continue his plans for the perfect race.
First let me start by say Ah-Maze-ING. Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge should definitely get the Hollywood treatment. If they are going to continue to remake crap like Total Recall, this should be on a studio’s list. It’s Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity meets X-Men: First Class. Warning: Set aside time to read, YOU WILL NOT WANT TO PUT DOWN.
This is a fast pace and surprisingly quick read. I never questioned the good or bad of the characters. Karen Luellen’s writing allowed me to visualize the action surrounding the characters. For me I kept imagining Jennifer Lawrence’s character from Winter’s Bone as Meg. Alik (cool spelling btw), and Evan were generic based on their descriptions.
These kids are intelligent, capable, and lethal. Their “mother” made them self-sufficient. It really doesn’t read artificial or farcical when these 15, 14, and 12 put a plan in motion.
The backstory is exactly how I imagine metahumans will spontaneous come into existence. It’s the noblest of intentions warped by the ‘GOD complex’ of man. Having been watching the Olympic, there are a few, I think are either metas or on the cusp of being one.
The ending isn’t a cliffhanger but it does left you hanging. I do have my suspicions. I usually like to add a buffer between books in a series but I think I’m going to just go into the next one, Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) .
I give Winter’s Awakening: The Metahuman Emerge 5 out 5.
“The Best of Spider-Man, Volume 1” by J Michael Straczynski
“The Best of Spider-Man, Volume 1” includes the ‘Coming Home’ storyline (Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 #30-35), the award winning Amazing Spider-Man #36, a Kingpin Story, Flowers for Rhino Story and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up featuring Punisher, Daredevil and Spider-Man.
It’s a nice collection of story through Spider-Man’s lengthy history but I felt for a first volume there were better stories to be told. The first half featuring Amazing Spider-Man Volume #30-36 are an amazing read and gives major insight to Spider-Man, his motivation, and an interesting look at his powers and his enemies. For fans of the character I think they will find this section very interesting and the shocking revelation at the end is worth a read for those uninformed of historical event.
The middle section though really didn’t connect with me. It didn’t fit together with the rest of the stories told in this ‘best of Spider-Man’. The main characters of the middle section were Kingpin, Rhino, and private detective who life is to find out who Spider-Man is. They were interesting stories in their own right but this is a “Best of Spider-Man.”
The third arc of this graphic novel included was a story from the Marvel Ultimate Universe featuring Punisher, Daredevil, and Spider-Man. It was more of a Punisher story featuring Daredevil and Spider-Man. The Punisher breaks out of jail to avenge the deaths of his family and runs into Daredevil, who’s client he kills, and Spider-Man bumbles into the story by helping the bad guy get away.
The editors and my definitions for best of Spider-Man is different. Being “The Best of Spider-Man” means spider-man is at the first and not a background character. Overall its an interesting read and will appeal to a casual reader. Givers the readers a great glimpse into the world of Spider-Man nad the complicated machinations that he must deal with throughout his life.
“Hulk: The Incredible Guide” by Tom DeFalco
Welcome to the nightmarish world of Dr. Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk!
A ticking bomb! A 700-pound engine of destruction! NO words can fully convey the awesome power that us unleashed when rage consumes Dr. Bruce Banner and the Hulk emerges, roaring, “Hulk – smash!”
Hulk: The Incredible Guide captures the full legend of this Marvel Comics superhero, who has been thrilling fans for more than 40 years. Discover the secret of the Hulk’s superhuman powers, and of the weird multiple personalities lurking within Bruce Banner’s fractured psyche! – From the back cover.
Having never really been a fan of the comics, I was exposed to the television series that was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid and the movie by Ang Lee. “Hulk: The Incredible Guide” gave insight into this character that I never knew. The Hulk is a more complex character that most people characterize him as. Knowing what I know now Ang Lee only showed a small aspect of the character and that’s one of the reason hardcore ‘Hulk” fans were disappointed.
“Hulk: The Incredible Guide” gives what I imagine as a complete history of the character at the point of its publication. It gives detailed differences between the different Hulks, something I never knew. Any reader of this book will find some of these facts about the character amazing.
At first I thought it was a big book for little kids miss placed, but after reading it this is a book for young adult. It need to be big to appreciated the character. With amazing drawing accompanying the facts given in this book all whom read it will appreciate the character more.
I think the most interesting thing about this book is how it gives its information. It breaks it down by the decades of publication and highlights the major events and villains of each decade to his final demise. I think the end of the Hulk is the most startling and moving drawings I have seen in comics today. After reading this book from cover to cover you will understand why.
The history of this character is rich and also tragic. He is a character that is often dismissed as an overzealous Neanderthal, which is such a mischaracterization. “The Hulk” is a complex characterization of several more established tales combined to create a character that has stood the test of time. He is a character that most people find as a commentary of the id psyche of most people.
“Essential Spider-Man Vol. 1” by Stan Lee
Released in June of 2002, ‘Essential Spider-Man Volume 1’ contains Amazing Fantasy #15, the comic that started it all, Amazing Spider-Man #1-20, and Annual #1. These are the first 22 chapters reprinted from the original comics written by Stan Lee.
These are the stories that started the legend and cultural phenomenon. All the stories are from the sixties and it’s full of the vernacular of the time. At time the language is so ridiculous that I would be distracted by it, but that’s the way they talked I guess.
The black and white reprint drawings are a hard thing to get use to when you’ve grown up with color filled comics. But I’m guessing its that editor are play on nostalgic, taking the reader back in time to the beginnings of this super-hero, Spider-Man. Although this is the history of Spider-Man, the language, drawings, the stories combine to be hokey. Written for children they really don’t stand the test of time. But will appeal to the die-hard fan of the character.
The one thing that it does that makes it worthy of reading is that it a reprint of the original comic that showcase the introduce of some of Spider-Mans rogue gallery: Doc Ock, Vulture, The Sandman, The Lizard, and Mysterio just to name a few. It also features some team ups with the Fantastic Four. ‘Essential Spider-Man’ also showcases the writing of Stan Lee and illustration by Steve Ditko. Lee portrayed peter and Spider-Man in the more classical dual personality, having Peter be ridiculed and rejected by his peers and being an introvert and where Spider-Man it confident and an extrovert.
If you’re a fan of the character and never got to read the original start of the comic that is Spider-Man its here in all its glory. If you can get passed the outdated language and the black and white, I think you will find that this is a great graphic novel to read. You get to see the humble beginnings of a cultural phenomenon that even today is influencing children and adult. It shows the creative writing of Stan Lee, who in his own write has influence countless readers.
“The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: Coming Home” by J. Michael Straczynski
Alone. Throughout his life, Peter Parker has often felt alone. When he first discovered his spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider, he kept them secret. His attempts to exploit them for profit resulted in his Uncle Ben’s murder. Later, his attempts at maintaining the secret from his first love, Gwen Stacy, resulted in her death. It seemed as though no one understood the difficult balance between mortal and hero.
Until now, that is. A mysterious figure appears suddenly. Exhibiting similar powers to Peter. He can stick to walls and jump from building to building, just like the wall-crawler. Who is this mystery man? Who are the people he represents? And what is the ancient evil that has arrived in America in Search of Peter?
Reprints of Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 #30 –35. – From back cover
“Coming Home” is an interesting story telling Peter of the origin of the power he “inherited” from the spider. Peter meets Ezekiel and with this meeting makes him redefine the concepts that he formulated about his powers. On the heels of this meeting Spider-Man must now content with an evil bent on his destruction, which never tires, and just keeps coming. Even with all of that it’s the ending of this graphic novel that makes it interesting to me, Aunt May’s discovery of Peter being Spider-Man.
This marks the beginning of J. Michael Straczynski writing run on “The Amazing Spider-Man” and he starts off with a bang. Right out of the gate he gives Peter a life changing moment. Making him to question the nature of his powers. He gives a well-established conception a new twist readers will find intriguing. It’s a great start to what could potentially be some of the best storytelling in Spider-Man history.
“Coming Home” is creatively drawn. Displaying some of the more poignant and distinctive moments to highlight the action to be portrayed. The coloring is vibrant and full of action, standing out even in the night sequence. John Romita Jr. accentuated the writing from Straczynski.