Nightwing: Year One

by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Kindle EditionRead February 12, 2015

Original Release Date: August 1, 2005

Length: 144 pages

Official Description:

Dick Grayson was the first Robin, the teen sidekick to the Dark Knight, Batman. Then he became Nightwing and stepped out of Batmans shadow. The story behind that transformation and how it affected Batman, the Teen Titans and Dick himself is explored in this graphic novel. When Batman fires Robin, an angry Dick Grayson is unsure of where to go. On his journey, he receives advice from Superman and aid from Deadman, and makes the decisions that lead him to become a brand new crimefighter.

My Take: 

How did Dick Grayson become Nightwing? We all know how he became Robin, that story is told over and over again, from comics, to film, to TV. The original Robin’s story is well known, we also know his story in Teen Titans. We know he grows up, there are other Robins in Batman’s life. So what happened to Dick? Of course we know he became Nightwing, but why, how, what was his motivation to finally grow up? Not being an avid comic book enthusiast, I don’t already know these answers. I actually did not buy this as a volume set. I have the individual comics on my Kindle which was pretty awesome to have on vacation. I could read all the comics, zoom in on the tiny text, because these old eyes don’t need to strain. Seeing as it’s hard to find a reasonably priced print copy, the kindle is a decent alternative to those of us who don’t need the actual copy to collect.

Anyway, the story is interesting, there are lots of cameos by different characters we’ve got Superman, Batman, Batgirl (I like their story it’s cute), brief glimpses of the Teen Titans, Deadman and so on.  The art is alright, nothing to jump and scream about though. The story was pretty great. We see a great coming of age story about Dick where he discovers who he is without Batman and the Titans. He discovers who he wants to be, returning to his roots and discovering what he is meant to do. Of course there are some pretty great moments between him and Batman and Alfred. Words were said that they may regret, and Batman doesn’t seem to want to be alone. Also, apparently Alfred is a great actor. Overall the story is fantastic, I’d recommend it.

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Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers

by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback
Digital EditionRead February 2, 2015

Original Release Date: May 2, 2012

Length: 168 pages

Official Description

Elle Peterssen is young, wealthy, and beautiful – and there is a reason someone tried to kill her. Only, Elle doesn’t remember any of this.

Mind the Gap, the new series by the Eisner Award-winning writer JIM McCANN (Return of the Dapper Men), is a mystery with a paranormal twist.

Elle, in a spirit form detached from her comatose body, must not only unravel the mystery of her attacker’s identity and motive but her entire life as well.

Who can she trust, in both this word and in the gap she exists in that lies between life and death? Filled with twists and turns, Elle’s life isn’t the only one turned upside down by the attack on her life.

Deceit, secrets, and hidden agendas are everywhere in a story where everyone is a suspect, and no one is innocent.

Collects Mind the Gap #1-5.

My Take:

In this comic we have some  interesting things going on. We have some supernatural type stuff going on with Elle having an out-of-body experience while she is in a coma. Though there are some former coma survivors than can attest to this actually going on. Anyway, Elle is attacked, in the subway, and she goes to this place where apparently everyone in a coma goes to. No one knows what happened to her. The story is split between Elle in her coma form and everyone else. We have several POVs implying attackers, implying medical malpractice, implying lots and lots of cover ups. The kicker is by the end of the fifth comic, we are still not any closer to figuring out the mystery. We are on a wild goose chase here it seems. There are some appearance from other comic, though brief, I’ve only been told this, and could not appreciate these cameos. The story is interesting, it doesn’t completely hook me, mostly because I feel like we are going in circles, but then something new happens and I’m brought back in. The art is pretty great, though I find the cover art to be the best overall. It really captures you and pulls you in to actually picking this book up. Since this book has been out for a while you don’t have to wait to pick up subsequent volumes. So maybe you won’t have to hang on by that thread much longer.

(I did receive this book free for an honest review)

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Skyborn

by John Jackson Miller
Kindle EditionRead January 27, 2015

Original Release Date: July 15, 2009

Length: 54 pages

Official Description: (Book #2 in the Lost Tribe of the Sith series)

A Jedi ambush leaves the Sith ship Omen marooned on a remote alien world, its survivors at the mercy of their desolate surroundings and facing almost certain death. But Sith will no more bow before the whims of fate than they will yield to the weapons of their enemies. And Omen’s cunning commander, Yaru Korsin, will let nothing keep him and his crew from returning to the stars and rejoining the Sith order’s conquest of the galaxy. Murdering his own brother has proven Korsin’s ruthless resolve-but now an entire race stands in his way.

The primitive, superstitious Keshiri worship unseen gods called the Skyborn, shun science, and punish unbelievers with death. Branded a heretic, the widowed young geologist Adari Vaal is running for her life. Among the mysterious Sith castaways she finds powerful sanctuary-and her saviors find the means of survival. With Adari as their willing pawn, the Skyborn as their Trojan horse, and the awesome power of the dark side of the Force at their command, the lost tribe of the Omen set out to subjugate a planet and its people-and lay the foundation for a merciless new Sith nation.

My Take: 

Another one of these serial release books, this one is still on the planet that the Sith crashed on, but it is the view of one of the planet’s inhabitants. This lady Adari is a geologist, people don’t like her, I don’t really know why, they might have mentioned it…but it didn’t really stick out as an answer. She was married to some guy who rides these creatures and apparently they are important, and only men. So this is a very misogynistic society it seems. Adari finds the Sith and they proceed to take extreme advantage of a gullible people. It’s pretty obvious what is going on and it seems obvious what’s going on with Yaru, however his brother’s wife, Seelah, I’m not sure what her intentions are. She either wants to get in good with Yaru and be his wife…or more than likely she wants to kill him. I mean her husband is dead now because of him. Apparently this is a secret, it seemed that Seelah already knew this at the end of the last story, but apparently not. I also thought hey maybe Yaru isn’t such a bad guy, because he didn’t seem so bad at first, but now … I’m not so sure. The first short was confusing, this one is better, and easier to follow. We’ll see how this turns out.

Quote:

“A rock was a simple thing, but as her grandfather had told her, “By simple things, we know the world.”

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Precipice

by John Jackson Miller
Kindle EditionRead October 8, 2014

Original Release Date: May 26, 2009

Length: 60 pages

Official Description: (Book #1 in the Lost Tribe of the Sith series)

For the ruthless Sith Order, failure is not an option. It is an offense punishable by death-and a fate to which Commander Yaru Korsin will not succumb. But on a crucial run to deliver troops and precious crystals to a combat hotspot in the Sith’s war against the Republic, Korsin and the crew of the mining ship Omen are ambushed by a Jedi starfighter. And when the Sith craft crash-lands, torn and crippled, on a desolate alien planet, the hard-bitten captain finds himself at odds with desperate survivors on the brink of mutiny-and his own vengeful half-brother, who’s bent on seizing command.

No matter the cost, Korsin vows that it will not be his blood and bones left behind on this unknown world. For the way of the Sith leaves little room for compromise-and none at all for mercy.

My Take: 

I ‘bought’ this book WAY back in 2010 and  read it, and hated it. Back then this was a serial series and I got a large portion of the series for free, because it was just free on Amazon. Now they are unavailable in this mini series and are collected in one book. However, I did not get the book in a whole piece so I am just going to review each piece I read at a time, because that is how they were procured.

So this short piece was confusing as all get up. I’m still not sure I totally grasped all the characters in the story. There are 3 characters that are related and I could not keep them straight. We have daddy Sith, Progeny Sith, and surprise progeny Sith all aboard a ship called the Omen. I am not entirely sure who is the protagonist of the story, or as protagonist as a Sith can be. We learn that their ship was struck after mining the crystals which power light sabers. (they don’t say that’s what they’re for I inferred these are what they were mining)  Then they crash-land onto a plant which kills some people, I don’t really know which ones, the red ones maybe? It seemed to be a big deal that these guys were killed, but Ya know I have no idea it what happened. There is this whole family dynamic which I had a hard time following because all three men had similar names. There were different POVs which also didn’t help. HOWEVER, I am rating a star more than I thought I should because in the end it was pretty interesting, I was engaged, I wanted to know what happened next, mostly I just wanted to know what the eff was going on! As a story as a whole, I’ll have to get back to you on that one, but this one, though confusing, wasn’t that bad.

Quote:

“A ship needed a crew united in purpose–only the purpose of being Sith was the exaltation of self. Every ensign an emperor. Every rival’s misstep, an opportunity. Well, here’s and opportunity, he thought. Solve this, someone, and you can flat-out have the blasted comfy chair.”

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