Posts from the ‘Horror’ Category

Brightest Day by Geoff Johns

Since I reviewed Blackest Night, I decided that I should be fair and review Brightest Day. 

SPOILER

SPACE

 This is the story arc that raises a few superheroes from the dead.  But all is not well in Denmark, as they say.  Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Jade, Osiris, and Hawk are resurrected.  Unfortunately, so is Captain Boomerang, Zoom, and Maxwell Lord.

Although they have returned, they must complete certain tasks in order to stay alive.  Aquaman summons dead sea life, and has to find the new “Aqualad” before the “others” do.  Martain Manhunter must kill down the “Martian Forest”, et al.  This graphic novel does not get into if they actually accomplish this, I am assuming that this will be covered in the next volume. 

Deadman has been returned to life as Boston Brand; and is very unhappy about it.  His job is to find the next carrier of the White Light.  There was a funny exchange in which he can’t figure out why he doesn’t feel well, and Hawk tells him that he is hungry.  The White Light tells him to eat a cheeseburger, because that was supposedly Brand’s favorite food before he became Deadman.

 This is not the whole story arc; unfortunately, this is only issues 0-7.  I know that because of the format they can only include so many issues (although I think of the very thick Crisis on Infinite Earths), and  I am now anxiously awaiting Brightest Day Vol. 2.  I am hoping that someday soon, the series will become a little less graphic. There was one scene that was very disturbing to me, so those with sensitive stomachs are forewarned.

Otherwise, a very good read, and good continuation of this story arc.

Posted by: Angie

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Blackest Night by Geoff Johns

 

This is one of the latest crossover epics published by DC Comics.  The dead heroes and villains of the DC Universe are brought back to life as Black Lanterns, thanks to the villain, Black Hand.  Told in multiple volumes and graphic novel series, this event heralds the return of several superheroes, thought to be forever gone.  The typical good vs. evil fight is presented in gory but not over the top detail.  The Green Lanterns unite with the Red, Orange, Blue, Indigo, and Star Sapphires to create a White Lantern which attempts to destroy the evil havok created by the millions of Black Lanterns from all over the universe.

As I am a huge DC fan, I enjoyed it, but it was a bit confusing as I didn’t know the order in which to read the graphic novels.  There is the main story of the Green Lanterns, as presented in Blackest Night, and then several other graphic novels which present the stories of other heroes and the struggle to survive against the undead.

Here are the Graphic Novels in this series as of now:

Blackest Night
Blackest Night: Green Lantern
Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Vol 1 & 2
Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps

I would recommend highly to most regular Graphic Novels readers, with the caveat that it does get confusing with some heroes’ backstories. As I am not a huge fan of undead/paranormal/zombies, I did not read too close to bedtime, but I did highly enjoy them.

Reviewed by: Angie

Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie is the ultimate tale of revenge by the outcast teenager.  She’s a sixteen year old who is teased and tormented by classmates, her mother is a religious fanatic who forbids her from doing anything fun, and her teachers misunderstand her.  However, Carrie has the last laugh.  On a particular night when she finally has had enough humiliation, she gets the last laugh by unleashing her terrifying secret telekinetic power upon the unsuspecting community.

I am not usually Stephen King fan, or of the horror genre in general, but the gore isn’t over the top.  The plot was gripping, and it is now considered a cult classic.

Another Stephen King book that I would recommend is “Thinner”. Originally written under his Richard Bachman pseudonym, it is a horror thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.  It is a short book, so I read through it fairly quickly, but it was worth it.  A man is cursed when he accidentally hits a gypsy’s daughter with his car.  With one word. “Thinner”, the gypsy causes him to lose weight very quickly. 

Following his path to become normal again was quite a riveting read. A little on the gory side, but it is very appropriate to the story.  Recommended for King and other horror fans. 

Reviewed by: Angie

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER

 “Way upstairs there are four secrets hidden.

Blond, beautiful, innocent little secrets, struggling to stay alive.

Flowers In the Attic

The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives — a beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then Daddy was killed in a car accident, and Momma could no longer support the family. So she began writing letters to her parents, her millionaire parents, whom the children had never heard of before.

Momma tells the children all about their rich grandparents, and how Chris and Cathy and the twins will live like princes and princesses in their grandparents’ fancy mansion. The children are only too delighted by the prospect. But there are a few things that Momma hasn’t told them.

She hasn’t told them that their grandmother considers them “devil’s spawn” who should never have been born. She hasn’t told them that she has to hide them from their grandfather if she wants to inherit his fortune. She hasn’t told them that they are to be locked away in an abandoned wing of the house with only the dark, airless attic to play in. But, Momma promises, it’s only for a few days….

Then the days stretch into months, and the months into years. Desperately isolated, terrified of their grandmother, and increasingly convinced that their mother no longer cares about them, Chris and Cathy become all things to the twins and to each other. They cling to their love as their only hope, their only strength — a love that is almost stronger than death.”

The other books in the Dollanganger Series:

  • Petals on the Wind
  • If there be thorns
  • Seeds of yesterday
  • Garden of shadows

My review:

I enjoyed the book, and the subsequent books in the series.  It will be out of many people’s comfort zones however, due to some of the themes. The story was complicated, but not so much that I could not follow it.  The “ending” was certainly not predictable; I found it rather shocking. Recommended for some.

Reviewed by: Angie