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RUviews - Season 2 Episode 13

Written by GHERU on Friday, July 02 2010 and posted in Podcasts

Back after three weeks RU does something he's never done before, talks about a book.  No, a real book, like with pages and no pictures.  I know, I didn't think he could read either.

Green Lantern #55, Death Of Dracula #1, Thor #611, Captain America #606, Secret Avengers #2, Northlanders #29, Arkham Asylum: Madness, and Dresden Files Book 12: Changes

as usual, text RUViews are below

Green Lantern #55 – I’m thinking about dropping my Green lantern books.  Its not that they have been bad, not counting Blackest Night, its just that I see the books in my box from DCBS and I just don’t care.  I don’t get, the “sweet, Green Lantern!” feeling any more.  I will say this though, the origin of Dexx-Starr almost made me tear up a bit.

Death Of Dracula #1 – A better book than it had any right to be.  I got this one-shot because of the tie in to next week’s X-MEN #1, and I am glad I did.  I am not all that familiar with Dracula as a Marvel character, so I cannot comment on how this contradicts continuity (a complaint I read in the all knowing internets), but this story seemed to hang up a lamp post for his eventual return, so there is that.

Captain America #606 – I started getting this in floppies for the Zemo storyline, and I still hold out hope that Brubaker is not going to turn him back into a pure black hat bad guy.  So far this seems to be a story about making Bucky a better hero and not about killing him (think reverse flash without the super speed), and I hope that in the end, Zemo is still shades of grey.

Secret Avengers #2 – these guys are really bad at what they do.  Secret Avengers my ass, super secret evil SHILED knows about them, the entire population of Mars, hell…who have they hidden from?  Still, good book and really pretty.

Arkham Asylum: Madness – Sam Keith is one of the few artists I will grab a book for the art alone but when he is writing and drawing, very little will keep me from buying the book.  This loyalty stems from The Maxx still being one of the best comic books ever and was one of the first to show me what comic books could do and how the art mattered.  In Madness, the story is maybe a B- at best, but the art, holy crap, I wish I could imagine as well as this man can create.  I got the hard cover for $10 and it was money well spent.

Dresden Files Book 12: Changes – As comic book fans one of the things that we love is serialized story telling, whether that in graphic format, television, films, or even novels and that’s why it did not surprise me when I realized that the Dresden Files had many fans that crossed over to nearly every comic book website I have ever visited.  If you have not read these books, go get them now.  One caveat, books 1 and 2 are not the best, but once you finish book 3 (Grave Peril) you will be hooked.  Changes is the 12th book and it continues the streak of all of them being better than the previous one, and I want, no, need book 13 now.  One would think that after 12 books the story would get old and repetitive (*cough Anita Blake cough*) but that is not the case.  Changes on its own provided many “oh shit” and “oh no” moments that there were times that I had to put it down because I was so stressed / excited.  If you need a book to read, start this series, give it time, and you will not be disappointed, it is modern fantasy that lives up to the potential.


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About the Author - GHERU

RU, or as he’s known in the writers’ room: the cute one, is relatively unappreciated in his time.  RU’s YouTube show, RUviews is watched by literally multiple people every month and his Outhouse articles have helped line many a bird cage.  Before you send RU a message, he knows that there are misspelled words in this article, and probably in this bio he was asked to write.  RU wants everyone to know that after 25+ years of collecting he still loves comic books and can’t believe how seriously fanboys take them.  RU lives in Akron Ohio (unfortunately) with WIFE, ‘lilRuRu, and the @DogGodThor.  You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, & even Google+ (if anyone still uses that).


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