Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

Outcast Vol. 1

Outcast, Vol. 1

Synopsis

Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Review

I love Robert Kirkman. There I said it. I loved The Astounding Wolfman and I still love Invincible, even though it is ending. He is just a story teller and he creates interesting stories using settings or tropes in unexpected ways.

When I found this at The Nerd Store I was immediately taken in by the art work. It was beautiful. The colors in this story do as much to tug at your emotions as the story. The team that put this together did a great job.

I am glad I found this series because it might be able to replace my love of Chew. Maybe. Go check Outcast out.

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Week Six - Dylan looking insane at the end of a panoramic of Wellington NZ

To start, I want to make it clear that I am not dead. I kind of disappeared from this blog, but I am back and I am going to attempt to get back into the swing of blogging.

My time away from the blog took away a large part of my motivation to meet my goals for the year. Luckily the year isn’t over yet, and while I might be hard pressed to read all 60 new books this year I should be able to get my bow ties made.

I was in a bad place professionally for a while and I spent a lot of my time trying to figure out how to be happy again. I had a lot of support from friends and family and I am in a much better place now then I was.

On the positive side of things: I started a new job and we got a new kitten. Both things happened in the last month and have been a huge change for me and Sarah. Jeff is the cat’s name and my new job is with a Hospice company.

Stay tuned for more updates to come.

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Steelheart

Steelheart

Synopsis

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

Review

I love and hate Brandon Sanderson. I love every book of his that I have read. His characters are good, world building is fantastic and his magic (or whatever it is called) is amazing. But I can’t put his books down. They are like crack, forcing me to read later than I want, or to try to read and cook at the same time. WHY!?!

Steelheart falls right into this same area. I loved it, I loved every moment of it. The twists were great and while I anticipated what one of them would be, I didn’t think it would happen the way it did. One of my secret loves is super hero books, and this one has that. The world is dark and the Epics horrible human beings, but it is immersive and fun.

I have now added this to a series that I will read when I get through all these other books.

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The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1

The Black Monday Murders

Synopsis

From Jonathan Hickman (East of West, Secret Wars, Avengers) and Tomm Coker (Undying Love) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money… and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it.

Review

This was one of the comic trade paperbacks I picked up before my colonoscopy. It grabbed it on a whim, mostly because I liked the art style, and I quite enjoyed reading through it. The Black Monday Murders is fantastic.

The story was interesting, though bleak. The concept of the story is interesting and I liked the way they combined historical occurrences with the events of the story.

Not sure if I would recommend this if you weren’t already a fan of comics as it was more of a multimedia story, combining traditional comic formatting with prose and “found” files.

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