Batman Detecitve Comics Vol 4 Deus Ex Machina
January 2nd, 2018 by diane92345

Atypical, thought-provoking addition to the Detective Comics series. Perfect for DaVinci Code fans. 

This ‘comic’ studies the nature of man and existence. It is truly philosophical and full of former religious beliefs like the gnostics. Would man be better off omniscient? The author’s answer appears to be no. Is an adversary that is completely robotic composed of AI worse than an android that still has a human component inside? Does the answer change if you are the android rather the hero fighting it?

Batman: Detective Comics: Vol 4: Deus Ex Machina asks many questions that will encourage much thought even after the book is done. Re-reading is recommended to catch some of the more subtle nuances. There are many Easter eggs referencing classic anime and manga that are fun to find. 

The artwork is perfect especially some of the collages of different ideas captured in one pane. The hues move from brights to pastels depending on the mood of the scene. On a screen, it is sometimes difficult to see that panes continue across two pages so paper might be the better choice.

This is not a typical Batman story, or even comic. However for readers looking for something new with a science fiction/religious vibe, this book is highly recommended. 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, DC Comics, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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Jazz Maynard
December 21st, 2017 by diane92345

Gangs, dirty cops, missing children, sex trafficking and murder explode across this noir crime thriller. 

Childhood friends Jazz, Teo and Judas go down separate life paths that all involve crime. There is a significant flashback in chapter two explaining how the boys’ paths diverged.

While rescuing his sister from poor decisions, Jazz runs into some unexpected luck in New York City. After escorting his sister home to a small town in Catalonia Spain, his luck runs out and he must rely on Teo and Judas’ quick wits to rescue him from a bad situation. When approached by a local crime boss with a request that he can’t refuse, Jazz starts down a slippery slope. Of course, there is always a dame from the past to muddy the waters.

Jazz Maynard is a good crime drama. The artwork is excellent. The scene is set in dusky but highly saturated greens, blues, reds and oranges. While dark, it is easy to see details and tell the characters apart. The only complaint is there is an excess of words on each page. It feels a bit clunky while reading. Still, Jazz Maynard is a good choice for noir or crime syndicate thriller lovers, where no one is wholly innocent. It is reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs or Chinatown. 3 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Lion Forge, and NetGalley for an advanced review copy. This book will be published on December 26, 2017 but can be ordered now on Amazon.

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