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Comic Book Review: The Eternaut

The Eternaut comic book cover

Since I was a child, I like sci-fi themes of aliens invading Earth and the always initially losing human side struggling to survive and counter-attack. V, War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks... So I decided to give a try and bought The Eternaut as a compilation (the comic strips originally appeared on newspapers in 1957).

Set in Buenos Aires, a family and their friends are playing at the house when a sudden snow storm beings, apparently killing people upon touching any snowflake. They survive, forge some improvised sealed suits and begin exploring for answers as to what happened. Soon they will find that the snow was just the first strike of an alien force that seems to want to erase human life from the planet.

I love not reading/watching spoilers so I'll stop there the plot description, but it got me intrigued until the end. The drawing is fine, black and white but detailed and evocative of the story being told, and the comic keeps the orignal small 3-4 pages weekly strips so there are lots of cliffhangers to keep you eager of reading what happens next. The plot is quite imaginative for the times it was written and, despite the obvious political underlaying message, overall is an enjoyable science fiction tale.

Note: Preparing this review I learned that there is an official sequel and a remake (with more violence and political content), I might try to get a hold of the sequel. Further follow ups seem to be of lesser quality and not from the original author (who sadly dissapeared).

Book Review: Angels of Caliban

Angels of Caliban

I continue my reading of Horus Heresy series in disorder, but focusing mainly on Dark Angels-themed books (being my favourite chapter). My latest read, Angels of Caliban, has been a pleasant surprise.

In this volume we get to learn with lots of details mostly two plot lines: How began Caliban conversion to chaos, and how (and why) the Imperium Secundus and Triumvirate dissapeared. On one side, new details about Caliban hidden forces, about the origins of The Order, about how Luther slowly turns to rebellion after being banished to Caliban by the Lion. On the other, how the Triumvirate worked, with Sanguinius and Guilliman and the Lion who goes hunting for Curze with drastic measures. We also get to see more of the character of the Dark Angels primarch and some decisions that might have consequences...

There are also nice links with previous books, like the Tchulcha device the angels have, but also with future events, like mentioning Luther befriends Typhon (who is already tainted by Nurgle but keeps it in secret), of the old formations the chapter had (especially the Dreadwing), and we get to learn some "motivations" we can say of some of the will-be first Fallen Angels.

As a Dark Angels fan, can't but recommend reading it. There are some chapters who feel a bit long (e.g. a certain Luther speech...) but overall quite enjoyable.

Comic Book Review: Warhammer 40,000 Revelations

Warhammer 40,000 Revelations cover

After the events of Will of Iron, Revelations covers the second volume of the series. This time the story and pacing does increase, maybe opening too many branches. Why I think that? Well, because we have as foes now Chaos Space Marines, Chaos human cultists, Traitor space marines, The Fallen, Eldar Harlequins and even Necrons! And inquisitor Sabbathiel arrives and seeks the Dark Angels...

The drawings are once again spectacular, so well done the comics seem worth even only for them. Fantastic coloring, great use of lights... is a pleasure for the eyes. One thing that I liked is that we get to see more imperial interiors than usual: an inquisitor dorm "room", Space Marine penitence areas and other places you don't usually see many images of.

With its ~90 pages feels short again (and of course we're left with some cliffhangers) but I liked it more than the first volume. If you get it alongside the first volume or already own that one, go for this volume 2.

Book Review: The Art of Blizzard Entertainment

The Art of Blizzard Entertainment book cover

I've grown playing Blizzard videogames, so The Art of Blizzard Entertainment was an easy choice. Although the first Starcraft didn't impressed me so much, the second part was much better. Diablo, I've poured hundreds of hours on each game of the trilogy and Diablo II was one of the first videogames that we played on our LAN-parties. And then Warcraft... videogames I've played once and again (especially Warcraft & Warcraft III), in single and multiplayer, and even played World of Warcraft for a few months (until was requiring too much time).

All of the previous paragraph is to remark that I cannot be objective as those games have been among my favourites for decades. And this book delivers, oh yes it delivers.

From pencil sketches to fully colored drawings, from small details to huge scenarios, from characters to double-page scenes, it is a visual pleasure to see each page. There are commentaries also, but they are so secondary nothing will happen if you miss them. It is also a big and heavy book, which I like because that means the pictures are big and many details can be appreciated.

If you like WoW or Diablo in general, you will really enjoy the artwork.

Book Review: The Primarchs

The Primarchs book cover

Small review of the 20th book of Horus Heresy series, The Primarchs. On it we find four stories regarding primarchs in the Heresy era, and get a deeper view into how they think and act. The novellas included are:

  • The Reflection Crack'd by Graham McNeill: Is Fulgrim possesed and corrupted by a daemon?
  • Feat of Iron by Nick Kyme: Where and why did Ferrus Manus dissapeared?
  • The Lion by Gav Thorpe: Is The Lion trully loyal? (I read and reviewed it in the past)
  • The Serpent Beneath by Rob Sanders: Is really Omegon going to attack an Alpha Legion base on an asteroid and kill its own brothers?

An interesting read, with some twists and surprises. I like the concept of different stories as they don't share scenarios (nor writers), each one being fresh and different. It is hard to not spoil the contents so I'll just say that I enjoyed them.

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