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Review: Black Panther – The Most Dangerous Man Alive: The Kingpin of Wakanda

Black Panther - The Most Dangerous Man Alive: The Kingpin of Wakanda
Black Panther – The Most Dangerous Man Alive: The Kingpin of Wakanda by David Liss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have really enjoyed the writing of this series, and while the artwork is not in my preferred style it really does a remarkable job of matching the atmosphere created by the writer. The scope on this volume was very interesting, and it was nice seeing the team-up with other notable street brawler type characters. In the end though it concludes in a way that leads me to believe that this is the end of the series, and perhaps the return of the Daredevil series is imminent. Definitely worth the read.

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Review: Mystery Men

Mystery Men
Mystery Men by David Liss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

David Liss is a new writer to me, but I have to say that I am impressed with his style. This book takes place in a very dark part of our modern history, and explores the subject of vigilante heroes set in that framework. Liss really seemed to capture the speech and mannerisms common to that time, and at no point did I feel that it was artificial or stilted. What really caught me off guard was encountering a character that is a major villain within the history of the Marvel Universe, but encountering him at a time before he really grew to that level of fame. I hadn’t expected to encounter anyone from the history of the universe, so finding him in so innocuous of a role was unexpected. Even so, you get a bit of the vibe that we now expect from that character (and no, I am not going to spoil it by telling you who this character is) and you can see just a hint of who he will grow to become.

The artwork did a fantastic job of carrying the noir-like flair that always seems to pervade works set within this time period, and really complemented the story. All in all this was an excellent book, and while I believe that this was a one-off book I really hope to find that they revisit this cast of characters again and tell of their further adventures.

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Review: Black Panther: The Man Without Fear Volume 1: Urban Jungle

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear Volume 1: Urban Jungle
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear Volume 1: Urban Jungle by David Liss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Black Panther character has always been a background character in other stories that I have read over the years, but never in my experience has he headlined his own series, so this was an interesting journey for me. I found the writing to be very mature and well written, and by mature I am not talking about being full of foul language but rather in the sense of being well handled, and a sign of maturity on the part of the writer. Honestly, something of a rarity in this market, so finding a writer with a clean, mature writing style is a rare gem to be treasured. The artwork is dark and moody, and is basically the sort of work you would expect in a Batman or Daredevil book. As Black Panther is taking over for Daredevil and patrolling Hells Kitchen I suppose this artwork is perfectly appropriate for the style of book that we have here. Honestly, I am not a super fan of the dark and moody style, even when it fits, but I found that I really didn’t mind it when reading this book.

In the end I found myself very satisfied with the read and looking forward to the next volume.

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