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Friday, July 3, 2015

Valhalla Mad 2

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 11:00 AM

The fabled Gluttonalia continues as comics’ newest godly sensations dive ever deeper into their own merriment on the streets of Manhattan. But there are secrets yet to be revealed...even beyond the mythic ingredients of Viken mead! It’s more drunken fun from Casey and Maybury! Don’t miss it!

Much like the last issue of this title, I found the forced archaic language tropey and hard to get through. It's not hard to undestand, so much as it is cumbersome and overdone. That's really the appeal of the book, I think; the fact that it's overdone and trying to be parody or satire (especially of Marvel's Thor title) is the point. For me, as a reader, it's still too much. It's not an enjoyable read for me, with too many words that say very little.

Unlike the last issue, which was largely set up and no delivery, there are hints of an actual plot in this book. The point is to keep the reader wanting to continue on to the next issue, to find out what other secrets the three main god characters are hiding from each other. As a writing tactic, it's effective enough, though I don't really like the title enough to recommend buying several issues of it. I was glad to see that this issue did have more seriousness in it, mixed in with the ridiculous and the bizarre.

I would give this, like the last issue, 2.5 stars out of 5. Fans of parodied fantasy should enjoy this if they can deal with the writing style.

You can find out more and purchase this title from Image Comics right over here!

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

Quantum Conditioning - "Paging Dr. Rhys-Davies"

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 8:00 AM

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Late Night Fun: Battlestar Galactica

Posted by Katrina Roets on 11:24 PM

Ivar, Timewalker 6

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 2:00 PM

With the universe on the brink of destruction, Ivar must turn to his closest relatives – Armstrong and Gilad Anni-Padda – to save Neela Sethi from the machinations of the Prometheans! The problem? These three guys couldn’t be further apart. Time doesn’t heal all wounds as the assault on Oblivi-1 begins!

Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Francis Portela (Green Lantern Corps) continue this time-shattering comics event!

Fred Van Lente
Francis Portela
Tom Brennan

It's interesting that this past week I've been reviewing two series, both involving time travel. One is Doctor Who (link to 9th doctor review?),whilst the other almost feels like a tribute. So it's interesting to see how both issues, during the second part of their story arcs no less, tackle those issue differently.

Whereas Doctor Who dives right into the weirdness, confident that it's fans will be able to keep up, but still trying to provide an experience that would be enjoyable to anyone, Ivar is a bit more focused on the destination and woe-betide anyone who hasn't done any their homework beforehand.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. Both series have different aims and remits. It's just a general comment that were you to come in fresh to this series, just one issue after the start of a new story arc, you would be lost. With the focus on setting things up for future issues, the humour has taken a backseat losing the key strength of the series.

Now I know that my own preferences come into this as a Doctor Who fan. I'm probably likely to be more forgiving of any media based on the show because of my long history with it. But Ivar captured my attention in the past due to just how far it's willing to go out there with it's concept.

Now it's settled down into a pattern and some of that freewheeling has gone, I'm wondering what is coming in the future for the series or if it's just more of the same. Which for a series based on spontaneity and talking about if the future is predicable, would be a disappointment.

Cover image courtesy of Valiant Entertainment

Ivar, Timewalker is available from Valiant.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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