I'm starting to get back on top of my mammoth monthly reading now that the TV has stopped tempting me with it's goodies! This month I have already got through two novels and three graphic novels and I am just about to start reading the next Gaunt Omnibus, The Saint, and crack into my next graphic novel as well.
So, here are my thoughts on my most recent reads this month.
First off, The Horus Heresy, Age of Darkness. This is a collection of short stories set in the Heresy period of the Warhammer 40K universe. Loved it! I was left speechless in places the stories are so good. For me the standout story was, Little Horus, the battle towards the end was amazing. If Games Workshop ever get to make a movie they need it to be like this story, Little Horus had me on the edge of my seat! My only warning would be, before you read this book, that you need to have read at least the first trilogy of novels from the Horus Heresy to get where some of these stories and characters are coming from. An easy 5 out of 5!
Next, one of my Favourite comics, Elephantmen: War Toys, Volume 1: No Surrender. Again, loved it! The Elephantmen comics are epic in all meanings of the word, and having read a lot of them, War Toys is no exception to this. It has, as always, a brilliant, touching and thought provoking story with fantastic artwork. Can't wait for volume 2. Again, another easy 5 out of 5.
My final book for this post is another graphic novel, She Hulk, Jaded. I picked-up this comic at a comic expo back a few months ago on a whim. It's a hardback, cool art and the story looked interesting as well. I say this because I have never read any She Hulk before I read this one.
I was pleasantly surprised, and that is not to say it was a bad read, far from it. I really enjoyed the story and the artwork is top-notch too. For me though, something is missing, the whole story is very 'throw-away'. There, as always it seems with the modern DC and Marvel comics, something bigger going on in the 'universe' which means being across several comics and stories - one of the reasons I dropped reading monthly Marvel and DC. For that reason I'm going to have to give it a 3 out of 5. A good read, best bet is to do it on a Sunday afternoon.