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Underrated: Graphic Novel Biographies

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Graphic Novel Biographies.


Biographies aren’t always the first thing you think  of when you think of graphic novels, and vice versa. But the thing is a graphic novel is a fantastic way to tell a person’s life story, or a portion there of, that isn’t often used as much as it could be. Graphic novel biographies are a wonderfully unique way of telling a story that you really can’t capture the same way with a prose book. By utilizing the graphic novel format, the creative team have the opportunity to bring the story to life with picture, or temper  the harshness of what the biography’s subject went through so that the reader can take more of the story in (seriously, imagine the first entry with realistic artwork). Or the artwork can tell give you a subtlety that’s missing in other mediums as you’re more readily able to spend time pouring over the images in front of you. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that I think graphic novels are an underrated method of telling a biographical story.

So I present to you here a short list of graphic novel biographies. 

A few things before we start; firstly, these biographies are all told primarily in the graphic novel format, but they my not encapsulate  the entirety of the subjects life. Secondly, because I’ve got eclectic taste these selections may not be for everybody so be prepared for some potentially foolish claims. Lastly, this isn’t a complete, or inclusive, list and it is completely subjective.

Maus (Pengiun)
Lets’s be honest here, Maus is far from underrated as a comic book. It’s one of the prime examples of excellence in the medium, and for good reason; this is a book that tackles the harsh realities of life in a concentration camp, and is still every bit as relevant now as it it ever was. So its far from underrated as a comic, but as a biography? It’s not often thought of in that way, especially by non comics fans.  Granted, this book takes a spot in this weeks Underrated simply because it’s a graphic novel that really exemplifies the mediums power, but also because when those outside of comics think of a biographical tale seldom does a graphic novel crop up. It’s for this reason that Maus is on the list.

Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven (IDW)
You don’t need to be a wrestling fan to appreciate this story, but I won’t deny that it helps. I am not a wrestling fan any more (though I still appreciate the talent these men and women have to do what they do), but I found Closer To Heaven is an incredibly touching tribute to a great man. A giant who entertained millions of people around the world, while suffering an incredible amount of pain because of his gigantism. Andre is a truly inspiring figure, and this is a fantastic way to honour his story. It’s not the only biography of Andre released in graphic novel form, but it is the only one that I have read.

Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator Of Batman (Charlesbridge)
Perhaps the most powerful book on this list that isn’t Maus, Bill The Boy Wonder tells the story of Bill Finger, and his integral role in creating Batman that went largely known know, and entirely uncredited, until last year. This is a must read for any fans of Batman who want to know the true origin story of the caped crusader, and for those who want to read the book that helped Bill Finger get the recognition he deserves.

Dark Night:  A True Batman Story (Vertigo)
Telling the story of the night that legendary Batman writer Paul Dini was mugged, this book is honestly hard to read at times thanks to it’s frank and honest depiction of one man’s struggle to overcome one of the mot traumatic nights of his life, and how Batman inspired him to get back up.

March (Top Shelf Productions)
This is a bit of a cheat because March is actually a three volume graphic  novel that tells the story of congressman John Lewis, a congressman in the state of Georgia. Each volume in this series is amazing, and delivers to an incredible reading experience about an American icon. Brett has an incredible series of reviews on this modern classic that can all be found within the first paragraph here, so if you want to know why you should read these books then read those.


There we have it – some of the best of the graphic novel biographies. Not all are underrated in the typical sense as relates to this column, (Mausfor example is one of the most respected graphic novels around), but all are worth reading. There are without a doubt other graphic novel biographies that I missed, so there’s a good chance there will be a second (or third) part to this list eventually.

In the meantime, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.

New Batman Pop! are Coming Soon

Previously revealed at London Toy Fair, there’s new Pop! Heroes: Batman figures coming.

Coming soon is Batman Forever Riddler, Batman Forever Two-Face, Batman Returns Catwoman, Batman Returns Penguin, Batman 1989 Joker w/Hat (plus chase figure), an Batman & Robin Mr. Freeze.

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Funko Reveals New Pop! Heroes: DC at London Toy Fair

At the London Toy Fair, Funko revealed new Pop! Heroes: DC. Some were previously revealed but are now available for pre-order.

Coming soon is Batman Forever Riddler, Batman Forever Two-Face, Batman Returns Catwoman, Batman Returns Penguin, Batman 1989 Joker w/Hat (plus chase figure), Batman & Robin Mr. Freeze, and a super-sized The Dark Knight Joker.

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New York Comic Con 2017: Eaglemoss Brings The Best of Batman

Gotham’s greatest guardian – along with a few of his most fearsome foes – will wing his way onto the exhibit floor of Gotham’s greatest comic convention, as Eaglemoss Collections shines the spotlight on a wide range of collectibles officially authorized by DC Entertainment and based on fan-favorite depictions of The Batman.

Released under Eaglemoss’ Hero Collector brand, the first four limited edition figures inspired by the award-winning Batman: The Animated Series will be on display at booth #1520. Approximately 5 inches tall, Batman, Penguin, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy have all been cast in metallic polyresin and each comes in new retro-style packaging along with a thoroughly researched and illustrated 12-page magazine.

The first three entries in the new line of Batman Universe Collector’s Busts will also be shown and features Batman, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. Averaging close to 5-1/2 inches in height, each of these richly detailed busts is crafted of Polystone resin, individually hand painted and comes with a collector’s magazine, providing an in-depth illustrated history of the character from first appearance to present day.

And no DC Super Hero Collection would be complete without the iconic limited edition MEGA-sized Batman statue, standing nearly 14 inches high, produced in polyresin and expertly hand painted. Only 750 of these beauties have been made and each comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. An even more rare black-and-white version of the statue, along with MEGA-sized depictions of The Joker and Harley Quinn, will also be on display at NYCC at Booth #1520.

As part of their celebration of New York Comic Con, Eaglemoss has also launched its “Winner Take All Giveaway!” One Grand Prize winner will receive over $350 in Eaglemoss collectibles selected from the Star Trek, DC Comics and Alien & Predator universes while nine First Prize winners will receive their choice of one of those bundles.

New York Comic Con takes place at the Javits Center in NYC on October 5-8, 2017.

Pop! Heroes: Batman Classic TV in June

The classic 1960s Batman TV series is coming to Pop! vinyl!

This series features villains Penguin, Mr. Freeze, King Tut, The Riddler, as well as Batgirl to keep the villains from creating havoc!

Look for The Riddler’s chase variant, wearing his question mark suit and bowler hat — it has a rarity of 1 in 6!

Pop! Heroes: Batman Classic TV are out in June from Funko.

 

 

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Coming From Diamond Select Toys: Marvel, DC, TMNT and Alien: Covenant!

April showers bring May powers, as a slew of super-hero merchandise from DST soars into this month’s Previews catalog! The super swag includes Marvel Select action figures, Marvel Gallery and DC Gallery PVC dioramas, DC Animated busts, Marvel Premier and Milestones statues, and the first-ever DC Comics Vinimates! Plus, new items from Ghostbusters, Alien: Covenant, Elf, Back to the Future and TMNT!

Batman Animated Series Penguin Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The fowl felon has arrived in the Batman Animated bust series! Oswald Coblepot, the Penguin, is captured in his classic animated appearance, as he appeared on Batman: The Animated Series. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, the Penguin perches on a pedestal base inspired by the show’s art-deco architecture, holding his ever-present umbrella. This piece is limited to only 3,000 made, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172501, SRP: $59.99)

DC Gallery Batman New Adventures Nightwing PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Robin sets off on a new adventure! As seen in the follow-up to Batman: The Animated Series, titled The New Batman Adventures, Dick Grayson has grown up and changed his look, becoming Nightwing! This PVC Diorama depicts Nightwing crouched atop a smokestack, preparing to pounce on an unsuspecting thug. This approximately 12-inch PVC diorama features detailed sculpting and exacting paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. In scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172499, SRP: $45.00)

Justice League Animated Doomsday Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Doomsday is here! The massive Superman villain is muscling into DST’s line of busts based on the DC Animated Universe, and he is guaranteed to dominate your Justice League collection! Measuring just under 7 inches tall, this resin bust of Doomsday is balanced on a pedestal base inspired by the League’s Watchtower satellite. This piece is limited to only 3,000 made, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172500, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Gallery Spider-Woman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Another wall-crawler joins the Marvel Gallery PVC line! Jessica Drew, the original Spider-Woman, has been an Avenger and explored the Spider-Verse, and now she’s the latest 9-inch scale PVC Diorama in the Marvel Gallery line. Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, Spider-Woman takes aim with her bio-electric blasts atop a web-pattern diorama base, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #MAY172529, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Netflix TV Elektra PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Netflix series of Marvel Gallery PVC dioramas continues with the assassin Elektra! Based on her appearance in Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix, this PVC figure of Elodie Yung as Elektra stands atop a pedestal inspired by a New York City rooftop, uniting it thematically with the other Netflix releases. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this diorama features detailed sculpting, exacting paint applications, and an authentic likeness. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172530, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Gallery line is blasting off into outer space! Three new PVC Dioramas capture the space-faring cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest blockbuster entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star-Lord with his jet-pack, Gamora with Rocket, and Drax with Groot each measure approximately 9-11 inches tall with highly detailed sculpting and paint applications. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!

Drax and Groot PVC Diorama (Item #MAY172524, SRP: $45.00)

Gamora and Rocket PVC Diorama (Item #MAY172525, SRP: $45.00)

Starlord PVC Diorama (Item #MAY172526, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Milestones Civil War Movie Captain America Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Another Milestone has been met! The second half of DST’s Marvel Milestones statue set based on Captain America: Civil War is here, and it’s Captain America himself! Raising his shield to deflect a blast of energy, Captain America can stand alone, or pair with the Marvel Milestones Iron Man statue to form a larger scene – face them back to back for a team-up, or face-to-face for all-out Civil War! This approximately 16.75” resin statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #MAY172528, SRP: $199.99)

Marvel Milestones Doctor Strange Movie Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! By the Vishanti! Doctor Stephen Strange has cemented his space in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now he has teleported into the Marvel Milestones statue line! Leaping from a portal, Doctor Strange casts spells with both hands in this dynamic statue featuring detailed paintwork as well as translucent sculpted effects. This approximately 14.5” resin statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #MAY172527, SRP: $225.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Gwen Masked Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Spider-Woman of Earth-65 is taking the Marvel Universe by storm, whether she’s fighting alongside other spider-heroes against the Inheritors, or playing with the Mary Janes in a battle of the bands! This 12-inch scale masked variant of our “Spider-Gwen” statue shows her alighting on a pillar, preparing to shoot a webline while balanced on one foot. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this resin statue is limited to an edition of 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. (Item #MAY172532, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Select Spider-Gwen Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the other side of the Spider-Verse comes the rockin’est Spider-hero in town! Mary Janes drummer and protector of New York City Gwen Stacy is the latest Marvel Select action figure from DST, and she’s sure to be one of our best sellers! The approximately 6.75-inch action figure comes with interchangeable raised and lowered hoods, various interchangeable hands, and a sculpted diorama base depicting a fallen robot! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAY172533, SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Select Netflix TV Daredevil Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Daredevil of Hell’s Kitchen is now the first-ever Marvel Select action figure to be based on the Netflix TV universe! Capturing Daredevil’s costume as it appears at the beginning of Season 2, and featuring the likeness of actor Charlie Cox, this 7-inch action figure features approximately 16 points of articulation and a pair of billy clubs, as well as a sculpted diorama base depicting the elevator from the season premiere! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY172531, SRP: $24.99)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Minimates 2-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The TMNT are travelling through time, and going back to where it all began! This all-new assortment of Minimates captures the Turtles as they appeared in their hit 1990s animated series, with classic, instantly recognizable looks!  Donatello takes on Shredder, Leonardo takes on Bebop, and Casey Jones and April O’Neil each take on a Foot Soldier. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #MAY172502, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Back to the Future 2 Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Great Scott! Marty McFly and Doc Brown have just jumped forward in time again, and they’re getting new outfits to blend in to 2017! These 4-inch vinyl figures based on the second film in the Back to the Future film trilogy are sculpted in a block-figure style, striking poses straight from the movie poster, and feature articulated necks for further customization. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Future Doc Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172513, SRP: $9.99)

Future Marty Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172514, SRP: $9.99)

Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 3

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Anyone seen a ghost? The Ghostbusters Vinimates line continues with three new 4-inch vinyl figures, featuring the creatures of the classic 1984 movie! Blocky renditions of Mr. Stay-Puft, Slimer and Gozer will expand your Vinimates collection and give the Boys in Beige someone to battle! Sculpted in poses straight from the movie, Mr. Stay-Puft and Gozer each feature articulated necks for further customization. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Mr. Stay-Puft Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172515, SRP: $9.99)

Slimer Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172516, SRP: $9.99)

Gozer Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172517, SRP: $9.99)

Alien: Covenant Movie Vinimates Xenomorph Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Witness the creation of fear! As the whole world braces itself for Alien: Covenant, DST prepares to unleash the top-secret new Xenomorph on their Vinimates vinyl figure line! This 4-inch vinyl figure is based on the new creature design in the new prequel film, and features an articulated neck for further posing options. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172518, SRP: $9.99)

DC Comics Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The DC Comics Universe is teaming up with the Vinimates vinyl figure line! This new line of comic-based Vinimates kicks off with three figures – Batman, Green Lantern and Harley Quinn! Each blocky 4-inch PVC figure strikes a distinctive pose from the comics. Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172519, SRP: $9.99)

Green Lantern Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172520, SRP: $9.99)

Harley Quinn Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172521, SRP: $9.99)

Elf Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Christmas is coming, so put an Elf Vinimate on your shelf! Based on the classic comedy film Elf, these 4-inch vinyl figures of Buddy and Jovie each strike a pose from the film, and feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Buddy Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172522, SRP: $9.99)

Jovie Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172523, SRP: $9.99)

Underrated: Graphic Novel Biographies

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Graphic Novel Biographies.


 

Biographies aren’t always the first thing you think  of when you think of graphic novels, and vice versa. But the thing is a graphic novel is a fantastic way to tell a person’s life story, or a portion there of, that isn’t often used as much as it could be. Graphic novel biographies are a wonderfully unique way of telling a story that you really can’t capture the same way with a prose book. By utilizing the graphic novel format, the creative team have the opportunity to bring the story to life with picture, or temper  the harshness of what the biography’s subject went through so that the reader can take more of the story in (seriously, imagine the first entry with realistic artwork). Or the artwork can tell give you a subtlety that’s missing in other mediums as you’re more readily able to spend time pouring over the images in front of you. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that I think graphic novels are an underrated method of telling a biographical story.

So I present to you here a short list of graphic novel biographies. 

A few things before we start; firstly, these biographies are all told primarily in the graphic novel format, but they my not encapsulate  the entirety of the subjects life. Secondly, because I’ve got eclectic taste these selections may not be for everybody so be prepared for some potentially foolish claims. Lastly, this isn’t a complete, or inclusive, list and it is completely subjective.

mausMaus (Pengiun)
Lets’s be honest here, Maus is far from underrated as a comic book. It’s one of the prime examples of excellence in the medium, and for good reason; this is a book that tackles the harsh realities of life in a concentration camp, and is still every bit as relevant now as it it ever was. So its far from underrated as a comic, but as a biography? It’s not often thought of in that way, especially by non comics fans.  Granted, this book takes a spot in this weeks Underrated simply because it’s a graphic novel that really exemplifies the mediums power, but also because when those outside of comics think of a biographical tale seldom does a graphic novel crop up. It’s for this reason that Maus is on the list.

Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven (IDW)
You don’t need to be a wrestling fan to appreciate this story, but I won’t deny that it helps. I am not a wrestling fan any more (though I still appreciate the talent these men and women have to do what they do), but I found Closer To Heaven is an incredibly touching tribute to a great man. A giant who entertained millions of people around the world, while suffering an incredible amount of pain because of his gigantism. Andre is a truly inspiring figure, and this is a fantastic way to honour his story. It’s not the only biography of Andre released in graphic novel form, but it is the only one that I have read.

BillTheBoyWonderFrBill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator Of Batman (Charlesbridge)
Perhaps the most powerful book on this list that isn’t Maus, Bill The Boy Wonder tells the story of Bill Finger, and his integral role in creating Batman that went largely known know, and entirely uncredited, until last year. This is a must read for any fans of Batman who want to know the true origin story of the caped crusader, and for those who want to read the book that helped Bill Finger get the recognition he deserves.

Dark Night:  A True Batman Story (Vertigo)
Telling the story of the night that legendary Batman writer Paul Dini was mugged, this book is honestly hard to read at times thanks to it’s frank and honest depiction of one man’s struggle to overcome one of the mot traumatic nights of his life, and how Batman inspired him to get back up.

TS_March_cvrMarch (Top Shelf Productions)
This is a bit of a cheat because March is actually a three volume graphic  novel that tells the story of congressman John Lewis, a congressman in the state of Georgia. Each volume in this series is amazing, and delivers to an incredible reading experience about an American icon. Brett has an incredible series of reviews on this modern classic that can all be found within the first paragraph here, so if you want to know why you should read these books then read those.

 


 


 

There we have it – some of the best of the graphic novel biographies. Not all are underrated in the typical sense as relates to this column, (Mausfor example is one of the most respected graphic novels around), but all are worth reading. There are without a doubt other graphic novel biographies that I missed, so there’s a good chance there will be a second (or third) part to this list eventually.

In the meantime, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! We’ve got reviews up already and lots of previews. Expect even more today including our picks for the week! Until then, here’s news from around the web you might have missed.

Around the Tubes

Comics Alliance – NECA’s ‘Batman Returns’ Penguin is Disgustingly Awesome – This looks awesome.

CBLDF – CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposed to Disclaimer for College Literature Course – Good!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Nothing But Comics – Transference #1

The Outhousers – Transference #1

Book Review: Somebody I Used To Know

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Title: Somebody I Used To Know

Author: David Bell

Publisher: New American Library

Synopsis:

The breakout author of The Forgotten Girl and Cemetery Girl, “one of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time” (Suspense Magazine) delivers a new novel about a man who is haunted by a face from his past….

When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off.

The next morning the police arrive at Nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket.

Convinced there’s a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. But the young woman’s murder is only the beginning… and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies.

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We all know that feeling when you pick up a book, you read all night and then finish it at school or work. That is exactly what happened to me. I just clicked the read now button, and a minute later, I was reading it. I love good thrillers.

I can summarise this book in two words: crazily twisted; in all the meanings of twisted. The author is telling the story of two college students, Marissa and Nick, who met and fell in love. However, Marissa is killed and Nick cannot get over it.

It has been a while since I have been so hooked up by a book so I literally couldn’t put it down. This page-turner has incredible characters and flawless writing. You know, some things don’t make sense and then it all adds up. Having said that, this is not a novel for those searching fast-paced read. The slow-burn built up to the end is simply genius and unblemished, though it could be irritating if you like everything to be revealed in the first chapters. The deeper I dived into the story and the characters, the more I refused to put it down.

Nick’s character is so relatable. He feels like a human being; he is not perfect as many characters are portrayed. He has his problems, but overall he is a good guy, living in the past to some extent, though it’s understandable considering his feelings for Marissa. They had so many plans together that were ruined.

In short, Somebody I Used To Know is a thrilling read with many twists and turns which keeps you guessing until the end just to prove your assumptions wrong.

 

Score: 5 out of 5 stars

Highly Recommended Read

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

New DC Universe Lego Sets for 2014

2014 will bring numerous new Lego sets for their DC Universe line. Not only are there new sets, but new figures and characters who haven’t been offered to date. Here’s a run down of what you can expect next year!

76010 Batman: The Penguin Face Off – Not only do you get a new Batman figure in a diving suit, but also the Penguin!

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76011 Batman: Man-Bat AttackIncludes a standard Batman figure, but also Man-Bat and Nightwing!

76011 Batman Man-Bat Attack76011 Batman Man-Bat Attack 176012 Batman: The Riddler Chase – I saw this set in person at San Diego Comic-Con and it looked really solid. Not only do you get Batman, but an awesome Riddler figure as well as the Flash!

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76013 Batman The Joker Steam Roller – The set looks interesting, but the highlight isn’t Batman, Robin, Joker or the Joker’s henchman, it’s Batgirl!

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10672 Defend the Batcave – Lego is putting out “junior sets” which are supposedly easier to put together. They still look pretty solid.

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