Dixon, Chuck

AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:

2.5 out of 5

(2 books)

Star Wars: General Grievous

(Art by Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington)

This story takes place two years after 'Attack Of Clones' (and therefore a year before 'Revenge Of The Sith'), when the Clone Wars are at their peak.  It involves a group of rogue Jedi and vengeful miners who decide to hunt down the brutal Separatist warlord of the title. 

What I liked about this book was the fact that, unlike so much of the Clone Wars stuff, it doesn't feel the need to include Obi-Wan, Anakin, Quinlan Vos or Aayla Secura.  This helps to further the concept that the Clone Wars contain countless interesting stories, rather than just those focusing around the more famous Jedi. 

Another massive benefit is that the General Grievous presented here is the powerful, ruthless killer of the original Clone Wars cartoon, rather than the incompetent, cowardly weakling presented in Episode III and the CGI TV series. 

To match Dixon's impressive writing of the General, Rick Leonardi presents some truly outstanding images of Grievous in action.  This isn't an earth-shatteringly good Star Wars book, but it's definitely worth checking out.

4 out of 5

 

Superman/Aliens 2: God War

(Art by Jon Bogdanove and Kevin Nowlan)

I'll be blunt; this book is rubbish.  The story involves Darkseid unleashing the Aliens against his enemies, the New Gods, and Superman's efforts to save the day. 

The New Gods and their planet are awful, their abnormally heroic looks and garish costumes making Superman look almost drab.  Darkseid's plot could well have made for an interesting story if it weren't for the fact that, in the end, he destroys the Aliens himself, making the entire story pointless. 

The Aliens franchise has been severely degraded by this nonsense and Superman too (and I've never really liked him anyway!).

1 out of 5

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Batman: Knightfall Part One - Broken Bat (here)

Predator Omnibus Volume 1 (here)

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