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A light reading weekend book review!  Why?  Because Pastors need breaks and fun read too.

Garth Ennis.  The Shadow, Volume 4: Bitter Fruit.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, October 28th, 2012.  180 pp.

3 out of 5

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If you like graphic novels with a pulp, noir and historical feel of the 1920s-50s you ought to give the character “The Shadow” a try.  This is my third volume I read that featured the Shadow because I have come to really this character.  Here’s my thought on this specific volume.

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I haven’t posted a light leisure reading for the weekend for a few weeks now.  Sometimes Pastors also need to take a mental break…

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Andy Diggle.  Green Arrow: Year One. New York, NY: DC Comics, April 22nd, 2008. 160 pp.

This was for a fun read.  I did enjoyed it.  This is another character that I don’t know anything about and it explains the origin of the DC hero Green Arrow and his beginnings.  The story tells us of a rich and spoiled young man name Oliver Queen who suddenly found a purpose in life in fighting for justice.  What began as a trip on a yacht with an ex-Royal Marine mentor on all things “manly” becomes horrific as he is conned and left for dead.  But Oliver survives alone in an island where he soon found out that it is run by an evil enterprise where the natives are enslaved.  This fight for justice for the native would launch him into a career of being a hero for justice.  Overall I enjoyed this story and the character’s transition from a celebrity spoiled brat as seen in how he ruined a charity auction become a man with a deep sense of justice.

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If you are interested in comics here’s a link to my Collection of Posts: Superheroes, Comics and Worldview Series.

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The last few weeks has been heavy for me in the ministry front.  Here’s a light reading review for the weekend.

The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan

Bryan Doerries.  The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan.  New York, NY: Pantheon Books, April 5th, 2016.  160 pp.

This graphic novel is a retelling of the Greek classic The Odyssey but with a modern twist.  The author is a big advocate of using classical literature as a tool help military service members cope and heal with the aftermath of war.  Bryan Doerries founded a project called Theater of War that presents readings of Greek plays to service members and veterans.  The book itself takes that same concept but uses the medium of graphic novel.  It tells the story of an infantry squad of Marines heading home from Afghanistan and their sergeant Jack Brennan telling the story of the Odyssey to help his junior Marines transition back home from war.  A few pages into the book I was already thinking, “Man, this might be good for some fellow veterans I know…”

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Yesterday I posted on “Spurgeon on Preachers Reading Outside the Bible and Theology.”  One commentator, patrickhawthorne01, wrote “Does this mean I still get to read the comics?”  So its probably appropriate to have my weekly Friday evening book reviews of leisure reading to be on comics!

Superman for All Seasons

Jeph Loeb. Superman for All Seasons. New York, NY: DC Comics, September 25th 2002. 206 pp.

5 out of 5

Funny as this may sound this is my first Superman comic that I read.  That’s largely due to the fact that as a kid I found Superman to be cheesy.  So when I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 I hope readers would understand that I really thought this book was good.  It surpassed my expectations!  When the writer Jeph Loeb and the artist Tim Sale team up they are incredible and this is another example of great comic art and story just like their other work: Batman: The Long Halloween and Daredevil Legends, Vol. 1: Yellow.

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Here’s tonight’s recommended light reading.  Because ministers sometimes need a break from theology.

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Jeph Loeb. Daredevil: Yellow.  New York, NY: Marvel Publishing Incorporated, December 17th, 2008. 168 pp.

This is my first time reading about the superhero known as Daredevil and I enjoyed it.  What prompted me to read this work is because of the name of the writer and the artist whom I enjoyed seeing their previous works on Batman.  I really like the storytelling ability of author Jeph Loeb and also the artistic presentation of Tim Sale whose drawing and colors are believable compared to some comics about superheroes while he also masterfully gives us colors and facial expression of character that is complex and beautifully gives us an overall noir-like vibe.

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The Jekyll Island Chronicles Book One A Machine Age War

Steve Nedvidek and Ed Crowell. The Jekyll Island Chronicles, Book One: A Machine Age War.  Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, May 31st, 2016. 176 pp.

This was a fun graphic novel.  I was looking for something like this for some time now and I’m glad I found it!  This is a historical fiction that has a bit of steampunk feel though it is centered in the 1910s-1920s than British Victorian Era.  The story line exceeded my expectations.  This work tells us a story of the post-World War One period in which US president Woodrow Wilson was trying to sell the League of the Nations both abroad and at home.  However this is not about the League of the Nations but an alternative history of how a secret conspiracy group is going about perpetuating terrorism and a president who is worried about the future.  Eventually at a place called Jekyll Island in the state of Georgia a gathering of the leading men of the time would be united to fight this threat by raising a team of superheroes.

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The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks

Igort. The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks.  New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, April 26th, 2016. 352 pp.

This is really two books in one.  I had a rough start with this work but it got better as I continued reading.  The book is presented as a journal in the format of a graphic novel.  I think the editor is right to say this work will go down in history with other graphic journalists work.  In this review I will look at book one, “The Ukrainian Notebooks” and part two, “The Russian Notebooks” respectively.

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