“The Man of Steel: Superman vs. the Doomsday Army”

I had the opportunity to review “The Man of Steel: Superman vs. the Doomsday Army”.

This book contains a very limited number of illustrations.  The artwork, however sparse, is very good.

I was pretty much disappointed in the content of this graphic comic.  I was disappointed in the quality of writing, as well as the storyline.  Call me old-school, but when I think of Superman, I think of Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White.  There was only a passing mention of Lois Lane, but no involvement in the storyline.

Realizing this is a rather short review, I just don’t have a whole lot to say.  This is probably the weakest Superman episode I’ve ever read.  I’m sorry, but the effort is disappointing.

I received a complementary copy of this book for the purpose of providing a review. There are no other obligations, beyond a timely and fair review.

This review will also appear in my blog: JonReviewsBooks1.Wordpress.com, and will appear on Amazon after the release date.


Louis L’Amour Still Rocks

The graphic novel “Law of the Desert Born” hits bookshelves on October 8, 2013.

One clear memory of childhood was looking at my dad’s recliner chair.  He was a hard working laborer who struggled to put food on the table, and clothing on our backs.  Sometimes I would sit in his big chair when he was at work, or away for whatever reason.  There was one constant in this picture….

There was ALWAYS a small stack of paperbacks sitting next to his chair.  All written by Louis L’Amour.  I believe my dad read every book, short story, and article by or about his favorite author.

When I gained the opportunity to read and review this new graphic novel, I jumped at the chance.

With excellent artwork, and a fast paced dialogue, this L’Amour short story did not surprise.  This tale first appeared as a short story in 1946.  Louis was very popular with the post-war men of this country, and was highly regarded by many during this incredibly important time in our country’s history.

Son, Beau L’Amour, exhumed this story from the vast archives of his father’s work.  And, the graphic novelization of this story fits very nicely into this genre.  Sharp, short conversation among these cowboys, we’re treated to fist fights, gun fights, a sheriff’s posse and more, that makes these Westerns classics.  Beau very nicely took his father’s short story and transformed it to a very successful graphic presentation.

I generally don’t read or review graphic novels, comics, etc., but this one caught my eye, and I’m glad that I was able to procure a copy.  It’s a very quick and entertaining read.  I’m very pleased that the iconic work of Louis L’Amour lives on, touching future generations.  A 4-Star Effort!!

I received a complementary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  There are no other obligations beyond a prompt and honest review.  This review will also be posted at my blog, JonReviewsBooks1.Wordpress.com, and will appear on Amazon upon the book’s release.

“Authentic Christianity: A Transition to Divinity” by Sammy P. Crimson

South African born Sammy P. Crimson delivers a look at Authentic Christianity from a very fresh and compelling perspective.

Though the book is short (around 50 pages), it is not a quick read.  The reader is constantly faced with a new perspective of God’s matchless grace.  A perspective that causes us to pause and reflect on the message the author is bringing forward.

The book is written in a very reader-friendly, conversational, style, which makes the message come across quite clearly.  It’s obvious in just the first few pages that this book was not only a labor of love, but a work spawned by deep thought and prayerful consideration. 

Sammy Crimson delivers a message of our transition from sinner to the divine, only through God’s amazing grace.  I believe that the tone supporting each chapter is a very contemplative look at the subject of grace, and our resultant redemption.

Authentic Christianity is a good read, and causes one to direct their thoughts inwardly.  I do urge you to take the spiritual journey mapped by this fine message.

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a prompt and honest review.  In addition to appearing in Goodreads, this review may be found on my blog: jonreviewsbooks.wordpress.com., and will appear on Amazon on or after the release date.