From A Library – Star Wars: Shattered Empire

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1–4 Written by Greg Rucka Art by Marco Checchetto (and Angel Unzueta and Emilio Laiso) I didn’t expect to see Rucka writing a Star Wars comic, especially one that starts at the end of the Battle of Endor; what I did expect was that Rucka would write a good comic book, and at least I was right about that. Lieutenant Shara Bey is an Alliance pilot in Green Group, fighting Imperial ships outside the Death Star; she comes close to accidentally shooting Luke Skywalker as he exits the Death Star following his battle with the Emperor. […]

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Book Review: Patriot Acts

By Greg Rucka My latest ‘Look at me, I read books with no pictures as well’ post is still linked to comic books: it was comics that introduced me to the novels of Greg Rucka, and that is one of the many things I for which I can thank them. Although I loved his great Queen & Country novels (at least, I think you can get that message from my appallingly written post about them [LINK]), it is his Atticus Kodiak novels that are even better. Starting out as stories about a bodyguard (‘personal protection service’) with a great name, […]

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Book review: Queen & Country novels

A Gentleman’s Game and Private Wars by Greg Rucka Queen & Country, from Oni Press, is a great comic book series, with a complex leading character in Tara Chace, that looks at a more realistic view of the world of modern espionage, specifically the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Service. It was a shame that the series went on hiatus while Rucka wrote these novels and ended up as one of the architects of DC’s weekly series redefining their universe, 52, but it was worth it when I read these books. The first, A Gentleman’s Game, is […]

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