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DC Comics Blackest Night TPB (2010) Geoff Johns/Ivan Reis


2013-04-25 16.20.17Unfortunately for me back in 2010 I did not pick up the 8 part comic book series from DC Blackest Night but I now wish I had. Never fear though just as DC always do they released the trade paper back version of the series which gathers and collects all 8 single issues into one collection and this book does not dissappoint.

Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Ivan Reis this is one epic story for all DC comic book fans. Blackest Night” involves Nekron, a personified force of death who resurrects deceased superheroes and seeks to eliminate all life and emotion from the universe.

I am really interested in DC over Marvel these days, sure Marvel have some great movies that have released and soon to come also but DC hasn’t had the same attention in cinemas hence the general non-comic book reader isn’t as familiar but I feel DC characters have a lot more back story and the characters are more fully fleshed out in my opinion at least. DC comics are more of a thinking man’s comic book it feels compared with the run and gun Marvel characters and stories.

I had a great time with this and includes most of the Justice League heroes working together with not just the green lantern corps, but the story brings together the 5 other lanterns corps (orange, blue, yellow, saphire, indigo) all to save the earth and the universe from annihilation.

The storyline was first mentioned at the conclusion of the “Sinestro Corps War” in Green Lantern vol. 4, #25. As the war between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps reaches its climax, the four Green Lanterns of Earth—Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner—are told by the Guardians Ganthet and Sayd of the Blackest Night prophecy. According to the prophecy, the two existing Corps would be joined by five new ones, each driven by a specific emotion and empowered by a specific color of the emotional spectrum, leading to a “War of Light” that would subsequently destroy the universe. Johns says the prophecy has its origins in the story “Tygers” by Alan Moore, which touches on the rising up of the Guardians’ enemies the Weaponers of Qward, Ranx the Sentient City, and the Children of the White Lobe, the destruction of the Green Lanterns, and shows Sodam Yat and Mogo dying. Atrocitus, however, denies the accuracy of this prophecy, suggesting that it blended the Blackest Night and the Sinestro Corps War with pure falsehood. – Source: wikipedia.com

Here are just a few of my favorite pages in the book:

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The black lantern corps have turned Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and others

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If you are a fan of the DC comic book universe or a fan of comics in general, you shouldn’t miss this story it is well written and the artwork in the book is amazing. I would definately recommend it.

Walter Isaacson – Steve Jobs Biography Is Hard To Put Down


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I picked up Steve Jobs’ biography today and was not really sure what to make of it at first glance. Written by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson (who also wrote biography’s on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein), this book covers pretty much everything in Steve’s live. Walter Isaacson is also the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

I did have a few questions running through my head before I decided to pick this one up though. How can someone summarise the life of a man who was very closed off and secretive and who kept his cards very close to his chest? How do you write a biography about a man who never told anyone anything about his private life?

Well…the answers as I quickly found are given very quickly in the first few pages of the book. The prologue to the book actually goes into pretty great detail about how the book came to be and how Steve insisted Walter write a biography about him time and time again, unbeknownst to Walter of the health issues that plagued the last few years of Steve’s life.

The first few lines on the inside of the book jacket read:

Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years – as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues – this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.

I’ve been quite interested in biographies of interesting people for a while and pick up new ones and read them when I can, but so far this one as really got me hooked and one of those that’s difficult to put down. I’m not a huge Apple fanboy by any means. I don’t have all the latest Apple products and I won’t kill myself to get in line when they come out, but if you’re interested in the technology industry and want an inside peek into what life was like for one of the great pioneers of the business you really should check this one out.

Barack Obama – The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream


On my way home at Sydney airport over the weekend, I stopped by a bookstore in the airport terminal waiting for my plane back to Melbourne and came across Barack Obama’s new book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” and I must say, so far its an amazing book.

Here’s a brief extract from the first few pages of the prologue:

It’s been almost ten years since I first ran for political office. I was thirty-five at the time, four years out of law school, recently married, and generally impatient with life. A seat in the Illinois legislature had opened up, and several friends suggested that I run, thinking that my work as a civil rights lawyer, and contacts from my days as a community organizer, would make me a viable candidate. After discussing it with my wife, I entered the race and proceeded to do what every first-time candidate does: I talked to anyone who would listen.

barackj-audacity-of-hopeYou know when you find a book you just can’t put down you’ve stumbled across something really amazing. He writes in a very clear manor which is very pleasing to read. He is a remarkable story teller and grabs you right from the start to the very end.

I’m about 2 chapters in so far out of a total of nine, in which he covers many aspects of his political views, his thoughts on current politics both in America and the world and how since becoming president how he and his party can change things for the better.

“The Audacity of Hope” has a very personal feel and you know you’re reading something quite special when the leader of the free world is making fun of himself (in a simply humorous way). It adds understanding and value to his words, something that we can all relate to.

I couldn’t have put it any better than the last paragraph of the blurb so here’s the quote:

“Barack Obama writes with intimacy and self-deprecating humour about balancing his family life and his public vocation. His search for consensus and his respect for the democratic process inform every sentence he writes”. 

If you’re interested in politics or just interested in Barack himself I’d strongly suggest you pick this one up, its truly an amazing piece of work.