“The Multiversity” by Grant Morrison

The MultiversityThe Multiversity by Grant Morrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a digital copy of this from Netgalley and DC to read and review. However, I didn’t get to it in time and lost access to the file. I wanted to read it bad enough to buy a copy from Amazon, and I’m glad I did. This is something I will read again in the future and the illustrations are fantastic.

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This was a confusing and sometimes baffling read, which I guess is pretty typical for a Morrison story. 🙂 This one has 52 Earths existing side by side with all different kinds of superheroes living in them. A cursed comic has been planted in each one, which (somehow?) has the potential to destroy the worlds unless the heroes can prevent it. It’s another “crisis event” thing with a villain called the Gentry and another villain called Sivana (?) that has multiple versions in each world, also trying to bring destruction and chaos to the worlds.

While epic, it was hard to follow at times, and I don’t think the finale was very satisfying. The illustrations were amazing, so I’m adding a star.

I love Grant Morrison. If you’re a fan, you will probably like this. In my view, it’s not his best. Apparently, there’s another theory that it’s about over-analyzing comics and one character represents the reader and others the bloggers and critics? I could just be too dumb to see that deep into it, but I never suspected anything like that. Maybe that ties into all the warnings to “not read further” and “don’t turn the page, reader” and breaking the 4th wall?

Overall, it was interesting and weird and pretty typical Morrison. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I did love the illustrations though.

Original review:I took a few pics before starting…

On Netgalley: 8 SEPTEMBER 2015!

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Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

Krampus: The Yule LordKrampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!”

We’ve all been taught that Santa and Mrs. Claus look a little something like this:

We’ve all been taught wrong. This is Santa:

And his wife:

Santa is really Baldr, an ancient Norse god and son of Odin. He was known for being all peace, love, and light, but was that the real story or was Baldr a great deceiver?

In this story, after Baldr dies in ancient times, he is reborn as Santa Claus. He takes over Yule and changes the holiday. Well, someone is not very happy about THAT.

Meet Krampus. Our villain, I mean hero, or is it anti-hero? Who knows, who cares. He’s awesome.

Krampus has been imprisoned by Santa/Baldr for 500 years and has just gotten his freedom back, only to discover no one celebrates Yule anymore. No candy in shoes? No tributes? And where’s his bag? Oh yeah, SANTA STOLE IT! The battle to bring back Yule is on. You’re toast, Santa!

Here’s Isabel and Jesse.

They are part of Krampus’s Belsnickels. If Krampus bites you, you become a little bit demon. Your skin gets black spots and you grow claws, have heightened senses, live a really long time, the cold doesn’t bother you, you don’t need to eat as much, etc. But you have to obey his commands. So you’re basically a slave, but hey, things could always be worse!

When we meet Jesse, he has lost his wife and daughter and is pretty much a loser. He can’t keep a job, his truck barely works, and everyone hates him. He gets stuck doing jobs for The General, who runs the meth in town. And the police chief named Dillard wants him dead (and is sleeping with his estranged wife). He meets Krampus and ends up turning his life around. This is even a tale about FRIENDSHIP, people!

It’s got a little bit of everything – horror and gore, comedy, mythology, fantasy… I love how the author wove ancient myths and paganism into the story. Flying yule goats instead of flying reindeer…Krampus is Loki’s grandson…Yule was celebrated before Christmas existed and was about celebrating the winter solstice and the rebirth of the sun and was also connected to Odin and The Wild Hunt. It was about drinking, dancing, sex and partying!

It’s really fascinating. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because there was a little bit of issues with pacing at times. But overall, this was loads of fun and a perfect (for me) Christmas story.

The author, Brom, drew the pictures I posted above. He is amazing!!! So talented.

Original review:

Loved it! What a great Christmas, er, I mean, Yuletide book! I’ll post a review tomorrow, but I think I have found a new favorite author and I LOVED how he worked in ancient paganism and Viking/Norse gods and myths. It’s got crazy hill-billy meth gangs, a Santa who looks like Odin, and Loki’s grandson who looks like a demon with horns. Fun fun fun. Good for both horror and fantasy fans. Highly recommended!

Still $1.99 on Amazon Kindle: 17 DEC 2015.

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