A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

80. Die Hard: Year One, Vol. 1

Die Hard: Year One, Vol. 1 by Howard Chaykin. Art by Stephen Thompson (Canada) - (USA)
Die Hard series

Pages: 112 pages
Ages: 16+
Finished: May 9, 2010
First Published: Apr. 13, 2010
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Genre: graphic novel, crime fiction
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

America's having a birthday ... and everybody's coming to the party ... the bicentennial celebration in New York City.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: More Die Hard? A young John McClane? C'mon? How could I resist?

The time is 1976 and John McClane is a rookie cop starting out. He's been partnered with a Training Officer of the seasoned, fat and complaining variety so needless to say they do not get along but McClane quickly learns to keep his mouth shut and make backhanded remarks out of the side of his mouth. On the street a series of incidents all lead to McClane taking on a small terrorist group and cops gone bad.

I loved this! The story was a bit jerky and could have flowed smoother. Hoping to see it come together a better as the series progresses. But it is a thrill to read a good old fashioned cops vs the bad guys story in graphic format. The seventies setting allows for some fun with clothing and colours at times. John McClane is a young version of the movie character not Bruce Willis, though some Bruce Willis does creep in and I'm glad it has been presented that way. Willis' brand of humour which shows up in every part he plays is a big part of the screen version of John McClane's character, in the graphic representation, the humour is there but it's not overkill. John McClane has a resemblance to Bruce Willis and in most shots it is only faint, except every now and then there will be certain angle which is the spitting image of Willis. To me this says the author & illustrator are acknowledging the already formed Willis version of John McClane but they do not intend to be limited by it. Obviously John McClane started out somewhere and grew into the character we are familiar with in the movies. This graphic series is going to show us what happened along the way.

As usual with Boom! Studios they publish a mean hardcover book. I love the cover picture on this! The jacket has a nice matte finish (I so prefer this over glossy ones) and there is an attached sliver ribbon bookmark. Removing the jacket will show the front board has been stamped in silver with an NYPD shield and the pages inside are thick, quality. A very enjoyable read which I look forward to continuing reading.

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