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Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets by Frank Miller.

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Title: Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets.
Author/Artist: Frank Miller.
Genre: Graphic novel, fiction, crime.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1994-2005 (this collection 2005).
Summary: A collection of 11 short stories in the Sin City universe. In Just Another Saturday Night (1997), on the night that John Hartigan meets back up with Nancy, Marv has a hazy-memoried and violent adventure of his own. In Fat Man and Little Boy (1996), the two wordy, non-too-bright assassins, have an argument on the job that has an explosive conclusion. In The Customer is Always Right (1994), two unnamed characters, The Customer and The Client, meet on a rooftop for a passionate, but very brief and tragic rendezvous. In Silent Night (1995), a story with almost no dialogue, Marv goes on a brutal mission to save an innocent girl. And Behind Door Number Three? (1994), the Old Town laws go into effect as Gail and Wendy track down a serial killer targeting working girls. In Blue Eyes (1996), as Jim, scared of the certainty he's being pursued by a hit-man, runs into an old flame, he finds out too late the woman he wants to protect has a new job. In Rats (1996), a sadistic and deranged Nazi war-criminal has a run in with a man known as 'The Janitor.' In Daddy's Little Girl (2005), a middle-aged, timid man named Johnny has to kill his girlfriend's father in order to be with her, but he's a part of a grander scheme. In Wrong Turn (1997), a man picks up an unconscious woman on the side of the road, but the woman is Delia and the man is a mistake. In Wrong Track (1997), a continuation of the previous story, Delia tracks down the man she was looking for on a train. In The Babe Wore Red (1994), as Marv sits on death-row, Dwight seeks revenge for the murder of his friend Fargo, and meets a mysterious, stunning lady in red.

My rating: 8/10.
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Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito.

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Title: Cat Diary: Yon & Mu.
Author: Junji Ito.
Artist: Junji Ito.
Genre: Non-fiction, manga, animals, memoir, humour.
Country: Japan.
Language: Japanese.
Publication Date: 2009 (story at the end - 2011), translation 2015.
Summary: Master of Japanese horror manga presents a series of hissterical tales chronicling his real-life trials and tribulations of coming a cat owner. Ito (as J-Kun) has recently built a new house and has invited his fiancée, A-ko, to live with him. Little did he know... his blushing bride-to-be has some unexpected company in tow—Yon, a ghastly-looking family cat, and Mu, an adorable Norwegian forest cat. Despite being a dog person, J-kun finds himself purrsuaded by their odd cuteness and thus begins his comedic struggle to gain the affection of his new feline friends.

My rating: 8.5/10.
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Buffy the Vapire Slayer Omnibus: Volume 2 by Various.

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Title: Buffy the Vapire Slayer Omnibus: Volume 2.
Authors: Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza, Jen van Meter, Christopher Golden, Doug Petrie, James Marsters, and Dan Brereton.
Artists: Jeff Matsuda, Hakjoon Kang, Nolan Obena, Cliff Richards, Brian Horton,, Luke Ross, Ryan Sook, and Hector Gomez.
Genre: Fiction, short stories, adventure, romance, fantasy, vampire fiction.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2002, 2003, 1998, 1999, 2000. (This compendium September 5th, 2007).
Summary: This compendium collects 7 graphic short stories that prequel and lead right into Season 2 continuity. In Angels We Have Seen on High (2002), Buffy is stuck dragging her little sister around the Santa Monica pier on a Friday night, and things take a further down-turn when vampires make an unwelcome appearance at the carnival. A Stake to the Heart (2003) is a story in four parts: In Act One: Deceit, while trying to ease the stress and grief that slayer duties and her parents' separation puts on Buffy, Angel accidentally frees Buffy's malignant emotions into the physical world, and she has to face Deceit, who puts doubts into her mind about her father's fidelity and love. In Act Two: Guilt, Buffy has to face the second malignancy demon - Guilt, who tries to defeat Buffy and consume her mother and sister by planting the feeling of responsibility for the separation into each one of them. Meanwhile, Giles arrives in Sunnydale and gets established as the highschool librarian. In Act Three: Abandonment, the third malignancy demon, Abandonment, tries to convince Buffy and Dawn that they are unloved and left behind by their mother, and thus consume them, while Angel tries to undo his summoning spell, and the Summers contemplate leaving L.A. for a fresh start. In Act Four: Trepidation, the last malignancy demon, Trepidation, affects Buffy and her family, as well as the citizens of Sunnydale, where the Summers family has recently relocated. In MacGuffins (1998), while Buffy is on summer vacation at her father's house in Los Angeles, two MacGuffins (small, leprechaun-looking creatures) make a bet with Giles that she could beat the 561 A.D. record of the Slayer, Garnhuld, by two days, in trying to get rid of them. In The Queen of Hearts (1999), as Spike and Drusilla travel to Sunnydale and decide to stop in St. Louis for some gambling, they encounter a casino owner who is much more than he appears, and isn't a fan of the couple's winning streak. The Ring of Fire (2000) is a story in three parts: In The Rising, Angelus and crew try to bring the demon Kelgor back to life by reuniting his body with his armour as Buffy tries to get to the tomb first, while Giles has a hard time coming to terms with Jenny's murder and yearns for retribution. In The Seven Samurai, as Kendra springs Buffy from a shady organization masquerading as the FBI, and Giles tracks them down, Dru resurrects Kelgor and reunites him with his armour, from which he draws his strength. In Kelgour Unbound, the Scoobies, as well as Angelus and Spike, team up to take on Kelgour and his giant evil eagle pet. In Paint the Town Red (1999), enraged by Drusilla's passion for Angelus and almost killing her, Spike travels to Turkey and takes over a town, which goes well until Dru catches up to him, and brings a necromancer in tow to punish Spike. In The Dust Waltz (1998), two of the Ancient vampires - Lilith and Lamia, arrive in Sunnydale to hold an ancient contest where two champions fight to the death, but things become even worse when Lilith takes a liking to Angel, and then summons an Ancient One, Azogg-Mon.

My rating: 8/10.
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The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman, and Glenn Fabry, Milo Manara, Miguelanxo Prado...

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Title: The Sandman: Endless Nights.
Author: Neil Gaiman.
Artist: Glenn Fabry, Milo Manara, Miguelanxo Prado, Frank Quitely, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Barron Storey.
Genre: Literature, graphic novel, fantasy, mythology.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2003.
Summary: The book is divided into 7 stories, each addressing one of the Endless. Death - Death and Venice offers two views: the lives of a group on an island off the coast of Venice protected by magic from Death, versus the memories and thoughts of a young American special forces soldier who has never forgotten his childhood encounter with her. Desire - What I've Tasted of Desire depicts a woman in pre-Roman Britain who bargains with Desire to win the hand of her love and then loses him to war, but with the gift of Desire, is able to save her home from the men who had killed her husband. In Dream - The Heart of a Star, near the beginning of the habitability of the universe, Dream and his new paramour Killalla of the Glow travel to a meeting of astronomical phenomena, attended by delegates of the stars, galaxies, and dimensions which comprise the cosmos, and at an encounter with her world's own sun Killalla and the star fall in love at the behest of Desire, while Dream watches. Despair - Fifteen Portraits of Despair is a collection of fifteen very short vignettes that illustrates different aspects of Despair, either the character herself, the emotion in abstract, or people in a state of despair. Delirium - Going Inside is about several mentally unbalanced people who are brought together on a quest to save Delirium from herself. Destruction - On the Peninsula about some archaeologists who uncover and explore a peninsula from many years in the future, and is narrated by a female archaeologist who has constant dreams and waking dreams of the world in many post-apocalyptic forms, indicating that she belongs to Destruction's realm, and she becomes deeply attracted to him while uncovering artifacts on the peninsula. Destiny - Endless Nights is simply a wander through Destiny's garden of forking paths.

My rating: 8.5/10
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MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 6 by Various.

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Title: MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 6.
Author: Mac Walters, LeVar Burton and Mark Wolfe, Frank Stockton, Art Baltazar, Scott Morse, Andi Watson, Larry Marder, Stan Sakai, Ron Chan, Jaime Hernandez, Jason Little, Graham Annable, Matt Kindt, Gabriel Bá, Mark Crilley, Justin Aclin, Simon Spurrier, Jackie Kessler, and Evan Dorkin.
Artist: Eduardo Francisco, David Hahn, Frank Stockton, Art Baltazar, Scott Morse, Andi Watson, Larry Marder, Stan Sakai, Ron Chan, Jaime Hernandez, Jason Little, Graham Annable, Matt Kindt, Gabriel Bá, Mark Crilley, Ben Bates, Christopher Mitten, Paul Lee, and Hilary Barta.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, anthology, short stories.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: February, 2011.
Summary: This volume contains 23 graphic short stories, many already part of or spin-offs of existing canons. In Incursion, a part of the Mass Effect universe, the leader of Afterlife, the seediest space city, Aria T'Loak, ambushes some human collectors, and gets her hands on information that bodes very poorly for humanity overall. Con-CERNed is a story about a man who gets hurt during an accident of the Hadron Collider, and suddenly gains the ability to manifest the objects he dreams about, but his abilities may actually be tapping into another dimension. In Rick Shambles is Forever Adrift, the awkward hero Rick Shambles sneaks into an alien spaceship to liberate Princess Penelope, but self-esteem issues hold him back from being the valiant hero he imagines he could be. In Meteor Mite, a meteor pursued by some evil Crater Heads hits the earth, and though it turns his friends and girlfriend into giant monsters, it also helps Mikey the Mite find his super-powers. In Grimmiss Island, a couple of Mama Woogee witch doctors use too many hot peppers and create a mischievous skeleton that immediately takes off running, but luckily, he turns out to be just what a local enraged Volcano Goddess has been looking for. Chiptie Butternut: The Fastest Squirrel in the Whurld!!! is a story about a reckless driver Chiptie, who learns a valuable lesson when a frustrated bird challenges him to a race. In Hen and the Door-to-Door Ogre Salesman, little Henrietta encounters a door-to-door salesman ogre who threatens to eat her if she refuses to buy any of his wares, but she has her own tricks up her sleeve. In Beanworld, Beanish is taken to explore the "path of something more," but it's not quite what he expects. In Cut the Plum, a part of Usagi Yojimbo universe, Usagi is incredibly grateful when he doesn't allow Jotaro to practice his precision skills with his sword on his face. In Tobb: The Sling!, a young man with exceptional sling arm riding on a capybara named Wurdell has been sent by a village on a quest to retrieve a magic rune stone from an evil castle, but they'll have to defeat everything guarding it first. In Las Primas Controla, a young superhero hasn't quite gotten the grasp on her powers (or transformation words) when she is forced to battle a growing menace. In Bee in... the Ramble, two friends out on the town get kicked out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for trying to run "ass tours", a movie theater for inappropriate and abrasive behaviour, and finally a bar for being underage. Love Note is a sketch about a man who gets so aggravated trying to write a letter to his beloved, that he lands on a much more drastic measure. Giant Man in the Philippines is a story about Craig Pressgang, the 3-storey-high man, being sent on a secret assignment to aid the war in Vietnam, with disastrous consequences. Fiction is a story about a writer who cannot sell his fiction, so he begins to write fictional autobiographies, telling the readers what they want to hear. In The Scene of the Crime, Brody, a part of the Brody's Ghost universe, a young man who gets flashes of people's lives by touching them, and his ghost partner Talia, are on the trail of a young woman's murderer when they run into an enraged man at the scene of the crime. In The Midnight Train, a part of the Brody's Ghost universe, Brody rescues a woman from some thugs on a late-night sky train, but according to his ancient-samurai-ghost-mentor Kagemura, he fails the challenge by using excessive force. In The Test, a part of the Brody's Ghost universe, Kagemura trains Brody by sensory deprivation to awaken his "Greater Senses", and though Brody believes the exercise to be insane and useless, Kagemura proves that there is a reason to the madness. In The Big Game, a part of the Brody's Ghost universe, Brody is looking forward to watching the game and relaxing with his friend Gabe's new plasma TV, but Talia has a lead she wants Brody to follow, and she won't take no for an answer. S.H.O.O.T. First: The Wooden Saint introduces S.H.O.O.T. - the Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce - an organization that hunts eliminates all non-humans and occult phenomena, that interrupts an exorcism to take care of both the demon and the holy relic the priest had brought along. In In Fetu, after a drunk-driving tragic car crash that kills his pregnant wife, a man begins to experience baby-like scars and moles all over his body, until he's convinced his dead child is manifesting itself on his body, which leads him to madness and a horrible confession. In Tale of the Vampires - Carpe Noctem, a part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, two vampire roommates, Ash and Cyn, navigate the newly created by Harmony world in which vampires are celebrities, expected to peacefully co-exist with humans; and while Ash enjoys the freedom and the unlimited blood, Cyn is sick and tired of being a leashed monster. In Englouorioues Mask-tards!, a part of The Mask universe, a bunch of Masks (headed by a masked-up Robert Rodriguez), crash the Cannes Film Festival and wreak carnage on the guests, with most panels being tributes to classic movie scenes.

My rating: 7/10.
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MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 5 by Various.

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Title: MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 5.
Author: Jane Espenson, Felicia Day, David Malki!, Scott Allie, Jesse Reklaw, Matt Sundstrom, Rock Geary, Roman Muradov, Matt, Kindt, Adam Gallardo, Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, Damon Gentry, Ananth Panagariya, Cody Goodfellow, Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, Jeff Parker, Dean Motter, John Arcudi, Scott Allie, and Darick Robertson.
Artist: Karl Moline, Jim Rugg and Juan Ferreyra, David Malki!, Jill Thompson, Kevin McGovern, Jesse Reklaw, Matt Sundstrom, Rick Geary, Roman Muradov, Matt Kindt, Todd Demong, Jim Rugg, Aaron Conley, Yuko Ota, Jeff Wamester, Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, Ben Dewey, Dean Motter, M.S. Corley, Guy Davis, and Darick Robertson.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, anthology, short stories.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: August, 2010.
Summary: This volume contains 21 graphic short stories, many already part of or spin-offs of existing canons. In Harmony Comes to the Nation, a part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, Harmony does a TV interview and remains very much herself. In The Guild, a young woman tries to justify herself and others playing a role-playing game, but ends up defeating her own argument. In The Gax of Life:, a Wondermark tale, Gax, a dinosaur-like creature who is the last of his species, asks for love advice from a good friend of his, but the species he is a part of may have irreconcilable differences with the human way of courting. In Here Comes Suzy Snowflake is a graphic short story about some mischievous and cruel snowflakes. In No Return, a part of the Exurbia story-line, a homeless man struggling to survive and a corporate tight-ass late for work, get taught a valuable lesson by a strung out rat-man. In Going to Work, an ambitious and over-confident man borrows and lies to get his comic book shop off the ground, but his lies and loans pile up, and soon enough he has to face the music. In Scraps, a young man helps a young woman get some hands on some ill-gotten wire, and though they live in a bleak, post-apocalyptic world, she puts the wire to a hopeful and magical use. Our Boarding House describes the movements of the residents of a boarding house one morning, when a body is found under the stairs, and all clues point to one tenant. In Antlers, a strange man with deer antlers offers some magic coffee beans to a stall owner, with dire warning, and when the old man doesn't act prudently, a wise and underappreciated young woman working for him puts things back in their place and prospers. In The Secret Files of the Giant Man in Egypt, the giant three-storey man visits Egypt on his world tour, but the cuisine doesn't agree with him, which puts a strain on some unfortunate workers. In Dalton: Promise Kept, Dalton, a young female outlaw, chases down a police convoy with her gang, to liberate the prisoner in order to fulfill a promise she made him when he abandoned her. In Duke Armstrong: The World's Mightiest Golfer, the best golfer in the world, Duke Armstrong, takes down war planes during a battle with his precise and powerful golf skills, but when he sinks a slightly odd-looking submarine, it turns out to be much more than that. The Horror Robber explores what makes terrors of the night flee in terrors. In Callie Eats Feathers, a Johnny Wander story, Johnny describes meeting a haunting and darkly beautiful Callie, who begins eating crow feathers, and transforms into something horrible. In Numeat, a newly laboratory engineered humane meat that is humane but very addictive, has some horrifying side-effect on a family. In The Hogs of Horder, a part of the Groo the Wanderer universe, Groo's poor grasp on metaphors gets a bunch of hogs in trouble instead of some guilty capitalists. In Blighter: Licensed Tracker, a bounty hunter comes from a divergent, true Earth to hunt a monster with the help of lateral time-travel. In The Vanishing Breed, a part of the Mister X universe, the mysterious Mister X comes back to the city and, with some help from old friends and a mysterious disappearance drug, takes on the newly all-powerful Central Administration Authority. Mens Iniuria in Corpore Sano crosses the Sherlock Holmes and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde worlds, pairing Holmes and Watson against Jekyll and Hyde, but all is not quite as it seems on Baker Street. In All the Damned Souls at Sea, a part of Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane universe, Solomon slays a witch before boarding a ship, who then possesses the ship and attacks on the open ocean, causing Solomon to recall his own time as a sailor and eventually Captain in the Navy in his youth. Conan and the Mad King of Gaul, a part of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian universe, recounts Conan meeting the mad and vicious king of the Valley of Gaul and his army, and though he pilfers from him and is caught, they find a kindred spirit in each other and Conan joins the King with a set of new ambitions.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 4 by Various.

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Title: MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 4.
Author: Joss Whedon, Taki Soma and Michael Avon Oeming, Gilbert Hernandez, Zack Whedon, Dave Chisholm, Carolyn Main, Farel Dalrymple, Angie Wang, Matt Kindt, Mike Lawrence, Nicholas Kole, Tory Novikova, Alec Longstreth, Kate Beaton, Joseph Lambert, David Malki, Tatsuya Ishida, Chris Onstad, Dave Land and the Fillbach Brothers, Ann Romano, Guy Davis, Mike Mignola and Joshua Dysart, and Mick Harrison.
Artist: Jo Chen, Michael Avon Oeming, Gilbert Hernandez, Jim Rugg, Dave Chisholm, Carolyn Main, Farel Dalrymple, Angie Wang, Matt Kindt, Mike Lawrence, Nicholas Kole, Tory Novikova, Alec Longstreth, Kate Beaton, Joseph Lambert, David Malki, Tatsuya Ishida, Chris Onstad, the Fillbach Brothers, Kristian Donaldson, Guy Davis, Patrick Reynolds, and Douglas Wheatley.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, anthology, short stories.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: December, 2009.
Summary: This volume contains 23 graphic short stories, many already part of or spin-offs of existing canons. In Always Darkest, a part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer canon, Buffy is plagued with strange dreams, starting from watching her two ex's (Angel and Spike) hook up, choosing each other over her, to being thrilled to marry skinless Warren. In Rapture, in a decimated wreck of the world after all the world's heroes and villains disappear, Evelyn is searching for her lover, and will not let anything stop her, but it becomes a more difficult task when a mysterious entity called "The Word" turns her into a champion with an angelic spear, and it's up to her to figure out its powers. In Dreamstar, a super-heroine who likes to give oppressed countries a fair chance against their oppressors by lending a hand, balances out her super life with a husband, child, and an appearance of an ordinary life. Penny: Keep Your Head Up, a part of the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog universe, shows how her excessive amount of empathy and interest in social justice, paired with her less than enthusiastic approach to super heroes, gets in the way of Penny's love-life, right up to the point where she first meets Dr. Horrible. In Martha, an old man mentally reminisces, to his granddaughter, about the life in the Wild West, today's over-technological world, and his own dark thoughts, while on a wild, gun and violence-filled run, until an accident brings him face-to-face with his pursuer, and she is the last person he expects. In A Day at the Zoo, Violet visits the Zoo with her class, and finds herself on a quest to deliver Murray the magic llama to Sampson the gluttonous lion before he eats Pepper her pet hamster. In Em and Gwen in: Magic Spell, Emily is frustrated and gets into yet another fight, and when she visits her friend Gwen inside a tree opened by a raven, Gwen attempts to magic away Em's black eye. In Flower Mecha, a young woman whose picnic is spoiled by pollen goes after the perpetrators that spread it with a passion and some super gadgets. In The Giant Man in Paris, a young woman develops a fascination with the famous three-story man that is on his visit to Paris, and gets assigned to be his personal assistant and guide for the duration of his visit. In Tickets, Oliver knows his elderly wife's drowning was not an accident, but when he receives a letter from her a couple of days after her funeral, he realizes where to go, and how to get there. In Piper's Pet, Piper goes fishing for a new pet fish, but the fish he ends up catching is quite far from what he had in mind. In Face of Evil, an infamous pirate that wears a horrible mask, leads a team on a quest for treasure and a key to unlocking the mask, but once the quest is achieved, what's behind the mask is the most surprising thing of all. In R.J. Jr.: The Dragon's Librarian, R.J. is working as a librarian for a very fast-reading dragon, and when he sets out on a quest to get him more books, he gets kidnapped by bandits, though to his luck, they had also gotten their hands on a very resourceful wizard. In The Origin of Man, Darwin floats the idea that men were descended from turtles on his road to discovery of evolution, but receives scorn from the scientific community. In An Early Sunset, the sun is in trouble when it melts a distracted little boy's ice-cream and gets a spider tossed in its face. In The Catch!, a Wondermark tale, a man purchases a "free" machine that is programmed to find anything he misplaces for him, but there nothing is ever entirely free, and there is always a catch. In Street Poetry, a part of the Sinfest strip, a young man and a young woman team up for some street poetry, and when they come to butt heads about divvying up the profits, a small Buddha shows up just in time to remind them of peace and fairness. In The Garage Sale, a part of the Achewood universe, the gang decides to have a garage sale for a little extra cash, and it turns out Beef has the eye for the business. In Bad Blood, a prequel to Werewolves on the Moon: versus Vampires, Ted, Jeff, and Stan, a trio of werewolf friends, get framed for the murder of a werewolf mafia boss. In Gone Dishing, a part of the Goon universe, Ann stops by a shady bar at the same time that Goon and Franky decide to check out the fishy new business moving in on their turf. In The Marquis and the Coachman, a servant of Saint de Massard, hunts devils that escaped hell to possess the living, but has doubts of what he sees and whether or not he commits a larger sin by his devotion. In And What Shall I Find There?, a young Oxford graduate in 1930's France pursues a legend told to him by his uncle during childhood of a painting buried in an obscure church, and since he's not expecting results and mainly does it for the thrill, the horror that he unleashes upon finding the picture is unexpected to him. In Dark Times - Blue Harvest, a part of the Star Wars universe, a fugitive Jedi knight Dass Jenner is trying to get by when he accepts a compelling job from an attractive woman to liberate her town of a gang that had set up there.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 3 by Various.

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Title: MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 3.
Author: Mike Mignola, Becky Cloonan, Dan Braun, Mark Wheaton & Joshua Hale Fialkov, Josh Dysart, Kitty Remington, Andrew Mayer, Sarah Oleksyk, Jamaica Dyer, Colleen Frakes, Stan Sakai, Larry Marder, Famous Mysterious Actor, Chris Onstad, Brian Sendelbach, Mitch Clem, Keith Knight, Liz Greenfield, Ananth Panagariya, Dean Motter, Jim Krueger, Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Zach Whedon.
Artist: Ben Stenbeck, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Preston, Rahsan Ekedal, Ron Wimberly, Buzz Parker, Lukas Ketner, Sarah Oleksyk, Jamaica Dyer, Colleen Frakes, Stan Sakai, Larry Marder, Todd Herman, Chris Onstad, Brian Sendelbach, Mitch Clem, Keith Knight, Liz Greenfield, Mohammad F. Haque, Dean Motter, Will Conrad, Karl Moline, Camilla d'Errico, Farel Dalrymple.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, anthology, short stories.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: August, 2009.
Summary: This collection includes a short graphic intro, 23 graphic short stories, many spin-offs or parts of existing canons, and 1 poem. In the short intro graphic, 7 True Tales of Internet Horrors the writer of The K Chronicles talks about the 7 "horrors" that haunt you thanks mostly to the permanency of things put on the Internet. Murderous Intent, a part of the Witchfinder universe, takes place in 1879, and tells of Edward Grey, and how he got his knighthood for his investigations of "occult matters", and gained his official title by foiling an assassination attempt by the Witches of Farnham. In I See the Devil in my Sleep, Nathan suffers from self-induced insomnia, because throughout his life, whenever he would drop off to sleep, the Devil would make him see and commit violent atrocities. In Meet the Creepys, from the Creepy Comics archives, the Creepy family is introduced by one of the family pets - Creepy Cat. In The Body Colony, a part of The Cleaners universe, ex-surgeon Robert Bellarmine is tasked to clean up a scene of a brutal multiple homicide by a part man, part plant, until he comes face to face with the perpetrator himself, and he's not as malicious as his crimes would suggest. The Stain is an autobiographical sketch about the author and artist of the comic paying a visit to Athens Lunatic Asylum, known as The Ridges, and discovering the story of "the stain" - a place where one of the inmates died of exposure in 1978, leaving a mark on the floor that can never be washed out. She Moves in the Dark is a poem in the Emily the Strange universe, about Emily prowling the dark and encountering beasts in the shadows she knows well. In Om Nom Nom!, another story from the Creepy Comics archives, a young caregiver is hired to care for an eccentric invalid Polly Presser, the wife of a convicted serial killer, but when the young woman and her husband decide to rob the old lady of the "treasures" she mentions she's hiding in the basement, they're in for a gruesome, violent shock. In Previously Possessed, a young woman purchases a dress in a used clothing store, disregarding the warnings of the sales-lady, and finds out that the previous owner of the dress, an annoying socialite just like her, is bound to haunt the new owner forevermore. The Nightmare of the Wine Hobo is a surrealist cartoon about a man falling in love and starting a family with a bottle of wine, though their love affair ends in violence. In Hunger for Knowledge, a band of bears have chosen a little girl to be their future king, but in order for her to gain the necessary knowledge and wisdom, they believe they have to slay a dragon and feed her the brain... except their understanding of the word "dragon" may be a little skewed. In Saya, a part of the Usagi Yojimbo universe, Usagi is forced to give an entitled, rude samurai itching for a fight a valuable lesson in honour. In ? and I, a part of the Beanworld universe, Beanish and Professor Garbanzo go in search of suitable slats, and when the journey takes a very long time, the Professor gets obsessed with the idea of needing to re-use their resources. In Couch Fort, a part of the Famous Mysterious Actor universe, the F.M.A. builds a couch fort with only one rule - No Nurds! In One Dollar Genius, a part of the Achewood universe, Cornelius Bear, Téodor, and Roast Beef take a road-trip and decide to sample every item on the Taco Bell menu. In The Best Job in the World, from the Smell of Steve strip, President Carter and his alien advisor Kenny decide that due to economic set-backs, the President has to get a real job, and after several unsuccessful attempts finds the perfect one. In Getting Hip!, a part of the Nothing Nice to Say strip, Blake and Fletcher decide to join the hipster movement because the girls are so "easy," until the truth of the matter, over-tight pants, and the ghost of Joey Ramone knock some sense into them. In the K Chronicles, Keith expounds on how having a daily comic strip is very similar as having a first child. In Steak and Kidney Punch, a woman's teenage daughter brings a friend over foe dinner - a young wrestling star about to become world famous, and he has an interesting plan where the woman's family is concerned. In Robro, a part of the Applegeeks universe, Hawk creates a new robot, but when he sees his fellow robot Eve, he becomes an obsessive, sleazy creep. Mister X in Slumberland tells of the The Ninth Academy, an institute for advanced and higher learning combined with mental health treatment facilities, where "mad scientists" invented and built a city out of their dreams, but after inhabiting it, the city drove them insane and they all inexplicably vanished. In The Other Half, a story in the Serenity universe, tells of the crew trying to deliver their seriously wounded passenger to their destination whilst under attack, but while helping him stay alive, River detects that their passenger is an Alliance agent who tracks smugglers and leads Alliance soldiers to kill them, and earns her way onto the crew. In Harmony Bites, a part of Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, Harmony has an interview for a job she's not qualified to do, has a spat with an ungrateful vampire she sired, and a fight and failed assassination attempt on Clem. Vampy Cat Play Friend, also a part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, is a commercial by Santorio Corp. for an adorable Vampy Cat, who is show protecting the little girl Sachiko from bullies. Moist: Humidity Rising is a story in the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog that tells about how Dr.Horrible's henchman Moist became, well, moist, and joined up with Dr. Horrible.

My rating: 7/10.
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MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 2 by Various.

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Title: MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 2.
Author: Zack Whedon, Gerard Way, Ian Edginton, Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá, Evan Dorkin, Ann Romano, David Malki!, John Arcudi, The Brothers Mattkinson, Gilbert Hernandez, Ilias Kyriazis, Tara McPherson, Arvid Nelson, Jason Graham, Steve Niles, John Arcudi, Nate Piekos of Blambot©, Francisco Ruiz Velasco, Steve Niles, Jim & Ruth Keegan, Joe Casey, Scott Allie, and Tim & Ben Truman.
Artist: Eric Canete, Gabriel Bá, I.N.J. Culbard, Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá, Evan Dorkin, Paul Lee, David Malki!, Steven Young, Jon Adams, Gilbert Hernandez, Ilias Kyriazis, Tara McPherson, Juan Ferreyra, Jason Graham, Kyle Hotz, Guy Davis, Jeff Wamester, Francisco Ruiz Velasco, Kyle Hotz, Jim & Ruth Keegan, Pop Mhan, Mario Guevara, and Marian Churchland.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, anthology, short stories.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: February, 2009.
Summary: This collection includes 23 graphic short stories, many spin-offs or part of existing canons. In Be Like Me!, a part of the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog universe, Dr. Hammer expounds on how everyone can prevent evil geniuses by reporting all "geeks" and apprehending them before they can cause any damage. Anywhere but Here, a part of the Umbrella Academy universe, takes the group back to their teenage years 13 years ago, where Monocle gives a lecture to Diego and Vanya (The Kraken and The White Violin), who are in a rock-band together, and insists that Vanya is a bad influence on her brother and should leave the academy, and though Diego is ready to go with her, Vanya is forced to come face-to-face with the fact that the two of them may not belong in the same place anymore. In Retro Rockets Go!, during a space race, Jim Swift faces off with a vampire The Count, but when the Count's shields fail and he gets incinerated by the Sun, and Jim is blamed for it, it looks like there is a much bigger set-up going on. Wonder Twins Activate! is a semi-autobiographical comical sketch about how the twins create their comic books - one having a forte of demonstrating battle scenes so his brother can draw them. In the Fur Suit of Crappiness!, a part of the Milk and Cheese universe, the drunken, anthropomorphic, misanthropic carton of milk and a wedge of cheese stumble into a furry convention and after airing exactly what they think about furries (once they find out what they are), engage in gratuitous violence.Ann Romano: Gossip Whore is a ludicrous story of Britney Spears going shopping and engaging in some inappropriate public behaviour, as commentated by gossip columnist Ann Romano. In Ransom!, a tale from the Wondermark universe, the princess gets captures and held for ransom, but while the kingdom is in upheaval and someone in the royal court plans an assassination and a forced wedding, the princess is more than capable of looking after herself. In a Going Concern, a tale in an alternate bug universe, a bounty hunter collects his bounty already killed, and becomes quite close to him whilst he's the only companion on his way back to the closest town with a sheriff, but he may not know his "companion" as well as he thinks he does. In Hobo Fet, Hobard tries his best to get to a last-time job he promised himself he'd never again do. In Manga, a beautiful girl Manga has devised an ingenious plan to collect the money to help herself get off her island and gain a strong and capable husband in the process, but the best candidate for a win has his own ideas of the worth of the fairer part of his reward. In Jared, two extraterrestrial research teams compete from inside two men's minds for a grant to study human romance on Earth by seeing who can get the girl first. How to Heal a Broken Heart is a short sketch about a young vampire boy trying to help a heart that had lost its protective bubble and fallen to the ground. In Frailty, a part of the Rex Mundi universe, Genevieve rescues Julien from class to have a romantic rendezvous in the snow. The Nothinest tells of a young woman whom Death falls in love with, though when she introduces Death to her dearest friend Ray the owl, things don't go quite as planned. In The Creepy Tree, a part of the Criminal Macabre universe, paranormal detective Cal McDonald gets called by his ranger friend because a tree in the Angeles National Forest seems to be killing hikers and near-growing trees, though when Cal encounters it, he suspects the problems lays much deeper. In Revival, a part of the B.P.R.D. universe, the unit interrupts a worship service in Lebanon, Tennessee, because the little holy girl healer is much more than she seems, and so is her father. In A+, Stanley gets viciously bullied, but when he decides to get back at his bullies with his evil science experiments that consist of abducted and modified neighbourhood pets, he learns a lesson or two about animals' loyalty. In The Legion of Blood: The Messenger, a messenger travels through a war-torn landscape, as war with creatures of the night rages around him, to deliver a devastating message to a scientist who has finally found a compatible vampire brain to implant into an ultimate weapon. In The Trouble with Brains, another story in the Criminal Macabre universe, paranormal detective Cal McDonald has to deal with a community of brain-addled civilians being controlled by a giant brain out of space. Adventures of Two-Gun Bob is an illustration of a short excerpt from one of Robert E. Howard where he discusses his feelings for physically strong and able people. In Sailor Steve Costigan, a pulp fiction character created in the 20s by Robert E. Howard, Steve decides to give up boxing and try his hand at sport writing instead, until a mishap kidnapping and the reactions to his article make him consider his career options again. In The Nightcomers, Solomon Kane, a 17th century Puritan pulp fiction character created by Robert E. Howard, tries to help a town that is stormed each night by brigands, until he realizes that they are manifestations that haunt the same place repeatedly, and they're not the only ones. In Trophy, a part of Conan universe, a character originally created by Robert E. Howard, Conan wanders into a town and tells stories of his recent conquests, and the prizes he won in them, with an ulterior motive.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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The Sandman: World's End by Neil Gaiman, and Michael Allred, Gary Amaro, Mark Buckingham...

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Title: The Sandman: World's End.
Author: Neil Gaiman.
Artist: Dave McKean, Alec Stevens, Mark Buckingham, John Watkiss, Dick Giordano, Mike Allred, Vince Locke, Steve Leialoha, Tony Harris, Bryan Talbot, Michael Zulli, Shea Anton Pensa, and Gary Amano.
Genre: Fantasy, fiction, graphic novels, literature, mythology, short stories, adventure.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: July–December, 1993.
Summary: Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a "reality storm." Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and realities, the two stranded travelers are entertained by mesmerizing myths of infamous sea creatures, dreaming cities, ancient kings, astonishing funeral rituals and moralistic hangmen.

My rating: 8.5/10.
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