Monthly Archives: October 2013

Batgirl Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Gail Simone & Ray Fawkes – Graphic Novel Review [Bane of Kings]

Batgirl Vol. 3

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, writes a review of the third Volume of DC’s New 52 Batgirl series, written mainly by Gail Simone. If you haven’t read Batman Vol. 3 and Batman Incorporated Vol. 2 (or at least know of the events that happen in the series unless you want to skip #18 ) I wouldn’t recommend reading this book until you have caught up. 

An excellent collection that continues one of the best DC series out there – Batgirl ties in very well with the Death of the Family arc as well as strongly progressing with the James Gordon Jr. arc – making this a must read for any Batgirl fan.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Top 5 Comics To Look Out For On 30 October 2013

Sandman Overture #1

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, runs down the Top 5 Comics that you should be looking out for this Wednesday, featuring Annuals from DC Comics, the return of Sandman and the penultimate chapter of Infinity, as well as the return of Ron Marz to Witchblade.

The Horus Heresy: Scars Episode XII by Chris Wraight [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, reviews the last installment in the serialized Scars novel by Chris Wraight, Episode 12, published by Black Library as part of their New York Times Bestselling multi-authored series The Horus Heresy.

“Chris Wraight manages to bring Scars to a confident conclusion that sees this novel as another very strong addition to the Horus Heresy – easily on par with the likes of the likes of what Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Dan Abnett have put out in the past. This is excellent stuff, despite a few lingering problems.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach – Advance Review [Shadowhawk]

Fortune's Pawn

Shadowhawk reviews the first novel in a new series by Rachel Aaron, writing as Rachel Bach, as she tackles military space opera after her popular Eli Monpress adventure fantasy series.

“Its not often I get to use the words stunning and spectacular and superb all in the same sentence for a novel, but Fortune’s Pawn is a novel that deserves all those epithets and more. Its a fantastic tale that reminded me often of the old style of space opera, the fun-loving adventure kind that doesn’t take itself too seriously and focuses on the fun above all else.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

The Violent Century

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, reviews The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar, published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK.

“An excellent standalone novel, Lavie Tidhar propels himself into the spotlight with one of the best novels of the year. After excelling with several novels in the past, The Violent Century is what raises the benchmark for his fiction and should be the novel that puts him on everybody’s must-read list. This book is just that good.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Velvet #1 by Ed Brubaker – Friday Flash Review [Bane of King/Shadowhawk]

Velvet #1

Bane of Kings and Shadowhawk review the first issue in a new creator-owned series by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.

An excellent opening to what looks set to be a very strong series. Count me in for more. ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

“Quite a slow-burner, and a rather interesting take on the espionage game.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Horus Heresy: Scars (Episode XII) by Chris Wraight – Ebook Review [Bellarius]


Getting around to Episode XII, Bellarius sees how the finale to Chris Wraight’s Scars resolves its events.

“Lots, of action, pacing and ideas, but very little closure.” – Bellarius, The Founding Fields

The Top 5 Comics To Look Out For On 23 October 2013

Velvet #1

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, runs down the Top 5 Comics to look out for on 23 October 2013.

The Night’s Masque Trilogy: The Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle – Advance Review [Bane of Kings]

The Prince of Lies

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”,  review the third and final novel in the historical fantasy Night’s Masque series by Anne Lyle, published by Angry Robot Books and released on October 29 in the USA. Expect the UK version to hit shelves just more than a week later – November 7.

“An excellent final act, The Prince of Lies finishes off the trilogy very well indeed, and ending the trilogy in a very satisfying way – Fans of the previous two novels will not be disappointed by what they see here, and once again, Lyle proves herself to be one of the go-to people for good historical fantasy novels with this superb finale.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Assault on Holy Terra by William King – Short Story Review [Bellarius]


Bellarius takes a look at the cataclysmic finale of the Horus Heresy with William King’s Assault on Holy Terra.

“A forgotten gem of a tale which truly does the legend of the Siege of Terra justice” – Bellarius, The Founding Fields