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Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 7’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in Lazarus Gray, New Pulp, Pro Se Press, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 7’

'The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 7'I finally got the most recent Lazarus Gray book, volume seven, from Barry Reese. Unlike past books, this one is a novel. And it’s a big event, as it brings together all the members of Assistance Unlimited to deal with a persistent foe.

Lazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from writer Reese (The Peregrine, Gravedigger, and other works). Gray is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger.

Gray has setup a group similar to The Avenger’s called Assistance Unlimited. He is located in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and is part of the larger Sovereign City Project. He is also set in the same universe as Barry’s other characters, so has crossed over with them.

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Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 6’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Lazarus Gray, New Pulp, Pro Se Press, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 6’

'The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 6'Lazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from writer Barry Reese (The Peregrine, Gravedigger, and other works) with several volumes out so far. The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 6 actually follows the events of Gotterdamerung, which was a team-up of Reese’s various pulp heroes (and a few others), to stop the end of the world.

That story ended with the death of Gray.

But clearly, Reese had other plans. And, so, yes, this volume has his return. And it has Gray and his friends of Assistance Unlimited — with some additional help — going after several foes, both new and returning.

For those who have yet to read Gray (and why haven’t you after six volumes?), he is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger. Gray has setup a group similar to The Avenger’s called Assistance Unlimited. He is located in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and is part of the larger Sovereign City Project. He is also set in the same universe as Barry’s other characters, so has crossed over with them.

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Barry Reese’s ‘Gotterdammerung’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Black Bat, Lazarus Gray, New Pulp, Pro Se Press, Review, The Rook/The Peregrine
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Barry Reese’s ‘Gotterdammerung’

"Gotterdammerung"It’s been too long since I read and reviewed one of Barry Reese‘s works. But the wait has been worth it.

Gotterdammerung is the long-awaited teamup between his three main characters: The Rook, The Peregrine, Gravedigger, and Lazarus Gray. It’s also part of the Sovereign City Project.

Okay, for those not aware, a quick overview of the three characters:

The Peregrine is Reese’s longest running character, a 1930/’40s era pulp hero with some elements of the occult. He is a well-trained fighter who also carries an occult knife. He fights a variety of foes, some supernatural, and has even organized a team of other heroes to fight similar threat (though that happens after the events of this story).

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Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 5’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Lazarus Gray, New Pulp, Pro Se Press, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 5’

"The Adventures of Lazarus Gray" Vol. 5Lazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from writer Barry Reese (The Peregrine, Gravedigger, and other works) with several volumes out so far. Now we get the fifth one.

Gray is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger. He has setup a group similar to The Avenger’s called Assistance Unlimited. He is located in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and is part of the larger Sovereign City Project. He is also set in the same universe as Barry’s other characters, so has crossed over with them.

This volume has five short stories. There are connections between most of the stories, so it’s best to read them in order. The first has a crooked financier who has built a huge zeppelin (for what purpose, is not clear, and not clear what happens to it after the main action) and who is after treasure on an outlying island from Sovereign City. This leads to his death and the release of an ancient evil.

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Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 4’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Doctor Satan, Lazarus Gray, New Pulp, Pro Se Press, Pulps, Review, Thunder Jim Wade
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 4’

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 4: Satan's CircleLazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from writer Barry Reese.

I have been reading his Rook series, but also enjoy Lazarus Gray as well as Gravedigger. He has a few other works, but those are the main ones I’ve been reading.  I’ve posted on his previous works.

Gray is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger.  He has setup a group similar to The Avenger’s called Assistance, Unlimited. He is located in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and is part of the larger Sovereign City Project. He is also set in the same universe as Barry’s other characters, so has crossed over with them.

This volume, “The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 4: Satan’s Circle,” is a collection of three items. First up is a short, two-page comic story that gives the background of who Lazarus Gray is, which first appeared in the third volume. It’s a good intro for new readers. The bulk of the volume is two novellas.

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Review: ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 3’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in Hero Pulps, Lazarus Gray, New Pulp, Pulps, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 3Lazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from writer Barry Reese. I have been reading his Rook series. (He has other works as well, but those are the ones I’ve been reading).

Gray is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger. He is set in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and is part of the Sovereign City Project that will see collections of at least two other characters from Pro Se.

Lazarus Gray is set in the same “universe” as Barry’s Rook character, and we get an updated chronology of the “universe” in the back of the book that places both the Lazarus Gray stories (including the next volume), plus the Rook stories and a few others by Reese.

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