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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

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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‘All-Star Pulp Comics’

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, January 22, 2016 in Black Bat, Comics, Crimson Mask, Dillon, Domino Lady, Green Lama, Jim Anthony, Moon Man, Pulps, Secret Agent X, The Rook/The Peregrine

‘All-Star Pulp Comics’
"All-Star Pulp Comics," No. 1

“All-Star Pulp Comics,” No. 1

All-Star Pulp Comics, published by Redbud Studios, has new black-and-white comic stories of original and New Pulp characters. Three issues are out so far, available in digital and hardcopy versions. The first two issues can be obtained from IndyPlanet, while the third is on Amazon.

Redbud Studios is associated with Airship 27, so there a lot of crossover of characters. Several pulp character that Airship 27 has put out new stories of appear in these comics. Do not know which, if any of these are adaptations of those stories.

Issue number one has a cover with Green Lama and Domino Lady.

Inside we get stories of:

  • The Green Lama, by Adam Lance Garcia. The Green Lama is a shorter lived pulp character who is a Buddhist lama, and appeared in pulps and comics. As Garcia is now the official author of the character, I assume this story is considered “canon.” Here the Lama goes up against Nazis in an original story.
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Review: ‘Tales of the Rook, Vol. 2’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in Airship 27, New Pulp, Pro Se Press, Review, The Rook/The Peregrine

Review: ‘Tales of the Rook, Vol. 2’

Tales of the Rook, Vol. 2The Rook is a New Pulp character created by Barry Reese. The Rook fights crime and evil in the ’30s and ’40s (and later). He’s actually one of several New Pulp characters Barry has created, along with Lazarus Gray and Gravedigger, all of which I’ve reviewed.

In his seven Rook novels, Barry mixes in pulp hero, comic book and comic strip characters, along with occult horror/weird-menace angles, and does a good job. He also adds in a love interest who will marry him (pulp heroes usually never do that, which is different). The Rook goes up against traditional villains, super-foes and occult horrors, and is assisted by characters based on pulp heroes and comic book/comic strip characters (some original, other done as pastiches or homages to other characters).

“Tales of the Rook,” of which this is the second volume, is a little different. In this series Barry allows others to write Rook tales, though all are canonical and are usually included in Barry’s overall timeline of his characters, an updated version of which is included in the back (which strangely doesn’t include these stories). There are five stories in this volume.

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Review: ‘The Rook, Vol. 6’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Pulps, The Rook/The Peregrine

Review: ‘The Rook, Vol. 6’

The Rook, Vol. 6The Rook is a New Pulp hero created by Barry Reese. Barry mixes in pulp hero, comic book and comic strip characters into his stories, along with occult horror/weird menace — and does a good job. I’ve read and reviewed the prior books of this character.

“The Rook, Vol. 6,” is filled with short stories set in the ’30s and ’40s, and also marks a move from Barry’s old publisher, Wild Cat Books, to Pro Se Productions. The quality hasn’t slipped. In fact, one thing that frustrated me with WCB was the problems with typesetting and proofreading, which seems absent in this volume.

Also included is the latest “Rook Timeline” that places all the stories in the Rook Universe that have been published so far (or soon will be), including the ones in this volume.

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Review: ‘The Rook, Vol. 5’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Pulps, Review, The Rook/The Peregrine

Review: ‘The Rook, Vol. 5’

The Rook, Vol. 5Let’s take a look at the fifth collection of The Rook stories by Barry Reese, “The Rook, Vol. 5.”

For those who are familiar with the character (ie, you’ve read the previous four collections), there is no need for an introduction. For those new, The Rook is a pulp-hero-style character created by Barry. The Rook fights crime and evil in the 1930s and ’40s (and later). Barry mixes in pulp hero, comic book and comic strip characters, along with occult horror/weird menace, and does a good job.

In this volume, we get the introduction of the Claws of The Rook, a team of Barry’s original characters that he’s created over the past few volumes who will work as a team with The Rook. So far, this group consists of Catalyst and Esper, his superhero couple from volume three, Victor (the Frankenstein’s Monster from volume four), and The Revenant (his female Phantom from volume four).

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Review: ‘The Rook, Vol. 4’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Pulps, Review, The Rook/The Peregrine

Review: ‘The Rook, Vol. 4’

The Rook, Vol. 4Today I’m taking a look at “The Rook, Vol. 4” by Barry Reese.

For those who are familiar with the character (i.e., you’ve read the previous collections or read my prior postings), there is no need for an introduction. For those new, The Rook is a pulp-hero-style character created by Barry. The Rook fights crime and evil in the ’30s and ’40s (and later). Barry mixes in pulp hero, comic book and comic strip characters, along with occult horror/weird menace, and does a good job.

This book has six stories (or short novels?).

“The Phantom Vessel” pits the Rook against the vengeful son of the man who killed his father and made him become the Rook, as well as the ghost of the Flying Dutchmen.
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