Apr 20, 2017
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“Look--down there on the ground! It's a guy, he's kinda ordinary...it's--Clark Kent?! As Metropolis recovers from the devastating attack of Doomsday, the mysterious figure claiming to be Clark Kent takes the spotlight to clear his name and prove once and for all that Clark Kent is not Superman!”
I have to thank Netgalley and DC Entertainment for giving me an opportunity to read this graphic novel.
In Volume 2, the story takes place after the epic battle of Superman with Doomsday. Superman is killed, before that the world comes to know that Clark Kent and Superman are same person. Now Clark Kent with fractured left hand comes to Daily Planet to finish his investigation on Geneticron, later Clark was thrown out of the building and Superman! saves him. Both know they are not who they are. Superman takes Clark to Fortress of Solitude and tests him, the result was unexpected and the mystery deepens.
Superman is seen married to Lois and having a kid named Jon, trying their best to adapt to their new world.
This graphic novel revolves around the lives of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Lois been dead! and another Lois taking her place and trying to finish the book on Superman.
The story is not conclusive but it has its fair share of mystery and twists which will surely engage us. The art work is good, written by Dan Jurgens and pencils by Tom Grummett for That which you manifest is before you, Patch Zircher for Superman meets Clark Kent Part I & II, Stephen Segovia in Lois Lane Back at the Planet Part I & II. Especillay I liked the face of Superman been peeled which I have uploaded above.
Apr 11, 2017
Apr 8, 2017
Thanks to Net galley and Skyhorse Publishing for giving me an opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
The book is an account of an 88 year old Cuban exile Antonio Veciana with his CIA handler Maurice Bishop. During the Cuban revolution he was working as an accountant to a wealthy man, Julio Lobo, and Veciana was also the head of the Accountant Association. Like others he also hated the reign of Fulgencio Batista. On 1st January 1959 Batista was replaced by the revolutionist Fidel Castro. But Veciana hated Fidel as he will rule as a dictator.
Later his assumptions of Fidel does not falter and he voiced against him. A CIA, Maurice Bishop also known as David Atlee Phillips comes to his office and gives an opportunity to work for anti Fidel Castro activities. Maurice trains him and makes him his covert field operative.
Under Maurice direction Veciana destructs public confidence on Castro by spreading rumours and leaking fake government drafts such as Monetary control and parental right laws. He used men with incendiary bombs to destroy many tobacco fields and industries there by crippling Cuba's economy.
Then he stays in US, he finds Alpha 66 and becomes the Chief and principal fund raiser, Alpha 66 turned out to be most active group which became a headache to Castro's reign.
Under Maurice instructions he takes up the job of banking advisor to Central Bank of Bolivia, he lived with his family and rubbed shoulders with high ranking members. This time his task is to kill the legend of Che. He tried his best by making arrangements to hand Congo Diary of Che to Castro for publication, he thought that the book will give the feeling that Che's chronicles are a debacle. But the legend continued to grow and inspired many. From Veciana's view point apart from Che's daring, simple and disciplined life, he saw confirmation of Che's failure.
During 1971 Veciana got another big opportunity to assassinate Castro, as he had planned to pay a visit to Chile which is under the rule of Salvador Allende. The weapon of choice had to be small enough to fit inside a fully operational television camera, to remain hidden until the assassins were close enough, and to fire one or more shots, point blank, into Fidel's throat and head. He selects three persons for the job but luck favoured Fidel. When this attempt failed he returned to US and fell from the patronage of Maurice Bishop, and he was paid $230,000 for his service on anti Castro activities.
Some years later he was thrown into prison on the charges of supplying narcotics which he denied. Later he told the United States House Selection committee on Assassination that he met Maurice with Lee Harvey Oswald couple of weeks before assassination of JFK. He was ambushed on the way back to home but he survived a bullet wound. He was sure Bishop is David Atlee Phillips. Veciana says that he regretted his political life.
The book gives much information on how CIA recruits people, different kind of code language and how secret meetings takes place.
Apr 3, 2017
The author throws several questions to us before we venture into the novel.
2. Must the Messiah be a king?
3. A warrior? A priest? A prophet? All of the above?
4. Who did Jesus believe himself to be and how did he conceive his earthly mission?
5. Why would a man whose entry into Jerusalem at Passover was a triumph be suddenly and mysteriously murdered by the Romans?
The author has given many instances on Joshua's intelligence and the life of Judas his thoughts about Joshua and his betrayal during Passover etc. Len Lamensdorf has given an alternate down to earth hypotheses on the miracles performed by Jesus. It looks acceptable but he failed to explain how Jesus or Joshua healed the sick and how he raised men from dead.
Superb narration and thrilling climax to the novel. As mentioned earlier this 700 plus pages book is fast paced and some might find uncomfortable with the story line.
I like to quote some inspirational lines:
A man who throws water into the river is not likely to drown the river, but a man who spits into the wind may find it blown back into his eyes.
King Messiah would be a righteous king who would not… put his trust in horse and rider and bow, nor shall he multiply unto himself gold and silver for war… For he shall smite the earth with the word of his mouth.
Messiah would be free from sin and would be powerful not because he led a great army but because he "leaned upon his God"
Come, let us return to the Lord, for he has torn, that he may heal us, he has stricken, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us, on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.
The Messiah would be abused, tormented, viciously tortured, perhaps even killed. But God would give him triumph over death. That was the Baptizer consolation.
Joshua said, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.