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SHIPMENT LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 27th, 2015

***MARVEL COMICS***

ALL NEW HAWKEYE #3 REGULAR & LIMITED WU VARIANT EDITIONS
AVENGER #44 CHEUNG END OF AN ERA VARIANT
BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD #3 REG & CONNECTING VARIANT
BLACK WIDOW #18 REGULAR & COIPEL NYC VARIANT
INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 REGULAR & INFINITE LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
IRON FIST LIVING WEAPON #12
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN WEB WARRIORS #7
MODOK ASSASSIN #1
MODOK WEDDING PLANNER #NONE
NOVA #31
OLD MAN LOGAN #1 REGULAR & MANY LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
SECRET WARS 2099 #1 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
SECRET WARS JOURNAL #1
SHIELD #6
STAR WARS #2 CASSADAY 4th PRINT VARIANT
UNCANNY AVENGERS ULTIMATE FOREVER #1 REG & LIMITED VAR EDITIONS
WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #1 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS

***DC COMICS***

BATMAN 66 #23 REGULAR & BLANK VARIANT
CONVERGENCE #8 REGULAR & THOMPSON LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
CONVERGENCE ACTION COICS #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE BLUE BEETLE #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE BOOSTER GOLD #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE CRIME SYNDICATE #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE DETECTIVE COMICS #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE INFINITY INC. #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE PLASTIC MAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VAR
CONVERGENCE SHAZAM #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE WORLDS FINEST COMICS #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CUSTOM NAMCO RISE OF THE INCARNATES #9
HE MAN THE ETERNITY WAR #6
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR FOUR #2
MULTIVERSITY PAX AMERICANA DIRECTORS CUT #1
SANDMAN OVERTURE #5
SUICIDERS #4

***INDEPENDENT COMICS***

ADVENTURE TIME #40
BART SIMPSON COMICS #96
BIG TROUBLE in little china #11
BLACK HOOD #4
BRAVEST WARRIORS TALES HOLO JOHN #1
CAPTAIN CANUCK #1
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #23
CAPTURE CREATURES #4
CBLDF PRESENTS ELEPHANTMEN SHOTS #1
CHEW #49
CONAN THE AVENGER #14
DEADLY CLASS #13
DECENDER #2
DIVINITY #1 4th PRINT VARIANT
DIVINITY #2 2nd PRINT VARIANT
DIVINITY #4 #4
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #8
EFFIGY #5
ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #9
FIGHT CLUB 2 #1
FLY OUTBREAK #2
FLY IS OPEN #NONE
FOX #2 THROWBACK VARIANT
FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND #3
GFT SNOW WHITE 10th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
GFT TALES OF TERROR #11
G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #212 2nd PRINT VARIANT
G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #213 2nd PRINT VARIANT
GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #24
GRINDHOUSE DRIVE IN BLEED OUT #5
INDESTRUCTIBLE STINGRAY #1
INFERNO #1
INVINCIBLE #120
INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #3
IVAR TIMEWALKER #5
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #2 PLUGGED IN 2nd PRINT VARIANT
JOHN CARTER WARLORD #7 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
JUDGE DREDD #30
KING FLASH GORDON #4
KING PRINCE VALIANT #2
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #220
MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #3 CORRECTED EDITION
MUNCHKIN #5
OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #9
PASTAWAYS #3
PISCES #2
POSTAL #4
POWERPUFF GIRLS SUPER SMASH-UP #5
PROVIDENCE #1
RAGNAROK #5
RED SONJA #16
SABRINA #3
SCARLETT COUTURE #2
SHAFT #6
SONIC UNIVERSE #76
SONS OF THE DEVIL #1
SWORDS OF SORROW MASQUERADE KATO SPECIAL #1
THEY'RE NOT LIKE US #6
TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS DIRECTORS CUT
TMNT ONGOIG #46 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
TOMB RAIDER #16
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #41 REG & LIM VARIANT EDS
VAMPLETS NIGHTMARE NURSERY #3
WAYWARD #8
ZOMBIE TRAMP VS VAMPBLADE #1

***MISCELLANEOUS***

DC COMICS NEW 52F HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE
DEADPOOL CLASSICS VOL. 11 MERC WITH A MOUTH TPB
DEADPOOL VOL. 8 ALL GOOD THINGS TP
DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL #40
GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #184
HEAVENLY NOSTRILS CHRONICLE VOL. 2 UNICORN GN
I AM A PRINCESS X YA NOVEL VOL. 1 HC
MARVEL NOW DEADPOOL ARTFX+ STATUE
PREVIEWS #321 JUNE 2015
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOL. 19 TPB
THANOS VS HULK TPB
YOU DONT SAY GN




SHIPMENT LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 20th, 2015

***MARVEL COMICS***

A-FORCE #1 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
AVENGERS WORLD #21
DAREDEVIL #15.1
DARTH VADER #4 GRANOV 2nd PRINT VARIANT
DEADPOOLS SECRET SECRET WARS #1 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VAR EDS
DEATHLOK #8
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #27 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #14
MASTER OF KUNG FU #1 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
MOON KNIGHT #15
PLANET HULK #1 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
POWERS #3
SECRET WARS BATTLEWORLD #1 REG & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDS
DF SPIDER-GWEN #2 EXCLUSIVE LIMITED OPENA VARIANT EDITION
SPIDER-VERSE #1 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
STAR WARS #5 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
ULTIMATE END #1 REGULAR & IMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
UNCANNY X-MEN #34
WOLVERINES #17

***DC COMICS***

BATMAN #40 3rd PRINT VARIANT
CONVERGENCE #7 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
CONVERGENCE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE BATMAN & THE OUTSIDERS #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE FLASH #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE HAWKMAN #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE NEW TEEN TITANS #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE SUPERBOY & THE LEGION #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE SWAMP THING #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE WONDER WOMAN #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
INFINITE CRISIS FIGHT FOR THE UNIVERSE #11
KITCHEN #7
SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #10

***INDEPENDENT COMICS***

ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #5
ANGRY BIRDS #11
ARCHIE VS PREDATOR #2
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SIX #5
BLOODSHOT REBORN #2 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
BPRD HELL ON EARTH #131
BTVS SEASON 10 #15
DARK HORSE PRESENTS 2014 #10
DIRK GENTLEYS HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY #1
DJANGO ZORRO #7
DOCTOR WHO 10th #10
DOCTOR WHO 11th #12
DONALD DUCK #1 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
EI8HT #4
EMPRE UPRISING #2
FADE OUT #6
FATHOM KIANI VOL. 4 #4
GFT LITTLE MERMAID #4
GOLD DIGGER #221
GOON ONCE UPON A HARD TIME #3
GROO FRIENDS AND FOES #5
HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #5
INSUFFERABLE #1
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #3 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
JUNGLE GIRL SEASON 3 #2
KAIJUMAX #2
KAPTARA #2
LADY MECHANIKA TABLET OF DESTINIES #2
LEGENDERRY VAMPIRELLA #4
LUMBERJANES #14
MAD MAX FURY ROAD NUX & IMMORTAL JOE #1
MEGA MAN #49
MIND MGMT #33
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #30 REGULAR & LIMITED VAR EDS
NEW VAMPIRELLA #12
NINJAK #3
PEANUTS VOL. 2 #28
POPEYE CLASSICS ONGOING #34
PSYCHO BONKERS #1
SABRINA #2 2nd PRINT VARIANT
SATELLITE SAM #14
SECRET IDENTITIES #4
SHAFT #6
SIMPSONS SUMMER SHINDIG #9
SKYLANDERS #9
SONS OF ANARCHY #21
SPARKS NEVADA MARSHAL ON MARS #3
SPAWN #252
STRAIN NIGHT ETERNAL #9
STRAY BULLETS SUNSHINE & ROSES #4
SWORDS OF SORROW VAMPIRELLA JENNIFER BLOOD #1
THEYRE NOT LIKE US #5
TRANSFORMERS #41 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #39
TREES #9
USAGI YOJIMBO #145
VALHALLA MAD #1
WYTCHES #6
X-FILES SEASON 10 #24
ZOMBIE TRAMP #11

***MISCELLANEOUS***

ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 10 VOL. 2 LOST AND FOUND TPB
BATMAN EARTH ONE VOL. 2 HC
COMICS REVUE PRESENTS APRIL 2015
NON SPORT UPDATE VOL. 26 #3
ORIGINAL SIN TPB
POP BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA GHOST LO PAN GID FIGURE
STAR TREK STARSHIPS FIG MAG #40 USS ENTERPRISE
STAR TREK STARSHIPS FIG MAG #41 KLINGON RAPTOR
STAR TREK STARSHIPS FIG MAG #42 USS PASTUER
STAR TREK STARSHIPS FIG MAG #43 SPECIES 8372 BIOSH
TRANSFORMERS TREASURE EDITION



SHIPMENT LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th, 2015

***MARVEL COMICS***

ANGELA ASGARDS ASSASSIN #6
BUCKY BARNES WINTER SOLDIER #8
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND MIGHTY AVENGERS #8
CAPTAIN MARVEL #15
DARK TOWER DRAWING THREE HOUSE CARDS #3
DARTH VADER #5 REGULAR & LIMITED LARROCA VARIANT EDITIONS
DF PRINCESS LEIA #1 DF EXCLUSIVE LAND COVER
GUARDIANS 3000 #8
HOWARD THE DUCK #3 REGULAR & LIMITED LATOUR VARIANT
LEGENDARY STAR LORD #12
MAGNETO #18
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #7
MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4
MS. MARVEL #15 REGULAR & LIMITED CAMPION NYC VARIANT
NIGHT NURSE #1
SECRET WARS #2 REGULAR & MANY, MANY LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
SILK #4
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #12
STORM #11
THOR #8
UNCANNY AVENGERS #4 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
WOLVERINES #18

***DC COMICS***

ARROW SEASON 2.5 #8
ASTRO CITY #23
BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT #4
COFFIN HILL #18
CONVERGENCE #6 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
CONVERGENCE AQUAMAN #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE BATMAN SHADOW OF THE BAT #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE CATWOMAN #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE GREEN ARROW #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE GREEN LANTERN PARALLAX #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #2 REG & CHIP KIDD VAR
CONVERGENCE SUICIDE SQUAD #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE SUPERBOY #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE SUPERGIRL MATRIX #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE MAN OF STEEL #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
FABLES THE WOLF AMONG US #5
FBP FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #20
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR FOUR #1
MORTAL KOMBAT X #6
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #57

***INDEPENDENT COMICS***

ABE SAPIEN #23
ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #5
BILL & TED MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #3
BIRTHRIGHT #7
BLACK SCIENCE #14
BRAVEST WARRIORS #32
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA DEATH OF APOLLO #6
CHRONONAUTS #3
CONAN RED SONJA #4
COPPERHEAD #7
COWL #10
DEEP STATE #6
EAST OF WEST #19
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #6
FIVE GHOSTS SPECIAL #1
FOUR POINTS #2
G.I. JOE SNAKE EYES AGENT OF COBRA #5
GIANT DAYS #3
HARROW COUNTRY #1
IMPERIUM #4
INJECTION #1
JIM BUTCHER DRESDEN FILES DOWN TOWN #4
JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS DARK JUDGES #5
LADY KILLER #5
LANTERN CITY #1
LEGENDERRY GREEN HORNET #4
LOOKING FOR GROUP #2
MANTLE #1
MAXX MAXXIMIZED #19
MIAMI VICE REMIX #3
MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #3
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #16
MYTHIC #1
ODYC #5
PATHFINDER ORIGINS #4
PS BLACKCROSS #3
PUPPET MASTER #3
REANIMATOR #2
REBELS #2
ROBOCOP 2014 #11
RUNLOVEKILL #2
SAGA #28
SAVIOR #2
SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM #12
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #272
SOUTHERN CROSS #3
SPONGEBOB COMICS #44
STAR TREK NEW VISIONS RESISTANCE #1
STAR TREK ONGOING #45
STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #3
TMNT COLOR CLASSICS SERIES 3 #5
UNCLE SCROOGE #2
UNITY #2
WALKING DEAD #141
X-O MANOWAR #36
ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS #5

***MISCELLANEOUS***

BATMAN ARKHAM RIDDLER TPB
BATMAN DARK KNIGHT UNWRAPPED DAVID FINCH DELUXE HC
FOREVER EVIL TPB
GREAT EXPECTATIONS MANGA CLASSICS GN
MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS 2 HULK ACTION FIGURE
REVIVAL VOL. 5 GATHERING OF WATERS TPB
RIP KIRBY VOL. 8 HC
STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION VOL. 1 TPB
THOR PREMIERE VOL. 1 GODDESS OF THUNDER HC
WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK VOL. 6 PIXILATED PARROT HC




SHIPMENT LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 6th, 2015

***MARVEL COMICS***

ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA SPECIAL #1
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18
AN-MAN #5 REGULAR & NYC VARIANT
AVENGERS VS #1 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
DARTH VADER #2 GRANOV 3rd PRINT VARIANT
DARTH VADER #2 GRANOV 3rd PRINT VARIANT
GEORGE ROMEROS EMPIRE OF THE DEAD ACT THREE #2
GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #5
HULK #16 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
INHUMAN ANNUAL #1
KANAN LAST PADAWAN #1 BROOKS 2nd PRINT VARIANT
KANAN LAST PADAWAN #2 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
OPERATION SIN #5
PRINCESS LEIA #2 DODSON 2nd PRINT VARIANT
PUNISHER #18
RETURN OF LIVING DEADPOOL #4
ROCKET RACCOON #11
SECRET WARS #1 REGULAR & MANY, MANY MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDS
SPIDER-GWEN #4 REGULAR & NYC VARIANT
SPIDER-WOMAN #7
STAR WARS #1 CASSADAY 5th PRINT VARIANT
STAR WARS #3 CASSADAY 3rd PRINT VARIANT
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #5

***DC COMICS***

CONVERGENCE #5 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
CONVERGENCE ATOM #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE BATGIRL #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE BATMAN & ROBIN #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE HARLEY QUINN #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE NIGHTWING ORACLE #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE QUESTION #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE SPEED FORCE #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE SUPERMAN #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
CONVERGENCE TITANS #2 REGULAR & CHIP KIDD VARIANT
FLASH SEASON ZERO #8
HINTERKIND #18
NAMES #9
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #10
WOLF MOON #6
WONDER WOMAN 77 SPECIAL #1 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS

***INDEPENDENT COMICS***

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #8
ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 10 #14
BALTIMORE CULT OF THE RED KING #1
DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5
DEAD DROP #1
DESCENDER #3
EPOCHALYPSE #6
FLY OUTBREAK #2
FOX #2
GFT RETURN TO WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1
GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #8
GOLD DIGGER #220
JOHN CARTER WARLORD OF MARS #6 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED EDS
JUPITERS CIRCLE #2
MASKS 2 #2
MINIMUM WAGE SO MANY BAD DECISIONS #1
NAILBITER #12
ORPHAN BLACK #3
RACHEL RISING #33
RAT GOD #4
REGULAR SHOW #23
ROCHE LIMIT CLANDESTINY #1
ROCKET GIRL #6
RUNLOVEKILL #11
SAMURAI JACK #19
SHAHRAZAD #2
STEAM TALES #3
SWORDS OF SORROW #1
SWORDS OF SORROW CHAOS SPECIAL #1
THIEF OF THIEVES #28
TMNT MUTANIMALS #3
WICKED & DIVINE #10
ZERO #16

***MISCELLANEOUS***

ALIEN EGG DISTRESSED LUNCH BOX W/THERMOS
BATMAN EARTH ONE VOL. 2 HC
BATMAN SUPERMAN VOL. 2 GAME OVER TPB
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #485
FIGMENT HC
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1 HC
VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK 2015 EDITION #1
HEAVY METAL #274
LEGEND OF ZELDA LINK TO THE PAST GN
SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOL. 2 GRIDIRON TPB
STAR WARS OGN EPISODE IV NEW HOPE HC
SUPERMAN VS DARKSEID TPB



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Wild Stars Volume 3
2001-2002 comics

Review excerpt from
The Comic Shop News
by Cliff Biggers:

"This time traveling saga delves into the briny deep and the seas of space with equal aplomb."

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Review excerpt from
Comic Book Resources:

"Absolutely beautiful stuff"

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Review excerpt from
Comic Book Electronic Magazine:

"Real treasure"


Wild Stars: The Book of Circles
2004 Graphic Novel

Review excerpt by
Don D'Ammassa
of dondammassa.com:

"...it's quite good. The story is a bit --
dare I say comic bookish? -- for most sf fans, but the story is more complex and even intelligent than in most similar materials I've seen. If you like this kind of material at all, you should find this one a satisfying buy."


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Review by
R.J. Carter
of The Trades:

"Michael Tierney's Wild Stars is a graphic novel that has been twenty years in the making, drawing upon it's earlier incarnations as first a text novel and then as three separate comic book series. Visually it shows as, rearranged by the author into a more chronological telling than the comics presented, the reader can notice sharply contrasting changes in art style as the various pencillers came on board and the series evolved.

"But what is Wild Stars about, specifically?

"It's a science fiction story involving spaceships and time-travel. It's a historical adventure about ancient Native American tribes. It's a ghost story about a Civil War soldier and his namesake descendant. It's a crime drama revolving around drug runners and the search for Adolf Hitler. It's a mystery surrounding a cosmic case of mistaken identity.

"And it's probably a dozen other things, beside.

"Wild Stars is a story that is very demanding of the reader, filled to bursting with subplots and hidden storylines that aren't always apparent on first blush. This isn't your basic "Introduce the bad guy and his evil plot, here comes the hero to stop him, battle battle battle, victory and the end." You can't casually read through this book; it requires you to think. But for readers making the commitment, the payoff is worth the investment.

"Upon reading the first chapter, the reader will be inclined to ask himself exactly what is happening. Upon reaching the middle of the book, the reader will be no closer to catching up with the plot that he is now certain is a literary runaway freight train with track continually being laid out in front of it as it progresses forward. Not until the climax of the story are the seemingly disparate threads brought together for an elegantly simple ending, leaving the reader feeling much like a stupefied Watson at the end of a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Of course, if you pay attention, there is a sequence near the center of it all that serves to put the reader on the proper trail, as the Artomique soldier, Georgian Raveling, is captured and questioned by a South American drug smuggler--and tells a tale that defies belief:

Georgian: You want to hear a truth that you'll never believe? Fine! We were attached to the Supreme Commander of the Western Crusade.

Mendez: What?

Georgian: Our original goal was to recover a lost nuclear bomb. Instead we discovered a weapon so powerful that it destroyed the world.

Max: The world looks like it's in pretty good shape to me.

Georgian: My reality was destroyed. Our history was different. The United States never existed. Fascism conquered a world where rotor technology was developed instead of propellers. We're chasing a man with a time travel device that he used to change history. That scuba diver might be the destroyer of worlds!

"So climb aboard, keep your eye on the shell games that go on with Carlton MacKanaly and his clone, Carlton MacKanaly (yes, really) as Tierney takes you from the travelling space city of Magoria to the sunken treasures off Bad Juju Reef to the burning marijuana fields outside of Argenta and ultimately to New Atlantis. It's a long ride with a lot of sights to see. Settle in and have your tickets ready, because once it starts there's nowhere to get off until the last page."

R.J. Carter

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Review excerpt by
Guy Lancaster
April, 2008
Arkansas' Free Press Newspaper:

"The story of Wild Stars stretches ambitiously across space and time, from small-town murders to the destruction of planets, with every event given multiple layers of meaning. Truth be told, I was lost more than once, but even then it still proved a strangely compelling read, as if the damned thing just wouldn't leave my hands until I got to the end.

"It's the equivelent of a long line of dominoes being set to fall -- events happen one after another in such rapid succession that we barely have time to absorb the significance of what's going on before moving ever onward."

"...no one can fault the earnest vision of the creator in tying together in one book stories of backwoods dirty dealings with horrors of genocide on a galactic scale."

Guy Lancaster


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