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Wild Stars Reviews

Under the Wild Stars

Under the Wild Stars

Review from

"SF novel of time travel and alien recruitment, sequel to author's self-published books. Essentially an elegantly bound manuscript, with illustrations by the author, this is a signed, limited edition of 25."

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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."


Review excerpt from
Comic Book Resources
by Augie De Blieck Jr.:

"Absolutely beautiful stuff"


Review excerpt from
by Ben Herman:

Tremendous ... a very strong story ... be sure to give it a look."


Article excerpt from
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper

"Superior to many of the comics offered by the Big Three publishers."


Review excerpt from
Comic Book Electronic Magazine
by David LeBlanc:

"Real treasure ... Super cool ...
The story is involved but each book pretty much stands on its own. Good storytelling technique ...
Great covers ... a very nice package ... worth checking out."


Review excerpt from

"(brings) more energy, creativity, and adventure to comics than any five mainline titles combined."

Second review excerpt from
" Are you up for a galaxy spanning multi-versal tale with dozens of characters, settings, and a whole lot of strange goings on?
Have I got a comic series for you!
Like some of the best literature, it seems written more for the re-read than the first time through ... carefully constructed narrative replete with call backs and foreshadowing ... all the pieces fit into the puzzle."

Force Majeure: Prarie Bay

Force Majeure: Prairie Bay #1

Review excerpt from
by Jeff Chon:

"Force Majeure is a very pretty book. It ... contains beautifully rendered art, and is based around a fairly interesting premise.
I picked it up on a lark and really enjoyed myself.
That's about as good as you can get.

"The story is very engaging with interesting characters and crackling sci-fi movie dialogue. There's a lot of good things here."

Wild Stars first edition graphic novel

Review excerpt by
Don D'Ammassa

"'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."


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


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."

" 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

review on

"This is an epic story told on the grandest of scales ... if you enjoyed ... 'Babylon 5' or are a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien ... you will enjoy this book."

Reviews on an unauthorized download site:

Rating: 4.6 of 5 stars (Votes: 1334)

Wild Stars 2: Force Majeure

review by

"Wild Stars: Force Majeure ... delivers staggeringly new SF concepts.
Innovative ... epic ... brilliant ...

WILD STARS and WILD STARS: FORCE MAJEURE forms a standout work of science fiction that takes a new ... perspective on nearly everything it introduces."


review on

"Excellent ... this one will not disappoint."

Cirsova #2

Another Cirsova contributor mentioned my Shark Fighter story during his YouTube GeekGab podcast (visit this link).
Check it out starting at the 25 minute mark and continuing through when the host shouts:
"Stop the bus! A guy's fighting a shark!"
"Stop the bus!"
I'll take that review! Shark Fighter Reviews:

"Well written and there is a powerful emotional punch at its core."

"... not light fare, but ... meaty and gripping adventure"

"a grim sort of redemption" Shark Fighter Review for the variant cover:

"... kudos to Michael Tierney for the mythic twist that gave his "Shark Fighter" an added chill."

Review on
"A somewhat dreamy tale of a scuba diver facing a threat far worse than a mere shark attack, it was one of the highlights of the issue."

Cirsova #5

5 Star review on
"What surprised me was "The Bears of 1812" by Michael Tierney.
"... it was really interesting. I like what he did with Sacagawea ... very satisfying ... (one of) my favorites."

Review on
"His Bears of 1812 in Cirsova #5 (the Eldritch Earth issue) stands out for the criminally underused setting of a fantastic colonial era United States."

Cirsova issue #7

Review on
"In a compact story like this, one gag is enough, but Tierney manages to squeeze in a nice one-two punch with a deft touch of humanity . . .
He also does it without the sort of cheap shot political theater . . . Another point in this story's favor."

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Bud Plant catalog cover Bud Plant featured the ERB 100 Year Art Chronology on the cover of his latest catalog, and gave it his Highest Recommendation!

Average Customer Review on Amazon: 5 out of 5 Stars

"Spectacular Collection! Beautiful!"

"To put it in simple terms, those books are masterpieces! of art. Extremely detailed, Amazingly illustrated and so worth it."

"...the '100 Year Art Chronology' is comprehensive, in-depth, personable, insightful, and awesome...
the reader is hypnotically transfixed."

"The Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology is an amazing collection of images...
the text reveals a tremendous amount of information. Michael's knowledge of the art of this period is astounding...
great work."

"This set of books is everything I've dreamed about...
entertaining and informative articles... wonderful books.
Absolutely enjoyable in every way"

"Awesome Collection! Beautiful!"

"The Greatest collection of fantasy artwork that I've ever seen.
This set of books is truly amazing.
And there is a ton of art from the UK that I've never seen before."

Chenault & Gray website review Average: 4.25 Stars.
One impatient customer dinged a 1 Star review because the books didn't arrive fast enough.

"Fantastic collection of Burroughs artwork!
Well worth the wait!
Excellent... spectacular!"

"I am in awe... Thank you."

"So Beautiful!!!"

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Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon

Circsova magazine limited Special editions -- July/August 2018 release
2 magazine versions, and 1 hardcover with a wraparound virgin dust wrapper
Review by editor Brian Neimeir:

"Wild Stars III is just what fans of fun, heroic action stories have been starving for.

"Michael Tierney . . . is a true pro whose style and outlook remind me of the old pulp masters.
His latest book is a whirlwind space adventure that will become the gold standard for putting fun first.

"Line up (early) . . . for the launch of what promises to be a game-changing book."

Review on Passing It Forward:

". . . a manly hunk of manliness . . .

"Wild Stars III will put hair on your chest."

Tara Cuvelier at rated Wild Stars 3 as an 8.8 on a scale of 10.

Tara described the basic concept of the Wild Stars as being:
"... absolutely awesome."

About the story she said:
"The plot kept me engaged throughout.
It is definitely a fast-moving story, dropping you into the action right from the beginning.
There really are no slow spots ...
There is so much happening--time travel, interdimensional travel, ships that can move planets around, and more.
It's a very richly imagined world ... I thoroughly enjoyed the energetic romp that is Wild Stars III." has Wild Stars III rated 5 out of 5 Stars:

"A strong addition to the series"

"The Wild Stars series is built for people who want a story that is rich with drama, thick with story...
Michael does a good job of making this a stand alone story or jumping on point...
If you're looking for well developed original content then this is a book series you need to check out."

Cirsova #9

Listed by the editor as:
"Michael Tierney's fifth appearance in the pages of Cirsova . . ."
5 Star review on
"Blown away! . . . entertaining . . . near perfect short stories . . Gonna checkout their back issues now."
2018 Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide

Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide -- 2018 Market Report

On my bibliography page is a list of my non-fiction writing.
People rarely review other reviews, articles, or market reports.
The website made a You Tube video about my 2018 market report:

Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She

Young Tarzan

"Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She" is a short story begun by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1930
and left unfinished until Danton Burroughs asked me to complete it in 2005.
After Danton's tragic death, publication was delayed until the March 2019 issue of Cirsova Magazine, Volume 2 #1.

Here are a couple of pre-pubication articles about Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She:
Here's a link to an article by Paul Hair on Hollywood In Toto.
Here's a link to an article by Deuce Richardson on

Cirsova's Revenge--Jon Mollison's June 25, 2019 Review:
"But the it any good?

Of course it is. Michael Tierney did the heavy lifting here to prepare the work for publishing,
and his stitch-work comes off as invisible.
Tierney has made more than a few appearances in previous editions of Cirsova...
He's a solid writer that's hard to pigeonhole, as his stories always speak with a different voice.
He dons the voice of Burroughs in his Tarzan narration, and it works well.

... reading Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She takes me right back to high school ...
It's a haunting tale ...
As such, it stands as a fitting posthumous tribute to one of the all time greats."

5-Star Review on Amazon:
"... the headliner alones sells the magazine.
"...the surprisingly introspective Tarzan tale... works well..."

5-Star Review on Amazon:
"It is not apparent where the fragment ends or which are the new part(s) added by Mr. Tierney.
...was well handled as Burroughs might have done...
...a rare treat"

5-Star Review on Amazon:
"Michael nailed it.
This brought me back through a couple of decades and dropped me right back into the jungle.
Such a feeling of deja vu - Michael handled completing this lost tale perfectly.
Such an absolute joy.
Michael's writing complements Burroughs so well, it's hard to define where one drops off and the other picks up.
Truly something any Burroughs or Tarzan fan needs in their collection."

5-Star Review on Amazon:
"I'm loving it.

"I feel like I'm there (in the jungle) and that it's real (Tarzan and the Mangani seemed real).
I also had that same great feeling I had as a teen reading Burroughs' Tarzan stories in my room for the first time,
complete immersion in an exciting and strange world.

I was trying a little to distinguish between what (Michael Tierney) wrote as opposed to ERB's fragment writing.
A week later I find out that I was right about some parts but wrong about others.
Michael did a great job.
I loved the ending.
Now I plan to pick up something Michael Tierney has written solo."

Review on by Victoria Silverwolf:
"The most interesting aspect of the story is the way it delves into Tarzan's psychology."

"...the cover art for this issue is beautiful."

Review by Paul Lucas:
"...effective story... adds something new and quite psychological to the Tarzan mythos without undermining it in the slightest.
I found that this got me thinking in a reflective way, while still being interesting and affecting.
I even went back and re-read it later, which is something I rarely do.

"Young Tarzan is the best (story in this issue) at getting across the character."

Wild Stars 4: Wild Star Rising
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In his promo video (you can watch here) for his release of Wild Stars 4 in a matching set with Wild Stars 1 through 3, and in an omnibus,
Cirsova publisher "Alex" P. Alexander said:
"Wild Stars is incredbile science fantasy ... on the scale of Jack Kirby's Fourth World.
It's almost incomparable."

Jon Mollison did an in depth review (here) about Wild Stars 4:
"Michael Tierney is one of the brighter stars in the constellation of Cirsova authors."

"The seamless merger of sci-fi and fantasy... crackles,
and the adventures leap... with a relentless pace that's a joy to follow along.
New characters step on scene fully formed, and fully described for newcomers to the series,
and Tierney doesn't shy away from jerking the rug out from the reader's expectations
in a way that is both fun and inspiring."

""Wild Stars Rising"... makes for a great introduction to the world.
In many ways, the Wild Stars universe reminds me of the Lensman series,
and if you've ever read that classic series by the old master Doc E. E. Smith,
you'll recognize that for the compliment it is." 4-Star review of the Cirsova edition of Wild Stars 1:
"A fun, crazy sci-fi story
There are many different layers to the story...
Overall, a really fun read"

5-Star Review on Amazon for the Cirsova edition of Wild Stars 1:
"A Fantastic Fantasy!
Amazing series, the absolute definition of great fantasy!
Top tier writing, wonderful art and imagination, a truly gripping tale spun to keep you coming back more."

5-Star review on Amazon for Cirsova's 2nd edition of Wild Stars 3:
" The Wild Stars series is built for people who want a story that is rich with drama, thick with story...
Michael does a good job of making this a stand-alone story or jumping on point for the series.
If you're looking for well developed original content then this is a book series you need to check out."

5-Star review on Amazon of the Cirsova 1st edition of Wild Stars 4:
"This is the must have book no matter where you are in this series.
...strong character arcs and drama alongside galaxy-spanning space battles...
The Wild Stars series is built for people who want a story that is rich with drama, thick with a story...
it gives you everything you could want in a story and still leaves you wanting more."

5-Star review on Lulu for the Omnibus:
"A stunning and enjoyable read - the omnibus is worth the investment to ensure completeness of the read,
along with the immensity of the tome. The wraparound cover... would make a dynamic poster!
I recommend this work for anyone who is a fan of pulp sci-fi or space opera -
along with anyone who is a fan of non-derivative works."

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The Multiversal Scribe Magazine (1977)

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Wild Stars Volume One #1 (Summer 1984)

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Wild Stars Volume Two #1 (Winter 1988)

Under the Wild Stars

Wild Stars Volume Three #1
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Wild Stars Volume Three #2
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Wild Stars Volume Three #3
(January 2002)

Wild Stars Volume Three #4
(February 2002)

Wild Stars Volume Three #5
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Wild Stars Volume Three #6
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Force Majeure: Prarie Bay #1
(May 2002)

Wild Stars Volume Three #7
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Wild Stars -- The Book of Circles Graphic Novel

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Wild Stars: The Book of Circles - Recalbirated - 25th Anniversary Edition
Shown below are the out-of-print Wild Stars Chronicles,
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Top Row: Nebula 71 (written in 1971); Ceobra (1974); The Catalyst (1976); Moonshadow (1978); Wild Stars Rising (1976-77).

Bottom Row: First Marker (1978); and the prequel/sequel to First Marker, Under the Wild Stars from 1998. These were the source material for all the Wild Stars comics.

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