"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."
Wild Stars Volume 3
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."
"(brings) more energy, creativity, and adventure to comics than any five mainline titles combined."
Second review excerpt from jonmollison.com: "
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: 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."
Review excerpt by
"...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."
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.
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."
Review excerpt by
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."
"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."
5 Star review on Amazon.com: "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 jonmollison.com: "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."
Review on jonmollison.com: "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."
"To put it in simple terms, those books are masterpieces!
...works 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...
"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!
Tara Cuvelier at Geekisphere.com 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."
Amazon.com 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."
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide -- 2018 Market Report
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