Now Reading, Or Half a Peril…

Now Reading: In The Ocean of Night by Gregory Benford.

Just Finished: The Life Eaters by David Brin and Scott Hampton

I chose The Life Eaters as my final review for the RIP reading challenge. As a graphic novel, I figured that it wouldn’t be difficult to finish it by the end of the challenge. And this turned out to be correct. In fact, I finished it on Monday night and had to choose a different book to bring to the airport.

The Life Eaters is based on a short story called “Thor Meets Captain America.” In an alternate history, the Nazis somehow summon the Norse gods to turn the tide of the war. The trickster, Loki, defects from Asgard to aid the Allies. He finally reveals a secret to a group of soldiers on a suicide mission. This is where the original short story ends. The graphic novel continues on, revealing that Asgard (and the Nazis) have gone on to subjugate most of the world, though some unexpected resistance has arisen.

I quite enjoyed “Thor Meets Captain America,” and considered it one of the most thought provoking of the collection that I found it in. Its continuation in the graphic novel did not take the path that I expected it to. That’s a good thing, though. Predictable stories are boring.

As for the artwork, I thought it suited the general mood of the story quite well. It reminded me just a bit of the first and the last Miracleman books without seeming derivative of them.

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