And wow, Superman is having a really rough Countdown. At any rate, Day of Vengeance is certainly worth a read. Aug 27, Mike rated it really liked it. I just aborted reading "The Rann-Thanagar War" book horrendous writing and decided to give this a try. I forgot that Willingham actually has a decent sense of humour - the dialogue from the dog in chapter three is priceless.
Howeve I just aborted reading "The Rann-Thanagar War" book horrendous writing and decided to give this a try.
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However, Bill's also got a penchant for cheese, so every once in a while he dispels the magic of words with a poorly-placed phrase. The overall import of this story? It feels like it made only a little real difference to the overall Infinite Crisis storyline, though it did forge a new, loosely-unified team. And it told an interesting tale and brought us at least one new character.
View 1 comment. Jul 19, Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it Shelves: comics-dc , comics. Day of Vengeance. When two Spirits of Vengeance get together, with Eclipso controlling Spectre, there's all sorts of opportunity for metaphysical wonder. But really, Spectre just kills a bunch of magicians and Shadowpact fights him Yeah, terrible plot. The only thing this volume has going for it is the formation of Shadowpact, one of several Justice League Magic's that DC has attempted, none of which have lasted long.
Unfortunately Day of Vengeance. Feb 07, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: comicbooks , dc-marvel. Quite an epic magical dilemma. You always have to figure out a way to defeat your friends just in case they become charmed by evil. Nov 13, Rihards Husko rated it really liked it.
What happens when an unbound, unstable spirit of God's vengeance comes after what he now believes to be the source of all evil - magic? And what if most of the top-tier magical talent has already been taken out? A whole lot of awesome action and mystic mystery, that's what. Like, I suddenly realize, most of the other Infinite Crisis preamble book, Day of Vengeance doesn't star any of DC's most famous heroes in its core cast though Captain Marvel makes an impactful appearance as well.
I'm not en What happens when an unbound, unstable spirit of God's vengeance comes after what he now believes to be the source of all evil - magic? I'm not entirely sure why that is - perhaps I just find the diverse group to be more engaging and fun than the others, but it really works for me. You have an immortal talking detective chimp, weird Batman, blue Hellboy, knight guy tm , wizard chick, and wizard chick 2. I know it sounds like I'm being dismissive or making fun of the crew, but I really am not. The fact that I remember them all, and fondly at that, is a testament to the writing.
Again, like most of the other pre-Crisis books, Day of Vengeance proceeds at a fairly breakneck pace. The beginning of the book is a little confusing for me, mainly what happens, who's the woman in the cell, and who is Eclipso. But once the ball gets rolling, it's pretty easy to keep track of what's happening. Seeing the ragtag bunch of magical beings reluctantly coalesce into a crew that intends to take on one of the mightiest beings in the universe is an exciting arc, and their see-sawing between success and disaster is thoroughly engaging.
And the consequences of what occurs within the mini-series' pages are likely to reverberate throughout the mystic cosmos for quite some time. I'd also like to call out Justiniano's pencils for the vivid, expressive way everything is brought to life. And some of the action shots are just Honestly, everyone in the visual department, from inks to colors to letters, did an excellent job on this book.
Day of Vengeance is, in my humble opinion, the best of the four mini-series leading into Infinite Crisis.
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It has a fun cast, a gripping and nail-biting conflict, outstanding art, and a good mix of comic book silliness and world-ending seriousness. It's good stuff. Willingham's Fables is one of my favorite books ever but his regular DC fair has never thrilled me. Here we got a conflict that makes next to no sense and a ragtag bunch of magic users who gather to solve said conflict. No explanation of why the bigger DC magic users aren't around other than it furthers the lesser characters.
Onto them, this is not the vehicle to showcase them. As I read, I didn't feel like I needed to know more because the stakes were so high. Justiniano's art was good though a Willingham's Fables is one of my favorite books ever but his regular DC fair has never thrilled me. Justiniano's art was good though and helped convey the magic battles. The Superman story here was decent but Ian Churchill's art was dated. I would have liked to see this conflict with Eclipso been elongated wink, wink.
Overall, a subpar story that could have been told in a different book and given time to breathe. Oct 09, Samuel Kay rated it it was amazing. Really enjoyed this one. Jan 18, Anthony rated it liked it Shelves: graphic-novels , super-heroes. Really, I did. I'm a sucker for the supernatural heroes of the DCU and the Marvel Universe as well and I thought it was a cool idea to bring together some of the DCU's "also-rans" in the magickal hero biz as a team. I even thought the idea of a host-less Spectre run amok was a good reason to bring the team together, perhaps ending with the introduction of a new, flawed as Of all the mini-series DC published to lead up to their current Infinite Crisis series, I wanted to like Day of Vengeance.
I even thought the idea of a host-less Spectre run amok was a good reason to bring the team together, perhaps ending with the introduction of a new, flawed as always, human host for the Spirit of Vengeance. So I finally got to read the story in the trade paperback collected form thanks to Erin for buying me the Forbidden Planet gift certificate that enabled me to get the book. But that's a small quibble, really, and more a matter of packaging than story need. I normally like Bill Willingham's writing.
I enjoyed The Elementals years ago and I his Vertigo series Fables is currently one of my favorite books, as I've mentioned frequently here. But I think in "Vengeance," Willingham had too many restrictions on him; the story, like so many mega-crossover tie-ins, is short on characterization and long on endless fight scenes. One hopes that, if the Shadowpact are granted their own series, Willingham's strong sense of characterization will win out and the characters will be less one-note. The cast is potentially a good one or at least, a better mix than when DC introduced Primal Force a few years back : retired hero Jim Rook aka Nightmaster , Blue Devil, The Enchantress multiple personalities intact , Nightshade another character I've always loved , Ragman an old Kubert favorite and Detective Chimp, with the potential for roster-changes and guest appearances by any other mystical character in the DCU.
The art was decent although I hate Nightshade's new costume; too "wanna-be-punk" for me , the covers by the classic Walt Simonson were fun to look at. But again, it all comes down to wanting to know the characters better, and only getting cardboard cut-outs -- when Enchantress mentions her multiple personality disorder in chapter one, you know it's going to be the cause of the group losing a battle with the Spectre later on; and this being a lead-in mini-series to the "DC Event of the Decade," you know before you start there's no way the heroes are going to decisively win, no matter how they may make The Spectre run early on.
Oct 21, Nicholas Palmieri rated it really liked it Shelves: dc-comics. The trade starts out with an okay three-issue Superman arc. Then the last page leads directly into the first page of the main event, the six-issue "Day of Vengeance" miniseries. I loved the main story! Centered around a rag-tag group of misfit magic-based characters, we see the world of magic go through an upheaval as this group of six attempts to combat i The trade starts out with an okay three-issue Superman arc.
Centered around a rag-tag group of misfit magic-based characters, we see the world of magic go through an upheaval as this group of six attempts to combat it. Lots of great character stuff here, the art is solid and kinetic, and overall it was a pleasure to read. The last issue was a bit of a disappointment, though, as it was meant to open doors for Infinite Crisis instead of close them for the main story here.
Ultimately, the story is concluded well enough, but there is a more definitive conclusion in "Day of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special," collected in the Infinite Crisis Companion.
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This book also serves as a "volume 0" for the Shadowpact series, also written by Willingham. Highly recommended if you're interested in the magic side of the DC Universe! Shelves: graphic-novel , superhero , dc-comics , superman. The origin of a new magic-based super team called the Shadowpact.
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The misfit heroes band together to stop the Spectre from killing all magic-using characters along with all the sources of magic in the DC universe. It's a story that's been done before in different genres, and the Spectre and Eclipso provide merely a background to the formation of the group and the establishment of the characters.
The most interesting part is really the prologue in which Eclipso attempts to control Superman in a ba The origin of a new magic-based super team called the Shadowpact. The most interesting part is really the prologue in which Eclipso attempts to control Superman in a battle for ultimate control against Captain Marvel. In this part, Eclipso is very much a threat and a foe worthy of such high-powered attention, but in the remainder of the book, he is minimized to a shadowy conspirator. The characters of the Shadowpact are interesting if not earth-shattering, and there is an element of humor to the book, but ultimately, I found it a lack-luster story.
This is something for die-hard DC fans and completists who feel the need to know all corners of the universe. Not really a book for casual fans or a comic fan looking for an entry point into DC. Dec 31, Jerry Daniels rated it really liked it Shelves: books-with-reviews , graphic-novels. Juxtaposed to Superman, Captain Marvel is a character less explored and of even lesser renown. In Day of Vengeance , DC Comics places him as well as the source of his power, the wizard Shazam, in context as Captain Marvel is enlisted to battle a force of evil, who temporarily takes over the Man of Steel's body, and then seduces God's avenger, the Spectre, into a war against the wizard Shazam.
More than an old-fashioned "good versus evil story," Day of Vengeance seems to be about how perceptions i Juxtaposed to Superman, Captain Marvel is a character less explored and of even lesser renown. More than an old-fashioned "good versus evil story," Day of Vengeance seems to be about how perceptions influence behavior, especially to the detriment of innocent bystanders. In the case of the Spectre, vengeance becomes blind after he falls victim to the charms of the novel's villain and, with no consideration for those using magic for good, wipes out most of the population practicing it.
By the end of the graphic novel, the DC Comics Universe is changed, leaving more stories about the heroes in it to be told. Being one in a series of books under Countdown to Infinite Crisis , Day of Vengeance is a superb lead-in. Jun 02, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: comic-books-mainstream-superheroes. It would have gotten a perfect score, but the first three chapters are a boring story with Superman and Captain Marvel by Judd Winnick. The second and longer story is by Bill Willingham.
It is the first story arc of Shadowpact Which is continued in their self-titled series , and chronicles the formation of the team in the face of a major crisis. While the Wizard Shazam and Captain Marvel take on the Spectre in a larger than life battle, the story focuses on a Tolkeinesque fellowship of lower lev It would have gotten a perfect score, but the first three chapters are a boring story with Superman and Captain Marvel by Judd Winnick.
While the Wizard Shazam and Captain Marvel take on the Spectre in a larger than life battle, the story focuses on a Tolkeinesque fellowship of lower level magic-users, who must conspire to find a way to nudge the conflict toward a favorable outcome. Fans of Fables must not be dismissive of Shadowpact just because it concerns superheroes and takes place in the proper DC Universe.
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These characters are terrific, and Willingham is totally on his game here. I love the panel design and layout in the second story. Oct 01, Jim C rated it really liked it. Having read the novel Infinite Crisis I decided to go back and read some of the events leading up to that book. This collection deals with the characters that have magical abilities in the DC universe.
I enjoyed this collection even though I did not know most of the characters. The only ones I new were Superman and Captain Marvel but the story was easy to follow. I liked the stories and the fight scenes were intense. This collection mostly contained action scenes and it does end on a cliffhanger. The artwork was excellent as it portrayed the enormity of the fight scenes. My only problem with this collection was the character Detective Chimp. Not being a serious reader of this genre I thought this character was silly.
This is an enjoyable collection that will captivate the reader. I do recommend that you have some prior knowledge of this universe to really enjoy it. May 05, Tyler rated it it was amazing. This book seems to be getting a lot of criticism but, honestly, I loved it. Yes, there are some pretty lame stuff about it, as mentioned in one review about the storyline with Superman and Captain Marvel but once the Shadowpact assemble, which is a long list of magic superheroes, it's such an entertaining book.
It was because of this book that I began reading more about them individually. Mostly Ragman. This book also got me very, very, very interested in The Spectre. He is a formidable opponent This book seems to be getting a lot of criticism but, honestly, I loved it. They could be greedy and implacable foes, and over the centuries reduced several strong and wealthy kingdoms not least Anglo-Saxon England to the point of collapse. Much of the time, moreover, the same men who were doing the farming and the metalworking were also responsible for the raping and looting—it was a matter of economic imperative that Vikings who planted crops in the poor soil of Norway, Orkney or northern Scotland in the spring went raiding in the summer before returning home at harvest-time.
Finally, as Jarrett points out, being a well-groomed but brutal soldier is scarcely a contradiction in terms.
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The carving seems to show a victim about to be cut open from the back; a bird of prey appears behind him. It has been suggested that this depicts the rite of the blood eagle. Image: Wikicommons. There have always been problems, in short, for historians who want to suggest that the Vikings were peace-loving and misunderstood, and of these the most intractable is their penchant—at least as portrayed in chronicles and sagas—for gory ritual killings.
One does not have to search too far in the secondary sources to uncover explicit descriptions of what execution by the blood eagle entailed. First the intended victim would be restrained, face down; next, the shape of an eagle with outstretched wings would be cut into his back. Well into the last century, most historians of the Vikings accepted that the blood eagle was deeply unpleasant but very real. According to the eminent medievalist J.
Perhaps the most prominent proponent of the blood eagle as a real ritual has been Alfred Smyth, the controversial Irish specialist in the history of Scandinavian kings in the British Isles during the ninth century. One key to the success of the Viking raiders of this period was their maneuverability. Shallow-draft longships allowed them to penetrate river systems and disappear at will.
That there are some problems with these claims will not surprise anyone who has studied this period of history; sources for the ninth- and 10th-century Scandinavian world are few, mostly late and open to interpretation. So accounts of the blood eagle are generally rather late—most are 12th- or 13th-century—and rather worryingly based on the evidence of Norse and Icelandic sagas , which were written by poets and designed to be recited as entertainment during the long northern winters. The sagas tell great stories, which makes them deeply enticing to historians struggling with the fragmentary evidence for this fascinating period, but since it is hard to reconcile them with contemporary chronicles, they have become considerably less fashionable than they once were as sources of serious history.
Here it is necessary to turn to a paper published by Roberta Frank some 30 years ago in the august English Historical Review. It may seem to be a pretty tall order to arrive at any sort of judgement on this scholarly debate, but one of the joys of studying such an obscure period of history is that the sources are so scant that anyone can become familiar with them.
This reads. A Viking landing on a hostile coast, as depicted in a history from the Victorian era. Frank goes on to a learned discussion of the Norse love of gnomic poetry and of how these lines may best be translated—much depends, apparently, on the instrumental force of the ablative. York Powell. Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West, Orkneyinga Saga. London: Penguin, ; Alfred Smyth. Scandinavian Kings in the British Isles, From Pictland to Alba: Scotland Edinburgh University Press, Subscribe or Give a Gift.
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