Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3464:
(Vinnie) During the 2011 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, my dad met a trio of writers that go by the name of 'J.B.B. Winner'.
J.B.B. stands for the dad and twin sisters names, Jeff, Brittany, and Brianna Winner. My dad told them that he had a younger son that was interested by sci-fi, and they gave him a signed copy for me, which is why I am here today to review blog it after reading it.
The name of the amazing Sci-fi book I am reviewing is "The Strand Prophecy," which has a sci-fi, scientific, futuristic, technological, and a 'Save the Environment' theme. It has an interesting way of being presented, as it firsts starts as a comic, and then transforms into a full-blown written book, with an art gallery at the end to tie it all together.
The comic makes as a great start to the story with quite well done art, however it lacks color. It makes a great start up point as it builds up the story easier for someone to get attracted to it due to it being in pictures and words, and it leaves you wanting to continue reading the novel prose section!
The story is about a normal guy, Steve Cutter, and his niece Anna. However, while he is 'Steve' to Anna, he becomes the 'hero' by the name of 'Strand,' to everyone else. He used to be a Darwinist historian and anthropologist, but he becomes a technological genius when his brother Jack dies, leaving him as the protector of Anna. He develops many futuristic technologies which he uses when he becomes 'Strand' that are much more advanced compared to the whole world's technologies.
He puts his forces to good use when he finds that the world is experiencing major DNA changes which he calls an 'excellerated evolution cycle' where everything is advancing faster than what previous scientists have thought. He takes his research to the president of the United States, where he tries to convince him that his claims are true. They later find mysterious creatures that prove the theory of the excelerated evolution process, but many countrie's forces still won't comply to the claims. More interesting events follow, and soon they find that this evolution is a threat to humankind as creatures change appearance, and their own abilities.
Honestly, this book is just amazing. It has a strong plot, strong character roles, and a great theme for a sci-fi book. This is definitely one of the best sci-fi novels I have read, possibly even one of the best books I have read of all categories.
I enjoyed that it included multiple 'platforms' to read it on, allowing for a wider audience and a great transition. I also liked the art gallery at the back which presented what appeared to be 'concept art' for the characters, machinery, and evolved creatures. It also gives a picture to put to each person, creature, or technology, which helps to better identify it.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book series to any hardcore sci-fi fan, or even someone just starting out, such a YA (young adult reader). If they liked science or technology, then this should definitely be mentioned as a book to read over the Summer.
I give 'The Strand Prophecy' a Near Mint (NM), a 9.4 out of a 10.0 grade scale. I honestly can't wait to get the next books!
By the way... If you are going to the upcoming 2011 Comic Con International: San Diego (SDCC), you can visit them in their own panel on Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 8. You will definitely not want to miss it!
The book can be found at your regular place of shopping for books, or at the web site: StrandTheBook.com.
There is a Facebook presence for the Winner Twins, but it appears to be a 'place holder' as my Dad calls it, as it is being promoted for new fans. So I won't be linking to that at this time.
(Michael) Thanks, Vinnie!
I appreciate your reading this book that was personally autographed by the Winner Twins to you, and that you review blogged it before the start of the 2011 Comic-Con International: San Diego!
Well... The Winner Twins will next be at this Comic-Con and have a pannel on Sunday the 24th, as seen below:!
Sunday, July 2
Since I have not yet read this book with a comic book chapter in it... I'm not going to be able to give it a 'comic book grade' at this time...
Again, my thanks to the Winner Twins for bringing their book to my attention!
I hope you have a standing room only crowd at your panel!
Note: Vinnie makes it to as many comic cons with me as he can. He collects the 'Amazing Spider-Man' comic book series, but is open to read other titles from publishers that print titles that are age appropriate for him. He also has been attending 'behind the scenes' events, such as the one he blogged about ht here: Vinnie's Special 'Look at The Captain Rochester Party for the Artists' at the recent 2010 Comic-Con International: San Diego! He really had fun meeting and having dinner with Sergio Aragones, Bob Burden, Scott Shaw! and others there at this exclusive after hours Comic-Con Party in San Diego!
Also...If YOU liked Vinnie's guest review blog today, you may also enjoy reading Vinnie's other reviews on: Stuff that Dreams Are Made of - The Mini-Comix, The Adventures of Faithboy #1, Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #2 of 6, Yogi Bear Film (DVD), Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Vol 2 #1 of 3, Space Punks #2, Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Vol 2 #2 of 3, Kleeman and Mike #1, Mortifera #3, Classics Illustrated #142 Abraham Lincoln - 8th Edition, 2011 FCBD Edition - Mouse Guard / Dark Crystal Flip Book, Fraggle Rock Volume 2 #3 of 3, Bear and Fox #2, Space Punks #1, The Daughters of Merlin #1, Sea Ghost #1, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4 (of 4), Clutch Cargo DVD, The All New Super Friends Hour Season 1 DVD, The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 1, Planet Hulk, Coraline, Ponyo, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Sonic the Hedgehog TPB Vol 1, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Possum #1 comic book, Vinnie's Take on Berona's War: Field Guide, just to name a recent few!
Thanks Vinnie, for once again guest blogging here today!
~Michael D Hamersky
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