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My hobbies include just about anything, really...except reading, I hate reading! Kidding of course, reading is my favorite hobby! I love not only reading, but creative writing as well. I'm currently working on a novel about a group of paranormal social workers who try to help creatures like themselves cope with being different while also protecting humanity from the more malevolent beings. Other hobbies include music, yoga, comedy clubs, movies, and video games. I read from just about any genre, but my favorites are fantasy/urban fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and graphic novels (that's what us comic-book geeks call them to try to sound more sophisticated). In my secret identity, I work as an accountant for a nonprofit organization . I know...accounting and creative writing don't exactly go together...what can I say, I'm full of contradictions! My rating system: 5 STARS - I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't wait to finish it, yet I also never wanted it to end! 4 STARS - I liked this book an awful lot! It would have been perfect, except for some minor issue or issues that detracted from my overall enjoyment. 3 STARS - I liked this book, but found it somewhat flawed. Probably would not read again, but might still give the author and/or series a second chance. 2 STARS - Overall, a disappointing read for me. It had its moments, but sadly the bad outweighed the good. 1 STAR - I hate the part of my brain that convinced me to read this book!

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Queen and Country: A Gentleman's Game
Greg Rucka
Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) - Geoff Johns "Justice League - Origin" was the first New 52 compilation I read, and I found it a fun read, albeit a shallow one. The six-part story covers the first meeting of the current Justice League members as they team up to fight Darkseid and...well, that's pretty much it. Really.

It's not that "Origin" is a bad story...it moves at a brisk pace, offers plenty of action, and features some amusing banter between the characters (yes, I laughed out loud when Green Lantern realized Batman had no super powers..."Don't tell me you're just some guy in a bat costume!"). But the problem is that the story (and I'm being generous even calling it that) is such a simplistic one. There is almost no plot or character development to speak of, it's pretty much just a six-issue slugfest.

If this compilation had been a collection of Justice League 142-147, it wouldn't have been as concerning to me, I would have just chalked it up as a filler story. But what really bothers me is that this is the story DC chose to spearhead their new continuity. I really enjoyed Geoff Johns' runs on titles like "The Flash" and "JSA" in the old DC continuity, but this read like a dumbed-down version of his prior work. Comic books have often suffered a misconception that they are just juvenile forms of entertainment, and sadly, "Justice League - Origins" does nothing to refute that claim!