36 thoughts on “The Sheriff of Babylon by Tom King

  1. Whoa…a 5 star rating, and a stellar review with incredibly high praise from you? Now this I have to check out. It really sounds incredible. It’s not a graphic novel I would usually choose if I would go shopping, but I am always open to check out new things. Fantastic review you wrote here! 😊

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    1. Everything I end up giving a 5 star rating is something that I would always vouch for. This one was really powerful in its delivery and execution. I do love picking up these graphic novels (especially those from Vertigo Comics, since they’re always top-notch). Hope you get to try it out some day, Michel. Thank you so much for reading! 😀

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  2. This sounds really good. And pretty intense.

    And I like the new layout for the blog posts. It feels a lot more open and less squashed (to use such technical terms) than the previous way it was. Do you think things will stay this way, or is “experimenting” going on?

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    1. Indeed, it is. I loved how authentic it felt and how emotionally-charged it was. Truly a great graphic novel.

      Thanks man, I appreciate the input on the new layout. As she might have already told you, she was the one who tested out a bunch of different themes to filter it down to this one. I totally agree with you on its “squashiness”. So much breathing room, so much more clean.

      I think it’s going to stay this way for a while since she didn’t see any other “better” themes possible for Bookidote. Unless WordPress suddenly unleashes a new batch of themes for premium users, I don’t think we’ll be changing anything soon. We will probably be going through an “adaptation” phase with our own posts and the way they are done though (like my new format with 3 headers, the quote, etc.), but otherwise, this is the “new us”. 😀 Feel free to always share your thoughts on any of my adjustments.

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    1. Thanks, Icky! 😀 I appreciate the kind words on the new format too. It would be pretty epic to get quoted on a big publisher’s book some day, but I’m in no hurry. It’ll happen if it wants to happen. 😉 Happy reading to you too!

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  3. Great review Lashaan, and wow this sounds like an incredible read. 🙂 I think it’s great how Tom King has used his experience in Iraq to create this story, and it seems like that experience pays off because based on your review he’s created something exceptional in The Sheriff of Babylon. The pages you’ve shown in the slideshow certainly look amazing. 😀

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    1. Thank you so much Beth! It is indeed incredible. I just really love how he transformed his experience into a story like this without making it feel like fiction at all. As violent as it might be, what we got from The Sheriff of Babylon is a mesmerizing representation of that post 9/11 era. Amazing stuff. 😀

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  4. Awesome stuff Lashaan and I’m so glad you’ve covered this because I had no idea it existed! As you’re aware I’m a big fan of Tom King’s work on Batman and I only recently found out that he was an ex-CIA operative. This sounds like a great a read (the subject matter is definitely of interest to me) and your enthusiasm for it only makes it more essential – I’m going to pick this up very soon!

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    1. Thanks Chris. I am glad to redirect you towards this masterpiece in that case. I knew about his ex-CIA stuff back when he did his Grayson run and was truly fascinated by that fact since it was pretty close to my own field of stuff/career. I’ve always been intrigued by The Sheriff of Babylon (especially since it’s a Vertigo series) and am extremely glad to finally got around to reading it. It was so impressive and a truly enlightenment of this creative team’s ability. I’m also excited to check out Mister Miracle (with Tom King and Mitch Gerads again) to see what the buzz around it is about too. I hope your time with The Sheriff of Babylon will be worthwhile, my friend! 😀

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        1. Waiting for that collected edition as well. Sweet! Hope you enjoy it man. By the way, did you hear about Batman: Damned and the launch of DC’s Black Label imprint? Definitely psyched about Azzarello and Bermejo being back together for a new project!

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  5. Wonderful review! I need to get back into GNs ASAP. And thank you for updating the blog layout haha. My nystagmus was going crazy with the last one. It looked good, but my eyes literally shook from trying to decide which side of the screen to look at. For some reason (blame the brain lesion) I wasn’t able to maintain focus, so I was cheating and just viewing your site on mobile ❤ This is nice!!!

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    1. Thanks Danielle! And yes you do. 😉 Oh my hahahah You should’ve said so way earlier! It’s always nice to know how certain themes were perceived and all. I’m glad to hear the new design is much more easy to scroll through then. Trang went through all the possibilities and found that this one after a nice long late-night scrolling. 😉 I also love how spacious it feels. Thanks again for the feedback on it all! 😉

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