Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bloodshot Reborn Issue 12 Review With Spoilers

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   There is not a lot that can be said about the art and colors, except that they are some of the best I have ever seen. The art is highly realistic and epic in scope while being enriched by the colors. That being said the writing and sound effects are weak points. This feels like one chapter in a collected edition due to the stall in plot development. Though the dialogue is interesting and the "younger" segments raise questions about this story arc. Finally the sound effects pop a little too much at times. This can make the reader aware that they are reading versus having the illusion of experiencing an action spectacle.

  My verdict: Not exactly a jumping on point but still okay to hand visual learners and action lovers. Also recommended for those who like Bloodshot and decent comics.

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episode 5 Opinion Piece

  This episode again has plots that are inane and generic. For example Superstein has been doing research in order to accomplish an evil plan for twenty years. That is just being way too narrow in focus even for a villain. It also raises the question of how he affords his castle and lab equipment, not to mention his servant? Heck, why has his wife stayed with him if he hasn't tried to achieve anything else for 2 decades?

  Though that is nothing compared to how stupid the creators and censors were regarding Dog Master having a human daughter. For crying out loud he is a humanoid dog! I can't be the only one hoping the daughter was either born of two humans and adopted by Dog Master or he was once human. If neither is the case for the possible backstory than...ew!

  Finally I have to say that there is a pattern of Plastic Man and his crew showing varying levels of intelligence based on the situation. For example how they escape the ice cutter in "Dog Master" showed intellect. (Even though the timing was sequenced poorly.) While the Penny blow-up doll making it as far as a car ride with Plastic Man and Hula-hula is just dumb on a level I can't understand.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Aliens: Defiance Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  The regular cover is a standard horror look for the brand, and thus it probably will please fans of Aliens. As for the Fried Pie // Books-A-Million variant, it feels too mysterious as to what it is possibly saying about the series. While the 30th anniversary variant is too hopeful in tone and bright color palette. The Comic Block exclusive variant cover is arguably the best of the bunch for the following reasons: First off there is the main character's defiant look at the xenomorph alien. Next the contrasting color scheme and overall design. Finally there is the vague sense of hope (hero side) that seems like it will be swallowed up by horror (alien side).

    Now as for the story itself, it is kind of generic and boring due to the lack of more than one relatable character. Yet Zula being the only human character raises the intriguing possibility for a story arcs that explore isolation. My perspective on the art is that it lacks a true wow or shocking moment. Panel layout being very widescreen cinematic and the lone hero aspect could be at fault here. However, it is still very good work in the consistency and use of light/shadow departments. In conclusion I recommend those with even a passing interest in the brand checkout this issue.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Usagi Yojimbo Senso Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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  Other than the giant robot and alien invaders this could have easily been a regular issue of Usagi Yojimbo. This is because the political rivalries and social customs are still at the forefront. Though there are plenty of scenes featuring the previously mentioned sci-fi elements to please those looking for them.

  As for the cover art, it is very epic in design and brilliantly colored. Said cover honestly makes me wish I had the patience to acquire either set of creative skill. Though by comparison the interiors are standard are standard Sakai. (In layman's terms that means they are excellent yet not iconic like the cover.) The pacing is balanced well between the subtly detailed yet kinetic art and the right amount of expositional dialogue. Overall a very accessible and well done issue that I recommend!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Future High Lands Edition

1. Highlander: 3030 #1 (2015) is a comic published by Emerald Star Comics that is currently free in pdf format (which is why I got it) on Drivethrucomics.com. It is really only recommended for some fans of the Highlander television show and those who are hardcore fans of the entire franchise. The interiors are heavily cross-hatched, but the writing and visual characterization are decent. Definitely worth a look even if one has to pay the 99 cent regular price.

2. 'Ancient Agreement' from New Talent Showcase #3 (1984) is a little known, but great work. While simple in its telling it is a visually compelling and smartly constructed tale.

3. Also from New Talent Showcase #3 (1984) is 'Ticker Blood' also known as 'Ticker Blood Rides Again.' Basically a psychological "what is real?" story set as a science fiction western.

4. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan fiction Hindsight by Toften mainly for the original ideas on how Buffy may age in both body and mind, viewing of potential allies, demon cultures, and the expansion on the lie that Spike and Buffy were in a band. (Personally think that last one should be in Season 11 comic series of Buffy, if there is one.) It is also a good Spuffy story seeing regular updates.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episodes 21 & 22

  I feel that while both episodes 21 and 22 are reliant on contrivances the former does so more than the latter. This is mainly due to the fact that the episode of 21 says that Sailors Uranus and Neptune will die. The fact that this fate is immediately reversed in the following episode makes 21 a lie in both its plot and title. Not to mention I found it really stupid how Eudial is able to finally use her computer to find the two talismans. Though that is not as contrived as the idea that Eudial and her car don't survive the fall into water. I mean we have seen it emerge from water locations several times.

   As for what I liked about these two episodes: Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Chibi Moon's dramatic entrance through a window is very cool! The first note laden with snails. The Grail, Pluto and Saturn finally showing up. Sailor Pluto's transformation sequence animation. The Japanese dub's voice acting and dialogue, which is way better than the original English. (Especially hate the line delivery by the actress for Pluto in the original English dub.) Finally both the interior and exterior designs of the cathedral.

  Don't really have any questions for these two episodes. Sorry to those readers who like that part.

Tomb Raider 2016 Series Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  Having the opening being in the present while most of the issue is a flashback is a means of providing set-up. However, this causes a small degree of "made for the trade" feel. That being said the script seems strong in characterization and dialogue. Not to mention that it balances narrative high and low points pretty evenly. I will go as far to say that it is probably even better than the opening of the last ongoing to star Lara Croft.

  On the visual side of things the opening suggests Philip Sevey's ability to pace an action sequence. Also while Sevey does a great job for most of the issue he fails on showing a logical length for Lara's right toes when bare. This happens when they are being displayed to emphasize her discomfort from high-heels. Though this is not as problematic, in my opinion, as some yellow letters popping too much on a convention banner in two panels. Obviously this was a problem from the lettering front which may or may not have been ignored by the editor. (Honestly I feel these two problems are rather small versus other flaws that could have happened.)

   I very much recommend this for fans of the current games, those interested in good stories, and anyone who is looking for a new comic to try.