Sunday, August 28, 2016

Divinity II Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

  I think the best of this issue's line work is in the book pages that are displayed during the last of the fight. Also though the rest of the art is great there are a few minor bits that I believe could have been inked better. As for the colors, I think that David Baron did an excellent job on keeping things consistent and melding them to the design changes. Regarding the writing Matt Kindt did a decent job making the fight multi-layered. Finally Kindt and the art team provided a great cliffhanger for the next chapter in the Divinity saga.

 Recommended!

In The Name Of the Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episode 37

  I don't get why we got several memorable final battles in the first two seasons/series and nothing for this Season Moon S.  While there is the movie and the last episode left for me to see, and write about,  I have little hope for something great. The reason for this is because this episode is the most pointless filler I have yet seen in an anime. Sure things like Dragon Ball Z devoting an episode to Goku and Piccolo failing driving lessons have been pointless but they were at least fun. This episode is not fun nor does it resolve any plot threads in a satisfying way.

   Questions! Was this season/series running ahead of the manga publication's writing? Why was the Purity Chalice/Holy Grail transformation treated so poorly? What was the point of Uranus and Neptune physically fighting their princess? How come Haruka and Michiru continued to act like they knew and were better than the rest of the Sailors after the big battle? Does/Did this season weaken the "girls/women can be powerful" message of Sailor Moon? Why was Pharaoh 90 never shown in Sailor Moon S? Why was the baby Hotaru given to Professor Tomoe without questions about her age? Was the older Hotaru ever officially declared dead?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Generation Zero Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

  I have no idea what is going on with Fred Van Lente or the editorial staff at Valiant that caused this issue to open brilliantly and then fail to be sensible. The art, coloring, and lettering are all amazing and give the book its quality. (Even though Monica Jim does not look tall enough at the kegger.)
However, the writing ranges from offensive to simply unrealistic. For example the idea of Donald Trump being a legend, or in this case "An Urban Legend," makes the wheelchair bound teen seem moronic in a "how is she breathing?" type way. Also this issue makes light of cutters, bullying and threats of school shooting. Finally the opening plot is just a thinly veiled mixture of The A-Team and The World's End.

  My Verdict: It is strongly not recommended for the above reasons and the fact that Fred Van Lente and the Valiant staff have done better in the past.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Issue 30 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

   I am fine with the magic council made up of various species, including the demon lobbyists, except for the fact that Riley is on it. He was always shown as doubting in magic even in that one episode of Season Six. So that is a misstep that hopefully will be fixed or explained in some way. Though I did like the Spuffy moment and choice of venue at the meeting.

   As for the conclusion of the fight I think it is rushed and stupid. It is stupid due to Buffy, the most veteran of slayers, crying during a final battle with the season's Big Bad. In short she is acting out of character in that scene. Also the bad guy trying to make a deal reminded me of the horrible Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie. Finally I feel this season (at least the latter half) has been rushed and this issue shows that with how compressed everything is.

  My Verdict: Not Recommended unless you want some BTVS Dracula jokes or some ideas for fan fiction scenarios.

  Hoping Season 11 turns out better!

Sequart's Book on the British Invasion's Big Three In Comics Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sequart’s Book on the BRITISH INVASION’s Big Three is Now Available

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the publication of The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer, by Greg Carpenter.

Moore. Gaiman. Morrison.

They came from Northampton, West Sussex, and Glasgow, and even though they spoke with different dialects, they gave American comics a new voice – one loud and clear enough to speak to the Postmodern world. Like a triple-helix strand of some advanced form of DNA, their careers have remained irrevocably intertwined. They go together, like Diz, Bird, and Monk… or like Kerouac, Burroughs, and Ginsberg… or like the Beatles, the Stones, and the Who.

Taken individually, their professional histories provide an incomplete picture of comics’ British Invasion, but together they redefined the concept of what it means to be a comic book writer. Collectively, their story is arguably the most important one of the modern comics era.

The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer runs 492 pages, making it the longest book Sequart has published. It features an interview with the legendary Karen Berger (who spearheaded the British Invasion at DC Comics), and it sports a fun “Meet the Beatles!”-esque cover by Kevin Colden.

The British Invasion is available 
in print and on Kindle. (Just a reminder: you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle-formatted books; you can download a free Kindle reader for most computers, phones, and tablets.) Find out more on the book’s official page.

Journalists: A .pdf of the book will be sent upon request, and the author is available for interviews. If interested in either, please send inquiries to sequart[dot]mike[at]gmail[dot]com.
Retailers: Please send pricing inquiries to sequart[at]gmail[dot]com.
About the publisher: Sequart Organization is devoted to the study of popular culture and the promotion of comic books as a legitimate art form. Sequart has released twenty-five books, seven documentaries, and thousands of online articles. Its documentaries include Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously, and its books include Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles.


Notice: While I have worked for Sequart in the past I had nothing to do with this book. Also I gain nothing from promoting it via this press release.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dark Horse Enters Self-Help Market In 2017 Press Release

Dark Horse to Publish Mark Perez’s “How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything”
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (August 25, 2016)—Dark Horse is proud to announce it is branching into the self-help book market with How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything by Mark Perez (AcceptedCoach). Scott Shaw (The FlintstonesCaptain Carrot) lends his Emmy Award–winning illustration skills to the Hollywood screenwriter’s debut illustrated prose book, a humorous how-to for burgeoning criminals.
The satirical novel follows the adventures of one of the most notorious con men in the United States. Jonathan Dough (an alias, of course) relates to Perez stories from his turbulent upbringing and entertaining adulthood. In addition to the personal tales, Dough also shows how to commit crimes and pull off successful cons. The result is an in-depth and fascinating explanation of the glorious world of grift, the science behind scams, and most importantly, how to be a successful criminal.
Mark Perez explained his decision to write an illustrated novel: “I think the bummer about being a screenwriter is you need to be totally cool with the fact that most movies don’t get made. Maybe that particular script you’ve been working on for a year, the one that’s made you crazy and almost ended your marriage, will probably only be read by about four or five people (people who read ten or more scripts a day). It’s a real bummer creatively. So, when the idea came along for writing a book, I was intrigued by the fact that maybe more than four or five people would actually be reading my words. There was a different motivation behind writing the novel, something I hadn’t felt in years: the guarantee of an audience.”
How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything goes on sale March 8, 2017. 

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About Dark Horse

For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostX, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon AgeBuffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanTomb RaiderHaloThe WitcherSerenityGame of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Scarring Hulk Edition

1. The Incredible Hulk #601 (2009) main story has a major continuity problem with the in shadow cameo of the Scarlet Witch. Also both stories are kind of lacking anything memorable or exciting. Finally both stories are definitely made-for-the-trade.

2. Ghost Rider #1 (1990) makes me wonder how this series lasted as long as it did when there was so much wrong with this issue. Almost as bad as several issues of Youngblood.

3. Speaking of which Youngblood #3 circa 1995 is a headache inducing pile of dreck. Also it is a poor example of temporary gender swapping characters.

4. The Black Canary story "Knock 'Em Dead Part 4" from Action Comics Weekly #627 (1988) makes no sense if one lacks knowledge of the previous parts. Nor is it well drawn/inked/or colored.