Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day Of Release Mini-Review Thanos A God Up There Listening Issue 3

    This mini-series stinks! It lacks focus on who the main character is, and has absolutely no clue regarding which plot is the main one. Some of the art in certain panels is muddied and obviously rushed. Thanos is out of character and Thane is too new of a character to really be one in this mess of a comic. This is down near the bottom of my not recommended list! Even die-hard Thanos and Marvel Cosmic fans should stay away from this series!

Day Of Release Review The Delinquents Issue 3

   This issue almost missed being recommended by me due to two reasons. However I figured out that jump cuts in the narratives (art and written) were not occurring. Instead there is a brilliantly subtle series of quick transitions that make it seem like sudden narrative shifts are occurring. The other almost problem is the use of song lyrics, which is almost always a mistake to do. Though I feel this time can be the exception to the rule, because of two factors. They are incorporated into the art design, and none of the characters are trying to sing them.

    I will say this issue had more laugh out loud moments than the second, but still less than the first. Several of the jokes push near the boundary of being wrong and unfunny, though they maintain a respectful distance from that boundary. Speaking of funny, I do have to wonder how long Archer has remained consecutively drunk for in terms days while on this adventure. Finally I think I can say that with one issue left this mini-series is recommended (by me) in both single issue format and a collected edition.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Avenge Justice Edition

1. Nascar Adventures Volume 1, No. 1 Starring Fred Lorenzen published by Vortex Comics in 1991. A mess of a comic with Don Heck's awesome talents obviously having waned by this point being one of the lesser problems. The Narrative is the biggest problem with sudden shifts from Fred Lorenzen being the narrator to a third person narrator. This is mainly a really weird attempt at a biography comic. Even Nascar fans should avoid reading this comic.

2. Know what perspective you are narrating from! This is not to say you can't shift the form, but always may sure you give a logical reason for the shift to happen. Also do not have it happen out of nowhere in the middle of a flashback or story.

3. What If Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers? #1 from 2005. Mainly a bad excuse to do a Self-Insertion story. Bendis's creation joins the the Avengers while Bendis takes the Watcher's standard role of narrator. This story just rehashes the Avengers Disassembled story. What really makes no sense to me is including the Purple Man, a character even other villains would have killed due to his powers.

4. DC Showcase '95 # 3 just fails because all three stories are badly done paint by numbers. Eradicator is close to succeeding fails to live up to the story title of "No Mercy!" Next up is a story that goes nowhere while starring Claw from Primal Force. The Question's story is just a pointless save the day cliche about an overly oppressive, ungrateful nun from Vic Sage's past.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Avenge Justice Edition

1. Avengers #239 from 1984 guest-starred David Letterman & Paul Shaffer. Not only that but it introduced those who had failed to read the then current Hawkeye limited series to Mockingbird. We also get Hawkeye's initial dealings with hearing loss and reluctance to use a hearing aid. A great Assistant Editor's Month issue!

2. Captain America #267 circa 1982 finds Cap fighting Everyman. Everyman is nuts and a realistic villain. I recommend this issue for how Cap keeps his temper in check no matter the opponent.

3. JSA #1 from 1999 is the real kick-off to a great series with many twists and turns. I say real kick-off due to the fact that it was preceded by an event stunt featuring the original Justice Society Of America.

4. Last Days Of The Justice Society from 1986. I recommend it simply because it provides a reason for the heroes to no longer be active after the Crisis On Infinite Earths reboot. It is a serviceable story at best though.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Love Over Gold Book Review

   For those who loved the classic Nescafe Gold Blend and/or Taster's Choice adverts featuring Anthony Stewart Head & Sharon Maughan there is this book. Love Over Gold by Susannah James (a writing alias used by Susan Moody) is the 1993 publication I, and other fans, never knew we needed. Not only does it fill in the blanks between the soap opera like cliffhanger ads, it also adds to the story with additional romances. Each romance ties in to the main plot, and said plot ends with an additional cliffhanger ending.

   If I have one complaint it is that I can't find a copy the VHS compilation of adverts that is promoted in the back of the book. Yes that is right, not only did Love Over Gold add to the coolness of this love story and said ad campaign, it was officially supported by Nestle. I would recommend this to lovers of romance, the ad campaign, travel, and finally fans of the actors.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Episode 21

   Oh man is the English dub's monster possessed animator's southern belle voice annoying. Speaking of voices, I can't understand what was with her not getting fired getting in either version. I mean in both dubs she voices an opinion (actually the monsters' opinions) to her boss about evil winning. However we get left with her apparently keeping her job and her co-workers' support. At least the Japanese version is less ranting in that moment and could have possibly kept the job. 

   I do have one complaint about the monsters in the Japanese dub. Why did Nephrite boast that they were the most powerful monsters at his disposal? I mean they are taken out pretty quickly compared to other monsters we have seen. A great example being the Camera Monster that turned people in to photos. Though I did like the music lyrics we get in the Japanese dub during this defeat.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day Of Release Review Unity Issue 0 Spoilers

Spoilers Beyond This Point     

     Unity # 0 is a solid issue that promotes a grander view of the Valiant universe. We see an early team the Eternal Warrior helmed called Unit Y. The most interesting member is Breaker due to his pacifist beliefs, genius intellect and poor speech. Breaker and the rest of Unit Y would be interesting to learn more about, especially the hinted at origins of each member. Heck, I wouldn't mind a limited series centered around their formation. I recommend this comic not just for the story, but the great art as well.