Thursday, May 21, 2015

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Episodes 12 & 13

   Things I liked in these two episode because they work: Artemis being a test subject for the Makai twig. It works because he has acted like a jerk at times in the past, and thus this amused me. Mamoru protecting Usagi on instinct. The tea (Japanese dub) vs hot chocolate (English dub) difference. Reference to the Moon Kingdom memories with the Luna book Mamoru glances at in Episode 12. Usagi's facial expressions while eating. The fact this story arc is over finally!*

   Questions: So the Makai/Doom Tree is just about the story of the origin of an alien race and how two survivors are saved through love? Plus the tree can talk and implant images in peoples heads? Usagi's Attack sends out a cleansing blast of love? Or was that just for this story arc's conclusion? Another thing I don't is how Mamoru even heard about An being "sick" in the first place? How bad were the translating writers when they have Serena/Usagi forget Melvin/Umino and Molly/Naru got attacked?

  *It just felt too much like a filler arc to pad the show.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Issue 15 Review With Spoilers

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  The art is great! Kudos to the artist for the level of expertise it took to draw such realistic wounds. Also the colorist chose a great palette not only for the blood but the entire book. There are no lettering mistakes which takes more skill then most might think.* As for the writing it is almost top-notch, except for the difference of opinion regarding the importance of Spike's soul to who he is.  Since I have spoken out about this subject before on this blog I will refrain from talking about it further. Finally this is heading in a great direction at the moment, and I recommend this issue and season for those lapsed Buffyverse fans.

  *Speaking from what little personal experience I have with lettering a comic.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Deathlok Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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   I wanted to like this issue... but there are too many logic fails. First up is Michael Collins (the Deathlok created by Dwayne McDuffie) still being able to act as Deathlok after appearing mostly human. Not explained are the two hows of this situation. How did he do the quick change with no apparent bag containing his stuff? We also have to ask: How human is Michael now?

   Next we have the problem of it being a very quick interlude that is more interesting than the main story. This problem is due to the logic fail caused by how the series has been paced as a whole. It is like a really long thriller movie with glacial pacing. This is issue 8 of a series that has so little development it brings new meaning to written for the trade. I mean S.H.I.E.L.D. is still basically at square one in their search for the new Deathlok and the bad guys.

  Finally neither the art or writing explain to us why the new Deathlok suddenly got the ability to reboot his health/system. What did they include video game coding in this version?

  I will say the art, coloring and lettering are the only saving graces of this issue. However I can not recommend an issue with these kind of fails.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Grimmiss Island Issue 3 Mini-Review With Spoilers

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    This issue is good in the sequencing of events. The art is satisfactory for how much of this style I have seen from these creators. There is one insult/joke that takes some thinking to get, but overall the gags/jokes are funny even to adult sensibilities. I recommend this issue for kids and parents.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weird Ideas List Of 4 Starring Edition

1. Who was the second person ever to get ripped off by a map to the stars' homes salesperson?

2. Heck what scumbag even came up with this idea?

3. How many have been actually correct at one point just by sheer accident?

4. On an unrelated possible sign of the end times note: Why has no one remade Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot! (No, I am not talking rip-offs or parodies of any sort! I mean straight up remake the same movie with a different cast.)

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Episode 11

   First off that fence that Ail and An observe the final battle at seems merged with their faces. We also have the problem of how oblivious Usagi is in the original dub to An saying she is from another planet. Usagi should not be this dumb! Especially when Usagi has noticed the duo's other strange behavior. 

   I prefer the English dub's name versus constantly hearing/seeing the shortened Aman in the Japanese. Also I like the nicer An in the English version from the 1990s versus the vicious Japanese version. There is just something about the aliens slowly adapting to human behavior that I like. Plus for once DIC actually did a good thing by making Usagi act more intelligent versus her original characterization.

   Two questions only this time. Exactly how did An and Ail get successfully registered for school with their fake pasts being so flimsy? Also how do they know how to read and speak any earth language? (Yes these things only just now occurred to me!)