Saturday, July 26, 2014

Not Recommended Comics List of 4

     First off I will be making trying to make this a Saturday thing, or at least a once a week type list of comics I read at some point that I would not recommend.

     1. 1979's The Invaders # 38. While not a horrible issue, has an ethnic slur directed towards the Japanese characters. Thus unless you like heroes that talk like bigots while being teamed up with a Japanese American super hero I would advise keeping this off a favorites list.

     2. 1991's Alpha Flight # 93. Simply because the story can't decide if it is a flashback or is in the present. Also this issue's back and forth results in nothing happening in the story. Plus the art has broken backs and unnecessary posing. Definitely not new reader friendly or a good jumping in point.

     3. 1994's Superman # 95. Treats the New Gods and Superman like set pieces and gives the starring role to a character that has nothing to do with anything but wrapping up the Zero Hour mess. While I liked Zero Hour as a limited series it did screw with certain characters in ways that didn't make sense. Ray Palmer the Atom is the character in question, and even for a teenager he is acting unbelievably stupid in this issue. This issue is too paint by numbers, and the numbers are painted wrong in terms of the plot.

    4. Spawn the first ninety issues in the main series read in binge reading format. Just don't! It makes for a depressing time spent reading a "grim and gritty" superhero attempt turned horror comic. No matter your beliefs on deities and demons, this is a comic of highs and lows that develops into a constant low.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Episode 8

     Oh man is Usagi a bit of a jerk in both the Original Japanese & English Dubs of the show. Though I will say she is written as more of a subtle jerk, and less of one in general, than the Serena version from the 1990s. I mean Amy must be pretty lonely to just become friends without an apology about the insults from Serena and her friends. The Japanese dubbed Ami on the other hand apparently does not know for sure that she was insulted that day, or that Usagi is trying to manipulate her for better test scores. Though it is interesting that Amy is a new student, while Ami is not a new student. This tidbit helps explain away the different building that the computer class is taken in, and why it is not at the regular school.

   While I did notice the different dialogue for the Queen and Jadeite, I will only comment that I am curious why they don't know about jobs. Speaking of curiosities the following things bugging me: Where does the Scouts clothing go when they transform back and forth? Does Sailor Moon grow the Tiara and Gems in her hair out of her body? Is the coloring of the Nails really important to the transformations? Are they flashing onlookers during their transformations? (yeah they are teenagers and my kid self didn't care but my current adult self does wonder.) 

    Finally while I have a lot more questions I will point out over the next few weeks, I will leave you readers with the fact that Luna is numbered a pretty high number for being one of two cat agents searching for the Princess. Don't believe me then just watch the Japanese Dub on Hulu.

Addendum:

Computers were just starting to be used in schools in the 1990s, and were still becoming a major factor in adults' lives.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Armor Hunters Bloodshot Issue 1 Day Of Review

   Out of all the Armor Hunters tie-in comics this is probably the weakest in my opinion. I say this because the action could have been sped up by removing certain bits of story and art that were already shown in other parts of this event. Though I will say that unlike certain events from other companies they at least get the lines and characters right in repetition. the art is great line work wise and emotionally. However writing-wise I feel all the shouts of "Bloodshot" are a sign of a weak female lead. Especially when she doesn't trust or care about him and knows he can heal himself.

   Now while I would love to recommend this issue I can't for the previously mentioned problems. I will be reviewing issues two and three of this title, so maybe I will change my mind later.

Mighty Avengers Issue 12 Day Of Review Spoilers

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   This comic while not quite as awesome as last issue definitely has good points. For one Blue Marvel is portrayed as appreciative of certain architecture before regretfully destroying it to stop bad guys in the 1970s. Also right before this we see Luke Cage's father having a breakdown, due to his sense of reality being shattered. Finally Luke's reaction to his dad's story is priceless and is one only people who read this issue should find out about. The art is strong for the characters emotional states and none of are white-washed. Though I am questioning what the big deal is with The Bear, and whether any of the 1970s Mighty Avengers might sue the current Avenger teams, this is still a recommended issue. Definitely a comic for Blaxploitation film fans.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

List of 4 Recommended Comics

1. The Invaders from 1993. This mini-series was an attempt to gauge interest in a potential revival of The Invaders as a monthly series. While I don't think this was the greatest 4 issue mini-series ever, I do think it is worth picking up due to it being a good 90's comic.

2. The West Coast Avengers # 35 is recommended mainly for the cover and partially for the story. It is a comic that features a Doctor Doom that most comic fans probably forget existed. That being the Kristoff's body/Doctor Doom's mind version. Cover is awesome! While the story is busy in a lot of ways it is an enjoyable issue if you can find a cheap copy.

3. Wonder Woman # 120 from the late 1990s. Great flashback summary issue that celebrates Wonder Woman's continuity at that point, and moved her story forward without missing her mission statement. That mission being promoting peace, love, and understanding.

4. Spider-Boy # 1 from Amalgam Comics. A joint venture by DC and Marvel, Amalgam had hits and misses. One on target refreshing take on mixing up the characters was this one-shot title. I only wish we could have had more issues of this title. (note there was another Spider-boy title but it lacks some of the coolness of this one.)

Advance Review of Archer and Armstrong issue 22

    This issue with it's weird but good, not to mention various, mythical kings is one I will recommend. The art is solid and along with the coloring and placement of the word balloons makes the story pop. We get several things to ponder about mythical kings, Archer and Armstrong's pasts and where they may be going in the future. One of these things involves "Elvis" and his role as a king. Also I am personally curious who the security guards for the hotel were supposed to be, since they have to have been famous for something?

     Now while this review is short it is because this story is so good that going into it anymore will spoil it. So just go out on this week's new comics day and buy it.

Yet Even More Weird Ideas List of 4

1. How different are zoo animals IQs versus wild animals IQs?

2. How many titles have too many words making up the title alone?

3. Is it okay for an adult to ship relationships on shows like Girl Meets World? I ask because I so want Maya and Farkle to get together.

4. Is the Mark Twain character of Tom Sawyer still relevant in this century?