Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Captain Midnight Issue 21 Review

   This is a good crossover issue with pretty solid writing. I say "pretty solid" because there is one period that should have been an exclamation point. Also the summary could have used some rewriting. As for the art the facial expressions are not entirely consistent, and there is at least one minimalistic expression that could have used a touch up. This issue features great work in terms of coloring and cover design.

  My verdict: Recommended!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dead Drop Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

Spoiler Warning!

   Except for one part of the alien baddies explanation of their motives I found the writing to be excellent. As for the coloring it could have been a less muddy choice in some ways, but it is still decent work. There are no typos that I could see. Art-wise my only complaint is a little more originality could have been used designing the hero of the issue.

  Speaking of the latest hero his name is one that certain readers, especially the younger twenty-somethings, will need to look up to get why it is such a joke. I personally feel the fact this joke hero actually turns out to be a real hero is awesome. Also it would be interesting to see him get an eighties set series exploring his origins and adventures.

 This issue is recommended even if you have not read issues one or two.
 

Archie Vs. Predator Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

   This issue makes practically no sense! I mean we have several nonsense examples including the picture reference to Archie Meets The Punisher. Another example is the (teen) Predator being in love with two girls he has terrorized and mutilated being turned into Archie. We even have an explosion with three survivors when there was no time left on the proverbial clock to escape. On the plus side the rest of the creative team (colorist and letterer) did a decent job. Overall this series and this issue failed to live up to my expectations. It also failed to be what I think a recommended comic should be so my verdict is: Not Recommended!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Wheezing Whales Edition

Potential Spoilers


1. Sonic Universe #78 (2015) is great at promoting old video games that are unknown to certain readers. Also it feels well paced while telling a good story.

2. Loki Agent Of Asgard #16 (2015) has a great use of sunglasses. Plus seeing who Loki sides with is worth paying the cover price for this comic.

3. Wolf #1 (2015) is solid and consistent on the art. While I personally would have preferred more information about the lead the universe building more than made up for any issues.

4. The Defenders #1 (Late 2011/Early 2012) is a solid book except for two panels where Iron Fist looks off in design. It presents some non-generic magic from Dr. Strange, gives Namor the title of King, and shows the aftermath of an event comic.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tower25 Review With Information About Creator PJ Patten

    PJ Patten is an independent with talent, particularly when it comes to minimalistic storytelling. He gives just enough art to tell a sequential story while still making each page strong. Though he is new to the pro community he has already created a very engaging work with Tower 25. His story is visceral and mature without resorting to any cliches or cheap emotional string pulling. Now this being said he needs to improve a little bit on his coloring without going over his line work. I recommend checking out this fantastic comic.





  I asked PJ for more information about Tower25 and below is what he said:
  The story is about my own life and is starting with the time period when I found myself homeless after ten years of drug addiction that involved a stint with heroin, mainly a huge meth addiction.  I do realize that there are some serious gaps, but I have been going back and drawing more pages to take care of those. 

   Currently my work is available for viewing at Tapastic.com/series/tower25.  I update it every Tuesday and Thursday and sometimes I post more pages if I feel the need to explain things more in depth.

    I did recently sign a publishing contract with Underbellycomix @underbellycomix.com as part of their webcomics program meaning that when my work has a certain amount of pages then it will go to print.  I hope to have the first manuscript handed over in a month or two, but won't go to print for around six months after that.  When it is printed it will be available through the Underbellycomix.com website.  I believe it will find its way onto comixology, and stores to.  In the meantime it can be viewed for free at Tapastic.com/series/tower25.

   Tower25 is the series title.  The name comes from the number of the lifeguard tower where I grew up surfing and where I returned to when I was homeless.

  This is my first work going to publication so I don't have a work bio.  

  My Twitter handle @pjamasvonpatten.

  Here's a link to an interview I did. I'm including it here in case it can be of help with some info http://www.pulpcultured.com/interviews/2015/6/21/pulp-cultureds-exclusive-interview-with-underbellys-newest-creator-pj-patten

Saturday, July 25, 2015

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Episode 23

  This episode backtracks on the awesomeness level ramping. Sure we get Mamoru transforming into Tuxedo Mask on a bike, but compared to the previous episode's action it pales in comparison. Though we did get someone besides Usagi getting upset about Mamoru's weird actions so all is not lost on story progress. However the English version was choppy with the obvious edits to the episode. Also it was weird that we get two fairytales (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty) mentioned this season.

   Questions: Why did they ramp up everything last episode and then slow things down again? Which episode has the most varied music in the entire Sailor Moon catalog of episodes? Why did Chibi-Usa run from the house rather than just to another part of the house? Why were the other customers already staring at Usagi before her loud exclamation during the end scene?

Bloodshot Reborn 4 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

   There are two problems with consistency in this issue. The first is a small one with narrative style  that is mainly noticeable when Bloodshot turns into a narrator at the end. It feels like it spoils too much of his and Magic's future. Secondly we have the face of Diane Festival looking different from time to time. Though since this only happens one or twice in this issue it is not that problematic. A final problem occurs with Hoyt's sudden break-down being a little to out of left field. However this is more of a nitpick than a real problem.

  On the plus side we get to see Matt Kindt as one of the scientists who worked on Bloodshot. This is awesomely meta and amusing! We also get possible foreshadowing in the form of Bloodsquirt and the "ghost" of Kay throughout the issue. Though what their behavior and dialogue are telling us I am unsure of at the moment. Finally this is an overall solid issue that I recommend to other comic readers.