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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Q2 The Return Of Quantum & Woody Issue 1 Advance Review Potential Spoilers

   For those new to the fact that the current Valiant universe is not the first, this issue may make you scratch your head. However don't worry the mystery this comic's plot contains made me scratch my head in confusion as well, though for a different reason. I find this to be a good reminder of how the original Quantum & Woody were smart satire stories versus how the modern Quantum and Woody are more slapstick. Also the classic 1990s version is parodying elements of The Dark Knight Returns in this story without the cliche feeling that could have happened.

Potential Spoilers Beyond This Point

   The art has great line work and choreography in each scene. The colors are bright with shadowed elements being expertly done. The letterer chose some good fonts for the argument between Woody and the other Woody. I recommend issue of this series. Finally welcome back to classic Valiant creators.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Just Why Edition

1. The Futurians by Dave Cockrum #2 from 1985. Good introduction for new readers of Dave Cockrum's work. Also good for fans of team books like the X-Men or Legion of Super-Heroes from this decade. One warning though this issue is heavily influenced by 1950s' Sci-Fi Bug Monster movies.

2. Punks: The Comic #1 from this month in 2014. Yes it just came out, but I did not feel like writing a  review on it. I will recommend it do for fans of humor and punk art style comics.

3. The Corinthian: Death In Venice mini-series from 2001 and 2002. I recommend this for adults who are looking for prequel tie-ins to Neil Gaiman's Sandman or the Hellblazer series.

4. Astonishing Tales # 27 circa 1974. The original Deathlok stars in this issue that feels more like a 1980s story. The Reason I say this is because the dialogue, exposition, along with the realistic fantasy, would be utilized like this starting in the 1980s.