Monday, May 23, 2016

AMC's Preacher Premiere Review

  This is a severely decompressed reimagining of the Vertigo comic series Preacher. It is bloated with too many different locales and unnecessary characters. The comic series was essentially begun as a supernatural road adventure already in progress. This is not the case with this tv series. I won't spoil it but I will say it felt like a waste of time that was more focused on style versus substance. So while I think the basic essence was captured I don't think it is being done right in any other way.

   Not Recommended!

Angel & Faith Season 10 Issue 18 Review With Spoilers

Warning For Spoilers!

  The cover featuring Drusilla and the vampire teens is beautiful in an ethereal sense. It is also very nice for its subdued color scheme. As for the interior story and art they are much stronger than last issue. This is especially due to the fact that the photoshopping is not as noticeable. I especially love Drusilla's reaction to the comment about Spuffy-loving Faith throws at her. Very nicely written dialogue and great emoting by characters. Just to throw the idea out there this series might actually be better as Faith & Fred. While there are some visual flaws still present in Cliff Richards art and Michelle Madsen's colors I think this is worth recommended status.

4001 AD: X-O Manowar Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

  While the talent on this book did a good job there is just no real reason for this story to be told. Though it primarily focuses on the initial attempt by various nations to destroy New Japan nothing interesting happens. There is also no explanation of why no psiots or vine are used in the attempt. In fact nothing is really told except what the giant mech suit was made from. I just can't recommend this rather pointless comic.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episode 25

  I get why Professor Tomoe is laughing like a maniac in the original English dub, but there is no real reason for his laughing at the magazine in the Japanese. Though on the reverse side I find it annoying that they took out the poignancy of the Eudial visual reference. Seriously the English version is really lacking this season/series versus what we originally got in Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon R. Though I will admit they made the monster more threatening and less sympathetically lame than the Japanese version. Finally I am hating how underpowered the other Sailor Guardians are and how over-reliant the show is on Sailor Moon.

  Questions! Why did they play the romance theme for Professor Tomoe & Mimete? How long can a Sailor Guardian's transformed state last? Whose dumb idea was it to remove this episode's central plot element of dumping on groupies?

Usagi Yojimbo Issue 154 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

    The cover while great in terms of depth and line work is slightly generic in poses. Yes, it is good but it lacks an epic feel. This is also true of the story in that though it is good it is rather plain. The reason I state this is because it does not feel like a one and done but like something that will continue the next issue. For example leaving on the female ninja's death without resolving the mission creates a cliffhanger. There is also the factor that the story is contradicted by the promise of a more action-packed story suggested by the cover.

   Finally there are two problems with the interior art. First the lines look thin in places. Second the opening panel has a storm cloud with a lightning bolt that looks somewhat more like a wall of fire.

   So I would not recommend this issue be given to try and get someone into either Usagi Yojimbo or comics in general. However, I think it at least deserves to be recommended to hardcore fans of the character.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dark Horse's VP Book Trade Leaves Company Press Release Text

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—After twenty-two years with the publisher, Dark Horse’s vice president of book trade sales, Michael Martens, will step down, effective September 1. Michael spearheaded Dark Horse Comics’ expansion in the bookstore market, most recently in association with Penguin Random House Publisher Services. During his tenure with the company, Michael helped Dark Horse to continuously improve sales in the book market.
“Twenty-two years after arriving at Dark Horse, I find myself thinking about all the things I still want to do in my life. Creative things, fun things, volunteer things. Things that don’t involve long hours in front of a computer screen and a crazy travel schedule. It is hard to leave a rewarding position at Dark Horse, but it is time for me,” noted Michael Martens. “I want to thank Mike Richardson and Neil Hankerson for trusting me and giving me the freedom to learn the book business while steering Dark Horse into the uncharted waters of returnability, Amazon, and BISAC codes.”
“This is a truly sad moment for Dark Horse and for me personally. Michael has been an instrumental part of our success since he, with his wife, Cindy, left his home in Madison, Wisconsin, twenty-two years ago and helped lead Dark Horse’s growth over the last two decades. We will miss Michael but wish him all the best as he sets out on his new adventures,” remarked Dark Horse president Mike Richardson.
Michael has thirty-four years of experience in the comic industry; he spent twelve years as the vice president of customer service at Capital City Distribution prior to his work at Dark Horse.

Please join us in congratulating Michael Martens on his past accomplishments and wishing him luck in his future endeavors. 
Michael’s successor will be announced during the American Library Association Annual Conference in June.  
To read a complete interview with Michael Martens about his career at Dark Horse, head to ICv2.
For more information on Dark Horse and its book trade team, visit DarkHorse.com.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 31 Infinity 5 Setsuna Meioh Sailor Pluto Opinion Piece

   I really think that Reika's shock is one of the few things that actually works better in the manga for this storyline. This is because I still can't tell what freaked her out! Though for the most part I find the visuals seem easier to understand in motion and color. Also I like how much creepier the possessed Hotaru scenes are due to the addition of what sounds like organ music and the voice acting. It really is impacting me more than the original anime and manga translation. However, I still wish we got a better explanation on the villains' backgrounds and general history.

  Questions! Was the Sailor Pluto or the Sestuna personality in charge when she is spotted by Chibi-Usa? How is Minako awake when she apparently fell asleep in front of table at the same time as Makoto? What is up with the weird eyepiece on Dr. Tomoe? Did Dr. Tomoe have it when he was alive and human? What is the correct form of the Daimons supposed to be? Was the incorrect form supposed to be an intentionally generic look in order to give Naoko Takeuchi an easier time? Why were none of the main cast of heroines transformed before reaching the green house ambush? How come Sailor Jupiter needed to smell the alien plant's pollen to know what it was?