Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BMW Films: The Escape Advertisement Review

Warning Of Spoilers!

  As a car advertisement it fails to give details regarding any changes such as new safety features. Though it does suggest things like speed, a sleek looking design, good handling, and getting precious "cargo" to the desired destination. (In this case the precious "cargo" is a clone named Lily played by Dakota Fanning.) This short movie advert has just enough of a narrative to remind those who have knowledge of the history marketing of the 1980s. I would even say it is as high quality as the original Taster's Choice/Gold Blend Couple adverts. Though it will probably fade from mainstream consciousness due to its length it is a great example of how to do an overly long advert.

   Recommended Status!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mulan: Revelations Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

   The only problem with the writing is the introduction of an American character who exclaims "Jesus!" This is a problem because it is throwing in additional mythology, and possibly using the negative trope of a great white hope. Though the latter problem is diluted by him being a possible sidekick or love interest. As for the art it is good, but the colors still cause the visuals to appear murky. However, if one can look past these flaws there is an interesting narrative to be found in these pages.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sequart's Book on Chris Claremont's 17-Year X-Men Run Press Release


Sequart’s Book on Claremont’s 17-Year X-Men Run Now Available

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the publication of The Best There is at What He Does: Examining Chris Claremont’s X-Men, by Jason Powell.

The X-Men franchise is a sprawling comics mythology, to which hundreds of creators have contributed over the past 50 years. The period from 1975 to 1991 is special, however, as the X-Men universe was guided by the voice of one writer, who wrote every single issue of The Uncanny X-Men during that span. His name is Chris Claremont, and he made the X-Men what it is today.

The Best There is at What He Does is an appreciation of the long-term narrative Claremont lovingly crafted month after month, over the course of nearly 17 years. Proceeding chronologically through the issues, this exhaustive overview analyzes the trends, arcs, and themes that emerge throughout his landmark comics opus.

The book is available 
in print and on Kindle. (Just a reminder: you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle-formatted books; you can download a free Kindle reader for most computers, phones, and tablets.) It runs 296 pages and features a foreword by Geoff Klock and a cover by Steven Legge. Find out more on the book’s official page.

Journalists: A .pdf of the book will be sent upon request, and the author is available for interviews. If interested in either, please send inquiries to sequart[dot]mike[at]gmail[dot] com
Retailers: Please send pricing inquiries to sequart[at]gmail[dot]com
About the publisher: Sequart Organization is devoted to the study of popular culture and the promotion of comic books as a legitimate art form. Sequart has released twenty-five books, seven documentaries, and thousands of online articles. Its documentaries include Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously, and its books include The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer.

Note: I have done business with Sequart Organization before but have nothing to do with this press release or the book in question.

Ninjak issue 20 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

   This is a tough issue to review because while it is good it is also repetitive. However, the same thing that makes it repetitive also makes it crystal clear regarding what is happening. Also the art, colors and writing are quality stuff. Though I still think the art could be more accurate for the Eternal Warrior in terms of his apparent age. Finally I have to wonder if Master Darque is being hinted about in two ways by the talking statue turning into Neville.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Solar Meets Luke Cage Edition

1. Solar, Man Of The Atom #30 (1994) is hokey in the dialogue and plot but fun.

2. The Unlikely Trio: The Last Barn On The Left (2007) is a good indie book that I would recommend for either all-ages or early readers.

3. Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth #29 (1975) is another great comic for early readers. Except instead of all-ages I would recommend it for those who are 5 and up.

4. Power Man And Iron Fist #5 (2016) is one of the few pro-radio/audio personality stories in the superhero genre. It is also a great multi-perspective story.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Buffy: The High School Years - Glutton For Punishment Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers!

   The "Glutton" part of the title is very apt and a spoiler for those who really know various mythologies. As for the story itself it is arguably as good or better than the standalone episodes of Season One. It is also nice to see Principal Flutie again, especially because he was funnier than Snyder or Wood. Now while the dialogue, plot, and time frame are all grand the art could be stronger. For example the eyes and faces could be a little more expressive. Finally Yishan Li needs to strengthen in the area of hair texture.

   Overall this is another recommended entry in the Buffyverse.

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

  This almost was a good episode, at least for the Japanese dub, except for the Chibi-Usa undressing part. Talk about Pegasus/Helios seeming like a pervert. I think his interest in the loli character of Chibi-Usa is part of why regular anime is considered by some to be immoral. That said I don't think Chibi-Usa fully counts as a loli due to the whole 900 year old age/child body and mind conundrum.

  The line delivery is the reason why the Japanese dub is better than the original English. If the lines had been delivered with the same amount of certainty that would have made a world of difference. Without certainty any acting by any actor/actress is bad.

   Questions! Why does this anime's formula keep calling for the villains to leave without seeing their plans to completion? What is the point to Tiger's Eye trying to hand off part of the assignment? How come Tiger's Eye didn't call for back-up for this otherwise smart plan?