Wednesday, February 22, 2017

X-O Manowar #1 2017 Series Advance Review With Spoilers

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     The design of each page is like seeing examples from a master class in comic book creation. They are things of beauty in from the rich color palette to the way inset panels are positioned. Also there are presumable stylistic influences from a period of Aquaman's history and He-Man's chest plate. Both influences are homages and necessary versus being pointless swipes.

   Finally the script shows Matt Kindt is far from burnt out like I was beginning to believe. Mainly because he makes this story's time jump and lack of time stamp not matter. Though it is also due to how he introduces the ring. Just Awesome!


Z-Day Review With Spoilers

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   There are two typos in this comic. One is in the essay about the comic and the other is said by the person giving the mission details. These would be the only real flaws in the work yet there is one more. A single page set around the arrival on the beach is out of sequence. However, that should be an easy thing to put right.

  As for the art it is a bit scratchy in the line work, but I feel this works to the advantage of this zombie war story. Take for example the skull on the cover and how the chin looks a bit chipped. Said chipping adds a character detail by inferring a possible moment of life. Plus the scratchiness adds to the visceral moments of horror.

   The script itself has a great amount of detail that is only hurt by certain sound effects, such as when rifles go "POP." All the dialogue is realistic in both its feel and the situations characters are put in. Finally this story has a twist ending that is satisfying even when one sees it coming.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   The variant covers are still pointless due to having no meaningful connection to the story even as a deleted scene. Besides that problem it seems that Georges Jeanty or Dexter Vines screwed up the line work. The main example of this is two panels on the first page that off-model versions of Buffy. One looks elfin and the other like a blonde asian caricature. Though to be fair the art is for the most part close enough or completely on model.

   As for the story it could have had more happen to move the story along. All that really happens is establishing the conditions of the internment camp, a possible girlfriend or multiple lovers for Willow, and Buffy becoming a trustee for some reason. Yet there are some cool Spuffy moments. Such as when Spike joins a fight Buffy is in the middle of possibly losing.

   Recommended, but just above the barely made it ranking.

The Steam Man Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is mainly a good bit of character interaction with the whole cast, including the villain. Yet the issue is also a fight in the vein of the giant monster battles found in Sentai shows. Thus this issue delivers on the promise people usually associate with giant robots. In other words this issue is entertaining.

  However, there are still two flaws in this issue. One flaw is "the Native American character being bad at English" cliche. Though it is not as bad as it could be it is still relatively unrealistic for that time period and the amount of his vocabulary. The second flaw is how decompressed this issue and the series as a whole has been. Yet I will concede that this issue has enough compression to work on its own pacing-wise.


Generation Zero Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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    There are small amounts of clunky and/or odd dialogue in various areas of this issue. However, most of the dialogue is fine. What is not fine is various other things in the script. For example there is the character who seemingly died last issue (Yes, I forgot about the healing power possessed by Cronus) being totally fine. Yet Fred Van Lente leaves Animelia injured, and thus reduces one of the coolest and youngest characters Valiant Entertainment has to a plot device. Another example is the way too abrupt scene shift to the Sheriff drinking beers in his car. Though this is also partly the fault of the editor. Finally there is the fact this story arc has become way too long and decompressed. By the end of this issue there should have been some kind of conclusion to this 'mission.'

    I will say that this is a stronger issue judged on its own versus as part of an ongoing series. Not to mention that the "Heroscape" is still an interesting concept from several intellectual standpoints. I also think that the different design for Animelia's Heroscape provides good cementing for her growth and name change.

   Not recommended.


Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 All For Damian Edition

1. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade #3 (1989) is okay as an adaptation. However it is just worthy enough to make it on the ongoing recommended list.

2. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 has a script that starts off okay yet quickly devolves in accurately adapting characters from the show.

3. Damian: Son Of Batman #1 (2013) character motivations are weakly put together. Also feels rushed in certain areas such as the opening sequence. Finally the dialogue is rather weak.

4. Damian: Son Of Batman #2 (2014) the fight choreography is flawed in terms of character positioning. An example being when Bruce and Damian first rush at each other. Also the writing is too decompressed. Not to mention it has weak dialogue.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Harbinger Renegade Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  There are a few minor details that could be improved for a better visual and in one case a clearer narrative. Said visual details are found during the following moments: Solomon's neck is a bit too long, and at an odd angle, in one panel of Torque's beatdown. While Faith eyes are off in two panels of the camper scene. Lastly the final panel of Peter's speedy return to Earth suggests him learning about Torque, but it could have been more obvious. Despite these moments the visuals are astounding, including the gross Akira meets Sloth from The Goonies moments.

   Finally the writing and lettering are practically flawless, even with the weakness inherent in using the "heroes spring an obvious trap" trope.

  Very Recommended!