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BETTIE PAGE (2018) VOLUME 2 ISSUE 5 REVIEW

This issue provides set-up for Bettie Page Unbound #1 (2019) while also serving as a kind of one-off adventure. The writing is good, until a term is used that feels a bit off for the time period. Not to mention this moment is not has succeeding panel that looks like it is visually referencing a commercial. The art also has a problem in the form of facial consistency that makes me wonder if it got rushed. However, the overall quality of the comic is high, and the narrative is entertaining.

  Recommended.

ANIMOSITY TALES (2019) ISSUE 1 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning of Spoilers!

  This one-shot seems to be a side story set in the same universe as Animosity (2016-present). By that I mean the main character is different and the story is relatively self-contained. Despite it being self-contained there are a lot of interesting elements that should appeal to fans of odder dystopian timeframes. For example there is an interesting mix of reality and fantasy sequences that create a balance between fun and horrific moments. Not to mention the characterization is strong even for the stock and minor cast members. Finally the visuals and lettering are top-notch.

   Very recommended!

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY ISSUE 6 (1980) REVIEW

This issue's story title is a little too large, especially the first word. Also the text feels like it is missing a word or two. While the cover has Superboy's face looking more like Supertot's. As for the interior visuals they are okay, but the art does leave little room in one panel for lettering. Finally the writing is formulaic to the point that even a novice reader may find it too predictable.

    Not recommended!

LIVEWIRE (2018) ISSUE 7 REVIEW

There are a couple of panels that are a little too minimalistic. Also the last few pages have a red that blends too much with a brown. However, the visuals provided by Kano are otherwise extremely high quality. As for Saida Temofonte's lettering there is one word that may have been misspelled on purpose. Whether the misspelling is on purpose or by accident Saida and writer Vita Ayala should agree the former happened. This is due to how it makes that specific bit of text more realistic. Finally the writing is good, but it feels like it will read better in a collected format.

    Highly Recommended!

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 7: HERO REVIEW

This volume collects the final issues in Matt Kindt's run of X-O Manowar.  After looking over my previous reviews on these issues, and the review copy of this volume, I have to say this collected edition is not recommended. I think this series started out with promise and tried to gain back that promise multiple times. However, these final issues kind of cement my opinion that this series mostly failed. Hopefully the upcoming series relaunch will be more hit than miss in quality.

    Not recommended!

DOCTOR WHO (2012) ISSUE 1 REVIEW

This issue's regular cover is a good indicator of whether a reader will enjoy the interior art and colors. However, I personally and professionally feel all of the covers, and the overall narrative, are reliant on already being a major fan of the franchise. That said all of the covers are at least good in quality. As for the interiors, the colors and art are high quality, but both have some areas where the use of shading could be better. While the lettering is inventive in certain panels it looks relatively standard in quality. Finally the dialogue is okay, but the plot is a bit slow to come together.

    Recommended.

WEIRD WAR TALES ISSUE 47 (1976) REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning of Spoilers!

  The cover by Joe Kubert has a little bit of tokenism in the form of a black child who is not in any narrative. That said the cover does represent the two longer narratives rather well. While all three stories feature high quality art and colors. Of particular note is the confident thin line work in the third story, and the facial expressions in the first two. Though I do think the comics code authority caused the visual gruesomeness of the second story to be reduced to text. Also the first story features a panel where a boy is crying that feels a little off-model.

   As for the text there are one or two typos in the third story. Not to mention all three tales feel like they required either more space or a bit more editing and rewriting. This can be seen in "Bloodbath of the Toy Soldiers" with how the father does not seem like a post-nuclear war dictator. Plus both this initial tale and the last one ("The Warrior") have sudden character turns …