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THE DEATH-DEFYING DEVIL VOLUME 1 (2009) REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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  The art is relatively high-quality. However, the amounts of texture, as well as the use of light and shadow, leave something to be desired. As for the color palette it is rather dull despite a good portion being bright. While the story itself is overall entertaining the plot makes it feel more decompressed than necessary. Not to mention the question raising cliffhanger in the three main issues feels too obvious as to what the answer may be. Finally the last issue found in this collection should have been placed at the beginning.

 Barely not recommended.

SHADOWMAN (2018) ISSUE 10 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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This issue is better written than the last one in terms of characters not missing the obvious. Also we get to learn a little more about Alyssa. However, this is one of the last issues of this series so things we are learning will probably not be expanded on anytime soon. While on the visual front the art is as high quality as the last issue (meaning it is great). Not to mention the colors enhanced the artists use of light and shadow. Finally the lettering, while not outstanding, is worth examining for those studying that aspect of comic creation.

  Recommended!

THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN ISSUE 483 (1991) REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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This issue's villain is rather obvious to those who know Superman's villains. However, it is still a nicely executed bit of mystery for those who don't know. Also the dialogue and internal thoughts are very realistic, particularly those of the supporting characters. As for the art the interiors are arguably better than the cover, yet both are expert level in character designs and backgrounds. Finally the colors and lettering add to the overall narrative by subtlety enhancing the other elements.

  Recommended!

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 FLASH"S TOAD CART EDITION

1. The Flash #165 (1966) is goofy and a product of its time in a lot of ways. Yet it also lays some of the ground work for Eobard Thawne's future character developments. Not to mention it is a rarity to see a superhero wedding issue that does not have tie-ins.

2. The Adventures Of Superman #520 (1995) while dated with its use of the term "Baby-boomer" it does provide a good one and done story. Also the art and colors are well done.

3. The Adventures Of Superman #475 (1991) features a rather hilarious look at a pre-child killer Toyman. Yes, he still comes off as a creep but only in a borderline way. Also this issue may have inspired the origin of the Toyman from Superman The Animated Series (1996-2000).

4. The Vision and The Scarlet Witch #2 (1985) recommended as a decent read due to relatively good writing and art. Also as an example of how small details can create a sense of realism.

NINJA-K ISSUE 14 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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The lettering feels like it lacks impact in this issue. This is mostly due to how the majority of the text is unnecessary. Also there are a few grammatical errors found in both the story and the summary. However, this is still a high quality book due to the dialogue and the visuals. Both the dialogue and the colors give a sense of mood. Finally the art feels much like something found in competitor title Heavy Metal due to the characters having more angular designs.

  Recommended!

HARBINGER WARS 2 (2018) COLLECTED EDITION MINI-REVIEW WITH POSSIBLE SPOILERS

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    In my opinion the time between the release of the individual issues somewhat helped this story's differences in art and pacing. Whereas this collected edition really makes those differences more obvious. Also the bonus material is purely visual, and that combined with the narrative, results in an apparent lack of faith in the product.

   Not recommended, unless you can get it on sale or just like bonus material.

INTERVIEW WITH ACTIVIST PIEKE ROELOFS

Warning of triggers due to the discussion of sexual assault and abusive relationships!
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Rip: What behavior based warning signs do you think people should look out for (regarding domestic violence/rape within a relationship)?

Pieke: First of all: love-bombing. It's a term to describe what happens in toxic relationships with narcissists. Overwhelming someone with affection, praise, gifts, etc. might seem very romantic at first, but it's definitely a red flag in some cases, and in hind-sight for many victims of domestic abuse and partner raper, it was a red flag they missed.

It's what happened in my case too; within weeks after meeting the man who later became my abuser, he sent me a gift already at my home address: an audiobook he wanted me to read. Within 3 month he dedicated his first book to me which he published under his youtube name (Exurb1a). The dedication read: To Pie, who is a good human being. In-between that time …