Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Alien Vs. Predator: Fire And Stone Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  While this issue has great dialogue, lettering, coloring, and art it relies primarily on one scene. That and the lack of use of the mutated cannibalistic Predator makes this issue feel like it could have been more. However, the fact that this issue is accessible to a non-fan like myself, and that it can somewhat stand on its own merits, makes it a success in my book.

  Recommended!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Harbinger Renegades Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   The summary and character bios are nice and concise. As for the art the line and designs are great, but they are arguably best in the flashback scenes. I especially think the scene with The Bleeding Monk and Solomon is the best textured. The deep crimson color of the blood adds to the scene's effectiveness. Finally while I liked how the flashbacks were included and what information they provided I feel they could have benefited from timestamps.

   Recommended for its all-around high-quality work.

Angel Season 11 Issue 1 Advance Review With Spoilers

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  First off, I did not get to read all the text due to one word balloon being screwed up for some reason. Hopefully it and the one time when Angel's left eye is missing are fixed for a collected edition. As for the rest of the interiors Angel and Fred look completely unlike they should for most of this book. For example Fred does not look willowy like Amy Acker. As for the script it has very stale dialogue that seems to lack the voices fans of the Buffyverse are expecting. There is also the factor of Angel suddenly having visions for no explained reason being the whole reason for the time travel plot. Finally while the covers are beautiful the lack of anything happening inside makes them seem like a rushed production.

  Not Recommended!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Jaguar Ditko Edition

1. The Fly story from The Fly #5 (1984) opens with a visual problem related to The Fly's wings. Said problem is later made glaring when the story highlights his flying ability. I also think Steve Ditko's level of objectivism causes the flaws in the characters and story that make them feel hard to relate to.

2. The Jaguar story from The Fly #5 (1984) is beautifully drawn and okay in writing, but it is hard to enjoy due to overly large text and word balloons.

3. "The Mouthpiece" from Police Comics #1 (1941) is just horrible in every way possible.

4. "Dewey Drip" is premised on a stereotype that is kind of outdated. Also the line work is too loose, and the story stops right when seems about to get interesting.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Boltinoff Torchwood Edition

1. The slightly amusing "Jane Of The Jungle" Henry Boltinoff gag comic found in the The Fly #5 (1984). Also recommended as an example of how to do a simple humor strip.

2. Torchwood #4 (2017) is not astounding, but it is decent enough to be something I would recommend to fans of John Barrowman or Torchwood.

3. "Plastic Man" from Police Comics #1 (1941) has so far been the strongest of the reprinted material from the Millennium Edition version published by DC in 2000. It shows why Jack Cole's death was such a loss in the history of sequential art. Great design work and a decent enough premise and script.

4. The Avengers #190 (1979) is a great example of how to do a superhero based legal situation. While it starts slow the story has an even pace and a good combination of visuals and text.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Aliens: Defiance Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue makes me just want to write a paragraph's worth of one expletive as the entire review. I say this because based on this issue most of the creative team does not care about this series. So why should I? For example Zula Hendricks visually cycles from looking healthy to emaciated and female to male several times. The summary of last issue is essentially just "things happened." While the colors seem to muddy up certain small bits of line work such as on Zula's fingers. Stephanie Hans (Cover Artist) and Nate Piekos (Letterer) are the only ones who seem to have put in actual effort and care. And I say that despite how Hans's art is hurt by the angle making the depth a bit of an optical illusion.

   Not recommended unless you need something to put in the fireplace.