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SHADOWMAN (2018) ISSUE 5 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning Of Spoilers!

  This issue has a great narrative that expands the Valiant universe while exploring often neglected elements of real history. The characterization is top-notch in both the art and writing. However, the coloring could be a bit lighter or darker depending on each character's skin pigmentation. Though that is a relatively minor flaw, and overall the coloring is on point. Finally there is a little bit of roughness to the texture of Shadowman's face on the last page.

  Recommended!

SHADOWMAN (2018): FEAR OF THE DARK MINI-REVIEW NO SPOILERS

This collected edition only has the first three issues and some extra behind the scenes material. However, the bonus material is about the amount of pages of a regular issue. That combined with the greatness of the three issues means that both the curious non-fans and die-hard fans will not feel gypped.

   Recommended!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12 ISSUE 2 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

WARNING OF MAJOR SPOILERS!

Around seven pages are filled with monologuing about things that may or may not happen. This use of pages severely hurts both this issue and the overall narrative due to wasting time. It is comparable to someone saying they may eat a hamburger in exactly 5 years from that moment. Also the dialogue has one unintelligible phrase and several pointless bits of fictional future speak.

  As for the visuals, the art is incomplete in numerous portions (mainly faces) in nearly every panel. Not to mention there are problems with the proportions, panel layouts, expressions, and one panel where every character has the same man-sized hands. The only relatively high quality element this issue has is the coloring.

   Extremely Not Recommended!

A & A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG DELUXE EDITION REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning Of Spoilers! (Check the archived posts for the related single issue reviews.)

   This is basically an omnibus since it collects the entirety of A & A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong. However, unlike an omnibus this is a size most people will be able to lift in old age. Also included are the two one-shots Immortal Brothers: Tale Of The Green Knight and Armstrong And The Vault Of Spirits. Finally one of the extras is the reason I recommend getting this even if one owns the series and one-shots.

    Recommended!

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 MUDDY MAD SWAMPS EDITION

1. The first Man-Thing story from Savage Tales #1 (1971) is well-paced and properly horrific. The art is somewhat adult with certain details, but not to the point that it is lewdly graphic.

2. Astonishing Tales #12 (1972) features a good split between furthering the story of Man-Thing while not losing focus of Ka-Zar being the star.

3. Astonishing Tales #13 (1972) is a good third part to the tale begun in Savage Tales #1 (1971). Like issue 12 this issue features some exceptional art, and actually necessary narration.

4. Hourman #16 (2000) is an interesting look at a former story told in Justice League Of America (1960-1987). This issue also features great art by Rags Morales, Dave Meikis, and Andrew Henessy.

GOLDEN HARMONY ROBOTECH EPISODE 16 OPINION PIECE

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   This episode is kind of a checklist of things that make up Robotech. Yes, we mainly get the repercussions on the cast of characters, and the random civilians, but we also get the action, backstory, and everything else. Heck, the only real progress for the overall plot is the idiot Khyron exclaiming that he wants the earthlings to die and any survivors to fear him. However, this episode is still worth watching despite the checklist feel to things, and the annoying addition of Kyle.

   Questions! Is Lisa Hayes one of the inspirations for Sailor Jupiter's "Senpai notice me!" behavior? Is Kyle a distant enough cousin to Minmay that the apparent suggestion of romance is relatively okay? Why was Kyle involved in the restaurant fight at all? Finally how long did the Zentraedi Three Stooges go with out food?

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12 ISSUE 1 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

WARNING OF MAJOR SPOILERS!

   The title is confusing since the regular cover says "Season 12" in the upper corner, but is subtitled "The Reckoning" in the main logo. Arguably worse is that the placement of the text on the regular cover seems both too close and too far.

  As for the interiors, the letterer apparently missed putting in a word in one of the last two word balloons. Though this is not as bad as how the colorist apparently lightened some of the shading in a very obvious way (example the first panel featuring Spike). While the art is mostly okay on likenesses, and the design of demons, it continually fails to have Giles wearing glasses or actual backgrounds.

   Yet, the most grievous problem is how rushed, insipid, and disconnected the script feels. For example Buffy is said to be 30 years old in this and yet that would mean this season is set in 2010 at the earliest. Not to mention that we are jumped forward a year in time and most of the characters have…