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Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 What Is Sentry Edition

1. Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (2009) has some nice art and that is about it. It is a confusing mess that does not stand well on its own. Especially when one factors in the three major problems: The initial scene is just an excuse to sell a tangentially related comic. Secondly there is the problem of the nebulously Sentry who has always been of better use as a gimmick than a character or active element in Marvel's universe. Finally there is the problem of using the concept of chemical castration and applying it to 'mutants' when everyone is basically a mutation of their parents' genetics.  Even if one is only meaning the Marvel version of super-powered mutation there is still the precedent of characters who are not classified as such having mutant kids.

2. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #28 from 1979 has a simpler problem of a deterioration in the quality of the line work in the latter half of the book.

3. Deadpool Pulp #1 from 2010 is just a forced a…

Rebels Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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The lead character is only 17 years old! How the heck can he grow a beard that makes him look late 20s? Yes I know a harder life ages people faster, but still he looks late 20s at the least and mid to late 30s at the oldest. Another problem I have with the book is the weird look of the wolf or fox or whatever it is. Well that and the apparent super jump from the cliff into the water. It has to have been a super-powered jump because the lead couple are not near enough to have simply jumped from the cliff.

   There's also the problems with the narration and a man who is shot with a cannon. The former shifts from an omnipresent narrator to the main character, but with the added problem of past tense mixed with present tense. Not to mention that at times this narration feels like a history book. Finally there is the man who is shot with a cannon having his whole body explode. I can't be 100% sure but I think there would be something left besides blood.

  On the plu…

Death Head Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  So is this a ghost story or a serial killer story, or both? I really am confused about where it falls in terms of horror sub-genre. Also the masked figure on the cover only appears in a story within the story and the latter portion of the book. Said figure is not directly encountered by anyone which adds to the odd storytelling of the issue. I mean the pacing is screwed up with the constant shifts in focus. Not to mention the characters each feel like part of a separate story, especially Bee who encounters the ghost. Finally I can't recommend this first issue because I don't fully understand what exactly is going on in the story.

Blue Asteroids Cowboy Bebop Episode 2 Opinion Piece

This is not that interesting of an episode since it is just one really big chase scene with breaks in the action. Not to mention I want to know about this "Codename: Snoop" character that angers Abdul to the point he crushes his phone. I mean is this some kind of collector of data or Data Dogs? Is said codename based on the rapper or the Charlie Brown character? On an unrelated note how did Ein survive the fall on to Spike's ship? Seriously that is defining the combined effect of gravity and inertia. He should have been a bleeping smear on the ship's window! All that said I do like the visuals and music this episode features. Finally anyone notice how dated Abdul's cell phone looks?

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 1 Manga Opinion Piece

I definitely prefer Sailor Moon Crystal and the original anime over the Kodansha Comics English translation of the manga. Mainly because the sudden shifts in shot and scene are a little disorienting in volume 1. Though I do find the subtle differences and similarities to be interesting in all the various forms I have absorbed into my brain. I mean I don't remember seeing Usagi use her disguise power to gender-bend in Crystal, but yet we do get to see her as a groom in the manga.

  Questions! If June is the rainy season for Japan than why do Usagi and her classmates talk about June weddings? I mean wouldn't that be considered a bad time to imagine one's wedding there? Also Mamoru has no powers yet he suddenly invades the Tsukino household and somehow changes into his costume in a matter of seconds. How were these sorts of plot-holes not explained better? Finally why is there a drawing of the scouts in Playboy bunny type costumes? They are teenagers for crying out-loud!

The Tomorrows Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue is less referential plus science-fiction and more detective mystery meets sociopolitical landscape exploration. The most interesting thing is the essay that really resonates with both our universe and theirs on magic, science, and art. I would recommend this just for that alone. However, since I know that you readers want more reasoning for a recommendation here it is: Awesome expressionistic moody art with good uses of detail and minimalism. Just the right amount of dialogue. Finally this comic is a love child of the 20th and 21st centuries of culture and the comics Transmetropolitan and The Invisibles. Seriously recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Super Baker Edition

1. Super Spy by Matt Kindt (2007) is impressive in how the timeline is thrown around sequentially, and yet it can still make sense. Very nice range of character designs as well.

2. Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker #6 (2011) is almost psychedelic in terms of its art style. It also does not contain a standard narrative or protagonist. Recommended for those mature readers looking for something outside the norm.

3. Time Lincoln: Fate Of The Union collects the interesting Time Lincoln series of one-shots. Recommended for alternative takes on history and time travel fans.

4. Captain Canuck #7 from 1979 has two good stories with some slight hints of current sensibilities combined with those of late 70s to great effect.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Episode 29

Oh man the amount of contradictions in this episode alone is reason enough as to why I think it is worthy of skipping. Yeah we get the first major appearance of Sailor Pluto in both dubs, but it is a letdown to those who have seen the awesome teaser from the last Japanese episode. I was expecting an epic introduction along the lines of Sailor Moon Crystal. Instead I got the feel of Final Fantasy 1 with stupid lines that seem to be one step above those from Dracula Sovereign of Damned. This is especially true for the more obvious and repetitive dialogue in the English dub. I recommend just watching this only if you want to just see all the episodes.

  Questions! Why does Ami mention the future Tokyo with the Crystal Tokyo name and saying it is familiar? Logic fails! Are the scouts in a dream or the future or both? Cause it goes back and forth several times on this. How come they still haven't figured out that Chibi-Usa is related to Usagi in at least some way? There are so many …

The Tomorrows Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   I am definitely hip to the referential lingo that The Tomorrows is slinging. Sure I was looking at the digital cover art and thinking that it feels very much like a badly scrambled analog television channel showing the beginning of a cyberpunk story. However once I got to the answer to the first "Who The Hell Are You?" I fully joined this present meets very possible shock of future tale. Yeah the art is not the best ever and sometimes goes a bit too minimal but it fits the verbal telling. It's paced to the max yet allowed plenty of room to breathe. The long and short of it is that I recommend this awesome trip with a realistic psychedelic talking chimp.

Zodiac Starforce Issue 1 Day Of Review

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This issue is a non-stop info dump. From an art and writing standpoint this there is no room to breathe, though on the plus side they are telling the same story. The writing alone does not give each character a unique enough voice, however there are hints of a unique voice at various moments. Not to mention that while the characters are smart their dialogue sounds too rehearsed, especially during the first group scene.

  While the above problems make it a bad comic there are somethings that are good about it. For example it's aimed at pretty much all ages and fans of the magical girl concept and it hits these marks to great effect. Two other good things are the coloring and character designs being awesome and varied. Even the supporting characters look like they are from various walks of life.

   If you are okay with twelve tons of information being shoved into one standard issue than this magical girl comic is recommended for you. However for most people I wo…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Space The Anthology Edition

1. Womanthology Space #1 from 2012 has great visuals, but not enough room for most of the stories.

2. The Flash #245 circa 1976 is okay on the art front. However the writing has the problems of the characters acting stupid regarding their situations. For example the Green Lantern back-up has him miss Floronic Man who is obviously just feet away from him. Secondly the stories feel like "one-offs" that are both given a "to be continued next issue" treatment.

3. Heathcliff #1 (1985) is okay if there is nothing of interest to do, but the stories lack real humor. It reads like a going through the motions licensed product.

4. Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #7 from 1986 is just full of plot holes and tonal problems. Not only are these problems in the main story but the back-up story as well. I would even say the back-up story is even worse regarding these problems.

Ninjak Issue 6 Advance Review With Spoilers

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I like how in this issue it is revealed why exactly Colin's parents had weapons hidden away in the last issue. At the same time I am disappointed the abusive butler survives Colin for so many years. As for the larger part of the main story I think the opening is brilliant in how it examines how careful Ninjak has to be at Weaponeer. Though the colors are darker in some areas then I think they needed to be in terms of the indoor moments. However it does set-up a nice color contrast for the fight for this issue. I will say the main story again provided more hints about Ninjak's history than 'The Lost Files' back-up tale.

  Speaking of 'The Lost Files' story, the color palette and art style are a better combination for those looking for more vibrant and standard visuals. We also get a possible lie from Colin's handler about his former handler. Finally the writing has more metaphorical meat to it in this tale versus the main one.

  My Verdic…

Dead Drop Issue 2 Advance Review With Spoilers

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The issue starts with the promise to wrap up all the loose threads but by the end it has failed on several levels. First it does not wrap up any of the dangling issues such as why Aric failed, and got captured while in the suit. We also do not see the aliens invaders again, or at least I think we don't since the story does show one massive suicidal alien. Finally there is the major problem that this last issue had Beta-Max brought back from the dead. This quickly needs to be explained away as a dream or some other kind of in-universe fiction, because if it is not then Valiant Entertainment has created a lie. "Dead means dead" is what they stipulated and yet bringing a decapitated cyborg back with no explanation has negated this. Fix It!

   In conclusion though the art, coloring and, lettering are good I do not recommended this comic.

Ivar Timewalker Issue 8 Review

This issue has a slight tonal shift compared to last issue in my opinion. I am not sure why. It could be the pacing being a tiny bit off compared to how the last few have been paced. As for the visuals, they are great in terms of the line work and coloring. The writing could have been more clear regarding any foreshadowing, but the real meets sitcom style dialogue makes up for the that flaw. Unfortunately I can't talk about the ending without massively spoiling the comic, so I will just say this issue is recommended.

Book Of Death The Fall Of Ninjak Issue 1 Advance Review With Spoilers

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  Well this one-shot is not as happy (relatively speaking) as Book Of Death: The Fall Of Bloodshot. Though it is still a great issue in terms of the writing and inking. I think without the inking being done by Ryan Winn stuff like Ninjak's final 'visitor's' initial appearance in the door would look scratchy. As for the writing there are multiple seeds planted regarding the future of Unity and other Valiant characters that make this comic worth its price point. Heck we even learn some of Harada's future. This comic also works well as a self-contained one-shot that anyone (of age) could enjoy. I highly recommend it!

Rai Issue 9 Review

I am finding the breaks between stories to be a good thing for this series. It allows Clayton Crain to refresh his artistic quality, and at the same allows readers a chance to recover full interest in the title. I mean too much of a good media product can start to exhaust any consumer. As for the writing it is definitely going to places where the characters may or may not come back from. Additionally the breaks I mentioned are helping the story to develop at a nice size and pace. This is definitely recommended as a jumping on point for those new to the title. Also recommended for those returning readers.

Blue Asteroids Cowboy Bebop Episode 1 Opinion Piece

Besides the differences in the dialogue I don't think this episode plays with the same kind of excitement or charm as the English dub. Take for example the stolen food scene where in the English dub Spike charms Katerina with his wit after giving back the food. The Japanese dub is not able to do this because of the cultural differences in delivery. Also the scene with Bull just does not fit right with the Japanese dialogue since he is a Native American character who is proud of his heritage. However, I did like the fact that I was able to notice subtle details in the Japanese dubbing that I usually miss when listening in English. For example Spike's fallen cigerate denoting time. Finally I love the French new wave feel to the flashback montage.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Gone Micro Edition

1. Micronauts #12 from 1979 is too much of an info dump. It has way too many words, and even some unnecessary scenes.

2. Man-Eating Cow #8 from 1994 is simply dated in its various references. If it wasn't severely dated then I would recommend it.

3. Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #12 (1986) is an example of an issue without actual story. Instead it is just a series of gags, some of which are extremely dated. Also the 'Fantastic Fur' story is just kind of there with its lack of true plot and poorly done satire.

4. Infinity Inc. Annual #1 (1985) is clunky at times and boring in the last several pages. It just has too much information and words in it to have any steady pacing.

Book Of Death Legends Of The Geomancer Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has a great cliffhanger ending! Also the extra commentary will be of particular interest to people that are intrigued by colorists. As for the story itself we are definitely pre-history keeping in terms of setting. The writing has some interesting twists. As for the visuals they are high quality all around! I think this is worth buying from a retailer who has a copy they are willing to sell. Recommend buying before the prices go up too far.

Barb Wire Volume 2 Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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The first mistake is not addressing the super powered individuals concept for readers of the Barb Wire title. Readers should not have to learn about this from the previous issue summary and not the actual previous issue. In regards to the high-heeled boots I will let this slide until two to three story arcs have passed. Though it really does need to be fixed. Finally is the group's van's windshield bullet-proof? Asking since it is clearly being hit with bullets, yet the driver is still alive.

  Now I did like the cover by Adam Hughes due to the little details like the bloody knuckles of Barb's opponent. Also if one can look past these three medium level problems, there is a good story arc being built here. So I will give this a tentative recommendation.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Path Of The Loki Edition

1. Path Of The Assassin Volume 3 Comparison Of A Man by Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima as published by Dark Horse in 2006. This comic is hard to access due to all the hidden meanings, especially if one is not familiar with Japanese history and culture. However, there is a great mature readers story here with a lot of good tactics mentioned. Recommended for anime fans because it is presented on an emotional artistic level.

2. Birthright #10 (2015) is another hard to access comic. However what this issue lacks in accessibility it makes up for in its presentation. Just a great read!

3. Wolf #2 (2015) while not being on the same level as the first issue is an intriguing comic nonetheless. The mysteries begun in issue one is deepened. Also it presents a type of vampire that I don't think has been seen before in any media.

4. Loki: Agent Of Asgard #17 (2015) may be the final issue, but it contains a lot of good narrative twists to the Marvel deities and their mythos. It also should be …

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Episode 28

Rubeus is a total chauvinistic jerk. Though on the other hand Esmeraude is a rude bragger, and she also chooses odd times to gloat. I really don't get why she showed up that last time in front of Rubeus right before he dies. Though I also don't understand why he can't teleport away after somehow surviving a fire with barely a singe.

  On which dub of the Episode I prefer: The dialogue on the spaceship matches the animation better in the Japanese version. However, the original English dub has the better acting everywhere else when it comes to evoking my emotions. So I have to go with the English version, especially because of Usagi's monologue on the veranda sounding more mature.

  Questions! Has anyone put the next episode preview that shows Sailor Pluto with the big caption text  to the music of Trunks by Bruce Falconer? For that matter would someone make a live action trailer of that preview? If anyone does can someone send it to me so I can post an embed on here w…

Book Of Death Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This event has now had half of it focused a little too much on Gilad, which thus makes this feel like an Eternal Warrior series. Previous events have felt like ensemble productions, so this is more of a stumble for Valiant Entertainment than it would be for another company. Also problematic is how much of a let-down it is to learn that Master Darque is the evil puppeteer. Yes he is a major threat, but I was honestly expecting a new villain. Secondly with two issues left the pacing will need to be ramped up several notches in order to present a good enough finale.

  Finally the lettering, art, and coloring all have problems: The font style of the first page's letters makes them look distorted. It looks like they are slanting at the same time they are blending with the words in bold. In regards to the Robert Gill art, it looks a little too loose in line work at times. Also troubling is that Ninjak's hair and frame are overly long and off model at one poin…

Past Aways Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   Note: I had at least one class as an undergraduate at Webster University with the Past Aways' extra page's colorist Marie Enger. However, she and I have only ever had passing knowledge of each other's existence. So there is not a real chance of my being biased regarding her work.

  The coloring is definitely easier on the eyes on the extra page, but that is due to it being a headquarters information page versus a straight-up story page. This being said I think the bright, almost eye-straining colors are definitely needed for Scott Kolins' work on this title. As for the story I am glad that they jumped ahead a year from where the story started in Dark Horse Presents. It leaves the awkward phase potentially for later and gets the story to rocking and rolling. Finally I have to say this is future technology meets an un-killable version of Jack Kirby's Challengers Of The Unknown as  perceived by Kindt and Kolins. Highly Recommended!


Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Issue 18 Review With Spoilers

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    Kudos to the art and coloring side of this issue for facial looks and complexions. Also great on the art side was the kinetic motion in a static medium during the fights. Though I do feel the Thing T.Thing reference is a little lazy design-wise. As for the story itself it ends on too much of a downer if Angel's analysis is to be believed. I am not just saying this as a Spuffy fan, but as someone who wants the Buffyverse characters to continue to mature. That being said I did find the dialogue to be good with some nice callbacks to past history, both recent and centuries old.
  While I feel this could have had a better end I do recommend Buffyverse fans pick it up either in print or digital.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Episode 27

How much input did the original creator have for this series? I ask because we get a clear case of potential child abuse and I am wondering what the creator's thought are regarding the situation. The final scene in the Japanese dub shows Chibi-Usa being almost slapped by Usagi. I mean spanking is something I wouldn't do to a child, though I still know that some people do it. However, anyone who hits someone who is helpless by comparison is just wrong.

   As for the rest of the episode I found the Japanese dub to be the better one in terms of music and vocals. Even though Minako and Mamoru each have a moment where their facial expression does not work with the dialogue being spouted in both dubs. Also the first fight with Rubeus is lacking in logical seeing as the scouts and Chibi-Usa escape him easily. Finally I found the spaceship to be impressive.

Conan The Avenger Issue 12 Review With Spoilers

I can't put this any nicer: I think Brian Ching needs to work on his consistency on body proportions.  However, I do find his backgrounds are grand in appearance. As for the writing it is much better this issue, even a seemingly abrupt change in a character's mood toward Conan being expertly explained away. Though I do think it was nice how things ended for Abit and Diana I have to wonder if it has limited future stories. Overall this is a decent issue with good work by the entire creative team.

  My verdict: Recommended for Crom's sake!

Bloodshot Reborn Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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   Was that really (bleeping) Peter Stanchek in the hoodie or a squirt version of him? For that matter the other cameos were awesome whether they were squirts or potentially real. Also cool is the coloring shifting to go along with the art change. There are more questions raised by Bloodsquirt and Kay and only a few possible answers given. Finally that (bleeping) file full of info is brought up again with no answers. All this is to say I found this issue to be very suspenseful. The only problem is that the art had to deviate a tad from in certain places of the same story as the words.

  I highly recommend this issue.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Ahoy The Nozzle Edition

1. Popeye The Sailor #98 circa 1969 is a great humor comic, except for the last story which features Popeye being unheroic.

2. While the cover of Spider-Woman #40 (1981) made the not recommended listings the interiors are very much recommended. My reasoning is the story and art excellently show the same story. Secondly all the characters are intelligent. Finally the narrative is a perfect example of how to mix realistic and fantastic elements.

3. Howard The Duck #5 from 2015 because of what it references from Fantastic Four volume 1. Also great work by the creative team.

4. Queen & Country Definitive Edition Volume 1 from 2007 is a great cost saver for the amount of material in it. Not to mention all the narratives are realistic live-action spy shows/movies in comic form.

X-O Manowar Issue 39 Review With Spoilers

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I have to say this is one time the regular cover is a necessity. It's epic nature sets up the scale for this story arc.As for the writing it is fierce and honest about the nature of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Not only that but the fact that characters act smart and react realistically shows that Robert Venditti is back to top form. On the page where the story title and the Vine ship appear Brian Reber shows his ability to help light a scene. Finally the interior art is strong in the designs and expressions.

  Recommended for those new to Valiant, current readers of Valiant, and those who need something to  prove how bad PTSD needs to be treated.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 My Golden Darkness Edition

1. The Flash #315 from 1982 is not the best work the series ever saw. The art goes from tight to loose and then back to tight again several times. Plus there is the problem of two villains being introduced to the series in different ways within the same time frame. Plus the fashion sense seems slightly out of date for some of characters. For example just compare Barry's civilian look to television shows of the time. If the issue did not have these and other problems it might have been decent at the least.

2. Marvel Two-In-One #31 (1977) has a disconnect between the art and writing. This is very obvious on the last few pages. Not to mention the cover ruins the mystery it tries to set-up.

3. Vengeance Squad #1 from 1975 has leaps in logic happen in two stories, and just bad storytelling in the text story. The fight sequences look horrible. Finally the vigilante justice in the three stories makes little sense from a legal standpoint.

4. Sonic The Hedgehog #275 (2015) includes somethi…

Interview With Benton Rooks Creator Of Treta-Yuga And Kali-Yuga

Note: I did help fund the Kickstarter for this comic.
Rip: Treta-Yuga the second in your experimental comic series the Yugaverse, with Kali-Yuga being the first. So how long do you plan, or at least hope, for this series to be number-wise?
Benton Rooks: Well first off Benjamin thank you very much for taking interest in my work. It’s long been my ultimate dream to write comics that achieve both critical and commercial success with readers.
While KALI was somewhat experimental, I wanted TRETA to be a straight up dark fantasy story, with oversized and painterly, cinematic art.
TRETA is an epic but I’m not going to place a length limit on it just yet. I have material completed for (at least) a three volume trilogy. I am still very young in writer years, but this script is what everything has been building to since I finished my bachelors thesis on a proposal for a graphic novel some years ago.
I really want to dedicate the rest of my life to being the best writer I can be and not in a comp…

Survey For Next Opinion Series Results

Due to low voting I have ended voting early on the survey for my next opinion series. Cowboy Bebop series, movie, and manga won with 4 votes. Runner-up was Plastic Man cartoon series and unaired pilot. I will begin Cowboy Bebop opinions this coming Saturday.

History Book About Planet Of The Apes Comics Sequart Organization Press Release

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Note: While I have ties to Sequart Organization I have nothing to do with this specific product. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: History of PLANET OF THE APES Comics, New from Sequart Sequart Organization is proud to announce the publication of The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes, edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato. Since the 1970s, the Planet of the Apes franchise has frequently delved into the world of comics. Some stories have made the Lawgiver proud, while others have brought shame to Ape City. In the comics arena, not all apes are created equal — but for fans, that’s half the fun of reading them. More than 150 POTA comics have been published during the past four decades, from Gold Key, Marvel, Power Records, Brown Watson Books, Editorial Mo. Pa. Sa., Malibu Graphics, Dark Horse, Mr. Comics, and BOOM! Studios. Writers have explored the settings, concepts, and characters from the films (and occasionally the TV series), while introducing an array of new characters and …

The Paybacks Signing Tour Dates Dark Horse Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Milwaukie, OR—On September 16, 2015, Dark Horse Comics will launch a brand-new ongoing series: The Paybacks! In honor of the occasion, writers Donny Cates (Buzzkill, The Ghost Fleet) and Eliot Rahal (Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Presents) will hit the road on their way to New York Comic Con with their variety show, “An Evening with the Paybacks,” sponsored by Dark Horse Comics! Each night from October 2 to October 7, Cates and Rahal will visit one of six select retail stores for a signing followed by an evening of storytelling, games, giveaways, and standup comedy. Friday, October 2—Aw Yeah Comics, Skokie
Signing: 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Event: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
4933 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077
http://awyeahcomics.com/ Saturday, October 3—Aw Yeah Comics, Muncie
Signing & Event Times TBD
107 N High St., Muncie, IN 47305
http://awyeahcomics.com/ Sunday, October 4—Comic Heaven
Signing & Event Times TBD
4847 Robinhood Dr., Willoughby, OH 44094
http://www.comicheaven.com/ Monda…

Spirits: The Soul Collector: The Early Chapters Review

The book's layout and cover are intriguing in their aesthetic qualities. As for the interior art it could have used some more consistency on the proportions of things such as hands. Being that it is a black and white independent comic I can not speak about color. However, the shadows are expertly utilized. Finally the writing shows an excellent grasp of kids natures and how to evoke suspense. Hopefully it's creators Colin Lawler & Joseph Grabowski generate more comics like this and also continue this potential series.

   Definitely a recommended independent comic.

Unity Issue 21 Review With Spoilers

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   Like the last issue the present day sequences look rushed and inconsistent. I also still have a problem with War-Monger being so overly powered. Though I will admit the past sequences in this issue are better written and drawn. However, there remains the problem of the basic idea that War-Monger is the instigator of all these major historical conflicts instead of just stupid human faults. Finally it feels like the story has been extended at a point where it could have been concluded with this issue.

   I do not recommend this issue.

Imperium Issue 7 Review With Spoilers

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   There are some influences of cosmic Jack Kirby, mystical Steve Ditko, cosmic/mystical Jim Starlin in the art and story of this issue. These are especially prevalent in terms of the time jumping and certain panels featuring Divinity. An example is the panel featuring Kozol, Harada, & Divinity. Another epic quality of story is how Dysart shows that Divinity is still learning about limits and Toyo Harada is still failing to learn. Finally the summary feels a little long with the irrelevant details about non-appearing characters.

In The Name Of The Moon Sailor Moon R Episode 26

I noticed that the English dub has some noticeable mistakes, including have a character speaking but no vocals. This episode also has an odd ending in my opinion. Just did not see the point of the in-fighting at the new business the sisters have started. I also do not like how much Tuxedo Mask is acting like Angel did during Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1. Seriously he just appears and disappears for no reason in the last few episodes than seems reasonable.

  Questions! Really Chibi-Usa didn't know who any of the Sailor Guardians were? Isn't that a back step in the over-arching plot? How does hiding her in a closet translate as keeping Chibi-Usa safe? Is it just me or was there more emotion in the Japanese acting versus the English acting?

Ninjak Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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   There is not a lot of material to go over for this issue, primarily due to it being an action-oriented story. This being said I found 'The Lost Files' back-up story to have the lesser art but better writing. Though 'The Lost Files' does seem to go off model in terms of Colin's face on the last page. Whether this is due to a penciling problem or an inking problem is any reader's guess. As for the main story it has one nitpick level problem and a one small actual problem. The small problem occurs in the panel right before Ninjak's body goes "Crunch!" Said problem is a matter of perceived depth between the ground, the pool, and Ninjak's location. As for the nitpick, it is just a problem I feel occurs with the seeming abruptness of the time jumps.

  My verdict: Recommended for those who have read the previous issues, but not for those who have yet to read issues 1 through 4.

King Tiger Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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    The art and colors are beautiful, though some of the panels lack a little depth. Such as when Rikki is in the kitchen. Speaking of the characters they are not new, but they do feel new. There is a page write-up on the history of the King Tiger characters which is an additional interesting read. Finally there is the writing. The dialogue feels realistic which combined with the art creates a mostly three dimensional world. I recommend this issue for those seeking something more from comics.

Barb Wire Volume 2 Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  The introduction summary at the beginning of the issue seems to have been done while Chris Warner was feeling lazy or something. It is terrible at providing the premise and just bad writing in general. Which is odd considering the dialogue is one of the best parts. Though Barb Wire says at least one thing to suggest she is older than she looks. As for the cover art if you can get past the ridiculous to just plain stupid parts, such as the gun down her pants, than you have some decent line work. Also decent are the color palette and the placement of the lettering.

   If there is one element that I have to point out as troubling it is the fight skill level. Barb Wire changes from being a Ronda Rousey strength level fighter when bounty hunting to someone who can't take out one very drunk bruiser. This plays into a general lack of strong set-up of the characters. Going forward this series will need to fix this major weak area in order to keep readers interested.

Weird Ideas List Of 4 Thou Art Truly A Disco King Edition

1. Are there elemental gods above Cthulhu?

2. Has any truly insane person ever mumbled a plan for bringing David Bowie a disco king?

3. If so what was said insane planner wearing at the time?

4. Does the closest high-energy alternate universe have a version of writer Warren Ellis currently being killed by a time traveling hyper-violent Grant Morrison? For those who don't know our universe is theoretically low-energy since we lack super-powers, time travel, proof of any type of deity or pantheon, etc. A high-energy universe would be one where any or all of the examples would be possible.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Impossible Woman Seeking Man Edition

1. Marvel Two-In-One #60 circa late 1979, early 1980. This comic not only introduces the Impossible Woman but has an unconventional, yet intelligent, team-up. We also get a good example of fiction suit fourth-wall breaking in the form of the creative team witnessing the battle. Plus Mr. Fantastic does not act like an idiot regarding his relationships with people at the beginning.

2. 'Call It... Magic' from The Flash #198 (1970) is an interesting short featuring Zatanna. While it does not fully hold up to current storytelling aesthetics it does have heart and a fun narrative. Recommended for lovers of classic fairytales.

3. Captain Canuck #1 (2015) reintroduces the characters without making story feel like an info dump.  The fact that apparently his past history still exists in the back-up stories is also interesting.

4. Halcyon #1 (2010) has an interesting premise and a well executed first issue in both story and art.

This Damned Band Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  First off I don't know if drug type mushrooms work when not ingested. My next issue is the fact that This Damned Band uses too many sources in this pastiche. We also have problems from word balloons coming from the wrong character to smushed faces. If there is one saving grace for this comic it is the basic premise. However that element is not even close to being enough to get a positive verdict from me. In other words I don't recommend this specific issue in single format or collected edition. I don't know what happened when Paul Cornell, Tony Parker & Lovern Kindzierski were making this issue that resulted in these problems, but I hope this is not how the whole series turns out.

Tomb Raider Issue 18 Review With Spoilers

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This issue is recommended mainly for it's focus on how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect someone in their daily life. The writer and artist showcase this disorder very well in terms of hallucinations and anxiety. However, the art does have some relatively minor mistakes on certain legs and feet in motion. For example the first panel has a woman walking normally yet one of her legs appears broken. On the plus side of the art I did like the moments with the blanket, especially when Lara's friends join her under it. Finally this issue ends with a decent series end that creates a cliff-hanger for continuing this iteration of Lara Croft.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 That Is Not Jim Mooney Edition

1. Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #10 (2015) has a story that is too stretched out in both single issue and in terms of the larger arc. Though the art is beautiful the pacing is too long. This issue feels more like a part of a graphic novel versus a comic series.

2. The Infinity Gauntlet #3 (2015) renders the first two issues mute due to sudden time travel, thus causing the third issue to feel like a first.

3. The Flash #207 (1971) has inconsistent art on the first story and the second story is just sort of there. An example for the latter is Sargon's ever-changing creepy level. As for the second Wally (Kid Flash) just assumes he solved his mystery adventure when he could have just left an alien being to die.

4. 'No Sad Songs For A Scarlet Speedster' The Flash #198 (1970) is more about the power of belief than it is a Flash story. It really could have used some more development for the supporting characters. Not to mention the story title is a misnomer. Finally the kids …

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Episode 25

I honestly preferred the Japanese version of this of this episode over the English dub. Mainly because the 90s' English dub just felt sort of there. Also in the English dub there is a insult that Jupiter just accepts when she replies to this episode's star villainess. Though I think that Sailor Moon Crystal did the chess match better than Sailor Moon R. Finally I like the clock/time motif to the latest opening sequence.

  Questions! Why didn't the 1990s English dub change the opening sequence animations? Is it just me or did Berthier not get as much focus as Koan did? Why and how did Berthier freeze that flying insect? Yes she had cold powers but she made no indication she was noticing said insect.

Lady Killer Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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There is a severe lack of character development in this issue. Heck, the motivations are thread-bare if they are even given at all. Also the pacing on both the art and writing is rushed with no room for the story to truly breathe. I mean this issue and the rest of the series had potential but it constantly fails to meet said potential. For crying out loud I actually thought there would be some explanation of what the organization actually was, but all we get are hints that it had to do with the United States government. We also have the main character fighting in high heels!

  I don't recommend this issue or this series.

Book Of Death The Fall Of Bloodshot Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   I loved this story and how it provides both hints of the definite upcoming future of Bloodshot. It also provides a way Bloodshot may die. Yes he dies in this comic's future but it could easily still be a possible future. Also even if this is the definite future for Bloodshot, we will all be dead before it can reach that far into the future. This is because Jeff Lemire has brilliantly set it at such a point in time that Armstrong has visibly aged in one part.

   Now as for the colors and lettering, the former is a great palette selection and the latter is good in placement. As for the art it could have been better in terms of the trees looking more natural. Another thing that could have been better is the trees had a bit more depth. Though seeing as the line work and montages are strong and visually interesting I really should not complain.

  My verdict: Recommended!

Book Of Death Legends Of The Geomancer Issue 1 Review

The textures are amazing in this issue! Especially with the color palette used within the comic. As for the regular cover it is beautiful, but feels a bit misleading for what the interiors feature. That being said there are a few references to the interior tale on the cover. On the writing front less is definitely more in the sense that we get well chosen dialogue. Both the art and writing work well to a quick tale full of depth. The only problem is the fact that being a retailer incentive you will most likely have to pay a hefty price to get a copy. Thus I recommend this comic mainly for those who are willing to spend the money.

Ivar Timewalker Issue 7 Mini-Review

Well this issue has an interesting twist in the story, and some good developments for the Valiant Universe. On the art side of this see strong and consistent line work. The coloring was also nicely done. As for the editing there is a problem that was not caught in the final part of the previous issue summary. I recommend checking this issue out.

Book Of Death Chapter 0 And Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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     Like all not recommended Valiant Entertainment comics this is a bad comic with quality. What I mean is that this book has potential to be enjoyable, but there are serious flaws. The first flaw is how unsteady and obvious the line work is for the non-Braithwaite pages. This makes the art appear rushed. Though the Braithwaite pages are better I would have liked an explanation of why Bloodshot looks like he has increased his proportions to bulky. As for the writing it has several logic fails. Such as Ninjak acting like an impulsive idiot by prematurely attacking Gilad. Also the fact the Eternal Warrior does not seek help is a constant character flaw especially after the events of The Valiant. Finally the lack of intelligence being used by all the characters, except the puppeteering villain, is slightly insulting to them (characters) and us (readers).

    So while I did enjoy this book, and the unnecessary Chapter 0 web comic, I found most of this to be a failure of …

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Maxed Animals Edition

1. Animax #4 (1987) is something that has no clue what genre it wants to fit into. It is mainly bad science fiction with parts of mystical fantasy and dystopian future shock thrown in. Also it is heavy handed and contrived in how it is written. Finally the fact that it is set on 25th century Earth and yet the concept has no explanation of how the animax and other things came about is baffling.

2. "The Weird World Of Aurora" toy advertisement found in The Flash #207 (1971) has poor quality art and writing.

3. Wahoo Morris #2 from 1998 almost got recommended, but it failed due to song lyrics, pacing, and two cases of poor grammar. Though I do still think the art is great, and the character voices are unique.

4. S.H.I.E.L.D. #8 (2015) is too light on the treatment of the subject of slavery and sex-trafficking. Yes, it is set in a fictional way and setting, but still this topic deserves and a harder look. It comes off as a badly written PSA comic. As for the art it is not consis…