Showing posts from April, 2016

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episodes 21 & 22

I feel that while both episodes 21 and 22 are reliant on contrivances the former does so more than the latter. This is mainly due to the fact that the episode of 21 says that Sailors Uranus and Neptune will die. The fact that this fate is immediately reversed in the following episode makes 21 a lie in both its plot and title. Not to mention I found it really stupid how Eudial is able to finally use her computer to find the two talismans. Though that is not as contrived as the idea that Eudial and her car don't survive the fall into water. I mean we have seen it emerge from water locations several times.

   As for what I liked about these two episodes: Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Chibi Moon's dramatic entrance through a window is very cool! The first note laden with snails. The Grail, Pluto and Saturn finally showing up. Sailor Pluto's transformation sequence animation. The Japanese dub's voice acting and dialogue, which is way better than the original English. (Especially…

Tomb Raider 2016 Series Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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Havingthe opening being in the present while most of the issue is a flashback is a means of providing set-up. However, this causes a small degree of "made for the trade" feel. That being said the script seems strong in characterization and dialogue. Not to mention that it balances narrative high and low points pretty evenly. I will go as far to say that it is probably even better than the opening of the last ongoing to star Lara Croft.

  On the visual side of things the opening suggests Philip Sevey's ability to pace an action sequence. Also while Sevey does a great job for most of the issue he fails on showing a logical length for Lara's right toes when bare. This happens when they are being displayed to emphasize her discomfort from high-heels. Though this is not as problematic, in my opinion, as some yellow letters popping too much on a convention banner in two panels. Obviously this was a problem from the lettering front which may or may not h…

A&A The Adventures Of Archer & Armstrong Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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After a ton of consideration I have to say this issue is not as amusing as the first one. It is still amusing in a lot of ways, including Bacchus needing the possibility to escape pointed out, yet it lacks a level of fun. I think this is partly due to the fact that it fast-forwards Mary-Maria's journey to rescue Archer & Armstrong from the bag. There is also the factor that we are reminded that Armstrong is a bit of a jerk when it comes to being a good friend and that darkens the tone quite a bit.

  Now as for the art I think it is better on the minimalistic areas than last time. However, David Lafuente needs to work on how he draws the bottom of pool balls. I say this cause two that are in a flashback seem to have merged with a pool table. Overall though most of the cartoon-like visuals are very well done in their line strength and emotional impact.


Divinity II Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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The fact that this series contrasts with Divinity while also being a second act is done extremely well. Where Divinity felt more experimental in nature this feels both experimental and standard. Experimental in terms of how the ensemble of creativity is required for any of it to work. This is especially evident when one looks at the behind-the-scenes commentary in the issue. It is standard, and contrasts with Divinity, by not playing with narrative perceptions of time and space. Finally there is some political commentary regarding Vladimir Putin that would make this a bad thing to (currently) take on a trip to Russia.


Sailor Moon Crystal Act 29 Infinity 3 Two New Soldiers Opinion Piece

If one started with this episode as their first exposure to Sailor Moon as a brand would be confused by the opening. Not saying they couldn't get into it because it is a good episode just that the opening could have had the back tracking the last one had.

  Another thought that occurred to me is that the episode is better than the manga version. I say this due to the music actually being able to be heard and that is a plus. On the other hand the comic version is strictly visual so Michiru's playing a violin is unnecessary for consumers to see. Speaking of the music I found it a delight to hear, even if Michiru's concert could have had more focus and emotional impact.

 Questions! Why does Chibi-Usa trust Haruka and Michiru when she does not know them and has no reason to trust them? How come Chibi-Usa does not know anything about Haruka and Michiru? Are they dead by the time Chibi-Usa is able to remember things? If they are dead or off somewhere why has Chibi-Usa never be…

The Steam Man Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue has a very big spoiler for those familiar with the author H.G. Wells. In fact this issue is more a summary of a reimagined version versus a true original work. That makes it kind of boring. Not to mention that the reveal of the villain and addition of yet another genre make this work both rushed and convoluted. Ongoing series should usually not break the momentum of the first issue in order to switch perspective for a villain origin. Yes, the perspective also changes from our heroes to the villain of the series narrating his origin a few pages into this issue. Ugh!

   On the plus side those who look at comics' visuals and can't, or don't, want to read the works will get visual treats from this comic. For instance horror lovers, and creators, will love the great gory aftermath featured on the cover. As for the interiors there are realistic looking human characters and amazing design work on backgrounds and foregrounds. An example of the de…

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episode 4 Opinion Piece

"The Miniscule 7" part of this episode is so contrived that I am surprised it was produced.  For crying out loud the 7 have to rely on teamwork throughout the episode and they are constantly tiny. This episodes raises the following unanswered questions that basically help ruin any way the episode could work: How are they not just stepped on? Why did the Coach at the beginning not remember being tied up by spaghetti? How do they pay for things like their tiny clothes? Were they once regular sized? Do they have a way to become regular sized? Why enter the basketball tournament to steal stuff they can't ever fence due to the heat it would have around it? Finally there is the enigma of how Penny survived the whole process of becoming part of a chocolate bar. Cause yet again she should have died!

    As for "Moonraider", I think with a little work this part could have been better. Some example of things that could have been fixed are the lack of accurate science a…

Wargaming Unites With Dark Horse By Way Of Garth Ennis & Carlos Ezquerra

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR— Wargaming, the award-winning online game developer and publisher of the globally successful World of Tanks combat series, today announced a partnership with comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics. This agreement will see the creation and publication of the “World of Tanks: Roll Out!” comic book series inspired by the hit video game with over 120 million registered players globally. “World of Tanks: Roll Out!” will be a five issue series, rolling into comic book stores across the US and European territories and digital distribution in the fall of 2016. “World of Tanks: Roll Out!” will be written by fan-favorite Garth Ennis (Preacher, War Stories, The Punisher), who brings a unique, historically-informed approach to tell a hard-hitting war tale focused on the daring tank crews of  World War II. The legendary Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, War Stories Vol. 2) will bring his decades of skill to depict the tanks of WWII and the men who co…

Ninjak Issue 14 Review With Spoilers

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   Within the main story after the explosion of King's Castle there is a panel that shows the wreckage, and from my viewpoint it has a problem. Said problem is that colorfield painting (look it up) is used to create the body of water near the former castle. So in layman's terms two vastly different styles are used with the primary one being a realistic, but still standard, comic book style and the other being colorfield painting. However, this is but one panel of many in a story full of great art done in a realistic and not flat style.

  On the other side of this issue is "The Lost Files" story which relies heavily on the artist's visuals. It is very well done in terms of character designs, and has a widescreen action kind of panel layout. Though this story is a little less effective in terms of being accessible than the main story due to the lack of text. Yet I do think the small mentions of Ninjak's personal history from the main story …

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Fury Six Edition

1. The text story "Case of the Black Cat" originally published in Adventure Comics #61 (1941) is a decent one. Very suspenseful for a quick read. Though the ending feels a bit rushed and obvious.

2. The Mighty Thor #6 (2016) while primarily a flashback is a decent beginning to the new story arc. It also has a great regular cover that suggests the interior action. Finally there is the fact that it catches  anyone who missed the previous issues, and series, up on several plot points.

3. Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher is a 2014 anime style movie that has some pretty good fight scenes. Though I agree with the PG-13 rating from the MPAA that this is strictly 13 and up kind of content. Finally while the bad guy scientist's motivations are lame and crazy the rest of the narrative is very intelligent and fun.

4. Shadowman #0 from 1994 has a few minor flaws, but it is a very interesting expanded origin story.

Dept. H Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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Most of the covers are intriguing visuals that suggest a good story, but the outlined body variant has the lead character looking a little too alien. As for the interiors I feel they are mostly great work except for two areas. Area one is actually the first interior page where we get an examination of the deep-sea suit. The problems here are located in the safety deployment feature looking too blobby in the face and the helmet off panel looking a little flat. However, this is still a mostly good page. When the unhinged suspect/scientist Jerome is first seen he is wearing a lab coat and immediately thereafter is not. No explanation is given for this, and it should have been caught by the editor.

   Overall I think that this could be up there with Mind Management if enough people give it a chance. Though I will warn that the dialogue felt a bit stilted in certain places. Finally the first issue's letters page, while lacking letters, suggests that like Ed Brubaker…

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episode 20

Why did they make so many stupid dialogue changes for the original English version? Besides the outlandish comment the monster makes about Usagi's hair being the source of her power none of the changes are good. This even affects the plot when most of the main characters are comparing how heart-snatching felt. Instead they are talking about Lita's food.

  As for the acting I think it was better in the Japanese dub mainly because of a more sensible script. I also think it works better during the bits where Minako sounds older while being deathly blue in the face. Heck, it actually seems like the English cast was not even trying for parts of this episode. Case in point when Usagi is shaking Minako in front of the claw machine.

  Questions! Will we see a different look for the phone in the next episode? Why is the Witches Five office apparently so far from Tomoe's lab? What do they (baddies) actually do in terms of business that they need to deduct payment from Tomoe for a …

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Issue 26 Review With Spoilers

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  I am only recommending parts of this issue. My reasoning for this is that only a little more than half is of the story is worth recommending. Though I do fully recommend it for the quality art, well-chosen colors. However, the lettering possibly had a screw-up of some kind on the variant cover judging by merged mess on the review copy. Thus I am not sure what to say about the lettering except that the interior work is fine.

  Now as for the parts of the writing that were good they are: All of the scenes of Xander and Dawn making the best of being in a demon dimension. This is a very recommended selection of scenes due to Xander using his experiences from therapy and construction to help a demon society. I also recommend the bits of text towards the end where it is pointed out to the rest of the main cast that they have done stupid things in the past and present. I can't recommend the rest because of the fact that it is too "teen-angst" in the other…

X-O Manowar Issue 45 Review With Spoilers

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This issue has one small internal flaw and one major external flaw. The former is Aric's left side, specifically his knee, being odd in posture while he is surrounded on the third story page. Though I think the line work by Robert Gill is definitely quality stuff in this issue. As for the major flaw it is the weaker issues that preceded this one in the story arc. While Venditti wrote a logical and decent issue the lead-up left a lot to be desired. However, it occurs to me that Aric's ability to strategize in modern ways, and the immediacy of the situation, may have made this a more logical story than I first thought. While I am not retracting my previous verdicts on the past issues I will admit there is a little more logic in this arc. In conclusion I recommend this issue due to the vast improvements in quality.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 28 Infinity 2 Ripples Opinion Piece

I don't think they should have padded this episode by essentially replaying several moments from the end of the last episode. That being said the musical selection really adds to the drama. Though I still wish they would translate the songs during the beginning and ending. I will also say that while this episode was better than the two part act 27 it feels a little uneven towards the end. No, I do not know why I believe that to be so.

   Questions! Is Hatoru able to heal things because of her Sailor Saturn powers, or is it due to the evil baddie that is keeping her alive? Is anyone else impressed by the gender equality/female empowerment message Haruka gives after defeating Makoto? Also should Michiru have given it instead due to the fact that Haruka may possibly be a Hermaphrodite? Yes, I am still touting that theory as well as the back-up theory that Haruka can shift between genders? Should an Official manga or anime series be created exploring the ancestors of Usagi? What ab…

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Plastic Millennium Edition

1. The essay by Les Daniels found in Millennium Edition: Police Comics #1 is essential reading for the comic scholars. Specifically those researching the golden age, African-American comic creators, Quality Comics, and Plastic Man.

2. The "Hourman" story from Adventure Comics #61 (1941) is flawed in a few ways, and yet it is actually quality material for a comic from the 1940s.

3. The "Paul Kirk, Manhunter" from Adventure Comics #61 is some high quality material for that 1941 in both the art and story. Though it has one major flaw in the initial panel having nothing to do with the narrative. A quick, logical tale that is in my opinion a good read.

4. Karnak #3 (2016) has finally started to hit a stride and may have gained a regular artist. Great interplay between the various other characters and Karnak. Warren Ellis is definitely making Karnak an even more interesting character than he already had been. Finally the last lines of this issue are probably going to be …

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is going to probably feel a bit odd to those who are going to read it in a collected format. I believe this due to the fact that the focus, and style of narrative, shifts with this issue. Last issue felt like a long montage versus how this one feels like an actual story of high caliber. Not to mention the interesting lines that could be either true or false from one of the bad guys. Speaking of which these specific lines occur during one of the most badass moments featuring Gilad.

  As for the art it is epic in action, good on the emotional expressions, and rich in textures. The texture is also helped by the colors chosen and the artist choice of panel placement. Finally the gore level is just the right side of extreme content to not be consider unnecessary.


Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Pure Adventure Edition

1. Starman's debut story from Adventure Comics #61(1941) is basically just throwing random thoughts together to make a story while ripping off other brands.

2. Adventure Comics #61 (1941) also features a "Mark Lansing Of Mikishawm" story that desperately needed a recap and a slower pace.

3. Then issue 61 of Adventure Comics from 1941 gives us a 180 degree turn in terms of the quality of the "Federal Men" feature. Seriously, it starts decently and than changes to a turd of a tale.

4. Yet another one of Adventure Comics #61 (1941) bad narratives is "Steve Conrad, Adventurer." Mainly due to the racist, and linguistically challenged, sidekick named Chang. Though there are also the art problems, such as the character Blubber Blossom pulling a neck turn that should have killed him. (Think The Exorcist number of degrees kind of turn.)

Leaving Megalopolis Surviving Megalopolis Issue 4 Advance Review With Spoilers

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This issue, and in fact the whole series, is definitely written for the collected edition. While I don't believe this particular issue cannot be read by itself I do think it needs the previous ones to truly work. Also though there are plot problems, such as the protagonists trusting the 'regular' super villains, it is kind of interesting in premise still. It is also interesting in that Gail Simone makes a victim talking about being left to "erode" sound almost natural. Finally Jim Calafiore makes up for several artistic and layout related failures with this issue. For example the strong non-erratic line work on the eyeball. Though the cover is still a bit of piecemeal.

   My verdict: recommended if you have already read the first three singles, but otherwise wait for a discount priced collected edition.

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episode 3 Opinion Piece

The first story "The Horrible Half-Ape" is much better than the second story "Hugefoot." This is mainly due to how parts of the former should not work yet the inventive craziness makes it all awesome. For example Plastic Man turning into a kite to save his pals and himself really does not work. Yet what does work is the astounding fact that the aliens held hostage by Half-Ape have butt-shaped heads, and things like this eclipse the stupid bits.

   Also the first part left me with the following questions: Why was Half-Ape allowed to show his invention at the beginning so publicly if he had no guarantee of success? Did he test it before using it on himself? Who approved human trials? Which part of Africa? Did no one on the production staff realize that Africa is a continent? How does a crazy human that looks like he is half ape suddenly gain the ability to talk to actual apes? Why did the real apes look sort of attracted to Hulu, Plastic Man, and Penny upon first …

Fair Voyage Ch.3 An Independent Comic by Andrea Bell Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has several grammar errors and at least one spelling error. The art is on par with the previous issues, except for an iffy in-story wanted poster. I say it is iffy since the character Ace apparently was involved in its creation and so the bent arm may have been related to his feelings. Speaking of Ace this story felt rushed towards a possible conclusion of either the story or just this arc involving Ace. Finally I think that Andrea Bell needs to watch out for characters meeting for the first time finishing the other's sentences. Not to mention referencing information that has not been said or shown before. The examples being the strategy session mention of the bridge and the ancient greeting used by the mom.

   Overall this is a pretty decent issue, but not one I can recommend due to the number of problems.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episode 19

I am getting a bit sick of not understanding why that villainess's car keeps popping out of different locales! Honestly I am surprised it still works with how waterlogged it got this time. Speaking of which, how deep is that body of water supposed to be? Also how is it able to back up by itself?
    Next I have to say that both 1990s dubs are enjoyable, but the Japanese dub is more so due to the alcohol mention. Though I will say I am surprised that Usagi had such a radically different reaction to alcohol compared to the season one party she got drunk at. Also surprised at how many rude people wanted to dance with her and Haruka.
   Questions! Why is the doctor's past deemed relevant? Cause in the manga he is possessed by this point. Why does the monster just not increase the volume instead of throwing her weapon? Was the monster's original awesome powers tied into the old fashioned dress? Do the girls ever get any studying done in-between episodes?

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage Second Lives Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   The cross-hatching is a little obvious in some places where shadows are more prominent. Despite this the art work is finely done with great use of lighting by the artists and colorist. However on the writing front I feel that Jen Van Meter was a bit daring on the cliffhanger ending. Mainly because I do not think that the Mirage fan base is as fervent as the Faith one. This is primarily due to Faith getting an ongoing after her initial mini-series. Then again I do think both characters have had great mini-series and there are probably other factors at play. Finally I have to say there are some great moments of dialogue and visuals in this issue that make it one I recommend.

Kari Yadro Becomes Director Of Custom Programs Dark Horse Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse is pleased to announce the promotion of Kari Yadro to the role of director of custom programs. Effective immediately, Yadro will serve as the head of the Dark Horse Comics custom publishing and products program. Yadro will be responsible for business-to-business development, fostering new licensed publishing programs with custom publishing clients for new properties, developing co-marketing programs with entertainment partners, and other functions key to leading Dark Horse’s custom program division. “I’m excited to have Kari join the licensing team to manage our custom programs. With her years of experience managing all aspects of events like San Diego Comic-Con, I’m confident Kari will excel in her new role working with our many clients and licensors on new and ongoing projects,” said Nick McWhorter, Dark Horse’s VP of media licensing. Yadro began her career at Dark Horse Comics in September 2010 as an events manager and was promoted to…

Dream Gang Gets The Graphic Novel Treatment Dark Horse Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics announces the release of Brendan McCarthy’s psychedelic comics opus Dream Gang. Collecting the story originally published in Dark Horse PresentsDream Gang represents veteran comics creator Brendan McCarthy at his finest. “Dream Gang is a story that takes place in dreams entirely,” says McCarthy. “It is the story of a young man who lives a dreary, gray life. One night he has a vivid dream that connects him to a group of naturally gifted psychic voyagers known as the Dream Gang. The dream that follows changes him forever.” A young man is transformed into a Dream Voyager while he sleeps by the mysterious Dream Gang. They are searching for a destructive dream bomb that has been implanted into one of his memories. But to find the bomb, a secret memory must be uncovered. A Fantastic Voyage through the mind! Dream Gang arrives on July 27 and retails for $14.99. Preorder your copy today at your local comic book store or favorite online r…

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 27 Infinity 1 Premonition Part 2 Opinion Piece

Is it just me or is the academy infiltration/violin being played scene showing several different times of day & night? Seriously we start with the afternoon and then everything starts going random for the time being represented by amount of light in the sky.

   Despite that problem this is a good episode even though the beginning and ending felt a bit abrupt. Of course I think that is mainly the fact they split Act 27 into two parts. Though that makes me wonder if we will have more split acts in this season. Another thing I am wondering about is whether that cat was sleeping throughout its time being possessed.

   Finally Mamoru is sorta out of character by not keeping a better eye on Chibi-Usa. On the other hand she is older than him and still does not think to ask him to hold her hat. Cause roller coasters and loose objects do not mix well.

Aw Yeah! Comics: Action Cat And Adventure Bug Issue 2 Review

This issue is much better than the first issue of the series. It is mainly due to the fact it is not relying solely on gags and that there are less interludes. In my opinion if one looks at this as a kid-friendly, and somewhat comedic, superhero adventure than this issue is a breath of fresh air. There are no major problems in the writing and the multiple artists have only slight differences in style. In conclusion I am recommending this issue.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Scuba Doo Edition

1. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #11 (1976) is all over the place in terms of narrative tones, styles, and ways logic can fail. I am still recovering from the amount of stupid this comic possesses. Avoid or you will regret your wasted time and brain cells!

2. The Inhumans origin story from Thor #147 (1967) has too much text. This ends up cluttering the art and slowing the pace. Also the ending is very anti-climatic. Finally the plot kind of feels like a few sentences or even a montage stretched out to be a story.

3. Metal Men #18 (1966) has a nonsensical flashback in the second "chapter" of its story. Also it then starts a fast degrade in storytelling.

4. The 2016 animated movie Justice League VS Teen Titans has some really annoying music during the fair scenes. It also fails at redoing the Trigon story by having it shoved in with two other stories. Said stories are heroes fighting heroes with which the title suggests the whole movie is about, and learning teamwork which is the…

Resurrectionists Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue's cover is merely okay. While it does have an epic design with strong line work it also has nothing to do with the interiors. As for the lettering there are no problems. The colors are a different story in that the lights and darks are fine, but the colors in the middle of the palette selection are just there. Though I do like the palette when considered as a whole work. Finally the dialogue and story are great, even if there are some scenes that could have been stronger. An example being when a guy loses his head and nobody really reacts about it for several panels.

    My verdict: Recommended for those interested in past lives and heist stories. This series can be found digitally through Dark Horse's various sales outlets.

   Note: I still think it is fairly standard in terms of the concept of past lives. If it involved animals or somewhere other than Ancient Egypt than it would be more inventive. However, I am trying to not let this shade t…

Imperium Issue 14 Review With Spoilers

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While the use of holograms, Liveware's ship attack, and Harada's doubts are all interesting story elements this issue is a mess. It is mainly Khari Evans over-reliance when using real photos as an artistic shortcut. One of the many examples are the ocean and sun parts found in the last few pages. His drawn line work starts to degenerate around the tenth or eleventh story pages. Not to mention Evans apparently got lazy on in some areas, such as the layout of the first page. However, some of the fault has to fall on the editors for not limiting the damage these flaws cause.

  As for Joshua Dysart, his script is merely okay. This is due to the story's pacing stalling around the 10th page, which causes it to feel like the issue's conclusion is nigh. Finally certain pieces of dialogue feel just a bit clunky.

  My verdict: Not recommended, especially because nothing seems to have actually happened in this issue.

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episode 2 Opinion Piece

The Clam gets the one realistic eyeball in this series why? That is seriously messed up and this is an episode where the main story has a lot of unseen New Yorkers dying due to a flood! Not to mention the unseen fish in the secondary story dying and disappearing due to oceans being trapped in regular size bottles. Damn censors really did not pay attention to this show's messed up stories!

   Another kind of mess-up is the factor of the many artistic flaws. For instance one of the stories has random and obvious character design changes. Plastic Man even ends said story with a Jay Leno kind of chin. Not to mention The Clam has an eyepatch that looks to constantly be chewed on whenever he talks.

  I also am amazed by how many times they have already had the villains fake video calls from the Chief. It makes me wonder if Plastic Man's boss is even real, especially because of how lifelike the puppets look.

  My final thought for this episode is that it is entertaining despite its…

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episode 18

This episode is odd, but thankfully it is not in the disturbing or annoying ways of the previous episode. What makes it odd is Usagi and the other females in this episode actually use physical attacks. Which is about as rare as the Filmation era version of He-Man showing obvious, and canonical, romantic interest in Teela. In fact Sailor Moon and Chibi-Usa actually have a nicely drawn double kick that looks like it could have worked if not for the trap. (Uranus on the other hand looks horribly drawn when attempting what looks like a jump stomp action.)

   As for which is better I have to say though neither of the original dubs is bad I prefer the manga.  I say this due to the Chibi-Usa romance subplot being creepy when one considers she is 900 and the artist is not. Also in my opinion the making of the "Holy Grail/Purity Chalice" is cooler in the manga. It kind of loses some logical sense to have a one-off character work on, and also foreshadow knowledge of what it will be…

Lobster Johnson: The Forgotten Man Review With Spoilers

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  This comic is much more interesting than the previous comic starring Lobster Johnson. Mainly because it has more of a horrific and pulpy feel to the narrative. It also excellently plays with the mythology of the Hoovervilles and that the homeless and destitute are often overlooked. However, the plot's legion of cannibals that kill the homeless could have used a better explanation. What needed to be explained was why there were so many and whether the "device" actually worked. Despite this the writing is very strong even with the seemingly random addition of two braggart reporters at the end.
   As for the colors they are subtle and natural in application in a way that helps enhance the various narrative tones. The lettering has perfect placement for allowing both text and art to be enjoyed together while remaining separate. A very rare thing to see in this medium. Finally the art is great if lacking a bit of consistency in certain areas. Most notic…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Discontented Teammates Edition

1. Marvel Team-Up #2 published around late 2004, early 2005 is bad in a lot of ways. For example there is an unnecessary cameo of Nova (the Richard Rider version) that makes no sense and leaves the reader wondering if he will be back. Followed by Wolverine on a bus spit yelling at a passenger about something having healed. Besides the fact it is hard to talk while over salivating we never are told what healed. This makes the issue very inaccessible. The final example I am giving is the fact the villainous kid accidentally killed his father upon gaining power, and then turned serial killer for no logical reason.

2. Marvel Team-Up #5 circa 2005 has the hero Sunfire acting even more rash and thus stupider than normal. In other words the writing causes him to be a little out of character. Also the stupidity of the alternate Tony Stark regarding planning isolating a hostage except for a working phone near said hostage. Speaking of said hostage, how the hell does he directly call Peter Park…

Movie Review With Spoilers Of Jane Wants A Boyfriend

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   This movie is pretty good at exploring one way autism can be in a slice of life tale. The story actually uses the word neurotypicals early on. It also shows that people with autism can sometimes have relatives that care about them, and yet at the same time those relatives do not understand them. It also does not rely solely on meltdowns and awkward social situations for most of Janes scenes. This is a major plus compared to Mozart And The Whale which is a movie I have had severe sensory trouble with while watching. Speaking of meltdowns, the one major case of it in the movie is very realistic in terms of POV shots and acting. However the character that is on the failed date with Jane does not seem to be a lower functioning Autistic, but more of a low IQ agoraphobic.

   As for the real romance in the movie there is a connection one could make regarding the male love interest's thoughts on soups and how it might relate to his attraction to Jane. Speaking of s…

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 27 Infinity 1 Premonition Part 1 Opinion Piece

The redesigned animation and characters are both cool and yet off-putting. What I like is the transformations having more personal flair and matching the rest of the anime. I don't like the camera movements being jerky and obvious, plus Ami's chin being too angular, and all the girls bare legs being too thin. Also the Pharaoh 99 opening scene verges on boring due to the lack of interesting visuals. Finally I am still trying to come up with an opinion on the opening and closing themes. Hopefully I will have that figured out with the next act/episode.
    Questions! Why explicitly refer to this as Season 3? Is the camera work going to be a continuing issue?

Leaving Megalopolis Surviving Megalopolis Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   This comic almost redeemed itself towards when Ribbon (The stretchy guy) is killed off. However they drop the ball with the super-villains not being affected by whatever changed the heroes. Not to mention that the group shot looked like an unused stock shot of random bad 1990s redesigns. There is also the problems related to the flashback story told by the probably mentally-ill woman. The main flaw being that the wolves should have started tearing her to shreds before she finished that long of a pointless story. Seriously what does a story that suggests that she was possibly a little girl with horrible parents in the 1950s or 60s have to do with the plot?

    Finally there are two major art problems. One being this issue's cover requires the other covers to even just look okay, if not be noticeable on the stands. Yet that pales in comparison to the sequences being off in terms of panels and page layouts. For instance there is a character flying from the aba…

Faith Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   I think Francis Portela needs to work on two areas in order to be a better artist. These areas are minimalism and overhead full body design work. The example of the former is when Faith's facial features are almost nonexistent, yet she is still close enough in frame that we should see them. As for the latter flaw in the art it is when she is hunched over the computer and her overall design does not scream Faith. I think especially found the nose to be too different. On the plus side each problem is only on a single page of this issue. Overall I think Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage are killing it on this book!

   Now as for the story I was actually kind of hoping the organization that Faith was facing was related to Dead Drop. Unfortunately that is not the case, and this dampened some of excitement I had while reading the issue for the first time. As for the the solution to Faith's secret identity dilemma that last issue ended on I will just say …

Dark Horse Comics Offers Trip Via Survey Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Have you ever wanted to attend the greatest pop culture event in the world? Well, Dark Horse Comics is now giving you the chance to party in style at San Diego Comic-Con! To celebrate Dark Horse Comics’ thirtieth anniversary, we are offering a trip to San Diego Comic-Con that includes: • Two (2) four-day passes (July 21–24)
• VIP access to Dark Horse events and activities
• VIP wristbands for all ticketed Dark Horse booth signings
• Hotel room for four days and three nights
• Round-trip travel for two to San Diego, California
• $300 spending money
• One (1) Dark Horse Comic-Con exclusive of your choice And what do you have to do to win all this, you ask? Simple: take a five-minute survey about your interests in comics and pop culture! That’s it! There’s nothing to buy! To the many fans and readers who have been with us over our thirty years in business, we want to give something back to all those who have supported us along the way. And what’s a better w…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Demon Organizations Lack Logic Edition

1. Secret Weapons #2 (1993) has random emphasis on words and all caps lettering problems. Also there is one panel that is not printed right and thus looks blurry. The story also is not very accessible to those lacking knowledge of the characters or the original Valiant universe.

2. Superman #191 (1966) completely white-washes a non-white character's son. Also it just has contrived situations. Finally there is the obvious dislike by the writer for the main character via some of the first page's text.

3. Marvel Team-Up #10 (2005) has two summary pages in this single issue. Yes there are other problems, but c'mon that is just lame!

4. Marvel Team-up #4 (2005) is a book you can judge the quality of by the cover, which by the way is generically bad. It is pretty much a stock story, and it skims over lots of details that could provide depth. One possible detail is why the baddie is able to just stroll into his doppelgänger's place of work and yet there is not a security meas…

Fair Voyage Ch. 2 An Independent Comic Book By Andrea Bell Review With Spoilers

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    This issue has two definite problems that with a little work Andrea Bell will be able to avoid in the future. The lesser of the two is making sure that the band shirts mentioned and shown in this issue are explained and shown more. Explained in how band shirts exist in this fantasy setting could be done in short interludes about the history of this world and its universe. The shirts' logos should be shown more in the sense that their logos are vaguely visible at least some of the time. Doing a single close-up and brief mentions of this type of thing are not enough. Finally the action sequences while nice to look at are in need of more kinetic motion (ex. page 33), and possibly Des's kicks being slightly off in terms of anatomical correctness (ex. page 34).

   Overall though this continues to be solid work from a solo creative talent. It is fun and consistent in terms of tone, pacing, and design. The line work is very strong and sure. I still am regard…

Recommended Comics List Of 4 No Escape From Punisher Edition

1. The Punisher: No Escape (1990) features the punisher teaming up with the U.S. Agent. Normally this would not work, but the way the story is structured makes it work. However this comic's ending feels a little contrived in the way the Punisher escapes a situation.

2. The "Peter And His Pup" story found in Adventure Comics #61 (April 1941) is simple and accessible. It has a beginning, middle, and end to the story. Though there is the flaw of breaking the 180 degree point of view rule. Due to it being a total of one page and its age I am overlooking that problem.

3. Solar, Man Of The Atom #20 (1993) is all caps shouty mad person on the lettering front, but it is overall a good story with quality art.

4. Millie The Model #185 from 1970 is a decent issue of an Archie and company clone. A lot of the jokes still land despite its age. The art is also competent.

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episodes 1 Opinion Piece

This is part 1 of an opinion piece series on an entertaining, but mostly forgotten, 1979-1981 Ruby-Spears cartoon series featuring DC's Plastic Man. Unfortunately I will only be covering the material contained on the DVD release. Thus all of the live action, as well as some of the Baby Plas, material will not be covered in this opinion piece series. Sorry about these omissions!

   Now the first episode with the villain The Weed is probably the best only because it is the most quotable. This is simply because they got away with pot jokes aplenty. However if one looks closely there are weirder elements besides The Weed looking like the Floronic Man. For instance Bad Luck Hula has no bottom eyelids. Speaking of eyes, the eyeballs of several characters, including Plastic Man's future baby mama and wife Penny, have flesh color eyeballs. Wild and disturbing if you think too deeply on the matter. Also some of the visual gags, such as the skateboard on the ship, are just out of now…