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The Tomorrows Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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   The hands on the cover just miss the center point that would have really drawn potential readers'  eyes from other books. Also the feet in select instances lack either depth or proportion. However, the issue is still very impressive in aesthetic design. As for the script it combines especially well with the art during the freeform dialogue scene. Finally this issue provides the type of ending that could be continued in a future volume or left on its own.

   I highly recommend this issue and the rest of the series, especially for fans of fringe scientific ideas and philosophies.

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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   The layout of each page is great in design. That along with the limited to what is necessary dialogue  makes this issue very fast paced. Also there are subtle details in the montage sequences, especially with Kalam shifting distances from Gilad. Finally both the color palette and mystery laced plot are extremely engaging.

   Recommended!

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episode 11 Opinion Piece

Just don't acknowledge this episode was ever created, especially the first part with "Ghostfinger." No one cared about what was put in this episode when it was being created, and thus no one should have to be tortured with this piece of Bleeping Bleep. In other words it can't hurt you if you ignore it!

Aw Yeah! Comics Action Cat & Adventure Bug Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   The emergence of a world conqueror that has been referenced in the previous issues helps strengthen this series. Speaking of references this issue parodies a lot of iconic moments, such as when the X-Men character Phoenix emerged from the water for the first time. While this issue is great in those respects I think it had a dangerous amount of repetition of the chanting that could cause problems for readers with OCD. Yet that is just a potential problem that will hopefully be considered in future installments of the Aw Yeah! brand. Overall I think this is a good all-ages title that has something for readers of any reading level.

  Recommended!


In The Name of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episode 29

Whoa! Whichever artists worked on the Lion and the teleporting Penguin have my respect cause that is impressive work. Oddly I am also impressed how creepy Professor Tomoe mouth is at the beginning. It looks almost unhinged.
   As for my preferred dub for this episode I have to pick the Japanese version. Mainly because the dialogue is better, and Professor Tomoe is just silently doing gag stuff for most of the episode. The changes that the initial English dubbers made are really unnecessary, with the exception of Ami's explanation for what happened to the house. I think said explanation is much better for the less scientifically inclined viewer.
   Questions! Why does Professor Tomoe not wonder how the Sailor Guardians knew to come to the house? Where was Mimete during all this? How come the professor did not hear Luna and Artemis talking so close to him? Is that a fake eye or a monocle in the professor's right eye socket? What excuse is given for Luna-P to regular civilians…

4001 AD Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   If there is a weak point in this issue it is the art for the propaganda fairytale about New Japan's history.* It just seems slightly out of place in the different style and design sense versus the rest of the issue. However, that does not mean it is bad just that it is oddly other. The rest of the art is great quality work by Clayton Crain.

   As for the story I am honestly worried Valiant's staff plans on killing the mentally challenged Lemur, which would be a terrible waste of a fun character. This is slightly foreshadowed in a conversation where Gilad gives a downer of a pep talk. Which happens after the weirdest figurative Bloodshot/X-O Manowar team-up in the form of Rai controlling the giant armor made from a bit of Shanhara. So while there is emotional weight to this possible death it is the first that I have truly dreaded Valiant allowing. Otherwise this is a much better second issue of a kind of non-event event.

   Recommended!

  *Note: Yes, th…

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Issue 28 Review With Spoilers

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  I feel that the cover created by Rebekah Isaacs and Dan Jackson is dishonest to potential consumers. Mainly because the total opposite happens in this issue. By that I mean Buffy and Spike finally show character development when they have an adult conversation that leads to a healthier romantic relationship. Yes, the development is rushed, but it is still some kind of character development. As for the story and art they are decent, even if they are still not the height of quality we got from the first issue of Season 10. Also the moments in the travels of Dawn and Xander show that there is some potential stories that could be explored in a late companion series to Season 10. In conclusion this issue is recommended.

Ninjak Issue 16 Review With Spoilers

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   The quality of the main story is better than the "lost files" simply because it stands on its own better.  Though both are still great examples of the skills of Matt Kindt, Diego Bernard, Alisson Rodrigues, Ulises Arreola, and the many others who worked on this issue. An example in the main story is how Ulises Arreola's application of color provides the art with vibrancy and a tiny bit more kinetic motion.  While the art and color palette in "Lost Files" turns a frantic montage of scene shifts into key moments from condensed hours of a day. Said moments would not work without good talented creatives being involved. Finally both stories provide more information on Ninjak's parentage that in turn opens more questions from the answers readers are given.

  Recommended for lovers of sequential art.

The Tomorrows Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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   The sex scene panels are either showing the metaphor of "two become one" visually, or they are simply horrible in the proportions. Since I don't know which it is I will believe the former. Though the rest of the art is solid in line work, and the alternate versions of characters are easy to differentiate. While the writing is not correct on certain scientific terms it is still an impressive and brilliant script. Finally the color palette is amazing in selection and helps the book pop.

   Recommended!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 36 Infinity 10 Infinite Upper Atmosphere

Mistress 9's mouth looks so weird with that toothless drooping smile! It kind of creeps me out more in this anime versus the manga. Speaking of differences I feel the colors and motion helps the story to be a more clear narrative versus the black & white stillness. I like the manga so don't think I am trying to bash it, but I had trouble in these last acts of the "Death Busters" arc.

   Question! Why are most of the Sailor Guardians powers not able to be taught or used to heal? How can a planet become a foreign star system? (This was one of the flaws in the narrative of this series.) Is the second Moon Chalice a wish based creation of the first? What is up with Mamoru's apparently sudden ability to transform into his masked persona? It just happens with no previous explanation.

4001 AD Bloodshot Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The only real problem I found is that the art shown in the "memories" looks a tad rushed or odd in proportions. However, this is not a major problem since said memory sequences are only a tiny part of the issue. As for the rest of the issue it looks like Doug Braithwaite's usual strong and detailed work. Both the text and art fronts are nicely paced and meshed well together. Finally Jeff Lemire writes a story that adds to the larger Valiant mythos without retconning anything.

   Recommended!

Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, And The Bird Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  If this were the late 1980s to around mid-1990s we would be probably be seeing this title at Vertigo. However, this is now and Dark Horse has published a butt-kicking horror title for mature readers. Kudos goes to Caitlin Kieran, Daniel Warren Johnson, plus the rest of the credited pros for bringing their best skill level for this work. In fact the writing is like a weird original down-to-earth horror title the likes of which has not been seen since Hellblazer ended. As for the colors and art they are in a style that reminds me of certain pages from Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Especially during the opening scenes and the bit where the talking bird bites the con artist protagonist's beautifully drawn foot.

 Highest Recommended Status!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Micro Human Edition

1. Uncanny Inhumans #9 (2016) is a bit of a character study on Reader who is a blind character. It has very good art and writing.

2. Fighting Yank #2 (2002) has several flaws, but there is enough good parody and fun to leave a lot of readers with a smile. Also includes a black & white reprint of a golden age Fighting Yank story.

3. Howard The Duck #8 (2016) has a beautiful regular cover that certain aspiring artists could learn from. Also the writing shows how to mix tonal highs and lows. Finally the story is a good one.

4. Bitch Planet #6 (2016) has some great articles in the back of the issue. However, the story has a trigger warning so I suggest that mature readers be wary. Adults only recommendation.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 35 Infinity 9 Infinite Labyrinth 2 Opinion Piece

I feel that there is a hint of a possibility for a little more than friendship in Hotaru & Chibi-Usa relationship. Though that is mainly due to the ethereal scene involving their souls near the Legendary Silver Crystal. Also I have the feeling that Pharaoh 90 is an idiot for destroying his own crystal and solely relying on the stolen Silver Crystal. Who knows he may have lasted longer against his foes if he hadn't done that. Finally was Hotaru actually dead after the fire until vesselization happened? I question it because we have an unreliable narrator in Professor Tomoe's vesselized self.

   Addendum about Act 34: Why were Sailor Uranus, Neptune, & Pluto not already at the villains headquarters before the other scouts? They had no reason to be late to the battle.

The Tomorrows Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   The Kathmandu visitation sequence seems similar to, and possibly it was inspired by, an experience Grant Morrison talked about having there himself. However, this comic presents it as the basis for the Tomorrows' founder's manifesto. As for the ongoing narrative this issue provides vast character & plot development. The dialogue feels both real and surreal and combined with the slightly experimental interior and exterior art is a treat for those looking for something different. Finally the in-universe interview, article, and ad provide a depth I have rarely seen outside of Watchmen.

  Highly recommended!

Usagi Yojimbo: Senso Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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    The Usagi Gundam only fighting one Martian craft is something that should be disappointing, but it is just so ridiculous that it should please a lot of people's inner child. Also the ending of the story suggests that there could be future spin-offs featuring regular Usagi's possible descendants.

   As for the art it is strong and very emotive in the facial expressions. Though the front cover seems a little curved near the Martian craft's center region. Finally Tom Luth does his usual impressive coloring.

   Recommended!

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

This episode was one I thought was going to be pointless and it half is and half isn't. One reason it isn't is the moral that sickly kids should still have hope and aspirations. I think that is just awesome that they did this in a season/series that has had a lot of negatives, such as the perverted moments. Another thing I liked is the three active outer guardians figuring out more of the Hotaru mystery. Finally I think it is funny that Mimete would have succeeded if not for the monster's concern for Hotaru. (Since the monster was sports based I assume it had some sportsmanship in its character.)
    As for what I think makes this episode pointless is the following: The Twister competition being done for a world record which can't be broken because nobody but the baddies is witness to it. Whoever directed the original English voice actress for Mimete to moan like she is aroused during the painful looking, and too long, Twister scene. Lastly Uranus, Pluto, & Nept…

Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters Of Midtown Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The cover seems a little weak in the line work of Lobster's head. Also it appears a little soft in the coloring. However, the interiors are well-designed, strong in pacing and line work, and nicely colored.

   As for the title and general story concept they are both well-chosen, particularly because of the pulp heritage of Lobster Johnson as a character. He really gets to exhibit the influences of characters like Doc Savage and The Shadow here. Savage in the way that team he has and his ability to somehow acquire a bomb to use against the Metal Monsters. While The Shadow, and similar characters, are always present with the costume, and people being divided between respecting and hating Lobster.

  Finally there are two potential flaws that could crop up depending on perspective of each individual reader. The first is the historical likelihood of a female reporter being put in charge of men in the 1930s that seems similar to our own. This is more of a stickin…

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episode 10 Opinion Piece

A genie that wants to melt people turned into gold statues down in liquid gold made it past the censors how exactly? Also the female minion is only doing bad for "Gold Earrings." What in the world! She has no reason to be helping based on that motivation alone. Compared to that I honestly think this episode is better with the 'Toyman' section. Said section only has the narrative flaw of Hula being an idiot and then blaming said his stupidity on "bad luck." Heck, I don't even mind the fact that Toyman seems to be at least partly a wind-up toy.

 Question! Has any type of creative ever drawn inspiration from this goofball series while working on any stretchable character?

Bloodshot Reborn Issue 13 Review With Spoilers

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  I was not expecting the full-on twist contained in this issue! Previously I was worried that we would have an "Old Man Logan"/Unforgiven story before the "Bloodshot Island" story. Bleeping Bleep was I wrong cause this was actually a layered and great story. The twist has been building since before this series even began. Finally the art is exemplary and meshes well with Brian Reber's colors, which is something that Reber talks about in the supplemental commentary.

  Highly recommended in collected and single format.

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episode 9 Opinion Piece

'The Maniacal Computerhead' has two jokes referencing other characters. A poster of the Hulk and a fourth wall break Adam West/Batman snub. Both are dated. For example the poster is an example of the 70s & early 80s being a period when DC & Marvel were friendly rival companies versus just rival companies. Heck, I think that the titular villain resembles Uatu the Watcher when he is covered in shadows at the start.

    As for Computerhead's plan it really does not work for me due to how he should be more logical and have more than a remote for a weapon. Also while this is a major step up in quality compared to all the horribleness of the previous episode this episode has one of the stupid moments involving the jet. "For crying out loud!" Why did they have a drop the pilot seats out of the jet switch? That being said I did think this story was of decent quality for the limited amount we have gotten so far.

    Though 'The Hippotist' story is kind…

Prometheus: Life And Death Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  The interior colors and art look murky. Half the time I can't tell what certain characters' genders are such as when Captain Wearing is first shown.

   As for the writing, the "God" label being used for the giant from the Prometheus movie is kind of odd when one considers how people reacted to him in the Fire And Stone event. Also the giant does not exhibit any traits of a god so why he is thought to be one by the humans is odder still. Heck, I felt his scenes were actually boring due to how he has zero personality to define him. The issue also made me feel like this is a "made for the trade" story arc, especially from how the supplemental material made it sound like this was rushed. Lastly the assistant editor Freddy Miller is incorrectly credited as Freddye Miller.

  My Verdict: While I do like the variant cover art I cannot recommend anyone buy this issue. However, I do think that this issue may have been rushed so I am hoping it g…

Imperium Issue 16 Review With Spoilers

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   The photoshopped images are a tiny bit less obvious for the ocean bits, but the sky for the main setting is horrendous. Not only does it fail at meshing with the rest of the artwork it is colored in a way that makes one wonder what is going on. Speaking of wondering about things the writing left me, and probably others, with a feeling of confusion regarding what just happened to make a good series so odd & bad. I mean it is way too experimental in that it feels like there is supposed to have been a point yet it got lost in a narrative element. Also the bit with Darpan and the other Psiots seemed a bit more tell than show regarding their powers. Finally the summary seems a bit longer than necessary.

   Not recommended!

Not Recommended Comics Cage Heat Edition

1. The New Avengers: Luke Cage #1 (2010) The art looks horrible, and the version of North Philadelphia shown in flashbacks resembles what might have been a few decades prior versus anytime this century.

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy #9 (2016) has a time jump that comes out of nowhere and hurts the narrative. Also this entire story arc is looking like it will fail to work in a collected format due to how episodic it seems.

3. Sonic The Hedgehog #282 (2016) is not written in a way that is accessible to those who read this series sporadically. It also narratively does not have the ability to stand on its own, because it relies too much on events from previous issues.

4. The anime series Nana based off the manga. While it is mostly okay the constant shifts in perspective and time frames is extremely annoying to deal with. Also it repeats certain parts in multiple episodes in exactly the same way and that makes the series feel overly cheap narratively.

Divinity II Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

If there is a weak point in this actual story it is the inks by Ryan Winn being a little too thin on Trevor Hairsine's almost overly sharp line work. However, this only happens during the beginning pages and stops around the middle point. The true hero of this issue in my opinion is colorist David Baron particularly during the God level fight scene between Divinity and the character Baron calls "Lady Divinity." (Really hoping they give her a better nickname than that by the next issue or series.) This fight I feel could not be done as well without David's efforts. Finally the writing by Matt Kindt is some of the best he has done for Valiant Entertainment, especially Divinity's conversation with Neville.

 Recommended!

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior Issue 7 Review With Spoilers

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   I have waffled for two days on this review because while I enjoyed the issue it is in the same way I enjoy the first Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve. This means that while it is quality work it has obvious flaws. For instance there's the matter of why explosives, guns and Gilad's other weapons were in his coffin. The axe I could believe and perhaps the guns, but no way I believe the grenades. (Unless Ivar planted them all.) Next there is the Chukka sound effect coming from apparent lasers. I just don't see that happening from that type of weapon. There is also a stock character who shows no reaction from having hot tea poured on his back from the villain. Ordinary characters, even those we will not see again, need to at least flinch when painful things happen. Finally there is a lettering mistake in the summary.

   Going back to the belief that this is quality work I have to say that it is very accessible, and it's made me curiou…

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 34 Infinity 8 Infinite Labyrinth 1 Opinion Piece

Did there seem to be a kind of sexual vibe in how revived Eudial was talking and acting toward Rei when the villainess had Rei pinned? Maybe I am just seeing something that is not there. Also the closing song and animation has completely changed, and the opening has some subtle changes. Very cool what has been done even if I don't get the suddenness of the changes to the closing. Makes me wonder what the budget for this season was. Finally is Mamoru using his powers to communicate with Usagi during the battle?

X-O Manowar Annual 2016 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The middle three stories are arguably the best of the bunch due to not having the following flaws:  Retreading old ground and introducing characters after they have already been shown in a regular issue. For example the former flaw is a problem due to the condensed version of Aric's origin having already been told on the summary page. Thus it renders the visual prologue version unnecessary. The latter flaw is present in the last story introducing characters we meant in the recently completed story arc of X-O Manowar. Though this is not to say the art does not have flaws as well. One is in the form of how the metaphorical camera is positioned in the story "Heritage," and the other is Aric missing a bit of lower anatomy in the prologue.

  In spite of the flaws there is overall quality work here from all involved, and I am recommending this issue due to the good out-weighing the bad.

Dept H. Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue is more set-up for the mystery, and while not entirely accessible on its own is still a good issue. Sharlene & Matt Kindt and Marie Enger do impressive work all around, except for the sideways page showing the layout of the base. Said page being sideways is hard for those reading on a digital device with a set position. That is the one major flaw this issue contains.

   Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Oh Captain My Liar Edition

1. Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier #1 (2010) provides some good set-up for a superhero's past based mystery. The art though is the main reason I am recommending this comic.

2. Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #6 (2016) has an awesome regular cover. Also the story feels like it could be part of the show's main canon.

3. All-Star Squadron #41 (1985) is a good retelling of the original Starman's origin. Even though it stalls the series a little bit, and has a tiny bit of racist slang on a newspaper.

4. FCBD 2016 Street Fighter V is a decent comic adaptation of this fighting game franchise. While the writing ranges from good to okay the art stays good throughout.

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

This episode definitely unexpectedly breaks the formula for who Mimete targets. Though I still don't understand how they couldn't tell it was her from her voice and hair color. Also I don't know if the Professor Tomoe reminders were some kind of real message attached to the box. I mean it could have been Mimete imagining the reminders, but this is a show with super-science and magic so I don't think so. However, I am sure that the scripts for both dubs were good. (Even with the family line Mamoru/Darien has to give Mimete.)

  Questions! What is stopping the Death Busters from using heart crystals from animals? How much money does that botanist make to afford his plants and keeping so many kids clothed? Why do Uranus/Neptune/Pluto keep transforming and doing diddly-squat to help?

Buffy: The High School Years Freaks & Geeks Graphic Novel Review With Spoilers

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  The villains very much seem to be season one in threat level. Also despite being original one-off characters they feel well-crafted. Though the way that they get turned on to trying to take Buffy out is very hard to believe. In regard to Buffy and the regular cast they are deftly handled by Faith Erin Hicks. All of the dialogue feels like something they would say if played by the actors. Yet the plot slightly dips in to season two or three emotional/metaphor territory with Buffy's self-doubt issues.

   As for the art the interiors are only truly flawed in the limited kinetic feel and the horrible rendition of Cordelia Chase. The former is most obvious in a panel showing Xander and Giles from one of the library scenes. While the latter is one brief sequence of panels showing a version of Cordelia Chase who has apparently had botched plastic surgery. Despite these two problems the rest of the art is mostly decent and enjoyable. (Though the PDF scans I got from Dar…

Malleable Comedy Heroics Plastic Man Episode 8 Opinion Piece

Right now I am wanting to smack myself for starting an opinion piece series about Plastic Man. This is due to the episode's two stories "Empire Of Evil" and "The Corruptible Carrotman" being utterly stupid. For instance both titles are misnomers. The first does not have an empire's worth of evil but a teaspoon and the second is an already corrupt man. Heck, Carrotman is just some crazy dressed as a giant carrot who should have been arrested at the beginning of the story. Cause threatening to steal something on a news broadcast that one is interrupting is usually an arrest worthy offense. So why wasn't he? Finally where did the evil empress spirit skeleton get her three human followers and so quickly at that?

Rai Issue 13 Review With Spoilers

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  While the art and colors are fine in this issue, but the writing, lettering, and editing are flawed. This is because the first two bits about the time are mistakes that should have been caught one of the latter three. Also the apparent reveal that father's initial form is a worm is kind of anti-climatic. Though with the exception of one part of the narration this is a well written story. Finally it will read better once it is in a collected format, especially if the time/stamp mistake I mentioned is fixed.

   Recommended!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 33 Infinity 7 Transformation Super Sailor Moon Opinion Piece

I really liked the vocals in the music for the initial Super Sailor Moon transformation. It makes feel more figuratively magical. Also the red pupils are cool indicators of possession. Also it is kind of wild that most of the second and third story arcs/seasons are basically time paradoxes. Especially due to the possibility that the future versions of the heroic characters are sort of manipulating history. For example this episode creates a chicken or the egg type question about who names Super Sailor Moon.

   Question! Have the three guardians (Pluto, Uranus, Neptune) ever killed anyone before suggesting killing Hotaru?

Aliens: Defiance Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue kinda has bigoted exposition in the main female character's thoughts. Meaning that Brian Wood's alleged personal views that have been reported by comic news site in the past tanked this issue's quality. I mean all of the visual work is great. Also though the lettering has one extra letter in the story title it is otherwise a quality job. But the thing is Brian Wood's heavy-handed comments about being black and female being a detriment in this alternate future just comes out of nowhere. It reminds certain people of how three years ago news broke about the writer's personal history of alleged harrassment. So in conclusion I can't separate this specific issue from the writer's alleged past.

  Not Recommended!