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Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.: 1953 Beyond The Fences Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  The David Mack variant cover is fine in design, but too high concept in the art's text. This is partly because one can read the text as many times as they want too, and yet still be unsure of the message. Yes, long-time readers may find it simplistic, but those who are not hardcore fans will feel lost. Also unlike the main cover by Paolo Rivera it has nothing to do with the story.

  As for the lettering and coloring they are superbly done. While the interior art by Paolo and Joe Rivera is almost as masterful as Mike Mignola. So congrats on that guys! Finally the writing by Mignola and Chris Roberson stronger shows how the average Post-World War 2 American (or at least a lot of them) tried to cling to a false idea of normalization and "don't be different."

  My Verdict: Highly Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Tomorrow Will Be Tomorrow Edition

1. Doctor Tomorrow #1 (1997) is for those looking for a good homage and revision to 1940s era super-heroes

2. Wolverine And The X-Men #42 (2014) is recommended for those who hate the rut of bad futures that the X-Men franchise fell into post-"Days Of Future Past." In fact if one flaw exists in this story's telling it is how old and haggard future Wolverine is.

3. The Transformers #69 (1990) has pretty decent characterization including motivations for all their actions. Although the art lacks some kinetic motion it makes up for it in the area of facial expressions.

4. 2001, A Space Odyssey #6 (1977) is a good conclusion to the events of the prior issue (and yes it stands on its own just fine).

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 11 Manga Opinion Piece

This volume is an information dump of weird! Seriously it has been a few hours since I read it and I still am unsure of what I read. What I am sure of is that it has some bad ideas such as singers actually singing in a visual only media. Also bad was making Sailor Guardians out of Luna and Artemis and on top of that making them were-cat demon aliens. I can understand not knowing about Chibi-Chibi Chan, but not Luna and Artemis's origins. Finally the art seemed very random from a narrative standpoint.

  Questions! Did Luna and Artemis forget their other forms and the fact they are apparently not from the moon originally? If not then how come they failed to fight in prior battles using those forms?

Mae Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  The choice of text coloring for the answering machine's dialogue is thematic and almost camouflaged into the background. Other that there are no problems with the lettering. Though there is a small problem with how the father of the main sibling characters is introduced. Said problem is that we are told things about him and not shown anything except an accent. Finally while this issue is still high quality it is not as great as the first issue in narrative quality.

   Recommended.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 13

I really don't know what to say about this episode. Yeah it is stupid how they do the gay subtext and censoring of said subtext in the respective original dubs (Japanese, English). However, that is nothing new to this franchise. What is new is an apparent Flock Of Seagulls fan showing their love for the band in this episode's victim character's hairstyle. Finally this filler episode is almost important in that it gives the circumstances, and time frame, for Usagi's wedding dress design.

  Questions! Why couldn't the original English dub staff make the Fashion Designer and his lover friends? Also if the gender-bending of Fish's Eye and simply being gay was such a problem for that dub's staff why include this episode?

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Episode 16 Opinion Piece

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   I did not expect Mr. Creepy the student teacher to be blackmailing the main characters based on mistaken identity. Though that is partly because the relationship between him and Mami is not clearly established. Honestly I thought they were brother at sister after he was caught and right before the explanations. Of course that idea was based on how the actor and actress played that moment.

   Speaking of acting arguably the best case of it came when Issei and his father have their big moment. Though the rest of the cast did great jobs as well, even with the jazz hands bit happening out of nowhere. But that last bit is something that is as overt as the elevator couple from episodes ago being part of Mami's plotline was subtle.

  Questions! From 1 to 10 how sexist is the school staff for not considering blaming Uehara? Why was Issei wearing a University Of Michigan sweater? Are Issei's eye glasses real or just props?

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior Issue 13 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is arguably the most realistic the consequences (i.e. blood spurts) of fighting in the hells cape has gotten. So kudos to Mike Spicer for causing this effect with his color palette selection! As for problems the only one I have is a nitpick concerning the cliffhanger ending. Said nitpick concerns the motivational speech Gilad gives his son being sort of weaker than the rest of the dialogue. Lastly I believe this issue is one of the standouts of this series based on the kinetic art.

  Highly Recommended!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The art is good in staying on model, and actually shows Dawn as being older than 18. However, there is a bit of a problem with Xander's visual positioning when the magic based storm starts. Also Christos Gage may do better with this 12 issue season based on the quick and even pace of this issue. Though there is seemingly a plot contrivance with the Riley, being on the Magic Council last year,  yet the U.S. government acting uninformed. Finally I think the bad guy, or at least one of them, is the Vice President.

   Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Art Thou Silver In Age Edition

1. Clusterf@#k volume one published by Alterna Comics/FUBAR Press is a decent mature readers comic. While the lettering has some mistakes, such as being smaller than normal, it is worth checking out digitally.

2. The Flash #183 (1968) requires a little more suspension of disbelief than usual for certain portions, but otherwise is pretty timeless.

3. "The Adventures Of Tigerboy and his real tiger paws" advert found in The Flash #183 (1968) is very well drawn. Also its narrative focuses on the target market of competitive boys while not feeling contrived or stupid.

4. The advertisement for Jonny Double's first story in Showcase #78 is simplistically cool. It too can be found in The Flash #183 (1968), specifically on page 17.

Aliens: Life And Death Issue 3 Review

David Palumbo again gets kudos for his almost photo realistic cover art. While Moritat did better on this issue it is still not as good as the first issue. The main problem still seems to be Rain Beredo's application of colors looking muddy. However, without seeing the original uncolored art I can't say for sure whether Moritat or Rain Beredo are at fault for the quality problems. Finally Dan Abnett's writing carries this issue to a recommended status.

   Barely recommended.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Barry Allen Where Art Thou Edition

1. The Flash #326 (1983) has too much text and starts the longwinded story of "The Trial Of The Flash." Also the art is too experimental in panel layouts.

2. The Flash #327 (1983) also has too much text. It also barely delves into the question raised by the cover art and text.

3. Making text smaller than normal for the entire comic. This is only really problematic for print comics.

4. The first story featuring the Zorro knock-off The Whip from Flash Comics (1940) is racist and misogynistic. Also it is really not interesting in any way compared to all the other features.

A&A: The Adventures Of Archer & Armstrong Issue 9 Review With Spoilers

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And the Gub Gub had an old woman dance naked near him and all was hilarious. With the exception of the opening being a little too scientology meets actual science meets classical greek/roman gods spew of cult talk. Though really the only actual problem I have with this issue is how the opening pages look sort of ugly due to the color palette. Otherwise it is a very beautiful and funny book.

   Highly Recommended!

   Addendum: Yes, that first sentence was tempting to leave as the entire review.

Chimichanga: The Sorrow Of The World's Worst Face Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   There is not too much I can say without massively spoiling this issue, except there is an element that seems tied into The Goon. As for this issue's quality level I can honestly say it is excellent for fans of cartoony art and Eric Powell's style of writing. So excellent is this comic I am at loss for anything more to say.

   Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 12

This episode was okay in the Japanese Dub even though Fish's Eye is apparently the only non-jailbait admirer of the Amazon Trio. Seriously this episode only suffers in the Japanese from the whole 'seduce the target' approach the villains are taking. Of course this is both called out and made worse in the English dub. Also the subtlety of decent parents teaching hard knock style lessons and still loving their children is ruined in the English dub. Especially by overtly saying the false notion that every parent loves their kids.

    Questions! Will the overarching plot ramp up with the next episode? Also will the scouts be fully useful again? Why could the monster in this episode not do six? How does a spider monster fit with the theme of an evil circus?

Bloodshot U.S.A Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  The art is a little too reliant on texture such as in the form of cross-hatchings. This is especially evident during the worm's eye perspective panels that use minimalism. In fact the writing is the strongest part of this book followed by the coloring and then the lettering. Though the letterer made one mistake by accidentally repeating a word. Finally the proper set-up, including the recapping of events from Bloodshot Reborn and why this is a Bloodshot event book, makes this an accessible and strong narrative.

 Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Eobard Is A Scientist Edition

1. The Flash #225 (1974) has a hokey, contrived narrative that is poorly structured. There is also at least one lettering mistake.

2. The Shield story from Pep Comics #4 (1940) has cameos of two other feature characters that serve no purpose. Also the art goes from decent for the time period to horrible several times.

3. Avengers Assemble #25 (2014) has an ugly color palette. Not to mention the art looks like it is half done in terms of the line work. Also the writing feels slightly uneven.

4. The Shield story from Pep Comics #5 (1940) relies too much on exposition, and seems to have some swipes from Action Comics #1 (1938)

Aliens: Life And Death Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue Michael Heisler uses a few too many bright colors. Said bright color selections also do not work well with the inconsistent line work. So though the cover art by David Palumbo is excellent the work done by Moritat varies from impressive to muddled. Finally Dan Abnett fails to keep up the uncertainty of the female survivor's status and thus the story loses some tension.

  Not Recommended in single issue format unless one has already read any of the previous chapters of the Life And Death crossover. In other words wait for the trade or digital bundle or a sale price if you haven't started yet.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 The Race Is Off Edition

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1. Hawkman #5 (2002) is a treat for Green Arrow versus Hawkman fans. Visually gorgeous and smartly written. It is also recommended for fans of James Robinson's Starman.

2. Green Arrow #20 (2003) is pretty good as a comic, and it lead to Gail Simone making Catman awesome.

3. The Flash #175 (1967) is okay for one of the stalemate "who's better" hero against hero type stories. However, the bits with the Justice League Of America, specifically the gold kryptonite portion, range from poorly written to severely contrived. Overall a good if uneven story.

4. Doctor Strange #14 (Late 2016, Early 2017) presents a new take (at least to me) on how Doctor Strange can use his astral projected form.

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Episode 15 Opinion Piece

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   I did not enjoy this episode as much as the previous ones. The reasons for this are mainly due to the blackmail plot coming out of nowhere along with Mister Creepy from the hospital. Also I found it a bit lazy that they did not tie-in Nao's fever at the spa with her hospital stay. It would have been more neatly written if they had. Despite these problems it was interesting and entertaining.

  Questions! Is Mister Creepy behind the threat or is it his girlfriend Mami? Why did it take so long for Issei's dad to find out about the bowls? Does Issei have the money yet to replace the bowls? Why was no one cast at least to be a voice on the intercom at the hospital?

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Dufus Is A Big Sir Edition

1. The Flash #338 from 1984 is horribly flawed. It has lettering mistakes, unrealistic dialogue mixed with realistic dialogue, way too many word balloons, and a lazy introduction of a new villain. Seriously the super villain name Big Sir is only slightly better than his original name of Dufus.

2. Silver Surfer #9 (2015) is a little too generic in characterization and plot.

3. The Mighty Crusaders #1 (1965) is one of the worst team-up stories from the Silver Age of comics I have ever seen. The group is made to act like villains for most of the story. Also the heroes kill off what could have been interesting villains. Finally they and the world are saved by dumb luck.

4. Justice League Of America #124 (1975) just spirals downwards in its narrative quality.

Faith Volume 2 Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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   There are artistic problems galore that range from Faith being slimmed down to her having a granny face. Not all the art looks horrible, but enough does that the quality stuff is surprising. As for the dialogue it ranges from believable to generic to bad PSA endorsement. Finally this is not really an election special due to it having almost nothing to do with the last election. Yes, Louise Simonson, and Valiant Entertainment as a corporate entity, have Faith endorsing Hillary Clinton, but it feels like a hackneyed PSA.

   Not Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 11

This episode is kind of boring. It is just filler that is neither fun or relevant. I mean it just recycles the "would Mamoru cheat on Usagi?" plot that we have seen several times this season/series. The only interesting things are: How stupid Hawk's Eye looks with a brown beard. Mamoru making a dumb weight comment that is only slightly less offensive sounding in the original English. Finally there is the possible answer to the photos and information being the flying eyeball.

  No questions this time. Sorry folks!

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior Issue 12 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue is refreshing because of the amount of development given to Humongous and the Hellscape. It is also arguably the best colored issue so far. So kudos to Mike Spicer for his coloring work. Also this is possibly a good jumping on point because of how standalone this issue felt. (The previous issues were more made for the trade type reads in my opinion.) Finally the dialogue is more nuanced then previous issues which suggests that Venditti has found the voices for the characters.

   Recommended!

Spell On Wheels Issue 1 Review

This issue starts off a little slowly in terms of setting the premise up, but once it gets going it keeps an even pace. Another positive is the vast improvement in the strength of Megan Levens' line work. Her art also displays more consistency and depth than when she was working on Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 10. As for the script it contains a bit of generic villainy but strong protagonists and dialogue. Overall the creative team's work suggests this may be a series that could receive an award nomination at the least.

   Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Pep Pulps The Hawk Edition

1. The cover art of Pep Comics issues 1 through 4 are great examples for comic scholars and historians who specialize in the transition from pulps to comics.

2. Hawkman #6 (2002) has a great centralized, and exciting, design to its cover. Also while it is the conclusion to a two-part story it stands on its own pretty well. Recommended mainly for those looking for a quick read.

3. Occupy Avengers #1 (2016) is recommended for fans of topical comics. While I personally don't think it will be timeless it does explore some timeless problems, such as corruption.

4. The Shield story from Pep Comics #3 (1940) has great design work and an ending that is a bit ahead of its time. However, it is also half way bad in terms of the writing and contrivances. Worth at least a look for fans and scholars.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Mister Bonehead Edition

1. Infinity Inc. #38 (1987) has impressive writing with recaps that don't weigh down the story but instead serve to further it. Also this has a fun cover and emotive interior art.

2. Birthright #20 (2016) has shocking and epic twists that will please readers who started with issue one and anyone who starts with this issue.

3. The Actual Roger #1 (2013) has some lettering and set-up problems but overall is a fun story in black and white.

4. The Trenchcoat Brigade #1 (1999) is recommended for fans of any or all of DC/Vertigo's trenchcoat wearing occult practitioners. It has textured interior art and a great cover by Glenn Fabry.

Britannia Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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    The fog at the beginning is amazing to look at because of how the coloring and art have become virtually one thing. Another amazing thing is how we still don't know how this series ties into the larger Valiant universe. In fact this may be like the Stalinverse in that it is actually a different version of the Valiant universe. Finally the writing by Milligan and how it is lettered by Dave Sharpe makes this issue feel like it provides longer than it is.

  Recommended!

A&A: The Adventures Of Archer & Armstrong Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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  My only problem with David Lafuente's art for the Davey The Mackerel story is the fact that Dumpbucket's chin looks like a penis. While Mike Norton should work on improving arms and hands when using minimalism. On the plus side this issue does several great nods to pop culture, and it even references the 1932 movie Freaks. Finally Gub Gub lives! Hurrah!

  Recommended for anyone who is of age to read this comic.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Rollercoaster Of Failure Edition

1. Daredevil #161 from 1979 has one of the worst covers I have ever seen. Not to mention the fight choreography looks ridiculously nonsensical. Oh and the villains just let Daredevil live for no real reason.

2. Fly-Man #32 circa 1965 has the villain go from a possible great and intelligent foe to impatient and stupid. Plus the villain is stopped by an ancient bug, that knows stuff it could not know, pushing a button.

3. Fly-Man #33 from 1965 has terrible dialogue and simplistic story details such as the character motivations.

4. The Shield story from Pep Comics #1 (1940) has contrivances galore. Also it seems to be swiping a lot of story elements from Superman's earliest stories. Finally both the villains and the hero act like idiots.

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Episodes 13 & 14 Opinion Piece

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    I was a bit surprised at the suggestion of the supernatural being input into the show. Of course this is odd due to how relatively normal the rest of the show has been. Also I was surprised by how episode 14 takes the supernatural possibility and does pretty much nothing with it but a shaking room. However, more pleasant surprises are things like the lottery parallels found in both of these episodes. Even the initial ping pong matches spinning effects are lottery references. (Think slot machines from found in casinos.) Overall it seemed the nice surprises outweighed the negative.

   Now in regard to production aspects I think the direction and editing are better in 14 than 13. Primarily due to the fact that we actually have characters doing things that seem consistent with the established genre themes. For example 14 doesn't have new characters acting like schoolgirl ninjas. Not to mention the fact there is audio of a camera equipped helicopter clearly tak…

Bloodshot Reborn 18 Review With Spoilers

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  The slight changes to the main setting in this issue by way of the color palette is simply a stroke of genius. It shows a natural movement of time since the location doesn't really change. As for the flashbacks they show major differences, and a few similarities, between the Bloodshots. However, I am a little disappointed that Bloodhound didn't get a brief flashback, or even a bark at the shark. Finally the bringing up of the shark is one of most epic moments so far from the current Valiant comics.

  Very Recommended!

Generation Zero Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is much better in terms of Francis Portela's layouts than the first two were. Though I do have to wonder if that is because the bulk of this issue's art is done by Derek Charm. Either way both artists deserve kudos for their work. As for the story it is arguably at its best during the parody/mind scenes. I mainly say this because there is finally some levity in this series that succeeds in a general sense. Finally there is no hint of a "magical autistic negro" trope to be found in this issue and that is a plus.

  Recommended!

Serenity Firefly Class 03-K64 No Power In The Verse Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue is somewhat inaccessible if one hasn't read Serenity: Leaves On The Wind or only watched the television series Firefly. It can still be read, but it will be confusing if the other two media products have never been consumed. Also confusing is why characters like Simon go so off model at times that they look like completely different people. This is a major problem because it happens from panel to panel on a few pages. Finally the pacing is slow, and arguably boring, both from a writing perspective and the lack of anything visually interesting. By this I mean the most exciting bit is the "heist" at the beginning.

 My Verdict: Not recommended, but only in a wait to digital bundle it or for the trade kind of way.

Faith Volume 2 Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   There is arguably too much negative space, but I feel that the characters look to be in motion enough that it is not a real problem. I especially believe this to be so due to how the negative space makes the explosion of color more dramatic. However, there is one nitpick I have with the fantasy visuals and that is not being sure who the two Faiths are fighting over at one point. Yet this is still a great narrative moment due to the exemplary dialogue by Jody Houser. Finally the last con tip is one I  never really thought of before, but may now use in the future. In other words the tips are great bits in the story.

   Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 10

Several hours after watching both original dubs and I still don't understand why Luna and Artemis were sidelined for this episode. Though I still think this episode was good overall. I was particularly amused by how the scouts got lost for the last few segment of the episode. Also found the fan service shower to not be totally pointless due to Fish's loathing of cats. Finally I think the intro dialogue was better in the English dub, but the Japanese dub was the better episode.

    Questions! Was the book author/artist really a nut bar (insane)? I believe so. Why do the two guy baddies still think they are metaphorical lady killers and not just literal lady killers?

Tomb Raider 2016 Series Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  The motorcycle sequence is great with the exception of the non-reaction from Lara's companion Professor Demur. Now unless the prof. turns out to be a baddie at some point in the future I don't see why he didn't scream at some point. Other than that flaw everything from the character development to the coloring is top-notch.

  Recommended!