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Recommended Comics List of 4 Last 2016 Edition

1. Rom #8 (1980) is for the most part a generic 1980s' American licensed property comic book. However, the cover is attention-grabbing and awesomely designed. Also the last several pages feature a decent enough battle that I feel it is something others should see.

2. Forgotten Realms: Exile softcover (second printing publishing date of 2008) has an interesting introduction piece by Ed Greenwood the original creator of Forgotten Realms. It also features overall excellent storytelling.

3. Justice League #51 (2016) is pretty decent for a story featuring a mystery villian who is not revealed or actually confronted. Heck, even the fact that it is entirely a flashback does not deter the entertainment this comic provides. It is by no means perfect, but it is hopeful in terms of heroics that people can be inspired by or escape with.

4. 2016's Justice League #52 provides an interesting variation on the fake Superman idea made famous in the early 1990s. It is also a pretty good characte…

Ninjak Issue 22 Review With Spoilers

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   The opening could have been done with less repetition. Possibly more of a Will Eisner style splash and less Star Wars scroll. Also for a "Silent Prelude" issue there was a lot of exposition that could have been addressed later. Not to mention a possibly possessed/controlled by Master Darque Roku talks thus ruining this issue's premise. On the plus side we get some interesting references to Martial Arts films and Shaw Brothers level gore. Finally I don't think everyone will get the all red panel  possibly represents blood & extreme violence.

   Recommended for the action sequences with the caveat that it is not a true "silent" comic.

Faith Ongoing Series Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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  So the evil power parasite cat known as Darkstar is possibly not from the Deadside. I say possibly because they don't really make it clear whether Project: Rising Spirit created it or even knows anything more about it than we do. That is a slight weakness in this issue. As is the characterization that does very little to invest readers into the new foes Faith now has. Not to mention the pacing gets just a tad sluggish when Faith is temporarily de-powered. Finally the line work could be a little better in select places where it is either too thin or too thick.

   Not recommended due to how it could have been better than it is.

Sailor Moon Super S The Movie Opinion Piece

I don't get why Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, Rockman/Mega Man, The Plum Fairy, and possibly Little Nemo in Slumberland are kind of referenced in this movie. Also why the movie starts out fine in both dubs but around 10 minutes in starts devolving into an illogical mess. Sure all of the franchise has logical fails here and there, but this just felt lazy. From the lack of explanation regarding the main villainess's origins and motives to using Tuxedo Mask as a mere plot device. Finally the original English voice actress for Chibi-Usa kept falling into her own full-grown woman's vocal range. So the Japanese dub is the better of the two versions of this failure of a story.

   Questions! Did the good Fairy turn into a real dream fairy at the end? If not what happened to him after the events of the movie? Like did he change back into a bird? How did Uranus, Pluto, and Neptune arrive at the castle, and who informed them about it? Who told all the main girls to show up to Usagi'…

Aliens: Life And Death Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  From "what makes a good comic book?" technical perspective this is only an okay comic. The ending reminds readers that it is a cash grab round robin style crossover. I say round robin due to how it is one singular story told by different teams on different titles with one clear ending in mind.

   Another reason it fails is how the aethestics are too minimal at times. Also there is trouble with sequencing during a sneak attack by Xenomorph.

   Finally Dan Abnett while having a mostly strong script has a massive plothole around the humans escape from the nest. Said plothole occurs suddenly when a giant Xenomorph comes from the ground to fight a Promethean(?). The plot hole expands when no explanation is given for where it came from and where the smaller ones protecting the nest went.

   My verdict: It is okay for hardcore fanatics of the Alien/Predator/Prometheus franchise, but not recommended for anyone else.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Last 2016 Edition

1. Justice League: Volume 7: The Darkseid War Part 1 (2016) has decent story and art, but is a cash grab in how it has been initially collected as three separate parts.

2. Doctor Strange #15 (Late 2016, Early 2017) is too different in the various artists' styles.

3. Infinity Inc. #53 (1988) has some unnecessary sexualization of two female characters. Also an announcement of a new series meant to pick up from this issues events that apparently never saw print. Finally it is just inaccessible if the prior few issues have not been read.

4. Infinity Inc. #35 (1987) shows some rough looking art from Todd McFarlane that was barely covered up by Tony DeZuniga's inks. Also it has events that are only shown in another title.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  The art is mostly fine with the only problems being certain eye positions and a little heaviness to the inks. An example of both is visible on the third panel of the first page of story. As for which cover is better I have to go with the regular versus the gimmick variant cover. Yes, the variant is an interesting and somewhat original gimmick but it serves no real purpose. As for the coloring and lettering they are well done but nothing this franchise hasn't shown before.

  So on a technical level this issue earns a recommended status. Unfortunately the writing has too much badness heaped on the characters in too compressed a time. Before I describe that though I have to say this is not an issue for those who are extremely political. Now the big bad appears to be a fictional version of the United States Of America's government, and thus it hits way too close to current and past events. Not to mention it throws allegories of the bigotry and other problems…

Savage Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has very nice art, except for how the Kevin character does not look like he has a history of drug and alcohol use in the slightest. Also when he is shirtless there are two instances where his musculature and nipples look a bit odd. As for the writing it shows some excellent communication and trust between B. Claymore (writer) and Lewis Larosa (opening pages art). Finally the colors are beautiful in how they seem to be freshly painted.

  Recommended!

Generation Zero Issue 4 Review With Spoilers!

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   This issue pissed me off because it continues the stupid "Magical Autistic Negro" offensive stereotyping. There is still other no explanation for why Kwame is viewing things others can't see except he is a black autistic character. Also the lettering background for his thoughts and the lack of color for his point-of-view add to the offensiveness. As for the overall story the pacing is slow with very little development.* Finally there seems to be a major time-lapse problem with how quickly night turns to day and then back to night.

  *Not going into the long-winded explanation of how many ways the creative team failed to show a meltdown at the end.

   Severely Not Recommended!

Divinity III: Stalinverse Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is impressive for how accessible it seems to be for those who have not read Divinity, or for that matter any Valiant comics. It gives keys moments of this alternate history via a timeline at the beginning that is engaging in itself. The breakdowns at the end exemplify the greatness of the pencils, inks, and colors. While the writing provides a mystery featuring plenty of hows and whys for  this mini-series. Finally there is a big amount of story potential that possible series and one-shots could be made from in the future without affecting the aftermath or main Valiantverse.

  Recommended!

Britannia Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  Other than the British/Magic connection via Ninjak/Punk Mambo and the Roman connection via X-O Manowar there is nothing connecting this book to modern day Valiant. Mind the fact that said connections are so subtle as to be none existent. Also the ending to this issue feels much like the end of Divinity in that there is a possible franchise in the works. If this creative team is involved in a sequel it too should be awesome based on the quality of this series. Other than a nitpick level flaw involving one panel's perspective this is an exceptionally great comic.

 Highest recommended status!

Wind-Up The Sharknado 4 Opinion Piece With Spoilers

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  I loved it once I decided to consider this a fantasy movie. (Cause actual science does not really exist in this story.) Though I have to wonder if it was a budgeting issue or a time issue with the less believable bits of CGI. I say less believable since Scy-Fy Channel originated movies often have some level of okay to good CGI. (Again this is related to budget/time.) I also have to wonder why the grandmother couldn't die instead of the bride. Though I am glad a main supporting character did die. (Damn little kid would be dead if this were The Walking Dead.) Finally my favorite celebrity appearance is Andre Meadows as the train conductor.

  Questions! Will there ever be a Trident Guy (Sharknado 2 character) movie? Is Ian's character existence actually responsible for the Sharknados happening? Will an Alien/Cosmic/Demonic Sharknado be next?

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 16

This is an episode I wish I could say everyone should skip for a few reasons. One it has a confusing line in the Japanese dubbing that suggests that Fish's Eye is either actually a male or switches between genders. Second it is very creepy in that it sort of almost crosses the line into an illegal level of wrong. Finally the a, b, c and so on plots are not aligned so it is a narrative mess. In other words it is bleeping nightmare fuel on multiple levels. The problem is it moves the overall plot along by powering up Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter.

  Question! How many more nightmare fuel levels of wrong will I see before I am done with this opinion piece series?

Aliens: Defiance Issue 7 Review With Spoilers

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  Well, the art and colors are at least things of beauty. This is despite a weird costume change for the synthetic man, limited feel of kinetic motion, and being a bit too light on the red for the blood. However, Stephen Thompson's line work is a major step up for the overall quality of this series. It also works better with Dan Jackson's colors. Finally the cover art is still good though Stephanie Hans needs to work on light sources being properly spread-out. Example: The projection of the alien is a little too spread out between the lead's head and the wall.

  Now as for the writing it needs to pick up the pacing of events because only one event happened. Yet it only served to remind me that Dark Horse's Free Comic Book Day offering had a story that is set after this event. Thus we know the characters are doing something stupid. Not to mention this is a expositional bit of thought done in the past tense. Meaning this story seems to be narrated fr…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Higgins Edition

1. The first story starring The Shield from Shield-Wizard Comics #1 (1940) is horrible. From the panel layouts to the ranges of time in the story.

2. The second story starring The Shield from Shield-Wizard Comics #1 (1940) has several disturbing elements. So disturbing that it seems like it could have been used as a perfect example in the case for comics censorship of the 1950s.

3. The third story starring The Shield from Shield-Wizard Comics #1 (1940) has a sewer swimming scene. Yet the smell of sewer tips off none of the other characters about who The Shield is. Not to mention the art and writing are pretty bad, even for the time.

4. Doing a homage to the cover of Superman: The Man Of Steel #46 (1995) due to how messed up the image looks. I mean the proportions and design work are literally and figuratively horrendous.

Harbinger Renegade Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   While I am glad they don't fully reform the Renegades in this first issue I wish the new villains weren't stupid. No, I don't mean that they are lame or badly conceived. The new villains are literally a group of idiots playing with Psiot activation. Think drink the Kool-aid cultists. As for the rest of the three stories they are good but not great. The advance copy I read had two lettering mistakes that took me out of the reading experience. One of these mistakes is tied to how the summary pages are written. Finally the art and coloring are great in all three sections of this issue.

   My verdict: Recommended but just above barely due to the mistakes that took me out of the comic.

List Of My Personal Top 15...Er 16 Best Comic Media From 2016

1. The Marvel/Netflix show Luke Cage due to how it affects so many cultures in so many ways. I feel it is as important as Charles Dickens' Hard Times,  The social justice messages from the first Superman stories, and Bruce Lee's affect on cinema.

2. John Jennings's essay "Skin Cells" found in Bitch Planet #8 (2016) is recommended for two reasons. First the writing is excellent in both the style and amount of compressed substance. Second it raises important points on how badly things are, and have been, going in the world.

3. Tied for this place are: Britannia (Valiant) for excellent historical accuracy and high quality sequential art. Star Wars: Rogue One (Disney) for being effective at inspiring sadness and hope.

4. Birthright published by Image Comics is recommended for being consistently high quality. Also for holding to the creators' promise of what the story is supposed to be in the vein of.

5. The mini-series Faith, or as I call it Faith volume 1, from …

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Dragon Versus Footsoldier Edition

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #20 (1991) is goofy yet in a way timeless for fans of the original cartoon series.

2. Bitch Planet #8 (2016) is recommended for being accessible while rewarding those who have read previous issues.

3. Uncanny X-Men #15.INH (2014) is for those looking for an okay tangential tie-in/girl's night comic.

4. The Brave and the Bold #57 (Dec. 1964 - Jan. 1965) is a great origin story that still holds up well by today's standards.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Cyclops Stands Alone Edition

1. Cyclops #11 has a generic story and decent art.

2. Cyclops #6 has some small art problems near the end and again a generic story.

3. Cyclops #8 continues the horrible pacing problems (found in all the issues I have read) of this unoriginal series.

4. Cyclops #9 lacks anything noteworthy.



In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 15

Wow this was pretty good! At least the English dub was. The Japanese dub was great, especially because the original dialogue showcases how the plot is about a moral about rumors. Of course the romance plot between two people who we will never see again overshadows the other plotline. And that is okay because it gave the episode some layers that the series often lacks now. Finally the less said about Hawk's Eye's granny fetish the better.

   Questions! Wasn't it originally established that the orb Pegasus keeps appearing in was only supposed to work when Chibi-Usa wanted to talk? So how come he seems to be appearing when he wants to talk?

Book on Claremont’s 17-Year X-Men Run in Current PREVIEWS Catalog Order Code Sequart Organization Press Release

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Book on Claremont’s 17-Year X-Men Run in Current PREVIEWS Catalog
Sequart Organization is proud to announce that the book The Best There is at What He Does: Examining Chris Claremont’s X-Men (by Jason Powell) is in the current issue of Previews, order code DEC162178.
The X-Men franchise is a sprawling comics mythology, to which hundreds of creators have contributed over the past 50 years. The period from 1975 to 1991 is special, however, as the X-Men universe was guided by the voice of one writer, who wrote every single issue of The Uncanny X-Men during that span. His name is Chris Claremont, and he made the X-Men what it is today.
The Best There is at What He Does is an appreciation of the long-term narrative Claremont lovingly crafted month after month, over the course of nearly 17 years. Proceeding chronologically through the issues, this exhaustive overview analyzes the trends, arcs, and themes that emerge throughout his landmark comics opus.
The book runs 296 pages and features a for…

Britannia Issue 3 Review

This issue of Britannia has a tiny bit less quality than the first two due to two or three lettering mistakes. Yet that is all the flaws this is truly has. Yes, there are some panels where perspective and depth could be improved, but they do not affect the overall quality of the comic. Overall this is still a recommended series for historians, scholars, and mature readers.

  Highly Recommended!

Dark Horse And Deep Silver FISHLABS Release Free Digital Comic Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, Ore., (Dec. 8, 2016)—Dark Horse and Deep Silver FISHLABS are excited to start their partnership with a coordinated release of the Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore game and the digital comic tie-in Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore: Glowing Embers. Matthew Ritter writes the comic while Agustin Alessio and Gabriel Rearte lend their illustrative skills. Ramon Bunge colors the art and Nate Piekos letters the issue. Anthony Palumbo creates the cover art. Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore is the fourth entry in the Galaxy on Fire mobile game franchise. The events of the Glowing Embers comic, which serves as a bridge for fans, take place prior to the conflict of the new game. Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore and Glowing Embers are both set in the Neox Sector, a distant part of the galaxy located far outside the reach of the governing factions where pirates rage and crime lords rule. The Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore: Glowing Embers digital comic and the Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manti…

Ether Issue 1 Review

The difference between covers is astounding. For example the regular cover both attracts the eye and helps initiate readers to the story. On the flip side of the greatness of the regular cover the variant looks like rushed fan art. (No, disrespect intended to those who create fan works.) I say rushed primarily because of the color palette Jeff Lemire used for the variant.

  Now as for the art and story, David Rubin does a great job creating just the right amount of the illusion of movement. While Matt Kindt has created a script that keeps the reader guessing what is happening, has happened, will happen, and finally what may not have happened. I would say more but I don't think this issue deserves to be spoiled.

  Recommended!

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Episode 17 Opinion Piece

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   I loved the ending of this last episode despite how rushed some of it felt. The rushed nature comes from the "time is passing" scenes, especially the lack of explanation for the party scene.

  Though that is nothing in comparison to the two real problems in this episode. The first problem is how the "evil trio" decides to give up tormenting Nao and Uehara. Apparently we are supposed to infer that the smart girl is the leader and her having a change of heart means the other do as well. Which is such a load of bleep! Either this too got rushed or the manga has the same problem. Problem two is how the school officials are not called out on allowing such public and obvious blackmail of two students. Seriously that should have been at least brought up at some point.

  Speaking on more positive matters, I love that a lot of the actors got recurring work for this series even when I didn't think their roles were necessary (such as Daichi). Also …

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 14

This episode was hard for me to watch because of how empathic I am to awkward situation comedy.  Though I still enjoyed it in the Japanese dub, but not so much when it came to the English dub. This is mainly due to the changes in the English dialogue making little to no sense most of the time. For example how Diana doesn't get to talk about "two-timing" in the English version.

   Questions! Does anyone feel this episode portrayed Minako as more insane than as her standard ditzy self? What has the bad guy's boss been doing? Why does Pegasus have to constantly be called for each battle? Cause Minako seemed to have things well in hand this time. Does Sailor Moon Sailor Stars have worse or better battles that I can look forward to seeing?

Mister X: Razed Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  There is a small problem with the lettering in the main story, specificially two word balloons look to be coming from rats and/or air. Also there is a bit too much text overall. However, the designs for everything on every page are masterfully done. The use of shadows is done to maximum effect and in believable ways. Finally the second story is arguably more entertaining and accessible than the main one but both are enjoyable.

  Recommended!

Bloodshot U.S.A. Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  My only problem with the end of this issue: "Why did Bloodshot (Ray) take Deathmate (Kay) to the mall?" This last scene just seems to grind the story to a potential halt. However, the next issue will probably explain this. Thus it may work better in a collected format versus this single format.

 The other problem found in this issue is that the faces look like muddy messes again. Though unlike the last issue some of the faces actually look realistic and emotive versus the majority looking like melted statues.

 Finally while the writing and lettering primarily carry the book the art does have its moments of glory. Such as whenever nanites are absorbed, and the Marge Simpson look-a-like gets her car stolen gag.

  Recommended with the caveat that art snobs and those looking for exceptional art throughout a comic will not like it.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Greener Lanterns Edition

1. Green Lantern #47 (1993) has weak reasoning for a small crossover. Also the plot is somewhat inaccessible to those who have not read previous issues. Not to mention it presents the female characters, mainly Carol Ferris, as weak instead of the seemingly idea of being strong. Lastly it portrays mental health problems in a negative light.

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy #14 (Late 2016, Early 2017) is a cash grab filler with a very weak script.

3. X-Treme X-Men # 7 the art is horrendous in several places, and there are plot contrivances.

4. All-New X-Men #31 (2014) faces and character designs randomly going from good to acceptable to horrible.

Ninjak Issue 21 Review With Spoilers

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   The fight with the beings that look like fire angel is just anti-climactic. While the scene where Ninjak cries while looking at a punch card is one readers have to think about for it to work. As for the fact three different artists worked on this issue the most I can say is that it is both noticeable and not noticeable. Overall this issue is sort of a letdown from last issue, and it ruins any surprise Roku's death by Ninjak's hand could have in the future.

  Not recommended!