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Adam Wreck #1 of 3
(W/A) Michael S. Bracco

An interstellar family road trip comes to a screeching halt when Adam's parents are kidnapped by Space Pirates! Crash-landing on a planet filled with monstrous creatures, Adam befriends a scoundrel with a a heart of gold. Can they save Adam's parents? Printed on nostalgic newsprint with a glossy cover!
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $1.50
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Amazing Age #1 of 5
(W) Matthew David Smith
(A/CA) Jeremy Massie, Christine Brunson

Three teenagers spend their days creating comics until one day, the stories come to life! Stuck in a world of super-powered heroes and villains, they'll have to figure out how to save the day and get back home in one piece! Printed on nostaglic newsprint with a glossy cover!
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $1.50
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Croak #1 Of 3

(W) Cody Andrew Sousa
(A/CA) Francesco Laquinta, Chris O'Halloran
(L) Dezi Sienty

In this pulse-pounding d…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Imp Boy Edition

1. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade #4 (1989) is okay as a comic, but lacking in excitement as an adaptation of the movie.

2. "The Fists And Fury!" Superboy #131 (1966) is a poorly constructed and executed attempt at a mystery. It buries the lead on what is causing the fists to appear.

3. The Story 'The Dog From S.C.P.A.!" Superboy #131 (1966) is poorly plotted and has weak characterization. Also a character with the awesome name of Mammoth Mutt is introduced and killed off within six panels. Talk about an unnecessary character death!

4. The "Adventures In The G. I. Joe club With Andy & George" advert found at the end of Superboy #131 (1966).

Alien Vs. Predator: Life And Death Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The colors range between looking muddy or wrongly chosen to merely okay. While the art looks dynamic in design, but severely lacking in structure and confidence. Though taken from an impressionistic viewpoint it is relatively okay, at least for those parts of the comic that could be considered that art style. Finally the writing is fine in terms of the plot and continuity and character decisions. Yet the dialogue does not always match up with the art in terms of character reactions.

   Not recommended.

World Of Tanks Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  Well the ending was a little interesting. Though anyone looking for a comic dealing with a lot of tanks blowing up will be sorely disappointed in this issue. This is due to it mainly being a talking heads issue that mostly centers around how tanks can fail. Everything else is fine, but there is nothing worth recommending in this issue.

   Not recommended!

Ninjak Issue 24 Review With Spoilers

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  Well at least the story actually progressed this time versus how last issue seemed to reset it. However, with the exception of bringing levity I don't really see why the "Ninjak Tracks" were needed. These humor recaps of Ninjak's history are excellently drawn and nicely woven into the story, but they make the issue a "clip show." Also the possible foreshadowing of who the enchanted sword might be used on "*Cough* Roku *Cough*" feels a little obvious. Finally both the art and script fail with the acid swamp/blood sacrifice aftereffects. Meaning Kannon has nothing melted/burned by the acid and his cut seems to vanish.

   Overall I do think this is relatively decent if not high quality work. However, it could and should be delivering on the promise of the silent issue more.

  Barely Recommended.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Jam Pack Jones Edition

1. Infinity Inc. #36 (1987) has a bit of a melodramatic ending, but is otherwise a very good read.

2. Albion softcover edition (2007) is a great way to read this intriguing take on British based comics. It has a good balance between dark and light story moments. Also Neil Gaiman fans will find the introduction he wrote fairly interesting.

3. Infinity Inc. #42 (1987) recommended for those wanting a lot of story and can deal with a little unevenness in pacing.

4. The Flash #160 (2000) is great for references to Wally and Linda's history as well as having good interplay between them. The art is great, but Scott Kolins could have done a little bit better in portraying Linda's heritage in the eye department.

Savage Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   I can't say much in the way of new for this series in terms of how great the art is. Though I will say how Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa that both may have the term Master applied to their careers at some point. While B. Clay Moore avoids the horrible cliche of having a woman be raped as part of a character origin. (I actually thought that was going to be the mother's fate based on the last issue.) Moore really provides just enough exposition in the dialogue to keep the script from being anywhere close to an information dump. Thus providing more mystery to the material that readers will want answers about. Finally the lettering and coloring are being done to very high standards.


In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 23

This episode has better dialogue and voice acting in the original Japanese Dub. Though I will admit the English dub is still relatively decent, particularly in the area of music. Yet I feel that this season's big bad could have had a more menacing presence in both dubs. As is she comes across like a less intimidating version of Queen Beryl. However, that could be due to how incompetent this season/series's villains have been portrayed.

   Question! So any other viewers insulted by the idea that only residents of Earth living near Sailor Moon have beautiful dreams?

Alterna Comics Is #BringingBackNewsprint Press Release

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Alterna Comics is #BringingBackNewsprint With issues priced between $1.00 and $1.99.

Now entering their 11th year, Alterna is rolling out a single issue lineup that will feature throwback style covers, a new logo, bi-monthly release schedules, prices between $1.00 to $1.99 an issue, and the nostalgic feel of newsprint.
Alterna publisher Peter Simeti explains, "When I fell in love with comics, it was an entire experience: the stories, the imagery, and the paper. There’s a whole generation of comic book creators and readers that had the same exact experience.  I’ve talked to hundreds of people over the years and the consensus was all the same – comic books just don’t feel like comic books anymore.  The smell and feel of the pages is something that no longer occurs on the new comic book day release wall, yet it's prevalent in back issue bins across the country. Our goal is to create comic books that "feel" like they came straight out o…

Divinity III: Shadowman & The Battle For New Stalingrad #1 Review With Spoilers

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   The art in the Shadowman section is probably going to be triggering for a lot of people who read this comic. I almost want to say this should have a higher rating than teen plus. That said from a technical perspective it is a fine alternative story featuring Shadowman. Yeah he looks a little younger than previous portrayals, but he comes across as cooler and more three-dimensional in his characterization. Lastly there is a single grammar mistake in his opening narrative thoughts.

   As for the Baba-Yaga story it is just there. Not helped is how very abrupt the cliffhanger ending is with Baba-Yaga just pausing mid-monologue. Though the art and coloring are worth a look.

  Recommended for completists and those looking for a relatively decent read. Yet I maintain my earlier trigger warning related to the level of violence. In other words not for everyone.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Ra's Eye Edition

1. Infinity Inc. #44 (1987) is a good comic for those looking for entertainment that is dark but not too dark. Also it is something that someone 8 to 11 years old could possibly be handed without problems.

2. Spider-Woman #31 (1980) is smartly written if a little weathered by some aged cliches and tropes. Though the art is still solid work. Recommended for those seeking early Spider-Woman stories.

3. Justice League Of America #1 (2017) has good characterization that is honest in how the dialogue and story are delivered. I feel it is very accessible to those who did not read the preceding one-shots or Justice League vs. Suicide Squad.

4. Suicide Squad #12 (2017) is a good multi-character study regarding the current Squad's personalities. It is accessible enough that someone unfamiliar with the characters can find something to enjoy. However, the art is a little bit of a mixed bag in both sections of story.

X-O Manowar #1 2017 Series Advance Review With Spoilers

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     The design of each page is like seeing examples from a master class in comic book creation. They are things of beauty in from the rich color palette to the way inset panels are positioned. Also there are presumable stylistic influences from a period of Aquaman's history and He-Man's chest plate. Both influences are homages and necessary versus being pointless swipes.

   Finally the script shows Matt Kindt is far from burnt out like I was beginning to believe. Mainly because he makes this story's time jump and lack of time stamp not matter. Though it is also due to how he introduces the ring. Just Awesome!


Z-Day Review With Spoilers

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   There are two typos in this comic. One is in the essay about the comic and the other is said by the person giving the mission details. These would be the only real flaws in the work yet there is one more. A single page set around the arrival on the beach is out of sequence. However, that should be an easy thing to put right.

  As for the art it is a bit scratchy in the line work, but I feel this works to the advantage of this zombie war story. Take for example the skull on the cover and how the chin looks a bit chipped. Said chipping adds a character detail by inferring a possible moment of life. Plus the scratchiness adds to the visceral moments of horror.

   The script itself has a great amount of detail that is only hurt by certain sound effects, such as when rifles go "POP." All the dialogue is realistic in both its feel and the situations characters are put in. Finally this story has a twist ending that is satisfying even when one sees it coming.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   The variant covers are still pointless due to having no meaningful connection to the story even as a deleted scene. Besides that problem it seems that Georges Jeanty or Dexter Vines screwed up the line work. The main example of this is two panels on the first page that off-model versions of Buffy. One looks elfin and the other like a blonde asian caricature. Though to be fair the art is for the most part close enough or completely on model.

   As for the story it could have had more happen to move the story along. All that really happens is establishing the conditions of the internment camp, a possible girlfriend or multiple lovers for Willow, and Buffy becoming a trustee for some reason. Yet there are some cool Spuffy moments. Such as when Spike joins a fight Buffy is in the middle of possibly losing.

   Recommended, but just above the barely made it ranking.

The Steam Man Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is mainly a good bit of character interaction with the whole cast, including the villain. Yet the issue is also a fight in the vein of the giant monster battles found in Sentai shows. Thus this issue delivers on the promise people usually associate with giant robots. In other words this issue is entertaining.

  However, there are still two flaws in this issue. One flaw is "the Native American character being bad at English" cliche. Though it is not as bad as it could be it is still relatively unrealistic for that time period and the amount of his vocabulary. The second flaw is how decompressed this issue and the series as a whole has been. Yet I will concede that this issue has enough compression to work on its own pacing-wise.


Generation Zero Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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    There are small amounts of clunky and/or odd dialogue in various areas of this issue. However, most of the dialogue is fine. What is not fine is various other things in the script. For example there is the character who seemingly died last issue (Yes, I forgot about the healing power possessed by Cronus) being totally fine. Yet Fred Van Lente leaves Animelia injured, and thus reduces one of the coolest and youngest characters Valiant Entertainment has to a plot device. Another example is the way too abrupt scene shift to the Sheriff drinking beers in his car. Though this is also partly the fault of the editor. Finally there is the fact this story arc has become way too long and decompressed. By the end of this issue there should have been some kind of conclusion to this 'mission.'

    I will say that this is a stronger issue judged on its own versus as part of an ongoing series. Not to mention that the "Heroscape" is still an interesting conc…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 All For Damian Edition

1. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade #3 (1989) is okay as an adaptation. However it is just worthy enough to make it on the ongoing recommended list.

2. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 has a script that starts off okay yet quickly devolves in accurately adapting characters from the show.

3. Damian: Son Of Batman #1 (2013) character motivations are weakly put together. Also feels rushed in certain areas such as the opening sequence. Finally the dialogue is rather weak.

4. Damian: Son Of Batman #2 (2014) the fight choreography is flawed in terms of character positioning. An example being when Bruce and Damian first rush at each other. Also the writing is too decompressed. Not to mention it has weak dialogue.

Harbinger Renegade Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  There are a few minor details that could be improved for a better visual and in one case a clearer narrative. Said visual details are found during the following moments: Solomon's neck is a bit too long, and at an odd angle, in one panel of Torque's beatdown. While Faith eyes are off in two panels of the camper scene. Lastly the final panel of Peter's speedy return to Earth suggests him learning about Torque, but it could have been more obvious. Despite these moments the visuals are astounding, including the gross Akira meets Sloth from The Goonies moments.

   Finally the writing and lettering are practically flawless, even with the weakness inherent in using the "heroes spring an obvious trap" trope.

  Very Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 22

This episode continues to show that the original Sailor Moon anime still has great episodes in the pipeline. I especially like the differences between the original English and Japanese dialogue. Both are great, yet I personally prefer the English due to how the monster is more humorous. Though I will admit the Japanese had the better music, and the better continuity reference involving the bench.

  Questions! So is the Amazon Trio going to be reborn by the end of this anime? Why did Madam Zirconia have to react so stupidly regarding Fish's Eye's query? I mean she almost had Pegasus & Chibi-Usa. Was Usagi dying when her dream mirror shattered? Why couldn't the trio go back to human form in the forest at the end?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Changing Timeframe Edition

1. Action Comics Weekly #622 (1988) is yet another good installment of this former anthology series.

2. Shade The Changing Man #2 (1977) has good art and okay dialogue. Though this is mainly recommended as an example of how to construct a plot of an A to B to C type.

3. Wolf & Red #1 (1995) is a great adaptation of the Tex Avery cartoons that is done in the style and tone of those toons.

4. Justice Society Of America #5 (1991) had the pencils done by the late, great Mike Parobeck. In other words a perfect blend of individual looks for each character and wonderful expressions. Alsoit is a decent read that can be given to kids.

Divinity III Aric Son Of The Revolution Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  Both Cafu and Juan Jose Ryp bring some impressive line work. Though of the two I think Cafu's art blends better with the color applied by Andrew Dalhouse. While the most impressive lettering is the font on the final page of Kosity's origin. Finally the weak points of this issue are not flaws and they are: The concept of Kosity seeming rather limited in design. On the other hand Aric's story is too much of a repeat of his 'real' history. That said this is a decent enough comic.


Bloodshot USA Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  The summary of the aftermath near the end of the issue feels a little too much like a set-up for something else. However, the issue on the whole is solidly scripted, and smartly for Kozol's moments. Though solid is not what I would call all of the line work, specifically in terms of texture. The weak line work is mainly noticed in terms of Magic's hair in the opening pages and some of the citizen's features while infected. Otherwise this is still impressive art. Lastly I have to give kudos to Brian Reber for how well colored the final scene is, especially with the symbolism in the middle of the rain.


Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Aquaman In Danger From Aqua Edition

1. Action Comics #530 (1982) has several logic flaws in both stories. The main one for Superman's story is how he previously reprogrammed evil into Brainiac and yet Superman still trusts him. On the flip side an injured Aquaman is saved in the ocean by the Atom. Which is stupid because of all the other heroes who could have been used versus Ray Palmer. Not to mention Aquaman turns out only to be stunned so he really didn't require a save.

2. Daredevil #164 (1980) is stupid from the word go due to things like Daredevil telling his origin story without real prompting. Not to mention pointless cameos and keeping his mask as a patient in a hospital.

3. The Superman story "The Super-Key To Fort Superman" from Action Comics #241 has way too much exposition. Also there is the problem of Clark Kent/Superman thinking about himself as a third person at least twice. There are a few other problems including the stupidity of Bruce Wayne/Batman saying he baked the giant cake. When…

Generation Zero Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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  I keep trying to enjoy this series, and there are certain bits that are quality material, but it keeps failing. Take for example the sudden death that happens in this issue and how we have not been given enough character development for why it happens. Also I personally was underwhelmed by the death due to two other factors. The first is that the laser sight is focused on someone besides the sheriff's daughter, yet she is the one the now dead character saved. Secondly the characters react how one would expect and then they suddenly curveball to reacting blasé.

   Another problem I have is that the projection of Kwame says he is in pain. However, if this is true than why is Kwame, an autistic, reacting calmly to negative sensation and uncertainty. He should be having a meltdown of epic proportions and just be screaming. If he is a psiot and the projection is his power having activated than we have too many characters with projection related powers.


He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe: The Newspaper Comic Strips Advance Review With Spoilers

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   This collected edition has some glaring problems that only hardcore fans, collection completists, scholars, and lovers of first print/editions can overlook. Mainly some of the strips, such as around the pages numbered in the early 30s, are wrong in sequence yet the page numbers are correct. Also some of the restoration looks in complete or rushed. Examples for the restoration aspect is around the title on the color pages sometimes missing color of any kind and the lettering looking faded in several areas.

  All that said this is still a good collection of historic material that I think should be bought in a digital edition. This is because the digital prices I have seen look to be cheap enough for the average buyer and/or fan to enjoy the product without buyer's remorse. Finally the series is set primarily in the Filmation version so fans and scholars of the classic cartoon, and/or the studio, will find this collection of interest.

   Recommended for most.�…

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Wonderful Land Edition

1. Marvel Two-In-One #36 (1978) has a slight deception regarding how the cover suggests Mr. Fantastic appears more than Skull The Slayer. However, the story and art are actually pretty great, even with the dated reference to Jimmy Carter's presidency.

2. The Flash #299 (1981) has an interesting Firestorm story starring two stock robbers. Though the main draw is The Flash story. This titular story features the conclusion of the first team-up between The Shade and Barry Allen/The Flash. A villain not betraying a hero was and still is a rare thing in comics from the Big Two (DC and Marvel).

3. The Flash #248 (1977) is a recommended comic to hand to Tweens who love current television shows from the CW/DC Entertainment. It is smartly plotted and nicely drawn.

4. Marvel Two-In-One #100 (1983) is a great issue for those who love to ponder on science and science-based theories. It also has a great team-up between two versions of Ben Grimm/The Thing.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 21

Out of the two original dubs I have to go with the English version over the Japanese as the better version of this episode. However, the Japanese version's after credits preview of the next episode made the abrupt ending easier to tolerate. That said what I like about the English dub is how the "magic" reveal is arguably more dramatic. Yet I think that is due in part to how this season has really sucked until the mid-point of this episode. Plus this episode's Japanese dialogue does not come across from a cultural standpoint the same as the English version. Meaning that if I had grown up in Japan I would probably feel the opposite.

   Question! Did Mamoru wake up after the attack by Fish's Eye with the taste or smell of fish?

Savage Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   The only bad thing about this issue is what is foreshadowed to happen before the mother's fate. Though that is just because it feels a bit unnecessary to have added "The Men" as villains when we have other dangers inherent to the island. Other than that I feel this is a very accessible, well-written issue. Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa do exceptional work that is enhanced by Brian Reber's rich and earthy color palette. Finally Dave Lanphear allows one to visually perceive dialogue, such as when the Senior Kevin is about to die.

  Very recommended!

Divinity III Komandar Bloodshot Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The main story features Komandar Bloodshot with the standard impressive scripting of Jeff Lemire.     He uses the idea of this altered Bloodshot to great effect by playing up the unstoppable killer aspect. Also interesting is how he makes the supporting cast and Kozol into the resistance force Bloodshot is assigned to kill. If there is any real weak point in this story it is the art of the latter pages looking less refined than the opening pages. Though I have to give kudos to Clayton Crain's use of texture in the opening. I also have give points for cleverly bending the 180 degree rule of visual storytelling. Just amazing!

   The second story details the origin of Red Legend. This tale is written by Matt Kindt in a subtly political yet formulaic way. On the art side of things Juan Jose Ryp brings some richly detailed visuals. Though I feel in the future he should practice on how he makes emaciated characters look. As for this story the only real problem is…

A & A: The Adventures Of Archer & Armstrong Issue 11 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue is good, but it could have been better in one way and that is showing a little more of Andy. However, we get some great to good moments with each of the characters. Even the throwaway characters, who were drugged by the 1%, get some character moments. For example the junkie gives important information to Andy & Armstrong.

   While the art and coloring are respectively strong (line work) and vibrant. Also I found the text found fair scenes to be amusing and impressive. Though speaking of text there is a possible mistake involving a line of dialogue and a label. It involves Crocodile/Krokodile canister spelling confusion on one page. Yet that may be a wordplay joke.


Recommended Comics List Of 4 Tree Morisi Edition

1. Ms. Tree #38 (1987) has three great detective stories with three different styles and characters. Not to mention the third story has some great art by Pete Morisi.

2. "Radio Squad" from More Fun Comics #73 (1941) is an entertaining story with good art and colors (by Golden Age standards). It is also a good example of how to do a short story in an anthology series.

3. The story "Traceur" from Captain America And Batroc #1 (2011) is one of the best character studies I have ever read. It also is packed with action that is thoughtful in how and why it is executed.

4. "The Blitzkrieg of Batroc!" story from Tales Of Suspense #85 (1967) is a good story from the goofier Silver Age of comics. Part of what makes it work is how well the serious drama is combined with the bright coloring that screams of light-heartedness.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 A Smattering Of Boring Edition

1. Jack Kirby's Secret Saga #3 (1993) is entertaining, but fails in Steve Ditko and Roy Thomas's attempts to be similar in feel to Kirby. Also there is too much exposition.

2. "Doctor Fate" from More Fun Comics #73 (1941) is not terrible, but it is far from Gardner Fox's  'decent' level of golden age work. The main problem is the slap-dash feel to the writing.

3. "Aquaman" from More Fun Comics #73 (1941) has a repetition of the first sentence's main point in the second sentence. Also this version of Aquaman's origin is arguably the laziest, especially the reasoning for his powers.

4. "Clip Carson" from More Fun Comics #73 (1941) has problems with action being conveyed visually. Not to mention the shifts in angles and positions cause characters and objects to seemingly teleport around.

Aliens Defiance Issue 9 Review With Spoilers

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   Stephanie Hans's cover design is good, but the cover is just a tad too dark in coloring to be fully appreciated. As for the interiors they are weak in line work, but more consistent in design than the previous issue. Which means the pages are not perfect, yet are passable enough in terms of how I critique comics. Now as for the writing it could have less exposition in thought balloon form and more in the form of dialogue. Though as I have previously pointed out it seems the character Zula Hendricks is relating these events to someone in a future timeframe. Finally the pros have out-weighed the cons by this issue being entertaining and visually energetic.


Divinity III Stalinverse Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  Including the Stalinverse timeline again is a smart idea for a recap. Also smart is how Matt Kindt Includes the idea of coloring books as both therapy and a subversive trigger for Divinity. Said coloring book art is arguably the most interesting in terms of color application. Speaking of arguable features, the small details are where this book has some weakness. For example in one panel one of Ninjak's eyes is a little too far removed from the other. While there is at least one other example I have to say that the art is overall great in quality.


Recommended Comics List Of 4 Alternate Comical Currents Edition

1. Andrew Dobson's Formera Volume 1 (2007) is a good manga-sized comic that can be given to kids for a quick and fun read.

2. The "Phantom Lady" feature found in Police Comics #1 (1941) is okay enough for a quick and slightly entertaining read. Though it does dip in quality a little bit towards the end.

3. Unit 44 #1 published in 2015 by Alterna Comics

4. Justice League #14 (2017) is interesting for the amount of character development. Though I do think those looking for a fight of some kind could be disappointed.

This Damned Band Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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  The cover by Tony Parker & Lovern Kindzierski is excellent in line work, design, and the potential it suggests for the interiors. However, the interiors are a disappoint. This is mainly because the main characters (the band) are still the supporting characters. It is like if the series Buffy The Vampire Slayer had every episode focus mostly on Willow versus Buffy. In other words if a character or group is referenced in the title of a work than we should be following them.

   As for the art, coloring, and lettering they are rendered merely serviceable in quality standards due to a horrible script. I say Paul Cornell's script is horrible due to the out of nowhere twist of a band member being the "main" villain. Yes, the devil imagery is cool when Satan shows up, but there is no foreshadowing that any member of the band was going to be a villain.

   Not recommended.