Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 33

   This is a pretty decent despite how it seems to putter out towards the end. Both original dubs are similar enough in dialogue that they are both okay, yet the Japanese dub does not fail on matching the lip flaps in the obvious way at the beginning. So if I had to recommend one it would probably be the Japanese due to the previously mentioned problem and the more accurate height assessment for the beam scene. Finally I have to say the philosophical debate on adulthood versus remaining a child is neat, and for the most part I want to side with the villains.

   Questions! What happened to the guys that were Minako's original motivation for volunteering? What did they mean when they said Biri-Biri dude had short-circuited? Like was he half-machine or what? Are the other evil performers actually going to fight the scouts at some point? Are the Sailor Senshi well-known or urban legends at this point?

Rapture Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  This first issue takes has way too much exposition which hurts the overall pacing. However, the visuals are for the most part exceptionally drawn and colored. (Even with the regular design of Neville Alcott coming back after change in design found in the most recent issue of Ninjak.) As for the villain I feel his motivation could have been explained in clearer terms. While the Geomancer Tama should have been given more set-up regarding her sidekick, and why she tells stories as long as the lead from "How I Met Your Mother." Lastly there should have been more time devoted to Shadowman and Ninjak since their names are above the title on the summary page.*

   Not Recommended in single form, but may still get a recommendation in a collected format.

  *Note: Personally I feel that saying Shadowman and Ninjak are the leads feels a bit sexist considering Punk Mambo and Tama are being used in this ensemble piece.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Why Franky? Why? Edition

1. Daredevil #167 (1980) has extremely weak and easily resolved motivations for the villain. Some examples of ways that it could have been resolved quicker and/or better are: Selling the M.A.U.L.E.R. armor, paper files, going to a major business competitor like Tony Stark to bankroll a legal battle in exchange for information on Mr. Cord and his interests, finding a different lawyer, going to a reporter like Ben Urich.

2. Daredevil #168 (1980) is the sexist first appearance of Elektra. It is primarily a knocked unconscious type of flashback story. Finally there are artistic problems such as a lack of depth and poorly choreographed fight scenes.

3. Daredevil #169 (1981) is really a thinly veiled Batman story and a generic one at that. Also the sub-plots are weakly continued. The last two problems are the ideology sermon Daredevil gives about law and order to a police officer and the lack of depth and dimension in the art.

4. Daredevil #170 (1981) has flawed panel layouts, poorly done minimalism, and a situation where Daredevil should have ended up dead. (Cause a fifty story fall with only two failed attempts to slow down would realistically kill him.)

Boss Nostalgic 64 Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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    This issue is not as good as the first due primarily to the slower paced opening that seems somewhat disconnected to the previous issue. There are also certain random sections such as the zombie plague parody that seem to just be filler due to being creative blockage. Though creative blockage is to be expected when reading a regularly updated web comic in any format. However, there are still several great moments in the majority of this issue, such as when the giant pet is given a special medicine. Lastly the only serious and non-perspective-based flaws I found were certain bits of grammar and spelling.

   My verdict: While it could have been better in certain ways it still was high enough in quality and is worthy of being recommended!

Print copies can be purchased from its creator Luke Schular at conventions and the series can be read online at Bossnostalgic64.com

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Just Decent and Something More Edition

1. Wonder Woman #110 (1996) is lacking in certain bits of set-up regarding relatively minor characters, yet it is good enough for a quick read.

2. Sonic Universe #13 (2010) has a problem of relying on slight referencing to prior issues a little too much, but is otherwise a pretty decent story.

3. Hawkeye #1 (2003) reads like the inspiration for Matt Fraction's critically-accliamed run on the character.

4. Kingpin #1 (2003) features an up and coming version Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. It has excellent characterization and great sequencing with the panels. Lastly it almost expertly balances between being in the Marvel superhero world and genre yet remaining separate from it.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Fly-Away Baby (1937) Review With Spoilers

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    The dialogue is less snappy and witty in comparison to the dialogue found in Smart Blonde (1937), yet it is still entertaining enough. As for the plotting I think the main mystery is weaker than the first Torchy flick, but that is due to how this was probably rushed into production so soon after the first. Which seems very likely due to all the jump cuts, especially the vanishing black worker near the plane in one scene. Also in regards to plotting I have to say that Tom Kennedy, as McBride & Torchy's pal/sidekick/comedy relief Gahagan, arguably steals the scenes he is in due to how loveably slow-witted he seems. Not to mention the brief mystery of why he leaves the force. Finally while the mystery is weak the laughs and entertainment value are respectively many and high.


Friday, May 26, 2017

X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   This is a pretty great action oriented issue that is for the most part one or two scenes. Despite the awe factor of the art I feel they need to get rid of Aric's current haircut to avoid how much certain shots look like they were taken from Peter David's run on DC's Aquaman. As for actual flaws, I feel David Mack's work should have had a page of Tomás Giorello's art before it due to how jarringly different it is. Also I found one mistake in the form of a missing "a" in Catt's bio on the summary page. Inspire of these problems this is a high-quality third issue.

   Very Recommended!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 7 Review With Spoilers

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   The art, coloring and lettering are fine. However, the characterization and plot are inexcusably weak. We still have no idea what has been going on in a wider scale sense, and with 4 issues to go it feels like beginning with this issue that things are going to be rushed along. There is also the fact that Willow, Buffy, and Spike act due to what the plot needs instead of like characters. Heck, Buffy fans who remember her referencing abuses of civil rights back in Season 4 episode 8 "Pangs" will be pissed at how Christos Gage fails to add a moment there.

     Lastly Buffy, Willow, and Spike fail to consider that allowing Buffy and Willow to be de-powered in order to leave the safe zone/reservation/prison/concentration camp are not going to be targeted by a corrupt government are insane. Examples of why they should be more wary are: Soap Operas, classical literature, comic books from Xander and Andrew's collections, The Council of Watchers, movies, current and past news, the Initiative, their current situation, the treatment of individuals who are Muslim, Native Americans, Jews, Blacks, etc. that governments have killed or abused.

   It is primarily for that last reason that I can't and won't recommend this issue.

   Extremely Not Recommended!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Britannia: We Who Are About To Die Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue's supplemental essay feels incomplete. Though it is still very informative in several ways that tie in with the actual story. As for the story itself it is still top quality in the writing and coloring. However, I feel the minimalism was at times less detailed than it should have been. For example the first panel. Also I found the word "world's" on the summary page was missing its apostrophe. Despite these two flaws the work by letterer Dave Sharpe and artist Juan José Ryp is still above satisfactory.


Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Supergirl's Lame Adventure Edition

1. Adventure Comics #389 (1970) is sexist in several ways including assuming women's colleges would waste time and money with a glorified version of show and tell. Also both have weakly executed plots that actually contained some potential for good stories.

2. Wonder Woman #112 (1996) is a bit too anti-climatic in terms of how the fight with the clone of Doomsday ends. Also some of the characterization seems to change on a dime.

3. The Green Arrow story "The Rogue of 1,000 Ropes!" from Adventure Comics #176 (May, 1952) has the introduction of the lame villain The Roper. Also the story title is a lie because a thousand ropes are not used. Not to mention the villain could have gone on the straight and narrow while being rich off stolen money, a new alias and face within the first few pages. Finally Green Arrow comes off badly due to how he is untrusting of Speedy and overly reliant on convoluted plans.

4. Generation X #1 (1994) is very slowly paced. It has unnecessary exposition, and horribly weak consistency when it comes to setting up the series. Finally the art ranges from nice to bad in terms of proportions.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 2 Opinion Piece

   The horror of having to experience the second movie again in manga form is actually not that bad since there is no audio. In other words I found it to be less of a sensory horror show. As for the supplemental materials they are definitely interesting and somewhat helpful. While the second story starring Rei has a lame end, and is over all kind of just there, it is still a somewhat decent character-centric piece. However, the last story just confused me. I mean is it a story set in the future or a story set in a parallel world's future? Either way I found it to be arguably worse than even the first movie.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Smart Blonde (1937) Review

  Smart Blonde is the first in the Torchy Blane series of movies and it is a kind of movie that we don't see anymore. This is not due to it being having been made with reels of film or being a black & white movie. The reason it is not made anymore is due to the following reasons: It is not a blockbuster or arthouse type of movie. All of the characterization is subtly well-rounded, including the supporting and minor stock characters. There is the simple fact that most reporters don't track down leads like they used to do a few decades ago. The last thing I will say is that besides being subtly well-rounded in characterization due to the direction, story, line delivery, and costuming the movie also has a decent mystery.

  Very Recommended!

Shaper Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  While this comic wears some of its influences a little too clearly it is still a very fresh feeling story. An example of what I am talking about is when a character is unmasked. Also the opening and closing lines felt unnecessary for this issue, and this is in-spite of how they add some accessibility for readers who start(ed) with this issue. Finally the visuals are still amazing in terms of how the colors and art combine together to form a near-perfect series of images.

   Very Recommended!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Hermes Sandals Edition

1. Wonder Woman #109 (1996) strides a good balance between being suitable for young readers and adults. Also it has good characterization and character development.

2. The 1996 in-house advertisement for the DC comic book series The Power Of Shazam nicely parodies horror movies and cereal adverts, and it creates intrigue about the series.

3. The PSA comic page titled "Buzzy's Rules Of Water Safety" is good at providing visual and text based information on the subject. Though I feel some areas such as Wolfie's eyes could have been improved. One can be found in Rip Hunter...Time Master #10 (1962).

4. Wonder Woman #137 (1998) is an okay story and a relatively decent jumping on point for those who know only a little about Wonder Woman. However, the art could be better in some places, particularly the last page.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ninjak Issue 27 Review With Spoilers

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   There is one lettering mistake, but like most comics from the current incarnation of Valiant that is the worst that it gets in terms of lettering problems. Now as for the art I have problems with Neville's sudden aged brow and new weird visual gear. Has he aged due to an unseen adventure or is he just missing a lens? There is so far no explanation for this visual change. However, since this is the first issue under a new writer I will give it time. Otherwise this has some pretty good work in terms of designs and layout. Finally despite the writing being a little weak on location specifics and the villains motives is for the most part good.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Unforgiven Era Edition

1. Wonder Woman #99 (1995) is a prime example of why all comics from the 1990s have been stereotyped by many as having a bad reputation.

2. Wonder Woman #98 (1995) is another example of a bad comic from the "Extreme!" side of the 1990s. It follows all of the worst artistic trends, and has a barely serviceable script.

3. "Guardians of the Clockwork Universe" from Strange Adventures #22 (July, 1952) looks and feels like a generic "Earthling protects the universe" kind of 1950s' sci-fi tale. It stars one of the Pre-Silver Age attempts at superhero replacements Captain Comet.

4. Captain America #218 (1978) has a very crowded looking cover. Also the sequences, dialogue, and plot are poorly executed and boring. Finally the action scenes are lazy by having a burst of light show up. The best example of what I mean are the visual sound effects, minus the sound, that appeared during fights in the 1960s' live action Batman tv show.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Faith (Ongoing) Issue 11 Review With Spoilers

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   The art has some problems with how characters move and some body proportions. Despite this there are some good visual moments such as those between Murder Mouse and Dark Star. Example being when they high-five. As for the lettering there is one missing letter in part of the summary. Lastly I think the writing and coloring are high quality, but I am personally not a fan of how light the color palette is.

  Recommended cause of the writing and the visual moments between Murder Mouse and Dark Star.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Hasty Pastry 1 by Ali Cantarella Review With Spoilers

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   This is a very stylized comic visual and that is a good thing. However, it is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of the stories. The main problem is that not all the stories have the same tone. Though this does not mean that any are bad just that some are a little less relatable or a bit more different than others. As for the overall design of this comic it is mostly good. There is one bit of a exception on an early page. Said exception is that some of the information from the creator is put in a little late which results in being a tad jarring for the reader. Lastly, I think the summary on the back should have focused on the episodic feel more than the major desire of the main character.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale Review

My brother and his wife think the bottled version of X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale has:

-Smooth Finish
-High Drinkability
-On The Lighter Side
-Somewhat Mild Carbonation
-Citrus Notes In Aftertaste.

 My own less experienced opinion is that as a draft it is too sour and somewhat lime based in aftertaste. However, it is better than a beer.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 32

  This episode made me realize that Pegasus is like a prototype of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer character Angel. Both are cryptic and only come to battles when asked/or forced, and are all about the "destiny" shtick. Also there is the ick factor of the underage love interests. 

   As for what actually occurs in this episode all I can say is that both original dubs (Japanese and English) have good bits of dialogue, but an overall horrible script. I honestly think that the English dub is the one I personally prefer. Lastly I think one question has to be asked: Whose bad fashion sense is responsible for the weird outfits?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Eternal Warrior: Awakening Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The villain is refreshing in terms of his simple goals and the threats/promises he makes. Though I do have a little trouble believing so many would follow him based on his methods. As for the awakening itself I feel it could have been a little quicker in the flashbacks, and slower in the "present." Of course it does explore Gilad's character in an interesting way regarding how he handles severe injury.

    As for the visuals, I found one missing word and some flaws in certain parts of the flashback. One such flaw is Gilad's torso looking too twisted compared to the rest of his body. A second flaw is when the villain tries to grab a possibly dead Gilad said villain is too close in perspective. Other than things like that the visuals are fantastic, especially in terms of the texture and colors.


Friday, May 12, 2017

DC Comics Presents Annual #2 (1983) Review With Spoilers

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  Calling the story "The Last Secret Identity" was mishandled in that the story does not start during an apparent last years of life type era. Also the writing is weak in plotting and clunky in the dialogue. For example the supposedly "historic" first speech by Superwoman is just too nationalistic in the world being threatened moment. Another thing is that art, including the broken back mistake on the cover, is eclipsed by the overabundance of expositional text. Lastly this is a time travel story that set-ups the idea of "rules" and then continuously breaks that idea without thought.

   Not Recommended!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Britiannia We Who Are About To Die Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This comic has brilliant uses of subtle, yet obvious visual foreshadowing that will make this a good reread. Speaking of brilliant there is almost that is not great about this comic. I say almost because some of the facial expressions seem a little too wild at times, particularly around the eyes. Also the Vestal Virgins' leader seems less regal in her bearings. Other than that this is an issue of very high quality. Finally I give kudos to the creative team, including the editors, for keeping the idea of including a scholarly article at the end.

   Recommended for all comic fans and scholars who are of age to read this, except those who fetishize the 1985 film Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 That Is Inane In My Membrane Edition

1. Wonder Woman #134 (1998) nonsensical plotting, plus the characterization is weak.

2. Teen Titans #3 (2003) has the older Titans treating the former members of Young Justice as if they have no experience at all. Also there is a very slight made for the trade feel. Lastly there is the out of nowhere return of a character, and a poorly done bit of foreshadowing for the return of another.

3. Wonder Woman #135 (1998) has Diana as the goddess of truth talking to the audience at the beginning and never giving a reason for why that happened. Also too much happens too quickly in order to tie together all the storylines by the next issue. Finally there are panels that feel and are incomplete in what is being shown to the point that it negatively affects the story.

4. The Partridge Family #8 (1972) is the third one I have read of this series and it too is abrupt in the endings and inane every other way. Though this is the first that has an anti-feminist song's lyrics on a single page next to an image of David Cassidy.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hello do You work here? Review

  This comic is an odd one, but not unique or inherently bad. The type of odd this is is best viewed through the one or two image prose comics of the Golden Age of comics. Heck, in the last 30 years writers like Warren Ellis and Grant Morrison have done stories similar to this comic. However, this means that not everyone will like how limited the visuals are and how reliant on prose text this comic is. That being said I think there most of the stories are of good lengths and relatable to a wider audience than most comics could ever be. Cause we all have had one bad work related experience.

   My verdict: Not recommended for certain readers, but recommended for those who seek out more relatable and humorous non-fiction.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue moves the plot forward, yet I am unsure if it is enough when there are only six issues left. However, this a pretty decent issue compared to the arguably bad previous issues this season has had. It is especially good in terms of the artistic consistency and use of the color palette. However, it is seemingly weakest in the area of foreshadowing since all that we get is possible hints of Season 4's big bad. Overall I am hoping the good parts such as accurate characterization continue for the next six issues.

  Recommended, but just above barely recommended status.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Apocalypse Man Review

   The design of the cover is attention-grabbing, but the lack of additional visuals on the back of this wraparound cover hurts the overall aesthetic. However, this seems to be an early effort due to it being published in 2013, and since the one Sun brother I met at C2E2 seemed to be around my age I am guessing they hadn't been published much beforehand. Thus I am going to assume they have gotten past the shovel-face facial designs this comic has for most of the supporting cast. Finally the story is a nice change-up on the standard post-apocalypse story, especially in terms of the protagonist.

   My verdict: Recommended mainly for horror fans and those who are sick of generic end of the world stories.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Abrupt Story Twist Edition

1. The Partridge Family #11 (1972) has abrupt plot twists in both stories that create endings that don't sync up with the beginnings. Also the second story has a lot of singing in a purely visual medium, which as I have said before is a big no-no.

2. Wonder Woman #91 has "broken back syndrome" in practically every panel. Also everyone is over-sexualized in terms of their designs.

3.  The Superman And Wonder Woman story "The Journey To The End Of Hope!" from World's Finest #204 (1971). Has failures galore including: An uncertain and inane ending. A boring and somewhat unrealized plot. Characters failing to react or acting purely because the story dictates they need to do just cause. Finally there is slight agism, sexism, and racism.

4. The whole idea of Marvel's current (2017) event series Secret Empire. The reason why is that Steve Rogers/Captain America being portrayed as a proponent of fascism, and a member of a bigoted group, spits on the graves of his creators.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Valiant X-O Manowar 2017 FCBD Special Advance Review With Spoilers

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   First off the purely artistic feature titled "Valiant Universe 2017" is a little chunky in the line work and designs of certain characters. Though fans of David Lafuente and Andrew Dalhouse, as well as diehard fans of Valiant Entertainment, should appreciate the piece. I personally found it merely okay.

   As for the preview of Secret Weapons #1 my thoughts on the issue can be found here.

   Finally we come to the stories "X-O Manowar Prologue: The Three Prayers Of X-O Manowar" and
"Bloodshot Salvation Prologue." Without spoiling too much I will say there is one word missing from the latter story, and that the latter story feels necessary while the former feels redundant. Both are good in dialogue and plot, but the former feels like a deleted part of issue 1 or an issue 0. The last thing I will say is that both stories and their beautiful visuals make this an issue to pick up on Free Comic Book Day 2017 (May 6th) at your local shop.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 31

  The Japanese Dub is slightly better simply due to it coming across as less perverted. I mean adult Chibi-Usa's English voice actress sounds like she was given bad direction due to how sexual her lines are sometimes delivered. Case in point: Her panting when running in the dream. However, both versions of this episode are disturbing due to things like a horse kissing a little girl. Yes, they are not real, and he is actually a human trapped in that form, and she is 902 years old, but my point stands that it is gross.

   Question! Was Naoko Takeuchi secretly trolling people when she wrote the basis for this episode?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Mastering Time Rulers Edition

1. Tales Of The Teen Titans #50 (1985) is not for children in my opinion. Yet it still is potentially suitable for late twelve year old Tweens. The reason for this is that it has some slightly racy dialogue. Also like most real life wedding ceremonies this wedding issue is a bit of an exhaustive read that some will enjoy and others won't.

2. Rip Hunter...Time Master #27 (1965) is a pretty strong silver age time travel comic. Though it does have some absurd moments that are flaws.

3. Wonder Woman #132 (1998) has a bit of repetition/recapping that I feel is unnecessary, and is definitely a little inaccurate, yet this is otherwise a decent issue.

4. Wonder Woman #113 (1996) is a good sequential art example of a sidekick/teenager trying to prove themselves as more capable than they might actually be. Great fight scenes and overall expert pacing. Finally there are feet that actually look like feet which is a bit of a rarity in comic art.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boss Nostalgic 64 Chapter One Review

  This first issue has little actual plot progression. It mainly consists of establishing the main character and the style of storytelling. Arguably the best feature of this first issue is the individual personalities each character possess and their unique quirks. While the consistency and strength of the line work is the second best feature. If Boss Nostalgic 64's creator Luke Schuler can improve the pace of plot progression, and whittle down on the amount of repetitive information, than this series could someday get an award nomination.


  Addendum: This series can be found in web comic form at Bossnostalgic64.com. Luke Schuler is an independent comic book creator I met at C2E2 2017 and his local to Chicago, IL. He can be found on twitter @LukeOnVHS

Monday, May 1, 2017

Secret Weapons issue 1 Advance Review With Spoilers

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   The cliffhanger end is interesting due mainly to time being a literal and subtle fact in the art. As for the rest of the art it could have portrayed action a little more clearly early on with the Nikki character. Also Livewire would have worked better with a slightly different selection for her skin color, because it looked off in the final pages. Overall in terms of visuals this comic feels almost cinematic. Finally the writing really focuses on strong characterization and realism, with the weakest charactization being Harada's apparent lack of vision for "The Secrets" powers.

    Very Recommended!


  The supplemental section is a relatively decent mix of materials. While the overall creative quality ranged from good to somewhat okay in ...