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X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  The placement of the summary page negatively affects the pacing of this issue. Also there is still a missing "a" in Catt's bio. Yet these are the only major problems that I found in this issue. On the plus side the art and colors are still amazing. Even though I think the grappling hook arm is getting a bit stale. Finally the writing has several praise worthy elements, specifically the last page reveal and various set-ups for future story arcs.

   Very Recommended!

Roseanne Season 1 Review

This first season is really good despite the lack of consistent set-up regarding the set-up for the season finale. Which is still interesting due to how if affects the show overall. Not to mention that as far as I know not many shows at that time did seasonal arcs that tied into their finales.

  Another inconsistency that I have heard about, but didn't notice as a kid, is how casting changes such as the two DJs affects the show. In my honest opinion it is a bit jarring, but not a bad move since the second DJ is honestly a better actor despite being younger. The first just had no screen presence and lacked real feeling of being honest in the line delivery.

  As for continuity between scenes and episodes I think they did rather well. Though I did notice the actress playing Becky hiding on the stairs in one episode where she is supposed to be upstairs. Speaking of episodes there are only two episodes this season that didn't work for me and one involved the Salesman.

  Finally t…

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 37

The original Japanese is vastly superior to the first English dub. This is mostly because the English version sounds like a Spice Girls marketing quote on a loop. Simply saying "Girl Power!" does not equal empowerment. It also does not work as good repetitive dialogue. Not to mention there is also the factor of the dramatic, and dangerous, atmospheric feel that the Japanese dub is permeated with. Unfortunately I think the original English dub will not end well with this season due to the various edits to the dialogue.

   Question: Did I miss the illusions of Zirconia having flames on their eyeball staffs or did Ami not really need a computer to single out the real one?

Britannia: We Who Are About To Die Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue needed a little more editing due mainly to the grammatical errors that I noticed. There is also a flaw with how a panel featuring three conspiring rich guys is too big. Another flaw I noticed was in a panel done in a bird's eye p.o.v. where the main character is off-model. Though l flaw involves the sequencing of when the son is picked up by his friends and when his father finds him. Unless there was a long line for the temple of Apollo the boys went, or it was just far enough away, the son should have been dead by then. Finally the cliffhanger ending felt like a movie being shown on the channel AMC where it goes to commercial at the start of the most interesting bit.

  My verdict: Recommended if you are a die-hard fan of Valiant Entertainment, or have read the previous issues, since it is still pretty high-quality entertainment. However, not recommended for those that are casual readers, and those who are not wanting to pay full-price for a half…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Mister Dellec Aspen Edition

1. Dellec #0 (2009) is too thin on the story side of things. Nice art though.

2. From 2017 we have Catalyst Prime: The Event (FCBD) published by Lion Forge. It has a bit too many words which hurts the pace of the reading experience. Also it the beginning of yet another Superhero universe and there are way too many of those in my opinion. However, the main reason I am not recommending this comic is that it didn't grab me enough.

3. Assassin's Creed: Free Comic Book Day 2016 is just a set-up for other issues. The art and lettering could be better in the first story. While the second story could have had a bit more meat to it. Not to mention that this really didn't make me desire to read the other comics or play the games.

4. They're Not Like Us Issues 1 to 3 (2014 and 2015) come off like a flagrant rip-off of The Invisibles and The original creative trappings of the X-Men. Not to mention that the story almost seems to be suggesting that people should hate others if they …

Rapture Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   The only negative thing I have to say about the visuals is that the flashbacks during Rex's story could have used a better shading and maybe some bits of color. Otherwise the visuals are high quality, especially the texture on the opening pages.

   Sadly, the narrative is severely hurt due to the extraneous amount of exposition and lack of anything really happening. In fact this issue is like the last in that it makes this series seem like a stretched-out annual. This is especially true of the last few pages due to the fact that Shadowman could easily take on the bad guy. Finally the lettering has one flaw (a comma) in the first sentence of the summary.

  Not recommended.

Veil (Hardcover) Review

I don't really understand this story or why it had to be created, and this is mainly due to how it is too reliant on visuals. Also the story easily goes on for too many issues of unnecessarily stretched out events. It would have worked better with about two issues less of material. As for the art and lettering they are okay. However, the color palette and the execution of said palette is so muddy in appearance that it detracts rather than enhances the visuals.

   Not Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 36

Other than the Chibi-Usa doll, and how its replacement of Chibi-Usa reminded me of Chrono Trigger, there is nothing that really stuck out for me with this episode. Yeah the head evil's back story exposition was in some ways more interesting than what was presented by the manga, but that isn't saying much.

   Question! How come the mirrors started to have evil reflections before the spell?

   Extra: I saw the 15 short Make-Up! Sailor Guardians and I think it is a good special feature for novices who buy the first movie before experiencing anything else. It definitely works as a mini-episode as well.

Valiant High Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   The colors are simply grand. The lettering has no mistakes as far as I noticed. As for the cover it could have been more eye-catching, but I still think it is good. While the interior visuals are good in balancing detail with minimalism without being ugly or generic. Though the line work could have a little more strength and at times be a little thinner. Finally I like that room for a sequel has been left open while wrapping up most of the plot lines set-up throughout this series.

   Recommended!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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   The art is fine, except the regular cover suggests more action than actually happens. Honestly if there had been a jump ahead in the timeline this is a issue that needed one. Yet the only jump ahead is  with Buffy and Willow getting feeling useless and getting motivated by Riley and Sam. There also is no thought given to the fact that Giles may be of a magical nature due to his return from the dead. Finally with four issues left I don't see this as being a season with memorable moments like all the previous ones have been.

    Recommended for those who are into completing series they start and hardcore fans of the Buffyverse. Not recommended for anyone else.

Predator: Fire And Stone Issue 4 Review

The cover by E.M. Gist is simply okay in all areas. In other words it is eye-catching, but not outstanding. As for the interior art it is a bit too fast in pacing and could have used some exposition in the form of either human or alien (translated) dialogue to slow things down. Not to mention the colors slightly clash at times. However, for the most part this is a decent enough issue in both the art and the script.
  Barely recommended for non and casual fans of the franchise. Recommended for the regular and hardcore fans.

Wonder Woman (2017) Movie Review With Massive Spoilers

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   For those who think this is the first female superhero movie you missed out on a lot of failed attempts. Also one decent movie in the form of the animated Wonder Woman from back in 2009. However, this is the first proper live action success that I have seen. So is it perfect? Nope! Is it good enough despite having flaws. Yes, because it succeeds to various extents at the following: telling multiple types of stories, focus, representation, major plot twist, fight choreography, emotional moments, symbolism.

   The multiple types of stories are basically just how things like the love story does not overshadow the superhero or war story. Nor does the war story type get underplayed for the sake of the superhero story. This is primarily because of how focused director Patty Jenkins made the final product. Meaning there is not a lot extraneous or unnecessary information to distract viewers. (Also considering how Allen Heinberg is in my opinion a sub-par writer I…

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Rips For Texture Edition

1. Rip Hunter...Time Master #28 (1965) has some great design work. It is also faster paced than most Silver Age comics.

2. Rip Hunter...Time Master #29 (1965) is flawed in several moments, but on the whole is a good goofy science fiction story. Recommended mainly for fans of giant monsters like Mothra.

3. Rip Hunter...Time Master #16 (1963) has master class level examples of textures. It also has a great moment for the character Bonnie.

4. Rip Hunter...Time Master #25 (1963) is just a decent b-movie style science fiction story in comic book form.

Rai: The History Of The Valiant Universe 1 Review With Spoilers

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 This issue is a mixed bag of quality. I say this due to the narrative initially stating that the Geomancer was going to read the history, but the majority of the story is just a recap by Gilad. Also the issue features Rai playing little role in the story and thus the title is a bit of a misnomer. However, the art, colors, lettering, suggestions of upcoming stories and the amount of events that are condensed  are all good reasons to buy this one-shot.

  Just barely recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Sarcastic Bobcat Edition

1. "Bobcat" from New Talent Showcase #4 (1984) is a mess with a lot of necessary scenes missing.

2. "Feral Man" from New Talent Showcase #4 (1984) has okay art, but very weak writing. The main problem is the amount of expositional thought and how contradictory it all is.

3. Daredevil #172 (1981) has stops and starts in the actual story for Frank Miller's weird obsession with cities and buildings. Also a person unbelievably waking up alive after being face down in a sewer after what seems like days or weeks after a building's destruction.

4. Rom #14 (1981) has way too much text and a lot of it is really boring exposition.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Clean Up Those Tarot Cards Edition

1. The story "Trial" from New Talent Showcase #14 (1985) is an interesting cerebral piece that certain people may enjoy. Though I will admit it is not for everyone. Also the editorial piece about the stories and professional statuses is worth a read.

2. Marvel Team-Up #80 (1979) is a misnomered story on the Dr. Strange front since Spider-Man really only teams-up with Wong & Clea. However, it is an entertaining read for fans of tarot readings, magic, horror, and the characters mentioned.

3. "Ekko Part One" from New Talent Showcase #4 (1984) could be stronger in the text part of the narrative, but it is serviceable and interesting.

4. The story "Full Circle" from New Talent Showcase #4 (1984) is a grounded story about life's unexpected ups and downs. Also it is the best written story from this issue.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 The Bad And The Boring! Edition

1. DC Comics Presents #43 (1982) is too visually static and has some proportion inconsistencies. Also the story is very boring.

2. The Whitman version of Porky Pig #64 (1975; Also known as Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny #64) is weak in terms of the plots and jokes. There is also the problem of racism and cultural appropriation.

3. "The Roosevelt Project" from New Talent Showcase #14 (1985) is almost decent but the lettering mistakes and "the to be continued in this issue" breaks in the story severely hurt it. Add in the fact that it is almost literally just a different version of Frankenstein and you have all my reasons not to recommend this narrative.

4. "The Fan" is also from New Talent Showcase #14 (1985) is three pages of an underdeveloped story, and that is mainly due to the threadbare plot.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 35

This episode annoyed me due to how it wastes the opportunity for epic series of battles like in the original story arc. Plus there were so many cool villain designs that suggested weird power sets and the Sailor crew defeats them like it is nothing. Also annoying are the stupid factors like Mamoru and the Senshi having info dumping/exposition moments and the lack of being on the defensive in the enemy lair. Overall no matter the dub this season/series is at this point significantly weaker than the manga. It is also weaker than the first two movies.

    Questions! Why do the others not ask more questions about Pegasus, Helios, Chibi-Usa, The Golden Crystal, etc.? How come Ami was not at least scanning the tent with her computer and goggles?

Eisegesis: Kings & Queens Review

I can't critically review this comic because I am too blown away by how awesomely imaginative and original it is. It is like a explosion of colorful brilliance with swooping lines that convey almost pure thought. Individuals should buy this from The Sun Bros any way they can. Also some major companies should hire any of the creatives that worked on this comic book.

   ULTIMATE RECOMMENDED STATUS ACTIVATED!

Call Of Duty: Zombies Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  The living human facial expressions almost look exaggerated in certain areas, but for the most part are very well-designed and textured. Speaking of texture I was especially impressed with a keypad that is spotlighted in both its minimal and close up forms. As for the writing the story has vastly improved from issue 1, and so has the characterization. Finally the colors are still a little more murky than I think they could be in some corners, but they still suit this horror comic well.

  Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Strange Super Phantoms Edition

1. DC Comics Presents #25 (1980) is a wee bit inaccessible in some ways, but it is otherwise a great Phantom Stranger story. It also is a relatively okay Superman story. To be fair I have to admit it is not a good team-up story.

2. DC Comics Presents #28 (1980) is flawed in its exposition being used a little more than necessary in the Superman and Supergirl story. While the Johnny Thunder (Lawman) story is a little weak in the exposition due to how it seems to change on the narrator. However, both are overall good stories with great art, fast pacing, and satisfying endings.

3. Agent X #2 (2002) is a decent mix of humor and superheroes. Though some of the references are dated or reliant on knowing comic book and video game tropes.

4. The Air Wave story from Detective Comics #88 (1944) is high quality stuff for a tale from the Golden Age of comics.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Super Sexist Writing Edition

1. Adventure Comics #392 (1970) features two massively flawed, inane and sexist Supergirl stories.

2. "Whatever Happened To Hourman?" from DC Comics Presents #25 (1980) is a fun story that falls apart with the ending being a major cliffhanger.

3. The Martian Manhunter and Superman story titled "...And So My World Begins!" from World's Finest #212 (1972) has a sexist moment in Superman's thoughts. Also the script is uneven and relies on a previous issue from another title and leaves on a cliffhanger ending in this title. Lastly there are plot-holes galore.

4. The Grim Ghost story from Sensation Comics #8 (August, 1942) is off in sequencing actions after motivations and exposition. Also like a lot of golden age stories it is flawed in premise and/or plot. In this case it is more flawed in premise than plot.

Faith (Ongoing) Issue 12 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue could have been better in certain bits of line work and depth. However, it is consistent enough and goes well enough with the gripping dialogue that I don't think it is too flawed. As for how things are let off for the upcoming series Faith and the Future Force we only get a possible motivation for why she might be going to the future. The last thing I will say is that the humor in this issue makes up for a lot of the bad from the previous issues I did not recommend, and is worth half the cover price alone.

   Very Recommended!

Serenity Firefly Class 03-K64 No Power In The Verse Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   This entire issue's narrative is unable to stand by itself. While the regular cover by Dan Dos Santos is way more attention-grabbing than the variant it has a slight problem of feeling almost like a different franchise. Another visual problem is how the interiors are constantly going off-model in terms of character faces and body designs. There is also way too much minimalism used throughout this issue. Finally the summary page has a problem with establishing the timeline of past events due to the word recent(ly) being used twice.

   Not Recommended!

Valiant High Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   The dialogue and lettering are fine, and this is overall a high-quality issue. However, the coloring, pacing, and art could have used some more work in select places. For example the coloring of certain backgrounds seems off, particularly in one scene with Divinity and Livewire. While the pacing was a little weak during the battle due mainly to how quickly the group gets together. Lastly the art had moments where it looks flat (I am again referencing both Divinity and the battle).

   My verdict: Good enough to recommend, but relatively bad when compared to the previous two issues.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Partridge Sherwood Edition

1. The Partridge Family #12 (1972) has the racist term Inuits are usually referred to by. Also the stories are not developed enough. Finally the art is static to the point that the exposition is the only way we really know what is happening.

2. DC ComicsPresents #30 (1981) has two underdeveloped stories that needed more pages and maybe a script revision or two.

3. The PSA "Countdown on Excellence" (found in Rip Hunter...Time Master #14 [May-June, 1963]) fails with the last panel.

4. Daredevil #171 (1981) is something that could have been quality material, but it has too flaws. For instance being told things versus being shown and what is shown is sometimes odd looking in pose or design. Heck, a guy with a knife has apparently a missing arm, no face, and a twisted almost 360 degrees spine. Also there is poor set-up of new subplots. Last but not least is how Daredevil's way of speaking and personality are changed at least three times.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 34

So are the spider web infestations throughout this episode consisting of magical spiders and webs or only the webs? If it is the former how badly does that affect the environment in the world of Sailor Moon? I was left wondering these questions due to the lack of spider imagery in this episode. Also I have to wonder who was stupid enough to have the English version of Usagi think that the Amazon Quartet were the ultimate enemy after they were clearly recalled by someone else. Finally I didn't enjoy this episode as much as the last, but I still enjoyed it in its Japanese form due to the cooler sounding fight music.

Wonder Woman Issue 300 (1983) Review With Spoilers

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   Due to the number of creatives who worked on this issue there are obviously flaws in the art, lettering, and writing. Despite this there seems to be no coloring errors that I could see in my faded physical copy. As for the flaws I did find they are spread out and few enough that I feel this is still a decent product. Also while I feel it is a bit overly long I must say that no page is wasted.

    Now the reason why this issue is decent is because there is something for everyone, even those who hate Wonder Woman and/or comics. Heck, even sexists men and women will find something to recommend from this comic via one of the dream sequences and a bit of dialogue that is suggestive of sexism itself. However, for those who love and respect Wonder Woman the entire story reads like a "Imaginary story" anthology love letter to the series and character. While it is not the greatest issue, or the most progressive of narratives, it is a Wonder Woman story that ea…

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Noir Plays With Magus X Edition

1. Punisher Noir #1 (2009) is a good first issue featuring an alternate version of The Punisher. Really fine work on the texture and line strength.

2. Warlock #1 (1972) is a heavy-handed with the exposition part of the set-up. Despite that, and its artistic flaws, it is an issue that I think people who prefer the written word over visuals will enjoy.

3. Like the above comic (Warlock #1) Weapon X #1 (2002) is a little heavy-handed on the writing front. However, by the end of the issue it left me feeling intrigued enough that I feel others might be as well. For that reason alone this issue is recommended.

4. Raising A Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! 2015 (2015) is a free book on Comixology that is a guide for parents and teachers. It is mainly prose, but has some sequential art. As a guide it is okay, though I feel it is a bit dull at times.