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Recommended Comics List Of 4 Authorized Super Authority Edition

1. Ninjak #1 (1994) this is merely okay in the art department. It is also right before the internet truly became a thing in so it feels dated in certain aspects. However, it is relatively decent for a comic from the year it was released. Also the bit of singing serves at giving a bit of character development, and is done in one of the few ways that I could see it not being a total flaw.

2. Deathlok #11 (2000) is a bit too dark in terms of the color palette and use of shadows, but the visuals do work well with the script. Though my only personal problem is using a real presidential election in Marvel's sliding time scale. In my opinion things like that weaken the plot in static franchises.

3. The Authority Volume 1 Softcover (2014) features what are arguably the best stories The Authority has ever had. These issues were definitely a game changing set when first published.

4. Superman & Batman: Generations: Book Three (1999) continues a clear narrative with both realistic and fa…

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 2 Opinion Piece

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  This episode did not go where I expected it to go. I mean I expected repercussions to the kiss between Natsume and Nao, but for Natsume to be allowed to stay. Even more surprising was that Natsume gave advice to Abe (who is apparently the only one of the original group with a license) and Uehara. Also surprising was the small appearance of what appeared to be two transfer students(based on both appearance and speaking English). Though they may just be friends or relatives of a student. Heck they could be native via the location of their birth, but not of Japanese ancestry.

   Anyway this episode also was easier to watch versus the last one because it didn't have too much awkwardness in the social situations or comedic moments. That said it still feels different than the original series/season. Though that is mainly due to things like the amount of up angles. Not to mention the lighting is constantly varying in quality and type. Finally some of the settings f…

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 26

I liked the singing portion of this episode even if it sound a little off key in places. Though based on the dialogue I believe it is meant to be a little off. Also I like that Minako gives good reasoning for trying to prove her dream is possible. However, this episode seems to shift focus every time Yaten is on screen. I mean this is Minako's final spotlight episode and Yaten gets the main transformation and first attack. Why was that allowed? Finally while this episode is relatively okay it does fall apart near the end.

  Other Questions! Do the villains actually work in this story arc? Cause this episode suggests their company is a real thing. If their company is real why has no one reported the attacks to the police or media outlets? What excuse did Yaten give that allowed him to judge after talking to a contestant (Minako)? How did no one notice the goofing off of one Judge? Or that said judge went missing after the attack?

Doomsday Clock (2017) Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue is even more corporate driven than the first one in how it feels. Yes, the visuals are good, but the script feels too decompressed compared to issues of Watchmen. Also almost nothing happens except that we get a rehash of information from issue 1 and the covers that have been advertised. Heck, despite the rehashed info there is still a lack of proper set-up for things like the "The Supermen Theory." Finally it feels less like DC Rebirth was leading to this and more like it is just happening cause money can be made.

  Not recommended!

Eternity Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue does not fully work on its own merits. Yes, the art and colors are good, but the narrative requires reading the previous issues and possibly one of the three Divinity series. Also most of the story is character development via flashback that fails to serve the larger narrative. Not to mention the larger narrative feels both compressed and decompressed in an irregular way. Finally there are two lettering mistakes in this issue.

   Not Recommended in single format. This may be recommended in a collected format depending on how it concludes next month.

X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 10 Review With Spoilers

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  The lettering is solid and accurate. While the visuals could be less soft in feel they are exceptionally detailed. However, this issue is horribly written, particularly in the structure & characterization. For example the flashbacks happen without a real reasoning. Also this feels more like a Star Wars story about Bounty Hunters, or a generic sci-fi story, versus anything X-O Manowar. Heck, the specifically the dialogue is too relatable to be sprouted by alien characters. Finally the characterization is minimal to the point of being none existent.

   Very not recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Supreme Love Eclipsed Edition

1. Eclipso #11 (1993) has generally ugly visuals due mainly to the inconsistent proportions. Also the narrative will be somewhat hard to follow if one were to just read this issue as a first comic. Finally none of the characters are portrayed in a likable way.

2. Supreme: The Return #5 (2000) has a too dark color palette in the "present" scenes. Also the narrative requires one to understand the tropes and cliches from Silver Age Superman stories to appreciate it. Finally the plot is kind of simplistic and generic in execution.

3. Supreme: The Return #6 (2000) also has a too dark color palette. Not to mention it is seems way to heavy on the inks. Lastly it fails at trying to be Jack Kirby in style while at the same time being a philosophical tribute to Jack Kirby and imagination.

4. DoomsdayAnnual #1 (1995) has some good moments, but has several failings. The main problems are found in the mis-characterization of Darkseid, the PSA ending to the framing sequence, and the disco…

Challengers Of The Unknown Issue 87 (1978) Review With Spoilers

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  The cover is way more epic than this issue's narrative. Mainly this is due to the weird choice of stopping the action to show off their headquarters Challenger Mountain in a one page layout. However, the writing also describes the actions being shown. Not to mention both the art and writing start to lessen in quality near the latter half of the book. For example when an implosion is shown and briefly discussed. The colors are what one would expect from most DC books of the late 1970s. Finally the lettering is neither great nor bad.

  My verdict: For a last issue this is not the worst I have ever seen since I found it entertaining. However, it is not of good enough quality and entertainment value to recommend.

 Not Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 25

This is just a cluster of different anime tropes thrown into an episode featuring Sailor Moon and her cast of characters. In other words I think this episode is all over the place almost to the point of being nonsensical. That said I was okay with some of the changes in design that caused the main sailor guardians to look older. Though these changes should have happened earlier in the season/series.

   Questions! What happened to the communicators the girls had? Is Mamoru ever coming back? Why was the Sailor Stars' princess's scent brought up at the end if they are only going to wait another episode? Does anyone think the reason Sailor Moon Crystal is going to end with two movies is due to how short those story arcs are?

Quantum + Woody! Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The art is for the most part fantastic. However, the lack of background in several panels varies in effectiveness. By that I mean some of those panels work and others needed a background. As for the colors they are well-chosen, and act almost like a bridge between this issue's humor and drama. Next we have the lettering which has some nice font, but not much else that I can talk about. Finally the script is more dramatic than humorous so those looking for The Delinquents level humor will be a bit disappointed. That said there are enough funny moments for this to be considered a true Quantum + Woody narrative.

  Recommended, but mainly for the manga reference!

Ninja-K Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue feels more like an anthology than any previous issue starring Ninjak that I have read. Yes, the first five pages are supposed to be a part of the main story's arc, but it feels disconnected from it. The reason I feel that is the case is mainly due to the different font, art, and coloring. That said the main story, including the first five pages is overall good. Yet it is the final panel with Madame Charade, and what she says to Ninjak, that will possibly please long-time Valiant/Ninjak readers the most. Really the only flaws for the main story is how pages 1-5 feel like a false start, and the fact that the internal monologue for the 12 panels that follow are unnecessary.

 As for the back-up story it is pretty great. However, it feels like a flashback for the main story rather than a back-up. And yes the colors and art are different, but the font is similar enough to the main story's opening flashback. In terms of flaws the only real one is th…

Adventure Into Fear #19 (1973) Review With Spoilers

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Note: The following review is being done off the version found in the 2014 Howard The Duck Omnibus. Said Omnibus has color reconstruction, and a type of paper which would not be found in the original.

  This issue is very existential at the beginning in a way that was definitely ahead of its time. Yet as it goes on there are a lot of elements that without the intelligence script would be generic. What makes the scripting intelligent is how the elements range in genre from science fiction to fantasy to horror and finally to humor. In a lot of ways this issue is an attempt at experimenting that more recent corporate comics have either lacked or failed at.

  As for the art, it shows a mastery of sequencing the visuals and create the illusion of movement while using mostly normal page designs. Also The expressions and mannerisms are distinct to each character. Finally the lettering is accurate, and the colors (if this version is anything to go by) were probably very we…

In The Name Of The Moon it Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 24

If all the previous episodes from this season had been like this one I would have quit watching by now. Well I would have if I won't so stubborn. Anyway this episode is mainly pointless tension and star-crossed romance with little plot progression. Also the villains are treated like plot devices in an episode talking about how they have been destroying a galaxy. Shouldn't they and the back story feel and look epic? However, my main problem is that the moon princess is treated like a naive child. Usagi is supposed to be the leader of her group, including the three outer scouts, and yet she isn't allowed to make decisions. Ugh!

  There is one plus to the events of this episode and that is I have thought up some ideas for the final post about this anime. Said post will happen twelve weeks from now, because I still have Codename Sailor V volume 2 to read and write about.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Challenge Of The Eclipse Edition

1. Deathlok #6 (2000) is mostly okay, but the panel layouts and reliance on previous issues make it something I would not recommend.

2. Eclipso #12 (1993) has the horrible aesthetic design of saliva connecting open mouths. Also the cover is too crowded with too many differently posed characters. Not to mention inconsistent proportions. In my opinion the only relatively decent part of this narrative is the writing, and then only when compared to worse comics.

3. Challengers of the Unknown #66 (1969) has some racist elements (primarily white-washing). Also there are problems with proportions, line work, poses, and pacing. Finally there are some odd moments of dialogue and plot.

4. Also from Challengers of the Unknown #66 is the one page story called "Saved by a Dream." This simple narrative has only two problems. The first flaw is that the text dominates the page to the point that it may as well not have sequential art. Though the second problem is arguably worse in that there…

The Inhumans Issue 12 (1977) Review With Spoilers

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  This issue starts out rather oddly due to how the opening page feels, at least to me, like a second or third page. Also the fact that the story title is right under the summary in such a big font size is distracting. As for the narrative it has too many things going on which results in somethings feeling severely less eventful. Though I do think the visuals are great overall they are hurt a tiny bit by some of the coloring (namely the choice of blue for the Kree and the red of The Pursuer's outfit.) Finally the writing gets heavy-handed in describing things to the point of being absurd and/or wrong. (Heck, I think this was why there are some grammar/spelling mistakes.)

  My Verdict: Not Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 The Eclipsed Edition

1. Eclipso #15 (1994) has proportion problems to the point that several well-known characters look almost unrecognizable. Also we see very little of the title character Eclipso. Finally we get several bits of recap via dialogue to the point this issue is just a summary with bad art.

2. Eclipso #13 (1993) has several unnecessary deaths. Also like issue 15 the proportion problems are pretty bad. Not to mention that like issue 15 this issue has lines that are too thick and prominent. Though I think the worst flaw is the sudden switching of two characters' previously established sexuality right before dying.

3. The one page comic called "The Hoodooed Stagecoach!" from Challengers Of The Unknown #66 (1969) has a bit of racism in it, and it is very weak in narrative quality.

4. Also from Challengers Of The Unknown #66 is the Revell advert titled "Moon Walk" which while fine in art was hinging on a successful moon walk. As such it was immediately dated as soon as the …

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

I liked the first half of this episode until the radio show appearance happened. As soon as that event happened it was like the writers and animators forgot what Usagi about her feelings. Now it's not that I hate the Sailor Stars (except for Sailor Star Maker for the stupid attack name), but the forced romance and conflict elements are totally repetitive (see the third (official) story arc) and unnecessary (Chibi-Usa's existence).

   Speaking of unnecessary, the villains insulting the other one's body was very unneeded. Not to mention Galaxia talking about Earth as if she hadn't established a base of operations with minions there. I mean did she just realize it existed? For that matter why does Chibi-Chibi not seem to exist in this episode? Finally whose harebrained idea was it to do a fourth wall break at the beginning, and if it was the director why did they okay showing a ceiling fan so many times?

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 1

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   I had actually lost hope that I would see a continuation to Good Morning Call. That said I am not yet sure if this will be as good based on how much trouble I had with the socially awkward moments. As I might have mentioned in some past post over empathize with the characters and actors during these moments. Yet I still watched the whole episode and found most of it to be very enjoyable.

   However, I am confused by who the "three days without sleep" woman is. Like is she a joke character or actually important to the over-arcing plot. Also why did Abe get a moment of coolness in the cafeteria and then become lame again at the party. There were certain production decisions that felt odd like Nao's walk being played on a loop in two scenes, and the one follow through on the "Secret Garden." Though I personally feel the oddest production detail is the end credits being spaced so far apart, and bland when compared to the high school episodes…

Bloodshot Salvation Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue's art is great, but there could have been just a bit more consistency with the character designs. Also there is a lack of background, with the exception of color, in a lot of panels. Speaking of the color palette it is nicely applied in spite of how much cross-hatching there is. My only personal complaint is that this is a very graphic issue that may be triggering for those who have been abused. That said the writing is fine even though the story is a bit short in terms of how much happens.

   Recommended, but with trigger warnings for those who have been abused or burned.


New Talent Showcase Issue 13 (1985) Review With Spoilers

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  The first feature "Found and Lost" is pretty good simply due to the talent of all the creatives. That said this story ends extremely abruptly, and while the plot threads are mostly resolved there are a few that still dangle (Ex. The librarian's brief supporting character moment).

  "Just Another Day" while having the most solid story, and ending, of the four features is a bit too angular on the art. Also certain small details are either not fleshed-out (What is the theta-effect), or too minimalistic (line work suggesting fingers in the third panel).

  Bobcat in "After The Ball" is essentially the movie The Sandlot. However, it has less likable characters and a few different elements/details than The Sandlot. Though this story has made me wonder if The Sandlot wasn't somewhat ripping off this tale.

 Finally we have 21st Sentry A.D. "The Beast Within." All I can say about this story is that the narrative makes little…

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Champions Swarm Generic Edition

1. The Punisher Annual #5 (1992) features some relatively decent punisher stories despite the characterization being less grim dark than normal.

2. The Eternals #3 (1976) is some decent mid-to late 70s Jack Kirby action.

3. The Champions #15 (1977) is pretty by the books for an American made superhero comic from the  1970s. However, I think fans of bee and bug related horror stories might enjoy this tale.

4. The Invaders #15 (1977) is a good issue in a series that had some bad (racist) issues. Also it remembers to show the potential for characters like the Atom and Ant-Man to be effective.

Faith's Winter Wonderland Special No. 1 Review With Spoilers

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    The events of this issue evoke the fun parts of childhood and good (quality) holiday specials. It also is the first full issue from Valiant Entertainment that feels like it could possibly be safely given to a kid. As for the art it is amazingly textured, designed, and mixes well with the colors and text. Speaking of the text the dialogue is top-notch and all word balloons are perfectly positioned.

    Really the only possible problem is that readers other than me might hate how the latter pages cause uncertainty. Meaning that the majority of the comic if not all of the story could just be a fantasy sequence. However, I feel that the opening, and where timestamps were placed, proves that everything actually happened.

   Very Highly Recommended!

Serenity Firefly Class 03-K64 No Power In The Verse Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  Consistency in the area of character designs is non-existent in this comic. Nearly every single could be used as an example of this problem. What is worse is the pacing is sluggish due to how the scenes are broken up. Speaking of scenes, a few moments seem to be ripped out of the show (Firefly) and movie (Serenity) almost wholesale. The best example of this problem is the table argument in the latter pages of the book. Finally the coloring looks a bit off with how light and shadow are suggested.

  Not Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 King Mighty Tiger Edition

1. The Mighty Crusaders #5 (1984) has a few lettering mistakes, but its main problem is how the writing is in both stories. This is not to say the writing is all bad just that it is too uneven in terms of the dialogue, narration, and bits of characterization.

2. Comics' Greatest World: King Tiger (1993) has some odd coloring choices. Also the art lacks depth and texture in various areas. There is also the major flaw of most of it just feeling like a small piece of a larger story. Lastly the title is weak to the point that one requires the indicia to be sure that know it.

3. Elektra #19 (1998) has tons of artistic mistakes, including Elektra looking like her back is broken on the cover. Also this is a last issue that wraps up nothing and dumps a lot of information on the reader.

4. Elektra #15 (1998) has the same problems as issue 19, and the additional problem of characters being off-model.

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

This episode is very odd in how the title suggests Usagi or one of the Sailor Stars or Guardians might have to pilot a that is about to crash. Odder still is the fact we never see the pilots, or are given a reason why they aren't knocked out by the sleeping gas. Cause an enclosed space with limited routes for air to go would suggest that they would a least get a whiff of it.

  Speaking of sleeping, after the flight were Seiya and the others speaking to their fans about a possible refund? Heck, are some of the fans unsure if the movie made them fall asleep due to its quality? Cause it looked like a cheap production in the episode about Rei's cousin.

  Lastly I both love and hate the fact that this episode had so many reminders of The Dark Kingdom. Particular examples being a plane being central in a last battle, and the villain they (Sailor Guardians) face knowing their identities and not using it as a reason to keep from being offed by the boss villain.

List Of My Personal Top 13 Best Comics Media From 2017

1. The mini-series Secret Weapons is the most stellar thing I have read this year.

2. Any bit of social media that cheered the fact that serial sexual harrasser Eddie Berganza was finally fired from DC Entertainment.

3. Wonder Woman for how it is empowering in a way that crosses boundaries.

4. Hellsing Ultimate Abridged Episode 8 cause it is hilarious (in my opinion).

5. Doctor Who: Free Comic Book Day 2017 simply for how its narrative was structured.

6. Bloodshot Salvation has so far been great in quality. Also all the issues have been good examples of how to reference past stories without slowing the pace, or confusing readers.

7. Britannia: We Who Are About To Die in single issue format for its scholarly articles. Not to mention the way the story and articles fleshed out the cast and their society was beautifully done.

8. Croak issues 1-2 published by Alterna Comics were good and is something I would recommended for fans of horror. Issue 3 is not included due to my still needing t…

Red Tornado (1985) Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue feels like it is a bit like a second issue and that is simply due to how accessible it is. By accessible I mean that the set-up is given again in a non-intrusive way. Also of high quality is how distinct each of the character designs looks. However, the cover and a few interior areas lack backgrounds which reduces the overall quality. Not to mention certain bits of minimalism look rushed. For example the bodies on the bottom right of the cover. Finally while the colors and lettering are well done, the omniscient narration is a bit heavy-handed during the mountain climbing scene.

   Recommended, but barely.