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In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 20

   I am so glad the next episode preview suggests we will get some actual movement in the plot soon. As for this episode it furthers my belief that Makoto's sanity is kinda questionable. The fact that she stands out in the rain overnight rather than staying somewhere warm and dry is nuts. Also nuts is how she is not worried about her dress, smelling bad, or her "Prince Charming" failing to reappear. Speaking of reappearing who exactly called the other characters to let them know Makoto was not at home? Cause I have always thought she lived alone since we never see, or really her hear about her, parents.

Spell On Wheels Issue 4 Review

   I am kind of hoping this limited series either gets an ongoing or the whole creative team gets another series at Dark Horse. Some reasons just from this issue are: Megan Levens's ability to be consistent in character proportions is superb with only one questionable panel featuring Claire. Not to mention Megan Levens creates expressions that mix perfectly with the unique way each character is written by Kate Leth. Speaking of Kate Leth she continues to write likable characters in an indie feeling mythic style. As for coloring, Marissa Louise provides a well-balanced color palette. While Nate Piekos chose the right amount of size for the more exaggerated bits of dialogue. Finally Jen Bartel did a beautiful cover for this issue that has to be seen to be believed.

   Extremely recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Home Zombie Life Edition

1. Home #1 (2015) comes across more like a bad attempt at creating a parody of the 1980s and 1960s with a weird zombie-like being thrown-in. Also the art is barely serviceable.

2. The Iron-Mouse story from Spider-Ham #3 (1984) is a rather lame parody of Iron Man. Not to mention he doesn't really do much except point out why a suitcase filled with armor would be a hinderance.

3. The Wally The Wizard/Star Comics advertisement found in certain Marvel Comics such as Spider-Ham #3 (1984). This is advert is not exciting or interesting due to the lackluster design. Also the writing is too abstract at times for the target audience of young children to understand.

4. Medic #1 (2015) is as bad as any issue of Bill Jemas's infamous Marville (2002).

The Borgias Review

   The translated lettering is superb. While the story is appealing on several fronts (scholar, hedonist, and lovers of sequential art.) However, I feel certain parts of the art could have used more shadow such as certain stable scenes. Also the design of the introductory essay pages could have been a little better in terms of what art was placed where. Though I have to say overall that the line work, coloring, and characterization make this an exceptional adults only comics.

   Recommended!

Faith ongoing Issue 7 Review With Spoilers

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    The writing is only off in terms of this not being a one in done story. Cause Faith is a smart character and very similar to a self-aware character like Deadpool or Gwenpool due to her knowledge of tropes. In other words she should have figured out that someone was messing with her by the end of the issue even with the cliffhanger ending.

   As for the visuals the artists styles are too similar and thus without a change in color palette it is hard to know if most of the issue is fantasy or reality. Though judging by the first few pages I think Joe Eisma needs to improve on expressions and depth. the lettering on the one part of the series recap/character summary is off in font color. Finally the indicia date says January 2016 and that is an obvious typo.

  My verdict: Entertaining yet not good enough in quality to recommend to any but the most die-hard fan.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Nick Fury As Savior Edition

1. Nick Fury VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. #5 (1988) has a beautiful, and beautifully subtle, cover design. Also it just barely stops from becoming an info dump of exposition and this is partly due to a ridiculous concept. Said concept of Nick Fury as Savior. Really one of the better works in terms of revisionist/deconstructionist comics.

2. Ms. Tree #33 (1986) is a mature readers comic that has solid writing and presents the positives and negatives to a Hollywood and the adult film industry. It also is interesting as a fictionalized version of Traci Lords time in adult films.

3. Ms. Tree #17 (1985) a mature readers comic that is not for everyone due to the topic of child kidnapping, murder, and rape. However, as a dark detective story it is solid in the writing and art.

4. The "Human Bomb" story from Police Comics #1 (1941) is pretty high in quality for its time period. Plus Nazis are punched!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Hulk Offs Murdock Edition

1. Daredevil #163 has one of the lamest sneaking away costume changes ever. It is done in a way that could result in death, or at least the someone thinking Matt Murdock jumped to his death. Not to mention the stupid fight with the Hulk that should result in Matt's death from the first hit and landing alone.

2. Uncanny X-Men #4 (2013) has some confusion caused by the last few pages. Also some way too obvious cheats in the art in select panels.

3. All-New X-Men #20 (Late 2013, Early 2014) has facial expressions and body proportion quality levels constantly shifting from panel to panel.

4. The advert titled "The Simple Advice That Changed Bob's Body... and his Entire Life!" found in Charlton Publications, Inc.'s Billy The Kid #112 (1975). Is fine in its text, but horrible in terms of the art's proportions.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 19

  This episode is watchable but only due to see how lazy filler episodes can get. I mean the fictional royal is such an idiot it is surprising this episode isn't titled "The Half-Attempted Dumb Blonde Joke!" In fact I would like to believe she made her country happy by dying via stupidity on her way back to the hotel. Cause not knowing what money is, among other things, suggests that if she has any real political power she is not a good ruler. Finally I like the fact the original English made her a duchess versus a princess/queen, but I believe the Japanese version is more watchable.

   Questions! Why did the elephant leave the battle? How come the elephant was not allowed to be part of the monster that had to be defeated? How come Luna was shocked at Mamoru and Usagi faking being sick in the future?

Bloodshot USA Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue stands on its own merits just fine, but will be more enjoyable in the collected format. I say this due to the fact that certain scenes while awesome are built off of other issues' scenes. Speaking of things being built off of other things there is a reference to Kay/Deathmate's favorite story that was previously mentioned in The Valiant. This plot point makes the issue a little inaccessible to anyone who has not read that previous story. While the art could have used a bit more shadow during the battle scenes in the real world. Overall this comic is a thing of beauty.

   Recommended!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 3 Advance Review With Spoilers

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  Neither cover is that good. The problems are: the additional text found at the bottom right for the regular cover. While the absurdity of the situation is kind of lame and hard to place in time for the deleted scene variant. However, the interior work is fine technically. Personally I think Christos Gage is still relying too much on current and/or past allegories/references. Yet he has seemingly dialed back the amount per issue so the content is not as depressing or unexplored as issue 2's. In conclusion I think this may turn out to be a good meta story provided that the rest of the season is as good as this issue. Also that we survive the real world events happening involving, or affected by, the Orange One, his cronies and others who promote hatred and harm.*

  Recommended!


 *Note: Sorry to my readers for having to break my promise to rise above politics, but needs must.


Buffy The Vampire Slayer Birthday Dark Horse Comics Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (Jan, 19, 2017)—Dark Horse and 20th Century Fox are excited to wish Buffy a very happy birthday! It’s been twenty years since the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer first premiered on Fox, and Dark Horse Comics is celebrating with the release of the third installment of Buffy: The High School Years, featuring executive producer Joss Whedon, author Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon), and artist Yishan Li (Buffy: The High School Years—Freaks and Geeks) in Buffy: The High School Years—Parental Parasite.  In Parental Parasite, Buffy struggles to deal with her mother Joyce’s sudden interest in spending quality time with her. Balancing this new development with her schoolwork, her friends, and her regular vampire-slaying duties proves to be a challenge. However, when Joyce becomes hypnotized by a childlike demon that craves motherly care, Buffy experiences a new kind of sibling rivalry—except in Buffy’s case, her “sibling” is actually a monster! Set in Se…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Twenty-First Century Edition

1. Doc Unknown #1 (2013) has a severe lack of set-up and seems to be a little too obvious in what inspired it. Plus it has one lettering mistake. Lastly it has several problems with sequencing and fight choreography.

2. Uncanny Avengers #1 (2012) has Thor shifting how he talks. Also there does not seem to be much difference between character voices. Finally there are too many unnecessary dutch angles.

3. The text story "Vengeance" from Police Comics #1 (1941) is a horrible attempt at creating a mystery. It jumps around on what is being focused on. Also it reveals the culprit and motive at the start.

4. Cable And X-Force #1 (2012) has unnecessary exposition being said to no one. Not to mention the small art mistakes.

Angel And The World Enders Comic Issue 1 Kickstarter Could Use Some Support

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Alien Vs. Predator: Fire And Stone Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  While this issue has great dialogue, lettering, coloring, and art it relies primarily on one scene. That and the lack of use of the mutated cannibalistic Predator makes this issue feel like it could have been more. However, the fact that this issue is accessible to a non-fan like myself, and that it can somewhat stand on its own merits, makes it a success in my book.

  Recommended!

Harbinger Renegades Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   The summary and character bios are nice and concise. As for the art the line and designs are great, but they are arguably best in the flashback scenes. I especially think the scene with The Bleeding Monk and Solomon is the best textured. The deep crimson color of the blood adds to the scene's effectiveness. Finally while I liked how the flashbacks were included and what information they provided I feel they could have benefited from timestamps.

   Recommended for its all-around high-quality work.

Angel Season 11 Issue 1 Advance Review With Spoilers

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  First off, I did not get to read all the text due to one word balloon being screwed up for some reason. Hopefully it and the one time when Angel's left eye is missing are fixed for a collected edition. As for the rest of the interiors Angel and Fred look completely unlike they should for most of this book. For example Fred does not look willowy like Amy Acker. As for the script it has very stale dialogue that seems to lack the voices fans of the Buffyverse are expecting. There is also the factor of Angel suddenly having visions for no explained reason being the whole reason for the time travel plot. Finally while the covers are beautiful the lack of anything happening inside makes them seem like a rushed production.

  Not Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Jaguar Ditko Edition

1. The Fly story from The Fly #5 (1984) opens with a visual problem related to The Fly's wings. Said problem is later made glaring when the story highlights his flying ability. I also think Steve Ditko's level of objectivism causes the flaws in the characters and story that make them feel hard to relate to.

2. The Jaguar story from The Fly #5 (1984) is beautifully drawn and okay in writing, but it is hard to enjoy due to overly large text and word balloons.

3. "The Mouthpiece" from Police Comics #1 (1941) is just horrible in every way possible.

4. "Dewey Drip" is premised on a stereotype that is kind of outdated. Also the line work is too loose, and the story stops right when seems about to get interesting.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Boltinoff Torchwood Edition

1. The slightly amusing "Jane Of The Jungle" Henry Boltinoff gag comic found in the The Fly #5 (1984). Also recommended as an example of how to do a simple humor strip.

2. Torchwood #4 (2017) is not astounding, but it is decent enough to be something I would recommend to fans of John Barrowman or Torchwood.

3. "Plastic Man" from Police Comics #1 (1941) has so far been the strongest of the reprinted material from the Millennium Edition version published by DC in 2000. It shows why Jack Cole's death was such a loss in the history of sequential art. Great design work and a decent enough premise and script.

4. The Avengers #190 (1979) is a great example of how to do a superhero based legal situation. While it starts slow the story has an even pace and a good combination of visuals and text.

Aliens: Defiance Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue makes me just want to write a paragraph's worth of one expletive as the entire review. I say this because based on this issue most of the creative team does not care about this series. So why should I? For example Zula Hendricks visually cycles from looking healthy to emaciated and female to male several times. The summary of last issue is essentially just "things happened." While the colors seem to muddy up certain small bits of line work such as on Zula's fingers. Stephanie Hans (Cover Artist) and Nate Piekos (Letterer) are the only ones who seem to have put in actual effort and care. And I say that despite how Hans's art is hurt by the angle making the depth a bit of an optical illusion.

   Not recommended unless you need something to put in the fireplace.

Spell On Wheels Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   The cover has one coloring problem and that is there is a little too much blush on the cheeks of the characters. Though this problem is only slightly above nitpick level. Other than that this is an extremely high quality issue that will probably read better in trade format yet stands alone just fine. Fair warning though this issue's contents may piss some people off for how a couple came together.

   Extremely recommended for reading and nominating for awards.

Ninjak Issue 23 Review WIth Spoilers

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   If you are going to buy this issue I recommend the cover done by Ryan Bodenheim due to its 1970s martial arts movie poster look. As for the interior art I have no complaints on the line work. Though I do think Marc Laming could have made the decoy prison cells look a little different from the real ones. On the writing and editing side I feel this could have used one more go due to how it wastes the cliffhanger from last issue. Also it feels like the first issue of a story arc which is problematic since that was how the silent prelude felt. Finally I have to say Dave Sharpe and Ulises Arreola did good work on this issue.

   Recommended on an enjoyment and high enough quality level, but some may prefer to wait for the collected edition.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 12 Manga Opinion Piece

  I liked the ending pages with the wedding and think the overall pacing is good. However, I don't get the point of the Sailor Stars getting killed off in the arc that introduced them. Also I think how the villains are connected was inventive but weakly done. I mean a celestial cauldron's evil side, really? Finally I hope that if Sailor Moon Crystal does this arc that the music makes the story feel more epic.

  No Questions this time.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Soul Ribs Edition

1. Nightstalkers #1 (1992) is kind of generic in terms of character motivations. Also a whole page has mis-placed text.

2. Soul #1 (2015) lacks proper set-up unless the other titles from Double-Take have been read first.

3. The Mighty Crusaders #6 (1984) has a one page gag comic that should have been two pages. Said one page story makes the cover text saying "Special! All-SHIELD Issue!" a lie. Also the Shield story is divided into chapters with an unnecessary recap in the latter half. Finally there are lettering mistakes in the final pages of the Shield story.

4. The Gunner & Sarge story from Our Fighting Forces #85 (1964) has one glaring problem. If the characters are not able to open their mouths without signaling allied planes to strike, how do they eat?

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior Issue 14 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is a relatively decent ending to this series. Though I do think the last page is a little too final in how it feels. Also the last page makes it a little more difficult for when they possibly bring back the Eternal Warrior. I say possibly because Valiant does have a "dead is dead" policy that has very few exceptions. Now the reason why this is a decent ending is due to the wonderful art and the amount of character development for the supporting cast. Even the ambiguous way Gilad and his son reconcile is nicely drawn and written.

  My verdict: This is the first overall good in quality Eternal Warrior series from the current version of Valiant. Recommended in both single and collected formats.

Dead Inside Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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    I have no idea what the hell Brian Wood's quoted praise is talking about. I mean the oft ignored angle of investigating prison crimes is something I agree with, but that is all I can agree on. On the art side of things problems range from the art having poorly done blood splatter work to being overly textured in select panels. Not to mention the covers are depressing in design and color schemes. While the writing has even more problems including a weak set-up in the initial mystery, no set-up for any of the characters or locales, and a story that just exists. This is similar to a brick being piled into an empty hole riddled row boat in that it will sink and bore those watching. In other words don't look to add this to your pull lists cause I smell a well deserved cancelation in the air.

   Most extreme form of a not recommended status.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Titan Funny Face Edition

1. Teen Titans #51 (1977) is goofy fun with the only real problem being a few lettering mistakes.

2. Teen Titans #52 (1977) is fun if a bit weak on the ending. Also there is a tiny bit of white-washing, but not enough that it is a full-on problem. This and issue 51 are something to hand kids that are fans of the cartoons featuring the Teen Titans.

3. The Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman Fan Fiction "Editorial Discretion" by the author known as Deadly Chakram provides an interesting take on Perry White.

4. Justice League Of America: The Atom - Rebirth #1 (2017) is an interesting redo of how the two size-changing versions of The Atoms are connected. It also adds a dimension to a villain of the Ryan Choi Atom.

Usagi Yojimbo Issue 158 Review With Spoilers

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    This issue starts with a storm ending yet the large nimbus cloud looks like it is coming in. However, there are no other art problems despite Stan Sakai having required assistance from Jennifer Kagawa. As for the story it is figuratively and literally one that is about the destination versus the journey. Though that style of storytelling, and the subject discussed at the end, will turn some readers off from liking this issue.

    Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 18

    This episode is utterly skippable and forgettable, except for the poor line delivery in the original English. Questions! Will they stop with comments about Usagi's weight? Does anyone else think this episode was creatively lazy in nearly every way?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 First 2017 Edition

1. Red Panda: The Mask Of The Red Panda softcover (2014) published by IDW and Monkeybrain comics. It has Decent to great art with beautiful coloring. Also it has a brilliant script and concept. Recommended for fans of pulp characters and lovers of radio program adventurers.

2. "Super Snooper" from Police Comics #1 (1941) is a one page story that is just amusing enough to make it on this list.

3. "Chic Carter" is also from Police Comics #1 (1941) and is pretty logical and high quality for a story from the 1940s.

4. The story titled "The Flying Coffin!" from Our Fighting Forces #85 (1964) is not great but good enough for at least one read.

Spell On Wheels Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is great in how the color palette adds to the atmosphere of each scene, in particular the party scene. The art seems consistent in even small details like noses. Megan Levens also makes both the settings and clothes feel lived in. While Kate Leth writes dialogue in a mostly upbeat yet realistic way. Finally the lettering, designs, and cover art are all expert level work.

  Very Recommended!

A & A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong Issue 10 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue has a few negatives. First there is a missing "s" on the word scientists in the summary. Then there is the made for the trade feel to the interludes. Particularly the whole non-starter feel both interludes have about them. However, this issue's trippy weirdness regarding Gub Gub is well worth the cover price of the single issue. So kudos to Ryan Lee on that front.
   Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 First 2017 Edition

1. "Firebrand" from Police Comics #1 (1941) has several holes in the story, such as how Slugger gets from one rooftop to another. Also it is kind of generic in concept.

2. "711" from Police Comics #1 (1941) has the main character going to and staying in prison for illogical reasons. In my opinion this is just as stupid as Bruce Wayne retiring from being Batman while still being able to do the job.

3. "Eagle Evans, Flier of Fortune" from Police Comics #1 (1941) starts out beautifully and then the quality continuously devolves.

4. "Steele Kerrigan" from Police Comics #1 (1941) is contrived and rushed in the telling. Also the villains are willing to kill for no real reason.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 17

   There is practically nothing to say due to how formulaic this episode felt in both the original Japanese and English. I mean it is cool how Tuxedo Mask uses his hat to attack. However, I think the monster should have been finished by any means other than Sailor Moon and Chibi-Moon's Pegasus calling attack. Also I feel it is weird how all the girls, with the exception of Usagi, seemed to start gazing dreamily at Shingo. I mean Chibi-Usa is legitimately related to him and the others are all way older than him. This somewhat leads into my two questions for this episode: Why does Ami act like Shingo has a chance? How did the Amazon Trio pay for their food?