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

  This episode is mainly an alternate version of the same short story found in the first volume of short stories from Kodansha Comics. Arguably this is not a terrible thing, but it does suggest that they were sort of lazy with the writing of this episode. Though I will admit the dialogue is a bit different in the Japanese dub and a lot in the original English. Also the dentist seems more evil in both dubs of the anime. Assuming Usagi and Chibi-Usa aren't imagining the final scene. Finally what is up with Chibi-Usa & Usagi savoring sugar by means of not brushing their teeth?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Goals Of McDuck Edition

1. The PSA comic book The Hidden Killer features Wonder Woman & Superman helping teach kids about land mines. It is honestly the best PSA comic I have ever read. Though Superman's invulnerable presence hurts the story a little.

2. Infinity Inc. #41 (1987) is just good enough in the art and writing to make my ongoing list of recommendations.

3. Sex Criminals #16 (2017) is a good jumping point for this mature/adult rated comic.

4. Walt Disney The Beagle Boys Versus Uncle Scrooge #5 (1979) is a bit dated yet is a good get for those who love Disney, time travel, Uncle Scrooge McDuck, or just a decent kids comic book.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Library Edition Volume 3 Review With Spoilers

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  This volume is fine for die-hard and regular fans of the franchise, but it contains several flaws. The flaws range from a simple grammar problem to odd sound effect noises to artistic shortcuts. By shortcuts I mean the artist(s) apparently rushed or got lazy. Take for example how during the big final battle there is a panel where Buffy's face is literally just a smily face. That said this is very well-written, colored and paced.

  Recommended!

Harbinger Renegade Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  The coloring is overall nice and smartly selected, but they could have used more of range for the prologue flashback. As for the lettering there is a typo in the flashback. The art also has one possible flaw in the "prediction" scene featuring Harada fighting with a broken wrist and back against an alien. I say possible due to the power level Harada has shown in the past and how it could be he was using his powers like Torque. (In other words I am pointing it out, but not considering it for my final verdict on this comic.) Also I think the art is some of the best the series has had so far in terms of execution, emoting, and consistency.

   While the writing is mainly talking Rafer remembers to have the script make the characters have actions. For example Solomon walking around the table Kris is initially sitting at. Lastly the issue actually correctly uses cliffhanger type ending line of "The Beginning" correctly.

   Recommended!

Divinity III: Stalinverse Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  First off David Baron brings some amazing colors application to this issue. In my opinion it is so good that it may be looked at in the future as a possible key moment in his career. The same could potentially be true for Dave Lanphear's sharp, attention getting font choice. As for the story it is extremely fast paced, but appropriately so. Though I think Ninjak's meditation skills are getting a little ridiculous. However, they do provide support for Harada's & King's theorizing on the Stalinverse's creation. Finally the art looks a little sketchy in places, yet it stays high enough in quality and consistency to be excellent.

  Highly Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 River Raging Edition

1. Jonah Hex #36 (1980) is a realistic feeling western tragedy. What really makes it work is the strong one-off female character.

2. The beginning of "Class Of 2064" from New Talent Showcase #1 is well-written despite the dated futuristic title and feel. It also has kids and designs that look like they could have been from a 1980s sci-fi movie by Steven Spielberg.

3. "The Rock Of Ages" from New Talent Showcase #1 is an interesting take on the all-knowing wise person on the mountain being asked a question. An almost perfect four page story.

4. Newstime: The Life And Death Of Superman (May 1993) is an intriguing mock-up special issue tie-in to the Superman story arcs "Death Of Superman" & "Funeral For A Friend." It has nice fictional articles and adverts. Also fictional and possibly real tribute quotes about Superman. Finally there is a thinly veiled critical review about Batman Returns (1992).

Generation Zero Issue 7 Review

    This issue was actually pretty decent. Though the art could be better in terms of minimalism. However, for the number of interior artists involved there is surprising consistency. Despite this level of consistency characters at times go a little off model and depth is sometimes sacrificed. As for the writing it could still arguably be better in the areas of characterization and dialogue. I will say that the pacing, humor, and internal story logic are okay. Finally the lettering is fine, but the coloring could be a shade lighter in certain areas.

    Recommended!

Savage Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue concludes Savage's first story and it is pretty good. However, it arguably could have been great if Lewis LaRosa had done the entirety of the present day sequences. Instead there is a little bit of confusion caused by Clayton Henry taking over the majority of this issue's present day sequences. That said Lewis LaRosa and Clayton Henry provide quality art. LaRosa's art provides more depth and realism. On the other hand Henry's art portray's more kinetic motion in Savage's actions.

  As for the story it wraps up on a cliffhanger ending that has a believable build-up and fight. Finally the colors are arguably better applied for LaRosa's art, yet still quality work overall.

  Recommended!

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

  This episode has the creepiest one off character I have seen in any dub of any anime. I mean the stars being in her eyes is weird and disturbing enough, but it also has the plot of Single White Female and the English voice actress's vocals. Not to mention she is supposed to be 13 years old and yet looks 10 or 11 and yet is talking about careers. Well it just all adds up to way too creepy for me. Thus this episode really could be skipped since that it is all this kind of filler and nothing but a new attack.

  Questions! Is this series becoming too reliant on visual gags? Why did Rei not get to meet a copy of herself like Ami did last episode? What was Rei's Grandpa doing during this episode? Would this episode have worked better if Rei's Grandpa had been included?

Aliens: Fire And Stone Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue has pretty realistic art, though the color palette be lighter in some places and darker in others. Though the color palette for the most palette is good enough that the realistic reactions can be viewed well enough. Speaking of the reactions they are some of the best I have seen in a comic based around this franchise. Also the characters are consistently on model. Finally the writing is engaging and believable in the explanation of the black goo and Cale's confession.

  Recommended.

Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64 No Power In The 'Verse Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  There are too many artistic shortcuts taken with this issue. Examples range from a lack of pupils to minimalistic areas lacking enough detail. Heck, Malcolm's face has his eyes going in two different directions at one point. Also panels are oddly positioned in the first few pages. Though the coloring, writing and lettering are fine enough.

   Recommended for fans, but not recommended for those looking for good art.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 What Clothing Is Photoshop Edition

1. X-Men: Phoenix - Legacy Of Fire #2 (2003) is two steps away from looking like an a bad attempt at making an adults' only manga. With the exception of the title and some names this story has almost nothing to do with the X-Men franchise. Also it is overly reliant on dated, obvious photoshop. Oh and did I mention the excessive and pointless fan service.

2. X-Men: Phoenix - Legacy Of Fire #3 (2003) see above.

3. The first installment of the story "Forever Amber" from New Talent Showcase #1 (1984). Has too much backstory for the main character and not enough on her power gem. It also seems kind of odd how the mother is from Taiwan, and yet is stuck in Vietnam.

4. Also from New Talent Showcase #1 (1984) we have "Sky Dogs" which has too little set-up. Though my main problem is a member of the Sky Dogs blocking a bullet with his sword. That moment simply broke my suspension of disbelief.

A & A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong Issue 12 Review With Spoilers

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  There are flaws in issue, but they are mainly noticeable in the epilogues. For example the body proportions are not always consistent in "Epilogue 2." Specifically the second to last panel of the final page has Armstrong's right hand as disproportionately smaller than the left. While "Epilogue 1" has improvement in Joe Eisma shows more line work than in his issues of Faith, he still has a too sharp and angular line that suggests a possible lack of confidence. (Mind that I say Joe Eisma is apparently improving, but I am basing this off a single page.) As for the coloring, both Epilogues could have been more consistent with the rest of the issue.

   As for the majority of the comic there are arguably three big flaws: One is the Bag-maker being what makes the bag work properly seemingly comes out of nowhere. The second big flaw is all the insanity though fun feels somewhat rushed, yet leaves too many unresolved (for the moment) plot threads.…

Alterna Comics March 2017 Previews

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Doppleganger #1
Release Date: March 3rd
$1.99, 24 pgs, Full Color, Mature, Horror Digital Comic (W) Jordan Hart (A) Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Summary A Timid Computer Engineer named Dennis Zimmann gets his life turned inside out after a car crash leaves him with a concussion. Believing that he's hallucinating as a result of his head injury, Dennis really starts to lose his grip on reality when an evil version of himself begins to torment him.
Available on comiXology.





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The Wicked Righteous #2
Release Date: March 9th 
$1.99, 24pgs, Full Color, Young Adult, Action Thriller
Digital Comic (W) Terry Mayo (A) Lucas Romero, Chris Hall (L) Brandon DeStefano
Summary This next installment of The Wicked Righteous picks up right where the explosive first issue left off. Lucas and his group find themselves cornered by the deadly Horsemen and are forced to put their trust in the mysterious Cross if they hope to make it out of the wastelands of San Diego alive.
Available on comiXology.




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Recommended Comics List Of 4 Adventures In Gusty County Edition

1. Superman Adventures #1 (1996) feels like an unaired season one episode episode. Though it is great in a lot of ways there is one or two problems. However, only one problem is obvious and it involves a character's arm going through a panel break. Other than that this is a near epic Superman comic aimed at kids.

2. The 2009 one-shot comic Doctor Who Room With A Déjà View. Shows how Doctor Who stories can play with linear and non-linear storytelling. It is also a good story for those seeking a more challenging comic book.

3. Infinity Inc. #52 (1988) is a solid enough issue in my opinion, and one I personally think fans of legacy characters will enjoy. However, I will admit that I personally believe it to be flawed in a lot of ways.

4. Secret Six #5 (Dec. 1968 - Jan. 1969) is a rare gem from the latter part of the Silver Age of comics. It is recommended for those who want proof that the Silver Age was not just a period of silly comics. Also it is a great spy comic with this issue b…

Review Of Abby Gaines's Married By Mistake

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  This novel is enjoyable for the most part. Yes, some of it is constructed in a formulaic way, particularly the chapters after the main characters sleep together, however it is mostly well-written. Even minor characters who are mainly plot devices are written well enough not to feel like such. The main problems are the occasional "word of the day" in certain sentences, and the angst and fluff being a little too overdone at times. Yet the pacing and several moments (such as Sam's romantic pursuit of another character) often make up for said contrivances.

  My verdict: Married By Mistake is recommended for those who are looking for a light read in the romance genre. However, it will not please everyone due to the problems I mentioned.

Breaking: The 2016 IF Anthology Sells Out Press Release

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--For Immediate Release--

Alterna Comics is happy to announce that the 2016 IF Anthology has sold out at the publisher level. Copies may still be available from retailers and creators of the anthology. At this time, no plans have been made to go back to print on the title.

The IF Anthology, which was created by Alterna publisher Peter Simeti in 2015, tackles a different theme every year. "Science fiction" was the theme of 2015's book, "Super Powers" was the theme for 2016. The upcoming 2017 IF Anthology will revolve around the theme of "Crime" -- and will carry the title's first mature rating. Submissions are currently being accepted here.

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More about the 2016 IF Anthology:

Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, 2016's "IF" features almost 100 creators from around the world, joining forces to tell 40 tales of the (super) human. The IF Anthology is sold in comic shops and can also be found in Barnes & Noble,…

Weird Ideas List Of 4 Calamari Years Edition

1. How many dishes of calamari were served in 1996 and 2016 and how does this relate to the death count of those years?

2. How many recipes have been considered failures and discontinued due to being undercooked in their first serving?

3. Planking!

4. Are certain current news stories the equivalent of public executions during past historical events?

Avengers Prime (2011) Collected Edition Review With Spoilers

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  This story is hurt by certain repugnant comments that are made about who has slept with who. If it was just Tony Stark/Iron Man and/or even Thor discussing this topic it wouldn't be as offensive. However, Steve Rogers is involved in the topic, and he is very out of character due to moments like this. Another thing that hurts this story is how tied-in to Civil War (2006) and Siege (2010). It makes the story seem inaccessible or at least dated at certain moments. Finally while the art is fine overall it does go off model in several ways such as Luke Cage's face at the end.

   Barely not recommended status.

Usagi Yojimbo Issue 149 Review With Spoilers

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  The art is a little too expressionistic during certain stock character deaths. Also there are a few sound effects and bits of dialogue such as "Flook" which seem odd. While the cover has some problems in terms of the depth. Said problem is mainly due to how clustered the characters are on the page. Finally the ending feels slightly out of character for Usagi even though the foreseeable twist is what saves his life.

 Not recommended due to Stan Saki having done leaps and bounds better on other issues.

Alien VS Predator: Life And Death issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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    I think that a little more exposition could have been done to make this issue, and series, stand on its own merits a little better. That said it is nicely paced and shows characters using a lot of real logic in an insane situation. The line work could still be improved yet it is better than last issue. As for the color palette it is also slightly improved. Overall a relatively decent issue.

    Recommended!

Valiant High Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue has some standard, yet unique takes on alternate reality/reimagined versions of known characters being put in a high school setting. It is standard in the sense that it is very cliched and goes for a lot of the obvious jokes/gags. However, instead of being a mix of "classic" Archie and Jason Aaron's Wolverine & The X-Men there are so far very few powers displayed. This is where the unique comes in. Students are not allowed to use their powers in the school setting. As for the what, why, and how this happens I will leave to those who want to read this Comixology exclusive.

   As for flaws this comic has only one and it is slightly glaring. The character summaries are included on the summary page and in the comic. It would not be a major problem if we knew who was narrating the character summaries. One would assume it was Livewire yet it seems possible it is someone else. Also said summaries do not need to be on the summary page since…

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Super S Episode 24

  The English dub felt and was lacking in a few ways. Mainly the sound mix was terrible, especially at the beginning when Ami is supposed be playing the music for the group. Also I think both versions  are too reliant on the internet explanation. Of course that is partly due to how we have little in the way of episodic plot points besides that point. There is also the fact that it horribly ages the episode for those who grew up with the internet in post-20th century order. Finally Mamoru has appeared in a lot of Ami centric episodes and yet he is missing in this episode why exactly?

  While there is not much I liked about this episode I did feel a bit of nostalgia for the internet/online explanation given by the dubs. That is mainly because I remember the days before the mass public could work the internet. "Oh, floppies and 8-bit games your glory days are over!" Anyway I do think this episode is nice to view, but that the events for Ami's power-up were better portrayed …

99 Assassins Unleash Hell Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue may not appear to be so but it is issue 1 of an ongoing series. It combines the art formats of comic books with mini-posters and QR coded animation. The art for both the comic and the animation is very heavily detailed. The story feels very abrupt at the moment, so if this had been a one-shot it would not work. However, we will be learning more about the story as it goes through the other 99 assassins and thus I feel it works well enough. Finally the animation is dynamic and detailed as well as being short in length, thus there is a lot gained from picking up this issue.

   Recommended for those who can buy Teen Plus comics and/or like brutal supernatural feudal Japan stories.

  Available in Missouri at Starclipper, Wizard Wagon, Subculture and Heroic Age. Coming soon to certain stores in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, and San Francisco.

  Disclaimer: I gain no profit from this review and admit to having a tangential connection to Chris Sagovac. He w…

Ladies Of Market Street: Volume 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This first volume of Ladies Of Market Street sets up the premise well and has a good summary of the  premise on the Amazon sales page. However, the sequencing of the comic is bad for just a single issue, but could be good for an eventual collected format. The problem is that the beginning of the story is just the end of act one and leads into most of the story being a flashback. That said this could be used to show a brutal montage sequence next issue that leads back to where present time ended.

   As for the art it uses shadows and shading well. In fact the only real problem is consistency regarding whether these Ladies normally look good or are weathered in appearance. I think the cartoonish style suits the writing, though maybe it could be played up more. By that I mean the violence could be more realistic or go the opposite direction by being comedic.

   My verdict: It shows enough promise for an independent comic that I am recommending it.

Faith (Ongoing) Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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   When I first started reading this issue I found Joe Eisma's art to be flawed. Yet it is still clear enough in actions and reactions that it is not the worst I have ever seen. Though I believe the coloring is some of the worst I have ever seen on any comic from any incarnation of Valiant. Despite these two flawed elements I think they can and should be ignored. The reason why is the writing has a brilliant vain line from Faith's foe for this story arc that must be read to be believed. Finally Marguerite Sauvage is still bringing some great art to the product that is less fantasy and more memory-based.

  Recommended, but due in part to slightly biased reasoning.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Uncanny Superboy Edition

1. "Lex Luthor, Imp!" is the only properly written story to be found in Superboy #131 (1966). It follows Silver Age comic book logic and goofiness without feeling dumbed down.

2. The Uncanny X-Men #255 from 1989 is arguably one of the last interesting, and good, X-Men stories from Chris Claremont. At least from his longest run on the characters.

3. Alpha Flight #1 (2011) is a good opening issue that ties-in just enough into the 2011 comic event Fear Itself. It is also fairly accessible to those who are not well-versed in the team's history.

4. Marvel Two-In-One Annual #4 (1979) is slightly hokey and flawed, but on the whole is a good team-up story with dynamic art.