Monday, January 29, 2018

Eternity Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is both beautiful and a mess. The line work of small details such as Abrams feet in one panel look a bit rushed. Also there is a lack of backgrounds before the meta-commentary bits that have an intentional lack of background. However, the art is still relatively high in quality. Also the color palette is beautifully chosen and applied.

  As for the writing, it is not well connected between this and the previous issues. This is mostly because it is telling a cerebral meta-narrative about creating things and parenthood. Yet it is also attempting a now industry standard high-concept science fiction/superhero tale. Therefore too many things are being done at one time with the final result being a very odd tale.

   Recommended for hardcore fans of meta-narratives, any of the creative team, and Valiant. Not  recommended for anyone else.

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

   It really feels like the majority of this season/series had two things it was attempting to do. One of these things seems to be a movie approach to the beginning and ending. Take for example how like the beginning of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars these last several not episodic. Instead it is like they are two movies that are broken apart, and the second movie comes after several actual episodes. Weird!

  The second thing the show seems to be doing is the exact opposite in that it is and has done a seasonal arc. Meaning the overarching story has been building to this with most of the episodes. Evidence of this being the plane abduction flashback. On a related note this flashback suggests that Galaxia should have been noticed sooner cause she does not return the plane. We also never got any suggestion of her wiping the minds of anyone from the plane.

  As for the characterization I can at least appreciate that the characters are not acting as dumb as last time. Yet still they are acting stupid in that they don't plan and then act against Galaxia. Also it is annoying that Luna and Artemis have never gotten to transform into Guardians like in the manga. Heck, they could at least have had them give advice or helping Sailor Moon in cat form.

   Questions! Is Galaxia the most inept villainous leader from the anime since she is able to find Mamoru, but not Usagi and the others? So is Galaxia just planning on ruling over the star seeds and not actual people? Cause that is basically ruling over nothing, but the deceased.

Friday, January 26, 2018

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 30

  I don't have much to say about this episode due mainly to the fact that almost the entire episode is pointless talking at Rei's place. Also everyone splitting off or acting stupid. Case in point Sailor Moon turning her back on Galaxia to talk to the unappreciative Sailor Stars. Galaxia could have killed Usagi easily during the reunion with the jerks.

 Speaking of characters being killed it feels like they wasted Mamoru too early. Cause having him just show up as a Golden Star Seed that Usagi just visually singles out is kind of lazy. Yes, it works at continuing the emotional beatdown of Usagi and the audience, but the production team were too unfaithful to the source.

 Question! Who was at fault for the pacing being so uneven? Cause first it is fine and then it becomes glacial for a long time and finally it moves a bit too fast.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Time Avengers Edition

1. Avengers Forever #11 (1999) won't be something everyone will enjoy. However, it is strong to hold its own as an issue while still fitting into a larger narrative. Also the art is very good even if it gets crowded at times.

2. Time Masters #1 (1990) provides a nice set-up for this eight-issue series. It also was a nice attempt to reintroduce rules to time travel post Crisis On Infinite Earths.

3. The Magnetic Men Featuring Magneto #1 (1997) was a cash grab and stunt from Marvel and DC. Yet it is also a pretty solid and fleshed out narrative for a single issue.

4. Legion Of Super-Heroes #50 (1988) has a brilliant cover, and my only complaint about the narrative is that it is a bit too reliant on the writing.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Daredevil Issue 68 (1970) Review With Spoilers

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  The proportions of the bad guys on the cover seem a little off. Also the cover feels a tad flat in the area of depth. Otherwise the cover is eye-catching. As for the interiors, they are mostly good, except for the supposedly disguised tech the villain uses. It is supposed to look like a then modern television camera, but it looks too much like a death-ray for that to be believed. Finally the writing goes from fine to clunky a little too often.

  Recommended for scholars, completists, and die-hard Marvel or Daredevil fans. Not recommended for anyone else.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Batman Adventures Issue 12 (1993) Review With Spoilers

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   While this comic series is set in the 1990s animated series continuity it deviates in several ways. The most glaring is the mischaracterization of Catwoman working with henchmen. Despite this, and Barbara Gordon's hair being the wrong color, I think this is still an entertaining issue. Though I don't think everyone will enjoy this issue's simplicity I think it is worth recommending particularly for Mike Parobeck's art style.


NInja-K Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  The motion lines in the main story are very subtle to the point that I would almost consider them a masterclass example. Though the back-up story's art is arguably better in terms of the emotion expressions as well. While the coloring is good for both, the palette is slightly better in the first story.

  On the writing front I found the back-up story to be more logical. Yet, I will not reveal my reasoning due to it relating to a major spoiler that is essentially the main story's plot. Also in the main story two bits of text are redundant. However, I think the placement of the text is otherwise great. So kudos to the lettering studio and the editing team for that part. Finally I think the truce in the main story was a logical thing to do in order to give Ninja-C's backstory in an unintrusive way.

   Very Recommended!

X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 11 Review With Spoilers

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  The art and writing finally are back to telling a cohesive and linear X-O Manowar story. However, Aric still seems somewhat less intelligent than at the end of Robert Venditti's run. While he can speak multiple languages his way of ruling wisely still seems to be on too epic a curve. That said I do think the characterization is mostly correct.

  As for the colors they are on just the ride side of bright. Meaning there are few shadows in most of this issue. Though the excellent line work, use of environments, and consistency of character designs, more than make up for this.

  For those who may have considered dropping out with the last few issues I suggest sticking around. Cause this issue's high quality and entertainment value were worth the cover price.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 29

  Wow! My hate for Seiya's characterization in this anime went up during his and Usagi's non-conversation. I mean Seiya doesn't let her explain anything she is thinking or feeling before the concert. Also talking about stealing someone away when they are not even interested in you is a very messed up thing to do.

  Speaking of messed up, I noticed that Usagi seemed way taller and more grown up in her pajamas than any previous or successive scene. Not to mention that Seiya's facial design goes off-model during the non-conservation. So were the animators not given enough time, or was it the fault of someone/something else?

  Other questions? Why did no one, besides Usagi and Kakyuu, try and attack Galaxia? For that matter why did no one suggest Sailor Moon try to heal/free to Sailor Tin Nyanko? Did Rei and the others just blank on Usagi's public admission of Mamoru not responding? Finally why did they talk about Mamoru not answering calls when he never even had a chance to set-up an answering machine?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Legion Of Super-Heroes Issue 4 (1990) Review With Spoilers

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 The cover, with the exception of Mon-El's clothes looking oversized, is mostly fine. However, I do think the texture of Mon-El's cheekbones could have been a little less pronounced. Though that is more nitpick than problem. As for the interiors, while the nine panel grid is effectively utilized the writing is weak. The primary flaw in the writing is how heavy-handed it gets at times. Not helping matters is how Keith Giffen adds a dusty texture to almost every character and object. Finally there is the blank (minus the credits) page that evokes a wasted chance at suggesting a future.

  My verdict: Not the worst comic to spotlight Mon-El or the Legion Of Super-Heroes, but not good enough to recommended. In fact I will say it is "very not recommended" for those new or relatively unfamiliar to comics or the Legion of Super-Heroes.

   Very Not Recommended!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 4 Opinion Piece

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  This episode was too focused on dramatic lows for my liking. I believe just a few more bits of lighter moments would have greatly improved it. That said it is at least watchable, despite how many times I had to rewind in order to get captions to work. Though I have problems with captions suddenly not showing up on a lot of Netflix shows from other countries.

  That all said I do have to wonder whether we will see repercussions for some of the events of this episode in the next one. Mainly the firing of the two horrible co-workers who faked being sick in order to torture Nao. And whether Daichi will get some actual character development.

   Questions! Was the woman who gets a public proposal more harmful by breaking up with the guy after falsely accepting, or would it have been better to publicly decline? Either way I think she communicated poorly. Does anyone else think the balloon popping bit was unnecessary?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Incredible Hulk Issue 300 (1984) Review With Spoilers

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  The cover is almost epic, but the colors are too flat and the top part is too busy. As for the interior visuals they are often over-shadowed by the omniscient narrator. Not to mention the first page has a horribly large close-up on a kid while trying to establish chaos in the background. Which is to say that the kid looks like a giant when he is supposed to be a normal size. Finally the writing is contradictory in several places regarding whether the Hulk is a blank slate or still has memories.

 Not Recommended!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Transformers Don't Meet Magneto Edition

1. The Howard The Duck back-up story from Giant-Size Man-Thing #5 has a flashback of Marvel's Dracula turning a cow into a vampire. So obviously this had to be recommended.

2. G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers #4 (2003) points out a major plot hole in how G.I. Joe and Transformers sometimes work. However, this issue is decent enough in its visuals and has a smart enough script to make this list.

3. G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers #6 (2003) is a little flawed in certain parts of the narrative, but provides enough decent storytelling to make up for it. Also the three epilogues make sense.

4. G. I. Joe A Real American Hero #138 (1993) just barely recommends this despite having quite a few flaws. However, the writing and art are of high enough quality, including being entertaining, for an early 1990s comic that I am recommending it.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 28

   This episode makes the entire anime feel like someone thought Sailor Moon was a big joke. For example just them saying the phrase "Sailor Wars" and describing it as a "holy war" without properly explaining why it is such. I mean this must have felt like it came out of nowhere to anyone who only watched this series. Also the false tease of Tuxedo Mask after so long was insulting. Though the worst part of this episode is Seiya asking to replace Mamoru after Usagi breaks down. This moment resulted in me losing any respect for this version of Seiya!

    Questions! Should Seiya have been slapped for his proposing replacing Mamoru or slapped and kicked and screamed at? Why did Rei not go with Seiya to the rooftop?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ninjak VS. The Valiant Universe Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  There is something about the art for this issue that really throws me off. As best as I can figure it is the fact that I keep comparing the character designs to the regular Valiant Universe and what I have seen of the web series. It doesn't help that the expressions and certain actions look oddly like half-finished storyboards. Take for example the shape of the bottle Colin King (Ninjak) is drinking from on the plane. It is not clear if it is supposed to be a bottle of wine, an ale, or simply a beer.

   Also the colors seem to my slightly color-blind eyes to be brighter than they need to be. An example of this is the apparent lack of shadow when we first see Ninjak. He is supposed to be catching the soon to be dead criminals by surprise by he is so visible it hurts ruins the moment.

  Finally the opening weakens the plot a bit considering who Neville is talking to at the beginning of the story. So if Neville is not in on Roku's plan, or being coerced in some way, than I will be amazed. (Though I will admit to how being astounded at how verbose Fred Pierce's (The Publisher of Valiant's comics) introduction happened to be.)

   Not recommended for the sequential narrative, but recommended for those who can't wait for the web series. Also recommended for those who want to read something recently written by Fred Pierce.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bloodshot Salvation Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is another stellar one in terms of the art, especially the backgrounds and the use of negative space on one page. However, I did have one problem with Rampage first full appearance in this issue. Said problem is just how his waist and right mid leg/knee are angled versus the rest of his body.  Though this is not a noticeable problem unless one is studying the art. As for the colors and font they help with the emotional atmosphere of this issue. Finally the dialogue feels real even though it is a bit reliant on certain cliched bits. Case in point most of the dialogue said by "Daddy."

 Very Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Love Magneto's Game Edition

1. I Love You #125 (1979) all the stories are uneven in their pacing, especially in the area of dating. Also the characterization ranges from odd to simply weak. Finally there is a story that starts with sexual harassment, and another that is kind of creepy due to the age difference.

2. Magneto #3 (2014) is almost good, but falls short due to what this issue's lead "villain" explains her goals are. Yes, her goals are short-sighted and narrow-minded (also bigoted), but Magneto comes across as more of a villain by his overly violent reactions.

3. Assassins #1 (1996) is just lazily put to together. Though not the worst of the crossover issues between DC and Marvel, in the form of Amalgam Comics, it is not decent either.

4. Action Comics #459 (1976) has a very confusing and just horribly written main story. While the back-up is relatively better it is still very weak in how it is scripted.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 3 Opinion Piece

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   This episode is a bit of mixed bag due to a few elements. For instance I liked a lot of scenes with the child actor, but I am amazed that Natsume and Nao didn't notice her missing sooner. That bit kind of strained my belief in the narrative. Also I didn't like the bits of homophobia in the script. Yes, one could say it is a different culture and nothing was really that bad, but one of the original cast of characters was a lesbian. Thus, it seems to counter the inclusive message of the original Good Morning Call.

  Those negatives aside I really liked how this episode still defied my expectations of how characters will react. Also the park being a squirrel petting zoo was a nice surprise. Lastly this episode honestly felt like a whole day had elapsed by the end.

  Question! Do other countries have squirrel petting zoos like the one shown in this episode?

Friday, January 5, 2018

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 27

  This episode has brilliant use of shading. I was also impressed by some of the animation's quality. However,  I still don't get why the Sailor Stars studio fan keeps getting shown so much. My best guess is someone had a fetish for ceiling fans. Well either that or someone thinks it makes a good or cheap transition. That said this is honestly one of the better scripted episodes I have seen of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars. Though I still think it not as good as the manga.

  Questions! Am I the only one who thinks that the tension between the two heroic Sailor teams could have actually worked here with a bit of script revision? Why was the festival highlighted if it served zero purpose? Does this version of Sailor Moon have too many festivals? In other words did they accidentally stereotype Japan as being overly eventful?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Busting Tech Edition

1. Showcase '95 #10 (1995) is mainly recommended for the Gangbuster feature. Though the stories starring Ferrin Colos and Hi-Tech are high enough quality that I am also recommending them.

2. Showcase '95 #5 (1995) has a terrible cover but three relatively good stories. With the Thorn story arguably being the best in art and Spoiler's story being the best in written. I personally was not too thrilled by the Firehawk story, but I still feel it is worth a read.

3. Man-Thing #1 (1974) is a bit flawed, but it is worth a read for fans of Howard The Duck and relatively amusing scripts.

4. The Howard The Duck back-up story from Giant-Size Man-Thing #4 (1975) is recommended for those looking for a well-thoughtout narrative. Mainly recommended for those looking for an irreverent parody of science fiction.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Secret Weapons (2018) Issue 0 Review With Spoilers

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  The writing is strong for the most part. However, the pacing and laser focusing on Nikki Finch causes extraneous characters like her ex to lack dimension. That said this story is about transitions in life, and we (people) usually make and lose thousands of connections as we grow. In other words this issue has a narrative that is both slice of life and yet a life truly lived. And while the writing causes a lack of dimension the visuals (art and color) more than make up for it. Especially by suggesting who made a lasting impression on Nikki by how much, and what, we see of them.

   Very Highly Recommended!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Moon Knight Issue 1 (2011) Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is mostly fine on the visual front, except for the henchman urinating off a dock gag. Though I don't think most people noticed it. However, it does exist and it screws up the pacing of the story. On the writing front I think it is a bit cliche that Marc Spector would go to Los Angeles and become a creator of a television show. It would have worked better if we had some sort of explanation, but instead we get thrust into an adventure with filler conversation. A little more set-up and/or a supporting cast would have helped a lot. Finally there are also two or three typos on the lettering front.

   Just barely not recommended!


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