Friday, March 30, 2018

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 5 Opinion Piece

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   I feel this episode is too reliant on the big transformation versus actual story or dealing with the characters. Yeah, we get Rick and Minmay's relationship developing, and Rick deciding to join the fight, but not much else happens. I also feel the dialogue is a bit oddly chosen at times. For example the Captain saying "Thundering Asteroids!" seems like an attempt at a catchphrase.

   Questions! The characters again reference a past war so I have to ask: Was it a world war? How many died in this fictional war? When did it begin? Who exactly started it? Do the comics, books, movies answer any of these questions?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Club Fire X Edition

1. X-Men: The Hellfire Club #3 (2000) is an issue that can be read alone or as part of the complete mini-series. The only real flaw it has is the relatively small amount of very hard to read cursive style font.

2. Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (1989) is a very accessible set-up issue. Though the art could be better at times it is mostly very good work. Finally there is a nice balance between high and low moments while being a dark story.

3. The feature titled On "The Shoals Of Space" from Star*Reach #3 (1975) is has a very compelling script. Though the lettering and art have a few minor problems they are overall stellar work.

4. The Adventures Of Superman #523 (1995) is a good chased by villains while protecting others story. Though the proportions and pacing could be a little better.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

DC Comics Presents Issue 32 (1981) Review With Spoilers

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  The cover art has a poorly chosen color palette, especially those for the leaves and the sky. While the title text is overshadowed by the announcement of the back-up feature and the main story's stars. Not to mention Lois Lane's design has several flaws, most notably her right hand and knee.

  As for the interior visuals, the colors and art could be better in both tales, but are mostly fine. However, the stories lack energy, logic, and satisfying conclusions. In the case of the main narrative a simple explanation is all that keeps Wonder Woman from being arrested for attempting to murder Lois. Yes, she and Superman were under a love spell, but they should have called in help from others. Also it just feels like it goes from beginning to ending with only contrivances sustaining it. Finally the back-up relies on a question that is not fully answered by a possibly unreliable narrator.

  Not recommended!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Shadowman (2018) Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This first issue is very well paced. It also re-establishes Shadowman's side of the main Valiant universe in a way that will please fans and non-fans. The visuals have great use of light and shadow and masterful selection of colors. Not to mention the texture and designs are almost things of beauty in themselves.

   However, there is a little disconnect with how long Shadowman has been gone. Because they say it has been five years since he disappeared from a friends life, but it has only been four since Shadowman: End Times. So is this series and Bloodshot Salvation taking place a year ahead of our time or is time travel possible via The Deadside?

   Despite the possible timeline flub I highly recommend this comic.

   Extremely Recommended!

X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 13 Review With Spoilers

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   Some of the visual details are too minimal, particularly in one flashback, yet most of it is good quality work. However, this story could have been a little less predictable regarding the reason why Aric left earth before the series began. Also the wrap-up of the story felt too neatly done, and like Matt Kindt was told to just finish up in preparation for Harbinger Wars 2. Though if one needs a quick and competently executed comic with beautiful colors this is a decent pick.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Master Of Kung Fu Annual Issue 1 (1976) Review With Spoilers

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  This annual has horrible dialogue and is over-written. In fact the exposition is so badly done that it is unclear who the narrator is supposed to be. Also the plot is all about Iron Fist and has nothing really to do with Shang-Chi other than an implication. Said implication concerns the immortal nature of Shang-Chi's father possibly being tied to Iron Fist's mystical city. Finally the art is rather bad in proper, or at least believable, fight choreography at various times.

 Not Recommended!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Mac Basement Edition

1. Mac Afro #2 (2002) shows some improvement in the shading, and is overall better drawn and scripted than issue one. Like the first issue this issue is recommended for fans of 1970s exploitation movies.

2. Doctor Who #1 (1984) was part of Marvel's attempt at printing reprints of Doctor Who Weekly which was itself published by their British counterpart Marvel UK. The main reason I am recommending it is the supplementary text pieces. Yes, the narratives are great, but they could probably be found elsewhere while the text pieces probably can't be.

3. Thor Annual #6 (1977) has some good art and a pretty decent story. Though if you don't like lots of exposition text this may not be worth checking out. To be fair it is a product of a past standard of what made a good comic.

4. Black Panther #13 (2006) has an amusing Sanford And Son reference. It also features a mostly black cast which even today is a rare thing for a Marvel comic to do. Finally the narrative with the exception of one mistake in the area of lettering is just great.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 4 Opinion Piece

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   This episode is the first to just do a last episode summary versus that and a series premise. Personally  I think that is an interesting fact to know. Another thing I like is how we see the passage of time from different points of view. Not to mention that the giant fish looks visually stunning, scary, and hilarious at the same time. There is also the fact that this is an episode with tense and relaxed moments despite being quieter than the last three.

  As for the negatives I think the added narration during the episode is helpful yet annoying. By that I mean it helps fill in gaps as to how dire things are, but it somewhat spoils future moments in the episode. Another annoyance is the shower scene showing Minmay naked, but it really serves very little in terms of characterization, comedy, or dramatic tension. Not to mention that I think she is fifteen at the time so... EWW!

 Questions! Was the fish from Earth or the lunch of one of the aliens that died on Macross island? Anyone else wondering what was in the boxes Rick and Minmei climb on?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Athena Voltaire Compendium Review

  This collection (at least the Dark Horse version) includes a nicely written introductory by Tim Seeley. As for the narratives each features some fantastic visuals, especially the first two. However, there are some panels that look rushed or lacking enough detail. Also the process of transitioning between scenes is reliant on dialogue. I feel that is an area he needs to work on since this is a visual medium. Finally the writing, colors, and lettering are very nicely done.

  Recommended mainly for fans of properties like Indiana Jones and/or Tomb Raider.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ninja-K Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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  The choice of word boxes for Ninjak's thoughts are very interesting in design. As for the coloring it is as close to perfect in selection and execution as I have ever seen. While the narrative is somewhat spoiled by the regular cover it is not too big a spoiler. Finally the writing has excellent dialogue and characterization, especially in the final pages.

  My Verdict: Buy this issue and the eventual collected edition.

  Extremely Recommended!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Quantum + Woody! Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue was good on character designs and dialogue. However, I think it could be stronger by: Not having used song lyrics after making a pick your own song joke. Maybe selecting some different versions of the brighter colors. Explaining why Keith's tooth was super-emphasised. Also the Australian taxi driver's flippant reply about Hedge's existence seemed sort of offensive. Yet, overall I think this is a decent issue that fans will greatly enjoy.


Recommended Comics List Of 4 Ghost Starring Edition

1. Action Comics #999 (2018) is a decent enough epilogue to the last story arc. It also serves as a bit of a jumping on or off point before issue one thousand.

2. Filmation's Ghostbusters #2 (1987) is a great book to give to kids, especially if you can find a copy with the activities still available.

3. The Linda Lovecraft story from Star*Reach #3 (1975) is well-textured. Also the story is amusing in a Mad Magazine type way. Though there are some problems with the suggestion of movement and Linda's bare feet at times. However, the line work and overall designs are exemplary.

4. Marvel Feature #12 (1973) is a decent comic in terms of the visuals. Also the team-up between Iron Man and The Thing is both believable and logical. Though I feel Thanos and the Blood Brothers act sort of illogical in terms of their methods of attacks.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Torchy Blane In Panama (1938) Review With Spoilers

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  So after four varied successes with Glenda Farrell as Torchy Blane and Barton MacLane as Steve McBride we get this poor movie. I mean Paul Kelly and Lola Lane did a commendable job, but the script, directing, and editing were not up right. In the case of the script we get a mystery that could have been over as soon as Tom Kennedy's character Gahagan spots a false member in his group. Also there is the stupid sexist comments and blackface. Though I partially blame the blackface on the director. Finally the editing is so obvious in the cuts that I am somewhat shocked that there was any movie at all.

   Overall this is a Torchy Blane movie I do not recommend, except for those who want to watch the complete franchise.

  Not Recommended!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Sore Man Thor Edition

1. Thor #157 (1968) has a literal Deux Ex Machina that makes little to no sense. Also the character of the Recorder is just a device to for Stan Lee to exposit.

2. Showcase '96 #1 (1996) has one talking heads story with Aqualad/Tempest that is rather dull. While the Steel and Guy Gardner/Warrior story is ugly and poorly structured. Finally the Metropolis S.C.U. story only stars Dan Turpin, and is thread-bare narrative.

3. Showcase '96 #3 (1996) has three narratives that each come off as badly written public service announcements.

4. Teen Confessions #96 (1976) has some good advice in the letters column, but all the narratives are of low-quality. Heck, there is even some unnecessary fan service in the final story.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 3 Opinion Piece

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  This episode has some interesting moments and effects. I do have to wonder if the scene when the Macross jumps to space has caused problems for those who suffer from Seizures and the like. Cause it does have an almost strobe like effect on the colors. Also interesting, at least for those of us non-animators, is how they made the ice appear so naturally on the windshield of Rick's plane. Another interesting detail is the random bits of writing that appear on objects in the command room of the Macross.

   As for the characterization I feel they (the production crew) made Rick and Minmay a little bit more naive than they intended. For example Rick does the boneheaded move of leaving with Minmay for the island after Roy tells them to stay put. While Minmay comes across as a bit of an airhead when she is not frightened by suddenly being in a plane in space. Of course in Minmay's case she may be in a bit of denial of what is happening.

  Questions! How many people reading this post played any of the Robotech video games? Is anyone reading the Titan Books comic series? Should I bother with writing about the Robotech comics at some point? What was the human war Roy took part in before the first episode? Did the original aliens crash-landing on Macross island cause that war?

Secret Weapons: Owen's Story Issue 0 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has great line work. Also the character designs are nicely varied and have realistic proportions. As for the narrative it nicely connects with the events shown in Secret Weapons #0, especially in showing readers what happened to The Willows. Finally the story structure is nicely put together with the overall garage sale through line.

  Very Recommended!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Afro Macro Stones Edition

1. Mac Afro #1 (2002) has some amazing line work. It also mixes sci-fi trappings with the styling of 1970s exploitation movies.

2. Showcase '96 #2 (1996) the Circe and Metallo features are good enough short stories that I am recommending this comic. Though I don't recommend the conclusion to the Steel & Guy Gardner story begun in issue 1.

3. The Flintstones #11 (1996) is okay for all ages in each of its narratives. Heck, there are even a few jokes in some of the backgrounds that adults will get and kids won't.

4. Superman Man Of Steel #75 (1998) is a hilarious satire starring Lois Lane, Superman (Electric), and Mr. Mxyzptlk.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 8 Opinion Piece

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  I think this episode is just a series of bad decisions by the two main characters that result in a serious miscommunication. Also some of the bad decisions seem to come out of Nao and Uehara not acting in character. In Nao's case she intentionally lies in order to get some meat. While in Uehara's case he pulls what I call a "Season 1 Daichi" by deciding things for Nao without her input. While both actions could be seen as character development, or at least somewhat fitting the story, they didn't feel right to me.

  Also I found most of this episode to be too serious in tone. Not that this is devoid of lighter moments, but it seemed focused on darker moments. Finally some of the long distance shots, particularly during the beach scenes, seemed too far off.

  No questions this time.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Ninjak VS The Valiant Universe Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  The coloring and visuals are good. Though how the foreground, background, and characters come together could be slightly more cohesive. Also there is the plot hole of when exactly Bloodshot had the time to contact and inform Shadowman about Ninjak's nanites. Finally while the dialogue, and characterization, are mostly good the humorous banter seems somewhat forced.

  Slightly above barely recommended status!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Star Reach And Steel Edition

1. "The Wizard's Venom" from Star*Reach #3 (1975) is a great fantasy story with exceptional work by Frank Brunner and Tom Orz. Truly a gem of an independent work.

2. Sisterhood Of Steel #6 (1985) is recommended for those who like fantasy in the vein of Red Sonja. It has decent visuals and good dialogue.

3. Captain America #226 (1978) is recommended for those wanting good fight scenes involving a de-powered Steve Rogers.

4. Captain America #227 (1978) is pretty goofy and has several flaws, but it has some great moments.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Case Shows Kung Fu Edition

1. Master Of Kung Fu #28 (1975) has some racism towards the main character from one of his allies. There is also at least one typo, and too much text. Other flaws include toes missing on the cover, and weird coloring choices for the villain Shadow-Stalker. Finally the story makes no sense and serves no point.

2. Stalker #2 (1975) has some decent art and story. However, the viewpoint of several panels make the sequences feel odd. Also the lead character gets saved by a rather random plot device/character. Finally Stalker is supposed to be unemotional yet he reacts with emotion in quite a few instances.

3. "Wooded Ships On The Water" from Star*Reach #3 (1975) is inspired by a song and thus has lyrics. Yet the main problem is poor set-up and explanation of what occurs.

4. Also from Star*Reach #3 (1975) is a feature that may be untitled or may be titled "I Hunger... and I wait." Whichever the case it is not very clear in its narrative. The problems are the panel layouts are too spread out, and there is the bare minimum of a story.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Transformers: Dark Designs Hardcover (2002) Review With Spoilers

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 This collected edition reprints the early Transformers published by Marvel in the early 1990s. Its outer presentation is attractive to the eye, yet the interiors are a relatively bad. Some of the art is good in proportions, especially for the brief bits with the G.I. Joes and Cobra, but most of it just seems clunky in design and line work. Also it is a bit tricky to figure out where one reprinted story ends and the next begins due to where certain covers are placed. Overall this is maybe something die-hard collectors or fans might like, but is arguably not worth most people's time.

  Not Recommended!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 2 Opinion Piece

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   Back in my youth I honestly didn't notice how idiotic some of the characters act. I mean take the little kid Jason essentially acting like being stomped on by a giant robot is nothing to be concerned about. Yes, little kids often bounce back quickly and fail to see certain things as dangerous, but he really comes across as more foolish than Scrappy-Doo. Although this whole episode is really nothing but a comedy of errors in how many things go wrong for the characters.

  Speaking of errors I noticed a brief glitch-like motion blur when Rick moves his head at one point. However, that didn't take me out of watching this episode. Yet I did have a minute where I misremembered the jump into Space as happening in this episode and that took me out of the viewing experience.

  Questions! Why does the Senator act, and get treated, like he can command the Captain to do anything? I mean shouldn't someone be above the Senator in the chain of command? Why did no one test the alien gravity thrusters on the ship before that day?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Fantastic Space Edition

1. Ruined Volume 1 (digital release 2016) from independent publisher Emet Comics could be better in the texture department. However, it deals with the Regency era in a seemingly well-researched way. Recommended for those searching out period pieces.

2. Fantastic Four: The End #1 (2006) is a great example of how to set-up a futuristic possible end to a franchise. Recommended for a lot of different audiences, but especially for those looking for a nice escape in these dark times.

3. Transhuman #1 (2008) is interesting for how it analyzes business, particularly the pharmaceutical industry. Recommended for those looking for an intelligent experimental style comic book.

4. Captain America #143 (1971) has an interesting look at some serious issues with some hokey elements here and there. Though far from perfect it is interesting with how it shows good and bad examples for how individuals can act.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Crypt Of Shadows Issue 3 (1973) Review With Spoilers

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  While this anthology title has great artistry for each story the writing quality varies. The weakest story is "The Devil And Donald Webster" due to how it is more like a Looney Tunes cartoon in terms of character actions and reactions. While "The Strange Game" is arguably as narratively strong as "Darkness" the former is not as obvious in inspiration. Though I think "Darkness" and the final story "Walking Ghost" are the best colored both have flaws in the art. "Darkness" has too much stylistic reliance on the main character's eyes, and "Walking Ghost has problems" with some expressions (Ex. the people running away in the third to final panel). Finally "Walking Ghost" could have used more set-up for the debunker's fate.

  Overall though this is worth a look if you can find this issue of reprinted horror stories.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 1 Opinion Piece

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  Wow! This really made me feel somewhat nostalgic for when I first encountered Robotech back in (I think) the early nineteen nineties. I especially love when the Captain is about to smoke and is stopped and then denies that he was going too. Also Rick Hunter being so casual about going into a dogfight against Aliens.

  Though I have to argue the most epic thing about this series (besides originally being three unconnected series) is the reason for the first Human/Zentradei fight. By that I mean it is really funny that whomever set the ship's giant lasers to fire when the Zentradei triggered the trap is at fault. Thus, the dead got a last laugh and that to me is epic for a first episode to have happen.

  Questions! Is the dated timeframe more of a problem for the majority or the minority of fans? Was that skirt shot censored? How many of those reading this post were first exposed to Robotech via VHS? Could real life aircraft actually be made to transform like they do in this series?

Showcase '96 Issue 9 (1996) Review

   All three of the stories in this issue feel somewhat incomplete in how they are structured. It seems mainly like they rush from the beginning to the end while lacking a real middle. Also the art, including the cover, ranges from relatively decent (for mid-1990s art) to just terrible. Though the terrible art is mostly found in the Dr. Light feature. Arguably there is nothing of real entertainment value in this issue.

   Not Recommended!


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