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Recommended Comics List Of 4 Primitive Mouse Huts Edition

1. Walt Disney's Comics And Stories Vol. 28 #8 (1968) is a pretty good anthology. The art is typical 1960s Disney, but the stories are mostly timeless. One fictional device has a somewhat questionable name, but the reference will go over kids' heads.

2. Anthro #2 (1968) is a silver age comic that has some mad magazine aspects during the humorous moments. The texture is rich and the line work is strong. Very much a forgotten gem that was ahead of its time.

3. Walt Disney Super Goof #42 (1977) has a few problems with sequencing and a rather bland cover, but it is filled with some entertaining Super Goof stories.

4. Blue Beetle #50 (1965) has mostly static visuals, but the characters are well designed. Also the script is a bit flawed, but well-thought. Recommended for those looking for a decent comic that isn't from Marvel or DC. Also recommended for fans of the Blue Beetle characters.

Cap Quest (2017) Review

Andrea Bell's ability at lettering shows improvement with this mini-comic. Her lines and sense of design are a little stronger. Stylistically it is the same as her other work on Fair Voyage. As for her writing, the dialogue is improving. However, she needs to improve on establishing her universe at the start of her stories. Finally there are two pages that got switched in the sequence needed for reading.

   Recommended for those looking for a short story fit for all ages.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Day Plays With Doom Edition

1. World's Finest Comics #240 (1976) has a story that would have worked fine in the Silver Age, but falls flat due to the more complex standards of the Bronze Age. The main flaw is the lack of any real resolution or aftermath to Superman's actions.

2. Hanna-Barbera The Hair Bear Bunch #5 (1972) has a story that completely resolves the entire premise for both the comic and cartoon's existence. While the second story is too by the numbers to be interesting if you have read or seen the plot previously.

3. Punisher/Batman (1994) is also known as Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights and is a crossover between DC and Marvel. It is not part of either companies' regular continuity. It is a continuation of a previous crossover. The main reasons this comic is on this ongoing list is due to characters acting out of the ordinary, a flimsy and dated script, and artistic flaws such as Joker having an overly stocky build.

4. Just Married #81 (1971) has sexism and superficiality in ever st…

NInjak Vs The Valiant Universe Web Series Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Spoilers For Both The Web Series and The Comic Book!

  If you have read, or plan on reading, the comic book version of this story you will notice several differences. For example the starting point, ending scene, and location of the kidnapping are different.   Though this left plenty of surprises for both versions. And although both versions have good and bad parts I have to say the web series release was hurt by being limited to relatively 5 days. Though I assume we will see it re-released at some point, possible as a digital purchase.

   As for the acting itself I think it ranges depending on the actor and what they had to work with. Though I think Gilad is the weakest due to sounding and acting like a soulful variant of the Eternal Warrior than the grim comic version fans are used too. However, I feel that is more the fault of the director and script than the Actor (who otherwise looks the part).

  Production-wise I feel the CGI, choreography, and lighting are mostly fin…

Robotech (2017) Issue 7 Review With Spoilers

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  The colors provide by Marco Lesko are negatively impacted in certain areas by the shading done by artist Marco Turini. Also the editor, Martin Eden, allows a little too much negative space to be shown during the more experimental panels. Personally now that I am used to the experimental panels I do think they provide an interesting time-lapse. Overall though I think the visuals are mostly fine.

  As for the text it is a little cramped at times, but not to the point of obscuring the art. Though I have to give kudos to both Simon Furman and Jim Campbell for making the ellipses less noticeable. Also the singing Minmei is so brief that it does not hurt the issue. Finally the script throws a haymaker of a twist to this reboot. It is so mind-blowing it makes me almost want to change my opinion on the first issues (collected in Robotech: Countdown).

  Very Recommended!

Shadowman (2018) Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  This is a top quality comic! The writing and art tell almost the same story without each other. Combined they form a narrative that stands strong both as part of an ongoing and on its own. As for the color palette it is almost award worthy in terms of the application and selected range. The text is also nicely placed in a way that helps keep a pace for readers.

  However, I think there are a few panels where minimalism and depth could be improved. An example of the former is the bald person running away directly behind Alyssa. While the latter problem of depth involves some of the opening panels having a tad too much. Though these problems are very hard to notice if one is not looking for things like that.

   Very Recommended!

X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 14 Review With Spoilers

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   First off this issue's ending is somewhat predictable and heavily cliched. However, the characterization is well-rounded. As for Aric's father he seems drawn completely wrong given Aric's past as a Visigoth warrior. Though I can't remember if Aric's father was shown before I do know that he looks too much like Matt Kindt. Despite that the art is rather beautiful in most panels, with the exception of the flashbacks having very diluted coloring. Finally Aric's knowledge from race known as The Torment still seems to be forgotten about. This is problematic due to his child's death and the suit releasing radiation in an ocean.

   Not recommended unless you are a die-hard fan of Ariel Olivetti, Matt Kindt or Valiant Entertainment.

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 10 Opinion Piece

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  This episode is as far as I know the final one, and I feel kind of cheated. Mainly cause we don't get a hint of a wedding, or even just them moving back to the place they originally lived together. Those two things would have made this a somewhat okay series or season (Whichever you want to call it). Instead we just get an endpoint that tells us they went on some trip, had sex, and made new friends out of rivals. In other words not much happened to justify this continuation of Good Morning Call.

   Questions! If this series continues should Netflix and Fuji Television just make a movie where the main characters just get married? Personally that is really all I can see them left being able to do with this series in terms of comedy and drama. Why did they never talk about the courses Nao and Uehara were taking? Does Nao's mom know about the break-up period, or the deception to win the Beef?

  My final thought is that if this is not continued in some way we…

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Cross War Stars Edition

1. Star Wars #12 (1978) has nice pacing. Also decent art from Carmine Infantino and Terry Austin. Finally Archie Goodwin provides a script that gets the character's personalities and voices right.

2. & 3. Jack Cross #'s 3 & 4, (2005, 2006) are recommended for those who want a comic styled after the television show 24, but with a less nationalistic mentality. Though they should be read after 1 and 2 to avoid ruining the ending.

4. The Kenner Chip-Away Sets advert found on and in certain comics from 1972 (Ex. Hanna-Barbera The Hair Bear Bunch). Its range of colors is delightfully bright. Also it made me actually desire this outdated product that probably wouldn't live up to the ad's hype.

Robotech (2017) Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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  While all of the covers are quality work I have to point out that Lisa Hayes's lower facial features on Cover A (by Giannis Milonogianis) are a little too minimalistic. Speaking of facial expressions Khryon shows a little too many teeth while shouting orders. The last flaw is both a script and art problem with the final few pages suggesting either past or future events. However, It is only a problem due to this being a monthly part of the story arc and not a collected version.

  Overall I think the art, pacing, colors, and writing all on point. The lettering is nicely placed but could be a little better in select areas. Finally the mysteries of Mars Base & Rick Hunter's eyes are very much reasons to buy this series.

  Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Night Crawling Fog Edition

1. The Incredible Hulk #126 (1970) has some realistic dialogue mixed in with mostly overly dramatic  dialogue. This ends up with an even feeling story. Also the ending feels too final for Bruce Banner/Hulk's and Doctor Strange's first meeting.

2. Star Wars #9 (1978) is extremely over-written to the point of almost crowding out the art. While the art itself is rather mediocre.

3. Morlock 2001 #2 (1975) spoils the end of this story on page one. Also the story is dated by using 2001. Finally the protagonist is not very likable even though the writing tries to make us pity him.

4. The Cougar #2 has a status quo changing ending that doesn't really work due to the origin also being in this issue. Not to mention the time of events is wonky due to characters traveling too fast from one location to another.

Quantum + Woody! Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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  The amount of negative space and way some of the pages are laid-out will probably anger certain readers. However, those reading the physical copies will probably find the most enjoyment when it comes to those possible problems. In terms of other problems the summary could have used some punching up at its beginning.

  On the plus side, we get an interesting back story for Negative One's face mask. Also weird experiments and the return of Keith (still missing a tooth) provide fun and shocking moments. In other words the great bits of this issue out-weigh the bad by far.

  Recommended!

Robotech (2017) Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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    The depth of of certain panels could be better. While others have a little bit of blurring that seems to affect the idea of motion more than necessary. However, the art and colors are arguably better than previous issues. As for the writing, Simon Furman creates characterization that is more believable and likable. Heck, I even found the pacing of this issue to be much slower and thus better under Simon Furman and Marco Turini. Finally the overall narrative is now more like a reimagining than previous issues, especially with the additional mystery of Mars Base.

  Recommended!

Doctor Who 2017 Convention Special Issue 1 Review

Alice X Zhang's style of art is in my opinion a big incentive for buying this issue. And while the interior art is arguably not as stylistically beautiful it is still high quality work. Although I personally prefer the interiors wider range of colors versus the cover's color palette. Finally the writing is decent (though too short to be exceptional).

  Recommended!

Ninjak VS. The Valiant Universe Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

Warning Of Massive Spoilers!

   This issue's quality level is somewhere between the badness of issue 1 and the goodness of issues 2 & 3. However, it mostly lands on the side of good quality. The main problems are certain facial expressions (Ex. Bloodshot while killing bad guys), an ending that feels like a 1990s movie setting up an unannounced sequel, and finally a bit too much lightness in coloring. Finally though I cannot yet say whether this is a good adaption I can say it is a good bit of entertainment.

  Two steps above barely recommended!

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 7 Opinion Piece

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  The nickname The Backstabber seemingly intriguing the Zentraedi Commander is somewhat amusing. I mean things like friendly fire and drunken behavior usually fail to impress anyone. Speaking of behavior problems, if I remember right Lisa wanting to die on the Mars base does not have any real impact on the show beyond this episode. Which is somewhat odd considering how important it is to the plot of this episode. Of course it is also odd how young she looks in the flashback. Yet when one considers the character Minmay is fifteen, and has a shower scene, it is just amazing this show was marketed as a kids show back in the 1980s and 1990s.

  As for Mars having an outpost in this fictional universe I don't think it is something that dates the show. One just has to consider the advances in technology that happen after the Macross first crashes to see why. Another interesting thing is the joke or story about a mouse on the Macross's print-out of the Mars readin…

Con-Troll Review With Spoilers

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  This indie comic is a one-shot that would in my opinion make a great series at Boom, IDW, or Image. Jon Parrish has created a brilliant mix of real world issues with fictional trappings. While Diego Toro and Kote Carvajal bring beautiful realistic yet cartoonish visuals to the narrative.  The only problems are the logo design does not match the title's spelling in the indicia, and the title feels a bit like a misnomer (though it's not) and a play on words.

  Highly Recommended!

Captain America (1981) Issue 257 Review With Spoilers

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  The Hulk and Captain America are featured in the right spot to attract potential readers, but they are horrible designed. For example Cap's legs look odd if you can consider their positions and the different lengths they would have to be for his pose to work. While the interiors range from goofy (Especially the first page visual of the Hulk) to somewhat competent.

  As for the writing characterization of the Bruce Banner and the Hulk is fine. Yet the same cannot be said for Captain America due to how abusive and foolish he acts toward Banner and the Hulk. Finally the villain feels less than intelligent due to his name and motivation.

  Not Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Jaxon Cross Edition

1. & 2. Jack Cross #1 & 2 (2005) are part of the same story by Warren Ellis and Gary Erskine. Both issues are recommended for some fans of the show 24. The art and characterization are the big draws for these two issues.

3. Thunderbolt Jaxon #5 (2006) despite some nitpicks I have with this issue it is pretty solid. The art has some great line weight and design work. While the story is able to stand on its own despite being a last issue.

4. The Adventure Of Superman #474 (1991) is not Dan Jurgens and Art Thibert's best work on Superman, but it is a good story nonetheless. Also it is a public service announcement story that is not overly preachy or poorly done.

Ninja-K Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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  This is arguably the best issue of Ninja-K, at least in terms of how the fight choreography. Though the level of detail for the non-fight scenes are also great. Though I personally think Neville's office is a little too spacious and clean. As for the colors they are great with the exception of K-2's eyes in his first unmasked panel. Finally the writing is great on dialogue, but has a little bit of extraneous monologuing. Yet this is a great read overall.

   Recommended!

Robotech: Countdown Softcover Review With Spoilers

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   Each issue compresses about one and a half to two episodes worth of story into a single story. This makes for slim to none characterization and a rushed feel overall. What characterization is present is often the opposite of how the characters were portrayed in the anime. The main problem with the writing is how grim and hateful of the franchise things feel, especially after a great introduction by Greg Finley (the voice actor for Captain Gloval).

  However, this softcover has some positives such as the art being mostly impressive in the mid to latter issues. The colors are also nicely suited to the art and the lettering is neatly placed without crowding out the art. So if Titan comics can slow down the pace with the next two story arcs and get better scripts, or another writer on board, this could turn out to be a respected reboot.

  Barely Recommended!

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 6 Opinion Piece

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  This episode's ending does too much telling us what happened in the aftermath of the latest battle. Though it should be noted that it is still slightly entertaining and informative. Also since this is mish-mash of three animes and an original story it is very much needed to fill in the gaps. I mean not everyone knew about anime when this was originally shown on television. Therefore I think people should be more forgiving of some of this series' faults.

  As for developments in this episode I would have to say that arguably the best involves Lisa Hayes and Rick Hunter's relationship. Yes, I know they are not yet in a romantic relationship, but they do have a professional one. However, the least developed character is probably Minmay due to how she is far too innocent and unconcerned after all she has been through. Not to mention her lack of thought to the probability of Rick, and any others she knows, dying in battle.

  Questions! Was this episode…

Bloodshot Salvation Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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   The art and colors are both beautiful and nicely combined. Though certain subtle details like the movement of the coffee steam will be missed by several readers. Also the proportions could be better during some down shots. While the depth of the custom baby sack could be a little more consistent. Yet these are minor problems. The only real problem is the repetitive portion of story requiring dialogue to verify that it wasn't a mistake.

  Speaking of dialogue, the text is well placed and a lot of it is real in feel. Also the thoughts do not feel extraneous. Finally the writing and art are mostly telling the same story on their own.

  Extremely Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Claw Power Spirit Edition

1. Timespirits #7 (1985) has simply beautiful art and colors. The dialogue and characterization are also good. If there is one real flaw it is the uncertainty of who created this issue due to a possible mistake in the credits.

2. Superman The Man Of Tomorrow #6 (1996) is a good story about the dangers of reckless heroics and vigilante justice.

3. The story "And Sleep the Long Night" Star*Reach #3 (1975) is recommended for its art and its ending. Though a bit slow on pacing the final page is worth it.

4. X-Men: The Hellfire Club #1 (2000) is a pretty decent flashback based story. Recommended for scholars and students doing essays on comic books referencing the Salem Witch Trials.

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 9 Opinion Piece

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  The camera work and direction of this episode felt very amateurish. I mean they still did a somewhat professional episode, but things like shaking cameras, an unnecessary "worm's eye" view, and other things hurt this episode. Also having Nao smile while breaking up with Uehara is a very unrealistic choice. Heck, if this were a thriller, or a more dramatic, show I would say her smiling might suggest psychotic behavior later on. Though I will say that I'm still hoping the last episode pulls off a good ending that makes this 2nd series/season a winner.

  Questions! Does anyone else think Daichi has the least amount of personality of all the characters? Should Daichi even have been brought back for this series? Why do shows continue to break-up couples when a show's premise is mostly centered around them?

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Wonder Wander Mix Edition

1. Wonder Woman #100 (1995) has terrible art, colors, & writing. In fact this narrative presents examples of both the "Women in Refrigerators" trope and why comics from the 1990s get a bad wrap.

2. The Adventures Of Superman #618 (2003) has a very inaccessible narrative that I personally didn't understand.

3. Master Of Kung Fu #85 (1980) has the main character being called a racist nickname. Also the pacing is slightly slow. Finally there is a lazy bit of reference in the form of a Casablanca rip-off.

4. Red Tornado #4 (1985) has an unappealingly designed cover. However, the main reason this issue is not recommended is due to the lack of aftermath from such a major villainous event.