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Quantum + Woody! Issue 6 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has a type of rescue scene double page spread I have never seen before. So kudos to the creative team for those pages. Also the art is top-notch in proportions, emotional expressions, and dynamic action. While the writing is smart, realistic, and arguably the best so far for this series. The coloring is perfect at depicting night and day.

  However, there is a one flaw and that is no mention is made in story about Quantum and Woody being hired by G.A.T.E. last issue. I mean this is a solid issue, but it doesn't serve any purpose to have them join G.A.T.E. in one issue and the next has nothing come of it. Therefore I can't give this issue an ultimate recommendation.

  Extremely High Recommended Status.

Monkey Fist (2014) by the Sun Bros Review With Spoilers

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  So this is not a typical comic, but is definitely a sequential graphic narrative. By that I mean it comes across both like a comic and a children's book aimed at adults. The ending is somewhat ambiguous. Which works since the Sun Bros' narrative is ambiguous about what is actually occurring. However, whether the lead character Monkey is insane or not ranks below the treat that this work happens to be. In other words the art and writing are very high quality and the coloring is gorgeous.

 Highly Recommended!

X-O Manowar (2017): Emperor Mini-Review With Spoilers

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  I stand by my previous reviews of the individual issues, but I will concede that they do work slightly better in this collected format. Also I think those who trade waited for this collection will be pleased with the supplemental art found in the gallery section. Lastly, the overall price for this edition on digital comic sites like ComiXology is significantly better than buying the physical issues full price.

  Recommended!

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 11 Opinion Piece

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  Wow, Rick is a misogynist! This totally passed me by when I was a kid. Probably due to my past self thinking it was a boring bit of dialogue. However, Minmei freaking out is sort of boring to my present self. Arguably the only really interesting bit of this episode is learning more about the Zentraedi. Well that and the sneaking around bits.

  Production-wise it would be interesting to know why the animation is so choppy at the beginning. Like did some equipment screw up? Or maybe some of the Master copy got messed up in transit.

   Questions! Was anyone or anything on the destroyed planet? How come the Zentraedi not know their origins? Why did Rick need a command to kiss Lisa when neither are in a romantic relationship with anyone?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Wilted Wilton Edition

1. Action Comics #701 (1994) has an overly muscular Superman, but otherwise has nice aesthetics for its time. While the story is deftly executed.

2. The text story "Who Did It?" from More Fun Comics #73 (originally published in 1941, reprinted in 2001) has some odd choices for eye color and the two art panels. However, it is a story that holds up to this day.

3. Pendragon (also called Knights Of Pendragon) #1 (1992) has a few problems yet is overall a decent attempt at both restarting and continuing the original series (The Knights Of Pendragon).

4. The Knights Of Pendragon #14 (1991) has amazingly realistic visuals by Gary Erskine, Bambos Georgia, & Euan Peters. While the cover by Colin MacNeil is visceral and haunting. The style of speech for T'Challa/The Black Panther is a little off, but is not bad enough to be a flaw. I highly recommend this issue.

The Prisoner (2018) Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue has slightly better coloring than the last issue. The character designs seem slightly more consistent, and the line work definitely shows greater confidence. However, the weirdness level is a tad too reliant on readers being fans, and thus familiar with the original show. Yet, this is a continuation of that show and therefore fans should love this issue. Despite unfamiliarity being a possible problem this is a solidly written issue.

   Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Weston Edition

1. The Spectre story from More Fun Comics #73 (published in 1941, and reprinted in 2001) is relatively okay until the last two pages make the narrative end in a mess.

2. Hanna-Barbera Super TV Heroes #6 (1969) has maybe one story (The Mighty Mightor) that is almost an okay narrative, but nothing worth recommending.

3. Marvel Two-In-One #25 (1977) has some dialogue that seems kind of racist. Also the ending and plot are nonsensical. Not to mention several elements cause the story to be dated.

4. Rip Hunter...Time Master #22 (1964) has impressive art, but the narrative is rather boring and is made worse by the anti-climatic ending.

Shadowman (2018) Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  Bits of inking, specifically around some of the characters, are a little too strong. Also a few of the poses could be better in the last couple pages. However, the art is otherwise very high quality work, and the different artists and colorists work well together. There is a nice division in the plot that should create some interesting narratives. Finally there is some great exploration of Shadowman's cast of characters, particularly Henry and Baron Samedi, and the overall mythos in this issue.

   Highly Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Super Jacket Jackals Edition

1. Marvel Two-In-One #24 (1977) takes a obscure poorly named villain and makes him come across as believable. Good art and reasonable dialogue.

2. Garrison's Gorillas #5 (1969) features some great almost photorealistic interior art. Not to mention all of the narratives are well thought out. I highly recommend this one.

3. Marvel Spotlight #8 (1980) has an okay enough story starring Captain Marvel (the Mar-Vell one) with just a few flaws keeping it from being better.

4. DC Special Series #11 (1978) features some key moments including the first real meeting between Johnny Quick and Jay Garrick (the Flash). The story and art are consistently high in quality for the standards found at the time.

X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 15 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has quality on all creative levels, but it also has several problems. First off there is an interruption once the flashback to the past begins. It very much feels like an editorial level mistake that could have been due to indulging one of the creators or cause of the change of editors that has happened at Valiant. Either way it is a problem. Next we have this issue having a very "made for the trade" feel to its narrative structure. Finally select minimalistic aspects look a little off as if there is a problem between the penciling and inking.

  This is not to say that one should not buy this issue, just that I don't recommend it as a starting place for non-valiant fans.

  Recommended in single issue format only for long-time and die-hard Valiant fans.

Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) Issue 1 Mini-Review

The set-up of this new series does not explain if the change in companies has resulted in a reboot or continuation. Otherwise the writing by Ian Flynn is good. Also decent is the art, despite some lack of backgrounds and one case of too much minimalism. Lastly the lettering and coloring are fine.

  Recommended!

Ninja-K Issue 7 Review With Spoilers

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   The summary of prior events could have been a bit better in composition, and its font could have been better chosen for the punctuation marks. Though the font choice is fine for the interiors. As for the art and writing the opening pages could have used a little less veins on Colin's arm and a faster pacing. Yet the coloring does make up for the overdone texturing of Colin's arm. While the character interactions, particularly between the magic users, make up for the pacing problem. Overall a pretty good issue.

   Very Recommended!

Harbinger Wars Compendium Review

This compendium is too big and heavy (800 pages) to bother getting in a physical format. Also there is nothing new to make it worth getting in digital format. Some of the issues could have been left out since they have less to do with the lead-up to the first Harbinger Wars. Essentially this seems like an attempt at a cash grab due to Harbinger Wars 2, but it has ended up as just a a waste of resources.

  Not Recommended!

Bloodshot Salvation Issue 9 Review

This issue is a thing of horrifying beauty! From the rich dark coloring to the masterful art. The writing is realistic, and the lettering is damn near perfect. So good that I don't want to spoil a moment!

Ultimate Recommended Status Activated!

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 10 Opinion Piece

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   I find it a little annoying that we don't get a reason why Breetai (the Zentraedi commander) is able to survive in the vacuum of space. Even just saying it is partly his increased size would be a somewhat believable reason. However, I do like how they show a lot of logical actions and reactions in this fight. I also like the Blue Wind team acting in a Three Stooges way.

  As for the character development of Lisa Hayes I am surprised how they have her seriously caring about Rick so quickly. This bit and a little of the dialogue about Ben's fuel leakage are the only bits of bad writing and editing done by Harmony Gold in this episode.

   Question! With how technology is advancing, and yet is in some ways backtracking, could we see the robot phone in some future setting?

Invincible Iron Man Issue 70 (1974) Review With Spoilers

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  There are a few interludes to different subplots that make no sense in why they had to be in this particular issue. Also the narrative feels less like an issue of Invincible Iron Man and more like an issue of Super-Villain Team-Up. This is due to how much focus is on the villains (Mandarin and Yellow Claw). Finally the entire issue has too much text, and in my opinion it feels a little racist with its depiction of Asian characters.

  Not Recommended!

Superboy Issue 143 (1967) Review With Spoilers

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  The interesting cover art and text suggests a moment that doesn't really exist in this issue. By that I mean the event happens, but it is in no way as intense or good looking. Instead we get house style for Superboy that was in practice at the time. Also "The Big Fall" is an incorrect title for the first story due to it being a poorly written power-swapping story. Though the second story is mis-titled as well it is at least a somewhat intriguing mystery.

  Both stories have flawed narratives. The former has a mis-coloring of Superboy's legs; no explanation why an exiled sorcerer got a pyramid and mummification; and there is a mistake regarding vision powers and the metal lead. While the latter has too much text and Superboy going off-model when making facial expressions.

  Not Recommended!

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior Deluxe Edition Hardcover Review No Spoilers

I really can't say much new about this collection since I already reviewed the individual issues. What I can say is that its more an omnibus than a deluxe edition due to collecting all the issues. Also at 400 pages even die-hard Valiant fans may want to debate with themselves if the extra supplemental material is worth getting in physical form. However, anyone wanting an easy introduction to the Eternal Warrior should consider picking this edition up.

  Recommended!

Fractal Issue 1 (2016) Review

This first issue according to the supplementary material is the writer/creator's (Daejuan Jacobs) first comic book. Therefore it is more forgivable that he has seemingly too much plot and an abrupt ending. Also the characterization doesn't feel as strongly as it could on some pages. However, this the writing shows potential.

  As for the visuals  I think Buci's art has a few unneeded lines, but is mostly strong and clearly designed. Though Buci's coloring is too one note since it does not show a clear difference between things. Finally the lettering by Keith Perkins is mostly okay for what looks to be work done by hand.

   Two steps above barely Recommended status.

Robotech (2017) Issue 9 Review With Spoilers

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  The dialogue and character actions are respectively realistic and logical. However, the progression of certain plot threads feels just a little faster than necessary. Yet the pacing is nowhere close to the breakneck speed of the first four issues.

  As for the visuals, there are a few places that could be better. On the art side I would say Breetai's bared teeth, the line work of the new armored Veritechs' and one foot (which looks like a club). Though the feet example seems like it may have been partially the fault of the colorist seeing as the color of the ground changed from one panel to the next. Overall though the visual are decent quality. Finally I will say that the ending of this issue works for oncoming readers and those who have read all 9 issues.

  Recommended!

Harbinger Wars 2 Issue 1 Advance Review With Spoilers

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  The issue has a lot of great examples of texture. Yet I think Bloodshot's arm hair could have been either a little more obvious or just not done (like it usually is). As for designs the only one I really see  as problematic is the middle-aged man look of the still 20-something Peter Stanchek. Other than that the art is great.

 As for the colors they are a bit oddly chosen in the opening pages, but the majority are well chosen and applied. I don't think there is anything really noteworthy about the lettering, but then there are no problems either. Finally though the characterization of Palmer is a little one note, this is otherwise a good script.

   Recommended!

Robotech (2017) Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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 The only major flaw I could find this issue is the amount of negative space found at the top of one page. That said I do think the ending of this issue feels a bit less impactful. Yes, it has some impact, but relationships between characters have not been as strongly established as in the show. Therefore those only reading this comic may not get the full effect.

 On the plus side the art is definitely improving in terms of page layouts and the illusion of motion. The lettering is nicely positioned in each panel. The colors, with the exception of a bar behind Khyron's back, are well-chosen and accurately applied. Finally the story is being told by both the art and the writing.

  Recommended!

DC Nation Issue 0 Review With Spoilers

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  Joker's story is mislabeled as a Batman story, and it seems to be more graphic than the book's rating. This is mainly due to the apparent death of both the dad (he is definitely dead) and his child (presumed based on a letter). The problem with this story is the date on the letter is confusing since the dad pleads for his life via his child's existence. Otherwise the visuals are exemplary and the dialogue is strong.

  Superman's story is okay in the art department, but could have used a little better coloring during the club scene. However, the main problem is a lot is said, such as Lois being gone, but almost nothing is revealed. Though the worst problem is Bendis writes Superman as being astounded by "humans" as if he has not lived the majority of his life on Earth.

  The supposed prelude to Justice League: No Justice seems more like a middle of an issue versus set-up for a series. As for the art there are proportion problems (ex. Won…

King Of The Unknown Preview (2015) Review With Spoilers

This issue is a good introduction to both the premise and the cast of characters. The dialogue is both realistic and humorous. As for the colors they are bright and dark in just the right places. There is good use of light and shadow. If there is one drawback it is the art is more quality animation in screencap format versus a traditional or stylized artistic approach. However, it is still properly sequenced in terms of how the panels are laid-out.

  Recommended mainly for fans of Sam & Max: Freelance Police and other cartoon style comics oriented towards adults.

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 9 Opinion Piece

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  This episode has some screwy cinematography at the beginning, and that includes the padded feeling created by the repeated "Miss Macross" promo. Though this episode starts out rough I do think it is more enjoyable during the Zentradi scenes, especially when they are analyzing the swimsuit. Also amusing is how they just release some missiles and then assume Rick is dead. However, the most hilarious thing is how the Lisa, Claudia and the rest go back to watching the contest instead of seeing if Rick is alive.

   Questions! If Rick was supposed to be on duty why did he allow his crew time off? Why did Rick's superiors only send him out on patrol? Where does the material come from for repairs? What was the point of the Veritech armor if it is so cumbersome and weak?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Hopping Hopes Edition

1. Raggedy Ann + Andy #10 (1947) is recommended for those looking for a good Golden Age anthology of children's comic book stories.

2. Marvel Two-In-One #23 (1977) with the exception of one severely flawed facial expression for Thor this issue is very nice to look at. The story could be a little less generic, but is something that will entertain kids and certain adults.

3. Blue Beetle #51 (1965) has some aspects of the writing that seem like they are from the Golden Age of comics, but the majority of the characterization and dialogue is Silver Age. This issue is mostly recommended for fans of Silver Age goofiness. Also recommended for people who like more realistic proportions and character designs.

4. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #36 (1991) is recommended for those looking for a good introduction to the powers of the Infinity Gauntlet and Doctor Strange. It also has a great plot, and some nice art.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Dingo Goof Edition

1. The ACME boots advert found in Walt Disney Super Goof #20 (1972) titled "The Dingo Kid Trips a Thief." This ad has every character teleport in, out, and around throughout its entire one page story.

2. Also found in Walt Disney Super Goof #20 is another one page advertisement comic. This ad is for Funtime Products, Inc.'s MIX'N BUILD. The ad's title is "Bobby The Superbuilder His Secret: His MIX'N Build Super Construction Set." Besides the overly long title the writing and grammar are very poor quality. While the characters are almost after thoughts in design, especially their expressions which make me think they are robots are cultists.

3. Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #43 (1963) has two horribly sexist, and otherwise poorly written, stories. Though the middle of the three stories is good it quickly becomes very predictable.

4. The Mighty Thor #482 (1995) has two stories and they both have artistic problems galore, including trying to ape …

The Prisoner (2018) Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  Those expecting Patrick Mcgoohan's Number Six to be the protagonist in this series will be disappointed. Though he is referenced in various ways he has yet to fully appear in this series. Also there is no clear idea whether this continues from both the original 1960s series and the DC Comics published sequel mini-series or just the original. Whatever the case the writing is excellent and has the right touch of weirdness to intrigue those who have never seen The Prisoner.

  As for the art I feel that it is subtly strong in its style. Also subtly done is Joana Lafluente's application of the colors. Finally Simon Bowland did a fine job on lettering.

   Very Recommended!

 Opinion based addendum: I suggest going for the covers by Michael and Laura Allred or Jack Kirby cause I think they are the most interesting.

Valiant: FCBD Shadowman 2018 Special Review With Spoilers

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   Other than a two page pin-up there is nothing new for regular readers of Valiant comics. However, I do recommend it for those who may not be buying Valiant comics. There are three well-chosen and timely previews of recently released issues. Two of the previews are from issues I have recommended in the past, and I feel they are good introductions for non-readers.

   Recommended!

Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude Review With Spoilers

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  This prelude is epic in the impact its latter half has on the characterization of Livewire. The ramifications of the final reveal should lead to an interesting future for the Valiant Universe both during and after Harbinger Wars 2. As for the dialogue it is a bit much at the beginning, but becomes manageable and like a realistic action-thriller after the first two pages. Though there is one bit of dialogue from Avi that makes no sense. Finally the art is as great as that found in the Secret Weapons mini-series and one-shots.

  Extremely Recommended!

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 8 Opinion Piece

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   This episode seems rather dull compared to the others. Heck, "The Long Wait" had more going for it than this episode. Though I do like the characters who are introduced in this episode, especially their dialogue. Speaking of dialogue I noticed that several bits were seemed to be said at the wrong time. For example Ben asking for Rick's help in the battle and Rick's response. Overall "Sweet Sixteen" is simply an okay episode as far as I am concerned.

   Question! What is up with the weird design for the bald guy during the award scene?