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THE PRISONER ISSUE 3 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

This issue has a bit too much texture and use of shadow on certain characters. Though for the most part this problem doesn't come up a lot. The only other flaw is how when Six takes out the guy on the phone he still has so much time to search unimpeded. Yet, I concede this may be partly due to the awesome twist at the end of the issue developing concurrently to the search. Lastly, this series continues to have a high-quality narrative that should be on more peoples' pull lists.

  Recommended!

Dynamite Entertainment Offering Fans Vampirella #1 Box Set Pre-Orders Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dynamite Entertainment Offers Fan Pre-Orders for new Vampirella #1 Box Set! 
June 28th, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Today, Dynamite Entertainment announces the launch of their latest Kickstarter campaign, benefiting fans of Kristina Deak-Linsner and Joseph Michael Linsner's and his recent work on Vampirella, with a limited edition, collectible box set. Joe’s artwork continues to be sought after among fans and Dynamite has heeded their words with a complete collection of his #1 issue!

Following the success of the Vampirella/Dawn crossover event, Vampirella is back with a new, solo series, and Linsner is penciling her from a script written by Kristina Deak-Linsner. To celebrate the series’ upcoming launch, Dynamite is offering all five covers of issue #1, and two exclusive prints (one signed by Linsner), collected inside a high-quality, magnetic-closing box, featuring Linsner’s artwork, inside and out. This box set will have an SRP of $199.99 at retail, but fans can pre…

QUANTUM + WOODY! ISSUE 7 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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  This is one of the few comics I have ever read to use negative space, via lack of backgrounds, intelligently. Also both Quantum and Woody have their personalities explored further in this issue to great affect. While the lettering is clear regarding who is talking and when. Finally the coloring is suggestive (from a psychological standpoint) of what is occurring in each part of the story.

  Very Recommended!

X-O MANOWAR (2017) ISSUE 16 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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   This issue's opening text will hurt it in collected formats. Also the end point is 3 years before another event in a way that seems like the dates should be reversed. The final flaw is a lack of clear detail for expression and facial designs. That all said the writing is much better than it was two issues ago. Not to mention the artists, colorists, & letterer show vast creativity and range in a single two-page spread. If future issues continue to be this quality or higher I think this series may be back on track.

   Slightly above a normal recommendation.

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 Classical Crossings Edition

1. Batman/Punisher: Lake Of Fire (1994) is just a barely good enough team-up comic.

2. Batman & Captain America (1997) has a few problematic proportions (mainly Batman's body) yet is otherwise beautifully drawn. It has a pretty impressive color palette for a comic from the 1990s. Not to mention the team-up almost feels like it is set in the same universe as John Byrne's Superman & Batman: Generations.

3. Star Trek #7 (1980) has some flaws in the dialogue, but is a relatively decent comic. Though I am more recommending for the casual fan than the die-hard kind.

4. Action Comics #700 (1994) is an interesting issue that I recommend for those looking for a bit of everything, thematically speaking.

HARBINGER WARS 2 ISSUE 2 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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  This issue has two problems. First the summary for Bloodshot wastes a plot twist. While the second problem is that all the characters siding with G.A.T.E./Omen are coming across too much like villains. This problem has been growing since the prelude, and is not helped by real world comparisons from 2018. However, Livewire's faction is not acting or sounding very heroic or moral either.

  That all said this issue has much better art and coloring than the last one. Also the ending was a nice surprise.

  Recommended!

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 BITING STAIRS OF DESIRE EDITION

Trigger Warnings for mentions of disturbing subjects!

1. Secret Romance #9 (1970) has a lot of flat artwork and most of it lacks texture. Also the stories are dull or just poorly written. The last story is also more action oriented than romance. Finally the lettering is all over the place in terms of quality.

2. Starfire #5 (1977) has a momentary sexual assault plot point that goes nowhere and is very unnecessary. It also has the main character being an idiot in two scenes.

3. Action Comics #527 (1982) has a poorly executed introduction for Lord Satanis and his Wife Syrene. Mainly with how overpowered Satanis and Syrene are, and how ineffective Superman is portrayed. While the secondary story promises a team-up and no one really teams-up. Lastly both stories cliffhanger endings come about too abruptly.

4. Mandrake The Magician #5 (1967) has grammar and spelling problems in the stories starring Mandrake and Lothar. Yet the worst problem is Lothar being written as so unintelligent that …

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 14 Opinion Piece

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   This is a clip show episode. I mean the non-flashback audio and footage is interesting, but there is so little that this episode is skippable. However, I can see why it would have been important to use this to update viewers who might have missed an episode. But why do I view it as interesting? Cause Captain Gloval's voice and personality is awesome!

  Question! How many episodes do each of you readers think are skippable?

Ninja-K Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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  The lettering really pops off the page in this issue. Also the coloring has some gorgeous reds and oranges. During the fight scenes the art feels very kinetic. Though I do think a few of the expressions are too exaggerated (Ex. When Dr. Mirage is about to reuse the gris-gris). Not to mention the costume The Dying One wears seems to be swiped from the Marvel Universe (Either Rogue Or Elsa Bloodstone). Finally the dialogue is believable, but the number of plot points hit could be increased.

   Recommended!

Giles Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue very poorly set-ups the series. The main problem is the insanely weird and inspired dialogue that is more word association than anything. Not to mention what is written is rather clunky. Also the idea of a playlist of songs being included is as pointless here as it was for rival company DC's Dark Nights Metal (2017-2018).

  As for the art, there are some weird bits of minimalism. This is particularly notable in several non-characters' facial expressions. Finally the coloring, though mostly fine, does not help the poorly designed (wonky perspective) fight scene near the end.

  Extremely Not Recommended!

Shadowman (2018) Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  There is one missing letter in the indicia text, but other than that the lettering is superbly done. While the coloring fits the art style well I do feel too much black ink is used on the opening and final pages. However, these two things are more nitpicks than actual problems. As for the writing the characterization of both Shadowmen is done in a clever way that does not impede the story. Finally the art has strong line work, good panel composition, and a lot of good visual references of the time period.

   Strongly Recommended!

Vampirella Crosses Paths With Dejah Thoris Dynamite Press Release Via Shelf Life Agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEVampirella Encounters Dejah Thoris in New Dynamite Series! Author Erik Burnham and Artist Ediano Silva Deliver Iconic Crossover Event
June 19, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is set to deliver the latest in epic crossover events with Vampirella/Dejah Thoris! The pulp tale that was destined to happen was created by Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, KISS: The Demon) and Ediano Silva (Pathfinder: Runescars, Killer Instinct) is headed to stands this September!
In Vampirella/Dejah Thoris, when an alien scout ship crashes on Mars, Dejah Thoris must risk reigniting war with the Green Martians and becoming dinner for the white apes.  But the stakes are raised so much higher when the ship is revealed to carry Vampirella, who is on a desperate mission of survival—one that might end before it truly begins!
“Not a lot of folks know this, but some of my earliest work in comics was an unpublished adaptation of A Princess of Mars... I discovered Barsoom and Dejah Thoris the…

Dynamite Entertainment Brings Indie Film Studio Troma's Art To Shelves Press Release Via Shelf Life Agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDynamite Entertainment to Publish
Art of Troma!

A Celebration of the Longest-Lasting Independent Film Company That STILL Hasn’t Made a Hit!
June 19, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite has partnered with Troma Entertainment, the original media disruptor, and longest-lasting independent film company, to deliver an art book not for the faint of heart hitting shelves in September with The Art of Troma!  
Written by New York Times Bestselling author and Troma aficionado Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Cowboys and Aliens), this incredible 256-page collection features never-before-seen film stills, rare posters, candid interviews, and buckets and buckets and BUCKETS of fake blood.
“I had a really terrific time delving into the history of one of the richest stories in all of independent American movies. The book has turned out spectacularly, thanks to the incredible work of designer Jon Adams,” remarked author Fred Van Lente. “None of it would have been possible without …

Dynamite Entertainment Delivers New Origin For James Bond Press Release Via Shelf Life Agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDynamite Entertainment Delivers All-New
James Bond Origin Story 
Jeff Parker Pens New Series With Artwork by Bob Q Revealing James Bond’s World War II History June 19, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. are pleased to announce this fall’s biggest series in James Bond Origin! Author Jeff Parker (Suicide Squad, Future Quest, Thunderbolts, Batman ‘66) and artist Bob Q (The Green Hornet) will kick off the ongoing definitive account of James Bond’s exploits during World War II!
Hitting stands in September, James Bond Origin takes readers back to March 1941. Seventeen-year-old James Bond is a restless student in Scotland, an orphan, eager to strike out and make his mark on the world. But a visit by an old family friend coincides with The Clydebank Blitz, the most devastating German attack on Scotland during the War! James will fight through hell to survive, coming out the other side determined to make a difference.
“It’s a weight…

Secrets & Shadows (2012) Issue 1 Review

The cover by Dexter Wee is dynamic and suggests the interiors tell an epic tale. While the cover's colors are excellently chosen and applied well. Though the lettering is well-placed it is arguably relatively generic in terms of the font, with the exception of the title. The writing is strongest on characterization, and combines well with artist Marco Roblin's unique style to establish the universe. If there is one real problem it is that cross-hatching is sometimes overused on the buildings.

  Very Highly Recommended!

Dead Pig Collector by Warren Ellis Review With Spoilers

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  This short story begins relatively strong yet ends weakly. The primary problem is that the ending feels too confusing and breezy due to the final few sentences making the narrative unreliable.  Dead Pig Collector does arguably have okay characterization, but it at times borders on flimsy. Lastly, the flow of the narrative, as well as the procedural descriptions are its strongest part.

  Recommended for die-hard fans of Warren Ellis and crime stories. Not recommended for those looking for a lot of substance, complexity, or a long read.

Carnifex's Scott Ian Lewis To Launch Comic Book Crowdfunding Campaign Press Release Via Shelf Life Agency

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Carnifex’s Scott Ian Lewis Launches “Death Dreamer” Graphic NovelCrowdfunding Campaign Begins Today With Book Release at San Diego Comic-Con San Diego, CA, June 11, 2018: Dealing in death isn’t an easy business, but for the multi-talented and tormented Scott Ian Lewis, death is life. Having spent the past 13 years as vocalist for the reigning death metal band, Carnifex, Lewis has is ready to deliver a dark and brilliant new creative chapter with his debut graphic novel, Death Dreamer.
Illustrated by Chris DiBari (Hoax Hunters, Magdalena) with colors by Simon Gough (G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes, Ringside), lettering by Taylor Esposito (Red Hood & The Outlaws, Babyteeth), and cover by Chris Shehan (Prometheus, Deadbeat), Death Dreamer is a horrifically brutal murder mystery inspired largely by Lewis’ work as a funeral director in a mortuary.  
Death Dreamer is a world that's lived in my head for years. First existing on that page as a television script and now it…

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 13 Opinion Piece

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 The Zentraedi undercover agents prove to be amazingly naive about espionage. I think it is a little amusing to watch, but their actions are mostly cringe-inducing. However, I believe their scenes are better handled than the debriefing scene. This is mainly due to the characterization of the military high-ups being poorly done. I mean these guys are laughing at the report and making jokes about aliens while being chased by actual aliens.

  Questions! Why is Khyron even still a part of the Zentraedi chasing the SDF-1? I mean the guy does not follow orders and has damaged the ship numerous times. Is this episode considered by anyone else as one that people could skip?

Quantum And Woody, Deluxe Edition Book 2 Mini-Review With Spoilers

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 This Deluxe Edition is in my opinion the way to go if you want to introduce others to Quantum And Woody. It is also the way to go if a die-hard fan wants to actually deface their copy of The Delinquents in order to play The Delinquents Board Game. By that I mean one can keep this hardcover and cut up The Delinquents softcover's game pieces. Lastly, this is just a good collection of hilarious narratives to have in hardcover format.

 Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Sonic Hype Edition

1. Sonic The Hedgehog #3 (2018) is an amusing all-ages adventure that finally moves the series forward.

2. Action Comics #692 (1993) provides a good explanation for how Superman's return from death happened. It also provides reasoning for why people would believe Clark Kent and Superman are different individuals.

3. Sonic The Hedgehog #4 (2018) has some nice perspective work and a good lead-in to the next story arc. Also a new character is introduced in a relatively decent way.

4. Superman & Batman: Generations Book Four (1999) has an ending that I don't fully agree with. Yet this final issue has some great art and a very organic conclusion.

Bloodshot Salvation Issue 10 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has a good selection of colors and a great execution of them. At the same time the coloring still allows the line work to be seen. However, Braithwaite could improve on the consistency of his proportions in a few places (examples being Capshaw's chest and Bloodshot's upper arms). Though to be fair his work looks to be just pencils in this issue and it is still high quality art.

  Also high quality is how the script packs a lot of things in while keeping character actions and reactions logical. (I assume radars or espionage was involved in how Capshaw comes to know about Omen's approach.) Finally the ending is somewhat expected, but still surprising due to the dialogue.

 Very Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 GalactIc Hunger Of Prose Edition

1. Avengers #12 (1997) has some troubling panel composition in a few places. It is also reliant on both prior issues and other titles of its time. Finally the Avengers don't really do anything.

2. The Vision And The Scarlet Witch #1 (1985) has fine art, but the writing is uneven. Also there are some mistakes on the lettering front.

3. Little Lotta #71 (1967) has narratives that just feel like the editor(s) said "Meh... Good enough!" In other words all the scripts feel like they could have used one more rewriting.

4. Silver Surfer/Superman: Pop (1996) has lettering mistakes, over-reliance on standard continuity (at least for Superman), characters being over or under written. However, the weirdest problem is arguably that the ending essentially "resets" things, but at the same time nothing is "reset."

Recommended Comics List Of 4 The Steel Man Edition

1. The Man Of Steel #2 (1986) is a great Lois Lane centric story. Near perfect characterization with the exception of how Clark goes about getting his job at the Daily Planet.

2. Superman #110 (1996) is a fun one and done team-up with Plastic Man. Though I don't agree with the idea that Plastic Man is full-on delusional.

3. Hourman #10 (2000) is a hilarious story that defies normal superhero story conventions. It also may have influenced certain issues of Marvel's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015).

4. Both the Superman and Green Arrow/Black Canary stories found in Action Comics #457 (1976) have some small problems. However, if one can look past those problems, and read to the end of each story, one will find that they are just decent enough.

Lucky (2016) Issue 1 Review

Some of the line work for this issue could be a little less angled. However, the art for the most part is strong and intriguing to look at, especially due to the style having a Spanish or Italian sense to it. The colors are dark and rich for the most part. Though bright colors are used for the day time scenes they are only really there to denote the time. While the writing could be a little better on the characterization it does set-up the story well. Lastly, letterer Micah Myers provides a great font and placement for the text.

 Recommended!

 Disclaimer: I have in the past worked with and/or for Anthony Mathenia, Micah Myers, and the Stache Publishing community on other works. However, no one who worked on this comic requested this review, and I do not benefit from reviewing it.

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 12 Opinion Piece

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  This episode has some good leaps in logic by Lisa as to the Zentraedi's origins. The use of flashbacks to signify how she reached her conclusions was also smart. Heck, I honestly think that is the second best part of this episode after the bit where they fly past the commanders. Despite the good moments, and plot progression, this episode is arguably worse in terms of the misogynistic characterization.

  Questions! Did I miss something or did Lisa and the guys not provide a description of their stolen vehicle? So how could they be helped so quickly by the SDF-1 pilots? Should I refer to the Blue Wind team as the Zentraedi Trio from now on?

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Way Of The Thing Edition

1. Marvel Two-In-One #26 (1977) has some artistic problems mainly in terms of facial expressions. Though some lettering and writing mistakes exist as well. Arguably the biggest problem is a supporting character being completely forgotten by the creative team for several panels.

2. The Bat-Man story from Detective Comics #28 (1939) reads like a poorly thought out Zorro story, especially with how it ends. While the art is only relatively okay (for the standards of its time).

3. Though Detective Comics #29's story starring The Bat-Man is way worse. Partly because Bruce Wayne does several things that should reveal his dual identity, but mainly due to the racist elements of the character Jabba. This story is also from 1939.

4. The Avengers #204 (1981) has poor use of negative space on the cover, and the interiors have too many long-distance shots. The writing ranges from decent to slightly less than decent. Not to mention the pacing is a little wonky as well.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Hour Comical Edition

1. Hourman #8 (1999) has great visuals and an effective tie-in to that year's event series Day Of Judgement. Yet I would say the main draw is how the narrative excludes the titular superhero in order to develop the supporting cast.

2. Superman Family #211 (1981) is a bit of a rarity due to being an anthology title with all good stories. The most recommended are the Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Supergirl stories.

3. Hourman #7 (1999) has some interesting visuals and really great coloring. Though some elements like the phone are dated now.

4. The Vision And The Scarlet Witch #11 (1986) is a bit slow in how it is paced. Also it is heavier on the guest-star's (Spider-Man) characterization than the stars of the book. Yet it is still a decent book for lovers of this relationship.

Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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   The reintroduction of past characters in a one on one way continues with this issue. However, there is not really any momentum on the plot. Nor is there an indicator of what this story arc is going to be about. I would even argue that this is almost a repeat of issue 1. Yes, the art is better despite still being in a house style, but it is a different artist. Yet overall this is a decent enough issue that I will recommend it.

   Just one level above barely recommended status.