Sunday, July 29, 2018

Amazing Age Issue 0 Review No Spoilers

   This issue has confident line work; As well as a bit more confidence showing in the writing versus issue 1. Not to mention colorist Christine Brunson gets more scenes changes to play with the range of colors. (Yes, she also shows improvement in terms of tints and tones.) Finally the lettering by Jeremy Massie looks done by hand and shows marked improvement versus how he has done other lettering. In particular it is thicker and just a wee bit better positioned.

   Recommended!

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 GRIFFIN DIAMONDS EDITION

1. Justice League Quarterly Issue 3 (Summer 1991) is neither funny nor dramatic. It simply exists as a duller tale.

2. Marvel Two-In-One #20 (1976) has a racist design for a Japanese character.

3. Bullets And Bracelets #1 (1996) has at least one lettering problem. Also the lack of texture found on characters' skins makes them look as unrealistic as a model in a cosmetic advertisement. Finally the writing is problematic, including one mistake involving which character said something previously.

4. Scary Tales #22 (1980) has a misnomered title since non of the stories are scary, except maybe the last one for germaphobes. Not to mention the middle story has unsteady line work that makes. Finally all the narratives are poorly plotted and executed.

Friday, July 27, 2018

HARBINGER WARS 2 ISSUE 3 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning Of Spoilers!

   The two art styles clash a bit due to how distinctly different they are. Of the two I would say Renato Guedes' art is the better looking cause of the smoother look to the texture. Though Tomás Giorello's art is still high quality work. As for the writing, the opening dialogue by the Geomancer feels like it meanders a bit with information that isn't needed for this story. However, the rest of the script is an intelligent action-oriented tale that is nicely executed. Finally the coloring and lettering are fine though I wish both had been a tiny bit more consistent, specifically the font for the summary.

   Recommended!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

X-O MANOWAR (2017) ISSUE 17 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning Of Spoilers!

   There is one grammar mistake in the form of "a" instead of "the." Also the last page of story looks off model for the young version of Aric, specifically his face. As for the narrative it plods along at a pretty slow pace. Not to mention that I am personally lost by the latter narration exclaimed by Shanhara. This is mainly due to how there are technically three narrative points of view (Standard, Sabbas, and Shanhara). However, I do still like the papyrus style borders of this story arc.

   Very close to barely recommended status.

Dynamite Launches Tarzan: Lord Of The Jungle Board Game On Kickstarter Press Release

July 24, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership with Lynnvander Studios to create the next phase in Tarzan’s legendary history; a new board game starring Tarzan, Jane, and the rest of his friends and foes as an epic, playable adventure! Today, Dynamite Entertainment and Lynnvander Studios will offer this exciting game for pre-order on Kickstarter where gamers and Tarzan fans will get their first opportunity to see this thrilling game in action.
 

Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle is a co-operative, choose-your-own-adventure-style tactics board game where you play as Tarzan, Jane, Cecil, Lt. D'Arnot, Chowombi, and more, in an attempt to get Jane to her destination safely. Many enemies are trying to stop you from achieving your goals and you have only a few days and nights to get to your destination. Using the trees as “tools”, you and your friends unleash the power of the jungle to take-down the Colonials with the help of your human and ape allies, while collecting items and renown!


"Tarzan has always been synonymous with adventure and that makes it an ideal subject for a game," says Jay Spence, Director of Product Development for Dynamite Entertainment. "We like to make games that feel as fun and exciting as the comic books, and our comics of Tarzan have always been focused on excitement and adventure, so we’re eager to show gamers what it’s like to play the role of Tarzan."

Tarzan is a fictional/literary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. When Lord & Lady Greystoke were marooned on the coast of Africa, alone and expecting their first child, they headed inland to the heart of darkness. Lady Greystoke died in childbirth and Lord Greystoke was killed by the Mangani Ape Tribe who adopted the Greystoke's son and raised him as one of their own. Now grown into a man, Tarzan is a brave and cunning warrior, using his skills and knowledge of the island to protect the animals and himself from other humans who would seek to exploit the isolated land. First appearing in 1912 as a serialized magazine story, Tarzan was later published as a series of novels which was eventually adapted into nearly all forms of media including movies, television, and even comic books which are currently being published by Dynamite Entertainment under the name Lord of the Jungle and the Tarzan/Red Sonja crossover.

Production on the Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle board game is currently near completion, with an expected shipping date of late 2018. The game will also debut at this year’s GenCon, in Indianapolis, where it will be available for demo with Lynnvander Studios.

Game features include:
  • 1-4 possible players
  • Three-dimensional tree models
  • Modular terrain tiles change the game board every time for unlimited re-playability
  • 5 playable characters from Tarzan lore (with more scheduled as Kickstarter exclusives)
  • A varied collection of villains and allies to encounter
View the Kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/tarzan-lord-of-the-jungle-board-game

Tarzan® and Edgar Rice Burroughs® are owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used by permission.

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About Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. was founded in 1923 by the author Edgar Rice Burroughs to manage the rights to his literary works. He is renowned for his many novels of fantastic adventure. His best-known creations are the jungle hero, Tarzan of the Apes and Sci-Fi hero John Carter of Mars, both first published in 1912. The company has overseen every adaptation of his literary works in publishing, film, television, theatrical stage productions, licensing and merchandising. The company continues to be owned by the Burroughs’ family and remains based in Tarzana, California, the city named in honor of Burroughs and his famous storybook character.


About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic ManA Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

Monday, July 23, 2018

QUANTUM + WOODY! ISSUE 8 REVIEW NO SPOILERS

  There is one word missing in this issue's summary. While the rest of the lettering and writing are fine I do have a few complaints about the art and colors. The coloring is a little too light at times, specifically on the pages where Joe Eisma's style is more on display. Speaking of Eisma's art style, it is a little weak on certain facial expressions, and it is a bit thin on proportions at times. Despite these problems I think this is a pretty strong issue.

  Recommended!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

ROBOTECH (2017) ISSUE 11 REVIEW NO SPOILERS

   This issue is amazingly intriguing for those who have read the entire series up to this point. However, I think it may be a bit confusing to anyone jumping on at this point with no knowledge of Robotech. As for the art, it has only a few poses that could have been a bit better, and one flaw in an odd position for a panel. Said panel took me out of the book for a second in contemplation of what the narrative is trying to say there. Finally there is a word missing from the summary page.

   Recommended!

Friday, July 20, 2018

NINJA-K ISSUE 9 REVIEW NO SPOILERS

  The fight choreography is epic, and the layout of each page is amazing. However, there are a few troublesome expressions. Also there are a couple poses that are off in one way or another (mainly in the form of bulk looking added). As for the coloring the palette is very wide in range. Finally the font is nicely chosen, and the script well thought.

  Recommended!

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 OLSEN THE JIMMY EDITION

1. Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #111 (1968) has a racist stock character in the second story. Also though both stories plots are good they are executed poorly.

2. The Authority Volume 2 Softcover (2014) is just all over the place in terms of the writing. The main problem being the lack of repercussions for the main cast. Also the writing feels mean-spirited, particularly during the Mark Millar issues. I will admit the art is mostly great to good. Therefore those who are way more into visuals than writing may still like this collected edition.

3. Moonstone Noir: The Hat Squad (2002) is almost good, particularly the art, except the mystery is too easy to figure out.

4. Infinity Crusade Vol. 1 (2008) has some terrible art in a lot of the issues. Not to mention it feels like a very overdone start to this event collection in how many scenes are repeated.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

SHADOWMAN (2018) ISSUE 5 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning Of Spoilers!
 
  This issue has a great narrative that expands the Valiant universe while exploring often neglected elements of real history. The characterization is top-notch in both the art and writing. However, the coloring could be a bit lighter or darker depending on each character's skin pigmentation. Though that is a relatively minor flaw, and overall the coloring is on point. Finally there is a little bit of roughness to the texture of Shadowman's face on the last page.

  Recommended!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SHADOWMAN (2018): FEAR OF THE DARK MINI-REVIEW NO SPOILERS

  This collected edition only has the first three issues and some extra behind the scenes material. However, the bonus material is about the amount of pages of a regular issue. That combined with the greatness of the three issues means that both the curious non-fans and die-hard fans will not feel gypped.

   Recommended!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12 ISSUE 2 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

WARNING OF MAJOR SPOILERS!

   Around seven pages are filled with monologuing about things that may or may not happen. This use of pages severely hurts both this issue and the overall narrative due to wasting time. It is comparable to someone saying they may eat a hamburger in exactly 5 years from that moment. Also the dialogue has one unintelligible phrase and several pointless bits of fictional future speak.

  As for the visuals, the art is incomplete in numerous portions (mainly faces) in nearly every panel. Not to mention there are problems with the proportions, panel layouts, expressions, and one panel where every character has the same man-sized hands. The only relatively high quality element this issue has is the coloring.

   Extremely Not Recommended!

A & A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG DELUXE EDITION REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning Of Spoilers! (Check the archived posts for the related single issue reviews.)

   This is basically an omnibus since it collects the entirety of A & A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong. However, unlike an omnibus this is a size most people will be able to lift in old age. Also included are the two one-shots Immortal Brothers: Tale Of The Green Knight and Armstrong And The Vault Of Spirits. Finally one of the extras is the reason I recommend getting this even if one owns the series and one-shots.

    Recommended!

Monday, July 16, 2018

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 MUDDY MAD SWAMPS EDITION

1. The first Man-Thing story from Savage Tales #1 (1971) is well-paced and properly horrific. The art is somewhat adult with certain details, but not to the point that it is lewdly graphic.

2. Astonishing Tales #12 (1972) features a good split between furthering the story of Man-Thing while not losing focus of Ka-Zar being the star.

3. Astonishing Tales #13 (1972) is a good third part to the tale begun in Savage Tales #1 (1971). Like issue 12 this issue features some exceptional art, and actually necessary narration.

4. Hourman #16 (2000) is an interesting look at a former story told in Justice League Of America (1960-1987). This issue also features great art by Rags Morales, Dave Meikis, and Andrew Henessy.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

GOLDEN HARMONY ROBOTECH EPISODE 16 OPINION PIECE

Warning Of Spoilers!

   This episode is kind of a checklist of things that make up Robotech. Yes, we mainly get the repercussions on the cast of characters, and the random civilians, but we also get the action, backstory, and everything else. Heck, the only real progress for the overall plot is the idiot Khyron exclaiming that he wants the earthlings to die and any survivors to fear him. However, this episode is still worth watching despite the checklist feel to things, and the annoying addition of Kyle.

   Questions! Is Lisa Hayes one of the inspirations for Sailor Jupiter's "Senpai notice me!" behavior? Is Kyle a distant enough cousin to Minmay that the apparent suggestion of romance is relatively okay? Why was Kyle involved in the restaurant fight at all? Finally how long did the Zentraedi Three Stooges go with out food?

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12 ISSUE 1 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

WARNING OF MAJOR SPOILERS!

   The title is confusing since the regular cover says "Season 12" in the upper corner, but is subtitled "The Reckoning" in the main logo. Arguably worse is that the placement of the text on the regular cover seems both too close and too far.

  As for the interiors, the letterer apparently missed putting in a word in one of the last two word balloons. Though this is not as bad as how the colorist apparently lightened some of the shading in a very obvious way (example the first panel featuring Spike). While the art is mostly okay on likenesses, and the design of demons, it continually fails to have Giles wearing glasses or actual backgrounds.

   Yet, the most grievous problem is how rushed, insipid, and disconnected the script feels. For example Buffy is said to be 30 years old in this and yet that would mean this season is set in 2010 at the earliest. Not to mention that we are jumped forward a year in time and most of the characters have regressed. Two examples of this regression are Giles is an adult and Spike is calling Buffy by her title of "Slayer" again. Another bit of stupidity is Mayor Richard Wilkins apparently never died, and yet no one noticed a giant talking snake demon leaving Sunnydale after Season 3's finale. Finally we just have characters say and do things only because the narrative needs to move forward.

  In conclusion this is a piss poor first issue of what is supposedly the finale to the seasonal arcs of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

   Extremely Not Recommended!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

QUANTUM + WOODY! Volume 1 KISS KISS, KLANG KLANG MINI-REVIEW NO SPOILERS

  This collected edition is a little bland with some of the added pages. Also the latter portion of the supplemental material feels like it should have been switched around with the earlier supplemental material. That said this is a great story arc at a great price that I recommend people give a chance.

   Recommended in this format for a smoother reading experience.

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 WORDLY ARCHIE EDITION

1. JLX #1 (1996) is essentially just a checklist of tropes and cliches. Not to mention it has references to stories that do not exist and we will most likely never see. Finally the ending suggests that there will be more stories after this issue.

2. Archie Giant Series #574 (1987) promises an atypical (for its time) Archie story with an action-oriented cover that touts it as action-packed. There is only action for about one to three pages.

3. Man-Thing #4 (1980) is focused on guest-star Doctor Strange to the point that Man-Thing disappears for most of the issue. Also this is a story I would not hand a child due to the brief mention of the violent death of an infant.

4. JLX Unleashed #1 (1997) has the same problems as JLX #1. 

DEATH DREAMER (2018) REVIEW NO SPOILERS


  There are some problems with the color of the font for the descriptions of some places. Also there are two or three other mistakes with the text, including duplicate and missing words. However, for the most part the writing and lettering are decent work. In fact despite the script being a little darker, and at times slower, than I prefer it is a very strong first outing. Two other strong elements are the color palette (which is dark and moody without being muddy) and the art (which is well designed if a little heavy on shading).

  Overall this is a good enough work that I am going to recommend it for mature readers.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

SCOTT IAN LEWIS ANNOUNCES DEATH DREAMER COMIC-CON SIGNING TOUR PRESS RELEASE VIA SHELF LIFE AGENCY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Lewis’ Successfully Funded Graphic Novel “Death Dreamer” to Premiere July 14

 

July 9, 2018, San Diego, CA: Death Dreamer, the debut graphic novel from writer Scott Ian Lewis, is celebrating a fully funded IndieGoGo campaign, raising over $30,000 for the first volume. Now the singer for the leading death metal band, Carnifex, is ready to take San Diego Comic-Con by storm with multiple signings and a live concert appearance.

“I’m incredibly excited to see Death Dreamer realized and published for the first time,” remarked author Scott Ian Lewis.  “I want to thank all of those who backed this project personally, it’s something I’ve put my whole self into and I’m ready for this story to be experienced.”  

Saturday, July 14, Grill ‘Em All will host the Death Dreamer Book Launch Party presented by Blackcraft.  Scott Ian Lewis will sign copies of Death Dreamer Volume 1 from 12 PM on.  Specialty drinks and a custom vegan menu will be available for fans and backers wanting to be the first to get their hands on the new book. This is a free event.
Thursday, July 19, the Nuclear Blast Comic-Con After Party heads to the House of Blues, featuring legendary metal titans Testament and Lewis’ band Carnifex. Scott Ian Lewis will be signing following Carnifex’s set for fans attending the show.  Tickets are available for $35.
Friday, July 20, Scott Ian Lewis heads to the show floor of Comic-Con International to sign copies of Death Dreamer at War Machine Marketing, booth #1415, from 3PM-4PM.  
Saturday, July 21, Lewis returns to the exhibit hall for his final signing with his record label Nuclear Blast America, booth #501, from 3PM-4PM.  
Edited and designed by Nightowl Studios, Death Dreamer is 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 mixes elements of murder, mystery, and noir inspired largely by Lewis’ work as a funeral director in a mortuary.  
The Death Dreamer crowdfunding campaign began June 11th and saw overwhelming fan support leading to a successful funding just over two weeks.   The campaign for Death Dreamer will continue to run through July 18.  
To show support for Scott Ian Lewis’ Death Dreamer, visit IndieGoGo.

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About Scott Ian Lewis

Equal parts tortured writer and passionate musician, Scott Ian Lewis is a founding member of the American death metal band, Carnifex.  With six full-length studio albums, 200,000 worldwide album sales and 13 years of endless touring filled with blood, sweat, and tears, Lewis has seen the world and the horrors within it.  Death Dreamer is his first graphic novel.  Born and raised in Southern California, Lewis continues to live and die there with his wife.

 

About Nightowl Studios

Nightowl Studios is a Los Angeles, CA-based production company and boutique advertising agency.  Nightowl Studios produces thoughtfully bespoke work for both entertainment and advertising, providing innovative creative strategies to industries embedded in popular culture: music, comics books, video games, television, and film. 

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME ISSUE 1 ADVANCE REVIEW NO SPOILERS

  I am a little disappointed with the decision to change the supplemental material. However, it is still good supplemental material even if two things are currently missing from it. As for the narrative, it is strong in characterization and maintains continuity from the previous series. Though the way it is written, and in some cases designed, is different than the previous series. This looks just as interesting, if not more due to how it is subtly topical, as the original series.

  Very Recommended!

Monday, July 9, 2018

BLOODSHOT SALVATION ISSUE 11 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning of Spoilers!

  The colors for this issue are just okay. Yes, they are high-quality, but there is nothing exemplary to say about them. As for the lettering it is accurately placed, and almost pops due to the font. Really the only standout thing is the amount of pages devoted to redrawn story that accurately rehashes stuff we have already seen. In other words the writing and editing could have used another go.

  Barely Recommended!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

STILL WAITING BY ANDREA BELL (2017) REVIEW NO SPOILERS


   This comic is experimental in how it tells a lot of things in a linear and accessible way. The main experimental elements are the coloring and lettering. Andrea seems to suggest some of the moods through the colors, and pages with only text and color. Speaking of moods, this comic has a subtly hopeful yet realistic point of view behind its narrative. Finally this comic shows a little improvement in Andrea's line strength and design consistency.

  Recommended for those going through a tough time, and those who are looking for a positive message.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

ROBOTECH (2017) ISSUE 10 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

Warning Of Spoilers!

  This issue has two artists, but there does not seem to be much difference to the pages Hendry Prasetya worked on the art of. That said there is a barely obvious difference between colorists, Marco Lesko and John Charles, despite only one page being done by the latter. It just seems better applied and a tint or tone different. The final comment I have about the visuals of this issue is that the alternate covers look vastly superior in design versus the main cover.

  As for the text, the lettering is okay, though I am not a fan of the choice of font used for Dolza's hologram. While the writing feels a bit overdone on the summary page the amount of plot and characterization we get in the story is very commendable. In fact I feel that few writers these days could do such a good job with so many plot lines and such a large cast.

  Recommended!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

GOLDEN HARMONY ROBOTECH EPISODE 15 OPINION PIECE

Warning Of Possible Spoilers!

   The ensemble feel of this episode really makes this feel eventful. Though I think the narrator's exposition definitely helps with the transitioning between scenes. Also I loved the Zentraedi Stooges (Blue Wind team) trying to fit in and apparently getting drunk. However, I don't understand why Lisa's father gets the humanizing story about his and Gloval's past, yet we then get him acting so horrible. Finally is Minmay romantically interested in her cousin? Cause their interactions suggest so.

  Question! Why is it that most authority figures in fiction treat peace talks as a last resort?

Monday, July 2, 2018

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 IVANHOE EDITION

Warning of Possible Spoilers for Entries 2 and 4 of this post. 

1. Fawcett Movie Comic #20 (1952) is the official comic adaption of the movie Ivanhoe starring Elizabeth Taylor. I don't know how closely it follows the movie, but it feels very ant-semitic in places. Not to mention the comic ends abruptly with a few plot threads still dangling. Though the art is rather nice in terms of the designs, style, and proportions.

2. The Magdalena/Daredevil #1 (2008) has too much being told to the reader via text and not enough shown by the art. In fact several pages are overly heavy with omniscient narrator type exposition. Lastly, this is a story where the characters exist in the same universe (despite being from two different companies), and yet The Magdalena does not recognize him at first. In others words a pointless fight happens before the team-up.

3. Mandrake The Magician #7 (1967) has the main story get interrupted by the Brick Bradford story. Also all stories, including the text story, are very poorly written. The Mandrake feature has some cringeworthy elements. While the Brick Bradford is just pointless action and reaction with no real plot. Finally the text story is just a rather generic horror story.

4. Mandrake The Magician #8 (1967) has three stories. The first features Mandrake and Lothar in a pulp novel style plot involving a little girl, her doll, and a drug-smuggling ring. It is poorly paced, and the art is kind of static. Also the bad guys are over-reactive idiots who tip off Mandrake to the smuggling. The last two stories are about an urban legend and Julias Caesar. Both are just weakly executed and rather forgettable.

BLOODSHOT (2019) BOOK 1 TRADE PAPER BACK REVIEW

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