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HARBINGER WARS 2 ISSUE 4 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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  This issue's art is arguably better for the pages done by Giorello. However, the art done by Guedes is only hurt by the choice of using a sepia-tone effect in place of a color palette. As for the script it is the second best at characterization for this entire series next to the prelude issue. Though I do think the final dialogue by Capshaw seems to contradict her portrayals in X-O Manowar #18 (2018) and Bloodshot Salvation. Yet this contradiction is not great enough that I think it is a real problem.

  Recommended as a single issue. Not sure yet about the event on the whole either in single issues or in its eventual collected status.

X-O MANOWAR (2017) ISSUE 18 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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The line work could be more confident, and in some areas way better, than it is. Also the opening pages are a bit confusing as to who is attacking the Coliseum. However, the art does tell the same story as the writing. Speaking of the writing it does not provide real answers just more questions. Finally the summary still has the wrong phrasing at its beginning.

   Not recommended!

THE FLASH ISSUE 260 (1978) REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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  This issue's cover is a little weird in terms of the facial expression of Barry Allen (Flash). It also suggests a possible time travel story. However, while we get a time travel story there is a little more too it. Yet while this narrative is visually okay on every level its script is not so good. For example it could have done without some of the exposition. Also the characterization of Barry's father-in-law is sort of sexist since he does not let his wife or daughter in on the mystery. Finally the father-in-law narrates the story to the reader in an unnecessary fourth-wall break.

   Recommended for die-hard fans of the Flash mythos, admirers of Irv Novick and Joe Giella's work, and writers trying to study time travel stories. Not recommended for those looking for a quick read.

THE FLASH ISSUE 224 (1973) Review With Spoilers

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  Though the cover has an epic feel to its design it is a little to heavy on the amount of text. Also it tells a total lie about the plot of the main story. Said main story features The Flash teaming up with a fictional politician who is shot, and then becomes a fourth-wall breaking narrator ghost. This character ruins the narrative by adding a couple illogical flaws. For example interacting with the reader and referring to himself in the third person. However, the art is good in design, choreography, and layouts.

  The Green Lantern back-up story is fine overall, but a tad too reliant on Hal Jordan not realizing the answer to a scheme sooner. Yet it is too simplistic to recommend on its own.

  Just barely not recommended!

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 SPIKE AND SUGAR EDITION

1. Sugar And Spike #77 (1968) is a brilliantly written and well-drawn all-ages comic.

2. The Flash #283 (1980) is recommended for those fans of Eobard Thawne alias Professor Zoom alias the Reverse Flash. Also recommended for those looking for grim and gritty fare that predates The Dark Knight Returns (1986).

3. Quasar #58 (1994) features the titular character in the secondary plot. Yet while both story plots are good this issue is really recommended for it's not so subtle reference to Barry Allen (The Flash).

4. The Eternals #2 (1976) has a great text piece by Jack Kirby in the original physical copies. Also the art and writing are grand escapist entertainment. Though a bit of the opening text dates the book.

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME ISSUE 2 REVIEW NO SPOILERS

The internal monologuing is still somewhat off-putting. However, it does allow some character developments to be more natural. As for the art it is good, despite small details looking off in a few spots. The color palette is a little too soft during the opening pages, but it evens out by the end. Though flawed all these elements come together with the nicely done lettering to create a great issue.

  Recommended!

GOLDEN HARMONY ROBOTECH EPISODE 18 OPINION PIECE

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I am amazed at how much happened in this episode to develop Claudia and Roy's relationship. It really cements them as actual characters in a relationship, despite having less screen time previously. Although I am still annoyed by how Roy dies in this episode. I mean shouldn't he or someone else have noticed sooner that he was shot. Though it is morbidly amusing how Max is the Zentraedi's target and yet Roy is the more experienced fighter pilot.

   Question! Does anyone else think the nurse at the beginning of the episode was miscast for the English dub?

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12 ISSUE 3 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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   This issue's first several pages almost had me thinking it might be okay. However, despite a few relatively decent moments between characters it is still a rushed narrative. For example nothing feels earned in terms of character development and emotional moments. Not to mention the ending of last issue featured the villains waiting for the main cast to return from the future, but we don't see that battle in this issue. I do think the colors and lettering are okay. What is not okay is the amount of bad minimalism and off-model character design in the art.

   Extremely not recommended!

QUANTUM + WOODY! ISSUE 9 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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   Artist Joe Eisma's art shows a bit of improvement, mainly in the confidence shown in the line work. While the color palette by Andrew Dalhouse is a nice balance between realistic and cartoon. Eliot Rahal also shows balance in the form of a script that treads the line between logic and humor. Rahal even avoids any unnecessary awkward moments. Finally we get some Goat scenes.

   Recommended!

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 FAT PAST MAN EDITION

1. The Flash #325 (1983) has a bit too much padding in its main story, including the Rogues rather pointless robbery. While the back-up feels like a one-off that got decompressed. Also the back-up features disco goer fashion on a punk rock crowd.

2. From 1996 we have the comics crossover event series called DC Versus Marvel Comics. This crossover is not recommended due to the artistic mistakes, and the unrealized potential of such a crossover. I mean the trading cards series that is connected to this crossover has more story details than these 4 issues.

3. Marvel Comics Presents #64 (1990) has four features that could have been better delivered as two limited series, a one-shot, and as part of Ghost Rider's then current series. They are all decent narratives, but I don't think they are worth recommending.

4. The Flash #246 (1977) features two stories. The first one is somewhat dull due to the repetitive spoiler found on the cover and first page. It just lessens the impact of t…

SHADOWMAN (2018) ISSUE 6 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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  This issue has astoundingly realistic art! I was especially amazed during some of the modern day scenes. Also the colors are gorgeous, and they help enhance the art. However, the script could be a bit more contacted at the start to last issue. It feels disconnected due to where the last issue ended and where this one begins. Yet, the script's dialogue is believable, and combines with the art to create a well paced book. Finally the lettering looks fine for this issue.


  Very Recommended!

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 KENNER MAN EDITION

1. Doomsday Is Coming! #1 (1995) is one of the comics that came with the Kenner Superman toys from the mid-1990s. It is really just a short fight and Superman explaining everything in an info dumping kind of way.

2. Flash Gordon #1 (1988) has some toxic masculinity from the lead. Also there is a poorly executed cliffhanger ending. Finally while the art is good there is too much expositional monologuing.

3. Infinity Crusade Vol. 2 (2009) has some horrible art and only a few good moments. Though its main problem is that only Adam Warlock and Thanos matter out of such a larger cast.

4. Marvel Two-In-One #27 (1977) is just a badly written Fantastic Four crossover. It is severely dated as being in the late 1970s. Not to mention it has flaws in the areas of lettering (misspelled words) and art (proportions).

ROBOTECH ISSUE 12 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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This issue's art is arguably the best the series has been. Though I do think one or two panels' perspective choices are questionable. While the colors feature a nice range despite the lack of light for the main characters' scenes. As for the writing, Simon Furman script provides plenty of what the heck type moments, including a death that adds to my time-looping theory. The only real flaw is that the editor missed two lettering mistakes.

   Extremely recommended!

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 MIGHTY AVENGING CRUSADERS EDITION

1. The Avengers #277 (1987) has good art. Also the creative team utilizes each character in a way that nicely builds up to the final fight.

Recommendations 2 through 4 for this edition are oddly enough The Mighty Crusaders #2 through 4 (2018). Each has impressive narratives that feature at least one thing missing from most superhero comics of this era.

NINJA-K ISSUE 10 REVIEW NO SPOILERS

The lettering by A Larger World Studios is exemplary due to how tight and odd a lot of the panels are. Not to mention the coloring, by Andrew Dalhouse, is as exemplary due to the same problems that A Larger World Studios faced. Yet Dalhouse also succeeds in correctly coloring while dealing with the art problem of proportions being off. Larry Stroman and Ryan Winn either are not a good team or one of them rushed the job. However, the script is good enough that I think this is decent read.

   Two levels above barely recommended status.

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 SMURF SURFING AVENGERS EDITION

1. Smurfs #1 (1982) is okay, but a little flawed in the first story's sequencing and choice of plot. Recommended for children and fans of the Smurfs.

2. The Avengers #280 (1987) is a nice character study issue involving the Avengers Butler Edwin Jarvis. Also the art is some of the most realistic I have seen.

3. The Avengers #275 (1987) is a good ensemble narrative due to great pacing and smart characterization.

4. The Mighty Crusaders #1 (Late 2017, early 2018) is a decent first issue. Not really exceptional, but a little different from what is being produced by Marvel and DC.

ALLEGATIONS OF YOUTUBERS HARRASSING ACTIVIST PIEKE ROLEOFS

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Trigger Warning Due To Talk Of Harassment and Non-Consensual Acts! Links are included to provide evidence.

TheYoutuber Alexander McKechnie (@Exurb!a) is alleged to have raped activist Pieke Roelofs (@PhotoandGrime). Pieke Roelofs is currently seeking legal action against him and been vocal about it. However, several other youtubers (Knowing Better, Casually Explained, Kurz Gesagt, Wendover Productions, CGP Grey, Real Engineering) are supporting @Exurb!a by harrassing Pieke Roleofs. Examples of this include bribery in exchange for silence by Wendover Productions and other evidence that Pieke Roelofs has posted screen-caps of on her twitter page.

   Provided below is Pieke Roelofs's most recent recounting of the events.


   Note: Upon researching through her Twitter timeline I noticed a disturbing trend of stories about youtubers who have been accused of rape. This is disturbing due to the volume, and the relatively recent related story about Channel Awesome less than awesome history.

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 MUTANT SHAWLS EDITION

1. X-Men '97 Annual (1997) is a little flawed due to artist Steve Epting drawing (somewhat) in the then popular Image comics style. However, the art is still competent enough in that this annual can still be recommended as a one-shot. Whether one is a fan of the X-Men or not this is a decent issue.

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey #10 (1977) has the least to do with what it is supposed to adapt. However, it is something I highly recommend for fans of Jack Kirby, and those seeking good Machine Man stories.

3. Thunderbolt Jaxon #1 (2006) has just the right amount of minimalistic set-up. Also the visuals are stellar. Finally the supplemental essay by Dave Gibbons provides a nice brief history of the character.

4. Justice League Quarterly #2 (Spring 1991) has two stories. The first one is serviceable with some decent jokes. While the second one is arguably better drawn and faster paced. Both are worth reading for certain bits of characterization that are right up there with Batman one punchin…

GILES ISSUE 3 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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This issue is pretty much an origin story for the character Roux. Though this causes the over-arcing plot to grind to a halt the dialogue is actually understandable. As for the art it is way stronger in line work and slightly more consistent in design during the flashbacks. However, a problem exists in these flashbacks since the vampire who turns Roux looks more like a new type of demon than a vamp. Finally the song suggestions are still distracting and unnecessary.

   Not recommended!

BLOODSHOT SALVATION ISSUE 12 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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  The last bits of internal monologuing are heavy-handed. Said monologue seems to reference Jeff Lemire's entire run (from Bloodshot Reborn to this very issue). However, this is a neither a great or horrible issue it is simply okay. For example the art ranges from epic and detailed to looking slightly rushed. Also the panel layouts could be better in certain cases. While the lettering could have been better without the bolding of words. Finally the characterization seems to be off-towards the end.

  Just above barely recommended status.

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 PADDED FIRESTORM EDITION

1. Justice League Of America #180 (1980) is more an issue starring Zatanna and guest-starring Firestorm than a Justice League story. This would not be a bad thing if the rest of the leaguers didn't come across as ineffective. Also the plot is padded and very generic.

2. Weird Western Tales #58 (1979) has some overt racism in the form of a slur, and there are elements of historical inaccuracy that are unintentionally racist. Not to mention the story is padded. Also the main connecting plot point of a dead Union Army officer is way too subtly implied.

3. Walt Disney's Comics and Stories Vol. 29 #8 (1969) is hard to pinpoint as to who would enjoy it. Yes, fanatical collectors of Disney merchandise may find it entertaining, but the average person will probably just find it dull (like I did).

4. Action Comics #416 (1972) has a Superman story that essentially contains three to four plots with no real good connection. This story also has only a small amount of development for each pl…

GILES ISSUE 2 REVIEW NO SPOILERS

Characters at times teleport to locations simply because the pacing is too rushed. Also there are too many panels with birds-eye views. One panel breaks the 180 degree rule of visual storytelling. Not to mention Giles keeps switching between two different designs. There is also another weird listing of songs for each scene makes it harder to focus on the narrative. Finally the dialogue is only a little bit above unintelligible.

   Extremely Not Recommended!

THE PRISONER (2018) ISSUE 4 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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This issue gives us a few answers about The Village, but there are plenty of questions left for possible future stories. The art is as high-quality as the last three issues. Though the colors do seem a little off during a light reflecting off a structure moment. However, that is a momentary flaw that does change the fact that the coloring is high-quality. Finally there are small visual details that will make this worth reading again.

   Extremely Recommended!

BLOODSHOT SALVATION: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD MINI-REVIEW NO SPOILERS

This collection does not have anything much of note to talk about. By that I mean the supplemental material and overall design are pretty standard for a collected edition. Yes, it is worth getting if one has "trade waited" for this volume. However, this isn't the greatest story arc in Jeff Lemire's long saga of the current Bloodshot's adventures. So if one is looking for a jumping on point or already owns the single issues then this is an iffy buy.

  Recommended for those who "trade waited" and those who are die-hard fans of Valiant and/or Bloodshot. Not recommended for those new to comics or unfamiliar with Valiant Entertainment.

GOLDEN HARMONY ROBOTECH EPISODE 17 OPINION PIECE

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This episode is about as important as the previous episode titled "Gloval's Report." In other words I don't think too much would really be lost if someone didn't see it. However, it is fun to hear the different dialogue in the previously shown scenes. Also some of the different rescue attempts are kind of interesting, specifically the more dream-like versions such as the bike. Finally we get some idea of the medical advances in Robotech with this episode.

   Questions! How many other low cost episodes (I.E. clip shows) exist in the Macross Saga? How many people disagree with my opinion of this episode? Why do they disagree?

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 SUPERMAN OATH MAKING EDITION

1. Action Comics Annual #7 (1995) has a good moral lesson and an overall okay narrative.

2. TheAdventures Of Superman Annual #7 (1995) expands on the events of Man Of Steel #2 (1986) without contradicting them. The art and colors are good. Also fans of supporting characters Dan Turpin and Maggie Sawyer will be pleased with how they are portrayed here.

3. Hourman #4 (1999) has a poorly designed cover, but great interior art and colors. The script is something that people can, and should learn from, on how to work with an ensemble cast.

4. Transformers: Unicron #0 (2018) has a few lettering mistakes, but is a good beginning to this story. Though it is mainly recommended for those who aren't worried about coming to a story without prior knowledge.