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NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 CLOAKING THE DOCTOR EDITION

1. Strange Tales #1 (1987) has a Doctor Strange story and a Cloak And Dagger story. Unfortunately both stories overly rely on text to the point of almost crowding out the art. Not to mention the art for the Cloak and Dagger story is a bit weak in design and line work. While the Doctor Strange story poorly sets up its plot.

2. Heroes Against Hunger (1986) is a bad PSA since most of it has nothing to do with the topic of starvation. Instead we get a rather generic and simplistic superhero story with shifting art and characterizations.

3. Avengers/Invaders #1 (2008) would be fine, but it has too many dated references. Also it is too reliant on readers knowing what was going on with Marvel's continuity at the time.

4. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #3 (1992) has a few coloring errors on the "present day" pages. There is another problem with how the old Indiana Jones just starts telling a story to complete strangers yet again. Not to mention that said story is a rather po…

GILES ISSUE 4 (2018) REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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The characterization is so bad that even the protagonist, Rupert Giles, feels like a plot device. Not to mention that except for Giles, and referenced names, the story feels totally unrelated to the Buffyverse. Also the dialogue is still very confusing and fails to answer any questions. Readers will also be left wondering about various unresolved plot threads. Such as whether Roux is just hibernating or is fully dead. Finally both the art and colors are very hit or miss.

  Not recommended!

QUANTUM + WOODY! ISSUE 11 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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There are two major flaws in Joe Eisma's art. The first is that his line work still gets to angular in places. An example of this is the upper right of Quantum's head on the second panel of the first page. While the other problem is positioning of body parts. Again we look to that same panel and page, but this time at how misaligned the collar bones are. However, he does tell an effective story, especially during the weirder parts (which are nicely colored).

 As for the script it has a nice balance of serious and fun moments. Though there is one problem of Colonel Capshaw acting a little too much like DC's Amanda Waller. Of course this characterization is arguable. Finally I have to give kudos to letterer Dave Sharpe for making a thin font choice work.

  Recommended!

ROBOTECH (2017) ISSUE 13 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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  The recap feels a little vast, but is good for those just jumping onto this series. As for the color palette and font choice the only thing to say about them is they are still arguably good. Though the art is good it does have a noticeable case of "broken back syndrome" with Claudia having a "boobs and butt" pose. The story itself excels by having a number of well-written developments for each plot line. However, the moment when Beetrai apparently identifies Kyhron is not clear enough.

  In conclusion this series is still doing high-quality mysteries and resolutions. Also it's diverging just enough now to be considered its own thing. Thus I think non-fans can enjoy it without seeing the anime.

  Recommended!

NINJA-K ISSUE 12 REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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   The summary has some information that is unnecessary for this particular issue. However, it may still be relevant information to those who are jumping in after an absence. As for the story it is compelling and able to stand on its own merits. Though the flashback sequence feels like something that should have just come earlier. While the art and colors are, too an extent, over-reliant on shadows and dark colors they are still quality work. Finally the font choice beautifully compliments the level of detail for the visuals.

   Recommended!

NINJA-K VOLUME 2 THE COALITION MINI-REVIEW NO SPOILERS

This collected edition is well put together. Being a collected work slightly improves the pacing of the whole story. However, pacing could have probably been improved more with the regular covers being moved to the gallery section. Though the only new flaw is the spoiler found in the story summary on the back of this edition. That said this is still an overall great story arc.

  Recommended!

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 THE OTHER WIDOW EDITION

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1. The Flash #324 (1983) has a lot of great page layouts. Also the characterization of Professor Zoom is rather fun in its oddness. Not to mention that most of the characters act, or react, logically. Though the characterization of Fiona Webb could be stronger. The only really flawed part is the brief bit with a Guardian of the Universe.

2. Black Widow: Pale Little Spider #2 (2002) is a decent comic that almost stands on its own. The line work is good, and the story is suspenseful.

3. Black Widow: Pale Little Spider #3 (2002) has some odd fight choreography. Also there is one case of "broken back syndrome." However, the art has very strong line work and good layouts. Though the ending is a bit unsatisfactory it does service the overall story.

4. Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes (2009) #7 is a decent telling of the early adventures of Thor. The art is very consistent, and the colors are bright. Finally we get Loki apparently ea…

WAR MACHINE ISSUE 11 (1995) REVIEW WITH SPOILERS

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A decent amount of pages are just recapping previous events. This causes the narrative to have uneven pacing. Though once the middle is reached the story is somewhat engaging. As for the art there are some odd proportions, and feet are poorly drawn. I also think the premise of James Rhodes being the head of a peace-keeping organization while being War Machine is horrendous. This is due to how he essentially is jeopardizing their credibility by acting as judge and jury, and possibly executioner.

   Not recommended, unless you want to read a very thought-provoking letter in the letters page.

NOT RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 CYBERSPACE WARLOCK EDITION

1. Cyberspace 3000 #7 (1994) is very confusing as to what is going on. By that I mean there is no explanation of who anyone is or where they are in time/space. Yes, Adam Warlock is recognizable to a lot of readers, but that is only one character. As for the art there are backgrounds missing, and a lot of ugly, angular artwork. Finally the color palette is poorly chosen.

2. Flash Gordon #7 (1967) has several stories and each of them feels weak. The Flash Gordon stories are the most engaging, but lack consistency in sequencing. Also every story, including the text, comes to a somewhat abrupt ending. Finally the text story is the only story that seems thought out. Not recommended unless you are a die-hard fan of the characters Flash Gordon and Agent X-9.

3. New Mutants #1 (2009) provides very little idea of what this team's purpose is supposed to be. Also there are two characters who have "broken back syndrome" on the cover. Lastly, while the story is okay it is not engagin…

LIGHTS NEW YORK COMIC-CON PANEL AND BOOK SIGNING DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT PRESS RELEASE

Pop Musician Lights Reveals Panel and Book SigningOctober 3: Lights is headed to New York Comic-Con to promote her new graphic novel, Skin&Earth.
Friday, October 5, Lights will join Steve Aoki, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and Andy Biersack of the Black Veil Brides for a panel discussing their transition from musicians to comic book creators, the creative process, personal comic fandom and details on projects debuting at 2018 New York Comic-Con.

The panel will be moderated by SyFy’s Mike Avila, who among other things hosts the comic book interview series “Behind The Panel.”

Following the panel, Lights will have an exclusive book signing on the show floor at New York Comic Con at the Toynk booth #2164 from 12:30-1:30 PM.

“I’m so thrilled to be coming to New York Comic Con, just a year after the release of the first ever issue of Skin&Earth,” remarked author and artist Lights. “I spent a good two years of my life writing, drawing and building this world and bringing this serie…

SHAPING UP COMICS WITH ELVIRA MINISERIES FROM DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT PRESS RELEASE

David Avallone Returns For Elvira Miniseries January 2019October 2: Dynamite Entertainment announced today that Elvira will return this winter for a new four-part miniseries by writer David Avallone (Elvira, Bettie Page) and artist Fran Strukan (Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella) that will have movie fans reeling!

In Elvira: Shape of Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark lands the leading role in a touching art film about human/gill monster romance, but there’s something decidedly fishy about her costar. Is there an Oscar™ in her future, or is director Billy Bullworth interested in spawning something more than an award-winning movie?

“Given Elvira’s history as a “horror host”, homage is always on the table.  A certain Oscar-winning fish story seemed worthy of parody, and a natural setting for Elvira,” remarked writer David Avallone. “More personally, I’ve been in movie production for decades, and doing a series that takes place mostly on a movie set lets me mine those rich experiences for the story.…

BARBARELLA AND DEJAH THORIS MEET THANKS TO DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT PRESS RELEASE

Dynamite Lands U.S. on Mars withBarbarella/Dejah Thoris!
Leah Williams Writes Crossover Series Launching January 2019October 2: Dynamite Entertainment is set to launch a brand new crossover as Leah Williams (Adventure Time Comics, X-Men: Black) teams with Carlos Gomez (Red Sonja) for a fun, deadly, mind-bending epic in Barbarella/Dejah Thoris!

In Barbarella/Dejah Thoris, two heroines from opposite ends of time unite for an otherworldly adventure!  Barbarella, the siren of space, meets Dejah Thoris, Princess of Barsoom, and together they must solve a murder mystery that spans time and space in order to find their way home. 

“I’ve been workshopping the story with my editor, Matt Idelson—who is Dynamite’s Senior Editor and an all-around comics titan—and it's been a blast,” said author Leah Williams. “Matt is creative and has really amazing ideas, so being able to bounce ideas off each other while we’re figuring out how to make a tricky time-travel concept really land with readers has be…

PETER CANNON: THUNDERBOLT MAKING COMEBACK WITH DYNAMITE COMICS PRESS RELEASE

Dynamite Signs Kieron Gillen For Return of Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt!Forthcoming Series to Launch January 2019October 2: Dynamite Entertainment is set to launch a brand new series with writer Kieron Gillen (Star WarsThe Wicked + Divine) and artist Caspar Wijngaard (Limbo) as the publisher brings Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt back into action this winter!

Peter Cannon, the orphaned son of an American medical team, was raised in a Himalayan lamasery, where his parents had sacrificed their lives combating the dreaded Black Plague! After attaining the highest degree of mental and physical perfection, he was entrusted with the knowledge of the ancient scrolls that bore the secret writings of past generations of wise men. 
Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt debuted in January of 1966 through Charlton Comics. In 2012, Dynamite Entertainment resurrected the character in a self-titled series written by Steve Darnall and Alex Ross, and drawn by artist Jonathan Lau.
The first issue of Peter Cannon: Thunderbol…

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT SET FOR WINTER LAUNCH OF NEW PROGRAM PRESS RELEASE

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October 2: Dynamite Entertainment is set to launch a brand new program for high-end giclée prints this winter. 
Giclées are high-end reproductions that capture every detail of the original humanly, mechanically, or technically possible. The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern, an endless array of richly-saturated color, and every nuance of the original image. The latest inks offer a 70-year light-fastness and UV-resistance under museum archival conditions. 
This Program will feature some of the company's most iconic characters illustrated by reputable artists, perfect for the art collector or comics enthusiast.

The first print to reach specialty retailers and comic shops will be Vampirella, drawn by Dave Stevens (The Rocketeer) and measure 34 3/4" X 17 1/2".  Following releases will see creations by Jae Lee, Joe Jusko, Joseph Michael Linsner and more.
Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment, says “We're beginning with a beautiful renditio…

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES TUROK UNDER RON MARZ'S PEN PRESS RELEASE

Dynamite Signs Ron Marz For Return of Turok!New Series to Launch January 2019October 2: Dynamite Entertainment is set to launch a new Turok series written by Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, Witchblade), with visuals by Roberto Castro (Red Sonja, Flash Gordon).
"We’ve seen a few variations on Turok over the years, but what Ron’s doing here is both true to the roots of the character while threading together an even larger narrative which I think will be satisfying to both Turok fans and new readers alike. And based on what Roberto’s done so far, I think readers are in for a treat," said senior editor Matt Idelson.

“Ron is one of the most versatile writers in the industry, and we know he will deliver stories that fans will love.  Roberto's ability to draw barbarian adventures is fantastic!  Having them on Turok is a perfect blend of creative and character,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The talent on this book is massive and readers…

GOLDEN HARMONY ROBOTECH EPISODE 22 OPINION PIECE

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  At the time I am writing this I am still feeling some slight horror at eyeless Minmei. Also feeling some curiosity concerning who was at fault for that mistake. Besides that problem I believe that both the animation and the English acting are weak. Mainly cause it is obvious (to my adult mind) that two different stories got combined together to create Robotech. However, it is at least not an episode that feels skippable.

   Questions! How did Dolza become the Zentraedi's supreme leader? Asking because the Zentraedi are so disorganized, and he seems to have a little more knowledge. What determines rank for the Zentraedi? Do the Zentraedi age at the same rate as a human? Shouldn't Lynn Kyle be dead from that stage light falling on him?

RECOMMENDED COMICS LIST OF 4 BULLSEYE'S BULL EDITION

1. Bullseye #1 (2017) has an okay main story, and a better back-up story. The main story is more for those wanting an action story. While the back-up story is simplistic I think it works as a character study.

2. Flash #18 (1988) could be better in terms of its ending. However, it is great in presenting problems and believable solutions. Also the art is very well-proportioned, and rich in texture and depth.

3. Black Widow: Pale Little Spider #1 (2002) has a few visual falsehoods about the BDSM community, such as a person hanging from the neck, but otherwise it is a compelling set-up issue.

4. The Incredible Hulk #264 (1981) has an overall decent narrative. Though the cover is somewhat poorly designed, and some moments are hokey.