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Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Super Compressed Adventure Edition

1. Elektra #2 (1995) has bits of narration telling exactly what the visuals are showing. Also the art is atrocious in style and line work. Finally the writing is confusing in how everything in sequenced and various bits of characterization.

2. The Adventures Of Superman #430 (1987) is overly compressed, and has a brief change in narrative style.

3. Detective Comics #966 (2017) has a fight that broke my suspension of disbelief. Thus this issue while having an otherwise good overall narrative is one I can't recommended.

4. The Tomb Of Dracula #1 (1972) is over-written, and has horrible characterization.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Lois's Frenzy Edition

1. Superman: Lois Lane #1 (1998) has some good art by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Also the dialogue (with some exceptions) and plot hold up. The only real downside is Superman's inclusion in the title and narrative.

2. Superman: The Man Of Steel #56 (1996) has some okay to bad art, but has a great meta-commentary on the engagement or lack thereof of Lois and Clark. Also one can read this as a child/teen and then as an adult and get a different experience.

3. Spook House #1 (2016) provides some good horror stories that are somewhat silly as well. Though one seemingly ends abruptly.

4. Detective Comics #965 (2017) provides a good character study and recap of Tim Drake's original history with the current alterations to it.

Dragon's Claws Issue 7 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue's front and back covers (courtesy of Dave Gibbons) are nicely constructed, and would have probably intrigued consumers back in 1989. However, there is no clear indication of what the leader is supposed to be doing on the front, and the back cover somewhat spoils the issue's ending. As for the interior art it is finely sequenced and paced, but very unbelievable for the heights a character  falls from and survives.

   As for the rest of the interiors my thoughts are as follows: Steve White did a very great job coloring this issue and I cannot find fault with his palette selection or its application. While Gordon Robson did impressive hand-lettering despite some looking a little wobbly. Finally Simon Furman almost succeeded on writing a decent, if somewhat flawed, story until a bit of racist dialogue. Said dialogue tanked any chance this narrative had of being recommended.

    Not recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 17

This episode is actually pretty entertaining, even though it is pointless filler. I think it is creative in how it changes the formula. There is also a decent balance in the amount of screen-time all the characters get.

  However, it fails to consider that if Rei has cousins than she has other relatives besides her Grandpa who could have taken her in. I say that because in this anime we are given the idea of her parents being permanently gone since there is no indication of them.  It also seems cheap due to the two jump cuts. Finally there is the lack of believability regarding two of The Three Lights not recognizing the first monster is not their friend.

 Questions! Why was Mamoru mentioned? What was the creative conversation like regarding not having the Sailor Stars attack the phage in this episode? If Usagi's parents think Chibi-Chibi is her sister why did they not go with the girls? Was this episode's Sentai movie plot point originally meant as a meta-commentary and jok…

X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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  The writing is riveting in terms of the speeches that characters give, and there is some good character development throughout. Though I think bits of texture and coloring could have been better all of the art is effective, and the two styles compliment each other. Also the last few pages feature some great emoting from Schon. Finally I think since the recap/bios pages lacked a summary they should have been reduced to one page and put at the front.

  Recommended!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 Issue 12 Review With Spoilers

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    This issue, and the entirety of season 11, is badly plotted out. Yes, we get a nice Spuffy romance moment, but that is not enough to justify all the bad this issue brings. First off a lot of fans will not like how neatly, and quickly, Christos Gage wraps up this season's major story arc. Not to mention how oddly final the ending feels. Also odd, and stupid, is how Sam and Riley Finn get all the public recognition and credit for essentially no reason except the Scooby gang was worried about prison for "reasons." Though that is nothing next to how Buffy agrees to re-powering the "villainous" slayers. It's like she didn't learn a lesson after dealing with Amy, Warren, Jonathan, or Ethan Rayne.

    As for the visuals, the regular cover art looks too bright. While the interiors have weird things like perspective and building layout changes.

   Extremely Not Recommended!

Bloodshot Salvation Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  Except for how the summary slightly spoils this issue's narrative I can't say there are any problems with the story. Heck even the obvious differences in art styles between the "soon" and the "now" timeframes have nothing but nitpicks. In fact the only real criticism I can bandy-about is to maybe be more aware of the amounts of texture being applied in the "soon" timeframe, and the "now" could use a little less murky color palette. Other than that this is as near perfect as I have ever seen.
  ULTIMATE RECOMMENDED STATUS ACTIVATED!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Turtle Choices Edition

1. Love Diary #100 (1976) has one story that had actual potential, and some good relationship advice in response to the letters. However, the one relatively decent story is too short due to page limitations caused by the stories that precede it. The other stories have various problems including serious logic failures, unlikable characters, and sexual harassment (via forced kissing and unwanted come-ons).

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #52 (1994) has two stories. The latter is horrible drawn and feels inaccessible. While the former is okay up to a point it ultimately fails in its final pages due to a sideways, and reversed, page. Also there this the problem of the turtles acting like jerks in the last pages of the main story. Finally the cover is way too busy in design.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #59 (1994) has an odd time jump and story structure. It also seemingly starts a forced romance between two characters simply to move the plot along.

4. Supreme: The…

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Turtles Adventures Edition

1. Time & Vine #4 (2017) is a strong conclusion and ties everything up while leaving room for potential sequels and prequels.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #58 (1994) despite a narrative flaw involving the framing sequence pages this issue features a fun pre-Teenage adventure of the Turtles. I also like how they include a bit of a moral to the story.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #55 (1994) is very accessible, especially in how it naturally recaps the back-up story that was told over seven previous issues. It also feels like a full issue despite being a part one of a multi-issue arc.

4. The Mighty Thor #154 (1968) may have a bit of odd social commentary and one lettering mistake, but it is a pretty timeless narrative. Not to mention this issue's story also a lot of things jammed into it without feeling crowded.

Age Of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians Issue 1 Review

There is nothing to read. That means everything is inferred via the art and colors. However, this is a bad idea for a first issue, especially when there is seemingly a paradox by way of the subtitle. I say this due to how there are only reptiles in this issue. So the subtitle is either foreshadowing the last issue or this is the reptile equivalent. 
   The art itself is nice to look at, but obscure as to what the narrative is inferring. Mainly this is due to the non-existent dialogue. Yet there is also the odd choices for layouts, and some of the perspectives. On the plus side Dinosaur fanatics and fetishists will probably love (or love to nitpick)  the colors, textures, & designs.
   Not recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 16

The animation continues to look cheap in various obvious ways. One specific way this episode does it is facial expression/design Minako is given when she exclaims alien conspiracy theory. Two other bits of cheapness occur with Pluto's floating entry and the showing of her randomly shiny chocolate ice cream bar. Also I have to call a continuity hiccup with Chibi-Chibi's introduction due to how Sailor Moon Super S ended.

  I will say that this episode though bad ended on a delightfully tender moment that proves Usagi would be a good mother. Not to mention that I liked the referencing of Chibi-Usa. (Even though that and the plot are basically lifted from the manga.)

  Questions! When are they going to explain what exactly happened with Mamoru? Why does Chibi-Chibi look so vastly different in coloring and overall design? Have Minako, and the rest of the main cast, gotten less intelligent with these last two, possibly three, seasons? Cause making cracks about aliens from unknown …

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Mutant Messes Ediiton

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #57 (1994) has an unappealing cover, and some weird layout designs. It also is somewhat inaccessible as to what is going on, and who is who, when someone reads the issues out of order. Yet the worst thing about this issue is the reference to using mind-control to not just mentally, but physically rape a character. (Note: this series uses the original cartoon designs and were mostly aimed at children.)

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #56 (1994) lacks punch to the dialogue. Also it has overly long flashbacks which severely slow the story down.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #54 (1994) has a villain who when retreating tells when and where he will return. Said villain is also weak to light and yet attacks in the daytime with no ill effect from the Sun. Finally the back-up story looks sloppy in design and line work.

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #51 (1993) has weak and unsure looking line work for the back-up s…

War Mother Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue continues the comeback to high quality for Fred Van Lente's writing at valiant. The dialogue is fully believable this issue, despite one lettering/grammar mistake in one of Flaco's sentences. As for the colors they are mostly fine, but there is one mistake with Max's hair in the latter pages. Finally the art could have been a tiny bit improved in terms of a few points of shading and cross-hatching, yet it is still very consistent and high quality stuff.
 Recommended!

Faith And The Future Force Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  The visuals were obviously rushed, and the end results are either sketchy with sharp angular lines or just off-model. Due to the obvious rush on the art it is amazing the colors and text are generally good. If the art were even a tad bit better, or at least consistent in proportions, this would comic make the status of barely recommended. However, I am giving this a not recommended in single issue status with the caveat of picking it up in trade due to the awesome dialogue in three of the four issues and the excellent art in two of the issues.

  Finally the surprise solution character made me feel that the title is a bit of a misnomer.

  Not recommended in single, but definitely in trade format.

Hell 99: Tesshin And The Iron Palm Mini-Review

This issue is the prequel to 99 Assassins Unleash Hell yet it feels like a separate tale at the moment. I can't say it is as easy to understand as the previous issue, but I do think that it works if one considers it from Chris Sagovac's background as an animator. From an animator's perspective frame rates can determine the pacing a viewer is made to take in a product. Thus we need to imagine the images moving while we go from each page. In conclusion the storytelling could use a little work in the area of clarity, but is very strong stylistically.

   Slightly recommended!

This comic can be found at the following link: http://chanbaragogo.com

Note: I was not paid and do stand to receive any profits from doing this review of my former teacher's (Chris Sagovac) comic.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Metal Na Na Edition

1. Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 (2017) is an unnecessary tie-in. It is also a little too dark and simplistic in my opinion.
2. Batman: The Murder Machine #1 (2017) has a few relatively decent moments, but like Batman: The Dawnbreaker this is an unnecessary tie-in.
3. Dark Nights: Metal #3 (2017) is a more ordered version of Final Crisis. However, it does not provide enough "new" or anything that feels "metal."
4. The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1 (2015) is an interesting experimental comic book. However, it is very inaccessible to those who don't understand Grant Morrison writing style, or any of what this narrative is connected to.

Shaper Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is okay, at least in terms of the art and colors. The first setting caption seem contrasts a little with the colors on the first page. Also the summary seems to be missing some things, and like the story's ending, is very illogical. Speaking of the ending there are two flaws it contains. One is the final mentions of the card game that started the plot having no point and yet being continued. There is also how it should not have Rand living to see it due to being out in space for seemingly longer than possible. Finally a lot of the writing seems to either be oddly paced, or it tells the reader versus showing the reader. Case in point the main villain's last several bits of dialogue before his literal fall.

  Not Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 15

This episode has a lot of oddly sexual and suggestive dialogue. I mean the movie title containing the word "bleep" suggests either arthouse or something else of the adults only variety. Though I do think this was fan service/tease for fans of Sailor Moon ecchi and shippers of Makoto x Minako. Another bit that feels odd is how Luna thinks Usagi is undateable and is not worried about her future with Mamoru. Also I feel the same way about the unexpected gag with Ami.

   On the plus side I did like some of the expressions and certain moments in this episode. In other words this episode is almost good.

   Questions! Why did Galaxia not engage Sailor Moon and the other three Guardians in a fight? For that matter I would think Sailor Fighter would try to attempt an attack due to his name at the least. How come Sailor Iron Mouse didn't try to use the knowledge of Seiya's identity to distract Galaxia? Heck why did the animators not do a phone gag where Iron Mouse is almost c…

Action Comics Issue 989 Day Of Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has some sketchy looking line work, and depending on the inker the characters look okay or at worst off in proportions. Take for example Jonathan Kent/Superboy's look head and neck in the first panel we see him in. His head is elongated while the neck looks like it would have a tricky time supporting it even with his super-strength.

  As for the writing it is mostly fine until Superboy gets kidnapped by his "grandfather." (Though even if this is Jor-El he may still not be Mr. OZ.) In these last few pages we should see the immature superhero acting at least a little more suspicious toward his kidnapper. Especially because his mom does know where he is now.

  Finally the coloring was a little too bright on the OZ tattoos/brands to the extent that one has to wonder how Superman and Lois haven't spotted any.

  My Verdict: I suggest waiting for either the collected edition or for this issue to be on sale. Mainly due to the facts that it d…

Hillbilly Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  This is a more serious Eric Powell story in that while it has absurd/fantastical elements it has a realistic level of grimness. Also the story plays with narration (both reliable and unreliable) and exposition while showing actions to the reader in just the right way. As for the art there is some interesting use of shading to provide a difference in the tales that are told. Finally there are enough questions to leave a lot of readers wanting to see what happens after this issue.

   Very recommended!

Harbinger Renegade #8 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is overall solid and worth recommend status. However, I think there are a few nitpicks readers other than myself will have with this issue. In particular the plot going sideways and then forward is fine but slightly irksome. While those who wear glasses on some kind of regular basis will find Kris's glasses being positioned in odd ways from panel to panel at the beginning. Finally the first panel showing a scene of an attack by H.A.R.D. Corps has a too dark cubicle box that is generally distracting. Yet as I said this is a solid enough issue that I am recommending it.

  Recommended Status!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Nexus Meets Magnus Edition

1. Justice League International Annual #3 (1989) has decent examples of using previous stories to world build. Not to mention the there is some good development via character studies/bios. Though the art on the latter story "The Man I Never Was" is subpar.

2. Green Lantern #94 (1998) is a good issue and beginning to Kyle Rayner teaming up with Superboy (Conner Kent/Kon-El) for the most part. Recommended as an example of how to write a team-up issue where protagonists learn from each other.

3. Magnus, Robot Fighter/Nexus #1(1993) has a terrible font choice, but the cover art is epic and the interior narrative is decent. Recommended due to how it talks about history and how it can be "reinterpreted" over time. Most futuristic sci-fi stories forget to go into why people don't know past events.

4. Turok, Dinosaur Hunter #2 (1993) has a few characterization problems, but is good for those who want man versus dinosaur action.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Cold Meat Edition

Note: This edition features a bit of what many people consider profane language.

1. Nemesis: The Impostors #1 (2010) has three major flaws: It lack substance, is clearly "made for the trade," and lastly it is severely lacking in having proper set-up for any part of the narrative,

2. Cold Blooded: The Slayer (1995) is narrative swiss-cheese due to the amount of holes (flaws) in the product. Said problems range from simple grammar mistakes to unlikable characters.  In short there is nothing redeemable about this steaming piece of narrative shit.

3. Harbinger #25 (1994) starts out like it will be an epic conclusion, but instead it becomes a bit inaccessible and mundane in the final pages. Also there is a problem with certain text being off in a few word balloons.

4. "The Secret Of The Space Souvenirs" from Superman #122 (1958) is very much a dated story. Plus the puppet-masters who put Superman in a trance, and his acceptance of the whole deal, make it very unbelievab…

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 14

The forced tension and romance elements of this episode make what could have been merely an okay episode utterly terrible. I say it would have been merely okay due to the fact that Usagi is severely dumber than her character should ever be portrayed. Though even if these three problems didn't exist there would still be the weird bits of animation and lack of plot development. In short this episode and series is still failing to impress, but it does make me love the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal more.

   Questions! Why is Usagi being dumbed down? How come Usagi was calling in for the tickets since she is not a fan of Three Lights? Did Sailor Iron Mouse actually continue her search for the Star Seed after leaving the concert area? If not then why was it mentioned she would?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Generational Edition

1. Superman & Batman: Generations Book Two: 1959-1969 (1999) provides a good reasoning as to why mainstream superheroes are not used in real world conflicts anymore. It also continues a good story with a nice balance of light and dark narrative moments.

2. Superman #680 is interesting for how it concludes the first fight between Superman and Atlas. Also recommended for those wanting to see an impatient Superman.

3. Superman #679 for making canonical that Superman and Lois have a sex life. Also the art and writing are good.

4. Do Anything Volume 1: Thoughts On Comics And Things by Warren Ellis (2006) is a collection of prose articles that reads like a gonzo history of comics. I highly recommend this book for fans of comics, Warren Ellis, and Jack Kirby.

Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This is really not that original in terms of the plot considering it is just another variation on the tales of Faust and Robert (Leroy) Johnson. Also Rae Sremmurd are mainly used in a plot device capacity. I think if one looks at this as simply two brands doing a transmedia crossover then you will be content. However, those who thought this would be the start of something more or an epic one-shot will be disappointed with the writing.

   Now that said Renato Guedes creates A+ art, and makes this one-shot worth at least purchasing and reading this at some point.

   Not recommended unless you are a die-hard fan of Valiant Entertainment, Shadowman, Dr. Mirage, Rae Sremmurd, or devil bargain tales.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Superman A 2001 Explorer Edition

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1977) is simply a sci-fi version of the Genesis story. Yes, it has some other elements and is technically great in the colors and visuals, but it is just not Jack Kirby at his best.

2. Superman #678 (2008) is just not an issue I would recommend on its own.

3. Superman Annual #14 (2009) is solid, but it is like the above issue of Superman in that I just would not recommend it in single issue format.

4. Tomorrow Knights #6 (1991) is extremely slowly paced due to there being so much dialogue and information being thrown at the reader. Also the colors and layouts could be better on some pages.

Eternity Issue 1 Advance Review With Spoilers

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  This issue provides accessibility via narration that is given via an in-story method. In other words the narration is not omniscient and that is a plus for how this story is being told. However, this same method uses a character who then becomes a cliche. (The kind of cliche is going to have to remain a mystery to those reading this post due to my writing this so far in advance.) Yet I can't fault any of the other areas of Matt Kindt's writing.

  As for the color palette and font stylings I have to say they are A-plus work. The colors are varied and suggestive of each settings' differences. While the fonts are subtle and overt at the right times to suggest changes in the figurative volumes of the characters voices.

   Lastly the expressions and overall designs are great. Though there is some inconsistency with the child's design, and obvious cross-hatching on certain pages. Not to mention some of the line work while strong seems to be styled like…