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The West Coast Avengers Issue 7 (1986) Review With Spoilers

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   There are a lot of references to previously published stories from various series. While they are footnoted they do weigh down the story. This is mainly due to the amount of things referenced and the many ongoing plot points found in this issue. That said the narrative is not the most convoluted that I have ever seen, and this is in-spite of how the story jumps from scene to scene.

   As for the visuals they are strong, though the colors suggest that a few areas could have been drawn and inked a bit better. The colors on the whole are nicely chosen in that they compliment each other well.

   Barely recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Super Stars Of The Future Edition

1. Action Comics #662 (1991) is fun and a key moment in Superman and Lois Lane's romance. It is also very nicely drawn.

2. Superman #53 (1991) has both a good continuation of Lois Lane finally learning Clark is Superman while examining Superman's place in world politics. It also is a perfect example of using bare minimum legal speak when it comes to contract law in a fictional narrative.

3. Superman/Batman #79 (2010) is overall solid. Though I personally think how the villain conducts his escape from the futuristic Superman and Batman is a bit cliched.

4. Superman/Batman #80 (2011) has one problem and that is the ending leaves a question unanswered except for a cliched, and simplistic, 'bad guys are bad' type of response. However, it is solid enough in every other area to be worth putting on this (ongoing) list.

War Mother (2017) Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue on the whole has some good quality. However, there are several flaws, such as the lack of backgrounds in a lot of panels. Also it fails to be consistent on little details, particularly the shoulder bones of War Mother. Another example is how the jaws and sheets are positioned on the skeletons. While the color palette looks different (darker and slightly muddy) when one compares the colors to those in the past issues. Lastly though the overall narrative works the ending results will not please every reader.

   Not recommended unless one is reading it in a collected format, or has read the past three issues.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 21

The majority of this episode does not feel like a Magical Girl anime, but a Sports anime. Which is not to say that both genres can't mix just that Sailor Moon is usually very distinctly in the Magical Girl genre. Also a lot of the facial expressions, and few designs, looked cheap in a Crayon Shin-Chan kind of way. Due to all this I am surprised by the fact we got such a decent amount of progression for the over-arcing storyline. However, it still stinks how the core Sailors are acting toward Usagi, and how stretched out this season has been.

   Questions! Is Chibi-Chibi going to be needed for the new attack for the rest of the season? Why did the rod do a reappearing act during the attack? Shouldn't Usagi's special attacks be getting shorter in prep time? Anyone else think of an angry Dragon Ball Z character when Usagi looked angry?

Eternity Issue 2 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is very well paced without. Also it could easily be read without reading the first issue due to being solid enough to stand on its own merits. Yet I think if someone believes they have figured out the ending they could skip the final two issues and feel oddly satisfied. As for the art I think it is very consistent, especially in terms of Krakor's unusual nose size. Lastly I view the colors and lettering as being not on the same level as Divinity, yet they are nowhere near bad or horrible.

  Very Recommended!

The Punisher: War Zone Issue 14 (1993) Review With Spoilers

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    The cover could have used a bit more of a grainy and faded look to make the question believable. Though it is nice in overall design, especially the differences between the foreground and background. Also nicely done is using the question on the cover to lead into the brainwashing induced dreaming via the symbolism of the JFK assassination. However, in certain panels the proportions of the Punisher's legs look like tree trunks in comparison to the rest of his body. Also Micro has some unneeded word balloons in one panel. Finally while this book has a mostly solid narrative it has the problem of relying somewhat on the previous two issues.

    Recommended!

X-O Manowar (2017) Issue 9 Review With Spoilers

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  While the Alien characters look fine without their pupils being visible it is somewhat distracting when one sees and/or remembers they have pupils. As for the time jump I think it is clear that it happened, yet it would be better if we were given a relative (possibly earth) time for how much has passed. As for the dialogue it is all in character, even though it is a bit repetitive from the point-of-view of most readers. That all said I think this is a pretty solid issue that is definitely worth getting in a collected format. However, I believe that buying this in single issue format is a go with the gut feeling kind of decision.

  Recommended!

Doomsday Clock (2017) Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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    DC Rebirth has supposedly been leading to this event in various ways. However, nothing in this issue suggests that is the case. Yes, there is some decent set-up of the new Rorschach, and what has been going on in the Watchmen universe, but barely any connection to the main DC continuity. That said the panel layouts, overall characterization, colors, and lettering are all well done. Though I feel the social commentary is a little too current in references. This seems especially true due how it is slightly confusing as to whether "President Redford" is an alternate iteration of our world's Robert Redford mixed with the idiocy of Golf Dictator Trump.

    Finally I am guessing that the kid who read the Black Freighter comic in Watchmen, or someone connected to him is Rorschach.

  Recommended, but at the moment just barely for the single issue format.

The Punisher: War Zone Issue 13 (1993) Review With Spoilers

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   This issue's cover is a little too subtle in how it tries to point out a pretty standard quote. Though The Punisher mowing a backyard is pretty amusing. Also the Skull and logo really draw one's attention. As for the interior visuals they are great with two exceptions: Too much overt symbolism with the Skulls, and the future tech Da Rosa is in somewhat ruins the down to earth feel. Finally the writing is for the most part fine, even though the head villains could be a little less two-dimensional.

    Recommended.

The Punisher: War Zone Issue 12 (1993) Review With Spoilers

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    The opening chase scene is technically the only real weak point. Mainly due to how Frank Castle as a character requires the most extreme and careful strategy to avoid hurting "innocents." Also since this is a more down to earth story arc, yet still in the main Marvel Universe, one would expect Nick Fury (original version) or some other protagonist guest-star. However, once Castle gets abducted the story becomes a strong mystery/thriller. Finally while this is a pretty solid issue, I did feel Da Rosa/Rose looked a bit inconsistent in design.

   Recommended!

Daredevil Issue 194 (1983) Review With Spoilers

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  The beginning of this issue has what would normally be a plot-hole in how Matt Murdock investigates the client who hires him. He (as Daredevil) does so immediately after receiving his payment, and without thinking ahead about how someone could figure out his identity. Though the fact that the only one who could put two and two together dies at the end is not the reason this works. No, the reason it works is oddly the orthodox religious upbringing of the client and his sons.

  However, while that was deftly handled there are still two problems that remain. The first involves Daredevil not portraying he in thought or expression more guilt for killing a guard/attack dog. Yet that is arguably more a nitpick level problem than a serious flaw. But the same can not be said of Foggy due to he is treated as no more than a plot device.

   As for the art and colors they are brilliant, even if they bordered on being a bit over-reliant with the shadows and dark hues in this …

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 20

This episode continues the annoying letter to Mamoru plot summary. It is something I assume was intended to keep viewers invested. I also assume it didn't please many other fans of the franchise. That said I did like a good portion of this episode, especially the breaking of various pricey items. Also the horse. Though I feel that it was a waste to have the main sailor guardians appear and then not have them come back for the fight. Finally I think it is disturbing how people were offering to let Chibi-Chibi come over to play with them.

  Questions! Am I the only one who thinks the aftermath of the fight with Sailor Antique should have at least been mentioned? Cause a lot of stuff got broken, and I wanted to know if it was brushed off as no big deal. Wouldn't it have made more sense, or at least been funnier, for Sailor Antique to have been Sailor Money or Sailor Rich? Given the lack of concern he shows for the items before becoming a Phage.


Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 The Tarty Rick Jones Edition

1. The Incredible Hulk #406 (1993) is hindered from being a good comic due to Rick Jones is getting a happy ending instead of a bittersweet happy ending. Cause he should still be on his way to being arrested after his actions in this issue.

2. Also found in The Incredible Hulk #406 "The Power Of Sour" Shock Tarts advert is weird in that it is an anti-drug PSA which is also promoting the candy brand.

3. Wolverine #41 (1991) is riddled with coincidences. Also the inclusion of Cable is weak due to him doing less to help Logan than Jubilee and Forge (Note that Cable knows where Logan is while the other two are still wondering). Lastly the internal monologue from an initially unconscious Wolverine is given a flimsy reason for existing.

4. The Spectacular Spider-Man #147 (1989) has a decent narrative, but very rushed (i.e. sketchy) looking line and design work.

Ninja-K Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue verges on being an info dump in how much new information it gives us about the Ninja program. Yet the visuals give enough action to help balance the overall narrative out. Though the writing does help produce some good characterization it is the shading, expressions, and colors that sell the characters. Also I feel that some of the internal monologue is slightly out of character for Ninjak, specifically the lessons he learned from D. Finally D-3 seemed very untrained for being a former part of the program.


   My verdict: Recommended, but only just barely.

Fantastic Four Issue 50 (2002) Review With Spoilers

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  The first story is fulfills the gimmick event of 'Nuff Said. However, it is a confusing as to what is going on in the present day scenes. Yes, I understand the team's anniversary is missed due to some reason, but what else is going on, and why characters look too much like others is what confused me. Also confusing is why Reed and Sue's wedding anniversary is celebrated in the final story in a faux-manga style. Finally the parody and date auction stories could have been better in how they were written and how the artists drew the proportions/faces.

   Not Recommended

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Making It Up Along The Way Edition

1. Detective Comics #968 (2017) is okay overall, but is personally a little disappointing for how quickly and uncertainly the narrative concludes.

2. Batman #7 (2016) is a decent start to a story that with two less problems for Batman and his team to solve would be over by the following issue.

3. Pandora's Eyes: Black And White English translation (Digital Release Date 2015) is a good story that shows life is complicated no matter where one falls within the legal systems of the world. Great use of shading and backgrounds.

4. Showcase #67 (1967) is very forward thinking with a lot of its characterization. In fact the only problems I really saw were the following: The recap of part one talking about Africa as a country instead of a continent. How many times we get repetitive reminders of Mike Maxwell being B'Wana Beast and his friendship with Rubert Kenboya. Finally how the kiss comes about at the end (It is something that would be considered grounds for sexual harassment nowada…

Bloodshot Salvation Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  The cross-hatching is a little obvious due to how much there is at times. Also some of the perspective is a little odd in terms of how it emphasizes certain panels and/or points of view. However, this issue like the last two has a very cinematic feel and look. All of the creators are definitely bringing their best to create such a solid book.

  If there is one thing I personally have a problem believing it is the actions of OMEN at the end of this issue. Just seems a little weird how they can do this and yet hadn't done so by then.

  Very Recommended!

What Is... The Face? (1986) Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   The cover is very 1980s horror video game in terms of how the style feels. While the interiors are serviceable to decent. However, from a writing standpoint only one of the stories really works. Said story is only "presented" by The Face and is a horror mystery. Yes, one could make an argument that the gag page on the back of the front cover works, but it fails due to the rude and out-of-nowhere weight joke.

   As for the tales featuring The Face they fail to explain why criminals would fear a man in a rubber mask. There are bits of dialogue that tells the reader the mask has a realistic look and possibly some supernatural element, yet we are never given visual or written confirmation of either. Finally I can't recommend this issue at all due to how the reprinted first appearance of The Face has a racist look and accent for the single black character (Yes, I know that was standard in the the Golden Age of Comics).

   Not Recommended.

Timespirits (1984-1986) Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   The characterization is great from both a visual and dialogue perspective. Both the art and colors help convey the characters moods and the overall atmosphere. Also despite continuing events from a previous issue this one's narrative could easily be a standalone. This is especially true due to how the side characters change with the events of this issue. However, I can't recommend this issue due to how the summary is kind of racist, even though it seems unintentional it is still something I can't abide when recommending things.

  Not Recommended!



Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Merlin Pendragon Edition

1. Pendragon #2 (also known as Knights Of Pendragon #2 from 1992) is inaccessible despite it just being the second in the series. Also it feels both connected and disconnected to the original Knights Of Pendragon series. Finally the updates to the Knights' abilities and equipment seem to be lacking a solid explanation.

2. Pendragon #3 (1992) is slightly accessible, but is still very reliant on previous installments. Not to mention the villain Magpie is massively overpowered.

3. Knights of Pendragon #6 (1992) has a pretty generic narrative in both the areas of writing and art. Also the colors are too bright in some places and take the place of missing background art. There is also the flaw of Spider-Man appearing for no real reason other than to point out how he would be in the next issue. Finally the narrative shifts from an omniscient narrator (page 1) to Spider-man's internal narration (page 2) in a confusing manner.

4. "The Man Who Murdered Metropolis!" From Supe…

Harbinger Renegade Issue 0 Advance Review With Spoilers

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   I think the lettering by Simon Bowland could have used a subtler font choice. As is the letters pop a bit too much in comparison to the colors brightness. Speaking of the colors, they are exquisite on the present day scenes. Though I feel they are a bit murky on the wall of the Bleeding Monk's room in the flashback scene. Yet that is due to the lack of 'real' texture the wall seems to have. The last problem I had with the visuals is how the expressions are a little over-exagerated at times. However, the art is high-quality enough to make the cut. Finally the story has some real memorable moments and good dialogue.

   Recommended!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 19

This episode is actually the best I have seen from this over-arcing story arc. I enjoyed it cause the characters' motivations and actions were logical. Also the animation and story are of good quality. Not to mention the plot move forward a bit. The only problems I have are the summary at the start being like a bad letter to Mamoru, and that Sailor Mercury does not attack sooner.

   Questions! Is Misa the princess? If Misa is the Princess why is she so young? Why was the surgery requiring an international trip from an American doctor? How come the Doctor did not give a pain-filled exclamation in English when attacked?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Variable Vexing Magic Edition

1. Detective Comics #967 (2017) has a nice exploration of Tim Drake's place in the Batman Family. Though it has a few narrative problems that I will not be mentioning due to spoilers.

2. Superman/Toyman #1 (1996) is one of the best toy promotional comics I have read. The story has a few flaws, but easily could have fit in the main continuity of its time.

3. Action Comics #978 (2017) is a good, and relatively cheap way, to explore the current version of Superman's past history.

4. Action Comics #721 (1996) is a decent part one that has funny references to Spider-Man/Peter Parker, as well as Jimmy Olsen's past (publishing) history.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Vexed Edition

1. Flare #3 (1989) has an over-sexualized pose on the cover. Also the narratives while technically high-quality contain elements that make me uneasy about recommending them. Thus I am not going to recommend this issue.

2. Thor #155 (1968) has weak characterization for all the characters, and inconsistent explanations regarding Mangog. Also Mangog's proportions seem slightly inconsistent. Finally the writing and art fail to tell the same narrative, especially with how Stan Lee uses words seemingly at random (and incorrectly).

3. Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble #4 (2014) is basically just a lazy attempt to use screen caps and dialogue from an episode of Avengers Assemble to make a cash grab.

4. New Talent Showcase #2 (1984) has racist language in the second installment of 'Forever Amber.' The second installment of 'Sky Dogs' was almost okay, but two panels on its final page ruin the narrative. 'Danger Dungeon' is all over the place in the ways it fails. Las…

Blondes At Work (1938) Review With Spoilers

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   The mystery is not really the focus this time. In fact this is more of a screwball comedy than a comedic mystery. Despite said change in focus the characterization is still solid and the recurring actors are still great in their roles. Speaking of roles the Sam character seemed like it would be a stereotypical (racist) asian role for Richard Loo to be playing, but it is oddly more respectful in how he got to play this scene. Also Richard Loo's character of Sam helps a great deal in moving the plot along and is essential to solving the mystery.

  As for the added supporting character of Parker I feel he would have been more interesting if he was the culprit. Yet he makes some sense as a foil and adversary for Torchy to play against.

   Finally I have no complaints real complaints about the movie except for how McBride helps Torchy with her story at the end. This ends up causing the leads to feel out of character due to McBride's sense of justice and Torc…

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 18

This episode's plot is interesting in how much potential for comedy and a break from the regular formula it could have been. However, both how the villains come into the picture and the way their "target" is introduced is just stupid. Yet what really galls me about this episode is how the overarching plot could have been moved forward with Seiya revealing he knows Sailor Moon's secret. That this episode repeatedly teases us with it with no followthrough is majorly irksome.

  On the plus side I did like the quality of the animation and most of the writing (characterization and dialogue), even in-spite of how the ending is 1980s or 90s American sitcom.

   Questions! Why was there an attempt to obscure Haruka and Michiru's identities? Why should Usagi be afraid of an ordinary robbery? Why does Luna and the rest of the characters think Usagi is interested in Seiya? They have seen the future after all and still remember Chibi-Usa so no one should be worried. Finall…