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Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 4 Opinion Piece

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  This episode was too focused on dramatic lows for my liking. I believe just a few more bits of lighter moments would have greatly improved it. That said it is at least watchable, despite how many times I had to rewind in order to get captions to work. Though I have problems with captions suddenly not showing up on a lot of Netflix shows from other countries.

  That all said I do have to wonder whether we will see repercussions for some of the events of this episode in the next one. Mainly the firing of the two horrible co-workers who faked being sick in order to torture Nao. And whether Daichi will get some actual character development.

   Questions! Was the woman who gets a public proposal more harmful by breaking up with the guy after falsely accepting, or would it have been better to publicly decline? Either way I think she communicated poorly. Does anyone else think the balloon popping bit was unnecessary?

The Incredible Hulk Issue 300 (1984) Review With Spoilers

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  The cover is almost epic, but the colors are too flat and the top part is too busy. As for the interior visuals they are often over-shadowed by the omniscient narrator. Not to mention the first page has a horribly large close-up on a kid while trying to establish chaos in the background. Which is to say that the kid looks like a giant when he is supposed to be a normal size. Finally the writing is contradictory in several places regarding whether the Hulk is a blank slate or still has memories.

 Not Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Transformers Don't Meet Magneto Edition

1. The Howard The Duck back-up story from Giant-Size Man-Thing #5 has a flashback of Marvel's Dracula turning a cow into a vampire. So obviously this had to be recommended.

2. G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers #4 (2003) points out a major plot hole in how G.I. Joe and Transformers sometimes work. However, this issue is decent enough in its visuals and has a smart enough script to make this list.

3. G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers #6 (2003) is a little flawed in certain parts of the narrative, but provides enough decent storytelling to make up for it. Also the three epilogues make sense.

4. G. I. Joe A Real American Hero #138 (1993) just barely recommends this despite having quite a few flaws. However, the writing and art are of high enough quality, including being entertaining, for an early 1990s comic that I am recommending it.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 28

This episode makes the entire anime feel like someone thought Sailor Moon was a big joke. For example just them saying the phrase "Sailor Wars" and describing it as a "holy war" without properly explaining why it is such. I mean this must have felt like it came out of nowhere to anyone who only watched this series. Also the false tease of Tuxedo Mask after so long was insulting. Though the worst part of this episode is Seiya asking to replace Mamoru after Usagi breaks down. This moment resulted in me losing any respect for this version of Seiya!

    Questions! Should Seiya have been slapped for his proposing replacing Mamoru or slapped and kicked and screamed at? Why did Rei not go with Seiya to the rooftop?

Ninjak VS. The Valiant Universe Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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  There is something about the art for this issue that really throws me off. As best as I can figure it is the fact that I keep comparing the character designs to the regular Valiant Universe and what I have seen of the web series. It doesn't help that the expressions and certain actions look oddly like half-finished storyboards. Take for example the shape of the bottle Colin King (Ninjak) is drinking from on the plane. It is not clear if it is supposed to be a bottle of wine, an ale, or simply a beer.

   Also the colors seem to my slightly color-blind eyes to be brighter than they need to be. An example of this is the apparent lack of shadow when we first see Ninjak. He is supposed to be catching the soon to be dead criminals by surprise by he is so visible it hurts ruins the moment.

  Finally the opening weakens the plot a bit considering who Neville is talking to at the beginning of the story. So if Neville is not in on Roku's plan, or being coerced in …

Bloodshot Salvation Issue 5 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is another stellar one in terms of the art, especially the backgrounds and the use of negative space on one page. However, I did have one problem with Rampage first full appearance in this issue. Said problem is just how his waist and right mid leg/knee are angled versus the rest of his body.  Though this is not a noticeable problem unless one is studying the art. As for the colors and font they help with the emotional atmosphere of this issue. Finally the dialogue feels real even though it is a bit reliant on certain cliched bits. Case in point most of the dialogue said by "Daddy."

 Very Recommended!

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Love Magneto's Game Edition

1. I Love You #125 (1979) all the stories are uneven in their pacing, especially in the area of dating. Also the characterization ranges from odd to simply weak. Finally there is a story that starts with sexual harassment, and another that is kind of creepy due to the age difference.

2. Magneto #3 (2014) is almost good, but falls short due to what this issue's lead "villain" explains her goals are. Yes, her goals are short-sighted and narrow-minded (also bigoted), but Magneto comes across as more of a villain by his overly violent reactions.

3. Assassins #1 (1996) is just lazily put to together. Though not the worst of the crossover issues between DC and Marvel, in the form of Amalgam Comics, it is not decent either.

4. Action Comics #459 (1976) has a very confusing and just horribly written main story. While the back-up is relatively better it is still very weak in how it is scripted.

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 3 Opinion Piece

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   This episode is a bit of mixed bag due to a few elements. For instance I liked a lot of scenes with the child actor, but I am amazed that Natsume and Nao didn't notice her missing sooner. That bit kind of strained my belief in the narrative. Also I didn't like the bits of homophobia in the script. Yes, one could say it is a different culture and nothing was really that bad, but one of the original cast of characters was a lesbian. Thus, it seems to counter the inclusive message of the original Good Morning Call.

  Those negatives aside I really liked how this episode still defied my expectations of how characters will react. Also the park being a squirrel petting zoo was a nice surprise. Lastly this episode honestly felt like a whole day had elapsed by the end.

  Question! Do other countries have squirrel petting zoos like the one shown in this episode?

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode 27

This episode has brilliant use of shading. I was also impressed by some of the animation's quality. However,  I still don't get why the Sailor Stars studio fan keeps getting shown so much. My best guess is someone had a fetish for ceiling fans. Well either that or someone thinks it makes a good or cheap transition. That said this is honestly one of the better scripted episodes I have seen of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars. Though I still think it not as good as the manga.

  Questions! Am I the only one who thinks that the tension between the two heroic Sailor teams could have actually worked here with a bit of script revision? Why was the festival highlighted if it served zero purpose? Does this version of Sailor Moon have too many festivals? In other words did they accidentally stereotype Japan as being overly eventful?

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Busting Tech Edition

1. Showcase '95 #10 (1995) is mainly recommended for the Gangbuster feature. Though the stories starring Ferrin Colos and Hi-Tech are high enough quality that I am also recommending them.

2. Showcase'95 #5 (1995) has a terrible cover but three relatively good stories. With the Thorn story arguably being the best in art and Spoiler's story being the best in written. I personally was not too thrilled by the Firehawk story, but I still feel it is worth a read.

3. Man-Thing #1 (1974) is a bit flawed, but it is worth a read for fans of Howard The Duck and relatively amusing scripts.

4. The Howard The Duck back-up story from Giant-Size Man-Thing #4 (1975) is recommended for those looking for a well-thoughtout narrative. Mainly recommended for those looking for an irreverent parody of science fiction.

Secret Weapons (2018) Issue 0 Review With Spoilers

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  The writing is strong for the most part. However, the pacing and laser focusing on Nikki Finch causes extraneous characters like her ex to lack dimension. That said this story is about transitions in life, and we (people) usually make and lose thousands of connections as we grow. In other words this issue has a narrative that is both slice of life and yet a life truly lived. And while the writing causes a lack of dimension the visuals (art and color) more than make up for it. Especially by suggesting who made a lasting impression on Nikki by how much, and what, we see of them.

   Very Highly Recommended!

Moon Knight Issue 1 (2011) Review With Spoilers

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  This issue is mostly fine on the visual front, except for the henchman urinating off a dock gag. Though I don't think most people noticed it. However, it does exist and it screws up the pacing of the story. On the writing front I think it is a bit cliche that Marc Spector would go to Los Angeles and become a creator of a television show. It would have worked better if we had some sort of explanation, but instead we get thrust into an adventure with filler conversation. A little more set-up and/or a supporting cast would have helped a lot. Finally there are also two or three typos on the lettering front.

   Just barely not recommended!