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Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Sore Man Thor Edition

1. Thor #157 (1968) has a literal Deux Ex Machina that makes little to no sense. Also the character of the Recorder is just a device to for Stan Lee to exposit.

2. Showcase '96 #1 (1996) has one talking heads story with Aqualad/Tempest that is rather dull. While the Steel and Guy Gardner/Warrior story is ugly and poorly structured. Finally the Metropolis S.C.U. story only stars Dan Turpin, and is thread-bare narrative.

3. Showcase '96 #3 (1996) has three narratives that each come off as badly written public service announcements.

4. Teen Confessions #96 (1976) has some good advice in the letters column, but all the narratives are of low-quality. Heck, there is even some unnecessary fan service in the final story.

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 3 Opinion Piece

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  This episode has some interesting moments and effects. I do have to wonder if the scene when the Macross jumps to space has caused problems for those who suffer from Seizures and the like. Cause it does have an almost strobe like effect on the colors. Also interesting, at least for those of us non-animators, is how they made the ice appear so naturally on the windshield of Rick's plane. Another interesting detail is the random bits of writing that appear on objects in the command room of the Macross.

   As for the characterization I feel they (the production crew) made Rick and Minmay a little bit more naive than they intended. For example Rick does the boneheaded move of leaving with Minmay for the island after Roy tells them to stay put. While Minmay comes across as a bit of an airhead when she is not frightened by suddenly being in a plane in space. Of course in Minmay's case she may be in a bit of denial of what is happening.

  Questions! How many pe…

Secret Weapons: Owen's Story Issue 0 Review With Spoilers

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  This issue has great line work. Also the character designs are nicely varied and have realistic proportions. As for the narrative it nicely connects with the events shown in Secret Weapons #0, especially in showing readers what happened to The Willows. Finally the story structure is nicely put together with the overall garage sale through line.

  Very Recommended!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Afro Macro Stones Edition

1. Mac Afro #1 (2002) has some amazing line work. It also mixes sci-fi trappings with the styling of 1970s exploitation movies.

2. Showcase '96 #2 (1996) the Circe and Metallo features are good enough short stories that I am recommending this comic. Though I don't recommend the conclusion to the Steel & Guy Gardner story begun in issue 1.

3. The Flintstones #11 (1996) is okay for all ages in each of its narratives. Heck, there are even a few jokes in some of the backgrounds that adults will get and kids won't.

4. Superman Man Of Steel #75 (1998) is a hilarious satire starring Lois Lane, Superman (Electric), and Mr. Mxyzptlk.

Omoikane and others please bless Good Morning Call Our Campus Days Episode 8 Opinion Piece

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  I think this episode is just a series of bad decisions by the two main characters that result in a serious miscommunication. Also some of the bad decisions seem to come out of Nao and Uehara not acting in character. In Nao's case she intentionally lies in order to get some meat. While in Uehara's case he pulls what I call a "Season 1 Daichi" by deciding things for Nao without her input. While both actions could be seen as character development, or at least somewhat fitting the story, they didn't feel right to me.

  Also I found most of this episode to be too serious in tone. Not that this is devoid of lighter moments, but it seemed focused on darker moments. Finally some of the long distance shots, particularly during the beach scenes, seemed too far off.

  No questions this time.

Ninjak VS The Valiant Universe Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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  The coloring and visuals are good. Though how the foreground, background, and characters come together could be slightly more cohesive. Also there is the plot hole of when exactly Bloodshot had the time to contact and inform Shadowman about Ninjak's nanites. Finally while the dialogue, and characterization, are mostly good the humorous banter seems somewhat forced.

  Slightly above barely recommended status!

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Star Reach And Steel Edition

1. "The Wizard's Venom" from Star*Reach #3 (1975) is a great fantasy story with exceptional work by Frank Brunner and Tom Orz. Truly a gem of an independent work.

2. Sisterhood Of Steel #6 (1985) is recommended for those who like fantasy in the vein of Red Sonja. It has decent visuals and good dialogue.

3. Captain America #226(1978) is recommended for those wanting good fight scenes involving a de-powered Steve Rogers.

4. Captain America #227 (1978) is pretty goofy and has several flaws, but it has some great moments.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Case Shows Kung Fu Edition

1. Master Of Kung Fu #28 (1975) has some racism towards the main character from one of his allies. There is also at least one typo, and too much text. Other flaws include toes missing on the cover, and weird coloring choices for the villain Shadow-Stalker. Finally the story makes no sense and serves no point.

2. Stalker #2 (1975) has some decent art and story. However, the viewpoint of several panels make the sequences feel odd. Also the lead character gets saved by a rather random plot device/character. Finally Stalker is supposed to be unemotional yet he reacts with emotion in quite a few instances.

3. "Wooded Ships On The Water" from Star*Reach #3 (1975) is inspired by a song and thus has lyrics. Yet the main problem is poor set-up and explanation of what occurs.

4. Also from Star*Reach #3 (1975) is a feature that may be untitled or may be titled "I Hunger... and I wait." Whichever the case it is not very clear in its narrative. The problems are the panel layout…

Transformers: Dark Designs Hardcover (2002) Review With Spoilers

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 This collected edition reprints the early Transformers published by Marvel in the early 1990s. Its outer presentation is attractive to the eye, yet the interiors are a relatively bad. Some of the art is good in proportions, especially for the brief bits with the G.I. Joes and Cobra, but most of it just seems clunky in design and line work. Also it is a bit tricky to figure out where one reprinted story ends and the next begins due to where certain covers are placed. Overall this is maybe something die-hard collectors or fans might like, but is arguably not worth most people's time.

  Not Recommended!

Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 2 Opinion Piece

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   Back in my youth I honestly didn't notice how idiotic some of the characters act. I mean take the little kid Jason essentially acting like being stomped on by a giant robot is nothing to be concerned about. Yes, little kids often bounce back quickly and fail to see certain things as dangerous, but he really comes across as more foolish than Scrappy-Doo. Although this whole episode is really nothing but a comedy of errors in how many things go wrong for the characters.

  Speaking of errors I noticed a brief glitch-like motion blur when Rick moves his head at one point. However, that didn't take me out of watching this episode. Yet I did have a minute where I misremembered the jump into Space as happening in this episode and that took me out of the viewing experience.

  Questions! Why does the Senator act, and get treated, like he can command the Captain to do anything? I mean shouldn't someone be above the Senator in the chain of command? Why did no …

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Fantastic Space Edition

1. Ruined Volume 1 (digital release 2016) from independent publisher Emet Comics could be better in the texture department. However, it deals with the Regency era in a seemingly well-researched way. Recommended for those searching out period pieces.

2. Fantastic Four: The End #1 (2006) is a great example of how to set-up a futuristic possible end to a franchise. Recommended for a lot of different audiences, but especially for those looking for a nice escape in these dark times.

3. Transhuman #1 (2008) is interesting for how it analyzes business, particularly the pharmaceutical industry. Recommended for those looking for an intelligent experimental style comic book.

4. Captain America #143 (1971) has an interesting look at some serious issues with some hokey elements here and there. Though far from perfect it is interesting with how it shows good and bad examples for how individuals can act.

Crypt Of Shadows Issue 3 (1973) Review With Spoilers

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  While this anthology title has great artistry for each story the writing quality varies. The weakest story is "The Devil And Donald Webster" due to how it is more like a Looney Tunes cartoon in terms of character actions and reactions. While "The Strange Game" is arguably as narratively strong as "Darkness" the former is not as obvious in inspiration. Though I think "Darkness" and the final story "Walking Ghost" are the best colored both have flaws in the art. "Darkness" has too much stylistic reliance on the main character's eyes, and "Walking Ghost has problems" with some expressions (Ex. the people running away in the third to final panel). Finally "Walking Ghost" could have used more set-up for the debunker's fate.

  Overall though this is worth a look if you can find this issue of reprinted horror stories.


Golden Harmony Robotech Episode 1 Opinion Piece

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  Wow! This really made me feel somewhat nostalgic for when I first encountered Robotech back in (I think) the early nineteen nineties. I especially love when the Captain is about to smoke and is stopped and then denies that he was going too. Also Rick Hunter being so casual about going into a dogfight against Aliens.

  Though I have to argue the most epic thing about this series (besides originally being three unconnected series) is the reason for the first Human/Zentradei fight. By that I mean it is really funny that whomever set the ship's giant lasers to fire when the Zentradei triggered the trap is at fault. Thus, the dead got a last laugh and that to me is epic for a first episode to have happen.

  Questions! Is the dated timeframe more of a problem for the majority or the minority of fans? Was that skirt shot censored? How many of those reading this post were first exposed to Robotech via VHS? Could real life aircraft actually be made to trans…

Showcase '96 Issue 9 (1996) Review

All three of the stories in this issue feel somewhat incomplete in how they are structured. It seems mainly like they rush from the beginning to the end while lacking a real middle. Also the art, including the cover, ranges from relatively decent (for mid-1990s art) to just terrible. Though the terrible art is mostly found in the Dr. Light feature. Arguably there is nothing of real entertainment value in this issue.

   Not Recommended!