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Walking Dead #81: Review!

13 Feb

For some of the issues up until the new story of “No Way Out,” The Walking Dead had gotten a little talky.  Now, I have absolutely no problem with this because I enjoy a lot of talking in my comics.  I like a nice balance between action and talking with a little more on the talking side because I love character development.  Sure, you can have people go kick ass but do you ever really know them?

Robert Kirkman actually makes you feel like you know the characters in the comic.  Some of their personalities just grow on you which is pretty hard to do in an ensemble book.  Sure, there are sometimes so many characters that I forget who some of them are (especially if they haven’t appeared in 5 issues or so), but I feel like a lot of this would be solved if I trade waited.  Except I can’t do that.  I need my monthly dose of zombies, and I enjoy the letters column.

Here’s the story thus far: Our main group finds a mega-fenced off community, people bond, people fight, and then a gun fight draws a shitload of zombies outside the gates of the community.  Now, those zombies are pushing so hard on the fence that it’s starting to come down.  Some of our characters make a desperate run at alleviating the situation with mixed results.  Oh, and some of the living inhabitants are being plucked out of the game one zombie bite at a time.

Adlard’s artwork brings it home again with a mastery use of shadow.  This is enhanced by Cliff Rathburn’s gray tones that really add that extra pop to the images.  The team also makes some pretty terrifying zombies.

Overall, this comic still brings it home.  I am more than willing to continue picking it up monthly, but I still recommend for people getting into the series to pick it up in trades.

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The Walking Dead #77

26 Sep

This comic was sooooo good, that I wrote them a letter:

Dear the powers that be,

You know you have a wonderful comic when your readers (me in particular) go “OH SHIT, NO THEY DIDN’T!!!” out loud followed by menacing pleasure chuckles.  Well, this happened during my reading of issue 77.

In fact, it was apparently so startling that my cat (Sabretooth), lying in my lap asleep, let out a “RAUGGHHH” after my exclamation.  She then promptly sat on my comic and pawed it (every reader should have a clawing cat so then they have to buy multiple issues – market it).  Frustrated I went “NAHHHOOOHHHHH Blasphemy!”

So, Kirkman and Adlard, your comic is so amazing that it is causing strife in the relationship between me and my cat.  You heartbreakers.

Elliott Sawyer


The Walking Dead #76: Review

16 Aug

I’ll keep this general and brief.

The Walking Dead is worthy of its Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series.  I am glad to pick up each issue month-to-month.  Sure, I could save money if I collected the trades.  And yes, I could probably be more likely to loan things out (although, I have had too many bad experiences with this practice) with a trade.  The problem is: I chomp (pun!) each issue up and cannot wait for the next bit of story.  It’s too good to wait for the trades.  Plus, the waiting is part of the fun and almost reflects a lot of the comics nature.

Anyway, this issue picks up from the surprise at the end of last with Michonne.  Rick flipped and now has to deal with the repercussions… though, they may not all be bad.  The characters come to grips with their past actions.  The next big confrontation is hinted at.  And Rick then answers the telephone.

Art = fantastic.

Overall: near perfection.

But seriously, people.  Read this comic.  Hell, the trades are even in public libraries!  You don’t have to catch up to where the series is currently at to understand and enjoy it.

The Walking Dead Group Shot!

16 Jul

There really aren’t any words to describe how excited I am for The Walking Dead AMC-television series.  Basically, I’m flipping out with excitement.

A whole new slew of comic reevus

9 Jun

Well, I didn’t get comics for a month or so… There was a lot waiting for me.

Unfortunately, I forgot to pick up Grizzly Shark and Sea Bear, Return of Bruce Wayne #2, and my LCS still hasn’t received Tales of the TMNT #69.

Overall, I was fairly pleased with my pulls, and I even went out on a limb and bought some Marvel which was, surprisingly, really good.

So, let’s start it off with the bad and move towards the awesome:

Green Lantern #54:

It’s really unfortunate that most of these scenes in this book were sort of seen in others (mostly Brightest Day), and I’m a little tired of Green Lantern.  Honestly, this book is testing my patience.  It looks pretty and Doug Mahnke does his best with trying to make the Star Sapphire costume look not so slutty, but I feel like Geoff Johns is just trying to outdo himself with the next big, cosmic event.  Therefore, character studies are shot down for a rather boring plot.  And Lobo, seriously?  I’m giving this comic three more tries.  If it fails twice in those three times, then it’s out.

The best part of this comic, though, was Dex-Star (the Red Lantern Cat) kicking some ass.

Batgirl #11:

I’ll begin this by mentioning that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with this issue.  I feel like Bryan Q. Miller is doing a knockout job developing a voice for Stephanie.  Sure, Lee Garbett & Pere Perez’s pencils sort of make Stephanie’s boobs fluctuate size on a nearly frame by frame basis, but the art’s overall good.  Everyone’s doing a good job.  My problem is that the comic is doing things that have been done before.  Sure, these are all sort of training exercises for Stephanie, but the stakes are obvious and I don’t feel like there’s any real big threat.  The Calculator is nice, but that’s more so Barbara’s villain.  Is Stephanie going to get any of her own.

As far as dream sequences go, this was one of the more interesting ones out of the thousands out there in comic land.

Girl Comics #2:

I feel like this comic should be longer than it is.  I feel like there should be more stories in it.  Hell, I’m being charged $5 goddamn dollars for it, I might as well get some more stories.  Plus, what’s up with the shipping delay?

Alright, refocus on what’s actually here in the comic.  Unfortunately, it was hit and miss.  I enjoyed the intro again even if it felt like I was rereading the intro from before (I really liked the variation of She-Hulk’s costume).  The Inhumans was kinda bleh.  However, I really liked the hairdressing story because it didn’t really feel like it was shoving the issue of “hey, girls like to get their hair done!” but more so a thing that they do that shows a different aspect of their lives.  I liked the art and coloring on the “Do You Ever?” story even if the script was a bit lacking.  The two page spread of MJ searching for another superhero boyfriend was delightfully taking stabs at the machismo behind many male superheroes which made me pretty giddy.  The Dr. Strange story was a major disappointment.  I just did not understand what was going on.

So, overall, okay, but nothing major.

Batman #700(!):

Alright, I had to dish out the $5 on this landmark issue.  I figured it would probably not be that great, but, strangely, I found it to be pretty gosh darn good.  Now, let me preface it with me walking home 3 and a half miles in the rain worrying about my comics getting wet.  Then, it began pouring – like Puget Sound every day in February pouring – and I sought refuge.  Enter coffee shop and a warm chai.

I opened it up, and found this time-spanning narrative not confusing but, despite being defined by time periods, timeless.  Grant Morrison hit the mark on portraying that, no matter what, there will always be a need for a Batman in comics/the comic world.  Naturally, Frank Quitely’s frenetic energy in his section made a major impression.  It was unfortunate that he couldn’t finish the whole “Today” section.  I feel like they could have simply put a “Tonight” label after the switch to slightly differentiate between the artists and acknowledge the change up.

Now, I’m not a fan of Damien becoming Batman in the future.  Particularly because I think the transition would be too easy for the character… and I don’t like his batsuit.  So, that part was kinda “hmm meh” for me.  However, 2-Face-2 was hilarious as was the final joke.

The “And Tomorrow” section was genius showing off all the different Batmen that have come, gone, or will pass.  I really like the Full masked, silver-emblazoned one.

Overall, this is a pretty good story for a Batman fan with a little bit for everyone.  Sometimes, it didn’t hit the mark.  When it did, though, it was lovely.

Heralds #s 1 & 2:

After reading Kelly Thompson’s review of Her-alds, I decided to give it a try.  And, honestly, I am so glad I did.

Some Superheroes who just all happen to be women get together through an interesting means, and then, all of a sudden, a clones (of scientists and historical figures creating some funny moments with Einstein and later Hitler), Dinosaur, chaotic thing happens.  They bond together over fighting and then come together in the second issue over Frankie Raye and how she plays in the overall importance of recent events.

The art on these issues is amazing.  Some commentators (anonymous comments on other people’s reviews) have said that the art style is too indie or doesn’t differentiate between the women.  I would have to counter this by stating that I am not familiar in any depth with the majority of these characters, and I could tell them apart through facial differences.  Plus, I really like the slim, short-haired She-Hulk.  I mean, she’s lean but with lots of muscle.  Who’s to say the Gamma radiation has to make her bulky just to give her immense strength?

At times, the plot can be a little overwhelming and the dialogue quick, but another read through brings along more enjoyment.  Trust me, the first read is still just as good as you’re briskly trying to read what’s next.  This got me to chuckle aloud, which, as said numerous times before, is a hard thing to do.  Check out the Thompson review to see some pages from the actual book to see the interior art.

Red Robin #13:

Tim Drake-Wayne.  Marriage fake.  Identity.  New duds.  Checklists.  Hard Decisions.  Worth it?

I know that this comic is worth it.  You barely have to be knowledgeable about Tim Drake or this series to still really enjoy it, and the twist is wonderful.  God, I love this comic (and the writer switch – Fabian Nicieza who’s written Tim Drake before – hardly altered anything; a nice transition).

Invincible #72:

Within the Invincible Universe, I feel like Kirkman is at his best with writing violence.  I believe this also probably gives Ryan Ottley much more to play around with.  Anyone noticed the similar attacks Conquest utilizes?  Come on, the frames are nearly the same.

This issue completely surprised me in a good way.  The melodrama’s out of the way, and now it’s just super hard hitting and awesome.  I never knew breathing could be so great!

The Walking Dead #72:

God, does Kirkman know how to nail that final page for every issue.  I mean, it also works really fluidly during the trades, too.  Still, I just love it.

This issue focuses pretty heavy on the adjustment process with emphasis on Michonne, Andrea, and Glenn.  Um, yeah… mostly my favorite characters.  It’s nice to not see any zombies for a bit; although, I’m sure that will change next issue.  This is just such a consistently great comic.

Super HeroiHOT #18: Black Widow

2 Jun

I am the paper burning right now, you make me hot.

Alright, I recognize that I’m a little late to ride the “OMG! Scarlett Johansson is so hot in Iron Man 2!!!” craze.  I’m sorry to not provide more information to little boyz searching for pics of their new favorite superhero to objectify directly out of the movie theater.

Oh yes!

However, that doesn’t mean I’m not preparing for when it’s released on DVD!!! HAHAHAHHH!!!

APPEARANCE:

Streamlined and stylish... sort of

Similar to Catwoman’s latest costume (however, I believe Natasha’s came first), Black Widow is superglued into an incredibly tight, camel-toe inducing affair. Not to mention the occasional “oh my god how does her cleavage not burst out” halfway unzipped top… yeah…

Putting this aside, the costume’s actually pretty good.  It’s streamlined and functional for what she does (hint hint – spy).  I like how the Retcon has it that she was trained in the Black Widow Russian Ops program, and that’s where her name stems from.  So, the tiny embellishment of the red hourglass on the belt (and occasionally wrists) is just enough to add some character to the costume.

Perhaps the most iconic part of the costume is the wrist things.  As shown later, these have guns in them!  Or… well… something of the ilk.  She also puts condensed spy gear in them.  So, it’s like a bat-utility belt but on your wrists.

I wonder if that weighs down her arms to make her punches hurt worse?

Strangely, the red hair and crazy hourglass figure somehow don’t come off as Russian… weird.

Appearance: 8/10


PERSONALITY:

Uh... just a little sadistic

Natasha is pretty cold and manipulative (AKA Russian… oh silly American writers), but she’s been pretty open and warm in her relationship with Bucky Barnes.  I feel like a lot of her problems with her personality stem from being conditioned and brainwashed as a child… just maybe.

Actually, she gets brainwashed a lot… and often turns on allies or gets them to turn on other allies for her.  That’s a little much.

She’s besties with Wolverine (if that implies anything), and hasn’t really aged since the 50s…

Marvel: give her some more personality, flesh out her character some more, and move past the typical narrative/voiced over “I’m a spy, read me thinking to myself and how cool and calculating I am.”  There’s potential for the character as a strong female lead, but she’s sort of trapped at the moment.

So, to tell you the truth, I’m not sure how to tack this one up there.  I suppose that she’s becoming more open.  So, I’ll be kinda fair.

Okay, on second thought, no.  She only gets halfsies.

Personality: 5/10


SUPER POWERS:

Kickin' some face with Bucky Barnes and his skinny ankles

So, Natasha -mentioned before – was conditioned in a Russian Program that was meant to create America’s response to the Super Soldier Serum that created Steve Rogers… or something like that.  Really, it’s kinda convoluted.

Anyway, she kicks ass.  She’s a super spy, soldier, intelligent person, and pretty neat.

Nevertheless, her powers aren’t that imaginative and sort of just makes her Female Captain America (Russia).

Nearly shot out the lamp, but at least these heavenly rays are on me

One negative thing: she uses guns.  To me, when you’re a superhero character in a superhero world, using guns is just unnecessary.  Now, guns in comics such as The Walking Dead or Punisher makes more sense because these characters have no powers, but, with Black Widow, it just seems a little excessive.

Woops! Forgot there wasn't just lipstick in these things...

However… she does have guns/stunners/the “Widow’s Bite” on her wrists!

Super Powers: 7/10


SECRET IDENTITY:

Interesting librarian-esque style

Natasha doesn’t have much of a Secret Identity because she’s a spy.  She’s often changing identities.  But, she does ground herself with the relationships she creates with others.  Her and Wolverine are friends and she’s had a good thing going with Bucky Barnes for a bit.

I suppose the thing to take away from her identity is that she’s always changing it when on mission.  So, it’s hard to pin it down.  That’s got to have some consequences on the psyche, one would presume.  However, I’ll be fair and give it a decent score.

Secret Identity: 8/10


ADDITIONAL ITEMS:

Strangely, there are no Additional Items this time around!

FINAL TOTAL:

28/40 or an admirable 70%

Her powers aren’t anything extraordinary and her personality is a little stale… and, she’s often used as the deux ex machina/plot device to many situations with not many other redeeming qualites…  BUT! She sure looks good.

The character is well-conceived and fairly (considering other portrayals of women) female-friendly, but I believe all of her stories have nearly been expended.

The worst point at which to recall your childhood fear of heights