Is that it?  Is it over? 

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Friday, 25 August 2017 05:59

‘Ion Grip #1-2:’ Comic Book Review

Ion Grip is a futuristic tale that mixes government spy agencies and space adventures into one. The story is filled with classic ray guns, intergalactic action sequences, vibrant colors, and a main character who sometimes fails to win a fight.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 13:26

‘Donald and Mickey:’ Comic Book Review

IDW's Donald and Mickey reads less like old stories involving the characters and more like a cross of stories between the old '60s Batman television series and Hannah Barbara cartoons like Scooby-Doo which became infamous. Of course, these stories obviously have Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse in them, but it's a tad confusing when the villain in Mickey's story seems similar to both The Riddler and a random ghoul from an episode of Scooby-Doo. In one direct reference, writer Andrea Castellan makes in "The Big Fat Flat Blot Plot," she names one of the cops as Chief O'Hara, a character who had great fame in Batman on Fox during the 1960s.



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Well, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

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Dept.H is a murder mystery, six miles under the ocean. There are giant squids, giant turtles, talking spiders, crumbling bases, population-killing viruses, and at the center of this surreal and tense environment is Mia – who simply wants to figure out who killed her father, the engineer of this entire underwater expedition in the first place. For Mia, joining the crew created a tense situation almost immediately. She could hardly sleep much less get a breath, her mind racing from memory to memory, searching her past for any clues that might point to who killed him and why, while the world literally crumbles around her.

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After Conan defeated two enemies in as many as 4 pages last month, I wondered where the story would go next and which immediate enemies were left: some old, some new, and some within. Cullen Bunn moves swiftly and fluidly from last issue’s thrilling kills to the tragedy of killing in this bittersweet issue. While Conan seeks retribution on the enemy that set him up and the Princes Octavia, he meets a group of dangerous cannibals and finally comes face to face with the ghoul that’s been following his trail of carnage since the first issue. The mirror settles before him, and his journey begins the transition from external to internal.

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Now we can call Black Hammer the Eisner Award winner for Best New Series in 2017 - a worthy and much deserved honor. For a series that started a year ago with a first issue that I wasn’t quite certain about, I fell in love a few issues in when its initial premise almost immediately came to fruition as if a year had already passed. It dug deeper as a story and into its characters in a more meaningful way than most books do in a couple of years. It is a character study of multiple superheroes simultaneously, a genre study of the superhero genre, and a human study of the people under the masks.

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Friday, 18 August 2017 13:00

‘Godshaper #5:’ Comic Book Review

Saying you don’t want better is fine when you can’t get it anyway.

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War for the Planet of the Apes is a story of humanity and apes at a crossroads. Neither faction really want war, but some feel they need to engage in it to prove a point to the other. It is the essence of basic and real warfare that occurs in the real world even today. The problem lies in their organization. Neither the humans nor the apes seem to have a good deal of it. There seem to be factions that wish to go against the main goals of both.

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Growing up on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and An American Tail.\, I had a healthy training ground in learning to love anthropomorphic stories. It’s carried over throughout the years, so when I saw there was a new series about a Spy Seal, I squealed in my head a little. I feel like there’s still a lot of territory to cover in this genre...can it be called a genre? I think so. Spy Seal follows Malcolm, our out-of-work seal, who inadvertently becomes involved in some espionage action when he goes to an art gallery with his bird friend, Sylvia. Like a good, old-fashioned Hitchcock story, a mysterious and buxom (in this case) bunny sidles up to the well-dressed Malcolm, and things go downhill from there. Malcolm proves a hero - he was military after all - and this entrenches him even more into a world of Secret Agents, MI-6, and deadly assassins.

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