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This is a polite and blunt reduction of a prevailing issue in the comic book world.
Thank you so very much for creating this. You probably could have been a lot more acerbic here, and I definitely would have been, but you made the better choice. I hope you get a lot more views, because you make points in a very gentle and still blunt way that leaves little room for argument.
Thank you very much! Believe me, I was more upset than I should have been after first reading the comments and did edit some of the sarcasm out of my video thanks to the editorial instruction of some friends (lookin’ at you, geekwholanded!). But I’m learning more and more that the most effective way, though certainly not the easiest way, to approach ignorance is with rational (albeit passionate) education.
It worked well, honestly most of the responses to this have been sane and solid. Note I said most, I’ve seen a few interesting ones. The reddit one had a few choice comments, but overall yeah. It was amazing to be even a small part of this. Thank you for mentioning me. :)
My review on the Oni Press print release of The Bunker #1 I posted on Rhymes With Geek. The comic that made me rethink my entire ratings system in the best way possible.
So amazing, love this.
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Bad Ass #1 - RWG Reviews
Bad Ass #1
Story by: Henrik Hanna
Art by: Bruno Bessadi
Colored by: Gaetan Georges
Lettered by: Marshall Dillon
Translation by: Fabrice Sapolsky
Cover by: Bruno Bessadi
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Reviewed by: Wesley Messer
This is an honest admission, I’ve looked forward to reading Bad Ass #1 since its announcement back in October during NYCC. Bad Ass revolves around a character named Dead End who has no remorse, no mercy, and above all doesn’t care about you or me, only about himself. If Bad Ass doesn’t set you in the frame of mind of what you’re getting into here, I don’t know what will. Henrik Hanna and Bruno Bessadi bring us this story and with a name like Bad Ass, they’re holding nothing back and that’s fine by me. Now that being said there’s already part of the audience seeing the name Bad Ass and already writing this off. Though if you’re in that audience not willing to give Bad Ass a chance, I would say keep an open mind. The potential is there for one wonderfully stylish and ridiculously exuberant festival of action packed excitement. If you’re game as much as I am then it’s time to meet Dead End and pals in Bad Ass #1.
Bad Ass isn’t out there to give you lovable characters, they’re not nice and you will not want to hug them. That being said, the characters in Bad Ass are wonderful to see on the page. Dead End is completely remorseless as to what he does for a living, he’s a killer and enjoys killing and chaos, a lot. Though Herik Hanna has a nice way of showing of what brought Dead End to this point. You get a loose idea through flashbacks as to why he is the way he is. At least somewhat, Hanna isn’t explaining everything outright and that’s good. You can see where the threads are heading, though you do get a reason why Dead End is named as such.
One complaint I could hear is that the full story isn’t entirely clear but that’s overshadowed in a sense by how gleefully fun the craziness Hanna brings to Bad Ass is. You get a good introduction to the character and introduced enough to what you need to know going forward. Sometimes a little goes a long way, though I will say while the flashbacks filled in aspects of the story, sometimes they were a bit out of left field. Especially the one near the end, that was out of sorts with the entire situation happening at that point. Still though, that’s not a big mark, overall this was a good ride and looking forward to seeing more substance in future issues along with the endless style shown in this one. Story: 8 out of 10
The shining light in Bad Ass is the art, Bruno Bessadi’s art is jaw dropping. It’s animated, lively, energetic, and you could use this easily for a Bad Ass animated series. Henrik Hanna has a script here that is meant to look like an over the top action comic book, Bessadi’s art captures this. In any given scene there’s always some kind of movement, energy, and great storytelling. It’s as much why Bad Ass works as much as it does for me, the script was one thing but Bessadi brought the world to life. Of course in this case it’s not just illustration alone that makes Bad Ass pop like it does, it’s the coloring that takes this to another level. Gaetan Georges color work on this is nothing short of impressive. Bessadi’s animated style shines with these colors, it’s top notch work here. In comics a good art team will get you everywhere and Bad Ass has such an art team. Nothing short of spectacular. Art: 10 out of 10
You may be surprised to see Bad Ass get such a high rating from me but this is the kind of book that I rate on another scale, how much fun I’m having with it. One of those situations ultimately where Bad Ass may not be for everyone, though for a lot of people they will have fun with Bad Ass. Dead End is a great character and I can’t wait to learn more about him. I want to see what happens to Dead End and the other characters involved in Bad Ass. If you’re in the mood for relentlessly fun action comic that has a blast with every character trope out there, give Bad Ass #1 a read. You won’t regret it.
Overall: 9 out of 10
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Arrow Analysis Season 2, Episode 10: Entering the “Blast Radius”
(Here’s the deal, I spoil Arrow episodes without mercy here in Arrow Analysis so I’m forewarning you now. Turn back ye who don’t want to be spoiled on Arrow within the walls of Arrow Analysis.)
Ah Arrow Analysis, I missed you! If you’re unfamiliar with this, this was a series I started at Comics Crux for Season Two of Arrow. Now Arrow Analysis is back in action here at Rhymes with Geek. As I missed a couple of episodes during small hiatus, I’ll cover them quickly here. The Barry Allen episodes were a lot of fun and I’m excited to see The Flash make his appearance. Now onwards with Episode 10, introducing Shrapnel to the Arrow-verse. The episode also follows the events of the mid-season finale that set up The Flash, and much more fun to come out of this. Deathstroke is officially in the picture, we know Shado is dead, and how the events on the Island are all officially hitting the fan in the present day. The Mirakuru or The Miracle is in full effect now, Roy Harper got jabbed in the finale and now we’re getting to see the fallout of that and also Sebastian Blood/Brother Blood’s role in all of this. A lot to cover here, so let’s get started with entering the “Blast Radius” here in Arrow Analysis.
First off I want to say, Katie Cassidy finally got the writers of Arrow to give her something to do. In the midst of Black Canary, John Barrowman returning as Malcolm Merlyn, and everything else, poor Laurel Lance has gotten lost in the shuffle. With Sebastian Blood she’s now been given an active role in Arrow again, because for a main cast member she was getting shorted in screen time immensely. At least now she gets to figure out what’s going on with him, though I’m not happy she’s been saddled with the use of painkillers storyline. Yes I see they’re going to have to have the whole, “you’re addicted to painkillers!” story come about at some point but that’s so played out and I’m not happy it’s happening to her. So far it’s not affecting her character majorly but somehow someway they’re going to do something stupid with it. Probably my least favorite aspect of Arrow the handling of Laurel Lance. Which is why I get this out of the way now, because overall this episode wasn’t too bad and is setting up a theory I have, more on that later.
As for the rest of the episode, one part I especially enjoyed is the possibility of a Felicity and Barry Allen relationship. The people involved in Arrow are saying that they’re not going to have The Flash make his first appearance on the show. Maybe they’re planning on actually doing something with The Flash on Arrow after all? Who knows because in television plans can turn on a dime, we’ll see how that story ultimately works out. Just neat to see that they’re still working with that story and it’ll be fun to see where Felicity and Barry go from here. Even more fun was Felicity not putting up with Oliver’s intensity in any given situation and gave him a verbal smackdown. Diggle having to play the cool head in the midst of this too, a good episode to let the relationship of the trio shine.
The Shrapnel story was just a means to an end. Still good mind you, the story was just moving all the pieces into place. We’re not at the point of having Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) being a regular bad guy yet and we still have Sebastian Blood to deal with. We have Roy Harper with his Mirakuru injection and that hasn’t even come to a head at this point. There is a lot that Shrapnel did to set more in motion, which is exactly what he was there to do. As on the surface this could easily be a filler episode, though ultimately it furthered a couple stories in a strong and positive direction. Shrapnel was there to set up the big team up of Sebastian Blood and Arrow, as Laurel Lance learns that Sebastian Blood killed his Father and put his own Mother in a mental institution. A nicely edited and directed sequence by the way, cliché yes but my goodness did that work in setting up a great, “Nooooooo!” moment. Well played Arrow.
As I finish up, the flashbacks are actually starting to matter to the story more and more as this is going to be the way we learn more about Mirakuru. We’re seeing where that will go and how that correlates with Roy’s condition. I’ve never been huge on the flashbacks after Season One, at least nearing the second half of Arrow Season Two they’re going somewhere rather than slowing down the episode. That I’m appreciating as they keep this as a plot device in Arrow, I’d rather it matter than take away from the show.
As for my theory, oh yes we are seeing Suicide Squad by the end of the season. All of these bad guys being set in play, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Shrapnel, amongst others are too perfect for a Suicide Squad. As Arrow isn’t making a habit of killing bad guys, this sets up a Suicide Squad perfectly. The rest of this season is setting up big things to come. Possibly we’ll have Roy Harper in a situation making him Speedy or Arsenal, as he’s only played a small role this season it’s still up in the air how he’ll play out. We still have the League of Assassins to deal with, Ra’s Al Ghul, and more fun to come in the Black Canary saga. We got a lot of mid-season to cover and hopefully this lives up to the promise being set here.
Thank you all for reading and I’m happy to be back with Arrow Analysis once more. I’ve missed writing this column and will be here for the rest of the season to come. We’re in for one wild mid-season and it’s a pleasure to cover Arrow once more.
Jenny Parks, this is awesome. This is a variant cover for Thor: God of Thunder #19.Now. I love this so much.
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Skyman #1 - RWG Reviews
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Penciled by: Manuel Garcia
Inked by: Bit
Colored by: Marta Martinez
Lettered by: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by: Freddie Williams II and Dan Scott
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Review by: Wesley Messer
As Dark Horse has expanded their Project Black Sky concept, superheroes have been returning in full force across Dark Horse Comics. Skyman comes out of the Captain Midnight series. It sets off right after events from that series reveal that a new Skyman must be found, without revealing too much more than that. Joshua Hale Fialkov is a favorite of mine especially his work on Last of the Greats, a series near and dear to my heart. In turn anytime a new series is written by him, it’s usually on my radar. Overall Project Black Sky has impressed me from what I’ve read of the line so far, so my hopes are high for this series. Reading my adventures up in the clouds as I take my adventure into wide open spaces with Skyman #1.
First off, I do note that Captain Midnight birthed the character of Skyman, don’t worry too much about that. If you’re just wanting to read this book without having read Captain Midnight, you’re fine and you can start reading without any problems at all. Fialkov did a nice job with introducing the idea behind Skyman and the program and why the government ultimately headed in the direction they’re going in. Now in anyone else’s hands I would scream that these villains are a bit over the top. Initially they come off a bit into the generic government villain against our new hero from the start kind of situation. Though there looks to be a bigger plan in store here, and a few scenes with this worked wonders with the idea that there’s more in store. The new Skyman, Sergeant Eric Reid is such a good character and already fully fleshed out in one issue. I’m happy to see where the story develops, despite any weaknesses I have with the villains here, I’m cautiously optimistic about how the opposition within Skyman develops.
Story: 8 out of 10
Manuel Garcia and Bit are a good fit for a book like this, they’ve both done extensive superhero comic work so this works to their advantage. A different style was played with here and I like where this is going, this is a darker twinged superhero comic so the book suitably has a darker art style. Garcia’s facial expressions are phenomenal, there are sequences that were illuminated powerfully by these expressions on the page, from pure anger to a victorious smile, this is good stuff. Without spoiling anything, there’s a great segment that is one of the best examples of how to use a smartphone in storytelling. Fialkov got paired well here with this art team. The coloring took time to grow on me, Marta Martinez’s coloring seemed a bit too dark at first, especially near the end, it ultimately worked. This is not a light story, therefore a darker tone in the coloring works to the advantage of Skyman.
Art: 9 out of 10
Skyman is a good book, it’s well worth reading because any issues with the comic are minor. The superhero universe that’s been building within Dark Horse Comics is complemented well with Skyman, this is a good start to the series. Skyman’s concept and the world around him bears more exploration, which I’m looking forward to seeing. Dive further into Project: Black Sky with Skyman #1, a mixture of a classic superhero idea but with a few cool twists to the formula.
Overall: 8.5 out of 10
this is terrifying
Original Illustration by R.T.
Awww poor Doc Ock. Still fails at the Crane game.