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« on: July 25, 2018, 09:55:26 am »
Let’ s see $13 dog bed, $10 flea and tick spray for carpet, $10 flea shampoo, $25 flea pill, $15 depo allergy shot. All for an eighteen year old dog. And people wonder why I only review old and free comics…
But enough of my problems it’s time to review STARTUP ISSUE ONE
Renee Garcia-Gibson is a single mother, a stenographer, and also over three hundred pounds. And after a day of jeers, jokes, and embarrassment, Renee is offered a chance to kick her life into overdrive. This is StartUp.
The writing: It’s a neat concept and I really like Renee. It’s hard not to root for a good person who just is taking grief from everyone. Her son, Malcolm doesn’t want to be seen with her at school, single mom, mocked by everyone, and just nothing seemingly going her way. I like how her being a stenographer is worked into the story, like her knowing who The Cloud are and how they navigate around the law. And The Cloud is an interesting idea, a bunch of people who just want to fight heroes. And she has a great hero moment with how to deal with Glut. It’s hard to not like a character that perseveres in a universe that seems to enjoy making her miserable.
And the story does what a first issue should do. Introduce the main characters, plot, theme, leave wanting more. We get a good introduction on who the supporting cast will be (son, grandmother, love interest) It’s a good origin story. The humor is good, the story pacing is excellent, Renee narrating was a great idea for the story.
There is lot of moments in this comic that I think most people can relate to with how being different can lead to low self-esteem, lack of luck in love, and just various forms of embarrassment or harassment. And Darin Henry dealt with it extremely well.
The art. I’m going to be honest, I have a lot of problems with the art from Craig Rousseau for this issue, but it’s not all bad. Renee is drawn well. When StartUp gets her powers the action’s really good. I like the blurring of her to show her super speed. Renee looks good throughout the comic (baring the inking). And there’s even a fun bit of background where a man is taking picture of Crunch while a female looks angrily at him and a family covering their eyes.
The coloring and lettering. It’s okay. The colors are nice and bright. The lettering is good. I think my favorite is the school kids on page 4. I think they do cover up a bit of a major problem I had for this issue.
The art. Out of all the Sitcomics that I’ve read, this is the weakest of all the art. The best way to describe it is…wonky and inconsistent. Heck, just check out the candy bar on the first page for that! The people in the background are just distracting. I don’t mind if you give dots for eyes or just go super simplistic…if you’re consistent on it. And by that I mean, you have people in the background, they don’t have noses. At least keep it that way for the page. We’re not even getting that the next panels. People are missing noses, mouths, and ears. An example is page 13. And they just…weird. Like the kids on page four. What’s up with that blonde kid’s nose?
And the art really doesn’t show the action in places. Take when Glut knees Dr. Dow. It doesn’t look like there is any impact. Compare it to when Renee is fighting The Cloud and Glut. Some times the art is just…When Renee was late and barged into the courtroom, I had no idea that yellow thing was her purse. The cat in Dr. Dow’s office just…it looks like a fox in one panel when it’s not looking demonic.
And the inking does not help. Take Grannie Rosa. It looks like she got punched in the eye! Lines and lines on people. Yeah, they are important to distinguish age and emotions, facial expressions. But it goes overboard on several pages. Page seven sticks out as bad.
I just couldn’t get into Craig Rousseau’s artwork.
What I learned from What I read.
First they threw stuff at Santa Claus and then laugh at poor Renee? Why does Philly dislike the overweight so?
- Who are you to talk Officer Sam Rollie Pollie? You’ve got some love holders on you, too!
- Dr. Dow’s cat is a demonic metamorph with a realty phase shifting collar
- Wow. A superhero trying to hide their identity? Been a long time since I’ve seen that.
- The Cloud is Henchmen Uuber.
- Pennywise has the formula for instant weight loss. That’s why they all float.
- Super Strength is not one of Raider’s powers.
- Dawson Miller—PROSECUTOR OF VILLAINS.
- Wolfbarker was Mr. Rollercoaster’s defense attorney.
- Never be late on a payment to a super villain.
Overall: Yeah, out of all the first issues I’ve read of Sitcomics this past week, this is the weakest. Mainly because of the art and inking.
Here’s the thing, I consider art the most important thing of a comic because, well, let’s be honest, if it doesn’t look good or appealing your probably not going to stick around for the reading.
I really like the writing, StartUp herself, the humor and social commentary. There’s some good ideas focused on. The dialogue and narrative are superb. I’m not a fan of the art, but I wouldn’t call it hideous. It’s not the Jughead art that nearly drove me insane. Just a little below average for me.
I’d give this comic a C+
And there you have it. Overall I’ve enjoyed reading Sitcomics. They’re fun and well written and I mostly really enjoy the art. Again I recommend going to the Sitcomics home page and taking advantages of the three downloads. Sitcomics themselves are cheap in a market where it costs an arm and leg to pick up multiple titles.
« on: July 20, 2018, 10:38:53 am »
What is it that makes us love them? Our subconscious desire to eat other people? The idea of a stabilized society thrust into chaos by unthinkable and unstoppable forces? We just think zombies are cool?
Probably the latter.
A virus turning normal human beings into flesh eating zombies has hit America. Luckily, the government has been able to quarantine the outbreak to western Pennsylvania. Three million zombies and it is up to six people to tag them until a cure can be found. They are—The Z-People.
And for extra fun, a chilling tale for Barbara Macabre’s Morbid Museum.
The story: Hey, if you’re going to do a zombie story where there’s a ton of zombie media, do something different and Darin Henry did.
It’s a really good first issue. We’re introduced to the characters, we’re thrown right in, and we see where the series will be headed.
The characters are easy to identify: Tim’s the leader, Jay’s his son, Perry is the know-it-all know nothing, Sandra’s the smart one, Joe’s the prick mostly likely to get you killed, and Annie is the ambitious reporter now stuck in the rut with everyone else. They all have their own personality and quirks. We get basic background on them as well. Out of the three comics I’ve recently reviewed for Sitcomics, this has done the best job with getting the reader to know all the main characters of the series.
The humor is great. Just for someone doing what I always wanted to see: throwing the dumb jerk to the ravenous hordes after they mess up beyond forgiveness. Perry being annoying, but ending up being proven right in his definition of zombies was fun. How the characters survive is cute. And President Warner being a perfect caricature of what a the POTUS has become (No not a Trump homage…well, there is a Putin joke) pretty much just a no nothing who does the occasional pictures to make himself look good.
And I like the idea of these six people having to work together and tag zombies until a cure can be found. There is a lot of zombie media out there and this idea sets it out from the rest.
And there’s a little bit of drama with Tim’s wife out there among the mess of flesh eating fiends.
And the Barbara Macabre is a good homage to Tales from the Crypt. Barbara even has the same colored scheme as the animated version. And there’s enough difference where I don’t believe anyone call call it a ripoff. The Cryptkeeper did puns, Barbara rhymes as she tells the story.
So credit to credit’s due, Darin Henry did another great job.
The art. We have art by Tom Richmond and Al Milgrom and they booth do a very good job. There style fits the stories (zombies and a tales from the crypt homage)
Tom Richmond took me awhile to get into, but after I read the story I really liked it. His zombies look great and I like the facial reactions from the main characters. Backgrounds are really well done. Even a funny background event with a zombie bursting in, Perry screaming, and then Tony just whacking it with a club. The art reminds me of the old Now Comics Married with Children comics I used to read as a kid. Art’s a little quirky and may take a few pages to get into, but I think most people will end up enjoying it.
And as I stated during the writing section, we’re thrown right into these people and the design and clothing of the characters pretty much gives you an idea who these characters are. For example, Sandra is wearing a white lab coat so, she’s the smart one. Joe is wearing a business suit, so I had him begged as a jerk when I first saw him. Perry wearing a vest hints at him being a know it all (Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of smart alecks wearing vests in my life). Clothes make the man and good choices were made to help readers know the characters on the very first page.
Al Milgrom. I’m more used to him as an inker but I like his art here. The art is very old school and it fits the nature of the story. I like how Chester I drawn, just this big, disgusting waste of a human being. I like the Frankenstein monster picture hung in the boss’s office and little things like Poopsie Cola. And I appreciate this story not getting disgusting to the point where I get sick reading it. I’ve got baaaad memories of the Toxic Crusaders comic Marvel Comics produced.
Coloring and Lettering. We get colors from K. Michael Russell and Glenn Whitmore respectively.
Russell does a great job. I really like the coloring and shading of the zombies. Just check out the first few pages with zombies, the water puddle, the moon. It’s beautiful. The main, living characters really stand out from his tones. I love the colors he used when Tim just lost it on Joe after Joe destroyed the possible zombie cure.
Whitmore is just great like normal. Even has his own little nice “character enraged” panel. Before the last page, I kind of wish the story had been colored a bit darker, but then when you realize how a character is going to die….yeah, brighter was probably for the best.
Lettering was done by our favorite Marshall of Dodge City and it’s the usual great job. I like the giant sound effect when the zombies are breaking into the garage and the main characters freak out. The splash of the green goo. The different colored lettering for important moments (SHUT UP, PERRY said by everyone). The Shove effect motioning like Joe as he’s pushed forward was a nice touch. And I like Barbara Macabre’s word balloons being darker outlined and warped. And honestly, the sound effects and how they’re done, really helps get the fart jokes over for me.
Fart jokes. If you hate fart jokes, you’re really not going to like The Barbara Macabre story because that’s what a good portion of the jokes are. I was okay with it, but I know people who when they hear a fart joke just give up on the movie or story. Sigh, and to think it was once our greatest human achievement, but we’ve misused over and over.
Barbara Macabre’s....where’s the Morbid Museum? Okay, I get that’s a fun little take on Tales from the Crypt…but since it’s called “Morbid Museum” it would have been nice to have a tiny panel of museum filled with the morbid. Something like Night Gallery would work. It’s a nitpick, but I think it would be great to do in the future.
The art. I like the art fine but the first few pages doesn’t really add up in Z-People. Our heroes are stuck in a garage they keep making jokes about being disgusting. But it looks just fine. Perry steps in something that—just lines on the floor. I’ve been in horrible garages and sheds. My uncle grinds up pigs in his work shop. I will take pictures and show you what disgusting truly is!
Coloring. Don’t normally bring up mistakes from Whitmore, but Barbara’s one good eye keeps changing colors.
What I learned.
Man, Pennsylvania is almost as bad a place to live in as Maine. (Get the reference and be proud of yourself)
- PINK SLIME IS PEOPLE!
- Tim has the right idea on how to handle hindrances to survival.
- They are not zombies they are people inflicted with a virus that turns them into flesh eating monsters.
- Green Goo, the ultimate repellant.
- Mark Cobb, save for one little incident, had to have been the best security guard if he can go from that to corporate!
- In every zombie apocalypse there is one or two idiots who shouldn’t survive you wind up stuck with somehow.
- Rejected means REJECTED for a reason, people!!
- When someone is being pulled away, grab the leg, not the shoe, dummy!
- Brody Langenbauch really carried this issue on his back.
Yeah, I really liked it. The stories were good and well written with nice humor. The art really fit the formats. Honestly, I could see people not liking the second story because of the constant rhyming and the fart jokes—but let them write their own review. I really enjoyed reading this comic and I think most people would enjoy it.
Again this, and other Sitcomic titles, first issues are downloadable for free. I’d recommend giving it a chance.
I give it a B+
And next time I’ll be reviewing StartUp. Will it zoom ahead or will it trail behind the rest of the pack? Find out soon.
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:46:24 am »
Got a PM from the Sitcomics creator wanting me to review the first issue of his other three series, which are still downloadable from free on the Sitcomics official website. And I decided why not, since I love the inflated sense of self esteem critiquing the hard work of others brings.
I know what you guys are thinking? “PTF, how do we know you weren’t bought off to give good reviews like all the other online reviewers?” Listen here, I have pride! I will be my usual fair and impartial self throughout this and all other reviews!
But on an unrelated note before I begin the standard intro—K.C. Undercover is the greatest Disney show ever. Much better than Jessie. The only thing that could possibly rival K.C. Undercover is Shake It Up. But only from 2012 to 2013.
Now that that’s out of the way---
For four years, ninth graders Ernie and Marsha have tried to develop telepathic powers. And now—they have. Will Ernie get the girl? Will Marsha help Ernie cheat on tests? It’s a whole new world that’s open as we delve into…
TELEPATHETIC ISSUE ONE.
The story. This promoted as a “for all ages.” And it definitely fits the bill. I wouldn’t have a problem with any kid reading this. And the story is fun: two best friends want to develop super powers and finally get one: telepathy. The first issue sets up their lives, both are only the lower social order at school, even below band. It’s a real quick read, but it’s a fun read. It does most of what a first issue should, introduce the characters, grasp the theme of the series, and the direction it’s going. Special note is the subtle foreshadowing and the ending. Awesome.
The characters: Well, we only get to know two of the four main characters (if going by the introduction page) but it’s good.
Dirk is the easy going, seemingly confident, eccentric kid who pines for the most beautiful girl in school, but she doesn’t take him seriously. And you really root for the guy. While he is a little mischievous, he’s a nice kid. And we get some real depth to him. He doesn’t have a great relationship with his father (who makes him walk a mile before he can have school lunch) and he opens up to Marsha when he acknowledges he’s not what he wishes he was and being a superhero is the only way to get respect.
Marsha. She’s more of the straightman, but she does have her quirks. She stresses about a writing contest to the point she feels like she’s going to throw up. Bit of a deadpan snarker, which I like. And it’s hard to not like a character who supports her idiot friend like she does.
Amy and Beth get the short end of the stick, but we get enough of them to get a good idea on their personality and disposition.
So great work by Darin Henry.
The art. Okay, I’m going to be honest, when I looked at the cover of this issue, I didn’t think I would like the art style, but as I read, the art and colors of Blair Shedd became my favorite thing about the issue. I swear, when I was looking at this book, Akiko sprung to my mind. For those not as knowledgeable/not old as dirt like me, it was a fun little book in the nineties where the art style was simple, but the characters had real synergy to them. Same with Telepathetic, best seen with Dirk having to jog his mile in the hallways and the facial reactions throughout the issue.
But what Akiko didn’t have going for it was color. The colors really pop. I’ve given Glen Whitmore heaps of well deserved praise in my reviews and this is very close to that level. The shading and lighting on characters is really good. Just how the shading of hair to the head is something that I don’t see in a lot of the Big Two comics (X-Men Gold if someone wants a specific example) Even better, it would have been real easy to just go “White Room” with the Brain Hole, but it is radiant, there’s energy to it. And I love the idea of yellow for the flashbacks of Marsha and Dirk trying to develop super powers.
All in all, amazing work by Blair Shedd. But there is one thing I’m more impressed by. The greatest thing I have seen in all of the issues of Sitcomics…maybe even comics I have ever read--
That vest. Seriously, how the heck did that vest with that design stay consistent throughout the entire comic?!! We still can’t get an issue where the rocks that comprise Marvel’s The Thing look the same after a few panels!! Even if computers were involved, I’m impressed.
Marshall Dillon. Not only does he have the greatest parents ever for giving him that name, but he’s a heck of a letterer. I love the designs of the caption boxes. It says something when I go back to look at caption boxes. The sound effects are really well done, especially Adam and his misfortunes at the water fountain. Just great work like normal.
The art. I love the art, but there is one little gripe. On page nine, there’s a panel where Ernie’s hands are as big as his entire head. So we got a boo-boo in a park of Yogi’s.
PDF Files. Adobe Reader has never been a friend.
The intro page: “Or mentally control a basketball so you never miss a shot?” That’s not telepathy! That’s telekinesis! They are totally different psionic powers!!!
What I learned from what I read
Amy seems like a nice girl, but she has a warped sense of humor.
- It’s amazing how shutting your mouth leads to discovery.
- Adam is like a camel.
- Another interpretation of the Brain Hole is what John Byrne used to do when he didn’t feel like drawing stuff. Just less shiny.
- That Nibbles went hungry.
- Cheating, from the right perspective, could be seen as a team building skill.
- It takes four years of training to develop telepathy.
- Telepathy---THE MOST OVERRATED POWER EVER!
- Marsha should forget these short story contests. They’re rigged. And no, I’m not a sore loser. My story had tens and nines marked before they made them all six’s!!
- Apparently the Brain Hole is open to everyone.
Yeah, this was a really great issue. There’s only the minorest of complaints. It’s a really great comic that I think everyone can enjoy. And you can check out this book and other Sitcomic books as the first issues are available for free.
It’s an A for this issue
And next time I’ll be reviewing Z-People. Will it hold up or will it be a dead duck that feasts geese and other parkland critters? Find out soon?
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:59:25 am »
Finally caught up on Riverdale (see my reviews do relate to Archie Comics!) on my DVR and—well, at least I liked the last episode. Look, I get that this is darker, but I think you can do dark and have likable and intelligent characters. Seriously, out of all of Riverdale, only Fred Andrews is a decent human being at this point. I really liked the first season, but I thought season two was pretty rotten. Really bad writing.
Speaking of bad writing, I’ll be posting another Super Sucker fan fic soon.
But now onto good writing and everything else that a comic needs….THE BLUE BARON.
When we last left off Blowback was on a rampage, consumed with vengeance on Cedric Carson. Now alone, can The Blue Baron/Ernie Rodriguez defeat the day? And what of the Blue Baron, stuck in a teenage body, facing off against a school bully. How both fights end might surprise you.
The writing. Whoa. This issue hits like a sledgehammer to the gut. There isn’t as much humor as the other issues, but just the emotion, just the reactions to Ernie and the Blue Baron at the end of the issue is heartbreaking because both are in situations where they are helpless to do anything; one because he lacks the maturity and experience the other trapped outside of his life.
And for anyone worried, it’s not all depressing. You get some funny moments with Wanda “Mayday Parker Lives On” Rodriguez confronts Ernie Baron after the fight and his deadpan reaction. Jenna, the blond haired girl from last issue, moments with Ernie Baron are sweet and I already like her. And the mirroring of Blue Baron and Ernie and what’s going on at the same time was great work.
And the issue leaves you wanting more as potential storylines and threats are introduced. As Rossi and Bishop are set to be more of a presence and a mystery from the first issue is solved.
And let me put it to you this way. Normally, I give details because, this came out in the first of the year, but I think it would be best for anyone who is reading or wants to read this comic to pick it up with a pretty clear mind on what to expect. It’s that good.
The art. Ron Frenz is really great here. Just the emotion of the characters. Just the facial expressions of the aftermath is really stunning. This might be the best work that I’ve seen from him. It certainly stands out. The coloring and lettering for emotional responses were appropriate. The inking really shines in this issue. Excellent work from everyone involved.
Battle Blogs. Yeah, I didn’t mention these the last few issues because, well, it was about Start-up and I’d like no spoilers if I ever get more than one issue of the series. But this issue is cool as we have one about Blowback. Nothing special but I was always a fan of the TMNT sourcebooks that went over the history and power of the character…then the stupid internet happen and made it all pointless.
I think one character could have used more flexing out. Heck, this issue I just learned he knew Cedric Carson/Blue Baron were the same person. I have gone back three times and I don’t see anything that would make me believe this character knew Blue Baron’s secret identity.
- No more Milo. A great loss for us all.
- He who shall not be named.
What I learned from what I read.
Wanting to go back to where you were held hostage by a supervillain makes you the second stupidest man alive.
- Volunteering to go back to where you were held hostage instead of the guy who originally wanted to go makes you the stupidest person alive.
- Congrates Start-up, you’re the smartest person in this comic or at least the best detective.
- Teenage hormones are wretched indeed.
- I don’t even want to think about the possible laws Cedric Carson might be breaking in the next slew of issues
- Just like in Civil War, I don’t blame the hero for what happened. …But I don’t think this is Joe Quesada’s fault either.
- Mr. Baxter is like professional wrestling referees: Only interfering when the good guy is winning!
- Slater is hardcore like American Kirby.
- Mr. Shilling is still a dillweed.
- Don’t worry Blowback, we all make little mistakes we have to live with—oh. Right….
Overall: Well, it’s not the funniest of the issues, but if you were wanting more drama and gravitas, here you go. My favorite issue up to this point. Everything hits the mark. The art, writing, coloring, pacing it’s all superb.
It’s an A.
So yeah, this is a series you should be reading. Great quality for an insanely low price.
« on: June 03, 2018, 01:11:48 pm »
Hm, pay sixty dollars for hog feed, 26 dollars for the church food bucket, and I was dumb enough to order my dad Taxi the complete series, which I did before the former two was sprung on me…
So it looks like my comics this month are at least the Power Rangers and…Batman or a Transformer comic.
Well, it’s a good thing I’m a slow reader because here is The Blue Baron!!
Blowback. Our first serious villain. And he’s everything you want in a villain. I think the best bad guys are the ones who totally believe in what they are doing is right; that they are the victim and only seeking justice/revenge.
Blowback was pretty much a hero who did great work for his country but an oversight caused him to be turn into a nuclear monster trapped in a containment suit. He has an irrational hatred of Cedric Carson, channeling his anger and blame into him; and he is a threat.
While he is irrational on ending Carson, he’s smart. He defeats both Blue Ernie and Start-up. He’s also smart enough to see people close to Cedric and take them hostage. He’s gone through the valley and I’m loving it.
Writing I’ve already mentioned Blowback so let’s talk about the rest. While Blue Ernie is grating on my nerves, when the more childish moments come into play its fun. Like him not knowing how to kiss. Ernie Baron taking down the school bully in the same manner a hero saving the world would with the same gravitas was funny.
And we get some real emotional weight to the story. Blowback is a truly tragic character with an origin story that really makes you regret seeing that person turn into this monster. And seeing Max and Stacy thinking Cedric, their boss, friend, one of his lovers, is a coward was sad. Event the nerd clique gets a moment to shine where they actually—even scared—do offer to stand with Ernie Baron for the fight.
The art. Ron Frenz is still doing a great job. My favorite scenes are actually the high school because it looks and feels like a high school cafeteria. I love looking at all the kids and how then come from different ethnicities and their clothing. And page 11 is pretty fun too. And the inking and coloring to Blowback’s origin was well done. It really feels like Iraq and the various shades of green really hits home. And I love the Blue Baron logo when he’s introduced in the issue. It reminds me of the old Sonic The Hedgehog comic. The good one with the Freedom Fighters. Yeah, I don’t like Amy Rose. At all. Speaking of bad things…
Ernie’s getting real annoying. Yeah, I’ve been reading an issue, jotting notes then reading the next issue and I have to say at this point, Ernie’s really grinding my gears! I mean, it totally makes sense, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t get on your nerves. Up until the last few pages it’s been two issues of him being a tool.
Wow. Another person I’m going to have to wait an issue to learn there name. Seriously, MILO, you couldn’t tell the blond girl’s name!? And I’m still waiting for Ernie’s dad’s name!! Why is my pet peeve being breeded??
Oh well, that happened. Yeah Blowback took Stacy, Max, and that dillweed Mr. Shilling off panel. Wouldn’t it have been great to see it? That seems like a really cool villain moment we missed out on. And to be fair, Blowback got a lot of good to him and you only have so many pages. Still, I’m of a “show don’t tell” person.
No Wanda. Once again, denied the Spider-Girl jokes and callbacks I crave! If I wanted to feel like this, I’d just go back to reading Marvel Comics. Ba-dum-dum-chee!!
What I learned from what I read.
The Blue Baron IS a player.
- Slater doesn’t fight fair.
- Hey, it’s Milo!!
- So right after “shaving” we can take “kissing” off of Ernie’s list of things he’s never done.
- Mr. Shilling is a dillweed.
- Chicks dig heroes.
- Speedsters really need to not stand still in fights.
- Blowback really, REALLY hates Cedric Carson.
- If DZZZT is your favorite sound effect—this is the issue for you!!!
- Isn’t it funny how a bad day is what creates villains and heroes? Also days that end in “y” coincidence…? I think not!
Yeah, it’s another good issue. Blue Ernie was kind of annoying—but he’s a teen. And he does have the most interesting stuff going on. Blowback is a cool villain with a great origin. The art’s as good as the other issue. There a still some minor things (WHAT IS THE DAD’S NAME?!?) but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t add up to a hill of beans. And honestly, if I wasn’t doing this issue by issue and just read the story through most of the little complaints disappear.
It’s a B+
What happens in the school yard brawl of death? Will Blue Ernie survive his battle against Blowback? Will I ever learn what the %$^& Ernie’s dad’s name is. I’m thinking at least we’ll get two out of three of those…NEXT TIME.
« on: May 27, 2018, 02:06:23 pm »
PTF Reviews The Blue Baron 2.1
First off thank you to all veterans for all you have done for us.
Well, finally saw the Batman anime. It’s okay. I don’t think it’s the greatest thing ever like everyone is letting on, but it’s fun to watch if you turn off your brain off( (like Batman during the movie) and just have fun.
And it sounds a lot better than the Solo movie. I had a friend go see it and to quote him, “I want to punch Opie in the face!”
I think I should end all bad reviews like that.
But I’m not here to talk about an anime or a really angry Star Wars fanboy., so let’s get started with the review.
Anyway, last we left off a nerdy 13 year old loser and his least favorite hero switched bodies. Luckily with Blue Baron’s advice, Ernie was able to save the day after nearly blowing it. But it’s a new issue, new challenges—let’s review Blue Baron!!!
Ernie is a snot. So what do you get when a teenager suddenly becomes rich, can boss people around, and do whatever he wants when he wants—a little prick. And that’s what Ernie is for the majority of the issue. He’s letting Cedric Corp go while he just spends his time eating nachos and playing video games. When he’s confronted with a chore he runs out or is just rude. And he dresses like a tool. And that’s pretty much how it should be. And it is fun watching people react to their boss or friend like he’s having a mid-life crisis…or he’s just lost it. And we get some fun moments with “Stranger Danger” and him deciding to drive.
And Blue Baron is shown to be adjusting well. I like his wardrobe being like Bruce Wayne’s and him rousing the troops to do something about Slater and his bullying way. And right now, he’s the only adult guiding Ernie’s life in anyway and the only person in the issue he shows respect to; like when he teaches Ernie how to shave. And I like the little internal war he’s developing with Ernie’s family as he hates Wanda and fears Rosa.
The Writing. So yeah the writing is fun. And humor is still great. Control Freak making Blue Ernie look like an idiot was a riot. Especially the hot coffee and the kids watching the hero fight but really wanting to play jump rope when it’s over. I love Blue Baron’s reaction Ernie’s celebration as he’s watching his respectability go down the drain. Ernie Baron’s rousing speech to the geeks was great. And Ernie being a total brat was great. We get more information on Bishop and meet Rossi. And the issue ends on a great cliffhanger.
The Villains. Hey, we’re building us a rogue gallery. This issue is Control Freak who can possess a body part of a person and is shown to be effect with it with how he holds up the bank and has Blue Ernie on the ropes the majority of their conflict. And it’s nice seeing a villain in a loving relationship with another guy.
Then there is Blowback who is nuclear powered and can repel anything that comes his way. We don’t know much about him but what we do know is good. He’s not motivated by money—just revenge. He hates Cedric Carson and is vandalizing any facility that uses his security system just to bankrupt one of his divisions.
The art. Yeah, Ron Frenz kills it again this issue. I really like all the facial reactions the characters have reacting to Blue Ernie. I love the crazy eyed Blue Ernie on TV celebrating like a tool. I think my favorite pages might be Ernie driving and all the different angles and layout. Specially the second panel sums up everyone involved. Again I like the design for the villains and I really like looking at the background and all the different types of people.
The coloring, inking, and lettering is great. Love the word balloon shaped around Blue Ernie screaming while hot coffee is poured on him. And the coloring and inking two places stand out. The shading and diabolic look Ernie gets when he gets the idea to drive and the very last page with green light and the shading is superb.
Maybe Blue Baron could use more panel time. So far it’s been more focused on Ernie as Blue Baron, and that makes sense since this is a hero book, but I would like to see more of Blue Baron adjusting to Ernie’s life. I mean, I still don’t know Ernie’s dad’s name, what his parents do for an occupation. And Rosa’s a monster but we’re not shown why. So in turn you have a portion of the supporting staff not getting much development as the other. Plus Wanda was not in this issue and I didn’t get to make a Spider-Girl/Mayday joke this review. That is not acceptable.
What I learned from what I read.
Ernie’s little sister name is Rosa.
- Harold not only doesn’t get a French vacation but his boyfriend is in jail. That’s sad.
- It’s always Jump Rope Time.
- Speaking off…that’s one mighty strong jump rope.
- Blue Baron might be a bit of a player.
- REVENGE OF THE NERDS: HERO EDITION. It’s happening.
- Carson Corp needs to work on their contracts. I mean, yeah, paying in full for failure in security is nice—but that’ll bankrupt you. Need to find that fine line between Tony Stark and Lex Luthor.
- I think Rossi was born on Yancy Street.
- It’s nice to know some villains don’t do it for the money. Sometimes it’s about love and pure, unadulterated hatred.
- I would follow Ernie Baron into battle.
Overall. Yeah, it’s great issue. Everything’s great. I only really have the slightest of nitpicks and even then it’s not so bad because of the rest of the supporting cast and Ernie’s situation is more fun and relevant to the plot of the issue. It’s an A.
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:35:36 am »
PTF Reviews The Blue Baron 1.2
Man, reading digital comics is a pain now. Stupid Windows photo keeps going with clicking on the curser and enlarging a portion of the comic…and the zoom doesn’t work. I mean, yeah, I can reset it easily enough, but then it’s right back up. Seriously, what doorknob at Microsoft thought this was a good idea? I decide what is good!!
When we last left off, Blue Baron was a top hero, Ernie was a loser; now, Blue Baron is Ernie and Ernie is Blue Baron and that has not been going well for either. Will this improve or is everyone in a lose-lose situation?
The first page. Oh well. There we go. That page would have solved a good bit of my problems with the first part. Honestly, it really should have been the last page for that section as it just works better, but hey—Ernie’s mom’s name is Wanda. …gotta be honest, I was really hoping for “May.”
Blue Baron and Ernie. I just like how they are reacting to their situation. Blue Ernie is an immature teen in a superhero/multi-millionaire’s body and has no idea what to do. I think my favorite is when he goes to help the Hero Union against Bad Company. And…that’s how it really should go with Blue Ernie just messing everything up because he doesn’t know his powers, he doesn’t know how to fight, teamwork in general and it’s still pretty funny.
And I like how Blue Ernie interacts with various people because—he’s a little snot. Nearly every teen is a know it all little snot. Like his rundown on poor Protége. He got called out and he lashed out.
And Ernie Baron is not having much luck either. He’s going from a grown adult to a kid with a super smothering mom who won’t give him any space. And he has to deal with Ernie’s problems: like gym class and a bully named Slater.
And he’s a jerk. Best way to describe him would be Hawkeye in Superman’s body. He’s abrasive, arrogant, doesn’t think things through and is hot headed. But he’s still a good guy. He’s patient with Ernie, opens up to him and gives him the encouragement and advice he needed to save the day.
The writing. And now with the rest of the writing. It’s still funny. No jokes I really didn’t like. I like the parallel to how the last issue ended now with Blue Ernie having to find his way around a mansion. And the villains were super fun and wacky. And there’s some depth like Maven being a former hero and ex lover of Blue Baron. And the heroes are fun and each distinctive. And honestly…I laughed out loud at Blue Ernie just tearing into Protégé. Yeah, it was savage but so true.
And while Ernie Baron has gotten he short end of the stick, I liked how you have a man with superpowers not stuck in teen’s body and…well, there’s a big difference. And his ongoing war with Slater should be fun. And I like how, hanging out with a younger generation…even he wanted to change his outfit. That leads to a nice moment from Ernie that shows real maturity and appreciation for Blue Baron’s rich history.
And the action is really well done. Not to take away from Darin Henry, but I think a lot of that has to do with Ron Frenz.
The art and everything else:
Yeah this was a great issue. I loved the fight and how it was funny and action packed. Just a great range of angles and layout. And I really love Blue Ernie’s facial expressions when he’s about to screw up or he has to explain himself or take responsibility. And Ernie Baron and his angry, arrogant reactions to everything is fun to look at. Him trying to climb a rope or pick a fight with someone twice his new body’s size. And I really appreciate how everyone is on model. A standard that has dropped in certain companies cuffMarvelComicscuff. My favorite pages would definetly be when Blue Ernie is “helping” The Hero Union and just the action and insanity of it all. Most of the insanity being Mr. Rollercoaster.
It’s just nice to go back and see new things I missed in a comic the first time.
And the coloring and lettering is great like always. Glen Whitmore just kills it. And Sal Buscema does a great job enhancing the art with his inks, which makes sense since the two worked on Spider-Girl together. And let’s give him credit for the cover which is really nice. Man, it’s nice when a comic’s cover actually has something to do with the story inside. Maybe it’s just me, but most covers feel phoned in.
Hey, Ernie’s dad and sister. Yeah, again, they don’t get much to do with Ernie’s dad getting a page and the little sister nothing. That’ll probably change in the next issues and this comic does have a fairly numerous supporting cast, not to mention the main characters, villains, so someone’s going to sit on the bench.
What I learned form what I read.
Blue Baron and The Phantom have a lot in common.
- Carson Corp is full of suck ups.
- Ernie’s mom’s name is Wanda.
- Never bring a rookie into a superhero fight.
- Blue Baron may not be subtle, but he does know how to motivate.
- Blue Baron’s one weakness: Gym class.
- Protégé’s costume stinks. I mean maybe for a kid sidekick it’s fine…but you’re 23! Winter Soldier up!
- Fighting an ex-teammate is bad. Fighting an ex-girlfriend makes it worse.
- Blue Baron just won someone their fantasy league.
- Just that a character like Mr. Rollercoaster exists.
Yeah, this was a really great issue. This was a fun read and review write up. I mean, the writing was great, the art is great. Only critique I have is Ernie’s dad and sister not getting much panel time or named. Some people might not like the design of some costumes but…it’s humor-action book. What do you expect?
It’s an A. With the quality and price you can’t go wrong here.
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:38:33 pm »
Here we goes! Brand new reviews….of comics about five or six months old. Who knows, I might even review Start Up by the year 2020 at this break neck pace.
Before the thirteen stars and bars, there was a hero who fought taxation without representation with the speed of January gale and the strength of an oxen—The Blue Baron. And then there’s Ernie: a bullied, superhero fanboy who gets way too many hugs from his mom. What happens when these two meet? Find out as we review BLUE BARON 1.1
Oh, and a brief keynote
Blue Ernie = Ernie in Blue Baron’s body
Ernie Baron = Blue Baron in Ernie’s body.
Memorize it. It will be your guide for the rest of the reviews.
The writing: This is a very funny book. I love the tour guide’s talk on how he wasn’t a scientist and the flashback red coat’s “see which end of the rifle is effective for extracting information.”. I like how there are superhero fantasy teams. And I can’t think of a joke I didn’t like. I also like the idea of a kid who follows superheroes becoming one of the heroes…just the one he thinks is a dork.
Blue Baron and Ernie are written well. We don’t really get to see much of Blue Baron when he isn’t in “witty banter mode” But from what we do get after the accident—he’s kind of a jerk. Ernie’s reactions and the brief fight he gets in with other heroes make sense—bullied kid who finally can fight back. And the reason for the fight is set up since the reflex makes total sense. And I like the bits of dialogue with Blue Baron using words like “continental” in place of money and Ernie with his ai dio mio. Just little things to make characters stand out.
And the issue does a great job of introducing the cast. We have the main characters. But we also get to see Ernie’s geek clique, Slater and his gang of bullies, the Superhero Union, Carson Corp. The only people that get short changed are Ernie’s dad and his little sister, but the last page does gives us a good idea what she’s going to be like—annoying little sister. Hey, not all tropes are bad.
And we’re set up to a few mysteries to explore in future issues such as who is The Mikado? And the Specimen 6? What is it?
The art: Ron Frenz does a great job. I’ve been a fan of his work since Spider-Girl so I was extremely happy to see that he is the artist and he doesn’t disappoint. The characters are all drawn real well with various size, shape and personalities. I read you the dialogue and then show you the comic, you’d go, “okay, that’s what I was imagining or I can see that.” I already knew he could do action but his comedy is great. When Blue Ernie decides to test out his powers on some poor guy and his car is hilarious. Bull and Raider in their last panel is great with Bull just having the most happy face. The fight scenes have great energy and I love the way Blue Ernie is shown fighting: just thrashing about with his eyes closed. Something I’d see a wimpy nerd do.
Mayday lives! Yeah. Apparently Spider-Girl went to a different universe, got married, and had kids. Good for her. Because Marvel Comics are pretty bad right now.
The coloring and lettering. I like it all. The colors really pop. Especially the sound effects during fights. And the colors and style make sense like “Thug” is pretty simple and orange and when Ernnie spills his milk SPLASH is colored white or GOOSH is…how you’d imagine it. The lighting during the flashback stands out to me. And the inking by Sal Buscema is great. He always jelled really welll with Frenz in the Spider-Girl book and the magic is still there.
How the issue ends. Okay, I get that this is a comic split up into bits and it ends on a funny joke, but it does violate one rule of first issues I have…leave me wanting to read the next issue. Just some intrigue or a cliffhanger that can’t make me wait to pick up the next issue. It jus doesn’t hammer that for me.
A few names please. I kind of wish we had gotten the first names of Ernie’s family. The mom especially since she’s in it way more. I don’t know, it’s just a pet peeve of mine. Probably because (insert name) would be easier to write in a review than Ernie’s little sister.
Bad tour layout. Haven’t we learned anything about kids going on a field trip to anything scientific? Especially when there’s a door labeled “RESTRICTED.” ‘Cause you know one of those little mutants is going to get all gamma powered up or something. Usually it’s the loser nerdy kid.
What I learned.
That I was right in Freshmen American History; there were superpowered people who defended the colonists against the redcoats.
- Apparently, the Blue Baron Universe and Marvel Universe have the same “we’re heroes, let’s just fight” rules.
- I don’t blame Bull. I too look for a reason to say that phrase in life. Sadly, nothing has come up yet.
- Only idiots draft Blue Baron in the first round in Superhero Fantasy Leagues.
- I don’t know what’s worse: having a field trip in science labs with an open restricted door…or that there was a particle disemmentator on display!!!
- Classic costumes never go out of style.
- Ernie’s mom might be too smothering. You people decide.
- Slater has perfected his bully technique well.
- I don’t know who this Cedric Carson is but I’m willing to be he’s not important to the story at all. Nope.
- When your supervillain name is Liquidator…your story has really only two ways to end…and it’s not the one where you become a cartoon water dog
It’s a good issue. The writing and art are great. Coloring and lettering is super. I can’t say it’s a great issue because the ending feels so abrupt and doesn’t pull the reader to wanting the next issue immediately. And I hate when characters are introduced and not named that issue. I’ll give it a B+
And for everyone who wants to give this a read, last I checked, this issue is free at the Sitcomics website. Check it out. Read it.
And now to review—THE ISSUES I HAD TO PAY FOR!!
« on: February 19, 2018, 12:28:41 am »
PTF Reviews Super Suckers 4.3
As I was in the middle of writing this review. Got a call from my uncle. Seems he had some timers on his DVR that one of my little cousins had put in that I needed to—what does Matt Hardy like to say? Oh yes…--DELETE!!
Anyway, it was a fun little scavenger hunt. First I had to find the remote because the TV display was set where I could only see half the options. Cabinet in the bathroom. Makes sense, right? How it took me twenty minutes, I’ll never know. Then I had to look in each room, each filled with junk and debris to find two AAA batteries for the TV remote.
Seriously, why do old people buy new technology? Heck, I have another uncle I’ve had to program about eight different phones in the last year. I’m not joking. He gets angry and quits and gets another cheap one. And those stupid cheap ones are all better than my flip phone!
I’m sorry everyone. I shouldn’t vent at you. I should take all the anger I have out on this comic issue. Now where were we….
When we last left off, Jess believes her boss to be a vampire and tries to get Stewart to be the suckee, but Willow has whisked him away so she settles for Trevor. Stewart has dumped pretend girlfriend Vera. Vera and Kelly have tricked the Thunderhearts (ho!!!) to play Greek Fest and Willow is a vampire who has diabolical plans. So y’know, pretty uneventful issue. But let’s see what happens in
Super Suckers 4.3 Dream Warriors!
Things I did like.
1. The writing. It’s the typical funny issue and it actually had some good character moments. Surprisingly, from Trevor when he opens up to Stewart. I mean, he stills threatens to beat the heck out of him, but the guy has depth. Kelly even got some backstory where you can relate to her (first person in her family who went to college) And you have Willow with a backstory, maybe a little overlywinded, but it does make sense. And I actually like that a character does something wrong and actually has to face consequences like Jess did.
And the humor is still great. I like the body surfing with Jess just having it the worse. Stewart “standing up to Trevor.” Kelly being from Looneyville, WV. That is just perfect. Trevor’s reasoning from not trying to help Stewart when he felt something was up. And yeah, I had a problem with Kelly being a psycho and beating up the innocent body guard, but I love her when she’s in the middle of a life or death race and she innocently says hello to the guy and he just panics.
And we got some action and a pretty good solution to the problem. And things have advanced as secrets are revealed, love is found, and the next issue should be interesting. Seriously, you can only have someone not find out a secret until they’re just stupid. Looking at you, Lois Lane!
So all in all good work from Darin Henry and David Tolentino
2. The art. Yeah, this was more like it. I don’t know. It seemed like last issue Shultz was in a bit of a rush. Not this one as it’s back to what I expect. I think my favorite page would be page four with Trevor coming back after—the thing that would get this review not PG rated—and only has one shoe on. And Stewart’s facial reactions.
3. Coloring and Lettering. Another great issue. I mean, there is one UNFORGIVABLE MISTAKE…but yeah, I’m really happy. I really like all the lighting for Greek Fest. And I have one questioning. How hard do you toss someone head first into a wall to get a BANG ?
Things I didn’t like.
1. Wow. Glen Whitmore made a boo-boo. Yeah. Brace yourselves. Glen Whitmore is not perfect. From last issue to this, the Thunderheart band has different colored hair. Such a major oversight. I don’t know how this comic series or humanity itself will ever recover.
2. The senior RHO RHO page. Um, yeah, it was funny, but call me crazy, but wouldn’t it have made more sense to have Kelly and Vera brag to Paisley? The person who started all of this? She’s not seen again. So you can put her in with Jonas in the “creeps who get away with being creeps who cause all the heroes’ problems” category. Heck, at least have the old ladies at Greek Fest. As it is, this is a page I can delete and nothing would be lost when it comes to the overall story.
3. We might not see Ruben again. NOOOOOOOO!!! He’s like a Kevin Keller with a personality, and better written and drawn, ready to unleash quick quips at a whim!!
Things I learned from what I read:
1. Kelly is from Looneyville. …Well, I was close.
2. Women can’t finish a fight to the death when a wardrobe malfunction happens.
3. You need a seatbelt when body surfing.
4. There is no reason to go to West Virginia. They have nothing and nothing fun goes there. (Man, there is some Dan Parent fan in West Virginia who really does not like me. )
5. You know what they say when you make assumptions…
6. Jess is the second place trophy.
7. Women are scornful; vampires are vindictive.
8. Well, I guess Trevor isn’t wrong that it’s not the worst way to go.
9. Thunderhearts—hear their music! Hear their voice! Thunderhearts are loose! Thunder-Thunder-Thunder-Thunderhearts!
10. Vampires in this universe CAN turn into bats. As long as they don’t sparkle, I’m cool.
So this is easily my favorite part. I felt everything came together, all the plot lines, to a satisfying conclusion. The only things I can find wrong is maybe a page that really doesn’t go with the rest of the story and the least important coloring error that no one would ever care about. I give this issue and A.
So there we have it. I’m all out of Sitcomics to review. So until next time when I have money! And please, if you’re reading this, pick up the books. They’re all good and well worth the price.
« on: February 19, 2018, 12:28:10 am »
I'll check. But in my defense, it has been awhile from the first two issues to the last two.
PTF Reviews Super Suckers 4.2
Well, another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. And I followed through on my tradition of being alone and spending the next day crying. I also watched Valentine’s Day for the very first time. It’s horrible. How can the man who gave us The Fonz subject us all to that drech?
But this isn’t a movie review, it’s a comic review. And when we last left off, Kelly and Vera have to get The Thunderhearts (hooooooo!) to play at Greek Fest, Jess thinks her boss is a vampire, and Stewart is Stewart. And someone is set to bring chaos into the lives of our heroes. So let’s review….
Super Suckers 4.2
Things I did like.
The writing. Yeah, it’s a funny story. I think my favorite part is the Trevor sequence with Tatiana. And even though the Vera eye gag hit close to home (Don’t have zippers on your pillow case, you wake up on one of those, you’re eye hurts for a day!!) it was still funny and the poor guy who she mistook for Stewart. Stewart being a loser geek is always fun, especially when his stupid ego he doesn’t warrant leads him to trouble. Jess trying to make her job easier and how it coincides with the Willow being a vampire is setting up nicely. Kelly and Vera were great together in their plan to get Thunderheart to play at Greek Fest. And I’m just a sucker for reading funny accents. I had a few problems but nothing that hurts the overall story.
The art. It’s not up to his best but it’s still pretty good. The best pages for me are page 12 just before we go to commercial and page ten because of all the different facial and body expressions going on. I love the expression of the guy who Vera blindly kissed. He looks like the life was drained out of him. It’s not his best issue of Super Suckers but I still like the work he’s done.
The Coloring and lettering: Whitmore and Marshall do a great job like always. My favorite coloring is the salt and pepper shakers coming back from commercial. And I really like the moon glow. And the sound effects and word balloon effects were good. Can’t go wrong when I get a SLUGGO.
Things I didn’t like.
1. Kelly’s a jerk again. Here’s the thing, I don’t mind her threatening Thunderheart because he’s kind of a sleaze so that’s fine with me. Beating up the bodyguard who didn’t do anything; that’s the problem I just wish he had an attitude with her or made an unwanted pass at her. Something to deserve it. Again I’m of the Bugs Bunny school of “you start anything with me, that warrants me going at you nonstop.” Also, it just kind of ends. Next we see Kelly she’s crying about Thunderheart saying no. So he took the beating? I think it would have been better if he had just not reacted to the strength (since we later learn he’s pretty much fired his brain) and Kelly’s bluff being called and her running away crying leading to her next panel. These pages just really contradicts with how Kelly has been the last and most of this issue. That or she’s just from Crazytown and that’s how they function.
2. I thought she hated her?!?! So Kelly goes to Jess after Thunderheart told her he wasn’t playing at Greek Fest and Jess breaks up with her for…um, Tatiana? Yeah, Jess still hated her last time I checked even after setting her up. She just wanted her to ease up at the workplace. I think it would have been better if Jess felt she just solved her own problem and just didn’t want to get involved with Kelly’s problem right after and walked out on her.
3. Greekfest or Greek Fest. Page ten there’s a word balloon with “Greekfest” instead of Greek Fest. Nothing escapes me…except love.
4. The art. Wow. This is rare, huh. But there are a few problems I actually had. It just seemed like the art was rushed on a few pages. For example, page five check out panel three. Are those three black spots supposed to be a shadow? And a few panels hands look really rough. In one panel, Jess definitely only has four fingers on one hand, but maybe it evens out because she has six on the other (page 10 panel four). And few inking spots that I found questionable. I mean, overall the art is great, but there are a few noticeable things I can’t really ignore. It just seemed like he was in a rush.
5. Stewart. What kind of person rolls up a comic like that?!!?
Things I learned from what I read.
1. Kelly is still a psychopath.
2. Dragos might be a liar.
3. Horsefeathers, Poppycock, and Bullpucky, on the case for you!
4. Trevor’s always willing to help a friend.
5. Comic store owners all talk like well known Shakespearean scholar The Mighty Thor.
6. There is no such thing as a rock star doing it only for the art. It’s for the women.
7. Paint chip addition is a real problem amongst college students.
8. We all need a briefcase filled with cupcakes.
9. Betty and Veronica both heard Dan Parent is getting ANOTHER series to ruin old school Archie stories for the masses so they moved to Dung Hill, Pennsylvania instead.
10. The Super Center is really on the ball when it comes to updating their giant sign.
Things are being set up for the season finale (what issue five isn’t out) as we’re probably getting to Greek Fest and a confrontation with Willow. The jokes really landed for me. And the art overall was good. There were patches in both that I felt needed going over but overall the comic is still worth reading for anyone. It’s a B.
So tune in when I review Super Suckers 4.3!!!
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:11:57 pm »
PTF Reviews Super Suckers 4.1
Back by popular demand…one person! And that person is the creator! Will he regret that decision? Lets find out as we read--
Super Suckers cuatro el dotto uno!!!
Things I liked:
The writing. Hey, it’s the first part for a story and it gets the ball rolling like it should do. We get to learn more about Jess and where she works. We’re introduced to my new favorite character Ruben. We have the universe and everyone in it taking it to Stewart. You have continuity with Kelly’s wackiness coming to bite her and Trevor wanting the date Jess promised him. Stewart dealing with Vera being in love with him is great. And I like that the universe and everyone not Vera just does not like him. Vera is great this issue with RHO as she pretty much does not half acknowledge the existence of what is going on. We’re introduced to WILLLLOOOW JENKINNNNNSSS (no, sadly, she doesn’t charge into the room recklessly) And we get a nice twist to end the issue. And I don’t know why but in the basement during the coup planning, I like how they’re in the dark and using candles. It’s just so stupid and I love it.
The art. Hah. I love the kid sticking his tongue out at the readers on page 10 and the reactions he gets. It’s just a fun way to introduce F.U.C and making it fun. And yeah, it’s the normal great art by Shultz. Another sequence I liked is Stewart in the trash and having a bird fly involved in the scene gives a good indication of pace and time. It’s just the Archie style done right. Too bad it’s not being done at Archie, but I’ll take greatness where I can find it.
Coloring and lettering. Standard good stuff I expect. I love Kelly’s color scheme when she learns she could be kicked out of RHO. The yellows are great. Also the lighting in the basement. As for the lettering we have Tatiana’s word balloon with the bold lines when she’s responding to Jess on how her voice sounds deep when angry. Plus we get a few icy cold word balloons from Jess and Kelly.
The Gang’s All Here: Well, if you wanted everyone in the comic back, you got it. And I think all the supporting characters have the time that each one warrants. So if you’re a stickler for “everyone has to be in this comic.” Here you go. Be quiet now!
Kelly: Last issue I had a problem with her being slightly out of character—A.K.A. being a major jerk. Well, she’s back to be her nice self. We even learn her last name is Kellogg. Which fills me with hope that one day a character named D'Artagnan
General Mills will grace the world. And with all the trouble being a vampire has causes her she now has to deal with a coup and having to get a popular band just to keep herself in RHO RHO RHO. I just thought she was a highlight this issue with her various reactions.
Paisley’s turned heel! Before she was just acerbated by the wacky people around her, now she wants to take over! Or at least get rid of Kelly and Vera. I like this because it gives the Paisley character something to do, gives her more personality, and it does make sense since she didn’t like Vera being put in the sorority and got her objections being shot down by Kelly. Also how Kelly’s been acting since being a vampire. So it does make sense. Not saying it couldn’t have used development, but I do like the idea and concept of it all and it will probably lead to some good stories later on. So it’s definitely more good than bad.
Ruben: I like this guy. Just his reactions to different people are great. He has my favorite line in the comment on page 15 that made me laugh out loud for a good bit.
Things I did not like.
WILLOOOWWW JJEEENNNWARRGOOO…? Whuh?: When the National President of RHO RHO RHO was first introduced her name was Willow JENKINS. When Kelly enters kangaroo court, her name is now Willow WARGO. And this isn’t the first time for the series as Paisley went by a different name (India) from one issue to the next before, hopefully, settling on Paisley. These little mistakes drive me crazy. I mean, I understand making mistakes. It’s going to happen. I’m sure Darin Henry had and has a ton of other stuff going on. My problem is not catching it. This is just something you would see on a proofread.
“Paisley’s been after my presidency since I was elected.” I just wish that line wasn’t there because—I just never got that attitude from any of Paisley’s past issues., I like the concept and idea but the reasoning for it feels forced. I think it would work better if Paisley was upset that she was ignored (like in the first issue about wanting to paint lettering red two hours ago and letting Vera join RHO) and just Kelly’s weirdness since becoming a vampire (see issue two with the make-up dilemma) and it just built up to her becoming an antagonist instead of having it just “she always wanted my job.”
Hey where’d that candle go? Paisley had a candle with her in the basement and then it’s gone. WHERE DID IT GO?! WHERE DID IT GO?!? Eh, I guess she could have put it down or something. Not that big a deal when you think about it…
No commercials. Eh, I guess some will miss them. I liked the story enough where I didn’t miss them, but if you’re into the feel of reading a sitcom then yeah.
What I learned from what I read.
Lyric is smarter than Summer, which is like saying a rock is smarter than poop.
- You get unlimited refills with your Big Swig Chug Mug.
- The Johnny Thunderheart Band is the greatest band since The Misfits!
- Trevor, Ever Vigilant Security Associate!!!
- Kelly’s last name is Kellogg.
- Ruben has a backstory we all should know.
- There are people who make plans, and people who make the plans reality. Guess which one you want to be.
- RHO RHO RHO really has a lot on its plate. Blood drives, couples get together, Greek Fest...it’s almost too much work to get to the fun!
- “Young Women Get Killed In Basements pt 4” is the best in the series. The worse? “Young Women Get Vaguely Harmed In Basements.” Stupid PG-13 rating.
- Paisley is SUPER peeved she did not get to go to the beach with the rest of the sorority.
Yeah, it’s a super fun issue. The art and writing is the usual greatness I expect. Jess has workplace problems, Kelly has to find a way to stay in RHO RHO RHO, and Stewart has to deal with Vera. Vera…eh, she orbits reality occasionally like normal. It’s a great read and fun. I like Ruben. Willow and Tatiana look to be fun antagonists going ahead for the rest of the story. And I like Paisley turning bad. I think the series needs a reoccurring villain. Like how Teddy Ruxpin had Tweeg.
I watched the Teddy Ruxpin cartoon when I was a kid. I’m old. I’m shocked I remember so much about it. But I’m not ashamed. Because there is nothing to be ashamed about. NOTHING
There are problems with this issue. Like not being able to keep characters names straight. It’s just a constant problem this series has had. And I think Paisley’s heel turn was forced; I think it should have been developed more.
But while annoying, name problems doesn’t affect the Willow character and I like Paisley’s new attitude in this story and where it could lead.
I give this issue a B+
So tune in next time when I review Super Suckers 4.2.!!!
« on: February 13, 2018, 01:16:27 am »
Sure. Read 4.1 late last night and I'll post my review some time.
« on: February 07, 2018, 06:40:37 pm »
PTF Reviews Super Suckers 3.3
Sorry for being late on this review. First there was the Super Bowl where, after a season of getting everything their way, the karma fairy finally got The Patriots! And then Tuesday, my Uncle had an allergic reaction to a cold pill. And fell down. A lot. Don’t worry he didn’t hurt himself and the pill has just about worn off and he’s getting his strength back.
So this review will be a little shorter because I am super tired. Speaking of things that are “super”
LET’S REVIEW SUPER SUCKERS!!!
Things I liked.
1. The writing. Well, the story was well paced over the three issues, beginning, middle, and ending. And things wrapped up nicely save for one thing that I’ll go into later in the review. And it was a pretty funny issue with Nurse Peggy being bat puking insane. I loved Kelly sacrificing Jess so she could get the file to rescue Stewart. Stewart’s attitude after the rescue. And I like the twist of Vera falling in love with Stewart for real. And I liked how things worked out for Jess as she did get rewarded for all she had to deal with this story.
2. The art. It’s nice having an artist like Jeff Shultz. He makes my life so easy. I like his art style, he draws each character different, everything is well laid out. And he does little things that I enjoy. Just check out Spencer’s hearts as the comic goes. And Whitmore does a great job with the colors. I just love how I can tell what time of day it is because of his colors. Really puts me into the story. The lettering is great and if you like the old Batman show, you’ll be really happy with this issue. BLEED. Yep.
Things I didn’t like.
1. Kelly’s a jerk. A super jerk. I was waiting on this one since this really is just one story I bought in three separate issues, and I’ve been waiting to see how this ends, but yeah. Kelly’s is mean this story. Like with Jess (just making it hard for her to study and leaving her in the hospital) and Vera (drinking her blood while she’s asleep). I can over look these two a bit because Jess did get the time to study (not Kelly’s intent) and she did save Stewart…where she was channeled her inner Punisher. But hey, Peggy, did kidnap someone, was crazy, and did hit her with a shovel.
My problem is with Spencer. I’m a big supporter of the Bugs Bunny rule where if someone is a jerk to you or gets in your way maliciously…you have every right to go at them and never stop. Spencer never did anything to deserve being put in worse and worse condition by Kelly. I mean, he called her a “freak” but I don’t warrants broken bones. I would have been fine with this if he had been shown to be uncaring about people on the beach or just some negative aspect, but he was just clumsy. That’s kind of like seeing a guy with a broke arm and going “wouldn’t it be funny if he other arm was broke?”
Of course, considering my last few days, I might be sensitive to the whole falling thing. But if you did a Jim from “The Office” where he goes over everything he’s done to Dwight—Kelly doesn’t look to good this issue.
2. Not all the cast. This one’s more for sticklers who want to see every character in the comic appear. Me, I don’t mind. This is a pretty crammed issue. And it wouldn’t make sense for Trevor to be there. But I don’t get why Paisley/”other name she went by I can’t remember right now” isn’t here. I mean, you have Clover, but, um, yeah, she just exists for Jonas to be her boyfriend. Why have a new character for that? Unless she pulls a Trevor; which at that point, I’m going to have to skim ahead to make sure I don’t look like a dumb-dumb again.
Things I’ve learned from what I read.
1. Kelly’s a psychopath.
2. Kelly was poor and lived in a trailer.
3. Oh, so that’s how you treat severe sunburns.
4. Fly by Knight definitely better than Southwest Airlines.
5. Never tell an insane woman you want to be “just friends.” Heck, don’t tell any woman that!
6. Mr. Wubbzy looked like he didn’t approve of Peggy’s fiancé.
7. Dewhurst Cola, top selling beverage in the Delmarvia Pennisula.
8. You can’t kill a vampire with a shovel to the back of the head.
9. If you pretend hard enough, it will become real. Right, Rick the Outer Space Rocket Bandit? …He says yes and you can’t have Uranus back.
10. No lady, this is not Riverdale. And you should be glad. Riverdale has become a much, much darker place.
It was a really good story. I liked the art and I liked the writing. My main problem is Kelly being a tad uncharacteristically mean. And even then she did help out her friends and my main gripe is to a one shot character who made Archie look like Captain Safety. It’s still a funny, well drawn book that I think should be given a chance by everyone. Especially at the price.
I give this issue a B+ and I can’t wait for the next issue. So thanks to everyone reading my reviews and please pick up these issues.
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:05:14 pm »
PTF Reviews Super Suckers 3.2 Electric Balloon!!!
…Awwwhh, I messed it up!!!
Our quad of heroes are at a beach for a couples retreat and so far Jess has a wicked sun burn, Kelly is drinking the Archie as a lifeguard stand in, Stewart was maimed playing frisbee and Vera’s looks about ready to get her freak on.
Things I liked.
1. Nurse Peggy. Well, the nurse lady is the antagonist of the story and is bat puking insane!!! Let’s a guy die, kidnaps Stewart based on his love of Doctor Who and that frickin’ insane face. So yeah, we got a nice Steven King homage.
2. The writing. Again it’s very humorous and well paced. I love the idea of an injury prone life guard. I’m hoping the next issue he’s in a body cast. And I like the foreshadowing of Nurse Peggy seeming pretty nice and then you think “well, maybe that guy dying wasn’t just meant for humor.” And we’re seeing a pretty big difference between Jess and Kelly in controlling their bloodlust. At least Jess options for a consensual donor. And Kelly’s karmatic punishment is pretty fun as she continues to be mistaken for a lesbian. And we’re again left at a good point where you want to see is going to happen next. I think my favorite joke is Kelly blowing on Jess to agitate her sunburn.
3. The art. Cripes, that insane face! That’s like a cartoon going along and then pulling a Ren and Stimpy freak out on you. And yeah, we’re getting the same quality art we all come to expect from Jeff Shultz. Whitmore is doing his fantastic job as well. Love the night beach scene and how consistent he is with Jess’s sunburn. The lettering was great with the guy dying a slow, painful death.
4. Hey, new commercial. Man, remember when people didn’t get whiney when a hero caused collateral damage? People, fighting a guy that can lift a planet is going to be messy.
5. Jess. She’s a good friend. Just thought I’d give her props for having standards on drinking blood and showing concern for her friends.
6. The Cover. It’s funny and well drawn but there might be one problem for some people…
Things I didn’t like.
1. Me and Stewart agreeing on Doctor Who. This had better be just a coincidence! I swear if next issue I read, Stewart hates Michael Bendis comics and loves Tyler Perry movies, I’ll know something’s up! Ah, this brings back memories of when I’d wake up early in the morning and Brit American only aired The 4th Doctor episodes over and over. Now it’s just Star Trek Voyager. Yuck.
2. The cover. I personally like it, but I’ve heard complaints all my comic reading life about covers that don’t have anything to do with the story inside. Me? If it looks good, I’m happy. And I think it’s funny, but you know there’s this one person who will complain.
Things I learned from what I read.
1. Me and Stewart have the exact same taste in Doctor Who. Seriously, that’s weird. Am I being trolled?? It’s not funny if I am!!
2. I learned more about Stewart’s underwear than I ever wanted to.
3. If you’re as clumsy as Spencer, you deserve to be a vampire’s mocha.
4. Eastern Shore Hospital has a loose dress code. I live in the South and you have to have on a shirt and shoes to enter the local roadside fuel and sundry industry.
5. Ingrown toenails are serious!!
6. Ever see Jennifer’s Body? Kelly is starting to remind me a lot of that movie.
7. Stewart has A+ blood.
8. Stewart’s last name is Noss.
9. The people of Metropolis would love to have Magic Insurance’s Super Hero Policy.
10. This issue did not help my dislike of hospitals.
Yeah, it’s another good issue. Things are going along, characters get their moments to shine and show off their personality dispositions, a crazy sci-fi nurse. Hey, it’s the insanity I’ve come to expect. And I really couldn’t find anything I disliked. I give an A.
So next issue we finish up. Will there be a wedding? A rescue? A funeral? Well, find out next time.
« on: February 02, 2018, 12:04:27 pm »
PTF Previews Super Suckers 3.1.
Well, we’re back. And before I begin the review, I want to give you, the readers, some helpful advice. Just because you have a warranty on something it doesn’t mean: A) the people you have the warranty with will come when they promise and B) that they will actually FIX what is wrong.
So yeah, apparently seven hundred dollars down the drain.
But lucky for me, Sitcomics is back so there are comics I can afford!
Super Suckers is the story of two college girls turned vampires, their personal blood bank/butt monkey and their cavalcade of friends and one shot antagonist and the hot guy of the issue as they try to live their undead lives.
When we last left off: RHO RHO RHO House was haunted by a vengeful spirit, Jess was possessed and Kelly learned—wait wait, wait. Something’s off. That sounds like a bad fan fic.
Anyway, let’s get to the review.
Things I liked:
The Story. Hey, it’s vampires at the beach, a deadly game of frisbee, and a guy ending up with his head in a horse’s butt. That’s what I want in every comic. And it’s pretty funny from the start with the Amish County exit cracking me up all the way to Vera leaving Stewart to die alone.. And I like the dynamic of Jess and Kelly. Jess is more of a loner who really just wants to study, Kelly is a people’s person who pretty much just wants to socialize and meet boys. The Stewart and Vera dynamic is great. I’m a big fan of going overboard with slang and dialect (probably why I’m the only person I know who likes Gambit, my hombres.) so I like the Spencer character. This the first part of the story and it leaves at a good point where I want to read the next issue, so it accomplishes a lot. So credit to Darin Henry, Jenn Lloyd and Kevin Bonani.
The Art. Jeff Shultz. This is probably the best art I’ve seen from him. It has everything I like. You have different locals, different people, different things, it’s just amazing work. Yeah, the old, “everyone looks the same” old school Archie art criticism is not here. It has everything you want. Heck, it has what I like the most: stuff happening in the background. I love going back and seeing what I missed in a first reading. I just love how Jonas and Virgil are drawn, you instantly hate them. Just a lot of talent and versatility in this issue.
The coloring and lettering. Hey anytime I can see DONK and SLAMMO, I’m happy. And there’s a good example of lettering making a story funny. There’s a panel on page nine where it looks like a kid has the word balloons on a string. I’m pretty sure there is a real balloon with the word balloons put over it—and it’s just funnier to me this way. So score one for Marshall Dillon. And off topic, he should really thank his parents for an awesome name. And Glen Whitmore is banging the colors once again. Jess’s sunburn looks legit and it’s just a wide range of colors from the grass to the ocean to the sand.
4. Senor Uva. It made me smile. And during this cold, harsh winter, I need reasons to smile since obviously heat will not be an option for me.
5. The Letter page. I don't normally read letter pages, but I went back and made special exception since one of our own is showcased. It was fun with Darin answering questions.
Things I didn’t like:
Same commercials. Yeah, for anyone who’s read the first two issues, we get just reprints of the old commercials. I mean, still good, but nothing new for me.
Didn’t name Lyric and Summer. Nitpicky but they have appeared in every issue (well if we put the parts together). I mean, I knew them but if someone new was reading this they’d probably wonder who they were so probably a name drop would have been nice.
Things I’ve learned from reading this comic:
My dad would like this issue because it has a joke from his favorite movie, Police Academy.
- Hundo P is surfer slang for 100 percent and; coincidentally, will be the name of my next starter pokemon no matter what.
- First aid is a lot different than what I thought it would be.
- If you’re an optimistic main character and have an internal thought, the universe will reward you.
- If you’re a pessimistic main character who says “what could possibly go wrong?” The universe will show you.
- The hotter the female, the prickier the boyfriend.
- Can’t invite someone of the same sex to a couples retreat and not expect being thought of as a couple in this liberal PC Netflix world we’re living in.
- Jess is a pre-med student.
- I like this issue because it has a joke from my favorite movie, Muppet Treasure Island.
- Frisbee, the disc of doom.
This is a great issue. Makes me remember why I like the series, writing, humor, the art. It’s just a great collaboration. Only had a few nitpicks here and there. And we still haven’t met the nurse lady in the intro who I’m guessing is the bad guy of the issue. I got all six new issues at comixology for 1.99. I was going to get Blue Baron but I’m down 700 bucks and…they had Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on sale. So maybe next month?
Anyway, I give this issue an A. So anyone who hasn’t read should give this series a chance. It’s a super fun book.
So be here next time where we check on the condition of Stewart, learn how Jess will deal with being a fried tomato and if Kelly will date and/or eat Spencer. And other surprises I’m sure are in store in Super Suckers 3.2 Electric Boogaloo!
And yes, I will always make that joke.
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