Soo…. I was browsing Netflix anime section the other night and noticed that a LOT of anime have a high star rating. I was thinking that I need to get back into anime. I decided on Berserk: The Egg of the King because Berserk is something I’ve heard of. Not recently, awhile ago I have. After watching this I guess is was a manga that an anime series got made and was based on and then came this trilogy of one and a half hour movies. Before I dig in though, its worth noting that like everything else I end up looking for on Netflix, they don’t have the entire series. They have part 1, but not 2 or 3. Very very annoying. It seems every time I goto netflix looking for something its not there. Honestly, if my wife didn’t force us to subscribe I wouldn’t even be using that service… thats a rant for another time. Its time to talk about Berserk.
First…. SPOILERS BELOW!!!! If you have not read up to 99 I will be talking about the plots/etc.
So, I stopped reading Walking Dead after around issue like 75. I recently picked up from there as I’ve been waiting for 100 to roll around as I figured a nice round 25 issues and 100 would probably have some shit going down in it, knowing Kirkman.
I think I reviewed Walking Dead previously and I think I still stand by that review. I don’t remember the old arc titles but I thought when the hill billies were going to rape Carl(I’m a father) that crossed a line, a very plain line and that kind of shit just shouldn’t have even been considered and that made me quite upset because a lot of people read this comic. Then Rick and Co. went and found Morgan? and ended up brutally murdering those cannibals if I recall right. I just thought that was so out of character and against what they would do. Then they found the place in Washington(new prison setup anyone?) then they get overrun by zombies and(when I stopped reading) I think there were hints at people invading. So I just got sick of reading it after those few things and the invasion thing just felt like rinse and repeat. People are going to come in, fuck some shit up, bunch of people will die and Rick and Carl will have to run away again. Thats what I thought at the time but I was hoping I was wrong.
Well, it turns out I was wrong…
Thoughts on 75-99 –
Having taken that long of a break from the comic and cooled down from those previous points I do have to say that these last few arcs, No Way Out, A Larger World, Something to Fear, I might be missing one, are quite refreshing and as usual good plotting, heavy on the social interaction/drama. I think the only way I’d ever read this comic again is to marathon read it after a build up like I’ve done because month to month I don’t think I’d like it. Each comic goes by so fast and honestly, still usually doesn’t cover much ground at all. I still stand by my “its like reading the script of a soap opera/drama” and add that one issue seems like it’d only be like 2-3, maybe 4 minutes of an hour long show because in some issues he’s floating between 3 couples inner dramas and thats a lot of page time and each issue is only 24 pages, well, like 20-22 after cover/inner.
The plots again are realistic I think. I could see things going down like that in that world. I do wonder some days though that drama seems to follow Rick and Co. I mean would the group in Washington have been attacked or swarmed in Rick didn’t show up and start shooting people?
I did enjoy Andrea’s line in issue 99? about “We’ll see whoes curse is greater, mine if you die first or yours if I die first.” That was a good line and it’ll be interesting to see if she dies because Rick seems to have a trend of having relationships end on a bad note, but its Andrea.
I will say thats its really interesting to see The Hilltop thrown into the mix and the way he’s talking about it and I’m curious how that whole thing will go down because he is optimistic and if they did train 250 total people they could clear the area, expand and start rebuilding society and it’d be interesting to see how that will probably get messed up at some point.
Honestly, I do think Kirkman is seeing his own trends and looking twice at them and making us second guess by switching it up. I will go on record as saying I do think he is overrated, but I do think though that he is a great writer.
Marathon reading this I have noticed that each issue seems to pick up exactly where the previous stopped and I do think thats genius but I also do think that the way Kirkman writes he just writes endless amounts of script at once and then edits the script to cut-off points. I do think the guy probably writes about 5-6 issues at once.
I will say that marathon reading this stuff I wish his arcs were longer and more drawn out as when it comes time for some actual action and people dying and group fighting going on, its only really ever like 2 issues. Most of his arcs are less then 6 issues, I’m guessing most are 4. I’d say about 3/4 of his arcs are build up then 1/4 resolution and slight after math. I’d just like to see more action and less relationship drama.
I do honestly think that Kirkman is predictable to a point like at one point in his letters column he was “jokingly” telling someone Ab was going to die and I knew it was true. Ab is an expendable when it comes to it and some shit was going down with Negan. It was a matter of time. Although I do think that Rick is being really stupid about his dealings with Negan. Two guys going 4 miles away with no truck when they just attacked Negan? Seriously? …. Just small things like that.
btw, I really hate the letters columns in The Walking Dead. I do think they should be using that like 4 pages for content. Never get good answers, always sarcasm and just a waste of ink imo.
I will tell you, Charlie Adlard does not get paid enough. I used to hate the guys art and I still think it has a rushed feel to it and I think I do feel a bit … cheated.. on the art side of things but I spent some time looking at it and I don’t think its bad. His characters are consistent. How he comes up with looks for the hundreds of zombies and new people I don’t know. Google Images search: People maybe? I hope he gets paid decently as he really does deserve at as he’s on one of the biggest comics and just told to push the shit out. I mean they were on a 2-3 week publishing run for awhile I guess?
I still would not buy this comic but I will continue reading it. The hardest part, like last time, is stopping and letting my buffer grow because I do find myself wondering whats going on in their world. I do find myself wondering whats going to happen in 100. – PS The hype that was built up for issue 100… entirely not worth it. Kirkman blew the shot he had to make it something worthwhile. He just pulled the same old…
I am refreshed after picking this run up and seeing things aren’t as I would’ve pictured.
I was looking for images for this post and came across this post over at Imgur.
It continues on for awhile…
Thoughts: I read what I believe are the first two “albums.” Issues 1-14. Written by Matt Fraction and art by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. He calls them albums instead of story arcs.
This is another one of those where I sat on it a long time, read the first couple pages a couple times and had a general idea of what it was about. Well I finally got to it and I can say that it stays about what I thought it was about for the first album or so, so the first 7 issues or so. Then it takes a turn and I think it takes yet another turn after that. This is all what I feel though because after like 6 issues I thought I knew the jist of what was going on and kind of how it was going to play out but things change in what I thought was an unexpected way and your still trying to figure the angles in your own head of where the author is going to go but I got to around issue 10 or so and I just stopped doing that because it got to be a bit pointless. Its a comic that has the premise of double-triple agent espionage type stuff and it follows through on that end and issues 1-7(called Luxuria) are pretty good as they are kind of missions that Casanova has to do but WASTE has a counter mission to do. So they are kind of like tv episodes and self contained stories that do carry over and I enjoyed these stories, for the most part. Continue reading Casanova Comic Review
This is the trailer of a movie the other J’s of this site and I went to see this last Wednesday. One J was saying its reviews weren’t doing so great. I have seen the previews and honestly I wasn’t expecting much. It looked more on par with the latest Clash of the Titans and those new age fantasy films. Those aren’t bad films but they are entertaining for the 2 hours and forgetable after that for the most part imo.
Now to get into it about this movie though. First and foremost, imo, two things need to be said. 1) The first twenty or so minutes aren’t good.(At least in mine and my friends opinions) 2) Yes, the actors aren’t Egyptian and yes, that makes the film feel a bit weird… BUT one J said the director(who is Egyptian?) said he did what had to be done to make this movie as least try to succeed. I mean .. no offense.. but who would see this if it was all Egyptians?? Not as many, thats who, and Hollywood is aware of that. Plus, they did get decent actors for their parts. On a side rant about the actors not being Egyptian, honestly, to me, some of the aesthics aren’t that Egyptian either. I swear I will try to stop typing Egyptian.. its starting to get to me. Seriously though, even the armor they wear looks more .. rag tag… Like different people were assembling different pieces of the armor.
The third thing I want to mention is the very first bit of the movie, the prolgoue story bit. Honestly, having said the first 20-30 minutes wasn’t good, they should have scraped it and re-wrote that. I’m not even sure they needed the prologue. It was interesting to watch but it really didn’t even do anyhting but mention names. You don’t really get a grasp of who Set and Horus and Osiris are(as in Christian terms.. being the Devil.. Jesus? and The Lord God I think? respectively.. ) Ra, is just the father of them all and seems to just be out there doing his own thing not minding them really.. like a good creator. Thats about all you really need to know going into the movie. Well that and the bit about the thief. Again, bad character intros. Felt very TV 90’s ish.
BUT – Having said those few things I have to say after the first 30 minutes and once the movie gets going and stops introducing people and lets the plot start going, things get good, again, in my opinion.
This isn’t a factual story, at all. Which I actually liked. A lot of times they try to keep this stuff to the real world Earth. Not this time. This story is its own universe. I even joked that I can’t get into this movie because the cities and monuments aren’t from here and aren’t still standing. It felt a bit like a fairy tale to me. Especially with the prologue. I’m not sure if thats what they were trying to pull off or not but thats how it felt to me after awhile.
They do a very good job with the story of the thief whos lost his love and finds a way to employ(and manipulate?) the gods to get her back. This guy .. I love this guy. From a D&D stand point I think this guy is a great thief and I just want to picture him a halfling or gnome, which is easy because in the movie the gods are twice as tall as mortals. Theres a few points in the movie where he just outright outsmarts the gods(especially the god of wisdom, whom I also love the character of). Hes using Horus who is using him back.
From a D&D plot perspective I thought the movie was great. Theres a lot of elements to steal. Its got temples with traps, the sphinx riddle battle, world devouring beasts, crazy ass gods who kill other gods, battles on top of 2000 foot high oblesiks, goes a bit into the realm of the dead, which I thought was an interesting place. I wanted to see more of Anubis and his world. Theres a good bit of exploring the world. Seeing different temples and fighting in different places. I can say this about the plot, that I want to .. borrow.. a few aspects from it. The basic run down is the Osiris is going to crown Horus the new king. Set doesn’t like that. Set ruins Osiris’ and Horus’ day. Set makes things bad, enslaving almost every human and starts hunting gods for a means that I personally like the idea of. Well thief steps in and helps Horus. They strike a deal. I always like when mortals can get to a level that they can make a bargain with a god. So now its on Horus and thief to find a way to take down Set. Thats the movie summed up for you without giving much, if anything, away.
I really enjoy movies, like this one, where the gods aren’t just these almighty supreme beings. The gods in this movie are flawed beings. They are people, and a family, just like humans, but they are just gods. When you see Horus again hes just moping in his temple and wants some wine to drink away his life. Another scene we see the goddess of love boozing it up, which I thought was funny actually. A god thats drunk. It just strikes a chord in me. Ra is the grandpa of them all. Osiris is the father to Horus and Set. They all have their flaws which play out during the movie. Boys looking for granpa’s approval and grandpa knows whats going on but doesn’t step in because its not really his business what happens down there. Like Ra says, “They have a journey.” Which gods and heros, and ultimately villians, do too. I like movies where the villain doesn’t want to destroy everything, just reshape it.
Its a bit like an older movie I saw where the villain wanted to destroy the banking system of the world and bring everyone to an equal level. This may be an extreme, but follow me here. Things would just be different. You can’t know how different because you may not be aware of the change after its done. Whoes to say anything in this world will last forever? Nothing will. There is logic in the crazy somewhere. Theres a lot more sadistic crazy than logic, and itd be a scary place, but like he said, it would just be different. Ra just wants to protect his creation… I just keep coming back to that pint when I think about this movie.
To wrap things up, I think everyone owes it to themselves to at least give this movie a shot. Don’t look at the reviews or metacric or rotten tomatoes. Think for yourself. Go see it then be the judge. They did take a bit of a chance on this movie and I have to respect that. It could have gone either way and judging the first 30 minutes, yeah, it didn’t look good, but you have to get beyond that and give it a shot. Its a decent flick. The best? No. Honestly though I walked away thinking to myself that I wanted to see this again after awhile. I rarely do that.
Hm. This one is kind of interesting. Its good, and interesting but the story line does jump a bit. Time doesn’t “evolve”, time flow is more like un-subtle jumps. Not bad though over all.
Well… Theres a couple different things going on and when it comes down to it there are sort of two main characters and sort of two main stories going on at once and it kind of rotates between them. It can get kind of a bit confusing at times but not enough to be distracting really.
The setup and grand scheme; You have a friend of two brothers. A black man, Sam and two blonde white guys who look a like and I confused who was who a couple times, Eric and Hugh. Some life stuff happens and back story explains that they helped save Sam’s butt from some racist jerks back in high school and friends ever since. Went to college together, etc. After maybe 15 pages or so Erics building explodes with, of course, no explanation. A bunch of people die, Eric is unscathed. It turns out thats how Eric gets his “super powers.” Thats also really the beginning of the story.
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We have Nimona by Noelle Stevenson today. I want to say that I read my run of Lumberjanes before coming into this book and shes had a hand in the writing team of Lumberjanes for most of its arcs. Now, having said that I expected something a bit more wacky like Lumberjanes. I thought I’d get a bit of that hipster vibe. I really knew nothing about this book and I think I found it once again on the Eisner list. I have to say though that this .. book.. is.. awesome. At least for me. Its not hipstery like Lumberjanes at all. Its written with nice little touchs that give it an every day life flavor… I’m getting ahead of myself…
So today we got a series called Lumberjanes written by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson. Most of all the art is by Brooke Allen. Its published by BOOM! Studios if at all your looking for it.
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I first hear about this series when I was checking the Eisner nominated lists. It ended up winning the Eisner for best new series and best publication for teens in 2015. It looked promising so I thought I’d check it out. I went and kind of marathon read the first 18 or so issues of this interesting and .. unique comic. First I want to say that it has an interesting flavor. Its very modern writing with a spunky all girl cast who get into all kinds of hijinx with world ending demi-gods and stealing bows from mythological beings.
Details from Abattoir Cover #1
I’ve learned after a bit of reading is Abattoir is another word for a slaughterhouse and also a character in the Batman run during Knightfall I believe… What I’m here for though is a horror comic. I would say Clive Barker-esque from what I’ve read of his stuff.
Snippet about the series –
“From director Darren Lynn Bousman comes a chilling supernatural tale set in the cold beauty of Middle America. After a brutal massacre takes place in a mansion, real estate agent Richard Ashwalt is assigned the impossible task of cleaning the blood-soaked grounds. When a twisted old man journeys to the house with a sinister and terrifying purpose, Richard is drawn into a web of shadows, murders and massacres that will shatter him to his very core… and make him run for his life.”