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Postby Greg » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:19 pm

Jude Terror wrote:Savage Dragon #157

Savage Dragon #157 throws the reader (me) right into the middle of the DRAGON WAR storyline! How exciting! It also leaves me to figure out 156 issues worth of backstory as I've never ever had even the slightest interest in Savage Dragon. I mean, come on, he's a green cop with a fin on his head. What's the selling point here? In any case, here we go.

The issue starts out with a fairly shocking moment: Savage Dragon's son is aghast, looking at what his father has done, which was to smash the head of a Savage Dragon from an alternate dimension or something into a pulp. Savage Dragon is eating this guy's brains. WTF? Oh snap, he puched out his son. I guess this is not the real Savage Dragon.

Wut? Savage Dragon had half of his own brain eaten, losing his memories? This shit is crazy. I like it. Apparently there is a Savage Dragon character called Daredevil who dresses like Deathstroke. Nice.

Apparently Savage Dragon has been kicked off the police force for murder and brain eating. Then X-Men villain Stryfe shows up and cuts a deal with the police for Universal healthcare, mutant rights, and hunting down Savage Dragon. Seriously.

Also, Savage Dragon has a daughter who looks human. I guess the whole dragon thing is a recessive trait. The issue ends with Savage Dragon showing up with a glove and a gun infused with the power cosmic, about to kick the ass of some other Savage Dragons. This shit is off the wall.

Seriously, I never had any interest in this comic because the character seemed lame and boring, but it was totally nuts. I'm sure that not knowing anything about it at all contributed to that, but I have a feeling that even if I did, it would still be pretty crazy (the hero is eating brains because his own brains have been eaten and he came back from the dead and said fuck it, I have no other choice).

The issue was well written. Oddly enough, I was able to follow what was going on, despite how wacky it was. The book has an eighties/nineties indy vibe, like TMNT or something.

There's no deep themes or striving for literary merit here. This is comic book action at its purest, like a Liefeld comic. Good stuff.

The art was pretty good. It was definitely comic book art, not wannabe movie story-board art. Always a plus for me. It was colorful and fun, lots of big muscles and action.

Overall, I was very surprised to enjoy this.

Story: 7
Art: 7
Overall: 7


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Postby ****** » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:20 pm

Jude Terror wrote:I could order a copy of Gold Digger from Antarctic Press's website, but it would take 3-5 days to get here. I am going to try to contact them and request a review copy for the site, but if they agree, someone is going to have to bite the bullet and give it a fluff review for the front page. :P


I was on their website earlier and toyed with the idea of asking them for a review copy, but I don't really want to review it if I can't call it furry porn. :lol:

I might call around tomorrow before I go to lunch and see if any of the shops around my office have it. If not, I'll just order it from Antarctic's website and review it when it gets here.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:27 pm

I added some things to my SFIIT review...I hope you guys at least read it or KOOM! KOOM! KOOM!
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Postby Starlord » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:37 pm

Greg wrote:See? I've been telling ya'll the book has been fun but no one listens to the crazy black Indie guy in the site.


:lol: I'm sigging that one. Melon finally got bumped. :-D
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Postby Greg » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:41 pm

starlord wrote::lol: I'm sigging that one. Melon finally got bumped. :-D


It's been forever since I've been sigged. :oops:
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Postby Victorian Squid » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:50 pm

Berserker #4

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by Rick Loverd & Jeremy Haun.

Hypothetical: If you were to rip someone's limbs off, would it leave holes? Not really, right? There might be a shallow depression rapidly filling with blood as shock sets in, but not holes. And certainly not holes you could reach inside of and grab a person's organs through.

That's the kind of question this book brings to mind, as ancient berserker Farris Jorn rips people into entrails and kiffle like Marvel Comics' Ares and Wolverine combined. He looks and seems like a nice, normal guy--until someone irritates him. Then he rips them in two pieces and throws each piece of person through another person. When his undead-looking buddy makes a joke at his expense he kicks the door of the car out and throws the car through a water tower--that's restrained for a Berserker.

The artwork here is ok, There's not a lot of background in whatever burning land most of this takes place in, but the figures are detailed and well-crafted. One thing I was especially grateful for was that this book has virtually no sound effects--when Farris squeezes somebody's head off or rips them in half it makes no visible sound at all. (Sometimes this is actually confusing, as it's like a dude's head just explodes or something--but after SFIIT, I am not complaining.)

The story? There may be a complicated back-story set up in the previous 3 issues, but the recap here is brief and terse: To paraphrase, Farris is an ancient dude with rage issues--he's looking for his ex-girlfriend and he's going to rip her kidnappers into tiny pieces. And that's exactly what happens. The Berserker tears people up until he finds Eva in the weird burning land where she's being held captive by some sort of Norse theology-themed corporate dude who, according to the back-matter, made his money early in life in the aluminum trade--then he gives her a look like she's next.

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Postby Old Man » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:03 pm

I'll get the Lone Ranger and Zorro reviews up Tuesday. Have read both comics, but not ready to write tonight. Missed my nap this afternoon. :cry:
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Postby Victorian Squid » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:06 pm

You know what's creepy? When you swing by your parents' house, and no one is home but there is a post-it note on the door that reads "KNIVES HAVE BEEN SHARPENED!"

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Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:20 am

Oh sure, fine, everyone just abandon me to a creepy house full of sharpened knives and the Scalped review. :roll:

So Amlah6. what is the deadline again?

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Postby ****** » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:44 am

Rooster Illusion wrote:Oh sure, fine, everyone just abandon me to a creepy house full of sharpened knives and the Scalped review. :roll:

So Amlah6. what is the deadline again?


For the jumping? Tonight.

For posting reviews? There isn't one.

And I haven't abandoned you, I've just been working on the front page column thing.

I'm getting ready to try and load it to the front page. It's 48 pages with 23,852 words. If the OH dies in the next 2 hours, it's probably going to be my fault. :twisted:

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Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:47 am

amlah6 wrote:For the jumping? Tonight.

For posting reviews? There isn't one.

And I haven't abandoned you, I've just been working on the front page column thing.

I'm getting ready to try and load it to the front page. It's 48 pages with 23,852 words. If the OH dies in the next 2 hours, it's probably going to be my fault. :twisted:


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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:00 am

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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:54 am

I will hopefully review some books today as I am finally back from vacation.
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Postby 3MJ » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:00 am

Siege Embedded #2:

Pretty fun story. Volstagg is a funny character, but I think they overdid it on the whole "He's a gentle giant thing". The ideas presented here are pretty interesting, but nothing is ever done with it. I do like comics from the viewpoint of normal guys though, Ben Urich is such a good comic character, whose seen so so much. The dialogue is better than most comics, and I like the idea of Norman having embedded journalists. It's an ok tie in, not much is being revealed though

The art I really liked, much better than I thought it would be, and the cover is nice enough. There's not really much to say about this comic, unfortunately, a solid

6 out of 10.

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Postby ****** » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:22 am

Jubilee wrote:Siege Embedded #2:

Pretty fun story. Volstagg is a funny character, but I think they overdid it on the whole "He's a gentle giant thing". The ideas presented here are pretty interesting, but nothing is ever done with it. I do like comics from the viewpoint of normal guys though, Ben Urich is such a good comic character, whose seen so so much. The dialogue is better than most comics, and I like the idea of Norman having embedded journalists. It's an ok tie in, not much is being revealed though

The art I really liked, much better than I thought it would be, and the cover is nice enough. There's not really much to say about this comic, unfortunately, a solid

6 out of 10.


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