Monday, October 20, 2014

Animated Judge Dredd!

Oh, this excites me!  I am a huge Judge Dredd fan.  Just love the 200AD original comics.  I hated the recent movie though.  However, this potential new animated series featuring the "dark" judges sounds awesome.  Especially if they can keep it aimed at the same age level as the British Dredd, 15+.  Check out more at Entertainment Weekly.

Just look at this poster!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Shonen Jump, July 29, 2013 (No. 35)

Weekly Shonen Jump, July 29, 2013 (No. 35) by VIZ Media
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Shonen Jump Magazine

One Piece has taken the week off and Bleach is on hiatus. But this issue starts with a one-shot by Naruto's author. From the on-going weeklies I've settled into my favourites, still have a couple I can't figure out what's going on and only really dislike Nisekoi because it is too shoujo for me (though I'll admit it's a well-told tale)

1. Bench by Masashi Kishimoto (One Shot) - I didn't think I was going to like a baseball story and it did start off rather typical but then a surprise happened and I ended up really liking this story about the "D"-team who proves they are better than just running errands for the other teams. by the author of Naruto (4/5)

2. Naruto No. 640 - I just can't get a grasp of this. It's frustrating. Still in a battle and I really don't know who they are or what is going on. Please have some plot come in so I can get in on this! (1/5)

3. One-Punch Man Punch 22 - Oh this is sooo good! I love this! One punch gets heckled by a couple of other heroes who want him gone so they insite the community into thinking that if One Punch destroyed the meteor then One Punch is responsible for the damage the meteor's debris caused to the city. But instead of the riot and execution they had hoped for, One-Punch talks back. Fun! (5/5)

4. Jaco The Galactic Patrolman Ch. 3 - Fun. The plot moves along with Jaco's problem of being stranded. Omori does research on the rocket to see if he can analyze the metal and if it is something that can be found on earth. Meanwhile Jaco amuses himself on the island with target practice with boulders and watching TV, a rocket launching and a pop idol performing. The ending gives our guys new hope. (3/5)

5. World Trigger Ch. 24 - Another of my favourites. Starts off with the members receiving the top three rankings from the training done in the last chapter. Now the team of our main characters has a mission, to find a dangerous "Black Trigger" and secure him by any means. They discuss when they will set the plan in motion. It ends on a cliffhanger note. (4/5)

6. Nisekoi Ch. 84 - Continuing romance from a boy's point of view. The lovely teacher announced last chapter she was getting married and leaving the school. Shu finally admits to Raku that he has a crush on her. yadda-yadda-yadda. I don't like romances but it's ok, not eye-rolling or anything. (3/5)

7. Toriko Gourmet 243 - The battle continues with the one wrapped in black but they stop for conversation and Jiro gives a knocking so hard that the earth's rotation stops. At the end our mysterious person's wrappings come off and we are to be surprised at who it really is. Of course, this is only my 3rd chapter reading this so I haven't a clue at this point. This is pretty good and I'm getting more into it as I read it. (3/5)

8. Dragon Ball Saiyan Saga Ch. 25 - The battle with Vegatta and Nappa continues but they give a 3-hour reprieve to wait and see if Son Goku will turn up. Gorgeous in full colour! (4/5)

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Vinland Saga, Omnibus 5 by Makoto Yukimura

Vinland Saga, Omnibus 5 by Makoto Yukimura
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vinland Saga (9-10)

Thankfully this complex manga starts with a brief characters and 'story so far' introduction page. This volume starts with the beginnings of a whole new phase. If it were a TV show, this would be season 2. Without going into too much detail, Thorfinn no longer has his revenge and is working in the fields with his first ever friend. He has some antagonistic moments and reveals his past to this new friend. At first he just wants to die but upon realizing he doesn't really, he starts to ask himself what is it that he should live for. Meanwhile the battle between the Danes and England continues on. The English have a few more Kings but Canute keeps up the battle and has become battle hardened, sly and crafty. He's even grown more manly, looking very different now. We finish Vol. 9 with Canute finally becoming King of England. Then comes the second half of the book, Vol. 10 and OMG! Absolutely fantastic! Thorfinn takes a turn. This is a violent volume but its theme is rebirth; Valhalla is examined against the Christian concept of Hell and oh man, as a Christian myself I found this chapter utterly amazing and full of Christian allegory. I can't wait for the next volume! I also read the author interview at the end of this book (which I'm usually not interested in) because it started with Yukimura's interest in theology. Intriguing.

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Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources by Arthur de Pins

Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources by Arthur de Pins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zombillenium (2)

I love this series! A comedy paranormal spoof with a serious plot makes it total fun! All characters are back from last time, some fading into the background others remaining major players. Sirius, the skeleton is the centre of attention when he is captured by skinhead villagers and a family with an interesting son adds to the Zombillenium family in more ways than one. A few funny pop culture references make for a grin but mostly the characters are simply lovable while being monstrous and devilish. We venture into the bowels of the amusement park and see where employees who've been fired go. I love the surprise ending and can't wait for the next volume! The art is bright and captivating. The only problem I can mention is the books just end too soon with only an average of 50 pages each.

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Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan

Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely collection of vignettes by the author of his memories, mostly of his childhood in the eighties. Though the author presents as a Catholic Asian immigrant, the tales can, for the most part, be nostalgic to anyone who remembers the complexities of being a child. These vignettes are often bittersweet and there is a morose air throughout the book especially when midway the topics start to focus on the stroke and eventual death of his 97 year old grandmother. In fact death is a main theme throughout as there are many episodes which involve pets and eventually each ones death and the author's response. Most of the memories come from the author, however, a number have been passed on to him by friends and family and are noted as such. The artwork is adorable and cute reminding me of Japanese children's illustration (not manga, but picture book illustration). Various animals represent the human in each tale and this cuteness balances the melancholy mood of the book's theme which presents moments in childhood which seem pivotal as an adult looking back. This would make a wonderful gift book for any adult but will be especially enjoyed by those who fit one or more of the demographics: Catholic, Asian and/or immigrant.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fish by Bianca Bagnarelli

Fish by Bianca Bagnarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! Not what I was expecting. A very deep, dark and depressing tale of death and the accompanying feelings of grief and fear. The story's main character is a 12yo boy and his cousin but this is not a children's book by any means. The comic has adult language and themes. The story doesn't have a plot but follows a boy whose parents died a year ago in a car crash over the course of a few hours. He is most likely depressed and has thoughts of what dying must feel like. Not having been allowed to see his parents when they were found two weeks later washed ashore has had an effect on him. But now when a missing girl washes up he rushes to take a look and the ending causes some thought. The art is simple and unpretentious with a cold colour palette of blue violets that fill the air with the chill of death. Only certain types of readers will appreciate this melancholy tale.

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The Seven Deadly Sins 4 by Nakaba Suzuki

The Seven Deadly Sins 4 by Nakaba Suzuki
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Seven Deadly Sins (4)

A great volume with a bit of everything. Picking up where we left off, a large portion of the volume is devoted to the issues between King and Ban with King's dead sister. They've entered the land of the dead and a Holy Knight follows them there for an epic battle. Not everyone comes out unscathed and we've had some revelations that bring the side working against the king clearer to our understanding. Elizabeth's sister enters the picture and we learn all is not right with the Holy Knights. Apprentices are becoming amazingly strong, fast, and others are disappearing. The volume ends on a delicious cliffhanger, then goes on to give us a bonus story of Ban's background with Elaine. PS, Diane the giant is my favourite character. Good stuff!

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