Miyazaki’s Forgotten Gem:Sherlock Hound

Miyazaki’s Forgotten Gem:Sherlock Hound

Sherlock Hound, as it’s known in the West (in Japan it’s simply “Meitantei Holmes,” or Famous Detective Holmes) doesn’t have all that much to do with Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. The whole setting is really just a framework to create a fast-paced adventure show, with slapstick comedy bits piled onto spectacular car chases. In other words, it’s a terrific piece of animation that was end of an era for  Miyazaki’s before his film work began fully.

Sherlock Hound was started in 1981 at animation studio Telecom, with Miyazaki at the helm, and an amazing amount of talent; chief among these include Yoshifumi Kondo (animation director), Kazuhide Tomonaga, Tsukasa Tannai, Nobuo Tomizawa, Masako Shinohara, Koichi Maruyama, and Atsuko Tanaka. The great Yasuo Otsuka even makes an uncredited cameo for one episode. This series was clearly homage to Animal Treasure Island, the 1971 Toei film that largely cements the “Miyazaki Style.” The Telecom staff was thrilled at the opportunity to create something with the same boyant energy, and it shows in nearly every frame. This is the perfect example of just how effective animation, hand-drawn animation, can be in the right hands as simply they are such joyful little stories each one that is a case of its own.

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I would say Sherlock Hound is a show that you can instantly watch anytime and get into its story any one of its episodes and enjoy it without being lost at all. Its very light weighted that marks it as the end of an era.

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Miyazaki’s worldview was becoming more clouded, more complicated, as middle age approached. Future Boy Conan carried serious, somber undertones just under the surface; by the time Nausicaa made its way to the big screen in 1984, that darker side was taking over. His inner conflict is something that defines the Ghibli era, that battle between youthful idealism and adult cynicism; note for example the third acts of Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro, and the crises of identity in Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso as see she how htis man grew form such charming simple tales to such deep and interesting stories that are able break trough barriers and tell us a classic story.

Now on to the history lesson. Six episodes were created at Telecom before the series was put on hiatus. As far as I understand, this was due to conflicts with the Conan Doyle estate, who apparently weren’t too pleased with this unorthodox treatment of the Sherlock Holmes characters. The series was shelved, until Miyazaki refashioned two of the episodes as the opening short film for Nausicaa in 1984. The public was enthralled, so the series was revived, with 20 new episodes set in production. However, these new episodes were not created by Telecom nor any of the principle players (apart from the actors), but at another Japanese studio, and the difference shows. The original six episodes were integrated into the TV series as follows:
Episode 3 – A Small Client
Episode 4 – Mrs. Hudson is Taken Hostage
Episode 5 – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Episode 9 – Treasure Under the Sea
Episode 10 – The White Cliffs of Dover
Episode 11 – The Sovereign Gold Coins

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In 1984, Tomonaga, along with Kondo (director), Tomizawa, Tanaka and Nizu created the famous Nemo pilot, which is one of the greatest pieces of Japanese animation ever devised. This was Tomonaga’s baby, and he masterfully packs all the excitement of Sherlock Hound into a four-minute action classic. It’s just another example of the amazing talent at that time. If only their version of Nemo was the one that finally made it to the screen it would been such a marvelous classic that may have been such a gem that people would say that nemo flim was simply amazing.  If only they made more Sherlock hound i think we would had such tales able to really charm us better then shows like ducktales.  Sherlock Hound is simply a must see classic that you should see today.

Remembering Carole Lombard

Remembering Carole Lombard

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Today marks 77 years since Carole Lombard perished in a plane crash at the young age of 33. I would love say that each year i honor her death in some way.Every year I mark this anniversary, and every year I marvel at the fact that she has been dead for such a long time. There is just something timeless about Carole that makes her always with us forever as today i pay tribute the great Carole Lombard that passed away too soon for our world. (I would love to credit https://cometoverhollywood.com/2012/01/16/a-vigil-for-carole/ for the images of this tribute as also to credit as source of what i wrote for this tribute too.)

Remembering Carole Lombard

It’s no secret that Carole Lombard and Clark Gable is one of my favorite Hollywood couples all time. They were married in March 1939 until her death in 1942. Most people, including myself, think that the couple were soul mates as they were very much in love you could tell their love was real love not fake love at all. They were in love and very much planning for a long future together.  Gable was devastated after her death and began drinking heavily. He enlisted in the Army and told friends that he didn’t care if he came back or not. Carole had a dachshund named Commissioner that followed Clark Gable around after she died. Its quite sad we lost this couple that day as the loss of Carole Lombard also greatly impacted the world of film forever.

Selling war bonds (LIFE)

Singing the “Star Spangled Banner” during a war bond sale. (LIFE)

one of m favorite photos of Carole and husband, Clark Gable.

Beautiful in color on their ranch in San Fernando Valley.

Clark taught Carole about farming, and she was eager to learn.

Gable bought prize winning $20,000 chickens. Unknowingly, Lombard gave these chickens to needy families. Gable joked they had an expensive chicken dinner!

Another all time favorite photo of mine-Clark and Carole quail hunting.

Carole in pigtails, quail hunting.

This is the cutest photo of Carole Lombard

Carole and her dachshund Commissioner.

Carole the movie star:  Carole is one of the most beautiful and versatile of the classic Hollywood stars as she could do she could be sexy, hilarious and dramatic with such ease as she was able power out such range of her acting that made her able do so many different types of roles. She was also one of the guys on set, cussing like a sailor and making jokes. She showcases her talent in many movies as she shows her powerful range as an actress in  In Name Only with Cary Grant; Made for Each Other with Jimmy Stewart; Vigil in the Night with Brian Aherne as those three are examples of her power as an actress. I could cite her greatest role to me was her role in To Be or Not to Be which was her best role ever as she became finally mixed both worlds of comedic and dramatic to give us something so powerful as an actress. I am so fond of her role in Twentieth Century which was one truly great comedy classic for all time. True Confession is another favorite of mine as it’s such a wonderful comedy classic. Made for Each Other is truly one of my favorites as she truly is such a gem in that movie. Carole Lombard starred in 56 flims as she truly was a marvelous legend that could act with anyone and give it her best performance each role to give her forever a mark on Hollywood as one of the finest legends ever to grace our screen.

Carole the glamorous film star.

Carole on the radio. I love her hat and fur. Very glamorous.

Perfect example of Carole Lombard: sexy and hilarious.

Carole truly looks amazing in this picture

I think this is from “Lady By Choice.” Feel free to correct me

She was one of America’s most beautiful, funny and sincere actresses that will be forever remembered by everyone forever. I enjoyed paying tribute to her today. I hope you enjoyed this tribute to a legend.

The Curse of the Cat People A HAUNTING FABLE FOR CHRISTMAS

The Curse of the Cat People- A HAUNTING FABLE FOR CHRISTMAS

Today I talk about  The Curse of the Cat People. In the early 1940’s rko was suffering a big failure following citizen Kane and other movies leaving the studio in ruins. it turned to its low budget b pictures . Val Lewton was the man put in charge of producing these flims with titles given to him by the studio so came up with movies ideas as he found ways to make these movies into horror classics as he started with Cat People as today I review The Curse of the Cat People which is a perfect holiday horror classic which i review today. The Curse of the Cat People review 

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The Curse of the Cat People remains among the strangest Hollywood sequels ever made. Following Cat People, RKO’s 1942 horror masterwork of shadow and atmosphere that also helped delay the studio’s financial ruin, the sequel resolves to occupy another genre entirely. I would call it one of my favorite movies all time as its story is quite lovely. Director Robert Wise, winner of Oscars for the musicals West Side Story and The Sound of Music among several other classic films directs this classic gem that is so strange and different form other horror classics.

The Curse of the Cat People certainly is full of terror and Lewton’s signature dark, foreboding atmosphere and noirish cinematography. Instead, the film evokes the dark fairy tales of Guillermo Del Toro and the deep understanding of childhood fears as it feels like a fairy-tale.  

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The film is set in Tarrytown, also known as Sleepy Hollow, and while it was shot in California, the realistic sets, cinematography, and atmosphere perfectly evoke the dreamy, haunted mood of small-town upstate New York. The authentic feel of the film is no doubt due to the fact that Lewton based much of the details of Amy’s world on his own childhood, growing up near Tarrytown. Like Amy, he was fascinated and terrified of the legend of the Headless Horseman. The classic folktale of Sleepy Hollow is discovered by Amy during the film.

Ann Carter is astounding in the role of Amy, taking another otherworldly turn after playing Veronica Lake’s enchantress daughter in I Married a Witch as she gives out such a wonderful performance in her role. Simone Simon who literally plays the role of a good fairy/fairy princess as Irena She’s an angelic presence that, again, could be perceived as evil because she is so ethereal. It also has wonderful acting by its entire cast.

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By the nature of the movie’s story you are really in a fairy-tale that feels dreamlike and echoes many other childhood fairy-tale classics with its even Gothic touches that feel right out of a fairy-tale. I used adore to read old fairy-tales as a boy as had book collecting them this movie really captures that feeling of those classic tales form grim tales to the legends of folk tales that evoke such a dreamlike fairy-tale feeling. 
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The film tracks a period of time from late autumn through Christmas and ends on a snowy Twelfth Night. Each sequence is steeped in rich seasonal atmosphere, and the hauntingly beautiful Christmas sequences make The Curse of the Cat People a perfect pick for any spooky flavored holiday season. In one of the film’s most famous scenes, Amy’s family has invited carolers into their home on Christmas Eve. While the merry group gathers around the piano to sing “Shepherds Shake off Your Drowsy Sleep,” Amy remains separated from the group. She hears another soft, distant singing. Gazing out the window, she sees Irena standing in the snowy garden, under a tree frosted with ice. She is singing a different carol — “Il Est Né, Le Divin Enfant” — just for Amy. It’s one of the most gorgeous, magical scenes ever put to film.

The Curse of the Cat People is rather a fairy tale in a way it’s very much a movie that feels more dreamlike like the classic fairy-tale classics form The magical tone of the movie is reminiscent of Rene Clair or similar fantastic directors of the era that feels so much more fun to watch unfold on the screen as it captures the childhood feel so great. The Curse of the Cat People is hardly a horror story at all as its more a Gothic fairy-tale which really makes it one of a kind for movies of its time. This is a lovely, haunting film that you will simply enjoy to watch anytime.

Review : Aquaman

showcase comics weekly

showcase comics weekly

so it is my second time i talk about comics weekly in my second showcase comics weekly. I talk this week about the best of comics this week based upon my favorite books i read this week. These books are simply the best comics of this week of comic book reading.  I hope you enjoy this week’s  showcase comics weekly for the week before Christmas. lets honor this week’s best comics. I will be taking break for week on this weekly review in Christmas time. I hope you have a happy holidays. 

Klaus and the Crying Snowman #1

Grant Morrison’s mind-bending, alternative take on Santa Claus returns this week with Klaus and the Crying Snowman, with art by Dan Mora and letters by Ed Dukeshire.

klaus crying snowman grant morrison dan mora boom! studiosKlaus (Santa) teams up with Father Frost and Master Yule-Goat to stop the Nightborn, giants who defeated the Norse Gods and brought about Ragnarok 1500 years ago. Along the way, he also picks up an amnesiac man-turned-snowman and helps him learn an important Christmas lesson.

BOOM! Studios is billing this series as the best holiday tradition in comics for the season. Morrison’s Klaus stories are epic tales of magic and action that is such fun to read each year. They’re Christmas treats, like the TV specials you wait all year for. But where Rudolph and Frosty are going to tell you the same stories every December, Klaus has new ones for you to enjoy each year.

Nothing seemingly screams Christmas less than the Twilight of the Gods  aka Ragnarök  but Morrison brilliantly uses the world-ending backdrop to communicate his message but the context only tells some of the story. Its like his many other works he did as he does his great trait of storytelling. There’s Christmas magic in Morrison and Mora’s story, and while the creative team wraps the story in epic and far-reaching trappings, at its core it’s actually a reinforcement of the essence of Santa Claus legend that makes it simply magical. Klaus and the Crying Snowman is a fun read that you will simply enjoy to read anytime. 

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Aquaman #43 Revew

When we last left Aquaman, he’d flown a boat into the gaping maw of an inter-dimensional Kraken, skewering it with a trident dipped in ancient fatal goo, ultimately destroying both of them. At the end of the issue, however, Wonder Woman, who has suddenly become an all-seeing sorceress or something, said she sensed he was still alive…somewhere. And so he is! Washed up on the shores of…somewhere, rescued by a beautiful woman named Caille who likes to dance outside during thunderstorms and sacrifice rabbits on the beach. She lives an austere lifestyle on a remote island in a tiny village with crone couple named Loc and Wee. And now Aquaman lives with them as well, because he can’t remember who he is.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha have come on board the title, bringing another great layer and lens to the character. Stripping him away from the Atlantis-heavy framework, cast and stories, DeConnick and Rocha have placed an Amnesiac Arthur Curry in a perfect place for re-examination and reworking of the comics. ere’s a man who’s been king, superhero, outlaw, mariner, lighthouse keeper and so much more and yet he now knows not who he is or ever was. Falling to the shores of the remote island village of Unspoken Water, Arthur Curry now resides alongside a whole host of ancient sea deities who have been cast away by the angry ocean.

We’re introduced to Callie, a lady in red garb, who seemingly performs regular rituals and rites to please the simmering ocean. Callie is the one who discovered Arthur on the banks of Unspoken Water and thus they share a bit of a special connection form the start of finding each other. Drawn gorgeously by Rocha, with Henriques’ inks and colored marvelously by Gho, the flashbacks teasing and setting up Namma are breathtaking, to say the least. Gho’s muted palette sets an ominous tone as the blurred portrait-esque depiction of the panels give it a sense of larger than life grandeur that it would otherwise lack. The panels are blurred, with no true borders because they cannot truly contain what is depicted inside.

DeConnick’s vision, too, is absolutely stunning as it reexamines the whole of aquaman. It moves away form the Atlantis-centralism of the title to re-examine and analyze Arthur among a whole host of other ocean-related beings is a clever decision and a much needed breath of fresh air for the title. DeConnick and Rocha have moved the hero from super-heroic duels and Atlantean politics to a very mythic high fantasy context of the tale. he story is very much a fantasy mystery rather than a typical superhero plot that is a welcome breath of fresh air for the title.  Whether you’re a long-term fan like some or a new reader looking to jump onboard the sea king’s adventures, this is a great place to start. Just dive in to read this weeks adventure of aquaman.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Livewire #1

Livewire #1 review

ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! FOR THE FIRST TIME, LIVEWIRE TAKES CENTER STAGE! Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all? From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!

Writer Vita Ayala wastes no time in getting this story started and immediately treats readers to an opening scene that is as telling and insightful as it is exciting to read. By the way it generates a great deal of momentum here, Ayala is able to coast on the previously generated energy while establishing the plot that setups nicely a wonderful story. Come issue’s end, Ayala turns up the intensity and provides readers with good reason to eagerly await Livewire #2. 

Clean and sharp, the artwork in this issue is easy to digest and enjoy. Focusing more on character expressions and movement, artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin are able to create lived-in settings and authentic transitions that highlight Ayala’s script wonderfully on each panel of the book. All in all, Livewire #1 is an electric debut issue that promises greatness; a must read for Valiant fans or comic book fans as you will simply enjoy to read this comic.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Gideon Falls #9 Review

ORIGINAL SINS,” Part Three As Norton spirals deeper into his own mind—or deeper into madness?—Father Fred entertains a visitor from his past who can’t possibly be real. But Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes…

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in Issue #9, the lines that have thus far separated Norton from Father Fred are blurred further and unsettling connections are made. There’s a laughing man in the basement, there’s a heartbroken woman swinging from her neck in the church, and there’s an escape from an asylum that happened thus far in the story. Jeff Lemire’s script is intense and well-paced with wonderful and sharp writing. It bends and folds at his whim, and with it, he manages to suffocate his characters in an engulfing whirlwind of terror. Issues after issue, Lemire continues to stun us with this comic.Gideon Falls continues to evolve as it cements itself as a masterwork of modern Horror comics that is simply such a marvelous read.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Welcome everyone that adores comics should It’s new comic book day! But before you head to the local comic shop, arm yourself with a few recommendations based upon what is simply the best comics of this week of comics to read.

7 FACES OF DR. LAO

 7 FACES OF DR. LAO (1964) review

In the late 19th century, a mysterious Chinese man and circus owner, Dr. Lao (Tony Randall, Pillow Talk), arrives in a small Arizona town and proceeds to teach townies a few important life lessons.

7 Faces of Dr. Lao is a marvelous tale of magical realism. It is an amazing tale of classic story-telling that is a wondrous pastiche of western motifs, comedy, and fantasy movie with simply a wonderful outlook on what makes you feel human. The film also works as a fairy tale for adults and children alike that can teach you many wonderful lessons on life.

7 Faces of Dr. Lao is a marvelous performance for  Tony Randall who plays eight roles seven plus a cameo by him. He is just marvelous. Randall’s Lao is a particularly cunning characterization that is simply one amazing role that you will adore to watch him play form start to finish. Randall’s great performance couldn’t have been accomplished without the then state-of-the-art make-up effects created by William Tuttle that creates some of the best make-up effects in any movie. He received an honorary Oscar for his groundbreaking work (the first Oscar ever to a make-up artist). The special effects, which consist mostly of stop-motion model animation that is simply marvelous stop-motion animation that may be some of best ever done for flim which may remind you of the work of Ray Harryhausen (20 Million Miles to EarthThe 7th Voyage of Sinbad, etc) which is tons of fun to watch on-screen anytime.

Randall’s performance and Tuttle’s make-up work is reason enough to watch this classic gem of a movie that is a fairy tale.  The rest of cast is pretty great too. Barbara Eden (TV’s I Dream of Jeannie) plays Angela Benedict, the Widowed Librarian, and John Ericson (Bad Day at Black Rock) is Ed Cunningham, the Crusading Publisher. Arthur O’Connell (Pocketful of Miracles), Noah Beery Jr. (TV’s The Rockford Files), John Qualen (A Patch of Blue), and Lee Patrick (Now, Voyager) also appear in key supporting roles as all of their performances are simply marvelous performances for each of them.

I have seen this weird western fantasy many times and I have always enjoyed it. It won a special Oscar for makeup, but it could have also been honored for its production design and costumes. It has the feeling of a children’s film, yet there’s a lot of stuff that’s not really intended for kids as simply this movie is for anyone young at heart. 7 faces of dr lao is simply a marvelous movie with marvelous effects and a wonderful cast that you should simply see anytime as this marvelous movie form start to finish. The film doesn’t necessarily push the envelope of fantasy, but its satirical tone and irreverent attitude have an ageless quality. All in all, it’s a helluva fun ride form that you wont reget watching at all.

showcase comics weekly

showcase comics weekly

so it is my frist time i talk about comics weekly in my frist showcase comics weekly. I talk about each week starting this week about the best of comics this week based upon my favorite books i read this week. These books are simply the best comics of this week of comic book reading.  I hope you enjoy my frist weekly showcase of comics for this week.

Detective Comics #994 review

We are closing in on yet another milestone issue after a year of milestone issues be it Action ComicsThor, or DaredevilDetective Comics is at issue #994 this week and will soon reach 1000 issues, being the second book to reach such a high number. With a milestone coming it’s probably why writer Peter J. Tomasi is delivering a story that brings Batman back to his roots.

Tomasi is finally here!  I wish that DC would have given us an add like they did with Bendis since the reason Tomasi is writing Detective Comics is that Bendis snatched his Superman book from him. Tomasi continues by giving such wonderful batman comic writing with Detective Comics 994.  It has everything from detective work, kickass action, character moments and a cool new villain with the fact that it ties into the Wayne’s deaths and also the crazy twist at the end made things even cooler. if you love batman you will simply adore this book.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

 The Batman Who Laughs 01 review

Scott Snyder is bringing the Batman Who Laughs to the main DC Universe as , Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. Scott Snyder crafts out what may be one of the best works of comics he did on batman since he did the black mirror arc of batman. Scott Snyder Snyder gives such wonderful batman comic writing with wonderful action and character moments and a cool villain that returns to the universe as the batman crafts such a dark and twisted gem of a tale that any batman fan will adore to read from start to finish of this comic.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Batman Annual #3 Review

When you think about it Alfred doesn’t get enough credit. He’s basically necessary for Batman to exist at all or else he’d never eat, sleep, or get his gear in order. Alfred is the oil that keeps the engine greased and running and in Batman Annual #3 his struggle gets the focus thanks to writer Tom Taylor and artist Otto Schmidt give us such a story this week.

This issue begins and ends with Alfred’s perspective, which is written beautifully by Tom Taylor.

The issue starts with Alfred getting the dreaded call that Thomas and Martha have been shot.  I usually roll my eyes the more and more we get this scene, but seeing it through Alfred’s eyes makes it way more fresh the cores of batman’s parents death.

Taylor does an exceptional job of capturing the love and care Alfred has for Bruce Wayne. He was a man of hopes and desires, but after that traumatic day his life, and Bruce’s, were changed forever. This story depicts Alfred in a way that is caring beyond belief as we see how Alfred is such a caring guy for Bruce Wayne.  Taylor has crafted an interesting story focusing Batman’s attention on a new villain which is quite clever. . It’s an exciting adventure that comes with its own resolution and a solid foundation for Alfred to swoop in and be a hero himself.I’ve marveld at Schmidt’s art over the years on Green Arrow and he continues to do a great job in this annual issue that is simply marvelous. A fantastic issue that may win an Eisner when all things are said and done. It’s meaningful, heartfelt, and exciting. It’s a near perfect one-shot Batman adventure that you should read.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1 review

Love is in the air between our rocky love-bug, Thing, and his sweetheart, Alicia Reiss Masters. Marvel Comics is celebrating with a pre-wedding celebration in the form of this issue.

All three stories do well to capture different aspects of getting married and the stresses that come with it with three different writers capturing the stresses of marriage. The bachelorette opening written by Gail Simone with art by Laura Braga does a great job showcasing the weird nature of the pre-wedding party that simply is such a fun read. The second story is written by Dan Slott giving such a marvelous story of the thing asking for permission to wed Alicia and it’s a curious scene, not unlike an interrogation scene. Dan Slott does a good job with this story. The last story is by Fred Hembeck with colors by Megan Wilson, focusing on the lament of the person Thing asked permission from. This is quite a fun comic strip style story. This comic is such a marvelous joy of a comic that captures the magic of the best of FANTASTIC FOUR.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Bitter Root #2 reviewBitter Root #2

David F. Walker and Chuck Brown have some simply killer e killer dialogue and scripting in Bitter Root #2. It is exciting, poignant, and funny all at the same time. This issue was just a delight to read from beginning to end. Its simply a marvelous comic to read form start to finish. Bitter Root #2 delivers an exciting read and makes this series a must-read for anyone.

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The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

BLACK HAMMER: CTHU-LOUISE #1 review

A trip to the world of Black Hammer is always time well spent, doubly so when artist Emi Lenox is on board.  Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise #1 is a one-shot story about a cursed young girl struggling to find acceptance. It’s like Carrie with tentacles, a sad tale that you just know won’t end well. Louise is a deeply tragic character and her journey is expertly brought to life by Jeff Lemire in such a simply marvelous writing in this comic.. This is haunting stuff that adds another layer of awesomeness to the Black Hammer universe as simply a marvelous comic to read form start to finish.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 review

Rejoice, for it’s the best time of year! It’s that special season when families come together, snuggle by the fire, and read the Hellboy Winter Special. This annual anthology always sports a lineup of awesome creators and this year is no different. Mike Mignola, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic, Ben Stenbeck, and Dave freaking Stewart all grace these pages with magic and monsters. Whether you are a longtime Hellboy fan or a first-time visitor to the Mignolaverse, you’ll have a blast reading this comic. It has all the action, humor with everything that is simply marvelous to read.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

Hawkman #7 review

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It’s an approach very reminiscent of Grant Morrison’s Batman and much like that run, it’s a rich buffet of tonalities, genres and varying stories, all unified under a central theme that pervades all. It’s an ambitious epic spanning all of time and space in the DC Universe.

Hawkman #7 builds on the foundations laid thus far in the title while unveiling an all new origin for the character. Venditti’s always excelled at characters who have pasts that contrast immensely with who they are, from Aric in X-O Manowar to The Eternal Warrior and Hawkman proves to be a perfect fit for him. Though Hitch is very much the star of this title, doing arguably career best work at incredibly unbelievable speeds, he’s creating a definitive take on the character that takes trough many worlds of the DC Universe. The creative team showcases such range and so many threads of possibility in Hawkman that it’s truly exciting to even wonder about the wondrous legacy the team will leave on the franchise. It’s an incredibly exciting time for hawkman as this could be the defined series that everyone looks upon for ages to come. Hawkman continues to surprise and delight, as ever. It is a title where anything is possible and it defies classification, much like its titular character that you simply should read today.

The Verdict: 10/10:its a wonderful read 

SDCC ’18: Hellboy’s 25th Anniversary Celebrated With Three New Titles

Welcome everyone that adores comics should It’s new comic book day! But before you head to the local comic shop, arm yourself with a few recommendations based upon what is simply the best comics of this week of comics to read.