BUG! The Adventures of Forager #1 Review

Publisher: DC Comics608

Written By:  Lee & Micael Allred

Art By: Lee & Laura Allred

Letters By:  Nate Piekos of Blambot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever since last fall when DC Comics launched its new Young Animal imprint fans have been eagerly awaiting to see what would come from it once it expanded beyond its initial four premiere titles.  Well this week the fifth series and first mini to launch from the line has begun and it is a rip-roaring adventure through time, space and the Multiverse with the best hero you’ve never heard of Bug The Forager.  So get your mother boxes ready and let the journey begin.

 

The book starts out by giving us some brief flashbacks to Bug’s previous and supposedly final adventure before having the titular hero wake up and find himself encased in a cocoon inside of a basement.  He looks around and finds a mysterious talking teddy bear that is quickly snatched by an equally mysterious ghost girl whom he follows up the stairs until he runs into a group of monsters that he must fight off before meeting up with the girl once more in a room full of dominos that mimic a motherbox switchboard diagram.  The dominos drop and our hero is given multiple vision of other heroes in need of help throughout the Multiverse.  After this ordeal Bug is found by two more creepy creatures who happen to be servants of the silver age Sandman.  He explains there are here to find “The Dreamer” whom he believes Forager to be and that he needs BUG to wake up if he isn’t already dead that is.  The reason for this is because he needs BUG to help him find one of the rarest metals in all the Multiverse, one that can make dreams reality.  Shortly after being awoken the group is attacked by General Electric a mad scientist in search of the same power as Sandman & BUG.  The first issue ends with BUG stepping through a dimensional portal to parts unknown.

 

 

Overall in terms of story the book is the highly enjoyable retro surrealist kind of tale we have come to expect from both the Young Animal Line and Allred himself.  The book pays tribute to what has come before while still paving the way for something new while setting up an interesting story and mystery for the rest of the series to follow-up on.  The inclusion of lesser known characters like the Silver Age Sandman are a nice plus and really help showcase the scope of the DCU even when the majority of your book takes place in a dream house.  General Electric while a somewhat cheesy villain is introduced in a very fun and bombastic way and the magical McGuffins of the metal and dream whistles actually fit into the story quite well.  The art is also fantastic as it to features Allred’s unique form and style that manages to make the characters feel lively and dynamic and making each one feel unique while still being a working homogeneous part of the same story and world.  If there are any complaints to be had it would be the book does seem to jump around a bit but that only adds to the surrealist feel and style of the work.

 

Overall I would say BUG! The Adventures of Forager is a worthy addition to any DC/Young Animal fans collection.

 

Final Score

Story: 8.5

Art: 8

Overall: 8.5

  Predator: Hunters #1 Review

Published By: Dark Horse Comics

Written By: Chris Warnar

Art By: Fransisco Ruiz Velasco

Lettered By: Michael Heisler


    Dark Horse Comics has been publishing Predator Comics for decades and from Aliens to Batman to Terminators the celestial hunters have gone against many worthy foes, however in this latest series humanity fights back and the hunters become the hunted.
  The book starts out as usual with a group of humans being hunted by the predator with all but one being killed by the beast.  We cut away to a gas station where our main character Nakai is being harassed by his racist redneck boss as he repairs a car.  Shortly after a mysterious trio arrives at the station and confronts Mr. Nakai.  They ask him what experience he has with Predators and he tells them his story.  The trio run by Jaya Soanes then reveal that they are Predator hunters and that they have also survived encounters with or descend from those that hunted the monsters and would like Nakai to join their group.  At first he is reluctant, but eventually he decides to tell off his racist boss and join the team.

 In terms of story the first issue is unsurprisingly primarily set-up and while we do get some brief predator action at the start and via flashbacks most of the issue focuses on setting up the characters and their relation to the extraterrestrial beast.  It isn’t the most entertaining read but it is well executed and gives us decent backgrounds for our human cast and the Predator moments are fairly well done.

 The art by Valesco seems a bit on the genaric side of things but it is done well enough to where the story is fairly easy to follow and the Predator is still intimidating.

  Overall this is a decent start to the mini-series, if not a somewhat subdued one given the premise of the story.

Final Rating

Story: 7

Art: 6

Overall: 6.5

Thoughts on: Everything Wrong With GOTG Vol.2

 

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In 2014 Marvel Studios released the first Guardians of The Galaxy movie which took a lesser known team of space ferrying Marvel heroes as well as a director previously known for what many would consider B-movies and skyrocketed them both into the mainstream with a surprise hit.  Like with most films the movie ended with a promise that some day the titular Guardians would return and as of this past Friday that promise was kept, though despite a fresh rating on the extremely overrated Rotten Tomatoes and lots of fluff pieces from mainstream media outlets the film itself fails to live up to the precedent set by its predecessor and makes for what is arguably not only the worst film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but perhaps one of the worst films of 2017 so far.  So hold your Baby Groots tight dear readers because we are about to take a deep dark look at the multitude of problems with Marvel’s latest theatrical outing.

 

 

 

  1. The Excessive Juvenile/Toilet Humor:   The original Guardians did arguably have a fairly simplistic and zany Saturday morning cartoon style of humor however it was innocent enough and balanced out well enough with the action that it managed to work fairly well.  The sequel however throws all of that out the window as it fills the movie with nothing but base sex and dick jokes nearly every five minutes, there is even an extremely awkward and cringe worthy scene where Drax asks Peter’s father Ego about his dick in front of quill and the rest of the Guardians.  This movies sense of humor is basically the equivalent to a 13 year old screaming penis over and over, it is genuinely grotesque, off putting and makes watching the film nearly unbearable.

 

2. The Casual Sexism: From beginning to end the film is filled with casual sexism.  From the start portraying Star Lord’s mother as a complete idiot  to having Gamora be a more subdued version of herself from the previous film and making Mantis a stereotypical “Submissive Asian girl” the film never lets up on its blatant and casual sexism. Oh and lets not forget that Yandu’s first appearance in the film is with him and his crew  on a planet of sex robots.

 

3. The Racism: As mentioned previously the portrayal of Mantis is horrible.  The character is portrayed as dull and submissive, referred to as Ego’s “pet” and takes whatever verbal abuse characters throw at her, especially from Drax.  It doesn’t help that she is a vary blatant stereotype of an Asian woman, which is just bone headed and disrespectful on Gunn & Co’s part.

 

4. Everyone is a sociopath!:  From Yandu killing his whole crew after a failed mutiny to Nebula’s obsession with killing her sister and Ego wanting to wipe out/assimilate all life in the Universe Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with violent and vile sociopaths! Even our heroes come off as huge jerks for most of the film and not even in a lovable rouges kind of way, just in a generally disturbing and unsettling kind of way

 

 5. Exacerbates its tropes:  Everything that made the previous film work so well is back and on steroids, twice as many classic rock songs, twice as much Rocket & Groot, twice as much blue-collar comedy.  It is almost as if the old saying “less is more” was completely ignored by this film as it takes what made the first film so enjoyable and throws it in your face to the point that you can’t help but be annoyed and aggravated by it.

 

6: This is NOT A kids/family friendly movie. Guardians was heavily marketed on kids networks like CN, DisneyXD & Nick, but despite the adorable Baby Groot this film is not kid friendly, the core audience for this movie is obviously 13-16 year old boys who still think that dick jokes are funny and that girls are icky and only good for bullying and sex.

 

In closing Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is one of the most shameful pieces of comic book film making to be put on the big screen in well over a decade and that fact that all it takes for main stream media to celebrate or deem something fresh is to slap a Disney/Marvel logo on it is just flat out disappointing and insulting to both the art of cinema and professional critique and criticism everywhere.  So do yourself a favor and skip this one, you’d have a much more enjoyable experience just copying the films playlist and staring at a tree in your backyard while listening to ELO.

Countdown To Free Comic Book Day 2017 Finale: True Heroes!

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is Almost Upon us!  And to close off our list of books to look out for at this years FCBD is the classic superhero!  So get your tights, capes & utility belts and get ready to hunt down these heroic books & events! 

52 (DC)

Action Comics (DC)

All-Star Batman (DC)

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (Marvel)

Armor Wars Deluxe Edition (Valiant)

Aquaman (DC)

Batgirl (DC)

Batman (DC)

Batman Beyond (DC)

Birds of Prey (DC)

 Black Canary (DC)

Black Panther (Marvel)

Black Panther & Crew (Marvel)

Blackest Night (DC)

Blue Beetle (DC)

Bombshells (DC)

Bloodshot (Valiant)

Brightest Day (DC)

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye (DC)

Convergence (DC)

Crisis on Infinite Earths (DC)

Cyborg (DC)

DC Universe Rebirth Deluxe Edition (DC)

Detective Comics (DC)

Doom Patrol (DC/Vertigo/YoungAnimal)

Earth-2 (DC)

Earth-2: Worlds End (DC)

Earth-2: Society (DC)

Faith (Valiant)

Final Crisis (DC)

The Flash (DC)

Flashpoint (DC)

Forever Evil (DC)

Future’s End (DC)

Generation Zero (Valiant)

Green Arrow  (DC)

Green Hornet (Dynamite)

Green Lantern (DC)

Green Lantern Corps  (DC)

Green Lantern: New Guardians (DC)

Green Lanterns (DC)

Hellblazer (DC/Vertigo)

Infinite Crisis (DC)

Infinity Gauntlet  (Marvel)

Invincible (Image)

Justice League 

Justice League of America  (DC)

Justice League Dark (DC)

Justice League: Generation Lost  (DC)

Justice League Unlimited (DC)

Kingdom Come (DC)

Legend of Wonder Woman (DC)

Multiversity: Deluxe Edition (DC)

Ninjak (Valiant)

New Super-Man (DC)

Nightwing (DC)

Old Man Logan (Marvel)

Omega Men (DC)

Red Hood & The Outlaws (DC)

Robin: Son of Batman (DC)

Savage Dragon (Image)

Secret Six (DC)

Secret Wars (Marvel)

Shade: The Changing Girl (DC/Young Animal)

The Shadow  (Dynamite)

The Spirit  (Dynamite)

Supergirl (DC)

Superman (DC)

Super Sons (DC)

Swamp Thing (DC)

Teen Titans (DC)

Telos (DC)

Titans (DC)

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel)

Vision (Marvel)

Wolverine (Marvek)

Wonder Woman (DC)

Wrath of The Eternal Warrior (Valiant)

X-Men (Marvel)

X-O MANOWAR (Valiant)

Youngblood (Image)
And there you have it a go to guide to superheo comics for FCBD tomorrow! Hope you have A great one!

Countdown To FCBD Day 3: For The Gamers!

Comics often crossover with other forms of media, and one of the most notable in the 21st Century would be video games.  So to all the gaming guys & gals out there here are some books to look out for come Free Comic Book Day!

Assasins Creed (Titan)

Call of Duty (Darkhorse)

Darkstalkers (Udon)

Dragon Age (Titan)

Injustice (DC)

Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition  (VIZ)

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (VIZ)

Megaman (Archie)

Megaman Megamix/Gigamix (Udon)

Mortal Kombat (DC)

Pokemon Adventures (VIZ)

Ratchet & Clank (DC/Wildstorm)

Resident Evil (VIZ)

Sonic Boom (Archie)

Sonic Universe  (Archie)

Splatoon (VIZ)

Street Fighter (Udon)

Street Fighter X G.I.Joe (IDW)

Swordquest (Dynamite)

Tekken (Titan)

World of Warcaft (Wildstorm)

Countdown To FCBD Reccomindations Day 2: Sci-Fi, Horror & Suspense!

In day 2 of our countdown we have a list of Horror, Sci-Fi & Suspense titles for older fans to take a look at come Free Comic Book Day!


28 Days Later (IDW)

Afterlife With Archie  (Archie)

Aliens (Darkhorse)

Animosity  (Aftershock)

AVP (Darkhorse )

Black Eyed Kids (Aftershock)

Blackest Knight (DC)

Buffy (Darkhorse)

Cannibal (Image)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Archie)

Creepy (Darkhorse)

Demon Knights (DC)

Future’s End (DC)

Ghostbusters (IDW)

Ghost Rider (Marvel)

Hellboy (Darkhorse)

Infestation (IDW)

I, Vampire  (DC)

Justice League Dark (DC)

Marvel Zombies  (Marvel)

The Normals (Aftershock)

Predator (Darkhorse) 

She-Wolf (Image)

Silent Hill  (IDW)

Tales From The Crypt (EC)

Walking Dead (Image)
  And there you have it, a list of terrifying & thrilling titles to look for come FCBD!

FCBD Countdown Day 1!  Lists For Beginners: All-Ages Titles

It is five days until Free Comic Book Day 2017.  A day when comic shops nation wide give away free books to customers old and new alike!  On top of free books many other shops have sales for trades & back issues so this week I am working on master lists for different kinds of readers starting with all-ages titles for kids & parents wanting to give the books a chance.  Below is a list of titles suitable for readers of all-ages. 


-Adventure Time (Boom Studios)

-Archie (Archie)

-Archie Comics Digests (Archie)

-Babysittters Club (Scholastic)

-Backstagers (Boom)

-Batman Adventures (DC)

-Betty & Veronica  (Archie)

-DC Superhero Girls (DC)

-Disney Fairies  (Papercutz)

-Disney Princesses (Joe Books)

-Darkwing Duck (Joe Books)

-Descendents  (Tokyopop)

-Donald Duck (IDW)

-Drama (Scholastic)

-Duck Avenger (IDW)

-Goldie Vance (Boom)

-Gotham Academy (DC)

-Hero Cats (Action Lab)

– I Am Groot! (Marvel)

Jem & The Holograms (IDW)

-Jonsey (Boom)

-Josie & The Pussycats (Archie)

-Jughead (Archie)

-Looney Tunes (DC)

-Lumberjanes (Boom)

-Mickey Mouse (IDW)

-Mickey X (Papercutz)

-Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur  (Marvel)

-My Little Pony (IDW)

-Nimona (Scholastic)

-Over The Garden Wall (Boom)

-Legend of Zelda  (VIZ)

-Loudhouse (Papercutz)

-Miraculous  (Action Lab)

-Monster High (Papercutz)

-Powerpuff Girls (IDW)

-Princeless (Action Lab)

-Regular Show (Boom)

-Scooby-Doo: Where Are You!? (DC)

Scooby-Doo Team-Up (DC)

-Smurfs (Papercutz)

-Sonic The Hedgehog (Archie)

-Spongebob Squarepants (Bongo)

-Squirrel Girl (Marvel)

-Steven Universe (Boom Studios)

-Stitch! (Tokyopop)

Strawberry Shortcake (IDW)

-Supergirl: Adventures in The 8th Grade (DC)

-Superman Adventures (DC)

-Superman Family (DC)

-Superpowers (DC)

-Super Mario Asventures (VIZ)

-Teen Titans Go! (DC)

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures  (IDW)

-Tiny Titans (DC)

-Uncle Scrooge (IDW)

-Walt Disney Comics & Stories (IDW)
 And there you have it a list of notable all ages titles to enjoy this Free Comic Book Day!