“PawPrints” – Furry Senpai’s comic pulls for May 30 2012
Here’s a recap of my pickups for this week: Li’l Depressed Boy 11, Sonic the Hedgehog 237, Mass Effect Homeworlds 2, Rachel Rising 8, Bloodstrike 28 and Bomb Queen vii #4 (sorta…). Remember, my rating does not necessarily reflect the comic’s quality (although that is taken into consideration) but rather it’s a gauge of my overall interest in the story being told.
5 = Excellent thus far, and will definitely pick up the next issue if/when available.
4 = Pretty good, the series has got my complete interest. Recommend staying with this series.
3 = If I see the next issue on shelves, I might give it thumb-through. I’m Mildly interested.
2 = Has some good points but I didn’t find the story too interesting/I feel nothing for the characters.
1 = I wasted my money!
0 = I will BURN every copy I find!!!
Also, I am always careful to avoid spoilers as much as possible.
So let’s get to it! It was a really great week in comics.
The Li’l Depressed Boy #11
The story of everyone’s favorite downtrodden rag-doll underdog continues as he takes on one of the most grueling, sadistic, and depressingly horrible jobs ever to be concocted: Ushering in a movie theater. It is second in awfulness only to working the concession stand, trust me, I’ve been there…
Despite the crummy job and grumpy boss, Li’l Depressed Boy has a number of things to be happy about. He has made some great friends at the theater, one of which he appears to have taken a bit of a liking to. However, not everyone is as they seem…
I still highly recommend LDB. It remains a charming “slice of life” comic that all comic fans can appreciated.
The Li’l Depressed Boy #11: 4 out of 5
Sonic the Hedgehog #237
Despite the awesome looking cover, Sonic the Hedgehog #237 was a bit of a disappointment. Almost every single plot thread from the past few issues is absent from the issue; Bunnie, Antoine, Silver, Rotor, the Council, are no where to be found in this book. Instead of focusing on all of these plot threads, which had me glued to Sonic for the past few books, this issue is all about Dr. Robotnik’s latest plot to turn the Felidae and Wolf Pack Nation upon eachother.
Well, at least Mecha Sally kicks some ass in this…
Sonic the Hedgehog #237: 3 out of 5
Mass Effect – Homeworlds #2
Hm… perhaps it isn’t a good idea to put “From the lead writer of Mass Effect 3” on the cover. Ordinarily, yes that’d be an excellent selling point, but due to the amount of hate for ME 3’s ending (most of it justified) eh…
Fortunately, the writing here is not the problem at all. This pre-Normandy story of Tali is pretty well-told and helps highlight the amount of prejudice that Quarians regularly face from other races. However, make no mistake about it, this book is meant solely for fans of Mass Effect. There is almost nothing here to engage those unfamiliar with the games.
The art is not very good at all. The characters (especially Tali) appear overly lanky and awkward, especially during action panels. The backgrounds and environments lack detail, which is a shame since much of the comic takes place on the Citadel. Also the weapon design and outfits do not stay consistent from panel to panel.
Despite its flaws, it is an enjoyable read for fellow ME fans. Those that are unfamiliar with ME, but want to see what all the fuss is about, should stay far far away.
Mass Effect Homeworlds #2: 2 out of 5
Rachel Rising #8
If you haven’t already, buy this now. Get the TPB, and read up to this book.
Again, I am trying to avoid spoilers as much as possible, so I can’t really discuss much of the plot at this point. The list of walking-dead girls continues to grow as does the body count.
The only gripe that one could legitimately have with Rachel Rising is the slow pacing. It has been eight issues, and none of the questions from the beginning have been resolved, or appear even that much closer to being answered.
However, those like myself can appreciate a good slower-paced horror mystery and, make no mistake about it, this is very very good indeed.
Rachel Rising #8: 5 out of 5
Ok, take Youngblood #71, give it better art and writing, and ta-da, you got Bloodstrike #28!
As one can surmise from the cover, in this book Cabbot’s brother, Battlestone, returns to kick Bloodstrike’s asses. Those new to the story will have little trouble feeling engaged as the writing and dialogue manage to adequately exposit background information without it appearing forced. Also, this book succeeds in giving Cabbot just enough humanity for the reader to feel invested, without weakening his rugged “extreme” edge.
Overall, a very fun read so far. Call it a guilty pleasure.
Bloodstrike #28: 4 out of 5
Bomb Queen vii #4 (of 4)
And speaking of guilty pleasures… trust me, it doesn’t get any guiltier than this…
Firstly, I absolutely love the futuristic world in Bomb Queen VII. It obviously took a lot imagination to create, as there is an incredible amount of detail as shown in the panel tidbits here and there that highlight relevant tidbits relating to the world’s pop culture, politics, and history.
This world, while vain and superficial, is more or less Utopian. Crime has largely been kept in check by citizens’ ability to download the identity of the “Shadowhawk,” a superhero persona, in times of crisis.
It is this high-tech morally-upright world that Bomb Queen intends to completely “butt-F$#CK” er, her words, not mine. Although she said it with slightly less “$#” and a bit more “u.”
The protagonist in this comic is the villain, and holy crap, what a villain she is. She manipulates the digital plane to upload the personas of murders, rapists, pedophiles, and other assorted scum into the minds & bodies of the people. Can the Shadowhawk outsmart her, and return the world back to “normal?” Given her track record and cunning, outlook is not good…
This book is full of very dark humor, so much so that even I was offended and disturbed at times. This book isn’t so much for “mature” readers, as it is for those that are a tad sadistic.
As for a rating… uhm… I can’t, since I’m not entirely certain how I feel about it. The art was fine and detailed, the writing is good, interesting characters… but I’d be lying if I said it was an entirely pleasant reading experience. Look, I’m all for edgy material in comics, but next time a little lube wouldn’t hurt…
Bomb Queen vii #4: “???” out of “WTF did I just read?”
And that’s it for this week, overall not a bad haul at all. Despite my rating, I enjoyed Mass Effect Homeworlds #2, and Bomb Queen uhm… well, I now have something new to talk about with my psychiatrist, yay!
– Furry Senpai