Friday, March 28, 2014

COMIC BOOK NEWS 01: WONDER WOMAN BEING PLAYED BY GAL GADOT?

     




           This is old news for most of you, but Gal Gadot as Wonder Women really?  She will be cast to play Wonder Women in the Superman Vs. Batman movie rumored to come out this summer. Now I read all I could find  about this subject before posting my two sense  and after soaking up the info available...  it seems most people are against this. I am as well but only partially. Before I get into that I will put what I learned from various sites and put it altogether into one useful post. I swear most post I came across was vague with not too information but the  obvious headline. Let me show you how it's done.



    Who's Gal Gadot?
To be fair she is a former Miss Israel and best known as part of the Fast & Furious franchise, Gadot is very beautiful, and also very thin(more on that later). Gadot served in the Israeli army for two years. She's 5'9" (5'8" depending where you look) tall and that is a good thing. Gadot may just be tall enough to play Wonder Woman.

               Why all the negative hoopla about her playing Wonder woman? Well I'll try to explain this so even you people who never read a Wonder Women comic can understand. The obvious one is her very thin frame. I'm not talking about her bra size. I mean her overall physique. Yes I know we male artist seem to always draw women well endowed in all areas. Realistically women are rarely shaped like Kim Kardashian or even Jessica Biel in all areas. A girl may have great legs and butt and no boobs or have all that and a non attractive face.  You don't normally get all that together. I say this to point out that I realize finding a actress to match up with the comic book version of a female icon like Wonder Women could be a daunting. On top of that if she does fit Wonder Woman physically to a perfect tee she may not be able to act. However I do think that DC went the cheap route hopping to score big with someone who may have talent but not a high price tag.

Olga Kurylenko
Elodie Young


         Gal Gadot did beat out to Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Young. All these women are a slender fit though. Elodie and Olga are a bit more beefy  compared to the winner. The one thing they all have in common is that exotic look with that 5'9" height or taller. Elodie is the most combat experienced, she practiced karate for about ten years. Why all the fuss about the body type of this character? I will not join  the Diana(Wonder Woman) needs to have DD cups bandwagon. If a actress has that fine, but I am more concerned with her over all thickness. Wonder Woman should have a athletic curvy build which evokes power and sexuality. When I say sexuality I mean she looks pleasing to the male eye buy she isn't trying to be sexy. She means business but has compassion and an unawareness of how hot she is in that outfit. So she's not one of those girls constantly flicking her hair or looking at a mirror.If there was actress I would say could play Wonder Women hands down it would be Lucy Lawless during her younger days as "Zena the Warrior  Princess" seen below.



           Zach Snider is the director and most people don't have faith in his ability to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen in a good way. One blogger went as far to say that his movies are filled with female subjugation and rapey depictions. He is known for Sucker Punch, 300, Man Of Steel and Dawn Of Dead to name a few. I liked most of movies he did so I'm not as hard on him as most. I will say that he has his work cut for him because Wonder Women has layers to her and she's not just eye candy. You can't treat her like a Sucker Punch character.

            This is why I am partially wary of Gal Gadot playing Wonder Women. For one, as a comic book reader I expect the characters especially the MAIN CHARACTERS to closely resemble the comic book.  You people that have never picked up a comic book just don't get it. You people that never payed attention to this stuff until it appeared on the big screen I can't take what you say seriously. I do find you annoying. You guys harp on sexual reasons for everything and say it doesn't matter how this person looks (particularly the females). That argument makes no sense. For example If I went to see a movie about someone playing sports legend Joe Montana I expect him  to be white, tall with a quarterback physique and accurate (enough)with the football.  I should not see a short guy or a black guy playing him no matter how talented a actor they are. This is why comic enthusiast griping about their characters is valid. Am I the only one that can look at something objectively like this? I think because, comic books are mostly a visual platform it gets mishandled by some people and misunderstood by even more for obvious reasons.

   If Gadot gives a masterful performance and resembles Diana more then I thought she would, I will admit I was a bit off. It is possible she steals the show from Superman and Batman.  Superman "actor Henry Cavill" I see weighted down by all that baggage he is carrying from Man Of Steel. It was a attempt to make him a little darker and more interesting. Batman is already in a dark place but Ben Afleck is at the helm. Ben is a Oscar winner but Batman is not a easy character to make believable. Former Batman Christian Bale admits he thought the Batman suit looked stupid and had to do a growl voice to make himself believe in the character. Wow, I thought he was the best Batman ever. From reading that excerpt it seems he almost did not get the character.That being said I wish Gal Gadot the best and want her to know this is nothing personal I just want the best woman to play this icon. I hope you knock it out the park and prove me and the nay Sayers wrong. I'm not a director so I will assume that Zach, DC and Hollywood at least have a idea what they are doing. Do you have a opinion on this? Who would you have cast as Wonder Women?



Okay, Gal Gadot does look close enough with this picture. Just please don't let them turn you into a bimbo.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

2013 WEB COMIC REVIEW 10: NIEBLA

WEB COMIC: NIEBLA
CREATOR: RAMON ESPINOZA
PAGES: 63
UPDATES: EVERY TUESDAY
GENRE: FANTASY ADVENTURE




Welcome true believers I have a web comic review for you. it's called Niebla, enjoy enjoy!

PROS: The art and story show promise. The coloring is on a much higher level then I have seen for awhile. There seem to be a good group of characters to journey through the story with.

CONS: When I first came to this site the page loaded really slow. Some time later it loaded slow again! When reading the speech balloons at times it can be confusing of who said what. Some "unbelievable" stuff can happen, more on that later.

LAST WORD: Wow this webcomic has a intriguing storyline that doesn't look typical after 44 pages of reading. Some pages load very slow. I believe it's only the pages that have multiple pictures attached. The coloring is amazing and each page is panel scripted really well. There is one thing that make me a little wary about web comic. That one thing is, lets just say there are two things that happen in this comic that make you say "What The Fudge! I don't want to spoil things but one thing that happens early is a driving force of this story that is promised to be explained later. The second one is bit over the top. I mean the characters are not said to have any type of superhuman powers or durability to survive a certain doomsday moment. Uncanny agility doesn't count. I'll let it slide unless if everyone makes it out "A" okay. That being said it's good story so far.


OVERALL SCORE: 8.0

CONCEPT: 8.5
Urghhh no synopsis. The story evolves around  a young prince who survives a horrible accident and loses someone dear to him. For some reason he's hunted for this incident years later. What really happened that fateful night is what drives you to keep reading.


ART: 8.5
Nice work here. The style fits perfect and expressions of each character on close ups is well done. At times the characters look a bit stiff however. By that I mean their pose just doesn't look fluid or natural.

COLORING OR SHADING: 10
Wow! Off the freaking charts. Good use of shadows as well. I like how the colors pop and certain scenes have strong mood changes here and there. At times the coloring looks like a fine piece of art.

WRITING AND SPELLING: 8.5
The story flows nicely and you rarely will be lost. It's no overload of dialog either like some web comics.  It could be some grammar missteps here and there. Let be known this is far from strength of mine but sometimes reading some of the characters comments I have to read them a few times because something doesn't sound right. No misspells as far as I see.

WEB PAGE LAYOUT: 9.0
Real nice work here as well. The Comicpress page is well put together. I could not believe there were no ads all over the place. I don't believe I remember seeing that on a web comic... ever! There are ads but only on the intro page and I only saw two. The only website issue is; that there were some sloooow page loading problems at times. Despite that almost all info was easy to find except what this web comic is about. Also you can read this web comic in Spanish if you so choose.
 
ENTERTAINMENT: 8.0
Pretty good. The action was a real page turner in the latest updates but the mystery of what happened "that night" is what kept me reading up to now. I hope the author doesn't drop the ball on this one. It worries me a little because the last two pages was suspect of how anyone could survived that event.

POST FREQUENCY: 6.5
Every Tuesday in full color is passable.


POPULARITY: 3.0
A PR2 and at least 33 likes from facebook at a time may show that this website is building steam.



Thursday, September 12, 2013

2013 WEB COMIC REVIEW 09: GO GET A ROOMIE

WEBCOMIC: GO GET A ROOMIE
CREATOR: Chloe C.
UPDATES: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
ARCHIVE: Unknown, not numbered. Appears to be 40+ at least.
GENRE: Live, laugh and love



Yes it's now slow season at my job so I'll have a little more time to do these and draw. I only have a little time before it's Halloween horror nights though so I better get going. Also if you guys are ever looking for me at Xbox live my gamertag is Antione Phoenix. Todays web comic is called Go Get A Roomie. Let's see what it's about.

PROS: You will enjoy a ever evolving art style. Not a easy webcomic to stop reading it's really addictive! Each post is short and sweet. Updates three times a week. You comment on this comic and there is plenty of company.

CONS: It's hard to find much wrong with this webcomic except there isn't a real parental warning. There's a warning but it doesn't prepare you if your could get in trouble easily with someone who freaks out with this type of stuff. Not just at work and especially if you're a minor.

LAST WORD: Wow this one you can't judge by first glance. If you do and decide to skip it you will miss one of the better webcomics out there right now. I haven't touched on the subject of parental warning in any recent reviews but here it goes. Lets say some kid is reading your comic and his parents goes through search history and see your x-rated comic. If your lucky they will only get on the kids case and leave it at that. It you have the unfortunate fate of raising the ire of one those crusader parents you can get a lot of unwanted attention. It may work to you advantage like Miley Cyrus or you may get your sponsorship dropped or you work banned from places. Just saying, I've seen it happen with toys on shelves. NWSF rating doesn't count, because it only states that it's "Not suitable for work" This comic is done more  in a sunday comic form, and yet hits a homerun almost every time.

OVERALL SCORE: 8.0

CONCEPT: 9.0
Follow the adventure of a upbeat hippie, living her life in love and joy. Original enough.


ART: 8.5
I like the art style here and it gets better in later updates. There are even backgrounds when needed.

COLORING OR SHADING: 8.0
This is a black and white but the shading looks nice but not spectacular. I think it fits perfect with the comic.

WRITING AND SPELLING: 9.0
Well done, everything makes sense and no misspells. The pacing is pretty good and there is good continuity for a newspaper strip type of comic.

WEB PAGE LAYOUT: 9.0
There are ads but not enough to be distracting. The links appear to work and the pages load fast. There is a forum, about page, fan art and more to see at this site.You easily find information about this webcomic  What a pleasant surprise!
 
ENTERTAINMENT: 9.5
I really like this one and I think you will too. You get short and sweet doses that keep you wanting more.


POST FREQUENCY: 7.5
Three times a week is pretty good.


POPULARITY: 3.0
Hmmm.... despite plenty of updates this web comic has no PR at all. Fortunately for Chloe she does get plenty of comments from  anywhere from six to 25 responses. There may be even more on top of the forum. This does show a decent  fan base.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

2013 WEB COMIC REVIEW 08: ATTICA

WEB COMIC: ATTICA
WRITTEN BY: WILLIAM GERATS AND CHRISTIAN GOSSETT
ARTIST: CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ
UPDATES: UNKNOWN
GENRE: MYTHOLOGY






Hey guys hope you had a nice summer. It was hot in Florida and rained almost everyday. I thought it was Seattle for a moment. Anyway I was pretty busy thru the summer with work and I am still wondering if my site will drop off the map. I can't seem to pay for my Google domain. Well it's my problem not yours just giving you a heads up if I'm here today then gone tomorrow  In the meantime check out this mythology webcomic I found on on Beyond Media called Attica.


PROS: This first ever webcomic story I ever read that has a moral theme to it. Attica is hosted under the Beyond Media umbrella where there are plenty of other webcomics to read as well.This webcomic is more then you would expect and actually has a deeper story to it.

Cons: There is not much action and there is some sharp profanity with no parental warning in sight. You don't know when this webcomic updates. You cant comment on this web comic on web comics home page. I assume you can on via Facebook.

LAST WORD: I can't say I really like this web comic or not. It's entertaining and yet slow. I did read all 9 issues so the creators did something right.  I guess the suspense meter is off the charts because there is not much action to speak of. Don't get me wrong there is more than having mind blowing action to a create good webcomic. I just guess I was expecting more a show of powers from this one. Putting that aside this story does show promise because it teaches non violence. How many if any webcomics can say that.



OVERALL SCORE: 7.5

CONCEPT: 9.0
What if the ancient world’s bloodiest conqueror walked the modern world as its greatest prophet? A god that spread  death and destruction learns a hard lesson and then finds a new path full of peace and tranquility. Things become interesting when he wants to share this knowledge with those who are how he used to be. The story is very original.


ART: 8.0
The art is good but the figure drawing seems stuck at at the same level. At times the characters look stiff. The backgrounds look very good.

COLORING OR SHADING: 9.0
Nice work. The display of powers can be breathtaking at times. The use of shadows is very good.

WRITING AND SPELLING: 8.5
The story is easy to follow and the spelling looks good.

WEB PAGE LAYOUT: 9.0
The Beyond Media web site is very well done. All links appear to work and there have no load page issues. There are multiple web comics to see here as well.

ENTERTAINMENT: 8.0
Except wanting perhaps more action the story was strangely engrossing. The anticipation to see what will happen was unexpected.  

POST FREQUENCY: 3.0
They don't say. They do give a summary of  when it has  updated and what the chapter will be about. The fact that there are other webcomics at this site does help hide the gaps of when this  one may update.
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POPULARITY: 6.0
Did I see this right that as overall site Beyond Media  has 45 k likes from Facebook? Problem is I don't know how many is for this webcomic Attica. The same goes for the PR4  that is for the Beyond Media site but is nonexistent for the Attica webcomic it self. Because of this It's hard to give an accurate rating here for the webcomic only but it does deserve a nod never the less.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

2013 WEB COMIC REVIEW 07: GIANT GIRL ADVENTURES

WEB COMIC: GIANT GIRL ADVENTURES
CREATORS: SABRINA PANDORA AND KOEN LUYTEN
UPDATES: ??? ISSUE 5 WITH A UNKNOWN NUMBER OF PAGES IN EACH ISSUE
GENRE: SUPER EX AGENT



Hey guys I've been busy of late and I ran into to snag of sorts. My blog recently got shut DOWN. It's long story I don't feel like going in to much here. Long story short I've been trying pay and renew my blog domain name and Google has made in far more harder then it should be. I'm giving you a heads up that that my blogs may go down soon for a extended time. I will try to keep it up but if they want me to pay more that I want to pay... I'm not doing that. So lets see how that goes. This also is why my updates slowed to crawl I was afraid any day my site would go down. So here is a long awaited web comic review, Giant Girl Adventures.

PROS: A whitty not hard on the eyes female lead character does work well. The story is interesting so you will want to keep reading. The cast of characters are funny yet familiar.

CONS: Is it me or does she look a lot like Carmen Santiago? Just saying. Sometimes the pages can be dialog heavy as in overpowering. Meaning sometime you see the speech balloons but not the characters. This webcomic is also ad heavy. The latest update has some of the smallest fonts I ever saw. I don't know how often that happens.

LAST WORD: I found this web comic to be not too bad. What do you think? The mix of color and black and white, was a nice touch at times. The fonts was too small in the last update. The creators do urge to click to enlarge at times but thats if you read the comments. With all updates I read this isn't a problem mostly, the art and font are easily readable except on certain occasions. This web comic looks like it should have scored higher but the lack of info when it updates, what the story is about as in a synopsis  and no PR whatsoever did not help much. That being said, this first year webcomic does get decent amount of comments. So I expect it to improve in these areas by next year.


OVERALL SCORE: 6.5

CONCEPT: 7.5
Ugh. There is no synopsis... From what I gather Veronica Kane is a ex super agent who can grow huge can spew some comedic remarks and kick bad guy butt in one swoop.  The story has some familiar undertones but still comes off rather fresh.


ART: 8.5
The art style fits perfect with  the humor and overall pacing of the web comic. 

COLORING OR SHADING: 8.0
The shading isn't great but it works. The spots when they use color to showcase Giant Girl is clever. 

WRITING AND SPELLING: 8.5
Grammar and spelling looks okay but the speech balloons can get wordy real quick.  Sometimes the font can be exceptionally small. Yes you can enlarge but  that can be a bit too much work.

WEB PAGE LAYOUT: 8.0
The web page looks good and bad at the same time. What I mean is at first glance it looks good but a closer look  it may overload your senses with ads and plenty of buttons near the page flip icons (First, Last, etc...)  On the plus side the pages load fast and there was no page load errors, hurrah!  There is plenty of links to see at this site and a forum to cruise thru if you so choose.

ENTERTAINMENT: 7.5
While it did have me reading  quite a few updates. I just wasn't mesmerized.  It was more trying to figure what this story and characters was really about. 

POST FREQUENCY: 2.0
They don't say and I'm not guessing. They do tell you that they sometimes are having family problems. So you do get a point for that. The saving grace is that five issues  are ready for you to read from the year 2013 alone.


POPULARITY: 1.5
This web comics does get a modest amount of comments and has Page rank of zero, I rarely see that. Then again this webcomic is new so perhaps it is to be expected. It takes time and links before Google gives you a number.


Friday, June 14, 2013

2013 WEB COMIC REVIEW 06: DELVE



WEB COMIC: DELVE
CREATORS: ARTIST/ ANDREW HUNTER
                      COLORIST/ LIZ HUNTER
UPDATES: RANDOM
ARCHIVE: 159 PAGES SO FAR
GENRE: RPG FANTASY ADVENTURE/COMEDY



Hey guys here is another web comic review you should enjoy. I finally found this comic I been wanted to take a closer look at and was happy I did. It's called Delve!

PROS: The lead character shines and the story moves along at a nice pace... mostly. You will find good art and shiny colors. This story is so good it may catch you off guard as it did me. I read the  whole archive in one sitting, I almost never do that! There are sex girls drawn in some of the most provocative poses for your viewing pleasure.. To top it off This one can be quite funny at times.

CONS: We don't know when this web comic updates and there seems to be glitch that you can't see certain pages between 87-100?  For some reason the archive wasn't working my first read through to show these pages. At times you may not know when your in a flash back, your just there. Hey, I did not see parental warning!

CONCLUSION: I enjoyed this web comic a lot and highly recommend it. There are some issues after you read past page 87( that is if you start from page 01 to 87). I found nothing wrong with the most recent updates so I don't know how far that error goes that won't let you load the pages. Update* after reading more of the web comic DELVE, I found I can see those pages I originally had problems with; by going to a more recent update and then using the archive there. I'm not sure if it was one time thing or not. Let me know if you had similar problems. Also I did not see parental warning. I noticed that later after I completed the review so won't take points away. Sorry that just slipped past me.To the creator Andrew, you have gem here. You could of easily got a 9.0 or better if not for some of those issues I stated earlier.



OVERALL SCORE: 8.5

CONCEPT: 9.0
Bree Starval is a wood elf rogue who has entered the Delve in the company of a party of adventurers. After falling victim to a slide trap, they find themselves in an unfamiliar and dangerous section of the dungeon. The story stands out for me as being more original then most in this genre.


ART: 9.0
I love Andrews style it doesn't easily remind me of anyone else and he draws the different types of  girls species very well. He does take short cuts on the back grounds but I  assume it's to keep up with the dead lines. They don't take away from  the telling the story at all. 

COLORING OR SHADING: 9.5
Liz has some serious talent with  the affects and giving this web comic it's overall mood with the coloring. You can tell when some one is subbing for her. Andrew appears to be the only one that can match her when he has to do this as well.

WRITING AND SPELLING: 9.5
Andrew keeps it simple and hits plenty of home runs.. He able to use very little dialog but explain just enough to further raise your curiosity. I should take notes here. There appear  to be no misspells or broken sentences to piece together. Perhaps his flash backs could be more easily able to tell when your in one however.

WEB PAGE LAYOUT: 9.0
Nice work but there were page load errors when I read the first 87 seven straight for some reason. 

ENTERTAINMENT: 10
It's rare I read more than 15 page to a chapter of webcomic unless if it really grabs me by the neck.. This one does and will! Most who flip through the pages won't be able to stop easily.


POST FREQUENCY: 3.0
I don't know when this web comic updates. It must keep some kind of schedule perhaps once a week? Andrew is not telling. I normally give a 2 here for me not knowing when web comic updates.  The  more then average archive  helped me give a extra point.

POPULARITY: 4.0
A modest PR2  is okay. The fact that  the author admits there was a  "leaving comment issue"s at some point in the recent past with this web comic makes it hard to tell how many comments on average it really gets. For now it looks like 7-15 comment per post. This web comic is also in the top 100 web comics.