The 5th Wave Book Review

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First heard about this when the movie came out and it kinda came and went. Wasn’t until I saw the Bad Movies review of the movie I found out it was based on a young adult novel. I usually don’t read these books since they’re too easy to read at times. Also, I’m not in the age group so I can’t relate to some of these problems that are in their books. So I read this for a book club for people my age since some book clubs had older people I couldn’t relate too.

This book seems like twilight with aliens and a bit of the Road in the mix. Since there’s a dystopian feel to this movie or about as dystopian as this book can be. There was also some same patterns young adult books have, love triangles, and a leading lady who is a bit clumsy. Reading this I was thinking of the movie and kinda scanning thoroughly it because some parts were just boring. Something about aliens coming to earth and people calls them “the Others” and they use 4 waves so far for invasion. Seems a bit too elaborate since they could have used a neutron bomb. Or end up getting on our good side while taking our resources, like in V The Miniseries. They say the Others are being careful but these waves don’t seem very careful.

I’m not going to spoil the entire book but you can kinda see the twist coming a bit. There’s also two more books in the series but I’m not sure if we will read them. Anyway if you want to read this it’s fine I just kept thinking about the movie for visual aid. This book also got me back into reading again so I might be reviewing more books sooner or later.

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How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way Review

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Reading this it seemed pretty straightforward and this book shows you all the basics of drawing comics. This copy I read though was from the library and some people just traced over some of the pictures since there are traces of penciling in some of them. This book is also a reprint of a 1984 book by Stan Lee for inspiring comic book artists as well. This could also be for the young and old alike since I found this in the adult section of my town’s public library.

This book also tells you all about what you need and how to draw some of the stuff. I might get some of these supplies in stores when I can and try them out. Since digital arts can give me eye strain if I stare at the screen too long. Also, hope to get me a copy since this book is about 8 dollars on Amazon and to also try out how I draw comics as well.

I haven’t done many reviews since I’m a bit busy with trying to do art and books like these let me do both of art and reviews. Since these books catch my eye and help me inspire myself to do some creativity. I think I didn’t do much art growing up since I had ADHD, was tired from a long day of school, and simply got intimidated by other people’s works. Now I do it as a form of art therapy to give myself something to do and calm myself down. Here’s also my art blog if you haven’t seen it already and my art isn’t the best but it helps me express myself.

https://thinkerart101.wordpress.com/

Scalped Review 

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Reading this it felt like Native Amercian Sopranos at times and it really shows the plight of Indian Reservations. The story is about this guy that goes back to his tribe’s reservation after running away 15 years ago. He’s also and undercover cop and it seemed like he was going to stop this guy, Chief Red Crow. Seeing all the people react to our main hero’s return seemed shocking since some people hate that he left the tribe so long ago. 

Seeing all that happens through this story and through some flashbacks were also pretty shocking too. Surprised how the Native Americans have to grow up so fast at times in Indian Reservations. I’m not explaining most of the story since I got the just of it from other Native American stories about the present day Native Americans.

Also, this book isn’t for everyone and is for mature readers since it’s Vertigo Comics. The reason I read this was it was a part of the top 10 DC Comics you need to read before you die article. Here’s the link to the article if you want to look at it yourself.

http://whatculture.com/comics/10-dc-graphic-novels-you-must-read-before-you-die

Batman: A Death in the Family Review (Spoilers)

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When I checked this out at the library I already knew the highlight of the story from a documentary about comic books through the years on the History channel. In this book or comic both Batman and Robin, who was Jason Todd at the time, go to the Middle East to find the Joker and Jason Todd’s birth mother. After the Joker blackmailed Jason’s mom, Jason meets his mom for the first time but then the Joker lures them into a trap. The Joker beats up Jason himself and leaves both him and his mom locked in some warehouse with a bomb.

Around the time this story happened there was an ad for two numbers to call, one to keep Jason Todd alive while the other number lets Jason die. Some fans think the numbers were rigged so that Jason would die anyway since I heard he was kind of a jerk in the comics. Jason dies anyway and Batman is just torn up about losing him and thinks back to the time when he met Jason as Batman. Jason was just a kid at the time trying to steal the Batmobile’s tires as a way to get some money. Also, Batman mentions how he took him in and how he was pretty angry at times.

Word get’s out for Dick Grayson, who was the first Robin, on the death of Jason Todd and goes back to the circus he used to live. There he finds a promising new Robin with a kid named Tim Drake and even saves Batman and Nightwing when fighting Two-Face.

Overall this is an amazing Batman story and as time went forward Jason Todd gets revived and this time becomes the Red Hood. There would also be more stories with Time Drake as Robin like a major one in Identity Crisis. Even as he gets a bit older he becomes Red Robin fighting crime all over Europe.

Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery Review

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Reading this I thought it would be kinda trippy and it was since this is Grant Morrison doing the writing, he’s also doing Heavy Metal magazine now if you’re wondering what he’s doing. This comic is also published by Vertigo which is for mature readers and I didn’t mind that since they also published Sandman as well.

The story is about this golden age superhero Flex Mentallo or some guy losing himself in comic books. Around the end, it get’s real trippy, mind-blowing, and you’ll just have to read it yourself if you can understand the book or other Grant Morrison’s works.

I’m being vague because I don’t read much of Vertigo’s works and also kinda speed read through the book since sometimes they can be easy reads. Also because I checked it out from the library and didn’t read it for a while. Anyway if you like Grant Morrison’s writing or Vertigo comics then you can give it a read. I also read this because it was one of the top 10 DC comics they published throughout they years. Yeah, Vertigo is a side company by DC just so you’ll know about that and here’s the article I found that inspired me.

http://whatculture.com/comics/10-dc-graphic-novels-you-must-read-before-you-die

Cyborg 009: Call of Justice

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First heard of Cyborg 009 when it was on Toonami as an anime back when I was 13 or 14. The show was okay and the animation had a nostalgic feel to it all. Sadly the TV show didn’t last long for some reason. Wasn’t until a few years recently I found out it was an old manga by some publisher called Ishimori, which did 009-1 as well.

Then just recently on Netflix, I saw this show from the same company and they also did a crossover series with Devilman and Cyborg 009. I’m a bit disappointed that it uses CGI instead of drawn animation but CGI can be good when it’s done right or if the story is any good.

The original story is that a weapon manufacturer named Black Ghost abduct 9 people from across the world and converts them into cyborgs, as a part of the ultimate soldier program. They get freed by a scientist who thought they all volunteered but didn’t. Each 00 Cyborg has a different power, one has physic powers, one can fly, one has built-in weapons, one breathes fire, one has enhanced radar, one has super strength, one can shape shift, one can swim deep underwater, and one has super speed. Also, I think Black Ghost was a take on cold war arms dealers since this manga was made in the 60’s.

In this show, the uniforms they wear are a bit different and look more like power armor and the ray guns look more modern. They still have their telepathy powers and haven’t aged for some reason throughout the years. They also explain to someone what they’ve done until after the cold war was over, by trying to help the united nations.

They also mention these people called the Guardians that help out the world after the 00 cyborgs failed a mission in Dubai. Then they also have to fight these people with superpowers called the Blessed as well.

This show just made me want to read the manga it was based on and also to watch the Cyborg 009 vs Devilman crossover series, which is also on Netflix as well. If you’re a Cyborg 009 fan give this a watch since it’s like a new story or a modern take on the manga.

Airwolf Review

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First heard about it when playing the NES game so long ago as a kid. Never realized it was a tv show in the 1980’s until there was a Sci-Fi channel marathon block one day. In the pilot, some people who built this helicopter called Airwolf, and how it’s this high-tech chopper at least for the 1980’s.

There’s a lot of dust spots when watching the pilot and I was watching this on Netflix. Even though some or most of these old shows on Netflix have been restored but it was probably just cheap to film when they first made this show. My father also told me this show came out just when cable became a thing back then in the early 1980’s.

Mostly there’s a lot of talking in the show so far even though it’s about Airwolf. The main hero is played by Jan-Michael Vincent and he seems okay in this show. Also heard about the helicopters fate after the show ended. It was on Robot Chicken I found out the helicopter was made into a German medical chopper, then it crashed into a mountain in 1992. The sketch was called “F-ing Google it!” or just “Google it!” is what it was called on YouTube. Checked it myself to confirm it and it really did happen which is kinda sad. Here’s the link also to the sketch if you want to see it yourself.

The dialogue and some of the stories so far are pretty dated today. Sometimes it’s just Russians wreaking havoc but keep in mind this was during the cold war. This show also tries to build up Seeing Airwolf but when it does show up it just hovers around.

As much as I bad talk this show some people are big fans of this show and I just wasn’t too sure about this show since it got a 3 out of 5 on my tastes in Netflix. If you’re a fan of this show then watch away but I heard the last season was pretty back even for the show.

 

Beverly Hills Cop Review

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I never really watched this movie except on TV. Wasn’t until I checked the dvd out at the library I thought it was amazing. Eddie Murphy plays Axel Foley, a wisecracking Detroit cop who after doing a sting, his friend visits from Beverly Hills. After celebrating Axel’s friend gets killed and he goes to Beverly Hills to find the people who murdered his friend.

It’s just amazing to see this Detroit cop in a different environment and Eddie Murphy can be pretty funny when he want’s to be. The music is pretty good and one song just gets stuck in your head when you hear it. There’s also a lot of action scenes and comedy scenes making it and the movie not so serious all the time.

Haven’t seen the sequels but I heard they were okay. This movie though is one of the best performances by Eddie Murphy from the 1980’s. Just like Trading Places and Coming to America as well.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

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When I bought this it was mostly because of Kevin Spacey as the corrupt businessman since he can do that pretty well. There’s also these EXO suits that are supposed to give you some powers like a jet pack or a slide move. The single player campaign takes place in the near future with this guy and his friend are in the marines, stopping North Korea from invading South Korea which sounds dumb.

When you meet the guy and his friend it does feel like they just met. Both of them end up losing something but I don’t want to spoil the story. Then Kevin Spacey shows up as the leader of this weapons corporation called ATLAS. He seems to be pretty good in this and the campaign can be a ride when it can.

The multiplayer is okay and with the EXO armors  it can be chaos at times. This was also one of the first multiplayer games I played online in the Call of Duty games. It was kind of frustrating since I just started playing multiplayer at the time. Some people I think bought this game from day one and got special downloads or just used micro-transactions.

The game just puts the breaks on hold for this aging franchise and it feels at times just Call of Duty with jet packs and lasers. If you just want to play this because of Kevin Spacey then go ahead since he’s pretty good in this. Also the matchmaking in multiplayer is more fleshed out and there’s the pick 13 system from Call of Duty: Black Ops. Making you choose wisely form weapon attachments or perks.

PC version I heard is a bit worse and hearing what happened with the PC version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare it seems like they don’t care about PC gamer’s as much. Basically I heard the divided the DRM and servers meaning if you want to play it on Steam or Xbox PC store. It’s kinda shocking since there isn’t many players  for the more recent Call of Duty games. Either they’re too demanding, or the multiplayer is broken, or they’re all just playing them on the Xbox One or the PS4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

009-1: The End of the Beginning Review (Spoilers)

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Watching this movie based on the anime of the same name it seems okay, found this on a library app called Hoopla. It seems there’s a lot of fanservice in this movie and random action that kind of strays form the source material. Our lead explains this quick backstory of the movie. Something about a world where the Cold War never ended and the world is divided as the Western Block and the Eastern Block.

She also explains she’s a cyborg and had machine gun boobs as well. After saving some people she starts remembering her name, Mylene. Also there’s a lot of cgi bullets in this movie which is kinda cheap. Mylene also is called a monster at times even though the people who probably made her were the real monsters.

There’s this scene where she makes out with this supposedly long lost brother that creeped my out. Then he dies shortly after Mylene’s fired from the agency she works with. Then later there’s this fight scene in a swimming pool which seems pretty dumb and a cheap way for fanservice or a cat fight.

The rest is that her brother wants to destroy the world and then make a new one. Also it turns out she was the only cyborg that made it through even though in the anime she had a team with her sometimes.

Then she fights zombies and this all seems out of place like the director never saw the anime and just wanted to make softcore porn at times. I wouldn’t recommend this since it seems kinda cheap and was just made as a part of a live action quota. This movie just makes me want to watch the anime just to get rid of the bad taste.