I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
In production, but, damn, yes, I would watch this on the big screen!
Another one I'm looking forward to. Spawn's creator, Todd McFarlane, knows that the first movie was... not good. He's not going for the baby PG-13 rating and making it true to the original.
I should be back to updating and reviewing as I read, so long as more stress/depression doesn't set in. The way the year's been going so far, I might end up doing all my reviews in one big chunk weekly, though...
Yes, for those reading before it's fixed: I goofed on adding the cover, because I wasn't paying as much attention as I should have been. Oops.
Anyway, fast-forward though a hundred or so comics, and we're dealing with Malcolm Dragon, Dragon's grown up son who Dragon thought was dead at one point.
It's just as amazing as the original Dragon storylines, and still as sexist. It's this whole weird thing, where I can't tell if they're poking fun at it in general or just being really sexist. I honestly wish I cared more than I did. This is the most glaring fault, and I hate it, but I love so much else about this massive soap-opera of a story.
The art gets sloppier, but once again not enough to really detract. This was the last thing offered via Comixology Unlimited, a subscription service. Le sigh! I may have to buy the rest.
Other authors didn't balance everything I loved about the original series - the character development, the humor, the soap opera elements, etc as well. I wasn't into a lot of these, actually, although there were only a couple pages long and sort of 'what if this had been different?' type stories.
It's interesting seeing the characters living off-planet, or in 50s drag races, but I only really truly enjoyed a couple of these and that wasn't enough to save this anthology.
I already updated the cover, but you'll see that it's clearly for the wrong cover now and I uploaded the correct cover.
So sorry, I apparently got confused because I was uploading a bunch of Savage Dragon things and probably wasn't paying as much attention as I should have been...
So this is where Comixology Unlimited cuts me off. There's eight or nine of these and I want to splurge on them all to be honest.
I also really want to wait and see if they go on sale, too.
All I know is that this is some of the most addictive stuff I've read. I have to know what happens to Malcolm and all the universes, too. I really, really need it and I wasn't paying attention to pages, so I didn't expect it to end - and then it did...
I'm so into this series, I'm considering throwing a whole bunch of money at all of the archives, or at least all of them that I haven't read yet.
And yes, still sexist, still addicted to this, still want more.
I'm not saying it's not important, but it feels like a commercialized heavy handed messagings, and I didn't enjoy it all that much.
The art is pretty, but not quite as pretty as the cover in my opinion. Just meh on this.
So I wanted to read more Savage Dragon, this was available on Comixology Unlimited, and it included the first volume. The thing is that it it's in black and white which bothered me for a couple pages, but I think this art actually works much better in black and white. The details are much clearer and Larsen has a style I like, although I think he had a tendency to get sloppy, especially in the beginning. His art is uneven throughout, though, although sometimes it gets super tight.
That being said, the art never got sloppy enough to detract from this addicting storyline. I just binged three volumes, and if you think I can untangle all the sexual escaped, deaths, rebirths, and other soap opera tropes taken to the extreme, you'd be wrong.
It's absolutely addicting and I love it. It's still flawed, it's still super sexist and I've given up on that getting better ever. I still love this.
And I'm going to start off with something: this is really super sexist. It starts with the way the boobs are drawn, and goes through to how Dragon - and the men around him for the most part - treat the women. They talk about them like their objects, they treat them like disposable sex partners later on, and I'm saying this way, way deep into this series. It bothers me, like, a lot.
And I'm still not knocking down any stars because this series is addictive and started to drag me out of my depression. I also read a lot more of this in black and white, and it's weird: the main character is green and color is important in this series, but I prefer the art in black and white, although I feel like I should be more attached to the color in this series.
Holy shit, guys, this is a soap opera. If you could write a soap opera it would be this. I'm like laughing at myself; it's so ridiculous, and it pokes fun at other comics while, I feel, showing a great respect for them. This parodies the soap opera aspects of comics, in my opinion, without diminishing the way that I become involved in these character's lives. It's quite a delicate balancing act, and I've read a book that's shorts of other people writing these characters. I just wasn't as connected because something was missing from that balance.
A green-skinned naked man with a fin on his head waked up in the middle of fire, unharmed and with amnesia that left memories of his life gone while all practical knowledge of the world intact. When Chicago police officer Frank Darling finds and rescues this man, the question is what to do with him: people like him, with powers or differences, are known as 'freaks', and even the man named Dragon will call himself a freak in the end. Most freaks are supervillains and Chicago is being overrun, the police and rare superhero are losing the battle against Chicago's biggest gang, the Vicious Circle. Superheroes whose identities are revealed are being beaten and killed.
Dragon is nearly invulnerable, and super strong, and could be a boon to the police force, but all he wants to do is live his life without any complications. When he's hired by Frank's family member, and allowed to live in the upper floor, he's happy enough - until the Vicious Circle targets Fred.
Dragon is welcomed by most into the police force, although some officers are bigots. It's pretty much the story of how Dragon joins the police force. It's also a nice little parody of comics, especially the soap opera aspects in my opinion.
And it's a hell of a lot of fun. Even the despicable way women are treated doesn't diminish my love of this, but no media is perfect and I strongly believe in loving something problematic, even loving it deeply, and also calling it out on its shit.
I'm addicted, guys.
Or perhaps it's a personality clash? I feel like I should love this, and confession, I've tried reading this before. I didn't go bananas for it then either, so it might indicate a clash of personalities.
Another one that's funny, that's well done, and that I couldn't quite find a reason to give a lower star rating to. I laughed, I liked most of this, but... I was so stressed out and depressed that it took me longer than expected to read it: I kept starting and stopping. I won't prioritize more of this, mostly because I didn't connect and because I connect this series to being depressed and stressed now...
Maybe when I'm further away from the things causing the stress, I'll borrow more from Comixology Unlimited.
Almost, but not quite perfect. I'm not sure why, but as fun as this is, I wouldn't absolutely prioritize a sequel, so I'm giving it four stars. And this is a lot of fun: almost everything is tied up nicely, except that way that they left open a sequel.
I didn't realize this would be a Zedd/Braniac team-up, but that just made it all that much better. So many robots! So much love!
The characters were spot on, the reason for the crossover was more plausible than many comic book plots I've read, and I ended up simply loving this. The interplay between the two teams made me laugh, and it balanced them teaming up with the action quite nicely.
Two of my biggest issue were the stylization of the art which I wasn't crazy about, although I didn't think it was bad by any means. It wasn't a technical issue; it was about me not getting along with the style.
And of course, I'd jump on any sequel that included Red Tornado, and I found myself wondering why this crossover didn't use their robot member: the Power Rangers and evil doers had robots, so I thought it was a nice way to slip Tornado in there, and they didn't. Missed chance.
I'm not sure that's worth knocking down one star for anyone else, but it was for me.
Spoilers for Bumblebee, this is the scene that will be the reason I own this movie, and also my first homework assignment. I need a clip less than a minute long that says something about me, and this says a whole lot about me: my love of films based on fandom, my love of new things if done properly, my love of robots and fictional violence, aka my way of dealing with real life violence in a safe space.
I think it fits me to a t.
Compare it to:
I think this is a Dragon homage to X-Men, mostly because there are enough homages that I even find it a little irritating. The way it's done feel like it's supposed to be a clever wink at fans of comics, but it's done so often and in some cases - like the Colossus image - so similarly that it feels like a ripoff at times.
And don't get me wrong, I'm still going to read this. There IS enough difference that the whole comic isn't one never-ending homage. I just occasionally think this can stand on its own legs, and not be exactly this cover, for example. Like the setup to this scene? Would have worked even if Dragon were strung up a little differently.