Challenge 2: Day 48: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life Vol. 1 (Colored Edition) (2012)

COMIC TITLE: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life Vol. 1 (Colored Edition) (2012)
Bryan Lee O’Malley– Artist
Bryan Lee O’Malley– Writer
August 8, 2012
Oni Press

scott pilgrimBack in 2010, the world bore witness to the comic book movie Scott Pilgrim Vs The World which starred Michael Cera as the title character. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the film and I didn’t understand why at the time. After finding out that it was based on a comic book I promised myself that I was going to try and read them. One day while searching on my Comixology App, I saw that all the volumes of the series written and drawn by Bryan Lee O’Malley were available, that I was going to check it out. So, for today, I present to you guys Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life Volume One (Colored Edition) which was released in August of 2012. Scott Pilgrim thinks that he has all it figured out with his high school girlfriend Knives Chau, but no one else is buying it. One day after a mysterious girl named Ramona Flowers starts to appear in his dreams and in real life, he begins question everything. The only question now is can he break up with Knives and keep Ramona a secret? Or will that blow up in his face or will this mysterious character get to him first?

scott pilgrim 12I am going to be one hundred percent honest in saying that number one I loved the freaking story and every page of it. The second thing that I am going to tell you is that I am not a super huge fan of the artwork, but I can see it’s influence everywhere in the world for sure. You take one look at the artwork for Scott Pilgrim and you can immediately start seeing the influence on animated series like Steven Universe which is just one example. I’m pretty sure we can find a lot more of them out there, but I want to clarify that I didn’t hate it. It is just not my preferred style of artwork for a comic, but I respect it. The story is absolutely amazing and I say that because there is so much depth to the story especially with the relationships with certain characters. Then there are all of the subplots that are definitely helping the story move smoothly because we all know the ultimate plot that this book leads up to eventually (if you’ve seen the movie then you know). I love that when Scott’s ban Sex Bomb plays a song that you see the notes and the lyrics as well as a page that you can play along to. I’ll definitely be checking out the next book in the series for sure. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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Challenge 2: Day 47: Judas #3 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Judas #3 (2018)
Jakub Rebelka– Artist
Jeff Loveness– Writer
February 14, 2018
Boom! Studios

judasIt’s kind of a sad and happy kind of moment when I picked the issue that I read for today this past Wednesday. I was happy because Judas #3 was released into the stores, but saddened because it means that there is only one issue left in this miniseries. Nonetheless, Jakub Rebelka is back at the helm illustrating the comic while Jeff Loveness wrote the issue once again. What do we know so far heading into issue three is that Judas was persuaded by the Devil to gain some revenge for him being there in hell. With that being said, the last issue ended with Jesus all of a sudden being in hell with him. What is Judas supposed to say to the son of God and does he really want to know the answer that is burning inside him? With Satan by his side, Judas will confront Jesus and there he will question him as the devil will try to continue to fuel the fire, but does he like what he hears? If you would like to read the issue and look up just about anything Boom! Studios related, you can do so by clicking here.

Judas_003_PRESS_6Things heat up real good as soon as you start with the very first page of the comic. I am surprised that I haven’t heard any uproar over the comic because it gets pretty ballsy as Satan reminds the reader why Jesus is the true villain of the story. The scenario though if you think about it could be one that possibly happened and that depends if you believe in this. I will remind you all that I am not one to get religious on you, but the story is just too darn good not to read. Of course, they leave you with one heck of a cliffhanger once again, but it’ll help set up the last issue. Now while it was one that I saw coming, I thought it was a logical choice considering the history. The artwork was pretty good as usual, but there were some interesting choices made for some scenes. I understand that there are a lot of souls in hell, but some of the panels could have been a little bit better instead of looking like someone spilled the watercolors. Overall, this is one heck of a read as I have said before, but I just noticed that this was released in time for Lent. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

Challenge 2: Day 46: Black Panther Vol. 1: Who Is The Black Panther? (2006)

COMIC TITLE: Black Panther Vol. 1: Who Is The Black Panther? (2006)
Reginald Hudlin- Writer
John Romita Jr.– Artist
March 29, 2006
Marvel Comics

bpIf you are lucky enough to make it to the theaters tonight for the sneak peak, you will witness a historical moment as the world prepares for the cinematic release of Black Panther. The film that stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the King that presides and protects Wakanda from outside invasion. It’s historic for many reasons as we continue to celebrate Black History Month and with that being said I thought that I would catch up on some Black Panther history as well. Boseman claimed that the comics he used for research on his character is the 2005 series and story arc that was written by Reginald Hudlin (House Party) and illustrated by John Romita Jr. (Wolverine) entitled Who Is The Black Panther?. The comic book starts by teaching the history of how things are done in Wakanda as in how one becomes the king of the land and how they have been way ahead of the world in the technology department. The only problem is that Ulysses Klaue a.k.a. Klaw has other plans for Wakanda that could spell the end of things as they know it as he plans to kill the king. For more info on the volume, click here.

bp 2The cool thing about the comic is that you get to know some of the characters that will appear int he film like Klaw, Everett Ross (played by Martin Freeman), as well as some others from the Wakandan tribe. Hudlin had big shoes to fill considering he had taken over the series after it’s longest running writer Christopher Priest was no longer in the driver’s seat. I think he did a relatively great job with the series as he kept it interesting since this was covering his early days at the helm. There are some great appearances from very famous Marvel series like Rhino, Batroc The Leaper, and descendant of Sir Lancelot in The Black Knight. The one thing that I liked a lot about the series is how he incorporated the current world landscape into the comics. The United States are stuck in war in too many places so not enough soldiers and Dick Cheney knew that Wakanda was not giving up any of their oil. You can always depend on comic books to reflect on current events. My only problem with the comic was some of the characters like I likd The Cannibal, but was not a fan of Radioactive Man. Don’t let that deter you from reading this though. The artwork is also very good and was very enjoyable to look at. The comic and it’s panels are easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have any problems there. Go out and witness history with the Black Panther film because it looks very good. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 45: Death Of Love #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Death Of Love #1 (2018)
Justin Jordan- Writer
Donal Delay and Omar Estévez– Artist
February 14, 2018
Image Comics

DeathOfLove_01-1Today is a very special edition of New Comic Book because not only is it a day where new comics come out, but it’s also Valentine’s Day. You know that day where millions of American’s will spend millions of dollars on chocolates and roses. So for comic book collectors everywhere, today is going to cost them a whole lot of money. Image Comics decided to capitalize twice today with the idea of love with a couple of releases with one being the second issue of Twisted Romance and the other being today’s featured comic Death Of Love #1. Death Of Love was written by Justin Jordan and was illustrated by Donal Delay and Omar Estévez and follows a character by the name of Philo Harris. What makes Philo so special you ask, well did you know that Philo is in the middle of a war against the Cupidae (plural for cupid). So, the comic book follows the journey of how Philo ended up at this point in life where agents of love declared war against him.To read more about the comic and what happens next, just click here to go to Image Comics.

DeathofLove01-02As far as the comic is concerned, I thought that this was a very enjoyable issue that just ended too soon for me. As soon as they set up what happens next, the comic book is over and I don’t know if I can wait a month for issue #2. So as you can see, the comic book has my stamp of approval versus Twisted Romance which I left on the shelf this week. It starts with the inevitable of what has happened and he back tracks to what he believes is the beginning of the story and it’s a classic one told over and over again. The writing is amazing as Justin Jordan gets you hooked with said classic story that just never gets old because of what he brought to the table. It’s all about how you can take a story and make it your own. The comedy is definitely there as it has it’s funny moments. The artwork is pretty cool as it has that Ash vs The Evil Dead comic book look to it a little. I am definitely suggesting this one to anyone that needs a laugh on an otherwise overrated day. Check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 44: Lord Of Gore #3 (2017)

COMIC TITLE: Lord Of Gore #3 (2017)
D.B. Stanley- Writer
Daniel Leister– Artist
July 19, 2017
Devil’s Due Entertainment

lord of gore 3One of my favorite comic book series that caught my attention by chance is the horror/slasher comic book known as Lord Of Gore. It’s a series that has been written by D.B. Stanley and illustrated by Daniel Leister and released by Devil’s Due Entertainment. I was worried that there would never be another issue of Lord Of Gore until the company assured me that a fourth issue was coming. So, I thought I would catch up on the reading by checking out Lord Of Gore #3. At this point, we know that someone is murdering people associated with the film dressed as the film’s antagonist the Headsman. Danny managed to escape his death clutches and with the key the Headsman wanted, he discovers a video tape. In this issue, Danny, Derek, and Abby check out the VHS tape which reveals some shocking information that could potentially free a man of all guilt (remember the story the cop told in issue 2). So, the crew decides to do a little investigating of their own by heading down to the studio responsible for the porn parody version The Lord Of Whores. To read more on what happens and what not, please click here.

4309706One thing is for sure and that is I love the cover for this issue which is a take on the classic 1980’s William Lustig horror flick Maniac. Daniel Leister once again does an amazing job on the comic book as far as artwork is concerned. It has the look and feel of a horror flick complete with all the gore that one could want out of their issue. In the first issue I covered, I mentioned how it had a New Nightmare feel to it, but after reading this issue and the one before it, it has a little more of a Scream feel to it. The three of them (Derek, Danny, and Abby) are out investigating the case for themselves and they are stumbling on clues that could identify who the killer really is. This is so well written that every issue leaves you wanting to see what happens next. I just hope that we are able to have more issues so that at least we get to see this all the way through. This is one of those series and companies that are worth supporting because it’s all about supporting the indies too. So, give the comic a shot especially if you are a horror comic fan. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 43: Trump Vs Time Lincoln #1 (2017)

COMIC TITLE: Trump Vs Time Lincoln #1 (2017)
David Hutchison– Artist
David Hutchison–Writers
July 19, 2017
Antarctic Press

trump vs timelincolnLast month I covered a comic book in Trumps Titans which pokes fun at how idiotic things have become in the United States ever since the election of Donald Trump. There has never been a more polarizing figure in the White House like him who has received this much attention. While, I won’t share my political views with you, I think having comic books like that made is a great practice of the first amendment. So witht hat being said, today I read the Antarctic Press release Trump Vs Time Lincoln #1 that was written and drawn by David Hutchison. The story follows a boy who lives in a post apocalyptic world that was created by an evil group known as The Void after the election of Donald Trump. The boy tells the story of how on one faithful day, he was rescued by the 16TH president of the United States who is now a time warrior. He was rescued the night of his assassination and has been traveling through time trying to correct the wrongs. His biggest challenge yet is right in front of him in the form of Emoj’ in Trump. To read more about the comic, please click here.

518903dae59b2c5b6c61fed13d30db4c._SX1280_QL80_TTD_The reason I picked up this comic book is for the fact that the cover reminded me of Mad Max: Fury Road with Trump taking the place of Immorten Joe and Abe obviously in the place of Mad Max. I even love the fact that when you open up the pages, it’s like you’re in the middle of the film, but obviously with Trump as the main antagonist. One of the cool things too about this comic is that various figures in time are also a part of the comic like Nikola Tesla or even Thomas Edison, but the big reveal is at the end. You get to find out who the boy grows up to be and I am not going to spoil that for you. There is plenty of action in the comic even though the idea isn’t totally original. The concept is cool and it makes sense, but it is a parody so it’s fair game. The artwork in the comic is very cool and one of the more attractive points of the issue. The panels are easy to follow so I think you should go out and find this so that you can join the adventure too. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 42: Doomsday Clock #3 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Doomsday Clock #3 (2018)
Gary Frank– Artist
Geoff Johns–Writers
January 24, 2018
DC Comics

Doomsday_Clock_Vol_1_3It has been said that the new rebirth for DC Comics has led us into this direction that we are checking out today. It has been said that ultimately your favorite meta-humans and superheroes would collide with The Watchmen. It’s even been said that Doomsday Clock is a sequel to The Watchmen series which is why I checked it out and I have issue #3 for you today. At this point, Rorschach II and Ozymandias have brought the Marionette and the Mime over to the universe that contains Batman and Superman in an attempt to find Dr. Manhattan in order to save theirs which is facing destruction as Nuclear War approaches. In this issue Rorschach II has to try and convince Batman to help him while Ozymandias deals with both Lex Luthor and the sudden return of The Comedian who is very much alive and well. There is also one small problem, the Marionette and the Mime are loose in Gotham City and that could spell trouble for everyone. To find out more about what happens in the issue and what is coming out in the future, just click here to go to DC Comics.

screenshot-2018-01-24-101352-1077930I have to be honest in saying that I do not know much about The Watchmen other than what I saw in the film. So, it’s safe to say I was a little confused about Rorschach II and how he assumed the identity, but I am just rolling with it. I am definitely loving the writing of this series because it’s very well written. Johns does an amazing job making sure that he follows along with the theory of hey these guys are now in a completely different Earth then they know. So why should anyone believe them when they try to explain what is going on? I can’t give away what happens in this issue, but it follows along those lines and it’s a big way to end the issue for sure. It has me hooked enough that I definitely want to read what happens next so it’s mission accomplished for everyone involved. The idea of how The Comedian is still alive is one of those I should have seen it coming considering the mission at hand. It’s also great to see that while their world is in perile, things are not going so smoothly for Batman and meta-humans either. The art work is very superb as well and I am loving how its the DC Universe drawn in Watchmen style. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades bellow:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A+