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Will be released 0

It should be said in the long run of Grimm Fairy Tales series and stories, that the best have generally fared best with a female character at the center of the action.  With Anna out of commission in this issue though (as of the end of the last issue) this might not bode well, except that Lettia steps in pretty well as a heroine figure.  The story is not less convoluted here, but with somewhat of a background story being told at least there is some continuity and a better flow even as the action...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Search aimlessly 0

If nothing else it is fun to see Anna let loose as she rarely does in her appearances thus far when she expedites the escape from the church.  As it is though, the series still doesn’t really pick up a lot of steam as it reverts to another cliché – voodoo (though this was hinted at earlier.)  There are some better moments here as there is a bit more intrigue to go with the magical mystery, but it seems a bit too disjointed at times to really work fluidly and coherently.  The characters still com...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Hat off in church 0

The first part of the story here involves an exorcism, but it is so obviously ripped off of the Exorcist, that it makes me wonder if the writers were really just being lazy or that they thought that the reader might not remember some of the highlights of one of the most famous horror movies of all time.  Despite this clichéd (and seemingly copied) storyline though this issue does recover with another bit of horror inspired developments later on at a funeral.  Some of has been seen before but at ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Backstory 0

As is often the case with any story linked to Grimm Fairy Tales, this involves somewhat of a cliché (an exorcism) but then again as with many of the other Grimm Fairy Tales series, it is not as much of a cliché if it is handled well, which it is here.  As it stands the story is not yet fully developed but rather left to rest on it premise, but it does that effectively enough as the characters are mostly ignored while the supernatural spookiness is well established.  It is not the best beginning,...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The reason I didn't 0

The series wraps up here on a high as Anna and Braden make short work of figuring out the truth about the Jersey Devil.  The resolution is a good enough one and breaks convention a little in figuring out who is right among the suspicions between Braden and Anna.  As the two are separated for most of the issue, this also allows them to show off some of their own characters, which have been built up slowly through the six issues of this series.  The overall effect of the series ends up being a bit...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

He looked guilty 0

This is the beginning of the relatively uncommon story arc within a miniseries concept.  Having already met Braden and come face to face to face with her arch nemesis Darius, Anna is on the road now investigating the Jersey Devil and some disappearances of some local townspeople.  And for the second time in two issues it involves a hanging as a central part of the story.  The overall effect just isn’t as strong though as something seems a little lost from the tension of the previous story.  Havi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Will hang 0

This issue revolves around a standard Western cliché, that of being saved from the gallows, but as with all clichés if the material is handled in an original way then there is something to be said for the story itself.  To the benefit of this issue that is the story here as Anna is led away to hanged by the mind controlled townsfolk.  Her origin story is tied into the happenings as well as is the moment which is essentially required of every hero, that when they decide to choose their destiny an...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

We'll go 0

I find the entire idea behind this series to be a little challenging, especially so in the depiction of the character on the covers which does not match at all with what is going on in the issues themselves.  The mix of Western with witchcraft too is also a little off in terms of a nice fit, but at least with all of these drawbacks the writers here have taken the time to ensure that the characters are well handled and developed.  The underlying story here works at times and at times it doesn’t. ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Arm's reach 0

This issue ties into the not-so-great Monster Hunters Survival Guides, but with the connection to an actual story it fares better.  However, it doesn’t fare that much better as it is still a bit of a run-of-the-mill story not really noteworthy for any originality or a particularly gripping story.  The tory is intended as somewhat of a horror based one but even there this doesn’t really live up to expectations as it mostly falls flat with creating any real tension.  It is still fairly stylized in...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Surviving the worst from the best 0

These issues are really very much one and the same, not very much to really set them apart from one another (I chose this one to review from the group because of the Gargoyle cover).  They serve basically as a descriptive encyclopedia of monsters with the spin put on by the Guide’s author, a monster hunter.  It is therefore a bit of a story within a story.  This form of writing can work, but here it gets a bit too aware of itself, as the monster hunter writes stories so that they are intended to...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

In the tropics 0

The earlier issues of Heart Throbs were nothing like what followed later.  These still had ome unnecessary aspects of women acting only on their hearts, but the situations which the characters got themselves into were much more interesting.  In the first story an exotic seductress named Tari runs reckless over the lives of her suitors and destroys one potentially good relationship out of her own selfishness.  She is not done though as she causes another man to embezzle funds from his company in ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Like an old time movie 0

I should say before saying anything that I absolutely love this cover.  It is as though someone tried to do a pin-up version of a Norman Rockwell painting.  The first story here is a huge departure from the remainder of what would come later in this series.  It is due to the time frame of the issue itself, but the concept of romance here seems almost naïve and because of that more fantastical than one would usually expect.  It has a pretty common theme, that of the spoiled rich girl falling for ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fetch the Watch 0

The underlying concept behind this series seems to be interesting, but it is hard to exactly pinpoint as the format here is somewhat confusing.  There are seemingly two characters that are both Rapunzel, or one is an impostor and the other is not.  There is also a break where the action changes into a narrative explaining the past as a series of tattoos are read off of the main heroine’s arms.  There are some part which are fun, with three chase scenes throughout this first issue.  To be honest ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Take the hit 0

This is a mostly average entry in the Danger Girl stories.  As opposed to some other series the stakes here are a bit higher, but then as the writers are not shy to admit, this is Vegas and so of course the stakes are high.  The action revolves around recovering a jewel from a man named Akoo, though as usual there are a few double crosses along the way.  The Vegas theme is taken a bit too far at times, what with the villain that decides if he will kill people based off a slot machine built into ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Retired the video 0

In terms of the Danger Girl series, this is pretty much run-of-the-mill, which mean it is mostly a bunch of fun, but not really a whole lot more of anything else.  There are a few things to blame here, but mostly a lot of blame could fall on the choice of villain and the less than extraordinary goal which he has for his grand scheme.  A few things do work here, chiefly as usual the humour and some other factors like one of the main fight at the end (with two unexpected combatants) but it never r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Breathing again? 0

The series ends here with a satisfactory ending, the more so that the characters get some form of resolution beyond simply finishing the mission.  The crosses and double crosses continue here as the real identity of the man responsible for everything is revealed.  Maybe it was obvious, maybe not but it was a fun enough ride to get there.  The readability of Danger Girl is never really in question, the underlying concept along behind the series and the team makes it eminently fun, but the questio...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Pasta sauce 0

This issue was trudging along with the same concept and tone as the rest of the series and doing so with the usual fun nature which one would expect from the Danger Girl franchise.  That is, it did this right up until the end when it broke into the elevated Danger Girl storyline with a lot more fun and a lot more intrigue.  The change of setting to Florence was fun but for a change given the chance for an intricate chasse scene instead the writers went for more plot and developed that more fully...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

All arms 0

The story keeps moving here with the momentum it established in the first issue.  In fact it starts off with quite a bit of action which moves the plot along effectively before moving onto the more personal aspect of the Danger  Girls.  Their mission takes them to Madagascar where they meet some unexpected resistance, though this is quickly handled.  The mission continues with a raid and some fun yet not entirely original action, just as things are transpiring behind the scenes to make thing a b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I called you out here 0

The setup here is as good as in Danger Girl series.  The first half of the first issue is spent on just having some fun with the female leads before jumping into deeper waters.  And it does so to a degree which is not always seen in the Danger Girl series as the bad guys this time are after a device that can basically override any electronics in the world and make those electronics do as they wish.  It is of course to Abbey and Sydney to stop that, but already a lot of espionage style twists occ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Get technical 0

If there is something which can be said for this series, it is that it has gotten progressively better (this is not necessarily true of all the Danger girl series.)  In this case it has benefited from perhaps the first issue of the series starting off somewhat out of character for those involved, but here as the Danger Girls get back to being superspies and not bikers, they get back to what works.  It helps too to incorporate in some of the other characters so well.  The dialogue between Secret ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not quite the snap 0

What started off as a below average series finally picks up the necessary momentum here leading into the final issue.  Albeit there contains a lot of similar elements here, some of which have been done better even within the Danger Girl stories (like the chase scene.)   Regardless it is not enough to expect these series to be always completely original.  In fact, as has happened in the past, the big plot twist here seems lifted from yet another Indiana Jones movie.  The overall effect works thou...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A knife? 0

As opposed to the lead-in issue, the story here falls in line more so with what one should expect from the Danger Girl franchise.  There is less direct references to the characters and more of fun and intrigue.  The action bounces around between Sweden, Japan and South Dakota as a couple of familiar faces are brought into the fray.  There are also the usual elements in these series such as the double cross from one of the main players.  For anyone dismayed by the first issue in this series, this...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A mission you chose not to accept 0

As a formulaic example of what constitutes the Danger Girl series this hits all the usual spots.  A slow introduction (even for a 4 issue miniseries) with some usual funny moments between Abbey and Sydney, followed by a call to action by Deuce as he leads them off to infiltrate a biker gang to retrieve a stolen artifact.  It all has the recipe for another story in the same vein as the others except that this does hit on all cylinders as it seems a little too aware of itself – of the overt sexual...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The lonely choice 0

This is an abstract, bizarre, convoluted and abnormal story but in the end it does accomplish something to lift it above the usual for such a concept.  This concept is that this is a post-apocalyptic world where a race of insectoid aliens have overrun the planet and killed everything in their path.  Whereas many such settings don’t describe the source of the end of the world, this one does and in fact builds on it.  The end statement is maybe consistent even with another similar genre of fiction...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Feeling better? 0

Although this series is getting more entertaining by this point there are still some aspects which I find troubling.  The main one is the flirtatious relationship between the two heroines.  Nora has told Jaime that she is gay, and Jaime seems to be toying with her.  I am sure that this is being saved up for a big kiss at the end of the first story arc, but it is kind of poor characterization.  I don’t mind at all if any two characters in all of comics are going to be in a relationship, but if it...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Two one zero 0

I suppose as compared to the previous issue that this one has more going on with more direction and better pacing, but it still seems at times like too much time is being spent on too little and vice versa.  The somewhat forced setting and situation from the previous issue is resolved here as the duo moves on to a different approach.  There is an unexpected visitor which feels a little non sequitur overall, but mostly this one flows better.  To be honest though, the entire series tends to build ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

You're from the mission 0

I think I can see a sort of unfortunate pattern developing here.  On one side this series is good in that it highlights a strong female character and one that is independent (and even relies mostly on another female character for help.)  The problem is though that the plot does not always do much to help to showcase that.  This issue started off well with some strong moments from the main heroine, but started to veer quickly into cliché, even as they were playing international espionage hopscotc...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

All you've got 0

As the action actually starts up here after a mostly introductory first issue, the overall tension in the series actually drops.  At times this works as it makes Jaime into a more approachable heroine, one that makes flaws in judgment, but these same flaws in judgment also result in the feeling that she is yet another character that relies too much on luck as opposed to heroics.  An excellent example of this is how she continues to track down the man she is after despite apparently losing his tr...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Her turn 0

The premise behind this first issue is surprisingly uncomplicated but the manner of it execution is quite interesting and original.  Generally speaking the Bionic Woman has not been a very valuable comic book property despite having been around in media since the 1970s.  So there is the need of an introduction, but the way that this is done works it into a story instead of into a debrief or a flashback.  It was pretty well handled as were some of the personal moments as Jaime reflects on what sh...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Try me 0

As it is already seemingly running as good as (and much better than) expected, the main series of Aquaman does not really need the boost from its Zero issue like some other series did.  Instead, and even with the story arc the Others near conclusion, the action here focuses on presumably the next story arc as the Ocean Master is reintroduced.  Granted that there was not as much needed by Aquaman anyway in this issue as his origin is mostly unchanged in the new 52, but despite that this issue eve...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

What she thinks 0

I still find the premise fairly weak when it comes to this series.  One has to go no further than the name to get this.  The name Bad Girls has a certain implication but really doesn't come to much as the series tends to focus more on the good girls - Sela, Britney, and Samantha (plus Nathan) - while giving the Bad Girls a backseat.  It gets a little more absurd when the American government get involved, all of their faces silhouetted out of view (in another cliche).  There is a redeeming factor...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not raped exactly 0

Sometimes I have discussion about rape with someone, and if that someone happens to be a man, there is a chance that he will bring up the point of "men are also raped, and that it is harder for them because of the shame they face."  Fair enough, though this seems as almost a condemnation of women to complain about sexual violence when 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes (this is a Canadian statistic.)  For the record I don't stand for violence against anyone.  In this issu...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Star of something 0

I get that this series is trying to kind of make a point, but it is going about it in the exact wrong way.  From what started as an ok concept in the first issue, it goes downhill here and fast.  Allen discovers that he has the power to attract basically any woman that sees him and he takes full advantage of this by basically having sex with every one of them that he can.  By the way taking advantage sexually of anyone while they are under the influence is called rape, even if the influence is m...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Look like Emma 0

Generally speaking I have found that strip clubs in comics have generally been used effectively, and by that I mean not as an excuse to demean a bunch of women, but rather to show off how it is not a glamourous or desirable profession to be in.  And so to its credit this series starts off well in that regard by showing the main character being dragged to a strip club to buy some sex where he hasn't had any since his previous girlfriend broke up with him and broke his heart.  He sees the strip cl...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Making everyone else look bad 0

Grimm Fairy Tales introduced its next new heroine here and one somewhat unlike the others thus far.  There is the same kind of grittiness and character depth, and while there have been darker characters before, this one takes on her own version of darkness.  To be sure she is a tough character, one that despite her gender seems to not to want to take abuse from anyone but also shows some compassion as she takes on her namesake's tendency to rob from the rich to give to the poor (though the rich ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Nor Waters 0

I would think that with the concept behind this series that I would like this series more.  This is even more so the case as two of my favourite Grimm Fairy Tales heroines show up somewhat unexpectedly (those being Britney Waters and Samantha Darren.)  In the end though this is mostly a pretty ho-hum issue with some pretty average action, some cliched plot developments (someone is the only one that can unlock the power needed to stop the villains, another heroine trains with a martial artist to ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

If I have anything to say about it 0

I would say that to this point that this series has been quite good, but in this issue it takes a small step backwards.  The problem as it seems to me is that the series spends some time in this issue trying to create something which is already there.  The first two issues have set a standard for suspense and horror (and occasionally gore) but some work here goes to establishing that even more which cause the momentum of the plot to stall a little bit.  The same occurs later with Violet's abduct...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Robosexual 0

If there is a term that I can use to describe this issue it is endearingly cute, but unfortunately it doesn't always translate that into something finite.  It contains an anthology of space based characters and scenarios created by an all-female creative team, but the end result is at times a bit of a non-starter as it the individual  stories seem to end mid-stream.  The best one was the first story as it mixed some genres in a funny way with some parody of some classic science-fiction concepts....

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

How did you get out? 0

This is the end of the new 52 series which was the biggest surprise for me and the biggest disappointment with its cancellation.  About halfway through they changed writers which some seemed to have though was a death sentence for the series, but likely bad sales all along were likely more to blame.  Of course Voodoo is going to carry on elsewhere in Grifter and hopefully in so doing save that series from cancellation as well.  As a send-off though this series is pretty good and probably one of ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Last minute save 0

I am actually really surprised from this issue. After a steady downhill journey in terms of quality this final issue of the series turns out probably its most memorable issue. Gone are the sexual undertones and the campy science fiction and it is replaced with tales of morality. The four stories here delve into some deep topics - anti-war, anti-nuclear proliferation, and environmentalism - and they do so in some entertaining and inventive ways. The results are still a bit of science fiction hoku...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.