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By Amy McGarey On 16 Apr, 2014 At 06:18 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Reviews | With 1 Comment

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As part of the 75th anniversary celebration of Batman, a new comic book series called Batman Eternal debuted last Wednesday. This series will last 60 issues and be written by a revolving team of all-star Batman writers including John Layman, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins and Tim Seeley. Batman Eternal will work alongside the regular Batman series, which is also written by Scott Snyder. Batman #28 serves as an introduction to this new series.

In Batman Eternal #1, we see Commissioner Gordon battling head to head with Professor Pyg. Gordon makes a mistake while trying to apprehend one of his henchmen and causes a disaster of epic proportions. Batman can’t even save Gordon from the wrath of the corrupt Major Forbes. We’re also introduced to a new transfer cop from Detroit, Jason Bard, who seems to represent a younger Jim Gordon – someone who believes that Gotham City is worth fighting for.

With Gordon off the grid, I’m excited to see how Batman’s relationship with the Gotham City Police will survive. Will Jason Bard be Batman’s new go-to man? Are Batman’s allies going to be picked off one by one? Batman Eternal is well worth picking up. The first issue already has some movie-worthy scenes which further the battle between light and dark in Gotham. This first issue was written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by Jason Fabok.

 

 

By Amy McGarey On 2 Feb, 2014 At 01:01 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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X-Factor is one of my new must-read series out of the All-New Marvel NOW! reboots. I love how this ragtag team is shaping up, along with the introduction of some other shady mutants who are new to me. I’m impressed by how genuine Polaris, Quicksilver, and Gambit are. They know who they are and they aren’t ashamed to be themselves. Just like in the last issue where Gambit has to pickpocket people so he doesn’t get rusty. This is a welcome change from all the million concurrent Wolverine series where he’s always struggling with his current role as a teacher and his past as a killer. With X-Factor, they don’t stray far from who they are.

In the last issue, Gambit, Polaris, and Quicksilver had just invaded an A.I.M. laboratory to save mutants that were being experimented on. In this issue, we continue the fight against Dr. Hoffman. Gambit and Quicksilver fight their way through the lab, while Polaris saves the injured Fatale from torture. We find out that Fatale, along with Reaper and Abyss, had been transported to another dimension after Quicksilver had turned them into walking time bombs. This new dimension froze time and prevented the three of them from detonating.

Dr. Hoffman transported them out to his lab in order to siphon off their explosive energy. Fatale can’t imagine why he would want to do that, but on their way out she and Polaris run into the newly formed Dr. Hoffman. He’s used the power to turn himself into a giant full of energy. He questions the mutants on why they didn’t think of the transformations for themselves. Gambit and Quicksilver team up to take him down with just a simple playing card. In the end, Dr. Hoffman isn’t really good at maintaining all that energy, especially while unconscious. Even though Quicksilver saved their lives, Abyss, Reaver, and Fatale are sill not ready to forgive him for what happened in the past.

I enjoyed this issue just as much as the last one, so I give it an A. We got to see more action in this issue and everyone’s individual fighting style. I got a taste of how they will work together in future issues. I’m still waiting to see why Serval Industries hired them in the first place and why they think Mutants’ lives are worth protecting. I’m completely excited about the next issue, since the cover has Gambit covered in kittens.

By Tiffany Marshall On 28 Jan, 2014 At 02:36 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarDeadly ClassThere’s a must read comic on the scene this month! If you can, you should drop everything and run to your nearest comic book store to pick up this new series from Rick Remender with story, Wes Craig with art, Lee Loughridge with coloring, Rus Wooton with lettering and design, and Sebastian Girner as editor.  Image Comics served as the publisher.

Deadly Class is about a group of teenagers in a high school, but not your typical high school.  In this high school, they learn how to kill and become assassins.  It’s Kings Dominion School of the Deadly Arts.  Deadly Class follows Marcus Lopez Arguello, a homeless teenager, trying to make his way on the streets of San Francisco after his parents were killed.

I give Deadly Class an A+ as it impresses in story, art, and intrigue.  I recommend this for anyone that may be interested in assassins and an alternative twist on the world with a darker nature.  Deadly Class, however, is rated M for Mature so I do not recommend this for children.

Issue #2 will be out on February 19, 2014.

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By Tiffany Marshall On 22 Jan, 2014 At 08:02 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Issue #3 of Alex + Ada came out this week – January 15, 2014 to be exact.  Alex + Ada is written by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn with the art and cover done by Jonathan Luna.  The series is published by Image Comics.  As seen in my previous review of this series, I have been skeptical, but this issue has me somewhat excited for what’s to come.

In this issue, Alex grapples with feeling like something is missing from Ada (his android), as if she is too “robotic.”  I can’t say I blame him as Ada, at the moment, comes off as too aiming to please anything he asks.  It’s a bit eerie.  Alex begins searching for ways to deal with this problem and upon the end of the issue starts looking for answers in a group called the “Degrees of Freedom.”

Although I am still waiting for more from this series, this issue has gotten me more interested in what will happen with Alex and Ada.  It’s stepping away from that “been there, done that” feeling and making the premise its own.  I give this issue a C+ as it has improved from the first two issues, but it still leaves something to be desired.

Issue #4 of Alex + Ada will be out on February 12, 2014.

By Amy McGarey On 17 Jan, 2014 At 01:41 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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I’m going to be honest here. I’ve never read an X-Factor comic in my life. I thought I would try All-New X-Factor issue one since it’s one of the first week releases for the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot. I have to say, I really liked this issue. I was afraid I would have no idea what was going on, but if you have a basic understanding of the X-Men, then you’re good to go with reading this comic.

This issue focuses on Gambit, and in the beginning he gets what I call a “stern talking-to” from Wolverine, as Wolverine catches Gambit breaking into a house. Wolverine tells him if he wants to keep his teaching position at the Jean Grey school, then he needs to put his thieving life behind and focus on the students.

Gambit gets bummed out and visits a bar, where he meets his old friend Polaris. She brings him to the company she works for, Serval Industries, and introduces him to the CEO, Harrison Snow. He offers Gambit a position with the X-Force, Serval Industries private mutant task force. Snow brings in Quicksilver to coerce him into joining.

In the end, Snow sends the X-Force on their first mission – to save a mutant from being experimented on by Dr. Hoffman. There are still a few questions that remain, though. Why does Snow even care about mutantkind? What does he get out of saving mutants?

I’m really excited about this new series and I give issue one an A. With the release of All-New X-Force and Black Widow this past week, I would say that the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot had a very strong first week.

This article was originally posted on my blog, R2D2Cupcake, on January 14, 2014.

By Tiffany Marshall On 9 Jan, 2014 At 06:07 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Revival is written by Tim Seeley with art from Mike Norton and published by Image Comics.

The characters at the head of the story are sisters Officer Dana Cypress and Martha “Em” Cypress.  In a small town in rural Wisconsin, there has suddenly been this revival of the dead.  No one knows why and strange things are happening to some that have come back to life.  Revival captivates you from the very beginning and cinches the reader from a cliffhanger at the end of the first issue – Em is one of the revivers.  Due to this strange phenomenon the government has quarantined the town to prevent it from spreading and the CDC has come in to try to get a grasp on what’s going on.

The art is absolutely stunning and unique in emphasizing the suspenseful story.  Revival is not your typical zombie story as the dead that have risen vary between those that aren’t so responsive to those that “seem” very much like they were before “Revival Day,” or are they?

There is a lot unknown about these revivers, but so far I’m intrigued to find out more.  Dana is scrambling to search for the cause, while keeping an eye on her sister.

HIGHLY recommend this series to anyone that enjoys a good mysterous zombie-esque story.  The characters are all interesting with a depth not yet revealed, but insinuated in its existance.  Revivers are out and about, hidden and revealed.  Demons are wandering around in search of something.  Revival is an enthralling twist on the “zombie” premise and guaranteed to keep you wanting more.

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By Tiffany Marshall On 3 Jan, 2014 At 07:06 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Recently, I caught wind of a wonderful comic book series titled The Li’l Depressed Boy written by S. Steven Struble and illustrated by Sina Grace.  The Li’l Depressed Boy is published by Image Comics.

This series resonated so much with my own personal struggles. It was nice and refreshing to see depression shown with some truth. I have anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder with a depressed mood. It’s always been interesting describing how I feel/behave and why I think I feel/behave the way I do. The Li’l Depressed Boy does an amazing job of showing some of that.  To see a representation without a particularly negative light is refreshing.

The series follows LDB which is Li’l Depressed Boy for short.  The story is simple and follows the life of LDB as he navigates the world in an attempt for happiness despite his depression.  The art for this series is very well done and the coloring style is amazing.  It works very well with the story being told.

Of course, always remember that anxiety and depression differ from individual to individual so this is one perspective.

The series features 5 volumes of story numbered 0 through 4.  Unfortunately, The Li’l Depressed Boy seems to be on a hiatus so it isn’t known when it will return.

If you’re looking for a refreshing take on depression or mental health in general or even a simple story in the day in the life, I highly recommend The Li’l Depressed Boy.

By Tiffany Marshall On 3 Jan, 2014 At 02:06 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Alex + Ada is a new series that has two issues out at the moment.  The third issue will be coming out this month on January 15, 2014.  Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn came together for this new series and Image Comics is the publisher.

Alex + Ada is the story of a lonely guy that seems to be stuck in this rut in life.  The guy is Alex.  His grandmother buys him an android, that he names Ada.  He seems to be intrigued by the prospect of spending time with Ada, but in these two issues, it hasn’t gone far beyond that.

My primary issue with this series is how similar its premise is to Chobits (an anime and manga series).  With these first two issues, I cannot help but think “been there, done that.”  I’ll hold out to see where this series goes since you shouldn’t judge a comic book series by one or two issues, but I’m cautious at the moment.

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 11 Nov, 2013 At 08:29 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe manga section, whether it’s at the book store, comic shop, library, or from a convention vendor, it could be described as big and confusing. You’ve got the big name manga series that all have equally huge anime behind them proudly displayed for the mass consumers (despite that I love the otaku community for its uniqueness I can’t deny its classification as a consumer base, and a  very profitable one at that). From that point on you see an avalanche of less popular manga featuring moe girls, generic romance mangas, and typical action infused junk that seem to be just  flashing sword trails clashing against one another. Looking upon this black and white confusion that screams for attention with every cover I’ve wondered what happened to drawing comics just for the sake of drawing comics. My love for the standard manga is often at odds with my desire for comics with their own distinct  style. It seems that Japan’s comic scene as a whole is artistically becoming stale to the point you can’t tell the difference between one mangaka and the next.

With that in mind I’ll talk today about a manga that just doesn’t give a damn about looking pretty or cool and tosses aside the “manga” mold to stay true as a great manga. I’m talking about none other than the extremely underrated and painfully obscure Cromartie High School series. Full name Forging Valiently Ahead!! Cromartie High School.

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I need to start with, holly damn, I LOVE this manga.

The story is about an intelligent and capable student (Takashi Kamiyama) who enrolled at Cromartie High School to stay with his only friend back in middle school, only to find himself alone because his friend was too stupid to pass the entrance exam an ape did. Hence he finds himself in this school full of “badasses” and accidentally becomes their leader. As the manga ensues, the story seems to become less and less about Takashi and more about the other members of the strange student body which include a robot called Mechazawa, some old guy that looks like Freddy Mercury, a gorilla, a badass who suffers from car sickness, and a rich guy with a purpose.

When you’re reading a manga from someone who doesn’t even know why he became a mangaka in the first place you never know what to expect. Cromartie High School is 100% comedy, and a perfect fit for anyone beginning to read manga without knowing about some in-jokes only experienced readers can get. Cromartie High School had an anime and live action movie made about it, but I absolutely urge everyone to read the manga first. The anime stopped at a certain point while the manga kept going, and I believe reading it first enriches the viewing experience. Below is a clip I believe perfectly captures the atmosphere of the series and definitely makes people want to see more.

“He’s a nice guy on the Internet.”

By SarahTheRebel On 30 Sep, 2013 At 08:25 AM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Star Wars: Legacy #7 takes place 138 years after the events in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and features a descendant of Han Solo – Ania Solo – and a jedi named Jao on their quest to save the galaxy. Yup, the main characters of this expanded universe Star Wars series are a black man and a female Han Solo. Everything I ever wanted in a comic.

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The plot is fast-paced and interesting, with plenty of mysteries, but never so many as to leave the reader frustrated. Ania is a straight-talking, “shoot first” kind of girl with plenty of room for her character to grow.

I also love the art and all the fantastic creatures in the series. The colors and design is dark and lovely, and really fits the Star Wars universe.

I can’t wait to read the next issue! Damn cliffhangers…

Check out our other Star Wars: Legacy reviews!

Plot

After a terrible vision of Empress Fel being struck down by a Sith, Ania Solo and Imperial Knight Jao ignore direct orders and set out in search of the murdering Sith. It’s the right thing to do…but it’s also scratching their itch for adventure!

The Deets

Writer:
Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Artist:
Brian Thies
Cover Artist:
Livio Ramondelli