Author: Alexander Cole

Alexander is a 27 year old media student and budding journalist working his way towards a university degree. He splits his time between reading comic books, obsessing over gaming franchises like Monster Hunter and Final fantasy and watching any TV show or film that doesn't give away the entire plot in the trailer.

Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #7 IDW Publishing Writer/Artist: Stan Sakai All good things must come to an end. Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics has finally reached the finish line. This fantastic series has reprinted colour versions of early Usagi Yojimbo stories. Starting with “Samurai” which gave us the protagonist’s origin before moving onto individual tales like “Kappa” and “Blind Swords-Pig”. IDW has really made an effort throughout this series to make Usagi Yojimbo more accessible to modern audiences. Aside from Usagi himself, we’ve also been introduced to numerous important side characters like Kenichi, Zato Ino, and Mariko. The final issue of…

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Faithless II #3 BOOM! Studios Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Maria Llovet The new issue of Faithless is out and I’ve loved this series so far. The mix of slice-of-life, supernatural, and LGBT themes has made for a very interesting, unique and suspenseful series. The last issue ended on a dramatic note with the homeless old woman appearing before Faith and Poppy. Nearby dogs swarmed to attack the pair while Poppy was stuck to a railing, leaving Faith to handle the situation. After reading that I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Now that the latest installment is out it’s time to…

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Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #6 IDW Publishing Writer/Artist: Stan Sakai It’s time for the penultimate release in the Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics line from IDW. These colored releases of classic Usagi stories have been a fantastic starting point for those new to the character. Reading the five issues before this has given me a whole new appreciation for Stan Sakai and his creation. Now, the “Samurai” story that documented Usagi’s origin is over and the Color Classics line is nearing its end. That doesn’t mean there aren’t great stories left to tell though so let’s look into the latest issue.…

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Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON Bandai Namco Genre: Fighting Game Platform: Playstation 4 Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON. There’s a lot of words there. I think we’ll just refer to it as Maxi Boost ON for the purposes of this review. Maxi Boost ON is the most recent entry in the Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs series which began in 2010. These are a series of 2-on-2 arena-based fighting games focusing on the Gundam mecha franchise. This specific version of the game was released in 2016 for Japanese arcades where it was quite a…

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The Goddammed: The Virgin Brides #2 Image Comics Writer: Jason Aaron Artists: R.M. Guera & Giulia Brusco This month sees the release of the second issue in Jason Aaron’s “The Goddammed: The Virgin Brides”. Last issue we were introduced to the nunnery, a group of religious worshippers. Their role was to prepare young women to be wed to mysterious beings once the children experienced their first period. Two of the children, Sharri and Jael were suspicious though, and investigated the mountain the girls were being taken to. After discovering all was not as it seemed, Sharri and Jael plotted to…

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #2 BOOM! Studios Writer: Mariko Tamaki Artist: Natacha Bustos The first issue of this Willow solo-series by the Eisner award-winning writer, Mariko Tamaki really left me feeling impressed. It nailed the humour and the dialogue of the show and felt like a good representation of the character. Now the second issue has been released and I’ve been excited to see where Tamaki would take Willow’s tale. After reading it, I have to admit this issue left me with slightly mixed feelings. Let’s delve into it. I want to make it clear that this isn’t a…

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Batman: The Adventure Continues #3 DC Comics Writer: Paul Dini, Alan Burnett Artist: Ty Templeton Previously, on Batman: The Adventures Continue! Deathstroke, the merciless mercenary debuted within the DCAU. After attempting to gain the trust of Batman’s sidekicks Deathstroke took Robin in pursuit of the villain, Firefly. Now, it’s time to see whether the boy wonder and the merc with the monocular vision can take the heat. This issue kicks off with a continuation of this fight. Deathstroke and Robin try to fend off Firefly until Batman intervenes and forces the villain to flee. The events in the rest of…

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Transformers/My Little Pony #1 IDW Publishing Writers: James Asmus, Ian Flynn Artists: Tony Fleecs, Jack Lawrence This is a crossover that I never thought would happen. Transformers and My Little Pony. I guess you should never say never when it comes to comic books. I’ve been a fan of Transformers ever since I saw Beast wars in the ’90s. Watching the original 80’s series alongside Armada and Cybertron made me love it even more. My Little Pony, I was never a fan of the original series but I liked Friendship is Magic. I simply couldn’t imagine how a crossover like…

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Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #5 IDW Publishing Writer/Artist: Stan Sakai It’s time for the fifth entry in the Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics series. Throughout the previous issues, this comic has been presenting the “Samurai” storyline. A retelling of Usagi’s origins. We’ve seen him as a small child finding his master, earning his swords, and saving his village. Last issue the ronin rabbit found employment as bodyguard to Lord Mifune. A rival lord ordered the assassination of Mifune’s family though and now Usagi has been forced onto the battlefield. The first chapter of this fifth issue wraps up “samurai”. We see…

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Lost Soldiers #1 Image Comics Writer: Aleš Kot Artist: Luca Casalanguida There’s been a lot of comics with military themes over the years. Numerous popular characters such as Wolverine, The Punisher, and Deathstroke have been portrayed as veterans. I’ve always had a bit of a problem with them though. Too often these comics try to portray military service as “cool”. A character is a veteran who is used to make them seem like some sort of badass. The trauma caused by wartime experience is often ignored in favour of overly-muscular protagonists, violence, and guns. Now Image has released the first…

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