Quick Thoughts: Umbrella Academy Dallas

Umbrella Academy Dallas Cover

The Umbrella Academy was a gateway drug for me into the world of independent comics. Written by MCR frontman and goth cult icon Jared Way, The Umbrella Academy built a surreal world of apes and monsters heading towards an impending destruction, that could only be saved by a dysfunctional family of supers reuniting. It has been nearly 10 years since I had read Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite and now I’m finally moving onto the sequel Dallas.
This Quick Thoughts contains spoilers!

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One Piece Color Walk 1+ 2 Review

Color Walk Review Cover

One Piece is an anime series that likes to take it’s characters to new places with new things to see. In every arc, there are new characters, new pirates to beat up, and new places to explore each with their own theme and colour palate. Suffice to say an anime series based off a manga with a versatile tenure in aesthetic should produce some damn good art books.
For this review I’ll be looking at the first two Color Walks.

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Quick Thoughts: Batgirl #36 and #37

Batgirl 36- 37

I would never identify myself as a comic buff. I’ve dabbled in Ultimate Spiderman for a bit as a teenager and watched my fair share of 90’s comic book cartoons but my interest peaked with Mark Miller’s Kick Ass. I never had too much interest for DC’s line of masked crusaders, preferring Marvel’s line fantastical supers. Batgirl #36 and #37 doesn’t alter the status quo but I’m still invested in Babs’s adventures in Burnside.

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Udon’s Art of Capcom Complete Edition Review

Udon Art of Capcom Complete

Udon has been around for 14 years, working closely with Capcom to produce comics, art books, and video games and bring us closer to our favourite franchises. I’ve been a fan of Udon ever since Kotaku wrote a post about their first art book Udon’s Art of Capcom. It was big, bold, and showed that Udon’s artists could creatively meld our favourite world warriors, school fighters, and evils that go bump in the night. Now they’ve collected both Art of Capcom volumes and coupled them with a few more bits and bops from other art books to produce this massive volume; Udon’s Art of Capcom Complete Edition.

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Quick Thoughts: Batgirl #35

Batgirl cover

I love tumblr. It’s a place where I can get awesome fan art for my favourite shows, links to interesting articles, and the latest pieces from my favourite content providers. Recently the new Batgirl redesign has been doing its rounds with many comments being extremely positive and I have to agree. She looks cute and the costume is practical. Batgirl #35 released last month so this write up is extremely late.
Before diving into this Quick Thoughts, I have to say that I have no experience when it comes to DC comics. I have always been a Marvel/Spiderman guy as I always thought DC took itself too seriously.

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September Sakura: Street Fighter Legends: Sakura Review

Sakura Legends Cover

The Street Fighter Legends series serves as side stories to the main story line being crafted by Udon based on the popular Capcom fighting games. Each character got four issues and a trade paper back. What I like about the Legends series is that its fun. There’s no world ending story or deep meaning behind each attack, just simple problems needing simple answers. Sakura is the star of the first Street Fighter Legends book so let’s see how it matches up to her last outing as a protagonist.

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September Sakura: Street Fighter Sakura Ganbaru! Volume 2 Review

Sakura Ganbaru

Mike Zaimont, creator of the indie game Skullgirls, when asked why he didn’t change the name of game since there were two male DLC characters, responded

“the same way Capcom can still call it ‘Street Fighter’ when they fight inside”

And its true. For all the Street Fighting Street Fighter boasts, there’s not a lot of action on the streets. There’s jungles, shrines, temples, airfields, but rarely do brawls ever occur on the street. The same is true in Sakura Ganbaru! Volume 2 where we go on a jet setting adventure on the search for ‘that person’ a.k.a. Ryu.

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September Sakura: Street Fighter Sakura Ganbaru! Volume 1 Review

Sakura Ganbaru Cover

Street Fighter is very accepting in terms of allowing people to participate in it’s world championship tournaments. Not to the extent of Tekken by allowing animals to compete but still, Street Fighter accepts fighters from all walks of life, fighting style, gender, and sexuality. But I would’ve thought they’d at least set an age bracket for this urban kumite. People can get seriously hurt before they can even learn how to drive! This was my mindset after reading Sakura Ganbaru vol. 1.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Official Complete Works Review

Marvel vs Cover

I’ve always been a fan of fighting games but more so the graphics. Pixel perfect key frames, fluid animation, and a large influence from manga and anime made it just as fun to look at, as it was to play. I consider Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes the pinnacle of fighting game sprite work. Not only collecting one of the largest fighting game casts to date but also turning western comic book heroes into video game sprites was absolutely darling. My latest purchase, Udon’s Marvel vs. Capcom Official Complete Work was inspired by my passion for these games and their art.

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Seconds Review

Seconds Cover

Seconds is the third graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley and seems to be marketed after the widely successful Scott Pilgrim series, his second graphic novel. Keeping a lot of details in the dark and only revealing brief snapshots of the art, Seconds had me feeling cautious but curious. I’m a creature of habit and relish in known conventions. ‘If Seconds wasn’t similar enough to Scott Pilgrim’ I thought ‘Then I’d probably won’t like it’. That was my mindset going in.

This review is spoiler free. I will try to refrain from mentioning any major plot points aside from what is mentioned in the blurb.

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