Bushido #2

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Oct 2013 | Top Cow

Writing: Rob Levin
Art: Jessada Sutthi | Studio HIVE
Letters: Troy Peteri
Cover: Studio HIVE

Despite Kichiro knowing Edo’s threat and his brother Orochi seeing the vampires for himself, he doesn’t believe Kichiro and will still see him die, but not before he marries Michiru.

Things did not improve. I’d say they are even worse. The blind contempt Kichiro’s brother has for him is so arbitrary it disgusts me. That after EVERYTHING, he would still cling to the notion of jealousy. Let’s not forget in the previous issue where Kichiro speaks of his past, there is no sign of any animosity between the two other than Orochi’s jealousy from the extra lessons Kichiro gets from his father because he sucks. That makes a whole lotta sense. It’s clear the only obstacle to stand in the way of our hero saving Edo from the vampires is an idiot brother too stupid to make the right choices.. If he reacts this way to Kichiro, imagine what he’s like as a normal person. How the hell did he get the Shogun’s daughter? One would answer because his father is a close friend, but by all the higher powers of the universe, there are more and better choices than him. And don’t get me started on Michiru. Her behaviour hasn’t been too believable, either. It’s like no one knows how to write her, and I can see what’s trying to be done there. It’s something I’ve seen quite often in several period dramas, but a bunch of idiots together don’t make a smart person and Kichiro is just as blindly stupid as his brother in regards to her. And at the wedding! He felt -proud- for Orochi? He’ll make a fine Shogun? Are you effing kidding me?! The idiot brother that wants him dead and won’t do ANYTHING Kichiro suggest, regardless of how smart or little it is. That’s some pretty blind devotion there I don’t buy at all. Why? Because it is convenient to the story.

Done, done done! I can’t take it anymore! No more. Waste of money!

 

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Bushido #1

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Oct 2013 | Top Cow

Writing: Rob Levin
Art: Jessada Sutthi | Studio HIVE
Letters: Troy Peteri
Cover: Studio HIVE

Kichiro, the sole survivor of a ship beset by vampire pirates, is found and raised by a samurai and trained in the art of Bushido. When the woman he loves is given to his bother, he plans to leave Edo, only to discover vampire planning to bring down the Shogunate.

I’ve sat staring at a cursor for a long period of time trying to figure out just how to explain what I don’t like about this book and in what order. The strongest point is my inability to believe the setting and events therein. I believe I would attribute this to the writing and pacing of the story. It moves very quickly and lacks details to which I’m accustomed to seeing from the plethora of period dramas I enjoy watching. It feels simplified the way westerners tend to do with such material.

Moving onto the art, I’m not really feeling it. It’s rather dead and lifeless lacking something which I can’t put my finger on. It’s not horrible, everything is drawn well, it’s just banal to me. The pages are just plain, ordinary pictures.

All that being said, our cliffhanger at the end is something we haven’t seen more than 100 times over. That was sarcasm. Ugh. Just. Ugh. I even picked up the second issue this week. how sad. Well, it happens. Perhaps the second issue will be better.

Artifacts #2

Artifacts #2 Cover

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Sep 2010 | Top Cow

Writing: Ron Marz
Pencils: Michael Broussard
Ink: Rick Basaldua | Sal Regla
Colour: IFS’s Sunny Gho
>Letters: Troy Peteri

Sara has learned of her sister’s death and kidnapping of hope by Aphrodite IX, along with the Darkness and the Angelus. All of them gather, including Tom and learn about the 13 artifacts.

Your warrior who safeguarded the daughter of the darkness and the balance has been destroyed. So too was the darkling.

The sister of she who bears the balance was killed, and the child taken.

It seems the end of the universe is creeping up fast. Hope was delivered to the one who wanted her and is gonna be sacrificed as part of this dastardly evil plan. A lot of emotions are thrown around by the other characters, and I particularly liked Jackie and Sara’s little domestic regarding their missing child.

The art is still wonderful, along with the writing, and the flow of the issue is smooth. They aren’t wasting any time, even with thirteen issues. I’m anxious and eager to see why hope needs to be sacrificed and whether it’s successful or not. I’m really not sure how that will end considering they killed Sara’s sister right off the bat last issue. This business of hope, though, makes me want to pick up the books addressing her birth. I might have actually picked one up at some point.

Another plus was the origin of the Darkness and more biographies at the back of the book for those of us unfamiliar with the universe. They were interesting reads and were helpful to me. I’m glad they chose to do that. This story also gives me a great point to get back into the universe.

I’m really looking forward to more of this. I expect there to be more violence, more drama, and I’m still wondering who doesn’t make it through alive. So far, this series is my favorite read this week.

Artifacts #1

Artifacts #1 Cover

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Jul 2010 | Top Cow

Writing: Ron Marz
Pencils: Michael Broussard
Ink: Rick Basaldua | Sal Regla
Colour: IFS’s Sunny Gho
Letters: Troy Peteri

There are thirteen artifacts. Each grant a power to their chosen wielder. Together, they will end the world. Someone is after the pieces. The first being The Rapture, possessed by Tom Judge who just found himself out of hell and tasked with opposing whomever the big bad villain is. Sara Pezzini is on the case investigating a series of murders, all priests. The murderers are looking for Tom and Sara’s little girl is kidnapped.

Artifacts is a thirteen part series that shakes up, and will remake, the entire Top Cow universe, and I’m very curious as to how and what to expect. Top Cow hasn’t done any major crossover like this that I can remember hearing about, and I have not read everything in the universe. Fortunately, they present enough information that it’s new reader friendly and likely will be a good starting point for readers to get into the universe and new stories coming after. They also provided character bio’s in the back and a brief history on the origin of the Witchblade.

The art is the usual wonderful stuff I’m used to with Top Cow. It’s very detailed, very beautiful, dramatic, and provides plenty of badass eye-candy and violence. The art was what drew me to to read their books, and it has always been consistent. This book is no exception. Every panel is beautiful and is a nice match to the great writing.

Overall, I had been a bit worried about reading this book since I wasn’t familiar with the complete universe, but it didn’t present itself a problem at all. Everything was straight forward and bio’s helped me a lot. The story was paced really well and it ended with a cliffhanger I wasn’t expecting. I expect this to be a great story and can’t wait to read more.

Tracker Preview

Tracker Preview Cover

Jul 2009 | Top Cow

Writing: Johnathan Lincoln
Art: Francis Tsai
Letters: Troy Peteri

First Look

Now this is pleasantly surprising. A werewolf story i actually happen to like. I have always locoed werewolves, but never liked any of the movies or books I ever read. I wanted something more different and original and this book seems to be heading in the right direction, especially after reading the letters in the back of the book.

I don’t know where to begin. I really enjoyed this book. It has wonderful art and I’ve been really into crime and mystery books and having this supernatural angle, this werewolf serial killer running about, makes me giddy. The characters are interesting, the story well written, I have a feeling I’m going to like where this is going.

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