Btooom! vol. 1

coverFeb 2013 | Yen Press

Tyranus Japan is the creator of a team-based TPS called Btooom where players utilise explosive in order to kill opponents. Ryota happens to be a top player of the game and aims to take the #1 spot. Things don’t go too well for him when he wakes up in the wilderness hanging by his parachute which caught on a tree. There, he finds himself playing the game for real with 30 other people. In order to get out, he must collect 7 chips from opponents. Of course, they can only be collected from the dead.

So we have another murder game type of thing going on and I happen to really like them. While they have a certain predictability to them since all of them have a goal that must be achieved, you never quite know how things will turn out, and already it surprised me. I didn’t expect him to team up with the old man, and I didn’t expect the girl going for the ration drop to have fallen into a trap. In retrospect, I should have. I’ve seen things like that before.

I had wondered if he would assemble a team, since it is a team game. I’m wondering if he’ll end up with the first girl he saw and who else he’ll collect. He seemed to be a bit of a jerk in the beginning, so I wonder if he’ll pull a double-cross. Whatever the case, I really need more of this. I’m really enjoying it.

 

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A Centaur’s Life vol. 1

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Nov 2013 |Seven Seas Entertainment

Story & Art: Kei Murayama

If you take the world as it is now, but instead of humans, inhabit it with various supernatural creatures, you’ve got the setting of this very strange modern-fantasy slice-of-life school manga.

Himeno is a centaur and the centre of the story which follows her life’s adventures with her school friends.

I don’t even know where to begin. The content of the first chapter had me fearing things were gonna go the graphical ecchi route and I’m so glad it didn’t. When you have a centaur afraid to date because she’s worried what her… bits… might look like, it should be understandable. If not, it should be when her friends offer to show her theirs. I was SO WTF, I nearly couldn’t continue. If I had gotten this for myself, I would have stopped right there, but it was a get well gift, so guilt started setting in with my contemplations of quitting. Fortunately, subject matter improved with the rest of the volume.

I must say, though, there doesn’t seem to be any continuous plot going on. Chapter-to-chapter feels very all-over-the-place and I didn’t like any of them. The chapter about the school play with the almost shoujo-ai content nearly changed things, but it probably won’t go that way, so I won’t be sticking with it. Again, this type of stuff isn’t my thing. I hope she doesn’t get me any more of this…

New Stuffs and Stuff

I realise it has been awhile since I have posted reviews or other such comic faff and that’s just the way it goes sometimes. I’ve been soaking in my love of video games as well as running two RPG campaigns, so the reading time I have has been going into reading game books and campaign planning.

I have fallen behind with some things as far as subscription boxes go, and there’s still a big stack of stuff on the coffee table to read, but this will be the next batch!

Singles

  • Kiss me, Satan #3 & #4
  • The Twilight Zone #1
  • Rocket Girl #1 – #3
  • Damian Son of Batman #1 – #3
  • Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #3 – #4
  • Juice Squeezers #1
  • Samurai Jack #1
  • The Occultist #3 – #4

TPB

  • Pariah Vol. 1
  • MLP: Friendship is Magic Vol 1-3
  • Avengers AI Vol. 1: Human After All
  • TMNT Animated

Proof: The Company of Men

Cover2009 | Image

Writing: Alexander Grecian
Art: Riley Rossmo
Colour: Fiona Staples | Adam Guzowski
Letters: Alexander Grecian

Collects issues 6-9.

Ginger, Elvis, and Proof set off to Africa to rescue a dinosaur targeted by big game hunters. Unfortunately, it was all a trap to capture Proof and serve him up as dinner at a banquet.

After reading the first trade, I imediately set into the second. It took me a bit of time to get through, mostly having other things vying for space on my proverbial entertainment platter, but it was a nice savoury piece of betrayal, drama, and satisfying conclusions. I never suspected anyone at the lodge of being a traitor. Not so soon into things, and it just came out of nowhere. Nicely done.

What they did with the Colonel at the end of that mess I found to be quite satisfying. Will he be causing more trouble in the future? Probably. I don’t see why he wouldn’t and he seems bent on escape. I suppose we shall see.

I’m not sure how I feel about Elvis cutting his hair and getting that makeover. It doesn’t look like him at all. I’ll agree it is good to make a good first impression, but he’s already met Ginger and if you’re gonna dress nice and stuff, you want to at least still be true to yourself, right? I liked his weird style.

Oh well.

 

Squiddy’s Comic Chat: Episode #11

Squiddy's Comic Chat11

Squiddy is mostly over her illness and managed to get out and deal with two weeks worth of comic pulls and came out with far less than she thought she would going in.

And she remembered to talk a little about Thulhuween and her disappointment of being ill and missing her 31 book goal.

Have a listen to the episode here.


Singles

  • Ghosted #5
  • Grindhouse Doors open at Midnight #2
  • Drumhellar #1
  • Occultist #2
  • Protectors Inc. #1
  • Steampunk Halloween 2013
  • Ash and the Army of Darkness #1
  • Clive Barker’s Hellraiser 2013 Annual
  • Forever Evil A.R.Gu.S. #1
  • Fox #1
  • Thor The Crown of Fools #1
  • Zombie Tramp Volume 2 #1

Trades

  • Miss Fury: Anger is an Energy
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Origins

Manga

  • Gantz Vol 3
  • Bokurano Vol 2

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