Saturday, October 11, 2014

Waezi2 Halloween Reading part 19

Ashar Ahmad does not believe in heaven or hell. But he DOES believe in the soul. In fact, he has found a way to cheat dead, by inventing a containment suit, a "coffin" so to say, that traps the soul, and makes a person live on despite his/her body being dead.
After proving that the suit works, Ahmad is killed by the Heller, the man who fund his work, so that he can keep the technology for himself. Ahmad managed to use the suit before his last breath, and he now lives on in the "coffin."
But before his soul entered the containment-suit, he learns that his atheism is worth crap, since Hell is VERY much real, waiting for him. Realizing that he lived a wasted life, where he has been less than a man, he decides to make up for this in his second chance in the suit, and must get his technology back from the terrible Heller, as well as saving the daughter he disavowed until now.
"The Coffin" is one scary sci-fi story. We see Ahmad who believes he has finally become the master of death, only to realize how small he really is. Heller is a disturbing villain, who are ready to to any lengths in order to stay alive, and he does it with a clean concision, believing that all he does is okay, since he is simply more important than whoever he steal organs from.
Also, this series may have the most horrifying hell I have ever seen. Highly recommended.
Light Yagami is a young man who pretty much success in all he does. And dear god, is he bored! Being 17 years old, and therefor still stuck in school, Light graves a challenge for someone as gifted as him. And then he finds the "Death Note".
The little black notebook allow him to end a persons life, as long as he knows the name and face of whoever he wish to kill.
Light makes it his mission to clean the world for criminals, one by one, and thereby create a utopia where everyone knows that crime really do not pay.
But there is a bump on the way toward utopia. A bum by the name L. He is the worlds greatest detective, and since no one knows his name nor seen his face, Light cannot kill him. Who is smart enough to expose the other, and thereby achieve victory?
The least scary thing about this manga is the deadgod, that follows Light around. Light has a sick, but brilliant mind, and he is completely merciless for anyone who does not fit in his plan for utopia.
You have to be patient reading "Dead Note," and deal with a lot of "I knew you knew" but once you get into it, you have one heck of a creepy crime-fiction/horror story.
That's all for now. I'm Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Waezi2 Halloween Reading part 18

This is the story about two men. One who serve God, one who left God. One who rules with peace and love, the other with fear and brutality. This is the story about King Arthur and Dracula's war.
Dracula sits in his castle at the end of the Turkish War, waiting for his enemies to end his life. That is, until he is summoned by Lucifer himself. Dracula is turned into a vampire, and is then send through time in order to kill the legendary king Arthur and make Camelot fall.
This is a very unique crossover, and I can't believe anyone actually thought up this unlikely, but surprisingly well working combination. The class between these two titans of literature is unlike any other you have ever seen in a comic-book. There is plenty of action, knights who fights for good, twisted creatures who serves The Wicked One, magic and, of coarse; blood!!!
And one more thing; the writer of this REALLY did his homework. There is a ton of details and descriptions that shows, that there has been a lot of perpetration and research before i was written. Especially the first issue, where the parallels between the lives of Dracula and King Arthur are shown is a thing of beauty. I loved this series from page two!
There is a deadly disease threatening the life of all the inmates and guards in the meta-human prison called "Iron Heights." The Flash must enter the prison, and try to locate the source of the deadly virus, as well as making sure that there wont be a bigger riot than there already are, But Wally West quickly realizes that Iron Heights was sick LONG before the virus.
Iron Heights makes other prisons look like kindergartens. It's creepy as hell, and full of disgusting super villains. But the biggest monster is quite possibly the warden; Gregory Wolfe. He hates super villains with a passion, and has made it his holy mission to make their life as miserable as possible. All the villains are dressed in their costumes so that they are easy targets for the guards, who are allowed to shot to kill, if a villain somehow gets out of his cell. The prisoners beaten up on their first day by guards armed with pipes, just to show that they mean business. Arkham Asylum may be "the worst place on Earth," but Iron Heights gives Arkham a run for it's money.
That's all for now. I'm Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Top 7 Blood Lad moments.

"Blood Lad" is at the moment my favorite manga-series. Even though I'm not too happy about the events in the fifth omnibus(not so much because of the quality of the story, but because I fear that it's going Dragon Ball now) it's still one of the most enjoyable comics in my collection. So even though it may not be that gory a manga(though it DOES have some pretty bloody moments), I still think it's Halloween related to some degree, since it has vampires, werewolves and that kind of stuff.
But before I name my top 7 moments of my favorite manga-series, I better give you the skinny:
Staz Blood is a vampire with a obsession for human made things, especially if they are from Japan. But he lives in the Demon World, and getting to the world of humans is easier said than done. But one day, a human girl named Fuyumi Yanagi enters the Demon World by accident. And she is not just human! She is JAPANESE!!! Staz instantly falls in love (or at least lust) at first sight. But not long after meeting her, Fuyumi gets killed, and is transformed into a ghost. This is a bummer for the young otaku vampire, since she is no longer a creature of flesh, so all attraction toward her is gone. However, Staz swears to Fuyumi that he will make it his lives goal to get her back to life (so he can suck her blood, and make her part of his collection) and this is the start of a amazing journey for the two of them.
Alright then, let's start with...
Number 7: Staz kills the Plant Seller.
Staz is a territory boss, which means that he is in control of a small area of the Demon World. So from time to time, a demon comes to his territory, hoping to kill him, and become the new boss. One of these challengers is a plant seller, who controls an army of man-eating plants. He is however no treat to Staz at all, and the Plant Seller is killed off, when Staz uses his demonic powers to crush his heart.
And this is where I realized that Staz is not a hero at all. Or at least not a typical manga-hero. The the Plant Seller was no treat AT ALL, but Staz kills him anyway! Not very heroic, is it?
But that's what makes Staz so awesome; He's an ASSHOLE!
He never had to work hard for anything, since he was born powerful. He is lazy, almost never takes responsibility for anything, and is completely merciless in battle, even when his opponents are unable to fight him. He is the perfect manga anti-hero, and the killing of the plant seller is a good example.
Number 6: Fuyumi as "ring girl."
On his quest for Fuyumi's resurrection, Staz makes a bet with his old friend; the werewolf Wolf. If Staz win, Wolf has to help him find a book called "The Book of Human Resurrection." But if Wolf win, Staz promise him Fuyumi(another example of how big a prick he really is). Staz plans to use his long-distance magic in order to cheat in a bowling mach against Wolf. But he ends up having to box with him instead, since Wolf pulls a pretty ingenious(if anything a bit overkill-ish) trick on him. Fuyumi is then, much to her dismay, given a bunny-girl outfit and told that she will be the fight's "ring girl."
There is something absolutely adorable about seeing the poor girl walk around in the ring, embarrassed over wearing a sexy costume. She looks WAY to innocent for the role as eye candy for a boxing match.
Number 5: KamehameWHA?!
During a fight against a monstrosity called Akim Papradon, Staz does what ALL of us at least ONCE did as kids; pretending to do a Kamehameha!
I literately cracked, realizing what Staz was about to do. This is quite possibly one of the funniest moments in Blood Lad. It's only in Staz's otaku brain that mimicking your favorite manga-hero's signature move during a life-or-death situation is a good idea. But then again; if any of us had energy-based powers of a sort, wouldn't we do that as well? Staz is just living the dream of nerds everywhere.
Number 4: Wolf's half-way transformation.
This is another moment from the boxing mach between Staz and Wolf. During the fight, Staz finally gets the upper hand after a sever beating. Wolf, realizing that he is about to lose, transforms into werewolf form(or halfway, since he is low on juice).
Besides the fact that Wolf looks totally awesome(!), it's also one of those shit-just-got-real moments. A stupid cock fight between these two friends takes a sudden turn, and we are once more reminded that these guys are monsters. They are cruel creatures who, without any remorse, kills in order to solve a problem, and their ancestors has traveled to the Human World for hundred of years in order to suck blood and feast on flesh. Heck, Staz almost killed Wolf, his best friend! And that was just for insulting him!
Number 3: Judgment Impact!
My favorite character in "Blood Lad" is Staz's little sister; Liz Blood.
Try to imagine Ronan The Accuser as a ten year old girl. THAT'S Liz Blood! She is in command of the Demon World prison, and has authority to punish anyone as she see fit. Her most powerful attack is a curse called "Judgement Impact." It summons a gigantic fist from heaven, and smash directly on whoever she has judged "guilty." That person is then teleported into the infamous prison known as "Liz's Toy Box."
... I know it's probably never going to happen, but I would LOVE a Blood Lad video-game, so that I could use this bad-ass attack of my favorite manga character.
Number 2: Staz is shot through the brain.
Holy crap, that's so awesome!
Number 1: Liz watching "Castle In The Sky."
This is from chapter 19 in book 3, which is also my favorite chapter. It's not that action-packed, nor is it the funniest. But it's just so... sweet and cute.
Being responsible for law and order in the Demon World, Liz is a very feared vampire, and if people aren't running in fear seeing her, they suck up to her instead. This, and knowing that her brother Braz loves Staz more than her, has made he a very angry, very lonely little child. So it's nice to see her doing something fun and innocent, like watching the movie "Castle In The Sky." And without her ax and Jason Voorhees mask, she is simply too adorable for words!

And that was my top 7 Blood Lad moments. Next time, I will have some more recommendations for Halloween reading, including "King Artur VS Dracula".
I'm Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Waezi2 Halloween reading part 17.

Last year, I reviewed "Umbrella Academy; The Apocalypse Suite," so I better take a look at the sequel; "Dallas."
After saving the planet from their sister, The Umbrella Academy has disbanded again, more dysfunctional than ever. The ones great leader of the team, Spaceboy, is now a fat-ass, who watches television all day, feeling sorry for himself. The Rumor has lost the ability to speak, and therefore also her power to alter reality. And The Boy... well, what is HE up to?
It appears that he didn't tell the entire truth about how he manege to get home from the future. He has a shady past, one that has finally caught up with him. Only one thing can be done in order to save the day: President John Kennedy must die!!!
"Umbrella Academy; Dallas" is possibly as messed up as it's predecessor, and possibly even more bloody(thanks to Hazel and Cha Cha). Gerard Way's writing is insane and messed up like you wouldn't believe. It's like someone threw Itchy And Scratchy from the Simpsons, the X-Men and Grant Morrioson's brain in a wok. THAT is "Umbrella Academy: Dallas"!
And speaking of Morrison...
Batman is dead, LONG LIVE BATMAN!
After his mentors death in Final Crisis, Dick Grayson must put on the cowl in order to let Batman live. He is now also responsible for Damian, the 10 year old son of the Dark Knight, trained to be the world's greatest assassin by his mother; Talia Al Ghul. Together, Dick and Damian becomes Gotham's new Dynamic Duo. A Batman and Robin like the world has never seen before.
And there first case is one messy one! A new super-villain who calls himself Professor Pyg has come to Gotham. He is insane, disgusting, and he wont stop until he has made everyone in Gotham into "Dollotrons," the perfect human beings according to him. And it wont stop there; The Red Hood is back in town worse than ever, with a mission to make crime-fighting "grow up."
This is as weird and sick as you could expect it from Grant Morrison. I have a problem with it's continuity, but it is very minor. Frank Quitely's art helps making the story even more creepy, especially the Dolltrons, which is possibly Morrison's most messed up idea to this day. "Batman & Robin; Batman Reborn" collects the first 6 issues of the series, and is perfect for Halloween.
That's all for now. Next time; my top nine Blood Lad moments.
I'm Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Waezi2 Halloween reading part 16.

I never got the idea behind "Marvel Knights". Seriously, what was the point?
As far as I understand, "Marvel Knights" is suppose to deal with more mature themes than Marvel usually does. Quesada once said in an interview that "Marvel Knights", and I quote: "challenge readers to re-think their favorite Marvel characters and re-evaluate the legends that surround them."
... And?
What's new about that? Comics ALWAYS did that! Even in the Silver Age, to a certain degree. What, Gwen Stacy's death was just a cakewalk? Peter used god know how much time to get through it, and it's still a important part of his life. Sounds pretty mature to me! Heck, I never realized that "Marvel Knights; Spider-Man" was a specially mature Spider-man story, since, well, it felt like any other Spidy story I have read: Spider-Man kicks ass, has problems in his life as Peter Parker, and the fact that the world is messy and it's difficult to make the right decisions. so on and so on. And dont get me wrong, I LOVE "Marvel Knight: Spider-Man", in fact, it's my favorite Spidy-story. But besides quality, what separates it from other Spidy comics?
And that is one of the problems with "Ghost Rider: Road To Damnation." HOW is this adult-ish? You wanna know what it is? Just a story. That's it. Sure, it has this idea that probably was new in the early 00's about Heaven and Hell both manipulating humans, but today... it's nothing new, so I'm not impressed. But it does have some pretty cool and revolting art-work.
You look at the scan to the left, and  I know what you are thinking: THAT is a Halloween recommendation?
Hell yeah, that's a Halloween recommendation!
"Teen Titans 100-Page Spectacular" has a couple of short stories, all of them weird and great in each of their own way. But one of them stands out; "Batman A-Go-Go."
In this little tale, the Silver Age Batman stand face to face with his greatest enemy; realism! Gordon blames Batman for not being "relevant", and tell him to stop being a goody-two-shoe. And Dick is apparently not interested in being Robin anymore, and hangs out with a girl called Sunshine, who fill the boy's head with dark thoughts of a new age. And then things starts to get dark! Really, REALLY dark!
Some might claim that the ending is a bit of a cop-out, bu I actually like it. But believe me, this 14 page story is GOLD. And nasty as hell, too.
Besides "Batman A-Go-Go," there are some other nice, but bit more lighthearted stories, like a brawl between the Teen Titans and the Doom Patrol. It has priceless moments, like when Robin says: "But Betty, that was BEFORE I saw you in a towel..."
That's all for now. Next time: More Doctor Mid-Nite.
I'm Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Top 9 Yu-Gi-OH MY GOD(!) moments.

I cant even write the word without grinding my teeth a little. Of all my childhood hobbies, the Yu-Gi-Oh trading-card game is the one I feel betrayed by the most. Tournaments are no fun at all, unless you are a gigantic geek who has the right card, because it all ends up in whatever you have the right cards or not. Different strategies doesn't mater. Yu-Gi-Oh has killed itself. Even worse is the anime that literally LIES to the kids. It claims that everyone can be a master duelist, as long as you work hard and believe in yourself, but it's rally all about buying cards to an obsession. This game is nothing more than a glorified money-maker, that makes kids rude to each other. Sure, there are other games like Vanguard and Magic The Gathering, but they at least require a strategic mind and well-prepared decks. Yu-Gi-Oh is simply too easy to win if you have the money for it.
Wow, that WAS refreshing! I feel a tidy bit less cranky about Yu-Gi-Oh.
Well, now that I have that off my chest, let's talk about the manga, shall we?
You may not believe it, but there was a time where Yu-Gi-Oh were more than just trading cards. It was one heck of a messed up manga about a boy who got the mystic power to punish all of his tormentors VERY harshly! So it's needles to say that there were moments that almost gave a 13 year old me trauma when I first read it. So since Halloween is near, I will give you my personal top nine Yu-Gi-OH MY GOD(!) moments. Here is number 9:
In chapter 4 of the series, a man escapes prison and made Anzu his hostage. Yugi then challenge him to a game, that involves only using one finger. First one to die, lose. Yugi wins by tricking the madman into letting him light up his cigarette, and then place the lighter on his hand as he is filling up a glass of vodka. The escapee is now unable to move, since the slightest movement would result in the lighter dropping in the vodka. He get's so scared that he drops his cigarette in the vodka, and he then BURNS to death!!! This was the first time(but not last) someone died as punishment in the manga, so this was a big deal.
Number 8; Mosaic Illusion.
An messed up and evil film-director wants to make a documentary about bullying in Yugi's school, and hire a guy to dress up as a student and beat the ever loving shit out of Yugi. The director is later challenged by Yugi to a shadow-game. The film-director lose, and as punishment, he get's the curse "Mosaic Illusion," so that he for the rest of his life must now see the world pixelized like his so-called documentaries. Now THAT is a pretty grim and hardcore punishment!
Number 7; Zombie Yoshimuri.
As a way to force Yugi into his pharaoh-persona, the tomb guardian Shadi casts a curse on a friend of Yugi's grandfather; Professor Yoshimuri. He becomes a mindless zombie, and starts to attack Jonouchi. Nothing stops him, no matter how many times Jonouchi punches him in the face! Heck, he lost most of his teeth! Seriously, just look at the scan to the left, TOTALLY CREEPY!!!
Number 6; The Electric Chair Ride.
This moment is not so terrifying because of the actual game, but because of the guy hosting the game. When Yugi and his friend are trapped in Death-T(an amusement park of death created by Kaiba), one of the rides they have to go through is called "The Electric Chair Ride." Make one sound, and you will be fried. But what's REALLY unconformable about it is Kaiba's butler who are in charge of it. Seriously, he is creepy as hell, and he enjoy this game with passion! EW!
Number 5; Monster Fighter.
Nagumo, a guy in Yugi's school, beats up the students and steels their Monster Fighter figures. Yugi challenge him to a shadow-game version of Monster Fighter in order to punish him. In this game, whenever their monsters are hurt, THEY receives the damage instead. So when Nagumo's monster is punched in the face, his own face starts to crack. Not bleed, CRACK. This makes the game even more surreal by making them break apart like toys, instead of bleeding like humans.
Number 4; Jonouchi VS Chopman.
This is the least game-like game in the whole series. In Death-T, one of the rides ugi has to go through is called "Murder Mansion." In it Jonouchi has to fight a man-monster called Chopman, a serial-killer hired by Kaiba to be part of Death-T. And holy crab, Chopman is scary as hell! He is pretty much all crazy murderers from horror-movies putted together!
Number 3; Evil Bakura impales his own hand.
Number 2; execution execution.
In middle-school, Jonouchi used to be part of a gang of led by a mean SOB named Hirutani. They went their separate ways, when Jonouchi went to Domino High. But later, Jonouchi is visited by Hitutani, who wants him to be part of his gang again. Jonouchi at first has no interest in being part of it, since he has moved on from being a violent delinquent, but joins the gang ones Hitutani threatens to hurt his friends bad. After one of Hitutani's guys punch Yugi, Jonouchi starts to beat the shit out of all of Hitutani's gang-members, but ends up, and here comes the fucked-up part: He ends up being tied up in a abounded warehouse, where Hitutani and his guys ELECTROCUTE him with the intention to go on until he dies! DUDE!!!

Number 1; Yugi and his friends during Death-T.
This one might need a little explanation.
Remember what I said about Death-T? That it was an entertainment-park of death, which was created to get back at Yugi for defeating him? That it was full of sadistic butlers and crazy mass murderers? Have that in mind, and then look at this panel...
... What is WRONG with you people?!?!
Be horrified, for Christ sake! You almost died! Several times!!! And you act like you are Ash and his friend on their Pokemon journey! And this specific panel is RIGHT after the Chopman fight! They look like Jonouchi won another gym-badge, not like he just KILLED a guy! Sure, he was a mass-murderer, but he was still a human being. A human being who were BURNED to death! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YUGI AND HIS FRIENDS?!
And that was my top 9 Yu-Gi-OH MY GOD(!) moments. Next time, I will have some recommendations for Halloween reading, including one about the Spirit Of Vengeance.
I'm Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Waezi2 Halloween reading part 15.

Well folks, there's only a month and a half to the spookiest holiday of the year. So just like last year, I have a couple of suggestions for Halloween reading to you guys(you can read last years reviews RIGHT HERE). Hope you can use them.
In the two-issue long story called "Skin Trade," several superheroes has been victim of organ kidnapping, like skin, eyes, hair and such. Someone is running an illegal clinic that specialized in cosmetic surgeries with superhuman parts. Doctor Mid-Nite of the Justice Society of America is on the case, and and he is up for one heck of a trip as he enters the horrifying world of body-part dealing.
Go home Batman! Doc Mid-Nite got this covered.
It's nice to have a detective story that doesn't futures the Dark Knight of Gotham as it's main character, as well as seeing Mid-Night in action instead of being on the sideline, treating the sick and harmed superheroes. Mid-Nite uses his amazing skills as medic in his crime-fighting with elegance and brilliance. He is not as strong and well-equipped as Batman, but he is just as smart, which he has to be in this gory tale of what lengths people are ready to go in order to have a perfect body. Nasty little read and highly recommended.
Shinichy wakes up one morning to find a snake-like creature trying to get into and take over his body. Trying to get the creature out of his body, he manege to stop what apparently is a very intelligent parasite from taking over his whole body. But it's still inside of his right arm, and can control and shape it as it is pleased. Shinichy and the parasite(which he has named Migi) must now try to coexist as best as possible. Easier said than done.
I dont like this manga. Not because it's bad, but because I'm not a splatter-fan. And believe me, there is ALLOT of splatter! The parasites that takes over human bodies eat other humans, and they are quite messy about it. The gory part is not the actual feasting, but what is left after they had their meal, which is, to put it mildly; rater messy.
What really makes the series interesting is this very surreal relationship between the young man Shinichy and his new right arm; Migi. Migi has no problem with being honest about that he would have preferred to take over the entire body, and the fact that the only reason to why he doesn't eat humans is that he doesn't have to eat that much with a body at the size of an arm.

That's all for now. Next time, my personal "top nine Yu-Gi-OH MY GOD(!) moments."
I'm Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.