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.