The reasons for my absence on this Blog

Hello everyone. I am fully aware that I haven’t been posting anything new lately on my WordPress Blog this year, and I want to explain my reasons for that right now in the best way that I can. I will be saying a lot, so please pay attention very well to my own words.

In case you aren’t aware, I finally completed writing all 10 chapters for my upcoming horror/fantasy novella that I plan to self-publish as a free-to-read digital book on Booksie.com. The novella will be revealed on Facebook on September 7th, 2019, and all 10 chapters will be published weekly starting on November 2018 (I promise to make a WordPress Blog schedule about that if I can).

Also, I have recently begun writing short stories that I plan to also self-publish on Booksie.com, and have them released on that website in the year; 2019 (February 2019 is the planned month for my short stories). At the moment, I have completed two of my short stories.

Because of me focusing a lot on my story writing, I have gone through a lot of (and too much) anxiety, depression, fear, frustration, and stress as I’ve come to realize that I pay attention to my writing way too often that I should have, and I work way too hard to where I cause negativity on myself.

At the moment, I’ll still work on my short stories, but I promise to avoid getting emotionally worked-up about them, and in regards to future WordPress content, I don’t wanna reveal too much right now, but I do have plans for October 2018 that I hope to announce whenever I can. Until then, thank you all for your patience concerning this WordPress Blog.

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Dusu: Path of The Ancient Review by Eugene Alejandro

The Dusu: Path of the Ancient Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover is a collection of the the four issue mini series published by Stranger Comic’s Asunda imprint that I got as an extra reward for backing the Kickstarter for the Niobe: She is Life Kickstarter (which in case you don’t already know, I have made a review for Niobe: She is Life already).

Dusu: Path of the Ancient is written by Sebastian A. Jones and Christopher Garner, illustrated by James C Webster who does most of the art while Darrell May once again serves as the layout artist like he did for The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer, and Niobe: She is Life. The lettering is also done by A Larger World Studios (coming back from their previous work on Niobe: She is Life).

The story in Dusu: Path of the Ancient is about a human male who is raised by a native tribe of Elves. Although he is member of the tribe, he is mostly looked down upon by some of the other members because of the fact that he’s a human. Despite this, get is gifted with powers that allow to literally unleash his inner animal which he will have to use in order to stop a very evil and powerful man who also has spiritual powers (this review is spoiler free, so I won’t reveal too much details about the plot).

The world building for the Asunda Universe continues to get even better thanks the incredible writing in Dusu: Path of the Ancient. Sebastian A. Jones truly has created a unique and fascinating fictional world since he knows how you write good stories about them. This story works well as a four part mini as the sets up the characters very well, builds the conflict, and ends everything on a good note. Although I will say that I found the ending a bit confusing.

Of all the Asunda Titles from Stranger Comics that I have read so far, the artwork in Dusu: Path of the Ancient is in my opinion the most beautiful looking comic of them all, and that is thanks to the painted art style of James C. Webster. Now I will be honest and admit that there are some panels in which the artwork looks a bit smudged, but the rest of art in my opinion is fantastic to look at.

The different styles of lettering in this comic are also very good. I honestly can’t say too much about it, but what I will say that the way the lettering looks is that reading this comic will be very easy thanks to it.

As with the Niobe: She is Life hardcover, this hardcover comes with at least two bonus stories as well at the end with one of them being an entire first issue of Erathune, as well as a random Tales of Asunda story afterwords. This hardcover collection also has a gallery of cover art, sketches, etc at the end.

While I can only recommend Dusu: Path of the Ancient who older readers because of the mature content featured in it, it is still worth reading as it serves as another good reason as to why the Asunda Universe deserves a lot of attention within the comics industry.

I give Dusu: Path of the Ancient 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Niobe: She is Life Review by Eugene Alejandro

Niobe: She is Life is a four issue comic book mini series written by Sebastian A. Jones & Amandla Stenberg, illustrated by Ashley A. Woods & Darrell May, and lettered by A Larger World Studios. It is part of the Asunda Universe, thus it is published by Stranger Comics under the Asunda imprint.

For my review of this comic, I will be reviewing the hardcover collection of it because I got it as a reward for backing the official Kickstarter for it. Also because of that, I also got the hardcover collection for Dusu: Path of the Ancient as a bonus reward which I will also write a review for as well.

Niob: She is Lief tells the story of the human elf hybrid from The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer named Niobe who is trying to escape from her father’s army, and ends up encountering a dwarf who leads a group of pure-blood elves, and even has one of its members being a human-orc hybrid. With nowhere else to go, she decides to stay with them for a bit and get to know much more on as to who they all are.

Before I can begin talking about this comic, one detail that I forgot to mention in my review for The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer is that Stranger Comic’s Asunda titles are NOT for children as they contain mature readers content such as gore and nudity. So I greatly apologize for leaving that fact out before, and I promise that in this as well as in my future reviews for Stranger Comic’s Asunda comics is that I’ll be sure to mention that from now on so that the people reading these reviews can be informed about that fact. With that out of the way, on to the review.

While Niobe: She is Life is a much shorter story than The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer because of it being only 4 issues long (while the previous Asunda comic that I just mentioned is 7 issues long), the writing by both Sebastian, and Amanda is still very excellent as the plot moves at a good pace, and adds enough development to the characters in order for the reader to like them, and know who they are. Without going into spoilers, I especially loved the final climax in this comic as it does a very good job at ending this story.

Ashley A. Woods’s artwork in this comic has a very typical penciled and inked look that readers would most see in a typical comic book, but the art in Niobe: She is Life is very amazing to look at thanks to the incredible amount of detail Ashley puts into the character designs, the backgrounds, and the creature designs. Darrell May’s layout work is still as good as it was in The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer as well.

While I sadly have not known of A Larger World Studios as this is the first comic that I read featuring their lettering work (I hope I am right about that though), their lettering is still something that I would call professional because the speech bubbles and text are very easy to look at, and even the white text that is meant to be narration is also easy to see, and surprisingly fits the backgrounds just fine.

Now as I have stated in the beginning, Niobe: She is Life is not a comic a kid should be reading due to the amounts of blood featured in it. Now while its true that the level of mature content is a little more tame compared to The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer, I would still prefer it if only people 18 years or older read this comic just to be safe.

At the end of the main story, this hardcover collection for Niobe: She is Life features a one-shot bonus story called Morka Moa which is written by both Sebastian A. Jones & Darrell May, and its even fully drawn by Darrell May himself. There is also a short preview for the next Niobe story; Niobe: She is Death (which I would love to review whenever I read the hardcover edition of it whenever possible).

Besides those two extra stories in this hardcover collection, the rest of the extra and bonus material features concept art, variant covers, sketches, etc, and they are definitely worth looking at after reading this comic.

So with all said and done, Niobe: She is Life is a great addition to the Asunda Universe, and I can totally recommend it to anybody who wants to read a high and epic fantasy indie comic.

I give Niobe: She is Life 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer Review by Eugene Alejandro

The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer is the both the first The Untamed comic book story arc, as well as the very first comic published by Stranger Comics for their Asunda Universe imprint. It is written and created by Sebastian A. Jones, illustrated by both Peter Bergting and Darrell May, and lettered by both Joshua Cozine and Troy Peteri.

Before I start this review, I should quickly mention the fact that I am only reviewing the hardcover collection of The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer only because that is how I read it. Also, this (along with my other reviews for Stranger Comic’s Asunda Universe titles) will be a spoiler free review.

The plot of The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer is about a man who is sent back into the real-world after dying in order to collect seven souls in exactly seven days. While on this mission, he encounters a human-elf hybrid named Niobe (with this comic being her very first appearance as she also appears in other comic books in the Asunda Universe from Stranger Comics) who ends up becoming his ally on his quest.

Before I start saying how I personally felt about The Untamed: Sinner’s Prayer, please allow me to quickly talk about the Asunda Universe for just a bit since I’ve mentioned at the very start of this review. The Asunda Universe is an imprint from Stranger Comics that publishes comic books and graphic novels that are all connected in the fictional world of Asunda. Asunda is a world in the fantasy genre where humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, and other typical and even original fantasy races exist. This fictional comics universe was created by Sebastian A. Jones, and (as already stated) is published by Stranger Comics.

For the very first comic that’s part of the Asunda Universe (as well as the publishing imprint its named after), The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer is a good beginning and introduction to the fictional world its a part of thanks to a lot of the qualities it has that are required to make a good comic.

For starters, the writing by Sebastian A. Jones is very good as the story is very easy to understand and pay attention to, and all the characters are written with a strong amount of development to them. While there isn’t too much world building in this comic, what is presented here does at least help the reader understand what goes on in the world of Asunda.

The artwork in The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer by Peter Bergting, and Darrell May fits this comic very well thanks to how awesome Peter’s illustrations are as he truly knows how to draw emotional and thrilling panels in this comic. This is also helped by Darrell May’s layout designs as without his contribution, the art wouldn’t be as good as it is now.

Joshua Cozine, and Troy Peteri’s lettering in this comic looks excellent as it is very easy to look at and understand all the dialogue spoken by the characters. The speech bubbles are presented in a very clear fashion, and the rest of the overall lettering is easy to follow.

Since I am reviewing the hardcover collection of The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer, I want to quickly talk about all the special bonus content featured at the end of the book. I don’t wanna spoil any specifics as to what they are, but what I will say is that if your the kind of reader who wants to see some extra content after reading like I do, then I highly recommend buying this comic in the hardcover collection format because what is presented at the end of it is really interesting and totally worth taking a look at.

So in conclusion, The Untamed A Sinner’s Prayer is without a doubt a solid beginning and introduction to the Asunda Universe, and I look forward to reading the next The Untamed comic whenever I can.

I give The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 Review by Eugene Alejandro

Disclaimer: For this review, I am only going to be reviewing the English Dub because that is the version I watched before making this review.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is a feature-length computer animated major motion picture that serves as both a direct prequel and midquel to the video game from Square Enix; Final Fantasy 15 (which I am currently still playing at the time of me writing this review).

The story in this film is that in the world of Eos, two nations are at war with each other over the planet’s crystal because said crystal grants whoever uses ultimate power (which the kingdom of Lucis has, and the other wants to take). The two nations are Lucis, and Niflheim. The Kingsglaive are a group of elite soliders tasked in protecting Lucis from Niflheim’s invasions. I could go into more detail about this movie’s plot, but I prefer not to because I don’t wanna go into any spoiler territory regarding this movie’s story at all in this review.

For a movie that is meant to be a companion piece to the Final Fantasy 15 universe, I have to say that I found this movie to be spectacularly awesome to watch as not only does it work at benefiting Final Fantasy 15’s overall story, but it also turned out to be a very entertaining movie to watch as far as my opinion is concerned.

The most notable aspect in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is the computer animation which is meant to have a very photo-realistic look to it. For how it looks, the animation is simply breath-taking and beautiful to look at. The character’s movements regarding facial expressions, lip-syncing, and walking, jumping, etc, are all done very well in order to help all the characters feel alive. The visuals, background animation, and creature designs are also very nice to look at. All of this really shows how talented Square Enix is at making good photo-realistic computer animation.

The English Dub voice acting in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is another good quality/aspect of the film as each voice actor delivers their lines perfectly, and each voice fits the characters very well. The lip-syncing also helps with the movie’s English Dub because it makes the character’s mouth movements believable.

The soundtrack in this movie awesome. While I should go into more elaboration and detail on as to why I think the music for this film is good, all I can honestly say is that for what it is, its great to listen to while watching the whole movie.

The only nitpicks that I have regarding my experience of watching Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 are that while I was completely entertained by the whole movie, I still felt the movie went on for way too long to where I was worried the film would never end. But even then despite that, the movie is still worth sitting through in order to get the full Final Fantasy 15 story experience (at least in my honest opinion anyways). Another nitpick that I have is that while this film works very well as a companion piece to the Final Fantasy 15 universe, I personally think it would have been even better had it been its own stand-alone movie with the Final Fantasy name and some of the themes and elements from the franchise added to it. Now I shouldn’t fault the movie for being part of Final Fantasy 15 as that is what Square Enix made it out to be,but I still would’ve preferred it being its own movie rather than a prequel and midquel to the game.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is a sci fi and fantasy action movie that I can easily recommend to Final Fantasy fans, as it works very well as both a companion piece, and as an overall movie.

I give Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.

Bright Review by Eugene Alejandro

Bright is a Netflix-Original movie directed and produced by David Ayer, and written by Max Landis. It (primarily) stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, and Noomi Rapace.

Bright takes place in an alternate version of the planet Earth where Humans, Elves, and Orcs all exist together, but are separated from each other by how they live. Elves are upper-class, humans are middle-class, and orcs are lower-class.

The main plot in Bright is that two police officers named Daryl Ward, and Nick Jakoby end up getting involved with a plot by a group evil Elves who want to bring back the “Dark Lord” because a female who betrayed has a powerful wand that the evil Elves want to use in order to achieve their goal.

When this movie first got released on Netflix, it was met with a lot of negative reviews from critics. Because of this, I’ll admit that I was somewhat hesitant to give this movie a watch, but after seeing it, I am honestly surprised at how good it actually turned out to be in my opinion.

Now I want to quickly clarify that in no way am I saying that this is an amazing and/or spectacular movie in this review. All I’m saying is that in my own opinion, I found this movie to be enjoyable. Also, this review is NOT meant to be a personal attack on the critics who gave this film negative reviews.

The biggest aspect in Bright that I really liked was the unique and fascinating premise which involved combining fantasy with the real world. And in my opinion, it was executed very well.

Bright doesn’t use too much CGI as a majority of the special effects are made using practical makeup, and they actually look amazing enough to help the Elves and Orcs look real enough to actually exist in the real world.

The acting in this film is pretty solid with Will Smith in particular delivering a fun and entertaining performance that fits his character for all the right reasons.

The two biggest nitpicks that I have with Bright are that (in my opinion) the story was nothing too very special at all. It wasn’t bad, but I only wish that it was something much better because of its premise. The second nitpick of mine with this film is that I felt that the F-word was said way too much in an attempt to prove that this movie is rated-R. I honestly don’t have an issue with foul language just as long as it fits, but this movie I felt used the F-word more than it had to.

So while I can understand why Bright isn’t for everybody, I still found the movie entertaining for what it was, and I am glad that I saw it.

Overall, Bright gets a 4/5 stars, and a two thumbs up by me.

Trollhunters Part 2 Review by Eugene Alejandro

In memory of Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Trollhunters Part 2 is the second season in the Trollhunters animated series which is created by Guillermo del Toro, made by Dreamworks Animation, and officially streamed on Netflix.

As with how I reviewed Trollhunters Part 1, I will only be reviewing Trollhunters Part 2 as only a show because I have not read any of the books it is adapted from. Also, unlike the first season which consisted of 26 episodes, the second season (which I am reviewing right now) only has 13 episodes. I only wanted to mention that last part because in case anybody who is subscribed to Netflix and has this show on their list should be aware of that fact.

Without going into any spoilers for this review, Trollhunters Part 2 does a very good job at being a solid continuation of Trollhunters Part 1, but what I think (in my opinion) makes this second season even better in terms of how its written is how it handles plot twists, and character development. The plot twists in particular caught me off guard as I never expected or predicated them in the slightest.

As with the Trollhunters Part 1, the animation continues to still be amazing in Trollhunters Part 2. While there isn’t much of a difference in regards to how the animation looks for this season compared to the previous one, the animation is still made very well and shows how much money and effort went into it.

The voice acting is also still very good with each voice actor perfectly fitting their characters and delivering the lines very well. I was most surprised by how Anton’s Yelchin’s voice was still kept for this season, but I overall, found his voice acting performance to still be very good like it was in Trollhunters Part 1.

If you are somebody who really enjoys Trollhunters like I do, I can most certainly recommend watching this second season as it is a excellent continuation of the previous season, and show as a whole works very well at entertaining both children, and adults.

I give Trollhunters Part 2 Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.