Empire of the Wolf Review by Eugene Alejandro

In case you couldn’t already tell by the cover art, Empire of the Wolf is set during the times of ancient Rome, but adds a supernatural element to this story by including Werewolves in it. The reason for why Werewolves exist in this story is actually very fascinating as it even goes as far as to tie it into Roman mythology, but for the sake of this review, I will try to avoid spoiling any further details about it.

What works very well about Empire of the Wolf is that with the exception of the Werewolves and Roman Mythology aspects of it, the story is surprisingly historically accurate how and what went on during the times of Ancient Rome. Another part of Emipre of the Wolf that surprised me was the fact that its very story driven, and not just a Werewolves in Ancient Rome kind of plot. All the main characters have a decent amount of depth put into them, and there is a very good explanation for Werewolves to be in this story.

Now the biggest nitpick that I have to say about Empire of the Wolf however, is the artwork. The artwork isn’t necessarily awful, but it just didn’t fit with the story’s tone to me. Also, some parts of the art just looked odd (some of the dogs looked like black sheep with canine teeth, and one character looked like he belonged in Spawn instead of this). As far as the coloring goes though, the colors were great, and they certainly worked for the story.

Another Nitpick that I have with Empire of the Wolf is that the way it ended felt way too rushed in my opinion. I really wished more time was given to build up the ending as opposed to it just trying to get itself over with. But for what it was, it was okay. I just wanted it to be better that’s all.

Empire of the Wolf may not be something Award worthy, but it’s still a decent read none of the less. If you are interested in it, please check it out.

I give Empire of the Wolf 3/5 Stars.

CLUSTERF@#K! Review by Eugene Alejandro

Published by Alterna Comics’s FUBAR Press imprint (it’s listed as so in the beginning of the book if you read it on ComiXology like I did), CLUSTERF@#K! is a supernatural comedy about two private detectives named Karl and Jim who arrest and turn in an wizard named Dante, as well his Goatman henchman. Jim and Karl bring them to the station, and the leader of the station wants to question Dante in hopes he will find a very powerful item. When he believes that the Goatman is the key in finding the item, he of course wants him. Karl and Jim overhear this, and decide to bring the Goatman with them as they don’t trust their boss’s intentions. When this happens, the leader of the detective agency sends more agents after Karl, Jim, and the Goatman, and even makes a deal with a gang of Werewolves to find them as well. With agents and werewolves after them, Jim and Karl do what they can to protect the Goatman, and deal with the “CLUSTERF@#K!” thrown at them (hence the title).

The creator credits for CLUSTERF@#K! are Jon Parish (the writer), Nic J Shaw, Steven Forbes, Claudio Gaete, and Diego Toro (the artists with Diego Toro also being the inker), and Kote Carvajal (the colorist).

CLUSTERF@#K! is a fun and entertaining story as it works well as a comedy with supernatural elements in it with the both of those genres being used together with effort. Despite the big amount of foul language, and graphic violence in it, it all works with CLUSTERF@#K!’s tone because it shows that it’s not suppose to be taken seriously since it’s a comedy to begin with.

The artwork by all who made it that I mentioned earlier has a combination of the art styles of Cory Hamscher, and way some human characters look in Pixar films (at least in my opinion anyways). That style of art is a perfect fit for CLUSTERF@#K! as it helps show the plot’s humorous and lighthearted tone, while at the same time being a story for adults. Kote Carvajal’s coloring is also spectacular and blends with the art very well.

There are some parts of CLUSTERF@#K! that do feel a little bit predictable, but for the most part, the rest of the story does have a lot of clever twists and ideas in it, and the ending isn’t a blatant cliff-hanger, but there is a lot of ambiguity to it that I hope another story does happen.

So if you want to read a hilarious supernatural comic with detectives, werewolves, and demons in it, please purchase and read CLUSTERF@#K!

I give CLUSTERF@#K! Two Thumbs, and 4/5 Stars.

Cannons In The Clouds Review by Eugene Alejandro

Cannons in the Clouds is steampunk pirate story about a young woman named Sela Windbourne who wants to be free and independent from her own life, and ends up getting involved with pirates, and also ends being a part of a huge adventure with lots of action, twists and turns, etc.

Before I talk about anything else about Cannons in the Clouds, I first wanna talk about its artwork as I feel that for this review, it’s the most important part to bring up. While the artwork isn’t awful, I feel as it looks like rushed layouts as the characters, backgrounds, and everything else lacks any strong amount of detail to them. While the coloring is nice to look at, the highlights and shading on it tend to look too strong in some parts of the story, and can be very distracting.

As far as the writing and lettering in Cannons in the Clouds goes, it’s very solid, and helps make the story an enjoyable read. The characters have a solid amount of good writing and development to them, and some of the humorous moments also help the plot flow well. I DO NOT wanna spoil Cannons in the Clouds, but what I will say is that it has a nice ending that hopefully sets up a sequel.

Cannons in the Cloud’s lettering is very easy to look at which is the good thing so that readers can fully understand the plot. I will admit however that since I read it from the ComiXology app on my cellphone, I did have to zoom in a but on some pages just to see the words the characters were saying. So I would mostly recommend reading Cannons in the Clouds in physical print edition so that you don’t have to worry about zooming in on the lettering.

While Cannons in the Clouds may not have the greatest artwork of all time in my opinion, the way its written certainly makes it a recommendation for those that wanna see a story that combines pirates and steampunk together.

I give Cannons in the Clouds 4/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Bleen Review by Eugene Alejandro

The story of Bleen is about a teenage girl literally named Bleen who is sent to a mental facility called Mayber Hills Sanitarium along with her pet rabbit Mr. Wiggles. When one of the employees (as well the other patients) of the facility start mistreating her (and even cause harm to Mr. Wiggles), the monsters that she has been seeing as a young kid (and the reason why she’s sent to the facility) start to come back and haunt her.

Bleen is created and written by Jon A. Colunga, with black and white artwork by Landon Huber, it is also lettered by both Jon A. Colunga and Landon Huber, and is published by Alterna Comics.

Right off the bat, Bleen definitely has a good set-up for a decent psychological horror story, and with all honesty, it works well for what it is. Bleen isn’t really anything groundbreaking for the horror genre, but it’s also not awful. The writing in my opinion is average at best for this story.

Landon Huber’s art is done in a black and white style, and it works fine for the tone of the story, the inking has a lot of impressive detail to it, but the way the characters are drawn sometimes feel a bit too cartoony for the story. I’m aware that for a horror like this that way to draw characters is suppose to work, but for me, it just felt out of place. I don’t hate the way the characters are drawn, but it’s just not my cup of tea. Again, the inking is spectacular and even the monsters are drawn well.

The lettering in Bleen is very well-done and easy to look at. It’s also impressive to know that both Jon and Landon did the lettering as there really isn’t a difference between the two of their lettering styles, and for a horror comic it looks great. The dialogue the characters speak is also good.

I don’t want to spoil the ending of Bleen at all, but I gotta say that the last chapter is very anti-climactic and rushed. I wasn’t expecting the best ending ever, but I did hope that it would’ve been better.

Overall, Bleen is an average comic in the horror genre with decent writing and decent artwork. The inking and lettering are really amazing for sure, and while I didn’t love the story, I didn’t hate it, and I wouldn’t mind checking it out for yourself.

I give Bleen 3/5 Stars.

My Announcement for Alterna Months Part 1 of 2

While the Supreme Writer Studios WordPress Blog has been on hiatus, I have been working on making some new reviews for the blog. What will happen is that next month, I will publish 7 reviews on Supreme Writer Studios. These reviews are of graphic novels published by Alterna Comics, and they are going to be part of an event I’ve made for myself and the blog titled “Alterna Months Part 1 of 2”. The reason why I’ve split the event into two parts is because sadly due to time and financial reasons, I was only able to complete the first part. If I’m able to have the time and afford the rest of the Alterna Comics graphic novels in order to finally completed the second and final part of Alterna Months, I’ll make another blog announcing that. I must also say that all the graphic novels that will be included in the Alterna Months are going to be purchased by me from ComiXology (the already completed 7 reviews were purchased by me on ComiXology by the way). With all that out of the way, here is the schedule for all the reviews included in Alterna Months Part 1 0f 2.

  • Bleen Review by Eugene Alejandro-4/3/2017
  • Cannons in the Clouds Review by Eugene Alejandro-4/8/2017
  • CLUSTERF@#K! Review by Eugene Alejandro-4/15/2017
  • Empire of the Wolf Review by Eugene Alejandro-4/19/2017
  • Horror in the West Review by Eugene Aljendro-4/22/2017
  • Metaphase Review by Eugene Alejandro-4/24/2017
  • Mother Russia Review by Eugene Alejandro-4/27/2017

If for some reason, I am unable to publish any of these reviews on the listed dates because of possible conflicts, I promise to talk about it on Social Media by announcing a different release date (hopefully that doesn’t have to happen though). And also, I will publish other reviews on Supreme Writer Studios after Alterna Months Part 1 0f 2 is done as a means to show that Supreme Writer Studios is still active. One more thing before I forget. If anyone comments on any of these reviews by acting like an immature idiot trying to get me upset for their own amusement (basically trolling), the people who dare do that will be permanently blocked from ever visiting Supreme Writer Studios as I have a zero tolerance policy on trolling for this blog. I’ve worked very hard in getting these reviews made, and I hope a lot of people can get the chance to finally read them.

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Blogging Site Name Change, and Twitter Page Announcement (Fully Updated)

UPDATE #1: Because of the issue of Twitter’s Verification Code process, my official Twitter page will be created on 2/12/2017 instead.

UPDATE #2: I am having more trouble verifying my Twitter account. Because of this, I’ll try to verify my account on 12/17/2017. If I’m unable to, I’ll just give up in trying to make my Twitter page.

UPDATE #3: I have finally and successfully verified my Twitter account. Here is the link to it: https://twitter.com/EugeneAlejandr6

Two things are going to happen in February 2017. The first is that the name of this WordPress blog will be changed from The Grand Writer, to Supreme Writer Studios. The name change will occur on 2/3/2017. And also, the Facebook page that is dedicated this Blog will also be changed to Supreme Writer Studios-The Official Facebook page on that same date as well. On 2/11/2017, I will finally launch my Twitter page. After these happen, I will go on a brief hiatus from making any new blogs for this website because I will way too busy and focused on other things. When I’m able to have enough time to make more blogs, I’ll make another announcement letting everyone know about it. I am truly and forever grateful to all the people who have continued to support this Blogging Site that I created with WordPress, and I’m also thankful to the people who helped me create it. Thank you all.

Trollhunters Part 1 Review by Eugene Alejandro

In Memory of Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Before I start my review of Trollhunters Part 1, I really want to clarify that I have not read the show is adapted from. So this review for Trollhunters Part 1 will only be me reviewing it as just a show. I also want to mention that Trollhunters Part 1 is a Netflix Original Show, so the only way you can watch it is by subscribing to Netflix. With all that said, on to the review.

Trollhunters Part 1 is an animated series from Dreamworks, and is created by Guillermo del Toro. The plot is about a young boy named Jim (voiced by Anton Yelchin) who is chosen to be the very first human “Trollhunter” a task that has protect good Trolls against evil Trolls. There is much more to the story than what I just said, but I don’t wanna say it because that would just be me spoiling the entire show (which is that I don’t want to do).

For a show that is 26 episodes long, it mangages to work very well with that pace thanks to the wonderful and clever writing it has. When it has be serious, it works. When it’s trying to be light-hearted in some moments, it works as well. Top it all off with a cast of characters that are very well-written, and well-developed.

The animation is really spectacular and solid, and surprisingly looks a little bit theatrical (must be because a lot of money was put into the animation). The animation regarding the character’s movements is also very well done and helps the characters look alive. The backgrounds are also great to look at.

The voice acting in Trollhunters Part 1 is very good and it helps the characters feel very alive. Anton Yelchin also did a very good job in voicing a 15-16 year old male character as he sounds very confincing as a character of those ages. The rest of the voice actors also do well with their performances.

I WILL NOT spoil how the entire show ends, but let me just say it the ending really does demand that Part 2 get made already.

As a show, Trollhunters Part 1 succeeds in being both entertaining for children and adults, and I easily recommend it to anyone who is currently subscribed to Netflix.

I give Trollhunters Part 1 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.