Methaphase Review by Eugene Alejandro

Methaphase is about a young boy named Ollie who is the son of a famous superhero named Sentinel. Ollie wants to be a superhero just like his father, but Ollie’s father is worried and doesn’t feel like he should because Ollie was born with Down Syndrome (meaning that Sentinel is only looking our for Ollie with good intentions). I should clarify that there is much more to the plot of Methaphase than what I just said, but I feel that saying more would just ultimately ruin anyone else’s chance of wanting to buy and read it, so I’ll just say the basic summary of it for this review.

There exists a message in Methaphase which is that no matter what condition you have, you can always achieve the best at what you wanna be, and that message is handled very well in the story. Methaphase’s writing is done very well, and story moves at a quick but solid pace. I should inform the people who are reading this review that Methaphase is only 82 pages long, but despite the short page count, the story is still a very good one thanks to the strong and powerful message that it carries.

The pencils, inks, and colors in Methaphase are all very good. Each character is designed very well, the inking helps the art look clear and easy to see, and the coloring does a fantastic job and bringing the artwork to life. Before I forget now that I’ve just thought about it, the lettering on Methaphase is done by none other than Alterna Comics owner and founder; Peter Simeti, who turns out a very solid job as far as the lettering is concerned as all the words are very easy to see.

While I don’t have anything negative to say and nitpick about Metaphase, I should inform people that this is not a single story. Meaning that there is a strong chance of a sequel happening (I won’t go into the specifics of that as you would have the read it yourself to know).

In conclusion, Methaphase is a well-made graphic novel in the superhero genre that I can totally recommend purchasing as a means to giving it a read.

I give Methaphase 4/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Suicide Squad Movie Review by Eugene Alejandro

Suicide Squad is a 2016 movie adaptation of the comic book series from DC of the same name about an anti-hero group that is forced to participate in missions or else they will be killed. The movie adaptation of the comics is directed and written by David Ayer, and stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leo as The Joker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Karen Fukuhara as Katana.

While Suicide Squad is nowhere near as good as James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (another movie about a team of characters with each of their own unique abilities and powers that has comedy in it), or as entertainingly funny in a good way as Tim Miller’s Deadpool, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad manages to be an entertaining movie in its own way without trying to act like another movie in the hopes of becoming successful.

The comedy in Suicide Squad works surprisingly well despite the story being about people forced to take orders or else they’ll be killed because David Ayer’s script did a solid enough job working in humor in order to help make the film fun for people to watch. There are some jokes that didn’t impress me, but there was enough good comedy that I didn’t mind the weak jokes.

The entire cast does a great job portraying each character thanks to David Ayer’s directing. Not only that, but in my opinion, each actor was well-casted as they do very much feel like how the characters in the comics would behave.

The special effects in the Suicide Squad film (both practical and computer) are fantastic and look very real. In my opinion though, I belief they would’ve been ever better to see in 3D, but the way I saw the film, I was at least satisfied with how the effects looked so I can’t really complain.

The soundtrack contains original music as well as already existing songs, and for what the soundtrack has to offer, it’s great to listen to. I really liked that the movie included Queen’s Bohemiam Rhapsody in it (that song is in one of the trailers so it’s not really a spoiler for anyone who’s reading this review).

My only nitpick with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is that the story while not terrible, dull, and/or weak, doesn’t add anything too new to movies based on comics. I’m aware that I am reviewing a movie based on DC’s Suicide Squad comics, and that I shouldn’t be expecting a grand epic story, but I still felt that the plot for the Suicide Squad movie was just too simple.

In conclusion, Suicide Squad is a fun enough movie that I can recommend watching this year as it has it’s moments of good humor, and also a lot of cool action scenes. It’s also nice to finally see the characters in a live action motion picture.

I give the Suicide Squad movie 2 Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.

The Infinity Gauntlet Review by Eugene Alejandro

To anyone that wants to read a spectacular comic book event from Marvel, The Infinity Gauntlet (published in the year 1991) written by Jim Starlin, and drawn by George Perez and Ron Lim is a comic book event story that I can easily recommend to you thanks to its fantastic storytelling and amazing artwork.

The plot is that after obtaining all the infinity stones for the infinity gauntlet, Thanos tries to use his new powers to win the heart of the woman he loves Death (the deity) but with no avail. As a means to show his love for Death, Thanos uses the power of the infinity gauntlet to make almost everyone in the universe vanish, and cause destruction to every world. After this happens, Adam Warlock awakens to unite almost all the remaining Marvel characters (including Doctor Doom) and the Astral Deities to attack Thanos, retrieve the infinity gauntlet, and restore the universe back to the way it was.

The reason why The Infinity Gauntlet works well as a comic book event is because it’s a simple straightforward epic story that doesn’t require too many issues to read in order to understand (The Infinity Gauntlet is only a six issue mini series, and while there is a prelude story called Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos, that story isn’t required to read first in order to understand The Infinity Gauntlet).

The writing by Jim Starlin is brilliant as the story is paced very well, and the huge cast of characters work without being a huge distraction. The character interactions are also handled very well as each character that takes part in helping Adam Warlock defeat Thanos have their moments of development (including the part where Hulk and Wolverine chat for a bit before they go after Thanos). Doctor Doom being in the story also worked well as Jim Starlin managed to have a solid reason for him wanting to help Adam Warlock stop Thanos (despite him being known as a villain). My only nitpick in The Infinity Gauntlet in terms of story is the brief cameos that some of the remaining Marvel characters had (Moon Knight, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Namorita) because to me, it felt unnecessary to have them featured as they don’t serve much nor contribute anything to the plot.

The art by George Perez featured in the first 4 issues is wonderful to look at as he’s able to perfectly illustrate all characters, panels, and backgrounds with excellent detail to them. Issues 5 and 6 are done by Ron Lim, but (at least to me anyways) his art still looked liked George Perez’s (which isn’t a bad thing).

In conclusion, The Infinity Gauntlet is one of the best comic book stories Marvel ever made, and is a good example of how to make a fun and entertaining comic book event that I strongly recommend purchasing and reading.

I give The Infinity Gauntlet Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.

Ultraman The Manga Volume 1 Review by Eugene Alejandro

If you’re a fan of the long running Ultraman franchise that was created long ago by Eiji Tsuburaya (the special effects director that used to work for Toho before founding Tsuburaya Productions), then you will love the current manga series from Shogakukan and published in English by Viz Media that’s written by Eiichi Shimizu, and illustrated by Tomohiro Shimoguchi.

This Ultraman manga series is a direct sequel to the original Ultraman television show back in 1966 in which the main character from that show Shin Hayata, is more grown up, and has a son named Shinjiro Hayata. While him and his son are at a memorial museum, Shinjiro ends up accidentally falling down from a ledge, but somehow survives without any severe injuries. 12 years later, and while in his teen years, Shinjiro starts to become aware of his unnatural abilities and tries to live the best life he can with him. One night, a mysterious being wearing armor that calls itself Bemular (named after the very first Kaiju Ultraman fought in the show), attacks Shinjiro. Shin shows up revealing that he is Ultraman to his son for the very first time, has him sent to someplace safe, and starts fighting Bemular. The place that Shin had Shinjiro taken to be safe happens to be a facility that gives him a Ultraman-like armor, and it’s also revealed that the reason why he has abilities and most regular people don’t have is because he has what’s called the “Ultraman Factor”. Shinjiro decides to wear the armor, and continue the Ultraman legacy that began with his father.

I will not say how this volume ends because it would be a spoiler, and I don’t want to spoil the ending to this at all.

Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Ultraman manga serves as a really good addition to the franchise for it is well-written, and well-drawn. It does however (like I said earlier) take place after the 1966 TV series. Meaning that you really need to watch the show before reading this in order to understand it.

While this Ultraman story does take away the idea of a giant alien being fighting Kaiju, the new concept that it has is a very unique take on Ultraman, and also works very well has a hybrid of Bio-Booster Armor Guyver, and Power Rangers.

The English translation by Joe Yamazaki and lettering by Evan Waldinger for this volume is very well-done and easy to read.

Ultraman The Manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi is a manga that I strongly recommend that Ultraman fans read, and the first volume is a very good start.

I give Ultraman The Manga Volume 1 5/5 Stars, and 2 Thumbs Up.

Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 3 by Review Eugene Alejandro

Just like in the previous volume, Volume 3 of Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman is set during the cretaceous period, and has Amon, Sirene, and Kaim as the main characters. It also introduces a new character named Atai.

The plot of Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 3 continues from the ending of Volume 2 in which Sirene decided to become Satan’s decoy for the angels. Once she is captured and sent to their location where they are injecting God’s blood into demons, Sirene uses her Antennas to signal for help. Amon and Kaim hear the signal, and go to rescue her, but a something surprising and unexpected happens when they reach the location.

Amon The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 3 does a brilliant job at going into more depth about the origins of Amon, and serving as another good addition to the entire series as a whole.

As I’ve already said in my previous reviews, Yu Kinutani’s writing and artwork is spectacular and flawless. While this volume doesn’t end in a complete cliffhanger, the ending has very good foreshadowing that sets up volume 4.

One thing that I really need to let anyone who wants to read this manga know is that all 6 volumes of it are very quick and easy to read. So if your in the mood to read a brilliant manga that’s not too time consuming, this is what I recommend to you.

Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 3 (as well as the whole series) is another example of how Yu Kinutani achieved in adding something new and wonderful to Go Nagai’s Devilman franchise without trying to contradict and/or ruin anything that was already established by Go Nagai.

I give Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 3 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 2 Review by Eugene Alejandro

Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 2 is where the prequel part of the series begins.

Volume 2 is set during the time of the Cretaceous era in which the Earth was ruled by both the dinosaurs during that time, as well as the Demons who hunt the dinosaurs for food. A human male infant is found in the home of the Sirene Tribe, and before the members of the tribe decide they should kill it with one of them believing it to be a bad omen, the mother of the entire Sirene Tribe tells them that it’s better to abandon the child as oppose to killing it. Years later, the infant has grown up to become strong enough to survive on his own with the help of a mysterious voice.

There’s more story in this volume, but I don’t want to give it away because I want you to read it for yourself.

Volume 2 of Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman does a solid job at being a good origin story for the characters of Amon, and Sirene. It’s also a good look at how the demons lived prior to the main Devilman story.

Yu Kinutani’s artwork continues to be spectacular looking like it was in the previous volume as he puts a lot of detail into making the dinosaurs and demons look almost real.

His writing also continues to be top-notch, and his storytelling is never boring. I will say that though this volume Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman (as well as the previous volume) is a very quick read. Which isn’t a bad thing because it doesn’t looked rushed at all as the artwork is amazing looking, and the writing is still very good.

Overall, Yu Kinutani has done a brilliant job at adding something new to the lore of Devilman that Go Nagai never did, and Amon The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 2 (as well the entire manga series) helps establish that very well.

I give Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 2 Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.

Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 1 Review by Eugene Alejandro

Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman is a prequel/re-telling of the original Devilman manga created by Go Nagai, and is written and drawn by Yu Kinutani.

This is my review of volume 1 which is a re-telling of a final chapter of the original Devilman manga in which the main character of the Devilman series Akira Fudo becomes fully possessed by the demon that was fused with him known as Amon after seeing the death of the woman he loved named Miki Makimura which affected him so much, his will become too weak, and Amon has successfully awaken and is on a search to kill Satan for imprisoning him in Akira Fudo.

Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 1 is a very well-made what-if story as Yu Kinutani’s writing in it is great and easy to follow, understand, and adds something brand new to the series that Go Nagai never did in a good way.

Yu Kinutani’s artwork is very detailed and wonderful to look at. In my opinion, his artwork is a blend of the art styles of Takeshi Obata (the artist of Death Note, and Bakuman), and H.R. Giger (the artist behind the design of the Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise).

The one thing that I didn’t like in this volume was the subplot about a army leader in Vatican City Rome who starts to loose his sanity in wanting to destroy the demons. To me, it didn’t feel like it added anything to the story, and shouldn’t have been in it.

Just like all the other manga from the franchises that Go Nagai created, Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman has never been officially translated and distributed in English. Meaning that it can only be read in English by going to scanalation sites that have it available to read for free.

One more important detail about Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman: All 6 volumes of it contain lots of gore and sexual content in them. So please do not let anyone under the age of 18 read it (you should also wait until your 18 or older to read it as well).

If you are a huge Devilman fan like I am, and want to read a well-written and well-drawn story from the franchise that isn’t by Go Nagai, Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman is for you, and the very first volume of it is a spectacular what-if story.

I give Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman Volume 1 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.