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Fanboy Buzz – Episode #029

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Fanboy Buzz - Episode #029

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Kato Origins 5 Review

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Title: Kato Origins 5
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Publisher Website: Dynamite Entertainment

Writer: Jae Nitz
Pencils: Colton Worley
Inks: Colton Worley
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Number of pages: 32
Price: $3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publishers Blurb:
Kato catches up to the mystery cargo and Japanese spies in California. Will Kato choose his Japanese heritage over his status as the Green Hornet’s manservant? Can Kato stop a plot to help the Axis powers? Can Kato defeat spies, save the day, and overcome racism in America? More importantly, can Kato find love and finally solve the murder that started the adventure?

Reviewer Comments:
Dynamite Entertainment has another solid entry in the Green Hornet canon with the Kato:Origins series. Issue 5 wraps up the first arc as the young warrior takes revenge on the men who murdered the father of the woman he loves. The pursuit has led to a plot by Japanese spies that has more twists and turns than most writers put into entire runs.

The series mixes action and adventure with a sobering look at Anglo-Japanese relations as America enters World War II. It also provides insight and perspective on one of the most mysterious figures in all of fiction. Trained as a warrior both in the ways of the ninja and those of the samurai, Kato hs a unique perspective and this series captures his conflicts, his courage and, ultmately, the price he pays.

The art and script are perfect for the tone of the story. Nitz writes with intelligence and has has backed up his passon for the story with solid research and real storytelling skill. Worley’s art is clean and drives the story at a brisk pace. This team is clearly one to watch, and discriminating readers should hop on board right NOW.

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Farscape #13 Review

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Title: Farscape #13
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Publisher Website: BOOM Studios

Writer: Rockne S. O’Bannon & Keith R.A. DeCandido
Pencils: Will Sliney
Inks: Will Sliney
Colors: Zac Atkinson
Number of pages: 24
Price: $3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publishers Blurb:
Everything you have read in FARSCAPE and SCORPIUS leads to this! The new year of the Farscape ongoing series starts here. This is sure to be one of the most dramatic for the crew of Moya…if it’s not their last. A sprawling new epic from Farscape show creator Rockne S. O’Bannon!

Reviewer Comments:
If I’ve ever watched Farscape, it was only in passing.

Nothing against it…I’m not sure if I had Sci-Fi while it was on (my access to cable has been erratic over the years).

As is becoming more and more common, however, dead shows live on in comic book form, either written by their creators, or usually at least plotted by them. Farscape #13 is the first part of a new arc, and so here I am…

…and I have to tell you, it wasn’t the FRIENDLIEST for a new reader. I won’t hold that against the book completely, as it never advertised itself as a jumping on point, and they did managed to supply a fair bit of backstory about the Peacekeepers, Scorpius, Crichton and The Kkore.

By and large, it was a mixed bag for me:

Will Sliney provides the art, and with licensed books you never know what you’re going to get: He’s done a nice job getting the likenesses down, from the cast pictures I’ve seen, without looking like every panel is a photo reference. In fact, his art is much less distracting in that regard than, say, Mike Deodato Jr. (whose Norman Osborn always drives me to distraction). It’s still a bit…I dunno…sketchier than I prefer, but the art grew on me as I read the issue.

The story is interesting enough, but the bombardment of series-specific slang, combined with the very "sci-fi" names, was incredibly distracting for me and kept me from engaging with the story. That said, this was my first exposure to Scorpius and they did a great job of making both The Kkore and Scorpius sound like suitably epic threats…and the idea of them being on the same team being a Very Bad Thing. Scorpius himself came across like an intriguing character, being initially apprehensive when ordered to commit a pretty major atrocity.

Ultimately, I can’t say that it particularly compelled me to see what happens next, aside from Scorpius’ reaction to his orders. That said, I do think that if I had been a knowledgeable fan of Farscape going into this review, that I probably would have enjoyed the story more. I just can’t say for sure how far I would have had to go back: to the beginning of the comic book series, or to the TV series.

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