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Super Comics: Sonic the Hedgehog 10-11

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Sonic the Hedgehog and all the images you see in this recap are owned by Archie Comics and Sega of America

We’re back with another look at the comic books that came out right around the time that Sonic Mania is so DESPERATELY trying to recreate! Now if the NEXT Sonic Mania introduced the Freedom Fighters, you might just hit MY nostalgic sweet spot as well, so get on that SEGA!!  Anyway, let’s go ahead and make this recent resurgence of Classic Sonic complete with a look at two more issues of the comic!!

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Issue 10 – (May 1994)

The issue begins with Sonic doing something that’s actually pretty awesome and is a very useful application of his speed; namely, detonating land mines placed by Robotnik’s robo-minions.

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“Batman’s got nothing on ME!”     “Sonic, I think that’s in pretty poor taste-”     “Death of Innocents? More like Death of Good Comics, am I right!?”

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Cinema Dispatch: Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman and all the images you see in this review are owned by Warner Bros Pictures

Directed by Patty Jenkins

You know what they say!  FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARM!!  After three rather disappointing attempts by Warner Bros to turn the DC Universe into a viable competitor to the MCU, we’re at the last one before the big team up movie that could make or break this franchise going forward.  Don’t forget, the post Justice League movies are still in pre-production at this point with a lot of them either losing directors or still trying to find one.  If this movie AND Justice League turn out to be duds, it wouldn’t be the most out there idea for Warner Bros to finally pull the plug.  On top of that, this is the first Wonder Woman film ever made (outside of a TV movie starring Cathy lee Crosby) despite being very popular since her creation in 1941 and the fact that Superhero movies have been a big market; even before the MCU.  Heck, if someone was willing to make a Steel movie back in 1997, then surely we should have gotten a Wonder Woman film before now!  Needless to say that there is A LOT of pressure on this film to not just be good, but to be GREAT in order to justify its own existence for some people (probably the same people who had a problem with the casting in the latest Ghostbusters movie) and to clean up the mess that the three other movies left for her.  Can Wonder Woman live up to her name and show the world how to do this right, or has DC and Warner Bros managed to give us yet another disappointing slog that  could have been so much more?  Let’s find out!!

The movie begins on the magical island of Themyscira; home to the Amazons who have isolated themselves from the rest of the world and are led by Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) who is dead set on keeping these rules in place.  However, her daughter Diana (Gal Gadot) proves to be much more than her mother gives her credit for and they are constantly clashing over her desires to be a true Amazon warrior that protects people over her mother’s insistence on keeping her safe.  Fate manages to bring all this to ahead however when a World War I pilot named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) somehow manages to crash land in the waters near Themyscira which leads to the regiment of German soldiers chasing him to attack the island.  In the ensuing conflict, her mentor and aunt Antiope (Robin Wright) along with several others are killed but Themyscira is kept safe.  Diana’s eyes have been opened however and now she has no choice but to take Trevor back to where he came from and to fight the evil that has taken over the world.  She believes the war itself to be the work of the God of War Ares and hopes that by destroying him that the war can come to an end, and while Trevor knows a bit too much about humanity to buy this explanation, she IS gonna give him a ride home and she knows her way around a sword, so he agrees to take her to the front lines if she takes him back home.  Is it truly the work of a God that has turned these countries against each other, or will Diana have to learn the hard way just how terrible humans can be?  What plans do the German General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and a master chemist Doctor Isabel Maru (Elena Anaya) have in store to turn this war on its head and to crush The Allied Powers?  Are we gonna get a bunch of losers talking crap about this movie because it stars a woman.  The answer to that is yes, but the IMPORTANT question is… should you care?  No.  The answer to that question is no.

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“Would you look at just how many fucks I give!”

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Super Comics: Sonic the Hedgehog 8-9

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Sonic the Hedgehog and all the images you see in this recap are owned by Archie Comics and Sega of America

It’s time once again for everyone’s favorite hedgehog rear his spiky head once again and mildly amuse us with woodland critter shenanigans and an endless barrage of painful puns!  The last two issues did show some marked improvement as the series seems to be slowly heading in the right direction, but issue six also had the inexcusable Christmas Carol retelling so there’s definitely lots of room to improve.  Is there anything that terrible in these two issues?  I doubt it considering how deep of nadir that one story carved out for the series, but let’s find out!!

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Issue 8 (March 1994)

I guess after seven issues without getting cancelled, the writers of the Sonic comic felt they could start taking shots at the competition; hence why the first story in this issue is about cracking wise at the entire superhero comic book genre.  The justification for this is that one of Robotniks robots is caught with a huge stack of comic books (a crime punishable by death in the glorious robo-empire) but the leather clad beefcakes on the covers start to give Robotnik ideas on how to stop that pesky hedgehog!  TO THE ROBOT-A-TRON!!

 

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“This guy is such a box office draw that I plated him in solid freaking gold!”     “Meh.  I preferred the ‘66 model.”

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Super Comics: Shake The Lake (volume 1)

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Shake the Lake and all the images you see in this review are owned by North Air Entertainment

Written by Zach Block and Machi Block

Illustrated by Diego Lopez Mata and Andrea Lopez Mata

If you’re interested in purchasing this digital comic, you can do so on Amazon!

Well THIS is certainly something new!  The good people at North Air Entertainment reached out to The Reviewers Unite to see if we were interested in reviewing the first volume of their graphic novel that they just released!  I’m very honored that we’ve been given the opportunity to check this out and to give our thoughts on it!  Still, despite North Air Entertainment being SUPER cool about doing this, I will always do my best to be honest and convey my true opinion on whatever it is I’m reviewing.  So then; is Shake the Lake the start of an interesting independent comic book series, or will this get lost in the endless sea of self-published works flooding the Amazon marketplace?  Let’s find out!!

This first volume is here to set up the relationship between our five main characters; Callun, Joe, Jake (also known as Woog), Zach, and… Zach’s little brother.  I can’t find a place where they call him by name, so I’m gonna go with Zach Jr.  The presumed leader of the group (Callun) is the one we follow throughout the story who seems to be stuck in a rut in his life.  He’s partying all the time, doesn’t have a job, and doesn’t have much drive to accomplish anything accept catching mad air on his wakeboard with his friends.  All that changes however when he loses the lake house (who knew landlords would be so touchy about loud parties and property damage?) and his girlfriend dumps him.  No one else in the crew seems to be doing much better, so the five of them decide to blow this Popsicle Stand and see if Zack and Zack Jr’s uncle Bill in Arizona can give them breezy jobs and a change of scenery.  Will they find their purpose in life once they end up in a new place?  What challenges will face them and Uncle Bill as the town itself seems to be under siege by a nearby Yacht club?  Are these bad enough dudes to surf waves and fight the power!?

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Truly, they are Gods among men.

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