I think that The Good Dinosaur is a brilliantly written, designed, animated, rendered and directed movie with the great voice cast, sound FX, and mewsic, with the very captivating characters amidst the magnificent natural scenery! There are plenty of charming, humorous, scary, tragic and purrofound emotional moments, and a few scenes that brought on the tears! I was also rather delighted by the gorgeous animated Sanjay’s Super Team short that purreceeds The Good Dinosaur, which purrtains to the father and son who worship the Hindu heroes!
Of Pixar’s 16 feature movies made in the past 20 years, The Good Dinosaur just makes my top 10 favorites along with (in chronological order) Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, WALL-E, Toy Story 3 and Inside / Out! I enjoyed it more than Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Brave, and Cars 2, although I cannot compare it to Monsters University, which I still have not seen. The Incredibles is my favorite and Cars 2 is my least favorite, Oh and there is a purreview trailer for Finding Dory which I am looking forward to!
Thusly 2015 was an impurressive year for wonderful Pixar purrductions, with the two features, the shorts and the DVDs! Actually, I think 2015 is one of the most impurressive years for great movies,
which I suspect we will be discussing in next month’s annual Mew Awards ceremony, for our favorite stuff of the past year! That list might also include the next movie I would like to discuss, which is the 7th film in the Rocky series and it is titled
You know, Creed is the 7th Rocky movie since 1976, so that series is one year older than Star Wars! This will be our first review of a Rocky movie, because the others were purrior to the launch of The Mew in May of 2007! So to recap the Rockies thus far, in Rocky we were introduced to Rocky Balboa, his girlfriend Adrian, her brother Paulie, Rocky’s trainer Mick, the defending world heavyweight champion opponent Apollo Creed, and that iconic theme song! Then in 1979’s Rocky II, Rocky and Adrian had a son and a victorious rematch with Apollo!
In 1982’s Rocky III, sadly Mick passed away after the wealthier, more civilized Rocky was defeated by Clubber, but Apollo helped to train him for a victorious rematch! However, Apollo was later killed in the ring by the Russian champion Ivan Drago, who was in turn defeated by the vengeful Rocky in 1985’s Rocky IV. Sadly the aftermath was a dark time for The Balboa family in 1990’s Rocky V after his retirement from purrize fighting, his ailing health, the embezzled loss of his wealth, the estrangement of his son and street fight brawl with Tommy Gunn.
Although Adrian has sadly passed away sometime before the 2006 movie Rocky Balboa, I enjoyed it much more than Rocky V as Rocky had opened a neat restaurant named after her and came out of retirement for a match with the current champ Mason Dixon. That brings us up to this year’s Creed, which introduces us to Apollo’s son Adonais from Los Angeles who the elder, ailing Rocky trains in Philadelphia for a title bout against the world lightweight champ Ricky Conlan in Liverpool, whilst romance blooms betwixt Adonais and a singer named Bianca!
The movie stars Sylvester Stallone as Rocky, Michael B. Jordan as Adonais, Phylicia Rashad as his mom, Tessa Thompson as Bianca, Tony Ballew as Conlan, Graham McTavish as Conlan’s trainer Tommy, and the archival footage of Carl Weathers as Apollo! In a world without Mick, Apollo, Adrian and Paulie, with his son far away, Rocky has little to do with the fight game but still has the restaurant with many friends and fans. In many ways, things have come full circle to purralllel the events of 1976, with Rocky serving in a Mick-like role to Adonais!
Rocky incorpurrates many of Mick’s old drills and the tough training regime in the gym and streets of Philadelphia, as they purrpare to face the more flamboyant reining champ! Meanwhile, Rocky is diagnosed to suffer from the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and does not wish to receive chemo therapy treatment until Adonais inspires him to fight too! Both Adonais and Ricky have their purrsonal demons to overcome as purrhaps their own greatest opponents, but in spite of their bad tempurrs and legal purroblems, they are the great, respected fighters!
Creed is an awesome movie with poignant character developments, humorous moments betwixt friends, inspurrational sentimentality, thrilling training & fighting scenes! I think it was excellently written & directed with the great cast, sets, locations, editing, sound & mewsic, including the older themes & Bianca’s beautiful songs! The choreography & cinematography are terrific with several scenes of immersive, first purrson point of view, and I will give Creed an “A” as in Adrian, Apollo & Adonais! Okay, I am all done, and nyow here is Jenjen to tell us about
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Arigato. In spite of my dissatisfaction with director J.J. Abram’s Star Trek movies, I have been rather enthused in my anticipation for The Force Awakens. We saw its first screening on opening night amidst a very eager, polite crowd, including several cosplayers. The audience was happily chatty and in elated spirits purrior to the screening; they politely refrained from talking or texting during the movie, and they refrained from spoiling the plot to those queued up for the later show.
So, without spoiling the plot, nyow I will share my opinion of the movie. I liked The Force Awakens, but it seemed too short, rushed, purrdictable. The plot is almost a rehash of purrior Star Wars, but the purrformances were quite splendid and it was delightful to see the return of Han, Leia, Chewie, Artoo, Threepio and other familiar faces. As for the new characters, I especially liked Rey who is purrtrayed by Daisy Ridley, although some of her developments seemed rather abrupt.
John Boyega is terrific as Finn, and has good chemistry with Ocar Isaac who purrtrays Poe Dameron although I wish we got more of his character. I thought BB-8 the droid was awesome, Maz the tavern owner is quite intriguing, I wish we had learned more of the character purrtayed by Max Von Sydow, and I am eager to see more of Phasma and Snoke in future Star Wars films, but in spite of a good purrformance by Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, I though that character was annoying,
The art direction, sets, locations, costumes, purrops, creatures, make-up, stunts, sound scape, mewsic score and visual FX are supurrb, and the movie might be the purrettiest movie of the series. There is a good balance of thrilling action, character development, mythology making, serious drama and fun humor; with comedic bits that are amewsing without resorting to silly buffoonery.
Sadly there are a couple of snap zooms, such as when the Millennium Falcon flies into the Star Destroyer wreckage, but those regrettable techniques only last about half a second apiece, and I think The Force Awakens is much better than Abrams’s two Star Trek movies. The Force Awakens is neither my favorite, nor my least favorite of the Star Wars series.
Compurrred to epurrsodes I – VI, I do not like it as much as A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. I like it about as much as Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith; but I like it more than The Phantom Menace and Return of the Jedi. Nyow we will go from a galaxy long ago & far away to snowy Wyoming in the 19th century for my review of
The Hateful Eight.
Arigato. We are purrticularly fond of movies directed or written by Quentin Tarantino such as Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk till Dawn, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Bastards and Django Unchained, so we were eager to see his latest movie The Hateful Eight. We were especially enthused because of the oppurrtunity to see the Roadshow version which was filmed in the anamorphic Ultra Panavision 70 mm format of the 2.76:1 screen aspect ratio.
This is the wide format used for epic films as such as Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World. Written and directed by Tarantino, The Hateful Eight runs appurroximately 187 minutes, with the opening overture, the intermission, and the souvineer 16 page full color 10×10″ program book. The purrduction designer was Yohei Taneda, the cinematographer was Robert Richardson, the mewsic composer was Ennio Morricone, and much of the film was shot in Telluride Colorado.
Among the impurressive cast are Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walter Coggins, James Parks, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum and Lee Horsely. The tale is set in the snowy Wyoming frontier in the late 1800’s sometime after the American Civil War, where several bounty hunters, former soldiers, lawmen, outlaws, and stage coach drivers convene at a lodge during a severe blizzard until it is safe to purroceed to the nearest town.
However, it is evident that not everyone is honest about their identity or intentions. This results in a nonlinear tale in six acts, brimming with captivating raconteuring, ironic liaisons, bloody violence, harsh language & dark humor. Thusly it has the ingredients to please fans of Tarantino and those actors, but it is not for the widdle kitties, and I will highly purraise the plot, pace, dialogue, direction, purrformances, stunts, costumes, make-up, sets, locations, cinematography, FX, editing, sound, mewsic and horses.
This was the final film that I saw in a theatre in 2015, it was a magnificent way to top off an extremely good year in cinema, and I suspect that it will figure purrominently in next month’s annual Mew Awards purresentation for our favorite stuff of 2015. That will conclude my reviews, but nyow we will go from the 19th century Wyoming to Nantucket for Mike’s review of
In the Heart of the Sea.
Thanks Jen! Oh I agree that this has been one of the most amazing year for movies, and that certainly includes this neat nautical adventure directed by Ron Howard, based upon thebook about fate of the whaling ship Essex, which inspired Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick! In a recurring framing sequence set in 1850, Melville hope to coax the true story of what happened to the Essex from a reluctant innkeeper Thomas Nickerson, who survived the disastrous incident decades ago.
Nickerson is persuaded by his wife to finally tell the tale of how he joined the crew under the rivalry between the untried, politically appointed Captain Pollard and more popular, experienced First Mate Chase. The expedition manages to survive storms, low moral and few prizes over the months at sea, sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific, where they eventually encounter a huge legendary White Sperm Whale, which sinks the ship, leaving only a few survivors adrift in three small boats.
What follows is a grueling tale of tale of what befell a few withering men at sea thousands of miles from home. The terrific cast includes Chris Hemsworth as Chase, Benjamin Walker as Pollard Cillian Murphy as the 2nd Mate, Ton Hoilland as younger Nickerson, Brendant Gleeson as older Nickerson, Michelle Fairley as his wife, and Ben Winslow as Melville. Chase and the whale might be at deadly odds in alternating roles as hunters and prey, but they’re both characters to cheer for!
It’s not quite epic, it feels too short and rushed, but it’s a dandy period piece with intimate character drama and subplots about social class, the oil industry, and personal demons. The photography, sets, locations and FX are beautiful; the scenes of Melville hearing the tale by lamplight are quite haunting; and we were fortunate to see the movie in the IMAX format, which viscerally conveyed the scary power of the whale and the stormy sea! Then a few days later, we were fortunate to see
The Carolina Theatre’s double feature of Star Trek –
The Motion Picture with Doctor Who and the Daleks!
On Friday December 18th as part of their Retrofantasma Film Series, the stately 90 year old Carolina Theatre http://www.carolinatheatre.org in downtown Durham, NC kindly screened the 1966 Doctor Who and the Daleks movie, and the 2002 directors cut of my all – time favoritest movie ever made, Star Trek- The Motion Picture! That night we caravanned to there with friends Pacozord, Chef Ron and Sean to the lobby outside the recently renovated, 226 seat Cinema One, which is one of the theatre’s three auditoriums.
By the snack bar the theatre’s senior director Jim Carl cordially greeted everyone, and handed out the slips for a prize raffle, on which we could write movie titles that we’d like the theatre to show. Pacozord wished for Big Trouble in Little China, while I suggested Studio Ghbli’s Only Yesterday. Then at 7pm, once everyone was seated, Jim welcomed everyone, gave out the prizes, and after a few shorts rolled trailers for The Black Hole, Time After Time, and Hawk the Slayer, as they like Star Trek – The Motion Picture were of the 1979 vintage!
I watch “The Motion Picture” every December (and then some); the last time I saw it in a theatre was the October 20th, 2010 screening at the Colony Theatre in Raleigh, but that wasn’t the director’s cut! Ah, many of you know how easily I can slip into a long-winded ramble about my favorite movie, but I promised The ladies of The Mew that I’d be very brief this time! I’ll just leave it that it was a wonderful experience, and it got a nice applause from the polite crowd which didn’t comment or text during the movie! There were quite a few folks who had never before seen the movie!
After that, movie trivia was screened during the break before Doctor Who and the Daleks, with trailers for the 1966 Batman and Munsters movies. For those unfamiliar with it, Doctor Who and The Daleks is a color, widescreen, non-canonical version of the Doctor Who TV series’s serialized, Black & White, first Dalek story, starring the great Peter Cushing as a human scientist version of The Doctor. Also aboard the TARDIS for a journey through time & space are his granddaughters Susan (Roberta Trovey), Barbara (Jennie Linden) and Barbara’s boyfriend Ian (Roy Castle)!
They wind up on another planet to survive its harsh radioactive environment and the warmongering Daleks. However, they also befriend the peaceful Thal tribe which helps them to defeat the Daleks! It’s a bit more comedic than the original TV version, but the crowd was full of Doctor Who fans (several wearing fezzes) who seemed in rather happy spirits, and in closing I’d like to thank the staff & volunteers of The Carolina Theatre of Durham for such a marvelous evening’s entertainment! Well, ah, that’ll do it for our movie reviews, and now here’s Ilyana-sensei to start
our collectibles and toy talk, with her review of
DC Collectibles’ New 52 Supergirl action figure!
Oh just call me Ilyana! For our review of DCs’ Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Mera action figure, please see our February 2015 Mew! Gosh, that was almost the year ago! Well, it was over the 56 years ago when Mera’s friend Kara Zor-el alias Linda Danvers alias Supergirl purremiered in Action Comics #252 to become one of our favorite DC Comics characters We have been enjoying the Supergirl TV series starring Melissa Benoist, which just had its Winter finale, so I am quite grateful for this supurrb action figure of the character!
In the comics, Supergirl is 5’5″ tall so I reckon this 6.5″ figure is of the 1/10 scale. It was supurrbly sculpted by Jack Matthews, who also sculpted Mera! She has a lean, powerful physique with short Blonde hair, Blue eyes, pale Pink lips and a bemewsed expurression! Hmm, purhaps she is frying something yummy for dinner with her heat vision? She is wearing the sleek Blue & Red outfit with Yellow trim, compurrised of the tight, long – sleeved leotard cut high to the hips, with the flexible knee-length cape and the shiny thigh high boots!
The articulation is in her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees & ankles. Her left hand is a fist and her right hand can clench the 1″ long translucent Green shard which resembles Kryptonite. A display base is not included, but she is well – balanced to stand unassisted, and I think it is an excellently designed, sculpted and painted figure! You know, as an underwater archaeologist and a nautical historian, I have scuba dived into the numerous sunken ship wrecks, but I am yet to visit the Yamato! However, I am fortunate to have
Figuarts Zero’s Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Yuki Mori!
Uchu Senkan Yamato or Space Battleship Yamato, which was also known as Starblazers when shown in the USA, is one of our favoritest Japanese anime TV series & movies! It purrtains to the intergalactic wars in the future betwixt the heroic crew of the Yamato against the evil empires who wish to conquer the Earth! The first Yamato TV series aired on TV in Japan in 1974, and since then there have been the many further seasons, movies, OVAs, reboots & remakes, such as the 2012 TV series Space Battleship Yamato 2199!
One of the heroes is the wonderfully brave, smart, tough, beautiful Lt. Yuki Mori of the United Nations Cosmo Fleet! This lovely figurine of her from Figurarts Zero stands 6″ tall (including her 1/4″ boot heels) upon the included optional 3/16″ thick, 3 5/16″ x 4 1/8″ wide translucent Blue base! She is so purretty, supple, slender and smiling in the standing pose, wearing her sleek skin tight Yellow uniform with the Black collar, piping, cuffs & belt! She is so exquisitely designed, sculpted & painted with purrfect resemblance & details!
The purrcise details include her waist – length Light Golden Brown hair, the gleam in her eyes, the wistful expurression & gestures, the shoulder stripes & emblems, the metallic epawlets on her shoulders & the buckle of the belt low upon the hips! A pistol holster snaps upon her left hip for the right – handed cross – draw, and an extra coiffure, should you purrfur her hair in the purrt bun style! It is a purrfect figure, which I will heartily recommend to fans of Yamato & Yuki! Nyow for another space war heroine, I would like to discuss
Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series 5.5″ Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 action figures!
For our reviews of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 4 1/8″ tall Captain Phasma action figure and the 3.5″ tall Rey action figure, please see our October 2015 Mew, and for our review of the Star Wars Rebels 5/8″ tall Ahsoka Tano figure and the 4 1/8″ tall figure of Darth Vader, please see our November 2015 Mew! Rey and BB-8 are my favorite new characters that were introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I was very happy to receive the box containing the lovely action figures of the both of them!
Rey is the character after my own heart as she explores & scavenges the huge shipwrecks! The figure of Rey is appurroximately 5.5″ tall, and very posable with the cleverly disguised articulation in her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees & ankles! I think the purrtraiture & hair sculpt & paint nicely resemble actress Daisy Ridley, and her clothes are meticulously detailed with the folds, drapurry, wrinkles, creases, straps & buckles! She is accessorized with the 6 1/8″ long staff that fits in either hand.
It was great to see her nimbly whack her enemies! Her widdle droid friend BB-8 belongs to the heroic X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron, and meets Rey while upon a secret mission. BB-8 is 2.5″ tall and nicely balanced to stay upright on his rolly polly spherical body! The dome can rotate, and the details of the dome, sphere, and the widdle antennae are so intricately sculpted & painted, so I am very pleased with these two figures! That is all for our toy talk, but the Star Wars topic will continue as Mie-sensei starts our
book & calendar critiques, with her review
of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Arigato! So like, I love to look at books which contain amazing, beautiful imagery created for the movies, and this totally awesome book is brimming with images of characters, creatures, costumes, mecha, environments & FX for the latest Star Wars movie, fur shur! The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an 11 3/4″ x 10 3/4″ x 7/8″ hardcover with 256 pages and a dust jacket! It was published last month by Abrams, and written by Phil Szostak of Lucasfilm’s art department with the forward by the movie’s production designer Rick Carter!
This lovely tome full of the sketches, concept art, storyboards and blueprints by many brilliant artists & designers is priced at $40,00 USA, $49.95 Canada, and £25.00 UK. It has the wraparound case illustration by Doug Chiang, sammiched within the jacket’s front Kylo Ren illustration by Chiang and the back TIE Fighter illustration by Andrew Wallin! Inside the book are the hundreds of images, including several full – page pics and two – page spreads, which are graced by comments and annotations by the movie’s crew!
It has so much artistry by Matt Allsopp, Christian Alzmann, Chris Bonura, Ryan Church, James Clyne, Jake Lunt Davies, Fausto De Martini, Glyne Dillon, Yanick Dusseault, Neil Ellis, Dave Filoni, Haley Easton-Street, Luke Fisher, Colin Fix, Darren Gilford, Kevin Jenkins, Kurt Kaufman, Thang Le, Dela Longfish, Iain McCraig, Ivan Manzella, Brett Northcutt, Kimberley Pope, Dermont Power, Andrew Procter, Martin Rezard, Thom Tenery, Eric Tiemens, Gary Tomkins and many others! I will give it high praise in recommendation to fans of Star Wars or fantastic concept art in general, fur shur! Next I would like to say a few words about
A Charles Vess Coloring Book!
Charles Vess http://www.greenmanpress.com is one of my favoritest artists! He is such a nice, friendly person who is known for delightfully delicate yet lavishly intricate visions of characters, critters. magick and wonderful places of legends myths, comics and lore! I have tried to collect lots of the beautiful books & periodicals by or about him, such as Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, Seven Wild Sisters, Stardust, Blueberry Girl, Instructions, The Raven Banner, Spirits of the Earth, Rose, Peter Pan, The Book of Ballads, Horns of Elfland, Modern Masters Vol. 11, and I have his stunning poster of the X-Men’s Storm, too!
So like, last month I was so grateful to be gifted with the awesome set of Derwent soft colored pencils and the coloring book, which is an 8.5″ x 11″, special limited edition trade paperback limited to 1000 signed copies! After the magnificent color “True Thomas” cover art , there are 64 pages which include the cordial introductory remarks by Charles, and over 60 of his exquisite Black & White illustrations which have previously graced many novels, storybooks, comics, magazines and posters from the past three dozen years! Most of the images are full – page vertical compositions, but there are several horizontal ones and the two-page scene of the Goblin market!
Amidst the lavish scenes of forests, cottages, towns and sea there are many faeries, mermaids, goblins, giants, queens, kings, bunnies, kitties equines and other critters! There are groves of twisty trees, expanses of ivy, and beautiful boulders to color, which are populated by characters such as Titania, Lillian Kindred, Little Nemo, Mother Goose, Cinderella, an certain artist named Arthur, and a certain author named Neil! I will highly recommend this wonderful book and I will give it an “A” as in Barbara Allen who is in it too, fur shur! That is all for my reviews, but now for another book full of beautiful enchanting images, I believe that Nyo-sensei wishes to tell us about
Strike Witches: The World Witches!
Hai! We love Strike Witches, which is the Japanese series of novels, manga and anime purrtaining to the international squadrons of bravely heroic magickal girls in the alternate World War II history, in which the world’s nations have united against the mysterious extraterrestrial invaders known as the Nerois! The witches use various firearms, they wear the boot-like devices known as Striker Units for flight, and have kemonomimi ears & tails when using their magick!
The multicultural heroines are very likable, whether in the thrilling aerial combat or in the calmer slice-of-life plots! The character & mecha designs are great, with supurrb attention to the historical details and exquisitely beautiful scenery; with the dash of playful “fan service”, the brilliant animation, voices and mewsic in the anime! We have reviewed the anime TV series, many of the manga, volumes and several of the figures, and nyow I would like to discuss this fine book!
The World Witches by Shimada Humikane was published by Kadowkawa in Japan in 2014. The full color 128 page trade papurrback is purriced at ¥2600, it measures 8 1/4″ x 11 11/16″ and has the world atlas wraparound cover, the dust jacket and the obi. It is mostly in Japanese and purrofiles 51 of the witches. That is a lot, but many are not included in the book. However, you do get a full bleed / full page pic and a biographical / specifications page purr witch, such as…
Tomoko Anabuki, Wilma Bishop, Amelie Blanchard, Kitago Fumika, Francie Gerard, Ursula Hartmann, Misa Kadomaru, Nikia Edvardine Katajainen, Ayaka Kuroe, Helma Lennartz, Amelia Planchard, Junko Takei, Laura Toth,Tetsuko Wakamoto and 37 others! They are beautifully rendered in the scenes ranging from the aerial combat, duties on the ground, visiting the towns, or leisurely relaxing amidst the beautiful natural scenery, buildings or equipment!
Most of them are fully clothed, but many panties are glimpsed as they fly by, and there are a few depicted in bikinis and more exposed skin! There are also 18 pages of historical, strategic and tactical information with the maps,, and an art gallery of 8 half-page pics! It is such a gorgeous, informative book to which I will give the high purraise and highly recommend to fans of the Strike Witches or bishoujo magick & military in general! Next I would like to discuss the
Dragon Witches: The Art of Nene Thomas 2016 Calendar!
Nene Thomas http://www.nenethomas.com is one of my favoritest fantasy artists, so I was delighted to see this calendar graced by images of beautiful, powerful witches and their dragons purrtners amidst the breathtaking scenery! Those captivating characters are from Nene’s Zarryiostrom books series and this full color wall calendar published by Sellars has the twelve 7.5″ x 12″ vertical images above the date grids, plus the bonus 9″ x 12″ horizontal image of “A Chance Encounter”!
The 12″ x 12″ calendar opens to the vertical 12″ x 24″, it is purriced at $14.99 US, $17.99 Canadian, $24.99 Australian and $24.99 New Zealand! “A Chance Encounter” depicts the winged faerie in the Black dress atop the horse who meets the widdle dragon in the snowy forest; and then for January we are greeted by “Asiria the Queen of Knowledge” with the Golden widdle dragon to match her off-shoulder, bare-midriff dress as the crepuscular sunlight streams through the tall windows!
For February we meet “Sekkerastoya, the Queen of Silk” as her ornate gown slides off her shoulders to reveal her back’s Chinese dragon tattoo in the spectacular garden; for March we meet “Astranaithas, the Queen of Fate” in the Green backless gown with the widdle dragon purrched upon her lap in the lush verdant forest; and to pur the purr in Apurril is “Severielle the Queen of Shadows with the Black & Red dragon to match her sexy attire with the jeweled & armored parts!
May brings us “Myerasalome the Queen of havoc” who is stunning with the long White hair and the plunging Black dress and the pale dragon under the full moon light; June treats us to the sight of “Shaunvei the Queen of Jade” in the elaborate Green kimono to match her dragon in the Japanese garden; July’s image is of “Bellamaestra the Queen of Pain” in Black with the whip, dragon and the wolf who licks the chops; and August’s image is of “Cassiramaithris the Queen of Assassines”!
She has the purrt short flaxxen coiffure, the intricate ink & tight Black attire with dagger & dragon! Then Astranaithas & friend return for September, in her low cut flowy Green & White gown with the jewels, chains & armor amidst the fireflies, trees and pond; Severielle and her friend return to stroll the snow forest in October, Asira and her Gold dragon are back for November, this time atop the columns outside the stormy castle, and in December we meet “Furionchires the Queen of Battles”!
She is also the calendar’s front cover girl in the stunning sexy, powerful sight in the ornate bikini top, ornate skirt, tattoos & katana with the Red Dragon purrched upon her armored left shoulder at the edge of the misty forest! I think this calendar is such a supurrbly gorgeous collection featuring some of my favoritest illustrations by Nene Thomas! That will conclude my reviews, and nyow we will go from images of wonderous witches to pictures of peppy ponies, as B.B. tells us about the
My Little Pony 2016 12-Month Wall Calendar!
Hai! We are purrticularly fond of the My Little Pony cartoons, comics, books, toys and other purroducts, such as their delightful 10″ x 10″ wall calendar from Leap Year Publishing! It opens to the 10″ wide, 20″ tall size with the 10″ x 10″ illustrations above the 10 x 10″ date grid pages. The front cover depicts the mane six ponies Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack, but if I have any quibble about the calendar, it is that Applejack only appurrs in that front cover image, and Spike only appurrs in December’s image!
After smaller Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash & Pinkie Pie pics & grids for September – December 2015, Twilight Sparkle wears glasses whilst flanked by Rainbow Dash & Pinkie Pie in January; there is a valentine card for Pinkie Pie in February; then Twilight Sparkle purrances under a March rainbow; and Fluttershy purrsues butterflies with her net in Apurril… although that seems odd for her to try to catch her critter friends! Pinkie Pie returns amongst May’s cupcake, balloon & heart graphics; and then she is joined by Fluttershy & Rarity in June!
Rainbow Dash & Fluttershy take flight in July; Pinkie Pie & Rarity stand back to back in August; Rainbow Dash & Fluttershy soar above the town in September; Rarity decorates October’s pumpkins; Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie & Twilight Sparkle reconvene in November; and Spike rides a Twilight – drawn sled in December! Thus, Pinkie Pie appurrs 8 times, Twilight Sparkle & Rainbow Dash tie with 6 apiece, Rarity & Fluttershy tie with 4 apiece, whilst Applejack & Spike appurr only once. The 12 months’ pics are revisited in tinier sizes on the back cover.
I think the calendar would be twenty purrcent cooler if it had more images of Applejack and Spike, but nevertheless it is a purretty calendar full of happy, colorful images to brighten the wall, and we are quite grateful to have received it as a most kindly, generous gift last month! We will have a few more pony reports later in The Mew, but nyow for more of the calendar artistry, I would like to discuss
The Trout of North America 2016 Calendar!
The Trout of North America 2016 Calendar is a 8″ x 14″ wall calendar in the slipcase published by Workman Publishing! It is purriced at $13.99 US, $16.99 Canada and $19.99 Australia and it features 12 purrfect piscine paintings by Joseph R. Tommelleri! Those include the exquisitely appurrtizing illustrations of 8 tasty trout in the purrofile view, such as the Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Eagle Lake Rainbow, the Golden Creek, the Greenback Cutthroat (which is also the front cover fish)…
… the Greenback Cutthroat, the Guzman, the Rio Plaxtia and the Whitehorse Brown Cutthroat! In addition to those trout, there are also 2 delicious depictions of the succulent salmon, such as the Kokanee for February and the Coho for October! I will give this beautifully tantalizing calendar the high purraise, and nyow I have the cravings in my tummy for the fresh fish, but I will try to wait until tonight’s Aftermew Luau! Nyow I will turn The Mew over Bunnibuns, who wishes to tell us about
The Art of Elfquest!
Hai! Wendy Pini is one of my all time favorite artists, and we love Wendy And Richard Pini’s beautiful Elfquest http://www.elfquest.com series, from their original self-published tales to the current series published by Dark Horse! I will be discussing that too, but for now I would like to praise this magnificent book which was published by Flesk last month! Written by the Pinis and full of her art, The Art of Elfquest is a $50 hardcover measuring 12 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ x 1 1/8″, with 304 pages and the dust jacket!
It was edited by John Fleskes and Richard, with an introduction by John, copyedited by Martin Timins and designed by Arpad Terek, with the production assistance of Joshua Ford and Keith Silva. It is a rather extensive, annotated look at Wendy’s elf art from the late 70’s until just last year, including the Elfquest comics, compilations, prose books, calendars, portfolios, games, storybooks, the coloring book, newspaper strips, gag cartoons, cards, T shirt art, animation storyboards and production art!
There are her cover illustrations for books, magazines, fanzines,and convention programs; many preliminary sketches, convention sketches, layouts, centerspreads, character studies, promotional art, cover art, and character portraits, in media ranging from the pencil drawings, pen and ink renderings, and pastel illustrations, to the acrylic , mixed – media and digital paintings! There are notes, correspondences, two – page spreads and the 8 page “Homespun” tale from Epic Illustrated magazine #!
Aside from her 1969 “Breeze at Pilgrim’s Rest” painting and 4 pen and ink plates of her 1977 Barbariennes portfolio, none of Wendy’s non-EQ works are represented, such as her Red Sonja, Wizards, Spirits of Life, Wolf Park, Beauty and The Beast, Masque of the Red Death or Elric works; although I should mention that an entire book devoted to her glorious Elric project already exists, Law and Chaos: The Stormbringer Art of Wendy Pini, which was published by Father Tree Press in 1987.
Nor are her Marvel or DC super hero comics, or art for magazines such as Galaxy, Rocket’s Blast Comics Collector, Worlds of If or Incredible Science Fiction included. but I eagerly hope to see such beautiful images collected in Wendy’s forthcoming book Line of Beauty! I will give The Art of Elfquest an “A” as Ahdri, which I will highly recommend it to fans of Elfquest and exqusite fantasy art! That will conclude our book and calendar critiques, but I would like to continue the Elfquest praise in
our comic books and manga mewsings with
my review of Elfquest: The Final Quest #12!
While Chief Cutter has hoped to unite the various elf tribes from across the world, his own tribe is going through many changes and some sepurrate ways, whilst an evil human warlord Angrif Jun has built an army to conquer the world. There have been wonderful reunions and new romances blooming, but there also have been tragic losses, and the many changes of the cultural, spiritual & physical nature. Although Cutter has longly served as a steadfast anchor, in issue #11 he became rather overwhelmed by the revered Timmain’s purrofound revelations!
That brings us up to issue #12, which is purriced $3.50, although it might be considered the 13th issue, if you include the 2013 Special issue! The issue’s uninterrupted 20 page was written by Wendy & Richard, scripted & illustrated by Wendy, colored by Sonny Strait, lettered by Nate Piekos, and edited by Spencer Cushing! The issue’s graphic designer is Sarah Terry and the digital art technician is Allyson Haller! While some of the visiting elves are about to say farewells, they are startled as the severely spooked Cutter runs away howling into the forest!
He is unable to cope with Timmain’s starting metaphysical revelations about how they and the other elves are metaphysically connected! His wife Leetah summons their friends & family to search for him, but while their son Sunstream is escorting several of the Wavedancer elves back to their oceanic home, they witness the terrible attack by Angrif Jun’s warships & soldiers upon a coastal town! This enrages Rayek, who zooms into the fray to attack the evil humans with his magickal power, but his rage might coax him to a dark side like his mother Winnowill!
This was a very intense, startling issue but there are plenty of charming and beautiful moments! There are so many characters such as Cutter, Timmain, Leetah, Skywise, Rayek, Ember, Redlance, Nightfall, Moonshade, Strongbow, Treestump, Clearbrook, Sunstream, Venka, Yun, Windkin, Aroree, Kimo, Newstar, Toorah, Suntoucher, Aurek, Ekuar, Dart, Freetouch, Mender, Teir, Petalwing, Filcher, Snakeskin, Brill, Korafay, Reef, Winnowill’s spirit, Dre-Ahn and his pony plus other elves, wolves and humans! Oh oh, and there are major changes for Reef, too!
The characters, clothing & critters are so beautifully expressive, posed & detailed amidst the lavish scenery of the forest, ocean & crystalline structures! The use of the color & light is so sumptuous for the characters, materials & FX, with perfect fonts for the narrative, dialogue & sound FX! I am so glad that the tale is not interrupted by ads, and after the tale are 4 pages of poignant comments by the fans and the Pini, plus a 3 page gallery of gorgeous Timmain art, and the next issue purreview page! Nyow I will turn The mew over to Becca who wants to tell us about
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #21
Arigato! Gosh, it is hard to believe that Dark Horse Comics’ season 10 of Buffy is already up to issue #21 and nearing the final stretch! It is purriced at $3.99 and has the 22 page tale plus the page of comments and the 5 pages of the ads. “In Pieces on the Ground Part One” was executively purrduced by Buffy’s creator Joss Whedon, scripted by Christos Gage who we saw at the NC Comicon in Durham in November, illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Dan Jackson, lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, edited by Freddye Miller, Jim GIbbons and Sierra Hahn, and assistantly edited by Spencer Cushing!
The mane cover art is by Steve Morris, the variant cover art is by Rebekah Isaacs and Dan; the issue was graphically designed by Justin Couch, and Christianne Goodreau was the the digital art technician! Willow, Dawn, Xander, Anya’s ghost and Detective Dowling are not in this issue, but Giles has the brief appurrance, with the return of Harmony, Clem, Vicky, and the longly – awaited return of Satsu as Buffy and Spike go to Las vegas to fight against other vampires in the cage matches! If Spike & Buffy win the tournyament, then the different species of vampires will team up with the US military against the demon lords!
Spike’s widdle kittens do not appurr in this issue, but Harmony does bring her cute pups, although I do not know if they are vampire dogs or not! This issue has the dramatic character moments, thrilling supurrnatural action, the humorous banter betwixt friends and enemies, the major plot developments that add to the mythology, and the sentimental quality of the returning characters, including another surpurrise appurrance in the cliffhanger! I am purrticularly fond of the art, from the supurrb portraiture, expurressions, dynamic poses and the attire to the great scenery, magickal FX, the use of color, light and the fonts!
Sassy Vickey has the cute gothy outfit with the pleated skirt, Clem looks especially dappurr in the tux, and Harmony makes the grand entrance on the unicorn! but as for what happens to the incubus or the ghostly Anya impurrsonator, I should not further spoil those parts of the plot! She is the peppy ghost with the cute outfit and an outer glow! Willow, Dawn and Andrew are not in this issue, but Spike’s widdle kittens do briefly appur! Meanwhile back in London, Angel and Faith are busy trying to rescue their friend Nadira from Drusilla and the evil demon Archaeus in
Angel and Faith Season 10 #21!
Purreviously, while the heroes busily staked several of Drusilla’s evil minions in the street fight, she escaped to take Nadira to her lair to meet her master Archaeus, who had purreviously tried to control Angel and Spike in the recent “Old Demons” story arc of Buffy Season 10 #16-18. He wants Nadira to help Magic Town accept his brood’s purresence, but she refused and put up the very gracefully awesome fight! She staked a few more vamps, but Archaeus was too powerful and defeated her in the melee, and nyow he uses her as the bait to lure the heroes into a trap!
Issue #21 is purriced at $3.99 and has the 22 page tale plus the editor’s comments and the 5 pages of the ads. “A Tale of Two Families Part One” begins the final story arc of Season 10! It was executively purrduced by Whedon, scripted by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, lettered by Richard & Jimmy, edited by Jim Gibbons & Freddye Miller and assistantly edited by Spencer, with the issue’s design by Justin and digital artistry by Christianne. The mane cover is by Scott Fischer, and the variant cover is by Mike Norton & Michelle.
The tale stars Angel, Faith, Fred, Dru and her vampire thugs, Archaeus, Koh, Giles’s awesome great aunts Sophronia and Lavinia, Tricia the Green – haired girl and her boyfriend Parker; and Niles and Brenda of the mewseum which has an artifact that Dru wants! She initially tries to purrloin it from Niles but he won’t let her into his house, so she attacks Brenda and others at the mewseum, whilst Faith, Angel, Tricia and Parker defend folks in Magic Town from another gang of e vampires on the street, before returning home to strategize with Fred, Koh, Sophronia & Lavinia.
There is some tense quarreling amongst them too, not only betwixt Angel and Faith but also between Dru and Archaeus, who still wants Angel & Spike to join his team, which would mean turning Angel into evil Angelus again! Nadira is only briefly seen, purrsumably unconscious in her purrison cell in the demon’s underground lair, where Angel stakes a few more vamps before a purrlay with the villains, but it does not go well and the chapter ends upon the very startling cliffhanger! Inspector Brandt is briefly seen, but I should not spoil the startling surpurrise of his scene!
The tale’s pace and the editing combined with the dialogue and the supurrb art make this definitely feel like an epurrsode of Angel’s TV series, with the very dire moments that build to a fearful climax! I like the excellent action choreography, dynamic poses, portraitures,the macabre ambience of the color & lighting, and the very intricate details of the scenery & clothes, including the beautiful dresses of Dru, Sophronia, Lavinia and Nadira!, so I will give this issue an A as in Archaeus! That is all for my comic book reports, so nyow here is LIzzy to tell us about
Harley Quinn & Power Girl #6!
Hai! I have been greatly enjoying this whimsical mini-series starring Harley, Power Girl, Vartox & Groovicus in the sexy zany intergalactic tale which is set betwixt Power Girl #7 & 8! Issue #6 is purriced at $3.99, and its 32 pages include the 23 page chapter of “They Part”, which was written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, illustrated by Stephane Roux, Elliot Fernandez, Moritat & Flaviano, edited by Chris Conroy and assistantly edited by Dave Wielgosz under group editor Mark Doyle, lettered by Marilyn Patrizio and colored by Paul Mounts!
Paulcolored Amanda’s front cover illustration of the British Star Wars movie poster purrody! Having defeated various villains and thwarted the mind control attempts upon Vartox and Harley, now it is time for the galactic social event of the wedding of Vartox and Power Girl! However, although Power Girl does wear the dress and jewels to the galactic alter officiated by an Elvis – like alien pope, she does not requite his romantic, lustful feelings, and only goes through with the ceremony in order to receive the telepurrtation ring that will send her and Harley back to Earth!
Vartox and his pal Groovicus colorful 1970’s style tuxes, while Harley cries at the wedding, which appurrently involves a jacuzzi full of peanut butter. Although there are cute widdle Purrple alien cats in attendance, Power Girl is irate about the situation, whilst Harley and Groovicus severely break the meta-fictional 4th wall with references to the comics! Then in the unexpected cosmic turn, Vartox, Power Girl and Harley are telepurrted to a 1960’s Earth-like suburban neighborhood dimension to meet Vartox’s kids and his irate purrior wife who resembles Power Girl!
This results in a wacky supurr catfight betwixt Power Girl and her twin, with Harley and the cats dodging the damage to the house, lawn, car and clothes, which are peppurred by the humorous movie & TV references… but I should not spoil more of the plot, which brings the intergalactic adventure full circle to conclude the zany, thrilling mini – series full of the dazzling character, scenery and FX art, fonts, colors, dialogue, humor and action! I wish that Power Girl had her own series again, but Harley seems to have moved on, to team up with Wonder Woman in
Harley’s Little Black Book #1!
Set sometime after Power Girl #8, Harley and her gang at Coney Island learned that another gang shipped toxic chemicals from Brooklyn, so they followed them to a warehouse in Red Hook, beat them up, posed for photos, and interrogated them to learn of the chemicals destination to London, where a criminal named Barmy Bugger plans to use them against Wonder Woman, so that he can capture and ransom her to the highest bidder! That scheme does not sit well with Harley, who since a widdle girl has been a big fan of Wonder Woman, so now Harley is on her way to London too!
Thusly begins the amewsingly violent capurrs & fights within Harley’s Little Black Book #1, which I have eagerly awaited because it was written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner, illustrated by Amanda (with John Timms on pages 5-8 & 10-18), with the inking by Dave Johnson on pages 19-21, colored by Paul Mounts (with Hi-Fi on pages 5-8 & 10-18), lettered by Dave Sharpe, edited by Chris Conroy with the group editor Mark Doyle and assistant editor Dave Wielgosz, with the mane cover’s art by Amanda & Paul, and the variant cover’s art by J. Scott Campbell & Nei Ruffino!
The issue is rated T+ for the teen & older readers, it is purriced at $4.99 and has the 38 pages which are interrupted by the 10 pages of ads. Amanda & Paul’s mane cover art of Harley & Wonder Woman swapping costumes (which are of the very different sizes) is not just the humorous image, but that actually happens in the tale, because Harley decides to knock out Wonder Woman and impurrsonate her in order to trick the villains. Wonder Woman is displeased to wear Harley’s much smaller, tighter attire, but it is so entertaining to see them team up to brutally clobber the bad guys!
It is the dream come true for Harley, but it is not the first time she has masqueraded as Wonder Woman, as seen in the flashback to her younger years when she vengefully struck back against the bullies at school! She even had a lasso, but used it as a noose to hang a tormentor! As you might expect from a harley tale, it is brimming with the peppy violent, dark humor! Also appurring in the take are Harley’s dead beaver spirit guide, Wonder Woman’s cat Sadie, and the London Legion hero team compurrised of Tiffany Turner, Double Decker, The Pub Crawler and Big Bad Ben!
It is such a beautifully rendered tale, and some of my favorite moments are Harley’s first purrson narrative, her secret shrine to Wonder Woman, the younger flashback sequence, fighting side by side with Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman slicing a car in half, the snipurr bullet scene and the cat scenes, with the cute symbols for Sadie’s “dialogue”! It has been the great year or so for Harley tales, between this and her regular series, her road trip special, her appurrances in Power Girl’s comics and their mini-series! That is all for my reviews, but nyow here is Tara-chan to tell us about
Hai! This has been such a delightful series combining the slice-of-life moments and – and the supurr heroic action for purrincess Koriand’r alias Starfire, who tries to adjust to life on Earth, nya! Although she has the amazing powers and – and she is from the advanced intergalactic civilization of Tamaran in the Vegan system, she is amewsingly naive of expurressions, cultural references and- and sexy fashions, but she is very sweet, kind, brave and – and compassionate to the people who she has met while looking for a new home and – and job in Key West, nya!
She has made friends such as Stella the sheriff, Sol her coast guard brother, Atlee alias the supurr heroine Terra, and – and Beth the dolphin, but she has also met Dr. Soren whose supurr power to cure his patients’ diseases has the horrible side affect which causes him the painfully violent behavior, nya. Also, an evil alien bounty hunter named Kragg has been searching for Kori, so the villain encounters result in more combat for Kori in issue #6, which is purriced $3.99 and – and has the beautifully fun 20 page tale which is interrupted by the 12 pages of the ads, nya!
The tale of “Protection All Around” was written by Amanda and – and Jimmy, pencilled by Emanuela Lupacchino, inked by Ray McCarthy, colored by Hi-Fi, lettered by Tom Napolitano, edited by Paul Kaminski with group editor Eddie Berganza, with the issue’s mane cover art by Amanda and – and Paul, the “loony tunes” variant cover art by Tomeu Morey, Emanuela and – and Paul, nya! Purreviously, Kori had just left a party when she apurrehended and – and severely beat the crap out of Dr. Sorenin in a swimming pool after he appurred to have injured Sol, nya!
After Sol is released from the hospital, he treats Kori to the delicious stack of pancakes slathered in the syrup, but the lunch is interrupted when Kragg arrives to capture her, nya! She gets mad when he causes the injuries, casualties and – and purropurrty damages, so she changes into her Purrple costume with the Green jewels & White trim to fight him at the airport, nya! After she beats him up she sends him far from Earth, whilst her old boyfriend Dick Grayson has also arrived at the airport, nya! Oh it would be so nice if they were romantically reunited again, nya!
There is a wonderful balance of action scenes and – and charming character developments at the purrfect pace with whimsical dialogue, nya! The art is great with beautifully posed & expurressive characters, the lovely clothes, scenery and – and FX, including Kori’s luminous energy, her fiery coiffure and- and the alien technologies, nya! I like the richly vibrant colors, the cute symbols for language misundertandings, the fonts for the titles, sound FX, dialogue and – and Orange – colored thoughts, so I will give this issue an “A” as in Atlee! Nextly I would like to discuss
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #37!
We love the My Little Pony tales, and – and it is hard to believe that has been just over the 3 years since this wonderful pony comic book began, nya! Purrviously in the current Siege of the Crystal Empire story arc, Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Cadance and – and Shining Armor were captured by villains such as the Flimflam Brothers, Iron Will, Bertha, Lightning Dust, Queen Chrysalis and – and her herd of Changeling minions in the Crystal Empire, nya!
This was the distraction that the sad poor lonely Radiant Hope needed to swipe the Crystal Heart relic in order to revive her former friend the evil King Sombra, nya! Then we learned that she was trying to save him and – and the phantom Umbrum ponies, but the big battle erupted between the heroes and the villains, resulting with Luna and – and Celestia frozen like statues, whilst Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and – and Shining armor were caged, nya!
Radiant Hope teamed up with Cadance whilst Chrysalis and- and the other villains began to seriously doubt the bargain they made with Sombra! This leads us to the uninterrupted 22 page tale of “The Siege of the Crystal Empire Part IV” which is followed by the 10 pages of the ads, nya! It was written by Jeremy Whitley who also created the wonderful Princeless series, nya! This chapter was illustrated by Andy Price, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake, and edited by Bobby Curnow, nya!
It is available in the choice of the regular cover art by Andy, the subscribers’ cover by Sara Richard, the retailer’s incentive cover by Agnes Garbowska, and – and the Hot Topic variant, nya! I should not reveal too much of this concluding chapter, but it is the major turning point for Sombra, Hope, Rabia and – and The Umbrum ponies as The Mane Six Ponies, Spike, the purrincesses, the Pie family, Cake family, Apple family, Cutie Mark Crusaders, Discord and – and Fluttershy’s critter friends strike back, nya!
The tale has the good balance of the drama, thrilling action, humor and – and more of the Equestria mythology, plus the background ponies to identify and- and clever widdle Star Wars homages amidst the bantering, nya! As mewsual it is the beautifully rendered comic book with the purrfect pony poses, expurressions, colors, style, tone and – and scenery, which are so very faithful to the look and – and the spirit of the TV series, nya! Nyow to continue our pony reports, here is Tara-chan to discuss
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #23, nya!
Hai! Applejack and Fluttershy go camping in issue #23’s uninterrupted 22 page tale which is followed by 10 pages of ads. It was written by Ted Anderson, lettered by Neil, colored by Heather, edited by Bobby, and illustrated by Tony Fleecs who did the subscriber variant cover art of the ponies searching for the Pigasus, whilst Amy Mebberson did the regular cover art of them roasting the marshmellows! That latter cover gives me the yummy treat cravings, but I will try to wait until our Aftermew luau!
Applejack and Fluttershy have the nice camp site with the spectacular mountain view for a peacefully relaxing 3 day vacation in the Splendor Woods, until the tranquility is disturbed by many other ponies who have search the woods for the legendary Pigasus, which is the rare winged pig that the reporter unicorn named Nosey News from Canterlot claims to have photographed in the vicinity! Thusly the bustling carnival atmosphere with the crowds, the vendors and the events have usurped the woods!
The situation aggravates Applejack, who is suspicious about Nosey News, until the real Pigasus visits the tent! This causes a moral dilemma for Fluttershy and Applejack, who do not wish the critter to be exploited, but their protective efforts might prove to be unpopular with the crowd! It is fun to try to identify the many ponies in the crowd, such as Pinkie Pie, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Lyra Heartstrings, Cheerlie, Rose and Derpy! I guess that Apple Bloom was busy back at Sweet Apple Acres!
The ponies are so beautifully posed, expressive and written amidst the pretty scenery with the superb bright colors in the tale of the perfect pace! The pages also include a full – page montage of the tranquility – spoiling crowds, but I guess that cannot blame them for wanting to see the cute Pigasus! This was another beautiful pony tale with the fun entertainment and important lesson, so I will give both of those pony comics an A as in Applejack! Now to continue our pony report, I would like to discuss
My Little Pony Holiday Special!
Gosh, it has only been the 6 years since the Friendship is Magic era of My Little Pony began! Well, this year’s Holiday Special issue from IDW is priced $3.99 and has the 28 pages comprised of the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by the 8 page of the ads, sammiched betwixt the choice of the 3 different covers! The tale was written by Katie Cook, it was illustrated by Brenda Hickey, Agnes, Andy and Katie, colored by Heather, lettered by Neil and edited by Bobby with the regular cover by Katie, the subscription cover by Brenda and the retailer incentive cover by Agnes!
It was the tough decision, but I chose the cover by Brenda which depicts the group of caroling ponies who seem alarmed by Princess Luna’s singing! The tale begins at the Canterlot train station where Twlight and Spike are stranded due to the blizzard and might miss Pikie Pie’s Hearth’s Warming Eve party. To pass the time, they read some Christmas story books courtesy of the Cuppa Joe, the train station’s barista pony, starting with the amusing purrody tale of “The Flying Reindeer” which is enacted by Rainbow Dash, Princess Luna, Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara!
That is followed by the tale of “The Toy and the Mouse” which is enacted by Rarity, Sweetie Belle, the Nutcracker soldier pony and the Mouse King! After that is are the rhyming verses of ‘Twas the Night of Hearth’s Warming Eve” starring Big MacIntosh, Applejack, Apple Bloom, Granny Smith and Mr. Smarty pants! Fortunately the blizzard is not enough to thwart Pinkie Pie from partying, so she and Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rainbow bring the party to the station along with Joe’s pet fish Puddles who was lonely at home, but unfortunately Big Mac has been left behind!
This issue was so fun and neat with the tales beautifully envisioned by the different artists, whose styles are eachly distinctive yet all so faithful to the animated series! The plot, pace, dialogue and humor are excellent too, including the whimsical “breaking of the 4th wall” Some of my favorite moments are a kitty by the comfy chair, a kitty on the bed, Luna’s conniving attitude, Rarity chasing Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom chasing Porkshop, Applejack and Apple Bloom carrying the box, and the cheered – up fish! That will conclude our pony report, now here is Chief Ellie to discuss
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1!
Hai! Marvel, HellCat is a super heroine of the feisty peppy disposition with the catlike grace, agility, claws and keen mystical senses. She first appeared in Miss America magazine #2 in 1944, although that was the teen romantic comedy tale, and she did not become the HellCat until Avengers #144 in 1976, when she inherited the Yellow & Blue costume formerly worn by her friend Greer Grant Nelson, who became Tigra! We reviewed the Hell Cat action figure in the May 2015 Mew!
Patsy has been a member of The Avengers Team, a wife of Damian Hellstrom, and until recently an employee of Jennifer Waliters alias She-Hulk, but in this 1st issue Patsy is without the job or the home, until things take the lucky kitty turn on the streets of Brooklyn! The issue is priced $3.99 with fun for readers of all ages, and its 28 pages consist of the 20 page tale plus the cover art gallery page, the preview page, 5 pages of ads, the author & artist’s cordial greeting page with cat photos!
It was written by Kate Leth, illustrated by Brittney L. Williams, colored by Megan Wilson, lettered by Joe Sabino & Clayton Cowles, edited by Wil Moss, assistantly edited by Chris Robinson, and executively edited by Tom Brevoort; with the mane cover art by Brittney which depicts Patsy surrounded by fans! The 6 variant covers are by Kris Anka, Sophie Campbell, John Tyler Christopher, Marguerite Sauvage, Javier Pulido, George Perez & Laura Martin!
While on purrtrol, she stops a telekinetic thief named Ian but after the banter they wind up friends! After they help other folks she becomes his new room mate, and later at his favorite book store, she discovers that the owner is an old friend nicknamed Tubs, and that she is not getting a dime for the Patsy Walker comics that are still being published! After pondering the situations with her friends at a cafe, Patsy has a new superhero employment idea to pitch to Jen and her landlord Sharon!
Oh I cannot say enough good things about this issue! The story is extremely fun and charming with the mix of super heroic action, slice – of – life – goodness, whimsically genki humor, and the interesting character developments, that shape the zestfully optimistic outlook! The pace is perfect and the dialogue is sparklingly snappy! The art is so stunningly beautiful with the bright colors and the occasional adorable cute chibi style for the extra amusing moments!
The “Hello, Kitties” announcements & messages page is also quite fun! That page is also graced by the photos of Kate’s cat Leeloo, Brittney’s cat Mintsy, Joe’s cats Romeo, Noah & Tyler! Not only was this a superbly wonderful premier issue, but it instantly became one of our favoritest comic books of the year, and I am sure that it will figure prominently in next month’s Mew Awards presentation for our favorite stuff of 2015! Now I would like to discuss another wonderfully favorite comic book
Princeless: Make Yourself #0!
Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless series and the spin-off series of of Raven the Pirate Princess series are among my favorite comic books! This issue is set sometime after Princeless Book 4: Be Yourself #4 in which Bedelia the blacksmith and Sparky the girl dragon help Adrienne the runaway purrincess to free her sister Angoisse from the tower in the swamp full of dangerous critters, goblins and the vampire! Since leaving the swamp, the trio enjoys the playful time at a lake, but Adrienne has the trouble relaxing with much on her mind as she ponders her unhappy past and hair!
This lovely, fun poignant $3.99 issue from Action Lab has the uninterrupted 18 page tale which is rated “E” for everyone, followed by 10 pages of ads. The tale was written by Jeremy, illustrated by Alex Smith, and lettered by Emily Spura! Sparky naps upon the lush Green grass while Adrienne and Bedelia frolic in the clear Blue water, but while Bedelia seems more carefree, Adrienne reflects upon her history of coiffure troubles, wishing she had the longer straighter hair like her sisters.
Of course that has just been one of her concerns, as the princess who used to be kept in the tower by her father, and has put up with many misogynistic jerks… although it is neat to see the flashback images of the numerous hair styles she has experimented with! Personally I think they were all pretty, but now she has decided to try yet a different style, and asks Bedelia to cut it very short for the new look which I think is also quite pretty!
Now she is ready to resume the adventures in rescuing her other sisters from their respective towers and unfairly assigned gender roles! This was another great issue which I will give an “A” as in Adrienne, and I am very eager to see what happens next for them! I am also curious about the prior plot of her brother Devin and Kira the werewolf girl who search the wilderness for the missing Queen, and how things fare for Raven and her crew upon the sea! That is all for me, and now here is Myayr to tell us about more goodness from Action lab–
Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City #2!