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Review: Savage: The Wild Graphic Novel

Savage: The Wild

Blurb:

Teenage heartthrob. Feral social icon. Dinosaur hunter. Born and raised on an uncharted island full of prehistoric dangers, Kevin Sauvage has a taste of home when a mutant dino threat invades England! From the mad minds of international superstar Max Bemis (Moon Knight) and powerhouse artist Nathan Stockman (Spidey) comes the craziest action book of 2020. Collecting SAVAGE (2020) #1-4.


I completed this review in exchange for a free digital copy via NetGalley.com

All-out chaos and mayhem is what you get when two parallel worlds come together to bring a zany tale of Kevin Sauvage – a celebrity that grew up hunting dinosaurs and other misc. feral beasts in another dimension. Savage now exists in an Earthly dimension in England as somewhat of a star. However, as I write this I certainly do have complaints ( once again ) about pixelated images and the horrid Adobe .acsm viewer combining to make an experience that would have been much better with just a standard PDF file. I have no interest in giving it away and / or pirating anything.

Now, on with the quality of not the digital product experience, but with the quality of the story and artwork: It’s hard to take anything with much seriousness and more than a grain of salt in this story because the basis of it is basically that Savage and his counter parts are against an evil mad scientist, a technological “Project Bizarre” ( a threat to the Earthly dimension because of the creatures it holds ). We are left with not much resolution to the story but a bit of a cliffhanger at the end for the next book. The art, ( besides the fact that the images are pixelated ) I thought was better than the story itself. I had fun reading it, but that was mostly due to the art than the story. Overall, I rate this at ★★✬☆☆ 2.5 stars out of five.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Review: Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Good Bye: Part #7 and #8

All images are © 2014 Dark Horse Books / Frank Miller, All opinions are my own.

Introduction:

Previously, we covered Part 5 and 6 of The Hard Goodbye. Now, we have a continuation with Part #7 and #8

WARNING: This book most certainly is NSFW and only for adults. I will do my best to leave the vulgarities out of it so that everyone can enjoy. Although, if you can stomach the madness to achieve the full effect, a proper purchase of the source materials is recommended.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead: In depth review including respectable, occasional snaps of the art work and surrounding thoughts.

Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Goodbye: Part 7

Part number seven starts out at the farm we were introduced from part six, where Marv and Lucille are still trapped in the tiled basement. Marv’s efforts to break free aren’t working, at least so far.

Marv trying to escape the basement.

Finally Marv knocks down the door and they are free. Marv makes a mental note that Lucille almost seems scared to leave. A helicopter approaches. It’s the police! Marv finds his gun ( sweet Gladys ) and cocks it. The police exit the helicopter, but don’t see Marv and Lucille.

Sweet “Gladys”, the gun.
The police, stepping off of the helicopter.

Marv tells Lucille the police are done checking the house, but are coming their way and he says “I’ll show them . . .” Lucille tells the police not to shoot Marv and then he grabs the axe out of the stump to bring it to the gun fight, with the cops.

He takes out all the cops except for the one with the mark on his face. Marv tells the cop that he has a nice coat on.

Marv chases the police officer with the mark on his face with the hatchet and laughing at the same time.

Lucille is dead with the cops.

Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Goodbye: Part 8

Marv

Marv talks about Sin City’s relation to rain and it barely rains most of the time, but sometimes a torrential down pour comes from the desert. Marv likes the rain, it helps him think things through, helps him look at the big picture. He is on alert for more cops. He thinks of what the preacher told him, the name “Roark”.

Every part of him wants to escape his troubles and just run away. He tells himself “I’m as good as dead”. He claims to himself that he is no hero, but he just can’t let Goldie go and he is more scared of dying than living now. He reasons with himself that Goldie knew her life was in danger and that’s why she hooked up with Marv. He feels bad for letting her die in his drunken stupor.

We learn that the “Roark” family has owned Sin City for a long time. Marv wants to kill Patrick Henry Roark. He shoots into the distance.

Finally, he questions himself that he could be wrong about the whole thing. He gets confused and with Lucille dead, he can’t get his medicine now. He tells himself he may be imagining things. Has he turned into a maniac killer? What everyone said that he would?

So, he is going to do something to make sure he is headed in the right direction. He is going to “Old Town” that is alive and bustling by the time he arrives. Old Town was made like it is with lots of dirty business by Roark’s grandfather. Marv asks around about Goldie. There is hookers in old town, so he should be able to find some things out. He sees the mysterious woman that looks just like Goldie and she shoots Marv and the bullet clips his head.

Now Marv is tied to a chair.

One of the other women calls the person that looks like Goldie, they call her “Wendy” and tell her to hit him again. Marv calls her Goldie. Marv questions why someone called her Goldie. Wendy tells Marv that Goldie is her sister. The women think that Marv is lying about Goldie and they think that Marv killed her. He defends himself with talk.

The women that Marv ends up with in Old Town Sin City.

The women level with him and now believe that Marv didn’t kill Goldie.

My Thoughts:

I can’t believe it took Marv this long to question his actions. Wow. I mean, you are avenging the death of someone you just met. Ridiculous. What is the chance that Wendy is lying and she is really Goldie and they have set Marv up? This is muddy, for sure.

Now that he has someone of use on his side, namely Goldie’s. The way the women from Old Town Sin City just start to believe Marv, that transition in the story was a bit cheesy, seemed unnatural, but I think that comes with the territory on this dark comic omnibus.

Let’s see what happens next time after Marv has found and leveled with Goldie’s sister . . .

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Review: Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Good Bye: Part #5 and #6

All images are © 2014 Dark Horse Books / Frank Miller, All opinions are my own.

Introduction:

Previously, we covered Part 4 of The Hard Goodbye. Now, we have a continuation with Part #5 and #6

WARNING: This book most certainly is NSFW and only for adults. I will do my best to leave the vulgarities out of it so that everyone can enjoy. Although, if you can stomach the madness to achieve the full effect, a proper purchase of the source materials is recommended.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead: In depth review including respectable, occasional snaps of the art work and surrounding thoughts.

Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Goodbye: Part 5

Marv is sleeping. Restlessly. He cannot sleep because he is excited. Thinking about how he hates being seen in the sun of day and there is nothing to do until the sun comes out, he then explains his perspective of the day riders.

Taking to the streets, he gives some guy named Tommy a swirly, looking for more information about Goldie’s death. He personifies Sin City like the place is a “she” and thinks about how great it is to be alive. Another unnamed person gets slammed onto the pavement while Marv is in a car.

Now, he goes to church, but not to pray and what seems to be confession time:

What seems to be a confession, turns into an interrogation of the preacher. about Goldie. The preacher gives a name of “Roark”, which is either a lead or a direct reference to the people responsible for Goldie’s death. Marv isn’t sure of the validity of the preachers information. The preacher reassures Marv it is good information and there is a farm he can go to to find out more, and he also asks Marv if Goldie is worth dying for. Marv kills the preacher with three shots and says, “Amen”, lights a cigarette and steals the preacher’s Mercedes vehicle, stating that all modern cars look like “electric shavers”.

A car approaches. The driver looks like Goldie, the mysterious woman from the end of Part 4 and hits Marv a couple of times with the car and shoots a couple of times.

Marv escapes and continues to drive up the hill, to the farm. He thinks about how the woman looked just like Goldie, but no, it couldn’t have been her. He forgot to take his medicine and that’s why he is “seeing things”. It’s bad when you forget to take your medicine when you have a “condition”.

Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Goodbye: Part 6

The Mercedes gets parked at a diner, about two miles away from the farm, taking to the woods. Marv is scared of the woods and not much else.

Now at the farm, Marv gets a cold sensation in hit gut and he always trusts it because it hasn’t failed him in the past. People have died wrongly here. A wolf comes snarling and Marv fights the “pooch” out of lack of options to avoid it.

There was blood on the wolf’s breath and Marv knows it well. A stranger appears behind Marv as he finds a human bone. The man is wearing Chuck All-Stars and kicks him in the neck swiftly. Marv has great trouble in this fight and ends up getting sledged by a hammer. Marv suspects this is the man responsible for Goldie’s death and then Marv is knocked unconscious:

Marv sees the light at the end of the tunnel, but awakens on a tiled floor.

A woman is here with him. Taxidermized heads hang on the wall, on with a rose tattoo on one of the victim’s jawline. Evidently the man who owns the farm is a cannibal. The woman in the room is Lucille, his parole officer. They conversate about the situation, Lucille is telling Marv that the farm owner is, in fact a killer. The man has already deduced Lucille’s hand and he made her watch him do it. Horrible. Lucille screams about it. Marv gives Lucille his coat for comfort.

Lucille tells Marv that he “has brought big trouble this time” and that “Whoever is behind this has got his connections– right in the department.” Marv is trying to rip the grate out the window to escape.

They conversate some more and Lucille isn’t buying it that someone named Roark is behind all this. Lucille tells Marv that Goldie was a “hooker” and a top dollar one, but he didn’t know that. A car pulls up at the farm, a car with a V8 engine. The car calls out to “Kevin”, and to come quickly. Marv hears Kevin’s name which is the killer.

My Thoughts:

I really didn’t like that Marv killed the preacher, but my suspicion is that when the preacher asked Marv if Goldie was worth dying for, that he heard a death threat and / or made an example out of him. But then again, how does the preacher know about the killer previously? Strange, very strange, indeed.

I’m still partly hung up that Goldie never did die and am looking for an indication that the mysterious woman is or is not, in fact Goldie. There are many convoluted things going on!

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Review: Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One Vol. 1 – Graphic Novel

Splendid cover here representing the true heart of this material.

I completed this graphic novel review in exchange for a free digital copy via NetGalley.com.

Blurb:

From #1 New York Times Bestselling, Hugo Award-winning author, Brandon Sanderson (The Mistborn Trilogy, The Stormlight Archive series), along with Nathan Gooden, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly, comes Dark One, the first book in a series of original graphic novels, from Vault Comics.

Some worlds are made to be broken.

Paul Tanasin is a young man haunted by visions of a dark and fantastic world visions he initially believes are hallucinations. But when he discovers they are prophecies from Mirandus, a world in which he’s destined to become a fearsome destroyer, he’ll have to embrace the fear, rise up as the Dark One, and shatter everything. Dark One examines the dual roles we often take on in life―the ability to be a savior as well as a destroyer.


Lets start this out by talking a bit about mental health, which is what our protagonist starts out believing his ( Paul ) hallucinations are a product of his own mind and is seeing a shrink about it. Yes, he hides the delusions at first, possibly embarrassed about what people might think because of his supposed delusions. He doesn’t even tell his shrink. Things like this can fester into an uncontrollable flame if not talked about: but we should hold discretion about who we talk to about it. What makes me especially mad is when people intently fester someone’s mental health flame in the completely wrong way in order for some sort of domination. Fun fact: very little known species outside of humans antagonize out of joy or get laughter from other’s misfortune. If you’ve watched bloopers or funny videos on YouTube.com where people get hurt, then you laugh you have participated as well. Don’t worry, it’s a natural reaction as I have as well; I only aim to get your gears turning . . . I mean, think about it. Don’t get me wrong: a bit of pressure is a good thing, if applied properly – so the line is not very black and white which leads to the main theme in this book along with a contrast between what might be considered a sort of utopian society where black and white is clearly drawn:

A clear contrast between our world and the world beyond in The Dark One Vol. 1

The good ‘ol debate of good and evil, the yin and the yang is what this book hammers into the ground. Brandon Sanderson’s The Dark One Vol. 1 sincerely addresses these lines about how what is good and what is evil exclaims the fact that it is never as easy as black and white and does a stellar job at it by addressing something called the narrative which is a predestine story across two different lands.

If you had to pick a side and the sides were called darkness and lightness, do you know which you would pick? If the narrative was pre-destined would that change your answer? This is deeeeeeeeeeeeep.

Paul is followed by a ghost named Nikka that is his sister, but Paul claims he doesn’t have a sister. Upon reading the book, this becomes clear in the story and Brandon Sanderson and the artists do a splendid job covering the issue of good vs. evil in regards to pre-destiny that is completely re-written as the story closes. Even though I received this for free, I do plan on buying a copy at some point. It was just that good.

I haven’t read any of Sanderson’s other work, but this book leaves me wondering if his other words stand up to this at all.

Recommendation:

While not particularly cutting edge in the realm of good vs evil, Sanderson employs modern story telling techniques in order to contrast our world, which is not so black and white with a otherworld where black and white is very cut and dry, leaving us with a the grass is not always greener on the other side mentality, which is great and refreshing at the same time. ★★★★★ Five stars out of five all day, every day.

Do you think there is such a thing as good and evil? Do you know anyone that you believe is completely evil or completely good?

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Review: The Vain (2021) – Graphic Novel

Red water fading to purple? I don’t know if I’d be drinking and floating on THAT. 😬

This review was completed in exchange for a free digital graphic novel via NetGalley.com

Blurb:

Spanning nearly a century in time, The Vain chronicles the criminal lives of four sinful and stylish blood bank-robbing vampires. 

Chicago, 1941. A blood bank is held up in a robbery, but no cash is taken—only blood. It’s the latest in a string of similar robberies and as the United States prepares to enter World War II, FBI Agent Felix Franklin is certain it’s part of a wider plot to weaken the United States by depriving it of its blood supply. But the truth is much more sinister.

The four robbers are vampires: immortal, physically powerful, and after decades of honing their skills, practically untraceable. But time goes on and the vampires—who call themselves The Vain—stay the same in a world that is rapidly changing around them. As security measures evolve, stealing blood is harder every day. And with every decade that passes, Agent Franklin gets closer to finding them. Capturing them. Ending them.

The Vain is a story about wild, eternal youth, reckless rebellion, endless love, and how in the end…maybe it is better to burn out than fade away.


Vampires killing Nazi’s? Yes. Working in the shadows of the government? Yes. Those things make for a great story telling basis. Nitty gritty situations is what makes for favorable entertainment and the question is: do the story tellers and art magicians succeed in building a solid foundation for the story and get all the little proverbial kinks right?

Example of art style inside The Vain – while not my most favored art style, I am mostly acceptant of it. These artists use texture overlays quite a bit and it turned out well.

For the most part, the answer is Yes. This is presented like a comic should be with consistency in style and form of story with fun and graphic representation of violence and blood, following four vampires through USA history. This story starts off with a bank robbery to get blood stored away in a safety deposit box and is light and fun, not getting too serious about anything, then dives deeper into the government using any resources available for the country, including the four vampires.

I’m not an expert on Vampires or Nazis of things, but that doesn’t matter because I still very much enjoyed with this book had to offer which is a behind the scenes look at American history in the 1940s and into future decades, finally ending in present day, with plenty of impalements for the mortals and blood drinking for the immortals to advance the agenda . . . drugs . . . and vomit.

Variables change with time and so must your strategy. The Vain covers these with different places in different times like the U.S.S.R. and Cuba in regards to illegal activity and spying and USA’s stronghold on it’s national security in relation to organized crimes of Vampires. The Vain weighs in at ★★★★☆ four out of five stars for great fun.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Review: Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Good Bye: Part #4

All images are © 2014 Dark Horse Books / Frank Miller, All opinions are my own.

Introduction:

Previously, we covered Part 3 of The Hard Goodbye. Now, we have a continuation with Part 4.

WARNING: This book most certainly is NSFW and only for adults. I will do my best to leave the vulgarities out of it so that everyone can enjoy. Although, if you can stomach the madness to achieve the full effect, a proper purchase of the source materials is recommended.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead: In depth review including respectable, occasional snaps of the art work and surrounding thoughts.

Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Goodbye: Part 4

Part 4 of The Hard Goodbye starts off with a some memories of a friend named Chuck that was retarded, but Marv loved him because he was “dumb enough to think he was a genius” and he compares those memories with his current dilemmas.

“I’ve been framed for murder and the cops are in on it. But the real enemy, the son of a bitch who killed the angel lying next to me, he’s out there somewhere, out of sight, the big missing piece that’ll give me the how and the why and a face and a name and a soul to send screaming into hell.”

He continues with details of a plan based off the information his mother gave him about the previous visitors looking for him. His plan involves sending him, whoever it is, an invitation and if he doesn’t die in the process, he’ll get a couple more pieces that fit this puzzle.

Now, we have mention from Marv that you can find whatever you need down any back ally in Sin City and we are transitioned into a scene where Marv talks about a bar named Kadie’s and this information is layered with details about how anything that’s worth doing in Sin City is illegal and messed up. He gets free drinks at Kadie’s for favors. One of the workers at Kadie’s is someone named Nancy that likes to shake it to good, old country music:

First mention of a character named Nancy

Nancy is a dancer at the bar Kadie’s with a lasso and an attached cowboy hat. Marv normally just enjoys the dance, but not tonight. No, that’s not what he’s looking for. He picks a fight with someone named Weevil and slams his back out, tells him to spread the word and get some payment for it “because it’s worth it” and give the details about what to spread the word about: his grievance of Goldie. He orders a drink from a waitress named Shellie.

Nancy dances more and whips with her lasso.

Marv goes out back of Kadie’s and talks about how he loves hit men because no matter what you do to ’em, you don’t feel bad. “The worse you do, the better it gets.” Trouble is, they have him at gun point. Marv is making jokes about the guy’s jacket:

Marv puts up a strong fight and it the hit men, they brought coats to a gun fight. Marv takes one of their guns and wins, tells him to take his coat off because he is bleeding all over it:

Marv wins the fight out back of Kadie’s bar. Seems some hit men were trying to off him.

Marv tells the guy with the coat that it must have not been them that killed Goldie, but he interrogates the last man standing to find answers. The man tells him it was Telly Stern that gave the orders and Telly runs the tables over at The Triple Ace Club. Marv kills the man he is interrogating and tells him thank you.

Marv has olfactory hallucinations about Goldie and claims he only needs his medicine. Then, we see a woman peering around the corner:

Mysterious woman peers around the corner after Marv’s fight with hit men out back of Kadie’s.

Marv realizes the sun is coming up and needs to find a place to rest, although he was “just getting warmed up”.

My Thoughts:

Marv likes old, good solid country music. Good on him! He’s not into the feel good, happy music. He more enjoys what feels genuine to him and not washed up. He is taking no safe paths here, only looking to set an example for his quest to find out who is behind framing him for Goldie’s murder.

I didn’t mention this at all last time, but it’s obvious that Marv is just out of prison, with his discussions with Lucille and I’m nervous for the path that he is on. Just can’t catch a break!

Marv has connections in his town, again with women. I’ve yet to see any man friends or people he is getting along with that are of his same gender. Hrm. Marv has characteristics of being intelligent and brutish.

We don’t learn much in this chapter besides mystery. He claims to know the dancer Nancy, but there’s no interaction with her, only fighting and a mysterious woman that peers around the corner after his fight with the hit men. I can’t help but notice that she looks like Goldie and Weevil looks like . . . Wolverine from Marvel comics? Ha, ha! Geez.

Who is this mysterious woman? Who is Telly Stern?

See you next time,

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Review: Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Good Bye: Part #3

All images are © 2014 Dark Horse Books / Frank Miller, All opinions are my own.

Introduction:

Previously, we covered Part 1 and 2 of The Hard Goodbye. Now, we have a continuation with Part 3. Life has handed me the brass knuckles and I’ve been short of time. This post only covers one part, Part 3, albeit an important one, where we learn the ruffian’s name and meet some people and relatives close to him.

In this post, I will cover Part 3 of the Chapter titled “The Hard Goodbye”.

WARNING: This book most certainly is NSFW and only for adults. I will do my best to leave the vulgarities out of it so that everyone can enjoy. Although, if you can stomach the madness to achieve the full effect, a proper purchase of the source materials is recommended.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead: In depth review including respectable, occasional snaps of the art work and surrounding thoughts.

Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Goodbye: Part 3

Finding himself in the sewers, after running from the cops the ruffian has bad things to say. He hopes they choke on their breath while they wait for him to surface, however he is coughing himself in the waste. He resurfaces out of the sewers and mentions a person named Lucille, that she has what he needs:

First mention of Lucille

Close call. Ruffian almost gets spotted by a copper walking through. He jumps to hang off the building in a marvelous comic frame:

Now, the scene switches to a female inside, presumably woken up and startled by a noise. She gets out of bed, grabs her gun and realizes it’s just the ruffian, nothing to be alarmed about except he has a swath of small bandages all over his body. He tells Lucille that it’s nothing to be worried about. He had simply gotten “grazed”. Ruffian asks Lucille for a beer and she shrugs it off, knowing that isn’t why he arrived.

Lucille and the ruffian are now in the bathroom and he confirms that ( the alcohol ) isn’t why he arrived with a solid “no”. Lucille throws his a bottle of pills. He eats one immediately. She tells him he is better with pills and he thanks her.

We learn that Lucille is a “dyke”, but with her figure she could have any man she wants. Lucille gets the ruffian pills from her girlfriend that is a shrink; Lucille’s girlfriend attempted to analyze the ruffian, but got too frightened.

Ruffian tells Lucille that he had to fight the police and she makes sure he didn’t off any of them. Ruffian thinks not, but they know what hit ’em. Then, Lucille questions him about how she will even the situation out, but he tells her no need and “not a chance”.

“This isn’t some barroom brawl or some creep with a gas can looking to torch some wino. This is big and I’m right in the middle of it and there’s no place I’d rather be. There’s no settling down. It’s going to be blood for blood and by the gallons. It’s the old days. The bad days. The all-or-nothing days. They’re back. There’s no choices left and I’m ready for war.”

Frank Miller as unknown male ruffian from The Big Damn Sin City.

The ruffian seems to have excited himself and grabs Lucille by the shoulders.

Lucille attempts to talk him out of his trajectory by bringing up prison, saying it was “hell” for him. But, he deflects and justifies it with defining what hell is. He says something to the effect that hell is not knowing your purpose and he isn’t like that because he knows exactly what his purpose is. He also tells her that someone close to him was killed in prison and that is how he got out. Lucille looks startled at how the ruffian is handling her.

He leaves Lucille’s apartment by, yet again jumping out of the window. While doing some theatrics and hanging off a building rooftop, he mentions “sweet Gladys“, but he will have to sneak past Mom and her hearing has improved since she went blind. He arrives at his Mom’s house, removes his shoes to sneak into his old bedroom. It’s unsettling for him, makes him cry. The memories. No mind because Gladys is here.

We learn that Gladys is his gun.

Gladys, the gun.

He takes time to bond with the gun and explains the situation with Goldie to Gladys. He stole Gladys, the gun from the strongest guy in school, but he levels with himself, justifying taking the gun because it’s previous owner, the strong man was dead when he took it. He named the gun after “one of his sisters from school”.

Mom pokes in the doorway of the bedroom while he is bonding with his gun. Mom calls the ruffian Marvin and he apologizes for awaking her. Mom tells Marvin that people came looking for him that were’nt coppers. Marvin tells Mom about his “new night job”.

Mom and Marvin talking gently.

Mom questions Marvin and he tells her about Goldie, but no specifics such as her death. And, that ends Part 3 of The Hard Goodbye in Frank Miller’s Big Damn Sin City. See below for thoughts and character bios.

My Thoughts:

Let’s talk about being a product of your environment. Do you think Marvin might be a product of his environment? I mean, he is doing a ton of questionable things, but I haven’t seen malice in his actions. Yes, he knocked down the cops. Yes, he took pills. Yes, he is busting into his parole officer’s apartment but, it looks like she accepts that, like he needs her.

Here’s another subject to think about: codependency. Is Lucille enabling Marvin by giving him pills? We have indication that he is better on the pills by her word. Should he learn how to deal with life without the pills? Maybe. We don’t really know how he is off of them, but that is possibly weak justification. Who knows? We don’t even know what kind of pills they are. They could be antipsychotics.

Do you feel like you want to judge Marvin? What kinds of judgements have you made about him? Seriously. It seems like the lines between what is good and bad here are blurry to say the least.

And then, here begs another question: would Marvin be actually be better off to surrender his fight and roll with the punches so-to-speak? No one knows that answer for a fact, but for the stories sake I think not! I want to see this guy win. We don’t know what lead up to this. He is obviously scarred from the past. All we have is what is presented in the story with context clues and diluted dialog.

He seems to bond with women most easily and that’s apparent here in Part 3, where he leans on his parole officer and mother. He got rough with Lucille, which I didn’t like. Thankfully, he didn’t violate her. She seems to know what to expect from him and is acceptant of his behavior when he barges into her apartment.

And, Marvin’s mother and his interaction with her is pleasant. He speaks to her like a son should, although it’s questionable about leaving out details in his story, but I’m guessing his justification for doing that is to not worry her. Poor mom probably worries enough as it is . . .

There’s a lot of detail in these black and white frames. I like the art style. Things pop out at me like the shower curtain not up on the rail in Lucille’s bathroom. Is she paranoid, possibly induced by her environment?

One thing that Marv is redeeming himself on, I can say for sure is using his resources, unlike what I thought about him when Goldie died. Even so, it still makes me wondering if he is operating on a hunch or no about her death. Something is awry.

See you next time,

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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DNF Video Game: The Medium

THE MEDIUM

Discover a dark mystery only a medium can solve. Explore the real world and the spirit world at the same time. Use your psychic abilities to solve puzzles spanning both worlds, uncover deeply disturbing secrets, and survive encounters with The Maw – an entity born from an unspeakable tragedy.

The Medium is a third-person psychological horror game that features an innovative dual-reality gameplay, unique art style inspired by painter Zdzisław Beksiński, and original soundtrack co-composed by Arkadiusz Reikowski and Akira Yamaoka.


In my sometimes less-than-humble opinion, there are two kinds of games in the world: Game-games and games. Look, I’m joking, well, kind of. Let me explain: there are games where you actually have what seems like free choice. If you want to go all in and fight the high level characters, you most certainly can have at it and get humbled, like the zealous adventurer you are. Unfortunately, The Medium is the opposite of that: a walking simulator that tells what button to push and when to push it, where to walk and when to walk and also when to talk. I don’t like it. I want to run, jump, slash and meander. I want action and intensity, not to aimlessly walk in circles looking for a queue to push the X button.

Is anybody out there? Just nod if you can hear me.

Most interactive travels in the game present you with a setting viewed with a fixed, third-person camera as you walk from room-to-room and a Resident Evil type inventory system with the ability to combine items for puzzle solving and possibly more.

Something that did particularly catch my eye and make me go “hmmmm . . . ” was the fact that when looking in the below mirror, there was a strip on the rug that seemed to twinkle and glisten, no matter which angle I moved the camera, which gave me evidence that it wasn’t the mirror causing the anomaly:

See that funky strip on the rug?

That’s not saying The Medium is a bad game, it’s just not for me. I was stunned by some of the visuals that were displayed before the split screen duel-reality play, then the visual appeal seemed degraded ( which I vaguely remember an article confirming that degradation ). I played for a decent 3 hours on the game up until I reached the duel reality view at the camp. The whole premise of the game, being the main character is a medium named Marriane that exists in two different realities at once. Just after the start of the game, we are led to a funeral home and we meet Jack in the dark reality, that has recently died in the normal reality, then we are led to some kind of camp for investigations. This is where I stopped playing the game. I won’t go into any more details about the story, while the elements of the story did seem mildly interesting, it wasn’t good enough to keep me rattling my joystick and looking for a queue to hit X without it being dreadful and a chore. Luckily this game came with my Xbox Game Pass subscription. No love lost, no love found.

Recommendation:

★★☆☆☆ The Medium, an Microsoft Xbox Exclusive gets two stars out of five for lack of excitement and personal preference, however seems solid enough for story-game enjoyers to savor. If you want some, from what I saw non-wretched and light on actual vulgarities like lack of jump scares and gore then it may work even better for you in a search for a psychological survival horror game with class.

Intro video w/ credits

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Review: Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Good Bye: Part #1 and #2

All images are © 2014 Dark Horse Books / Frank Miller, All opinions are my own.

Introduction:

If you saw my massive one book haul post, you know that this is a mammoth book @ over 1300 pages, full of semi-black and white comic-mischief and mayhem tailored in by Mr. Frank Miller and his crew being Lynn Varley on color art and logo by Steve Miller, published by Dark Horse Comics.

In this post, I will cover the first two parts of the Chapter titled “The Hard Goodbye”, that covers roughly 40ish pages of content.

In this review I will assume we know nothing! Having viewed and picked the marvelous movie and it’s cinematographic heights and splendorous display as one of my most favored films of all time, I will still treat this as if I know absolutely nothing about it, only revealing things and thoughts as they are revealed in the book.

At the end of each post, I will make a character round-up and summarize what we know about each character as the story progresses, along with my thoughts.

WARNING: This book most certainly is NSFW and only for adults. I will do my best to leave the vulgarities out of it so that everyone can enjoy. Although, if you can stomach the madness, to achieve the full effect, a proper purchase of the source materials is recommended.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead: In depth review including respectable, occasional snaps of the art work and surrounding thoughts.

Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Goodbye: Part 1

After a copulation session while internally bashing his logical and physical surroundings, this male ruffian ( name unknown ) wakes up to find his mate unconscious.

We learn the female’s name is Goldie.

Death on first date. He thinks death immediately, but there are no signs of trauma or struggle. The male ruffian knows it’s murder by a gut feeling fueled by his hangover. Maybe it was cardiac arrest? He speculates cold murder, for sure. He’s questioning things, thinking about how he didn’t care when he was asleep. He hears a distant scream moving toward.

NOTE: This image has not only been watermarked, but also female parts blurred out.

The murderer must have told on him, he thinks. Scuffles with the cops have happened before. It won’t go well this time, at all. But that’s no reason not to raise some Caine!

Big Damn Sin City: The Hard Goodbye: Part 2

Someone’s gonna pay for bringing death again so close, he thinks, especially after a night with a lucky score like Goldie.

Here comes the coppers, sirens blaring up the stairs with guns and tactical equipment of an unknown variety!!

While waiting on the cops, the ruffian pops some pills of questionable origin and then busts through the door as soon as the cops knock, instead knocking them to the floor! He runs into the hallway and jumps out the balcony, dodging a bullet in the process. Unaffected, he gets up unscathed and jumps out of the window, into the outside air.

Falling a long distance down, outside of what looks to be an apartment complex and onto the street, the male ruffian is confronted with the cops again and pulls the outlandish move of jumping into the cops’ windshield feet first, takin’ em out and thus wrecking the cop car into the apartment’s brick wall.

Why did Goldie have to die like this? He’s determined to give someone a slow, hard death for murdering Goldie even though they just met.

My Thoughts:

Man, these are the exact kinds of situations ya don’t want to be apart of. This guy, the ruffian is stone cold to the core, knocking the cops out on more than one occasion in these first two bits.

And, second of all, I would absolutely flip if I woke up and the person next to me was dead. A even nightmare. This guy just pops some pills and takes out the cops. But, there is an indication that he knows this situation for some reason. I hope we’ll find out.

Is he a drug addict? Where did this girl come from? Is she in on this framing? Is it a framing at all? So many questions!

There’s an indication that death has been following him for some time, that murder surrounding him has happened before. Did he do it in his sleep? Is she really dead? There’s no evidence of either question, just raged thoughts coming from a pill popper. I mean, not even a pulse check for the poor woman? Come on, ruffian man! Are you so drug fueled that your gut feeling tells you everything you need to know? Use your resources, man. I’d really hate to be in a situation like this, but hot damn! Guessing by the dialog, this guy is in some deep caca and has been for some time possibly some sort of local waging.

This surely is a story to take your time with. I’m intrigued. It’s not glamorous, pretty or favorable. It looks hellish and dangerous.

See you next time,

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Video Games: Immortals Fenyx Rising – First Thoughts

After having one of the busiest days in a long time. I really, really enjoyed playing this title, Immortals Fenyx Rising. The visuals are stunning and controls work almost flawlessly.

I didn’t even have one potion or upgraded armor . . . Then, I got in a fight with a bear and barely won:

Spoilers in the form of bear ☠️ death, cut scenes, descriptions of stamina system and resource farming.
This glowing Bear got slung into oblivion. I love watching the boar disappear, too, flying into his demise. 🤠