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Comic Review: Fame: Jennifer Lawrence
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Fame: Jennifer Lawrence cover by Ben EargleFame: Jennifer Lawrence
Written by Michael Troy
Illustrated by Ben Eargle
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Jennifer Lawrence is on fire right now. The star of American Hustle and of course, Katniss Everdeen herself from The Hunger Games, Lawrence has that special quality that virtually guarantees superstardom. If Bluewater’s Fame: Jennifer Lawrence comic were capable in any way of impacting her career, she’d be in serious trouble. It is horrible.

Not a single one of the inconsistent drawings of Lawrence looks even remotely like her. You’d think with all the varying depictions of her facial features, artist Ben Eargle might’ve gotten at least one correct. Who told him she had a chiseled, square jaw? Has he seen any of her movies? Looked at a picture of her? The “baby picture” drawing of Lawrence makes her look like some alien creature. Jaw-dropping, hilariously bad. I showed it to my wife and we both had a good laugh.

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Comic Review: Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Knights
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Sherlock Holmes: Victorian KnightsSherlock Holmes: Victorian Knights
Kindle Edition
Written by Ken Janssens
Art by Matthew Martin
Colored by Vladimir Popov
Lettered by Bernie Lee
Covers by Matthew Martin
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: July 24, 2013
Cover Price: $7.99

The collected edition of Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Knights gathers the story of the Sidney Street Spectre and the Dancing Demon, two new Sherlock Holmes stories imagined by Ken Janssens. Originally released in four volumes, it follows the investigation of a murdered prostitute in what appears to be a haunted boarding house.

After being mistaken for the Black Spectre and attacked on the way home from another case, Holmes and Watson learn of a murdered woman whose body has just been found. Arriving on the scene even before the authorities have been called, Sherlock quickly proves it wasn’t a ghost that killed the woman of fright, but something much more sinister. From there, we get to go to the countryside to investigate a young man’s death, supposedly at the hands of the dancing tree demon.

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Comic Review: Vincent Price: Tales From The Darkness #4
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Vincent Price: Tales from the Darkness #4Vincent Price: Tales from the Darkness #4
Written by CW Cooke
Illustrated by Ezequiel Rosingana
Colored by Doris Lotewing
Lettered by David Hopkins
Cover by Graham Hill
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Punishment for the idle observers of war is the hard-hitting theme of Vincent Price: Tales from the Darkness #4, the latest installment in the series from Bluewater Comics.

Current events in horror comics are sure to push buttons with readers because of our intimate connection to the reality of these horrors thanks to the media exposure we’re subjected to each day. Plausibility is frightening. That’s where writer CW Cooke collects the strength for this story, but that’s also sadly where it ends.

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Comic Review: Logan’s Run: Aftermath #6
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Logans Run Aftermath #6Logan’s Run: Aftermath #6
Written by Paul J. Salamoff
Art by Carsten Biernat
Colors by Jesse Heagy
Letters by Warren Montgomery
Cover by Mike Dorman
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: October 17, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

Logan’s Run: Aftermath #6 is pretty much what a fun science fiction comic book should be. At least, on some levels. Unfortunately, some production issues get in the way of what should be an enjoyable comic.

Paul J. Salamoff takes some risks in this issue with storytelling. Unfortunately, none of them really pay off here. It just leaves the reader confused. REALLY REALLY confused. Don’t get me wrong, you can follow the story and you get a beginning, middle, and end, but you feel like you’re missing something the whole issue. I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t read the previous couple of issues, but I figured “It’s Logan’s Run! It’ll be easy to follow!” I was pretty mistaken. The biggest problem in this issue is that Salamoff seems to almost want to make a silent issue and it’s just not working out in his favor. The lack of dialouge just leaves the reader confused and guessing as to what’s going on. Not very impressed with how the plot pays out here.

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Comic Review: 10th Muse: God War
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10th Muse: God War10th Muse: God War
Written by Darren Davis & Chad Redmann
Art by ESDRAS, Steve Fox & Weshoyot Alvitre
Cover by Nadir Balan
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: Available Now
Cover Price: $17.95

10th Muse: God War is a fun collection of 10th Muse stories in the God War saga. This will not change your life, win any Eisners, or change the way comics are made, but it will do one thing – entertain you.

Writers Darren Davis and Chad Redmann have crafted a story that’s just plain fun from beginning to end. It doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not, and that’s the best thing about it. The 10th Muse, herself a Wonder Woman-esque character, goes toe to toe with Zeus (among others) to try and claim the throne of Mount Olympus. No spoilers, but what follows is just good, clean, comic book action! From Isis to Zeus, all the gods are there and they are throwing down hardcore! From start to finish, this comic is super entertaining. It doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not, it’s not preachy, it’s not over the top serious, it’s just a solid, fun story. Things don’t get much more simpler than that. You can tell that Davis and Redmann had a fun time writing this story, as not only does it span quite a few issues, but they throw everything but the kitchen sink into the mix and, and I must admit, it all blends quite nicely into one cohesive story.

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Comic Review: Tribute: Elizabeth Taylor
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Tribute: Elizabeth TaylorTribute: Elizabeth Taylor
Written by Dina Gachman and Nick Justus
Art by Warren Montgomery
Letters by Warren Montgomery
Colors by VJ Ruiz
Cover by Apri Kusiantoro
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: September 30, 2012
Cover Price: $7.99

Comics are a labor of love and a literary genre that receives far too little press, not to mention praise. So, in the spirit of “there is no such thing as bad or in this case mixed, publicity” let’s move on. Bluewater Productions is an independent publishing company who specialize in biography comics. Their latest offering in this genre arriving in late September appears to be a mixed bag, with its heart in the right place, and its tongue firmly planted in cheek. Elizabeth Taylor: Tribute is a 40 page short graphic novel in their ongoing Female Force series highlighting the important achievements of famous women from Hillary Clinton to Marilyn Monroe.

Writer Dina Gachman blends pop culture with historical facts to highlight what made Dame Elizabeth Taylor such a celebrated actress and public figure, but is a bit heavy on the fizzy pop.

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Comic Review: The Mis-Adventures of Adam West
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The Mis-Adventures of Adam WestThe Mis-Adventures of Adam West
Created by Adam West and Darren G. Davis
Written by Reed Lackey
Art by Russell Dauterman and V. Kenneth
Colors by Kamui Ayama
Letters by Jaymes Reed
Cover by Joe Phillips
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: September 15, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the campy 1960s series, has returned to his heroic ways. This time, however, he’s made the leap from the small screen to the comics pages. In The Mis-Adventures of Adam West, West is frustrated at the dark nature of most modern day heroes. Also, he is frustrated with his agent for showing him scripts where the main characters have questionable morals. West is inexplicably transported into one of the scripts thanks to a magic amulet that is sent to him. West leaps into the body of the main characters, and his age and appearance vary from script to script. West changes the story and makes sure that the hero in each story remains moral and upright. West is also trying to discover the orignins of the amulet, who gave him the amulet, and a way back to the real world.

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Comic Review: Dorian Gray #1
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Bluewater Comics: Dorian Gray #1 coverDorian Gray #1
Written by Darren G. Davis and Scott Davis
Art by Federico De Luca
Cover by Federico De Luca
Dorian Gray created by Oscar Wilde
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: July 25, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Bluewater Comics is an independent comic publisher who is unique in their devotion to biography and literary adaption genres. With the success of titles like Quartermain and Sherlock Holmes, this month introduces readers to Dorian Gray #1, what could be its most ambitious ongoing monthly series yet.

Oscar Wilde’s wit is nearly impossible to replicate, and luckily the writers eschew attempting such a thing. Opting instead for a loosely based take on the Faustian themes and the characters in the original novel, they trade 19th century London for present day New York City. While Wilde is near and dear to my heart, I have never been a literary snob, nor do I intend to become one. Any medium that inspires people to pick up a book or enjoy said book again in a new way is a fabulous thing. Writers Darren G. Davis and Scott Davis just might have enough tenacity and decadence to make this comic fun too. That always helps, so people will actually buy it.

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Comic Review: The Cast Of Doctor Who
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Comic Review: The Cast Of Doctor WhoThe Cast Of Doctor Who
Written by Paul J. Slamoff
Art by Jaime Martinez Rodriguez
Colors by Dario Reyes
Cover Art by Joe Phillips
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: March 14, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Bluewater’s unauthorized The Cast Of Doctor Who takes a glance into the backgrounds of a few of the actors who have taken on the role of The Doctor through the years. Without a standard comic storyline, the book serves more as an introduction to the series, specifically designed for newer fans that are interested about the Classic Doctor Who series.

The comic book oddly only looks at four official Doctors (plus a fifth outside canon which we will get to later). I’m guessing this limited examination was restricted based on space available for the publication of the comic. Overall, the comic examines William Hartnell as the First Doctor, Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, and Matt Smith as the current Eleventh Doctor.

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Comic Review: Comics #4: Saturday Night Live
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Comics #4: Saturday Night LiveComics #4: Saturday Night Live
Written by Chad Lambert
Art by Patricio Carbajal
Colors by Michael Langdale
Letters by Jaymes Reed
Cover by Rovel Yumul
Bluewater Productions
Release date: April 11, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
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Right away, upon opening this Bluewater comic book presentation, which is dedicated to the history of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels asks himself to answer the question we start thinking as soon as we see the cover of this comic, and that question is, “How can I think about the entire history of the program in 4 minutes?”

Indeed, but somehow, writer Chad “Bud” Lambert and artist Patricio “Bud” Carbajal attempt to undertake this massively huge feat in Comics #4: Saturday Night Live and almost succeed.

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