Watch Duty (Bone #12) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Watch Duty
Series: Bone #12
Author: Jeff Smith
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 30
Words: 1K



Synopsis:

From Boneville.fandom.com

Fone Bone is reading Moby Dick for Thorn when Miz Possum comes by. She talks with them a bit, and then gives Fone Bone some roof putty for fixing the roof(which he eats), and goes to check on her children. Thorn and Fone Bone walk back to the farm in order to get home before dark. Thorn dicusses some of her dreams with Fone Bone, stating that she’s almost afraid to go to sleep at night. They see Phoney and Smiley along the way, trying to create a romantic dinner for chickens so he can get eggs to pay off his debts.

Meanwhile, the Two Rat Creatures have been in hiding for four days, and the quiche loving one is getting twitchy. Soon after, the two are discovered by Kingdok. However, due to Kingdok’s dislike of the villagers, Gran’ma Ben, and (ESPECIALLY) the cow races, he lets them live and rewards them with preskinned rabbits, and they faint in relief (or shock). Thorn falls asleep during night duty. She dreams that she is in Deren Gard as a little girl. She goes outside into a garden with a flute, and The Hooded One appears. Suddenly turning into a grown, queenlike woman, Thorn looks around for The Hooded One, and sees him in the forest. When The Hooded One takes off the hood, it shows a face belonging to Fone Bone, and tells Thorn to come to him. Right before they make contact, Thorn wakes up. A confused Thorn watches as Fone Bone dreams violently.

My Thoughts:

While not every issue has been filled with deep meaning and complex content, this was really the first issue where it “felt” like a filler issue. There was a couple of pages dealing with the two rat creatures who were hiding from King Dok (the rat creature king) and it was as much a puff piece as anything.

I was amused by Phoney’s newest scheme. Just goes to show how out of his depth he is. Giving 2 chickens a romantic dinner so one will lay more eggs. Only Phoney Bone would think of something so stupid 😀

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7 ★★★✬☆

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Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7
Authors: Peter Laird & Kevin Eastman
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 42
Words: 2.5K



Synopsis:

The Turtles are beamed back to the TCRI building, along with the champion warriors of the Triceratons. Who promptly realize that the gizmo used on them is a working transmat device. They immediately go on the offensive and attack everyone. The brain blob robots use their stunners on them and the Turtles try to stay out of it. Master Splinter appears and tells the boys everything that has happened, from his perspective and that the brain blob aliens just want to go home now.

Outside the building, police, swat and the national guard are gathering. They assault the building, enter and begin making their way to the 3rd floor where the brain blobs have reconfigured the transmat to take them back to their homeworld. They take the Turtles with them and the building self-destructs 5minutes later, destroying all evidence of their existence.

The issue ends with the boys and Splinter getting transported into a bathtub in April’s apartment.

My Thoughts:

This issue had the first “news” article in it that comics soon began using to inform their readers of upcoming events and what not. It was very handy to learn that this was the end of this particular story arc and that the next couple issues would be standalones.

While not as exciting as the Arena Games of the previous issue, this still had plenty of soldiers and robots blasting away at each other. Sadly, the Turtles didn’t really get in on the action and so the “ninja” side of things was pretty non-existent. Rocket launchers vs robots with stun beam guns. Definitely made for some good pictures.

Of course, this was mostly backstory and thus allowed Eastman and Laird to really pad things. We get the Turtles origin all over again, just with the bit about the brain blobs being the ones who had created the goo. Then Splinter retells how he escaped from the killer mousers and that was all filler too. I would have been VERY disappointed in this volume if I had waited over 3 months from the previous issue only to get this one. Thankfully, I have scads more ahead of me so I can just whiz on through and do the Queen Wave at this issue.

Pip pip, cheerio, crumpets and tea at 2? Righto then, onto the rocket launcher.

Nothing says “trained professional” like standing right out in the open 2 feet from the door you’re about to try to blast open. Why do comic artists draw such stupid things? Maybe I’m just being extra picky but it just stuck in my craw. And yes, I do realize I’m talking about “stupid” within the context of a comic that has brain blob aliens riding around in Terminator800 shells and warrior Space Triceratops. So upon reflection, maybe I just need to ease up.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Asterix & the Chieftain’s Shield (Asterix #11) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Asterix & the Chieftain’s Shield
Series: Asterix #11
Authors: Goscinny & Uderzo
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 53
Words: 3K



Synopsis:

From Wikipedia.org

The book begins with Vercingetorix conceding defeat to Julius Caesar. His surrendered weapons remain at Caesar’s chair for several hours, until a Roman archer steals Vercingetorix’s famous shield, which he loses in a game of dice to another legionary, who then loses it to a drunken centurion, in return for the centurion not reporting him for a military offence. The centurion himself uses the shield to pay for a jar of wine at a nearby Gaulish inn; later, the shield is given by the innkeeper to a survivor of the Battle of Alesia.

Following this prologue, Chief Vitalstatistix is made helpless by a sore liver, a consequence of overeating and drinking at his last banquet. Having demonstrated this, and temporarily eased the chief’s pain, the druid Getafix sends Vitalstatistix to a hydrotherapeutic center in Arverne to be cured, with Asterix and Obelix (and Dogmatix) as his escort. On the way, they stop at various inns, where the heavy food revives the chief’s sickness. At Arverne, the Gauls initially remain together; but because Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix are in no need of special diets, they feast on wild boar and beer while everyone else eats “boiled vegetables”. When other patients complain, Vitalstatistix sends Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix to Gergovia.

Along the way, the Gauls are offended by Roman envoy Noxius Vapus, and vanquish his guards. In the aftermath, Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix befriend the local tavern-keeper Winesanspirix, who retains them thereafter as guests. When Noxius Vapus makes his report to Caesar in Rome, Caesar plans a triumph on Vercingetorix’s shield to “show them who’s boss”, and orders Vapus to search Arverne for it. When the initial investigations fail, the Romans send a spy, Legionary Pusillanimus; but on drinking too much wine at Winesanspirix’s tavern, the latter discloses Caesar’s plan and reveals his own knowledge of the shield’s history, whereupon Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix set off in search of the shield themselves. To that end, they interrogate the archer, Lucius Circumbendibus, who now owns a wheel manufacturing business; the second legionary, Marcus Carniverus, who worked at a health resort before opening a restaurant; and the drunken Centurion Crapulus. Vapus and his men in turn search in vain for both the shield and Asterix and Obelix, as a running gag dirtying themselves with charcoal dust while searching the coal heaps belonging to Winesanspirix and their neighbors.

The search eventually leads the two Gauls back to Winesanspirix, to whom Crapulus had given the shield in the prologue. Upon the protagonists’ reunion with him, Winesanspirix confesses having given the shield to a dispirited Gaulish warrior, who is thereupon identified with the arrival of a newly cured and much slimmer Vitalstatistix. Vitalstatistix reveals he had the shield the whole time and it is the very one he is always carried upon. Upon Caesar’s arrival at Gergovia, Asterix and the locals organize a triumph in which Vitalstatistix is carried on Vercingetorix’s shield. Caesar then deports Vapus and his troops to Numidia, and Caesar promotes Centurion Crapulus to command of the garrison of Gergovia, and Legionary Pusillanimus to Centurion, on the grounds that they are the only “clean” legionaries present (despite both being visibly drunk). The Gauls return to their village (Vitalstatistix regaining his customary weight at the inns visited earlier in the story) to celebrate; but Vitalstatistix is forced into abstinence from the latter by his wife Impedimenta.

My Thoughts:

Hmm, this one was hard to get enthused about. The word plays seemed even worse than normal (or I just might be reaching the end of what I’ll accept anymore), the plot was utter nonsense (not bonkers funny, but just nonsense) and no pirates were sunk.

This felt very dated, ie going to a health farm to lose weight. This was originally done in ’68 and that kind of thing was way more prevalent then. It would have been like if Asterix and Obelix had made jokes about 8track tapes or something. It didn’t help that the Chief was pretty much forced to do this by his wife and that the Druid wouldn’t keep fixing him up. He was a middle aged man trying to still act like a 20 year old and it hit home, and not in a nice comfy way either!

With all of that complaining, this was still a good riotous story. Julius Caesaer wants a shield to hold a Triumph with and Asterix and Obelix have to find the shield first to prevent that from happening. So of course their Chief has the shield all along, sigh. While no pirates were sunk, plenty of romans were biffed and bammed and ol Julius Caesar himself shows up only to slink away when the boys parade their chief Vitalstatistix on the shield.

I was amused the whole time but just barely and if I feel this same way for the next book, I’m going to take it as a sign that I need to take a break. There can be too much of a good thing and my refined literary palate can only take so much cleansing after all.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Ivory Graveyard (Groo the Wanderer #7) ★★★✬☆

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Title: The Ivory Graveyard
Series: Groo the Wanderer #7
Author: Sergio Aragones
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 24
Words: 2K



Synopsis:

This has two stories, one about Groo and one about a character named the Sage.

The Groo story has Groo first defending a group of poachers and then trying to kill them all. They sail away on a boat and Groo’s luck with boats is known so nobody will help him. He hears the legend about the elephant graveyard and seeks it out to sell the ivory to buy cheese dip. He finds it and the story ends with a dying elephant falling onto his head.

The Sage gives a child a candy and makes him feel better and some city guards see it and think he is a great physician. They take him to the palace and the queen tells the Sage to heal the King, who is very sick, or she will torture him to death. The Sage finds the king dead in bed. Instead of panicking, he locks the door, starts hollering about how he’s healed the king and then throws the body out of the window. Thus ensuring that the death of the king wouldn’t fall on his head.

My Thoughts:

This was once again a little amusing interlude to break up the day. The most amusing parts to me were when Groo was trying to hire a boat to chase the poachers and ended up sinking one boat in 4 seconds and another instance of a guy chopping up his own boat “to save time”, hahahahaa. Of course, the final panel is just priceless. How can you not laugh at that irony?

The Sage story wasn’t as funny but the twisted thinking of the Sage (throwing the dead king out the window to fake the king’s death) really aligned with me and brought a smile to my face. I have no idea if he’ll start sharing page time with Groo or if this was just a one-off that Aragones needed to get off of his chest. Personally, while I like Groo better, having 2 stories for the price of 1 is nice and adds just enough variety to keep things interesting. Of course, if the Sage keeps showing up and keeps thinking empty-headed aphorisms all the time, I reserve the right to change my head and want to behead him with a wakizashi 😉

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Lonely Road (Bone #11) ★★★✬☆

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Title: Lonely Road
Series: Bone #11
Author: Jeff Smith
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 29
Words: 1K



Synopsis:

From Boneville.fandom.com

Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone are now forced to work off their debt by repairing Gran’ma Ben’s Farm and working for Lucius at the Barrelhaven Tavern. While in the woods Smiley sees something move in the bushes but Lucius couldn’t find anything so Gran’ma Ben tells them to be quiet until they get to the farm. Fone Bone looks around and sees the dragon watching them meaning they’re safe. Fone Bone falls asleep. Morning has come and The Two Rat Creatures are now hiding, fearing what their punishment might be for starting a ruckuss. Lucius and Gran’ma Ben discuss the situation. After their talk, everybody goes to sleep.

My Thoughts:

Phoney Bone was almost killed by the villagers but Gran’ma Ben and Lucius rescued him, and the other Bones. Gran’ma and Lucius both know the dragon and also seem to know something about Thorne. They aren’t sure if what is going on with the rat creatures and the Bones are connected to Thorne or not, so they decide to hold off telling anybody anything. That gets my goat. I realize they think they’re protecting Thorne from something, but they seem to ignore the fact that she’s old enough to know whatever the secret is. Very little good ever comes of hiding something from somebody.

Phoney Bone. Again. He totally deserves to be eaten by rat creatures, turned into a quiche if you will. I guess people like him show us just what mercy actually means. Mercy is for those who don’t deserve it and my goodness, if anyone ever deserved judgment, it’s Phoney. So I’ve taken to looking at him as an exercise for me to show mercy in a fictitious world so when I run across the real Phoney’s in the world I’m ready to be merciful to them too (instead of putting one right between their eyes and sending them on to their final judgment)

And on that cheery note I’ll close things out and wish you a wonderful day 🙂

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 ★★★★☆

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Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
Authors: Peter Laird & Kevin Eastman
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 37
Words: 2.5K



Synopsis:

The boys are captured after the ship lands. Honeycutt the robot is threatened with their death if he won’t build a matter transmitter for the Triceratops nation. He refuses and the guys are thrown into a Battle Royale against 4 of the champions of the Triceratops. They beat them and then rescue Honeycutt. The issue ends with them, Honeycutt and one or two Triceratops being surrounded by the light of a matter transmitter.

My Thoughts:

This is NOT the 90’s cartoon. We’re talking broken wakizashi’s in the gut, bo’s in the throat, elbows and knees broken with nun-chucks, swords through the shoulder. All that good stuff. This issue earns the Ultra-violence tag.

This scan was from the collected color edition and not the original B&W comic hence the color cover. Color hides a LOT of rough art….

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Asterix the Legionary ★★★★☆

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Title: Asterix the Legionary
Series: Asterix #10
Authors: Goscinny & Uderzo
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 53
Words: 3K



Synopsis:

From Wikipedia.org

Asterix and Obelix are setting off for a wild boar hunt when they encounter Panacea, a former childhood resident of the village who has since moved to Condatum, and Obelix immediately falls in love with her. Some hours later, Panacea receives word that her fiancé Tragicomix has been conscripted into the Roman army and shipped to North Africa; and Obelix, although heartbroken, promises to bring him back.

Asterix and Obelix travel to Condatum, where they learn that Tragicomix has already left for Massilia, the Mediterranean port from which the soldiers depart, and themselves enlist in the army to follow him, alongside Hemispheric the Goth; Selectivemploymentax the Briton; Gastronomix the Belgian; Neveratalos the Greek; and Ptenisnet, an Egyptian tourist who spends the entire book believing himself to be in a holiday camp.

After completing basic training (and repeatedly and comically driving their instructors to the verge of tears), the newly formed unit sets off as reinforcements to Caesar against Scipio, Afranius, and King Juba I of Numidia. Asterix and Obelix soon find out that Tragicomix has gone missing in action after a skirmish, and raid Scipio’s camp to recover him. This results in the Battle of Thapsus, in which the confusion over the Gauls’ unorthodox assault and the similarity of both armies’ uniforms cause a default victory for Caesar after the frustrated Scipio sounds the retreat. The Gauls are cornered by Caesar after the battle is over; but released and sent home for their assistance in his victory. Asterix and Obelix thereafter celebrate at home, while Panacea and Tragicomix return to Condatum to marry

My Thoughts:

Questions that popped into my head when reading this story:

  1. Why aren’t Asterix and Obelix married men? They seem old enough.

Upon thinking for about 30seconds, the answer is obvious. The authors know that if Asterix and Obelix settle down, their adventuring days are over. Both would take their responsibilities as husbands seriously and their wives and eventual kids would take precedent in their minds.

  1. The Romans just can’t catch a break can they? They try to hide from Obelix and end up trampling on the flowers he wants for Panacea.

This is one of the repeated gags that never gets old for me. Seeing fully armed and armored soldiers getting the stuffing knocked out of them by a midget and a fatman always makes me laugh!

  1. Bureaucracy portrayed here, is it any different today? And if we could just biff and bam the parasites who give us the runaround now, would it change anything? Hint, yes!

Man, I had to cry. Bureaucrats are as unhelpful today as they obviously were when this was written. Something about a bureaucracy seems to attract a certain kind of person and personally, I think the world would be a much better place without those kinds of people. Give me a license to use a boxing glove on that jackass sitting behind the desk at the Department of Motor Vehicles, please!

  1. What did you think of Asterix’s insistence on going through the Legion training as quickly as possible?

I actually wondered why Asterix and Obelix went through all the trouble. Wandering around causing havoc and mayhem seems to be their trademark so it was almost out of character for them to “try” to abide by the rules. Of course, them selectively obeying the rules made for some really funny scenes.

  1. Is Tragicomix a pansy? Why didn’t he biff and bam his way out of the Legion like a good Gaul?

Tragicomix IS a pansy. Despite a chin that would make Bruce Campbell green with envy, Tragicomix doesn’t lift a finger at any time to help himself. In many ways he reminds me of spoiled young kids of today with Asterix and Obelix as helicopter parents taking care of every single thing. Being in the army would have made a man out of him. Well, as the Princess Bride always says, Twue Wuv….

  1. Julius Caesar is always doing favors for Asterix and Obelix. Should they get a loyalty rewards membership? Save Julius 3 times and get a free attack on a Roman Patrol kind of thing?

I realized after I wrote this question that the boys are already getting free attacks on Roman Patrols, so that idea was kind of pointless. However, a lifetime supply of free boar seems called for. Since Obelix seems to eat at least 3-9 boars a day, ol’ Julius is going to need a hog farm!

  1. Finally, just where DOES Tragicomic pin that clasp for his cape?

Dude doesn’t even have any hair on his chest, so just what is that clasp clasping onto? I would have said he’s pinned it into his own flesh, but since we’ve established he is a bona fida PANSY, that isn’t possible. I’m going to go with superglue. Probably a magic super glue that will last for a whole year. And without any chest hair he doesn’t even have to worry when he eventually pulls it off. Yeah, like I said, PANSY.

I did a buddy read with Alex, Fraggle and Sharon. Go check out their reviews and read what they have to say about this story 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5.

[Guest Post] Asterix the Legionary

Alex Good, from Alex on Film, has decided that it was high time to get in on the action when it came to the Asterix series. Here are his answers to a couple of my questions and he’s thrown in a couple of originals to keep things fresh.

1: Why aren’t Asterix and Obelix married men?
They seem old enough. They’re like Stan and Ollie or Bud and Lou or Charters and Caldicott. They’re a comic duo. They’re not gay because they’re always doing double-takes at or getting mushy over beautiful women. I think they fall into the category of men that women may like as friends (or view as useful) but don’t see as relationship material, for whatever reason. And that’s fine because Obelix has Dogmatix so he’ll never be lonely.

2) The Romans just can’t catch a break can they? They try to hide from Obelix and end up trampling on the flowers he wants for Panacea.
Nor the pirates.

3) Bureaucracy portrayed here, is it any different today? And if we could just biff and bam the parasites who give us the runaround now, would it change anything? Hint, yes!
No, probably not. There’s only a small village of indomitable Gauls and they never threaten the administration of the Empire. Basically they’ve been quarantined. In order to effect any kind of political change they’d have to mass produce that magic potion, but if the potion was widely available then it wouldn’t be special anymore and the same political (or bureaucratic, or administrative) system would re-assert itself, meaning all the same paper-pushers, or stone-carvers, or papyrus calligraphers. There’s no getting rid of these people, I’m afraid.

4) What did you think of Asterix’s insistence on going through the Legion training as quick possible?
Well, he was in a rush and he didn’t really need training. The Gauls don’t fight in terms of close-order drill. They also needed a lift to get to Africa so it made sense to go on a troop ship. Plus it was fun seeing them in Roman fashion.

5) Is Tragicomix a pansy? Why didn’t he biff and bam his way out of the Legion like a good Gaul?
He was from another village! A village of beautiful people, and you know what they say about not hating people because they’re beautiful. But going back to look at it from a formal point of view, he’s the generic himbo to go with his bimbo girlfriend Panacea. I found the light blonde hair and black eyebrows the most disconcerting thing about him. And he doesn’t have to fight because bad things never happen to beautiful people.

6) Julius Caesar is always doing favors for Asterix and Obelix. Should they get a loyalty rewards membership? Save Julius 3 times and get a free attack on a Roman Patrol kind of thing?
Caesar’s vanity wouldn’t allow him to acknowledge any assistance. In fact, it would probably just make him angrier at the two of them for helping him out.

7) Finally, just where DOES Tragicomic pin that clasp for his cape?
Isn’t it just fastening the two ends of the cape together? Probably a quick release too for bedroom sports.

My questions:

(1) Am I the only one who always knew the village druid as Getafix?
In the version I read this time he’s Panoramix. I thought this a bowdlerization because kids couldn’t handle a drug reference, but I guess in the original he’s Panoramix so that’s fair.

(2) How concerned or interested are you in the history here?
The little intro to all of these books says “It’s the year 50 B.C.” I don’t think this book can be set in 50 B.C. though because the civil war is going on. The action being described is, I think, the battle of Thapsus in 46 B.C. In the brief discussion we overhear in Caesar’s tent the names of Caesar’s enemies — Scipio, Juba, and Afranius — all check out. I was impressed at the amount of general knowledge this would seem to take for granted in readers of are what are children’s books. Just like the wreck of the pirate ship being modeled on Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa. There’s a note for that, but still it’s kind of impressive. I don’t know how many comic books would go that highbrow today.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Raft_of_the_Medusa

Alex Good, WP4 Member in “Good” Standing

Please feel free to visit Sharon’s review of Asterix the Legionary and be on the lookout later this week for entries from Fraggle and Bookstooge

Eye of the Kabula ★★★★☆

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Title: Eye of the Kabula
Series: Groo the Wanderer #6
Author: Sergio Aragones
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 24
Words: 2K



Synopsis:

Groo swims to land after being shipwrecked in the previous issue. He comes across a village that is having bad luck because their lucky ruby was stolen. Groo sets off to find the ruby and get a reward. He tracks it down until he finds a king who has a ruby fetish. Groo dresses up like a female slave to get into the palace and steals the ruby. He takes it back to the village, only to have the king’s army follow him. Groo flees the village as the army wants him dead and the villagers want him dead for leading the army to their village. Groo just can’t win.

My Thoughts:

This was more amusing and less “moralizing” than the previous issue.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Great Cow Race ★★★★☆

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Title: The Great Cow Race
Series: Bone #10
Author: Jeff Smith
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 29
Words: 1K



Synopsis:

From Boneville.fandom.com

Phoney’s plan suddenly goes wrong when Lucius bets the Barrelhaven Tavern on Gran’ma Ben to win. Knowing it will take ages to pay off that debt, Phoney lets Smiley know that he has to win but ends up in the cow suit with him. When Gran’ma Ben tries to get a good look at the Mystery Cow, they fall off the ridge they had been running on while trying to avoid her and land in a pack of sleeping Rat Creatures, who awake and begin to chase them. Fone Bone, who has now caught up, runs side by side with a startlingly cheerful Smiley, while Phoney wishes for his death. While they run the cows and Rat Creatures cross each other causing the race to fall into disaster, and Gran’ma Ben wins in the confusion.

My Thoughts:

Another “Stupid, stupid rat creatures!” moment. Loved it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.