But HOW is the premise fundamentally flawed? Please explain.
I’ll try and keep this concise.
Imagine the Gunpla Kits are not Gundam models, but original robots that you don’t care about. Would you watch this show?
Why the frick would anyone watch Build Fighters if…
I agree. The premise of the show is pretty terrible (unless you enjoy those card-game type battle shows) but I literally watch it for the fights. I just skip through to the fight scenes for the random suits fighting at times.
Batwoman Volume 3: World’s Finest (ISBN 978-1-4012-4246-6)
“That’s when I realize there are some things you can never unsee.”
Covering issues #0, 12-17, Wonder Woman joins Batwoman in this third volume of her newly-revamped series and the last book in the story to rescue the kidnapped children from Maro! As Batwoman digs deeper into the mythological quest to find the kids, she finds that she’s up against a Greek myth and she needs a Greek demigod to help her! This time, everyone’s involved and new menacing monsters are discovered and secrets are out!
Firstly, like the other two books, J.H. Williams III loves to create some really neat splash pages. Although this is a nice hardcover like the other volumes, it’s still glued and a lot of the spreads are lost in the gutter of the book. A sewn-binding or even an omnibus consisting of these first three volumes would be nice. Otherwise, the art is fantastic and gory as always making you gaze in the beauty of some panels and gag at the disgust of others. The writing by Williams and W Hayden Blackman work really well in wrapping this long storyline up. This volume isn’t half as confusing as the other two and Wonder Woman is written very well. The dialogue at times is hard to decipher with some pages having several different characters narrating and leaving you to figure out what font belongs to which character but you catch onto it quickly. It was a great story and the zero issue, placed after issue 12, worked well in giving a bit of background information on Kate and her relationship with her father. The extras aren’t anything to write home about but are neat to look at. Overall, a nice presentation for a good Batwoman story that isn’t tied into the Death of the Family arc that invaded all the other Bat-stories.
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
The fighter and the demigod
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 3 – Ramba Ral (ISBN 978-1-935654-97-1)
“This scent in the air is my battlefield!”
The third volume of Gundam: The Origin has arrived from Vertical in the same hardcover, manga-style format as the other two books that precede it. This time covering the story arc revolving around the Great Blue Star himself; Ramba Ral. As White Base makes its way toward Jaburo, they are attacked by Kycilia’s own Ramba Ral and his deadly fighting unit. Flanked by Zaku IIs, Ramba Ral uses his new model Gouf Mobile Suit to wear down the Trojan Horse and draw out Amuro and the Gundam as well as crippling his enemy. However, Amuro and the crew of the White Base must take charge and fight Ramba Ral as the old soldier he is; even if it means hand-to-hand combat!
We’re treated to a younger-looking, more lean Ramba Ral than what was in the anime. Aside from that, this volume goes toe-to-toe with the events in the anime pretty well. We are introduced to some new Federation Mobile Suit models as well as some amphibious Zeon prototypes in two very brief scenes as the story leads into Jaburo but ultimately, this covers everything about Ramba Ral and at nearly 500 pages, it darn well should. We’re still treated to the beautiful color pages that adorn the beginning and end to each act as well as the breathtaking art on each and every page. Like the other volumes, this one really makes you feel like you’re watching a movie instead of reading a book and, despite the lengthy page count, makes you not want to put it down until you reach the very last page.
The Gouf MS itself really steals the show at times as it’s portrayed as a really scary, menacing Mobile Suit in all its appearances. The interactions between Amuro and Bright also play a part at showing how the crew are still a bunch of civilian children drawn into the horrors of war and that they can still be childish at times and have some growing up to do amidst the death and destruction of battle. The entire book’s just one fight after another as the crew is exhausted of supplies and energy as well. It’s a really compelling read and one that is shown to be a bit more vulgar and violent to go along with the theme of death and war that’s really setting in at this point. Some more harsh four-letter words are used as well as many execution-style deaths and people getting riddled by machine gun bullets on many occasions. Char takes a back seat in this volume but he’ll be in the next one more for sure. Overall, a wonderful presentation (as expected) and another classic, timeless story collected in this hardcover edition. If you’re a fan of Gundam (or good manga in general) and you haven’t purchased this yet, do yourself a favor and buy it now!
Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10