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My Mighty Morphin Interview With Jason David Frank

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With the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie coming out nationwide today, I thought now would be a good time to write my interview with the most well know of all the Power Rangers Jason David Frank.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason at Rhode Island Comic Con in November. I have been a huge fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers since it first aired in August of 1993 and have been a huge fan of Tommy Oliver and the Green Ranger since he made his Power Rangers debut in October of 1993.

Graphic Policy: Thank you for granting me this interview.

Jason David Frank: Thank You

GP: As you are one of my childhood heroes I am incredibly honored to be doing this. I don’t want to spend a whole lot of time talking about the Rangers, because I am sure everyone asks about your time with the Power Rangers, however, you have been doing this for 21 years as a ranger with Super Power Beat Down and Bat in the Sun Productions.

JDF: I think it is a little longer than that, I think 23 years about a year before the show started. Pretty much 23 years

GP: Ok so did you think that back in 1993 that you would still be doing this for 23 years?

JDF: You know man I just look at life as what I look at it today. I like to put as much energy time and focus into your day so you can have a future. Like for me, I don’t look at what tomorrow is going to bring. I look at how much I can do today in order to have a successful tomorrow. Like the most challenging things about the shows (cons) for me is that I try to hold myself in a high standard where I want the last person, thousandth person to come in line and be treated like the first. And that’s something you have to work and strive to be the best you can. So, I think putting 110% energy into the day actually got me a future. You know because I don’t think anyone wants to see me 20 years down the road and I look now and oh my gosh I’m going to be 63 or whatever. But I am happy and blessed to be who I am and what I do and you know I obviously embrace it.

GP: Well that’s awesome and you know, I have to say I follow all your social media’s YouTube channel and everything and I read the comments on you and you are true to form man, and I have to say you care about us and thank you we appreciate that.

JDF: Thank you, I try to uphold to high standards for myself. Only you can set your standards and I believe the fans make me and I really truly believe and I count my blessings, that’s the only way I can get through this stuff. Is that I am making people smile, doing interviews do whatever else that makes people happy and that makes me happy.

GP: That’s great. So now you have this new role for Valiant with Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe. How did this project come about, did they reach out to them or did they reach out to you?

JDF: So, with the new role as Bloodshot for Valiant. They have a series called Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe and it’s produced by Bat in the Sun. And Aaron called one day and said you would be perfect for Bloodshot. I didn’t know much about Bloodshot, so I read every single book and I am actually a big fan of Valiant and a big fan of Bloodshot it’s kind of the independent comic cons you know the independent comic label that like has all these cool superhero characters under it.

GP: Alright, awesome. Now you’re a busy man between My Morphin Life, Bat in the Sun Productions, The Rising Sun Karate School, all the conventions you do. Man, when do you get time for yourself?

JDF: Well don’t forget the My Morphin Vlog I just started.

GP: Yes, and the My Morphin Vlog (on YouTube)

JDF: I have to balance it a little bit. I really enjoy what I am doing. So, I mean it’s an outlet for me, so obviously, I am working all the time, but it’s like for me it’s an outlet. Like you know it’s a healthy outlet for me. Instead of doing other stuff, I don’t drink I don’t do all that stuff so there are a lot of unhealthy outlets out there, and I kinda just keep this as an outlet. So, the more you see me, the healthier I am I guess.

GP: OK, alright that is always good. Lastly, and to be honest with you I don’t know too much about it myself, but the one thing a lot of fans don’t know about is Jesus Didn’t Tap. So, what is it about and why is it so important to you?

JDF: Jesus Didn’t Tap, Jesus didn’t give up, you know Jesus didn’t just quit on us.  Like, you know he got crucified for all of his sins for us. And I am a believer in a relationship with God and Jesus and I don’t push that or force that on anyone. I think that’s what people appreciate about me is that I feel that people have their own rights to what they believe in and stuff. But I just have a personal relationship God and I’ll testify that I am blessed. As you can see today (I have) the biggest line out of everyone the most loyal fans because people want to be, you know, you can just feel it, you can feel the love I have. And I try every time I come in here, I try to be like my Pastor, I have a Pastor Keenan, when I shake his hand he never makes you feel like he’s in a rush. He gives you eye contact, he makes you feel love and that’s the only way to get through this. Is that I have to think of my Pastor. When someone comes up I shake their hand, give them a hug, look them in their eyes and I think a lot of people don’t do that. So, Jesus Didn’t Tap to me is important, because it means that he never quit, never gave up for us to actually be here on Earth

GP: That’s awesome man, that’s awesome! That’s all I got for you man. Thank you so much for your time

JDF: I appreciate it, buddy.

GP: It’s been a pleasure and definitely an experience I will always remember, thank you.


I waited in line for 3 hours just to shake his hand and speak with him and I can attest that everything Jason David Frank said in our interview is 100% accurate. He cares deeply for his fans and he really is humble about it and even when he is in between fans he is entertaining the crowd waiting for him. It was really amazing to see. I would like to sincerely thank Jason and his team for being amazing people. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet him at a convention and you are a fan of the Power Rangers or Bloodshot for that matter, then I would highly suggest you do. You will not be disappointed.

Review: Captain America: Sam Wilson #14

captain-america-sam-wilson-14-cover“TAKE BACK THE SHIELD” STARTS NOW! The world has received an ULTIMATUM: Peace in our time…or face the fury of The Flag-Smasher! Amid cries of “#TakeBacktheShield”, Sam Wilson stands against a rising tide. But he is not alone! Guest-starring in this issue – Steve Rogers: Captain America! Only, Steve has a secret…

Marvel Comics is back with issue #14 of Captain America: Sam Wilson. This is the first issue of this series that I’ve read and I was able to gather pretty quickly that America is having a hard time with Sam Wilson now holding the shield and there has been a movement formed called #Takebacktheshield in response. Sam’s also having a hard time dealing with the response from the public and at times has issues with the job itself. After all he isn’t a super human.

Writer Nick Spencer does a great job with the writing for this series except for one spot and that is Captain America’s big secret at the end of the issue. His writing makes you feel bad for Sam and everything that he has gone through as well as the dialogue with the main protagonist.

The artwork, coloring and cover art by Paul Renaud, John Rauch and Marcos Martin was really well done but what else do you expect from artists with Marvel Comics. The visualization was really solid and all the characters look really good as well, the only thing I will say is the colors could have been a little more vibrant, but that’s just how I like it…. bright and colorful but the artistic team did a fantastic job

Overall this issue was good. There was a strong plot point and the dialogue was good and the art was fantastic, but the big surprise at the end pissed me off and I feel like they made Sam Wilson sound too much like a baby and a bit out of character.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Paul Renaud Colors: John Rauch Cover: Marcos Martin
Story: 6 Art & Color: 9 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Beam up to the Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience

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On September 8, 1966, Gene Rodenberry and NBC brought us Star Trek, which followed the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise led by its fearless and sometimes reckless Captain James T. Kirk throughout the deepest parts of space running in enemies like the Romulan Empire and the Klingon Empire. The Original Series only lasted on T.V. for 3 years and aired 79 episodes, but left a lasting legacy that still thrives today. Not too many people don’t know who Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock are. Since the Original Series ended back in 1969 there have been 4 spin off shows with a 5th one on the way in 2017, 13 movies and countless comic books and novels. Now admittedly I am a Trekkie and proud and would stay up during the weekday to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation. I had a shuttle craft alarm clock, a type-2 phaser, a communicator badge and of course my own NCC1701-D U.S.S. Enterprise. So when I recently went on my honeymoon with my lovely wife Jessica I came across the Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience located at the Intrepid, Land, Air & Space Museum in New York City, I of course became giddier than a kid at a Taylor Swift concert and had to purchase the tickets, thankfully my wife understood and let me make my dreams come true.

star-trek-4When you walk in you show your tickets that were purchased at the ticket counter at the main desk of the Intrepid Museum. The crew gives you a wrist band that you use throughout the entire exhibit as it’s fully interactive which is what I loved most about it. After you get your wristband, you walk down a line, which wasn’t busy at all at the time (it was a Tuesday in September after all) there is a photographer who takes a picture of you and you can choose to buy the photo later in the gift shop. Once you’re done the true adventure begins.

The exhibit takes about an hour to go through filled with interactive things you can do like scan a Klingon with a Tricorder, take a selfie of yourself and try to make yourself into an interesting alien you would find while out on space exploration. You can beam yourself onto another planet, test your skills at firing a phaser (do not wear a red shirt, unless you want to die), test your knowledge and see what position in Starfleet would best suit you. According to my certificate, I would be best suited to become a tactical officer (damn a red shirt). Not only are there lots of awesome interactive things to do there is also tons of Star Trek knowledge to read about which was pretty interesting like the history of Starfleet and the different captains and their ships. There’s tons of awesome props like Tribbles, medical equipment used on the shows and movies, and costumes like William Shatner’s uniform he wore to play Captain Kirk.

star-trek-11Once you see all that you’re like how can this get any better? It does! You walk into a room and it’s a replica of the Bridge from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Upon seeing it I almost lost it (seriously, I thought I died and went to heaven). While in the replica bridge you can test your skills in the Kobayashi Maru, you know the one Captain Kirk cheated on while he was enlisted at the Star Fleet Academy. You can sit in all the chairs so being the natural leader that I took the helm and sat in the Captain’s chair and tried ordering for a red alert while directing all shields forward and firing all torpedo’s and phasers, you know….normal stuff. For a Trekie it was amazing and an experience I will never forget

With that said, for normal, casual, sorta kinda fans or being dragged, it was fun, but maybe kind of gimmicky. My wife enjoyed it due to the interactivity. Like something of its nature they look to monetize it as much as they can beyond just the ticket price. Like I said in the beginning you have the “professional” photographer who takes your photo and after you finish the tour you can purchase your photo or choose not to and they throw it away, and of course there is a gift shop at the end where you can buy a few Star Trek items (the gift shop was actually much smaller than I thought it would be. I ended up purchasing the photo because we were photoshopped onto the Bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D and I purchased a display enterprise complete with lights and sound because I can’t help myself sometimes).Overall, I would highly recommend the Starfleet experience for anyone regardless if you are a Trekkie or a casual fan of the franchise. The exhibit is going on until October 31, 2016 at

Overall, I would highly recommend the Starfleet experience for anyone regardless if you are a Trekkie or a casual fan of the franchise. The exhibit is going on until October 31, 2016 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Avenue, New York, New York 10036.

 

 

Fantasy Football: Super Hero Edition

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Welcome back faithful readers and new readers it’s August which means there are no more football-free months until March, which makes me giddier than a school girl at a Justin Bieber concert. August is also when Fantasy Football is in high gear with fans joining and creating leagues and having their annual fantasy drafts and getting that awesome roster that will win them their championship (I know my fantasy football team is looking pretty promising). So with all this talk around the bubblah (that’s Bostonian for bubbler or water cooler) at work about who drafted who, it got me thinking about what if there was a fantasy superhero league, who in the wonderful world of geekdom would I choose to lead a Fantasy Football team full of superheroes, I mean there are so many great characters from both DC and Marvel to choose from. It would definitely be a hard draft for sure! So to stay true with how my leagues fantasy format goes I am going to choose who my starters would be.

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QB Captain America (the G.O.A.T.[Seriously this guy is wicked pissah])– This was the easiest of my picks for this article and not because our names are similar, there is nobody I would ever want to lead my team. Captain America is the ultimate good guy (except for that whole hail hydra thing, seriously that pissed me off) and team player and will always do what right for everyone involved when taking down and opponent (enemy). Also he is a natural born leader and it shows when he’s trying to lead the Avengers in Battle against Thanos, Loki and the dreaded Red Skull (seriously Hail Hydra, wtf were you thinking Marvel) and watch him rack up those fantasy points.

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RB The Flash (Grant Gustin Version)– This one seems like a no-brainer. You want your running back to fast and agile and have great hands and the flash has all three. Now you might be asking yourself why I said the Grant Gustin version and it’s because I feel he is a great portrayal of the Flash/Barry Allen and I am still unsure about Ezra Miller as the Flash (only time will tell. I said the same thing when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker and I was way off).I also feel like the Flash is a forgotten character which is sad. His personality reminds me of Captain America, a true good guy who will do anything to stop the bad guy,but will always do right by his friends and collegues.

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RB Colossus – Other than Angel Dust and Magneto not too many people are capable of stopping Colossus. He’s strong and quick for a huge guy made of steel (kind of reminds me of former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis) And when you need someone to rack up some fantasy points, just hand the rock off to him and let him and see the destruction he leaves behind.

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WR Spider-Man – With his ability to sling shot his way all over the city and his Spidey senses tingling, Hands like Jerry Rice, the speed and persistence of a Julian Edelman Spider-Man would be an unstoppable force in the National Football League.

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WR Falcon – Sam Wilson is to Steve Rogers as Julian Edelman is to Tom Brady, his go-to guy and possession receiver. The two of them have and unshakable bond and are always in sync with each other which always pays dividends when in battle. Anyone else think he looks like Papa Doc from the 8 Mile movie starring Eminem?

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WR Groot – He’s a man or tree of very few word (seriously the talking trees at the beginning of The Wizard of OZ had more of a vocabulary) but Groot is damn near unstoppable (seriously I think the only way to stop him and to start a brush fire) and when the going gets tough just toss him the ball and watch him tumbleweed his way to the end zone and leave a trail of bad guys in his wake.

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TE Hulk – I look at the Hulk and I think of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski especially when he scores a touchdown and he does that whole Gronk Smash spike he does. There are so many different positions The Hulk could have been in on this list but he would be an ultimate tight end with his blocking ability and his yards after the catch and endless touchdown opportunities.

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K Aquaman – Just like a NFL Kicker Aquaman is generally forgotten, I mean to quote Raj on the Big Bang Theory “Dude Aquaman sucks”. He seriously has a point. The dude talks to fish, mammals and moves water but that’s about it and yet for some unknown reason Aquaman is an integral part of the Justice League just like somehow a kicker is an integral part of a football team (Ask the New England Patriots. Seriously missed out on the Super Bowl by 1 damn point!….sorry still bitter).

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DST (Defense) Wolverine, Arrow, Iron Man, Superman, Batman – Superman, Batman, The Arrow all have a long standing tradition of standing up and defending their cities. Whether it be Metropolis, Gotham or Starling City they are all for the most part safe from harm’s way. Combine that with Iron Man’s aerial view and fire power and Wolverines adamantium claws and regenerating ability, no one would be able to break through and cause harm and with a shutout defense that can score from time to time that means huge fantasy points for me!!!

 

There you have it, my 2016 fantasy football team superhero edition. This was a difficult article to write and I didn’t think it would be when I thought of the idea. There are a lot of great superhero characters out there and I feel horrible that they couldn’t all make the cut, but like the NFL not everyone makes the team….and there are no participation trophies awarded. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the article as much as I enjoyed writing it. As always I welcome feedback on my articles so please feel free to write a comment, especially if you think your list would be better than mine.

Movie Review: Star Trek: Beyond

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 Paramount Pictures is back at it again with their third installment of the rebooted Start Trek series featuring Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zacahary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Bones McCoy), Simon Pegg (Chief Engineer Scotty), Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Uhura), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) the U.S.S. Enterprise and directed by Fast Furious savior Justin Lin

It’s been 3 years since the events of “Into Darkness” and 3 years that the Enterprise has been on its’ 5-year mission. After docking at a Starfleet base called “Yorktown”, the Enterprise ventures into a dangerous new uncharted territory, where a ruthless new enemy with a deep hatred of the Federation destroys the Enterprise and strands Kirk and his crew on a remote planet. Can Kirk reunite his crew and stop this dangerous new threat?

After Star Trek: Into Darkness I was left speechless and wondering if the next movie could top such an awesome cinematic adventure. Going into Star Trek: Into Darkness I was very leery because I really disliked the Original Wrath of Kahn and when I heard that they were infact doing a Wrath of Khan reboot I was very scared. But was proven wrong with how solid plot was combined with the acting of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Khan, Alice Eve (Men In Black 3) as Carol Marcus, Peter Weller (Robocop) as Admiral Marcus and Bruce Greenwood (Double Jeopardy) as Admiral Pike.

Star Trek: Beyond for the most part is a fast paced movie with tons of action which is pretty typical however this time most of it was done without the U.S.S. Enterprise and I think this is where Director Justin Lin shines the brightest as we have seen with his work in the Fast and Furious films. There was a lot of hand to hand combat and as with the first film of the rebooted franchise there was a new villain to get acclimated to named Krall played by Idris Elba (Thor, Pacific Rim) who has a bone to pick with the Federation and surprisingly enough he had a legit beef and a new hero name Jayla who spent most of her life stranded on this Class M planet and at one point had been held captive by Krall, played by Sofia Boutella.

In separate ways both Spock and Kirk are struggling emotionally with their lives. Kirk is trying to figure out who he is and why he’s in Starfleet and Spock has learned that a part of him has gone away and now he is wondering what to make of his situation which puts a strain on his relationship with Uhura. The theme to this movie is Strength in Unity and because of the adventure the Crew of the Enterprise went through has brought them even closer together.

This is the first Star Trek Movie since the passing of Leonard Nemoy and the writers did an amazing job in incorporating a small tribute to him and Ambassador Spock Prime. Also a month prior to the film being released on Father’s Day Pavel Chekov actor Anton Yelchin tragically passed away when his Jeep rolled backwards pining Yelchin to a security gate at his home suffocating him. It was hard not feeling sad every time he was on-screen. Thankfully the 4th installment of Star Trek will not replace Anton Yelchin with another actor, which I believe is the right thing to do and I can’t wait to see how they are going to honor him in the film.

Overall Star Trek: Beyond is a cinematic masterpiece and respectfully done for those who are Trekkies (like myself) and those who are new to the Star Trek universe. It was visually stunning, well written and fast paced that never seemed to drag out which is a hard feet to do with a 2 plus hour movie. I hope the next installment (which is rumored to bring back Chris Helmsworth as George Kirk) lives up to both Star Trek: Into Darkness as Well as Star Trek: Beyond. I highly recommend you go out and see this film. It will not disappoint!

TV Review: Voltron: Legendary Defender

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On Friday September 10th the long anticipated wait was over. Netflix and Dreamworks finally debuted Voltron: Legendary Defender. And while I was highly anticipating the show I was still hesitant to fully embrace the new show. I mean do you blame me? There have been 2 renditions of Voltron to come out since the original showed aired back in the 1980’s (Voltron The 3rd Dimension and Voltron Force) and each time I gave up hope that it would be better than the original. Also Netflix’s version is a reboot and while showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery said that they were going to keep the essence of Voltron alive I was still scared. My fears lessened with each and every teaser trailer that came out, but I still had slight hesitation going into the show.

So on Friday I got up earlier than I normally do so that I could watch the 1st 70 minute long episode (episodes 2 thru 11 are only 23 minutes long) and after watching it, came away very impressed. So impressed that I didn’t want to get ready for work because I wanted to watch more episodes (which I did later that night and finally finished the series this morning), but common sense prevailed also my fiancée would have killed me if I called out of work to watch a T.V. show.

What I liked:

  • Shiro was an awesome addition to the show and even through eleven episodes he is still shrouded in mystery as to his past before Voltron, it is weird that Princess Allura was not a Pilot or palladin as they are called on this show, but she does pilot the Castle of Lions (if you haven’t seen the show yet, your in for a surprise)
  • King Zarkon and Haggar the Witch are still the Bad Guys
  • They kept King Alfor and of course the Mice.
  • The Lions are still badasses
  • The animation is on point and doesn’t come across as kiddie
  • Lastly, the brought back how the Palladins get to their Lions

What I didn’t like:

  • No Theme song
  • Coran reminds me of the Magician in the Frosty the Snowman Christmas special. Wish he was more cerebral like in the original show.
  • No awesome dialogue during the formation of Voltron
  • Episodes are too short
  • Pidge’s secret

Overall, what an amazing season 1 of Voltron: Legendary Defender. There was never a dull moment and the episodes always kept you on your toes. And the ending of episode 11 leaves you clamoring for more because you want to know what is going to happen. Also the show does a great job appealing to the die-hard Voltron fans as well as the new generation of Voltron fans. The writers and the producers did and amazing job with this show and I look forward to season 2 to see what’s up their sleeves.

Animation: 10 Story: 8.5 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Must Watch!

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First Reaction To Voltron: Legendary Defender

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Everything from the story to the characters to the animation I can’t find anything wrong. Even thing that I thought would bother me about the new show like how Keith is not the leader of the Voltron team he now pilots the Red Lion and lance now pilots the Blue Lion (which really makes sense, I mean in the original adaptation of the show Keith wears a red and white suit and Lance wears a blue and white suit). The castle of Lions look amazing as does the Lions themselves. The new flight suits are spiffy and actually look like what a futuristic pilot would wear. Executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomery and writer Tim Hedrick and the rest of the creative team at Dreamworks have a surefire hit on their hands and both Old fans (as well as Deadpool) and the younger generation will really enjoy this new series.

The pilot episode of the series is going to be a one hour long premier followed by 10 more 22 minute long episodes. My butt is going to be glued in front of my TV (as long as the wife has no problem with it lol) and I will be grinning from ear to ear. It is going to be amazing and it’s amazing I have such high hopes for the show after only watching a minute or so long trailer since I have been very skeptical from the begging which I have said here here . I look forward to writing more reviews of the show and I hope I can speak highly of all 11 episodes.

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Review: Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #2

ST_MD02-coverSpace: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before. The blockbuster mini-series continues as Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew face off with the Klingons in deep space… a conflict that could ignite all-out galactic war! Will Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise stop the Klingons or will they fall to the Empire!

IDW Publishing is back with issue #2 of Star Trek: Manifest Destiny and issue #2 is much better than issue number one. As I stated in the last review (which can be seen here) I had a hard time with how the Klingons were being depicted by doing actions that made them dishonorable in their culture which has never been the Klingon way despite the Klingons being a very savage race. This time around writers Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott did a much better job with the Klingons they were more in line with how Trekkies know them which I think is a way to keep their readers, Trekkies like what they know and anything that deviates from how it should be frustrates them and they won’t be inclined to pick up the issues if they are unhappy.

What is also nice about this issue is how much action there is here, I was very impressed that there would be so much action early on in a comic book series. There was a lot more Spock and Kirk in this issue and very little about the away team on the Class M planet. Also Chekov had a more prominent role with this issue and for once the Enterprise was attacked in a way we have never seen before which was really unique and fun to read.

Artist Angel Hernandez and Colorists Doug Garbark and Adam Guzowski did a tremendous job with issue #2. Garbark and Guzowski are new to this issue as colorists as in issue #1, Esther Sanz was the colorist and I think they did a great job with again capturing the mood of the issue and Angels artwork was spot on in capturing everyone’s likeness I am just blown away in this series as to how well the artwork is.

Overall issue #2 was much better than the 1st issue and hopefully this trend will continue. Star Trek the Original Series is near and dear to a lot of people (not so much me as I grew up the Next Generation) and these fans want to see stories and characters that they are familiar with and have come to love. Trekkies like Star Wars fans get crabby when things are out of place and aren’t what they are supposed to be, but what’s nice about this series is that I think it has the ability to bring a new generation of people to the Star Trek universe which I think doesn’t get enough credit. I highly recommend you go out and buy a copy of this issue today!

Story: Mike Johnson & Ryan Parrott Art: Angel Hernandez Colors: Doug Garbark & Adam Guzowski
Story: 8 Art & Color: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Star Trek Manifest Destiny #1

ST_MD01-cover“There will always be those who mean to do us harm. To stop them, we risk awakening the same evil within ourselves. Our first instinct is to seek revenge when those we love are taken from us. But that’s not who we are… When Christopher Pike first gave me his ship, he had me recite the Captain’s Oath. Words I didn’t appreciate at the time. But now I see them as a call for us to remember who we once were and who we must be again. And those words: Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.” – Chris Pine (Capt. James T. Kirk) Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek Manifest Destiny celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise in 2016 with this all-new bi-weekly comics event beginning in April! It’s Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew vs. the Klingons in the ultimate showdown.

IDW Publsihing is at it again and this time they are going, where many comics have gone before with Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 which is part of 4 comic books series. The series focuses on Captain James Tiberius Kirk and the crew from Star Trek the original series and the dreaded Kilingon. Now I have never been a fan of the Kingons, they are quite mundane and really one dimentional. They love war and love to conquer spices and planets and at this time are a relatively new threat to Starfleet. Their main montra is “To Live Is To Battle. To Battle Is To Survive. To Survive Is To Conquer. To Conquer Is To Be Klingon.” I always like the Romulan’s or the Ferengi, because they were smart and conning and much more of a threat to Star Fleet and to the U.S.S. Enterprise. The Klingons are like knats who won’t go away, but I digress.

The Writers of this Manifest Destiny series are Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott and I think they did a good job with it. I wish they could have been more descriptive with the planet or at least gave us a name of the species on the planet as well as the species on the Enterprise in the beginning of the book. What else bothered me about the book are the Klingons, and not because the Klingons are involved, but the killing of the children. The Klingons are savages and not refined at all, but honor is big among the Empire they don’t do anything that will bring them dishonor even within the worst of the warriors and commanders. So I thought it was a bit of a stretch and felt out of character. Overall I thought story line was good and it flowed very well. I think the writers need to do a little better research about the Klingons throughout the Star Trek franchise

The artwork done by Angel Hernandez was amazing, they were using the likeness of the Enterprise crew from the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot and Angel did a great job in capturing the likeness of the crew as well as the Klingons. The Enterprise was drawn well as well as the Klingon warbird everything was drawn very well. The Coloring done by Esther Sanz was spot on a did well to set the tone. The scenes of the Enterprise were bright and colorful which it should as the Enterprise is Bright and colorful and during times of distress it was darker and especially on the Class M planet as well as when the Enterprise was red alert, the tone was just amazing.

While I wasn’t blow away by the first issue of the series I am looking forward to reading the others, hopefully it gets better from here. I think it’s a series that Trekkies will like, but like I said earlier the Klingons may savages but they care a lot about honor and I think the writers dropped the ball there and any Trekkie will pick up on it. Overall the series is going to be a non-stop action thrill ride that will as usual see the Klingon falls in defeat. I give this book a read at your own leisure.

Story: Mike Johnson & Ryan Parrott Art: Angel Hernandez Colors: Esther Sanz
Story: 6 Art & Color: 9 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2

MMPowerRangers_002_A_MainBOOM! Studio’s is back at it again with issue #2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and boy is it MORPHIN TIME! I was very happy with issue #1 that when the opportunity came across the opportunity to review issue #2 I jumped on it. Last issue we got wind that there may be rift between Tommy and the rest of the Rangers, they are concerned that Tommy may be still working for Rita as they can’t explain why his Dragonzord destroyed some building and a bridge. Meanwhile, Tommy was having issues mentally because he keeps hearing Rita in his head telling him things that is making him act funny and he is trying to control it. Bulk and Skull are at their antics with a YouTube channel and the issue ended with Scorpina visiting Tommy in his bedroom to confront him.

Issue #2 starts off with Billy and Trini looking at wires and control panels trying to figure out why the Dragonzord (which is still underwater by the way) destroyed the Bridge and some buildings if Tommy was not at fault. Billy is feeling frustrated as he feels that he is not a good Ranger as he’s not as advanced a fighter as Jason or Billy, Trini tries to comfort his fears by telling him that you don’t have to be an excellent fighter to be a Ranger, which seems to help.

Meanwhile, Tommy is still in his bedroom being confronted by Scorpina, who is trying to get him to turn over the coin because it does not belong to him, it belongs to her “Queen”, Scorpina also threatens to make his mom convince him to turn over the coin, Tommy takes offense and teleports himself and Scorpina to the middle of the woods to keep his family safe. Scorpina attacks him and Tommy morphs into the Green ranger and starts fighting with her 1 on 1, he is struggling and Scorpina summons the putties to come in and help her fight him.

Meanwhile, Kimberly goes to see Jason teach kids martial arts and Jason has a real knack for teaching martial arts, Kimberly needed to get out of the house as things in her personal life are messed up and she has Tommy on her mind, she feels that he doesn’t care much for her, which even if he was where would she have the time between school and gymnastics (and you know….being a Power Ranger). Jason’s Sense comes up to him and asks him about Tommy and where he grew up, he is very interested in the style the Tommy fights with and would like Tommy and Jason teach the class a little bit about it. Jason said he’s think about it, but by the sound of it he is not thrilled with the idea. As Jason and Kimberly are wrapping up at the Dojo they are alerted that Tommy is in trouble

Tommy is still struggling by himself fighting Scorpina and the putties, but what he doesn’t know is that he may be hurting himself and his powers, but the power coin is still the ultimate prize for Scorpina and Rita Repulsa and Rita is very excited with how well Scorpina is doing with Tommy as she watched through her crystal ball, as Scorpina is near grabbing the coin the Jason, Kimberly and Zach shows up to help free Tommy and fight away the putty and Scorpina. Jason, Zach and Kimberly are talking to Tommy and asking him questions and he is getting defensive and bothered by their questioning of him. A little while later back at the Ranger command center and the rangers are gathered there talking with Zordon and Alpha 5 and they are trying to figure out why Rita would attack Tommy especially in his own house, also Trini and Billy are discussing their findings with all of them. Tommy is still getting defensive and irritated by everything and the all of a sudden……….well hey I am not going to spoil it for you, you’re just going to have to purchase the comic book and find out yourself!!

This was a really great issue and I enjoyed it a lot, the plot is so well written and very detailed. You never feel lost or confused and I think that is a huge testament to how well Kyle Higgins (Captain America Theater of War: Prisoners of Duty, Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #3) Kyle has written for not only BOOM! Studio’s, but IDW, DC and Marvel comics, this guy is no rookie and I am looking forward to rest of the series.

The Artwork again was phenomenal is the book, all the characters are drawn nicely, artist Hendry Prasetya (Green Lantern, Power Girl, Star Trek: The New Adventures) does a great job with the details of the Dragonzord in the beginning. Scorpina can be a challenge to draw because her amour is very intricate as well as Rita’s and he does just a wonderful job overall. The colors really did not pop this issue, but I think it was supposed to be a dark issue as it mostly takes place at night, plus it is an issue where there is a lot of battle and drama, but colorist Matt Herms did a good job in setting the tone.

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are just an iconic brand that unless you have been living under a rock or just born people are familiar with and you have to stay true to what the show was all about and the both Kyle and Hendry have done a nice job with keeping it real with the original show, but making the characters a bit more modern. I have really enjoyed the series so far even though we are only on issue number two. I would highly recommend you all go out and purchase yourself a copy today!

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Hendry Prasetyo
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Must Buy!

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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