The New Review Crew is Jesse Taylor, James Rinehart, Jon Lennox, Eric Sturgeon, Chris Angelini, *THE* Mason Kramer and for a limited time only, Special Guest Reviewer Rob Furr!
|0: Abysmal||(I've seen Power Rangers fanfic better than this.)|
1: Very Bad
|(Ooog. Give me Tales to SMURFIFY any day.)|
|(Little White Dojo. 'nuff said.)|
3: Very Poor
|(Better than Tales, but not by much.)|
|(I liked it. It was better than Cats.)|
|("Eh." Okay, not bad, but not good either.)|
|(Genuinely good read. Basic Superguyage.)|
7: Very Good
|(High basic Superguyage. The difference between 6 and 7 is fairly slim.)|
|(Very high quality writing.)|
|(Really excellent, even for Superguy. Can have no serious flaws.)|
|(The kind of thing that leaves you sitting there in front of the screen going "whoa...." for a while. These are VERY, VERY RARE.) Also known as "What's this guy doing slumming with us hacks?"|
|Jon: Abst.||Stirge: Abst.||Mason: Abst.||Jesse: Abst.||James: 3.5||Chris: 3|
Crazy Guy #8 seems to follow the tradition of most of the films which it parodies: include just enough plot to give structure to the story, and then have the hero fight his or her way through it to the end. While effective - the fight scenes being at times rather engaging - this tactic is a bit jarring, given that the narration offers explanation through interior monologue with one hand, and takes it away with the other.
Crazy Guy is a promising series. It has maintained a mature level of authorship, and contains many clever references and jokes. However, its reliance upon parody and the martial arts genre might turn off a reader or two. Hopefully, a bit of plot will attract those who have been turned off back to the series.
|Jon: 6.5||Stirge: 6.5||Mason: 6||Jesse: Abst.||James: 5.5||Chris: 5|
Total: 5.9 -- "No! He's speeding up! He's jumping the car ONTO THE BACK OF THE TRAIN! What kind of suspension does that car have, suspension of disbelief?"
"Team Mate" is a nicely solid piece of Superguyage -- in an era of cosmic plots and huge degrees of angst, we have here a low-to-medium-powered team smoothly mixing superheroics with humor. As well, we have a very clean interconnection with the shared universe -- the Austrialian anti-Superguy government conspiracies are linked to the American ones from early in Superguy history. In general, this is an enjoyable, non-pretentious, entertaining series, and I'm looking forward to more of it.
|Jon: 7.5||Stirge: 6.5||Mason: 6||Jesse: 6.5||James: 6||Chris: 6|
Total: 6.4 -- NO SPANDEX!
As a returning Senior Author, John Bankert has the advantage of having created a lot of the Superguy common elements (the reporter Mark Kent is secretly Superm00se, who actually pre-dates Superguy by about a year), allowing him to follow up on the aftermath of his old "Pizza Wars" series, for instance. The newer material is moving forward somewhat more slowly, but I feel certain that this will become remedied soon enough. The formatting is marred by continuing MIME-encrustations -- John needs to figure out a better way to get his files into is posts -- but other than that this series is shaping up into solid Superguy.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 6||Mason: 6||Jesse: 6.5||James: 6||Chris: 6|
Total: 6.2 -- "Amoral and unethical? Please Miles. We work for the government."
|Jon: 6||Stirge: 6||Mason: 6||Jesse: 6||James: 6||Chris: 6|
Total: 6 -- SFSTORY: Still Not Dead Yet
After the frantic pace of the last several episodes, this was a much-needed breather between episodes. Unfortunately, it'll be awhile before the next one.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 6||Mason: 7||Jesse: 7||James: Abst.||Chris: 7|
Total: 6.8 -- So that's everything in a nutshell. It's a cracked nutshell, though.
Now, this is not much in a summary, but that's because in all honesty, I don't want to spoil any of the mystery involved within. But I will comment that the scenes that comprise the whole of this felt a lot like master woodwork. One could almost feel the crafting that Nee! put into this work. Maybe this ep will be on the ballot this year, maybe not. But I thouroughly recommend it.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 7||Mason: 7||Jesse: Abst.||James: 8||Chris: 7|
Total: 7.2 -- "Don't worry, Iris," the doctor said. "I'm not just going to kill you - that would be ungrateful. You're the next step in my experiment. I'm going to convert your spirit into raw energy."
Considering this ep's setup for an arc I'm guessing may not complete itself before #75 (You think this is odd? Recall how many issues it took for Knight* to end? Anything's possible.), setup should be expected as the order of the day, I guess. However, too many setup eps may make it annoying. Hopefully, a minor plot arc will cut the forshadowing percentage down as the pieces come together. Besides, one expects a _little_ slight of hand yet. This IS the Author of Blorg Trek after all.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 7||Mason: 7||Jesse: Abst.||James: 6.5||Chris: 7|
Total: 6.9 -- "Another victory for the power of the Denim!!"
Elsewhere and when, Ben and Robyn infiltrate a building in which a Mysterious Meeting (tm) is taking place. In a seemingly unrelated series of events, Grant's powers are given the work-over by Doctor Farmer, to further his usefulness to Van Rice.
Things seem to be heating up in the Sentries' corner of the universe. This episode is clearly a set-up issue, but it avoids the trap that most such issues fall into, by focusing much of its time upon character development. Chris, despite his temper, is almost immediately a sympathetic character because of his alienation; Kim's talk with Chris reveals a bit more about the woman's mind; and Ben's discussion of powers and family with Robyn is very nice.
The only real flaw in this issue is its sudden six day time-jump. This is most noticeable with Ben, who jumps from working with Chris to staking out the rooftops with Robyn. However, this drawback is easily ignored, leave Remains 3 a very nicely told story.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 7||Mason: 7||Jesse: 7||James: 6.5||Chris: 7|
Total: 6.9 -- "Ah, okay. I'm high. Hey everybody, I'm high!" "Scans indicate a definite lack of any drugs in your bloodstream." SARA paused. "You are not high!"
|Jon: 4||Stirge: 4.5||Mason: Abst.||Jesse: Abst.||James: 4.5||Chris: 4|