The New Review Crew is Jesse Taylor, James Rinehart, Jon Lennox, Eric Sturgeon, Chris Angelini and *THE* Mason Kramer.
|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?"|
Oddly, this rather phyrric victory ends on a ray of hope and promise in a slightly confusing manner. And at this point, I'd say I don't WANT it to be explained.
Characterization throughout this thing has been dead-on, and the concept of this alternate history has been chilling, to say the least. Which, I think, probably was the point. A beautiful piece of alternate fiction, and where will Greg go from here.
|Jon: 8||Stirge: 8||Mason: Abst.||Jesse: Abst.||James: 8||Chris: Abst.|
Meanwhile, on Aurora, the commander of the occupying forces tries to foment unrest to keep her troops from being reassigned elsewhere. Not a -lot- of unrest, mind you, just a little bit. As her attempt (from her perspective) fails, she decides to try something else. Little does she know, her attempt actually succeeded, and Princess Elim (the person the commander was attempting to foment with) decides to go ahead and contact the few people rebelling against the occupation force.
Cut back to the _Anonymous_, where we get a little bit more exposition on its capabilities, including the Pentadinally Designated Fighter Squadrons. The Blue squadron, as we come up to the present, is testing a new Weapon Of Mass Destruction by blowing up random space debris. This, unfortunately for them, attracts the attention of the Zakavians, and their Generic Alien Unconsiousness Ray, which proceeds to, well, make the Blue Squadron unconsious (shock! surprise!).
My assessment of the series: Hmmm. It has a lot of promise, is well written, and is definitely funny if not full-tilt wacky like a lot of SfStory. Definitely worth reading if you're an SfStory fan.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 6||Mason: 7||Jesse: 7||James: 6||Chris: 7|
Total: 6.7 -- Elim stared for half a second. "So if the people were -more- rebellious, they'd get -better- treatment?"
"Sure you do."
Who are you?
"Lethe, temping Muse."
Who sent you?
Er, right. Well, I'll say this for it; It's short. That's about all I can say in the positive for this AA. Ben Rawluk, Plaid Author, apparently hadn't QUITE got the idea of AA yet. So instead we have a paragraph or three toting the Awesome Power of Authorhood. A plug for upcoming eps takes up a bit more, then a rather gratuitous attack by his Muse. Oh, wait, this takes place in 233DON'TTRYTHISAUTHORSONLY? That explains it, it must be the Commercial AA altiverse. Well, since I have this muse for this segment to keep up the running gag, I might as well ask her opinion. What do you recommend about this episode?
....... By any chance do you have a sister in the Galaxy Police?
|Jon: 3.5||Stirge: Abst.||Mason: Abst.||Jesse: Abst.||James: 4.5||Chris: 5|
Were I an alien making a discreet survey of Earth, and had I chosen Team M.E.C.H.A. as a representative sample of what the Earthers were like, I would report back 'wait five years to invade... they'll all be dead of slit wrists by then'. This is a transition issue which seems to be setting up for the main denouement which is sure to come. And despite being filled with well written scenes of people dealing with their angst and thus developing as characters, I can't help but wonder if perhaps the angst is dragging on a little bit too much. The atmosphere in this part of the arc is a bit oppressive, lightened only by a very nice scene between Roger and Adam which finally deals with their strange and (at one point) mortal relationship. Team M.E.C.H.A. #92 has a lot to recommend it, but hopefully it will be the last 'all the angst you can eat buffet' issue in the 'A Summer To Remember' arc.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 7||Mason: 7||Jesse: 7||James: 6||Chris: 7|
Total: 6.8 -- "Okay, Roger, just put the gun down, nice and easy..."
Uhm... the NRC has run out of ways to say "We don't have a clue what's going on, or why we like this, but we do, so read it." So, we're just going to say that and be done with it.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 8||Mason: 8||Jesse: 7.5||James: 6.5||Chris: 8|
Total: 7.5 -- "If I am dead, then it will not matter if my clothes, Excellente as they are, become soiled."
This issue represents another jump in quality for Jon's work, being engrossing and maintaining drama throughout. Everything is 'properly' foreshadowed, and the ending - while possible to predict - still hits like a brick wall falling on you. The characters are highly sympathetic and manage to come alive in just one two part story. This episode is very welcome back history for _Sentries_ and _Remains_.
|Jon: Abst.||Stirge: 7.5||Mason: 8||Jesse: 8||James: 6.5||Chris: 8|
Total: 7.6 -- "That's cheating! You're not supposed to throw punches, you're supposed to use mystical forces!"
Jesse is high, folks, not that this is news. This episode contains examples of both his serious style (the first scene) and his silly style (the rest of the episode). A must read for ShadowyPlot conspiracy buffs.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 7.5||Mason: 7.5||Jesse: Abst.||James: 6.5||Chris: 7|
Total: 7.1 -- "Well, we went to all the trouble of conquering this place, we might as well stick around and oppress the inhabitants a bit."
|Jon: Abst.||Stirge: Abst.||Mason: 8||Jesse: Abst.||James: Abst.||Chris: 8|
This episode seems a bit filler-ish...the fight scene was self-admittedly gratuitous, the links to established Superguy continuity (a mention of Figuremaster in a comparison with the Gunslinger) were not as smooth as last issue's, and we seem to be doing setup for upcoming issues more than anything else. However, the bits with "The Switch as PC" were very amusing, and the general tone of the series is still as solid as ever. Hopefully the next issue will get things moving again.
|Jon: 7||Stirge: 7||Mason: 7||Jesse: 7||James: 6||Chris: 7|
Total: 7.3 -- "I want your *full* attention, got it?" Dennis nodded again and the Dill said three words. "Ctrl-Alt-Del"