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review 2016-10-31 19:10
The Waking - Raven Gregory

Between the awesome concept and the irritating depiction of women, this was a hard one to rate. Honestly, I didn't expect that second part. I would have, had I spent a second to see that Zenescope was the publisher. They always have scantily clad women who are overly sexualized. This one even has a woman who is essentially raping her husband by coercing him into having sex much more than he actually wants to. And they're all hot. I get wanting to live in a world of hot people, I really do. It's part of the reason I love shows on the CW so much, but at least dress them appropriately. Like for the situation. I get that  a girl coming out of the bath is just wearing a towel, but the aforementioned wife showing up in just a tiny dress when everyone else is wearing a coat is annoying. So was having the one female cop in a blouse that almost showed her nipples. Yes, cops can dress this way, but given the depiction of the rest of the women who speak in this comic, it's obvious that she is dressed this way for the male reader and not to depict some real cop that dresses this way.

Okay, aside from the problem with the way the women are drawn and sexualized, the concept of the comic really is quite brilliant and well done. The art and concept would have easily been a 4 or even 5 star comic for me but the depictions of women in anything less would have just left it DNF.

Still, vengeful zombies are awesome. Watching everyone figure it out was interesting. The "bum" and his daughter were just  the best right from the beginning. She's the reason I picked it up in the first place. Not just a vengeful zombie, but a little girl. How fun is that?

The story was truly awesome.

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review 2015-11-05 22:20
The Waking
The Waking: Dreams End - Raven Gregory

Very, very cool examination of grief and consequence (which are often strangely absent from zombie fictions), which is marred by a completely jarring and thematically out of place oversexualization of all the women. Like, the narrator has a nympho wife (his words, not mine) who exists solely to flash us her tits and ass? I thought she was going to factor into the plot somehow given how much time she spent walking around nude, but she never ever does. It's so bizarre.  

 

They even hang a lampshade on how huge and overflowing the police detective's cleavage is, having her shoot down a creeper who works with her with a "quit looking at my tits." That sort of open acknowledgement that she's drawn super sexily for the professional job she has, that the artist knows you're looking at her boobs, just, that wearies me so. I'm not even pissed off or offended, I think it's boring and tired. No need for characterization, just draw a huge set of knockers. 

 

And in a horror comic! That's what I don't get. The central story, the mystery, has to do with a man broken by the loss of his daughter, and this just heartbreaking relationship with the reanimated girl. That part of the comic was great. There's some good gore and one really blue zombie. I guess I just don't appreciate what feels like stroke material interspersed with dead children and a literal bloodbath.

 

I dunno, maybe I'm just a joyless feminist and a boner killing prude. Lighten up! Literally every single story can be improved by some hot T&A, even if doesn't serve the story and is so tonally dissonant it fucks up the flow. The almighty boner must be appeased! 

 

Man, I didn't realize how bitter I was about how this kind of criticism tends to be met by comics assholes. But there you have it! The end. 

 

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review 2015-06-10 00:00
Fly Trade, Volume 1
Fly Trade, Volume 1 - Raven Gregory,Eric J Not your typical superhero comic, that’s what caught my attention. In all honesty, it really is not your typical superhero comic. This one focus on dark and depressing issues like drug abuse, drug dealing and vengeance.

The story follows Eddie, Francis, and Danielle, a group of teenagers who got hooked on this new drug called Fly, which gives them flying superpowers (duh) and super-strength apparently (this one was not very well explained). A couple of years later, we see a sad looking Eddie trying to begin a new life away from his crazy, fly dependent ex-wife Danielle. Unfortunately, she has found him and she will do anything to get another fix.

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Raven Gregory take us constantly back and forth in time to witness how everything went to hell in the life of these three young teens, accentuating it with sometimes colorful and happy or grim and dark illustrations. As one can appreciate, the covers are beautiful, but the art in the actual comic is not uniform at all. It usually goes from very detailed and pretty to almost sloppy drawings.

Both, the kind of story and the art, were not my cup of tea. In addition, I found the story to be not as innovative and well executed as it could have beeen.
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review 2015-01-24 00:00
Wonderland Volume 5
Wonderland Volume 5 - Raven Gregory,Eric M. Esquivel,J.G. Miranda, You can read my review on my blog:
Reckless Indulgence | of the Written Word
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text 2014-08-01 12:08
Reading progress update: I've read 146 out of 146 pages.
Wonderland: Asylum - Raven Gregory,Patrick Shand

I was provided the this issue of Wonderland Asylum after issue #19 by Netgalley for a fair and in biased review. I have a full and complete one ready to post later on. For now, here is a brief summary of my thoughts.The artwork in Woderland Asylum is phenomenal. I enjoyed the sarcasm and humor.that was continued through each of the lands. Although I didn't read the previous 19 issues I felt that the introduction provided enough background information to include the reader as to where the graphic novel plot was at that point. The extra art work of alternate covers at the end was a perk. Besides the art work were the coloring and the metering which were magnificent as well. In total I felt the comic could be read as a stand alone. This graphic novel has adult themes, language, and situations. I look forward to see what else www.zenescope.com will develop.

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