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review 2016-08-13 00:00
The Last Legion
The Last Legion - Valerio Massimo Manfredi The end of the Roman Empire comes as the barbarians start expanding their influence.
The last Emperor is imprisoned, along with his tutor who originally came from Brittania.
Some survivors from the last Legion try to rescue him, gaining new allies on the way.

Their destiny is the birth of a whole new set of legends...

This was an enjoyable book, moved along at a good pace with a small cast of interesting characters.
There is the occasional deus ex machina moment to get them out of some seemingly impossible situation, but not everything works according to their plan.

An interesting take on the end of one Empire and the start of a new one.
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video 2015-08-31 22:10

er coso de li cosi


Source: youtu.be/S4eb8l99xp4
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url 2015-08-31 21:18
RIGURGITI ROMANESCHI (e 'sti cazzi non ce lo metti?)



'Na donna è bella quanno ride ma pure quanno piagne, è bella quando s'arrabbia, quanno c'ha le cose sue, quanno nun te rivorge la parola o te bacia, in compagnia o da sola, quanno se dà e pure quando se ritrae. E quant'è bella appena arzata, e specie quanno è senza trucco je poi leggere sur viso il bene che te vole. E' bella 'na donna quanno te guarda. Te dà emozioni, attenzioni. Quarche vorta preoccupazioni. Ma è bella pure quanno te rompe li cojoni.

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review 2015-08-22 00:00
Hack / Slash Volume 1: First Cut (Hack Slash)
Hack / Slash Volume 1: First Cut (Hack Slash) - Tim Seeley,Stefano Caselli,Federica Manfredi I didn't have great expectations for Hack/Slash, but it was cheap and the premise had promise. Cassie Hack hunts a very special kind of undead - "slashers" - who are serial killers who come back from the dead and keep killing. I have a soft spot for slasher movies so this could have been entertaining.

There are space limitations in comic books and the format can make it difficult to establish character relationships in a single issue, or even over a whole series. Seeley doesn't come close - Cassie and Vlad's relationship just is. She met him, "mistook" him for a slasher at some point, and now they hunt slashers together. That's it, he just follows her around, and other than some leering on his part, it makes no sense why this guy, just because other people mistrust him for his appearance, is going to follow this girl's orders because she decided not to kill him. Where's the friendship, the reason for loyalty? At best, he's a sounding board for her insecurities, which could just have easily been an actual board. Maybe this gets addressed later on, but that's basic shit that should get covered in the opening issues.

There's a lot of self-serving fluff as well, that should have been ripe for parodies - one issue was at a horror convention, one at a girls-gone-wild beach house. Gory murder of topless chicks is expected, but you have go further than that. Play with the trope a little, man, don't just ape it. The con story could have been more worshipful, but not by much. Fandom is boring.

The layout was OK and the art was OK. All contemporary, with nothing that stood out. The slasher's character designs were cool, but without a story I could get into....
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review 2014-09-26 21:45
Nice character study, but nothing more...
Star Trek: Reflections: Spock - David Tipton,Federica Manfredi,David Messina

The problem with this is I expect a little something more from IDW.  I expect this to go somewhere, to show something.   Other than showing bits of Spock's past - including shedding some light on the tumultuous relationship between Spock and Sarek - this doesn't do much. 


The bookends of Spock teaching on Romulus tries to tie it together and make it more meaningful, and it's a valiant effort.   But it feels like little scenes thrown together with no common theme.   It doesn't help that part of this deals with Kirk's death after he'd lived in the Nexus so long, but not all of the scenes deal with anything remotely to do with Kirk.   Not in theme, a lot of them don't have Kirk in them, and I'm left a bit adrift.   


It gets more complicated.   Kirk's death does bookend this whole arc, and then Spock tells Picard to remember these days, for once they're gone...   Ah, there's the theme!   Until Spock returns to Romulus, leaving us afloat, not with that nice, simple ending that would have made this feel so much more meaningful. 


It's an odd way to end an odd volume, and all I can say is if you want to learn more about Spock, want to see some questions answered, read this, but otherwise stay away. 


PS - T'Pring is still a bitch. 

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