Lucie Miller is back in the first many releases this month, and it was at least worth the wait. Ignoring a bit of a train wreck of a first story, the box was a fun trip overall, so let’s take a look! (Take a look in a different, more free-form format than I normally do…)
We’re nearly reaching the end of Naruto Shippuden’s slow… slow “box set” releases! My review of Set 37 can be found HERE.
The Clockwise War promised a lot. It was the last Twelfth Doctor story in DWM, it featured the return of classic DWM character Fey, and the cover promised a look at a younger version of the War Doctor at long last. Somehow, The Clockwise War managed to pull all of this off to become the best DWM comic story since The Flood, and given how much I like the 8th Doctor’s DWM run, that says a lot! So let’s take a closer look…
I was warned that the Amazon Lily arc of One Piece was… not very good, to put it mildly. I assumed it would just be a silly jokey thing sandwiched in between an arc with a darker ending, and two arcs that are also far more dramatic to come, and I was right for the most part, it’s just the silly jokes turned out to be old-fashioned and really not very funny. The best compliment I can give it is that it’s mercifully short! So let’s have a look…
Double Dragon is an oddity as out of the first bunch of game-to-film adaptations, where I’ve either seen them already or was at least aware of them, this just quietly sat second down on the list, with only a poor critic reception behind it. No big YouTube lampooning, no infamous reputation, it was came and went, and wasn’t very good… boy was it not any good, it was worse than the disappointing NES port I reviewed alongside it! So let’s take a look at Double Dragon the movie, a very early 90s experience!
Double Dragon is one of the earliest examples of a scrolling beat ‘em up, one of my favourite genres as a kid, and one I still enjoy today. That being said, I didn’t actually play the original Double Dragon all that much, me and my brother rented it out once or twice, and I played it around my friends once, so this was an interesting revisit in that it felt fresher than most of the older games, with no nostalgia glasses to block any potential flaws… though given the film I reviewed alongside this, any flaws will seem pretty minimal…
Just to let you know that you’ll be seeing a decrease in activity on this blog due to an increased workload at my job (where I often sneakingly wrote reviews during downtime) Now I can’t imagine a week going by without at least one review going up, and I intend to keep up with Big Finish Doctor Who reviews going up soon after they’re released (mainly because I don’t have to create / source pictures for those!), and any series or marathon I already cover / started will continue to be covered, just at a slower pace.
- Less individual episode chunk reviews, more straight up “Overall Season Reviews”.
- With no strict schedule, any review can appear at any time (in other words when I have it finished), so game reviews for instance aren’t restricted to every other Saturday, though they may become less frequent (or more frequent as they’re often quicker to do!)
- Generally the old “review every weekday” thing I had going on is no longer possible because I had to go and be good at my job like a fool 😛
So overall there are still plenty of things to come, I’m not going any where, I’ll just be on more of a lighter schedule. I have most of the next Movie to Game reviews done (Double Dragon, for the record… Yeesh…), and the next One Piece arc has been watched and is ready to be written about. To be honest, looking at a lot of the blogs I follow, I’ll actually be falling into a more normal schedule, if anything!
So here’s to the future, full of plenty more “Goods”, “Bads” and … erm… “Continuities?”
The first two stories in this “Mags Trilogy” scored a three, then a two. Does story number three hold up any better? Well… no, not really. After the disaster that has been the Ace/Mel stories, these have sadly continued the trend of poor Seventh Doctor audios, which is a shame because that particular Doctor used to be the highlight of the Main Range. Well, let’s take a look at this one, anyway…
My review of the dubbed only release of Lupin the 3rd Part IV for Anime UK News can be found HERE. A fun time, even if dubbed isn’t often my method of choice.
Bernice Summerfield has finally reached Legion, and … once again we get a boxset of mostly completely stand-alone episodes, one of which ended up being a backdoor pilot for a different audio series all together. It’s not a bad thing to have single stories from time to time, but after a box of them stalling time for Benny to get to Legion, it was an odd choice… Let’s take a look if they still stand well on their own, anyway!