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I know there is no archive page yet, so I’m going to put the beginning of each story arc here for your convenience. I’m sorry for the wait but I hope you can be patient with me while I sort this out. Enjoy the arcs!
Scout’s Honor 1-18
A Game of Goats 19-36
One offs 1 37-39
Firework Vigil 40-51
Quoth the Revan 52-58
The Hallowed King 59-74
One offs 2 75-76
Hibernation Complication 77-81
Through the Eyes of Madness 82-86
One offs 3 87-88
Khan-El the Dreamless 89-94
A Wyrm and a Worm 95-100
Dreams Beginning 101-115
Space Goats 116-124
Elementary my Dear Itchy 125-151
Tomb of the Dream Walker’s 152-164
Frenemies 165-168
Hey June/Halloween 169-177
Gnomeaggedon 178-190
Wrath of Khan-El 191-200
Dreams, Destiny, and Death 201-210
Oh the (future of) humanity! 211-230

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I know there is no archive page yet, so I’m going to put the beginning of each story arc here for your convenience. I’m sorry for the wait but I hope you can be patient with me while I sort this out. Enjoy the arcs!
Scout’s Honor 1-18
A Game of Goats 19-36
One offs 1 37-39
Firework Vigil 40-51
Quoth the Revan 52-58
The Hallowed King 59-74
One offs 2 75-76
Hibernation Complication 77-81
Through the Eyes of Madness 82-86
One offs 3 87-88
Khan-El the Dreamless 89-94
A Wyrm and a Worm 95-100
Dreams Beginning 101-115
Space Goats 116-124
Elementary my Dear Itchy 125-151
Tomb of the Dream Walker’s 152-164
Frenemies 165-168
Hey June/Halloween 169-177
Gnomeaggedon 178-190
Wrath of Khan-El 191-200
Dreams, Destiny, and Death 201-210
Oh the (future of) humanity! 211-current

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I know there is no archive page yet, so I’m going to put the beginning of each story arc here for your convenience. I’m sorry for the wait but I hope you can be patient with me while I sort this out. Enjoy the arcs!
Scout’s Honor 1-18
A Game of Goats 19-36
One offs 1 37-39
Firework Vigil 40-51
Quoth the Revan 52-58
The Hallowed King 59-74
One offs 2 75-76
Hibernation Complication 77-81
Through the Eyes of Madness 82-86
One offs 3 87-88
Khan-El the Dreamless 89-94
A Wyrm and a Worm 95-100
Dreams Beginning 101-115
Space Goats 116-124
Elementary my Dear Itchy 125-151
Tomb of the Dream Walker’s 152-164
Frenemies 165-168
Hey June/Halloween 169-177
Gnomeaggedon 178-190
Wrath of Khan-El 191-200
Dreams, Destiny, and Death 201-210
Oh the (future of) humanity! 211-current

The Fall Complete Review

Vengeance and Justice
Huggnatics! Huglicans…. Huglicats? Huggertarians?
I know many of you are probably saying, “Scott, didn’t you just review “The Fall” just a short while ago?”
And I’d say “How did you get this number!?”
And then “Why yes, but the awesome folks at PLB liked my review so much (or thought I got so much wrong) that they are asking me to review the other three issues!” Note: The Fall is full of all the things your mother wouldn’t let you read when you were a kid. Blood, cursing, near nudity, and…. did I mention cursing?

But unlike the first review, which reviewed every story within the fall comics, I will not be doing that here. This review isn’t about the quality of each story, this review is about my feelings for the fall as a whole, and how, despite its flaws, is forming up to be one of the best comics about the perils of vigilante justice.

Who is the Fall?
That’s the point isn’t it? No one knows who the fall is. He doesn’t seem to be financially well off, as seen by his relatively undecorated apartment in the city. He does seem to have enough money to keep his supply of pain killers up, as implied by a reference to prescriptions. He is also, most definitely, a man between the ages of 20-40. Why do I say this? Well, in comic number 2, in the first story “Point of View” a woman describes him as a “Young Man”. And in the end, none of that matters.

The Fall is the personification of the synonymous relations between vengeance and justice. To most, the words are clearly defined, differentiated enough that we usually equate justice with impartial judgements, vengeance with emotionally charged eye for an eye mentality. The Fall combines these two definitions, and to him Justice and Vengeance go hand in hand. He is the impartial judge, and the angry executioner.

While the Fall one on hand represents the grey area where Vengeance and Justice overlap, he also represents humanities inability to tread within that area. At first this seems highly hypocritical. The Fall, when confronted with someone doing his job, either reacts by discouraging their actions, or by dealing with them as if they were criminals. The Fall doesn’t permit others to inhabit the zone between Vengeance and Justice like he does, perhaps realizing himself that one day he will have to answer for his crimes.He deals out his punishments because the criminal has caused pain to others, but by killing some of them, rather then rehabilitating those that could be, he causes suffering in others. By this logic he would one day need to suffer a similar punishment. Or, perhaps, he doesn’t see himself as a man at all. Men can be punished, for they are given a choice. But by throwing away his identity, by becoming a ghost, He has already killed himself. He is now a spirit of the city, and incapable of being judged for his decisions.

Or perhaps fighting is his punishment. So many of the criminals he fights see him as the devil, and this portrayal, as often as it happens, may be intentional. The devil, as most people see him, is punished by being sent to hell and overseeing the punishment of others. Perhaps the Fall did something so horrible in his human life, that he saw his only logical punishment as the same given to the greatest evil: living amongst and punishing other sinners and criminals.

This is why the flaws of the comic can be forgiven, because the character himself is flawed. His motives, his life, his decisions are at once highly hypocritical, and yet at the same time a personified version of Vengeance and Justice. He works for good by doing bad. The dialogue is sometimes a bit off. The stories sometimes seems to be missing something. But in those are the flaws of the Fall. The Fall, as a man, as an ideal, is missing something, and the feeling of the books, enhances your enjoyment of just who the character is.

I should mention the banter, much of the art, and some of the short stories within the pages are the parts you will remember, and will like the book for.

The Fall is not a story about a man dealing out his own brand of justice to criminals. You can read any super hero comic to find that. The reason to read the fall is to reach a deeper insight into what happens when a super hero no longer has a secret identity. When he gives himself fully to the cause and is no longer human in any real sense. He is an idea. You read the fall to see how violent vigilantism sees other forms of vigilantism. You read the fall to get inside the head of a man who has given himself to the city he lives. You read the fall because it is at the same time flawed and perfect. The Fall is a diamond, the cuts and flaws serving to enhance the beauty of the whole.

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I know there is no archive page yet, so I’m going to put the beginning of each story arc here for your convenience. I’m sorry for the wait but I hope you can be patient with me while I sort this out. Enjoy the arcs!
Scout’s Honor 1-18
A Game of Goats 19-36
One offs 1 37-39
Firework Vigil 40-51
Quoth the Revan 52-58
The Hallowed King 59-74
One offs 2 75-76
Hibernation Complication 77-81
Through the Eyes of Madness 82-86
One offs 3 87-88
Khan-El the Dreamless 89-94
A Wyrm and a Worm 95-100
Dreams Beginning 101-115
Space Goats 116-124
Elementary my Dear Itchy 125-151
Tomb of the Dream Walker’s 152-164
Frenemies 165-168
Hey June/Halloween 169-177
Gnomeaggedon 178-190
Wrath of Khan-El 191-200
Dreams, Destiny, and Death 201-210
Oh the (future of) humanity! 211-current

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I know there is no archive page yet, so I’m going to put the beginning of each story arc here for your convenience. I’m sorry for the wait but I hope you can be patient with me while I sort this out. Enjoy the arcs!
Scout’s Honor 1-18
A Game of Goats 19-36
One offs 1 37-39
Firework Vigil 40-51
Quoth the Revan 52-58
The Hallowed King 59-74
One offs 2 75-76
Hibernation Complication 77-81
Through the Eyes of Madness 82-86
One offs 3 87-88
Khan-El the Dreamless 89-94
A Wyrm and a Worm 95-100
Dreams Beginning 101-115
Space Goats 116-124
Elementary my Dear Itchy 125-151
Tomb of the Dream Walker’s 152-164
Frenemies 165-168
Hey June/Halloween 169-177
Gnomeaggedon 178-190
Wrath of Khan-El 191-200
Dreams, Destiny, and Death 201-210
Oh the (future of) humanity! 211-current

Saturday Stuff Home Made Heroes review

Hey Hugsians, (Huggers?)(Hug’mericans??)
Today I’ll be reviewing a comic series by Grim Rascal, a name you might recognize from my review of “The Fall #4”.
In addition to being a great pen for hire, he also has his own work, a work about super heroes, or… super people… calling them heroes might be pushing it. But whatever they are, I assume he makes them at his house, because why else would he call them

HOME MADE HEROES
Home Made Heroes, as it exists at the moment, consists of two comic books. Unlike my review of the Fall, where it seemed important to split up the comic to review it, I will be reviewing HMH as a series, rather than two separate comic books. My purpose for this is two fold. The first is that each book is of roughly the same quality, and if you like the first, you will like the second, and vice versa. The second point, and perhaps the most important, is that they are stronger together than apart due to the slight story elements that begin to show between the gags.

Quick Review
Each comic follows the same formula. The first few pages are three panel gags, hitting and missing depending on what humor is your fancy. Some deal with double entendre. Some deal with super hero parody. Some deal with these hopeless heroes in awkward situations. The second half of the comics are full panel stories, putting a plot before a gag, or simply making the plot a gag. These are the best parts of each comic in my opinion, as you get to learn about some of the characters you see in the three panel comics, which greatly adds to their enjoyability as well.
You also get some neat cards at the end, which I assume will have rules to use them in later issues.
In conclusion: HMH reads like Tank Girl, for those familiar with the comic. The random situations, quirky humor, and sporadic story elements will quickly grow on those who are already fans of Tank Girl. I also recommend it for anyone who is a fan of the Tick, for many of the same reasons.

Long Review
While the quick review was mainly to show you what you are getting into and what the comic is like, in the long review I hope to dig beneath the surface of the comic and find it’s true meaning.
Grim Rascal insists that the comic is nothing but random jokes and quirky humor, while the main story is coming later, but I beg to differ. Almost every comic, almost every cartoon, has a lesson to be learned if only our eyes are opened to it.

We’ll start the long review with the two main characters: Megalodon and Ninja Frog Man. Megalodon is a super strong, tough sharkman who may or may not be able to swim. Ninja Frog Man isn’t actually a superhero in a real sense, yet. And that’s where the comic gets interesting. When you follow him, focus intently on what he says, you find out he only dresses like he does as an advertisement of his business. You find out some weird things about his brother, who is at the same time good guy and bad guy. You find out that he doesn’t like to get his hands dirty when it is the authorities job. And then, ever so slightly, you pick up aspects of the story coming up. Ninja Frog Man isn’t a hero, and by most respects it would appear he doesn’t even want to be one, but by dressing like one, hanging around one (Megalodon) and being wrapped up in super hero business, I have a feeling he will become one. So the moral of HMH might be “Fake it to Make it”, or “You become who you act like”. Grim Rascal may protest, and keep claiming that it’s random humor, which it is, but I have a feeling his subconscious mind, and the premise of the comic, may prove otherwise.

Fin (Get it… cause ones a shark? Fin?)
Home Made Heroes is funny, and well worth a check out. It ended far to quickly for my liking, and I can’t wait to read issue three. In the end, like it or not, they are very fast reads, and only 50 cents an issue if you contact him directly. $1 is a small price for what you are getting, and it is well worth a look. Who knows, Grim Rascal may be your new hero afterwards.
Edit: I forgot a link to his page! SO HERE IT IS

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I know there is no archive page yet, so I’m going to put the beginning of each story arc here for your convenience. I’m sorry for the wait but I hope you can be patient with me while I sort this out. Enjoy the arcs!
Scout’s Honor 1-18
A Game of Goats 19-36
One offs 1 37-39
Firework Vigil 40-51
Quoth the Revan 52-58
The Hallowed King 59-74
One offs 2 75-76
Hibernation Complication 77-81
Through the Eyes of Madness 82-86
One offs 3 87-88
Khan-El the Dreamless 89-94
A Wyrm and a Worm 95-100
Dreams Beginning 101-115
Space Goats 116-124
Elementary my Dear Itchy 125-151
Tomb of the Dream Walker’s 152-164
Frenemies 165-168
Hey June/Halloween 169-177
Gnomeaggedon 178-190
Wrath of Khan-El 191-200
Dreams, Destiny, and Death 201-210
Oh the (future of) humanity! 211-current

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I know there is no archive page yet, so I’m going to put the beginning of each story arc here for your convenience. I’m sorry for the wait but I hope you can be patient with me while I sort this out. Enjoy the arcs!
Scout’s Honor 1-18
A Game of Goats 19-36
One offs 1 37-39
Firework Vigil 40-51
Quoth the Revan 52-58
The Hallowed King 59-74
One offs 2 75-76
Hibernation Complication 77-81
Through the Eyes of Madness 82-86
One offs 3 87-88
Khan-El the Dreamless 89-94
A Wyrm and a Worm 95-100
Dreams Beginning 101-115
Space Goats 116-124
Elementary my Dear Itchy 125-151
Tomb of the Dream Walker’s 152-164
Frenemies 165-168
Hey June/Halloween 169-177
Gnomeaggedon 178-190
Wrath of Khan-El 191-200
Dreams, Destiny, and Death 201-210
Oh the (future of) humanity! 211-current

Robot Apocalypse Politics Kim Jong ROM

With all of this talk of North Korea, it seemed appropriate to talk about the leader of Robot Korea.