Simply Justice

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“Enough! All of you are beneath me!” Shouted a towering Steppenwolf, “I will take my place among the new gods. And I will not be bullied by…

Suddenly, Superman flattens Steppenwolf with repeated smashes onto the floor.

“Puny New God.” Superman replied.

I saw Justice League last week, and despite what others are saying, I actually enjoyed it. Though weak at first, it wasn’t until the second act that it grew better.  The action scenes were incredible and some of the hits were shocking. The humor was also good, though there were a few parts I felt they could’ve cut out.

The main heroes were probably the strongest part of the movie. Everyone of them had a great scene in the movie, including The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) being one of my favorites. Now, the villain Steppenwolf, I can agree with others who didn’t like him, because he was the weakest in the movie. Even during his invasion, it didn’t stick a candle to General Zod and the Kryptonians in Man of Steel.

Despite the flaws, I still enjoyed the film. Though not perfect, it was a feel good movie going experience.

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Simply Cuphead + Review

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Here’s Cuphead and his pal Mugman from the old timey, run and gun video game on PC and X-Box One.  This was a drawing I did during FantastiCon last September, but didn’t get around to coloring until after Inktober ended.

I am fan of Golden Age of animation (cartoons from 1928 to 1969), and really like the game was going for.  I admire the animation and scenery put into each level, taking pages from earlier Disney and Max Fleischer cartoons during the 1930s.  The gameplay was similar to older video games like Contra, with its side-scrolling, run and gun mechanics.  It also has that level of difficulty that older games have, specifically around the 1980s and 90s. In other words, be prepared to die… a lot. While the game has a few side scrolling levels, it mostly consists of boss fights with multiple forms, each one being harder (and sometimes scarier) than the last (Non-spoilers: Don’t aggravate any boats).  Though frustrating at times, there’s a sigh of relief after beating each boss/level. However, if there’s one thing that pulled me out of the experience, it related to the music.

While I like the jazz music and work put into each song by the recording studio (“Aviary Action” being one of my favorites), the quality felt too rich to be in something that mimicked the time period.  It felt like the original audio was lost when they discovered the cartoon, and the studio came in to recreate the music.  Luckily, there’s an audio filter you can unlock later in the game that lowers the music quality to sound more like the time period.

Overall, this is still a great game if you’re into the old school setting, both the cartoon visuals of the 1930s and level of challenge in video games from the 1980s and 90s. While it is difficult to beat, it is also a visually stunning game to look at (especially when watching someone else play), as well as a callback to the cartoons of yesteryear.

Inktober, Day 31 – Mask

Inktober2017Day31MaskByJTjrOn the last day of Inktober, a man examines one of the numerous masks to wear.  Maybe to hide his identity and go after the crooks who wronged him.  Maybe it’s for a Halloween costume.  The one in his hands would draw attention, he thought.  Based on a movie review discussion to a podcast I used to listen to.

Inktober, Day 30 – Found

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Mario found a Moon piece and collected it. Based on his latest adventures in Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch. I recently bought the system over the weekend and am loving it so far. I like how I can take it anywhere I go, from the big screen TV in my living room in console mode, to the study room in handheld mode. I know there have been other game systems with a similar feature before (e.g. PSVita and the Wii U, which I still haven’t owned as of this posting). Nevertheless, it is the first system I owned with this feature.

Inktober, Day 29 – United

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People from different backgrounds, cultures, and preferences are united together in this group image.  Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s group pictures (specifically “The Right To Know”), this was my attempt at drawing a diverse group of people.  However, like the one with Day 24’s “Blind” (aka the Daredevil one), this was another drawing that took all day to do.  I might color this some time after Inktober’s finished.