REVIEW: Essential Werewolf By Night Vol. 2

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Essential_Werewolf_by_Night_Vol_1_2For those of you that don’t know the Essential series by Marvel is basically a collection of reprinted comics, they’re nice collections, decently priced but they’re in black and white. A lot of people scoff at the black and white prints, I don’t even like them for most things, but I’m into it for the horror comics, I think because it reminds me of watching the classic monster movies. The Werewolf By Night series was Marvel’s wolfman; these were written in the 70’s so they still actually have a lot of that old horror movie feel to them. Some of them are like something Hammer may have adapted. But these are still Marvel so from time to time you’ll see something like Hangman, Moon Knight, Morbius, Man-Thing, or Ghost Rider pop up. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen, luckily these are written well enough it doesn’t take you out of the story, most of the time it still works. Some of these stories features him in fights with the Frankenstein Monster, a mad scientist turned Jekyll & hyde-esq monster (which happens to be my favorite story) and fights with gypsies, wizards sorcerers and unspeakable monsters! As great as this collection is there are two stories I didn’t like, the first seemed a little out of nowhere and too sci-fi for me and the second is a pretty lame one involving Iron Man. In fact I blame Iron Man completely, but these are a very small part of this great collection. The team-up story was a little flat as well, but even that was still fun. As I said these are decently priced the cover price on this thing is seventeen bucks and considering that it includes Werewolf By Night issues 22-43, Giant-Size Werewolf issues 2-5, and Marvel Premiere issue 28, I’d consider twenty six comics for seventeen bucks a hell of a deal. Especially for this caliber of comic.

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REVIEW: Ginger Snaps

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Ginger SnapsCanada takes a swing at the werewolf move and hits it a pretty good distance. Ginger Snaps is the story of two sisters, they’re kind of weird and goth and outcast. There’s a mysterious monster eating dogs in the neighborhood, one night the two sisters encounter the monster and one of them is attacked. The creature is hit by a van and killed but the girl that was attacked starts to change. Most of the movie is about Ginger going through the gradual wolf change while Brigitte and her new stoner friend try to find a cure for poor Ginger. It’s not the type of werewolf movie that has monsters running around every corner but you do get to see a beast or two. Instead most of the movie is focused on the change. Some people seem to brush off this movie because it’s centered on the two girls but most fans of werewolf movies will most likely dig Ginger Snaps, it puts a slightly new spin on an old concept.

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REVIEW: The Manges: Plan Honolulu – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Adobe Photoshop PDFThe new 7″ from The Manges comes from One Chord Wonder records. It’s just two songs but it’s two of the best songs that The Manges have put out in a while. These songs have reenergised how much I like this band, espically ‘I’m Giving Up’. They’re a couple of quick catchy pop punk tunes with a bit of that Queers surfy sound hanging around in there. If you want a copy don’t sleep too long, they’re only doing three hundred of these, fifty of them are a limited edition blue with a different color.

 

1. Plan Honolulu
2. I’m Giving Up

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REVIEW: Temporal Sluts/The Leeches: Shitville Confidential

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sluts-leechesTemporal Sluts and The Leeches have teamed up for a split release on One Chord Wonder Records. Both of these bands are ones that I’m not familiar with coming into this. Temporal Sluts throws three fast punk songs at you. They’re a band that play the type of stuff that everyone that’s old probably now says they listened to in high school. The Leeches side is some more straight up punk rock but they’ve got more of a snotty attitude to go with it. The Leeches last two songs ‘Who Do You Think We Are?’ and ‘You Drink Too Much’ are the best on the record. I didn’t care for ‘Who Do You Think We Are?’ at first but by the midway point of the song it had won me over. And ‘You Drink Too Much’ like one of those skate bands from the 90’s where the songs are just fast and catchy.

 

 

 

Temporal Sluts:

1. No Go Condition

2. This Is Rock’n’Roll

3. Dead People Are Dead

The Leeches:

4. Here For The Tricks

5. Who Do You Think We Are?a

6. You Drink Too Much

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REVIEW: Lili Champ: XYZ

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CoverLili Champ has release a four song EP on their bandcamp. While it may take me a little bit longer to beable to sing along (these songs are not in English) that isn’t a problem. They’re so catchy you can jam to them even if you don’t know what exactly you’re listening to. Lili Champ is a great band that doesn’t get enough recognition and releases like ‘XYZ’ just keep proving that more people should be listening to this.

1. Hasta Pronto
2. Andes
3. El Ancla
4. En Órbita

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