Author Archive for Sheli Hays

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer

These characters have a history. And I have no idea what it is. Good news: the comic doesn’t care, either. I don’t want to dismiss the back story entirely. I know that Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer were separate comics. Cyberforce hails…

Nola’s Worlds, vol. 1-3

Changing-Moon

I love Nola. I know that you’re supposed to keep a level of objectivity for reviews, but she makes it hard. She is so much what I want all comics heroines to be. She’s spunky and inquisitive, but not so…

Manga Man

Mangaman

No, this isn’t the newest superhero, but a story that asks the reader to consider what would happen if the world of manga and American comics clashed? So we get the story of Ryoko, a manga character that, through some…

Monster Hunter Orage, vol. 1

What I’m reviewing today is a cookie cutter, wait, no it’s Monster Hunter Orage, vol. 1. Monster Hunter isn’t bad, it’s just so very shonen. If you’d like to run down the checklist with me: Does it have a protagonist…

Strongman

El Tigre is not the hero he used to be. It’s been thirty years since his heyday, and he is a shadow of the great fighter that he used to be. He has run from Mexico, the country he loved…

I Am Here!, vol. 1

I was scared of I Am Here!, vol. 1. Looking at the cover, flipping through the pages, it looked like I was sentenced to the most banal shojo standards had to offer me. Even the description didn’t bolster confidence. I…

Spider-Man: Torment

I appreciate a little more why Todd McFarlane is a name that people don’t sneeze at. I’ve heard it batted around, read a couple Spawn issues, but I wasn’t a comics reader in the 90s, so I didn’t get the…

Hero House

Hero House certainly has a premise that I had not come across before: What if there was a frat house of super-students? That is the group that freshman Nate Hedges soon finds himself pledging. As a hometown hero, Turbine the…

Eden of the East

Eden of the East is a confusing romp. As a thriller, this could be construed as a compliment, but it isn’t always. The anime possesses some unique ideas, but the delivery of them sometimes falls short of expectation. However, you…

Astronaut Academy, vol. 1: Zero Gravity

Astronaut Academy offers a school experience like no other. With classes like Dinosaur Racing, Anti-Gravity Gymnastics, and Spanish, there is something for everyone in this school. The new kid that Astronaut Academy follows is one Hakata Soy. Hakata needs to…