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Clan-Building Review

There's a pretty comprehensive review of Clan-Building here:

http://www.examiner.com/review/celebrate-twenty-years-of-gargoyles-with-slave-labor-graphics-clan-building

This guy really knows the series.


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Vaevictis Asmadi writes...

So everybody is posting their reviews of Bad Guys, and I'm still waiting for my order. I really want to ask my next "question" right away, but first maybe I'll join in the fun?

Back when I first go the DVDs (and watched most of the eps for the first time) I was posting my reactions on the Comment Room. I got out of the habit, so maybe I'll start up again with the comics now. Not long fancy reviews, just my scattered reactions.

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So I can't say OH MY GOD IVE BEEN WAITING TEN YEARS!! Because I haven't... I think there were a few months after I watched the eps that I bought the comic. I forget. So I didn't wet myself with excitement. But I do like the comics. I've also never watched The Journey, so I can't compare these comics to it.

It is very different reading Gargoyles instead of watching it. I've never read comics at all before this, so it is quite an unfamiliar medium. The art is also in a different style and will take some getting used to, but I don't dislike David Hedgecock's style. He does good facial expressions. Sometimes the individual characters do look off however, Broadway is consistently off-model and it really buts me. Hudson looks green and Alex's hair changed color... though with Alex you never know, he also grew into a toddler in no time, so maybe halfligss are just weird like that. It was hard to follow the fight on the rooftops because of the darkness, but also because I'm not used to following action in a comic. I'm used to see it animated.

The story itself is kind of sad right now. The gargoyles were just settling in in Manhattan, and now the Hunters have ruined everything. The Quarrymen are pretty scary and the make me angry. And Margot Yale, she makes me so mad! She claims gargoyles are mere animals, but I can't help thinking that she really believs they are magical/demonic monsters. I mean, would she be freaking out like this, would the government set up a Task Force, if gorillas were discovered in Manhattan? People would get irrational but not this violent and paranoid. The sad thing of course is that in real life, people totally would react this way. And these are the "ordinary" civilians, I can't imagine what the religious conservatives are doing.

Matt tells people there is no known threat from these gargoyles, but I know that probably 2 or 3 people in New York actually listened to that...

Vinnie is so overly dramatic. "I hunted one down and got REVENGE." Then he's worried about "emotional trauma caused by the pie-throwing incident." XD The look on his face in that fram is hilarious, like he's feeling so terrible that he threw that pie. I like Vinnie, I really hope you tell us about his adventures in Japan!

Lex is so funny with Alex, with the kid pulling on his ears and nose and the look on his face. And I like the look on his face when Xanatos wants to give Alex a piggyback ride, like he's thinking "Who is this guy and what did he do with the real Xanatos?!" And ignoring a direct call from Duval... nice going, X.

The juxtaposition of Margot's histerical claims with the clan's real nature is very well done. And I like seeing Macbeth being an ally to the clan here. I think of him as a "good guy" even though he was real nasty in Enter Macbeth. He comes accross as so much more sympathetic in City of Stone.

I miss Keith David's voice in the fight scenes, but the voices on the show WERE distinctive enough that I can mostly hear them in my head as I read.

I like the way Goliath handles Artie's shooting at him. Short and sweet explanation (and demonstration) of the facts, but he also takes care of that gun.

Greg responds...

Glad you like the stuff.

Response recorded on December 14, 2007