Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Average Joe and the Beauty: The Sisters That Defy Fate is out now!



You can find it on Amazon.com/ajb2.  Here's the blurb below: 


This direct sequel to Average Joe and the Beauty: Shadow Spinner takes you on a thrill ride of colossal proportions as Joe and the gang face both mystical and technological terrors in order to find and rescue Melissa's missing sister from an unexpected place, a place that haunts Joe's nightmares even today. Witness a dangerous magical battle unfold before your own and Joe's very eyes as the teen and his guardian, Liandra try to protect his friends. And follow along as Joe learns something new and vital about himself, something that could change his very life and the lives of those around him.

When backed into a corner with nowhere else to go, can even an average guy do extraordinary things?

Liandra walks a slippery line between trying to unearth clues about her past and future destiny versus protecting the boy she's accidentally involved in her mess. Now, on top of that she's dedicated herself to helping those suffering under Grabas' tyranny including Melissa and her sisters. To that end, she'll do whatever it takes to save them ... but, Grabas, her old friend has the answers she needs to ignite the most profound change in her, greater than what she can accomplish with her shapeshifting abilities.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Average Joe and the Beauty: Shadow Spinner is out now!

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You can find it on Amazon.com/ajb.  Here's the blurb below:

After wishing for a more interesting life, average teen Joe Black now simply wishes for a return to normalcy. He lives a life of fear and stress after his principal tries to kill him. Liandra, whose mystical artifact is keeping Joe protected, seeks out information about her past through clues gained from investigating her old friend, Robert Grabas. During these investigations of his research facilities, she uncovers cruel experimentations with low survival rates performed on people who haven't the means to decline them. Liandra uses her mystical abilities to help those who can't help themselves and to uncover the truth about her past, which is tied intricately to Robert Grabas.

Grabas himself is seeking power by all means at his disposal. He seeks to kill Joe by using his old friend, Principal William Patrias to do the deed since the boy saw vital aspects of his trafficking operation. He also exploits his political clout, construction company, and personal relationships to empower himself and carry out his ever evolving goals. He wants Liandra at his side, but since she is nowhere near ready, he will help her unravel her past, the hard way.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dragon Ball Super: Broly (He's Back!!!!)

Broly is back and as ridiculous as this is, I AM HYPED!


Let's be honest.  Dragon Ball Super has a lot of flaws and so do the Broly movies, but oh my goodness are they fun as hell (and about as dumb as dumb can get most of the time).  It was just revealed today that the first ever Dragon Ball Super movie, with its sparkling new art and animation via the design direction of Naohiro Shintani, will be featuring Broly in a lead role.  Hell, the movie's title was literally revealed as Dragon Ball Super: Broly.  And this means a lot of things to a lot of people because Broly is a polarizing character in the Dragon Ball community.

First let's address the elephant in the room.  Broly wasn't a very good character and as time went on, the mystique, fun, and wow factor of his initial appearance wore off drastically and put him in C-List villain territory for a long time, I mean seriously, what the hell were they thinking with Bio-Broly aka Broly and Clayface Do The Fusion Dance?  What was cool about Broly and very effective during his first outing as a villain, was his design, his pure rage, his concept, and his overwhelming levels of ass kickery.  He completely manhandled the strongest Z Warriors of that time all at once and made it look easy.  His last minute defeat deflated him a bit, but the power of Broly's design and concept was so strong that he remained popular for nearly 25 years (with the help of some videogame power wanking, but we'll probably talk about that in another post later on down the line).

One thing I really didn't like about the Super anime was its use of a character named Kale who was supposed to be a Broly homage, but they really upped the octane on that to turn her into mostly a Broly ripoff during her initial couple of appearances.  They fleshed her out a bit more by the end, but having Broly-not-Broly was really a poor use of that Broly's legacy and only managed to pigeonhole a brand new character concept that could have been cool (and actually is very much so in the manga adaptation).  Because that particular homage was so on the nose, so blatant with its imagery and purpose and so illogical at the end of the day, I always simply wondered, "Why not just put f***ing Broly in Super?"  Seems that those behind the brand new Dragon Ball content felt this way too and now Broly's getting the Cadillac treatment from the man who designed him over twenty years ago, Akira Toriyama.

Toriyama had previously designed Broly for the first movie he was featured in all the way back in 1993.  As far as I know, Toriyama didn't write anything for the movie, only drew designs, so Broly's lack of personality is Toei inspired.  This time around, Toriyama is penning the character and he has stated that he is reworking some things after viewing that original movie.  After Toriyama's stellar handling of Goku Black, which I felt should have been a throwaway concept, I feel that this new Broly -- and knowing Toriyama it will indeed be a version of the character with a side we have yet to see -- will be much more interesting and multifaceted than he's ever been.  Toriyama has a bit of a spotty track record as of late so we'll just have to wait and see how this pan's out (no pun intended), but I have decent hopes for it.  Nothing too high.  Never again will I let Dragon Ball deflate me like it did with Super's first two arcs ... really first three arcs.

For now, I am excited, well, as excited as a jaded Dragon Ball fan can be anyway.  With Piccolo's inclusion in the promotional materials, brand new art direction and animation style, the inclusion of Beerus and Whis, a new and terrifying Broly being penned by Toriyama, and some awesome new retro designs for Goku and Vegeta this movie is shaping to be something that really captures the interest of Dragon Ball fans of all stripes and even those outside of the fandom.  So, to answer the question of those who wondered where the series could possibly go after an immensely powerful antagonist like Jiren.  The answer: bring back Broly.

Take care everyone!  Let's make the world a less sucky place.
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P.S. Had fun with this one.  I might make more short and to the point DB content.  There's enough DB announcements nowadays that its easy to write a little piece here and there.  To those who enjoyed my previous Dragon Ball articles, I'll try to create more of this content and get even more of those other DB articles I had planned out of my draft box.  Thanks for the support, everyone!