|You may have noticed I did not review Issue #113. I think nothing more needs to be sad about it, instead lets move on to #114.
Ok, here goes
Cover: I think we all had judged the cover as a praiseworthy work of art from the second we saw it. Very nice, even if it is influenced a bit by Star Wars.
9 outta 10 Chaos Emeralds
First Story: "Twice Told Tails"
Art: You may have heard the expression "Out of the Frying Pan and into the fire." Well with 113 outta the way, we're thankfully out of the fire, problem is with the return of Ron Lim, we're right back in that frying pan. Same issues as always with Lim, makes Tails look like a bear, makes Sonic look like a supermodel Echidna, complete lack of detail, and thank goodness this wasn't an issue with Sally, he always murders her.
Story: Tails has dreams in which he's at a cave and sees eyes staring out at him. He wakes up in terror to be comforted by Sonic and Family. however that does nothing to salve him and he takes off in the tornado. he flies until he comes accross a cave, exactly like the one in his dream. Sonic catches up and they go in the cave together. In the cave they find Mammoth Mogul and Turbo Tails who is caught in some sort of stasis bubble. Mogul explains how he created a sentient copy of Tails when Athair took him off to fight Knuckles. Since then Mogul has been feeding off of Turbo Tails's chaos energy to stay alive. Sonic and Mogul begin to duke it out, while Dopppel Tails stares at Real Tails. He has some profound thoughts on whether he's real or not. Finally he joins in the battle. Together they beat Mogul senseless, Mogul loses his concentration and dissipates into thin air, releasing the real Tails, and causing the doppel Tails to dissipate as well. Sonic and Real Tails walk off, best buds.
Now, let me tell you why this story rocked and stunk at the same time. It was an excellent answer to the whole "Fake Tails" thingey. Nicely done. Especially the thoughts the fake Tails has when he sees the real Tails. Those are priceless. Benny Lee puts together his best job as a writer yet in the dialogue, not just in the thoughts Tails is having, but the banter between Mogul and Sonic, "What's with the big words? Are ya tryin to get into College or somethin?"
But the way they handled the finale....Star Trek Voyager syndrome again. They just poofed out the fake Tails, and woke up the Real Tails and Sonid did not react in the least. He never considered that the person he had been living with for the last few months was dead possibly. They just tottally messed up Sonic's reaction and I'm a bit miffed at that. Otherwise, excellent story!
Story #2: Ultimate Power Part 1.
YES, the new Knuckles series is finally here!
Art: Best returns for the first time since the previous Knuckles series. She does an alright job, my only beef is that her backgrounds aren't very good. There are too many scenes where the only background is just a solid color. This gets a bet boring after a while. Voni-Ca is never done in full color, but for some reason she looks like Lara-Su in every scene I see her in.
BUT I'd take her any day over Lim and Hands.
Story: We open up as Knuckles is helping Julie-Su move into a new apartment along with her stepparents. Voni-Ca and Simon. They comment on Dmitri's health. We then go to Dmitri and Lien-Da. Lien-Da tells Dmitri that he doesn't have long to live. Dmitri makes Lien-Da promise that if he dies, she'll take the Dark Legion along the path he's mapped out. Harry the Dingo picks up a strange character who pays with a pearl(Mogul).Julie-Su and Knuckles comeout of the aparmtent to run into the Chaotix. Julie-Su flips Vectory over...and the end.
Interesting story Penders has set up, although the ending was rather blah. I also noticed just when it was starting to taper off, Penders decides to re-inflame the Julie-Su-Vecter animosity again. I can't wait to see how this plays out.
8 outta 10 Chaos Emeralds
Story #3: Young at Heart
Art: Axer seems to be rapidly becoming the fan favorite artist. While I love the backgrounds and attention to detail, the uber-cute anime style is starting to get on my nerves. Especially the face Tails and Amy make at eachother. Who pulls on the bottom of their eyelid when making a face? No one in this country, that's for sure.
Story: Schools back in at Knothole High School, but only Amy and Tails have to go back in. Amy is mad at having to be with the younger kids. She and Tails make faces at each other. Only Amy gets in trouble, but then the Teacher makes Tails come back and help too. the end
Wow, now frankly this story was a big waste of time. Nothing important happens. No character developement, no plot, nothing! Amy and Tails go to school, get in trouble, the end! While I'm sure everyone loved seeing Axer draw, I would've taken extra pages on the Sonic and Knuckles story over this horrible piece
2 outta 10 Chaos Emeralds
7 outta 10 Chaos Emeralds.