Review:It’s Tokyo Charlie Brown

By Robert Greenwood

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It’s Tokyo Charlie Brown

If, by now, fans of Alternative Mindz didn’t know, I am a huge fan of all things Japanese. I’ve been to Japan twice and my wife reads, writes and speaks Japanese.

I’m also a huge fan of The Peanuts so having the two together is like Reese’s.
I’ve sung the praises of the new Boom series and how it lives up to Charles Schultz and embodies the spirit and energy of his work.

So, how does this new adventure fit? First off the writer, Vicki Scott, placed segments of actual old strips into the story to meld the world as one, making this book seem like it “fit like a glove” as one of Charles M. Shultz’s own.

This story has a familiar theme. Charlie Brown once again fails at everything he does, letting his team down again as their coach and pitcher. This leads to all forms of torture by his peers through name calling. Despite all of this, he receives a letter in the mail to have his team play in Japan.

The reasoning gets lost as to why they are chosen but who cares? Get these kids to Tokyo!

They sprinkle bits of actual Tokyo into the story from images of Tokyo Tower to the “go to” tour bus of all of Tokyo, the Hato bus and more. Yet, they missed a real opportunity at showing the gang like fishes out of water by not taking them to Akihabara (Akiba) with the maid cafes or all the fun electronics, something they would look completely confused by. Also having Snoopy interact in a pachinko parlor is a personal wish.

It would have been something unique to have the game played in the Tokyo Dome. When Lucy makes fun of Chuck’s head, I thought we would get a game inside the Tokyo Giants’ turf.

Other than my Otaku grip, this is a perfect continuation of all the past “It’s ——- Charlie Brown” books and should be read by all who love The Peanuts and who love Japan. It’s over 100 pages and a super fast fun read for all ages.

Comics Corner #17

Welcome to the Comics Corner! This week features a little bit of everything for the big cross-over events with Avengers vs. X-Men #9 and Ultimate Spider-Man #13, super heroics in Peter Parker, Spider Man #156.1, World Finest #4 and Earth2 #4. And finally we stray away from the world of the superhero with Sweet Tooth #36, Mondo #3 and Double Jumpers #2! There’s only one way to find out who made to the Top of the Stack and it’s here, inside the Comics Corner!

Comics Corner #16

Welcome to the Comics Corner! This week is filled with plenty of surprises from the Top of the Stack all the way down to an impromptu rant on the new Star Wars comic from Dark Horse! In between we talk a look at Amazing Spider-Man #690, Aquaman #11, The Flash #11 as well as a pair of Star Wars titles in Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #4 and Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1. And don’t forget about Super Dinosaur #12 and Venom #21. Who climbed to the Top of the Stack and what do you think about this new Star Wars series? Is it the beginning of the great Expanded Universe reboot? It all awaits you in this week’s Comics Corner!

Comic’s Corner 15

It’s that special time of year, when hundreds of thousands of geeks, nerds, fanboys and fangirls descend upon the city of San Diego for the pop culture Mecca that is the San Diego Comic Con! (Officially titled Comic Con International, the movement back to the original name starts here!)  But we’re not at Comic Con, or talking about Comic Con.  As always we’re talking about comics.  Comics like Venom #20, Spider-Men #3 and Scarlet Spider #7.  Plus comics that have nothing to do with spiders like Batman #11 and Batman and Robin #11.  There’s even a comic about that robotic, rampaging rooster Poyo, in Chew: Secret Agent Poyo #1.  Come inside and find out who rules the roost at the Top of the Stack!

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This week’s Comics Corner featuring plenty of superheroes from both DC and Marvel.  There’s Amazing Spider-Man #688 and since one Spider-Man is never enough there’s also Spider-Men #2.  From the New 52 we’ve got Justice League #10 and Justice League member titles with Flash #10 and Aquaman #10.  The project gets a whole lot more entertaining in Manhattan Projects #4 and we finish up with some sci-fi goodness from Star Trek #10 and Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead #3.  Tune in to find out which of these comics made all the way to the Top of the Stack!

Comics Corner #11

Welcome to the Comics Corner!  There’s a long list of comics to get through this week and the debut of a new segment: ‘Good, but not good enough’!  What comics are on the chopping block this week and what comics continue to impress?  The world didn’t end with new Watchmen material last week but can it survive the collision of the Traditional and Ultimate Marvel Universes?  And what is the deep, dark secret of the Wayne family?  Find the answers to these burning questions, as well as the reveal of the comic at the Top of the Stack, in this week’s Comics Corner!

 

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