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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fall Movies?

Hey friends. I’ve seen a lot of movies lately in regular and dollar theaters. I’m a slacker so I just did some short reviews for them and I think they're all fall movies, enjoy.

Bourne Legacy 
I really only saw this movie because I love Jeremy Renner as an actor. I've seen the first two Bourne movies a while back so I definitely wasn't on the up and up on my Bourne knowledge. That being said I felt like I needed to be. There was a lot of unexplained things going on through out the entire film. When I go into a movie I don't want to feel like I should have to do any kind of research like watching previous related movies or reading. Jeremy Renner was great as he is in everything he does and was easily the most interesting character in the film despite how little he had to work with. The main plot was that because Jason Bourne got found out the agency that "created" him is taking out all the others like him. Jeremy Renner's character, Aaron Cross finds a way to survive and joins up with the only surviving agency scientist, actress Rachel Weisz, to cure himself of a fail safe virus. This movie could have been a pretty solid film but it failed miserably by being vague and action packed minus a reason, motivation, explanation behind it.
Verdict: PASS

Total Recall
First of all this film has absolutely nothing to do with the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie though there are a few nods to it. As much as it seems like a sci-fi flick it's more of an all out non-stop action movie. Being that it is such Collin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel do most of the work and do it extremely well. The real actors, Bryan Cranston and Bill Nighy, do all the real acting in the few scenes they have. This movie does try to mess with your head a few times but nothing  you can't see coming or figure out. Overall it was a fun movie to watch but it wasn't very deep just action packed awesome.
Verdict: RENT
DREDD
There's no reason to compare this to the other one. We live in a time with exponentially higher quality graphics and better actors. Keith Urban dons the helmet of Judge Dredd in this hardcore dystopian future overrun with crime. The plot is simple, Dredd gets stuck with a psychic rookie to take down a gang and has 200 floors to get to the leader. Dredd has a gun that reminded me of the different ammo types you have in Mass Effect and made me wish that there was at least an old school 2D game of this movie. The rookie proved to be a lot more than just a setback or nuisance in fact she kind of reminded me of a young Samus out of the armor of course. All in all I was very surprised and impressed with this badass judge, jury, and executioner character film with wicked awesome slo-mo brutal deaths.
Verdict: STRONG RENT
Looper
The best way to describe this film is the way it was described to me by someone, there's a whole other story that they don't even show in the trailers. The base plot is that Joseph Gordon Levitts character which looks uncannily like Bruce Willis is a hitman that has to take out the future version of himself that is Bruce Willis' character. What you don't know is that old Joe has other motives other than just staying alive. I don't want ruin it for anybody because all the twists are really mind blowing. Yes there is a lot of action but this really boils down to a supremely made sci-fi time travel movie with a stellar cast, genius plot(s),  and prime acting. This film is definitely worth multiple views.
Verdict: BUY


Friday, October 26, 2012

October 24 Comic Week In Review

Hey fellow nerds, here’s our reviews of the weeks comics. The Ambassador and Pablo Gunner give you their thoughts on each book they picked up but sometimes we don't pick up the same books so we cover more books here on the Comic Week In Review than the Comicast. See what we think and maybe give us your thoughts.

Captain America #19 $3.99
Writer: Ed Brubaker, Art: Steve Epting
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The goodbye letter by Brubaker at the end of this issue was actually better than the issue itself. That's not to say that this issue was bad but the letter did have more heart. Of course the art was impressive with Epting drawing and D'Armatas colors. It was a little confusing at first then switched quickly to something were use to seeing Cap do, whoop on some bad guys. Then it got confusing again when another Captain showed up to save a lady from a mistake that the first Cap we saw did. We see a different retelling of Steve Rogers as a boy. They even do a nod to Simon & Kirby the original creators. Most of this issue shows us a quick history of the Captain America series from beginning to end, his entire history. This kind of felt like more of an intro story than a closer. It was confusing for the most part and scatterbrained because it tried to do too much. I would have preferred to see a recap of Brubakers run on Captain America. Brubaker had a stellar run and he will most definitely be missed especially after he leaves Winter Soldier but it's unfortunate that he didn't leave the Captain on a high note.
Verdict: SKIM
Ambassador Jbemms
This is the last issue of Captain America. I was very disappointed in this one. The art was awesome, but the writing was strange. This felt like an intro to Steve Rogers and not a conclusion. I wish this actually did a good of ending the book. 
Verdict: SKIM for the art
Talon #1 $2.99
Writers: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Artist: Guillem March
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This book instantly sucks you in with a visually enticing 2 page spread. An ex-talon runaway shows back up in Gotham after finding out that Batman took out the Court of Owls. He soon finds out that there are still remnants of the talon as he gets attacked by one and it is a lethal fight. The runaway talon, Calvin Rose, also finds out that he's not alone in his hatred and fight against the Court. This is the premise of this title. It's not bad but it's been done before. I'm not completely hooked but I am interested.
Verdict: BUY
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The art was the reason why I picked this up. The writing was well done. I really like the ideas in this story and wonder where they are going to go from here. He used to be the most fierce Talon until he ran away. He comes back to Gotham to see if Batman really defeated the court of the owls. Batman did not defeat them, really weakened them. Now he teams up with another person to take out the court of the owls so he can live in peace. 
Verdict: BUY
Journey Into Mystery #645 Everything Burns Aftermath $2.99
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Stephanie Hans
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The intro page is stylistically ingenious with a very twilight-esque opener. The art is soft, smooth, dreamy, and cool tones and colors. There were quite a few heartfelt moments my favorite being between Thor and young Loki. This title wraps up very nicely being the most satisfying end of a crossover event and end of a title. 
Verdict: BUY
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Another good example on how to end a series. This truly shows that young Loki is a good person. This also shows that old Loki had this as his master plan just in case he failed. He did not expect young Loki to actually have a good nature. The art is amazing on this issue. The first page does this cool twilight zone intro. The only thing that makes me so sad about this series is the fact that is it ending.  
Verdict: Strong BUY
Avengers #32 End Times $3.99
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Art: Mike Mayhew, Brandon Peterson
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This issue kind of undoes or explained what happened at the end of secret invasion to one of its Avengers. I really enjoy Mayhew's art because it makes me feel like I'm watching a movie but Peterson's art really slowed and brought this book down. This issue was just great Bendis fun storytelling and writing. Bendis killed it on great character moments. It almost feels like Wonder Man is being forced on us at this point though as he makes a pointless reappearance in this issue. Overall it was a great ending issue that leaves me wanting more.
Verdict: BUY
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Bendis finishing up his run on the Avengers. Finally we find out who the girl was using the Avenger's card. It is someone who has been thought to be dead for a long time. This person was actually shrunk down so small that she was in a whole other world in Central Park. Now Iron Man, Ant Man, Captain America, and Thor must fight their way out with their old friend. The art was well done in this issue. Verdict: BUY
The Flash #13 $2.99
Creative Team: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
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In this issue we have the return of Gorilla Grodd. He arrives with his Gorilla army to take over. The rogues are forced to ally themselves with Flash to save the city from certain destruction. The art is a brilliant use of color tones for mood. This art team is absolutely genius in the way they design panels and structures. By the end Grodd is as terrifying as he should be. I love how the focus has been put more on Barry than his rogues and villains in this issue.
Verdict: BUY
Ambassador Jbemms
This issue finally shows Grodd returning for vengeance on the Flash.  You also have the Rogues teaming up to protect the city/their turf. The art was amazing in this issue. Buccelato not only does the Flash well, but kills at doing Grodd. I would be scared of this villain if I ran into him drawn the way he is in this issue. 
Verdict: BUY

Ultimates Comics Ultimates #17 $3.99
Writer: Sam Humphries, Artist: Luke Ross
United We Stand hits a high point as we see an all out war between SHIELD and HYDRA.  President America makes a stupid strategic move just to boost morale and make a statement and pays for it instantly. The end result is an epic splash page with panels that give you the reason and context for it. Ross does a great job at close ups but not so much on far away views/perspectives. There was a lot of cool and interesting moments some that play out quite nice and others that don't event make sense. Overall the awesomesauce outweighed the lamesauce.
Verdict: BUY
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We find out that Thor's son wants to rule Earth and wants the US to fall. Thor is forced to fight Captain America. Modi, Thor's son has a Gem that allows him to Control minds. He is forcing Thor to fight Captain America. The art is outstanding in this issue. 
Verdict: Strong BUY

Punisher War Zone #1 of 5 $2.99
Writer: Greg Rucka, Artist: Carmine
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Essentially this issue is about Spider-Man going after Punisher and he has something to say. After their exchange it becomes an Avengers problem. The art is kind of ugly but I guess it works. The story and dialogue are absolutely stellar and completely make up for any dislike of the art. I won't deny that the artist does a great job at drawing Spidey and his acrobatics. I can't wait to see how this all plays out.
Verdict: BUY
Ambassador Jbemms
Punisher team has a new artist Di Giandomenico. He did an awesome job with the punisher and Spider-man. He had a hard time with drawing the avengers. Rucka really tears it up with an awesome story. He writes spider-man well. It is interesting how he does the jokes really well with Spider-man. Verdict: BUY/BnBoW


AvX Consequences #3 $3.99
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Art: Scott Eaton, Andrew Hennessy
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Starks faith in science and technology following the events of AvX. Cyclops effs up some inmates and it's was one of the most awesome displays of Scott's abilities. Kitty Pryde has a nice talk with Emma Frost and completely shuts her down making this one of the most satisfying moments of AvX. We see Hope trying to live a normal teenage life and Cyclops begin to concoct a plan. The art was spectacular, realistic, peak of comic book art. There were so many great moments in this issue and I love what they're doing with Cyclops.
Verdict: BUY/BnBoW
Ambassador Jbemms
The art was well done on this book from start to finish.  I really like how the art was done during the  Cyclops jail fight. The writing did just as well art at portraying the story. This issue alone makes this series worth picking up. Everything in this book works as hook and went right. This is the best aftermath comic I have ever read. 
Verdict: Strong BUY

The Invincible Iron Man #527 $3.99

Writer: Matt Fraction, Art: Salvador Larroca

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Fraction does a great job wrapping this series up. After Everything Tony goes through he wants some away time to reflect on everything. You still get to see an awesome seen with him and a girl. The art is top notch as usual. I am sad to see this series end, but it did conclude well. 
Verdict: BUY

Superman #13 $2.99

Writer: Scott Lobdell, Art: Kenneth Rocafort

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The art was really good. I understand this story was a intro into a starry arc. I felt that it did not explain a lot. I felt lost some of the way. I thought the writing was weak. This did not make me want to pick up anymore Superman issues. 
Verdict: PASS

Gambit #4 $2.99
Writer: James Asmus, Art: Clay Mann, Leonard Kirk
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This starts off exactly where it ended. Don't bother picking up this issue if it's your first because you will be lost. This issue takes a trip into ridiculousness of another world with dragons. Gambit risks everything to save the girl and in a last ditch effort saves the world. I don't mind a book being amped up but this was a little too over the top for me. I hope this title returns to form like the other issues. I like the art. It's colorful, surreal, and fits well with the master thief. Despite enjoying the story arc thus far this issue got too ridiculous for my tastes.
Verdict: SKIM

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COW: Ultimates #17
POW: The Flash #13
SOW: Ultimates #17
BnBOW: AvX Consequences #3

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COW: Avengers #32
POW: The Flash #13
SOW: Invincible Iron Man #527
BnBOW: Punisher War Zone #1

You can find any and all of these at Kaboom Test Labs or Twin Suns.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall 2012 Premieres



Arrow

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I've always thought Green Arrow is stupid and a joke. In this iteration of Oliver Queen he's a rich spoiled tween that was shipwrecked on an island for 5 years. The man that comes back from that island is neither a joke or stupid. This is definitely the coolest, most realistic, version of Green Arrow I've seen shot similar to Smallville though not at all related. I won't deny that it wasn't a little over the top but what superhero tale isn't. The action was pretty cool and mostly believable. My only complaints are that the fighting was too fast and the lighting could have been better during some of those action scenes to make them less confusing and easier to follow. I won't say that I'm won over, yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more.

Ambassador

Just to get it out of the way. The issue most of us have is the fact that the show is called Arrow and not Green Arrow. I like how they are mixing a few variations of the Green Arrow comics to make their guy. I am glad that they included the island for the story line. Now he has to adjust to normal life after being on an island for 5 years. He also wants to help Star City become less corrupt. He takes on the person of Arrow (Green Arrow). I like how they include Robin Hood jokes with the show. The action scenes are fun to watch. Sometimes it does get confusing with how fast it gets. I really like the character development in the series.I am anciously awaiting more and hope the series stays awesome.
Verdict: CHECK IT OUT! MUST SEE!!



TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

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This is a fresh, new, unique, fast paced take on TMNT. Being that this is on nickelodeon you can tell it's definitely aimed toward young kids as most cartoons are. Due to this fact the show wastes no time explaining the backstory and showing action. In this iteration Splinter use to be human and was transformed into a humanoid rat by the ooze. The details aren't what matter in this show though it's the turtles. Each turtle has their own unique voice literally, physically, and personality. The the animation is a 3D style that is a little odd and takes a little getting use to. The characters look good but the backgrounds look like awful 2D movie sets. The thing that rings true with every episode is that it's fast paced and lots of fun. If you have kids they'll love but if you're an old school hardcore TMNT fan this might be a pass but it's most definitely still worth checking out. As for me it's a must see very week. 
Verdict: CHECK IT OUT


Dexter Season 7

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OMG! This is what I could not stop myself from saying throughout the first episode of the new season. I was tripping balls the whole time as it was easily the most intense premiere I've ever experienced. It's the thing that we all feared the most yet thought it might never happen but it did and this is the beginning of the fallout. The actual opening of the show was kind of a Tarantino mind f**k that plays out quite well. They could have dragged out the conclusion to this episode throughout the season but they didn't. It made more sense this way but we'll have to wait to see if it works better too. As intense as the premier was there is now way they can keep this level of tension throughout the season but considering the way it's going it's just a matter of time until it boils over the top just like Dexter.
Verdict: MUST SEE



Vegas

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First of all this series is based on a true story about the former Las Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb. The Pilot episode was filmed here in Albuquerque, NM and Las Vegas, NM. So some of you might see some familiar faces. The story starts off with Ralph Lamb getting called by emergency to be the Sheriff. He does it so he can protect his land. he was raised a cowboy living on a ranch his whole life. He also served in the war where he had some experience as an investigator. He decides to take on the Mafia in Las Vegas. Even though you know the outcome of the story you still want to root for the hero. If you like Vegas, the 60's, or a cowboy taking the Mofia, it is a fun show to watch.
Virdect: CHECK IT OUT



Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 17 Comic Week in Review


The Walking Dead #103 $2.99
Writer: Robert Kirkman, Art: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
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The Something To Fear story arc is over as we begin a new one. Jesus tracks one of Negans men, Rick explains the plan to Andrea, then Negan and his army shows up for their payment. The situation is difficult to swallow for Ricks group as well as the reader. As good as this issue is you never get the full effect unless you read  not only the last story arc but the entire series. Lucky there's only 103 issues, 17 volumes, or 2 compendiums to get all caught up.
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The story here is just the community allowing the saviors do what they want. This issue helps you hate them even more and hope for them to be able find a solution to their problems. It would be bad if the saviors caused to many problems. Art looks very good for being Black and White.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
AvX Consequences #2 $3.99
Script: Kieron Gillen, Art: Steve Kurth, Allen Martinez, Jim Charalampidis
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This literally starts off where it ended. Logan has words with Scott in jail. Cycke does his best to provoke Wolverine. In turn Scott has a lot to say himself. I'm not sure if I like the direction they're taking this but there were some great points made. Essentially it ended with a spread quite similar to the cover. The art is more sketchy and not as clean or nice to look at as the last issue but it definitely gets the job done as we get down to the real nitty gritty issues that these two have with each other.
Ambassador Jbemms
The art looked good. New artist, but it still went with the flow. I wish the helmet looked cooler. Well it looks like Scott might escape from jail. That is a bummer. I would like to see him get prison tough before becoming a villain. That would make him even more awesome with his powers. The story really shows how crazy Scott is.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
Uncanny X-Men #20 $3.99
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Art; Carlos Pacheco, Roger Bonet, Guru eFx
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In this issue there are two side stories and a main one. These stories are pretty much lose ends being tied. One of the side stories is about Danger and Unit. This was confusing to me as I had no idea what was going on. The other side story is between Magik and Colossus. They fight it out and the end result is the undoing of the curse of Cytorak. The main story was stupid as it was just Sinister showing up to gloat to a jailed Scott Summers. It's disappointing to find out that Sinister is still alive but I wasn't surprised at all. The art isn't bad but it's not anything special either. It's clean, smooth, good looking comic book art. Overall I was very disappointed with how this issue was handled. The story was weak and disappointing.
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The art was pretty good. The big reveal was that Sinister is still alive. It is clever how they brought him back, but it would be cooler just to keep him alive instead of just kill him. After looking over it again I was not impressed. Verdict skim for the art.

Verdict: PASS/SKIM
Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man #16 $3.99
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Artist: Pepe Larraz
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This issue felt really short but the story seems to be moving along slowly. Its kind of hard to grasp how much a dick Ultimate Cap is as he chews Miles out. Then the SHIELD headquarters gets attacked by a HYDRA quincarrier. Some of the action is confusing. With a different artist on this issue there is an obvious difference even if only slightly off. Panels here and there don't look nearly as good. As much as I like this title the last couple issue including this one just seems to be more of the same with Cap telling Miles no, Miles earning respect, Cap accenting Miles but in different situations. The end of this issue sees Cap becoming president whereas this happened weeks ago in Ultimates.
Ambassador Jbemms
This issue felt it was out a little late for the sake of the continuity in the Ultimate Universe. This issue was repetitive, but still enjoyable. The art was good until the end where it got sloppy. Usually the art in this book is top notch. I hope the next issue is better.
Verdict: SKIM/ weak BUY
Hawkeye #3 $2.99
Writer: Matt Fraction, Artist: David Aja
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This series is precisely perfect in every possibly way. This isn't your general run of the mill comic book series. It's like an indy comic about Clint's everyday misadventures. My only tiff with this book is that I don't really see this series going anywhere other than being a random one-shot day in the life of Hawkeye rather than a regular story arc. It is refreshing though for any long time comic book reader with an ingenious art style and riveting writing.
Ambassador Jbemms
This series has not disappointed. It is another one shot, but it sure was a blast to read. Some parts were comical. This issue had my panel of the week in it. Even buying a car can get complicated for Clint as you find out in this issues. I love how Clint narrates it and explains what his mistakes were listed by degree. The art and writing goes perfectly together. This is one of the better series from Marvel it is still a young series.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
Justice League #13 $3.99
Writer: Geoff Johns, Art: Tony S. Daniel, Richard Friend & Batt
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Tony S. Daniels art explodes off the page in the awesomest way. The Cheetah is both terrifying and sexy at the same time. I've never wanted to do it with a Cheetah furry or cosplayer more in my life. Cheetah is lethally badass as a character should be when introduced for the first time. For once this book pulls off the personal relationships of the league and unreal. As much as I enjoyed this issue I still felt like it was missing something and it definitely wasn't in the art department. There was also a Steve Trevor/Oliver Queen story that leads into Justice League of America #1 and Superman #13 sneak preview. The JLA lead-in was mostly boring dialogue. The Supes preview art was spectacular but the story was confusing difficult to get into.
Ambassador Jbemms
Daniel really steps in for art this issue. Every character looked awesome. His Wonder Woman looks amazing. He makes the team look really buffed. The art really help tell the story. I would love to have him in on for a good run, but he was just a fill in. The best fill in I have ever seen in a comic series. Especially when he contends against the other artists on this book. Johns does a good job with the story. I was surprised the story started off where the last issue left off.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5 of 5 $2.99
Writer: Scott Snyder, Artist: Dustin Nguyen
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I don't want to say that the conclusion to this story was a huge disappointment but it was a big letdown. I don't remember this or why but the "heroes" are on a ship chasing down a cargo ship. We soon find out that Dracula is on that ship. As a last ditch effort the crew decides to sink the cargo ship. I didn't find it believable that the kid somehow convinces his mother to leave him and help Agent Hobbes and Benedict. This is somewhat remedied by the fact that once shit hits the fan she runs back to her son. I'm a strong believer in the idea that the scariest things are the ones you never see because it's just left to the imagination but in this instance it was an EPIC FAIL. Dracula was just a black shadown using mind games to take down the protagonist. So people sacrifice themselves and the "good guys" win in end. You never actually feel the weight of these characters deaths though because you barely know them. There was one twist towards the end that was a surprising reveal but nowhere near redeeming. The art is always phenomenal with its harsh, gritty, sharp, sketchy style. Overall this issue and series was a PASS.
Ambassador Jbemms
I really liked the art in this issue. This issue has had a lot of surprises and we find out more of the Dracula's plan. Scott Synder truly shows his writing skills and resolves the story and the concludes the series. I would recommend buying the trade for this series if you have not picked up the issues.
Verdict: PASS/BUY
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4 of 6 $3.99
Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
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This issue had a slow and somber tone yet I didn't want it to end. The story was comprised of side stories surrounding Silhouette. Each character makes you feel how they did. We see how Comedian gave into the horrors of war, Ursula's childhood experience with Nazis, and more. The bright colors and classic style somehow fit well with this dark depressing tale of the Minutemen. This still continues to be my favorite of the Before Watchmen books.
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Cooke had a hard time with having to tell the story of the Minutemen. Since that group had such an influence on the Watchmen themselves. I am very pleased with where this is going and hope the conclusion is as awesome this issue and all of the others were. The art was really good.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
The New Avengers #31 End Times $3.99
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Artist: Michael Gaydos
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To be honest I didn't buy this issue. I skimmed it, didn't care for the art, or see anything too eventful that made me want to pick it up. Luckily the Ambassador is a generous man. I regret not picking this issue up as even when it's just dialogue it's deep Bendis character moments. It also turns out that there is more afoot here than I realized just skimming. The art style isn't exactly pretty but it works. My favorite part was when Doctor Strange and Iron Fist were "meditating". The Jessica/Carol conversation was realistically deep and incredibly well done.
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Verdict: BUY
Nightwing #13 $2.99
Writer: Tom DeFalco, Art: Andres Guinaldo
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For a guest team this book does not miss a beat. The art and writing does not dip in quality and stays consistently great. The story may be slow for the most part but that's fine with me as it brings me closer to Dick. The art still looks sleek, sharp, and bursting with color. This may have been all set up for a new story arc in which not much happened but it was still good for me. The issue does exactly what #0 said it was going to do. That being said there's references to Jokers return, a cameo by another from the Bat-family, and Dick tries to stop and find Shiva before she gets her targets. I don't mind that this title takes its time because it's always worth the wait in the end.
Ambassador Jbemms
The zero issue tied in well for the beginning of this story arc, but is not necessary to read the arc. He was patrolling thinking that the crime would go up with Joker back, but that did not happen. He asked an old criminal he knows about it and this person tells him why. The writing was done well and the art had Dick in action. How will Dick do against Lady Shiva this time?
Verdict: BUY/BUY
Daredevil #19 $2.99
Writer: Mark Waid, Art: Chris Samnee
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Ok so now we finally find out who has been effing with Daredevils head. Personally I thought he was actually going crazy or it was residual effects from his visit in Latveria. To me it was kind of anticlimactic but I can't wait to see what Waid does with it. Samnee's art is splendid, rising to the top of my favorite artists and Daredevil artists. This series has risen to the top of my best books list.
Ambassador Jbemms
Great issue to start reading. Waid and Samnee are still doing a great job on this book. It is still one of the strongest series in Marvel Comics and all other comics as well. Matt is still going crazy or that is what Foggy Nelson and everyone thinks. Even Matt gets checked out by a friend of his to see if something is wrong with him. An old foe returns for revenge and is behind the craziness of Matt.
Verdict: BUY/BUY

Wonder Woman #13 $2.99
Writer: Brian Azzarello, Artist: Tony Akins
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Akins is doing the art on this issue. I still really enjoyed the issue. He draws an awesome casual Wonder Woman and his Wonder Woman in costume is getting better as well. Azarello is still doing a great job with the story. I like how he is involving the Greek Gods and still keeping the story unpredictable.
Verdict: BUY

Ultimate Comics Iron Man #1 $3.99
Writer: Nathan Edmonson, Artist: Matteo Buffagni
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The art is really good on this issue. The series is a limited series. It is about the Mandarin in the Ultimate Universe. He is a cool villain, but we just read about him in Invincible Iron Man. It would be cool if it was someone that has not been seen for awhile. The story was still very strong as well. I am curious where this leads to next.
Verdict: BUY
The Mighty Thor #21 $3.99
Story: Matt Fraction, Art: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
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Loki does end up going goodish again. The conclusion was clever and worked out fine. I felt this issue ended it too quickly. The art looked good in this issue as well. To be honest I am looking forward to the Marvel NOW! Thor with Jason Aaron writing. I did enjoy this part of the Everything Burns crossover. Verdict: BUY
Batwoman #13 $2.99
Writers: J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman, Artist: J.H. Williams III
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Batwoman can be slow at times, but never disappoints as well. This issue explores many places and truly helps connect the history of the series with the present. Wonder Woman makes an appearance in this issue. Kate feels overwhelmed being around a Goddess/Demigod. She helps Batwoman out. I was hoping they would fight each over. Diana joins without any issues. The art was awesome and I like how well done Wonder Woman was in this issue. I hope they keep up the good work. 
Verdict: BUY

BBOW: The Walking Dead/Nightwing
POW: Hawkeye-When Clint is censured by his own mask.  
SOW: Justice League-Where Wonder Woman is fight the Cheetah.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Updated 2012 4TH Quarter Games Release Dates

The fourth and final quarter of the year is upon us. Which ones did you get? Were you disappointed by any of them? Anything you still want or would like us to review?

OCTOBER

10/2 - Resident Evil 6(360, PS3)
10/7 - Pokemon Black&White 2(DS) - BUY
10/8 - Naughty Bear Double Trouble(PS3)
10/9 - Monster4x4(3DS)
10/9 - Code of Princess(3DS)
10/9 - Spy Hunter(Vita, 3DS)
10/9 - Dragonball Z (360)Kinect
10/9 - Harry Potter (360)Kinect
10/9 - Fable: The Journey (360)Kinect
10/9 - Dishonored(360, PS3, PC)
10/9 - Just Dance 4(360, PS3, Wii)
10/16 - Silent Hill: Book of Memories(Vita)
10/16 - Mugen Souls(PS3)
10/16 - Dance Central 3(360)
10/16 - Zumba Fitness Core(360, Wii)
10/16 - Doom 3 BFG Edition(360, PS3, PC)
10/16 - James Bond 007 Legends(360, PS3) - PASS
10/16 - Rocksmith Guitar & Bass(360, PS3, PC)
10/23 - Myst(3DS)
10/23 - Street Fighter x Tekken(Vita)
10/23 - Zero's Escape: Virtue's Last Reward(3DS, Vita)
10/23 - Forza Horizon(360)
10/23 - Killzone Trilogy(PS3)
10/23 - Just Dance Disney Party(360, Wii)
10/23 - Medal of Honor: Warfighter Limited Edition(360, PS3, PC) - PASS
10/28 - Professor Layton and the MiracleMask(3DS)
10/30 - Thundercats(DS)
10/30 - Ragnarok Odyssey(Vita)
10/30 - Assassins Creed 3 Liberation(Vita)
10/30 - Nike + Kinect Training(360)
10/30 - Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth(360) Kinect
10/30 - Wreck-it Ralph(Wii, (3)DS)
10/30 - Transformers Prime: The Game(Wii, (3)DS)
10/30 - WWE '13(360, PS3)
10/30 - LEGO Lord of The Rings(PC, (3)DS, Vita)
10/30 - Sports Champions 2(PS3)
10/30 - Toy Story Mania(360, PS3)
10/30 - Assassins Creed 3(360, PS3, PC) - BUY
10/30 - Need For Speed Most Wanted(360, PS3, Vita, PC)

NOVEMBER

11/5 - Mass Effect 3 Wii U Special Edition
11/6 - Plants vs Zombies(DS)
11/6 - Ragnarok: Tactics(PSP)
11/6 - Harvest Moon: A New Beginning(3DS)
11/6 - Halo 4(360)
11/6 - Little Big Planet: Karting(PS3)
11/6 - Mass Effect Trilogy(360, PC)
11/6 - Midway Arcade Origins(360, PS3)
11/6 - Dragonball Z Budokai HD Collection(360, PS3)
11/12 - Power Rangers Super Samurai(360)
11/13 - FiFA Soccer '13(Wii U)
11/13 - Madden NFL '13(Wii U)
11/13 - RIFT: Storm Legion(PC)
11/13 - The Sims 3 Seasons Plus(PC)
11/13 - Scribblenauts Unlimited(3DS)
11/13 - Rabbids Rumble(3DS)
11/13 - Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified(Vita)
11/13 - Just Dance 4(Wii U)
11/13 - Rabbids Land(Wii U)
11/13 - Assassins Creed 3(Wii U)
11/13 - Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013(Wii U)
11/13 - Assassin's Creed Ezio Trilogy(PS3)
11/13 - LEGO Lord of the Rings(360, PS3, Wii)
11/13 - Call of Duty: Black Ops II(360, PS3, PC)
11/13 - Ben 10 Omniverse: The Video Game(360, PS3, Wii(U), (3)DS)
11/16 - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate(3DS)
11/18 - ZombiU(Wii U)
11/18 - NBA 2K13(Wii U)
11/18 - Funky Barn(Wii U)
11/18 - Darksiders II(Wii U)
11/18 - Nintendo Land(Wii U)
11/18 - Tank! Tank! Tank!(Wii U)
11/18 - Scribblenauts Unlimited(Wii U)
11/18 - Game Party Champions(Wii U)
11/18 - Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper(Wii U)
11/18 - Call of Duty: Black Ops II(Wii U)
11/18 - New Super Mario Bros. U(Wii U)
11/18 - Tekken Tag Tournament 2(Wii U)
11/18 - Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge(Wii U)
11/18 - Transformers Prime: The Game(Wii U)
11/18 - Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition(Wii U)
11/18 - Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two(Wii (U), 360, PS3) - BUY
11/18 - Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse(360, PS3)
11/18 - Pro Evolution Soccer 2013(Wii, 3DS)
11/20 - Persona 4 Golden(Vita)
11/20 - Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!((3)DS)
11/20 - Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game(360, PS3, Wii, (3)DS)
11/20 - Ben 10 Omniverse: The Video Game(Wii U)
11/20 - Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed(360, PS3, Wii U)
11/20 - PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale(PS3, Vita)
11/20 - Hitman: Absolution(360, PS3, PC)

DECEMBEB

12/4 - Far Cry 3(360, PS3, PC)
12/4 - Mass Effect Trilogy(PS3)
12/4 - Scribblenauts Unlimited(PC)
12/4 - Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth(Wii U)
12/4 - Guardians of Middle Earth(360/XBLA, PS3)
12/4 - Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game(Wii U)
12/5 - Resistance Collection(PS3)
12/11 - James Bond: 007 Legends(Wii U)
12/11 - Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed(3DS, Vita)
12/11 - The Walking Dead - A TellTale Games Series(360, PS3)
12/31 - Star Trek(360, PS3)
12/31 - Deadpool(360, PS3)
12/31 - Prey 2(360, PS3, PC)
12/31 - XCOM(360, PS3, PC)
12/31 - Company of Heroes 2(PC)
12/31 - BEYOND: Two Souls(PS3)
12/31 - The Walking Dead(360, PS3)
12/31 - Metro: Last Light(360, PS3, PC)
12/31 - Aliens: Colonial Marines(Wii U)
12/31 - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2(360, PS3)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

September 26 Comic Week in Review



The Ultimates #16 $3.99
Writer: Sam Humphries, Artist: Luke Ross
Overall the art was pretty impressive but at times a little shotty. Cap decides to step up to the plate and throw a wrench into the schemers plans. Cap is back in a big way and he’s here to eff stuff up. I don't know what the status quo is on Asgardians in the ultimate universe but this is the first time I have heard about more of them. The big reveal at the end is a real mind blower.
Verdict: BUY(Back N’ Bag of the Week)

Aquaman #0 $2.99
Writer: Geoff Johns, Art: Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
Because of great story telling we already know about Aquamans origins and backstory. In this issue we are shown the death of Arthurs father, how he discovers his control over ocean life, and finds a link to his family's past. The artwork is absolutely exquisite. The cool, calm blues are so soothing and nice to look at. This may be one of the most dialogue intensive issues yet but that is in no way a bad thing. The artwork still does most of the story telling. This seems to lead into a story arc that the title will flash back to once the current Blank Manta story is complete. This issue is a great jumping on point for new readers. This issue also did a good job of showing regular readers something we have not seen before even if it was something that we have been told about.
Verdict: BUY
The Flash #0 $2.99
Creative Team: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato 
What I loved about this issue is that it was all about Barry Allen. Most Flash issues seem to be more about his rogues than him but this one is 100% completely about him before and after he became Flash. We find out about his family and the things that motivate him to become the person that he is. The story is gloomy and sad. The art is perfectly suited to the tones of the book as brighter memories are met with bright color schemes. One of the coolest things we get to see is how Flash makes his suit. This is one of the best zero issues I have read as it did a splendid job of showing you how he got his powers, why he is how he is, and have you rooting for him by the end of the issue.
Verdict: BUY
American Vampire #31 $2.99
Writer: Scott Snyder, Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
You can feel the pain and agony in every panel and word that comes from Pearl, who has betrayed her her love. There's so many things going on yet none of them detract from the main focus. I love that they make a reference to what's happening in Lord of Nightmares. The intensity builds and builds with each page to an intense climactic ending.
Verdict: BUY
Before Watchmen: OzymanDIus #3 of 6 $3.99
Writer: Len Wein, Artist: Jae Lee
The art is stellar in design and style. The style doesn't really fit the Comedian or rather the other way around. OzymanDius fights it out with Comedian. It's a pretty unbelievable fight but it all makes sense considering who they are. Dr. Manhattan is introduced to the world and Adrian calculates his existence. There is also cameos by Mothman and Captain Metropolis who gets clarification on something we've all been wondering. The characterization was superbly accurate. The Crimson Corsair was good as it eludes to the golden token. I enjoy the Before Watchmen books but I am slowly losing interest in them as some of them are hitting a somewhat of slump.
Verdict: BUY
Winter Soldier #11 $2.99
Writer: Ed Brubaker, Art: Butch Guice, Brian Thies, Bettie Breitweiser
The more I continue to read this book I think that it would be better in trade. This issue truly felt like just another link in the chain. It was a good, strong, solid issue but it's only a portion of a full story. It instantly starts with action and ridiculously awesome paneling. This may sound dumb but the lettering is what made it so cool and fun. At this point the story is getting a little repetitive as the hero continues to play into the villains hands. I'm not saying its a bad issue or series as the art and writing is still top notch it would just be better to read as a full story.
Verdict: BUY
Journey Into Mystery #644 $2.99
Creative Team: Alan Davis, Matt Fraction, Carmine di Giandomenico, Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, Barry Kitson
The art looks blurry and unfocused. Everything happening seemed so unclear to me. The art is just too muttled and murky to understand what's going on. The art is like than of an amateur. The story gets as confusing and ugly as the art is. Asgardia is about to fall as Heimdall leads the army of the burned against King Volstagg. Loki gets betrayed and captured so he finds a way to go back in time to rewrite everything. As far as I'm concerned the art looked like crap and the story was lame even if it is part 5 of the Everything Burns crossover this isn't worth the price.
Verdict: PASS
Gambit #3 $2.99
Writer: James Asmus, Art: Clay Mann, Leonard Kirk 
From the start this series has been enjoyable and well paced as it continues to be. The art is cool and smooth much like the character it is about. There's multiple environments with variations of colors that keep this book looking fresh. In this issue Remy goes to Guatemala with his hot tattooed lady accomplice to find a temple and get rid of his host. This seems to be the second to last issue of the story but it was still a lot of fun.
Verdict: BUY
Wolverine #313 $3.99
Writer: Jeph Loeb, Simone Bianchi
It felt like an cheesy old classic Wolverine story. What I mean by that is Wolverine gets stabby with old enemies, has a flashback, a couple of friends show up to help, and all ends well more or less. I don't like how they making Wolverine seem less unique with characters that have similar abilities, claws, bones. That being said this story arc was still pretty fun. The artist always does a wicked awesome job on Wolvie & friends with visceral, detailed, intense art.
Verdict: BUY

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