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    by Published on 10-28-2010 05:41 AM

    Archie #614 (Archie Comics)
    By Alex Simmons, Dan Parent & Rex W. Linsey

    It’s part two of “New Kids Off the Wall,” and Riverdale High is getting loaded with new arrivals. In part one (still available in Archie and Friends #148) the local school board shut down a nearby high school, shifting a large number of its faculty and staff to Riverdale High, and causing some tension between our old friends and their new colleagues. The story does feel a bit like the Archie creators were looking for an excuse to inject a lot of new characters into the line at once, and while the goal is a bit contrived, I can’t fault the execution. A school cutback of this nature is a very real danger in a lot of communities across America, so this is a good way to create a big influx of new characters quickly. The problem is we get so many new characters so quickly that few of them are really making an impression. Victor stands out, but mainly as a smarter counterpart for Moose, and the new English teacher Mrs. Ashton makes a name for herself as someone who seems to have designs on Mr. Weatherbee’s job. Beyond those two, though, I forgot about all of the other characters until I started flipping through the book to write this review. ...
    by Published on 10-28-2010 03:44 AM
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    The witching hour shall soon be upon us. The darkness descends, the things that live in midnight are creeping into the daytime, and horrors untold will soon be visited upon us all. As observed by the ancient philosophers at Disneyland Paris, “It’s Halloween. Lo-ween. Everybody.”
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    by Published on 10-27-2010 09:49 PM
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    Director Christopher Nolan's third sojourn in the Batman franchise has officially been titled: The Dark Knight Rises. He has also confirmed, according to the Empire Online article I am currently stealing this from, that the villain will not be The Riddler, despite fervent, frothing, sweaty fanboy speculation/demand (yours truly included.) Mind you, this isn't particularly a bad thing, since we're talking about Christopher "I Directed The Dark Knight and Inception and now you're just going to have to take whatever I give you and cherish it" Nolan we're talking about here, so I still think he can be trusted to do whatever he wants.

    One thing's for sure, though: in posting, reporting, and anticipating this film, 99% of us are just going to keep typing The Dark Knight Returns, instead of Rises, unconsciously.

    Nolan goes on to say "We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones," which is basically like saying "We are making a movie about Batman." Thanks, Chris. The film is set for a July 2012 release.

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    by Published on 10-27-2010 09:20 PM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    Rating: Mature Audiences - Violence, some bad language, occasionally questionable subjects

    Brock starts a surprising new life as the Venture family tries to move on from several traumatic events in the first part of the Venture Brothers fourth season.

    Writers & Creators: Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick
    Voices By: James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Michael Sinterniklaas, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Steven Rattazzi, Brendon Small, Dana Snyder, Charles Parnell, H. Jon Benjamin, Paul Boocock, Kevin Conroy, Reggie Watts, Patton Oswald, John Hodgman, Seth Green, & Lisa Hammer
    Episodes Included: Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel; Handsome Ransom; Perchance To Dean; Return To Malice; The Revenge Society; Self-Medication; The Better Man; Pinstripes & Poltergeists
    Released By: Warner Brothers


    There’s few shows that can be said to get better year after year, but The Venture Brothers fall into that rarefied category. And the thing is, this is such a hard show to explain to anyone not familiar with it. You could say, “It’s a satire about the sons of a super scientists,” and while that’s in essence what it is, it doesn’t actually describe the show at all. There’s so much more to the show, so many more levels, that that hardly scratches the surface. It has humor and action, sure, but at its best it also has more character development in twenty minutes than most hour long shows. Yet it’s not pretentious, which it could be if it really wanted to be.
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    by Published on 10-27-2010 07:23 AM
    Glee


    Glee
    Episode 205: The Rocky Horror Glee Show
    Original airdate: October 26, 2010
    Tuesday, 8/7c FOX

    The last episode of Glee I reviewed was the divisive “Britney/Brittany,” which I thought was silly fun, at the acceptable loss of characterization and sanity. The ensuing episodes have represented a continued trend of inconsistently-toned but consistently high-quality episodes, with the semi-serious (and surprisingly tactful) “Grilled Cheesus” and the rather mundane yet sweet “Duets.” Now that I’ve finally gotten back around to making good on my pledge to “actually write reviews for this site,” we’re back to ridiculousness, and oh how ridiculous the ridiculousness is. This will probably be one of the more contentious episodes in the show’s history, not helped by the very serious light in which many RHPS fans view the material (odd, considering the material. And what they yell at it.)
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    by Published on 10-27-2010 06:42 AM
    How I Met Your Mother


    How I Met Your Mother
    Episode 606: Baby Talk
    Original airdate: October 25, 2010
    Monday, 8/7c CBS

    It’s fair to say that How I Met Your Mother has passed its glory days. From season 2 to through 4, it was as smart, funny, observant, clever, current, and frankly awesome as any comedy that has ever been on TV. And now? Now, it’s still all those things, but we’re just too used to it to notice. Episode 606 seems like a very run-of-the-mill episode, but if you pay close attention (as I seem to do with everything) it provides an excellent example of how a run-of-the-mill episode of this show is still one of the best things you can watch on TV.
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    by Published on 10-27-2010 01:00 AM
    (TGQ) Final Fantasy 7

    You know those things you never want to admit to yourself? They keep you up at night. You are not quite ready to give up hope. You know things will turn themselves around soon if you just wait a little longer. Sometimes it is the little things that get to you - I think I'm unable to heat hot wings or this computer's graphics aren't cutting it. Sometimes it is the big things you cannot ignore - my football team is horrible or my car is dying a slow and expensive death. Last and not least, we have the gigantic thing that has been hanging over you for several years that you just don't want to admit because it just has to be impossible -

    I think I might have to start ignoring Final Fantasy games.
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    by Published on 10-26-2010 10:07 PM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Episode 2: My Name Is Brutus

    The rogue blue light takes a hostage. Sort of.

    Writer & Artist: Steve Pugh
    Letterer: Steve Pugh
    Editor: Marie Javins
    Cover Art: Steve Pugh
    Publisher: Radical Publishing


    We start this issue with Alice still cooling her heels in jail, having been run in somewhat falsely on an intoxication beef, and when she gets out she’s not happy at all. Which is why it’s so disorientating that her fellow cops love her now, because she got rid of the cop killer blue light. It’s almost more disorienting than being hated.
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    by Published on 10-26-2010 02:02 PM
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    by Published on 10-25-2010 11:14 PM
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    Nikita
    Episode 106: Resistance
    Aired October 24th 2010
    CTV, 8:00 pm

    Nikita feels closer to getting her revenge on Percy and bringing down Division once and for all. Owen, Percy's Guardian, is convalescing in her safe house, but he is unwilling to divulge the location of the Black Box that has all of Percy's dark secrets; Owen doesn't believe Nikita is on the level. She will have to use all of her powers of persuasion to make him see the light.
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    by Published on 10-25-2010 10:24 PM
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    The Venture Brothers
    Episode 415 - The Silent Partners
    Aired October 24th, 2010
    11:30 PM, Cartoon Network



    Pete White and Billy Quiz Boy have been in almost every episode this half season, and I assumed it was leading up to something (or Publick and Hammer just like doing their voices). This is the episode where it should pay off, more or less … and it sort of doesn’t. Kind of a flat episode, and a disappointment since this is the last one before a brief hiatus, and then the hour long season (series? Better not be!) finale.
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    by Published on 10-24-2010 10:03 PM
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    Episode 193: The Universal Wolfman
    by Blake M. Petit, Kenny Fanguy, Mike Bellamy & Daniel Jacob

    It's time for the annual 2 in Showcase Halloween Movie Marathon! This year, the guys sit down and do battle with five films from the Universal Pictures Wolfman franchise: The Wolfman (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943), Werewolf of London (1935), She-Wolf of London (1946) and the 2010 remake of The Wolfman. Our favorites? Our least favorites? We tackle 'em all! And for a more snarky, play-by-play commentary on the five films, check out our rundown blog post at Evertime Realms. In the picks, Blake sticks with the monster theme for Victorian Undead Special: Sherlock Holmes Vs. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kenny goes with a DVD pick, the new Predators film. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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