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    by Published on 12-11-2010 07:24 AM
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    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 612 - Dee Gives Birth
    Aired December 9th, 2010
    10PM, FX

    Say it isn’t so! This is the last episode of the season? (Save for an airing of the edited DVD released Christmas episode, which doesn’t count.) Goddamn it. At least it’s a solid episode that delivers laughs and delivers a logical answer to the whole “Dee is pregnant” storyline that doesn’t screw up the series going forward. Hallelujah.

    A totally mesmerizing discussion where we discover that Charlie and Frank search the sewers for “stuff” naked (there’s a whole episode devoted to this next season, I hope) is interrupted by Dee ...
    by Published on 12-11-2010 03:26 AM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio
    Quick Rating: Very good

    Julie and her intrepid crew of true believers get ever closer to saving the world.

    Creator: Terry Moore.
    Colours: Brian Miller
    Publisher: Robyn Moore
    Published By: Abstract Studios

    After what seems like a dozen lifetimes, Julie and her friends are now mere miles away from the nefarious collider that if activated will destroy the world. So much has changed. Most of all Julie. She is a shadow of her former self and those around her are becoming more aware of that. And it isn't just her physical change; Julie is behaving like an entirely different person. In truth more like Annie, the woman who designed the Beta Suit and who died at the beginning of the series. But that they are so close that there is little time to dwell on it. Moreover, Ivy isn't telling her friends the whole truth of just who she is working for and that may prove more dangerous than any change in Julie.
    by Published on 12-11-2010 02:57 AM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio
    Quick Rating: Good

    Even in her youth, Queen Sonja's life was filled with high adventure and dark intrigue that could envelop the world.

    Writer & Editor: Like Lieberman
    Artist: Mel Rudi
    Colours: Adriano Lucas
    Letters: Simon Bowland
    Cover art: (my pick) Fabiano Neves
    Published By: Dynamite Entertainment

    Sonja was doing well as a cut-purse, but she was reckless and looking to prove herself unnecessarily. Soon, she falls under the eye of the local master thief, Jubal; he is a sort of Hyborian "Fagin" and has gathered up a clan of orphans and urchins to be his pickpockets. Jubal offers Sonja a deal, work for him and not only will he protect her, he may even make her rich. With little prospect of survival on her own, Sonja agrees. Under the tutelage of an "Artful Dodger", Kane, Sonja hones her skills as a thief; also her warrior spirit is beginning to shine. But as can be expected there is more to Jubal than simple thievery; he wants power and there is a dark sect in the city that hold the key to unlimited power. Now all they have to do is steal it. This is easier said than done, of course.
    by Published on 12-09-2010 12:13 AM
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    One thing I’ve often done in the past at this time of year, friends, is compose a column listing some of the toys, gadgets, and goodies that you might want to give your geek this Christmas. I still fervently believe in this program, but I find I’m at a bit of a loss this year as far as what I should recommend. After all, in this world of digital downloads and… y’know… Pop Rocks… it can be really hard to tell if your geek has the item you’re thinking of buying. Once you could look at their CD rack, their DVD case, or bookshelf, but it may be harder to access their iTunes or Kindle to see just what’s sitting there, waiting to be listened to, watched, read, or hiding out in the depths of one’s computer waiting to be called upon to heroically defend the grid from the forces of the Master Control Program. So I’m sorry, friends, but unless I can somehow find a cache of geek gifts to talk about, we may just have to skip the recommendation column this ye—
    by Published on 12-08-2010 07:16 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Pretty Good

    Christmas stories, ranging from Ebenezer to Sherlock Holmes in this anthology.

    Writers: Charles Dickens, Clement C. Moore, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, O. Henry, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, & Fitz-James O’Brien
    Adapted By: Tom Pomplun, Rich Rainey, & Alex Burrows
    Artists: Anton Emdin, Micah Farritor, Florence Cestac, Hunt Emerson & Tony McGee, Cynthia Martin, Evert Geradts, Simon Gane, & Rick Geary & Benjamin Wright
    Editor: Tom Pomplun
    Publisher: Eureka Productions

    Just in time for the holidays is the latest Graphic Classics collection, all about Christmas. You do get the usual suspects in here, just what you’d expect from a collection of Christmas tales, but there are a couple of genuine surprises. Perhaps the best story in this collection is one I’d never heard of, “A Chaparral Christmas Gift”, O. Henry’s brief Western about two men vying for the same woman, and how one becomes an outlaw that intends to do away his rival. Not a lot of sentiment here, and the Christmas angle, although important to the end of the story, is kind of incidental. The art by Martin is the best of the collection, full of clean lines and clear coloring, and the whole story moves at a brisk pace without being rushed. This was an outstanding ...
    by Published on 12-08-2010 06:35 AM
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    The Walking Dead
    Episode 106: TS-19
    Aired December 5, 2010
    AMC, 10:00 PM

    Listen, I’m going to be totally honest with you guys: I’m running low on ways to say how much I love The Walking Dead. Its first season has been full of some of the best television I’ve seen in years, and the nearly yearlong wait before the second season starts is going to be hell, at least until the next AMC series starts running new episodes.
    by Published on 12-08-2010 02:59 AM
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    by Published on 12-08-2010 01:21 AM
    By Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque & Mateus Santolouco

    It's time once again, friends, for the CX Pulp Done-In-One review thread! Vampires, young lovers, superheroes, robots -- this week even features a talking chicken. How many review threads can promise you that?

    American Vampire #9 (DC Comics/Vertigo)
    By Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque & Mateus Santolouco

    Cashel leads the vampire hunt this issue, only to find himself glaring down the barrel of his own past. As he struggles with the truth about his family, Skinner begins to contemplate branching out his own bloodline. This issue is heavy on the action and the blood, feeling like a true horror story (especially when you contemplate what Skinner is planning to do). At the same time, though, Scott Snyder manages to sidestep most of the vampire clichés, bringing in evidence that not all vampires in this world are cut from the same cloth. While there are monsters, and many of them, some of them do struggle with their own humanity. Just not in a cheesy way. It all works nicely. Rafael Albuquerque is doing some of his best work in this series, depicting the bloody battle scenes with a real fire and heat. Mateus Santolouco pitches in on the art chores as well, illustrating Cashel’s flashback scene and putting real heart and emotion on the faces of the younger version of the lawman. Great book. --Blake M. Petit
    4/5 Stars

    by Published on 12-07-2010 11:00 PM
    Gran Turismo 5 (TGQ)

    Today is a tough day for me. I promised myself I would not think too much because I'd start processing how much money Blizzard is raking in today with their brand new expansion. This is not to say it depresses me in any way, but it's the start of another cycle where I am slightly tempted to go back into the game. Somehow climbing the mountain one more time and see the latest end-game raid content sounds appealing.

    Instead, I decided to focus more on a game that I've been waiting very patiently for over 6 years for. One of the remaining hallmark PlayStation franchises released recently and finally spending some time with it was mandatory. Welcome home, Gran Turismo.
    by Published on 12-07-2010 06:33 PM
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    The following are the top 20 Bestsellers in Books on Amazon.com during the week of October 18th, 2010:

    1. Decision Points
    by George W. Bush

    2. Tao II: The Way of Healing, Rejuvenation, Longevity, and Immortality
    by Zhi Gang Sha

    3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
    by Jeff Kinney

    by Published on 12-07-2010 12:18 AM
    Rick Riordan

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Series (If Applicable): The Heroes of Olympus Book One

    A new generation of heroes comes to Camp Half-Blood

    Writer: Rick Riordan
    Publisher: Hyperion

    After they finish a successful series, writers have a choice to make. To they continue to milk a property long past its sell-by date? Do they spend the rest of their career trying to distance themselves from that which made them popular? Or so they attempt a fragile middle ground, using the old as a foundation from which to build something new? This third option is, I think, the rarest, but perhaps the best compromise for fans (and writers) who don’t want to walk away from a world they’ve grown to love, but at the same time, don’t want to see that which they loved in the first place run into the ground.
    by Published on 12-06-2010 12:13 AM
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    Review by: Craig Reade
    Quick Rating: Poor
    Title: Part One: Army of the Knight

    Someone dressed as Robin is found dead, leading Nightwing and Robin to investigate. Meanwhile, "Batman" is assembling a team of teenagers to join his fight.

    Writer: Eddie Berganza
    Pencils: Carlo Barberi
    Color: Chuck Pires
    Inks: Juan Vlasco
    Editor: Mike Marts
    Cover: Carlo Barberi and Juan Vlasco
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Off the bat, you learn that this is not a present continuity story – it takes place in an undefined period that you discover is sometime after Commissioner Gordon’s retirement after No Man’s Land, and before Nightwing allows Blockbuster to be killed by Tarantula. The issue opens with Robin found dead at the hands of Merlin. Tim Drake and Dick Grayson decide to investigate the murder, while Batman decides to bring a self-styled vigilante under his wing, to join a group of kids he is training to help in his war. The newcomer fights through all of the trainees until he is put down by one named Lance – who “Batman” allows to claim a Robin costume as a reward. But something seems off – the kids are all injecting some kind of venom, Batman is acting strangely about Tim and Dick’s investigation into the death… and ugh, I give up. ...

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