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    by Published on 10-17-2010 03:50 AM
    Turok, Son of Stone #1 cover

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Good
    Story Title: Aztlan Part 1: Out of Time

    After rescuing a boy from a village under siege by raiders seeking to sacrifice the populace, Turok and his new friend find themselves caught in some sort of storm that leaves them in an unfamiliar world with strange creatures...

    Script: Jim Shooter
    Art: Eduardo Francisco
    Colors: Jose Villarrubia
    Lettering: Blambot
    Cover art: Raymond Swanland
    Script (Dell's Turok Son of Stone #1, 1954): Gaylord Dubois
    Art (Dell's Turok Son of Stone #1, 1954): Rex Maxon
    Published by: Dark Horse Comics

    When his people's camp comes under attack, a young boy escapes being sacrificed due to the help of an outsider--a man he comes to know as Turok. The boy takes the name Andar, and the two stay on the move, as those who attacked Andar's camp are coming after the escapee. During the pursuit, both sides encounter a strange storm...a storm which leaves them in a different world full of strange creatures. ...
    by Published on 10-17-2010 01:30 AM
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    Review by: Craig Reade
    Quick Rating: For Fans Only

    A conspiracy of the rich and powerful move to seize control of the nation. Can anyone stop them?

    Writer: Glenn Beck (with Jack Henderson)
    Publication Date: June 15th, 2010
    Pages: 336
    ISBN: 978-1439184301
    Publisher: Threshold Editions

    The Overton Window is a political theory originated by Joseph Overton. The gist of the theory is that at any particular moment, there is a certain range of policies that would be deemed acceptable by the majority of the public. A great example of this theory in action would be September 11th. As a result of those attacks, The Overton Window on a range of policies from airline security to access to public buildings shifted dramatically as Americans were suddenly willing to give up freedoms in favor of the appearance of security. As the title implies, this theory is at the heart of the plot of this novel.
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    by Published on 10-17-2010 12:55 AM
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    The Big Bang Theory
    Episode 404: The Hot Troll Deviation
    Aired October 14, 2010
    CBS, 8:00 PM

    There, that ought to quit the bitching of people demanding some resolution to the sudden disappearance of Howard (Simon Helberg)’s girlfriend Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). Well, you’d think. The Hot Troll Deviation was filled with a lot of fan service with the appreciated return of a fun character and a celebrity guest who brought along another.
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    by Published on 10-16-2010 03:01 PM
    Writer: Geoff Johns

Pencils: Doug Mahnke

Inks: Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne & Doug Mahnke

Colors: Randy Mayor

Letters: Nick J. Napolitano

Editor: EddieBerganza

Cover Art: Doug Mahnke

Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    Title: Hope Burns Bright

    The avatar of the Blue Lanterns chooses a host!

    Writer: Geoff Johns
    Pencils: Doug Mahnke
    Inks: Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne & Doug Mahnke
    Colors: Randy Mayor
    Letters: Nick J. Napolitano
    Editor: EddieBerganza
    Cover Art: Doug Mahnke
    Publisher: DC Comics

    For a few months now, a mysterious being has been wandering the universe, trying to snatch up the entities that embody the various colored Lantern Corps. Larfleeze has his safely tucked away, and Carol Ferris seems to have tamed the Star Sapphire’s “Predator,” but this issue is all about hope. Adara, the entity of the Blue Lanterns, chooses a host, and reveals quite a bit in the process.
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    by Published on 10-16-2010 12:24 AM
    Writers: Kevin David Anderson & Sam Stall

Cover Art: Glenn Orbik

Publisher: Quirk Books

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good

    The undead swarm on a Star Trek convention… it’s the nerdiest apocalypse ever!

    Writers: Kevin David Anderson & Sam Stall
    Cover Art: Glenn Orbik
    Publisher: Quirk Books

    If there’s one thing all geeks love, it’s a good-natured genre mashup. Click on any fan fiction website and you’ll see stories about Darth Vader fighting Batman, Godzilla trying to attack the planet Pandora, or Iron Man and the Tin Woodsman of Oz exchanging fashion tips. Every so often, though, you see a project that goes beyond that “fanfiction” label and becomes something that’s enough fun to take on its own life.
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    by Published on 10-15-2010 09:29 PM
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    It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 605 - Mac and Charlie: White Trash
    Aired October 14th, 2010
    FX, 10 PM




    This was a ho-hum episode enlivened by Charlie’s general madness and Frank’s weirdness, which at least was something.

    After getting turned away from a private club’s pool, Mac and Charlie find an abandoned pool, one that’s been abandoned and turned into a minor garbage dump since a kid drowned in it. They decide to clean it up and make it their pool.
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    by Published on 10-14-2010 09:17 PM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    While the androids decide what to do about Izzy, Deckard gets his goat.

    Writer: Philip K. Dick
    Artist: Tony Parker
    Colors: Blond
    Letters: Richard Starkings of Comicraft
    Cover Art: Brett Weldele
    Editor: Bryce Carlson
    Publisher: Boom! Studios


    Chickenhead Izzy finally figures out what Pris and her friends are, thanks to Roy letting out an incautious word. This leads to a discussion over what they should do with him, although the discussion is brief and pretty much one sided, as Roy’s on his own with his more bloodthirsty plan. At least they’ve all decided they’re going to make their final stand at the apartment building.
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    by Published on 10-14-2010 05:54 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Good

    Dr. Strange, Dr. Voodoo, Hellstrom and the New Avengers discover just who they're facing, and make plans to end the battle once and for all!

    Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
    Pencils: Stuart Immonen
    Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger
    Color Artist: Laura Martin
    Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
    Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics


    Although the general quality on this opening arc of New Avengers is good, I have to say that I'm disappointed that the New Avengers themselves are playing second fiddle to their guest stars. I've felt the same way about Bendis' Avengers, where the actual team seems to have taken a backseat role to their antagonists' exposition regarding the circumstances that have arisen. This issue was a fairly decent read, but there was a lot of exposition, and at the end of the day, I'm not all that sure that I like how Bendis is treating certain concepts like the Vishanti, Agamotto, etc. From the script, it's not always that clear that he has a clear and concise handle on them, and so although there's a lot of name-dropping here, it doesn't always feel that it is actually in service of the development of the script.
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    by Published on 10-14-2010 02:53 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Sea of Fear; Deleted Scene from Blackest Night (1); Deleted Scene from Blackest Night (2); The Evolution of Species; A Losing Battle; The Scarecrow in Blackest Nightmare; An Incident on Korugar

    Witness untold tales from the Blackest Night!

    Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Geoff Johns; Geoff Johns; Adam Schlagman; J.T. Krul; Jeremy Love; Ethan Van Sciver
    Pencils: Patrick Gleason; Ivan Reis; Ivan Reis; Jason Fabok; Ed Benes; Brett Booth; Ethan Van Sciver
    Inks: Sandra Hope; Oclair Albert; Oclair Albert; Ryan Winn; Ed Benes; Brett Booth; Ethan Van Sciver
    Color Artist: Brian Buccellato; Rod Reis; Rod Reis; Alex Sinclair; Brian Buccellato; Andrew Dalhouse; Ethan Van Sciver
    Letters: Swands; Nick J. Napolitano; Nick J. Napolitano; Travis Lanham; Rob Clark Jr.; Steve Wands; John J. Hill
    Cover Art: Tyler Kirkham, Matt Banning & Nei Ruffino
    Variant Cover: Ethan Van Sciver
    Special Thanks: Geoff Johns
    Assistant Editor:
    Editors: Eddie Berganza & Rex Ogle
    Ragman Created By: Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Although we're now hip-deep in Brightest Day, this new one-shot flashes back to Blackest Night, as we see untold tales from that particular event, some which give more depth to specific story elements from the crossover, and others which show us characters relatively unseen during the event itself, and use the untold story to plot a new direction for said character. The price tag on this book is not cheap, as it's $4.99, however the reader is treated to 46 pages of story (not including a preview for the upcoming Superman: Earth One). There's a lot of content here, so although you're paying a hefty sum, you're at least getting a good deal of quantity to make it worth while. The question is whether the quality here is enough to make the purchase worthwhile. Although some of these stories are only mildly interesting, others are far more engaging, and overall help make this book worth your time and money.
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    by Published on 10-14-2010 01:50 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Great script marred by awful artwork
    Title: Origin of the Species Part Four

    MJ tries to keep Lily safe, as Spider-Man goes on a mad tear against super-villains in the city!

    Writer: Mark Waid
    Artists: Paul Azaceta & Matthew Southworth
    Color Artist: Javier Rodriguez
    Letters: Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Caramagna
    Cover Art: Marko Djurdjevic
    Variant Cover: Paolo Rivera
    Assistant Editor: Tom Brennan
    Editor: Stephen Wacker
    Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Web-Heads: Gale, Kelly, Slott, Van Lente, Waid & Wells
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    This entire storyline has been extremely maddening, because Waid has put together a fantastic script, which is really thrilling and engaging, and yet the artwork that has accompanied it has been just awful, or at least not at all a good match for this book and especially this script. The thing of it is that I have enjoyed Azaceta's artwork in the past, on other books, but his artwork throughout this arc has just not been enjoyable at all. The character work is sloppy, the facial expressions are horrid, the flow of the issue and the action that unfolds is static and not at all fluid. The artwork manages to strip the life out of the script, which is no mean feat considering how enjoyable the script is.
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    by Published on 10-14-2010 01:24 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Good

    Nova decides to go after Starlord and the Guardians of the Galaxy, as Thanos and company are attacked by Mar-Vell and the Revengers!

    Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
    Artist: Miguel Sepulveda
    Color Artist: Jay David Ramos
    Letters: Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Caramagna
    Cover Art: Aleksi Briclot
    Assistant Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
    Editor: Bill Rosemann
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    After the highs of the last couple issues, where we saw the coolest assemblage of cosmic might banded together briefly as a strikeforce (Beta Ray Bill, Quasar, Silver Surfer, Nova, Gladiator and Ronan the Accuser), this issue felt like a bit of a step down, although overall the issue was still very entertaining. But the pace here felt very quick, and although I do like that this series hasn't been afraid of moving quickly, at times I feel that it does so to the detriment of certain plot elements that could have deserved more of a focus, or more time, particularly the fate of Drax, after Thanos blasted him to oblivion in the last issue. Quickly Thanos' team moves on, and moves to try and have Thanos complete the plan, when Mar-Vell interjects, throwing a giant monkeywrench into things.
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