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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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    by Published on 10-14-2010 05:49 AM
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    By B. Schatz & James Leask

    Why comics? Why do we love them?
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    by Published on 10-14-2010 04:01 AM
    Tiny Titans/Little Archie #1 cover

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Great
    Story Title: Tiny Titans/Little Archie and His Pals

    The Titans and the Riverdale gang meet up and get to know each other.

    Writer & Artist: Art Baltazar
    Writer: Franco
    Co-Editors: Kristy Quinn, Chynna Clugston Flores
    Consulting Editor: Victor Gorelick
    Special Thanks to: Jonathan Goldwater & Mike Pellerito (of Archie Comics)

    After a mixup at the cleaner's, Archie finds himself with a strange outfit. His mom supposes its "r" label is for Riverdale. Meanwhile, Robin finds himself with a strange outfit of his own. As he heads off for school, he's quickly set upon by other kids who seem to have mistaken him for Archie. Of course, Archie finds himself in a similar situation, borne along as someone named "Robin." Once the groups meet up and the situation is discovered, everyone gets to know each other, and their "team-up" reveals another side to certain characters at school.
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    by Published on 10-14-2010 01:52 AM
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    Because somebody finally decided to have mercy on me, Dreamworks has cast Will Ferrell and Tina Fey in an animated superhero movie. No, wait, that’s the movie I’m going to watch to get myself out of a couple of years of purgatory… No, the merciful part came last week, at the dawn of the New York Comic Convention, when DC Comics announced that they’re dropping the prices of their monthly titles – all of them – back to $2.99 an issue, escaping the $3.99 price point that’s been creeping up on us for some time. Not to be outdone, Marvel quickly released a statement that they, too, will abandon the $3.99 price point on new titles. I’m not saying that Marvel did it because DC did it – you can’t make a decision that big that quickly – but I don’t think the timing of the announcement is a coincidence at all. Regardless of why they’re doing it or why they announced it when they did, my wallet is extremely happy to hear that the prices are going down.
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    by Published on 10-13-2010 10:59 PM
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    Review by: Craig Reade
    Issue: Volume CXXX No. 12, 112 Pages
    Editor: Stanley Schmidt
    AnalogSF.com

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    Merry Christmas! It's the December issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact! I am firmly convinced that one day, in the quest to appear the freshest issue on the stands, magazines will end up being post-dated a full year in advance. And then we will have mastered time travel.

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    "Euthanizing the Euphemism" (editorial)
    by Stanley Schmidt

    A National Park Service Guide's use of the word euthanize to describe how they were dealing with invasive species lead Analog's Editor to the realization that people are misusing language in an effort to make the unpleasant palatable.
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    by Published on 10-13-2010 07:31 AM
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    Castle
    Episode 304: Punked
    Aired October 11, 2010
    ABC, 10:00 PM

    At its best, Castle manages to blend a variety of different ingredients – a likeable cast, interesting cases, fun nods to other genre fiction, and a deep and abiding sense of whimsy – into a wonderful hour of television. At other times, however, the elements don’t quite come together as well. It’s still good, but not the heights of which the series is capable.
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    by Published on 10-12-2010 09:41 PM
    By Scott Snyder & Rafael Albuquerque

    It's that time once again, friends -- time to roll up our sleeves, dig through last week's new comic book releases, and decide which ones are worth your hard-earned money and hard-won time. Let's get into this week's Done-In-One Reviews!

    American Vampire #7 (DC Comics/Vertigo)
    By Scott Snyder & Rafael Albuquerque

    This great new take on the vampire mythos continues to get better and better. McCogan and Book continue to search for Beaulieu’s killer, but Book is finding it hard to contain her anger. Their search brings them to the pinnacle of modern engineering, and sets them on a course to meet up with a familiar face. Scott Snyder has done a fantastic job of pulling this story a bit farther along in the timeline, giving us a nice look at the early days of Las Vegas and just how the vampires can fit in to all that. Rafael Albuquerque’s artwork just keeps getting better – moody, funny, and sexy at various turns, with strong characterizations and facial features that help to set the characters apart. This is the vampire story we’ve been waiting for – something that can transcend the clichés of the form without compromising what makes vampires such great antagonists in the first place. Thank goodness Vertigo took the chance on this one, it’s become a favorite. --Blake M. Petit
    4.5/5 Stars

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    by Published on 10-12-2010 08:49 PM
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    Reviewer: James Leask James.Leask@shaw.ca
    Quick Rating: Average
    MPAA Rating: G

    It’s not impossible if it’s a true story.


    Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Amanda Michalka
    Screenplay: Mike Rich
    Director: Randall Wallace
    Producers: Mark Ciardi & Gordon Gray
    Presented by: Walt Disney Pictures
    Release Date: October 8, 2010

    Let’s get this out of the way: Secretariat the horse was a tremendous creature and probably the greatest racehorse of all time, whose Triple Crown-winning times at the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes still stand to this day. It’s the most famous story in all of horseracing, something which made a movie adaptation almost inevitable, as well as simultaneously hard to make work. Where’s the drama when you know that everything works out?
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    by Published on 10-12-2010 05:00 PM
    3 down, 2 to go...

    Cleaning out your gaming closet every number of years is one of the best trips down memory lane that you can have. I started this ritual again recently and forgot how many different gaming accessories I'd inadvertently sent to the scrap heap. To my credit I appear to be getting more mellow in recent years, in that over that past 3 years living in my current abode I only had 2 broken keyboards and 3 broken mice. Wear and tear on gaming peripherals is not exactly a new concept. Increased gaming tends to be inversely proportional to the life of these devices.
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    by Published on 10-12-2010 05:33 AM
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    Reviewer: James Leask james.leask@shaw.ca
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    Title: Chapter Four, “The Madness, The Star Child, and The Celestial Madonna”

    Leonardo Da Vinci challenges Sir Isaac Newton’s tyrannical rule over the High Council of Shield, then delivers a machine god baby birthed by the sun. What up.

    Writer: Jonathan Hickman

    Art: Dustin Weaver
    Colors: Christina Strain
    Letters: Todd Klein
    Editor: Nick Lowe
    Cover Art: Gerald Parel & Dustin Weaver
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Four issues in, I still don’t really understand S.H.I.E.L.D.. There’s something about the organization best known for a previous leader’s affinity for piratical accoutrements being a 3,000 year-old brotherhood dedicated to secretly protecting mankind, whose leaders have included Imhotep, Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, and Sir Isaac Newton. Newton, having mastered death and murdered Galileo, holds a dictatorial rule over Shield and has kept Nostradamus locked up, aging but never dying, in a secret chamber under Rome for 500 years. Shield’s new protégé with stars under his skin meets Leonardo Da Vinci, who has returned, unaged, to protect Shield and the world from Newton. Wait… what?
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