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    by Published on 10-11-2010 02:18 AM
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    Episode 191: News From New York
    by Blake M. Petit, Kenny Fanguy & Daniel Jacob

    The New York Comic Con was this weekend, and the Showcase boys spent an hour talking about all the big announcements! Or... at least, the announcements that had been made by the time they recorded this episode! But there's plenty here, including the big DC and Marvel price drop announcement, future plans for X-Men, Captain America, Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Iron Man and X-Men cartoons, Green Lantern and Superman movie news, the comic book returns of Richie Rich and Godzilla, IDW's daring Infestation crossover, and more! In the picks, Kenny chooses Next Gen Warz #1 and Blake was into Brightest Day #11. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp!
    by Published on 10-10-2010 12:32 AM
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    Episode 603 - The Third Man
    Aired October 8th, 2010
    9 PM, CW

    Somebody please start a band named Chuck Heston’s Disco Stick. Or, if Botch gets back together, here’s a ready made song title for them. You’re welcome.

    Finally! A decent episode of Supernatural that reminds me of the good old days, and all it took was the return of Castiel and a bunch of asshole angels causing havoc amongst the hairless apes. I really do love the fact that Supernatural shows angels as complete butt holes most of the time (with God fairing little better, and possibly worse), so even the supposed “good guys” are guys you really want to beat to death with their own shoe.
    by Published on 10-09-2010 11:13 PM
    Uncanny X-Force #1 cover

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Good
    Story Title: The Apocalypse Solution

    A new team forms and embarks on their first mission, finding their target to be a rather personal one for certain members.

    Writer: Rick Remender
    Art: Jerome Opena
    Colors: Dean White
    Cover: Esad Ribic
    Letters: VC's Cory Petit
    Asst. Editor: Jody Leheup
    Editor: Axel Alonso
    Published by: Marvel Comics

    Deadpool sneaks into a fortress (Of Impending Doom) and just as he discovers something Pretty Darned Important, his crazy healing factor is put to quite a test. Meanwhile, Warren Worthington (III) has a bad dream involving Archangel...apparently now some sort of other entity, the flipside to the conscious Angel. Waking, he and Psylocke converse about their quest to control the Archangel. Fantomex and Wolverine play out a challenge, and then the team groups up to find Deadpool. What they find is more than expected, and as things go down, the story for the next few issues is set into motion.
    by Published on 10-09-2010 02:57 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: The Reptile Brain Part Two: Forced Merger

    There's room for only one Meta-mercenary group of the world. Let the battle begin.

    Writer: Gail Simone
    Artist: J. Calafiore
    Colours: Jason Wright
    Letters: Travis Lanham
    Cover: Danile Luvisi
    Editor: Sean Ryan
    Publisher: DC Comics.

    America wants Skartaris, the Hollow Earth world of the hero Warlord. So the US government have sent a group of super villains, led by Bane and Jeanette, to conquer it. Only that same government has sent another group, the remaining Secret Six, to stop them.
    by Published on 10-08-2010 08:09 PM
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    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 604 - Mac’s Big Break
    Aired October 7th, 2010
    10 PM, FX

    The gang pays a visit to the Flyers’ arena finally, paying homage to yet another Philadelphia sports team, but we all knew that had to be coming eventually. (Look at all the Flyers pics and logos in past episodes - I’ve spotted them both at the bar and at Dennis and Mac’s place, and I wasn’t even looking for them.) But of course they have to do it in the goofiest and best way possible.

    Mac wins a chance to shoot a puck at center ice during a Flyers game. A minor miracle, since he and Charlie (ooh, there’s a brain trust) have to answer a trivia question about the highest scoring Flyer player, and while trying to work it out, seem to think that Rodin’s “The Thinker” (yes, the statue) and the Incredible Hulk may have played for the Flyers. But Mac somehow takes a wild stab at the answer and gets it right. Dee and Dennis are listening to all of this, amused, as Frank sits there with an old fashioned tape recorder. Why? Well, he thinks the way Dee and Dennis “jib and jab” is hilarious, and he thinks they should be on the radio. They agree, but podcasting’s where it’s at. So they decide to do that.
    by Published on 10-08-2010 07:21 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Enjoyable
    Title: Imbalanced

    Shang-Chi and Spider-Man jump in the middle of a battle between Mr. Negative's forces and Daredevil's forces!

    Writer: Dan Slott
    Pencils: Paulo Siqueira
    Inks: Santos, Paris & Siqueira
    Colors: Fabio D'Auria
    Letters: Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Sabino
    Cover: Stephanie Hans
    Assistant Editor: Tom Brennan
    Editor: Stephen Wacker
    Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    The title of this one-shot is a bit of a misnomer, as it's probably more accurate to call this issue Shadowland: Shang-Chi, as opposed to Shadowland: Spider-Man. The main villain of the issue is Mr. Negative, who often shows up as a villain in Spider-Man-related one-shots and tie-ins these days, as in this issue his forces come up against Daredevil's forces. Mr. Negative really can't catch a break, as it wasn't that long ago that he was tangling with The Hood's forces for supremacy and domination. That being said, the issue is actually an interesting look at Shang-Chi, and how he views himself, and who he wants to be, and the inner peace that he seeks. Again, like I said previously, the focus here is far more concentrated on Shang-Chi as opposed to Spider-Man, who does provide some punches, quips, and some assistance in ensuring Shang-Chi isn't permanently possessed by Mr. Negative's touch, but at the core of it all, this issue is more for Shang-Chi's benefit.
    by Published on 10-08-2010 06:58 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Average at best
    Title: Fathers' Day

    Black Lantern Firestorm menaces regular Firestorm, as Black Manta fights Aquaman!

    Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
    Artists: Ivan Reis, Scott Clark, Patrick Gleason & Joe Prado
    Inks: David Beaty, Oclair Albert, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen
    Colors: Aspen MLT's Peter Steigerwald
    Letters: Rob Clark Jr.
    Cover: David Finch
    Variant Cover: Ivan Reis w/ Hi-Fi
    Assistant Editor: Rex Ogle
    Associate Editor: Adam Schlagman
    Editor: Eddie Berganza
    Publisher: DC Comics

    The good thing about this issue is that there's a clear focus on two of the storylines this book has started, and by focusing on just those two, it provides much more room for exploration of these storylines, and to progress through them. That being said, however, I personally didn't find it all that interesting, although I did appreciate the pared down focus, I just wish it had been interesting and well-written. I have, for the most part, enjoyed the Firestorm part of the storyline, but I really couldn't have cared for it less here, as we see more of the storyline, as the Black Lantern Firestorm menaces Ronnie and Jason, and also takes two hostages with close connections to each of them. But what happens from there, although I guess potentially interesting, just didn't do anything for me. This title, for me, has not really lived up to its title, and although it'll have some great moments of storytelling, I don't find them to be nearly consistent enough.
    by Published on 10-08-2010 06:45 PM
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    Activision unveiled its upcoming X-Men: Destiny game today at the New York Comic-Con. The game will feature "new mutants," in a branching story penned by X-Men: Legacy writer Mike Carey.
    If you are attending the New York Comic-Con, you can get a peak at the game by visiting the Activision Booth (#1833). Details of Carey's story will be revealed at the Marvel Games Panel on October 9th at 10:45 am (Room 1A06).

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    by Published on 10-08-2010 06:30 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Quite Enjoyable
    Title: Corpse Messaging

    Taskmaster takes Mercedes along for the ride as he tries to discover his past, as The Org ups the bounty on him!

    Writer: Fred Van Lente
    Artist: Jefte Palo
    Colors: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
    Letters: Dave Lanphear
    Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
    Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    The second issue of this mini-series is just as enjoyable as the first, if not moreso, as there's a twist at the end that reframes what we've seen thus far, and we see more of just how the memory issues are plaguing Taskmaster, and see how he came to wear his non-trademarked mask. However, although I definitely enjoyed the issue, I'm not entirely sure if I like how Van Lente is coming to characterize Taskmaster, because he makes the memory issues seem a lot more comprehensive than we have previously seen, and I can't say I like the way that he portrays The Org essentially running Taskmaster's life for a while, because Taskmaster himself can't remember key things he needs to. I like the overall concept of the storyline, but that aspect bugs be a bit, because of Taskmaster's long history of being a super-villain trainer, and for a long time operating more on his own, than as a weapon or utility being focused in specific directions.
    by Published on 10-08-2010 05:57 PM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Fame

    Striker has a talk with Jocasta, as an encounter between Hank Pym and Whirlwind changes the status quo for the kids of the Avengers Academy!

    Writer: Christos Gage
    Pencils: Jorge Molina
    Inks: Andrew Hennessy
    Colors: Jeromy Cox
    Letters: Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Caramagna
    Cover: Mike McKone
    Vampire Variant Cover: J.S. Rossbach
    Assistant Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
    Editor: Bill Rosemann
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Each and every month, I feel like I end up repeating myself when I review this book, because it's a consistently entertaining yet underrated series, that I fear will end up getting cancelled at some point, because not enough people are picking it up and giving it a chance to wow them. I have one friend who didn't pick this series up because he felt he'd been burned enough already with books focusing on new characters, and in some ways, it's hard to dispute it on that point. Recent books that boasted mainly casts of new characters haven't faired too well, or after those books folded, those characters haven't been seen since, thus making the investment in new characters feel like it's not worth it.
    by Published on 10-07-2010 08:52 PM
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    Among the great secrets of the universe, the fact that I would love to write comic books some day ranks slightly above when Clay Aiken announced he was gay. It also surprised exactly the same number of people. Although I’m not making a living as a writer, I have produced and published works in almost every format I want to attempt – novels, short stories, one stage play, and even a comic book story that was released by an indy publisher as part of an anthology a few years back. But I want to do more. Big shock.
    by Published on 10-07-2010 06:56 PM
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    Blizzard announced today that World of Warcraft has surpassed 12 million subscribers worldwide with its Chinese launch of Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft's second expansion. Undoubtedly, when Cataclysm is released in December, this number will likely grow.

    12 millions is pretty hefty number, especially considering the fact that this number isn't a measure of the total copies sold of the core game and its expansions - it is the number of people who are paying the $13-$15 a month to play the game, who have all bought the core version of the game. If you consider that World of Warcraft was originally released in 2004, the 12 million subscribers becomes even more impressive.


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