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    by Published on 11-28-2010 07:59 AM
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    The Futurama Holiday Spectacular!
    Brought to you by Gunderson’s Unshelled Nuts
    Aired November 21, 2010
    Comedy Central, 10:00 PM

    Were you sad when Futurama’s new season ended after only 12 episodes and didn’t include a single holiday or anthology episode? Well get ready, because “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” is here, brought to you by questionable foodstuffs (“They’re nut so good!”) and 200% more Al Gore. Which, when you think about it, is basically the same as regular Al Gore since the 2000 Presidential Campaign.
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    by Published on 11-27-2010 01:11 AM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Three Part Three: The King of Atlantis

    As Sue tries to play peacemaker under the seas, Reed is whisked off to the other side of the Universe with Galactus.

    Writer: Jonathan Hickman
    Artist: Steve Epting
    Colours: Paul Mounts
    Letters: VC's Rus Wooton
    Cover: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer & Javier Rodriguez
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Well, Ben and Johnny arrive back at the Baxter Building after painting the town red and what do they see floating over the streets of Manhattan, but Big G, the Great Devourer himself. It seems Galactus is a bit miffed that his future self was buried deep under the earth by Reed. He wants answers. And what Galactus wants he gets. So he takes Reed on a journey. In the meantime Sue is trying to facilitate some kind of peace between Namor and Atlantis with another underwater Kingdom, with limited results. In fact Namor reacts much like he always does, despite Sue's best efforts. As well an old enemy is making yet another play to destroy the world.
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    by Published on 11-27-2010 12:43 AM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
    Quick Rating: A good ending
    Title: The Advent of Tomorrow

    A chapter closes on Madame Xanadu's life, but a new one quickly begins.

    Writer: Matt Wagner
    Pencils: Amy Reeder
    Inks: Richard Friend
    Colours: Guy Major
    Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
    Cover: Reeder, Friend & Major
    Editor: Shelly Bond
    Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo

    Nimue has decided she can no longer live as she has. Even she has done so for countless millennia, the world has changed so much, especially in the 20th Century that she need help. So she has taken on an apprentice to teach her the lost arts of magic. Charlotte Blackwood was a girl tormented by the world of the arcane; she had an empathic connection to whatever she ate. But thanks to Nimue she has suppressed this sudden change to her nature. Moreover, Charlotte is an eager student. But her new world has made her look upon the old one with a different view and that more than anything shocks her. For Nimue, she is tormented for the many lapses in her past, the largest being poor Betty Reynolds, who had been possessed by her sister Morgana. It has been ten years since the woman had been rescued from her fate, and her life too had changed, but not for the better. Nimue want to make amends. Of course her powers of divination have made her aware of a new day of heroes is approaching, and that in turn has brought another face from her past, Phantom Stranger. His appearance is always a signal for change. But for good or ill only time will tell.
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    by Published on 11-27-2010 12:03 AM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: The Machineries of Empire Part Three: War Season

    As war comes closer, Red Sonja decides on the one desperate plan to save the day.

    Script: Eric Trautmann
    Art: Walter Geovani
    Colours: Adriano Lucas
    Letters: Troy Peteri

    Covers: (my pick) Paul Renaud
    Editor: Luke Lieberman
    Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

    The entire world seems poised to conquer the small city state of Persemhia in the remote nation of Shem. In the midst of all this chaos are Red Sonja and her small band of mercenaries. Using some quick wit, Sonja manages to entice the King to give them the dubious honour of training his armies, whose skills are lacking, to say the least. All her efforts are futile, and irrelevant, as she has a better plan. She intends to secure a mighty weapon given to Shem by the gods themselves and with that power they will destroy the enemy in one fell swoop. Of course getting to the weapon is a challenge in of itself, and as can be expected it is not at all as the She-Devil expected.
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    by Published on 11-26-2010 09:19 PM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating:Very Good

    Deckard has a crisis of conscience, as he realizes he doesn’t want to be a bounty hunter anymore.

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

    This is one of those character heavy installments, spent almost entirely with just Deckard, his wife, and the new goat he just bought. He’s come to the realization that maybe the androids are so much like people that they shouldn’t be killed, while people are so much like androids the distinction is becoming an arbitrary one. He isn’t sure he can do his job anymore, because he realizes now he’s just a sanctioned murderer, a police backed serial killer. But of course it’s not going to be that simple getting out of it.
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    by Published on 11-25-2010 11:27 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very good
    Title: Taiko Part Two

    As with so much in Usagi's life, this small interlude comes to its conclusion for good or ill.

    Creator: Stan Sakai
    Colours: Tom Luth
    Editor: Diana Schutz
    Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

    The Taiko drum is nearly finished. And the local farmers hope that once it's played the gods will hear and bring rain. The only thing that stands in their way is the Red Scorpion Gang, a bunch of cut-throats that want their tribute or bring about a plague worse than any from the gods. However, the only thing that stands in the gang's way is of course our favourite Rabbit-Ronin.

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    by Published on 11-25-2010 10:29 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Beyond A Shadow

    The Dark Knight watches the new kid in town to see if she's got what it takes.

    Writer & Artist: J.H. Williams III
    Co-Writer: W. Haden Blackman
    Artist (Kate scenes): Amy Reeder
    Inks (Kate scenes): Richard Friend
    Colours: Dave Stewart
    Letters: Todd Klein
    Editor: Mike Marts
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Batwoman has her own ongoing title, but she doesn't say a word in this issue. Everything comes from Batman's point of view, as he assess Kate's prowess as a crime fighter. I'm sure Bruce has seen plenty of fools and do-gooders try to hack it in Gotham but come up way short. But he can see right off that Kate is different. First though he has to ascertain that Batwoman is indeed Kate Kane. So his investigation is two-fold; to follow Batwoman at night and Kate during the day. In both instances not all the clues are obvious as he thinks. Kate has some skill, Bruce has to admit, but they are raw and rough. Her first real take-down doesn't go off as she plans, however Bruce is convinced of her potential. Time for a face-to-face.
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    by Published on 11-25-2010 09:31 PM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    Bomb Queen puts her plan against the President into motion.

    Writer & Artist: Jimmie Robinson
    Colors: Paul Little
    Editor: Kristen Simon
    Cover Art: Jimmie Robinson
    Publisher: Image/Shadowline


    Yes, Bomb Queen is finally back, and luckily there’s a recap inside the front cover to catch you up on the storyline, because even I kind of forgot what it was about. But what it’s about is this: the President is fed up with Bomb Queen and all the New Port City badness bleeding out into the States, and has all but declared war on Bomb Queen, at least as she sees it. So she has definitely declared war on him, although not in the traditional way. Not at all.
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    by Published on 11-24-2010 04:06 PM
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    The Walking Dead
    Episode 104: Vatos
    Aired November 21, 2010
    AMC, 10:00 PM

    After spending a few episodes examining the complexities of the human condition in the new post-apocalyptic world, The Walking Dead takes a break with “Vatos” to explore something else: time. The time it takes to bleed out from an amputation. How long someone can survive on their own in a walker-riddled city. What’s keeping people gone so long. What to do with the time we have left and where all the rest went.
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    by Published on 11-24-2010 02:05 PM
    By Robert Kirkman & Jason Howard

    Thanksgiving week has us all on our toes, friends, not least your faithful Done-In-One review team. Before you hit your pre-Turkey Day comic shop run, check out some books from last week that you may have missed...

    Astounding Wolf-Man #25 (Image Comics/Skybound)
    By Robert Kirkman & Jason Howard

    The tale of the Astounding Wolf-Man comes to a close this issue. Gary finds himself facing two different enemies – the werewolf that sired him and the vampire that betrayed him. At last, he finds out the truth about the events that turned him into a werewolf, and is forced to choose his own destiny in the heat of battle. While I’m sorry to see this series end, there were a couple of things that let me down about this issue. For one thing, one of those two enemies is dispatched way too quickly, after the amount of buildup we’ve gotten concerning the confrontation. I imagine that was intentional, intended to shock the reader, but instead I was sort of left with a feeling of “that’s it?” The end of the issue also left me feeling like there should be more to come. That, actually, is probably a good thing. The book actually ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, which seems to indicate that Kirkman intends to return to the character at some point or another. That makes me happy – the new status quo at the end of the book is really interesting, and something I’d love to read. The book also finishes the origin story of Jason Howard’s Code Blue, which I have to admit still leaves me a little flat, and we get a teaser of the next Kirkman/Howard collaboration, an all-ages comic that… um… has anyone seen The Iron Giant? No? Well dammit, go watch it, it’s great. But I’m sure Kirkman will have a twist to apply to this story, as he always does. It’s not a bad ending for the Astounding Wolf-Man, but it does leave me wanting more. --Blake M. Petit
    4/5 Stars

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    by Published on 11-24-2010 05:50 AM
    How I Met Your Mother



    How I Met Your Mother
    Episode 610: Blitzgiving
    Original airdate: November 22, 2010
    Monday, 8/7c CBS

    Let’s get to it, because there is just so much going on in this episode of How I Met Your Mother that I can hardly believe it was just a half-hour sitcom. Overselling it? Just a bit, but let me sum it up:

    It begins with a guest spot by Jorge Garcia, fresh off Lost, as Steve “The Blitz” Henry, an old friend of Ted and Marshall’s, who has a curse not unlike the one from his previous show: anytime he leaves a gathering (as he frequently does for video games) something amazing happens. The first example involves a naked co-ed and “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Greatest Hits synching up with Apocalypse Now, and it only gets better from there.

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    by Published on 11-24-2010 02:53 AM
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