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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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    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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