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    by Published on 05-03-2012 02:21 AM
    cover for X-O Manowar #1

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Story Title: Blades and Open Fields

    The Visigoths and Romans clash, and after being beaten back, the Visigoths find themselves facing a new threat quite beyond anything they've ever faced before.

    Writer: Robert Venditti
    Penciler: Cary Nord
    Inker: Stefano Gaudiano
    Colorist: Moose Baumann
    Letterer: Dave Lanphear
    Cover Artists: Esad Ribic, David Aja, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, and Cary Nord
    Assistant Editor: Josh Johns
    Executive Editor: Warren Simons
    Published by: Valiant Entertainment

    The story opens with a battle between the Romans and the Visigoths in 402 AD. The Visigoths--despite rallying behind a young warrior--are little match for the militant Romans, and battle soon turns against them. While they fall back to regroup, the Visigoths come across a new transport and warriors they've not seen before...warriors acting on a specific agenda. When confronted, battle again is not in their favor, and several Visigoths wind up imprisoned by these strange otherworldly warriors. After witnessing a strange ceremony, one of the Visigoths--Aric--comes to a realization that will shape what is to come.
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    by Published on 05-02-2012 09:41 PM
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    On Saturday, many of us will be a tad exhausted, hopefully with euphoria, being out late Friday night having watched The Avengers three or four or eight times. I'm counting on a good day. But Saturday will be significant for another reason as well. Saturday, May 5, is this year's Geek High Holiday. Saturday is Free Comic Book Day 2012.
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    by Published on 05-02-2012 01:12 PM

    Yesterday Activision and Treyarch released the first trailer for their heavily rumored title, Call of Duty Black Ops 2.

    I don't think any fan was ready for what they unleashed upon the masses. The game starts in the 1980s, but quickly moves to the year 2025 where Alex Mason's son David tries to stop terrorists that have gained control over all the machines and technology that keep the world safe from harm. Whew! What a mouth full! Time for future operatives to "pony up" and take the fight to the bad guys.

    Old SSgt Woods (How is he still alive?), horses, and walking tanks! Oh my!

    Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is due for release on November 13, 2012.
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    by Published on 05-02-2012 12:21 PM
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    by Published on 05-01-2012 09:00 PM
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    Last week was the Diablo III preview. This week, because I have no ability to control myself, is more Diablo. The Skill Calculator bookmark was beckoning and playing with different builds is just too much fun. Granted, almost everything I thought would work well will probably take me months to gain all the necessary levels and find all the necessary runes. That does not mean that I cannot dream - and share.

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    by Published on 04-30-2012 10:03 PM
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    This week on the $40 Pull List, I have a pair of titles to cover - part three of The Omega Effect in Daredevil #11, and Cullen Bunn's Wolverine debut in issue #305. It looks like Reed Gunther #10 is still on track for a May 9th release - it turns out both Houghtons were caught up doing their day jobs in the TV world, resulting in the delay. They are promising extra pages at the same cover price to help make up for the delay, so that's something!

    It is also the last $40 Pull List for April, so I will be going over next month's titles and deciding what to drop and what to add!

    Last but not least, I still have issues available from this month, so if you want to get a free taste of any of these titles - read on to find out how!
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    by Published on 04-30-2012 09:20 PM
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    Episode 264: Free Comic Book Day Preview
    by Blake M. Petit & Erin Blash

    With just five days left before Geek Christmas, it's time to gear up for Free Comic Book Day! Blake and Erin go through this year's list of offerings and talk about which books they're anticipating, which ones may not be to their taste, and whether or not there's any reptile as awesome as Doctor Dinosaur. (Answer: No.) In the picks, Erin is absorbed in Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies series, and Blake urges you to watch Young Justice on Cartoon Network. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 04-30-2012 08:43 AM
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    Game of Thrones

    Episode 205 – The Ghost of Harrenhal
    Aired April 29th, 2012
    9 PM, HBO



    Oh Renly, we hardly knew ye. But we didn’t really need to, did we? You were gay and seemed reasonable, which pretty much means you’re as dead as a black guy or a slutty girl in a horror movie. (Also, gay guy. If you’re two of these three things, you’ll be dead before the opening credits. If you are all three, you don’t exist in the horror movie universe, but thanks for playing.)

    Sorry if I spoiled it for anyone, but come on – you guessed his fate when Melisandre had her Smoke Monster. Still, it was a pretty startling way to open the episode, with ...
    by Published on 04-27-2012 10:25 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very good
    Title: The August 7 & Dark as the dungeon

    Hex finds himself in another fine mess.

    Writers:
    Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
    Art (Hex): Moritat
    Pencils (back-up): Patrick Scherberger
    Inks (back-up): Dan Green
    Colours: Gabriel Bautista; Mike Atiyeh
    Letters: Rob Leigh
    Cover: Ladrönn
    Editor: Joey Cavalieri
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Jonah Hex is on the trail of an evil industrialist from Gotham City and he finds himself in New Orleans. Soon he is taken into the confidence of two masked vigilantes, Nighthawk and Cinnamon, who have problems of their own. Seems there is a secret society bent on ridding America of its immigrant problem. But as Hex gets deeper into their world he finds that he is undermined by the same problems that beset him in Gotham City, namely Amadeus Arkham.

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    by Published on 04-27-2012 06:33 PM

    Today the Sony blog released the first look at Superbot Entertainment's new game, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. This is the hush hush Super Smash Bros. style game that has been in development ...
    by Published on 04-27-2012 07:46 AM
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    Community

    Episode 317 – Basic Lupine Urology
    Aired April 26th, 2012
    8PM, NBC

    Let me just get this out of the way now – Michael K. Williams is awesome. Yes, his “A man’s gotta have a code,” was total Omar/The Wire fan service, but I still squealed a little when he said it, and I doubt I’m alone. I mean, clearly the Dean agreed with me. (If he ever busts out the “When you come at the king, you’d best not miss,” or a sawed off shotgun, I’ll plotz.) But I also loved his later bit in the courtroom scene: “I hate you both.” Really made me laugh.

    Oh, have I mentioned yet I loved this episode? I’m not completely sure why, except I loved the deadpan send up of possibly every Law and Order episode ever made, and all about a murdered yam. Yes, I said yam. It’s just wall to wall glorious silliness, until the very end, where the show deliberately hits a sober note that probably wasn’t a surprise to anyone who’s used the internet in the past year.

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    by Published on 04-25-2012 09:29 PM
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    At the ol' comic shop today, I saw a book that looked pretty cool. IDW Publishing, current holder of the Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles franchise, has reprinted the beginning of the classic Archie Comics Turtles series, the one based on the cartoon show based on the comic. I've wondered for years why nobody was reprinting those books. The original audience has grown up and would certainly be interested in having them again, and potential new readers from today's generation may leap at new Turtle content. After all, the Turtles -- like the TransFormers and G.I. Joe -- never really went away after their peak in the 80s. They've changed and evolved and gone through different permutations, but there has almost always been a cartoon in production or toys on the shelves.
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