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    by Published on 05-31-2012 04:49 AM
    cover for Batman Annual #1

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Great
    Story Title: First Snow

    Mr. Freeze's background and tie to the Night of the Owls is explored as he seeks revenge on Bruce Wayne for taking his wife away from him.

    Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
    Art & Cover: Jason Fabok
    Colors: Peter Steigerwald
    Letters: Sal Cipriano
    Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
    Editor: Mike Marts
    Published by: DC Comics

    Years ago, a young Victor Fries experienced a heavy trauma as a child, involving the cold. In the present day at Arkham Asylum, he refuses to have that compared to the state his Nora is in. As all good Batman rogues do, Fries escapes and Mr. Freeze is once more at large. After a visit to the Penguin to rearm himself and an encounter with Nightwing and Robin, Freeze makes his way to his ultimate confrontation: Bruce Wayne. ...
    by Published on 05-31-2012 04:06 AM
    cover for Superman Family Adventures #1

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Great
    Story Title: The Adventures Begin!

    The Superman family of characters assembles to interact with each other while saving Metropolis from a familiar villain's robots and secret scheme in this latest title from Baltazar and Franco.

    Writer and Artist: Art Baltazar
    Writer: Franco
    Editor: Kristy Quinn
    Published by: DC Comics

    It's been awhile since I checked in on this side of DC Comics. Though I ultimately never kept up with any of the "Johnny DC" or "All Ages" comics like Tiny Titans or Billy Batson, I still recall quite enjoying them when I read them. This issue is in that same vein, so to speak.

    The issue opens with Superman performing a super-feat, as the public takes in his new costume. Heroic duty done, Clark responds to Perry White's hollering at the Daily Planet. While the meeting continues, robots attack the city, so Perry sends his team out to cover the event. Superman engages the robots, and while he makes puns, the rest of his Super-family (Superboy, Supergirl, and Krypto the Super-dog) arrive to help. ...
    by Published on 05-30-2012 04:59 PM
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    People in Hollywood – particularly people in the Hollywood media – like to sensationalize things a bit. Every hit movie is the “beginning of a new trend.” Any time a movie flops it's “the end of [whatever genre it is] movies.” A single bad movie can spell “the end of [actor/director/writer/key grip's] career,” and the moment somebody puts in a solid performance they're “a star on the rise.” The truth is, there's no real formula. There's no alchemy, there's not really anything you can bottle and point to that can explain why some terrible movies can make money and some brilliant films fail to find an audience, so the best thing anybody can do is simply make the best movie they possibly can and hope for the best. If there's one thing that can be learned from the success of Marvel Studios, though, it's that you most certainly can base a profitable superhero franchise on characters that the general public isn't aware of. Ten years ago, Joe Average would have had no idea who Iron Man and Thor were, Captain America and Hulk were firmly ensconced in the area of nostalgia, and Hawkeye was just "that dude from M*A*S*H." Just making a great movie is no guarantee your film will catch fire, but as these characters have proven, it can't hurt. So in that spirit, here are five other comic book properties that could make fantastic motion pictures... provided, as always, that they're done right.
    by Published on 05-30-2012 01:05 PM
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    by Published on 05-29-2012 06:27 PM

    Prototype 2's second DLC pack - Excessive Force - has hit today. Included in the pack are three new Custom Skins and some additional powers for James Heller. The DLC pack includes:

    Viral Infector Grenade Launcher
    Force Multiplier Powers:
    o Shockwave
    o Chaos Creator Mode
    o Medusa's Wrath
    Custom Skins:
    o Armored Heller
    o Agile Armor Alex Mercer
    o Zombie Mercer

    The pack can be purchased in the X-Box Live Marketplace for 400 Microsoft Points, and in the Playstation Store for $4.99.
    by Published on 05-29-2012 02:58 AM
    Secret Avengers #27 cover

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Story Title: Operation Phoenix part 2: Sacred Ground

    The Avengers "away team" finds itself face to face with their old ally Captain Mar-Vell...but disbelieve his presense, as they'd seen him die years ago.

    Writer: Rick Remender
    Artist: Renato Guedes
    Color Artists: Bettie Breitweiser & Matthew Wilson
    Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
    Cover Art: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer & Laura Martin
    Assistant Editor: John Denning
    Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Published by: Marvel Comics

    This issue grabbed me from the cover--I think this is probably my favorite of the tie ins' covers for AvX so far, and though various internet news sources have given me enough information to have a good idea how this turns out, I love seeing Captain Mar-Vell back. Unlike other supposed returns of the character, this one sorta makes sense, given the presence of a cosmic entity of rebirth.

    The issue opens from Mar-Vell's point of view, recalling his death, and then finding himself back among the living, though he had no proactive inclination to ever live again. He quickly gets over this when he sees Carol, and the two (lovers?) are reunited. Meanwhile ...
    by Published on 05-28-2012 11:43 AM
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    Game of Thrones
    Episode 209 – Blackwater
    Aired May 27th, 2012
    9 PM, HBO

    Sadly yes, the world is run by killers, and they do quite a bit of killing in this episode, which spends all its time at the titular battle, just before it begins, and just as it comes to an end.

    Stannis brings his ships to King's Landing, and right into the weak spot Tyrion identified in the previous episode. As such, the King's Landing crew is as ready as they're ever going to be for such an assault – which is honestly not very – but Tyrion puts the wildfire to good if non-conventional use, and pretty much lights the water on fire. A nice effect, which causes a hell of lot of damage and death. Not nearly enough, though, as there's more than enough of Stannis's men left to lay siege to the castle.

    by Published on 05-27-2012 07:48 PM
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    At the Movies Episode 26: Men in Black III
    by Blake M. Petit & Kenny Fanguy

    2 in 1 Showcase At the Movies returns! This week, Blake and Kenny take the time to give their thoughts on Men in Black III. Can this third installment and the addition of Josh Brolin inject some life into this franchise? Plus, Blake asks you to look into the Kickstarter campaign for David Berger's Task Force: Gaea. In the picks, Kenny goes with Red Lanterns #9 and Blake is into The Comic Book History of Comics Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
    by Published on 05-24-2012 12:00 AM
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    Steve Englehart, legendary comic book writer from the 70s and 80s, was involved in a huge new project in the 90s – specifically, the creation of a new universe. At the time, still riding the indie boom of the 80s and the speculator craze that would soon implode and nearly take the whole comics industry with it, a lot of companies tried major superhero launches to compete with the long-established Marvel and DC universes: Image, Valiant, Comics' Greatest World, and a slew of lesser, forgotten creations all appeared in a space of just a few years. Most of them vanished just as quickly. The world Englehart worked on, Malibu Comics' Ultraverse, was one of the more popular at the time, and for good reason. A lot of those comics were actually damn good. The concepts felt classic but the approach felt modern, and the level of creator equity was, for a corporate-owned universe, unprecedented.
    by Published on 05-22-2012 10:54 PM
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    Apologies for missing out last week - sometimes life gets in the way! So today we are going to cover the issues that came out over the last two weeks. This will wrap up everything for the month with the exception of Reed Gunther #10, which was once again delayed. More on that later.

    Suffice to say this won't be the final column of the month - should Reed Gunther be delayed once again, the next column will wrap things up and include next month's list.

    There are seven issues to cover, so I will jump right into it!
    by Published on 05-22-2012 10:00 PM
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    As time permitted, this week I drew inspiration from one of my favorite pastimes – playing games late into the night and inexplicably linking them to songs. It has been a couple years since I last did this - when using Van Halen's "I'll Wait" as a template for why it was best to hold off on buying an Xbox 360. Eventually I did wind up getting one, only to eventually have the DVD drive lose its ability to read discs properly. This time around, it is time to link a Talking Heads classic to the current big game that just set a pre-order record.

    by Published on 05-22-2012 08:53 PM
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    Today Marvel and developer Gazillion Entertainment released the first trailer for their upcoming MMO Marvel Heroes.

    In what has to be a bold move, the gang at Gazillion Entertainment decided to think outside the box and created a MMO that has more in common with popular titles like Marvel Ultimate Alliance and the Diablo series than it does with MMO heavyweights like World of Warcraft and the Old Republic. This title will also see you, the gamer, control the various heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe as opposed to DC Comics' MMO DC Universe Online that has you create an original hero or villain to work alongside or fight established comic characters.

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