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    by Published on 05-06-2012 11:22 PM
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    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Intimate Strangers Part 1
    Rating: T+

    Victim of a bizarre crime, Elle has to find her attacker – from outside her own body.

    Writer: Jim McCann
    Art: Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback
    Letters: Dave Lanphear
    Cover Art: Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback
    Publisher: Image Comics

    Image Comics has really been taking chances lately, launching one new series after another, and many of them achieving serious critical success. The newest one, Mind the Gap, isn’t quite a home run right out of the box, but it’s got potential.
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    by Published on 05-06-2012 08:42 PM
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    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Rebirth
    Rating: T

    Separated from their home on Earth 2, Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L seek a way home.

    Writer: Paul Levitz
    Pencils: George Perez & Kevin Maguire
    Inks: Scott Koblish & Kevin Maguire
    Colors: Hi-Fi & Rosemary Cheetham
    Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
    Cover Art: George Perez
    Editor: Wil Moss
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Five years ago, in another universe, a cataclysm threw the Supergirl and Robin of that world into the world of the New 52. Robin – Helena Wayne – has grown into the Huntress, while Supergirl, using the name “Karen Starr,” has been unable to decide her place in this new world… until now.
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    by Published on 05-06-2012 07:52 PM
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    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: What’s the 411?
    Rating: T+

    A mysterious dial imparts an even more mysterious power…

    Writer: China Miéville
    Art: Mateus Santolouco
    Colors: Tanya & Richard Horie
    Letters: Steve Wands
    Cover Art: Brian Bolland
    Editor: Karen Berger
    Publisher: DC Comics

    The New 52 gets a little bit newer this week, with the launch of four ongoing series. Dial H takes the Silver Age concept of Dial H For Hero and gives it a darker edge, a new protagonist, and a clever twist to the core concept that provides a little more built-in drama than it ever had before.
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    by Published on 05-06-2012 01:28 PM
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    Episode 265: Free Comic Book Day 2012
    by Blake M. Petit & Kenny Fanguy

    On the tenth anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, Blake and Kenny set up camp at BSI Comics in Metairie and chat with fans, pros, and fellow podcasters about everything! In this episode: a spoiler-free discussion of The Avengers, our thoughts on the DC Nation cartoon block including Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, discussions of the free comics on sale, Kurt Amacker tells us about his new graphic novel Tad Caldwell and the Monster Kid, and we chat with the hosts of the Nola Nerd podcast and Adam from the Graphic Panels podcast. In the picks, Adam recommends Earth 2 #1 and Blake (surprising virtually no one) talks about the first issue of the new X-O Manowar. And the free stuff isn't over -- Blake is giving away free downloads of his superhero novel Other People's Heroes! Just go to Smashwords.com, use the coupon code XG56X, and download the book in your preferred eReader format! (Coupon expires on May 20, 2012.) Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 05-05-2012 01:31 PM
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    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Good
    Story Title: Protective Services part 1

    Wolverine and the Avengers drop the mutant kids from Wolvie's school into the Academy to keep 'em out of the way for the adults' conflict.

    Writer: Christos Gage
    Penciler: Tom Grummett
    Inker: Cory Hamscher
    Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
    Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna
    Cover: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Charalampidis
    Asst. Editor: Jake Thomas
    Editor: Bill Rosemann
    Published by: Marvel Comics

    Wolverine shows up at the academy with some mutant kids from his school. No one wants them getting tangled up in the ongoing conflict between the X-Men and the Avengers, so this seems a good place to stash the kids to keep them out of the battle. Of course, the Avengers kids and the X-kids are not entirely thrilled about the arrangement--though the adults have mixed reactions. Along with this, Sebastian Shaw voluntarily goes along with being put in a cell for everyone's peace of mind provided he has some books. And by issue's end, the kids have gotten to know each other a bit, and Shaw has proven more resourceful than given credit.
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    by Published on 05-05-2012 01:20 PM
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    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Good
    Story Title: Round 3

    Despite tipping the Avengers off to the X-Men's ruse and seeing said ruse revealed, Wolverine is not trusted by Cap, which leads to a brutal fight between the two teammates.

    Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman
    Script: Ed Brubaker
    Pencils: John Romita Jr.
    Inks: Scott Hanna
    Colors: Laura Martin
    Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
    Cover: Jim Cheung, Laura Martin
    Assistant Editor: John Denning
    Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
    Consulting Editor: Nick Lowe
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Published by: Marvel Comics

    In broad strokes, this is a fairly simple issue. Wolverine wakes up from being crisped by a Phoenix-powered Hope. As he gets his bearings, he learns that the X-Men have surrendered to the Avengers...which he immediately realizes can NOT go well. The X-Men's plan is quickly unveiled, and they make their escape. Following this, Steve Rogers shares his lack of trust now in Wolverine, leading to quite the fight between the two old soldiers.
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    by Published on 05-05-2012 03:48 AM
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    Episode 318 – Course Listing Unavailable
    Aired May 3rd,2012
    8PM,NBC









    I did wonder how they – as in the gang, a/k/a the “Greendale 7” -were going to handle the tragic death of Starburns, as he wasn't close to anyone in the group, although he was always hanging around the periphery, lurking in the background. He was hard to ignore, what with his wacky facial hair.


    This was sort of an uneven episode, with some good gags, an obvious callback to Remedial Chaos Theory, and a sense that this is really a two or three parter. Of course the star performer of the night award goes to the Dean, who is just on fire this episode, from his own personalized version of “Come On Eileen” to his can-can outfit, to his inability to truly fathom Chang's megalomaniacal craziness, he was a dean-light. (See what I did there?) And any memorial service that ends in a Subway destroying riot simply can't be all bad.
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    by Published on 05-03-2012 04:52 PM
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    "Gamers! Prepare to crap thy pants!"

    Today Bethesda Softworks has announced The Elder Scrolls Online. Not much is known about the title, but it is in development ...
    by Published on 05-03-2012 02:46 PM
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    Reviewer: Waylon Wernette
    Quick Rating: Still a Great Fighter!
    Rating: 9+

    Platform: iOS devices - requires iOS 5.0
    Reviewed on: Apple iPad 2
    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Genre: Fighter
    # of Players: 2 - Bluetooth enabled online play
    U.S. Release Date: April 25, 2012
    MSRP: $4.99 - Special $2.99 price through
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    by Published on 05-03-2012 03:32 AM
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    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Good
    Story Title: The Price of Victory

    After Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman fall saving the world from Apokaliptian Parademons, other heroes must rise to protect this parallel Earth.

    Writer: James Robinson
    Penciler: Nicola Scott
    Inker: Trevor Scott
    Colorist: Alex Sinclair
    Letterer: Dezi Sienty
    Cover by: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado & Rod Reis
    Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
    Editor: Pat McCallum
    Published by: DC Comics

    Metropolis has been destroyed, and in its ruins Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman launch a last-ditch offensive against the alien parademons who have invaded Earth. While we witness the catastrophic destruction that's befallen the planet as well as the fall of heroes, we also see the beginnings of new heroes, champions to replace those who came before. Though much has been lost in saving this Earth, Time will see it heal and move on.
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    by Published on 05-03-2012 02:21 AM
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    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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