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    by Published on 04-12-2012 01:58 AM
    cover for New Avengers #24

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have a decision to make, while Captain America prepares the team for the coming conflict with the X-Men.

    Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
    Artists: Mike Deodato & Will Conrad
    Color Art: Rain Beredo
    Letters & Production: VC's Joe Caramagna
    Cover Artists: Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
    Assistant Editor: John Denning
    Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Published by: Marvel Comics

    The first several pages of the issue follows this group of characters in the moments just before their arrival in the final pages of AvX #1, then flashes back to follow them the day before, in what led to their presence. We have an apparent reunion and "discussion" between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones regarding their present lives, which leads into the meeting Captain America has with everyone just before he confronts Cyclops on Utopia, while the issue dovetails back into the midst of the characters' arrival in AvX #1.
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    by Published on 04-12-2012 01:47 AM
    cover for Infestation 2 #2

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Average

    The CVO team races to save reality from the threat of the Elder Gods breaking through from their home dimension.

    Written by: Duane Swierczynski
    Art by: David Messina
    Colors by: ScarletGothica
    Lettering by: Shawn Lee
    Edits by: Bobby Curnow
    Published by: IDW

    I sorta forgot about the "main story" of Infestation 2. A couple pages in and parts of the core story from #1 came back, though this issue hummed along quite quickly.

    CVO works on several fronts to prevent the Elder Gods from breaking into our world. There's a giant slug covered in eyes, a living Tumor-creature, and a nasty bomb converging in a rather deadly situation for the heroes. After a fairly heart-wrenching moment with their field leader, the threat seems to be contained. Of course, it remains to be seen if there will be a third infestation.
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    by Published on 04-10-2012 11:16 PM
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    by Published on 04-10-2012 09:00 PM
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    No, the poison pill isn't me. Sure, I'm a pill and I love drinking poison (alcohol and soft drinks), but, again, the poison pill doesn't refer to me. I swear. Despite the only real thing in the news lately is the nauseatingly neverending Mass Effect 3 commentary, of which I am done with, that is, until it's time to pick apart the updated ending, I decided to walk away from current news and violate one of my core tenets for news gathering. Again. Normally I would not do such a thing, but the ramifications of what might be coming down the road in a couple years has forced me to seriously think about where console gaming is headed. It has forced me to think about where gaming might be by the time I get to choose whether to corrupt kids of my own with gaming.

    Okay, that's a lie – corruption is inevitable. It is their destiny.

    Last week I touched on core issue at hand. We have whispers that both Sony and Microsoft are looking at potential DRM for their next consoles, something Ubisoft has received loads of praise from the community for, vis-à-vis always-on connectivity. Really look at that last statement, amidst the heavy sarcasm, and start to think about how long this industry has been on this road, how you think we got here, and whether you believe if this is some sort of prank.
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    by Published on 04-09-2012 07:33 AM
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    Game of Thrones

    Episode 202 – The Night Lands
    Aired April 8th, 2012
    9 PM, HBO


    It sucks to be a woman in the Game of Thrones universe, and this episode reminds you of it several times in a rather slow episode, a bit less enthralling than last week's. Men are smart and powerful - according to their own narrative - and women exist solely to have sex and children, and that's it. Men see no other purpose to them. They're like cattle, only of a two legged variety, which is why when Sam, talking of one of the doomed daughter brides of the Caster clan, says she's “not a goat”, you can't help but snicker just a little. According to most of the men in this universe, yes she is.
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    by Published on 04-09-2012 05:46 AM
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    As you can see, I have gone back to writing the Forty Dollar Pull List, as opposed to filming them. While it was fun to put out the YouTube videos, the views were going down instead of up, to the point where I really couldn't justify continuing it. I still plan to do the occasional video special, but from now on - the main column will be in print! If it isn't broke, don't fix it!

    I am still going to come out with these each week - that is one change I liked, and it should make these articles easier to read in smaller bites as opposed to a dozen reviews wrapped up into one. Plus it will give you a chance to read about a book shortly after it was released, and share your thoughts - as opposed to waiting until the end of the month.

    Please, let me know what you think. I want to make this column something you consider valuable, and if you would like to see something - I want to hear about it!

    Enough housekeeping - we have two issues to cover this week. First we have Daredevil #10 from Marvel Comics - and after the math, we will go right into the first comic issue for April - Daredevil #10.1!
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    by Published on 04-08-2012 06:31 PM
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    Episode 262: An Easter Quickie
    by Blake M. Petit

    It's Easter, friends, and we've all got mounds of chocolate to eat. So this week, Blake hits you with a mini-episode in which he reviews the film The Hunger Games, talks about the first and zeroth issues of Avengers Vs. X-Men, and picks Danger Club #1 as the best of the week. Don't forget, we're taking your votes for the top ten villains in all media to use in an upcoming episode! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 04-06-2012 10:13 PM
    Writer: Jeff Lemire
Pencils: Steve Pugh & Travel Foreman
Inks: Steve Pugh & Jeff Huet
Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art: Travel Foreman
Editor: Joey Cavaleri
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    Title: Animal Vs. Man Part Two
    Rating: T+

    The forces of the Rot attack Buddy and Maxine – and neither of them will be the same.

    Writer: Jeff Lemire
    Pencils: Steve Pugh & Travel Foreman
    Inks: Steve Pugh & Jeff Huet
    Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
    Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
    Cover Art: Travel Foreman
    Editor: Joey Cavaleri
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Buddy Baker and his family are trapped, stuck in an RV surrounded by the corpses of animals reanimated and transformed into bloodthirsty agents of the Rot. As Buddy desperately fights to save his daughter, Maxine finds her power growing yet again.
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    by Published on 04-06-2012 09:14 PM
    Writer: Landry Q. Walker
Art: Eric Jones
Colors: Michael “Rusty” Drake
Letters: Jimmy Betancourt
Cover Art: Eric Jones
Editor: Branwyn Bigglestone
Publisher: Image Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    Rating: T+

    When the world’s superheroes disappear, can their sidekicks keep it together?

    Writer: Landry Q. Walker
    Art: Eric Jones
    Colors: Michael “Rusty” Drake
    Letters: Jimmy Betancourt
    Cover Art: Eric Jones
    Editor: Branwyn Bigglestone
    Publisher: Image Comics

    Three months ago, the greatest superheroes in the world came together to answer a call to battle. As heroes do from time to time, they took off into outer space to battle a foe that no single hero could conquer. But this time, they didn’t come home. Now, crime is running rampant and the world is on the brink of destruction. With the heroes gone, it’s time for the sidekicks to take the lead.
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    by Published on 04-06-2012 08:20 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    Queen Sonja learns there are some enemies that you can't remove simply by killing them.

    Written by: Luke Lieberman
    Art: Milton Estevam
    Colours: Salvatore Aiala Studio
    Letters: Simon Bowland
    Cover: (my pick) Lucio Parrillo
    Editor: Luke Lieberman
    Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

    Sonja is an Empress with a shaky crown. She remains in Nicolla, the capital of Emoran Empire, trying to maintain peace in the land, but she is being thwarted in the worse kind of way. There is a sect of religious zealots out to undermine her rule and they don't care how many innocent people they have to kill to see their plans to fruition. Alas, Queen Sonja is a benevolent monarch and she is willing to give up the throne if it means an end to the bloodshed. But then that may just do more harm than good.
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    by Published on 04-06-2012 08:12 AM
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    Community

    Episode 314 – Pillows and Blankets
    Aired April 5th, 2012
    8 PM, NBC






    I wasn't sure about Chang getting a children's army in the bar mitzhav episode, but now that gag pays off in Changlorious Basterds, his children's pillow fighting battalion of doom. And it raises both the gag and that past episode in my esteem. Well done, Community writers. You did a one off gag that wasn't that funny only to turn around and use it as a fabulous gag a bit farther down the road. Now that's how you do it. Or should I say Chang it?


    This was probably one of Community's more meta and ambitious episodes, and at first I wasn't sure it was going to work. After all, while
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    by Published on 04-05-2012 02:41 AM
    Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Rags Morales, Brad Walker, Rick Bryant, Bob McCleod
Colors: Brad Anderson, David Curiel
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover Art: Rags Morales & Brad Anderson
Editor: Matt Idelson
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Superman Meets the Collector of Worlds
    Rating: T

    Superman versus the Collector – for the fate of Metropolis!

    Writer: Grant Morrison
    Art: Rags Morales, Brad Walker, Rick Bryant, Bob McCleod
    Colors: Brad Anderson, David Curiel
    Letters: Patrick Brosseau
    Cover Art: Rags Morales & Brad Anderson
    Editor: Matt Idelson
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Metropolis has been taken by an alien intelligence – miniaturized and brought into outer space along with a series of other cities from across the universe. Equipped with a new suit obtained from Krypton itself, Superman goes toe-to-toe with the alien computer intelligence and its human host, John Corbett, with the entire city of Metropolis watching for their salvation.
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