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    by Published on 03-05-2012 08:10 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio
    Quick Rating: Good
    MPAA: R

    US SEALs race against time to stop a Terrorist attack on US Soil.

    Starring: US Seals, Jason Cottle, Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez
    Screenplay: Kurt Johnstad
    Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh
    Producers: Jason Clark, Max Leitman, Lance Sloane, Scott Waugh, Mike McCoy
    Presented by: Relativity Media
    Release Date: February 24, 2012.

    I'm sure everyone has heard of the story behind the making of Act of Valor. The Directors managed to secure active duty SEAL Special Forces to portray themselves in a fictional account of their exploits. They are, I'm sure, trying for the ultimate example of authenticity in cinematic history. But this desire is a double edged sword.

    Let's begin with the story. Seems a Chechnya Rebel named Abu Shabal doesn't appreciate how America has ignored their attempts at achieving freedom for their homeland, as well he doesn't like America's occupation of Muslim lands. So he initiates a large and complex plan to exact some measure of revenge on the US.
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    by Published on 03-05-2012 06:16 PM

    Today Ubisoft released the much anticipated Assassin's Creed 3 trailer. As many of you may know, the first image of the game was leaked onto the internet last week by a ...
    by Published on 03-05-2012 03:53 PM

    This month, the $40 Pull List goes video!

    It’s been five years since the $40 Pull List started up on cxPulp, and I thought it was time to try something a little different. With that in mind, this is the first video installment of the Pull List. Check it out, and please do let me know what you think by posting a comment. If you like it, I will look at continuing it as a video presentation.

    Suggestions are welcome! I found after wrapping this up that it was a bit longer than I had hoped, so for future installments I am considering doing it weekly instead of monthly. Of course, I’d love to hear your comments on that.
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    by Published on 03-04-2012 10:14 PM
    cover for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries: Donatello

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

    Taking some time to get away from his brothers, Donatello visits a science fair and comes face to face with his online nemesis, and stumbles across something even more sinister.

    Story by: Brian Lynch
    Script by: Brian Lynch & Tom Waltz
    Art by: Valerio Schiti
    Colors by: Scarletgothica & Ilaria Traversi
    Letters by:Robbie Robbins
    Editor: Bobby Curnow
    Cover: David Peterson
    Published by: IDW

    This is the third issue of the TMNT Micro-Series. While it's billed as #3 (of 4) it's really a one-shot, spotlighting a solo adventure of Donatello, apart from his brothers. The issue opens with Donnie finding himself invited to a science fair. Opting to venture out into "his" world of science folks, Donnie leaves his brothers in the sewer, as he heads topside to mingle. When an invention doesn't work quite as planned, Don finds himself face to face with his online nemesis. The two deal with a common challenge: one Baxter Stockman. As the battle plays out, Don and the scientist's rivalry does as well. In the course of this, Don comes across Stockman's latest plot, which has disturbing potential against the turtles.
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    FF #15 

    by Published on 03-04-2012 10:04 PM
    Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Nick Dragotta
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: Mike Choi & Guru EFX
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Fair
    Title: The One Where Power Pack Shows Up
    Rating: T

    Alex Power’s siblings show up for the face off against the Celestials!

    Writer: Jonathan Hickman
    Art: Nick Dragotta
    Colors: Chris Sotomayor
    Letters: Clayton Cowles
    Cover Art: Mike Choi & Guru EFX; June Brigman (Variant)
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Franklin and Valeria Richards, with the rest of the kids of the Future Foundation, have taken the battle with the Mad Celestials back to Earth. With the Celestials bound upon killing Reed Richards, Alex Power calls his brother and sisters – the Power Pack, to pick up his new team and lend a hand.
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    by Published on 03-04-2012 09:26 PM
    Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Ryan Ottley
Inks: Cliff Rathburn
Colors: John Rauch
Letters: Rus Wooton
Cover Art: Ryan Ottley
Editor: Sina Grace
Publisher: Image Comics/Skybound

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

    With Invincible fighting for his life, another hero puts on his costume to keep the fight going.

    Writer: Robert Kirkman
    Pencils: Ryan Ottley
    Inks: Cliff Rathburn
    Colors: John Rauch
    Letters: Rus Wooton
    Cover Art: Ryan Ottley
    Editor: Sina Grace
    Publisher: Image Comics/Skybound

    With Invincible quarantined, fighting for his life against the Scourge virus, his friends have gathered to wait and hope for the best. Not everybody is happy, though, that his friends now count Dinosaurus amongst their numbers, and while Mark Grayson clings to life, those who are there for his sake begin to come to blows. Meanwhile, one of the other heroes decides to put on Invincible’s uniform and take up the cause.
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    by Published on 03-04-2012 08:36 PM
    Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Jim Lee, Carlos D’Anda
Inks: Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Batt, Mark Irwin
Colors: Alex Sinclair, Tony Avina, Hi-Fi, Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Patrick Brosseau, Sal Cipriano
Cover Art: Jim Lee
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Justice League Part Six & Pandora
    Rating: T

    The proto-League faces down Darkseid!

    Writer: Geoff Johns
    Pencils: Jim Lee, Carlos D’Anda
    Inks: Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Batt, Mark Irwin
    Colors: Alex Sinclair, Tony Avina, Hi-Fi, Gabe Eltaeb
    Letters: Patrick Brosseau, Sal Cipriano
    Cover Art: Jim Lee
    Editor: Brian Cunningham
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Seven heroes – not yet friends, not yet a team – have been pulled together to face the immensely powerful alien threat calling itself Darkseid. As Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg do battle with the mad god, Batman sets out to rescue the one who can turn the tide – Superman.
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    by Published on 03-04-2012 07:10 PM
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    Episode 258: Movie Night and More
    by Blake M. Petit & Erin Blash

    Blake and Erin get together this week to talk about movies. They give their thoughts on the recent film Chronicle and the newest DCU animated film Justice League: Doom, plus a few other films that have crossed their Netflix queues lately, and look forward to John Carter and The Hunger Games. Moving on to other talk, we say farewell to Sheldon Moldoff and Ralph McQuarrie, celebrate the return of Community, talk about the pre-orders for Avengers Vs. X-Men and the Earth Two costume designs and more! In the picks, we talk about Hack/Slash #13 and The Shade #5. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 03-04-2012 03:00 PM
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    So, it's been quite a long time since I have found time to write anything about games. Life is quite unpredictable and it has been taking a big toll on me. Two things happened since I last put a solid amount of work and effort into one of these things, so if you see some rust in the content, well, know that it's not from oxidation and that it will go away in due time.

    A little over year ago if you told me that I would be spending all of my free time, 6 hours in a week, playing the MMO The Old Republic, I would be sad because, hey, 6 hours? That's just insane! If you also told me that I would be planning my wedding I would have laughed. If you told me that it would be to someone who would twist my arm to play multiplayer Civ 5 I would have put you in a mental institution. Yet, here we are. In short, it is quite the harmonious thing to know that my video game habit is not going to be curbed in the near future.

    Now, onto our newly regular scheduled programming.
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    by Published on 03-03-2012 11:28 PM
    cover for Infestation 2: Team-Up #1

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

    Archibald the alien and Bat Boy team up to hang out in a bar while they attempt to sit out the latest event to interfere in their ongoing lives.

    Written by: Chris Ryall
    Art by: Alan Robinson
    Colors by: Kote Carvajal
    Lettering by: Shawn Lee
    Edits by: Bobby Curnow
    Pin-Ups by: Drew Moss and Livio Ramondelli
    Covers by: Eric Powell, Bill Morrison, Tom Smith, Scorpion Studios, Alan Robinson, Kote Carvajal
    Published by: IDW

    This year there was that extra Wednesday in February. Given it fell in the midst of Infestation 2, IDW's tossed in this "filler" book. I bought it because it's part of Infestation 2, though I had zero idea who the characters on the cover (and interior story) were. So...kudos to IDW for some effective branding, getting me to buy something based solely on the very "event banner" on a cover that I try to avoid in most other situations.

    This Team-Up issue seems to make a team of Archibald (a character from the Infestation: Outbreak mini that followed last year's Infestation event), and Bat Boy from Weekly World News (which rings a bell but I couldn't quite place it). Archibald literally gets caught up in the dealings of Infestation 2 as one of the Old Ones throws him across the country where he lands relatively unharmed at the feet of Bat Boy. The two wind up in a bar, sharing tell of all the events they've been through and what they've meant to their lives. Ultimately they find that they cannot remain aloof from the ongoing event outside the bar and get involved.
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    by Published on 03-03-2012 12:27 AM
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    Archer

    Episode 310 – Crossing Over
    Aired March 1st, 2012
    10 PM, FX



    It seems hard living is finally catching up with Archer. After getting blottoed after a co-worker's funeral, he and the rest of his ISIS friends go out drinking, but most bail. When he's hungover and yet still drinking, he realizes he had the best sex of his life with what he presumes to be the amazingly stacked hooker he vaguely remembers from last night, but of course it turns out to be with Pam, the only co-worker who continued drinking with him and went out for chicken and waffles. Archer is of course horrified, but it makes sense: hedonistic, omnisexual Pam seems to be a professional good time girl, what with her ever present thermos of Green Russians (a mix of absinthe and milk) and her general fearlessness. She seems like she's up for anything, and apparently that's true.
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    by Published on 02-29-2012 10:12 PM
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    Here we are friends, on that day that comes but once every four years. It's February 29, "Leap Day," and according to Alan Moore, it's Superman's birthday. The reminders of this all over Twitter and Facebook (my friends can be such nerds) made me think of the story that established this little bit of Superman lore, Superman (vol. 1) Annual #11, the legendary story "For the Man Who Has Everything." The tale -- in which Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman arrive at the Fortress of Solitude to celebrate Superman's birthday only to find him trapped by Mongul and his "Black Mercy" plant -- is often, justifiably, counted among the greatest Superman stories ever written, not to mention one of the few times the Jason Todd Robin wasn't annoying as hell.
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