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    Episode 245: Les Daniels & Bil Keane
    by Blake M. Petit


    Blake is alone and hoarse this week, so he doesn't waste time and gets right to saying ...
    by Published on 11-12-2011 07:33 AM
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    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

    Episode 709 - The Gang Gets Trapped
    Aired November 10th, 2011
    10 PM, FX


    This is a really odd episode of “Sunny”, in the sense that I got this feeling, probably erroneous, that this was a longer script, snipped down in pre-production or the editing room to the end result. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s that the story feels choppy and piecemeal. Not that Sunny’s ever been known for its airtight, intricate plots - boy, are you watching the wrong show if that‘s what you‘re here for - but this seemed a bit more meandering and half assed than usual.

    There were funny bits, and Dennis’s deadpan, meta comments, such as “That’s an outrageous amount of noise,” and “How have we not been caught at this point?“ made me laugh out loud. The plot, such as it is, finds Frank, Dennis, and Dee stuck inside a fancy house when the owners unexpectedly come home, while Charlie and ...
    by Published on 11-11-2011 08:54 PM
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    Community
    Episode 307 - Studies In Modern Movement
    Aired November 10th, 2011
    8 PM, NBC





    This episode of Community tackles the sitcom staple of moving. Annie is finally moving away from the dildo emporium and moving in with Troy and Abed. Of course this is a recipe for warmth and disaster, which is how it plays out. Only Jeff dodges the bullet of friendship by faking being sick, but really he’s just out shopping and admiring himself in mirrors. But that all comes to an abrupt end when the Dean inexplicably runs into him, and because he’s been reading Troy’s tweets, he knows Jeff blew off helping Annie move because they think he’s sick. The Dean takes the opportunity to blackmail Jeff into hanging out with him.
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    by Published on 11-10-2011 12:49 AM
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    Even here, in month three, the New 52 is clearly exceeding expectations, including its digital sales... apparently. The truth is, neither DC nor anybody else is actually reporting the numbers of their digital sales, leading DC to proclaim Justice League #1 their all-time top digital seller. This was followed by Marvel declaring Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 to be their top digital seller, which no doubt led the big two companies into a playground shouting math that won't end until one of them declares that a digital comic has sold “Infinity Plus One” copies, which of course will win the argument, as there is no higher number.

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    by Published on 11-09-2011 08:40 PM
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    Reviewer: Jimmy Wahl Jimmy.Wahl@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Sinestro Part 3

    Hal and Sinestro go to Korugar to stop the Sinestro Corps

    Writer: Geoff Johns
    Pencils: Doug Mahnke
    Colors: Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, and Tom Nguyen
    Letters: Sal Cirpriano
    Cover: Mahnke and Baron
    Editor: Brian Cunningham
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Hal Jordan has been deputized by his arch enemy Sinestro, who currently wears Hal's ring. The unlikely duo have made news headlines on Earth and now they've gone to Korugar to free Sinestro's home world from enslavement at the hands of the Corps he created. Meanwhile on Oa, the Guardians are making their plans for the future. And back on Earth Carol Ferris is befuddled by the sight of Hal and Sinestro working together. Then we get a great cliffhanger ending.

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    by Published on 11-09-2011 12:36 PM
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    by Published on 11-07-2011 01:13 PM
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    Reviewer: Waylon Wernette
    Quick Rating: Fun, But Slightly Frustrating
    Rating: T for Teen

    Official Site

    Platform: Playstation 3
    Developer: Naughty Dog
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Genre: Third Person Action-Adventure
    # of Players: 1 (Single Player), 2 (split screen co-op, competitive multiplayer), 3 (online co-op), 12 (online competitive multiplayer)
    U.S. Release Date: November 1, 2011
    MSRP: $59.99


    Nathan Drake is back for another adventure as he searches for the lost city of Iram!
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    by Published on 11-07-2011 01:33 AM
    Tim Seeley, Daniel Leister, Rachelle Rosenberg

    Hack/Slash #9 (Image Comics)
    By Tim Seeley, Daniel Leister, Rachelle Rosenberg

    This is a bad time for Vlad to get sick. The condition responsible for his deformed appearance is getting worse, causing him extreme pain and prompting Cassie to put him on the sidelines. As she’s nursing her sick partner, she gets word that her old frenemy Samhain is in New York, same as her. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s been a breakout at a multiversal prison facility, and Bomb Queen is turning up in her universe. This works as a sort-of sequel to the Bomb Queen Vs. Hack/Slash one-shot from earlier this year, but it feels much more like a Hack/Slash story than that one did. The tone and portrayal of the characters is more in keeping with this title, and Bomb Queen isn’t played for parody as much as she often is. Of course, she doesn’t have a lot of screen time this issue, that may well change next month. But considering all the guest appearances and crossovers Cassie Hack has taken part in recently, it’s nice to see one of them coming back and being reflected in the main comic. Daniel Leister is doing good work here, with a few interesting monster designs towards the end of the issue. I like seeing Samhain again, but it’s a little hard to accept how quickly Cassie is ready to let him back in considering what happened the last time he was in this title. All told, though, this is a good issue, and I’m looking forward to the next installment of the story.
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    by Published on 11-07-2011 01:07 AM
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    Uncanny X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics)
    By Kieron Gillen, Carlos Pacheco, Cam Smith

    With half the team and most of the students gone from Utopia, Cyclops sets about the task of rebuilding his group of X-Men. As he gives tasks to the remaining X-Men, the Dreaming Celestial gets a visitor in the form of one of the X-Men’s most vicious enemies. To the credit of Kieron Gillen, this issue definitely feels like an all-new, all-different kind of X-Men. Cyclops’s team has gone through real hell, including Colossus now being merged with the power of the Juggernaut and the rest of the team being made up of (as Emma Frost points out) mutants of questionable character. There are really very few “classic” X-Men remaining in the main cast here, and perhaps that’s the reason I didn’t really care for it as much as Wolverine and the X-Men #1. It’s certainly fair enough to try to branch out and do something different with this title, but the resultant cast of characters doesn’t really speak to me very much. Carlos Pacheco and Cam Smith do perfectly good artwork – Pacheco is an artist I’m pretty much always anxious to see at work. Their depiction of the Dreaming Celestial and the clever metamorphosis his head undergoes looks nice, and the book feels more like a part of the Marvel Universe than a lot of X-Men comics have in the past. But at this point, if I’m going to keep one X-Men book on my pull list, it’s not going to be this one.
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    by Published on 11-07-2011 12:02 AM
    Brandon Seifert, Lukas Ketner

    Witch Doctor #4 (Image Comics/Skybound)
    By Brandon Seifert, Lukas Ketner

    Dr. Vincent Morrow is being forced to answer for his actions in an investigation that went bad. The Mystics Without Borders Board isn’t impressed with how he handles the case of the Patient From the Black Lagoon, but Morrow understands that the stakes are much higher than the mystics are willing to face. This is the final issue of the first Witch Doctor miniseries, and Image has already announced another one-shot for December and a new miniseries for 2012, and I couldn’t be happier. This series has been an absolutely flawless blend of horror, comedy, and medical drama all in one. It’s a fine line to walk, but Seifert and Ketner have done it with ease. This issue builds very heavily on last issue’s revelations, and the larger storyline of this property is beginning to become clear, and that too is completely to this book’s credit. It would have been easy to simply do a “freak of the week” comic book, bringing in a different patient and a different case each issue, and that would have been entertaining enough for a time. But uncovering a deeper mythology, showing an overall direction for the characters, that’s the sort of thing that takes a comic from being a simple entertaining diversion to something truly memorable. Ketner’s artwork brings a necessary degree of realism t the monsters that Morrow faces, which really helps this title stand out against other horror comics. This is the first non-Robert Kirkman effort from his Skybound imprint, and he couldn’t have chosen a better one.
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    by Published on 11-06-2011 11:27 PM
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    Snarked! #2 (Boom! Studios/kaboom!)
    By Roger Langridge & Rachelle Rosenberg

    With the King missing, his advisers are planning to seize control by placing his toddler son, Prince Rusty, on the throne. But his older sister, Princess Scarlett, has exerted her right to power, and fled with Rusty to the tender care of Wilburforce J. Walrus and his carpenter colleague, Clyde McDunk. This issue, it’s Market Day, and that means it’s time to go out into town… and the results could be disastrous. Roger Langridge continues to tell an intriguing all-ages tale in this comic book. Scarlett is becoming a really great character – smart and savvy, with plenty of awareness of the true nature of those around her. One could easily argue, in fact, that she’s got a better idea of just what kind of person the Walrus is than he himself does. In issue one, he became a reluctant guardian. This issue helps him to realize the gravity of the situation, and advances him considerably as a character without losing any of his roguish charm. Langridge and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg have, together, made one of the loveliest fairy tale villages I’ve yet seen. The town feels quaint and inviting, and its population of human and animal characters coexisting feels very normal, very natural for this world. Lots of people have tried to do their interpretation of the works of Lewis Carroll. Langridge is doing it better than anybody.
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    by Published on 11-06-2011 10:43 PM
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    Animal Man #3 (DC Comics)
    By Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman

    Maxine Baker’s powers are beginning to develop in new, unusual ways. Unlike her father, who can draw on the abilities of animals across the planet, Maxine has a more direct link to “The Red,” and seems to have a vital role to play in an upcoming war against a force that stands against all life. Plenty of people have already pegged Animal Man as the surprise breakout hit of the New 52, and you’re not going to hear me arguing with them. Jeff Lemire’s new take on Animal Man is a great take on an old favorite… a horror comic that happens to star a superhero. He takes advantage of the new continuity to do a bit of a retcon to Buddy’s origin, changing things a little but making the character fit in better with the DC Universe as a whole and this horrific take in particular. And again, if you read this book and Swamp Thing together, you see two sides of a larger story, and that’s something that’s very easy to appreciate. The artwork is growing on me here. Travel Foreman works better with a horror comic than a straight superhero, and the more horror-oriented scenes we get this issue feel like a better match for him. Some of the creatures that Buddy and his family encounter here are simply pulled out of nightmares. It works for the story and makes a great comic book.
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