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    by Published on 10-14-2011 01:55 PM
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    Waylon Wernette
    Quick Rating: Action Packed
    Title: They Shall Not Pass
    Rating: T for Teen

    The Demon Knights gang throws down with dinosaur dragons! How can you not love that line?

    Writer: Paul Cornell
    Art: Diogenes Neves
    Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
    Letters: Jared H. Fletcher
    Cover: Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey
    Publisher: DC Comics - The New 52
    Price: $2.99
    Release Date: October 12, 2011
    Available: In stores and on tablet comic readers - same day distribution.

    It's Friday people! That means it's time to have fun and review Demon Knights #2!

    This issues starts off with a bang as the new gang is attacked by a group of dinosaur dragons. Vandal Savage's response? "Excellent! I haven't eaten one of these in centuries!" That line sums up why I love this book so much. It's fantasy and fun, and seems to be able to do its own thing without having to worry about stepping on the toes of other books.
    by Published on 10-14-2011 08:01 AM
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    Episode 304 - Remedial Chaos Theory
    Aired October 13th, 2011
    8 PM, NBC

    I like to rent or buy DVDs of shows like Community, not only because I can watch favorite episodes again, but also so I can hear the commentary. Yes, I’m a commentary nerd; I like hearing what the creators and actors have to say about something I like. (Sometimes you learn awesome things. Sometimes you realize either this was a bad day for them, or they are shockingly boring people.) But I’m definitely going to watch this episode tomorrow when it’s up for streaming on Hulu or NBC, just because I enjoyed it so much. I’m not waiting for the DVD.

    What a fun episode. Not only funny and character rich, but an excellent illustration of both chaos ...
    by Published on 10-14-2011 02:32 AM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Average

    In the aftermath of Schism, the X-Men choose sides as Wolverine leaves Utopia for Westchester.

    Writer: Kieron Gillen
    Artist: Billy Tan
    Colorist: Andres Mossa
    Letters: Rob Steen
    Cover Artists: Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend
    Variant Cover Artists: Morry Hollowell
    Production: Mayela Gutierrez
    Assistant Editor: Sebastian Girner
    Editor: Nick Lowe
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Although I can't say that I enjoyed Schism all that much, as it felt empty, out of character, and inorganic in terms of its storytelling, this one-shot, which sets up the new status quo for the X-Men and shows why certain characters choose certain sides, is a somewhat more enjoyable affair. Gillen does a good job of making each character interaction unique, despite at its core each story being more or less the same. However, throughout the issue there's an odd backdrop sequence of savage, feral versions of Wolverine and Cyclops throwing down as the sides are chosen, and it just felt completely out of place, and unnecessary throughout the issue.
    by Published on 10-14-2011 01:30 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Titles: Alone; The Murders In The Rue Morgue; To Violet Vane; The Facts In The Case of M. Valdemar; A Dream Within A Dream; Berenice; Eldorado; Hop-Frog; The Oval Portrait; The Man of the Crowd; Spirits of the Dead; King Pest; The Tell-Tale Heart; The Masque of the Red Death; The Conqueror Worm

    Horror and mystery stories of Poe are given the graphic treatment.

    Writers, Adapters, & Artists: Edgar Allan Poe, Antonella Caputo, Rod Lott, Rich Rainey, Michael Manning, Reno Maniquis, Lisa K. Weber, Brad Teare, Nelson Evergreen, Molly Kiely, Leong Wan Kok, Craig Wilson, Stan Shaw, Anton Emdin, Roger Langridge, Andy Ewen, Ronn Sutton, Maxon Crumb, Tom Pomplun, Neale Blanden, Benjamin Wright, & Glenn Smith
    Editor: Tom Pomplun
    Cover Art: Michael Manning
    Publisher: Eureka Productions

    Just in time for Halloween, Graphic Classics comes out with its second collection of Edgar Allan Poe tales, so there are many smaller, more obscure stories in this one. Although, funnily enough, the stand out is possibly the best known story, “The Murders In The Rue Morgue” , is also the best in terms of artwork and presentation. The story is paced well, and the art by Mantiquis is just beautiful, which just emphasizes the gruesomeness of the tale.

    I was also happy to see a colorized version of Hop-Frog, a truly creepy story of revenge, with ...
    by Published on 10-13-2011 12:23 AM
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    Marvel will soon launch a new ongoing title, The Avenging Spider-Man which will supposedly focus on Spidey's interactions with the rest of the Marvel Universe via his status as an Avenger, while simultaneously increasing the likelihood that people will see him at the beginning of any comic book rack shelved alphabetically in weeks no new issue of Amazing comes out. I'm not really sure what makes this concept substantially different from the old Marvel Team-Up, to be honest, but the book gets me thinking about Spider-Man's history as a character. Spider-Man's status as a full-time Avenger is relatively new; the first New Avengers series began in 2005, whereas Spidey will celebrate his 50th anniversary next year. The question, therefore, is why he wasn't an Avenger from the very beginning.
    by Published on 10-11-2011 08:42 PM
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    Waylon Wernette
    Quick Rating: Fun
    Title: The Signal Masters Part 2
    Rating: T for Teen

    Booster Gold is forced to issue a retreat and begins to lose his hold on the team.

    Writer: Dan Jurgens
    Art: Aaron Lopresti
    Colors: Hi-Fi
    Letters: Travis Lanham
    Cover: Aaron Lopresti
    Publisher: DC Comics - The New 52
    Price: $2.99
    Release Date: October 5, 2011
    Available: In stores and on tablet comic readers - same day distribution.

    This issue picks up right where the last left off. A couple of American gun-ho wahoos used a stolen Black Hawk ammunition crate to blow up the JLI's Hall of Justice, and the team was shocked to discover a giant robot emerging from the ground beneath them in Peru. The first page shows the Hall of Justice completely burned to the ground and team liaison Andre Briggs sees it as an opportunity to show that the team is needed more than ever. I don't know, looks like a failure to me. The damn building didn't last one issue.
    by Published on 10-11-2011 04:00 AM
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    Matthew Sturges, Luca Rossi, Esao Andrews, Bill Willingham, Tony Akins, Steven T. Seagle, Teddy Kristiansen, Inaki Miranda

    House of Mystery #42 (DC Comics/Vertigo)
    By Matthew Sturges, Luca Rossi, Esao Andrews, Bill Willingham, Tony Akins, Steven T. Seagle, Teddy Kristiansen, Inaki Miranda

    The two-part epilogue of House of Mystery – and with it, the series itself – reaches its conclusion this month. In issue #41, we followed the cast we grew to love and found out their various final fates. In this issue, we find out the destiny of the House of Mystery itself… kinda. In true style for this title, this book shows several pilgrims who arrive at the long-lost site of the House, each of which expresses his own theory or story about the nature of the House and its final fate. This really is a very fitting ending for the series. It makes for a strong punctuation mark on this long tale about stories itself, it brings in elements from its related series Sandman and The Dreaming (reminding us that, yes, those titles all do exist in the same world, and giving us a thirst and a hope that Vertigo finds a way to return to those concepts sooner rather than later), and it ends, of course, with one final mystery. This isn’t a book that should wrap everything up in a nice little bow, so ending the title with a question mark is just fine for me. Regular artist Luca Rossi does his fine work one last time, and Tony Akins and Teddy Kristiansen both jump in for well-done tales of the House in other realms. Inaki Miranda’s chapter, though, just shines. The characters are incredibly expressive and emotional, and the scenery is fantastic. Miranda is definitely a creator who should get a regular gig, and soon. I’m not happy this title is ending, but I’m glad to see Matthew Sturges bring it to an ending that feels natural, like it ended in its own time, which is a luxury far too many comics don’t get. In the end, the eight volumes of this series will stand up as a worthy part of the Vertigo library.
    by Published on 10-11-2011 02:35 AM
    Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette

    Swamp Thing #2 (DC Comics)
    By Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette

    Alec Holland, the man who was never really Swamp Thing, gets a visit… from Swamp Thing. Turns out even the creature that thought it was Swamp Thing wasn’t really the first, and now one of the previous champions of the Green is coming to Holland in the hopes of convincing him of the gravity of the threat to the world, and that he’s the only man who can save it. I was, admittedly, a little lukewarm towards the first issue of this series, but issue two goes a long way towards addressing my concerns. The “other” Swamp Thing that talks with Alec here does exactly what he needs to do – explain the situation to the point where even a brand-new reader should be able to grasp what’s going on, and sells that same brand-new reader on just how imperative it is that Alec accepts his destiny. Of course, he doesn’t quite convince Alec, but there wouldn’t be much drama if he did that already, would there? One thing I didn’t need convincing about was Yanick Paquette’s artwork – it was lovely in the first issue and it’s just as good now. The Swamp Things have a meaty, organic look to them that could just send a tendril right off the page and grab you (but won’t, because they’re the good guys). The book looks fantastic. After issue one, I was still on the fence about this book, but issue two is doing its job. I’m definitely in for the rest of this story arc, and if it satisfies me as much as this issue does, I’ll keep reading beyond.
    by Published on 10-11-2011 02:22 AM
    Roger Langridge & Rachelle Rosenberg

    Snarked! #1 (Boom Studios!/kaboom!)
    By Roger Langridge & Rachelle Rosenberg

    In a kingdom far away, good King Rusty III has gone missing, and his unscrupulous advisors are planning to use his toddler son Rusty IV as a proxy to rule the kingdom. Rusty’s older sister Princess Scarlett steps in to save her brother and her father’s kingdom, but the two soon find themselves running from the advisors and into the care of Wilburforce J. Walrus and his partner, carpenter Clyde McDunk. The young pair must rely on the Walrus and the Carpenter to help save the Red King’s throne – even if it means going on a Snark hunt. Roger Langridge’s new series, picking up here right were the zero issue left off, is absolutely magnificent. Drawing on the mythology of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, he’s crafted a fantasy world that feels familiar – we get the Cheshire Cat amongst the other Carroll concepts I’ve already mentioned – but at the same time is incredibly fresh and inventive. The artwork has a lovely animated quality to it – although I hate to use the comparison, these pages would be perfect translated to a cartoon. In this book, Langridge draws on the entire toolbox – great art, great characters, a wonderfully layered story, and even his skills as a poet. Snarked! has all the makings of a fantasy epic. It could be the next Bone if it finds its audience. The next great family comic book has finally arrived.
    by Published on 10-11-2011 02:08 AM
    Paul Cornell, Miguel Sepulveda

    Stormwatch #2 (DC Comics)
    By Paul Cornell, Miguel Sepulveda

    On board the Eye of the Storm, Adam One and Angie are monitoring the fact that the Moon is about to become the biggest threat in the universe. Back on Earth, the rest of the team’s effort to recruit Apollo was interrupted by an unexpected visitor – Midnighter, who has been watching Apollo himself and likes his style. The Martian Manhunter, seeing potential for them both, makes them an offer, just as the threat from space makes itself known on Earth. This issue is definitely a mixed bag. Miguel Sepulveda’s artwork is uniformly great – this is a wonderful-looking comic book with fantastic monsters and really great action. The characters stuff, also, works well. I like the interaction between Apollo and Midnighter, and this issue very clearly delineates the Martian Manhunter who works with the Justice League with the one we’re presented with here (both the same character, mind you, but working with very different facets of his personality). The problem is that the threat we’re facing, the Moon-monster or whatever it is, is still somewhat vague. Paul Cornell has proven himself more than capable of doing weird. On books like Captain Britain and MI 13, he’s made a strong case for doing weird better than anyone. But this book is straying a little too weird, and the next issue needs to snap things back into focus.
    by Published on 10-11-2011 01:54 AM
    Raven Gregory, Martin Montiel, Novo Malgapo,Michael Garcia, Stanley Lau

    The Theater #1 (Zenescope Entertainment)
    By Raven Gregory, Martin Montiel, Novo Malgapo,Michael Garcia, Stanley Lau

    Welcome to The Theater, Zenecope’s newest horror anthology with a twist. In this first issue, we follow a young couple as they sit down for a quiet little horror movie… in a world that has fallen to a zombie apocalypse, a boy and his father are trying to survive. They’re getting by… until the father is bitten and the boy has to learn to cope in this world alone. The first issue here is pretty good. Raven Gregory weaves a good zombie tale, and the format of the series allows for any number of possible stories to be told. As is usually the case with Zenescope, we get a fantastic cover (the main one by Stanley Lau in particular, but the variants aren’t bad either), with adequate interiors. There are two different pencilers here, one for the framing sequence and one for the main story. Both of them are okay, but Michael Garcia’s colors really improve the main story. I like this issue, but Gregory has to be very careful not to stumble into the trap that caused Grimm Fairy Tales to fumble. Like that book, this appears to be a book with a framing sequence that allows for anthology-style stories each issue, while still building a long-term story. I like that concept very much, but GFT took entirely too long for the framing sequence to go anywhere – it was over two years of tease with no payoff. This issue is set-up, and that’s okay. But if the book goes longer than six issues without forward momentum, there’s a risk of losing readers. Fortunately, this opening issue is strong enough for me to follow the next few issues and see where it goes.

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