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    by Published on 12-11-2011 09:49 PM
    Writers: Grant Morrison & Sholly Fisch
Pencils: Rags Morales & Brad Walker
Inks: Rick Bryant & Sean Parsons
Colors: Brad Anderson & David Ramos
Letters: Patrick Brosseau & Carlos M, Mangual
Editor: Matt Idelson
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Superman and the Men of Steel & Hearts of Steel
    Rating: T

    An alien intelligence turns a soldier into a war machine – but Superman has an unexpected ally.

    Writers: Grant Morrison & Sholly Fisch
    Pencils: Rags Morales & Brad Walker
    Inks: Rick Bryant & Sean Parsons
    Colors: Brad Anderson & David Ramos
    Letters: Patrick Brosseau & Carlos M. Mangual
    Editor: Matt Idelson
    Publisher: DC Comics

    The alien intelligence Lex Luthor tried to deal with is taking matters into his own hands, transforming John Corben into his weapon on Earth. As Superman comes to blows with Corben, Dr. John Henry Irons decides to lend a hand in a way only he can – armoring up and going into action as Steel.
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    by Published on 12-11-2011 05:29 PM
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    Episode 248: Avengers Vs. X-Men and a Valiant Return
    by Blake M. Petit & Erin Blash

    Blake and Erin talk about books both with and without pictures this week. New Kindle Convert Erin points you towards the "Black December" sale from the good folks at horror publisher Permuted Press, and Blake urges all writers to throw their support behind Operation eBook Drop. In comics chat, we discuss the passing of Jerry Robinson, the return of Valiant Comics and Marv Wolfman's Night Force, and the next big thing at Marvel, Avengers Vs. X-Men. In the picks, Blake triples with Animal Man #4, Hack/Slash Annual #3, and Snowy Joey and the Christmas Dinosaurs. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 12-09-2011 11:46 PM
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    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 712 - The High School Reunion
    Aired December 8th, 2011
    10 PM, FX


    The gang return to hell - also known as high school - for a reunion in the first half of this two part season ender. Are you shocked to learn they graduated high school? Well, me too, kind of. They’re not the most articulate or intelligent of people, although Dennis does have that serial killer cunning.

    Back at school, some of them revert to high school type - Charlie is back to trying to make people like him by being obsequious and eating bugs (also known as the full Renfield), ...
    by Published on 12-09-2011 10:03 PM
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    In this month's $40 Pull List, your magnetic hosts:

    • Cash in the Trade Bank!
    • Discuss the end of Mystic, and how successful (or unsuccessful) the CrossGen relaunch has been for Marvel.
    • Comment on Generation Hope's new creative team.
    • Speculate on the future of Captain America and Bucky and Nightwing
    • What is happening with Guns & Dinos?
    • Continue to find Daredevil awesome.


    All this, and a Nonplayer update!
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    by Published on 12-09-2011 09:32 AM
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    Community
    Episode 310 - Regional Holiday Music
    Aired December 8th, 2011
    8 PM, NBC


    So Community wraps up its season for an indefinite amount of time, and it goes out with a holiday episode that also functions as an extended Glee parody made horror story. No, really. Even more scary than their attempts at telling horror stories on the Halloween episode.

    The story is pretty simple. The gang is breaking up for the holidays, and in the meantime they’re tormented by the aggressively cheerful glee club, until Jeff gets them served with a cease and desist order, because they’re technically indulging in copyright infringement. This causes all of them to have a nervous breakdown, meaning the Christmas show is cancelled.
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    by Published on 12-08-2011 01:21 AM
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    There have been buzzings in the comic community lately about the possibility that, some 25 years after the comic rewrote the rules of the industry, DC Comics may return to the world of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, most likely (if the rumors are to be believed) in the form of prequel miniseries. As an English teacher, I frequently harangue my students about word choice in their writing, about finding the proper word to convey the meaning of their passage in a deeper, richer way than basic vocabulary often permits. Having thought about this, I've plumbed the depths of my own rather extensive lexicon to try to sum up my thoughts about this in the most succinct way possible: this idea bites.
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    by Published on 12-08-2011 12:22 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Titles: Time of the Apes; The Brute Man w/Chicken of Tomorrow; The Violent Years w Young Man's Fancy; Mighty Jack

    Spoiled girls turn to a life of crime, a deformed killer stalks a city, a woman and her two young charges wake up in an ape run future, and … well, Mighty Jack happens. I can’t even begin to explain this film. Damn you, Sandy Frank!

    Writers & Performers: Michael J. Nelson, Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Jim Mallon, Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, Bridget Jones, Colleen Henjum- Williams
    Creator: Joel Hodgson
    Extras: Mini-posters; many featurettes, including Trail of the Creeper: Making of the Brute Man and The Making of MST3K, new introductions by Mary Jo Pehl and August Ragone
    Released by: Shout! Factory

    Just in time for Christmas is the latest MST3K collection, an oddball collection of two Sandy Frank “treats” (poorly dubbed and edited Japanese shows turned into films for the American market), a strange exploitation film, and a lost Ed Wood “classic”, that’s possibly the funniest film in the set.

    Let’s start there. “The Violent Years” is a truly laughable attempt at a “morality tale”, involving a spoiled rich girl (note - all the teen girls in this film appear to be 30) given lots of money but not enough attention by her busy parents, so she turns to robbing gas stations, raping men, and messing up classrooms in the name of Communism. I shit you not - that’s the deeply laughable plot of this flaming turd of a movie. There’s even a lecture to “return to god” at the end, which just makes me snicker uncontrollably. Yes, bad actor playing an even worse judge, please tell us how to stop rich girls from going on violent crime sprees. It’s inept from page one, ...
    by Published on 12-07-2011 05:29 PM
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    Today, Activision announced The Amazing Spider-Man is in development and set for release next summer. The game will be an epilogue to the film of the same name set for release on July 3rd.

    The game will also feature the return of the free-roaming Manhattan environment first seen in Spider-Man 2.

    From Activision: "Using the game's new Web Rush mechanic allows players to pull off a vast array of moves never before possible. With a story that takes players through many areas all over (and under) Manhattan, fans will feel what it's truly like to be a Super Hero, as they experience the cinematic adrenaline rush of web-swinging through the city and fighting crime using Spider-Man's spectacular acrobatic moves and attacks."

    Beenox will develop The Amazing Spider-Man - and this will be their fourth Spider-Man game to date. The script will be written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, a former staff writer on Battlestar Galactica. The trailer for the game will be unveiled during Spike TV's Video Game Awards on Saturday, December 10th.

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    by Published on 12-07-2011 01:56 AM
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    by Published on 12-06-2011 08:10 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    Rating: All Ages

    In this stand alone issue, we find out how Reed and Sterling met and teamed up.

    Writer & Letterer: Shane Houghton
    Pencils & Inks: Chris Houghton
    Colors: Josh Ulrich
    Color Assists: Jose Mari Flores
    Cover Art: Chris Houghton
    Publisher: Image


    If you’re new to this all ages comic, this is definitely the issue to sample. Reed Gunther is essentially a goofy Western/supernatural hybrid, with our bumbling hero, Reed, and his much smarter bear counterpart, Sterling, who fight monsters as they ramble across the Old West. To say it’s cute is to damn it with faint praise, but that isn’t what I mean at all. It is cute, very sweet and hearted, with a kind of cheerful spirit that’s hard to put on paper without seeming cheesy. But the Houghton brothers manage to pull it off.
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    by Published on 12-05-2011 11:29 PM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    Title: Major League Chew, Part 2
    Rating: Mature

    Caesar and his new partner try and crack the case of possibly lethal coffee, while Savoy tries to get to Olive.

    Writer: John Layman
    Artist: Rob Guillory
    Cover Art: Rob Guillory
    Publisher: Image

    Tony isn’t in the bulk of this issue, which is a little odd, but it works because so much of what’s happening concerns Tony, so much so that you don’t realize it until he actually shows up. That’s the sign of a pretty solid issue.
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    by Published on 12-04-2011 08:56 AM
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    Supernatural
    Episode 709 - Death’s Door
    Aired December 2nd, 2011
    9 PM, CW



    I’ll give Supernatural credit for going somewhere where I thought it wouldn’t. Of course, it begs the question “Now what?” But that’s something to worry about when the series returns next year. By the way, if you haven’t seen the episode yet, spoiler alert is in effect. I can’t review the episode without spoiling it. So stop here if you haven’t seen it. Otherwise, read on.
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