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    by Published on 12-16-2011 08:56 AM
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    Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 713 - The High School Reunion, Part 2: The Gangís Revenge
    Aired December 16th, 2011
    10 pm, FX




    The season ender picks up in a very familiar place, even if you didnít see part one - a place where the gang hankers for revenge, and plans to get it. Of course, itís never that simple, especially when your plans are over-elaborate for no good reason, and youíre almost pathologically detached from reality. So, in other words, destined for failure.
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 02:36 AM
    Writer: Jeph Loeb
Pencils: Ed McGuinness
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Morry Hollowell
Letters: Albert Deschesne
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Fair
    Title: Midnight
    Rating: T+

    Cable is back Ė and the Avengers are in his sights.

    Writer: Jeph Loeb
    Pencils: Ed McGuinness
    Inks: Dexter Vines
    Colors: Morry Hollowell
    Letters: Albert Deschesne
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Cable, thought to be dead now for some time, has made his way back to the present-day Marvel Universe with a new mission. His adopted daughter, Hope, is in trouble, and heíll stop at nothing to save her from the threat of the Avengers.
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 12:52 AM
    Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Pencils: Jamal Igle
Inks: Rich Perrotta
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Kwanza Johnson
Publisher: DC Comics

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

    Meet the Ray, the DC Universeís newest point of light!

    Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
    Pencils: Jamal Igle
    Inks: Rich Perrotta
    Colors: Guy Major
    Letters: Dave Sharpe
    Editor: Kwanza Johnson
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Lucien never asked to become a superhero, but an energy test gone awry has transformed him into a living ray of light. So letís cut through the dull stuff and get to the giant flying jellyfish and supervillain artifacts, shall we?
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    by Published on 12-15-2011 02:19 AM
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    Ah, Valiant Entertainment. You tease. You dirty, dirty tease.

    As I've documented in this column before, I've long been a fan of Valiant Comics. Back in the 90s, when the company was at its peak (both creatively and commercially) I went all-in and became a heavy reader of many, many Valiant Comics. I started with Magnus: Robot Fighter but I was, at various times, a faithful reader of X-O Manowar, Rai, Shadowman, Archer and Armstrong and several other titles. Those that I didn't read weren't because they weren't quality books, but because I was a high school student with no job and an extremely limited income. Then Valiant was bought by Acclaim, then the company spiraled down into oblivion. And as a fan, it hurt.
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    by Published on 12-14-2011 09:44 PM
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    Review by: Craig Reade
    Issue: Volume CXXXI No. 12, 112 Pages
    Editor: Stanley Schmidt
    AnalogSF.com

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    "How Far the Frontier" (editorial)
    by Stanley Schmidt

    This editorial is good food for thought, though the lack of a real position makes it kind of weak as an opinion piece. This month Schmidt discusses exploration and ideas. So many of our great discoveries have come about as a result of exploration, but many of those same ideas were independently discovered by someone who didn't have to stray so far from home. ...
    by Published on 12-14-2011 05:50 PM

    At this weekend's Video Game Awards, Activision unveiled this trailer for their new Amazing Spider-Man game.



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    by Published on 12-14-2011 09:20 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Good

    A man and his friend/pet goldfish get over their heads. In space!

    Written & Illustrated By: Marc Jackson
    Cover Art: Marc Jackson
    Published By: Weirdo Comics


    The title says it all with this indie comic, and yet, it leaves so much unsaid. The story involves an unnamed character advertised as an ďasshole in spaceĒ and his friend and occasional ill-advised co-pilot, Michael the goldfish (confined to a bowl full of water, of course).
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    by Published on 12-13-2011 09:15 PM

    This past weekend a trailer for the upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron was debuted during Spike TV's Video Game Awards, and we have that trailer for you here today, followed by a short behind the scenes video.





    The music track in the trailer is from the band Puscifer, with Maynard James Keenan and Milla Jovovich on vocals.

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    by Published on 12-13-2011 03:49 AM
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    by Published on 12-13-2011 03:14 AM
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries: Raphael cover

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Story Title: Raphael: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

    Raphael and Casey encounter a new mutant...but she hides a dark secret of her own.

    Written by: Brian Lynch
    Art by: Franco Urru
    Colors by: Fabio Mantovani
    Letters by: Chris Mowry
    Editor: Bobby Curnow
    Cover: David Petersen
    Published by: IDW

    This issue jumps a bit ahead of the main TMNT series, picking up in a time sometime after the events of issue #5 (due out later this month). Raphael has taken a pass on time with his brothers to spend some quality time with Casey. The two come across a cloaked figure being chased by a couple of familiar-looking thugs. Once the thugs are beaten, Raph finds himself face to face with another mutant. Not knowing what to do with her, he heads back to the lair with her--but discovers along the way that she was hiding something more than her face. Raph and Casey have a tender moment, and an epilogue scene hints at what's to come for this version of Turtles and their 'universe.'
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    by Published on 12-12-2011 01:08 AM
    Scott Snyder, Marco Rudy, Yanick Paquette

    Swamp Thing #4 (DC Comics)
    By Scott Snyder, Marco Rudy, Yanick Paquette

    Alec and Abby continue their hunt for William, Abbyís brother, whose power over the Rot is turning him into a killer. Alec is still struggling against his own destiny, with the Parliament of Trees still pleading with him to accept his destiny and become the new Swamp Thing, but Alec is still resisting. With no defender for the Green, the Red is losing its perpetual battle against the Rot, and fate of the world is in the balance. Iím going to make a confession to you guys. Iíve never really liked Swamp Thing. Even the Alan Moore run. I mean, I respect it, and it had some great ideas, but as a finished work it was still a younger, unpolished Moore that had some maturing to do as a writer. This is the first time Iíve ever genuinely looked forward to reading Swamp Thing month after month. A huge part of that has to go to Scott Snyder, who has made me interested in the bizarre world of the Green and how it relates to the Red and the Rot. A lot of it has to go to DC, who has admittedly jumpstarted my interest by making Swamp Thing a part of the DC Universe again, which automatically gives the events of this book grander consequences than before. And a little even has to go to Jeff Lemire and Animal Man, because readers of the two books know that weíre seeing different perspectives on a single tale. Either book could be read independently of the other, but reading them both is helping me feel like Iím looking at a larger tapestry. Itís entertaining, engaging, scary, and a hell of a lot of fun. So thanks, everyone, for finally making me a Swamp Thing fan.
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    by Published on 12-12-2011 12:37 AM
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    Hack/Slash Annual 2011: Hatchet/Slash (Image Comics)
    By Benito Cereno, Ariel Zucker-Brull, James Lowder, Jean-Paul DeShong, Tim Seeley

    One of the things I really like about Hack/Slash is when the creators of the book manage to work out a crossover with a real horror movie character, and although I havenít actually seen the Hatchet movies, I was looking forward to this book. The results werenít bad. Cassie and Vlad are called to New Orleans to take out the mysterious Victor Crowley, a slasher who seems to be responsible for the deaths of dozens of people in the past few years. When they arrive, however, they find that Victor himself is a victim of sorts, although of a far more human and far more insidious foe. Although I liked the story for the most part, there was one thing that really stuck in my craw as a New Orleans-area native. A large part of the book deals with the ďHyperdome,Ē an obvious analogue for the Superdome, that is still in a state of chaos, disrepair, and squalor due to Hurricane Katrina. Guys? Itís been six years. Iím officially calling it over. Comic book writers, screenwriters, guys who work for the freaking Onion, itís over. You are no longer allowed to tell contemporary stories that make it look like parts of New Orleans are a damned war zone. If you want to make my home look like there are still people starving to death and living like rats in enormous public building, you have to set it no later than 2006. Early 2006. The back-up story was far less offensive to me. It picks up on the supporting cast back in Eminence, the group that is now effectively divorced from Kassie and Vlad, as Krank prepares to bury a friend. As it turns out, though, thereís a deeper, darker community under the surface of their hometown. Itís interesting, and itís a nice way to flesh out the world of these characters. I hope seeing them here is just a glimpse, though, because I miss having them in the regular series.
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