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    by Published on 01-26-2012 02:47 AM
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    This weekend, friends, for the second year, the folks at Wizard World will be coming down to my hometown. Wizard World New Orleans 2012 is upon us, and I'm psyched. Panels to attend! Costumes to take a picture of! Overpriced bottles of Dasani to drink in order to remain at least partially hydrated! Let's face it, friends, a good comic book convention is fun for all. ...
    by Published on 01-24-2012 12:54 PM
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    by Published on 01-23-2012 03:22 AM
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    Episode 254: The New DC Logo
    by Blake M. Petit & Heather Petit Keller

    Blake and Heather get together for a mini-episode this week, looking into the new DC Logo. Heather offers the perspective of a graphic designer, they discuss the variants, and they give overall impressions of the new look for DC Comics. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 01-20-2012 09:18 AM
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    Archer
    Episode 304 The Man From Jupiter
    Aired January 19th, 2012
    10 PM, FX




    Archer returns, and as is its sty;e, it opens with a bang. Burt Reynolds has an extended role this episode, as himself, as Sterling runs into him at a bar. Which is a huge coincidence, as Burt Reynolds is a childhood hero of his. Only it turns out it's not so coincidental, as Burt was meeting Malory, Archer's mother, for a date. Ooh more Oedipal tensions.

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    by Published on 01-19-2012 03:45 AM
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    As I mentioned in last week's brilliant, insightful and soon-to-be Nobel Prize-winning column, this weekend I took a road trip to Florida with some buddies of mine. As we are wont to do, while out there we looked up some local comic book stores, because I like to check out stores in distant locations and come back and talk about it on the internet. Typically speaking, I'm pretty forthcoming here if I like a store, I praise it, if I have a problem with a store I'll tell you the name and what city I was in, and exactly what needs to be changed. This time, though, I just can't bring myself to do it. Because out of the two shops we visited, one of them was nice enough (TBS Comics II in Pensacola), although we didn't really explore it in depth because of the gaming going on at the time, the store was really crowded. But the other store... well...
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 01:23 PM
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 08:55 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Major League Chew, Part 3



    Colby tries to deal with his new job, while Tony tries to escape his current predicament.


    Writer: John Layman

    Artist: Rob Guillory

    Cover Art: Rob Guillory

    Publisher: Image



    Things are going really bad for the reassigned Colby. His office mates hate him, with a capital H. And why? Who knows? Why not may be the answer to that. And his new partner is a lion. No, really, it is, with cybernetic enhancements. You'd think that would be cool, but you don't have to clean up his poop. And even though he breaks a big case, he gets no credit. Poor Colby. So you can see why he resorts to drastic measures.
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 01:14 AM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: The Terrorism Myth Part One

    Daimon Hellstrom tries to figure out who is the cause of a series of possessions, while Loki gets in trouble after having a milkshake with Leah in Broxton.

    Writer: Kieron Gillen
    Artist: Richard Elson
    Color Artist: IFS's Jessica Kholinne
    Letters: Virtual Calligraphy's Clayton Cowles
    Cover Art: Stephanie Hans
    Assistant Editor: John Denning
    Editor: Lauren Sankovich
    Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Journey into Mystery is definitely one of the most offbeat series being published by Marvel Comics currently, with an eclectic sensibility, and a thoroughly captivating main character. Gillen's writing is top-notch, as he has fun with his characters, giving the title a sensibility that seems rare to find in mainstream comics. He's definitely playing up the title of this book, as Loki has adventures and true journeys into the mysterious and unexplained that exists in the Marvel Universe. This title has made excellent use of Kid Loki as a character, making him so charming and enjoyable to read that I actually fear the day when he will likely and inevitably age once more and become the more familiar Loki that readers are used to, just as Loki's time as a female was short-lived (although at least Kid Loki has now been around longer).
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 12:41 AM
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    Episode 253: On the Long Road Home
    by Blake M. Petit, Kenny Fanguy, Daniel Jacob and Mike Bellamy

    The Showcase guys had a long weekend in Florida ...
    by Published on 01-16-2012 12:26 AM
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    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: The String

    Detectives Clemons and Bolt head to upstate New York on the trail of Punisher's most recent activities...

    Writer: Greg Rucka
    Pencils: Michael Lark
    Inks: Stefano Gaudiano
    Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
    Letters: Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Caramagna
    Cover: Michael Lark & Matt Hollingsworth
    Special Thanks: Brian Thies
    Assistant Editor: Ellie Pyle
    Editor: Stephen Wacker
    Publisher: Marvel Comics








    Greg Rucka's take on The Punisher is a unique one, in that the titular character isn't necessarily the lead character. Often the character functions like a force of nature, not often seen, but his presence is most definitely felt. None of the issues thus far have featured Punisher's perspective on the story, none have gotten into his head to help explain his actions. It's part of what makes this such a unique and interesting take on the character. For some, this may not be their particular cup of tea, but personally I find this approach to be gripping, because of how Punisher writes the characters who are, more or less, the main protagonists of the story. Rucka is definitely in his element here, especially in this issue, which features Detectives Clemons and Bolt. Issues like this remind me of the brilliance of Rucka's issues of Gotham Central, which focused on the lives of the Gotham City Police Department.
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    by Published on 01-15-2012 11:31 PM
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    Reed Gunther #7 (Image)

    By Shane Houghton, Chris Houghton, Josh Ulrich, and Jose Mari Flores



    In this stand alone issue, Reed spends all his and Starla's money on improbable, fancy boots, and to make some money back, takes on the job of ridding a town of a dangerous werewolf. Reed's general, cheerful incompetence makes this prospect even more difficult, pretty much rendering their initial moral dilemma moot, and then they have to figure out if they can kill a werewolf or not. Because this is an all ages comic, there are scares that are slightly undercut by the overly sweet ending. Also the ending begs the question .... nobody noticed this before? I don't want to spoil, but the ending, while cute, felt just a little bit like a cop out. But saying that makes me feel like the black hearted bastard that I am. The art remains solid, with a vibrant cartoonish quality, that's as easy on the eyes as the story. This is a fun comic, but the story feels a little slight.

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    by Published on 01-15-2012 10:17 AM
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    Supernatural
    Episode 711 Time After Time
    Aired January 13th, 2012
    9 PM, CW



    I almost always find Supernatural's take on gods kind of disappointing, as they usually turn out weaker than demons, or can be done in so easily you kind of wonder how they've managed to live so long. Surely they'd have tripped over something and accidentally killed themselves by now. But this episode, the god, although seemingly weak, is probably the highlight of this episode, and we barely see him at all.

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