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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, Abby’s 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. I’m going to make a confession to you guys. I’ve 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 I’ve 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 we’re 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 I’m looking at a larger tapestry. It’s 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 haven’t actually seen the Hatchet movies, I was looking forward to this book. The results weren’t 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 “Hyperdome,” an obvious analogue for the Superdome, that is still in a state of chaos, disrepair, and squalor due to Hurricane Katrina. Guys? It’s been six years. I’m officially calling it over. Comic book writers, screenwriters, guys who work for the freaking Onion, it’s 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, there’s a deeper, darker community under the surface of their hometown. It’s interesting, and it’s 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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    by Published on 12-11-2011 11:57 PM
    Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Jeff Huet, Lovern Kindzierski

    Animal Man #4 (DC Comics)
    By Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Jeff Huet, Lovern Kindzierski

    Buddy and Maxine Baker are delving deeper and deeper into “The Red,” and Buddy is feeling the results. Undergoing some shocking and hideous transformations, Buddy struggles to protect his daughter from the forces of The Rot, but Maxine isn’t as helpless as he believes. This title is undergoing a really unusual shift. Before our eyes, Maxine is becoming the true star of the book. To use the sort of metatextual terms that writers love to play with, Buddy, the older character, is stepping back into the Mentor’s role, while Maxine is at the very beginning of her Hero’s Journey. At the same time, the way things are changing for the rest of the family is pretty intriguing – Buddy’s wife and son have been left behind while the two of them seek the Red, but the Rot isn’t exactly leaving them alone. This has quickly become the best horror comic book on the stands, and that’s something nobody expected they’d be able to say this time last year. Travel Foreman’s artwork continues to straddle a line for me. It’s not really clean, but for a horror comic it doesn’t have to be. I like it, it fits because the book is primarily a horror title pretending to be a superhero comic book. As it is, it continues to be one of the best of the New 52.
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    by Published on 12-11-2011 10:49 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 06:29 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 12-10-2011 12:46 AM
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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 11:03 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 10:32 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 02:21 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 01:22 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 06:29 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 02:56 AM
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