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    by Published on 10-11-2011 01:35 AM
    Scott McDaniel, John Rozum

    Static Shock #2 (DC Comics)
    By Scott McDaniel & John Rozum

    As Static investigates the death of a S.T.A.R. Labs pilot, he’s attacked by a villain that leaves him severely injured. The criminal gets away, and Static decides to look into some gang activity to get to the bottom of what’s really going on in New York. I didn’t like issue two of the new Static Shock quite as much as the first issue, and it’s mainly a matter of accessibility. Scott McDaniel and John Rozum are doing a good job selling us on the villains that want to take Static out, since he’s suddenly cramping their style in the Big Apple, and the action scenes are very well done. The problem comes in when the writers start giving shout-outs to the character’s past. Okay, bringing up Frieda is no big deal – we know Virgil recently moved and referencing the best friend he left behind is to be expected. Naming the science center for the late Dwayne McDuffie is a nice touch and will go totally unnoticed by those not in the know. Viril’s sister has a clone and – WHAT? The writers drop this in pretty much out of nowhere, as if it’s just a normal part of the family’s status quo. Admittedly, I didn’t read every issue of the character’s old series, so I’m assuming this isn’t something brand new, but if you’re new to the character this is one major curve ball to throw at the readers, something that absolutely has to be dealt with in some fashion. Beyond that, the rest of the book isn’t bad – Virgil comes across as a pretty typical teen, except for the superpowers and highly developed sense of civic responsibility, and I like the way McDaniel draws the character. Hopefully that speed bump will be taken care of before the book goes too much farther.
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    by Published on 10-10-2011 07:43 AM
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    Breaking Bad
    Episode 413 - Face Off
    October 9th, 2011
    10 PM, AMC


    Walter, you utter bastard. I just want to start this review with a flood of curse words, only a third of which I can say on this site. But the one I feel for here is Jesse, because his instincts were dead right, and he should have pulled the trigger when he had the chance. But he didn’t, and when Breaking Bad comes back for its final season, I fear he’s going to die - and it will be Walt pulling the trigger on him. There is no difference between Walter and Heisenberg anymore. He found his inner monster, and Walter is now indistinguishable from it. Walter, meet the Abyss - oh, I see you’ve met. Please entertain each other while I run screaming out the back door, will you?
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    by Published on 10-10-2011 03:47 AM
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    Episode 240: Doctor WHO?
    by Blake M. Petit, Kenny Fanguy & Daniel Jacob

    Kenny and Daniel are back, and this week the boys take an episode-by-episode look at the second half of this season of Doctor Who. the guys talk about what they liked, what they didn't, and those low-hanging unanswered questions that we're going to have to wait ever so long to have answered. Kenny hasn't gotten his comics in a while, so Blake doubles up on his picks: Action Comics #2 and Mystic #3! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 10-09-2011 07:55 AM
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    Supernatural
    Episode 703 - The Girl Next Door
    Aired October 7th, 2011
    9 PM, CW

    Well … this was different. And by that I mean very much the same as many other Supernatural episodes. Last week’s Supernatural went into truly creepy, different territory by ripping everything away from the brothers, and leaving Sam at the mercy of his delusions and Dean at the mercy of people who may or may not be possessed by Leviathan. It was a genuinely dark, great episode.

    And they took care of all the potential suspense within five minutes of this one. We were back to the status quo so fast I almost got whiplash. Not that they didn’t stick some promising interludes with Leviathan in here, it just seemed a little … weak, especially since we know they can do so much better.
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    by Published on 10-08-2011 05:02 PM
    Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Pencils: David Lopez
Inks: Alvaro Lopez
Colors: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Cover Art: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Publisher: Marvel Comics/CrossGen

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

    Giselle’s rivalry with Felice grows more intense, and the Resistance gains a new weapon.

    Writer: G. Willow Wilson
    Pencils: David Lopez
    Inks: Alvaro Lopez
    Colors: Nathan Fairbairn
    Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
    Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
    Cover Art: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
    Publisher: Marvel Comics/CrossGen

    Neither of our girls are having a grand time of it. Genevive, still feeling spurned at how Giselle was chosen to be a magician’s apprentice over her, has fallen in with the Resistance. Giselle, meanwhile, is forced to prove herself not only to Master Alexander, but also to certain fellow apprentices who feel she hasn’t earned her spot amongst them.
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    by Published on 10-08-2011 04:34 PM
    Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Travel Foreman
Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Cover Art: Travel Foreman & Lovern Kindzierski
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Maps (The Hunt Part Two)
    Rating: T+

    As Maxine’s powers begin to manifest, Buddy seeks help for his daughter and himself.

    Writer: Jeff Lemire
    Art: Travel Foreman
    Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
    Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
    Editor: Joey Cavalieri
    Cover Art: Travel Foreman & Lovern Kindzierski
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Unlike her older brother, Maxine Baker was conceived after her father got his super powers, something that has long concerned her mother. Now, Max is developing powers of her own, and they seem to be far more horrific than those of her father: animating the corpses of dead animals for a start. With Max’s powers developing, a strange blood-red pattern of lines is appearing on Buddy’s skin… and only Max knows what it is.
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    by Published on 10-08-2011 03:16 PM
    Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Adam Kubert
Inks: Mark Roslan
Colors: Jason Keith
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Nick Lowe
Cover Art: Adam Kubert & Jason Keith (Cover A); Frank Cho & Morry Hollowell (Cover B)
Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Not great, but makes me want to read more…
    Title: Schism Part Five
    Rating: T+

    As the Sentinel attacks Utopia, Cyclops and Wolverine face off for the soul of the X-Men.

    Writer: Jason Aaron
    Pencils: Adam Kubert
    Inks: Mark Roslan
    Colors: Jason Keith
    Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
    Editor: Nick Lowe
    Cover Art: Adam Kubert & Jason Keith (Cover A); Frank Cho & Morry Hollowell (Cover B)
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    For four issues, Kade Kilgore has been slowly manipulating events on a global scale all for one purpose – a very public demonstration of his new Sentinel technology, with which he hopes to cement his place as new Black King of the Hellfire Club. But as his schemes continued, the X-Men have fallen apart. On the shores of Utopia, Cyclops and Wolverine have come to blows, and the X-Men will change (allegedly) forever.
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    by Published on 10-07-2011 10:59 PM
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    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 704 - Sweet Dee Gets Audited
    Aired October 6th, 2011
    10 PM, FX



    There’s something beautiful about It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia doing a political satire episode that takes the satire so casually that it all ends in a fake funeral for a baby that never existed, but they’re pretending did in an attempt to save their own asses. Even being serious in a satirical sense would kill these guys, and you have to love that.

    The money for her surrogacy comes in, so Dee splurges on a powder blue Vespa, and is showing it off just as she learns she’s being audited. It seems she claimed her surrogate baby as a dependent, with the unfortunate name of Barnabas. (It seems no one in the IASIP group knows what a real human being might be named. This has always been a fantastic running gag - they’re so disconnected from reality, they can never quite grasp it when it confronts them head on.) ...
    by Published on 10-07-2011 10:01 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    From Queen to Empress Sonja!

    Writer: Luke Lieberman
    Art: Fritz Casas
    Colours: Salvatore Aiala
    Letters: Simon Bowland
    Cover: (my pick) Igor Vitorino
    Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

    The people of Sogaria are up in arms. After countless wars and invasions they are starving and so they become desperate. Soon they are blaming Queen Sonja for their plight, as she is from foreign lands and chaos seems to follow her like her shadow. Sonja understands, but her options are few and far between. There is only one Baron left in her kingdom with the means to help the people. But will he? Or perhaps he will offer Sonja another way to help Sogaria and that may just lift her higher than she ever could have imagined.
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    by Published on 10-07-2011 09:07 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Pure Rage

    Is some rage more worthy than others?

    Writer: Peter Milligan
    Pencils: Ed Benes
    Inks: Rob Hunter
    Colours: Nathan Eyring
    Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
    Cover: Benes & Hunter with Nathan Eyring
    Editor: Brian Cunningham
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Atrocitus continues to be at loggerheads within himself as to how best utilize his rage. He wants to punish those who have inflicted great suffering upon others, especially the innocent. But he is in a quandary about the very nature of rage itself. Is one person's rage more worthy than others? Are those that inflict suffering upon other always guided by malicious intent? He finds that there are more vagaries with his chosen path than he expected. So he needs help. He needs the council of another Red Lantern who is his equal. But that in turn may just bring his downfall.
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    by Published on 10-07-2011 08:43 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Crossbow at the crossroads
    For some heroes the war against crime never ends just the location changes.

    Writer: Paul Levitz
    Pencils: Marcus To
    Inks: John Dell
    Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
    Letters: Sal Cipriano
    Cover: Guillem March & Tomeu Morey
    Editor: Ben Abernathy
    Publisher: DC Comics

    The Huntress is back in her native Italy, but like always she's on business. She's tracking a shipment of women who are going to be sold into slavery, but she finds something more. It is something that will lead her into conflict with yet another nefarious criminal mastermind who doesn't appreciate it when masks interfere with his business.
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    by Published on 10-07-2011 09:28 AM
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    Community
    Episode 303 - Competitive Ecology
    Aired October 7th, 2011
    8 PM, NBC

    Community can usually be counted on to make meta comments somewhere in their episodes, but this episode was pretty meta, as it seemed to go out of its way to acknowledge a sitcom reality - these people can’t actually hang around anyone else. Not only does the structure of the show basically preclude it, but these people, being who they are, can’t really hang out with anyone else. So we see the why of that, as a newcomer, Todd (who has a fascinating back story that they tease us with in bits and pieces), is temporarily forced to join them when they have to pair off for a class assignment.
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