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    by Published on 01-12-2012 12:15 AM
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    Last night I got a message from my buddy Kenny, whom you listeners of the 2 in 1 Showcase podcast know as “that guy in indentured servitude in the Gulf of Mexico and whose microphone is never quite sensitive enough.” Our pal Mike is getting married in a couple of weeks, and Kenny wanted to know if I’d be willing to join to take him on a little road trip. My reaction was, and here I paraphrase, “Sweet Baby Jesus and All the Hollow Chocolate Easter Rabbits in Heaven Above, YES.”
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    by Published on 01-11-2012 07:34 PM
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    In this month’s $40 Pull List, Brandon and Craig:
    • Talk about the new DCnU titles added to the list,
    • Comment on Matt Fraction’s take on Doctor Strange,
    • Marvel at the maturation of Shane Houghton’s writing on Reed Gunther,
    • Try to decide if the new Generation Hope writing team is better than the original, and
    • a Guns & Dinos update!

    What are you waiting for? Read on!
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 08:09 AM
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    The Goon #37 (Dark Horse)
    By Eric Powell and Dave Stewart

    The Goon, usually good for some laughs, goes the full horror - of supernatural and every day human variety - this issue. Not that there isn’t some dark humor to be had, but this is mostly a serious issue, which you can tell right off, as it basically shows us the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, one of the most horrific industrial stories of all time, that sparked the worker’s rights movement. (Although, as Powell notes at the end, no one was ever held responsible for. Funny how all those women could die, and yet somehow, no one was officially to blame.) Survivors of the tragedy - in this comic, they work at the Pentagon Girdle Factory - but the boss has enough money to hire the cops and thuggish union busters to pretty much beat them bloody. It’s then someone has the bright idea of talking to the guy who protects the construction workers union - The Goon. Add Mr. Corpus, a demonic gorilla, and a seemingly mild mannered but implacable ghost, and you have a Goon with real horror and some monster smashing on the side. The well detailed art gives you some comic turns in the beginning before giving way to true horror, and overall it’s beautifully done. A chilling and excellent piece of work.
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    by Published on 01-08-2012 08:29 PM
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    Episode 252: Avengers Vs. X-Men Vs. Marketing
    by Blake M. Petit

    This week we look into the announcements made this week regarding Avengers Vs. X-Men ...
    by Published on 01-08-2012 07:53 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Book One: Death Chases Me

    A mysterious woman has many secrets - ones worth killing for.

    Writer: Ed Brubaker
    Artist: Sean Phillips
    Colors: Dave Stewart
    Cover Art: Sean Phillips
    Publisher: Image

    Taking something of a break from their successful noir crime comics, Brubaker and Phillips bring a little noir to horror comics, as this opening issues just throws a million questions at the reader, with a couple of hints towards answers, but no actual answers as of yet. Right now, it’s just nuts, but it’s a good nuts.
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    by Published on 01-07-2012 08:11 AM
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    Supernatural
    Episode 710 - Adventures In Babysitting
    Aired January 6th, 2012
    9PM, CW


    Supernatural returns from hiatus in hopefully better shape than when it left. This season, it seems like we have two or three blah episodes for every one really good one, or maybe one good plot mixed up with a bad plot in an episode. This episode was one of the latter.

    Part of me would really like to a hunter version of Hit Girl and Big Daddy (a Kick Ass reference, if you don’t recognize it). Some psychotically well trained little girl who can rip through demons like a tornado of razor blades, and a father so gripped with the idea of vengeance that he has no idea what he’s actually doing to his daughter. (By the way, that was the best part of Kick Ass the movie- I kind of wished we followed their story all the way through, not that jerky kid’s, but I’m seriously digressing). I think Supernatural kind of hinted at that here, but in a hedging their bet way that diluted it until all we had was a mostly absent father and a generally well trained but kind of snotty young teen. How ironic - in a story of fanged hot girls, they defanged a premise.
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    by Published on 01-06-2012 06:54 PM

    Radical Entertainment and GameStop have announced an exclusive Pre-Order Bonus for Prototype 2 - the "Bio-Bomb Butt Kicker" Ability. This ability will be available to customers who pre-order the game at GameStop between January 1st and April 23rd, 2012. Check out this trailer of the ability in action.



    "Butt Kicker is a fun twist on Heller's already over-the-top new Bio-Bomb ability," said Ken Rosman, Studio Head, Radical Entertainment. "Rather than just throwing enemies once Heller has infected them with the Blacklight virus; Butt Kicker allows Heller to drop-kick punt them across the map, turning enemies into projectiles that rain down devastation from above."

    Activision will be launching Prototype 2 on April 24th.

    Support cxPulp and Pre-Order [PROTOTYPE2] on Amazon.com!
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    by Published on 01-05-2012 01:53 AM
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    Earlier today, one of the big comic book news websites hit us with the first major news of the 2012: after years of animosity between the two publishers, Marvel and DC were putting aside their differences to produce a 12-issue Spider-Man/Batman miniseries, examining the two characters throughout their respective histories, in a style similar to John Byrne’s classic Superman/Batman: Generations Elseworlds books. (Speaking of which, DC, how about an omnibus of those?) Considering that those who were heading up the respective companies when this bad blood started are still, for the most part, heading up the respective companies, it was a pretty big surprise. I was interested, though, and I knew I’d read such a book… but it just didn’t feel right. Especially considering the website that made the announcement, a website that frequently “announces” things in various stages of production as if gospel truth and then touting every announcement it gets right while whistling and ignoring the dozens that it gets wrong.
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    by Published on 01-04-2012 02:00 PM
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    by Published on 01-01-2012 03:50 PM
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    Episode 250: The 2011 Year In Review Extravatacular
    by Blake M. Petit

    2011 is over, but that doesn't mean we can't talk it to death! In a ginormous Showcase special, Blake gets together with Kenny and Erin to run down all the big comic events of 2011, look ahead at what's coming in 2012, and make our picks for the best of comics, movies, TV shows, books and more for the year we've put to bed. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 12-30-2011 09:07 PM
    Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Daniel Leister
Colors: Mark Englert
Letters: Crank!
Cover Art: Tim Seeley & Carlos Badilla
Editor: James Lowder
Publisher: Image Comics

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

    If anyone can drag Bomb Queen back to prison, it’s Cassie Hack – but has the Queen gotten too powerful?

    Writer: Tim Seeley
    Art: Daniel Leister
    Colors: Mark Englert
    Letters: Crank!
    Cover Art: Tim Seeley & Carlos Badilla
    Editor: James Lowder
    Publisher: Image Comics

    Bomb Queen has taken Cassie Hack’s sometimes-ally, Samhain, captive. As Cassie tries to hunt her down, the interdimensional prison she escaped from is looking for her as well… and Cassie will have an interesting choice to make.
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    FF #13 

    by Published on 12-30-2011 08:57 PM
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    Reviewer: Terry Verticchio
    Quick Rating: Very good
    Title: The Bridge

    The Future Foundation confronts the Mad Celestials and the only thing at stake is the human race.

    Writer:
    Jonathan Hickman
    Pencils: Juan Bobillo
    Inks: Marcelo Sosa
    Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles
    Colours: Chris Sotomayor
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Well the Kids of the Future Foundation have discovered that making plans to save the world from a cosmic menace is a lot easier than actually seeing it through. So Val, Franklin and the others decide the only way to save the human race is to work with the devil you know to stop the greater evil. However, even with the combined forces of the alternate Reed Richards and Dr. Doom may not be enough for their plans to succeed. But then they are the children of the Greatest Super Hero Team ever. They will find a way.
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