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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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    by Published on 10-06-2011 10:59 PM
    Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Rags Morales & Brent Anderson
Inks: Rick Bryant & Brent Anderson
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover Art: Rags Morales & Brad Anderson (Cover A); Ethan Van Sciver (Cover B)
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Great
    Title: In Chains
    Rating: T

    Captured by Lex Luthor, Superman shows what he’s really capable of.

    Writer: Grant Morrison
    Pencils: Rags Morales & Brent Anderson
    Inks: Rick Bryant & Brent Anderson
    Colors: Brad Anderson
    Letters: Patrick Brosseau
    Editor: Matt Idelson
    Cover Art: Rags Morales & Brad Anderson (Cover A); Ethan Van Sciver (Cover B)
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Last issue, the young Superman was captured after stopping a runaway train. Brought to a maximum security Army Base, Lex Luthor and General Sam Lane begin a series of experiments to find out just what the extraterrestrial visitor is made of… but at least one man on base is opposed to the experiments, and one intrepid reporter on the outside hopes to get him out.
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    by Published on 10-06-2011 08:47 PM
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    Reviewer: Craig Reade
    Quick Rating: And now for something completely different.
    Rating: M

    Official Site

    Platform: X-Box 360, Playstation 3
    Developer: Gamebryo, Criware, Studio 4°C, & Atlus Persona Team
    Publisher: Atlus
    Genre: Adult Adventure Horror Platform Puzzler
    # of Players: 1-2
    US Release Date:July 26th, 2011
    MSRP: $59.99

    This game never would have been on my radar if Christopher J. Lawton didn't do his quick review of the demo this past July. Based on what he wrote there, I was intrigued. It was a little difficult to know what to expect, but his reaction was enough to pique my interest and pick up the game.
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    by Published on 10-06-2011 12:44 AM
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    Ah, October. It's that time again, that blessedly short season where geeks can come out to shine outside the confines of Comicon and show the world just who they really are. It's time to costume up. As I've mentioned here in the past, costuming doesn't come as easily for me as you'd hope. So with almost four whole weeks left before Halloween night, I thought we should get down to it right now and talk about some of the potential costumes that we (and by "we," I mean "I") as geeks just may be able to pull off this year.
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    by Published on 10-05-2011 06:28 PM
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    In this month's $40 Pull List, Brandon and Craig:

    • Talk about the three new DC #1s on the list, and speculate about the success of the DC Relaunch,
    • Spend some time talking about how successful the Schism event will be for Generation Hope,
    • Ponder the future of the CrossGen Universe at Marvel,
    • Compare Reed Gunther to a legendary creator-owned property,
    • Deal with a title unexpectedly double-shipping, and
    • Introduce the most massive inter-company crossover in history to The Forty Dollar Pull List.


    Check it out below!

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    by Published on 10-04-2011 11:36 PM
    Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, Nick Runge

    Ghostbusters #1 (IDW Publishing)
    By Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, Nick Runge

    Picking up right on the heels of this spring’s Ghostbusters: Infestation mini-series, the city of New York is still reeling from the return of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and the incursion of zombies onto their streets. This first issue is heavy on the set-up, with Ray having prophetic dreams, Winston befriending a kid with links to a previous adversary of the Ghostbusters, and an old character returning in an unexpected way. I seriously enjoyed this issue. Erik Burnham clearly comes across as a fan of the characters, tying this series very closely to the films and the previous comic book series (not so much the cartoon, but that can be forgiven). The characters feel very natural and true to who they were in the movies, and the storylines that begin to unravel here are all natural extensions of those tales. What’s more, he seems a fan of the actors that make up our quartet, throwing in a few in-jokes, including a truly inspired visit between Ray and a very familiar ghost that’s not only funny, but also serves to advance the story considerably. Dan Schoening has whipped up a whole new style for this series. You could call it “cartoony,” but he’s not imitating the aforementioned animated series at all. It’s a look of his own, based on the five primary actors from the movies, giving us characters recognizable as the Ghostbusters and Janine, but still existing in a comic book world that meets the requirements of that sort of medium. I’ve wanted an ongoing series ever since IDW picked up the rights to this series a few years ago. Based on the first issue, it was worth the wait.
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    by Published on 10-04-2011 11:25 PM
    Tony Lee, Josh Adams, Mark Buckingham

    Doctor Who #9 (IDW Publishing)
    By Tony Lee, Josh Adams, Mark Buckingham

    The Doctor, Amy and Rory, and Kevin the dinosaur arrive on Space Station E11, where a group of cultists are awaiting the arrival of the Holy Space Squid, and with it the end of the universe. Do you know how rare it is that I get to write a sentence full of such utter absurdity in a review and still have it be that awesome? Not often, my friends. Anyway, Tony Lee just pulls out all the stops in this issue, throwing plenty of truly mad ideas at us and weaving them together into a highly entertaining story full of silly ideas and wonderful execution. Hurting the score, though, is the artwork. Josh Adams is a competent storyteller, but doesn’t seem like a good fit for a sci-fi adventure of this nature. I could see him working on something like the Jack the Ripper arc of this series, but in deep space with a dinosaur, his storytelling style doesn’t fly. What’s more, he often goes into caricatures of the actors rather than drawing the characters, a frequent flaw in comics based on movies or TV shows. It wouldn’t be so bad, except that the story includes a few in-jokes about other TV and movie properties as well, and Adams tries to emulate those actors too, resulting in almost all of the primary characters in the story looking like a still image of the actor instead of a moment of story captured by the artist. Good issue, but the artwork hurts it.
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