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The Worst Christmas Special Ever Made Features the Ninja Turtles

Dec
19

I have not been in the Christmas spirit this year. I’ve sifted through my Grinch-like hate, but it wasn’t until today that I realized why--that life was preparing me for the grand moment in which I would experience the animatronic nightmare that is “We Wish You a Turtle Christmas.”.  It was like my brain tapped into a psychic wavelength that knew that something awful was going to make me groan and squirm my way through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Christmas hell.

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The Pull List: Angela: Asgard's Assassin Brings the Confusion

Dec
04

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. Today I'll be taking a look at the first issue of Angela: Asgard's Assassin. Is she assassinating Asgard, or is she Asgard's designated assasin? Let's find out together!

The Pull List: Matt Fraction's ODY-C is One Crazy Trip

Nov
27

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. I'm not going to lie, I'm a huge fan of Matt Fraction (HawkeyeSex Criminals), so when I heard he was doing a new independent series for Image, I was intrigued. When I read it was a space-themed, gender-swapped, re-telling of Homer's Oddyssey, I was excited.

WWE 2K15: The Good, The Bad, And The Bo Dallas

Nov
22

Listen up, you pencil-necked geeks! I recently got my hands the PS4 version of Take Two Interactive’s WWE 2K15, the first iteration of the annual WWE wrestling simulation game since THQ finally bit the big one last year. Considering how much hype this game has received, and the brutally stripped-down inferior version that was released on last-gen consoles a month before it came out, I went in with my defenses up, cautiously optimistic. Thankfully, WWE 2K15 (mostly) holds up to its many praises, though it’s a long way off from being the perfect wrestling game. 

The Girl on Fire Loses Her Spark in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Nov
21

When the first Hunger Games film was released back in 2012, it laid the foundation for a story of rebellion, a story of rising up against a corrupt and cruel government. Catching Fire in 2013 kept to that promise by expanding the world, as well as the role that Katniss Everdeen, AKA "The Girl on Fire," plays in all of this. However, it wasn't until this most recent film, Mockingjay - Part One, that we finally get to see these events that have only been hinted at before playing out on the center stage. There are a lot of expectations riding on it, both for Katniss's development and the story overall; and while there's certainly a more mature tone surrounding it, Mockingjay struggles to escape its Young Adult fiction roots and tell the story it's been promising since The Hunger Games.

The Pull List: All-New Captain America Soars Into Action

Nov
12

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. This week saw the much anticipated introduction of Sam Wilson, A.K.A. The Falcon, as the new Captain America. This is especially notable because Sam Wilson, for those not in the know, is African American. Progress!

The Pull List: Memetic #1 Delivers Visions of an Internet Apocalypse [Second Opinion]

Oct
22

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. The internet has been around for a fairly long time now, and yet we rarely see stories that try to approach internet and internet culture in a semi-serious fashion. Memetic is not afraind to do so, however.

Eight Years Later: Dreamfall Chapters First Impressions [Game Review]

Oct
22

It's been eight long, long years since Dreamfall was released; and considering how that game ended, it's been a hell of a wait. As a fan whose expectations started high, and only escalated with time, it's been a surreal experience stepping foot in this world again.

One-Panel Review: Hugh and Kerascoet's 'Beauty' is Minimal and Terrifying

Oct
17

In One-Panel Review, we look at and review a new comic through a single frame; this week we're looking at Beauty, a graphic novel about an ugly peasant with a classic case of monkey's paw wish-making. It has the stark drama (and horror) of H.C. Andersen tales, expanded to the length of a saga, drawn in minimally gorgeous designs.

The Pull List: Wytches Will Creep You Out

Oct
08

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. With October now in full swing, and Halloween right around the corner, plenty of publishers are revving up their spooky comics line-ups, but how does Wytches compare? Read on to find out.

Annabelle is a Pretty Poor Sequel to The Conjuring [Movie Review]

Oct
03

When it was announced that there would be a sequel to The Conjuring, most people expected it to be a roundabout remake of The Amityville Horror, due to the fact that it is the most famous case dealing with The Warrens (who share the coveted role of “Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Film”). Instead, the sequel is actually a prequel, telling the story of Annabelle, the creepy-looking doll that *spoiler alert*, turns out to be evil. While the doll wasn’t a huge focus of The Conjuring, it certainly had an impact with audiences, but did that alone warrant the explanation of her backstory?

If You Want Blood, Look at Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne [Comic Review]

Sep
25

Fantasy is a difficult genre for me.  I have constantly encountered books and stories with bland, rehashed characters with unpronounceable quadrisyllabic names.  That is how Michael Moorcock's Elric Volume 1 began for me, but the end result is actually something quite different off the beaten path.  

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The Pull List: Aliens: Fire and Stone is... Aggressively Mediocre

Sep
24

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. Usually, in this column, I try to avoid picking a first issue for a limited series. Honestly, though, this week was a little slow at my comic shop, and I like Aliens, so even though Aliens: Fire and Stone is only limited to four issues, I decided to pick it up.

Aldnoah.Zero: Phase One [Anime Review]

Sep
22

When it comes to series creator Gen Urobuchi (Psycho-Pass, Fate/Zero), you can usually expect two things to happen within his original stories. The first is that he creates a world that makes the audience want to explore more. The second is that it’s going to be filled with plenty of tragedy. Aldnoah.Zero is no acceptation to the expectations, with Urobuchi teaming up with Fate/Zero director Ei Aoki to tell the story of an alternate version of our Universe where human civilization inhabits Mars. However, this particular show does stand out in the case of not just how far it pushes the tragedy but having a sense of “absolutely no hope”.

Hyrule Warriors Is the Mash-Up of Dynasty Warriors and Zelda We Never Knew We Wanted [Game Review]

Sep
19

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front. Hyrule Warriors is not The Legend of Zelda. It has none of the exploration, indefinable magic, or innovation of the series from which this title is spun from. That’s not to say we can't love it though. See, while Hyrule Warriors might be a touch repetitive at times, it draws enough lore from a beloved franchise, and the hordes of enemies you'll be slicing through should keep fans of that particular subgenre more than occupied.

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