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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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Debbie's Inferno; An Odyssey of Insecurities, And A Kitty Spirit-Guide [Comic Review]

Sep
18

Anne Emond's cartooning is preoccupied with calling people out on their vanities, sillinesses, and emotional hiccups--all fitting practice for her first extended comic, Debbie's Inferno, which takes us on a journey through the troubled soul of one small and saggy girl named Debbie. It's adorably illustrated, maturely written, and sometimes hits too close to home for comfort.

The Pull List: Oddly Normal Begins with Precocious First Issue

Sep
18

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, I'll be taking a look at Otis Frampton's Kickstarted comic seriesOddly Normal, about a girl from a mixed background - a white father and a witch mother. Yeah.

The Pull List: Smash Together Animal Farm, War of the Worlds, and Watership Down and You Get Wild's End

Sep
10

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, I've chosen Wild's End from writer Dan Abnett and Illustrator I.N.J. Culbard. Mix a little War of the WorldsWatership DownAnimal Farm, and throw in a little Earthbound, and you're on the right track in terms of what to expect.

The Pull List: Footprints' Cryptid Noir is Freaky Enough For Me

Sep
04

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. Today we're looking at Footprints, in which . . . well, I think the publisher says it best: "When Bigfoot discovers his brother Yeti brutally murdered, he assembles his old team of P.I.s -- Jersey Devil, Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, and Megalodon -- to unravel a conspiracy that spans decades." Now tell me you wouldn't pay $0.99 to read that.

The Pull List: Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool Is Way Better Than It Has Any Right to Be

Sep
04

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. I'm not going to lie, I had an entirely different comic lined up for today's Pull List, but Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool happened to catch my eye (no pun intended) and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised.

The Pull List: Wayward Crams Together Japan, Cats, and Kappas

Aug
27

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. Tonight I've decided to pick up Wayward, mostly because it was the only first issue of a comic they still had a copy of by the time I got to the comic shop tonight. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised.

Why I Enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Even More the Second Time

Aug
24

I'm not going to lie, I loved The Guardians of the Galaxy, but of course, I figured I would. Of the last five movies to come out of Marvel Studios, I've thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Still, Guardians was easily my favorite film of the summer, if not of the year (so far). I recently got a chance to go see it again, though, and I have to say that I think it may have been even better the second time.

The Pull List: Grant Morrison's The Multiversity Brings the Insanity

Aug
20

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. I'm not going to lie, I'm a pretty big fan of Grant Morrison and his particular brand of insanity, so I was pretty excited to hear that he would be helming a new event series from DC Comics called The Multiversity. Needless to say, issue one is pretty mind-boggling.

The Expendables 3 Micro-Review: Not Great, But Still Good

Aug
16

The Expendables series has managed to carve out a niche for itself amongst action-enthusiasts for its non-stop parade of action movie icons, B-movie badasses, and about as many cameos as one can possibly shove into an hour-and-a-half. None of the films so far have been particularly... graceful in their execution, but there's always been plenty of solid action featuring some of the biggest names in the genre to make up for it. Does the third film live up to that, or is the gimmick finally wearing thin?

Indie Spotlight: Axle's Spin on Mobile Platformers Is Unique and Refreshing

Aug
15

We're in a bit of a platformer renaissance right now. Well, maybe renaissance isn't the right word. Under an avalanche of pixel art and chiptune music, we're getting plenty of new games, so many that they're all starting to blend together. That's why it's a breath of fresh air when a game, especially a platformer, can catch your eye with just a glance.

The Pull List: Godzilla: Cataclysm Brings the Action

Aug
14

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. This week we'll be taking a look at the first issue of Godzilla: Cataclysm, a big, action-filled, new series from IDW.

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