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Going Nowhere Fast

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This week’s read is brought to us by one of the art instructors I work with on fairly regular occasion. We were discussing the different graphic novels we’d each read of late and Nowhere Men by Image Comics came up in the conversation. He didn’t particularly like it and I expressed sadness as it had been on my suggested list on Amazon.com. I’d been looking forward to picking it up once I got through some of my current “To Read” stack. He then offered to bring it in the following day for me to have. Now, he has let me borrow books before but never just given me one, so that gave me an inkling of just how little he cared for it. He was true to his word and I had the book the next day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Transformers Age of Exintction Trailer Debuts

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Who in the Blue Hell are the Guardians of the Galaxy!?!

Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) in a scene from the motion picture "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) in a scene from the motion picture “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

 

Since last year’s Comicon panel, Marvel has shown the public very little from their upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy.  That silence was finally put to an end last Monday when the studio debut the first official trailer of the fairly unknown comic franchise. Many believe that this film will be Marvel’s biggest challenge yet.

I would say they are more than up for the challenge.  Read the rest of this entry »

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A Book in Wolf’s Clothing

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A strange thing happened at A Shop Called Quest, one of my favorite comic shops, a little while ago. I was exploring the manga, which I don’t do very often, and I picked up a title I’d never seen or heard of before. The spine alone caught my attention and stood out as different from the other works surrounding it, so I peeked inside and was pleasantly surprised with Mitsuhisa Kuji’s beautiful artwork.

I don’t know manga authors or illustrators very well at all yet, so I don’t feel terribly confident in my ability to judge a book by its cover (or a brief skimming of its gooey insides) at this point. Normally if I pick up something in the manga section it’s because I saw the anime by the same name, or a friend suggested the title, so this was a new experience for me. I asked the clerk and he said he hadn’t read it yet, just though it looked interesting, so I took a chance and took Wolfsmund home with me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quick Review: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Square Enix finally brings a close to their Final Fantasy XIII trilogy with the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Many Final Fantasy fans have had varying opinions on this one game trilogy than any other Final Fantasy game series. Very few games in the series have actually had their own series, such as Final Fantasies IV, VII, and X. Thirteen though has sparked much controversy for its departure from traditional elements of the classic series. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dying: A How-To Guide

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A little while ago I was perusing the aisles at Barnes & Noble when I happened upon a book called Machine of Death. I was intrigued, not only by the premise of the work (which I’ll get to in a moment), but also by how it came into being. In the words of the preface, “This book, unlike most others, started its life as an offhand comment made by a bright green Tyrannosaurus rex.”

Way back in December of 2005 Dinosaur Comics had T-Rex himself present us with an interesting question. What if there were a machine that could tell you how you were going to die? This comic got such a great response that they eventually got around to taking submissions. Writers were encouraged to share the worlds that they created from this curious concept, and the result is pretty amazing.

Machine of Death collects 34 stories selected from the more than 600 submissions that were received. They titles range from things as seemingly innocuous as “Almond” and “Vegetables” (which was my favorite) to the more visceral “Prison Knife Fight” and “Torn Apart and Devoured by Lions”. The stories themselves explore some worlds very similar to our own and some that are a far cry from this place we call home. In some stories it is mandatory that you are tested from birth, in others there are anti machine groups who feel knowing how you die takes away a measure of your free will, in one the government segregates people based on their machine reading to keep those with more peaceful deaths far away from those with violent ends. You might think the stories would get old and start repeating similar themes after a while, but I enjoyed the wide array of characters and worlds I was presented with, and was happily surprised up until the very end.

What would it mean if your print out read “Heat Death of the Universe” and what might it mean if your slip were blank? I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out.

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Welcome (back) to the Dollhouse

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I’m sure we’ve got a fair number of Whedon fans out there and I’m certain most of you already know about the Serenity comics, and the Buffy comics, etc., but am I the only one that didn’t know there were Dollhouse comics floating around out there?

Needless to say, I was rather pleasantly surprised to accidentally stumble across this book while looking at other readables on Amazon.com. Like nearly every other amazing creation in the Whedonverse, Dollhouse was put on the chopping block long before it had really been given the chance to reach its true potential. I still had so many unanswered questions.

The stories collected in this volume take place between the show’s main series and the two season finales Epitaph One and Epitaph Two: Return. The book, appropriately titled Dollhouse: Epitaphs, helped fill in some big gaps for me. We start with Zone, Mag, and Griff, get a pretty healthy dose of Alpha, a triple shot of Ivy (there’s even a little Ivy on Ivy action), a bit of Ballard, and a little dash of Echo.

I wasn’t terribly impressed with the art in general, and occasionally had issues differentiating between characters in some sections, but I adored Phil Noto‘s covers, and enjoyed the work overall. While it didn’t answer all of the burning questions I had left about the show after it had been tourniqueted, it did help to fill a bit of the void that was left in the show’s absence. It’s definitely worth the read if you’re in need of a little more of the Dollhouse universe.

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Over the Moon for Saga

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On Christmas day I had the pleasure of speaking with my cousin, whom I hadn’t had the chance to talk to for quite a number of months. As usual the conversation eventually made its way around to reading suggestions. I mentioned some fun reads I’d recently experienced, and my cousin mentioned Saga. I bought it the following day and was delighted to discover that it’s written by the author of another work that proved to be a favorite of mine, Y: The Last Man.

Y was actually the tale that sort of thrust me back into my passionate love of comic books, and Saga did not disappoint, quite the opposite in fact. Fiona Staples‘ art is breathtaking and perfectly illustrates Brian K. Vaughan‘s captivating story of two lovers on opposite sides of a planetary war and their struggle to survive with a new born child. 

It’s a magic filled, action packed, and well paced tale so far. I ate up both volumes 1 and 2 over that weekend ignoring friends and loved ones alike, and now I must begrudgingly wait for volume 3 which doesn’t come out until April. I guess it can be an early birthday present to myself! And I’d recommend you treat yourself to this awesome story as well.

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10 Reasons You Should Be Watching Heirs

I have returned from the horror that is school to share something new with you! Did I mention I really love Korean dramas? They’re all the rage in South Korea and frequently cast famous musicians in main parts. They show both the good and bad sides of Korean society. They make stories playful and romantic or so sad you want to die. There is a large and great range. But if you like K-dramas and haven’t heard of Heirs, well, there might be something wrong with you. Heirs is the big show coming out of South Korea right now and here is ten reasons why you should jump on the bandwagon.

There is a warning that I do give some spoilers. Most are not too essential to the plot but if you don’t want to read them, feel free to skip down to the next one.

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10. It ends this week

This is good for you who aren’t emotionally invested in this show in the moment (meaning you are not me, who is dreading this). Heirs was a little unique in that it aired two episodes a week and so the season finale is coming out on December 12. Why is that good for you? Well you don’t have to worry about catching up or running out of episodes and having to wait! You just get to enjoy this amazing fabulouslessness.

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