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Hello, it’s me again. and today we’re going to talk about everything I read during January. (Well the graphic novels at least.) Actually I’m going to talk about them and you can choose to read or not, entirely up to you.

Oh since I’m reviewing multiple titles at the moment doesn’t mean you’re entitled to multiple spoiler alerts. This is your one and only spoiler alert. Consider yourself warned that the following reviews may or may not contain spoilers. Continue reading

I haven’t ventured into this kind of thing before, but after my latest acquisition, I decided that I needed to attempt it to share my thoughts and impressions of it with you. I recently got my statue of Deathstroke from Batman: Arkham Origins produced by Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio.

I pre-ordered the piece last year when it was first advertised, despite all of my attempts to talk myself out of it (thanks Richard), and made monthly payments until it was ready for shipping. In all honesty, after the first couple of months of payments, I completely forgot about it until I got the email from Sideshow saying that the last payment was coming up to coincide with the shipping date. It is interesting that a statue running $929.99 before taxes and shipping and everything can become something you forget that you have paid for until it arrives, but that was the reality of having pre-ordered and signed up for a lengthy monthly payment plan.

As far as the statue itself, I am overjoyed with it. The level of detail on found throughout each of the pieces is simply stunning. There are the overarching things like getting the look of the costume, mask, and face right, but I would expect nothing less from a collectible statue. The surprise, for me, comes from all of the small details. Each of the pouches on the tactical belt are detailed to such a degree that you would expect the clips to be able to open and to look inside of them. The finer details of all of the weapons and accoutrements all over his body make each piece look like nothing less than a scaled down version of the real thing. And when I say scaled down, I don’t mean by all that much. The overall size of the statue is approximately 30”.

As far as my overall impressions go, I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase. I have yet to find a permanent home for it, given the size and my lack of planning, but I crack a smile every time I walk by it. And the fun really doesn’t end for quite some time. The statue came with several interchangeable pieces so that the look can be changed at a whim. His right arm can be empty handed, holding his ballistic staff, or toting his assault rifle. His left hand can be wielding his ninjato, empty handed, or, in the case of my version, clutching a battered and damaged Caped Crusader cowl. It even came with a couple of interchangeable heads so that I can decide if I want to gaze upon the weathered and battle hardened face of Slade Wilson or simply stare into the unfeeling mask of Deathstroke, the Terminator. Striking a fearless pose atop a buttress adorned by the Grim Reaper, this piece will please me each time I see it for years to come.

*This post is full of Star Wars spoilers for everything from Episode 1 thru The Force Awakens.

The time comes in every child’s life when they are officially initiated into the world of Star Wars. For some it’s as early as birth but for others, like in our family.. you must be ready to receive and ask for it of your own free will. Until then, the truth is shrouded in secrecy.

If you know anything about me, you know I am a fierce protector of storyline when it comes to any film or book series. Maintaining that secrecy for those who have not seen/read them yet is important to me, especially when it comes to my children and Star Wars. It becomes a secret much like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy – something you keep safe until the time is right.

Some of you may remember the decision we made to hold off on allowing our children to see any of the Star Wars stories/cartoons or short films that gave away those secrets out of context. You may also remember last January when we unknowingly walked into a 20 minute show that gave away every secret of the entire series and I was LIIIIVVVVIIID because there was zero signage to warn people. You can read about that here if you want.

Well, we’ve moved forward and now is the time.

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Hello, I’m Will. I’m new here. Today I will be talking about one of my favorite comic books, Spirits of Vengeance #13. Not because it’s exceptionally good or popular, but because it left an impression on little 11 year old me. So considering it is one of a handful of issues I’ve kept from back then I think it’s pretty freaking awesome. I won’t be talking about the writer (Howard Mackie) or the artist (Adam Kubert). Not because they aren’t important (they’re both superbly talented individuals), but because I want to focus on this specific issue and my recollection of being the 11 year old boy that read it for the first time. Continue reading

We all remember our first don’t we?  The first time we see them on screen.  The first time we hang their poster on the wall.  The first time we watch another movie just because they are in it.  Our first celebrity crush.  Well, she was mine.

I first “met” Carrie Fisher in the iconic role of Princess Leia in Star Wars when it came out in 1977.  I was only 4 at the time but I knew then that we had something special.  The way she lit up the screen was magical for me.

I followed her on to some of the other films she was in.  Always looking out for that smile and twinkle in her eye.  I was surprised by her cameos and even more impressed by her writing.  And when she made her big comeback, there was no one more excited than me.

It now saddens me that she has passed.  She had managed to work her way into the lives of millions of fans throughout the world.  We will miss you Carrie.  We will miss your candor and honesty.  But most of all, we will miss your smile.

Carrie Fisher is survived by her mother, Debbie Reynolds and daughter, Billie Lourd.  We here at Forbidden Panel send them and her friends and family and her millions of fans our condolences.

 

In this episode we welcome back Anthony and review both

Assassin’s Creed

and

Star Wars Rogue One.

WARNING!!! AS IS OFTEN THE CASE WITH OUR REVIEWS, SPOILERS ARE ABOUND.  DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN EITHER MOVIE.

In this episode we review Westworld, HBO’s newest foray into a scripted show.

Standing in for Anthony this week is special guest Jason Graham.

All of this plus the news!!

Here are the links that Jason mentioned during the show.

And

Click on the image to be taken to the site.

 

PanelCastIconNewIn this episode join Anthony and AJ as they journey to the movies to see Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them!!  And don’t worry this is a SPOILER FREE review!!

The following games, teams and individuals have been nominated for creative and technical excellence at The Game Awards 2016.

Nominated games must have been commercially released to the public before November 24, 2016. To understand more about the nomination process, voting publications and rules, please see the “Rules and Voting” section.

Winners will be revealed live at The Game Awards 2016, which you can watch around the world live on Thursday, December 1.

 

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