Category Books

Godzilla: The Half Century War- An epic comic covers fifty years of the King of Monsters

godzillahalfcenturyGodzilla is now in his 60th year since he first appeared on the screen in 1954 in Gojira. Over the past sixty years, the big radioactive lizard has appeared in thirty movies, two animated series, and several comic runs, beginning with Marvel and now residing with publisher IDW. One of the best comic runs in recent years is Godzilla: The Half Century War, written and illustrated by James Stokoe. The five issue run spans 50 years (as its title implies), focusing on Lieutenant Ota Murakami, a tank driver who ends up joining an organization dedicated to battling Godzilla. Murakami’s journey begins in Tokyo in 1954 and takes him across the world and the decades as Godzilla traverses the globe leaving a wake of destruction in his path, and dealing with other giant monsters along the way.

The fir...

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Saying goodbye to 2013 and looking forward to 2014

biWARNING: THIS ARTICLE WILL CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS. PROCEED WITH CAUTION IF YOU ARE NOT CAUGHT UP ON GAMES, MOVIES, AND TV SHOWS FOR THE PAST YEAR.

Just a few more hours left in the old year (at least where I live) and then 2013 will be in the books. It’s been a fairly good year for all types of entertainment media, from gaming to movies to television to comic books. Gaming has seen the birth of a new generation of consoles with the PS4 and Xbox One (though Nintendo got the jump on both Sony and Microsoft by releasing the Wii U in 2012), while the current (now previous?) gen is still going strong. A lot of quality games were released over the past twelve months, giving gamers plenty of choices when it came to picking the personal GOTY...

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013- Pt 4 (For the comic book fan)

Comic books have long been a staple in many a geek’s life, and they may have never been hotter than right now. Comic book movies are huge business, breaking box office records, with audiences going in droves to the theater for films like Marvel’s The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, or Man of Steel. Rocksteady reinvented the comic book hero videogame with 2009′s Batman: Arkham Asylum, and the 2011 follow-up Arkham City found its way onto many GOTY lists. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is for the comic book fans on your list, with some suggestions for games, movies, and, yes, even some books. We’ll start with games first. Again, all prices are USD.

GAMES

Batman: Arkham Origins- Availabarkham originsle on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC (59.99)...

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Holiday gift guide- 2013: Pt 1 (Consoles, PS4 and Xbox One games)

presentsIt’s that time of year again, that time to hit the malls or online stores in search of just the right gift to give. With so many things to choose from, how do you figure out what might be right for someone? Well, we’re here to hopefully help with that, with a few suggestions for that gamer or movie buff on your list. We’ll give a range of items to choose from, and list some suggestions for all age groups. Prices given are USD, and may vary depending on current sales in your area. So, let’s get to it, shall we?

GAMES

2013 has been another great year for gaming, with two generations of consoles now running side by side. It’s been a year where no one genre seemed to dominate, with plenty of titles to choose from...

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Alan Moore not impressed by the modern super-hero

amAlan Moore, the writer of such seminal graphic novels Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and V for Vendetta, related in an interview with The Guardian that he’s not too impressed by modern superheroes, and finds it “alarming” the audiences are flocking to comic book movies like The Avengers in droves. The interview was conducted with the notably eccentric writer while he was promoting his latest work Fashion Beast, a ten issue limited run based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Moore says he hasn’t read any superhero comics since completing Watchmen. He goes on to say, “I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean...

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Tom Clancy, the author behind the Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon games, dead at 66

tcTom Clancy, the best selling author who perfected the political techno-thriller, died in a Baltimore hospital on October 1. He was 66 years old. Clancy was best known for his novels featuring the character of Jack Ryan, whose adventures were chronicled in books like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and The Sum of All Fears. Several movies have been made from Clancy’s work, having such stars as Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck all playing the role of Ryan. A new film, titled Jack Ryan: Shadow One and starring Chris Pine (Star Trek), is scheduled for release later this year.

Clancy was also one of the co-founders of Red Storm Entertainment, which made computer games in the 1990s and was bought by Ubisoft in 2000...

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Confessions of Umbrella Inc

Alone in the Dark was the series that actually started the survival-horror genre in gaming but, despite that, Resident Evil (called Biohazard in Japan) gets the most credit for boosting the genre upon its release in 1996. At that time, we can only depend on our wits in order to survive the mansion, the main setting in the game. The game had a tank like control scheme and bad camera angles, and boasted some cheesy lines and performances, among them the “If you, master of unlocking…..” line and the infamous one pertaining to a Jill Sandwich. The translator teams for Resident Evil really outdid themselves with this extremely lousy job, but what’s done is done...

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Superman Unchained- A book worthy of the Man of Steel

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With the launch of the New 52, Superman hasn’t fared as well as that other DC heavyweight, Batman. Now, Batman scribe Scott Snyder turns his attention to the man in blue, and, along with artist Jim Lee, brings us one of the best Superman titles to come out in recent years. Superman Unchained is just what you want a Superman book to be. It’s filled with plenty of action and humor, and gives a new look to some familiar characters. It starts off well and doesn’t let up until the end, with a final panel leaving you wanting more.

The book opens in the middle of a crisis, with Superman trying to save the crew of a space station that is plummeting to Earth...

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Adventures of Superman- a new anthology series tackles the Man of Steel

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Superman has had many writers tackling stories suitable for the man of Steel of his 75 year history. In recent years, things haven’t always gone so well, especially since DC launched the New 52. But things look to change, and this new anthology series featuring three different stories by some of comics’ finest writers looks to change that. The first issue of Adventures of Superman is off to a terrific start, with three stories that are all well told, boast some fine artwork, and great writing.

The first story, “Violent Minds”, pits Superman against a dangerous telekinetic...

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Superman: 75 years of an American icon

Superman wikipediaSuperman. The very name is known worldwide, bringing with it the image of the man in blue with a billowing red cape, a large “S” prominent on his chest. He fights for truth, justice, and the American way, although in recent years his role has been expanded to include of mankind on the planet Earth. Born on the planet Krypton as Kal-El, he was sent to Earth by his father, Jor-El, when his homeworld’s red sun went supernova. He crashed into a cornfield in Smallville, Kansas, where he was found by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who raised him as their own son. As he grew older, he learned of his heritage and left the Kents’ farm, going out into the world and eventually arriving at the city of Metropolis, where he assumed the identity of mild mannered reporter Clark Kent for the Daily Planet...

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