Sep 232013
 

Hey there Mecha Fans! It’s been awhile since I graced this beloved column, but today I’m here to talk about one of the coolest new characters in DC Comics: Grid.

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For those that don’t know, the DC universe is embroiled in a new crossover called “Forever Evil.” Villains from Earth-3, an alternate world with evil versions of the standard Justice League, arrived on the standard Earth, seemingly killed the various Justice Leagues (normal, of America, and Dark), and have declared their rule over the world. While DC spoiled months earlier that the arrival of the Crime Syndicate of Earth 3 would signal the end of the previous event, “Trinity War,” we were only told about Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring, Johnny Quick, and Deathstorm (who correspond to Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Firestorm). One character they did not spoil was Grid, and I’m glad because he’s definitely the coolest of the bunch.

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Sep 212013
 

Howdy folks! Tonight we are going to mull over a rather tasty bit of some food for thought that falls into the realm of historical fiction. You know, the kind of thing like Downton Abbey, based in a specific time-period with fictional–and sometimes even supernatural–main characters and struggles placed in history. BASICALLY, your historical accuracy milage may vary, but overall, there is at least some general historical digging up to do when it comes to not only setting the time period but also picking a distinct perspective to talk about.

After all, there are many sides to our rich history–and to drag up an old cliche, there are sayings about how history is written by the victors. But then there are those few (and really cool) writers who can draw on shared history and build a complex story that sheds light on multiple sides of a conflict, which is exactly what Gene Leun Yang accomplished with his latest graphic novel Boxers and Saints.

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Sep 202013
 

Whether or not a film will become a classic is hard to call from the initial viewing. After all, It’s a Wonderful Life only became a staple of Christmas movies because they let the copyrights on it slip and television networks could play it for free. One thing that does help in the development of a classic is quality. And this film has quality bursting from every seam, even if it is ungodly long.

Let’s take a look at Cloud Atlas. 

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Sep 202013
 

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a cult phenomenon that has sparked the interest of children and adults alike. Now, I don’t think I need to stand here and tell you all what a Brony is, but just to refresh your collective memories, Bronies are a group of adult males ranging from 16-25 years in age that have fallen in love with the aforementioned TV series.

With this target demographic taken into account, Hasbro has slowly gone about pandering to them, in an attempt to keep the demographic and sales numbers alive. They have accomplished this through various means, such as MLP trading cards with Brony in-jokes printed into them, mature storytelling through the TV series, and now even a comic book!

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Sep 202013
 

In the end, I won’t look back on this year having playing the majority of its heavy hitters. I’m leaving the country until August and my game exposure will be limited. It means no GTAV, no Beyond: Two Souls, no Assassin’s Creed 4, nothing. But there was one game I’m superbly pleased to have experience, and of course, it was the The Last of Us.

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Sep 192013
 

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Valiant is gearing up for the next phase of universe expansion: Unity. Nowhere is this effort felt more than in X-O Manowar, starring the titular character who will be the main antagonist (or protagonist, depending on your viewpoint) for the upcoming crossover. How did the latest issue of Valiant’s flagship series measure up?

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