Dec 242013
 

Another year is about to come to a close and before we enter 2014 I thought it prudent to look back at some of the amazing comics that came out in 2013! There was definitely a great crop over the last year. It was difficult to narrow my list down to ten, but after a lot of work I was finally successful. I decided to only include ongoing series which are still ongoing (and so a few, such as my beloved but sadly cancelled Demon Knights, aren’t included). Which comics made the cut? Find out after the jump!

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Dec 232013
 

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I think I’m missing something when it comes to David O. Russell. Last year when everyone was telling me that Silver Linings Playbook was a brilliant movie, all I saw was a movie that was mostly average with a really good lead performance from Jennifer Lawrence. O’Russell, to me, lacks anything that makes him stand out from the pack. He’s good, but he’s not great and he doesn’t have any recurring styles or ticks that would make him more interesting. Still, with American Hustle he seems to be improving in terms of pure quality and definitely in terms of my enjoyment.

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Dec 222013
 

Just don’t expect to explain moe in one night.

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It’s the winter holiday season yet again, and whether it’s Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, or even just the solstice, there’s plenty of celebrations around and time to get friends and family together. But when you’re the only geek in the family, how can you connect to your relatives? The Inverseman has a few ideas you can use this break or on your vacation days.

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Dec 212013
 

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A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment

I’m a sucker for 90s mecha anime–I think it comes with the territory of just being a 90s kid with Gundam and Voltron and such running rampant on TV. So when I first heard the dramatic, rock-opera riffs of Sakura Wars‘s famous, Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan theme I was hooked. It had everything little me could want: cool girls with the fate of the world on their shoulders and steam-punk mechas. Plus the series has an awesome soundtrack with one of the best ear-worm anime OPs in existence. Suffice to say, I fell in love with Sakura Wars and really, haven’t turned back.

Still, Sakura Wars lives in relative obscurity state-side–besides the latest game on Wii/PS2 a few years back, not much else has been released. But it’s been a long-running franchise with plenty of video games, manga, weird doujinshi, OVAs, and even live stage shows as a special nod to the series’ Takarazuka inspiration. Yet, despite its many accolades and long-standing franchise force, there’s something to be said about the franchise’s movie and its conflicting strengths and weaknesses.

“Evil never gets an encore” may be the DVD/Blu-ray combo’s clever tagline, but sadly, lackluster story-telling combined with flat voice acting may close the curtains on this film.

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Dec 202013
 

As many of you know, I am a BIG fan of Marvel comics, as my comic reviews are almost exclusively all based around Marvel’s comic universe. What I have NOT made abundantly clear through this site is how much I f@#$ing despise DC Comics.

I’m sure you are all aware of DC’s menagerie of bad decisions over that past few years, starting with the New 52, and most recently with their quite RISQUE Harley Quinn artwork talent contest. Overall, I have NOT been happy with DC’s decisions as of late. Though, for the longest time, I believed that they at least had ONE thing up on Marvel. It seemed they were the KING of animated superhero TV shows. For years, they dominated with the power of shows like Batman TAS, Justice League, and Teen Titans. In recent years they even created what I considered my all time favorite cartoon series on Cartoon Network, YOUNG JUSTICE.

But just like when the Fire Nation attacked, everything has changed…with the coming…of Teen Titans GO!

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Dec 192013
 

X-O Manowar #20

X-O Manowar’s 20th issue hit stands yesterday, heralding the next phase of the crossover with Valiant’s latest new title, UnityWhen we last left Aric’s solo title, the famed Manowar had reasserted his kingship over the freed Visigoths. In the pages of Unity, however, Aric weathered an assault and was ultimately separated from his armor. With that interesting concept in mind, let’s dive into X-O Manowar #20! 

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