ICYMI: Have you had Seconds yet? I had, and here’s my review.
NEW Post! Top 10 Moments From Penguins vs. Possums Volume 1
I can’t believe we’re up to the paperback collection now! This TPB by Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon Bring is so exciting! With this momentous occasion locked down, I want to share a few of my favorite moments throughout this hilarious, violent clash between the Penguins and Possums.
I’ve looked forward to Seconds since consuming the Scott Pilgrim franchise, graphic novels, the game, and the movie. Whether this story becomes a phenomenon, I’m unsure. Bryan Lee O’Malley blends elements of romance, science fiction, and horror while having an abundance of symbolism. For example, much of the story takes place in the snowy winter where isn’t just the weather that gets cold.
Where Scott Pilgrim is a love story wrapped in video game bravado, Seconds is a love story steeped in mysticism and folklore. This is not Scott Pilgrim for foodies. The most interesting relationship arises not between the flame-haired protagonist and her love interest, but a growing bond between her and an unlikely naif.
O’Malley utilizes his trademark manga-esque artwork, but he has a solid handle on the gloomier scenes. While Seconds is a quick read, O’Malley uses black panels for good effect. As the lead character is selfish for much of the book, I was left wondering if she had truly earned her happiness.
NEW Post! 110-Character Challenge: Is Valiant Hearts a Wise Game? [REVIEW]
Here’s my review, with additional thoughts, of the multiplatform video game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War. While I aim to keep my bite-size review in 110 characters or less, I missed by two characters. On the other hand, the triumphs and tragedies that occured during World War I should not be forgotten. Valiant Hearts shows WWI sacrifices & tech advances. All’s noisy on doggie puzzle front, but hint system’s fair.
NEW Post! Grayson #1: Examining the First Few Pages [REVIEW]
Finally, a new New 52 title I can look forward to reading. Tim Seeley, Tom King, Mikel Janin and others tell the tale of Dick Grayson’s next stage as a hero. Most of my comments are about the first few pages of the comic. I’m not a big fan of Dick Grayson and I’m not really into spy stuff, but Grayson is more interesting than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a show I’m tried of already after one season. SPOILERS ahead.
NEW Post! Some Fine Day Book Review
Finally, I post this review on Kat Ross’ Some Fine Day. The beginning is flavored with plenty of sci-fi futurism, but it becomes a thriller with a young woman seeking the future she wants. For me, the second half becomes a “page turner” where I wanted to find out what Jansin does next. The following review avoids many spoilers.
NEW Post! Punk the Capital Spotlights Early DC Punk Scene
The underground music scene in Washington D.C. forever altered the definition of punk, taking it from nihilism and pulling it towards something constructive. Within this unlikely town in 1979, generations, musical genres and powerful personalities created a volatile mix that has influenced music and culture around the world. Punk the Capital, Straight from Washington D.C., directed and produced by veteran D.C. filmmakers James Schneider and Paul Bishow, captures the essence of D.C. punk from its source and steers shy of nostalgia, making this history relevant 35 years later.
NEW Post! San Diego Comic-Con ‘14: Top Cow To Offer Exclusive Litho Prints
Top Cow Productions is going all out for San Diego Comic-Con. They’re offering exclusive variants, VIP packages, and lithographic prints. Several VIP packages are offered including the Stjepan Sejic/Matt Hawkins Package, the Marc Silvestri package, and the ComicCon Writer’s Package. Availability for the packages are limited and seats for them will be sold at $200. Visit booth #2629 if you’re interested.
NEW Post! The Outcast #1: Skybound Knocks Another One Out of the Park [REVIEW]
Someone tell those Winchester boys that a new player has arrived in super natural territory. This book should be required reading in Outdoing Yourself 101. Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Super Dinosaur and Invincible) and Paul Azaceta (Graveyard of Empires) take you to rural West Virginia to battle your inner demons…literally.
NEW Post! Will Gail Z. Martin Satisfy Urban Readers’ Deadly Curiosities? [REVIEW]
I’m a newbie to the urban fantasy genre, but Gail Z. Martin’s Deadly Curiosities was a sometimes pleasant, sometimes eerie stroll through one the Deep South’s most interesting cities. At over 360 pages, Curiosities is the first major story in a greater narrative. I may have to read the Adventures short stories if I ever have time. Martin gives readers plenty of magical strangeness with hints of splendor. The heroine is capable, but isn’t impervious. I must get accustomed to 300-plus page adventures where no stone is left unturned, but I think urban fantasy readers will enjoy Martin’s work.
NEW Post! TMNT Visual History Book Contains Much Turtle Power
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History by Andrew Farago should please all Turtles fans. The hardcover book doesn’t disappoint with big, clear sketches, drawings, animation cels, photos, etc. At almost 190 pages, Ultimate is almost a museum on the printed page. Farago puts together an impressive package; even the text shows enthusiasm for the subject and appreciation for their creators and stewards.
NEW Post! Transformers: Age of Extinction Review: How Good Is It?
This has been my favorite Transformers movie YET! I went in expecting the worst, after seeing the changes made to Grimlock, but walked out completely entertained. This new series builds on the first trilogy and does it in a way that you don’t have to watch all of the movies again. But if you watched Dark of the Moon again, it wouldn’t hurt. Though series alums Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and the always funny John Turturro are not in this movie, that doesn’t mean the cast is any less exciting.
NEW Post! 110-Character Or Less Challenge: The Wicked + The Divine #1 Review
DIVINE style by McKelvie; WICKED-ly perplexing mythology. 1st issue: fluffy appetizer, not nectar & ambrosia.
NEW Post! Bon! or Bonkers: Nintendo on Wii U Gameplay Streaming
Nintendo of America chief Reggie “FEES AH-MAY,” responding to Brian Crecente’s question about Twitch support on Wii U, says that Nintendo “[doesn’t] think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself.” On the other hand, Fils-Aime asserts the success Nintendo has with Twitch with events such as …
NEW Post! Crowdfunding Catch: American Nature Presents…
Greg and Fake passed me this link to their Kickstarter campaign. It’s so incredibly indie. They’re offering a comic, T-shirts, and a vinyl record. How ‘bout that?