We're invited into the lives of Michael and Joanna, inside their exceptional apartment. Michael is a commercial real estate agent, while Joanna is a author. These two are married. We know this because they're arguing (heh). Having recently been hitched, I've come to learn that marital spats happen for two reasons, and two reasons only: money and women. For this couple it's the latter.
With the passing of Memorial Day here in the States, the unofficial start to summer is upon us. We're getting into the meat and potatoes of the big budget special effects laden flicks. Sprinkled throughout are a few indie gems to keep you honest.
Spoiler Warning: "The Rebel Flesh" (6.5) and "The Almost People" (6.6). Also, I wouldn't read any further into this post unless you've watched the entirety of "A Good Man Goes To War" (6.7) right to the very end. I mean to the last second. You've been warned, alright? Spoilers.
Torontonians might think they have problems with their subway service, but they’ve got nothing on the citizens of Metro 2033, a sleeper hit of a game based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel of the same name. Now, developer 4A Games has released their first trailer of the sequel, dubbed Metro: Last Light.
50 Girls 50 doesn’t try to be something it’s not. The title pretty well prepares you for what lies inside, and if this isn’t enough of a clue to what awaits the reader, then keep in mind this is Frank Cho’s new comic. Having taken on writing duties with Doug Murray, Cho turns over illustrating to his new protégée Axel Medellin.
While mugging a young woman on her way home, a gang of South Londoners are ferociously interrupted by what they think is a meteorite striking a nearby car. Seeing the youths distracted, the woman makes a run for the nearest building which happens to be her home: nicknamed The Block. Upon closer investigation, the gang discovers the object that struck the car was not a space rock at all: it’s an alien.
Written by Cullen Ben and Shawn Lee, with illustrations by Matt Kindt, The Tooth stands as a perfect example of why we NEED small publishers like Oni and Red 5 Comics. It is a wonderful story, but one which defies easy categorization and clearly flies in the face of what the Big Two/Three traditionally publish.
This week's episode sees an end to season one of the show. In this episode we are joined by Deborah Etta Robinson, who shares her love of bad television, while Gavin helps probe the mind of a modern comic and shares his telephone tales of woe. Jeff brings us up to speed on the recent comic news, and provides what can only be described as the best questions for a grown persons slumber party.
Focusing on licenses, and “re-developing” stagnating properties, IDW has had some major success with GI Joe, Transformers, and less-mainstream-but-even-hotter Suicide Girls comic. None of these series come close to matching the fun and excitement that IDW has returned to... Dungeons & Dragons.
Rocksteady Studios certainly know how to make an announcement. At a pre-E3 showing of Batman: Arkham City, details emerged about a second playable character. In addition to beating up thugs as Batman, you’ll spend some time as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman.
I knew going into "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People" that I wasn't going to like these episodes at all. After watching the trailer for this two-parter, the episodes immediately felt like the dismal Silurian two-parter in Series Five - "Cold Blood" and "The Hungry Earth". Both two-installment stories deal with representations of humanity and a war between humans and their human-like counterparts (now enemies).
The Rocketeer, and its creator Dave Stevens, never really broke big in the mainstream comic culture, settling instead into its "classic indie" status. IDW hopes to change all that with Rocketeer Adventures #1.
And so episode seven leaves many of our players in even worse shape than they were before - as if that were even possible! Death, betrayal, uncertainty and now the likely prospect of invasion. Things have never been worse for the people of the Seven Kingdoms.
Although Disney seems to have a financial lock on the characters and their escapades, the fact that original muppeteers such as Frank Oz, and Jim Henson's son Brian, are still at the helm means that the new film should be keeping in the original spirit of the brilliant series and early films. The script is written by Jason Segel, a solid actor and singer despite some questionable film choices, and also stars Amy Adams, who I maintain is an amazing talent.
Gavin and Jeff discuss the future of science fiction, proper nerd classification, and the invisible stripper pole in Gavin's office.
In this introductory issue of the recently reformed Canadian super-team Alpha Flight, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Dale Eaglesham hit the perfect balance between a comic that will appeal to all readers and a story that has some fun ‘Canadiana’ shout-out moments.
My opinion of webcomics is about the same: anything with a continuous thread more than five panels long gets on my nerves. Thankfully, Dark Horse Books has been compiling some of the most prolific webcomics into hefty printed volumes, the latest of which is Christopher Hastings’ The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Night Powers, which debuted at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
I cannot give a film a pass simply because it is fun to watch. There are plenty of really bad films that are fun to watch, but that doesn't make them good films. Which is why to some degree it pains me to give the latest entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise a modestly negative review. It almost gets everything I like about the series right, but once you leave the theatre it will dawn on you that what you just saw wasn't all that great.