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Deathlok 001Heavy Metal: A Review of Deathlok #1

Since making his first appearance in the mid-seventies, Deathlok has always been around the periphery of the Marvel Universe. He would pop-up every now and then, guest-starring in one book or another, then going away… [more]

Enemy at the GatesRising Tensions: Legend of Korra: Book 4 “Enemy at the Gates” Review

Warning: Episode Spoilers Ahead. If you are not caught up on the Legend of Korra, it is highly recommended that you avoid reading this review. Another week, another great episode of the Legend of Korra!… [more]

robocophcsdccFrank Miller’s RoboCop: A Retrospective Review

I have to give it a hand to the Avatar people for pushing for Frank Miller’s original RoboCop 2 script to be adapted onto the comics’ page. The story of RoboCop 2 is always fascinating,… [more]

arrow-the-secret-origin-of-felicity-smoak_article_story_largeArrow Season Three, Episode 5 Review

“The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” isn’t necessarily the best hour of Arrow, in fact it’s a pretty decent representation of the ways that the show can rely on too obvious plotting in its villain-of-the-week… [more]

Interstellar posterInterstellar Wows While Asking Big Questions

Probably no director in the world successfully combines intelligence and artistic ambition with commercial success the way Christopher Nolan does. His movies often orbit around exactly the kind of high concepts Hollywood hates because they can’t… [more]

Nemo Title Cover jpgLittle Nemo – Dream Another Dream

Locust Moon’s upcoming book Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream is not simply a tribute to Winsor McCay, it’s a showcase for some of the most creative comics art being made today and a wonderfully imaginative… [more]

Doomboy1DOOMBOY: A Review

DOOMBOY Written and Illustrated by Tony Sandoval Published by Magnetic Press Rating: 8.5 (of 10) “This story of a boy moved to create awe-inspiring axe tributes to his lost love is a compelling read by… [more]

MD11revManifest Destiny #11: “Lewis Smash!”

With the latest issue of Manifest Destiny, the crew of the Corps of Discovery definitely close one chapter in their journey. For the past few issues, the expedition has been split, with the keelboat hung… [more]

ShiningReview of Shining’s Halmstad

Reputations can be terrible for a band, especially when their music fails to live up to its unachievable billing. Shining are a metal band from Sweden who are most notable for their outspoken (and occasionally… [more]

exorcist2014-10-29-09h50m00s82Halloween Binge: The Exorcist

Most everyone considers The Exorcist the best horror movie ever made. When lists document the “greatest” horror movies in existence, The Exorcist is number one, time and time again. The movie, which came out in… [more]

beyond2014-10-28-21h50m15s109Halloween Binge: The Beyond

A manic and kind of terrible Italian horror movie. But also a manic and great horror movie. Lots of eye-gouging. [more]

Image1The Circle by Dave Eggers: Let’s All “Like” Our Transparent Dystopia!

[Note: This article contains many spoilers; it would be impossible to write without them. Also, The Circle was published a full year ago, and it explores social media’s effects on knowledge, socializing, privacy, and politics—as… [more]

rosemary2014-10-26-14h40m00s5Halloween Binge: Rosemary’s Baby

Wooo. We’re getting into real classics at this point in my binge. Filling in some gaps in my viewing with some classics. Will I be annoyingly contrarian? Come find out. [more]

lifeforcebdcap4_originalHalloween Binge: Lifeforce

Despite a whole lot of potential and some good scenes this movie kind of blows. It should have been so good, but honestly you could stop this movie after Mathilda May disappears. [more]

arrow_a_0Too Many Targets: Arrow Season Three, Episode 3 Review

While Arrow has, to some extent, narrowed its focus in the early going of its third season, “Corto Maltese” is a reminder of just how big a world the show has created. The episode sends… [more]

Hellraiser2014-10-22-16h36m30s19Halloween Binge: Hellraiser

As much as I like this movie, and I really did, I have some problems with it. Just a few, but I dwell on them in this article. Not trying to be contrarian I swear. Just my honest picky response! [more]

phenomena2014-10-21-14h22m14s94Halloween Binge: Phenomena

A crazy Dario Argento movie starring a young Jennifer Connelly. This was a goody. Lots of craziness and tension and great filmmaking. [more]

Q2 Cover 1Getting the Band Back Together: A Review of Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #1

When Valiant was reborn back in 2012 and returned to comic book store shelves everywhere, one question kept being asked at every convention the company made an appearance at: when were Quantum and Woody coming… [more]

flash-things-you-cant-outrun_article_story_largeGrowing Pains: The Flash “Things You Can’t Outrun” Review

“Things You Can’t Outrun” isn’t a particularly remarkable episode of television. It features an underdeveloped villain, some pretty terrible dialogue at times, and Iris continuing to be a millstone around the show’s neck, slowing things… [more]

return of the living dead2014-10-20-22h07m30s215Halloween Binge: Return of the Living Dead

An awesome zombie flick with nonsensical zombies, loads of camp, unnecessary nudity, punks, great needle drops, and, most importantly, “braaains.” [more]

genocide2014-10-16-13h34m42s249Halloween Binge: Genocide

Genocide is a bleak, nihilistic, Japanese horror film with killer bugs. It’s also not so secretly about war time atrocities. Like you do. [more]

cannibal2014-10-14-21h21m30s8Halloween Binge: Cannibal Holocaust

Cannibal Holocaust is one of the more controversial horror movies ever made. Filled with sketchy content and upsetting gore, it’s a dark Halloween viewing indeed. [more]

Arrow-302-3The Fallen and a Mystery: Arrow Season Three Episode 2 Review

The third season of Arrow is starting off in a subtly different fashion than the previous two years. In a strange and compelling way it’s almost managed to transform itself into a more modest show.… [more]

house2014-10-13-19h40m56s80Halloween Binge: House

First up in my flood of Halloween themed articles: the insane Japanese horror movie House . It’s got magic cats, cannibalism, and crazy hand drawn FX. [more]

77-genesis-the-lamb-lies-down-on-broadwayThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: A Progressive Rock Album about Progress

Genesis, a band that’s been around longer than Crosby, Stills and Nash and has produced three times as many albums, is now enjoying a period of historical renovation. The recent documentary “Together and Apart” (that’s… [more]