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Manifest Destiny 007 (2014) (Digital) (Minutemen-Acan).cbr - Page 15Manifest Destiny #7: A Different Mission

[Spoilers ahoy, Captain Clark.] It’s wonderful to be back amongst the pulpy charms and historical poetry of Manifest Destiny after a break. For those who missed the first six issues, Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts… [more]

conquest of the planet of the apes00188Battle for the Planet of the Apes is Underwhelming

The last film of the original five Planet of the Apes movies has been watched. It was… okay, despite being kind of bland. [more]

crossbones-618x400Crossbones Could Be Great TV – Eventually

The first two episodes of Neil Cross’ new pirate show, starring John Malkovich, have aired. I examine them. Completely without nautical puns too. [more]

Midnight CrossroadMidnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris: A Review

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer… [more]

Decent Hour Picture 1Review of Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris just released his third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and like his previous two, this one is insightful, fascinating, and just a hair’s breadth short of perfect. Better than any… [more]

chris evans snowpiercerSnowpiercer Review

Dystopian fiction in film is nowhere near as well represented as it could be. For every good movie it feels like there are a dozen bad ones that are often as dysfunctional and punishing to… [more]

Last Week Tonight title cardLast Week Tonight is Mandatory Viewing

When Last Week Tonight was announced, given John Oliver’s past work as a fill-in host and a correspondent for The Daily Show, it was easy to see Last Week Tonight as a Daily Show clone… only aired… [more]

doctor-spektor-master-of-the-occult-1-coming--L-4TTstVMark Waid’s Doctor Spektor, Master of the Occult #1

[Mild spoilers ahead.] Mark Waid’s new reboot of the Gold Key classic Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult brings the right level of goofy fun to a title that has languished in the margins of… [more]

y0a23AtTrailer Park Boys Live in Fuckin’ Dublin Review

I should confess a slight conflict (or confluence?) of interest when writing about Trailer Park Boys. Not only did I grow up in Nova Scotia, I hail from the exact community (Dartmouth/Cole Harbour) in which… [more]

The Butcher cover artThe Butcher by Jennifer Hillier: A Review

A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and… [more]

conquest of the planet of the apes00136Conquest of the Planet of the Apes: An Amazing Science-Fiction Film

The Planet of the Apes series handily proves its superiority with this awesome movie. [more]

Nightwing #30 cover artEndings & Beginnings: A Review of Nightwing #30

SPOILERS BELOW:

filth00021X-Men: Days of Future Past is Just Okay

Which still makes it better than a lot of the franchise. [more]

e8d38d9cf94d513273febafe4cd29e46Serenity, Leaves on the Wind #5: Love Keeps Them Flying

[This review contains minor spoilage. It’s a bit spoiler-y. (I feel obliged to put it in Whedonesque terms.)] Issue #5 of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind has a distinctly Whedon voice. I mean that in… [more]

Hannibal-Season-2On Season Two of Hannibal

A generally spoiler-free look at the second season of the delightfully depraved chronicles of everyone’s favorite cannibal… [more]

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.25.31 AMTwain and Tesla Versus Evil: A Review of The Five Fists of Science

A steampunk graphic novel starring the bromance between Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla as they create giant robots and battle Cthulu cults. [more]

timecrimes00148Timecrimes is Good, but not Unexpected

This Spanish science-fiction thriller wasn’t quite what was advertised… [more]

Chef1Food and Social Media: A Review of Chef

Food and Twitter are inextricably intertwined these days – some food shows themselves air tweets live and tweets often make reviews the next day as an example of what the audience is thinking. Jon Favreau… [more]

Invincible111_CoverAGame Changer: A Review of Invincible #111

For months now, Robert Kirkman had been warning fans that issue #111 of his long-running creator owned title Invincible would usher in a new, darker direction for the book. He has said that Mark Grayson… [more]

Cover Art First EditionTales of the Hidden World: A Book Review

In this wide-ranging collection, the New York Times-bestselling urban fantasist opens doors into hidden places: strange realms bordering our own mundane existence and prowled by creatures of fancy and nightmare. Here are the strange, frequently… [more]

The-Fifth-BeatleThe Fifth Beatle: The Untold Story of Brian Epstein

The Fifth Beatle is a monumental comic that combines bold styles, uses every comics storytelling trick in the proverbial book and a fast-paced style to recount ten years of history, from about 1957-1967. Those were… [more]

chopper00432Andrew Dominik’s Filmography Part One: Chopper

I start my journey through the filmography of Andrew Dominik with the intense and fascinating Chopper. [more]

escape00044Escape from the Planet of the Apes: Good Despite the Odds?

The third Planet of the Apes movie goes from funny talking apes to baby-murder in an insanely short period of time. So if that’s your thing this movie has that… [more]

Amazing X-Men #7 coverSaturday Morning Rewind: A Review of Amazing X-Men #7

If you are like me and are of a certain age, then you have very fond memories of the Saturday morning cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Running from 1981 to 1983, it featured Spider-Man… [more]

X-Men: Days of Future Past posterX-Men: Days of Future Past is a Lot of Fun

X-Men: Days of Future Past, released today, is one of the funner super-hero movies ever made. Caution: minor spoilers ahead. The movie’s been compared by some to The Avengers. Obviously, the two films are very different:… [more]