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nonplayer_poster_spread_whiteborder_smallPlay to Win: Nonplayer #2

Some ten years ago I was heavily addicted to the much-missed MMO City of Heroes. My friend Mike and I would ‘meet’ most evenings in Paragon City, chat as we blitzed through missions and even… [more]

Fury Road 4Mad Max: Fury Road is the Best Movie of the Year

“I never thought I’d do anything so shiny.” It might seem hyperbolic to claim Mad Max: Fury Road as the best movie of the year already, but I promise you it’s not. The chances of… [more]

6x12_Main_photoCommunity Season Six: “Wedding Videography”

This season of Community has been utilizing very minor characters a lot more than ever before. The show has always had a cast of glorified extras that would pop into scenes when a random student… [more]

Validation188_smallValidation: A Creative and Moving Webcomic

“Validation” is one of the more gentle, heartfelt and affecting webcomics out there. (As a side note: there are quite a few webcomics! At some point, they’ll constitute a major part of the comics world,… [more]

1x23 (1)The Flash Season 1 Episode 23 Review

In the penultimate installment of its first season The Flash suddenly seemed to skip ahead of the script. In an episode that wasn’t initially focused on a direct conflict between Barry Allen and Eobard Thawne,… [more]

InvisibleRepublic03_Review coverInvisible Republic #3: Fighting for History

By coincidence, for an unrelated project, I’ve been reading Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle lately, and I can’t help seeing many similarities with Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko’s Invisible Republic, as… [more]

Todd!Community Season Six: “Modern Espionage”

Last season Community decided to return to one of its better concept episodes – Dungeons and Dragons. The results were mixed, feeling like a slightly fruitless attempt at recapturing the glory days. When I heard… [more]

Decalogue-1Movies You Should Watch: Decalogue One

The 10 films are not philosophical abstractions but personal stories that involve us immediately; I hardly stirred during some of them. After seeing the series, Stanley Kubrick observed that Kieslowski and Piesiewicz “have the very… [more]

thumbMy So-Called Secret Identity Volume 1 Print Edition Review

The past couple of weeks have not been a good time for female fans of comics. Between GamerGate trying to set up a booth at a Calgary Con, Michelle MacLaren’s rapid exit from Wonder Woman,… [more]

3x23 (1)Arrow Season 3 Episode 23 Review

Arrow’s third season finale is, for the most part, what one might expect out of a season finale from the show. It’s big, nearly apocalyptic, and features more than a few fights and heartfelt speeches.… [more]

Rogue AirThe Flash Season 1 Episode 22 Review

“Rogue Air” is a near perfect penultimate episode of a season. It manages to reinforce the central themes and purpose of The Flash while simultaneously building off of all the material and characters the season… [more]

community-season-6-ken-jeong-changCommunity Season Six: “Basic RV Repair and Palmistry”

Well what do you know! It may have taken ten episodes but “Basic RV Repair and Palmistry” might just be the best episode of Community in a long time. Or at least in ten episodes.… [more]

MSDMAMA EC050Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: A Retro Review

After Mad Max 2’s ecstatic reception by both critics and paying audiences, a third entry in the series took on the air of inevitability. It was a question of when, not if. Mind you, that… [more]

Thomas_Alop_Vol_01_trade coverThomas Alsop: Beautiful New York Gothic

Thomas Alsop, now available in a gorgeous TPB from Boom! studios, is an example of that rich collection of fiction and art that tries to bring the ancient past to America. That impulse seems like… [more]

Mad Max 2Mad Max 2: A Retro Review

“I remember a time of chaos. Ruined dreams. This wasted land.” So begins the opening narration setting the status quo of Mad Max 2 (known to many folks stateside as The Road Warrior). Nearly thirty-five… [more]

Ghidorah2015-04-15-14h02m38s108 copyYou’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive: On the Last Season of Justified

You have to watch Justified now; it’s no longer optional. I’ve recommended this series before, but any recommendation for an ongoing show comes with that big glowing asterix. How many hordes would’ve recommended Lost during… [more]

thumbDiametric Futures and Alternate Realities Adequately Executed: Lou Iovino’s The Last West

I’ve never read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. (Most people who don’t like it haven’t either.) But I am aware of Objectivism, the tenet that Rand preaches without abandon, and I refuse to live in… [more]

Mad Max 1Mad Max: A Retro Review

By the time Mad Max arrived on the scene in 1979, the cupboard of post-apocalyptic cinema was already pretty well stocked. From The Time Machine to the Planet of the Apes cycle to A Boy… [more]

Chrononauts03_Review coverChrononauts #3: Early Review!

Chrononauts continues to be exuberant, good-hearted fun, and as we head into the last act of this four-issue arc, Quinn and Reilly are starting to encounter consequences to their extremely irresponsible (though fun) actions. Mark… [more]

3x22 (3)Arrow Season 3 Episode 22 Review

“This Is Your Sword” pretty quickly goes back on the biggest development of last week’s episode. It turns out that Oliver hasn’t actually been indoctrinated by the League of Assassins and has merely been playing… [more]

1x21 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 21 Review

Iris finally knows that Barry is The Flash. It’s a plot development that’s been a long time coming, particularly because it actually happened once already before getting wiped out by Barry’s jump through time, and… [more]

Toast_of_London_s_Matt_Berry_to_play__professor_of_grifting__in_CommunityCommunity Season Six: Grifting 101

So episode nine of Community is a bit…muddled. In my humble opinion. When the film started I was pretty instantly thrilled by an animated old west inspired opening shot. It immediately proved to be set… [more]

3x21 (1)Arrow Season 3 Episode 21 Review

It’s amazing what a little focus can do. “Al Sah-Him” is an episode of Arrow that’s trimmed away just about any useless parts. Even regular cast member Paul Blackthorne fails to make an appearance as… [more]

Descender03_Review coverDescender #3: Early Review

It’s becoming clear what Descender is really about as we reach issue #3, and the good news is that it’s about something very interesting. This is really a story about “descent” in the biological sense… [more]

networkMovies You Should Watch: Network

Movie You Should Watch. In which the overly long motto is: The title of this article isn’t meant to be a command. It’s not “you” the reader so much as it is a proverbial “you.”… [more]