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The Ethics of Arrow: ep 14 "The Odyssey" Review

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : Movie / TV Reviews 
            What makes a great program? I’m certain the reason we all watch Arrow is because of the main character, Green Arrow. How is it then that last week’s episode, "The Odyssey," did not even feature Green Arrow, yet it was the best episode of the series thus far? This is how you can judge if a TV show is great or not. If the hero of the program, in this case it’s Green Arrow, is not even in the episode yet it is the best episode of the series.




            Another part of Arrow’s...
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Post Apocalyptic Television - Revolution vs Walking Dead

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, February 8, 2013, In : Who Would Win in a Fight? 
        The wait is finally over and everybody’s favorite post apocalyptic series, Walking Dead, returns this Sunday. Another series in somewhat the same vein, Revolution, returns late next month. Who would win in a “more realistic portrayal” fight – Walking Dead vs. Revolution.




        The plot device that makes each series tick is drastically different (zombies and electricity, respectively), but the end result is the same - A post apocalyptic planet where individuals are struggling ...
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J.J. Abrams + Star Wars = I Can Die Happy Now

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, In : New MOVIE NewS 
    Much like Star Trek was better after Rodenberry, Batman was better after Bob Kane and The Simpsons were better after Matt Groening – Star Wars will be better after George Lucas. J.J. Abrams being attached as director only seals the deal.



    After Disney absorbed Henson they put out the best Muppets movie of all time. After they bought Marvel Disney released the greatest Marvel movie of all time *cough* Avengers *cough*. Why wouldn’t Disney be able to produce the best Star Wars movie ...
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Walking Dead S03e05: Michonne Knows Freedom

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Movie / TV Reviews 

         It's no secret to viewers that Michonne can take care of herself, yet the Governor insisted on taking her weapon and forcing his protection service onto her. Finally on episode 5 she ditched Andrea and got the hell outta there.

        Like upscale slaves in luxury cages they were fed the lie of security as a trade for their freedom- and Michonne never bought it. We'll see where hanging onto a dream of having a guy and his goons monopolize protection gets her. It's a shame Andrea h...


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The History Of Catwoman – The Evolution Of Our Favourite Feline From The 1940s To Today

Posted by allfancydress.com on Monday, October 15, 2012, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 

The woman with nine lives who goes by the name of Catwoman has always fascinated readers and audiences. She works for herself and no-one else, which has made Catwoman one of the most popular comic book characters. For over 70 years she has evolved and adapted to new surroundings and below you will find out what writers really had in store for our favourite feline.

Since her inception in the 1940s, Catwoman has always had a regular slot in the Batman comics, but writers never dreamed she wou...


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Confession of a Star Wars Apostate

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : Who Would Win in a Fight? 

              A long time ago I can remember being both a Star Wars fan and a Star Trek fan simultaneously. I still am, but while I always liked Trek, historically I was a full on Star Wars freak. I remember balling my eyes out when I accidentally broke the head off of my Darth Vader action figure as a young child. As a teenager I remember sneakily reading Young Jedi novels during classes in high school (yes, I’m that kind of nerd). I even loved Attack of the Clones and watched it multiple ...


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AMAZING Spider-Man ReVIEW *Reading Could Spoilate Your Movie Experience*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : Movie / TV Reviews 

 

            Everyone else is doing it, why can’t we? Lets compare the two Spider-Man movie series.

            There are good things and bad things about each movie (natch). Amazing is definitely more realistic…but Sam Raimi has a certain style about him, so of course his trilogy was campier (it was supposed to be). Raimi’s volume was hailed as a realistic take, but AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is by far superior in that category. For example, in reality the police would most certainly lie to...


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The Avengers – The Reason We Love Superheroes

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Thursday, May 10, 2012, In : Movie / TV Reviews 

Y’know how when you watch a really great horror film you’re so scared of the dark that even your own reflection frightens you? Well, THE AVENGERS has a similar effect only with completely opposite results. After watching THE AVENGERS I dare something in the dark to take me on. I’ll punch myself in the mirror!

THE AVENGERS reminds me why I love superheroes.  They not only inspire us, but enlighten us. At first I wish they actually exist. I wish a super team would assemble to thwart th...


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Everything I Need to Know About Economics I Learned from The Ghostbusters

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : Movie / TV Reviews 

GHOSTBUSTERS is probably the most subtly layered 80’s films in existence. Not only is it an expertly crafted comedic action horror, but contains an element of economic philosophy typically only found in lectures on college campuses. To illuminate, let’s first ask ourselves a couple questions…

Question 1: When Ray, Peter and Egon are first introduced, as scientists receiving federal grant money from Columbia University, how would you best describe them?

          Would you say ...


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STAR WARS: Phantom Menace REVIEW - True Love is Blind

Posted by TIM BURNSIDE on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Movie / TV Reviews 

            Hi, everybody. Remember that thing you’ve been trying to forget about for the last twelve years? Well it’s all been for naught as it's back in theatres forcing you to relive every horrific moment that has haunted you’re memory since 1999. May the torture commence!

 

            By the way I am a Star Wars fanatic (I am actually wearing a Star Wars shirt right now); I’ve loved Star Wars since I was a young padawan and have literally, like many of you (assuming anyone ac...


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Justice League: Doom -Review- *No Spoilers*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : Movie / TV Reviews 
 


          The DC Animated Universe just keeps getting better and better. Not that JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM is the best DCAU film ever, *cough* BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD *cough*, but it doesn’t get much better than this one.
The film is filled with an all-star cast including: the one true Batman; Kevin Conroy, Superman favorite; Tim Daly, geek-god; Nathan Fillion, and even Michael Rosenbaum as Flash. Sadly, this was Dwayne McDuffie’s final work before his passing, but an excellent work...


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2011 in review: Nothing New Under the Sun

Posted by TIM BURNSIDE on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Movie / TV Reviews 

(This article was based on a true story.)

 

           Last year I went to see the movie Moneyball and very much enjoyed the movie; it’s a great underdog story with one of the most realistic outcomes I’ve seen, that probably comes from the fact that it was a real story,  kind of. After the movie was over and I was getting ready to leave I noticed the credits said “based on the book ‘Moneyball’” and I was shocked. This movie was already based on real life but the people who wrote...


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Action Comics #1 REVIEW - They Made Superman Cool!

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, In : ComIC reVieWs 

                They did it, they really did it… they made Superman cool. He didn’t even have to drape himself in black, replace his flesh with cybernetics and kill somebody. Some claim this “new” spin on Superman, brash and wise crackin’ is a return to the Golden Age of Comics (see here ). Street level hero is how Superman started after all, in the 1938 Action Comics #1.

                Beginning on the very first page he’s just an out-and-out cooler Supes than the previous lo...


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The Pros and Cons of Ruling the World – The Rise of Nerd-hood and its Consequences

Posted by TIM BURNSIDE on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 
            Hi, if you’re reading this (and I think I can safely assume you are) you may be questioning the title saying something like “Nerds don’t rule the world at all, if anything we are a minority.” I have to disagree; minorities don’t have near the limelight we do, even if our limelight might be a little more sour than the rest. If we were a minority we would be made fun… ok maybe that’s not a good example. If we were a minority we would be seen as “weird”… ok maybe ...
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The Not So Secret Origin of the DC Universe

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Thursday, September 8, 2011, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 

Or should I say MULTI-verse?


The multiverse was, er...  is a quite brilliant concept. Initially it was an invention to explain away continuity errors. There were two different Flashes, two different Green Lanterns, multiple origins and explanations for Batman, Superman and everyone in between. The answer the Silver Age DC offices came up with was that all of these versions exist simultaneously in parallel dimensions..on infinite earths.

 Ultimately these explanations caused more convolu...


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The Reboot Everyone Should Be Talking About: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, September 2, 2011, In : ComIC reVieWs 

            Amid the chatter of the latest DC reboot there was another oft-rebootin' franchise of characters that I was itching to talk about...

 

            IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, and this time the cooler co-creator, Kevin Eastman, is behind the pen! I have a feeling that this is going to be the series hardcore fans were wanting when Laird resurrected the comic book stories a decade ago.

            The first hurdle to get over, of course, is...


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The Comic Book Truth Behind 2012, the Mayan Calendar and the End of the World As We Know It

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Thursday, August 11, 2011, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 
            This article was never meant to be written. Strange and bizarre occurrences began the moment I started typing this piece.  At first the interruptions seemed normal; a surprise visitor here, a minor emergency there, but my suspicion that something was amiss arose when I lost all power in my house… twice.

                But loss of electricity became a welcomed hassle after the late night noises and 3:00am knocks on the door (with no one there) began. Ultimately someone, or...


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Captain America: The First Avenger -REVIEW-

Posted by Tim Burnside on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Movie / TV Reviews 




Everyone please rise and remove your caps for the national anthem…

 

Ok now that we’ve all done that I can tell you what I think of Captain America: The First Avenger. Actually I haven’t seen it yet; I’m about to and then I’ll finish this article, because (like almost all comic book movies) it’s all about pre-show jitters and those are kind of hard to capture post-show.

 

Every comic book film coming out now has huge expectations of it because of people like us. We absolu...


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A Week at the Trailer Park

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, July 22, 2011, In : New MOVIE NewS 

            This time last week I thought the talk of the town would be the new Dark Knight Rises teaser. Complete with it's mere seconds of new footage I salivated as I slept and dreamt of the finale to Chris Nolan's masterpiece. Surely, this is the best part of Harry Potter weekend.



            Not to be outdone by DCE, Marvel Studios had different plans.. only they didn't know it.

            Like thunder from the gods, a bootleg video showing first the Easter egg scene from the end of this ...

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Review: SUPER 8

Posted by Tim Burnside on Friday, July 1, 2011, In : Movie / TV Reviews 




             I would like to start by saying this is my opinion, I don’t expect you to accept this as fact because I declared it. Please see it yourself and make your own opinion. Now here is your feature presentation…
 
            Ok is it me or does Spielberg just own space now? It seems like all that is space related must be at least approved by Spielberg, if not done by the man himself, but that discussion will be reserved for another time. J. J. Abrams on the other hand is more in t...


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Green Lantern Movie Review: What Happened to Fan Boy Priorities?

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Sunday, June 26, 2011, In : Movie / TV Reviews 



            Perhaps us fangirls and fanboys were a bit overzealous to claim Green Lantern was going to be the next Star Wars based off of a few trailers and interviews. Certainly it is a better film than Phanton Menace, but I guess it really doesn't get much worse than that one, does it? Admittedly, this movie didn't change the world, but to say Green Lantern is on par with Daredevil or the Reb Brown Captain America (as I have heard some "fanboys" state) is outlandishly ridiculous. I can un...


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X-Men: First Class - Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down??

Posted by COMICS aRE deAd on Friday, June 10, 2011, In : Who Would Win in a Fight? 


            X-Men: First Class is a great movie, not just a comic book movie, not just an action movie, but a great movie. Let’s face it, X-Men was a dying movie series and, with almost insulting things happening in the latest movies from Cyclops being killed to Deadpool … well, I think you remember. But, if the sort of quality we see in this movie continues we could actually see some really good X-Men movies, and that sounds like a great proposition to me.

 

Tim gives THUMBS UP...


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Is DC's Post-Flashpoint Reboot the Next Golden Age of Comics?

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 
(Could this be the moments when comic books jumped the shark?)

        The Golden Age of comic books started in 1938 after the release of Superman by DC Comics. Some say the basic tenants of the Golden Age were the ideal state for comic books. Things were pure in those years, but they melted away and forgotten were the likes of Jay Garrick and Alan Scott as Flash and Green Lantern. They were set aside to make way for a shiny new Silver Age starring Barry Allen and Hal Jordan as Flash and Gre...
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The Evolution of The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 - Season 4

Posted by Tim Burnside on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, In : Movie / TV Reviews 
In the beginning was a show, the show was in us and the show was us…..

 


    Okay, maybe not that dramatic but it might as well have been. When this show was introduced it was a game changer. If I told you fifteen years ago that there would be a prime-time television show on CBS entirely based on the many adventures in nerd-hood, you would be leery of this concept at best. I am still leery of it mentioning it now. I am writing an article about how a show was changed by popularity, an...


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Finding the Ideal Wonder Woman

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, April 8, 2011, In : New MOVIE NewS 

                Everyone everywhere has their own personal ideal version of their favorite characters. For some people Chris Reeve set the bar for Superman, some people think Spider-Man has been all down hill since Stan Lee left the title back in the day (*cough* Sam Raimi *cough*) and there are even people who prefer Frank Miller's Batman from... yes, All Star Batman & Robin.


                For Wonder Woman a great multitude of people undoubtedly love the television series version of the c...


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Comic Book Legend Tony Isabella Lambasts Comics are Dead for Comments on the Siegel/Shuster Superman Rights Case

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Who Would Win in a Fight? 
       

        Yesterday deadline.com posted a quite compelling letter from Jerry Siegel's widow, Joanne Siegel. Jerry Siegel, of course, is the co-creator of the Superman character along with Joe Shuster. The letter is addressed to the current CEO of Time Warner, Jeffrey L. Bewkes, and is an odd amalgam of a request, a threat and a plea wrapped in sweet charm from the ninety-plus year old spitfire. 


        Fast forward one day. Creator of DC Comics character Black Lightning, Tony Isabella...
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Meaningless Awards for Meaningful Movies

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, In : New MOVIE NewS 


        So The King's Speech and Social Network are better than any other movies released in 2010. In fact they are both, simultaneously, the single best movie of last year. What enlightened me of this paradox? Well the two most important entertainment awards in the world did, of course.



        It all started when Social Network won the Golden Globes Best Screenplay award. Honestly, I was quite taken aback. I fully expected it to win the Best Picture award, but certainly not Best Screenplay....
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The Cape is Dead - NBC Continues to Cancel Monday Night Fan Boy Favorites

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : Movie / TV Reviews 



How many viewers does it take for NBC to keep a program on Monday night television?

You'd get the same answer if you asked the amount of licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop.

First they cancelled Surface, then Heroes and now the latest fan favorite The Cape.

All three of these shows averaged over 5 million viewers per episode, but that is just not good enough in today's TV age. No, it's over 10 million viewers or, quality be damned, you will be cancelled.

Forget givi...
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How Smallville Introduced Me to Superman

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Thursday, January 20, 2011, In : Movie / TV Reviews 



How did I hate Superman? Let me count the ways-

#1 The red undies! The undies on the outside of the pants was a BIG ONE. Yes, I know the history. I understand that in the 1930's circus performers were like heroes and the early superhero costumes were based on those "real life" hero costumes. But it's not 1938 anymore. Ditch the undies! And while they're at it, scrap the cape. Neither serves any purpose whatsoever.

#2 Superman always saves the day. ALWAYS. He has saved the day in every "Crisis"...

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The Cat is Out of the Bag and the Bat's not Broken Yet!

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Thursday, January 20, 2011, In : New MOVIE NewS 



The wait is over. The cat is out of the bag. The villains of the insanely anticipated Dark Knight Rises are...Catwoman! & BANE?!?! nuff said...




PRESS RELEASE:

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Christopher Nolan stated, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who wi...

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The Galactic Empire Are Prejudiced Nihilists - STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE Review

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Monday, January 3, 2011, In : Movie / TV Reviews 



prej·u·dice-–
1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.

2. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, esp. of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.


ni·hil·ism--
1. total rejection of established laws and institutions.

2. annihilation of the self, or the individual consciousness, esp. as an aspect of mystical experience.





        After order 66 commenced,and the Clone Wars ended with the bloodshed ...


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EXCLUSIVE: New Villain in Transformers 3?

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Friday, December 24, 2010, In : New MOVIE NewS 

Okay...not a new villain (besides Shockwave of course), but a new transformation for a long time villain and arguably cult leader...

Not long ago the below pic of a character from the upcoming Transformers 3 (scheduled for release on July 1, 2011) was leaked of said character in their apparent vehicle mode.

Rumors flew around the net on who this exact character is, and now all seems to have been revealed...





Below is a leaked image of the Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon Megatron action figure i...
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Batman and Robin #17 REVIEW

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Saturday, December 11, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 



Grant Morrison's reign over Dick Grayson's life is over. While Morrison states he will miss writing or "hanging out" (as he puts it) with the characters Grayson and his own creation, Damian Wayne, I have to wonder why he ended his run on their series with Bruce Wayne making the save, when it is their book??

Regardless, Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell is now scribe before Tomasi takes over next year.

It is interesting that DC chose Scott McDaniel as artist, being as he illustrated the first fort...

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Does the Dark Knight Need a Love Interest to Rise?

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Sunday, November 7, 2010, In : New MOVIE NewS 


From the moment Chris Nolan officially confirmed that he has begun work on the third and final installment of the epic and already legendary Batman series, the internet has been on fire with every minute detail on almost a daily basis.

This week Nolan has been interviewing females ages 20-30 and the web has been ablaze with rumors of the many character possibilities. Will she be Wayne's girlfriend? Batman's villain? Or even Commissioner Gordon's girlfriend?

The recurring theme in each is that ...

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Live Action Weekends - Smallville vs. Walking Dead

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 




It was quite a weekend for live action comic book television. On Friday we had quite possibly the worst episode of Smallville ever, followed by possibly the greatest comic to TV adaptation on Sunday... Walking Dead.


Smallville slowly moved the Lois and Clark plot forward along with the Tess and little Lex plot, but that's about it... and not very well I might add.

How worn out and tired is the fanatic cult-town plot anyway? I thought part of this show's m.o. was to make these characters relate...

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Transformers 3 - Teaser Poster Revealed!

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Thursday, October 28, 2010, In : New MOVIE NewS 




Previously released to the public was the subtitle "The Dark of the Moon" for next years third installment in the Transformers movie franchise, and this morning Tformers.com has posted the latest Transformers 3 teaser poster.

The single eyed Decepticon, Shockwave, is looking quite menacingly over the moon with the tag-line "Be Afraid of the Dark."

Thus far the final(?) installment of Michael Bay's Transformers saga is sounding pretty dang entertaining as we've been told that Shockwave will be...
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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse - Full Recap w/ Commentary

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 




                I have to admit, I think I may have been a little bias before I even pushed play on this one, simply because Linda Danvers is my all time favorite Supergirl. I remember being highly disappointed with the Superman/Batman series when I read the end of the Public Enemies storyline because at the time I had been anxiously awaiting Lee of Fallen Angel to be revealed as the Linda Danvers Supergirl. Then to see a modern age Kara Zor-El surface, I knew my dreams were shot. Oh well...


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COMICS aRE deAd comments on Darwyn Cooke's complaints.

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 



Darwyn Cooke-How DC and Marvel must change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgMZl0FJsx4

            I watched this little rant and I kinda think I might know what Darwyn Cooke is saying and then again there is a part of me that kinda thinks Cooke just maybe isn’t hip to current continuity in the DCU.

The comment that makes you scratch your head the most is his “I don’t want to see characters who have been straight for sixty years suddenly become lesbians over night because the writers...


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rEviEW: GUARDING THE GLOBE #1

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Sunday, September 5, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 
           


            First off I just have to comment on the title...it's genius. It's really one of those less is more things and to me, helps continue to set Image apart from "the big two." I'm hard pressed to think of another team book that plays on the name of the team for the title, but doesn't actually call the title the name of the team.

            Who needs IMAGE UNITED when you have GUARDING THE GLOBE? Kirkman has essentially created an entire super hero universe and honestly, it...
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BATMAN INC. - Is Dick Grayson Destined for Obscrurity?

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Sunday, August 22, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 


            Good news Wing-Nuts, Dick Grayson lives through the RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE mini, and "beyond!" Grant Morrison's saga that began in 2006 with BATMAN #655 comes to a close this October with THE RETURN, but Morrison will return immediately to the Bat-verse in November to begin a new era and a new title- BATMAN INC.

            The interesting news continues to roll out as the illustrator on the series has been announced in the form of artist Yanick Paquette, who is bringing back the ye...
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Are You Expendable? - The EXPENDABLES ReVieW

Posted by BIG TeTe on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 


            The Expendables delivers- with guns, knives, bullets, blood and the adrenaline charged action that fans of a long forgotten genre have been clamoring for.  Retaking the box office that had been dominated by the "female perspective," with a staggering weekend performance of 35 million dollars taken in (which is actually the highest of Stallone's storied career), The Expendables proves that despite being nearly 70 years old Sylvester Stallone is still money at the box office.  ...
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If Wanting a WATCHMEN SEQUEL is Wrong, I Don't Want to be Right.

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Monday, July 26, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 


                On July 21 Wired.com caught up with comic book legend Alan Moore during which time he revealed that this past week DC Entertainment contacted him with an offer; write “some dopey prequels and sequels” to WATCHMEN and the rights to the genre defining property will belong soley to Alan Moore himself. This is the proverbial deal with the devil for Moore as DC seems to be the last company that he would ever do business with again. Not surprisingly, he declined their offer. N...


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rEviEw: SHADOWLAND #1 (of 5) *spoilers*

Posted by BIG TeTe on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 




               If you haven't been reading Andy Diggle's (THE LOSERS) first six month on Daredevil what you've missed is Matt Murdock's decision to become the leader of The Hand in an attempt to use the evil organization as a resource to protect his beloved Hell's Kitchen. Little does Murdock know that a plan has been set in motion using him as an unwilling pawn of "Snakeroot," an ancient trio within The Hand that has predetermined his descent into darkness. Apparently at the end of Daredev...


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Grant Morrison Film UPDATE

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 


                    Early this year we made all of you comics-are-deadites aware of a feature length documentary being produced by the non-profit literary organization, Sequart, along with Respect! Films that focuses on writer Grant Morrison and how his life and personal experiences tie into his work.

                     This week news has broken that indie film distributor Halo-8 Entertainment has picked up the film and it is on track for a release at New York Comic-Con this October, to be ...

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BIG TeTe bLog: Brian Michael B.S.

Posted by BIG TeTe on Thursday, July 8, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 


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The Baddest Man on the Planet

Posted by BIG TeTe on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, In : oLds 



As a professional wrestling enthusiast I’ve had to listen to the discrediting of both the veracity and validity of Brock Lesnar's skills as a cage fighter ever since the whispers began of his signing with the UFC.  Despite a 106-5 record and a national championship at the college level, Brock was initially thought of as a sideshow freak and a phony and there appears to be even more doubters popping up on the internet like weeds in the garden. 


Brock’s rise to the top had no feeder ...


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Who Would Win in a Fight?: CYCLOPS vs WOLVERINE!!

Posted by C.F. Arnold III & BIG TeTe on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, In : Who Would Win in a Fight? 


WHO IS THE GREATEST X-MAN?

C.F. Arnold's Statement:

            What makes one the greatest? Is it being first? Cyclops – check. Cyclops was the first X-Man, and til’ this day the greatest X-Man. Does being chosen as leader of the team make you the greatest? Being leader most definitely means you are the greatest tactician and most skilled on missions in team settings…which the X-Men is.

The X-Men is a team book. The X-Men isn’t called “Wolverine.” And as far as every member ...


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Review: KNUCKLEHEADS #1

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Monday, June 28, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 

  

 



            A buddy of mine from Oklahoma (where the fine creators of KNUCKLEHEADS hail from) sent me this book about a month ago and I have been meaning to review it ever since my first read-thru. I have been behind in updating the site for content lately, but I think an independent title about a gamer/slacker who gains superpowers from a mysterious alien crystal that has become grafted to his hand, is the perfect way to get back into the swing of things.

The comic is admittedly ...


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UFC says Fairwell Chuck Liddell

Posted by BIG TeTe on Friday, June 18, 2010, In : oLds 



            As Chuck stepped into the Octagon for the first time in fourteen months, I think we all wanted to believe that the “Ice Man” of old was back.  Lean, mean and determined to make another run at the light heavyweight crown.  In what was a fast and furious first round, reminiscent of the three round war between Haggler and Hearns, Liddell looked impressive as he varied his offense, changing levels with his cakes and stalking Franklin for the knockout.  Liddell was faced with the...


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Green Lantern Kyle Rayner vs. Green Lantern Hal Jordan

Posted by BIG TeTe & C.F. Arnold on Friday, June 11, 2010, In : Who Would Win in a Fight? 


BIG TeTe:


            So let me ask you, do you enjoy the redundant cliché that encapsulates the stereotypical Boy Scout super hero or would you prefer an edgy artist with an actual emotional arch to deal with?  Kyle Rayner didn't ask to become Green Lantern, he wasn't chosen, but when fate intervened in his life he stepped through the minefield of his inhibitions to become, in my opinion, the greatest Green Lantern in the history of DC Comics.  Now, when I say the greatest I don’t mean tha...
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Is Deadpool Doomed to Die a Horrible Death?

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Saturday, May 29, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 




                Not literally, but figuratively…or is it metaphorically? In any respect the question remains, will the over exposure of the Deadpool character cause a backlash that he will not be able to recover from?

I want to put it out there that I’m no hater. I’ve strived in life to never been a hater, weasel or a snitch. In researching the all important history of comic books I fear the worst for the Merc with a Mouth. I truly find the character incredibly entertaining. Deadpo...


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Deep Thoughts with C.F. Arnold

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, May 28, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 




            There are good movies and great television, but the majority, quite honestly, is simply wretched. All different genres of novels as well as non-fiction books a plenty are available in book stores across the globe, yet decades ago Egon Spangler proclaimed that “print is dead.”  Arguably the most important info out there, whether it be in print or on screen is “news.” And how depressing is that? Typically, if it’s not bad news… it’s not news. Every passing generation...


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Anticipated Fan Boy Films of 2011

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Saturday, May 22, 2010, In : oLds 


            2010 isn’t even half way over. The summer movie season of 2010 has only just begun and we still have INCEPTION, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD and a host of other fine films headed our way in just a few short months. So how about we talk about stuff that we can’t see for another whole year instead?

 

·         Transformers 3 – Not sure how anticipated this one is after the mounds of criticism the second installment received. Most of those complaints, IMO, are unjustified. O...


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REVIEW: Booster Gold #32 - BRU-HA-HA *spoilers*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 



A new creative team always makes me weary, especially when I thoroughly enjoyed the previous team. I also find it unsettling when the creator of a character is replaced on his own book by a team credited as bringing back the “Bru-Ha-Ha.” I loved JLI, but was weary of the Giffen/Dematteis reunion with Booster Gold because of the amount of development that has gone into the character since 52. So needless to say I was skeptical going into this issue. Possibly, my weariness made this iss...


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FCBD - Quick Tick Review

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 






            Boring.. is not the word for this book. It’s been twenty four years since TICK #1 first hit the comic book stands and it still isn’t boring. How much sweeter of an origin can you have? A guy busts out of a mental hospital because he is bored and claims to be a tick themed super hero. Genius!

To me, the jokes still hold up and the art is beautiful. There is something to be said about good black and white art in an indie book. It fits the tone perfectly.

Tick is essent...


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Cliché, but Cool; The Losers - Movie Review

Posted by BIG TeTe on Sunday, May 9, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 


        With stylized fight scenes, a quirky cast of characters and Jason Patrick’s totally over the top performance as “Max” (an unconscionable evil super genius), The Losers was a movie I was glad I finally got to see. Unfortunately, with a disappointing opening week of nine million dollars world wide, it’s unlikely too many people will get a look at the film before it ends up on DVD. Don’t get me wrong, I know the plot of mercenaries with hearts of gold who use tranquilizer darts...


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REVIEW: Batman and Robin #12 - "They're all jokes..." *spoilers*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, May 7, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 

  

                For years us Wing-nuts have been begging for an epic Dick Grayson arc. Wolfman failed to deliver and Tomasi was cut short during their respective NIGHTWING runs. Grant Morrison, however, has delivered in the twelfth issue of BATMAN & ROBIN, entitled Batman vs. Robin(part 3).

                The story picks up exactly where it left off last time, with the revelation that Deathstroke the Terminator is controlling Damian Wayne’s every move (at the direction Damian’s mot...


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REVIEW: Iron Man 2 *spoilers* (part 2)

Posted by BIG TeTe on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 




Iron Man review Part 2



Characters that were crucial were Natalie Rush who ends up actually being Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) a shield operative assigned to shadow Tony Stark by legendary head of shield Nick Fury. If you’ve ever read Ultimate’s (Mark Millar‘s Marvel book that was basically Ultimate Avengers), Samuel L. Jackson is dead on as Fury and not just because he looks the part but because he resonates a strong self confidence that enables to deal with “Super Heroes” despit...


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REVIEW: Iron Man 2 ... Gets us primed, pumped and ready for Avengers *Spoilers*

Posted by BIG TeTe on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 

                                            
Iron Man 2 review Part 1


Fast paced, light hearted, and chocked full of action, Iron Man 2 is the first film I’ve watched that has the feel of a real summer blockbuster. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t on par with the “Dark Knight” (or even Spiderman 2 if you ask the critics) but it certainly accomplishes it’s primary goal which is to set the table for perhaps the biggest comic book movie in history, “The Avengers.” (coming summer 2...

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Redundant Reboot Redundancies

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Monday, May 3, 2010, In : New MOVIE NewS 

reboot - A term that comes from computer usage. To reboot a computer is to start it up again after a computer crash. Hence, “reboot” has the connotation of starting a process over again.

pre•quel - A literary, dramatic, or cinematic work whose narrative takes place before that of a preexisting work or a sequel.

re•make -
–verb (used with object)
1. to make again or anew.
2. Movies. to film again, as a picture or screenplay.
–noun
3. Movies. a more recent version of an older fi...


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Implications of Leaked THOR Movie Villian

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, April 30, 2010, In : New MOVIE NewS 
Two THOR/AVENGERS related photos in two days...


LatinoReview has provided the below picture, supposedly of the Marvel Comics villian Destroyer.


                                                   

Could this impy that Loki will in fact be the villian in THE AVENGERS as Destroyer could be the main villian in THOR? And is he wearing fuzzy slippers?


The Destroyer is an enchanted suit of armor forged by Odin, and when it first appeared it was hinted that the Destroyer had been created as a weapon to ...
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LEAKED: Iron Man 2 Easter Egg After Credits *Spoiler*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : oLds 


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A Kick Ass Movie Review

Posted by BIG TeTe on Friday, April 23, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 
                                               

With an opening of 19.8 million and an initial rating of 8.5 (cracking the top 250 at 126) on the internet movie database (IMDB if you know the deal), it’s apparent that a hard charged, hardnosed, ultra violent, controversial new breed of super hero film has been born. Nevertheless, I’m certainly not sold on a script that was convoluted and contrite at best, and action scenes that are riddled with wires and lacking in reality. Watchmen mee...


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NEW Jonah Hex Image!

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, April 23, 2010, In : oLds 
YIKES!!

   

Hey! The hole in his cheek isn't big enough! 


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The Whole F'N Show

Posted by BIG TeTe on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, In : oLds 


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AVENGERS Movie: A Director Who Respects the Source Material?

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, April 16, 2010, In : New MOVIE NewS 


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Review: Transformers #4 *Spoilers*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, April 16, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 
          

IDW continues to enrich their tightly knit Transformers universe with issue number four of their TRANSFORMERS on-going series. I realize it has taken me up until the release of issue five, essentially thirty days, to post this review but hey, what can I say? I have a large pull list of stuff to read week to week.

This series has been a the perfect jumping on point into the IDW-verse for any T-formers fan interested in reading a monthly stories of their favorite robots in disguis...


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STALLONE STANDS ALONE

Posted by BIG TeTe on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 
                                                  


     With the upcoming releases of  an influx of mercenary movies including; The Losers and The A-Team, one thing is for sure; Sylvester Stallone stands alone, and his film “The Expendables” certainly stands alone. Stallone has  tapped all of his resources (including writing and directing the film) creating an ensemble blockbuster action film that ignites the screen with some true Hollywood heavyweights.  
    
    Not only has he brought t...

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Comic Book Feature Films of 2010

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, April 9, 2010, In : oLds 


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Green Lantern / Smallville Connection

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, In : oLds 
                                                            


        With not one, but two excerpts released from the script of the GREEN LANTERN movie, starring Ryan Reynolds, released yesterday I thought it appropriate to gather and post what we know at this point on this highly anticipated film.  See here for the leaked script scenes:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/WhateverIfeellike/news/?a=16390

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/WhateverIfeellike/news/?a=16394

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Bret Hart Screwed ME!

Posted by BIG TeTe on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, In : oLds 
                                       

 

                After twenty five years of being a wrestling fan I suppose I consider myself to be a “smart mark,” which is wrestling jargon for a fan who thinks he knows the ins and outs of the business.  Perhaps this is why after reading an article online about how Bret had been training hard the last three weeks and that at Wrestlemania we might see a glimpse of “the old Hitman”, I flushed away fifty five dollars of my hard earned money ...


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Red Hood DVD Art Released and Reveals SURPRISE!

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, March 26, 2010, In : oLds 

As if the below image of the upcoming BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD DVD cover wasn't awesome enough, we are treated to the reveal of the next DCAU short (first being Spectre in JL: CRISIS), JONAH HEX!

                                       

Still no official release date as of yet, however the rumor is July 27, 2010.

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The First Avenger is a Flamer

Posted by BIG TeTe on Friday, March 26, 2010, In : New MOVIE NewS 

                                                 

     From the director of the Jumanji, The Rocketeer, and Jurassic Park III comes the next franchise to be in need of a reboot, Captain America. This one has been in the works for nearly a decade, and has featured more speculation about it’s leading man then any movie in recent history. 

     Finally settling for Chris Evans (who is perhaps most well known for his role as Human Torch).   With the decision to cast Chris Evans, I wonder if Marv...


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MONDAY NIGHT WARS Part 2

Posted by BIG TeTe on Thursday, March 25, 2010, In : oLds 

                                                             

       

        As the so called “Second Monday Night War” I suppose we should all resign ourselves to the truth. The alliance of Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo does not have the creative capacity to force the WWE to improve their product even in the slightest. From starting off their program with Eric Bischoff’s three minute guitar solo, to the “firing of Mick Foley,” it’s obvious that all the talent in the ...


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Nightwing is the Centre of the (DC) Universe

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 
                                                      

                With March 20 being highly regarded as the in-story birth of Dick Grayson I thought it would be appropriate to explain why he is one of the most important characters in comicdom. Perhaps it would have been more appropriate to use “Dick Grayson” in the title of this entry; however he is undeniably the most prominent character in the Nightwing role, so nuff said. Why would I make such a claim as this?  Well… because ...


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A Little More Riding on Red Hood

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, In : oLds 
                
                                                

Previously we provided updates and commentary on DC Entertainments’ upcoming PG-13 animated DVD, BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD.

Today DC has announced that in addition to the DVD release this summer, a six issue mini-series entitled RED HOOD: THE LOST YEARS will be released during the same timeframe (specific release dates have yet to be announced).

The series will be scribed by the man behind the return of Jason Todd, Judd...


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Captain America: The First Rumors

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, In : oLds 


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MONDAY NIGHT WARS 03/08/2010

Posted by BIG TeTe on Thursday, March 11, 2010, In : oLds 
                                             

     
    On Monday March 8th 2010 TNA wrestling made a valiant attempt to return sports entertainment to it’s heyday by reigniting the Monday Night War and for the first time in nearly a decade providing head to head competition for the WWE. However, looking at the ratings (a 1.0 for Impact and a 3.4 for Raw) I suppose it’s easy to see why Vince McMahon and the other WWE bigwigs hardly view TNA as any real competition. Personally for me, it’...

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Another "Joker" Actor Found Dead

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Saturday, March 6, 2010, In : oLds 

                                                   


     Why would a family sitcom name a character after an erect penis? I don't have an answer for that, but it is a fact that the recently deceased Andrew Koenig played a character name BONER on the now semi-cult classic "Growing Pains" from the beloved era of 1980's sitcoms. 
     
    Koenig was found dead, hanging from a tree, in Vancouver, British Columbia's Stanley Park on Thursday 2/25/10 at the age of only 41. 
     
    Walter Koenig, An...


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Spider-Man Reboot Rumors and Red Hood Realities

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Thursday, February 25, 2010, In : oLds 

                                               
Batman: Under the Red Hood

    Once again being produced by Bruce Timm “Batman: Under the Red Hood” will be the latest DC animated film adaptation. This time brought to life will be issue #‘s 635-641 of the Batman on-going series as written by Judd Winnick. Initially when I heard this announcement, I was of course excited, because the direct to DVD PG-13 DC animated films are possibly the best comic book movies in creation, however I wa...


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Adventure Comics #7 Review *Spoilers* "There's technically TWO Conner Kents on Earth"

Posted by C.F. Arnold on Monday, February 15, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 
                                                              

    In January Adventure Comics #6, written by Geoff Johns with art and covers by Francis Manapul, was probably one of the best, if not the best, comics released the first month of 2010 (I guess making it holder of the "best comic of the year" title for a hot minute..but too soon to go there). Needless to say Adventure Comics #7 had a lot to live up to. Not to mention this issue is written by the man DC recently announced would fi...
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Green Lantern #50 Review *spoilers*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Sunday, February 7, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 
                                           

    The first page kicks off with a massive influx of black lanterns decimating Coast City. We flip the page to see a beautiful Doug Mahnke splash of the various lantern corps leaders and their appointed avatars from the previous Blackest Night issue. Throughout this series I have enjoyed how the Green Lantern title is a companion to the main mini-series, emphatically. The title consistently nourishes my appetite for more Blackest Night on a month t...
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Smallville Absolute Justice

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Sunday, February 7, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 
                          

    
    We still have clips of the episode available here and will have sequel news as available.

    This, by far, was my favorite episode of this series. It brought me back to Trial of the Incredible Hulk or the episode of Flash where he teamed with a hero similar to JSA's Sandman. While the effects may have been cheesy and the costumes similar to fan made comic-con wear, the episode was filled with payoff. It was everything a comic fan could have ever wanted on te...
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Batman and Robin #7 Review *Spoilers*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Thursday, February 4, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 

                                                    

 

This book was a nice little set-up issue for the rest of the story arc. We basically have these bookends on the plot, where the book starts with Grayson carrying the body of Bruce Wayne from below the bat cave and the book ends with where he took the corpse and why he took it there. The opening scene alone sort of furthers the confusion over whose skull Black Hand carried around and temporarily re-animated in the Blackest Night mini? T...


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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Review *Spoilers*

Posted by Chuck Arnold on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, In : Movie / TV Reviews 
                                                   

    I have been looking forward to watching this movie for quite some time, not only because of the hype surrounding three talented actors filling in for Heath Ledger, but because of it being directed by the dude that brought us 12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam.

    This film had its ups and downs, and not always in a good way. Despite the interviews stating not much had to be changed from the original script after the untimely passing of the film's...

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Atom and Hawkman #46 Review

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Sunday, January 31, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 
                                          

    This Blackest Night crossover comic marks the seventh issue in the rise of the dead comics series (for lack of a better term). DC did a great job with these books and to my knowledge this was the first time a single issue of a long cancelled series has been released to both continue the series, in a sense, in addition to taking place in the universe spanning (or should I say multiverse spaning). Cool concept that resulted in a lot of cool stories...
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PRESS RELEASE: MARVEL SUES THE CHILDREN OF LEGENDARY COMIC BOOK CREATOR JACK KIRBY

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Sunday, January 31, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 
                                                                                              
    
    At first glance you may read this headline and think the Kirby estate is suing Marvel for the rights to the characters Kirby co-created, read again. MARVEL is suing Kirby's kids, not the other way around. This recent turn of events is in stark contrast to the Superman copyright, where the family of co-creator Jerry Siegel sued DC Comics and won entitlement to claim a share of the Superman cop...
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Grant Morrison - The Movie (2010 documentary on Batman and Robin writer)

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Sunday, January 31, 2010, In : oLds 


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Marvel's Blackest Night Promotion? - Do you plan to buy this comic for $120?

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Saturday, January 30, 2010, In : Comic Books Rule the World Around Us 


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First Green Lantern Concept Images Leaked 1/28/2010

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, January 29, 2010, In : oLds 


Grumblings of a leaked Green Lantern script have been going around for a while now. In fact, the link below is the first review of the supposed script that I ever came across back in 2008. It is from "Latino Review" and is filled with spoilers including villians, plot and tons of cameos. If this is the script, we are all in for a big treat. Check it out:

http://www.latinoreview.com/news/green-lantern-story-details-and-casting-update-5395

While the script may have been leaked almost two years ag...
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Diamond Comic Distributors Gem Awards - DC Wins Big!

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, January 29, 2010, In : oLds 


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SIEGE #1 Review *Spoilers*

Posted by C.F. Arnold III on Friday, January 15, 2010, In : ComIC reVieWs 
                                                  

    This one just wasn't for me. What was I thinking buying this issue? I haven't enjoyed a single Marvel event in the past eight years that was written by Brian Bendis, and SIEGE #1 is a book written by Brian Bendis that has been "eight years in the making." He's obviously a talented writer, but I can't get into his event books... I should have known better.

    The book begins with Osborn and Loki's plan to taint the good name of Asgard, whic...

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