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Review: Empowered Volume 8

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Review: Empowered Volume 8

After almost a year and a half of waiting I finally got my hands on Empowered Volume 8, the newest book in Adam Warren’s “sexy superheroine” series.

To tide us over during that time, Warren gave us several stand-alone issues, written by himself and illustrated by various guest artists. I enjoyed those, and my only problem with them was that they weren’t drawn by Warren. (Which was the whole point: he needed to put the time and effort into finishing volume 8.) And after 17 months of art by (admittedly amazing) guest artists, I was completely blown away by an entire huge book drawn by Warren himself.

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The Twelve Days (Years?) of Books

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The Twelve Days (Years?) of Books

This got started when I wondered if you could do a “Twelve Days of Christmas” list with books and graphic novels. Turns out you can, if you play a little fast and loose with the rules.

Here then is a list of some of my favorite books and series, in case you were looking for a reading list for next year. And the year after that. And…well, as near as my limited math can figure, if you read six of these a year, you’re good for the next twelve years. You’re welcome.

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Comic Issues #149 – All New Marvel (not) NOW (maybe later)

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Comic Issues #149 – All New Marvel (not) NOW (maybe later)

We’ve been meaning to talk about this for weeks, and it’s finally here: the Podcast crew and Beau from The Villainous Lair try to figure out what’s up with “The All-New Marvel NOW.”

With over a dozen titles due to be released, revamped, renumbered, or recycled, there’s a lot to talk about. They also discuss Zod, belittle ugly Christmas sweaters, and get really tired of the word “NOW.”

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Review: Lexicon by Max Barry

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Review: Lexicon by Max Barry

Lexicon is, for me, one of those books where it’s past midnight and you think “Okay, I really need to get some sleep, I need to put the book down right now. So I will read one more chapter, and that’s it.” And four chapters later you think “Okay, maybe I’ll just have an extra cup of coffee tomorrow.”

Were it not for an ending that’s more ambiguous than I generally like, I would’ve said it was my favorite book of the year. As it is, it still makes the top five.

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Hollow City book trailer from Quirk Books

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Hollow City book trailer from Quirk Books

In 2012 Ransom Riggs’ book Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children hit the New York Times Bestseller List, and it stayed there for 63 weeks, including a month at the very top. Next year fans will finally get their sequel: Hollow City will be published in January, and Quirk Books has produced an impressive trailer for it.

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The Sandman: Overture – Special Edition #1

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The Sandman: Overture – Special Edition #1

Chances are good you already know that the first issue of Neil Gaiman’s new Sandman series was released this past October; as one of the best-selling comics of 2013, it created quite a splash. What you may not know (I didn’t, but I’m easily distracted) is that for every issue of the series, one month later a “Special Edition” copy will be released, with bonus materials and a better look at the original art.

I bought both issues, and you may be wondering if it’s worth it to buy the extra copy (which will be slightly more expensive than the regular issue.)

My answer is: yes and no. It depends on who you are, what you know, and what you think is important. Vague enough for you? Read on!

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Comic Issues #147 – Doctor Who: ALL the spoilers

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Comic Issues #147 – Doctor Who: ALL the spoilers

Get ready for a massive, geektastic, spoileriffic podcast as the crew breaks down the awesomeness that was The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode.

With Andrew spending some much-deserved time with his family, Leland from the Movie Issues Podcast joins Anthony and Elizabeth to geek out on every possible element of the episode, and the episodes that led up to it, and what we think might come next. If you’re not caught up on Doctor Who, you may want to save this podcast for later. You can catch an episode of Movie Issues instead, Leland’s in that too.

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Review: The 5th Wave

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Review: The 5th Wave

I only meant to read the first 100 pages of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave, in an attempt to get familiar with some of the science-fiction that was published this year (somehow I spent most of the year reading older books.) Then I almost didn’t finish the first 50 pages, because I didn’t think I was going to like it. I enjoy a lot of young adult novels, but I thought this one might be too young, the story too simple, and the main character too much of a teenager for me to identify with her.

I’m glad I kept reading it. It’s a fun book, though not nearly as good as all the overblown internet hype was leading me to believe.

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The Expanded World of Hellboy

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The Expanded World of Hellboy

Mike Mignola’s infernal creation is getting a lot of love lately: with several single issues and trades either just released or about to be released, all featuring Red and his family and friends (and enemies of course) now is a good time to dip your toes in the B.P.R.D. universe. Not that it’s ever a bad time for Hellboy, seeing as how Dark Horse starts a new mini-series every few months. But 2013’s been an especially prolific year for the big guy.

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Comic Issues #145 – ALL the games

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Comic Issues #145 – ALL the games

On the eve of the PlayStation 4 release we could have just talked about PlayStation games. Or we could talk about all the games, which is a lot more fun.

Join our heroes and heroine and special guest, writer and gaming expert J. Bear (known to his friends as Jordan, and to his enemies as Mr. High School Musical) in a massive next-gen rant as they geek out about tons of great games, past, present and future, and their hopes for the upcoming consoles.

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