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Superman: Unbound Review

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Superman: Unbound Review

2013 must be the Year of Steel, as Superman is appearing on both the big and small screen in his own movies. In only a few weeks the big red “S” will shine on the silver screen in Man of Steel, Supe’s triumphant homecoming to film after his disappointing appearance in Superman Returns (2008).

Luckily, fans of the Big Blue Boyscout don’t have to wait until then to get their Super-fix, as DC Animated has released another animated movie, Superman: Unbound. Based on the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac, written by Geoff Johns, Superman finds his home planet of Earth under attack by the same villain that terrorized his home world of Krypton, the evil robot Brainiac.

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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Trailer

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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Trailer

DC Animated released a trailer today for its next animated movie based on Geoff Johns’ Flashpoint series. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is the first time The Flash will get to take the center stage.  Set in an alternate timeline where the entire DCU has been turned on its head, Barry Allen must team up with an unlikely Batman to find the cause of the time paradox and set things back on their proper timeline.

Flashpoint features the voice talent of fan favorites Nathan Fillion (Hal Jordan), Ron Pearlman (Slade Wilson), Cary Elwes (Aquaman), and the amazing talent of Kevin McKidd (Batman), as well as Micheal B. Jordon (Cyborg), C. Thomas Howell (Reverse-Flash), and Justin Chambers (The Flash)The Flashpoint story ended the previous continuity of comics, making way for the New 52 continuity.

Does this mean that we’ll be seeing new continuity stories in future DC Animated movies?

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Apple has a vague definition of Decency?

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Apple has a vague definition of Decency?

When it comes to decency, the majority understand that there are things considered inappropriate for some, usually when speaking of children.  This kind of censorship has innate problems in that far too often what’s deemed inappropriate is decided by the few instead of the rightful majority.  Another and probably even more serious problem is that one man’s obscene is another man’s art and inconsistencies always end up arising that blur the lines of what the people may consider decent.

Unfortunately fans of  Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staple’s sci-fi opera Saga had some troubles getting issues #12 digitally because of Apple’s policies regarding appropriate material.  This was due to two “postage stamp-sized images” portraying men in homosexual acts getting the issue banned from the Comixology iOS app.  The news infuriated fans of the book as well as those against censorship and gay rights activists, but in a strange turn of events a day later Comixology has taken the blame for the ban.

This has made everyone a little suspicious.

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Old Classics: Rurouni Kenshin

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Old Classics: Rurouni Kenshin

The 1990’s gave us enormous perms, hilariously awkward fashions, and bizarre fads.  But as many of us revel in our childhood memories of Pokémon cards and pogs, we tend to forget one of the greatest gifts that the 90’s gave us: epic and groundbreaking manga series.

Among those gems is Nobuhiro Watsuki’s riveting series Rurouni Kenshin.  At 28 volumes, this shounen series of the historical genre is a tale packed with just the right balance of action, romance, and suspense.

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Rurouni Kenshin is the story of Himura Kenshin, a legendary swordsman known as the infamous hitokiri battousai (battousai the manslayer).  Ten years after earning his title, Himura Kenshin is a rurouni (wanderer) who yearns to atone for his transgressions committed during the Bakamatsu (a Japanese civil war).  After having taken so many lives in the name of justice, Kenshin devotes himself to protecting innocent lives with his reversed-blade sword.

Enter Kamiya Kaoru, a 17 year-old girl carrying on the tradition of her later father’s dojo and the Kamiya Kasshin school of swordsmanship.  A man who calls himself hitokiri battousai claims that he is one of Kaoru’s father’s former students.  However, the Kamiya Kasshin style is based upon the principle of katsujinken, the sword that gives life.  This ruthless murderer is sullying the Kamiya Dojo’s good name and violating its teachings that hold life so precious.  Determined to redeem the Kamiya Dojo and its teachings, Kaoru takes it upon herself to discover the identity of this cold-blooded killer and bring him to justice.

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Deadpool is coming

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Deadpool is coming

Do you like chimmichangas? Do you thirst for endless, senseless, violence? Then brother and/or sister, High Moon Studios is bringing to you your new favorite video game: Deadpool, featuring the eponymous antihero and what is surely to be a very long list of what will be dead enemies. With this, the non-sequitur spouting star of the Marvel Universe is exploding from the pages of one of his numerous comics and into the world of video games.

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Marvel is the Leader of the Digital Frontier

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Marvel is the Leader of the Digital Frontier

Last weekend Marvel made another uncharacteristic appearance at South by Southwest (SxSW), the independent movie and music festival held annually in Austin, Tx.  In the previous year Marvel announced their ReEvolution campaign that included the first fully digital comic line called Infinite, and its debut story featuring Nova set off the events of last year’s enormous event AvX.

This year Marvel introduced something new to the digital reading experience with a 3 day offer of over 700 free digital comics featuring historic 1st’s in the company’s long run. Also announced was the new and innovative “Project Gamma”, a perfect blend of audio and visual storytelling, and the coming of new weekly Infinite books debuting in July with Marvel’s biggest bad boy, Wolverine.  Keeping in step with last year’s SxSW, Marvel continues their goal of recreating how readers experience digital comics.

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The Fate of Damian Wayne

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The Fate of Damian Wayne

There have been some rumors lately about what’s going to happen to Damian Wayne, the current Robin.  His absence from the upcoming issues of Batman & Robin, Batman, Inc., and other Bat-titles have had fans speculating something sinister in the works. Those suspicions can be laid to rest now, as DC Comics has made an official statement through the NY Post as to Damian Wayne’s fate.

**Warning Spoilers Ahead**

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Editorial: DC hires bigot Orson Scott Card to Write Superman

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Editorial: DC hires bigot Orson Scott Card to Write Superman

My mother once told me that the friends you keep around you reflect back on you.  It’s good advice that DC Comics’ mothers probably never gave them, otherwise they wouldn’t have hired Orson Scott Card as the writer for the new Adventures of Superman series.

No one can tell other people how they should think or feel.  No one has that right, but someone can choose the people that they interact with based on what those people think.  That’s why DC should take deeper consideration over what they’re going to do about their new hire.

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Does it Hold Up?: The Dark Knight Returns

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Does it Hold Up?: The Dark Knight Returns

I missed a lot from comics in the 80’s and early 90’s.  That’s why I decided to go back to the classics.  I’ll be writing a series of articles/reviews of classic comics and movies that I have never seen before.  I’ll be looking to see if they “Hold up” to the hype that they’ve accumulated over the years.

I’m starting with the seminal bat-book that helped mold Batman into the dark brooding hero that we know and love, The Dark Knight Returns. 

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Injustice introduces: Deathstroke

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Injustice introduces: Deathstroke

Here comes a new challenger! Everyone, please welcome Deathstroke, the tenth member of the cast of Injustice: Gods Among us!

Deathstroke’s debut video (below) shows him as a master of stabbing and shooting, a fine contrast to the previously announced contender Green Arrow. When taken in combination with his recent introduction on CW’s Arrow, the character may be escaping from the ranks of fringe villains.

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