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1st Clip from The Dark Knight Returns

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1st Clip from The Dark Knight Returns

Twenty-six years after the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, DC Entertainment and Warner Premiere are releasing Part 1 of the story that changed Batman forever. Penned by Frank Miller (who also re-wrote Batman’s early days in Batman: Year One, animated this time last year), the original brought a new gritty edge to the Dark Knight that has been his calling card since.

Just last month, we were given the trailer to The Dark Knight Returns, and now just today the first clip of Part 1 has been released to give us a brief look at the style and feel of this animated film.

It’s also a giant tease because it’s just not enough. Why isn’t it Sept 25th yet? Enjoy the clip after the break.

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Movie Issues: The Crow

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Movie Issues: The Crow

So this week the boys decided to rock on back to the 1990s and relive their high school years where goth kids were just starting their fight against the normal regime that is society.When NIN and The Cure were gospel, and The Crow was a movie that Spooky couldn’t live without.

We watched 1994s The Crow as a adults and not dark, angsty kids. Was it still as good or did we grow up? Download and find out if Spooky’s goth ways are still intact! Read On

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Adam Warren Video Interview

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Remember when I said I was done flooding the internet with articles about Adam Warren? How three book reviews and an e-mail interview were more than enough? Well, I lied.

Because when you get offered a chance to interview the Adam Warren, at Comic-Con, in person, you take it. Yes I’m a crazy fangirl, and I don’t care, because he’s awesome.

Join us as we talk with artist and writer Adam Warren about the newly released Volume 7 of his sexy superhero series Empowered.

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Forever Freshman Interview

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Forever Freshman Interview

Remember the days when you were in high school trying to fit in and and find your way in life?  For some it’s been countless years ago, and for others it was yesterday; thankfully for both there’s one webcomic out there for both to share. 

ForeverFreshman.com is a webcomic started in 2011 by artist Neil Segura and  writer Ray Mendivil,  helping us re-live what we want our good ol’ days to be.

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Old Classics – Ouran High School Host Club

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Old Classics – Ouran High School Host Club

I’d be lying if I told you that every single thing about this manga and anime is ground-breaking or original. Let’s face it: the human race has been around for a long time, and we are running out of totally new and innovative ideas.

So what makes Ouran High School Host Club, an anime and manga series that does not present some groundbreaking, completely new and innovative plot-device, so special?

It’s a gender-bender and a romantic comedy, and it is most definitely shoujo. Neither of those characteristics are anything new.

The idea of a gender-bender wasn’t even new in Shakespeare’s time when he wrote Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice, and that was nearly 500 years ago. And romantic comedies? Please. Just go to your local movie theater and pick out the latest chick flick and 99% of the time you’ll find a romantic comedy.

So, again, I return to my original question. Why is Ouran High School Host Club, a series relying upon clichéd plot devices, such an amazing series? The answer lies in the fact that it takes pre-existing ideas and breathes new life into them.

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Review: Ultimate Iron Man Volume 1

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Review: Ultimate Iron Man Volume 1

After four separate posts about Adam Warren I figured I’d take a break from the 24-Hour Adam Warren Station (“All Adam Warren, All The Time”) and write about somebody else. Not that I couldn’t go on and on about the guy’s art, but I’m edging into creepy-fan territory, and people are starting to talk.

So I finally saw Avengers last week, and afterwards I was seriously hyped up on a superhero high. I floated around on this dreamy cloud, remembering all my favorite bits (Hulk’s transformation, Tony’s quips, Hawkeye’s arms, etc.) and talking non-stop to all my friends about what a completely amazing movie it is. It really was like being on some drug. A really awesome drug.

So when the crash came (less than a day later) it hit hard, and I was just jonesing for more Avengers. I figured it was a little too soon to go see the movie again (though that will happen, trust me) so I hit the library to get a quick comic book fix.

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Review: Adam Warren’s Empowered Volume 7

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Review: Adam Warren’s Empowered Volume 7

A few readers may stop by this column to get a balanced critique of Adam Warren’s Empowered Volume 7. I’ll tell you right now: you ain’t gonna get it. This isn’t so much an article by a book reviewer as it is a love-letter to a comic by a fangirl. I’m about to sing this praises of this book until I run out of synonyms for “awesome.”

There’s a little something for everybody in this volume: sexy stories, skimpy costumes, bad singing, beer drinking, kidnapping, cross-dressing, ghosts, jerks, immortal aliens, zombie superheroes, love that lives forever, psychopaths who just won’t die, bondage, beheadings, flashbacks, foreshadowing, and one hell of a kick-ass ninja fight scene. (Just typing that sentence made me tired, reading the book will wear you out.)

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Interview: Adam Warren

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Interview: Adam Warren

When I write I usually try to keep the tone friendly yet somewhat professional. If you’ll excuse me I have to drop that for just a second:

I interviewed Adam Warren! He’s so awesome! Yay! (Thanks, I had to get that out of my system.)

I sent Adam several questions about his series Empowered (of which Volume 7 was just released this past Wednesday) and he was nice enough to respond with some really great answers. I tend to forget that he’s not just an amazing artist, he’s also a fantastic writer. But before I drop off a fangirl cliff again, I’ll let him speak for himself.

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Review: Empowered Volumes 1-6

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Review: Empowered Volumes 1-6

As I’m writing this, we are days away from the release of Adam Warren’s Empowered Volume 7. (If you’re reading this on May 30 I’m probably at the comic shop right now buying my copy.)

I’d hoped to have a review of the book already written, but the preview copy I’d been very generously given has a giant security watermark on every flipping page. Intellectually, I think that’s a great idea; you wouldn’t want a pristine bootlegged copy to get into the wrong hands. But I’ve been waiting over a year for this book to come out, and it’s worth it to me to wait an extra four days and buy my nice, pretty, un-watermarked copy, and then enjoy the heck out of it.

But I wanted to acknowledge the release date with some kind of review, so I decided, why not; I’ll review Empowered Volumes 1-6 all at once. How hard can it be?

I sure like to make things difficult for myself, I really do.

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