Reviews

DC Rebirth #1: Hope vs Despair 

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DC Rebirth #1: Hope vs Despair 

It’s finally over: the long and at times painful New 52 is no more. We now find DC doing a much needed Rebirth. Now for me the term Rebirth is very special. While I preferred DC to Marvel in the past, I wasn’t a hardcore reader. It wasn’t until a chance encounter with Geoff Johns – who convinced me to read Green Lantern Rebirth – that I really got back into comics. This review will be jam packed with spoilers so read on at your own risk.

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Movie Issues: X-Men: Apocalypse

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Movie Issues: X-Men: Apocalypse

Once again it’s time to check in with everyone’s favorite mutants: The X-Men, now in their ninth installment in the franchise with X-Men: Apocalypse. This time around we travel to the 1980s where the Egyptian god-like being En Sabah Nur, also known as Apocalypse, is resurrected and tries to take over the world and mold it in his image. Along with his four horsemen, he goes up against a new crop of X-Men mixed with our older crew from the past few films. What could have been a mess, and there are moments that are, turned out to be a rather fun X-Men flick and a worthy part of their franchise as a whole.

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Review: Moth and Spark

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Review: Moth and Spark

Anne Leonard’s debut novel isn’t just a fantasy epic, it’s a story of discovery. The main characters, Corin and Tam, discover their place in their kingdoms, their hidden talents, and a blossoming and impossible love for each other, while at the same time the reader discovers the author’s intricate world and its magic, all acting as the backdrop to a tale of plots, betrayals, marauding armies, and hidden agendas.

And also there are dragons.

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Review: Marvel’s Captain America – Civil War Prelude

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Review: Marvel’s Captain America – Civil War Prelude

The new Captain America movie is doing really well, and I’ll most likely go to see it in a week or so, once the initial crush dies down a little. While I wait, I decided to check out Marvel’s new graphic novel Captain America – Civil War Prelude, collecting all four issues of the Civil War Prequel comics, plus the first issue of the 2006 Marvel Civil War storyline that inspired the movie.

If you’re a diehard fan of Captain America and Iron Man and/or you’re a completist who’s dedicated to having everything Marvel’s released for those two characters then this is a graphic novel for you. Everyone else? You’re better off just seeing the movies again.

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RIP Darwyn Cooke: a look at The Twilight Children

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RIP Darwyn Cooke: a look at The Twilight Children

I’d already planned on reviewing The Twilight Children this week since the collected volume is now in stores, but the review has turned into a eulogy too: the illustrator Darwyn Cooke passed away this past Saturday of lung cancer at the age of 53.

Anything I say about it now is going to seem a little maudlin, but since this book was a project he’d wanted to do for years, I thought I ought to say something.

(You’ll have to take my word for the fact that this review was going to be a good one even before I learned of his death. But if you read the book I think you’ll believe me.)

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Review: High-Rise

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Review: High-Rise

Without knowing it, he had constructed a gigantic vertical zoo, its hundreds of cages stacked above each other. All the events of the past few months made sense if one realized that these brilliant and exotic creatures had learned to open the doors.

High-Rise, the latest movie by director Ben Wheatley (you remember Wheatley; he directed the Doctor Who episodes “Deep Breath” and “Into the Dalek”) is scheduled for limited release this Friday. Of course I’m going to go see it (Tom Hiddleston, natch), so I was trying to decide if I should read the book it’s based on before or after seeing the movie. I tend to prefer whichever version of a story I experience first, and I have a bad habit of pointing out all the ways the movie is different from the book. Might be better to wait.

Then I found out the book’s author, J.G. Ballard, wrote the short story Chronopolis, which remains one of the best stories I’ve ever read. SO, off to the bookstore I went.

Ballard’s 1975 novel High-Rise is both more and less grounded in reality than Chronopolis. It has a similar theme (how technology “improves” everyone’s life to the point where humanity’s only purpose is to serve the technology), but High-Rise takes things much further. The book focuses on how modern comforts separate humans from each other, stripping away our ability to see anyone else as human. And then we see what’s left when those comforts are taken away.

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Review – Captain America: Civil War

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Review – Captain America: Civil War

I just got back from Captain America: Civil War and wanted to write a review while it was still fresh in my brain. I really liked it, and I definitely thought it was worth the wait.

That’s it. Goodnight everybody!

Kidding. It’d be a pretty boring review if I didn’t have at least a couple minor quibbles. But honestly, not as many quibbles as I thought I’d have: this one was hyped half to death, and it stood up to the hype better than I expected.

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Review: Ninefox Gambit

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Review: Ninefox Gambit

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate may have won a battle, but she’s been officially disgraced for using forbidden strategies to do it. Ordinarily this would mean execution – or worse – but she’s been given a chance to redeem herself. Heretics have captured The Fortress of Scattered Needles, and to recover it Cheris will be using the most dangerous weapon available: the famous tactician Shuos Jedao.

In his entire military career Jedeo never lost a battle, including his last one where he slaughtered thousands of civilians, the enemy army, his own army, and everyone aboard his ship. It’s been four hundred years since he finished off each of his command crew with a bullet to the head, and the Hexarchate is still no closer to understanding why.

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