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Review: All the Birds in the Sky

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Review: All the Birds in the Sky

One day the Singularity would elevate humans to cybernetic superbeings, and maybe then people would say what they meant.
Probably not, though.

Charlie Jane Anders’s Hugo-nominated book, All the Birds In the Sky is a modern-day fantasy/sci-fi drama that’s partly about a global apocalypse and a war between science and magic, but mostly about two young outcasts trying to find their place in the world and in each other’s lives.

Put yourself in the place of a typical highschooler, with more than the typical amount of high-school misery. Add the complication of being a budding engineering genius (if you’re Laurence), or you’ve just been told by the Parliament of Birds that you’re actually a witch (if you’re Patricia). Imagine stumbling across the one person in the world who understands you, not because they share your passions, but because they think your passions are weird and fascinating and something that makes you you.

Now imagine finding out that the two of you are destined to destroy the world.

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Review – Transformers Till All Are One #12

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Review – Transformers Till All Are One #12

This is it, the final issue of Till All Are One. (Until the Annual anyway.) I wanted something that would be a satisfying ending, but still leave us with more story to be told. I think we got it, but I’m really curious to see what everybody else thinks. Read on for preview pages and the (spoiler free!) (mostly!) review of Till All Are One #12.

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Young Justice: Outsiders SDCC 2017 Panel

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Young Justice: Outsiders SDCC 2017 Panel

After being cancelled in 2013 the odds were pretty against this show ever coming back. But due to an overwhelming outcry from fans, online support, streaming services, all social media and a sign/letter petition, it’s coming back! This new third season will be called Young justice: Outsiders. The continued adventures of the young DC heroes’ team will debut in 2018 exclusively on a new DC-focused digital service.

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Podcast Review: Conversations With People Who Hate Me, Episode 1

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“And remember, there is a human on the other side of the screen.”

Fans of Welcome To Night Vale may be familiar with Dylan Marron as the voice of the Carlos, the enthusiastic scientist with the perfect hair. Many other folks probably know Dylan from his popular videos, including the Unboxing series (“Unboxing Rape Culture”, “Unboxing Police Brutality”, etc) and the Shutting Down Bullsh*t series.

These videos have spawned a lot of hate mail and – in the way of the internet practically since the first e-mail was sent – a few people have felt free to say some truly nasty things when no one can see the face of the person typing. Dylan Marron has decided to use these responses as the basis for a new podcast, “Conversations With People Who Hate Me”. The podcast is an attempt to start an actual dialog with some of Dylan’s detractors. I listened to the first episode today, “You’re a Piece of Sh*t”, and the results were surprisingly not as uncomfortable as I thought they’d be.

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Review: Atomic Blonde

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Review: Atomic Blonde

As July comes to an end so do many of the huge Hollywood summer blockbusters. Granted, there are some heavy hitters still due out in August: The Dark Tower, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and Logan Lucky. But just under the wire in July we get Atomic Blonde. Based on the graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnson and Sam Hart, and directed by David Leitch (John Wick and the upcoming Deadpool 2) we have an awesome 1980s action movie starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy. It’s big, it’s loud, full of action and humor and wonderful music. This is the movie you want to end July with.

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Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The Fifth Element director Luc Besson returns to the realm of sci-fi with an expansive, super-expensive adventure whose creativity overshadows its more uneven elements, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The movie is based off of “Valérian and Laureline,” a sexy French comic book series featuring a pair of futuristic crime fighters who travel through space to uphold the law. What could have been a movie full of new philosophies and themes ends up just being really pretty and having no substance.

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Dual Review – Aquaman #26 and Batwoman #5

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Dual Review – Aquaman #26 and Batwoman #5

I was only going to do the Aquaman review this week because I am completely obsessed with a big fan of Stjepan Sejic. But then I found out that another artist I obsessively stalk follow, Stephanie Hans, is on the Batwoman book, so I had to do a quick review of that too, because it’s so, so pretty. See below for preview pages and a review of Aquaman #26 and Batwoman #5.

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