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Under-the-Radar Reviews: Blue Ruin

Under-the-Radar Reviews: Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

Revenge films have seem to become all the rage lately. It seems that every weekend there’s a new movie about a nameless action star chasing down a stereotypical villain because said villain murdered his family or something.

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You would think that by now, Liam Neeson would just keep his daughter on a leash or something.

Because of this popular trend, it’s very refreshing to come across a revenge…

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ODYSSEY Volume 1 Review

ODYSSEY Volume 1 Review “…fantastically scripted and illustrated…”

Recently, Titan Comics and Atomeka Press released a hardcover collection of Volume 1 of ODYSSEY, entitled “History Lesson”. This exciting volume is packed to the brim with some intriguing storytelling and wonderful art, and is a must-read for comics fans. But if that’s not enough of a recommendation, let’s dive right into our review of this epic story.

One of the first things you’re likely to…

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Retro Ruinthrough: Paperboy (NES)

Retro Ruinthrough: Paperboy (NES)

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When I was a boy growing up in rural West Lincoln, I had the best friend a boy could ask for; my NES. Oh, the adventures we had. You know about all of that, of course. As we embark on another favourite rental, I feel it is my duty to introduce you to a family gem; Paperboy.

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What an ugly, ugly child.

Yes, Paperboy. In this genius game, you play as a paperboy who is damned to deliver papers in…

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FATALE #24 Review

Storytellers: Ed Brubaker; Sean Phillips; Elizabeth Breitweiser

Publisher & Release Date: Image Comics – July 30th, 2014

Rating: 10/10

Here we are at the epic end to the wonderful, amazing, and all around awesome story that is FATALEby Brubaker and Phillips. Those words might sound like hyperbole to some, but this book has been nothing short of a masterpiece, and its finale only serves to cement…

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The Unwritten - Apocalypse #7 Review

Storytellers: Mike Carey; Peter Gross; Al Davison; Dean Ormston; Chris Chuckry; Todd Klein

Publisher & Release Date: Vertigo – July 23rd, 2014

Rating: 9/10

We’re getting closer and closer to the end of THE UNWRITTENand Carey and Gross are not content with slowing things down at all, each issue delivering more thrills and developments that keep the series exciting and inventive. In short, it’s a…

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The X-Files Season 10 #14 Review

Storytellers: Joe Harris; Matthew Dow Smith; Jordie Bellaire; Robbie Robbins

Publisher & Release Date: IDW Publishing – July 23rd, 2014

Rating: 10/10

This X-FILES SEASON 10thing has turned out to be pretty damn amazing, with arc after arc seemingly topping itself and leaving your jaw on the floor. Of course, you’ll have a nice smile on your face most of the time too, especially if you’re a…

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Knuckleheads #7 Review

Storytellers: Brian Winkeler; Robert Wilson IV; Jordan Boyd; Thomas Mauer

Publisher: Monkeybrain Comics

Damn, that escalated quickly, no? From the beginning, Knuckleheads has been consistently about bringing the humor, with only a tiny dash of seriousness thrown in for good measure. But issue #7 not only ratchets up the action in the series, but gives us a heavy dose of seriousness that still…

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Knuckleheads #4-6 Review

Storytellers: Brian Winkeler; Robert Wilson IV; Jordan Boyd; Thomas Mauer

Publisher: Monkeybrain Comics

If you’ve read our review of the first three issues of KNUCKLEHEADS, you’ll know that I love this book. Packed with humor, some witty writing and great art, Knuckleheads is a joy to read. Like issues #1-3, issues #4-6 continue to keep the jokes and action coming, with some more twists to the…

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24: Live Another Day Review

As a fan of 24through its admittedly uneven 8 season run, there was reasons to be skeptical when the new event series, Live Another Day was announced. After all, it had been 4 years since we had last seen Jack Bauer: would it feel the same; would we all still love the show after season 8’s divisive finale; could the show live up to the hype of such an event-based return? With that in mind, the…

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The Weirding Willows - Volume 1 Review

Storytellers: Dave Elliott; Barnaby Bagenda; Sami Basri

Publisher & Release Date: Titan Comics/Atomeka – July 1st, 2014

The first thing that struck me about THE WEIRDING WILLOWSis the concept. Throwing together a veritable who’s who of some intriguing and recognizable literary characters is a pretty inspired idea, and one that should have a pretty significant appeal to a diverse group of people.…

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