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Monday, 19 March 2012 12:26
Good Girls Don't Stand A Chance There is a peculiar phenomena in comic books that needs explaining. I'm not taking about heroes that die just to return two weeks or months later. No I'm talking more like the fellas that wear red on the greatest Sci Fi television program of all time Star Trek. You see on Star Trek if you happened to be one of the said red wearing  fellows you were guaranteed to die within seconds of hitting the ground on any planet including one with Smurfs. The good girl of comic books has the same problem. She might not die in the first comic book she appeared in but mark my words the moment she shows up, is given a name, the clock starts ticking and it is much like Kenny in South Park, you know it's just a matter of time.  Read more...
Saturday, 03 March 2012 09:44
There was once a time when kids all over North America would rush home after school every weekday and watch cartoons. We were treated to many memorable cartoons, but some of the most popular ones came from The Disney Afternoon, which housed an assortment of cartoons starring classic and some all-new Disney characters. There was Ducktales, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers and Tale Spin...but in 1994, The Disney Afternoon debuted their first original action/adventure series, Gargoyles, and it quickly became a fan-favorite. Gargoyles was created by Greg Weisman and Frank Paur and lasted two seasons (though the second season was a whopping 65 episodes!), and in my opinion was one of the best original concept cartoons of the 90’s! Read more...
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Friday, 27 January 2012 14:58
The Network Gets INFESTED!!! This week marks the advent of INFES2ATION and I intend to take you all on the journey into gooey, slimy tentacled madness with me!     Last years INFESTATION was the first ever IDW crossover event and proved incredibly successful. As dimension hopping zombies plagued the IDW-verse, no titles were safe. The Covert Vampiric Operations (CVO), GI JOE, Transformers, Ghostbusters and Star Trek titles all felt the bite of the attack of the undead. To accompany the series, two spin-off titles were produced; Zombies Vs Robots: Undercity and INFESTATION: Outbreak. The former was set in the ZVR continuity and followed the events set after the zombie horde attacked and the robot forces were left with no choice but to head underground whilst the latter showcased the CVO trying to rebuild their unit, battling against demons and reintroducing a familiar bald-headed, chain-smoking alien known as Archibald…       But how do you follow up such a continuity and franchise encompassing epic?   Well, you do another one, of course!   The first issue of INFES2TATION rolled out and brought with it more action and horror courtesy of the Elder Gods featured in the many tomes of the literary god H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft has an immense cult following and is considered one of the greatest horror novelists of all time. His were incredibly dark works that focussed on the creatures that whispered to us in shadows, demons that warped our sense of reality and preyed upon our devotion and indescribable ancient beings of great power and malevolence. Perfect for comic book villains then - IDW should know having just released The Dunwich Horror, adapting one of Lovecraft’s most beloved books into a four-issue limited series.          Unleashed from their cosmic prison by the power of Lovecraft’s writing - he became an outlet for their divine voice - and the followers of his work, the Elder Gods have chipped away at the fabric of the universe and have finally begun their hostile takeover of reality. In this first chapter we are re-introduced to the CVO team battling against an assorted army of Cthulhu’s finest. From slugs with a hundred eyes to sentient goo (“There is no try. There is only GOO.” Brilliant!), this opener smashes the ball out of the park of IDW fans. Duane Swierczynski writes an incredibly tight script, full of action, pop culture references and wise-cracks to keep the reader entertained from start to finish. While it may be a little inaccessible for some new to CVO, events from previous books are explained readily enough and we’re left with a cliff-hanger ending that reveals the other protagonists set to play a part in IDW’s event sequel. The Transformers return but in their steam-punk guise from the Hearts of Steel continuity. GI JOE and the vampires from 30 Days of Night are also set to feature along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the cast from Dungeons & Dragons. Archibald is making a guest appearance with Bat Boy in a light-hearted one shot watching over the events as the Elder Gods take over.               David Messina does a good job on the artwork. Each panel is fluid and colourful whilst the action is well showcased and the characters are each as recognisably dissimilar as they are provocative. Never is a panel crowded and all the graphics are bright and clean. Kudos too goes to Valerio Schiti on the prologue art rendering an excellent tone of foreboding and gruesomeness to front the book. As the INFES2ATION continues next week with Transformers, prepare for a clash of gears and ooze in a steam-punk horror the likes of which we’ve never seen before!        This is ROBotiX signing off – it’s getting dark now and I’m scared of the creatures lurking in the cellar…   eXpect eXcellence. We are eXPress News on © 2012 | ROBotiX Read more...
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