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Thu
Dec 20 2012 5:00pm

The End is Reached: Ally Condie’s Matched Series Finale

At the height of the Hunger Games craze, I talked about some other YA fiction out there to fill your post-apocalyptic or dystopian cravings, but few are as complicated and interesting as Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy, the story of a repressed, contained world containing the Society. The Matched trilogy has all the expected tropes of young adult dystopia—a sweet, willful girl named Cassia, a love triangle that defies the conventions of everything the Society will allow, and a mysterious revolution that gives hope to all those oppressed. Throughout the story, Cassia depends on the inner world of her own artistic expression to guide her as her life is completely thrown out of control and she’s asked to figure out what she really believes in—what she’s been told or what she feels.

In the recently released finale to the trilogy, Reached, Cassia and her two potential love interests Ky and Xander must face down the struggle for the heart of their civilization. It’s the Society versus the enigmatic Rising in a bid to control their world—except what they unleash in the fight might wipe away everything that Cassia holds dear.

Let’s take a closer look at Reached and review the Matched trilogy leading up to the series finale.

[Warning: Spoilers follow for the Matched trilogy!]

Tue
Dec 4 2012 4:00pm

5 Reasons You Should Be Reading All New X-Men

Five reasons you should be reading All New X-MenThere have been a lot of shake-ups lately in the world of comics. In the DC universe, the Joker is running amok once again trying to kill everyone in the Batman family. Vertigo is ending their long-running Hellblazer series. Dark Horse is sending Hellboy to Hell. Meanwhile, over at Marvel, the after-effects of the Avengers versus X-Men story arc have altered the flow of the X-Men world forever. The staging ground for Marvel’s newest event is called Marvel Now, and it’s giving fans some new books and new creative teams to be excited about. Among them is a brand new series called All New X-Men.

“But wait,” you might say. "What is so exciting about a new New X-Men comic? What could they possibly do that they haven’t done before?’

Well...can you say time-traveling original X-Men? Read on for five good reasons why you should absolutely check out the newest X-offering from Brian Michael Bendis.

[Warning: Spoilers included for the All-New X-Men #1]

Thu
Nov 29 2012 6:00pm

Monroe and Miles Clash on the Mid-Season Finale of Revolution!

Monroe and Miles Clash in Revolution’s

All right, fellow Revolutionaries—it’s all been leading up to this! Our heroes started this season on NBC heading through a post-apocalyptic America to rescue a boy kidnapped by a brutal dictator. There have been explosions, sword fights, betrayals, creepy dogs, murder, and hallucinations along the way. We’ve gotten hints as to why and how the lights have gone out. In the season finale, everything comes to a head as Miles, Aaron, Nora and Charlie venture into Philadelphia to rescue Danny. It’s family reunions all over the place in the mid-season finale, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” What have we learned? Let’s take a look at the recap!

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Wed
Nov 28 2012 4:00pm

#1ReasonWhy Brings Game Design Discrimination To Light

A look at the #1ReasonWhy Twitter phenomenon and how it’s bringing game design discrimination to light

It started out with one question. Luke Crane, creator of such tabletop RPGs as Mouse Guard and The Burning Wheel, asked his Twitter audience: 

“Why are there so few lady game creators?”

What followed was an explosion of responses in the gamer community that sent Twitter buzzing and caught the eye of media outlets across the internet. Spurred by the seemingly straightforward question, women game designers began sharing stories about their personal struggles in the gaming industry. Under the hashtag #1reasonwhy, women from AAA video game companies to tabletop RPGs and LARPs came together to share the number one reasons they don’t want (or feel they aren’t able) to pursue game design as a career. The stories themselves are heartbreaking and speak for themselves.

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Wed
Nov 21 2012 2:00pm

Oxygen Deprivation and Zeppelin on Revolution’s “Kashmir”

A recap and review of Revolution, episode 9, KashmirWhat do you get when you cross hallucinations, underground urban exploration and some trippy Led Zeppelin? No, it’s not someone’s bad college vacation memories—it’s this week’s episode of our favorite post-apoc drama, Revolution! The team behind got a boost from the rock legends (as you may have guessed from the title), featuring Zeppelin’s music in the ninth episode of the season, in which we discover that Nora hates alligators, all badass teen girls must shoot arrows in the post-apocalypse times, and oxygen deprivation makes you act like you’re on a serious drug trip. Let’s take a look at this week’s adventure, “Kashmir”!

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Fri
Nov 16 2012 5:00pm

It’s All About Family on Revolution’s “Ties That Bind”

Recap and review of Revolution, episode 8: Ties That Bind

Welcome back to the quest for light, Revolution fans. We’re back with episode eight of the first season, just in time for our crew to have to solve one of the most difficult problems of the post-apocalypse: how do you cross a river when the writers just don’t want it to happen? This week’s episode is all about fording one body of water, how four adults can’t hold on to one piece of jewelry, and the massive problems that family can bring you in “Ties That Bind.” 

[Will they ever get across that damn river?]

Fri
Nov 9 2012 5:00pm

Guilt and Answers At Last in Revolution’s “The Children’s Crusade”

Guilt and Answers At Last in the recap of Revolution, episode 7: Children’s Crusade

It’s another week of lights out in our blackout speculative drama Revolution and this week the show pulled out every single stop. There’s revelation after revelation as the show’s creators dropped tons of long-awaited answers on loyal fans. Plus, they managed to do it while including a plot with adorable children, to boot! This week we’re taking a look at episode seven, “The Children’s Crusade” as we learn just who Randall is, how much Rachel Matheson really knew, and just how far a mother is willing to go to protect her children.

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Fri
Nov 9 2012 5:00pm

It’s All Fun and Games on Revolution in “Sex and Drugs”

Recap and review of Revolution, episode 6: Sex and Drugs

Hey there, Revolution fans! So a funny thing happened on the way to covering episode six of our friendly neighborhood post-apoc blackout series: I got trapped in the middle of a real blackout! A hurricane named Sandy hit the East Coast and I suddenly found myself without power. I will say that it certainly put the whole future without electricity situation in perspective, and by day five I was wishing for one of those Blackout Necklaces to give me a little juice for my iPhone, just like Maggie. Thankfully the power came back and now I’m caught up in time to give you a double-header of episode six and the latest, episode seven.

So first, we’ll take a look at episode six, “Sex and Drugs,” in which we discover that Charlie looks good in a dress, unstable drug dealers are a problem in any time and place, and that OMG Aaron is a badass! Without further delay, let’s go to the replay!

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Sun
Oct 28 2012 12:00pm

Dybbuk or Demon: Knowing Your Jewish Ghosts and Ghouls

Dybbuk or Demon: Knowing Your Jewish Ghosts and Ghouls

Every year, horror fans are treated to a smattering of books and films that attempt to innovate the genre. Maybe they find a new way to repackage slasher films, like Joss Whedon did in Cabin in the Woods, or they find a new way to present their story, like the “found footage” format of Paranormal Activity. One way to spice up tried and true tropes is to draw on different source material to craft your story. 

The western horror tradition draws on a shared body of common folklore standardized by western society and pop culture to create its tales of suspense and terror. But, if you want a rich body of folklore chock-full of the strange and supernatural that isn’t as familiar or well understood, you only have to look towards Jewish mythology for new ways of exploring the supernatural. Creative forces in Hollywood have discovered the power of Jewish folklore, as is evident from big budget movies like the recent The Possession and 2009’s The Unborn. But do they get their stories straight? For example, what is a dybbuk and can it really live in a box? And what about a golem? Let’s take a look at some of the denizens of the darkest parts of Jewish tradition to see what goes bump in the night.

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Fri
Oct 26 2012 10:00am

Brian K. Vaughan, Jonathan Hickman, and Grant Morrison Teach You How To Make Good Comics

Brian K. Vaughan, Jonathan Hickman, and Grant Morrison Teach You How To Make Good Comics

It’s not often you get to sit down in a room with three of the biggest names in the comic book industry and hear them talk about how to write. At New York Comic Con earlier this month, a giant room full of aspiring writers and fans crowded together to get advice and tips from three industry giants whose writing has inspired and intrigued for years: Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, The Invisibles, Batman, New X-Men), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Manhattan Project), and Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways, Saga). Throughout the hour, they dished on the creative process, their inspiration, and answered questions from the audience. 

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Thu
Oct 18 2012 5:00pm

It’s All Neville, All The Time on Revolution: “Soul Train”

A recap and review of Revolution episode 5: Soul Train

It’s been five weeks since NBC introduced  us to the post-apoc blackout drama Revolution and – dare I say it? Has the show finally hit its stride? This week our storylines collide, as our intrepid heroes finally catch up to Captain Neville and the Wandering Plotline, figure out that he’s seven kinds of crazy, and finally solve the mystery of No Name Nate! It’s train whistles, explosions and flashbacks in this week’s episode, “Soul Train.”

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Wed
Oct 17 2012 4:30pm

What’s NOW for Marvel’s X-Men and Avengers

What’s NOW for Marvel’s X-Men and Avengers

If you’re a Marvel-head like me, you’ve been keeping an eye on the changes going on with Marvel’s NOW initiative. Suddenly, mutants are Avengers, Storm’s getting a mohawk and...Deadpool is punching ex-presidents in the face? What’s going on here? New York Comic Con gave Marvel a chance to showcase the best and brightest coming out of their new restructure. 

For a full breakdown on the NOW initiative you can check out this Reader’s Guide, but here’s a look straight out of NYCC at some of the best Marvel has to come. We’re going to focus here on two major branches of the Marvel U: the X-Men and Avengers titles. 

[Spoilers for AvX and hints about upcoming events and plotlines]

Wed
Oct 17 2012 2:00pm

Mike Mignola Talks Hellboy In Hell at NYCC

Mike Mignola Talks Hellboy In Hell at NYCC

Mike Mignola is known best as the creator of that lovable red-handed devil Hellboy. Since he created the World’s Greatest Paranormal Investigator back in 1993, the world has seen countless Hellboy stories and spin-offs, including the ongoing acclaimed BPRD, Witchfinder, and Lobster Johnson. Now, Mignola will return after seven years away from drawing the character that created his franchise to helm the brand new comic, Hellboy in Hell.

[Mignola talks about it at New York Comic Con]

Wed
Oct 17 2012 11:00am

Vampires Take a Break & Fables Get Unwritten: Vertigo Comics at NYCC

Vampires Take a Break & Fables Get Unwritten: Vertigo Comics at NYCC

You can’t go to New York Comic Con without talking about the work coming out of Vertigo Comics. With names like Scott Snyder, Bill Willingham, Jeff Lemire and Brian Azzarello at the table, the information on the latest and greatest coming out of Vertigo at their panel was incredible. There were some fond farewells to old favorites, awkward questions about whether or not Brian Azzarello talks like his characters and details on some new books on the horizon. Here come the highlights!

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Thu
Oct 11 2012 10:00am

Saying Goodbye on Revolution: Episode Four, “Plague Dogs”

Saying Goodbye on Revolution: Episode Four, Plague Dogs

Another week has gone by and you know what that means. We're back in the tall grass with Charlie, Miles, Nora, Aaron and Maggie as they navigate a creepy as heck abandoned amusement park full of crazy pooches on episode four of Revolution, “Plague Dogs.” This week we say goodbye to a show regular, see how creepy Monroe can be about eye-fondling Charlie's mom, and how many times Miles can try to leave in one hour. Let's get to the highlights!

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Wed
Oct 3 2012 5:30pm

The Secret of Miles on Revolution “No Quarter”

A review and recap of Revolution episode 3: No Quarter

Welcome back post-apoc fans to this week’s recap of NBC’s Revolution! In this week’s episode, we discover just how the militia came to be the way it is, how Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural, Grimm) can do no wrong and how, sometimes, Marvin Gaye can be the sweetest thing in the world. “No Quarter” picks up on our entrepid heroes on their way to meet the rebellion when a clash with the militia brings out some interesting information about the past. But no more hints and teasing, let’s jump right in.

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Thu
Sep 27 2012 5:00pm

New Allies On Revolution: “Chained Heat”

Strap on your swords and crossbows, post-apoc fans: it’s time to go back into the wilds of former America with a weekly recap and review of NBC’s Revolution. I’ll be leading us through the high grass and rusted relics to highlight the best and worst of each week’s episode from now on. This week, we’re diving back into the events set up by the pilot for the second episode, “Chained Heat.”

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Fri
Sep 21 2012 5:10pm

The Death Of A Dream: Mutant Murder Reshapes Marvel Comics

The Death Of A Dream: Mutant Murder Reshapes Marvel Comics

Avengers Versus X-Men has been the latest large-scale storyline to shake up the Marvel Universe, in preparation for the huge Marvel NOW! event of 2013. The Phoenix Force returns to Earth, empowering five mutants known as the Phoenix Five to effectively take over the planet. The Avengers join together with some of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to try and stop the madness of the Phoenix Five before it’s too late, in an epic ride with serious implications for the future of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Yet nothing thus far has had such shattering implications as the events of AvX #11 and the shocking murder of one of the oldest X-characters. 

[Spoilers ahead]

Tue
Sep 18 2012 6:00pm

Realm of LARP Scores As Reality Fun

A dying king, a crazy fur-wearing warrior woman, zombies, enchanted objects, and a mythical realm to save. No, this isn’t the latest fantasy novel or the latest D&D campaign your best friend cooked up for game night. Strap on some armor and find your ogre fangs, LARP fans, because there’s a new live action role-playing web series in town and it’s showcasing the hobby in a great way. 

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Mon
Sep 17 2012 10:00am

Introducing Simon Baz, the First Muslim-American Green Lantern

Introducing Simon Baz, the First Muslim-American Green LanternDC Comics unveiled the newest addition to the Green Lantern Corp. in the beginning of September in it’s #0 issue of the popular series, and their brand new character has been getting a lot of attention. In keeping with the continued campaign to diversify and include representations of different races and religions in mainstream comic books, a young Muslim-American man is the latest human to wear the lantern ring of power.

But is his representation in the comic books a successful example of diversification or a good attempt gone wrong? Let’s take a closer look at our newest Green Lantern, Simon Baz.

[Warning: spoilers to follow for Green Lantern #0!]