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CryEngine Will Make Sure 'Human Element' Looks Fantastic

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 19:16

It’s been over a year since I last reported on Robotoki’s ambitious project Human Element, a game that will will mix elements of ARGs (alternate reality games) and human drama, set in a harsh, post-apocalyptic world where zombies aren’t necessarily the worst thing out there.

Today, the developer announced they’ll be using the CryEngine to power Human Element. According Robert Bowling, Robotoki’s President and Creative Director, the reasoning behind this is because the engine “delivers so many powerful features straight out of the box such as the physical based shading system and the infinite terrain from segmented worlds to create a massive open world experience but still allow the visual fidelity and detail our players expect from a first person experience from our team.”

This is good news if you were worried about the game’s graphical fidelity. Me? I’m still waiting to some gameplay footage.

Human Element is slated to release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Sorry Ouya owners, it ooks like that version was scrapped.

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[Modern Art] Feast Your Eyes On These Nightmarish Sculptures

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:44

Evan Campbell is a California based artist who’s worked on a myriad movies, like From Dusk Till Dawn and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. He’s worked with a bunch of directors you’ve undoubtedly heard of, like Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann and Kevin Smith — and today, we’re going to take a look at some of his incredible sculptural work. You may even recognize some of it. More after the break.

For more of Evan’s work, check out his gallery.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 127: Billy Idol "Shock To The System"

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:30

Update: Thank you to the awesome NixEclips for the suggestion!

Technology is having more and more of an impact on how we perceive and capture the world around us. We see it in the Middle East with the multitude of revolutions. We see it being used to try and find missing planes (seriously Courtney Love?). We see it capture abuse and misconduct from authority figures. And that’s the theme of this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week: Billy Idol‘s award nominated “Shock To The System”, which comes from his 1993 album Cyberpunk.

The video, directed by Brett Leonard, shows Idol filming a vicious beating when he himself is attacked by policemen who shatter his camcorder. The pieces then force their way into Idol’s body, creating a cyborg that is reminiscent of Tetsuo: Iron Man. I’ll leave the rest for you to see and enjoy!

This video was actually recommended by a BD user but I can’t find their name. If you recommended it, let me know in the comments so I can properly thank you!

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[TV] "The Walking Dead" Finale Bombshell Looming?

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:37

Either TVLine knows something or they’re just playing to their readers, either way, their headline is a potential beast of a spoiler if what they imply happens actually happens.

Would AMC actually kill of Rick Grimes in the Season 4 finale? Says the site, that’s what the following poster implies. I don’t see it, but I love the speculation because, if AMC had the balls to kill off Andrew Lincoln’s character, I’d return to watch the show faster than the running zombies in Dawn of the Dead 2004 could catch their prey.

Explains the site: As you can see in the exclusive image below, the show hasn’t supplied us with a run-of-the-mill picture depicting its characters en route to Terminus, the sanctuary whose motto is, “Those who arrive survive.”

Rather, the shot is of Andrew Lincoln’s shaggy sheriff, along with son Carl (Chandler Riggs) and their formidable traveling companion, Michonne (Danai Gurira), looking poised to do battle and quite possibly surrounded by the smoke that Tyreese and Carol saw in last week’s episode. Even more ominous is the tagline:

“Who will arrive?”

In other words: Who will survive?

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'Murdered: Soul Suspect' Trailer Introduces Us To Joy

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:35

In Murdered: Soul Suspect you’re placed into the ethereal shoes of a slain detective who’s tasked with finding out who murdered him. It’s an odd scenario — if I were in his shoes, I’m pretty sure I’d go full pervert and use my invisible spirit powers to peek into strangers’ personal lives — but this guy wants to stay productive, even in death.

The game was recently announced for next-gen consoles, so if you’re the proud owner of one, they’ll likely be the best platform to get this on. Read on for a trailer!

Murdered Soul Suspect arrives June 3 in North America and June 6 in Europe.

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[TV] "Rosemary's Baby' Promotion Poster, Trailer Births Fear!

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:24

Fear is born on the official poster for NBC’s “Rosemary’s Baby” four-hour miniseries, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Zoe Saldana plays the new Rosemary.

Red Lights‘ Carole Bouquet, Doghouse‘s Christina Cole and Jason Isaacs also star in the series directed by Agnieska Holland and produced by Lionsgate TV.

It centers on Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams), moves into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

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The Walking Dead Vol. 1 Vinyl Getting Official Launch With Limited Variants

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:00

Having already been released as a picture disc (which I managed to find a copy of), the Volume 1 soundtrack for AMC’s The Walking Dead will be getting an official launch complete with limited variants courtesy of SPACELAB9. The official release date is April 15th and the records will feature a full color gatefold as well as a bonus 18″x24″ full color poster.

Direct from the press release: Limited editions of both “Black Smoke” and “Blood Red” colored vinyl will be available in stores while supplies last. For die-hard fans, a limited run of only 200 numbered “Zombie Flesh Green” vinyl copies will be available exclusively from the label’s web store and for early birds, a very limited edition of zombie turntable slipmats featuring original gore-tesque artwork by artist Travis Pitts will also be available during the pre-sale which begins Tuesday, April 1st.

All pre-orders can be done through SPACELAB9′s website. Head below to listen to the absolutely gorgeous and haunting version of “The Parting Glass”, performed by Lauren Cohan (Maggie) and Emily Kinney (Beth).

The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack Vol. 1 track listing:
1. Jamie N. Commons – Lead Me Home
2. Bear McCreary – Main Title Theme Song (UNKLE Remix)
3. Voxhaul Broadcast – You Are the Wilderness
4. Baby Bee – Love Bug
5. Fink – Warm Shadow
6. Of Monsters and Men – Sinking Man
7. Beth & Maggie Greene – The Parting Glass
8. Delta Spirit – Running

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[Record Store Day] Select 'Terminator 2' Tracks Coming To 7"

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:00

While this may only be a Record Store Day release in the UK, this is still pretty awesome! Silva Screens has announced that a 7″ black vinyl featuring four tracks from Terminator 2 will be released. Composed by Brad Fiedel, the vinyl will come with silver foil embossed sleeve and is limited to 1,000 copies. You can see the fantastic package below.

Track list:
Side A
1. Main Title (Terminator 2 Theme) 01:59
2. Escape From The Hospital (And T1000) 04:35

Side B
1. “Trust Me” 01:39
2. “I’ll Be Back” 04:01

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'Poseidon Rex' Trailer Offers Crazy Fun Cheese!

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:54

Anderson Digital will be releasing Poseidon Rex on iTunes and in theaters on April 18th. We’ve landed the film’s trailer that is jam-packed with super-sized cheese. It looks like an insane amount of fun!

A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet’s distant past, when deep-sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil. Jackson Slate and his team of underwater cave explorers unearth much more than long-lost Mayan treasure while plumbing the depths of a world famous blue hole. They disturb a creature that’s been hibernating for over 60,000 years – a rampaging behemoth of death and destruction not only at sea but also on land.

The film is directed by Mark L. Lester and stars Brian Krause, Anne Daniels, Steven Helmkamp and Candice Nunes.

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Sean Penn's Daughter is 'Condemned'

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:46

Another star’s child is getting behind the bright lights, and starting with the horror genre.

Dylan Penn, the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright, will make her acting debut by starring in Condemned, a horror film written and directed by Eli Morgan Gesner, the professional skateboarder-turned-clothing designer, reports THR.

Penn, who at 22 has a thriving model career with shoots for GQ, Elle and the Gap, will play the lead role of “the youngest member of a group of kids who live in a condemned, filthy squat in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. After an infection originating from their own waste hits the building’s residents, the people inside lose their mind and go on murderous rampages.

The producers are planning a New York shoot in April.

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Check This 'Godzilla' Mega-Banner!

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:41

Taking yesterday’s new poster and turning it into a mega-banner, check out the new art for Godzilla, which should be hanging in a theater near you this weekend.

Gareth Edwards directs the reboot with Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita and C.J. Adams all starring.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira) Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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[Tribeca '14] 'Canal' Images Tell Visceral Irish Ghost Story

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:28

Ivan Kavanagh comes out of Ireland with his Canal, set to world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, taking place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City.

Bloody Disgusting landed new imagery from the pic about, “Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder

David begins to unravel, and the house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.

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[Random Cool] Someone Turned All Of Tesseract's 'Altered State' Into An 8-Bit Track

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:00

I’m a total 8-bit video game console generation kid. I cut my teeth on some of the most frustratingly difficult games ever released. Dark Souls? Pssh, whatever. Try beating Contra without using the Konami code. And through all my battles it was always the music that me moving forward. Something about the wildly infectious melodies gave me the strength to tackle just about anything that the NES could throw at me.

Knowing this, if I had owned a game where Tesseract‘s Altered State was the background music, I can assure you I’d still be playing it today. But since that never happened, I’ll happily settle for the below video, which can at least give me that same feeling!

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[Interview] Scott Allie Talks 'Hellboy: Weird Tales' And Celebrating Hellboy Day

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:12

Tomorrow, Hellboy turns 20, a benchmark that not many characters reach. Scott Allie, Editor In Chief at Dark Horse Comics, has had his hand in the Mignola world for over a decade, working closely with the Hellboy creator to bring the series to life. Scott not only writes the current “Abe Sapien” ongoing, but he works closely with all the other B.P.R.D. creators to ensure quality and consistency.

I sat down with Scott Allie to announce the new reprintings of “Hellboy: Weird Tales” and the “B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs” trade paperbacks. Allie also shares his feelings about working with Mignola on one of the most renowned creator owned horror comics of all time and the Hellboy Day celebrations. Check out the interview below, and Happy Hellboy Day to all!

Bloody-disgusting: Let’s start with the announcing the reprinting of Hellboy: Weird Tales that Dark Horse will be releasing.

Scott Allie: Back when the first Hellboy movie was happening, Mike [Mignola] was heavily involved, on set the entire time. So we were like, shit we’re not going to be doing any new Hellboy comics right at the time that interest is going to be highest, so what can we do that will be fun that won’t require a lot of work from Mike. We hit up everybody we knew to do short stories. We wanted to do a four issue miniseries full of great, weird, non-canonical Hellboy shorts. Word got out and then everyone started hitting us up, so we made it eight issues instead. At that time, back in 2004, a five-issue trade would have been cool, but we didn’t want to do an eight issue trade, so we did two collections.

We published the Weird Tales for eight months with all these great guests. It’s kind of on-the-side from all the other Hellboy books because we’re telling this big enormous story in Hellboy and BPRD, so these are just something else. Mike and I haven’t paid attention to this material for a while, but we realized there’s cool stuff there. Then, the other motivator for doing it as a new single edition is that when Mike was doing the Wild Hunt with Duncan [Fegredo], he was itching to do some short stories. He liked the idea of Wild Hunt being eight issues instead of six to make room for backup stories, and we did that and kicked it off with three backups from Mike and Guy [Davis] that dealt with some of Mike’s Russian mythology, and these were really cool and beautiful. But we never reprinted them; there was never quite the right place to put them. So Mike said, why don’t we stick those in the front of the Weird Tales collection, and give them a home. So that’s where those guys will be.

BD: Those were released a decade ago. I haven’t read any of them yet, but the list of creators is impressive. Do you have any favorite stories from the collection?

SA: I love the one Jason Pearson did. He drew me in it and beat the crap of me [laughs]. John Cassaday did something really beautiful as well. He did this eight-page Hellboy circus story that was pretty nuts, but also this newspaper Lobster Johnson thing that ran through the eight issues, and it’s the only through-line for the series. We just got a lot of cool people doing weird tales. We actually had to get a license to use the Weird Tales title. After we came up with the idea to call it Weird Tales, we couldn’t entertain calling it anything else. It is just weird, random, crazy stuff. So I don’t know, I have a lot of favorites. Some of the covers we got are also really cool.

BD: Would you consider doing another Weird Tales type thing?

SA: I don’t think we would do it again. Our world is so different now, you know? At that point we had been doing Hellboy for ten years, and for seven of them almost everything was just Mike. He wrote it, he drew it, until around 2001. Then we started BPRD so we started to bring a few other people in, but in limited doses. So doing Weird Tales was the only way at the time that we could open the doors to everybody. We got all these awesome people, but since then, the way the Mignola world has grown, we got a lot more opportunity to let other people come in. When we did Weird Tales, the mandate was that we want you to do your thing, not a Mike Mignola story. Some guys really did their Mignola style, which was cool, but everybody really came in with their diverse voices and had their way with our world. That was a great thing for us back then, but now the world we’re exploring is so big and complex that it wouldn’t feel right. We got Itty Bitty Hellboy, which, in a way, is the weirdest tale of them all. Those guys are doing something completely different than the real Hellboy stuff. Maybe after we totally burn the world to a cinder and end it all, we will just invite everyone in to do whatever they feel like, but there’s just too much focus right now.

BD: You’ve been working with BPRD and Hellboy for quite a while now and there’s a certain level of consistency that you see across all the titles, that you don’t get from, say, all the Batman books at DC. From and editorial perspective how do you work with the creators to ensure that there is a consistent voice maintained with the universe?

SA: The collaborations are really tight. Almost everything we do is written by Mike, John [Arcudi], or me. The three of us talk a lot. Everybody working on this respects what Mike has done. There was a really clearly established foundation by the guy who created it all. You can look at what he did and always use that as your touchstone. Even the first Abe Sapien miniseries was Mike solo, or the first Lobster Johnson series, or the first Witch Finder. So Mike has established the world very clearly throughout the years, and us other guys come in, it’s all there. Egomaniacs that we may be, we’re happy to dial into that voice and vision. We don’t come in to say, “Okay, now I’m doing my version of Batman. I gotta ignore all the previously existing cast and create my own cast for this book.” We know that this is an interwoven world, and unlike those other big titles, which have been done by six hundred people, or even today if you pick up two Batman books from two people this week, the character might be a totally different guy from one book to the other, and we’re able to avoid that. Our world is still finite. There is only one, maybe two, BPRD books. Abe is only in one book, not two books, written by two writers who don’t talk to each other. For example, John and I talk a lot about what Abe’s doing and where he’s going. We make sure the world and characters are consistent and we can’t have Abe going off on some subplot that doesn’t match what he’s doing in another book.

When we do occasionally bring in another voice, like when Gabriel and Fabio wrote Vampire, or Kim Newman and Maura McHugh are doing Witch Finder, everybody is still on the same mission. We all want to expand Mike’s world, not carve out our corner of it. There is a balance of the other voices coming in, being on board for the mission, but also those voices were chosen very carefully. When we ask them to come write a book, like the Vampire series, we knew they were the perfect creators to do that thing. So they get to do their own thing, while making sure the mythology matches. Like, if the twins are doing a vampire story, we say, here’s Mike’s version of the vampire, you can’t do Twilight or The Strain, but still tell your own story. So we pick our collaborators well, the ones we know we will be game. There are certainly amazing creators that we might have the opportunity to work with, but they would want to do their version to an extent that wouldn’t fit, and we won’t do that. We don’t want to risk something that’s been consistent since 1994.

BD: Before we talk about the Hellboy Day celebration, you guys are also reprinting the Plague of Frogs books?

SA: There came a point where John, Mike, and I were at dinner in Baltimore, talking about the direction of the BPRD series when Guy was halfway through his run. We were talking about the stories to come and we realized that it was this particular cycle of stories was going to climax in a three trade paperback story, and then we realized those were preceded by nine others. And we thought, wow, that divides easily into four collections. So we did these cool, big, fat hardcover books that offer the entire Plague of Frogs series ending with a really great climax where Liz destroys the Black Flame and kicks off the apocalyptic stuff going on today. So we wanted to replace the skinny trades with these nicely priced, $35, hardcovers that are 400 pages each. Those have been available for a couple of years now, and so now we are like okay, let’s get an even more affordable version of those out. So let’s keep these in print forever, or at least until we print books on holograms. We’re trying to make it a bit easier for new readers so they don’t have to track down a bunch of different books. So it starts with the first BPRD series, Hollow Earth, and ends with King of Fear. All of it will be available in these four fat-ass paperbacks.

BD: The Hellboy Day celebrations are going on this weekend. 20 Years is a milestone not many franchises make it to. How does it feel to be a part of it all?

SA: It feels crazy. It feels so good. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience, and we feel like we’re doing better than ever. Reviews are great; people seem to really like the books. I think Mike, with a little help from the rest of us, has achieved something completely unique in the history of comics. it’s linear in a way no other comics have managed to maintain over time. The story remains one single story, one vision, despite directions it may take. There is not an embarrassing fifty-issue run that we don’t talk about, or any of that stuff that some other titles may have. It’s a creator owned achievement and there’s nothing else like it out there. The vision, the quality, has been square on the target the entire time. As Mike has said in a few interviews, “we’re breaking things that can’t be fixed”, and I love that because it means there is no turning back. It’s not like one day the street will be swept up like Galactus was never here. We’re going full on with it. The story has some gravity and it’s truly compelling.

BD: Any other words about Hellboy Day?

SA: This weekend we have events taking place all over the world. Some in England, South America, Canada, a lot in The States. Just great events and stores are supporting it really well. Diamond said that, of it’s kind, this is one of the most successful events they’ve seen put together since Free Comic Book Day. Retailers got on board and helped us with this, which is so awesome. Most of our creators, wherever the hell they are located, will be in stores this Saturday to celebrate. I will be at TFAW in Portland, Dave Steward and Tyler Crook will be there as well. It’s just a nice way to honor Mike’s creation, and I’m glad to see it happening.

Check out the list of celebrations here and our reflection on Hellboy here.

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Review: 'Clockwork Angels' #1

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:03

Rush drummer Neil Peart’s lyrics get a little more mileage in the comic book “Clockwork Angels” #1, an adaptation of a novel by the same name (and same author), which is in fact, a novelization of Rush’s concept album, also by the same name. Or in other words, it’s a copy of a copy and the effect is starting to lose its impact.

WRITTEN BY: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
ART BY: Nick Robles

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: March 19, 2014

“Clockwork Angels” is a dystopian story set against a steampunk backdrop. Owen Hardy, a teenage boy from a “utopian” society, starts to question the very notion and push back against the “perfect” life that has been arranged for him. There is nothing new about this concept. It shares the plot and plot elements with a lot of dystopian novels that have come before it. Sometimes an overly used plot can make a refreshing comeback, unfortunately, such is not the case in the first issue of “Clockwork Angels”.

Full disclaimer: I’m not a Rush fan. Word on the street is that this is a great read for Rush fans. And I can imagine why. The plot so accurately portrays the concept album it’s based on, and furthermore, seems to be a straight adaptation of the novel. I can imagine any Rush fan would find it exhilarating to see some of their favorite music come to comic book life. So in all fairness, there’s that.

But overall, this is the type of comic that presents a lot of problems for me as the reviewer. There is nothing entirely wrong about the comic, but there’s nothing entirely right about it either. There are plenty of positive things to say and plenty of not-so-positive things to say, with absolutely no middle ground or fence-sitting on my part.

Perhaps the most evident problem is that “Clockwork Angels” is TOO well crafted. The illustrations are grand, cinematic, and have an overwhelming “picture book” quality to them. Everything from illustrations to discourse are so perfectly executed that it borders on uninteresting. There is a sense of “safety” in the finished product. Which just doesn’t feel natural for a dystopian comic book.

As I mentioned above, the plot has been done before. Like, a lot. In regards to storyline, I could just say: “See also: The Giver, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale, etc.” While it has all the ingredients for a great dystopian of this type, it lacks the salt of the genre, thus making it fall flat on delivery. There is nothing too profound or genre bending which tends to be the saving grace for reused plots.

What could be a winning move for this comic would be to market it to a younger audience. The “Disney” like illustrations combined with the safe dialogue and recycled plot would do well with fresh eyes. The story is not UNenjoyable. It simply lacks the edgy depth of a groundbreaking dystopian/steampunk concept.

3/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

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Review: 'The Fuse' #2

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:01

I want to bathe in the “dirty sci-fi” of “The Fuse”. It’s my new favorite sub-genre of science fiction. This isn’t hard sci-fi—there will be no technical explanations of big, scary gadgetry, nothing highly scientific going on. But it’s gritty as hell. That combined with its smartly speculative plot make for a sci-fi that’s appealing and palatable to tourists in the genre yet remaining entertaining to the die-hards. This fantastically crafted comic has the guts of an old pulp rag with the experience of the 21st century comic culture.

WRITTEN BY: Antony Johnston

ART BY: Justin Greenwood


PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: March 19, 2014

To refresh your memory, “The Fuse” is a science fiction/crime/cop drama comic set in the near future in Midway City, an orbiting energy platform 22,000 miles from planet Earth. Emancipated from Earth, Midway City is a five-mile-long steel pressurized environment with very strict laws and a lot of corruption. Veteran Fuse detective, Ristovych, and literal brand new Fuse detective fresh in from Germany, Dietrich, are a seemingly incompatible team until they start digging into the case.

In issue two, as they really dive into the murders of two Fuse cablers (think homeless person meets a computer hacker of the Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller variety), the low-level compatibility between the two transforms into mutual respect for each other. I love the way that Johnston writes this partnership’s dynamic. It’s definitely got the tropes of an “Odd Couple” relationship mixed with a genuine power that leaves the reader with absolute confidence in their relationship and ability to kick ass together. This is such an urbane and effective dynamic.

Greenwood’s illustrations have completely seeped into the fabric of Johnston’s world. At first I struggled with the stark simplicity of his art but over the course of these first two issues, I’ve grown to love the way his characters and worlds are so distinct yet so light on detail. Literally. His illustrations have very little detail and can appear shifty or blank at some points. But that’s what’s so damn amazing about this style, all the expression in the comic comes from the impact of one single frown line, a raised eyebrow, a tight lip. It blows my mind that he’s able to accomplish so much emotion with such a minimalistic style.

The plot—pacing—is quick and smooth, which is hard to come by in science fiction. Reading in this genre can often feel long-winded and tedious but “The Fuse” manages efficiency and simplicity without losing the hardened edge of crime set in science fiction. It gathers up armfuls of other sub-genres (see: cop-procedural, crime drama, dystopian, speculative fiction) putting them in a melting pot with sharp writing, perfect pacing, and intuitive wit. It’s truly a bold combination of slow burn tension, in-your-face dialogue, and cerebral execution.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

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Finch Announce New Studio Album: Will Appear On Vans Warped Tour

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:00

Hardcore band Finch announced to fans two nights ago that they will not only be appearing on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour but that they would also be releasing a new album this year. The band’s last studio album was 2005′s Say Hello To Sunshine, although they have released two EPs since then.

The band will also be releasing What It Is To Burn X, a live CD/DVD that celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the album of the same name (minus the X). The album comes out this Tuesday and can be pre-ordered here. Below is a live clip of “Worms Of This Earth”, which originally appeared on the Underworld soundtrack back in 2004.

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Opeth Aim For June Release For New Album

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 13:00

Mikael Akerfeldt, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter of Swedish progressive metal band Opeth has told Loudwire that he anticipates the band’s 11th studio album to be released this June (guess I’m getting a really sweet birthday gift this year).

Akerfeldt continued, saying “If it sounds like us, that’s good. And if it sounds like something we don’t know, that’s also good. This album has some parts that sound like us and some parts that sound kind of new too. It’s a bit heavier than ‘Heritage’ at times and it’s a bit more melodic. I think it should be a bit easier to get into this record because there’s a lot of focus on the melodies. We’re a progressive band. Sometimes we sound like a metal band and sometimes we don’t.

Opeth’s last album was 2011′s Heritage, which polarized fans. Many lauded the band for focusing on their progressive influences while others mourned the loss of Akerfeldt’s growls. I was personally a big fan but I feel like my love of prog might have something to do with that.

Head below to watch Phil Mucci’s fantastic “Devil’s Orchard” video.

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Review: 'Ghosted' #8

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:59

An incredibly fun read, “Ghosted” #8 is an entertaining supernatural adventure filled with spooks, witches, and action. With two engaging and humorous protagonists, readers will find these characters easy to root for. The “Ghosted” series takes an amusing approach at poltergeists and ghost-hunting.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson
ART BY: Davide Gianfelice
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 19, 2014

The Teacher of the Dead has been waiting for Jackson Winters, the haunted thief, to arrive at his hidden and ancient temple. Jackson has found himself lost in the jungle and captured by the Brotherhood of the Closed Book. Jackson keeps waiting for Anderson, his ghostly partner-in-crime, to spring him free. But she keeps teasing him as they wait for the Teacher to torture him. Somehow Jackson has to free himself and rescue the damsel-in-distress, Nina, who also has a ghost inside her head.

What really makes the narrative by Joshua Williamson feel so energetic is his sarcastic and witty dialogue. Even when all seems lost, I find it hilarious that Jackson is able to throw a cynical one-liner at the face of danger. I was laughing out loud when Jackson was hoping that the Teacher, the big bad, would be some kind of Bond villain. Jackson expects someone to torture him and throw him into a pit full of giant snakes.

What I really like is the snappy dialogue between the Teacher and Jackson. Like a true Bond villain, the Teacher explains his grand scheme in detail. Williamson then twists the idea and has these two characters play around with each other, like a cat and mouse. The Teacher knows Jackson is talking to his ghost partner and conjures up a spell to make her go away. Even while the Teacher is revealing his master plan, Jackson is secretly planning to steal something valuable from the temple.

Artist Davide Gianfelice is able to portray the two different sides of the Teacher. In his character design, the Teacher is elderly and flailing with his wrinkly skin. The antagonist shuffles his feet as if his bad knees would break at a single moment. But there is something deadly about him when he flashes his teeth, which are sharp as fangs. His fingers have extended nails to scratch your eyes out.

Gianfelice makes great use of the jungle setting throughout the narrative. In a wide shot, Gianfelice illustrates the ancient temple with thousands of stone steps. If you look carefully, the steps form into the shape of a hand. The walls and narrow tunnels are lit by flickering candles. The Teacher’s throne is made up of bones and skulls, the remains of humans who have been eaten by giant snakes.
Readers should definitely be on the lookout for “Ghosted” #8. With its surprising cliffhanger, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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[Remember This?] Stephen King Scares The Hell Out Of You In This 'Maximum Overdrive' Trailer!

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:56

As a kid Maximum Overdrive was one of my holy grail movies. It just dripped with menace and a sweaty inappropriate quality I couldn’t get enough of. The greasy, hot vibe of The Dixie Boy. The down and out characters. The way it hits the ground running. The way it kills children. The AC/DC soundtrack. The wonderfully lazy comet explanation. The mean-spiritedness of it all. It made me feel… grown up? In hindsight this is a funny thing to take away from such a gleefully immature movie. I don’t think I ever saw the film in the theaters during its initial release, but between multiple rentals of this and The Lost Boys I probably kept the lights on at my local Blockbuster.

I was unaware at the time that Stephen King had directed it, or at least I didn’t lend much attention to its significance. I knew it was based on one of his short stories (“Trucks”) and I had read several of them, but didn’t quite have the stamina at that point to make it through one of his novels. I had no idea how any of this stuff worked back then, and I certainly had no idea that King was upset with how some of the adaptions of his work had turned out (even including Kubrick’s masterpiece take on The Shining).

Even as an adult, I had no idea that this trailer existed until I saw it at a screening (can’t remember the movie – may have been this one) at the New Beverly here in Los Angeles a few years back. But it’s glorious. King has stated that during the making of Maximum Overdrive he was “coked out of my mind.” That more than comes across here.

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