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New Study Finds No Link Between Video Games and Violent Crimes

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:36

In news that will have many of us violent video game veterans go duh, a new study published in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture has confirmed — again — that there is no correlation between the rate of consumption of video games and the number of crimes in the United States. So even though Grand Theft Auto V sold about a trillion copies, it’s monumental success didn’t inspire a bunch of folks to leave the safety of their homes to embrace a life of crime.

The study was conducted by researchers at Villanova University and Rutgers University. After analyzing actual facts, their findings are as follows…

“Finding that a young man who committed a violent crime also played a popular video game, such as Call of Duty, Halo, or Grand Theft Auto, is as pointless as pointing out that the criminal also wore socks.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself, though, for some reason, I always assumed socks were banned in prisons. Don’t they like putting bars of soap in them so they can beat their fellow inmates with them, or do I watch too many movies?

If you prefer your facts a wee bit more in-depth, here’s something for your mind to chew on:

“Annual trends in video game sales for the past 33 years were unrelated to violent crime both concurrently and up to four years later. Unexpectedly, monthly sales of video games were related to concurrent decreases in aggravated assaults and were unrelated to homicides.”

So not only are video games not leading people to bludgeon the elderly for their spare change, they may be keeping those who are inclined to partake in activities like that indoors.

“Searches for violent video game walkthroughs and guides were also related to decreases in aggravated assaults and homicides two months later. Finally, homicides tended to decrease in the months following the release of popular M-rated violent video games.”

In related news, the study did find a sore lack of sweet ass foliage in video games*.

*I made that up.

For the full report, head on over to GameSpot.

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‘Anna: Extended Edition’ is Out Now On Xbox 360

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:19

Okay, so I’m a day late with this. The Anna: Extended Edition actually arrived on Xbox 360 yesterday. Sorry about that. Honestly, this game fell off my radar after I tried (and failed) to immerse myself in the game when it released on Steam last April. I had to shut it off when I realized I was spending way more time looking for whatever it was I was supposed to do than I was having fun.

That’s not to say it’s a bad game — it just isn’t for me. It’s still incredibly creepy and comes with some solid scares. If this is what you need to prepare yourself mentally for the horrors waiting in October or are simply looking for a reason to dust off your aging Xbox 360, at $10, this is worth checking out.

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Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors Releases Bloody Video For “Nightfall”

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:30

Baltimore, Maryland progressive post metal collective Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors has released a horror-heavy video for their new track “Nightfall”, which features loads of fake blood and some damn solid practical FX, especially for being an indie production.

Stalin proclaims:
I’ve always had a love for horror movies and music, so I figured why not combine the two? After lots of fake blood, real sweat and (non-existent) tears, the moment has arrived!

Nightfall is here!

The video can be seen below and is also available for free download (below or through Bandcamp).

Nightfall by Drewsif Stalin's Musical Endeavors

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‘Fatal Frame V’ Screens Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 17:22

Even if, gaming gods forbid, Fatal Frame V: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden never leaves Japan, I still feel like talking about it. I mean, imports are a possibility, as the series’ fans have already proven passionate enough to localize the similarly Japan-exclusive Fatal Frame IV. I hope we don’t need to resort to it, but if we do, we will. So with that in mind, here are some screenshots from the next game, which releases on the Wii U later this month.

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Cannibal Corpse Raise The Dead In “Kill Or Become”

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:00

Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse have released an official music video for “Kill Or Become”, their latest single from A Skeletal Domain, which came out two weeks ago (iTunes). The video shows the band performing in a small shack while additional footage shows a man taking out zombies with a chainsaw. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d think of when you’re expecting a Cannibal Corpse music video.

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John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Playing In Theaters All October!

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:22

Michael Myers is taking October and making it his bitch. Again.

SpectiCast has partnered with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to bring John Carpenter’s immortal 1978 classic, Halloween, back to theaters worldwide beginning October 1, 2014, with select screenings available through October 31st!

The full theater list can be found at here.

For the first time ever, the digitally restored and re-mastered print, created under the supervision of the world renowned cinematographer, Dean Cundey, will be seen on big screens around the world. In the film, villain, Michael Myers has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. On October 30, 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, turning a night of tricks and treats into something much more sinister for three young women, including Laurie Strode, the breakout role for Jamie Lee Curtis. Dr. Loomis is their only hope, but will he find his shadow-dwelling patient in time?

We are delighted to work with SpectiCast to bring this restored and re-mastered version of Halloween to movie screens,” says producer Malek Akkad. “We are excited for fans across the globe to experience this film like never before.

Halloween 1978 will be appearing on more than 500 screens at select theaters in over twelve countries around the world.

For more information, visit HalloweenMovies.com.

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How ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2′ Should Have Ended

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:59

Let’s get one thing out of the way, “The Amazing Spiderman 2″ should have ended about five minutes in. It is one of the most awful cinematic experiences I’ve ever had the pain of living through. I’m a fan of the source material, and I was never one of the people who was against the idea of a reboot. In the world of superhero comics reboots happen pretty frequently.

But the illogical script in this film was just so beyond comprehension I can’t even fathom how it made it past test audiences. Seriously. Electro commits to becoming a villain because Spiderman can’t remember his name.  Luckily the fine folks at How it should have Ended have taken notice with this terrible film. If it had ended like this, I would have loved this movie.

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Exclusive Poster Debut for ‘Starve’ (Sitges)

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:46

Eat. Prey. Kill.

Described as a unique blend between Saw and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Sitges will be hosting the premiere of Starve.

Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive poster premiere…

While researching an urban legend on feral children, three friends find themselves trapped in an abandoned high school where they are starved for the purpose of entertainment and revenge by a sadistic psychopath.

Directed by Griff Furst, the film stars Bobby Campo, Mariah Bonner, Dave Davis, and Copper Huckabee.

Sitges will screen the film on October 3 @20:00, Brigadoon.

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Win the Head and Intestine Props Used In Wretched’s “Cranial Infestation” Video! (Contest)

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:00

Bloody Disgusting is teaming up with the masters of technical metal, Wretched, to offer fans the chance celebrate Halloween in style. We have (3) autographed Wretched t-shirts (available in sizes S-L), (3) autographed copies of their latest album, Cannibal, and (1) head and intestine prop from their music video for “Cranial Infestation”, also signed by the band. Below is the entry form and all the details on how you can be one of three winners to score a package!

You can snag Cannibal and other Wretched merch via Victory Records.

Wretched online:
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There will be 3 winners in total:
-1 grand prize winner will receive an autographed Wretched t-shirt, copy of Cannibal, and head/intestine prop from “Cranial Infestation”
-2 winners will receive an autographed Wretched t-shirt and copy of Cannibal

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Exclusive ‘The Demon’s Rook’ Clip An Effects Bonanza!

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:57

When was the last time you saw this much gore on screen?

Available on iTunes and On Demand September 30th from Tribeca Film is the insanely gory indie The Demon’s Rook.

Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that allows an unspeakable evil to travel freely into our world. When three grisly beasts cross into our dimension, the living are possessed and the dead rise to destroy everything in their path. Armed with demons’ magic, Roscoe is the only fighting chance to put an end to their eternal path of destruction.

Check out this exclusive clip from the ode to the DIY creature-feature classics of the 1980’s.

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Bloodbath Unleash Vicious New Track “Unite In Pain”

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:23

Swedish supergroup of brutal death metal Bloodbath have released “Unite In Pain”, the first single from their upcoming album Grand Morbid Funeral. The track is the first time fans get to hear new vocalist Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost and he 100% nails his role. Head below to get in on some face-melting action!

Grand Morbid Funeral comes out November 17th via Peaceville Records. You can pre-order the album here.

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‘The People Under The Stairs’ Should Stay There.

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:20

Another late night, another trashy nineties horror watched with absolutely no regrets. Well, except for actually sitting through the damn thing. See “The People Under The Stairs” presents itself as this socially conscious horror movie about racial oppression, with a new type of horror from mastermind Wes Craven. The reality is a terribly written take on the haunted house story devoid of logic and character.

Seriously this thing comes across more as a zany cartoon than a horror movie. Don’t believe me, Jesus Christ, let’s walk through it. Ving Rhames speaks like a broad idiotic stereotype, and despite walking around like a major badass, he’s scared half to death by a grandfather clock, and attacked by a dog where he’s driven to tears in an instant.

That’s not the fucking worst part. Early in the film, Ving Rhames deliver’s his most prolific line yet, after laying face first in a fucking hole in the wall. Listen for the voice cracks, stay for the insightful quotes.

Look, just for the record. I find Evertt McGill to maybe be a victim in all this, more so than Wes Craven. His performance as Man is downright laughable. His dialogue is atrocious and his dedication to the performance is astounding. I mean for a chunk of the film he’s in a full gimp outfit.

“I regret nothing.”

But I’m digressing. See, the film is about a boy known as The Fool, who’s from this mythogically terrible place called “the ghetto” where wild dogs fight in slow motion to sexy saxophones. (No, Really.) He decides to break into the house of his mysterious landlord, a fortified prison of sorts that houses a collection of mysterious people inside the walls, and beneath the stairs. Their sexual moans echo throughout the basement. When The Fool is trapped and pursued by Man, to quote the film “the only way out, is in.”

That premise may not sound so bad. But I assure you this film is a strange nineties cartoon version of a horror film, that takes itself far too seriously. Some great examples are:

Expressions like this.

Dialogue lines like these.

Or just this scene entirely.

Seriously the sound effects are schlocky and the entire message is muddled that it’s trying to communicate when it’s revealed that it was just 80’s metalheads left over from the painful transition to the nineties who actually dwelled under the stairs.

Last known location: Rock in Rio 85′

But the film does end with the entire block full of black people from the ghetto dancing in the street right after the house explodes into money thanks to an exploding stick of dynamite jerry-rigged together by the Fool.

Please spare yourself the pain, and don’t succumb to watching this piece of shit because Wes Craven’s name is attached. It’s not the man we once knew from Last House on the Left, it’s a cheap parody he became.

If for some reason you still want to see the film, here’s the best trailer I can find.

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[Comic Book Review] “POP” #2 Is A Powerful Expression

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:18

Reading “POP” by Curt Pires is like taking a culture studies class your freshman year taught by a disillusioned grad student who has a ponytail, drinks a lot of coffee, and says the word “Sheeple” a lot.  Your freshly expanded mind will be immediately drawn to his bleak outlook on society, and you’ll quickly begin to adopt his animosity toward the corporate machine’s homogenization of art and the death of meaningful creativity in the age of marketing campaigns and pop culture by committee and product placement and like him you’ll seethe with disdain for the monetization of everything that used to mean anything.  You’ll eat that shit up.  I read “Pop” with one hand on my pitchfork and I love every second of it.

WRITTEN BY: Curt Pires
ART BY: Jason Copland
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: September 24, 2014

Reviewed By Eric Switzer

“POP” #2 has got to have the coolest cover on shelves today.  I say this because #1 had a really incredible cover, and I wonder how the four of them would look framed together on a wall in my living room next to a mass produced black-and-white Tyler Durden.  The irony is not lost on me.

So Coop is still trying to figure out who Elle is and they have a run in with the Cartel while doing DMT in the woods and it looks like they might get caught but they escape just in time and there is a car chase and a pretty cool fight scene with the biker chick…

If you are reading “POP” then you know the book isn’t a huge standout because of the plot, but rather the tone.  I read “POP” for the angst.  I read “POP” to get angry.  I read “POP” because it reminds me of a time when there was nothing worse than being a sellout and The Man wanted to crush my soul.  Sometimes I wonder if he did, because you grow up and you get a job and you aren’t as worried about the things you used to think were life and death.  You grow up and assimilate more and more the shortcoming in our culture don’t get to you as much, you don’t notice them or they don’t bother you.  “POP” doesn’t let you forget.  “POP” is here to remind you that the bullshit hasn’t gone away.  The players have changed but the game stays the same.  “POP” is a call to action.

It isn’t perfect, and it shouldn’t be.  “Perfect” art is a Cheerios commercial.  Its a Starbucks billboard.  “POP” is an expression.  Curt and Jason are exposing themselves, trying to expose some truth.  The work is personal yet global.  The message isn’t always clear or consistent, metaphors are a little mixed, but it starts the conversation.  I don’t think “POP” has all the answers, it isn’t a new bible.  But it makes me angry, and I really like that.

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Aliens: Fire & Stone” #1 Is Breathless Carnage!

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:11

As expected, “Aliens: Fire and Stone” #1, details the events of the Hadley’s Hope, a colony on LV-426, and the events that led to the discovery of the ship on LV-223 in the first issue of “Prometheus: Fire and Stone”.  This type of segmented storytelling gives the entire event an enormous scope and weight.  Because of the alternating release schedule of the books, each issue will almost certainly deliver a deeper understanding of both books (if not all four) and finally put these franchises in the cohesive universe they ought to be in.  It is unlike any event I’ve read before, and I’m loving every second of it.

 

WRITTEN BY: Chris Roberson
ART BY: Patric Reynolds
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: September 24, 2014

Reviewed By Eric Switzer

When “Prometheus: FIre and Stone” #1 was released, I praised it for being tonally consistent with the film and reading almost like a sequel.  “Alien: Fire and Stone”, however, isn’t afforded the same quality because the “Alien” franchise has so much more to draw from and compare to than the singular “Prometheus” film, this is an inherently different book.  Instead what “Alien: Fire and Stone” has going for it is a carnage-tastic opening scene and a pace that will have you holding your breath from beginning to end, not to mention some of the coolest panel compositions I’ve seen this year.

This issue doesn’t do exactly what I expected, and I like that.  “Prometheus” #1 sets us up to follow the story of the fall of Hadley’s Hope, a tragedy that ends with the escape ship reaching LV-223.  Instead we see Hadley’s Hope fall in the first few pages and the escape ship reach LV-223 by midpoint in the book.  By keeping the events in both “Aliens” and “Prometheus” in the same setting I think we are going to see a lot of really cool interconnection between the books, more so than I expected.

Where this book falls short of “Prometheus” #1 is in the execution.  Unlike “Prometheus”, this book starts amidst a crisis and characters are introduced haphazardly and without the kind of development we saw in “Prometheus”.  Secondly, I hate to say it because so much of the art in this book is so damn cool, but I found myself having to flip back more than once and reexamine a previous pages to figure out what was going on.  It is unfortunately distracting and the book loses a little bit of momentum when the action is muddled and I have to really study the panels to follow it.

Neither of these complaints are enough to turn me away from such an exciting event and I can encourage you enough to pick up both “Aliens” and “Prometheus” right now.  Up next is Joshua Williamson with “Predator” #1.  He has been killing it on BOOM!’s “Robocop” and I can’t wait to see his take on Predator.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

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[Comic Book Review] “G.I. Joe” #1 Is A Little Too Realistic

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:02

Yo Joe! Oh no, I don’t think so. “G.I. Joe” #1 looks and feels like a modern army / political story and not an action story. It seems G.I. Joe has grown up into something boring and not as explosion and ninja-friendly as I recall. It’s a little too realistic in all the wrong ways.

WRITTEN BY: Karen Traviss

ART BY: Steve Kurth

PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 24 September 2014

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Twitter: @mrbradysteele

Cobra has won. They are now appear to the world as privatized military going into war zones where borders and battles are dirty and calculated. Cobra has everyone fooled except for G.I. Joe. However, the Joes are in committee meetings justifying their budgets and their continued existence. Sound interesting to you? This is one of the most unexciting comics I’ve ever read. Writer Karen Traviss has sucked all of the fun out of this once unashamed elite fighting force. I confess I’ve not read a G.I. Joe comic in a very long time but this premiere issue did nothing to make me want to pick up another one.

The art by Steve Kurth is serviceable. He’s not given much to draw except for talking heads and one half page of old battles which looks badass. Kurth’s world and people in it look sketchy and unpolished. The coloring by Kito Young is muted and murky and makes the whole story feel depressing. All the covers look to trick readers into something this book isn’t: action-packed and kick ass.

This entire issue is way too drawn out and dull for me. It takes far too long for anything to happen. I miss all the crazy-looking vehicles, the evil Cobra and their crazy plans for world domination. I think there’s another series out there with Joes and Transformers that is more of what I think of when I hear G.I. Joe. If you want to see your childhood heroes old and neutered, ala The Expendables films, this is the series for you.

 

 

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Bodies” #3 Is An Overwhelming Mystery Soaked In Terror!

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:53

Si Spencer’s “Bodies” is a work of beautifully planned brilliance. The premise is simple, what if criminal investigators in four different time periods find the same body, with the same M.O. It should be endless complicated, but it’s a smooth read watching different detectives slowly pull at the threads of an overwhelming mystery that’s soaked in absolute terror.

WRITTEN BY: Si Spencer

ART BY: 1890 Dean Ormston, 1940 Phil Winslade, 2050 Tula Lotay, 2014 Meghan Hetrick

PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: September 24, 2014

Honestly “Bodies” is the perfect Vertigo Comic. It’s brilliantly dark, and deceptively simple, but the execution is gorgeous. It puts other comics to shame, by using the medium to tell a story perfectly suited for comics. It takes the intensely personal experience of looking for a body, and amplifies the mystery ten fold when the same body shows up in four different time periods. I know I already said it, but it bares repeating because it’s so awesome.

Spencer’s script wastes no time getting into a little more detail with what exactly is going on with the mystery. Threads are beginning to connect and it’s clear that more than the bodies are connecting these stories. It’s an impressive weave that is watertight across the board. I can’t even really pick my favorite, because each of them are compelling in their own way. Although 1890 has that perfect Lovecraftian feel that I can’t get enough of.

While the insanely imaginative plot should be enough to sell the book, the art is something else entirely. I find Dean Ormston’s grey drab look for 1890 so compelling thanks to his Lee Loughridge’s colors adding flair in all the right spots. Tula Lotay manages to create a whimsical ride into the future that feels like and otherworldly. It’s a breath of fresh air in the dark book. Phil Winslade is unrivaled in his detailed 1940’s layouts. Seriously this chapter has one of the best and most gruesome depictions of polaroid’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. And Meghan Hetrick brings the unpredictability of modern London to the page with ease.

A few weeks ago we ran a handy glossary filled with terms to help you read “Bodies” and I suggest brushing up ASAP. This was a book that wasn’t on my radar for the past two months, but it’s now officially one of my most desired books of the month. It’s a fantastic blend of horror and mystery that is provocative on every level. It pushes the medium to new heights and shows that Vertigo is still the unrivaled master in adult comics.

After two issues of pleasantly scratching my head, wondering what’s going on, “Bodies” #3 defintely makes things a little clearer. Yet, it still manages to add heaping piles of mystery on top of what’s already there.  I’m literally frothing at the mouth to see what happens next.

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[Comic Book Review] “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #5 Delivers A Surreal Nightmare

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:53

An impressive installment, “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #5 delivers a surreal nightmare where readers cannot tell the difference between monsters and humans. Based on Clive Barker’s “Cabal” novella, this spinoff explores the underground inhabitants living in the secluded city of Midian. Just like with the “Hellraiser” series, there is tons of potential here to explore new territory within the “Nightbreed” mythology.

 

WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Marc Andreyko
ART BY: Piotr Kowalski, Emmanuel Xerx Javier
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: September 24, 2014

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

Boone is about to meet two interesting characters living in Midian. The first persona is Luda, a trickster who looks like a demon. The second is a celebrity from Hollywood’s past lifetime. Boone recognizes this starlet from when he watched movies with his grandmother. He realizes Annastasjia has not aged a bit since the ’20s. Boone is about to learn what makes her different from the others. Though they have diverse backgrounds, with special circumstances, Boone is about to learn that all roads lead to Midian.

What will really draw in newcomers and longtime followers are these two new and fresh characters, Lude and Annastasjia. The duo revolves around Barker’s themes about people being persecuted for the color of their skin, their race, and their gender. Co-writer Marc Andreyko delivers some laugh-out-loud humor through Lude. Because Lude has the face of a demon, you forget he’s really this fun clown you’d really have a drink with at the bar.

The highlight of Andreyko’s storytelling is how he is able to split and connect the two origin stories. The narrative jumps back and forth between two timelines at a quick pace. At first, you don’t know what makes Annastasjia special until her surprising twist. I can’t wait to see if Lude will become more prominent role in the upcoming issues.

Artist Piotr Kowalski Javier plays around with Lude’s comical facial expressions. Though he is supposed to be demon-looking, he really is the comic relief. Kowlaski plays with that comedy aspect, especially when Lude is a little demon baby. His face and eyes are round, almost cartoon-like, which adds to the humor.

Emmanuel Xerx Javier has done a great job referencing the 1920s time period. In her character design, Annatasjia has clothes from the her Hollywood days, as if she’s still stuck there. This is a washed-up actress who couldn’t move on with the rest of the world. Though her body hasn’t aged, she is a living replica from the forgotten days of her youth.

“Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #5 will definitely shock readers with the clever twist at the climax. Just reading the “Nightbreed” comic makes me want to preorder “The Cabal Cut.”

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[Comic Book Review] “Roche Limit” #1 Is Astounding

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:53

Space noir, noir in space. What more could you ever want?

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci

ART BY: Vic Malhotra

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: September 24, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

Roche Limit is a crime noir set in, you guessed it, space. In space and in a manmade colony (The Roche Limit Colony) within the planet Dispater, on the edge of an energy anomaly in the Andromeda Galaxy. This anomaly was spotted from Earth and has some very strange properties. It operates like a black hole but with none of the immense gravitational effects of gravity. This has led humanity to set up the colony on Dispater because of its proximity. None of the wonders of this anomaly play into anything directly in this first issue, but I can see it gradually unfolding its secrets to us.

The Roche Limit Colony has an absolutely magnificent ‘Blade Runner’ feel about it. Even in this first issue the colony comes alive with numerous varied locals. It’s got cramped and noisy places, walls that are riddled with rivets from countless repairs and covered in a thick grime. It’s also got spacious apartments, ritzy high end clubs and notably seedy bars. The Roche Limit Colony is a character in and of itself, teeming with personality and interest.

Two paragraphs in and I suppose I should briefly touch on our protagonists. We’re first introduced to Sonya Torin (her last name is my first name, that’s super neat to me and no one else) a hard as nails woman looking for her sister Bekkah. Besides her justifiably anger over her sister and a past as a cop, we only get ever-so-tiny peaks at who Sonya really is. For now she comes off as pretty flat and uninteresting but with the promise of future development.

On the very next page we meet the unquestionably dubious but also infinitely cool Alex Ford. Alex Ford is a young Harrison Ford, there no other way about it. He’s a smart-assed, cocky son of a bitch who seems to be on everyone’s bad-side. Finding a sense of comradery or compassion or possibly an angle he could work in his favor, Alex steps in and helps Sonya out. He lost an older brother in the past and her plight has “triggered” something in him that make him want to help her.

“Roche Limit” is an astounding introduction to a rich and intricate world. It’s not perfect, but it’s got heart. The only real stumble is with the characterization of Sonya, who as of this first issue I couldn’t care less about. Especially when compared to Alex Ford she might as well have been a cardboard cutout. I can only hope she’s fleshed out in the coming issues. Roche Limit has got all of its building blocks spread out on the table now, I have nothing but the utmost confidence that Michael Moreci will build greatness.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

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[Preorder This!] “Enormous” #5

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:53

Enormous is unlike most everything else on the shelves right now; it’s a marvel to behold and an utmost joy to read. I’m going to be a total ass and quote myself because I believe I this poignantly gets across what “Enormous” is at its core.

Enormous is a monster movie within the frame work of a television show told through the freedom of the comic pages.

An editorial by Torin Chambers

It’s a Kaiju film played out on the grandest scale imaginable. Godzilla and Pacific Rim fans will eat this book up. Ludicrously original and breathtaking monsters attack most major cities around the globe, they drastically very in looks and size. These are monstrosities in every sense of the word, each one looks like a Frankenstein hodgepodge of all of the worst natural predators our earth has to offer.

Enormous #5 FOC is today, get to your LCS and Pre-Order!

The viciousness and horrifically gorgeous monsters are just exquisite. If there is a single sure-fire draw to “Enormous” it’s the visual spectacle. Mehdi Cheggour kills it issue after issue with his incredibly unique style. He adds numerous little touches, such as lens flares, that all fit together to make it feel like you’re watching a big budget Hollywood blockbuster.

Now that I’ve drawn you in with all off this talk of monsters let me tell you about what really makes Enormous great, its protagonist: Ellen Grace. Tim Daniels expertly handles Ellen; she’s a strong woman who’ll do anything for those she loves. Almost everything we learn about Ellen is through her actions and how she intercts with the world. Daniel doesn’t treat the reader like an idiot and dumb the plot down to brain dead levels, such as the default when it comes to giant monster books.

He treats you, the reader, with respect. The majority of this first arc so far has been Ellen trying to get to and save her girlfriend amidst all of the creatures and chaos. Only two issues in and Ellen has already had one loved one torn from her life. Enormous moves fast and doesn’t dwell long on any one thing. When you’ve got real life nightmares destroying humanity as we know it there isn’t much time to smell the roses.

Although Ellen is the main focus she isn’t the only focus. There are numerous secondary plots going on in the background. Numerous different people, all in very different places, physically and mentally, help round out the Enormous world. There’s a father and his daughter holding up together in a basement that’s not as safe as they think. There’s also a whole side plot involving the government and how they are responding to the newfound hell that has befallen Earth. They’re all extremely removed from each other right now but the prospect of them eventually coming together is titillating.

“Enormous” is a monster movie with substance, don’t be a dangus, read it.

Need more help, here are some previews:

Issue One

Issue Two

Issue Three

And Issue #4 hits today, read our review of it here.

 

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

 

 

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[Comic Book Review] “LOW” #3 Is Incredibly Healing

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:52

While reading issue #3 of Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s “Low” I couldn’t help but indulge myself in the use of there “I can’t even!” internet meme. This series is so flippin’ gorgeous.

 

WRITTEN BY: Rick Remender

ART BY: Greg Tocchini

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: September 24, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

Meanwhile, an imprisoned Marik is left alone with his guilt in accidentally killing the prostitute in issue #2. Surrendering in his own way, suicide seems to be the only way out, but not before his mother can intervene. At odds, the two journey into the wild seas beyond Salus in an attempt to retrieve the probe that may hold the key to humanity’s survival.

I can see the narrative of “Low” run the risk of alienating certain readers. I fear that the stark contrast between Stel’s optimism and Marik’s nihilism might come off as preachy. I’m not overly familiar with Rick Rememder’s work, but his letter to the readers in the back matter of issue #1 indicates that “Low” is new territory for him. He writes, “I’ve realized that in fifteen years I’ve never once written an optimist lead character…Writing Stel’s adventures and what she endures and how she endures it became incredibly cathartic.” We’ve seen just how dark “Low” can go and I think skeptical readers should note that Remender is aiming for a balance of harsh and hopeful.

I think a lot of readers (as one can witness in the back matter letters to the author) find “Low” to be incredibly healing. If anything, the series is preaching that cynicism and despair are easy to fall into. Resilience is the road less traveled.  Just as Stel does, we need to put up with a lot of bullshit before we can step into the possibility of breakthrough.

The key word being “possibility.” It helps having an artist like Tocchini bring these sentiments to life in the panels of “Low.” The designs he’s come up with, from the underwater vessels to the gear and attire of the characters, are just brilliant. Not to mention the vast array of sea creatures we are shown in this issue. With that said, I’ll end with this:

A product of the harsh lands of Northern Ontario, Nick Brehmer is in fact a sensitive flower currently blooming in the GTA. He spends his downtime wishing he was British. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @nicholasbrehmer

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