Monday, April 28, 2008

Remote Viewing: What's on?

Donna and I have started watching the Animal Planet 'reality' show, GROOMER HAS IT! Jai Rodriguez, formerly of 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' hosts the program which features a dozen professional dog groomers. Much like TOP CHEF the contestants compete in various ways to prove that they are the best groomer, with one of them kicked out of the 'dog house' each week. I can't compare it to some of those similar 'reality' shows over on Bravo, etc. but if I say a show may be 'too gay', am I being homophobic??

As I've said before, I love watching Fearnet On Demand on my day off or on those mornings when I go in late. Donna doesn' t like these type of films at all, but Kristina does. She keeps pushing me to watch the various SAW films, but I haven't had the chance. When SAW II entered the rotation for April I figured it was my chance, even though I haven't seen the initial installment yet.

Wow! Even having not seen SAW, I thought the second film was pretty good with a couple of squirm inducing traps. Unlike the first movie, where everything basically takes place in a single room, here the half dozen chosen are trapped in a house where Jigsaw has infected them with a virus which will kill them in two hours. He has also placed the antidote in several locations and the 'game' is for them to find it before their time runs out. Tobin Bell & Shawnee Smith from the first film both return. Possibly remembered by some as Linda from the TV series BECKER, Smith returns as 'Amanda', apparently caught again by Jigsaw in order to play a second time.

Smith also appeared in "Repo! The Genetic Opera", a short-film made in '06 to gather backing for a feature film which will be released later this year, but she doesn't seem to be in the cast for that one. However, Anthony Head (known for playing Rupert Giles in the BUFFY series) plays one of the leads, and has a quite nice voice as some may recall. I caught the trailer and it has all the earmarks of the next "Rocky Horror", whether that's good or bad!

Friday, April 25, 2008

F-CF: Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka

Considered in Japan the Godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka presents a 800+ page tale of tragedy, manipulation and self-worth. Tezuka is probably best known in the U.S. for his creation, Tetsuwan Atomu (Little Atom) who became ASTRO BOY in the American version. You won't find any flying robots or the like in this graphic novel epic.

Dr. Kirihito Osanai is sent to a remote village to look into a little known disease but always fatal disease. Called Monmow, the disease effects the skeletal system and other organs gradually transforming the victim into a dog-like creature. Osanai's mentor, Dr. Tatsugaura believes the disease is contagious and, envious of Osanai sends him to the village to be purposefully exposed. The story follows Kirihito, his friends, fiance and others who either sympathize with or take advantage of the doctor's transformation.

Response to the 'novel' has been mixed with both positive and mildly critical reviews. Personally, I would easily give the book a Four Star rating.

I'll probably remind you at least one more time, but next weekend is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Check the link over on the Right or do a quick Google search to find your local store and see if they are taking part.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Remote Viewing: All we have to fear is...Fearnet!

I would just like to make a quick recommendation to any of you can get Fearnet from your cable or satellite provider.

You might want to check out BURIED ALIVE (B.A.) and DEVIL’S TRADE (D.T.), two series which were originally presented as webisodes and are now available ‘on demand’. The first is still split into segments of about 15-20 minutes each, but the later has been edited into a 26 min. short.

B.A. is exactly what you might expect from the title. A group of twenty-somethings are captured by someone and locked into different cabinets, apparently buried underground. They are tormented by their captor and hints are dropped that they are being punished for some slight. We see each of them in scenes videotaped by someone earlier and eventually come to realize as they do who may be responsible. It’s the type of torture/porn familiar to fans of SAW/Hostel and similar films, though a bit less graphic than those films.

D.T. is more straightforward, a bit bloodier and I thought more successful, since it doesn’t take quite as long to get to the ‘twist’ ending. Somebody is selling a ‘cursed’ artifact called the Devil’s Tree online and evil things begin happening to those to purchase the item. A young woman attempts to change things when her brother becomes the new owner, but are her premonitions real or not? Caveat emptor, indeed!By the way, you can also see the BLOOD TRAILS prelude to 30 DAYS OF NIGHT at Fearnet, which I really recommend. You don’t have to view these to understand the film, but it does introduce some of the characters and concepts you’ll find in the theatrical release.

If you like this sort of thing, you can catch HALLOWEEN II & III and SAW II, as well as other goodies on Fearnet for the remainder of this month. One of my favorite channels and websites.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Four Color Fiend: A batch of DC comics

Let’s go through the batch of DC titles I picked up this week after the usual…


COUNTDOWN #3 & 2 bring us to the penultimate issue of this series. We see Mary Marvel being “Daddy’s little girl” to Darkseid, gleefully beating and even trying to kill some of her former friends and teammates. The final outcome of this battle isn’t here, so I have to assume that it will be revealed in the final issue. I’m going to hazard a guess and say that MM will either lose her powers once again or be banished to some place from which she will inevitably escape. I don’t see anybody, except perhaps Billy Batson, having much sympathy left for her at this point and I think he’ll most probably show up in #1 to bring an end to her rampage.

In #3 we have Darkseid trying to remove the energy, stolen from the New Gods, which he had implanted in Jimmy Olsen. With the aid of Ray Palmer, Jimmy is able to break away from Darkseid’s control long enough to become “Giant Turtle Boy” Olsen and start beating on the Lord of Apokolypse. That’s where that issue ends and picks up in #2. From there we see the two battling in the best kaiju fashion as they destroy a good part of Metropolis. When it appears that Jimmy has been beaten the timely arrival of Orion, son of Darkseid, shifts things into high gear for the rest of the book. Sworn to kill his father, Orion finally makes good on what had been prophesized long ago. Since I willingly skipped the “Death of the New Gods” series, I’m probably in the dark about a few things, but the online reviews of that series seem to make it clear I did the right thing. DC, it appears, has done away with Jack Kirby’s Fourth World finally after decades of badly treating it anyway. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next week in #1 to know how all this is wrapped up. However, with his father and fellow gods all apparently gone it remains to be seen what a badly injured Orion can or will do now that his ‘mission’ in life has been completed.

BRAVE & THE BOLD #12 brings to an end the Megistus/Book of Destiny story arc. Dozens of heroes take part in the final battle with this arch villain, but his last words indicate that this was merely a prelude to FINAL CRISIS (at least that’s how I read it). The original Challengers of the Unknown aid the heroes and it is their newest member June who sacrifices herself to end things. However, allowed to read Destiny’s book a final time the Challengers realize that June has been erased from it, indicating that like them she has cheated death, so they go off to find her. Mark Waid & Jerry Ordway did a wonderful job on this series, assisted by several other folks and I’m looking forward to seeing what else is ahead for this title. It has a nice, old-time feel to the book and I hope that sales are good enough to keep it around.

We have one more issue of SALVATION RUN to go, as #6 ends with the appearance of the Parademons from Apokolypse. Since we already know, from COUNTDOWN and other books that the Fourth World is all but gone, it almost seems anti-climatic to have this series running at the same time. Of course, as I’ve said before, it isn’t clear when all this took place as we see some of the characters appearing in this series showing up in others. It’s the Martian Manhunter who is getting the worse of things here, and I’m going to hazard a guess that Heat Wave will get his just deserts in the next & last issue. This entire series hasn’t been great but there have been moments of dialogue and character narration that have kept me interested enough to keep picking up each issue. It would be interesting to see writer Matthew Sturges return to some of the rogues and other DCU villains. Of course, it would have been interesting to see if original scripter Bill Willingham would have gone in the same direction with the characters.

The inevitable confrontation between The Joker and Luthor takes place, with the insane clown having the best lines naturally. Despite his overuse the character continues to be one of the most intriguing villains in any of the DC titles. In my opinion, Luthor has never risen beyond simple megalomania and certainly not been interesting, except in a few stories from the early John Byrne issues of the Superman reboot. He’s Donald Trump, if Trump sometimes used a gun!

I’m not expecting much in the final issue of this book. It will end with all the remaining villains returning to Earth, even angrier and bent on revenge. In other words, except for killing off a half dozen (so far) second and third string villains the series hasn’t done anything for continuity. I feel taken, but I guess I have only myself to blame.

In JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #14, Geoff Johns and Alex Ross continue the “Thy Kingdom Come” arc, with most of the team battling Magog. The Superman from the Kingdom Come Earth comes face to face with Magog and doesn’t do much better here than he did on his home world. The final panel reveals the appearance of Alan Scott (the original Green Lantern) and his son Obsidian, who warn Magog that he must face them. A blurb on that last page states “Somebody will get beat real bad” in the next issue, so we have to wait a month to find out who that might be. As with COUNTDOWN, and the fate of MM, I’m going to make a prediction. Here it will come down to the KC Superman being the one to sacrifice himself. While he may die in doing so, I think it is likely that he and Magog will be sent back off world to settle things. I’m in agreement with MadClan, from and other reviewers, in believing that DC made a mistake in this series. KC was such a wonderful book that I think messing with it doesn’t help, in fact bringing both the Gog/Magog characters and KC Superman to the DCU only confuses things. As this appears to be taking place simultaneously with the events in COUNTDOWN it only makes matters worse. It is like there are too many things to keep track of and most may or may not be resolved in the upcoming company-wide event. The ending of Brave & the Bold does a bit of the same thing, as it leaves a few things unanswered.

Fortunately, BAT LASH #5 doesn’t tie into the current DCU at all, for which we can be very thankful. Co-creator Sergio Aragones and Peter Brandvold have written a classic tale of injustice and revenge, the added treat of having the book drawn by the great John Severin only makes things better. Truth be told I don’t know why DC editorial went with Walt Simonson as the cover artist on this series. Don’t get me wrong! I like Simonson’s work, but I think a series like this really needed a classic artist in the league of Severin to do the covers. Hell, I think Severin would have done a perfect job, but there are a number of contemporary and Silver Age creators, known for work on westerns that could have made the covers as good as the interiors. I’m just saying!

This issue ends with Bat kissing his beloved, Dominique goodbye as he goes off to follow ex-sheriff Brubaker. We see here that Dominique’s father meets his end at his daughter’s hands, but I don’t think that things will end well for the couple. There has been way too much Romeo & Juliet stuff going on already for this to have a happy ending. Unless I am misremembering the initial Bat Lash series, Bat had no one back home waiting for his return. With the rest of his family already killed, it doesn’t seem likely that he would simply ride away from the woman for whom he has sacrificed so much.

I have a half dozen other books and a TPB to get to this weekend. I’ll let you know what I thought about each next week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Charles Starrett: One Fan's Journey

As usual around here, I was surprised to find a reply to a review I posted a while ago. This happened to be about the Durango Kid. If you click on the link in the headline you'll see that he has posted reviews of eight DK movies, some of which I haven't seen since I was a kid.

DK was played by action star Charles Starrett in a series of literally dozens of films from 1940 until 1953.
Between his first film role in 1935 until his retirement, at the end of the DK series, Starrett appeared in well over 100+ movies. Depending on the various sites it ranged from 115 to over 160 films, mostly action/westerns during his career. I have to assume that some of the writers count his early non-starring roles, while others only those in which Starretts name appears in top of the credits. Either way it is an amazing run for any actor.
If you're at all interested you'll find more about Starrett and DK at, CowboyPals and AC Comics (where publisher Bill Black has issued reprints of some of the DK stories from Magazine Entertainment).

Monday, April 14, 2008

Why would I want one?

Dave Kellet and the SHELDON crew pretty much sum up my feelings about this new device from Amazon. I've flirted with the idea of ebooks and some of the readers, but I just can't bring myself to spend the money. Hell, I haven't even broke down and gotten a Ipod!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Anonymous posts!

Personally, I try to sign every post I make on other websites or blogs. If I don't actually use my name, the screen name I use will usually link to my e-mail and isn't meant to disguise who I am. SChaput, Sachaput or Stevec50 are pretty easy to figure out!

If you want to reply anonymously please send me an e-mail, with your real name, and let me know before hand or immediately after you post at either of my blogs. If you have a good reason not to reveal who you are I am willing to hear you out. I make it a rule to delete posts that are spam or not signed.

I want to apologize to folks who may have come upon Spam or other links embedded in replies to my blogs. I try to get rid of them as soon as I become aware that they are here.

For what it's worth, while I am not a long-time friend of Mark Evanier, I am a fan and we have met on occasion. I'd rather my blog not be used to defame or take slaps at him behind his back.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Four Color Fiend: Death Valley, a review

Death Valley, Vol. 1 – Story by Andrew Cosby, Written by Johanna Stokes, Art by Rhoald Marcellus; Boom Studios

We just got some new graphic novels and TPBs for our collection at the library and I wanted to do a quick review of some over the next week or so. We’ll start with one that I had not heard of before but the premise got to me.

You can’t go wrong with zombies! Well, maybe if they get too close or they take a bite out of you, but other than that….

Anyway, I’ve been a zombie fan since before it was popular. Heck, even before George Romero made them ‘cool’ you could see them showing up in movies like WHITE ZOMBIE and the like. I think we went through all this before when talking about MARVEL ZOMBIES 2, so let’s get to the review.

DEATH VALLEY (DV, from now on) contains the two issues of that title, plus some short stories. DV is typical of the zombie genre as we usually see it in movies and comics. Teenagers somehow end up the only survivors after some mysterious event causes folks to either turn into zombies, or those who have died return as zombies. Either way you can be sure that there will be pop references, and the teens will represent different types who generally would not be caught dead (pardon the expression) hanging out with each other.

DV actually takes place in that area of California, where a group of teenagers is accidentally caught in the old bomb shelter of their high school. While they are there, some type of solar flare or energy burst occurs transforming all those who have been exposed to transform into flesh eating zombies. Here it even seems to have affected mammals, so we get to see zombie, dogs and bunnies along with the usual former classmates or friends who decide you would be tasty.

The art by Rhoald Marcellus has an American manga style, with a touch of cartoonish, but it offsets the sometimes-brutal story. There is some gore, but not as much as you might expect in this kind of comic. I’m not familiar with Johanna Stokes, but thought she did a nice job capturing the personalities of the different teens. This book will go well in the Young Adult section where it will be shelved.

This volume also contains three short tales written by Stokes, but with art by Keith Giffen, J.K. Woodward and Cynthia Martin. They also contain stories about survivors of the ‘event’ but are very different in tone. Highly recommended!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Four Color Fiends: A couple of dozen heroes

The Twelve #4 – Things seem to be getting darker for the returned heroes as they try to find a place for themselves in the current era. We know that the Black Widow has been responsible for the gruesome murder of a financier and the Laughing Mask may be hiding something. LM is requested to turn over his guns, which he used to stop a robbery, but there are hints that they may be clues to something else. We learn the ‘origin’ of Rockman, but are left wondering if it is true or not. I’m sure we’ll learn one way or the other by the time the series wraps up. Dynamic Man seems to believe that he is the only one of the group being realistic about what has happened, but you have to wonder if a comment by journalist Richard Jones (The Masked Reporter) may have hit a nerve. We know from a flash-forward that at least one of the Twelve will meet a tragic end, but there are still lots of mysteries left. Folks on line are wondering if any of the well-known Marvel characters will make an appearance, but while I would not be shocked, I rather doubt we’ll see Spidey or some body like that showing up.

Project Superpowers #0 & 2 – Nuclear Comics had a copy of the first issue (#0) available, so I picked it up, hoping it might make some things clear. As much as I’m enjoying the series so far, I do hate it when you have a ‘first’ issue that isn’t actually the beginning of the story. If you do, you should at least be fair and do some type of recap in the first regular issue for new readers.

We learn in #0 that the Fighting Yank is responsible for the disappearance of almost every other costumed hero after the end of WWII. The American government (or what we assume at this point is a representative of the government) tells FY that they have discovered the receptacle (here an ancient urn, in this case, rather than the legendary box) that Pandora opened to release all the evils. FY is told that only by imprisoning his fellow crime-fighters in the urn can he hope to capture and contain the evils once again. While he believed that he was doing this to save the world from evil, it becomes apparent that things didn’t work out the way he hoped. The Yank now has to face (pardon the expression) not only some angry former friends, but also a very, nasty Dynamic Man & family who have created a world they do not care to lose.

It is kind of cool seeing so many of these forgotten heroes and I’m curious to see what is in store.

While some of the heroes retain their better-known names, a few had to appear under different ones. The original Dare-devil is now simply The Devil, while an obvious Dan Garret looking Blue Beetle is called The Scarab. I’m rather curious why Ross & Co. made his WWII costume such a recognizable one knowing they couldn’t use him under that name. I can’t wait to see The Owl and a few others in action. The character Samson, according to Wikipedia, is not the Biblical strongman, but rather a descendant. I’m sure there is a lot of back-story to explain his current whereabouts and condition.

I don’t know how either of these series is going to end, but I recommend them both.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Four Color Fiend: How SECRET is this INVASION, anyway?

Even though I wasn’t crazy about the book SECRET INVASION SAGA, I was curious enough about the Marvel event to pick up the first issue. I finished it and am completely confused, but it’s not the first time. I felt pretty much the same way when I began reading the DCU books with COUNTDOWN. Who are these guys and what are they doing? I guess I should give thanks that at least in SI, the Marvel editors have the name of the character appear over/near/under them the first time they make an appearance. Clumsy, but at least it helps a bit.

Actually, given that it has been years since I last was reading any Marvel titles I was surprised by how many characters I recognized. At least the costumes are familiar, even if the person under the mask and their personalities may be far different from the ones I knew back in the mid-90s.


COUNTDOWN could be confusing since identical heroes or villains from one Earth would suddenly pop up on another. Sometimes this was by accident and at other times, there was a hidden agenda to their appearance. In SI, it is certain that the Skrulls have been purposely hiding for quite a while. The big question is not so much why, but who has already been replaced.

Tony Isabella always reminds us that the old writers used to write as if the reader had never picked up a book before. The story may contain characters with which we were not familiar, but the writer would give us enough information so we didn’t feel completely lost. That is not how comics are written nowadays, unless of course it is the first issue and meant to introduce the cast. It’s the same with SI as it was with COUNTDOWN. If you aren’t already familiar with the comic universe you won’t have much explained and you really aren’t welcome.

SI begins on the day the Skrulls decide to publicly stage their invasion. While a Skull ship spotted landing in the Savage Land (where?), explosions take place at The Raft and The Cube, which are maximum-security installations. (for whom?) Apparently there are at least two groups who call themselves the Avengers, one of them hiding for some reason. Since the Avengers led by Tony Stark are not hiding out they must be the good guys, right? Of course, I always thought Spider-Man was a good guy, but I haven’t been reading Marvel for a while so maybe the movies mislead me.

The book has some characters revealed to be Skrulls and quoting the phrase “He loves you,” as they blow things up, start computer viruses and shoot people. I would guess they are evangelical Christians, but I could be wrong.

Brian Michael Bendis is a popular writer and I’ve liked some of his non-superhero & super-hero stuff. He does a decent job of moving the action and plot along, but as I’ve said if you aren’t already familiar with Marvel continuity since CIVIL WAR, at least, you won’t have a clue. Wikipedia was some help, even if you can’t trust everything over there. It’s good enough for comics stuff! Artist Leinil Yu and inker Mark Morales are okay, even if the character faces are sometimes inconsistent from page to page. The coloring makes it hard to figure out some scenes,

Issue #1 has two ‘shock’ endings. One is the appearance, from the crashed Skrull ship, of a dozen Marvel heroes, who appear as they did years before (think original Secret Wars maybe) and at least one of who is currently dead. The other is when Reed Richards is shot or semi-melted somewhat really, by another character I think I’m supposed to know. Naturally, this person is revealed to be a Skrull in the final panel.

I’m curious enough to perhaps pick up the second issue, but I’m not going to add the title to my pull list. I expect they’ll be enough copies left when I head to the shop next time. If not, I cannot say I’d be disappointed.

Four Color Fiend: I didn't COUNT(DOWN) on this!

One of the reviewers on line gave away the ending to COUNTDOWN #5, which ticked me a bit. Still the two issues had other things going for them, so with the usual…


By the end of COUNTDOWN #5, all the super-heroes on Earth have been killed and the Morticoccus virus has transformed almost all-surviving human and mammal life. Humans have become murderous and animalistic, even to the point of taking on non-human characteristics. Mammals, at least ones we see, have become more intelligent, able to walk erect and use weapons. When they are not attacking each other, they seem set on killing all those who have not been affected by the plague. Governments of many countries, at least those still run by individuals unchanged by the plague, use the virus and resulting chaos as an excuse (as if they needed one) to go to war with those they blame. It’s unclear who first goes with the nuclear option, but once one does the others follow suit. Those people, who haven’t already been killed or changed by the plague, are now caught in the destruction caused by these weapons. So ends another Earth among the 52.

The final days of this world are told via the journal of Buddy Blank, who with former Legion of Super-heroes member Una, escapes Project Cadmus to seek his surviving family. It is through his eyes we witness the changes and deaths of so many, including that of Una. If her death by transformed rats is not THE most disturbing thing I’ve seen recently in comics I don’t know what else comes close. What we don’t see in graphic detail, which includes her being dragged down by dozens of these creatures as they tear her flesh, we are told by Buddy. I’m not even going to repeat it as it is just too creepy and caused me to put down the book for a time. Heroic it may have been, but I don’t know that I needed to be given the details.

As things begin going down hill fast, Buddy & Una find his daughter and grandson, but it is already to late for the mother as she has turned bestial. In her final moments, fighting both the rat creatures and the transformed woman, Una throws Buddy her Legion flight ring (conveniently forgotten for the most part). He uses this to escape with his grandson to one of the remaining abandoned Project Cadmus sites, Command D. Ahem…we see this coming at this point, of course. Buddy witnesses the final nuclear destruction, and the brief appearance of the ‘Challengers’, Jimmy Olsen and others before they Boom off world. With communication shut down it remains for Buddy to live out his remaining years with his grandson, “the last boy on Earth.” Yeah! That’s what the reviewer gave away, but it was obvious from several pages prior what was going to happen.

The next issue (#4) is a bit lighter, (if only because we don’t see a woman being eaten alive by rats) with the ‘Challengers’, Ray Palmer, Holly & Harley, Jimmy and the rest appearing on yet another Earth. Again, this may or may not be the world from which most of these folks came from but it hasn’t gone to Hell yet so they decide to take their chances. We have Jason Todd once again revealing how much of a jerk he can be and showing that DC can have a character yelling, “Screw you!” at another character, if only to demonstrate how adult we all are. Sometimes I almost miss the Code, I don’t know about you?

Mary Batson/Marvel has several panels of being a decent person again, before giving into the temptation that Darkseid presents to her. Thus demonstrating that she deserves whatever final fate is in store for her, and that any last moment ‘heroic’ sacrifice she might display in the last three issues will only be bad writing which makes the bad writing in this issue not look so bad in comparison. If you know what I mean?

The rest of the issue has Ray Palmer disappearing again; Jason going off with Holly & Harley to Gotham, after admitting to petty theft and a pointless fight between the remaining good guys and a transformed again ‘dark’ Mary Marvel. Naturally, everybody has to stand about bickering to give DMM time to swoop in and carry off Jimmy Olsen. The issue ends with Forager (an insectoid-female who has the hots for Jimmy in a creepy way we shouldn’t think about) vowing to track down Darkseid and DMM to rescue the Olsenbug. Do we really need another three issues? Apparently so.

I’m sure I’ve missed something, but with Monarch MIA along with Superman-Prime, Darkseid and the Monitor, now known as Solomon, seem to be directing the action. It remains to be seen what will happen, but I expect things to go back and forth at least a couple more times.
The Lord Havok and Countdown to Adventure spin-offs have both wrapped up.
In his title it is revealed LordHavok 'stole' some of Monarch's power and is now looking to move on to other worlds, now that he knows other Earths exist. Can't tell if he'll be back in the next event or be held until another writer needs a convenient villain. By the way, his backstory does make him, if not sympathetic, less one-dimensional than he as seemed prior to this series.
In CtA, Adam Strange is back on Rann and the 'official' protector once more. Buddy Baker (Animal Man) is reunited with his family and Starfire has gone off to be with the Titans once more. The title ends with Lady Styx vowing to spread her 'faith' to more worlds, so I don't think this has been put to rest at all, unfortunately.
Finally, I'm sure you'll be thrilled to know that Forerunner, the multiple murderer and rapist, gets her own world where all living creatues share her DNA. She, unlike all those she killed, gets to live happily ever after. Thanks, DC!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

New links to stuff!

Over on The Right I've added links to both VARIANT EDITION and CRITICIZE THIS.

I discovered both over on YouTube among the videos related to comics. In Criticize This you can find Michael Goldberg reviewing comics and other folks reviewing everything from games to movies. I've been enjoying Mike for a couple of weeks now and wanted to introduce him to you folks.

Variant Edition is done by five or six guys (depending on that particular week) who work in a comic shop and talk about what is coming out that week as well as what they think about it. Just a bunch of fan boys who really remind me of hundreds of like minded guys I have hung with at cons and shops. It is just fun and they never take themselves seriously, which makes them much better then most of the folks you'll find over on YouTube to begin with. They did a really good review of the NEW FRONTIER DVD which you should check out (both the DVD and the review).