Archive for April, 2013

Review of Injustice: Gods Among Us

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by murthareviews

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“We’re not gods. We don’t decide who lives and who dies.”

***Contains Some Plot Spoilers***

Back in 2009 when Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe came out I wished they would make a fighting game of exclusively DC characters, well 4 years later I finally got my wish.

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Review of Batman Incorporated #10

Posted in Comic Book Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by murthareviews

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“And if there’s any way I can help you ‘ put things right’ as you say…don’t hesitate to ask.”

***Contains Spoilers***

I’m back, everyone. It has taken me a few days to get caught up on tv shows and comics that I missed while away. I also spent a good amount of time on Injustice: Gods Among Us, I’ll be reviewing that soon.

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Not exactly defying tropes, but maybe that’s a good thing.

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on April 16, 2013 by Karan Seraph

One might wonder how many people are going to watch a premiere airing on the same day as a tragic terrorist act receiving national attention. In the case of Defiance: 2.7 million, near half of which are over 18. And, that’s not bad in the world of Syfy Original Series. (I watched it Tuesday on the DVR.)

Not that everything about it is original, considering the plot of the pilot has been seen in ‘x’ number of western genre stories. A motley assortment of characters must band together and put aside past differences when a new threat endangers the town. But, given that Star Wars was originally pretty much a Space-Pirate-Western-Samurai movie, we’re in the Science Fiction/Action comfort zone with this one. It’s got the Ninja-Pirate-Zombie-Robot thing going for it. Cool + cool = 20% cooler. Defiance has lots of comfy, familiar characters and themes: a reluctant town sheriff with a dark past in the war, a plucky orphan, a brothel madame with a heart of gold, a determined new mayor, a deputy, the town mining family, the opposing underworld family, star-crossed lovers, a tribe riding without the town, and a ‘Doc’ that can fix anything (complete with crotchety bedside manner).

Yet, it is original in that Defiance throws a new skin over our familiar genre tropes. OK, a skin not altogether different than Alien Nation, or Farscape (both of which Rockne S. O’Bannon also created), but not altogether the same. Oh, did I mention there are aliens? That’s the thing: a bunch of different aliens came to Earth from their home system, which was destroyed, which lead to bureaucracy, war, space junk falling from the sky, and accidental terra-forming (should it really be “not-Terra” forming? Whatever, it works if we just translate it as changing lands). So now, 33 years into our near future, it’s pioneer times again, with everyone running into hazards along the trails  (dysentery, again?!), and isolated towns fending for themselves in the absence of reliable (or well-intentioned) federal governments. [Insert political joke about aliens and the federal government.]

Of course, this being a series with Canadians, Americans, O’Bannon, and Syfy involved, there are plenty of interesting (and sure to inspire fan-art you may or may not want to see) make-up and costumes used in portraying the various aliens. There’s nothing like the “we need a third person” thing in the Alien Nation television series (yet?), but the pilot’s already presented us with an intimate bathing scene and multiple counts of implied inter-species sex. (It worked for Mass Effect.)

But seriously, the show looks good. It gives us a fair blend of practical effects and props, with CG interfaces and mecha. (Some of the latter kinda do look like they’re probably from Japan.) The acting is solid, with appropriate subtlety from those characters which are meant to be concealing some of their feelings, or deceiving their fellows. Which leads me to believe the writing is also solid. I predict there must be one episode at least about a new drug, and one in which everyone is suddenly under the influence and fights over crackers, or something. (No, seriously, this means I like it.)

So, look forward to seeing an explosion of steam-punk-western-space-fetish-military cosplay at all your conventions, and runs on custom contacts! Defiance looks good enough to last for at least one season less than its fans should want.

Oh, yeah, and there’s a game. You too can run around facing virtual hazards of the twisted-future-midwest!

The Darkest of Nights: A review of Batman and Robin #19

Posted in Comic Book Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2013 by skychaserr

With the death of Robin, Batman and Robin has turned into “Batman and…” This month Red Robin enters the picture and stops Batman from doing something that would have really destroyed the Bat Family. Also….Carrie Kelly!?!?!

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Before Murder World: A review of Avengers Arena #7

Posted in Comic Book Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2013 by skychaserr

Normally Avengers Arena is Drew’s to review but he is gone for another week or two so I am here to give you my thoughts! We take a step back from teenage heroes killing each other and learn where this all started.

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Keeping it Green: a review of Swamp Thing #19

Posted in Comic Book Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2013 by skychaserr

This is the first time we actually get to see Swamp Thing do something besides fight the Rot. Now don’t get me wrong that was awesome but it is nice to see him out in the real world. Well sort of real world…

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Taxi Driver: A review of Supernatural Season 8 Episode 19

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2013 by skychaserr

Kevin has found the second trial and it will be hell compared to the first one.

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