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5
Dec
Rooftop Meeting

He Does That

We all know that Batman is a master of stealth, and that’s great when you’re sneaking up on Gotham’s criminals, dispensing justice with your fists.  But, Batman also has a well documented penchant for using his stealth capabilities against his own allies.  When was the last time you heard Batman say “goodbye”?  The answer is never.

This past weekend on SNL, Andy Samberg (as Batman) and Steve Buscemi (as Commissioner Gordon) took that appearing/disappearing act and followed it to it’s inevitable, horrifying conclusion.  Did we really think it could end any other way?  Embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

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23
Nov
Bandcamp

Go to Bandcamp

Let’s get straight to the point.  HULK HATE DRM.  He hate it whenever and wherever it rears it’s ugly head.  But now there’s Bandcamp, a magical place where awesome artists like Adam WarRock and 8in8 (a rocking “supergroup” comprised of Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, and Damian Kulash) can sell their music to their fans in high quality formats (320kbps, FLAC, etc).  And that music is totally DRM free.

You can spend hours (and I have) just clicking around, finding great music on the site.  We’ve even written about some of it.  And, since we’ve been so keen on Zelda music lately, I thought I’d share some that I discovered whilst perusing Bandcamp…

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8
Nov
Detective Comics #3

Someone Old, Someone New: Detective Comics #3

Is third time really the charm? Last month’s issue of Detective Comics left both of us wanting more. With such a strong start in issue #1, our hopes have been high that the return to greatness will come sooner as opposed to later (…if it comes at all).  With Tom as Someone Old and Jon as Someone New, we resume our quest in search of the brilliant Detective Comics turnaround.

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31
Oct
Wonder Woman #2

Review: Wonder Woman #2

Widely heralded as one of the best of DC’s New 52, Chiang’s and Azzarello’s Wonder Woman combines costumed superheroics with mythological horror.  Azzarello’s initial description of the book as “horror” gave many pause, but that unlikely combination of genres has proven to be a decidedly successful one.  And, while some of DC’s New 52 slipped in quality this month, Wonder Woman is holding the line at excellent.  Spoilers to follow.

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25
Oct
The Incredible Hawk

The Incredible Hawk

As a simultaneous shout out to True Believers and to ornithologists, Threadless has released a design they’re calling “The Incredible Hawk”.  As a fan of Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, I have to assume designers Peter Kramar and Nathan Pyle were inspired by Jason Mewes’ well documented inability to pronounce the word “hulk”.  And, while it’s not exactly my style, I hear yellow is in this season.  Unless you’re Sinestro.  Zing!

Get it here, for the Hulk fan or avian enthusiast in your life.

16
Oct
The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead One-Day Half-Off Sale at comiXology

Today only over at comiXology, the entire series of The Walking Dead is on sale for half price.  That means six issue trades are only $4.99, and those individual issues yet to be collected are only $0.99.  Not too shabby.  If you were a fan of the AMC series, I highly recommend checking out the comic.  Be forewarned, light reading it ain’t.

Get you some here.

10
Oct
Syndicate

Syndicate Remake On The Way

Syndicate, published by Bullfrog Productions in 1993, belongs to a very select group of video games.  Whereas many of the “impossible” games from my youth became quite manageable as I grew older and wiser, Syndicate did not.  I sought it out recently, hoping to settle our old score, and was promptly and brutally humbled.  That game is hard.

Now, EA is remaking it…maybe.  The original was an isometric, team based strategy game; this new one is an FPS.  Tomayto, tomahto.  To be fair, it still looks pretty cool.

Check out the trailer.

4
Oct
Major League RPG

Major League RPG

If you’ve ever played a traditional fantasy setting RPG, you’ve seen this guy.  The skeleton.  He’s everywhere.  But what are his motivations?  What are his hopes?  His dreams?  His favorite Salt-N-Pepa song?

You’ll never know, because you killed him for a measly 4 XP.  Big man with a big sword.  I hope you’re proud of yourself.

Hit the jump for two Ray Harryhausen-produced memorial videos and a shirt that does not celebrate his death, but honors his life.

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29
Sep
Frozen Synapse

The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle

Jeffrey Rosen (@humble) and The Humble Bundle just won’t quit.  Here they go again, offering the world an awesome, DRM free game at the very reasonable pricing of “pay what you want”, with proceeds going to good causes like Child’s Play, EFF, and starving game developers.

In this instance, you’re getting Frozen Synapse, a corresponding Steam code, the game’s soundtrack, AND if you pay more than the sliding average price (currently under $5), you’ll also get The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle.  Twist!

Update:  Trauma has just been added to the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle.   If you already bought the bundle, you should have it available for download as well.

Check it out.

26
Sep
Wonder Woman #1

Review: Wonder Woman #1

In the entire DC pantheon, perhaps no character was more deserving or more in need of a relaunch/reboot than Wonder Woman.  Although she’s officially considered part of the Trinity, it’s not exactly breaking news that Wonder Woman has often, if not always, been the distant third in DC’s big three (not to be confused with Studio 60‘s big three).  I was excited when the creative team of Cliff Chiang and Brian Azzarello was announced and even more excited when Azzarello described the title as a mythological “horror book”.  For a character I had very little invested in, Wonder Woman had somehow become my most anticipated book of The New 52.

So how did they do?

Before we can jump into the new book, I think it’s important to take stock of both the character’s history and of DC’s recent turmoils, as both inform my (and, I would assume, many other comic book readers’) reactions to and reception of the new Wonder Woman.  Gird your loins, it’s about to get real.

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