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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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24
Oct
Detective Comics #2

Someone Old, Someone New: Detective Comics #2

So you worked yourself up into a New 52 fever and bought every debut issue you could get your hands on.  Now, the adrenaline high of seeing so many new titles simultaneously has worn off, and you’re wondering which are still worth pulling.  And, since no one other than Bruce Wayne can afford to buy all 75 Batman titles DC puts out, you’re going to have to make some Bat-Choices.

Does Detective Comics suffer from a sophomore slump?  Or does it remain a perpetual paragon of parables?  Should you keep consuming this classic chronicle?  The dynamic duo of Tom and Jon, the Boy Wonder, are back to let you know!  Same nerd time, same nerd channel!

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3
Oct
Detective Comics #1

Someone Old, Someone New: Detective Comics #1

Say what you will about the recognizability or historical significance of any other DC Comics character, but there’s only one whose book the company named themselves after.  And it ain’t this one.  After Detective Comics #27 introduced “The Bat-Man” in May of 1939, he soon became the star of the title and, arguably, the company’s most successful character.  As much as we were looking forward to, and have been pleasantly surprised by, several titles in DC’s The New 52, there was never any doubt that the entire endeavor would succeed or fail based on the strength of one comic.  Haven’t checked it out yet?  Leave it to Someone Old (Tom) and Someone New (Jon) to convince you why you should.

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15
Sep
Action Comics #1

Someone Old, Someone New: Action Comics #1

Welcome back to Someone Old, Someone New. If you don’t know the drill by now, here’s how it works: you’ll get two perspectives on one of the bigger events in contemporary comics: DC’s universe reboot in the New 52. First, you’ll get a new-comer’s opinion (Jon), and find out just how much DC’s attempts at appealing to new readers are succeeding.  Then, you’ll get the opinion of someone who’s familiar with the DC Universe (in this case, Third), who will assess how these changes rate among comics today.  So, if there are no other questions: Third and Jon’s review of Action Comics #1.

9
Sep
Justice League #1

Someone Old, Someone New: Justice League #1

Someone borrowed, someone blue? Nice guess, but no: what we’re doing here is hopefully something you’ll find new and interesting and unique. We’re taking on DC’s New 52, from both the perspective of a veteran reader of comics and that of a new-comer to the super-hero genre. Jon will be taking on the task of providing that all-important new reader opinion – all-important because it is precisely that demographic that DC has bet the house on. One of the rest of us (or maybe all of us, if we want to gang up on the new guy at some point) will give the old hand’s opinion of the reboot. Third will be providing that perspective to start. We have decided to kick this off with the first issue of the New 52, Justice League #1, so without further ado… Third and Jon’s tandem review of Justice League #1.

26
Aug
With a bullet...

Top Five: Best TV Opening Themes

Just like first round interviewees and blind daters, TV Shows are generally very nervous about making a good first impression.  If the first impression is a bad one, well… you better start thinking of ideas for the next show.

Shows take different routes in order to ensure that viewers are hooked.  However, most involve a recurring opening sequence with a title theme that is played at the beginning of each new episode.  These songs are what get stuck in our heads, and keep us thinking about the show and wanting more.  Some series do it wrong, and some do it really right.  Here is our Top Five break down of the latter. Read moreRead more

15
Aug
Nintendo

Top Five: Formative Video Games

Halo wasn’t born out of the ether and World of Warcraft didn’t rise from the ashes. Nearly every video game we play today owes its lineage to something that came before it. It’s worth taking a look back at those formative games now and again, and in a couple places, actually replaying them. You get a real appreciation for the designers of the games, both for the cojones to make them in the first place, and the very real technical hurdles they overcame in doing so.

So without further ado, my (guaranteed to be disagreed with, lambasted, and generally derided) list of the top five most formative video games.

The List

29
Jul
Nerd News And Reviews

Weekend Watch: 7/29/2011

Don’t know what to do this weekend?  Don’t worry, we do.  We’re professionals.  Just copy one of us.

And, for the record, Kriss Kross will make you… jump, jump.

26
Jul
Arcane

Throwdown: Magic and Fantasy

One of the core elements of fantasy is that it contains the fantastical. What could be more fantastical than the inhuman powers of magic wielded by the denizens of the universe? Magic is often found in fantasy books, although its provenance varies widely. In some universes, magic is an innate ability of certain people; in others it is merely the ability to bend wild forces of the universe to one’s will. What cannot be disputed is that magic has a significant effect on the worlds in which it exists.

When authors write magic into their books, they have to make a choice about how much of a factor it will be. Whether this choice is made consciously or not, it must be made, and it can make a big difference in how well the universe holds together. Magic, poorly incorporated, can result in instances of the Superman Problem, and, in doing so, cheapen the quality of an otherwise good book. I’m not bashing magic here. I’m saying that the way an author treats magic makes a huge difference in how well the constructed world holds up.

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14
Jul
Death Eaters

Team Up: Death Eater

You know who we don’t like?  Harry Potter.  Everyone loves to root for the underdog and his lovable band of misfits, but let’s face facts.  He’s captain of the perennially victorious Quidditch team, he defeats He Who Shall Not Be Named and his minions at the end of every school year like clockwork, and he’s dating his best friend’s little sister AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT.  Enough is enough.  Someone needs to put this guy in his place

With that in mind, and with the cinematic conclusion of Harry Potter premiering tonight at midnight, we here at NNAR would like to present the first entry in a new feature we call Team Up.  Team Up will showcase our collaborative efforts, like this song, written by a friend of the site, Ian.  Ladies and gentlemen, your new summer anthem, “Death Eater”.

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