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28
Mar
10

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 164: The Gamers-Dorkness Rising Commentary

It’s time for another Showcase Commentary episode! This week, Blake and Kenny sit down to watch one of their favorite geek films, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. As they discuss the film, the guys tell tales of their own Dungeons and Dragons and role-playing adventures, talk about the works of cartoonist Aaron Williams, and discuss gaming comics and media in general. Head on over to NetFlix and queue up the movie in to stream along as you listen to the boys discuss it! In the picks, Blake has a great time with X-Factor Forever #1 and Kenny stays on-topic with the first collected edition of the gamer comic Looking For Group. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 164: The Gamers-Dorkness Rising Commentary
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09
Dec
09

Everything But Imaginary #332: Meet the Kringle Korps

These days, no superheroes seem to be willing to do the whole “lone avenger” bit anymore. There have been thousands of Green Lanterns for years, but more of them are in the spotlight than ever before. We’ve got enough Flashes now to run the super-speed relay of all time, the X-Men and Avenger families continue growing and absorbing other superheroes like the Thing That Ate Nebraska, and the Superman and Batman families have both expanded to near-epic proportions, with the potential of further expansion recently hinted at for Supes. And so, even though he is in fact the most effective superhero of all time (as determined in a previous, classic Everything But Imaginary column), Santa Claus himself has decided to step up the operation and promote several of his more well-known associates to a full-blown Yuletide superhero team. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… THE KRINGLE KORPS.

Everything But Imaginary #332: Meet the Kringle Korps

22
Aug
09

Back to work…

I’ve actually gotten an awful lot of work done this week, so I thought I’d share it with you. In addition to the new chapter of Lost in Silver (the book is almost over, so those of you who told me you’re waiting for the end to read it all at once, get ready), I’ve gotten many, many pages written of my newest project, still untitled. I can’t say exactly how much, however, because it’s all been written longhand, during moments I’ve managed to steal during the day. I don’t know why, but I often find I work better if I do my first draft longhand.

Also longhand, I’ve done work on A Long November and Other Stories. I’ve written an introduction for the eBook, as well as notes on each of the nine stories it will contain. It was actually a lot of fun to write, it was like visiting old friends again. (That reminds me — if my sister is reading, I still want to do that Bixby series some day. He shows up in the Christmas stories and I miss those characters, damn it.)

And finally, I’ve been reviewing up a storm. Here are the reviews I’ve tossed out there since the last time I updated you guys:

Look to the skies…

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23
Jul
09

What I’m Reading: Green Lantern #44

Green Lantern #44With Blackest Night having kicked off last week, I was worried that we’d have to wait a month at a time for advancement of the main plot. Ah, more the fool me. I should have known that the main Green Lantern title would be a big part of the story. What I didn’t expect was that this issue would pick up on a specific story beat from Blackest Night #1 and run with it.

In that first issue, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen were suddenly faced by the reanimated corpse of their friend J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. They face off against him, while in space the War of Light continues to rage. Scar begins to explain the master plan of the darkness, and in the ruins of the planet Xanshi, John Stewart faces a hell beyond imagining.

Man, what a fantastic issue. Pretty much all the story beats that are specific to the Green Lantern title are followed up on here, with some great hints laid out for us in the process. We also get a bit more insight as to how the Black Lanterns view the universe, and along with that, a hint about what may really happen when the Black Lanterns are fully charged. It’s also wonderful to see Hal and Barry in action together. More than ever, I’m starting to believe that Barry is really going to be Hal’s main co-star in this series, which is something I really wouldn’t have guessed before Blackest Night #1.

Mahnke‘s art is a wonderful blending of science fiction and horror, a perfect fit for this story. But in a story of this nature, you’ve got to give credit to the colorist as well — Randy Mayor does some brilliant work here, especially on the scene where we see our heroes through the eyes of a Black Lantern.

Rating: 9/10

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, I’m going to get into some speculation along with minor spoilers. If you haven’t read this, step back.

Scar tells us this issue that “the Black Lanterns are collecting hearts full of the splintered light, and soon it will be his turn to rise.” As she says this, we get a running tally of how much power the Lantern has collected (up to 1.20 percent, which doesn’t sound like much until you remember that at the end of Blackest Night #1 they were only up to 0.02). When the charge reaches 100 percent “he” will rise.

So who is “he”?

I think I know.

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps TPBEarlier this year, DC finally released a trade paperback edition of one of my all-time favorite Green Lantern stories, Tales of the Green Lantern Corps, a three-issue miniseries from the early 80s written by Mike W. Barr and Len Wein with art by Joe Staton. In this classic story, the mad Guardian named Krona broke through the barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead. The main power battery on Oa was destroyed, and Hal and the Corps had 24 hours — the time of a single ring-charge — to fight their way past the armies of the dead.

Sounds familiar, right? And frankly, I don’t think it was a coincidence that this book was reprinted now. I think that the 100 percent charge of a Black Lantern will bring with it the rise of Nekron, Lord of the Unliving, the god of death that has lusted after our universe — a universe of life — ever since he first laid eyes upon it.

Just my speculation. We’ll see how right I am when that Black Lantern makes it up to 100 percent.

How about a few more reviews from me before I sign out? I’ve been a reviewin’ machine over on Comixtreme lately.

First up, I reviewed the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Also, here’s a bunch of comic reviews:

In Brightest Day…

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight! Let those who worship evil's might beware my power... GREEN LANTERN'S LIGHT!




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