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Who reviewed what below?
After each review quote you'll see the initials of the critic who wrote it (and that review).. Here's your key to Who's Who:
AS=Andrew Schumann
BO=Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
DS="Sweet" Dan Sweet
JR = Jim "Good Old JR" Rutkowski

The opinions expressed in the reviews below are not necessarily those of Alternate Reality, Inc.

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!
GO TO ALL OF THE DECEMBER 2009 COMIC REVIEWS BELOW

  ANGELUS #1
"Marz does a good job of setting up, but does little to bait readers into returning for a follow up issue."  (DS)
  LADY ACTION #1
"...full of intrigue, suspense, and good old-fashioned gun play with none of the clichéd elements one expects "  (DS)
  JSA ALL STARS #1
"Breaking up the JSA into smaller units diminishes, in my opinion, the true appeal of the book and its characters"  (DS)
  FALL OF THE HULKS GAMMA
"I enjoyed this comic, quite a bit. And it was written by Jeph Loeb"  (DS)
  FALL OF THE HULKS ALPHA
"For a book called “Fall of the Hulks” there’s very little face time with anyone even remotely resembling a Hulk," (DS)
  NEXT ISSUE PROJECT #2
"I wasn’t excited to read this at first, but by the time it was over I was hoping against hope that there’d be more" (DS)
  JONAH HEX #50
"... religious fanaticism, revenge, more revenge, and letting go of everything in the face of terrible uncertainty." (DS)
  POWER GIRL #7
"There’s very little in this Power Girl series that isn’t great on multiple levels." (DS)
  GOD COMPLEX #1
"...Oeming’s name is plastered all over the cover but he really didn’t have a lot to do with the execution.." (DS)
  UNKNOWNS #1
"This book reads page for page like a script for some poorly budgeted made-for-T.V. action serial..." (DS)
  MIGHTY AVENGERS #32
"This is the Avengers with thought-balloons, ties to classic continuity, and a classic roster..." (DS)
  DINGO #1
"Both art & story play well off one another, creating a fool-proof rhythm that makes reading this thing a breeze"  (DS)
  SIEGE CABAL
"Bendis has a great command of the characters and Lark brings them to life in a way that only he knows how"  (DS)
  IRON MAN VS.WHIPLASH #1
"...of all the movie-based comic tie-ins I’ve had the misfortune to read, this one plays like a real comic...."  (DS)
  FEARLESS DAWN #1
"...if you’re looking for any semblance of story, whatsoever, then you’ve come to the wrong place..."  (DS)
  NEW AVENGERS #60
"...a network of crime fighters whose personalities reflect the working class nature of Marvel’s Universe..."  (DS)
  DAYTRIPPER #1
"...a thoughtful, insightful story; simultaneously heart-warming and blood-chilling by the final page..."  (DS)
  SPIDERMAN AND SECRET WARS #1
"This is a fun little read that took me back many, many years in my comic reading experience.”  (DS)
  PILOT SEASON: MURDER #1
"...one of the better ORIGINAL ideas I’ve seen Robert Kirkman come up with in quite a while.”  (DS)
  BLACKEST NIGHT: THE FLASH #1
"... if you like him (Johns) and his way of writing comics then you’ll probably be a fan of this. ”  (DS)
  X NECROSHA GATHERING
"...a tie-in that actually answers some questions and develops the threat that the heroes face..”  (DS)
  ANYWHERE #1
".I don’t know what inspired any of this nonsense other than an overdose of Marvels and Seinfeld”  (DS)

-MOVIES-

  FANTASTIC MR.FOX
“...never finds a footing an animated adventure tale or a mediation on family bonding & interspecies relations”  (JR)
  AVATAR
“... undermined by clunky dialogue, awkward plot points, superfluous voice-over narration..."  (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!
GO TO ALL OF THE NOVEMBER 2009 COMIC REVIEWS BELOW

  VICTORIAN UNDEAD #1
"...a smartly written piece, that knows how to weave a horror story and a mystery quite well...”  (DS)
  YI SOON SHIN: WARRIOR #1
"...written and illustrated exceptionally well-I found it to be very contemporary in its approach. .”  (DS)
  POWERS #1
"...you don’t have to be a “Powers” fan from way back to jump into this series and enjoy what’s going on.”  (DS)
  IMAGE UNITED #1
"Blah, blah, blah, what a pile of $#!t.”  (DS)
  FANTASTIC FOUR #573
"All in all I think this was one of the more fun issues, ”  (DS)
  SUPERMAN #694
"Stop trying to make Mon-El happen”  (DS)
  JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #33
"...not only accessible-but both interesting and a must-read month after month after month..”  (DS)
  ROK IMPERIAL GUARD #1
"...I want so much for this kind of a book to be successful. and to see Gladiator take a more active role”  (DS)
  REALM OF THE KINGS
"As far as setting the stage for the “Realm of Kings” event, I’m not sure this got the job done.”  (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #613
"....Parker-should be able to keep right in step with what’s going on.”  (DS)
  THUNDERBOLTS #138
"....Parker-should be able to keep right in step with what’s going on.”  (DS)
  TRACE ADKINS IS LUKE McBAIN #1
"....the clichés pile up so fast that readers practically need a shovel to sift through the story”  (DS)
  SUPERGOD #1
"...as dark and dystopian as can be while still towing the line of beautifully-illustrated superhero comic books”  (DS)
  STRANGE #1
"I actually really liked this comic, but I don’t think it’s necessarily worth the cover price.”  (DS)
  BATMAN/DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL
"...everything is wrapped up in a pretty, little package-but what’s inside the package is greatly underwhelming. ”  (DS)
  S.W.O.R.D. #1
"...a concept high on weird, science, and weird science and make it fun and interesting at the same time”  (DS)
  CALL OF DUTY MODERN WARFARE 2 #1
"....I read this book twice and still have no f***ing clue what happened.”  (DS)
  AUTHORITY LOST YEAR READER
".I’m afraid that the Authority’s ‘Lost Year’ is going to remain lost to me.”  (DS)
  CINDERELLA FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE #1
"...I fell in love with this series almost immediately,”  (DS)
  COWBOY NINJA VIKING #1
" ....a cool idea- that just suffers from poor planning and execution. " (DS)
  MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ #1
"...an interesting and innocent take on a story with some heavier tones layered with subtlety through out”  (DS)
  DEATHLOK THE DEMOLISHER #1
"I thought this book was alright, but nothing to write home about.”  (DS)
  LOBO-HIGHWAY TO HELL #1
"...a lot of gags and a little characterization combined with senseless gore and amateurish buffoonery”  (DS)
  ASSAULT ON NEW OLYMPUS
"As a prologue this sets the stage pretty well as a jumping off point for the arc to follow in “Incredible Herc”  (DS)
  GREAT TEN #1
"’Other than the character’s names-there’s nothing that makes this title different from an American team book" (DS)
  AGE OF REPTILES: THE JOURNEY #1
"’...fires a relentless barrage of awesome at readers, providing numerous reasons to keep turning pages,"  (DS)

-MOVIES-

  A DISNEY CHRISTMAS CAROL
“...the latest “Carol” takes a technological leap forward, permitting a newly abstract take on a perennial saga of remorse.”  (JR)
  A SERIOUS MAN
"...one of the Cohen's best films and reconfirms that they are the most daring filmmakers working today”  (JR)

-MISC-

 
  WWE SURVIVOR SERIES
" I have seen almost all of the Survivor Series cards and this show in probably in my top five.” (Bo)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!
GO TO ALL OF THE OCTOBER 2009 COMIC REVIEWS BELOW

 
  THUNDERBOLTS #137
"...i am really glad that new writer’s seem to find the characters fun to play with”  (DS)
  TALISMAN #0
"...and when Shasteen shifts realities, it seems like the style changes ever-so-slightly.”  (DS)
  COWBOY NINJA VIKING #1
" ....a cool idea- that just suffers from poor planning and execution. " (DS)
  NECROSHA
"’...fires a relentless barrage of awesome at readers, providing numerous reasons to keep turning pages,"  (DS)
  ARKHAM REBORN #1
"’I'm anxiously awaiting this to become a regular series, but only if this is the creative team responsible for it"  (DS)
  ANCHOR #1
" ....this is a great concept suffering from poor execution" (DS)
  BATMAN #692
"I have high hopes for the franchise (and Dick Grayson) I think I’ll stick around for a while..."  (DS)
  WORLD'S FINEST #1
" ...a clever story that combines action, back story, continuity, and characterization."  (DS)
  DARK REIGN THE LIST: PUNISHER
"It’s easily the best, and most unsettling of all the ‘List’ books,"  (DS)
  DARK REIGN THE LIST: HULK
" ...this with-out-a-doubt the best illustrated of all “The List” titles."  (DS)
  DARK AVENGERS: ARES #1
"Ihis is one of those sleeper mini’s Marvel puts out and ends up being one of the better ‘DR’-affiliated tie-ins(DS)
  AZRAEL #1
"...more interesting than any other debut I’ve read this month"  (DS)
  SUPERMAN BATMAN #65
"...cool in its concept, but ultimately proved fruitless because it isn’t anything we haven’t seen before."  (DS)
  BLACKBEARD THE PYRATE KING #1
"...I love discovering a new book that sets itself apart from those already cluttering shelves"  (DS)
  BEYOND THE WALL #1
"...the book comes off feeling amateurish and silly-I don’t think that’s what the creative team was going for."  (DS)
  UNCANNY X-MEN #516
"Everything seems paced well-suggesting that Fraction is planning something cool to finish this off with. "  (DS)
  GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY #25
"For an issue packed full of intrigue and suspense-there were a couple of areas that require improvement"  (DS)
  SOULFIRE #2.1
"Krul has gotten his act together to fuse technology and mysticism in a book that would makeTurner proud."  (DS)
  PLANETARY #27
"I can’t help but giggle like a pre-pubescent school girl knowing that I hold in my hands the very last one"  (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #608
"Marc Guggenheim is capable of weaving an intricate web of intrigue surrounding the chain of events"  (DS)
  SPIDERMAN 1602 #1
"Yeah, it hurts, I know"  (DS)
  X-MEN  VS AGENTS OF ATLAS #1
"I’m not expecting anything too world-changing"  (DS)
  DOCTOR VOODOO #1
"The book’s pacing is quite fast but it works to its advantage-readers are dared to keep up."  (DS)
  ASTONISHING X-MEN #31
"I’m more than pleased to say that the adjective ‘astonishing’ has never been more deserved "  (DS)
  HAUNT #1
"it’s kinda like “When Venom Met Spawn” only written by a writer with some real chops."  (DS)

-MOVIES-

 
  PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
"...an effective and creepy thriller ”  (JR)
 
  SUPERMAN/BATMAN PUBLIC ENEMIES
"... truncated script, inconsistent character animation, dialogue stripped of wit" (JR)
  ZOMBIELAND
" ...not only does “Zombieland” not stumble at any point, it actually grows and thrives along its splat-sticky way” (JR)
  WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
"...manages to bring a beloved classic to the screen-in ways that are engaging and powerful." (JR)
  9
"...It shows so much promise, but then wastes it on the same old fuddy duddy future shock storyline" (JR)

-MISC-

 
  WWE BRAGGING RIGHTS PPV
" I am a big fan of Taker but there is no reason for him to be champ right now if ever again...” (Bo)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!
GO TO ALL OF THE SEPTEMBER 2009 COMIC REVIEWS BELOW

  DARK REIGN LIST X-MEN ONE SHOT
"...forced (extremely forced), but also self-serving and rather contrived."  (DS)
  GIANT SIZE OLD MAN LOGAN #1
"...going to go down as the BEST tale to come out of the characters ongoing series"  (DS)
  SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGINS #1
"...why did they have to get two top-tier creators to recreate something that’s been done to death?"  (DS)
  UNDERGROUND #1
"I found Jeff Parker’s foray into the indie scene to be a riveting piece of fiction"  (DS)
  SPIDER-WOMAN #1
"...what I found was a pair of creators-at the absolute top of their game."  (DS)
  WEDNESDAY COMICS #12
"...an out-of-the-park home run experiment combining-the weekly newspaper strip, and the comic anthology"  (DS)
  ASTRO CITY SPECIAL: ASTRA #1
"This is a rich universe created by Kurt Busiek, but comes off more like Rodney Dangerfield; no respect."  (DS)
  SHANG-CHI MOKF B&W ONE-SHOT
"I didn’t dislike the three short stories so much as I just wasn’t moved to care about them."  (DS)
  SPIDERMAN CLONE SAGA #1
"Overall I don’t think this turned out as bad as I was expecting-I think it shows a heck of a lot of promise"  (DS)
  BOMB QUEEN #6.1
"I’m all for pushing the boundaries of decency- but I think it should hold some greater purpose in the story"  (DS)
  SKY PIRATES OF NEO TERRA #1
"This book is ok, and while it offers a lot of style, there’s very little substance to back it up."  (DS)
  ATHENA #1
"I don’t mix morals with masturbation, and the Athena creators shouldn’t either. "  (DS)
  BRAVE AND THE BOLD #27
"...not only a great one-and-done comic, but a rather poignant take on the “Dial H for Hero” concept"  (DS)
  EX MACHINA #45
"... a classy way of laying down life-lessons, with out the preachy diatribe"  (DS)
  ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WAR #1
"Maybe during some other life Warren Ellis was a multi-billionaire super hero, or maybe just drunk.."  (DS)
  DAREDEVIL THE LIST
"...look at this book LESS like a stand alone story-and MORE like a bridge between issues 500 and 501"  (DS)
  ANTI-VENOM #1
"It’s not that I didn’t like this book, it just shouldn’t exist, and I’m going to tell you ‘why’."  (DS)
  NOMAD #1
" I found both the story and the art to be quite enjoyable, with the kids in Rikki’s high school drawn like kids"  (DS)
  VAMPERILLA SECOND COMING #1
"... capitalizes on the small following it already has and plays to its strong points."  (DS)
  DMZ #35
"I really can’t put into words how much I love this title"  (DS)
  RED CIRCLE'S THE SHIELD #1 (one shot)
"...it’s just such a let down in terms of delivery and follow-through"  (DS)
  SOULFIRE VOLUME 2 #0
"Krul didn’t accomplish much with this first issue."  (DS)
  SHIELD #1
"..Trautmann has the incredulous job of making up for the crap pile that JMS walked everyone into last month." (DS)
  MYSTIC COMICS SPECIAL
"...could probably be considered the least interesting Timely Anniversary issue of the whole bunch..."  (DS)
  DARK REIGN THE LIST-AVENGERS
"Bendis doesn’t write super-beings but rather human beings with extraordinary abilities,.."  (DS)
  MODELS INC #2
"...offers a bit more than a blatant rip off of “Sex and the City”, not much more, but a bit."  (DS)
  BARAK THE BARBARIAN #2
"Nothing about this book stands out as exceptional or remarkable...."  (DS)
  INCREDIBLE HERCULES #132
"...a drunk; a womanizer; headstrong; all these combine to make him one of the more likable heroes..."  (DS)
  TORCH #1
"...but I know that his (Ross') passion for the golden age-so there’s very little chance he’s going to half-ass it...."  (DS)
  SWEET TOOTH #1
"I’d hope that more people-begin to look at books like this as an alternative to the cape and cowl set."  (DS)
  MAGOG #1
"...a perfect example of how a book will come from out of left field and surprise the heck out of you..."  (DS)
  MARVEL ZOMBIES THE RETURN #1
" Nick Dragotta is a fantastic illustrator whose talents are wasted on this crapfest of a book"  (DS)

-MOVIES-

  CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY
"....works skillfully as a battle cry-presents subject that needs to be discussed as much as possible."  (JR)
  DISTRICT 9
"....a well-made, entertaining work with enough originality to set it apart from other big-budget genre items"  (JR)
  INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
"...it feels trivial, the work of a kid who can't stop grabbing his favorite shiny plaything." (JR)
  PANYO
"Quiet beauty reigns here....Ponyo towers over this summer of empty toy-related blockbusters"  (JR)

-WRESTLING-

  091909 ROH HOUSE SHOW
"Ring Of Honor keeps finding tag teams that just add depth to an already deep division."  (AS)
  WWE BREAKING POINT PPV
" I guess there will be perverse pleasure in listening to Jim Ross try to make this match interesting..." (Bo)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!
GO TO ALL OF THE AUGUST 2009 COMIC REVIEWS BELOW

  BATMAN THE  WIDENING GYRE #1
"In typical Kevin Smith fashion there’s some jumping around, which helps keep the pace moving at a steady clip,...”  (DS)
  MARVEL'S PROJECT#1
"Anyone who isn’t picking this book up is missing out."  (DS)
  INFERNO #1
"Moonstone's properties have such wonderful potential it’s disappointing to see them wasted in this way." (DS)
  HERCULES KNIVES OF KUSH #1
"...it’s an utter bore"  (DS)
  the SPIDER #1
"Moonstone's properties have such wonderful potential it’s disappointing to see them wasted in this way." (DS)
  BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #1
"...an exciting lead issue to a mini that’s likely to tug on a whole lot of heart-strings"  (DS)
  FANTASTIC FOUR #570
"Hickman has the BIG-imagination to go along with the BIG-science concepts he’s throwing around"  (DS)
  RED CIRCLE'S THE SHIELD #1
"...it’s just such a let down in terms of delivery and follow-through"  (DS)
  DOOM PATROL #1
"an above-average level of quirky-ness with this book and the characters that inhabit its pages"  (DS)
  INCREDIBLE HULK #601
"I’m looking forward to seeing what these two have in store for the father/son combo of BB and Skaar,"  (DS)
  INCREDIBLE HERCULES #133
"...this book is solid gold and has been from day one; READ IT!"  (DS)
  JIMMY OLSEN SPECIAL #2
" I’m pretty impressed by how fun this book was-I want to go back and read it again."  (DS)
  PUNISHER NOIR #1
"...they move the white skull from Frank’s chest to his face-because apparently that’s what Noir is."  (DS)
  PROJECT SUPERPOWERS BAD GUYS-BLOODLUST
"Alex Ross’ ‘Project Superpowers’ is back and less exciting than ever."  (DS)
  DAREDEVIL #500
"Everything about his book is great, as most if not all of this run has been,.."  (DS)
  BATGIRL #1
"I think the book plays to its strengths and doesn’t fall into the rut that a lot of comics dig themselves early."  (DS)
  RED CIRCLE THE WEB #1
"I found this latest chapter of The Red Circle series to be the most thoroughly enjoyable..."  (DS)
  ADVENTURE COMICS #1
"I’m curious to see how the Superboy story plays out, I’m much more anxious for another installment of “Legion”."  (DS)
  ULTIMATE AVENGERS #1
"...editors took a big gamble with “Ultimatum” and they didn’t let us down"  (DS)
  GHOST RIDER'S HEAVEN ON FIRE #1
"...the brothers Blaze/Ketch may be humanity’s last line of defense and that makes for good reading."  (DS)
  AGENTS OF ATLAS #9
"...there’s enough personality packed into each panel to sustain multiple comics for years, "  (DS)
  RED CIRCLE HANGMAN #1
"I  just found the book to be pretentious and boring, which is an odd combination."  (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #1
"...a huge teaser is dropped on the last page that might just crack the internet message boards in half."  (DS)
  ABSOLUTION #1
"Gage plays it cool with his character’s actions that it’s almost hard to find anything John does as wrong."  (JR)

-MOVIES-

 
  HURT LOCKER
"... one of the very best and most exciting war movies of any kind to come along in a long time."   ( JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!
GO TO ALL OF THE JULY 2009 COMIC REVIEWS BELOW

  MICE TEMPLAR DESTINY #1
"... this is a good book that more people should be reading."  (DS)
  STUFF OF LEGENDS #1
"... considering the amount of heart and soul that radiates from its pages it’s well worth the $4.99 price tag"  (DS)
  COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1657
"..geared to those who purchase comics for their entertainment and potential collectible value.  (DS)
  JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #29
"Both the writing and the art on this book art top-tier..."  (DS)
  WIZARD #215
"...for everything Wizard is, and isn’t, they still bring something to the table that no one else does, "  (DS)
  ULTIMATUM #5
"It’s safe to say that the landscape of the Ultimate Marvel Universe has been stripped of any baggage,"  (DS)
  KID COLT #1
"There’s a charm to an innocent17-year-old who ruthlessly guns down anyone attempting to bring him to trial," (DS)
  JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #36
"I don’t get why this series continuously gets made over into something fresh, and then forgotten about?"  (DS)
  DELLEC #1
".I thought this was a clever book that benefits from the air of mystery that surrounds the main character."  (DS)
  X-FORCE #17
"I love this book, and I’m glad it’s taken the main stage in the Marvel X-Men universe,"  (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #600
"...whether you approve of how they got to this point or not, it’s been a lot of fun."  (DS)
  INCREDIBLE HULK $600
"This is a perfect example of how NOT to do an anniversary issue."  (DS)
  GREEN LANTERN #44
"... I found this story, a direct continuation of events that kicked off in “BN#1” to be thoroughly enjoyable...."  (DS)
  NORTH 40 #1
"...don't miss out on a real quality story-a great blend of action, mystery, suspense, and terror..."  (DS)
  BLACKEST NIGHT #1 (of 8)
"... I  just can't really get into Geoff Johns squeaky-clean style...."  (DS)
  DOCTOR WHO ONGOING #1
"... this is a cool representation of a character that’s been around for quite a while..."  (DS)
  WEDNESDAY COMICS #1 Of (12)
"... there’s a little something for everyone in “Wednesday Comics.”  (DS)
  DRAFTED
"I think the weakness of this book is the blandness of the storytelling; there’s no balls, there’s no heart."  (DS)
  ALL SELECT ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
"... Guggenheim crafts a good, old-fashioned detective yarn, spinning a web of mystery and deceit..."  (DS)
  DOMINO LADY
"... attempting to inject logic into this cluster-f***-is about as useful as trying to kick water up hill."  (DS)
  DARK X-MEN THE BEGINNING
"..shows why Osborn’s such a good bad guy as he verbally pushes around the physically dominant Namor." ( DS)
  WAR OF KINGS WARRIORS #1
"... this single story-made me interested enough to find a jumping on point to WOK." ( DS)
  USA COMICS  ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
"The art is great. It’s not Cory Walker great (he’s doing the MAX series) but it’s good art," ( DS)
  RUNAWAYS 3 #11
"I hope the all-female creative team will bring a fresh perspective to the book." ( DS)
  PRESIDENT EVIL #1
"In a very campy, non-offensive way I found this book somewhat enjoyable..." ( DS)
  DETECTIVE COMICS #854
"...one of the most beautifully illustrated comic books I’ve ever seen, " ( DS)
  GREEK STREET #1
"...It’s dark, and it knows it’s dark; it makes very little apologies its action, dialogue, and content." ( DS)
  EXISTENCE 2.0 #1
"... smart readers will recognize originality and stick around for the ride. " ( DS)
  BATMAN AND ROBIN #2
"...a fearless title that combines Morrison’s over-active imagination with Quitely’s mastery of visual's" ( DS)
  MARVEL DIVAS #1
"...such an obvious hack-job that I’m surprised Buckley had the stones to let it see print. " ( DS)
  CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #1
"...I think Brubaker's more-than-renowned/verging-on-revered run on Cap may have just jumped the shark" ( DS)
  GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #1
"Too bad the art is wasted on a title that won’t be here this time next year, mark my words." ( DS)
  JLA CRY FOR JUSTICE#1
"...it’s a well-crafted opener to what will hopefully be one of the more memorable JLA runs in recent memory" ( DS)
  DARK REIGN ZODIAC #1
"...grimier and grittier than anything I’ve seen from a mainstream Marvel U title in a long, long time." ( DS)

-MOVIES-

  HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
"...contains more dramatic depth and emotions than most films"  ( JR)
  UP REVIEW-A-PALOOZA
"Pixar has become a studio that film after film is creating great cinema."  ( JR)

-WRESTLING-

 
  RING OF HONOR 062709 HOUSE SHOW
"ROH put on another quality show from the first match to the main event."  (AS)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!
GO TO ALL OF THE JUNE 2009 COMIC REVIEWS BELOW

 
  X-MEN FOREVER #1
"...For what it’s worth (which isn’t much) it’s a strange take, that definitely won’t be for everyone”  ( DS)
  CURSED PIRATE GIRL #0
"...it’s the amalgamation of Terry Gilliam movies, Grimm’s Faerie Tales, Victorian Art, Muppets, and drugs."  (DS)
  BARAK THE BARBARIAN #1
"After reading this I’m pretty sure that I’ll never purchase another DDP comic ever again  just on principle." ( DS)
  PREDATOR #1
"....even as a fan of “The Predator” I just couldn’t find my stride with this book" 
( DS)
  DARK AVENGERS UNCANNY X-MEN UTOPIA
"...false, hollow, and soulless,..." ( DS)
  CAPTAIN AMERICA #50
"...chock full of Cap goodness, from both the current and previous iterations of the character." ( DS)
  BRAVE AND THE BOLD #24
"I’m sure there’s someone that thinks this was a lackluster issue in a brilliant series, but I just don’t see it." ( DS)
  PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #71
"There’s a certain blend of mystery and horror that work really well here." (DS)
  BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #1
"Reads like one of those movies with a bunch of storylines that intersect in brilliant and surprising ways" (DS)
  JSA VS. KOBRA #1
"I never thought I’d be this into a JSA story but this is some of the better DC offerings out right now." (DS)
  DARK REIGN MR.NEGATIVE #1
"...Fred Van Lente is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers." (DS)
  SALEM'S DAUGHTER #1
"...overall a fine example of combining the western genre with horror, action & mystery in a singe tale" (DS)
  PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #2.0
"This rings of “The Authority” albeit considerably less violent and vulgar ." (DS)
  RED ROBIN #1
"Ramon Bachs stinks it up all over in what may be the most disappointing book I’ve read all year." (DS)
  RESURRECTION VOLUME 2 #1
"Guggenheim is able to humanize what would otherwise be written off as another hokey Sci-fi romp..." (DS)
  SECRET SIX #10
"...in the hands of a talented writer this is one of the stronger DC in-continuity books I’ve been exposed to." (DS)
  ABSOLUTION #0
"While this isn’t the most original idea in the world, its execution is what makes it stand out." (DS)
  ROTTEN #1
"...there were a few things that needed to be clearer in the story telling, but overall a really enjoyable book." (DS)
  MISS AMERICA SPECIAL
"There’s an awkwardness to the story-a 40’s super-heroine written by a new-millennium woman," (DS)
  AGENTS OF ATLAS #6
"I really can’t put this title in enough people’s hands, it’s just that good." (DS)
  BATMAN #687
" I’m pretty sure this is going to continue to be a solid book, but we’ll have to wait and see." (DS)
  WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #4
"I’m sure this is all leading up to a war of supermen-but if the journey isn’t fun, then is it really worth the trip?" (DS)
  TIMESTORM 2009/2099 SPIDER-MAN
" I  actually found a visitation to this era in storytelling enjoyable" (DS)
  FINAL CRISIS: DANCE #1 (of 6)
"...a little more off the wall than I expected, but it all plays into the weirdness set up in ‘FC.’" (DS)
  BATMAN IN BARCELONA
"...It’s not a bad read, but it doesn’t come off as particularly necessary" (DS)
  BTVS TALES OF THE SLAYER
"...character interactions all seemed based on who’s cooler than whom." (DS)
  RAPTURE #1
"Overall the book is a fantastic idea which suffers from, what I contend to be, poor creative focus." (DS)
  WOLVERINE REVOLVER #1
"I’ve never heard of either the writer or artist, but both of them do a fantastic job of capturing Logan’s voice" (DS)
  BATMAN AND ROBIN #1
"... the twisted mind of Grant Morrison has been biding its time, waiting to unleash holy hell on the Bat-verse" (DS)
  BRAVE AND THE BOLD #23
"...he comes off as stale and unimaginative, which more or less means Jurgens is stale and unimaginative." (DS)
  MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS SPECIAL
"This has been my favorite of all the Timely 70th Anniversary stories Marvel has done"  (DS)

-MOVIES-

  UP
"The humor is broad enough so that you don’t have to explain it to your kids and can laugh at them as well." (Bo)
  TERMINATOR SALVATION
"McG does a great job here and people need to give him break." (Bo)

-MISC-

 
  WWE EXTREME RULES
"This was a damn good card considering the underwhelming opener." (Bo)

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  COMPLETE DRACULA #1
"...when the coolest thing about a book is the cover, well, needless to say the outlook is grim."  (DS)
  PLANET SKARR PROLOGUE
"If the setup is this boring I can’t imagine the actual event is going to be very exciting."  (DS)
  LAST DAYS OF ANIMAL MAN #1 (a "lost" review)
"... there isn’t anything quirky or likable about the first issue."  (DS)
  FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH INK #1
"...the story is so bad that even cool art can’t redeem all the negatives." (DS)
  ULTIMATE HULK/WOLVERINE #6
" I’d shell out for more stories if they could get them out faster" (DS)
  SPIDERMAN SHORT HALLOWEEN
"... not surprisingly, it works quite well."  (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #595
"... I’ll take good stuff any way I can get it these days."  (DS)
  FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH: ESCAPE #1
"...surreal the whole time you’re reading it and in the end, I’m just left wondering what the point of it all was." (DS)
  UMBRELLA ACADEMY #6
"I love the design and feel of the book and its environment, seriously good stuff." (DS)
  UNWRITTEN #1
"...a boy living in the shadow of his father’s literary creation-a fascinating concept for a comic" (DS)
  BOYS HEROGASM #1
"...vulgar, and lewd, and very, very dirty, but I didn’t know it was going to make me feel dirty." (DS)
  HOWLING COMMANDOES
"...I couldn’t find anything to like about this book. I’m sorry America." (DS)
  FEMALE FORCE #3 MICHELLE OBAMA
"I’m not a big bio-comic reader or anything like that but I found this accessible and interesting," (DS)
  TRINITY #50
"...there’s no conflict but rather a philosophical debate on the subject of omnipotence and eternal life. " (DS)
  B4C: NETWORK
"This is the book for all the characters no one believes have a chance to be the Caped Crusader." (DS)
  NEW MUTANTS #1
"...another nod to the nostalgia freaks who think that the only good comics were created 20+ years ago," (DS)
  WOLVERINE #73
"... one of the more entertaining stories I’ve not come to expect from this title." (DS)
  UNKNOWN SOLDIER #7
"The story is fascinating, and after reading it you wonder why it hasn’t been done before. " (DS)
  LOCKJAW AND PET AVENGERS #1
".It’s a cute idea and it’s executed in a way that isn’t full of juvenile fart jokes and prat falls..." (DS)
  LITERALS #1
"It’s not the best jumping on point but it does carry the ‘great Fables crossover’ very well..." (DS)
  FUSION  #1
"...forcing 4 teams together because they’re big names doesn’t make for a better story, just a cluttered one..." (DS)
  HUMAN TORCH COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
"...the clean line work and cartoon style brought a freshness to the concept" (DS)
  TERROR INC APOCALYPSE SOON #1
"I wonder if Marvel sets itself up to fail, extracting obscure characters 'Max' branding them is just damning."  (DS)
  FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH RUN #1
"Sturges focuses on what makes Mike a total douche without making him unlikable." (DS)
  SWORD OF MY MOUTH #1
"You really got to wonder what some creators are thinking when they come up with this crap."  (DS)
  POWERGIRL #1
"...definitely one of the gems to come out of Final Crisis despite not having the banner.." (DS)
  UNCANNY X-MEN #509
"There were lots of little character beats, but no real characterization that led me to understand these people..."  (DS)
  ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS.HULK #5
"Even if you gave up on this book ages ago there’s plenty of reasons to pick it back up," (DS)
  DETECTIVE COMICS #853
"...genuinely praise-worthy for the way it transcended generations of Bat history to bid Bruce a fond farewell."  (DS)
  BUCK ROGERS #0
"This is an all around solid read whether you’ve been a long time pulp fan, or just picking it up for a quarter." (DS)
  OUTSIDERS #17
"...a book with potentially interesting characters & situations turned into unreadable drek." (DS)

-MOVIES-

  TAKEN
"Pierre Morel goes about defying clichés and destroying stereotypes like crushing ants with a sledgehammer"  (DS)
  STAR TREK
"Abrams has succeeded in spectacular fashion, rescuing Star Trek from self-imposed cultural irrelevance." (JR)

-MISC-

 
  042509 ROH HOUSE SHOW
"Ring of Honor has done a great job looking for new talent that seemingly fits their mold." (AS)

BOOK OF
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  BOOK OF THE MONTH: DAREDEVIL #116
"...Wilson is capable of being happy and that’s why the ending works so well" (Bo)
  FREE COMICBOOK DAY REVIEWS
Our team of reviewers all pitch in to review most of the 40+ titles being offered for this year's Free Comicbook Day. Read a new review just about each day in April during our MARCH TO FREE COMICBOOK DAY!
  X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE
"...Yost has a way of making a boring, rehashed tale feel like a brand new story. "  (DS)
  BATTLE FOR COWL: UNDERGROUND
The book is a fun ride, expanding a lot upon groundwork laid out in B4C. (DS)
  SPAWN #191
"..I’m impressed with the overall quality of the book, and Whilce Portacio’s pencils have never looked better"  (DS)
  WARLOCK #1
"...dreadful take on a movie that, I can’t imagine, anyone is all that fond of."  (DS)
  ASTONISHING TALES #29
"While Ellis still crafts an Intriguing tale, the handicap comes in the form of Bianchi’s sub-par pencils;" (DS)
  DARK TOWER THE SORCERER #1
"...Instead of getting me more interested in the world of ‘Dark Tower’ all it did was alienate me." (DS)
  BATTLE FOR COWL-ARKHAM
"...despite not having any knowledge these characters I was thoroughly entertained by the story." (DS)
  DMZ #41
"For my money there isn’t a more consistently enjoyable series on the market now..." (DS)
  INVINCIBLE #61
"...Kirkman continuously delivers new ideas, unafraid of blending old-school feel with contemporary conflict." (DS)
  SUB MARINER 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
"Maybe one day creators will get Namor right, but not today." (DS)
  NEW AVENGERS #52
"...one of only a small handful of books that consistently makes me laugh out loud EVERY time." (DS)
  FANTASTIC FORCE #1
""I picked up the first issue and found they were going to jump right into formulaic water." (DS)
  FABLES #83
"This book is seven years old and going as strong as it ever has."  (DS)
  WARLORD #1
"If you’re a fan of fantasy titles and characters then this presents the perfect jumping on point."  (DS)
  GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35
"There were too many ‘main’ characters and not enough focus on the more memorable ones."  (DS)
  WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #2
"..he’s no longer the strongest/fastest/coolest there is, they’ve exposed a different side of Kal-el,"  (DS)
  OVERLOOK #1
"The most appealing thing about this title is the atmosphere; danger lurking around every corner "  (DS)
  IGNITION CITY #1
"...it’s Ellis’ twisted view of even the most fictional of alternate realities that makes this book enjoyable."  (DS)
  EXILES #1
"...I hope this take on the time jumping, reality hopping, Earth skipping saviors sticks around"  (DS)
  IRREDEEMABLE #1
"...Waid pulls no punches when it comes time to show what kind of a bastard The Plutonian has become"  (DS)
  JESUS CHRIST IN THE NAME OF THE GUN
"...this isn’t your Sunday school Christ. He swears, smokes, his attitude sucks..."  (DS)
  CAPTAIN AMERICA 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
"...I’m not knocking this comic, I like it, not in the way it was delivered."  (DS)
  MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 #1
"The book isn’t bad, really, but it doesn’t exactly aspire to greatness on any level"  (DS)
  HERCULES #127
"I don’t think there’s a Marvel character that Greg Pak couldn’t put his spin on and make a top-tier book"  (DS)
  WOLVERINE WEAPON X #1
"...as far as this debut issue is concerned, well I  just wasn’t blown away by it." (DS)
  BATTLE FOR COWL MAN BAT #1
"If I never have to read a book drawn by Jim Calafiore again I might (might) die a happy fan-boy"  (DS)
  BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL #2
"... there’s stuff in this book that I absolutely didn’t expect DC to have the guts to do." (DS)
  FLASH REBIRTH #1
"....a solid first issue from from a pair of creators at the top of their respective game" (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #590
"Dan Slott is hit or miss to me, and this issue just feels like he whiffed it pretty bad" (DS)
  PHANTOM GHOST WHO WALKS #1
"..the Phantom team should try to take some risks when, essentially, reintroducing the character" (DS)
  JUSTICE SOCIETY #25
"...its unfortunate characters with as rich a history and mythology have been relegated to second-string status" (DS)
  WILDCATS #9
".WildCats used to be a fun and innovate take on the tacky 90’s team-book trend, now it’s just clichéd and boring." (DS)
  DESTROYER #1
"Talk about coming out of left field, I feel like this book blindsided me-BUY IT!" (DS)
  X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY SPECIAL
"The art was phenomenal, I hope we see these guys doing more work in the future." (DS)

-KIDS CORNER-

  INCREDIBLES FAMILY MATTERS #1
"... a clever story-your entire family can enjoy."  (DS)
  CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #35
"This book is great fun for fans of the cartoon shows, or anyone just wanting to try out new characters" (DS)

-MISC-

  WONDER WOMAN DVD
"...solid presentation that should satisfy the expectations of the most die hard DC Comics fan" (JR)
 

-WRESTLING-

  WWE BACKLASH PPV
"At the end of the year this may be looked upon as the best WWE PPV of the year."  (Bo)
  WRESTLEMANIA 25
"We're on the road to WrestleMania and the next few weeks could be interesting." (Bo)

BOOK OF
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  BOOK OF THE MONTH: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EXTRA #2
"Great looking stuff, it’s nostalgic in feel but contemporary in approach, I've enjoyed both of these Amazing Spiderman: Extra issues so far, despite the $3.99 price tag..."  (DS)
  TRINITY #43
"... DC will just put some horrible deus ex machina ending that quietly returns everything to the status quo" (DS)
  MARVEL APES-SPEEDBALL
"....what is the deal with the interspecies romantic relationships that take place in the Marvel U?" (DS)
  SKAAR SON OF HULK #9
"... this feels like another frame in the patchwork quilt that Pak has worked out for the Hulk family of titles." (DS)
  BATMAN: BATTLE FOR THE COWL #1
"Daniel has some issues with characterization-but overall it reads like Batman is supposed to read." (DS)
  JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #31
"...since McDuffie took over from Meltzer, it just seems like Super Friends instead of the edgier earlier stuff"  (DS)
  ASTONISHING TALES #2
"I’m 50/50 on this, two of the tales weren’t astonishing, and the other two are short but hilarious " (DS)
  MIGHTY AVENGERS #23
"I anxiously await the next arc, and I must say Dan Slott sure can write superhero action in a big way."  (DS)
  AMAZON #1
"I’m really hoping that more people pick it up this go-round so it gains the recognition it deserves." (DS)
  STINGERS #1
".... this book is so horrible it boggles the mind how anyone thought it was good enough to publish." (DS)
  ACTION COMICS #875
"It’s a very fun time to be a DC universe fan right now." (DS)
  ULTIMATUM #3
".... I’m not sure they have it all mapped out as well as they’ve led us to believe." (DS)
  SUPER-HUMAN RESOURCES #1
"...a hilarious take on what could easily be going on behind the scenes of your favorite comic book" (DS)
  BATMAN #868
"....philosophically challenging tale- humorous despite the grim subject matter. " (DS)
  AZRAEL DEATH'S DARK KNIGHT #1
"I’ve never been a Fabian Nicieza fan-but this story works." (DS)
  INCOGNITO #2
"...the second issue delivered just as much if not more of the same attitude and intrigue as the first"  (DS)
  BERZERKER #0
"....After only eight pages of actual story I almost cringed when I saw the $2.99 price tag" (DS)
  ULTIMATE X-MEN #100
"....the issue feels quite forced, with dialogue ranking right around ‘T.V. sitcom’" (DS)
  SUPERGIRL #39
"...a lot of people are digging this ‘New Krypton’ direction but I just can’t find the rhythm." (DS)
  IMMORTAL IRON FIST #22
"Swierczynski is establishing the foundation of the Iron Fist legend as one with numerous cracks" (DS)
  FANTASTIC FOUR #563
"Millar’s run has felt solid to me; every-thing has built nicely upon everything else." (DS)
  NEW AVENGERS #49
"This a ‘transition’ issue, and those kinds of issues are generally fun." (Bo)
  FACES OF EVIL-KOBRA
"I no longer think Kobra is lame after reading this one shot." (Bo)
  DAREDEVIL #115
"The reveal in this issue isn’t so much a ‘whodunit,’ as ‘why do it" (DS)
  THUNDERBOLTS #128
"The addition of the new team gives this book a facelift, and a fresh direction." (DS)
  GI JOE #1
"The concept behind the team in the film is different and the same holds for the comic."  (BO)
  PUNISHER #1
".Opena’s Frank is likely to always look in dire need of a shave and some bandages."  (BO)
  BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #21
".Dark Horse and Joss Whedon have formed a nice partnership here"  (BO)
  DEAD O/NIGHT: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1
"... the Werewolf by Night concept is taken and turned on it's ear in this first issue"  (BO)

-MOVIES-

  PUSH
"...contrived nature of everything falling into place cements the amateurish storytelling" (DS)
  WATCHMEN
"This isn't Watchmen beaten into submission for movie screens," (JR)

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  BOOK OF THE MONTH: SECRET INVASION DARK REIGN
"Caught between hero and villain; guilt and innocence we wonder on what side she (Emma) will fall."   (BO)
 
  SWORD #14
"... not stylized X-book fodder, Luna's is unique in its ability to tell an uncompromising story " ( DS)
  BATMAN #685
"Dini’s Batman is spot on, even when he doesn’t show his masked mug through the whole book." ( DS)
  DETECTIVE COMICS #852
" ... Dini expertly shows us how someone like Elliot would resurrect himself "  (BO)
  PUNISHER WAR ZONE #1-6
" ...but the fun part of the book is the massive amount of carnage that takes place in every issue"  (BO)
  BATMAN #683
"The issue is schizophrenic as it should be since we are examining different points on the curve."  (BO)
  MISTER X: CONDEMNED #1 (of 4)
"We do not see X until the last page but the well constructed story keeps our interest."  (BO)
  X-MEN: KINGBREAKER #1 (of 4)
"Yost does a fine job here establishing the backstory as quickly as possible"  (BO)    
  VIGILANTE #1
"The story moves along well and creates an interest in seeing how the opening arc turns out."  (BO)
  GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS NIGHT WITCHES #1-3
"Ennis does books like this because he loves history..."  (BO)
  GREATEST AMERICAN HERO #1
"Hilinski’s art is pleasant and the story makes no attempt at high art but is entertaining..."  (BO)
  SECRET INVASION REQUIEM
"The story does suggest that Mighty is in very good hands in the post-Bendis era."  (BO)
  BIRDS OF PREY #125
"...cover suggests that we would have a good time and that promise was fulfilled for a change"  (BO)
  WIZARD OF OZ #1 (KIDZ CORNER)
"...something that kids can read by themselves or you can read to yours as a bedtime story."  (BO)
  HAUNTED TANK #1
"...the language is a bit harsh but fits to get the concept across."  (BO)
  INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8
"The first arc was awesome and I didn’t think it was possible to top it but this issue I changed my mind."  (BO)
  X-MEN NOIR #1
"The dark tone may scare some readers off and there isn’t a great deal of action within these pages."  (BO)
  ASTONISHING X-MEN: GHOST BOXES #1 & 2
"The action is quite busy and intertwined with the cool storytelling...."  (BO)
  DARKNESS LODBROK'S HAND
"This is a pretty dark story in tone and telling that serves as a nice change of pace..."  (BO)
  JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #27
" This issue has a nice balance between action and interpersonal relationships on the team."  (BO)

-MOVIES-

  SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
"..it's about a guttersnipe with resiliency and smarts - who would do Charles Dickens proud.."  (JR)
  the READER
"...an extraordinary performance surrounded by a lot of other stuff that doesn’t work"  (JR)
  MILK
"...rich with humor and poignancy to give a convincing, portrait of the city and the man..."  (JR)
  FROST/NIXON
"Howard's the ideal director for this material-he's a careful and intelligent craftsman..."  (JR)
  BENJAMIN BUTTON
"Button is a  character far too passive and fails to apply the wisdom of age in any profound way." (JR)
  the WRESTLER
"He (Aronofsky) crafts a movie that respects the material and history of pro wrestling" (AS)

-MISC-

  ACADEMY AWARD PREDICTIONS
Bo and JR both weighs in with their predictions for 2009's winners
  NO WAY OUT PPV
"We're on the road to WrestleMania and the next few weeks could be interesting." (BO)

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  BOOK OF THE MONTH: INCOGNITO #1
"Brubaker draws us into Zack’s life and we find ourselves caring about a guy who’d probably just as soon beat your head in as have a beer with you"  (DS)
  HACK/SLASH #18
"Stone’s art isn’t major league quality yet but she shows the potential to be picked up by one of the big two"  (BO)
  THUNDERBOLTS #126
"We see here that Diggle will make this title darker than it was when Warren Ellis was writing the book."  (BO)
  ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #58
"Just how Sue can be saved we will see in the next issue; Hint: think Raquel Welch in Fantastic Voyage"  (BO)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #578
"Waid has written Spidey before and he has a knack for capturing the character in familiar moments."  (BO)
  GOON #30
"There are some books that you read for fun and this is one of them."  (BO)
  DARKNESS #7
"Hester’s story is creepy, funny at times and very effective."  (BO)

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