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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
DK = Deanna "Dee Kay" Bihlmayer
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!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: SHADOWLAND AFTERMATH
“...I was under whelmed with the entire “Shadowland” series, I found that the positioning of certain characters into potentially interesting new roles is the one redeeming aspect of this whole ordeal.”  (DS)

GO TO ALL OF THESE DECEMBER 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

 
  HELLBOY SLEEPING & DEAD #1
" I love it, and I look forward to the conclusion in the following issue." (DS)
  ECHOES #1
"...transcends the pitfalls of comic book storytelling and deliver a twisted and effective mind-f*ck of a yarn.." (DS)
  TANK GIRL: BAD WIND RISING #1
"Tank Girl, a bunch of chicks AND a kangaroo-guy go to the beach and act like pricks" (DS)
  NORTHERN GUARD #1
"...a half-hearted effort with little to no hope of success." (DS)
  SUPERMAN/BATMAN #79
"This time-travel stuff can really get confusing." (DS)
  WOLVERINE THE BEST THERE IS #1
"..literally the worst Wolverine story I’ve ever read." (DS)
  LADY DEATH #0
"...the pages flow like the bowels of a man who spent an entire day eating nothing but cheese. " (DS)
  GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #18
"..a.touching scene in that it made me want to touch my finger to the back of my throat and force myself to vomit." (DS)
  27 (TWENTY SEVEN) #1 (OF 4)
"I can appreciate a title that likes to take a new approach as far as telling its story, but where’s the story? " (DS)
  BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1
"...If the book doesn’t find a distinct voice- it might just find itself on the chopping block" (DS)
  CHAOS WAR X-MEN #1 (OF 2)
"Doug Braithwaite’s pencils look marvelous, and go a long way toward redeeming this wet-fart of a comic," (DS)
  JOE HILL'S THE CAPE ONE SHOT
"...a perfect example of what it takes to capture a new reader’s attention with a new character... " (DS)
  ULTIMATE DOOM #1
"I love it;" (DS)
  BATMAN ORPHANS #1
"...this story-is just all sorts of out-of-whack with relation to where the characters are at the current time." (DS)
  DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #12
"...a rather sub-par introduction of a new asset to the Batman universe." (DS)
  HEROES FOR HIRE#1
"...a great combination of style AND substance, providing a perfect blend of action and suspense." (DS)
  BLACK PANTHER #513
"It’s a cool idea, and it’s executed really well by David Liss and Francesco Francavilla." (DS)
  NEXT MEN #1
"This book gave me a headache almost from page one." (DS)
  WIDOWMAKER #1
"I’m sure this is just a first stop on what will be a ridiculously long career for Lopez at least I hope so!" (DS)

-MOVIES-

 
 

KINGS SPEECH

"It’s impossible not to like this period drama that relocates the “Rocky” formula from the boxing ring to the royal palaces..." (JR)
 

BLACK SWAN

"...a movie that combines some truly stunning visual and cinematic ideas with some truly terrible, well, ideas."  (JR)
 

SECRET ORIGINS DC COMICS DVD

“If you’re a big comics fan, it’s worth watching for the history, skewed as it is, but it’s tough to recommend buying it." (JR)
  TRON LEGACY
"... the visuals are a vast improvement, but they also keep the film rooted in outdated nostalgia.."   (JR)
 

TRUE GRIT

“True Grit” is a genuine triumph for all concerned and one of the years best films." (JR)

-KIDZ CORNER REVIEWS-

 
 

ALL NEW BRAVE & BOLD #2

“...it is a good Christmas tale for the kiddies..." (DK)
  ARCHIE #616
"This story is good for kids to read because it brings them politics, but in a more simplistic way..." (DK)
  MOUSE GUARD THE BLACK AXE #1
"... I found the story very entertaining. The illustrations, remind me of the children’s books I grew up reading..."   (DK)
  CHIP & DALE RESCUE RANGERS #1
"... I truly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the next installment."  (DK)
 

GUMBY'S GANG: POKEY #1

"This is a great read for kids of all ages." (DK)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: BATMAN RETURNS/BATMAN INC
"“I had my doubts about Bruce’s return, figuring it marked a return to the ‘old ways’, pre-Morrison Batman, but I’m glad that the lunatic Scotsman has opted to stick around and expand his ever-growing empire for another couple of years.”   (DS)

GO TO ALL OF THESE NOVEMBER 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

 
  ASTONISHING THOR #1
"... this story should be little more than a filler piece between Fraction and Ferry’s arcs." (DS)
  STAN LEE'S TRAVELER #1
" I wish I could explain what it was about the plot that I didn’t care for, but there isn’t really a plot to comment on” (DS)
  BATWOMAN #0
"It’s a fun read without being too heavy handed. " (DS)
  DETECTIVE COMICS #871
"...it's excellent to see “Detective” get back on track...” (DS)
  THUNDERSTRIKE #1
"The poor-man’s Thor with a lightning bolt earring is one of those things that are just better off left in the past..." (DS)
  HALCYON #1
"..a great job of delivering an ADULT book without stepping over any unnecessary lines.” (DS)
  ATOMIC ROBO DEADLY ART OF SCIENCE #1
"...one robot plus one scientist plus wacky adventure equals a good time by all." (DS)
  OSBORN #1
"...this comic is awesome-I look forward to seeing the rest of this series unfold, get with it!” (DS)
  RPM #1
" I was pretty under whelmed with what I found inside its pages." (DS)
  SUPERGIRL #58
"... don’t undercut a surprisingly strong emotional sequence with nonsense bickering.” (DS)
  AVENGERS #7
"Bendis is going bigger and bigger with each of the issues that I’ve read of this new series. " (DS)
  THUNDER AGENTS #1
"... a truly enjoyable reading experience, and a team that I hope I see stick around this title for a long, long time.” (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #648
"...perfectly balances fast-paced action with thoughtful character moments." (DS)
  ANT-MAN WASP#1
"...one of the more fun tales of the extraneous Marvel Universe I’ve been privy to in quite a while.” (DS)
  BATMAN CATWOMAN FOLLOW THE MONEY
"...comes off as a perfect example of paint-by-numbers storytelling." (DS)
  CAP: MAN OUT OF TIME #1
"...a nice looking example of what I hate about comics these days-too much focus on the trade paperback sale...” (DS)
  WARRIORS THREE #1
"...THIS comes as a breath of fresh air amidst the flurry of movie-related tie-ins and attempts at franchise expansion." (DS)
  PUNISHER IN THE BLOOD #1
"Boschi brings a certain kind of sophistication to a book about a walking mass-murderer....” (DS)
  SUPERBOY #1
"Rich in environment and mood, I hope these two creators stick around and flesh this out for a long time." (DS)
  ADVENTURES IN MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE #1
"... a random assortment of gross-out humor and ill-conceived ideas....” (DS)
  GENERATION HOPE #1
"...It’s a sorry excuse for a Merry Marvel Mutant space-filler…just taking up room on the shelf." (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

 
  127 HOURS
"...a bracing story of man and nature and an exhilarating sensory experience. It's my favorite movie so far this year."  (JR)
 

SIMPSONS #172

"...not in the Christmas spirit at all..." (DK)
  NEVER LET ME GO
"...love and death, two experiences horribly perverted in this sci-fi dusted saga of medical achievement."  (JR)
 

AVENGERS EARTHS MIGHTIEST #1

"Even if you feel useless-just remember you are important and needed by the people who care about you." (DK)
  HP AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
"Equal parts action thriller, political parable, and love story, "Hallows" feels sad and strong and true..." (JR)
 

OZMA OF OZ #1

"..definitely a “keeper” in the continuing adventures of Dorothy Gale." (DK)
  HEREAFTER
"...Eastwood exploring the wilderness between being and nothingness, and reporting back with his findings." (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: YI SOON SHIN #2
"(Kompan's) done years of research and even traveled to South Korea-it’s that passion for the project that really shines through each page."  (DS)

GO TO ALL OF THESE OCTOBER 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

 
  JLA/THE 99 #1
"I think it’s pandering to try and sell people on another company’s ideas by half-assing the actual execution" (DS)
  KNIGHT & SQUIRE #1
"... a fun, freaky exercise in cross-the-pond crime-fighting.” (DS)
  LOKI #1
"...an exploration into the obsession one brother has with another. " (DS)
  GREEN HORNET BLOOD TIES #1
"...there’s nothing about this book that I find remarkable-it just doesn’t have anything that captures my attention...” (DS)
  WARLORD OF MARS #1
"The story is fast-paced, the characters are interesting, and most importantly the artwork is KICK-ASS!" (DS)
  SUPERMAN #704
"The story falls a little flat, and it’s not really helped out in any small way by Oliveria’s pencils” (DS)
  RAGMAN SUIT OF SOULS #1
"...it goes a long way to show how much characterization and personality he can pack into 22-pages!" (DS)
  SPIDER-MAN VS VAMPIRES #1
"...my brain hurt so badly by the time I finished with this book that I almost gave up comics forever.” (DS)
  INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #1
"I love the mood that he (Phillips) sets with his pencils, and the environments he builds around his characters.." (DS)
  ACTION COMICS #894
"...you can count on Lex out-thinking almost anyone he’s put up against, and THAT makes for an exciting story.” (DS)
  SUPERMAN BATMAN #77
"...a fun comic that doesn’t come with a whole lot of baggage." (DS)
  SOLDIER ZERO #1
"Have them say something about the chair! Did they talk about the wheelchair on this page yet?! And so on...” (DS)
  JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #44
"...the idea of the JSA adopting, rebuilding, running a city is absolutely alluring." (DS)
  NOTLD #1
"... if you’re a fan of horror, sex, violence, or hippies than this one’s for YOU!" (DS)
  KICK ASS 2 #1
"This is probably one of the most surprising books I’ve read all month." (DS)
  ROAD HOME BATMAN & ROBIN #1
"...there’s very little of the signature quirkiness that’s become a staple of the “Batman and Robin” book" (DS)
  SUPERIOR #1
"...a story that build upon layers of childlike amazement as far as the whole superhero genre is concerned." (DS)
  KLAWS OF THE PANTHER #1
"Everything about this struck a chord with me." (DS)
  METALOCALYPSE DETHKLOK #1
"...I didn’t’ find a whole lot to redeem this book in my eyes." (DS)
  CHAOS WAR #1
"...readers are in for an exciting ride." (DS)
  LADY MECHANIKA #0
"If ever there was an heir-apparent to the throne of Michael Turner, it’s Joe Benitez. With this book he’s blown my mind," (DS)
  UNCANNY X-FORCE #1
"This is such a worthy heir to the X-Force name that I’m really kind of disappointed in myself for having doubts. "  (DS)
  DEADPOOLMAX #1
"Kyle Baker is the saving grace of this book." (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

 

AVENGERS VS PET AVENGERS #1

"...this comic is very entertaining and kids of all ages will enjoy it (even cynical ones like me)" (DK)
 

SUPERMAN BATMAN APOCALYPSE

"...the animation is well staged and equal to the quality of the previous DC Universe films."  (JR)
 

101610 ROH HOUSE SHOW

"...this is by far and away a match of the year contender." (AS)
 

THE SOCIAL NETWORK

"..what happens when you get a bunch of douche bags together to create a movie about another bunch of douche bags." (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: BLACK WIDOW #6
“...probably the most intense jumping-on point I’ve experienced in my comic-reading experience so far this year...”   (DS)

GO TO ALL OF THESE SEPTEMBER 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

 
  STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #1
"Billy Tucci-produces a magnificent misfire with this exercise in banality." (DS)
  RADICAL PREMIERE MATA HARI
"...a fun little reading experience..."  (DS)
  TERMINATOR 1984 #1
"I thought that the art worked incredibly well for the story, although I’m not sure the story worked incredibly well." (DS)
  GI COMBAT #1
"...retains ALL the sensibilities of similar books that preceded it while bringing a fresh take on an OLD idea"  (DS)
  VALKYRIE #1
"...a fluff piece that does NOTHING to advance the character..." (DS)
  WETWORK: MUTATIONS #1
"This book is a hot mess..." (DS)
  SKULLKICKERS #1
"There’s no atmosphere, no environment, it’s just ‘punch, stab, kick, run, jump, steal’, and that gets old REAL FAST. ( DS)
  THOR #615
"...while I’m impressed with the attempt, I’m under whelmed with the issue as a whole" (DS)
  POWER GIRL #16
"...awkward, uncomfortable, and ultimately disappointing overall." ( DS)
  THOR FIRST THUNDER #1
"...I really think that this was as pointless as striking oneself about the head with a hammer for recreational purposes" (DS)
  ENIGMA FORCE #1 of 3
" I can’t say a whole lot of good things about this book, it’s just an attempt to cash in on retro-cool." ( DS)
  CAPTAIN AMERICA PATRIOT #1
"...a charming story really, and very much golden-age in its approach to the character"  (DS)
  X-23#1
".... interesting and gorgeous. It’s more worthy of a recommendation than either of the other Logan-related series" ( DS)
  RED VICTORIA SPECIAL #1
"...what happens when the loathsome cash-grab, last-ditch effort really pays off-Yep, it’s a good book."  (DS)
  WEIRD WAR TALES #1
".... a perfect example of comics that you just don’t see enough of anymore." (DS)
  DAKEN #1
"...this just feels like more of the same with a brand new wrapper."  (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #641
"....it’s pretty solid in its desire to leave things the way they are, for now." (DS)
  ONE MONTH TO LIVE #1
"...Remender injected SO MUCH personality into Dennis that it’s impossible to NOT relate to him"  (DS)
  FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1
"....this is just too unfocused to maintain my attention. It’s not that I can’t figure out what’s going on,  I just don’t care." (DS)
  KODIAK #1
"I thought the book was a perfect escape, with little of the expectations that come with your typical super-hero comic."  (DS)
  SCIENCE DOG SPECIAL
".How can you NOT love a book called “Science Dog?" (DS)
  TASKMASTER #1
"... a vain attempt at taking a likable character and giving him the b-movie treatment."  (DS)
  DEAD SOLDIER #1
"... is supposed to be avenging the deaths of soldiers, but really he’s just muddled in confusion and poor writing." (DS)
  TRANSFORMERS DRIFT #1
"... there isn’t a lot of REAL substance, unless of course Drift has always been your favorite Transformer..."  (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #642
"If this is editorial’s way of apologizing for the whole Lily/Menace/Norman thing, well, fine."  (DS)
  WOLVERINE #1
"... it’s hard to decipher what really IS going on because we’re treated to so much more flash and slash than story. "  (DS)
  THOR FOR ASGARD #1
"...this was an absolute treat to read."  (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

 

THE TOWN

"...a solidly entertaining piece of filmmaking that provides viewers with plenty of emotional thrills..."  (JR)
 

GET LOW

"... more than just the sum of a single performance. It is a genuine, often hilarious period piece...." (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: SUPERMAN #702/LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON #1
“.I’m two and a half issues into Straczynski’s ‘ground-breaking’ run, appropriately entitled “Grounded”, and I’m still impressed.””   (DS)

GO TO ALL OF THESE AUGUST 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

  ZEROIDS #1
"...there’s a gem buried somewhere deep inside this turd-like wrapping, and it’s worth discovering."  (DS)
  SPIDERGIRL THE END  #1
"...I gotta say, for my first “Spider-Girl” story, I was pleasantly surprised."  (DS)
  CURSE OF MUTANTS BLADE #1
"...a pretty dang-gone depressing tale in which everyone whose name isn’t on the cover bites it (no pun intended)."  (DS)
  SHADOWLAND BLOOD ON  THE STREETS #1
"...if the writer had narrowed his focus I think the book might have stood a chance."  (DS)
  CURSE OF MUTANTS STORM & GAMBIT #1
"The really disappointing thing about this issue is how TERRIBLE the art was..."  (DS)
  GUARDING THE GLOBE #1
"... there’s something extremely refreshing about a book, even a super-hero book, that doesn’t take itself too seriously."  (DS)
  WHISPERS IN THE WALL #1
"The story is creepy, interesting, and above all original."  (DS)
  NAMOR THE FIRST MUTANT #1
"Now the X-Men are fighting Vampires by land AND by sea, watchoutnow!"  (DS)
  MORNING GLORIES #1
"Best. New. Series. Of the year."  (DS)
  ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #1
"...something about the story forced my reading experience to hit a wall."  (DS)
  MURDERLAND #1
"David Hahn is the only redeemable thing this book has going for it. "  (DS)
  NEW MUTANTS FOREVER #1
"...derivative, lazy story-telling that comes from giving a past-his-prime creator his own pocket universe to play with"  (DS)
  NANCY IN HELL #1
"...a visually stimulating, and not-unintelligent story of Nancy, and she’s in hell."  (DS)
  MARVEL UNIVERSE VS PUNISHER #1
"...an otherwise depressing story about loss and responsibility and injects emotion whenever possible..."  (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

 
  BATMAN UNDER THE RED HOOD DVD
"...an animated film that stands shoulder to shoulder with Timm's original animated Batman series"  (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: LSH #1/ADVENTURE #12
“...this is kinda-sorta the reason I got into comics...”   (DS)

GO TO ALL OF THESE JULY 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

  WONDER WOMAN #601
"...the “Planet Hulk” of Wonder Woman stories, i.e. take the character WAY out of the box, and see what happens..."  (DS)
  the RISING #0
"For only a dollar readers are treated to a beautifully illustrated mess of a comic"  (DS)
  TIME BOMB #1
"What starts out at as an incredibly interesting concept quickly descends into B-movie territory..."  (DS)
  ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #1
"...the only real mystery of the title is: Does anyone care anymore?"  (DS)
  ARTIFACTS #1
"The dedication and devotion Ron Marz has for the Top Cow Universe is in the spirit of Stan the Man himself..."  (DS)
  ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON #1
"By the end of the first issue I was left with a number of questions, but little interest in the remainder of the story."  (DS)
  SCOURGE #1
"...the action carries itself well, but ultimately I get the feeling it’s just masking the lack of any real story."  (DS)
  CHARMED #1
"...I don’t like the fact that this book exists. I don’t understand a need for it..."  (DS)
  TRUE BLOOD #1
"...just as bland and dull as you’d come to expect from a comic book based on a show based on a series of books."  (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #638
"...a tapestry that really feels like an authentic experience."  (DS)
  PARKER MAN WITH GETAWAY FACE
"Cook’s artwork is simple, yet amazingly capable of getting the point across with the least amount of intrusion."  (DS)
  DARK WOLVERINE #88
"...it’s been a fun ride, and I’m willing to roll with these guys and see where it goes."  (DS)
  SUPERMAN  #701
"By page-two I was overcome by a feeling of wonder, something that I haven’t felt in damn-near two decades.  (DS)
  TIMEMASTERS VANISHING POINT #1
"The issue is bogged down by its own baggage..."  (DS)
  X-FORCE SEX & VIOLENCE #1
"....Del’Otto is beyond belief-he really is Marvel’s secret weapon,"  (DS)
  GORILLA MAN #1
"I’m a fan of both the art and the story; although I’m not particularly fond of the way Caracuzzo illustrates gorillas ..."  (DS)
  SCARLET #1
"....I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, or pissed, or whatever, but I’m sure it will invoke some sort of reaction."  (DS)
  OFFICER DOWNE
"...an in-your-face kinda book, with a bad attitude that demands your attention..."  (DS)
  DOCTOR SOLAR #1
"... I’m not feeling it"  (DS)
  BRIGADE #1
"There’s nothing about this concept that’s gotten any better with time..."  (DS)
  AVENGERS CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #1
"... I don’t want a hit-and-run relationship with great comics, I want them to stick around all the time"  (DS)
  STEVE ROGERS SUPER-SOLDIER #1
"There’s a flow to the story, the motion, the action, the combat, which really accentuates Eaglesham’s strengths."  (DS)
  SHADOWLAND #1 of 5
"...manages to feel as though they bit off a bit more than they’re ready to chew."  (DS)
  BATMAN ODYSSEY #1 of 12
"I can’t seriously believe that this will turn out to be anything other than a massive egg laid by the DC editorial team."  (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

 
  GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
"...a deeper investigation into the puzzling, emblematic lead character..." (JR)
  072410 ROH HOUSE SHOW
"Ring of Honor has once again proved that tag team wrestling isn’t dead"  (AS)
  INCEPTION
" ...destined to be discussed and dissected by enthralled viewers for years to come." (JR)
  WINTER'S BONE
"Astonishing in its authenticity and never less than riveting..."  (JR)
 

GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

" ...a knockout piece of entertainment..." (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: A-TEAM WAR STORIES
"“As much as I’m looking forward to an updated, big-screen “A-Team” revival, I’m just about out of energy in regards to sitting through two more of these prefaces.”  (DS)

GO TO ALL OF THESE JUNE 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

  BULLET TO THE HEAD #1
"...this was far and beyond my favorite read of the week"   (DS)
  GREEN ARROW #1
"Even though the issue has its highs and lows, the lows outnumber the highs..."  (DS)
  BULLET TO THE HEAD #1
"...this came off-as a regurgitation of previously digested material"   (DS)
  JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #40
"...say what you want about this age-old plot device, but Willingham had it all over ME from the beginning"  (DS)
  HULK #23
"HOW’ General Ross became Rulk is WAAAAAAY less interesting than I thought it would be..."   (DS)
  CAPTAIN AMERICA NEWSPAPER STRIP #1
"...over-priced and underwhelming mini-series..."  (DS)
  RAWHIDE KID: SENSATIONAL 7 #1
"...at least the atmosphere feels authentic, even if nothing else really does."   (DS)
  BATMAN BEYOND #1 of 6
"I was really looking forward to this, and I’m actually quite disappointed in how it turned out."  (DS)
  MINDFIELD #1
"...even though the book doesn’t knock anything out of the park, it does maintain a base amount of interest."   (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #634
"...lack luster issue, only the art carries me through the drudges of Marvel's attempt to squeeze blood from a turnip"  (DS)
  WONDER WOMAN #600
"...change brought to the mythology of a character that’s been this stagnant for this long is absolutely wonder-ful."   (DS)
  DARKSTAR AND THE WINTER GUARD #1 (OF 3)
"...this 3-issue mini-series pushes the limits of tolerability"  (DS)
  SUPERMAN #700
"Now that the “World of New Krypton” saga is over  the Superman family of titles feel a lot more inviting,"  (DS)
  JOKERS ASYLUM HARLEY QUINN #1
"It isn’t a dense read, and the artwork allows a fast-paced story to move fluidly..."   (DS)
  MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD #1 (OF 4)
"Tell no complete truths or  falsehoods, but tell a tale I’ve never heard"  (DS)
  PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL #1
" ...with slick art, and a ballsy story, there’s no reason this couldn’t be a really great book."   (DS)
  NEW AVENGERS #1
"...the last seven years was to reposition the Avengers back in the spotlight then who’s in need of the Avengers-lite?"  (DS)
  AVENGERS PRIME #1 (OF 5)
" ...if we already know everything is going to be okay- why bother reading it?"   (DS)
  PALE HORSE #1
"...Both the art and story provide a clear vision of just what the author/artist is trying to do"  (DS)
  RED HOOD LOST DAYS #1 (OF 6)
" ...a book that probably won’t make any waves in the overall scheme of things."   (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

 
 

TOY STORY 3

" ...the last twenty-odd minutes of the film is as beautiful a stretch of film-making as you are likely to see anytime soon..." (JR)
  SPLICE
" ...a fascinating take on the genre that doesn’t unfold in the expected ways..."  (JR)
 

SHREK FOREVER AFTER

" ... a completely pointless piece of product that exists only because the earlier “Shrek” films made money..."  (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: AVENGERS #1
"“...a writer known primarily for his crime-fiction, and his smart dialogue, manages to conceive this world-hopping, time-traveling adventure, on par with some of the better ‘classic’ Avengers stories.”  (DS) 

GO TO ALL OF THESE MAY 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

  7 PSYCHOPATHS #1
"The plot is pretty simple, and yet oddly complex once you step away from the book."   (DS)
  RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1
"... the kind of heavy-handed metaphor you should come to expect from a project like this,"   (DS)
  ATLAS #1
"...the creators are trying to acquaint readers who may not be familiar with-the style and flair of the title, "   (DS)
  MYSTERY SOCIETY #1
" I think I’m in love. No, not with Fiona, or Steve, but rather with “The Mystery Society”"   (DS)
  SECRET AVENGERS #1
"...I’ll be the first to say that I’m with this series to the end, whether it’s $3.99 from here on out or not."   (DS)
  JLA GENERATION LOST #1
"...debut issue that solidifies the importance of the story and its participants right off the bat..." (DS)
  PRINCE OF POWER #1
"If you’ve read “The Incredible Hercules” then you have darn good idea as far as what to expect from this book..."   (DS)
  MANY LOVES OF SPIDER-MAN #1
"...all get fantastic stories that exemplify what makes each of them such wonderful women in their own ways..." (DS)
  DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #1
"I can’t imagine anyone being dissatisfied with the artistic direction of this story..."   (DS)
  ZATANNA #1
"...Dini's not taking any chances on this title, filling it with action, suspense, magic, monsters, and more..." (DS)
  WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BARON VON SHOCK #1
"The problem I have with the book is that it comes off as false."   (DS)
  EXPENDABLES #1
"...as far as drivel is concerned, this is pretty good, just not memorable, or necessary." (DS)
  THUNDERBOLTS #144
"...the Thunderbolts seems to be back on track..."   (DS)
  SENTRY FALLEN SUN
"I think that’s the best way to describe the issue as whole: FRIVOLOUS." (DS)
  FRENEMY OF THE STATE #1
".Celebutant/Super-spy, and she’s DAMN good."   (DS)
  PILOT SEASON: STEALTH
"...Kirkman’s IDEAS are the kind that I’d like to see more of, there needs to be more to it than just this kind of execution." (DS)
  WAR OF THE SUPERMAN #1
"...at least this is illustrated really well by “Supergirl” artist, Jamal Igle." (DS)
  BRIGHTEST DAY #1
"...I must say it came as quite a surprise to me that I enjoyed this as much as I did." (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

  ROBIN HOOD
" ...unkempt and frayed around the edges, but the fortitude of the film is surprisingly sincere..."  (JR)
 

IRON MAN 2

"...a retread of the original that accentuates its flaws while failing to invoke the originals freshness."  (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  FREE COMICBOOK DAY REVIEWS
Sweet Dan Sweet takes a brake form reviewing the weekly fare and tackles most of the30+ titles being offered for this year's Free Comicbook Day. Read all his opinions during our MARCH TO FREE COMICBOOK DAY!

GO TO ALL OF THESE APRIL 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

 
  HAIRY THINGS #1
"...really cool in concept, but the book suffers from mediocre execution" (DS)
  MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #1
"...I  just can’t find myself interested in ANOTHER Marvel-zombie story at $4 an issue..." (DS)
  AVENGERS ORIGIN #1
"...to be honest, I’m only REALLY interested in this book for the way it looks." (DS)
  FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS #1
"Hudlin’s voice-does a phenomenal job introducing the previous generation’s Panther..." (DS)
  TURF #1
"...this is one of the more fun, and satisfying books I’ve read in LONG time." (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

 

KICK-ASS

" ...lacking true satiric aim, making the oncoming mess of ultra-violence more troubling than rousing."  (JR)
 

the LOSERS

"It's a textbook example of diverting, forgettable, been-there-done-that, middle-of-the-road mediocrity."  (JR)
 

C2E2 2010 CONVENTION

"..everything about this con was awesome, with the only  exception being the obviously overpriced food ..."  (DS)
 

JLA CRISIS ON 2 EARTHS

"...more epic, climactic, and intense than those featured in most other DC animated endeavors."  (JR)
 

GREEN ZONE

"...a heart-jacking action film that manages to engage in the causes of the war ..."  (JR)
 

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

"...drab feature molded with garish CGI and acted as if there wasn’t a director" (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: "FALL OF GREEN ARROW"
"“With Krul masterminding this entire ordeal it’s the author’s fresh perspective on how to deal with an old favorite that’s going to keep me coming back for the rest.”  (DS) 

GO TO ALL OF THESE MARCH 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

  GHOST PROJEKT #1
"...it’s cool but convoluted-nothing to write home about, but it’s also nothing to rag on either." (DS)
  NEMESIS #1
"...like having a giant bowl of ‘Awesome’, sprinkled with ‘Super-Duper’ and ‘Sweet’, and eating it without a tummy ache. " (DS)
  X-23 #1
"I was ready to stab myself in an eye, just to have a valid excuse not to read any more of this blatant fan-fic." (DS)
  GREEN HORNET YEAR ONE #1
"...Wagner celebrates everything that made the character classic and timeless. " (DS)
  X-MEN 2ND COMING 2nd Print
"It’s somewhat difficult to witness something that you cared about immensely as a kid descend into madness." (DS)
  PETER PARKER #1
"In the grand tradition of all things ‘Spidey’, the supporting cast is as important as the title-character.." (DS)
  GREEN LANTERN #52
"If there’s anything redeeming about this book at all-it’s got to be the mind-blowing art by Doug Mahnke." (DS)
  WWE HEROES #1
"I hated this crap-bomb with a fiery passion, deep, deep within my soul" (DS)
  GOD OF WAR #1
"There just wasn’t anything enjoyable about this book at all..." (DS)
  LAST STAND ON NEW KRYPTON #1
"Absolutely dreadful work, just another in a long list of disappointments by Robinson, as of late." (DS)
  AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1
"...this story has one big, brass pair of balls, and I, for one, look forward to carrying on the adventure" (DS)
  ETERNAL DESCENT #1
"Who’d have ever thought that such unimaginable drek could come from such an ambitious undertaking?" (DS)
  BATMAN & ROBIN #10
"...a lot more questions than there are answers at this point, and there’s nothing wrong with that" (DS)
  HULK LET THE BATTLE BEGIN
"...a breeze-through, once-over that you won’t be in a hurry to read again" (DS)
  TERMINATOR 2029 #1 (OF 3)
"...a fresh dose of ‘awesome’ into the mythos that was never there before." (DS)
  BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY #1 (OF 2)
"... a terrific anthology that shouldn’t be masquerading as a ‘How To’" (DS)
  CLOAK & DAGGER #1
" I think Marvel really dropped the ball with this one." (DS)
  TRANSFORMERS NEFARIOUS #1
"...nothing here is ‘more than meets the eye" (DS)
  GIRL'S COMICS  #1
"it’s a quality book by quality creators, and there’s not one mention of anyone’s period." (DS)
  RISE OF ARSENAL #1
"...either the third part of one story or the first part of the second act of another”, but it isn’t very good." (DS)
  HERCULES: FALL OF AN AVENGER #1
"After all the hum-drummery that goes with this sort of memorial issue, the writers throw a curve-ball at readers,.." (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #623
"Waid-got stuck detailing the origin of the all-new, and yet still amazingly uninteresting, Vulture!" (DS)
  FIRST WAVE #1
" ...as it stands the book is awesome, if released unadulterated, it would probably be legendary." (DS)
  STEPHEN KINGS N #1
"Guggenheim manages to capture the spirit of King’s story, which was told in the very non-traditional way..." (DS)
  KEVIN SMITH'S GREEN HORNET #1
" I dove into the debut issue ready to be wowed, but I wasn’t." (DS)
  SPARTA USA #1
"...its success lies in the intriguing story that Lapham crafted amidst scores of other post-apocalyptic comics..." (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

 

WRESTLEMANIA 26

"WrestleMania 26 is in the books and it was a good show with moments of greatness."  (Bo)
  THE WOLFMAN
"...a dramatically inert romantic tragedy/horror film that will please neither genre fans or casual moviegoers." (JR)
  SHUTTER ISLAND
"..one of the master filmmakers of our time might be reaching towards a grander conclusion about a myriad of topics." (JR)
  2010 OSCAR PREDICTIONS
2010 Academy Awards are coming up and "BO" & "JR" have their predictions all set for Oscar Night.

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: CAPTAIN AMERICA #602 & #603
"A book about a man who wears an American flag while fighting crime SHOULD touch on current political situations, no matter how volatile they appear to be.” (DS) 

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GO TO ALL OF THESE FEBRUARY 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

 
  PROJECT SUPERPOWERS CHAPTER 2  #7
"The story is so convoluted, with the focus spread too thin over too many concurrent story lines..." (DS)
  LOGAN'S RUN #1
"...a surprisingly engaging story that is well written and well illustrated..." (DS)
  DEVIL #1
"Dark Horse dives back into the murky water that is the Adapted-Manga Cesspool of Despair" (DS)
  DMZ #50
"The perfect blend of engaging story, phenomenal artwork from some of the top names in the industry," (DS)
  CAPTAIN SWING #1
"it’s part steampunk science fiction, and part police procedural, and it hit notes that will bring me back for more." (DS)
  SUPERGIRL #50
"If you’re not a Supergirl fan, then the book isn’t going to light your world on fire, but it is a solid read." (DS)
  DEADPOOL #19
"The thing about this issue that works so well for me is Spider-Man and Hit-Man Monkey, er, Hit Monkey." (DS)
  DOOMWAR #1
"As long as the action stays as fast and as furious -I’m going to be riding this one out for the long haul." (DS)
  SCI FI/FANTASY ILLUSTRATED #1
"...a creepy story, utilizing a common science-fiction plot device and adding a hint of psychological thriller" (DS)
  BROKEN TRINITY PANDORA'S BOX #1
"What Levin and Hill are doing is exploring the dynamic between the two ‘polar’ (had to…) opposites," (DS)
  CHASE VARIANT ONE SHOT
"I get what he was TRYING to do-but what Johnston failed at doing was capture my attention." (DS)
  HUMAN TARGET #1
"...Wein captures the action &  excitement in these kinds of tales and transitions them well into an awesome comic." (DS)
  X-MEN PIXIE STRIKES BACK #1
"...by the end of the issue, there’s no doubt that Immonen’s crafting a rather mysterious tale." (DS)
  LEGENDARY TALESPINNERS #1
"...while the book is splendid looking, it doesn’t offer anything that isn’t done better over in “Fables”.." (DS)
  LEGENDS THE ENCHANTED #0
"It’s not that this is a bad book. If I was 13, or 14 I’d be into this, big time. The problem is, I’m not 13, or 14..." (DS)
  HIT MONKEY #1
"...I consider to be, one of the best original characters to come out of the Marvel camp in a long,..." (DS)
  MILESTONE FOREVER #1 (OF 2)
"I felt sick at the prospect of a SUPER 90’s take on super heroing-weaving its way into modern comics..." (DS)
  BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #32
"I’m not sure, what about this book that reminded me I have no real tolerance for juvenile drama anymore..." (DS)
  REALM O/T KINGS: SON O/HULK #1
"At the end of the issue-he proclaims himself some kind of god, which is a little creepy..." (DS)
  DOOM PATROL #7
"When I realized how deeply rooted Giffen’s story is I was even more sold on the book..." (DS)
  ULTIMATE COMICS X #1
"is it really as interesting as it appears to be, or am I distracted by the ‘purty’ pictures?" (DS)

-OTHER REVIEWS-

  JR'S TOP 10 FILMS OF THE DECADE
"I think my list represents individual voices as well as when commerce and art can be completely compatible" (JR)
  CRAZY HEART
"...an utterly familiar but mostly satisfying character study of a man rescued from the brink of self-destruction..."  (JR)

BOOK OF
THE WEEK!

  BOOK OF THE MONTH: SIEGE & SIEGE EMBEDDED #1
"“I believe (Marvel's) intention is to wash away the dark elements that have been plaguing their titles...”  (DS)
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GO TO ALL OF THESE JANUARY 2010 COMIC REVIEWS

  AVENGERS VS AGENTS OF ATLAS #1
" ..is the team destined to star in cross-over after cross-over, with no real growth, for ever and ever, and ever?" (DS)
  PILOT SEASON DEMONIC
"The problem that I have is that there’s no rhyme or reason to it all." (DS)
  GI JOE COBRA II #1
" ...reads like an episode of ‘24’ crossbred with the summer blockbuster that shares the title…" (DS)
  GREEN LANTERN #50
"...little more than a giant fight-scene, giving the author a chance to show off the-multi-colored Lantern Corp," (DS)
  JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #41
"I wasn’t surprised at all with the campy, unsatisfying dialogue; cliché-riddled, pretentious, whiny snots…" (DS)
  ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #1
"You know what I’ve noticed, there is a sever lack of respect for human life in the Ultimate Marvel Universe." (DS)
  JOE THE BARBARIAN #1
"I wouldn’t be surprised at all-if the whole thing is an ode to the  tales written by the Brothers Grimm." (DS)
  OUTSIDERS #26
"The book needs a more consistent flow to the colors and inks, before anyone is going to take the art seriously." (DS)
  INCORRUPTIBLE #1 & 2
"...stories about super-people that don’t feel like retreads of tales told before, and Waid’s done it twice in a year." (DS)
  ALIENS VS.PREDATOR WAR #1
"...maybe Dark Horse was gonna get the formula right and give me something classic, but all I found was Coke II" (DS)
  RED HULK #1
"...feels like a tired re-tread, full of useless info that- is going to be viewed as trivial and pointless." (DS)
  HULK #19
"There’s a lot of the traditional Jeph Loeb-posturing that he’s become so reviled for..." (DS)
  CAPTAINS LOG: SULU #1
"Is the mythology that sacred that the fans are willing to accept a watered-down homage to days gone by?" (DS)
  MERC: BROKEN WORLD #1
"....the book is clearly lacking in the ‘details’ department, and that goes for both the writer and the artist.." (DS)
  PHANTOM DOUBLE SHOT #1
"....neither one of the stories contained in this issue show a great deal of creativity." (DS)
  WILDCATS #19
"...everything else about this book is over done, leaving a foul, distinctively 90’s taste in my mouth." (DS)
  POLITICAL POWER #4-RONALD REGAN
"...produced by people with a tenuous grasp of the English language" (DS)
  ARMY OF TWO #1
"...I couldn’t find an iota of plot worth giving a hot, greasy $#!t about." (DS)
  AMAZING SPIDERMAN #617
"The Gauntlet” is an emotional roller coaster where Peter deals with his past, and the colorful cast of characters (DS)
  MARVEL BOY URANIAN #1 of (3)
"It’s this characterization that makes Bob (Marvel Boy) so interesting..."  (DS)

-MOVIES-

  BOOK OF ELI
"...there is nothing on display here that hasn’t been seen before in countless other post-apocalyptic melodramas..." (JR)
  SHERLOCK HOLMES
"The film doesn’t feel so much like Holmes as a strange, unwanted cousin to Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West." (JR)
  JR'S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2009
"2009 was a very good year for cinema" (JR)
  PRECIOUS
"...more concerned with the first steps of empowerment, not an overall cure, leaving more of a lasting impression"  (JR)

-MISC-

 
  ROYAL RUMBLE-2009
"All in all, a pretty good Rumble, the matches were well planned out and we got a surprise or two" (Bo)

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