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John Carpenter’s 2018 Halloween

Guestwriter: Nick Monitto As a fan of late 20th Century horror, I have seen both ephemeral one-offs and long-lasting series. High in my fanhood are the “Halloween” films, begun by John Carpenter in 1978. The series has wandered around in its time; while the sequel began literally at the end of the first, the third movie took an anthology route, …

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Dick Tracy is Very Much Alive

Guestwriter: John Enfield Writers: Lee Allred, Michael Allred, Laura Allred Artist: Rich Tommaso This review was made possible due to a review copy. How do you introduce a hero, who was very much the product of a bygone era, to a new, modern audience without ruining him for long-time fans? ‘Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive’ comes very close to perfectly …

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The Wicked + The Divine: 1373

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Ryan Kelly This article was made possible through the gift of a review copy. Once again, we return with a stand-alone The Wicked + The Divine. That we can have the main arc interrupted for these one-offs that really only give us more questions than really explain anything and still keep our attention is a testament …

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Book Retort of Patience! Conviction! Revenge!

Guestwriter: John Enfield Writer: Patrick Kindlon Aritst: Marco Ferrari   Patience! Conviction! Revenge! A post-apocalyptic story worth telling. Post-apocalyptic stories aren’t exactly rare; they’re one of the main sub-genres of science fiction.  Neither are satires nor homages to spaghetti western movies.  But, put all three together and you do have a rare gem: this comic book.  It’s as if Patrick …

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Iello Games’ Dungeon Fighter

Guestwriter: Thessaly Tracey I play tabletop RPGs.  I play with friends around a big table every single week, so I have a lot of love for, and familiarity with, the concept of characters crawling around in dungeons and slaying monsters in order to take their treasure. I also play boardgames every Sunday night.   In the last five years I have …

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Dejah Thoris: Gardens of Mars

Guestwriter: John Enfield Writer: Amy Chu Artist: Pasquale Qualano In this day and age of real-life robots slowly but surely driving over the surface, while satellites fly in orbit over them, all sending us actual data about what it is really like beyond what we’ve glimpsed through telescopes, it is hard to imagine what people were thinking about Mars way …

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A Look at the Smallfoot Trailer

  Guest Writer: John Enfield A cute story for the kiddos about today’s notion that maybe humans are the real monsters. Based on the book Yeti Tracks by Sergio Pablos, this Warner Animation Group film somehow turns that title into ‘Smallfoot’.  Apparently, Channing Tatum, James Corden, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, etc. are just the folks to voice …

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Shadowman #2: a Valiant Effort

Guest Writer: Bryan Parke This article was possible due to the gift of a review copy, QWERTY, and rolling natural 20s. Reviewing Shadowman #2 has been a very interesting experience. I picked up the comic purely on the basis of the great looking and intriguing black and white cover, not knowing anything about the Shadowman character other than the voodoo …

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Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan Pilot

Guestwriter: John Price I fully admit: I was nervous going in. The past few installments of the Jack Ryanverse haven’t exactly been home-runs. But Amazon’s Jack Ryan (2018) exceeds all expectations and, while it doesn’t set the bar, it’s a strong statement that Netflix isn’t the only game in town for original action shows anymore. — After the brilliant opening …

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X-Files: Season 11, Episode 10 “My Struggle IV”

Guestwriter: Nick Monitto The cold open of The X-files season finale starts with a “Previously on…” segment, going back to the Roswell UFO crash clips from the previous season, and highlights from “My Struggle III”. It continues with a voice-over by Jackson Van de Kamp/William Mulder. He talks about the visions he experiences, how he knew from a young age …