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    From Marvel Legends Series 10 It’s about time. I’ve been waiting for years for a well-made action figure of Cyclops in his classic costume, and it’s finally been made for me, complete with puffy seventies boots and gloves. This is Cyclops from the Dark Phoenix saga, from his days at the forefront of the X-Men, before he became the progenitor of the most chronally-disfuntional family ever. I really dig this figure – he’s got all the posability of Marvel Legends, without most of the problems that the overabundance of joints brings to most of the other figures in the line. His ball-joint shoulders are offset from his torso a little…

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    Manga Reviews: Back in Style and Gore!

    Bleach vols. 41-43Story & Art: Tite KuboTranslation: Joe YamazakiAdaptation: Lance CaselmanPublisher: Viz Even after all these years reading this manga I still play the Number one song in the back of my head when reading the fighting sequences.  While the world may not ever know why Tite Kubo decided to call this book Bleach, but at this point does anybody really care what this series is called?  Anyone else find themselves calling Ichigo Bleach at times?  I can’t be the only one. The stakes have never been higher. Orihime is still held captive at the hands of Aizen and Ichigo and pals have to rescue her before it’s too late. …

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    Manga Reviews: Back and Vertically Challenged!

    5 Centimeters per SecondStory: Makoto ShinkaiArt: Yukiko SeikeTranslation: Melissa and Taka SanakaPublisher: Vertical Boy having a kid and updating your website really takes a toll on you.  Anyway after a small break.  Your manga review crew is back! We start off with a book based on one of my favorite anime.  It is based on the movie with the same title by Makoto Shinkai.  I remember watching Voices of a Distant Star and people comparing Shinkai to Miyazaki and his movies to those of Studio Ghibli.  For some reason I seem to be the only to disagree and compare him to Nicholas Sparks.  I always end up crying tears of…

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    DVD Review: Secret of the Urn

    AnimEigoDirector: Hideo GoshaWriters: Hideo Gosha, Kei TasakaStars: Bin Amatsu, Keiko Awaji and Takuya Fujioka(From imdb.com) What they say: After losing both an eye and an arm to treachery while on a mission for his clan, Samanosuke (Kinnosuke NAKAMURA) becomes a ronin who calls himself TANGE Sazen. When a stolen urn that contains the secret to a treasure worth a million gold coins falls into his one remaining hand, all sorts of villains, including a high-ranking Shogunate minister, plot to relieve him of his burden — and his life. Unfortunately for them, TANGE has developed a unique and deadly one-handed fighting style, which means his enemies will have their hands full…

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    DVD Review: Revenge (Adauchi)

    AnimEigoDirector: Tadashi ImaiWriter: Shinobu HashimotoStars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Takahiro Tamura and Tetsurô Tanba(From imdb.com) What they say: A minor quarrel escalates into a duel. A death creates a debt of honor. The demands of honor outweigh the demands of justice, and force friends to spill each other’s blood. And the need for victory requires the sacrifice of honor. One simple argument spawns death, madness, and a final confrontation that will leave the sandy soil soaked with blood. What I say: Revenge is a twisty tale of a duel gone wrong and how one little slight in the world of samurai can lead to major repercussions. The film is told out of…

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    Drunk Comic Book History Chronicles

    This weekend sees the release of the film CHRONICLE. Directed by Josh Trank and written by Max Landis, the movie marks a really big debut for the two. Both filmmakers have a history with making YouTube videos, with Trank making viral fan films in the same found footage style (click here to see one). Max Landis is the guy behind DRUNK COMIC BOOK HISTORY and COOKING WITH COMICS. A fanboy take on the webseries Drunk History, Max recounts some popular Batman history to the camera while his friends reenact it in as cheaply as possible.I became a pretty big fan of these. Me and my friends still quote “No it…

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    Manga Reviews: Animals, Princesses, Air trecks and the end of the world!

    Airgear vol. 21Story & Art: Oh! GreatTranslation: Stephen PaulLettering: Dave SharpePublisher: Kodansha I ever reveal that anytime I read this series, I want to dust off my old rollerblades and go outside and bust my ass?  Because, that is exactly what would happen if I did that.  I’m 33 now, I can’t be doing silly things like that; bones would take too long to heal and then I’d have to take time off work.  Oh to be young again, thank you Airgear for making me relive those young days, however.  If you aren’t familiar with AirGear it is a manga by Oh Great, who not only has a badass name,…

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    Darkwing Duck Volume 1: The Duck Knight Returns

    Artist: James SilvaniCover: Magic Eye Studios  One very magical thing about super heroes (animated, illustrated, or live action) is that they usually have a battle cry. Some sort of call to arms to make evil doers cringing with fear at the sight of our favorite costumed crusaders. Who doesn’t love to hear Captain America shout “Avengers Assemble?” Which kid from the 80′s didn’t get goosebumps every time Prince Adam pulled out his magical sword and said “By the Power of Grayskull, I Have the Power!” Believe me, I’m not the only fan who gets an adrenaline rush hearing Tommy shout “It’s Morphin Time!” Basically, a great rally cry from our…

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    About Heroes @ Comic Con 2010: The Walking Dead panel

    Fans of Kirkmans book…get ready to be VERY happy. Before we got to seeing some footage, we were first introduced to the creative team to the show. Director/Writer Frank Darabont, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Make up efx master Greg Nicotero, and head of AMC SVP of original programing Joel Stillerman. A quick roundup on some of the information we got: -Gale (having a hand in a few comic-to-movie properties) got involved after hearing the popularity of the series and then reading the book. -Darabont, a huge horror fan, discovered the series at his local comic shop. Upon reading it he realized that the story…

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    Fairy Tail vol. 3

    Story & Art: Hiro MashimaTranslation: William FlanaganPublisher: Del Rey I was surprised by how much I enjoyed volumes 1 and 2 of this series. I’m not a big wizard fan (let the Harry Potter fan-boy emails come) and I really got bored with Rave Master, because Mashima never stepped outside of his formula and the story was going nowhere. But, this was something that brought me back to my child hood and I really got that sense of adventure when Natsu, Lucy, and Happy took off for Fairy Tail. Now the Dark Guild Eisenwald are going head to head with Fairy Tail for the Lullaby (no, not what you think,…