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Super Bowl Cheat Sheet: A Surefire Way to Impress Your Friends and Families at Tonight's Big Event

Super Bowl Cheat Sheet: A Surefire Way to Impress Your Friends and Families at Tonight's Big Event

By Christian Hoffer in News with Benefits on February 3, 2013

A handy guide to tonight's game.

Review: Wolverine Snikt!

Review: Wolverine Snikt!

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 3, 2013

Cover One day Wolverine is minding his own business when suddenly a creepy looking little girl appears and  teleports him away. He ends up in a near future where he's confronted with a post-apocalyptic world, where humankind is almost extinct. The little girl went to the past to search for the only person that could help her in the fight against the creatures that now rule over the Earth. These creatures are called Mandates. To kill a Mandate its necessary to destroy its Orb Core. However, only adamantium can breach a Orb Core. Thus the importance of Wolverine. Wolverine Snikt! is written and drawn by manga artist Tsotomu Nihei. How is it? After arriving on future Earth Wolverine confronts is first Mandate. He win the battle but barely collapsing immediately after due to the sustained injuries. When he wakes up he's already in the hiding place of the human settlement There he finally talks to Fusa (the little girl)  and meets her people, one of the last human settlement on Earth. He's introduced to the only other person able to kill Mandates, the General. The General is a cyborg with a adamantium  shooting cannon instead of his right arm. The problem is that humankind lost all ability to produce adamantium, and the General's ammunition is running very low. Eventually Wolverine agrees to help them setup a last attempt at stopping the Mandates. Together with the General, Wolverine launches and attack on the Mandates colony where the Progenitor is believed to be. The Progenitor is the first Mandate and its also the only one capable of reproduction. So taking her out means that the Mandates will, eventually, die out and give a hope of survival to the human race. Come here, I won't bite The story is very simple and the ending is somewhat predictable, but that doesn't mean its not an interesting story to read. Tsotomu takes a unique approach to Wolverine and that makes this simple story a joy to read. The art in this book is simply glorious. Tsotomu's art is a delight to look at. Highly detailed art with strong color contrasts and very,very, very VERY moody and atmospheric settings and backgrounds. The art is what truly shines in this book. Tsotomu draws Wolverine like a nimble warrior with an X-Men the movie like uniform and, while its not his usual aspect, it looks very good. One thing I liked is that Tsotomu avoided the androgynous look for Wolverine. Sure he looks like a teenager most of the times, but there is no doubt that he is a man. The Mandates are typical manga monsters. big, scary and constantly shifting. Hi there ugly So many uglies to play with Verdict? While the story hasn't much depth this is one of my favorite Wolverine books. The aesthetics of future Earth is amazing, the dynamic of the art and the movement sensation that you get when reading this book is really great. The fight scenes are fantastically drawn. Tsutomu is truly a master of his art. Unfortunately this book is out of print, but if you have the chance of buying it at a reasonable price, go for it. Publisher: Marvel Comics Year: 2004 Pages: 120 Authors: Tsutomu Nihei ISBN: 0785112391 Its also available in Portuguese Publisher: Devir Year: 2005 Pages: 120 Authors: Tsutomu Nihei ISBN: 9895591187 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-wolverine-snikt.html

Earth 2 #9 Preview

Earth 2 #9 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 3, 2013

As a new story arc begins, DR. FATE makes his Earth 2 debut!

Dial H #9 Preview

Dial H #9 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 3, 2013

Nelson and Roxy continue to uncover secrets of the H-dial in Canada while evading the appendages of the Centipede

Exclusive: First Look at Video Manifesto of Future Serial Killer

Exclusive: First Look at Video Manifesto of Future Serial Killer

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 2, 2013

Check out this video manifesto from a deranged Spider-Man fan!

Review: Batman/Judge Dredd Collection

Review: Batman/Judge Dredd Collection

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 2, 2013

Cover Batman and Judge Dredd team up in this book to fight crime and evildoers. There is no hiding from them, not in Gotham, not in Mega-City One. The Main Man Lobo also gets to dance the crossover tango with Mega-City One's favorite street Judge. DC Comics and 2000AD presents us with this fantastic collection where heroes and villain cross Universes and star in these five stories This book collects the following stories Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham, Vendetta in Gotham, The Ultimate Riddle and Die Laughing. It also collects Lobo/Judge Dredd: Psycho Bikers vs. The Mutants from Hell. How is it? If, like me, you never read any of these crossover stories before it is hard to imagine that a brutal judge, juri and executioner character like Judge Dredd and the vigilante, system trusting, never killing, Batman would ever make for good, fun entertainment together. But in all honesty they do. In fact, not only that, but most of the guest villains also fit in very well. Alan Grant and John Wagner are in charge of the writing on all the stories. They do a really good job at it. They create guiding line that connects all the Batman/Dredd stories. Its presence serves only as a connection between the stories but its thin enough to be troublesome or annoying. That's 10 years for hitting a judge! In Judgment on Gotham, Gotham gets a visit from Judge Death. Batman encounters Judges Dredd and Anderson for the first time. Batman visits Mega-City and there finds Mean Machine and gets a taste for the justice system. For the first time Batman is capture and unmasked, but of course this being Mega-city One no harm was done in the DC Universe. That's 2 months for stating the obvious!  Dark Judge Joker Vendetta in Gotham brings Dredd back to Gotham to pick a fight with Batman. Dredd has an ulterior motive that brings something very interesting to the story. Rumble The Riddler does an appearance in The Ultimate Riddle. This one probably is the weakest story of this collection. Not that it isn't entertaining, but its little more than an arena setting with Dredd and Batman. Die Laughing starts the clown of crime himself. The Joker manages to escape to Mega-City One were he joins the Dark Judges. Together they terrorize what passes for hippies there. Its up to Dredd and Batman to try to save the day. Lobo also gets a chance to meet Judge Dredd and Mega-City One's Undercity in Psycho Bikers vs. The Mutants from Hell. This is a straight up macho action story, much like the 80's Schwarzenegger movies. The art is consistently good. Vendetta in Gotham presents a different art style than the rest of the stories, but maintains a high level of quality. There are many artists involved in this book (over 12), but the overhaul result is oddly consistent. Verdict? This is a very good collection. Two great icons of two charismatic publishers come together to create four very entertaining stories. The action is what's to be expected. Dredd wasn't dimmed down to Batman's level and Batman wasn't ramped up to Dredd's level. The retain their most defining traits and the stories are built upon that. I enjoyed this very much. Highly recommend to anyone that either already loves these characters or is just curious. Publisher: DC Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 304 Authors: Alan Grant, John Wagner ISBN: 1401236766 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-batmanjudge-dredd-collection.html

Uncle Ruckus: The Movie Kickstarter Begins

Uncle Ruckus: The Movie Kickstarter Begins

By Zechs in News with Benefits on February 2, 2013

Though no news on when Season 4 will happen, Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder reveals an even grander plan: an Uncle Ruckus live action movie!

Marvel to Publish 720 Page Wolverine Hardcover

Marvel to Publish 720 Page Wolverine Hardcover

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 1, 2013

Wolverine? Wolverine. Wolverine wolverine wolverine, wolverine. Wolverine. Wolverine!!! Wolve. Rine.

Cartoon Network and DC Comics Release Statement on Cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern

Cartoon Network and DC Comics Release Statement on Cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern

By Zechs in News with Benefits on February 1, 2013

In response to the outcry from fans, both DC and Cartoon Network released a joint statement on the cancellation of the two programs.

Geoff Johns On Hawkman' In 'Justice League Of America'

Geoff Johns On Hawkman' In 'Justice League Of America'

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on February 1, 2013

Johns discusses Hawkman and his role in the new JLA title

Why I Love Comics: Best of 2012 Comics Edition

Why I Love Comics: Best of 2012 Comics Edition

By Eric Ratcliffe in Features on February 1, 2013

Awwwwww yeaaaahhh! It's the Why I Love Comics Best of 2012 Comic Book Spectacular! Now with more video!

Valiant Preview: Archer & Armstrong #7

Valiant Preview: Archer & Armstrong #7

By Royal Nonesuch in Previews on February 1, 2013

Comics to smash your car into a building by.

Skyrim DLC Release Dates for PS3

Skyrim DLC Release Dates for PS3

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 1, 2013

PS3 release dates for the long awaited Skryim DLC's have finally been posted.

GoDaddy Superbowl Ad Provokes Nerdtroversy

GoDaddy Superbowl Ad Provokes Nerdtroversy

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 1, 2013

A new superbowl ad from GoDaddy.com is enraging both nerds and women on the internet.

Batwing #17 Preview

Batwing #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 1, 2013

Batwing learns the hard way that you can’t bring justice to a country that doesn’t want it!

The Enthusiast - The Enthusiast! Episode 1: Aww, Here It Goes

The Enthusiast - The Enthusiast! Episode 1: Aww, Here It Goes

By Kieran in Podcasts on February 1, 2013

Welcome to the first episode of The Enthusiast.

Captain Harlock Film To Launch Fall 2013

Captain Harlock Film To Launch Fall 2013

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on February 1, 2013

Plus a new trailer.

French Dude Leaves One French Job and Takes Another

French Dude Leaves One French Job and Takes Another

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 31, 2013

Some French guy quit his job as artistic director of a French comics festival to take a new position at a French comics publisher.

Bleeding Cool Gets Scooped on New Mike Carey Boom Studios Book Story

Bleeding Cool Gets Scooped on New Mike Carey Boom Studios Book Story

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 31, 2013

This story reaffirms our belief that The Beat is the best comics site on the web that doesn't start with "the" and end with "Outhouse."

Rockstar Games Rearranges Seasons, Schedules Spring GTA V Launch for September 17

Rockstar Games Rearranges Seasons, Schedules Spring GTA V Launch for September 17

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 31, 2013

The long-awaited Grand Theft Auto 5 will hit Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 17, 2013.

FRANK HELP! - 01/30/2013

FRANK HELP! - 01/30/2013

By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in Features on January 31, 2013

FRANK PROBABLY GET IN TROUBLE AT HOME FOR THIS ONE!

Stan Lee Cancels Megacon Appearance, Calls Florida

Stan Lee Cancels Megacon Appearance, Calls Florida "Worse Than Ohio"

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 31, 2013

Stan is said to be okay, but taking a short break from second-rate conventions in states that suck.

Superman Unbound Trailer

Superman Unbound Trailer

By Zechs in News with Benefits on January 31, 2013

The trailer to the next DC Animated Movie, Superman Unbound, is here!

Beware the Batman: First Villains Image

Beware the Batman: First Villains Image

By Zechs in News with Benefits on January 31, 2013

The first actual screenshot from the animated show gives us a better look at two of the new foes Batman will take on, Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad.

New Poster Reveals Tony Stark to Die in Iron Man 3?

New Poster Reveals Tony Stark to Die in Iron Man 3?

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 31, 2013

A new movie poster shows Iron Man falling from the sky in a busted suit. We don't see how he's going to get out of this one.

Arrow Annotations -

Arrow Annotations - "Vertigo"

By ThanosCopter in Features on January 31, 2013

A look at some of the Easter eggs from last issue.

Review: Hawkeye #7

Review: Hawkeye #7

By Royal Nonesuch in Reviews on January 31, 2013

Hawkeye takes on a recent natural disaster in Marvel's Hawkeye #7!

What Are You Buying 2/6/2013?

What Are You Buying 2/6/2013?

By GHERU in Features on January 31, 2013

Mudman returns, "Perhapanauts Danger Down Under" might be the best name of a comic ever, and New Avengers continues to have awesome covers (too bad about the content)

Top 10 Sci-Fi books on my shelves

Top 10 Sci-Fi books on my shelves

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 31, 2013

Over the times great stories have emerged from the Science Fiction genre in most mediums. Luckily comics have seen some great ones. I took a look at the books I own, and only those, and made this list. Read on for Top 10 Sci-Fi books on my shelves.   Top 10 list YAY 10) Universal War One UW1UW1 is a French book by Denis Bajram. Its about an underdog military unit of washout space pilots aptly called the Purgatory Squadron. Soon after being assembled they stumble upon a galactic conspiracy to undertake the established power. On top of that they have to deal with the personal ghosts of each member of the Purgatory Squadron. Personal vendetas, redempton, time travel and the inevitability of destiny. I still have to read the final chapter because the publisher that has the rights for the translated version (to Portuguese) of this book stopped one issue short, had this been finished I'm sure it would be higher up. If you're lucky you can buy the Marvel version. 9) The Red Star The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate Red Star I stopped reading comics for 10 or so years in my teenage years. On the eve of my Optimization Models and Algorithms final exam I was really nervous about it. On the way from my gf's (now wife) house to the University I passed in front of bookstore/publisher Devir. I went in and the cover instantly cough my attention. I bought The Red Star The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate and never stopped reading comics to this date. The year was 2003. Oh, the exam went fine. The story is set in an alternative undefined time, in a society were Magic and Soviet Russia inspired retro technology are merged and interconnected. Society lives on the brink of a civil war. The Battle or Kar Dathra's marks a dramatic change in Maya's life. That event sets her life on the path of rediscovery and that will have deep repercussion on everyone. The post WWII Russian retro style used in this comic is truly a wonderful thing to experience. The aesthetics of this comic is reason enough to read it. 8) SCUD The Disposable Assassin, The Whole Shebang SCUD I first noticed this book when it was recommend to me in the Outhouse Forums. This is a great fun and funny book about a Robot Assassin,sold in a vending machine, that gains self-awareness and refuses to die. He then goes through many quirky adventures, meets many interesting characters, finds love and meets God. This is also worth wile just for the Drywall character. Firstly he has that innocent minion feel, but soon becomes a favorite of any reader. Eventually he becomes a badass, but in my eyes he's always going to be that little innocent and insecure toddler that has trouble controlling his zippers (it makes sense in the book, go read it!). You can read more in my SCUD review. 7) We3 We3 We3 follows three animals that served as guinea pigs on a military experiment to create new operatives that are highly trained and heavily armed. The group is composed by a cat, a dog and a bunny. They are nameless but possess very distinct personalities. One day they are set for termination but one of their handlers cannot allow this to happen, so she helps them escape. This is a sad story. If you read this and don't get emotional at one point or another, then I'm sorry to say but you're dead inside. I recommend the deluxe edition, its a great looking hardcover book. This is Morrison and Quitely at their best. 6) Orbiter Orbiter Warren Ellis writes this strange tale about the return of a long thought of lost space-shuttle to earth. After 10 years in deep space the Shuttle Venture returns and NASA, that had shutdown their space exploration program since Venture's disappearance, as to reunite the old team, with some new faces, in order to solve this mystery. This is a story about that NASA team and its members. Some need to find closure while others will achieve their dreams, but none will be indifferent. This is a hard book to describe, but great to experience. Don't forget to check my review. 5) Ronin Ronin Nowadays Frank Miller is a crazy middle age man that rambles a lot in the internet and writes demented and psychotic Batman comics. However there was a time were he could do no wrong in comics. Ronin is from that time. The main characters is a ronin, a warrior without a master. He is a nameless warrior that was once cursed by an ancient evil. The way he got to be cursed is such a delight to read that I'm not going to spoil it for you. Because of the curse Ronin is trapped for 800 years and is reemerges in New York city somewhere in our near future. Our near future back when the book was released, in 1983, should be about now. There things get really weird and convoluted and Ronin has to find his place in this new world. Ronin is a great book that stood the passing of time very well. 4) Atomic Robo  Atomic Robo Atomic Robo follows the adventures of its namesake hero. Robo was created by Nikola Tesla in 1923 and battled evil and watched over strange events ever since. Whats great about Atomic Robo is that this is a fun book with the most wild ideas and crazy story plots. Each book has one or two story arcs that can be read without knowing anything about Robo's continuity. Of course you might miss a reference here and there, mas nothing important. From Lovecraftian monsters to talking Dinosaurs, from WWII spooks to living computers, Robo has fought them all. Alone or with his buddies at Tesladyne Atomic Robo always goes that extra mile to make the world a better place, you know, for science. I've only reviewed the last volume to be published, at the time of this article. Feel free to read that review. 3) Fear Agent Fear Agent Fear Agent is a retro type sci-fi action book. With his fishbowl helmet, rocket pack, raygun, freeze ray and penis shaped spaceship Heathrow Hudson cruises space and time just trying to live one more day of his miserable little life. Heath is redneck, Mark Twain quoting, alien killing, drunk screw-up. He’s also the last of the Fear Agents. He abandoned Earth due to events that he took part when Earth was invaded by the Dressites.  Heath will have to deal with the Dressites and another alien race, the Tetaldians, several times throughout his books. Eventually he’ll have to face his past sins and the friends and family he left behind. There will be evil clones, time travel, regular cowboys, space cowboys, aliens of all sizes and shapes, giant brains, Annie and some truly heartwarming and heartbreaking moments. 2) Ministry of Space Ministry of Space This is probably my favorite single book written by Warren Ellis. In Ministry of Space Ellis explores a What-If scenario of British History. What If Britain had created a covert budget to finance their space program after WWII? Well, this would happen. Britain would rise to be a technological world power. Beating the US and the Russians in the race to the moon, Britain managed to monopolize and monetize space exploration. Within four decades there would be flying cars, helicopter backpacks, colonies on mars and many other technological advances. But what was the cost? What did society had to pay to get these marvelous advancements? These are the questions asked in the book, but in a very subtle manner. If you don’t pay attention that essential visual hint can get by undetected and much of the book’s message will be lost. Hop on to my review and give it a quick looksy. 1) Transmetropolitan Transmetropolitan It was a close call between Transmetropolitan and Ministry of Space. But its not fair to compare 7 years of an ongoing series with a  96 page graphic novel. Spider Jerusalem (one of the best lead characters ever created btw) stars in this political sci-fi / dark humor / action journalism series. He is a hardcore and old-school political journalist that can't stand idly by while the general population insists on being politically uninformed and the political powers-that-be continue to abuse their respective offices. He is vernacular, loud mouth, profoundly disturbed, a drug addict but deep down he's a decent guy. Spider honestly cares about the people while an abstract entity, but he hates everyone he meets. He's a bastard, but a likable bastard. Armed only with his wit and a Bowel Disruptor he'll take on The Smiler and his administration.This might sound odd but it makes perfect sense once you read the books. I would love to review this, but I don't think I can even come close to make it justice. Well, That's it. Hope you enjoyed it.  Looking back at my list, I'm embarrassed at how few of my favorite books I've reviewed. I'll probably get around to them somewhere in the future. Don't agree with my choices? Think its unforgivable that I didn't mentioned your favorite Sci-Fi book on my list? Let me know that, leave me comment. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-10-sci-fi-books-on-my-shelves.html

Star Wars The Black Series Revealed

Star Wars The Black Series Revealed

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on January 31, 2013

Be glad Jude Terror is not writing this article, it's a toy line.

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