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What Comics I’ve Been Reading- April, Part Two

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 22/04/2014 by Kevin Entrekin

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Continued…

comtomb-Tomb Raider #1. Series. Dark Horse Comics. Script by Gail Simone. Art by Nicolas Daniel Selma. No rating- personally suggest teen. $3.50.

I didn’t do much gaming last year. Or this year either. But one of the titles I was not going to miss was the Tomb Raider reboot. Short version of a review: One of my childhood mainstays got an amazing upgrade.

So I’m a bit disappointed when it comes to this first issue from Dark Horse. In some ways it’s a nice fan service to pick up shortly after where the game left off. But really it is just kind of boring and pretty much a standard first issue. But with most first issues, you want the reader to pick up the next issue. With this, I really didn’t.

The one real positive I take away from this is the art. I’ve never seen any of Nicolas Daniel Selma’s work before this, but I enjoyed it here. The colors are nice and vibrant as well.

comicjup-Jupiter’s Legacy #4. Series. Image Comics. Written by Mark Miller. Art by Frank Quitely. Rated M/ Mature. $2.99.

I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of Mark Millar works, but I have really been enjoying his series Jupiter’s Legacy. It’s an alternate origins of supers and how we and they interact. Millar has wasted no time getting down to the nitty gritty in the first three chapters either.

This fourth chapter takes place several years after the game-changing events that take place in the third, in non-spoiler terms. This is probably the weakest chapter so far from Millar. Which is disappointing since Millar has taken a very lazy approach to releasing this title. Sometimes it is bi-monthly. Sometimes… whenever.

But for $2.99 for Frank Quitely’s beautiful and detailed art is a bargain, especially if you are into this series. If not, I’d encourage finding some copies, as I still find this one of the most interesting series out at the moment. Plus, who knows when the next one comes out?

comstarlight-Starlight #1. Series. Image Comics. Written by Mark Millar. Art by Goran Parlov. Rated M/ Mature. $2.99.

Maybe this somewhat newish series from Millar can explain a bit why it takes him forever to publish Jupiter’s Galaxy. Starlight is what Millar touts as the beginning of his “expanded Millarworld universe”.

Starlight is the tale of Duke Mcqueen, who forty years ago via wormhole became the saviour of the universe. Fast-forward to the present and Duke is a recent widower with some life questions. But it looks like the universe needs saving again and Duke is the man for the job.

There is not much originality here. Millar crafts a story that has been done before. A washed-up old man with a flaky and uncaring family. It’s like The Incredibles  and Gran Torino had a child. But somehow Millar makes you ignore all that and makes an intriguing, albeit short, first issue. I am mostly unfamiliar with Goran Parlov’s work but really enjoyed it. He has a mobius-esque landscapes with lovely pastel-tinted colors.

Ya’ got my attention again, Mark.

comsurf-Silver Surfer #1. Series. Marvel Comics. Written by Dan Slott. Art by Mike & Laura Allred. Rated T+ (teen). $3.99.

I will go anywhere Mike Allred takes me. If that means hitchin’ a ride with Silver Surfer, so be it.

I’m a bit rusty on the SS back story, but I knew enough to understand where this first issue picks up. Basically, Surfer was once Norrin Radd who turned into the Surfer when he begins helping Galactus consume planets. When he comes to Earth, The Fantastic Four helps him find his humanity and turns against Galactus.

Knowing that short bio is beneficial when picking this up, as it takes place sometime after. It’s a pretty standard first issue, but what really makes it worth picking up is the Allreds art. The colors and energy of the art takes some of the sting out of the four-dollar price tag. Worth picking up #2 (which comes out tomorrow) just to see where this goes.

And that’s about it for now. I also picked up Image’s first issue of Deadly Class, which came out in January. Wasn’t anything interesting really. A lot of borrowed, unoriginal ideas pasted together in one book. See you again in May, especially on Free Comic Book Day, May third. Keep reading, ya ginchy people.

 

 

I Played A Game Today… Tomb Raider

Posted in Video Game Reviews, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , , , , on 15/03/2013 by Kevin Entrekin

tumblr_mjpn5lFl1q1qk2poao1_1280So… this is new, eh? And I’m very excited about it. For a long time I have wanted to branch out and review video games on this site. For one reason or another, the few times I’ve attempted to, I’ve had to abandon the idea. But now, it’s on. Until I get halfway through this and decide to stop. In which case you’ll never read this. But in case you are, I’m really excited that Tomb Raider is the first game I’ve reviewed. It’s one of my favorite series in gaming and this reboot was well worth the wait.

Now, if you are in a gamer than more than likely you know the gist of this revamp of the origins of Lara Croft. The tale begins quite abruptly aboard the Endurance, a research vessel setting out to find the lost kingdom of Yamatai. But out of nowhere the ship gets trapped in a storm and begins to sink.

Now the crew, an interesting assortment of people, must survive on a uncharted island. But they’re not the only ones on the island. It is populated by men who have crashed there and over time have developed a sinister cult. If Lara expects to escape this Lost-esque island, she must quickly learn to adapt to a world that doesn’t want her to.

In the last few years the adventure genre of video games has received a consider revamp with the release of the amazing Uncharted series. But Ms. Croft has always been one to break the mold and she does so brilliantly in this re-imagining of her origins. It is one of the best video games of this generation of gaming and quite possibly of all time.

It’s a very cinematic game, one with exquisite cutscenes and button-mashing. I can only image the days and weeks of work that went into mere seconds of scenes. Not to say that there isn’t more than plenty of action. Much like the aforementioned Uncharted series, this game is a well mixed combination of exploration and shooter. Fighting hordes of men are unrelenting events, events that with one slip-up can leave you waiting for the load screen to finish.

Although unlike that series, Tomb Raider is better laid out. Less running in circles and figuring out “what the hell am I supposed to be doing?” and more “right, what’s the best way to get from point A to point B”. Solving puzzles and the like are smoother, less confusing in the right areas. Problem solving is more the key instead of trying to figure out why something wont stay in place. The same applies to fighting dynamics, which I’ve always believed to be one of the pitfalls of Uncharted.

Going back to the aesthetic beauty of this game, one of the oddly beautiful aspects is the dirty and scarifying changes Lady Croft goes through. Make no mistake, Lara is a punching bag in this game. She gets stabbed, beaten, burned, falls from great heights… I’m sure I’m missing something else. At the end of the game she looks like hell, with muck and cuts and blood and bruises, and all the more beautiful for it. She truly is a heroic and driven character, one that proves to those uneducated that women do indeed hold a place in gaming outside of eye candy and objects of sexuality. Which has been the whole point of Lady Croft since she was created in 1996. Well, mostly.

I’ll admit, I was very disappointed when it was announced more than a year ago, when Tomb Raider was originally meant to be released, that the game was getting delayed. It is a series I’ve grown up playing. But I’m glad to say it was well worth the wait. Not for younger gamers for sure, unless you’re just a parent who doesn’t care. In which case, you suck.

So, this was fun, eh? Branching out on this site is the mission for this site this year. Film reviews will still be the main focus but it’s both fun and challenging to do to step out of that realm. Hope you feel the same.

Verdict: Buy it!

*Rated M for Mature (+17) for Blood and gore, intense violence, and strong language. Available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

**Was played on XBox 360.

***Poster by 187 Designz

My Favorite Ladies of Science Fiction

Posted in list, Nerdism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/12/2011 by Kevin Entrekin

Science Fiction films have always fascinated me since I was young. Back then, it was the out of the world visuals that held me glued to the screen. The music, the characters, everything drew me in. As I’ve grown older my love for this genre of films has only grown stronger. Like many things as you get older, the story and complexities of the films begin to reveal themselves to you. You realize that they are more than just a fantasy film and that they actually have relevance to many issues today. And it’s not only in film. You see the labor of love put into television, literature, and video games as well.

Another interesting thing about Sci-Fi films is how strong the actresses are in them. More so than most genres of film. And as you get older, sexy is defined by strength and intelligence. Okay, the outfits occasionally don’t hurt either. And I figured it was time that I paid tribute to my favorite ladies of Science Fiction. So without further ado…

1. Carrie Fisher (Known for: Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

Carrie Fisher was my first crush as a young Padawan and still today holds a very special place in my heart. She is my “permacrush” I have been informed. Not sure I’m crazy over this word but it could grow on me. Anyways, there is just so much to love about her as Princess Leia. From her very first encounter with Darth Vader, she exudes confidence and strength. She will grab a E-11 blaster and take care of business while Han and Luke are arguing. She can even kill you while wearing a skimpy gold bikini. See what I mean about a lot to love? The simple fact of the matter is that in the Sci-fi universe, she is a queen instead of a princess.

2. Sigourney Weaver (Known for:  The Alien series, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Paul)

Warning: Spoiler alert for those who have not seen Alien.

In space no one can hear you scream. Nothing makes the tagline for the movie Alien more true than the scene at the end when Ripley thinks that the Alien that has been terrorizing her and her crew is dead. But when she is at her most vulnerable, the Alien crawls out of it’s hiding place. Keeping a calm head, Ripley slips on a spacesuit and then kicks the alien out of her ship into the great unknown. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in the Alien films is enough to cement her place as a Sci-Fi goddess, but she doesn’t stop there. She starred as Dana Barrett in the Ghostbusters films as well. And even as she has gotten older, she continues to rock the screen today.

3. Lara Croft (Known for: Tomb Raider series of video games and films)

In video games, there are important game changers (no pun intended). Halo changed how we interact and play together. Call of Duty took the formula of war games and flipped in on it’s head. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial showed how to nearly bring down an entire franchise. And Lara Croft changed how women are perceived in the gamer community. She’s strong, smart, and always ready with a quick quip. She can plug a slug in the back of a T-Rex’s head with ease. Oh, and her explorer outfits did not hurt either. The truth is she came into a genre that at the time was exclusive to men and made her presence known. Not only known, but put most of the fellas to shame (and still does). I’ve always loved Ms. Croft, no matter if she consist of 300 polygons or portrayed by Angelina Jolie.

4. Milla Jovovich (Known for: The Fifth Element, The Resident Evil series of films, Ultraviolet)

Leeloo from The Fifth Element is probably one of my favorite Sci-fi film characters ever. Her innocence and ignorance to the everyday activity in 23rd century Los Angeles is why she is my favorite character actress Milla Jovovich has done. All of here characters are strong but all of them are self-aware of this (Best example is Alice from the Resident Evil films). Except for Leeloo. For most of the film you think she is delicate until she in the latter half of the film challenges a horde of Mangalores to a fight. Which I image Jovovich would also do in real life.

5. Carrie-Anne Moss (Known for: The Matrix Trilogy, Red Planet)

Carrie-Anne Moss is one of the most underutilized actresses working today. She’s so talented it annoys me sometimes that she is usually only remembered for her role of Trinity in The Matrix. Although to be remember for such a great role isn’t a bad thing. Her strength is something that exudes of the screen, and many times she is stronger than Keanu Reeve’s Neo. And few women could legitimately pull off a full leather outfit in a gunfight and she’s one of them. Equal parts muscle and sexy? Good combo.

6. Michelle Rodriguez (Known for: The Resident Evil series of films, Avatar, Battle: Los Angeles, and Lost)

If there was one lady on this that I would for sure not want to piss off, it would be Michelle Rodriguez. Just look at that photo to the right; I didn’t post it because of what she is wearing (or more appropriately what she isn’t wearing), I posted it because of that stomach. The fact is that Ms. Rodriguez is a hardcore woman and her presence in Sci-Fi films are just as hardcore. She’s not always a leading lady, but simply her presence as a supporter is enough to make your side tougher. Whether fighting zombies in Resident Evil or fighting time travel in Lost, you want M-Rod on your side.

7. Sean Young (Known for: Blade Runner, Dune)

Probably the least known member on this list of Sci-Fi royalty is the amazing Ms. Sean Young. But she is also the lead actress in one of the greatest Sci-Fi films of all time, Blade Runner. In a movie that stars Daryl Hannah and Harrison Ford, you have to be able to hold your own. Sean Young does this and more. She makes herself strong yet vulnerable as a conflicted experimental replicant. Plus, she’s one of the few women who has actually been able to pull off over-the-top 80’s fashion.

8. Anna Torv (Known for: Fringe)

If there is one show that has had the most surprising success, it would be Fringe. Much of this can be attributed to the core cast which includes John Noble, Joshua Jackson, and Ms. Anna Torv. Her portrayal of Olivia Dunham is one of strength and determination. She always stays focused on the task at hand. She is beautiful yet never really acts that way. She rarely shows emotion or lets her guard down but when she does it’s an amazing moment. If you have not watched this series before, start now.

There were many strong ladies left out of this group. I’m sure I’ll get a few emails or comments here and there saying “Where’s Scully?” and No Katee Sackhoff or Raquel Welch?” Well I have not seen much of X-Files or Battlestar Galactica, although I will admit that what I have seen of these shows I was impressed. And even though One Million Years B.C., I have just never had the opportunity to see it. This is my list and I want to hear yours. So leave it below if you have time.