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PRESS RELEASE: New York, NY – Nov 21, 2014 – Before the all-new Secret Wars takes the comic world by storm in 2015, relive the complete Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars legacy in one complete, stunning package. Hot off the heels of this year’s sold-out Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set, Marvel is proud to present the MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD BOX SET SLIPCASE, a deluxe collection of 11 hardcovers chronicling the history of one of Marvel’s most storied events!
Coming in June 2015, readers will be transported to Battleworld and back as they experience over 30 years of Secret Wars stories in one of the most comprehensive collections we’ve ever released! Plus, each of these extremely limited box sets comes complete with a full-size poster: legendary painter Alex Ross’s rendition of the cover to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1!
“Our Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set was a huge hit with fans and retailers, selling out almost instantaneously. We knew we had to follow that up with something big,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Not only do you get the entire history of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars along with a complete hardcover jam packed with extras and bonus material, but they are all presented in one of the most stunning packages we’ve ever produced.”
MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD BOX SET SLIPCASE is only available in extremely limited quantities, so don’t miss your chance to own a piece of Marvel history. This slipcase will arrive at local comic shops in June 2015 containing the following volumes (after the break):
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The Flash “The Flash Is Born” Review

Posted: November 21, 2014 by Lex Lutz in TV & Movies, TV Reviews
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The Flash “The Flash Is Born” Review

By Lex Lutz

This week on The Flash, Barry finally gets a decent name change, Iris is still a pretty awful reporter, Colossus stops by to say “hello”, and Joe continues to work on solving Nora Allen’s murder.

Iris West, you bug me.

I should probably explain. I assume you’re reading this because all of the fictional characters on the shows I review are huge fans of my work. So let me tell you, dear Iris, that you’re a great disappointment to me. With the exception of punching a guy’s lights out (more on that later), you’re easily one of the most lackluster characters I’ve seen on a television show in a long time.

This week, you get to meet “The Streak”. Again. He stops by the coffee shop and you, in all of your expert reporting, ask him questions like “What’s your favorite color?”. This bugs me to no end, Iris, because I feel you should be smarter. I grew up watching sassy fictional reporters like Lois Lane make you look like a fool. I know better, and I expect more from you. The most you have ever given us is the name “The Flash” and you didn’t actually come up with it. Barry did. Forgive me when I use such harsh terms, but Iris, you need to get your shit together.

Okay, Iris, it’s time to stop reading. I need to talk about stuff you’re not supposed to know about now. Return to your oblivious nature. You’re very pretty. I hope that compliment makes you feel better.

In “The Flash Is Born”, Barry encounters a new freak of the week. The guy is basically Colossus. They call him Tony Woodward on the show, and he’s Barry’s former school bully, but for the purposes of awful comedic writing, I’m going to continue to call this steel man Colossus.

Colossus beats Barry to a pulp in this episode. Seriously, Barry gets his ass kicked on 3 separate occasions. In the first encounter, he breaks some bones and has stuff punctured. Cisco comes up with the brilliant plan of taking down Colossus by punching him at 800 miles per hour, creating a sonic boom in the process. I hate to disappoint you, but Barry did not in fact yell “Sonic boom bitch!” in Colossus’s face when he pulls off the punch.

Despite the warnings from, well… everyone, Iris persists in writing her blog about “The Streak” and is pulled into this nonsense when Colossus tracks her down. He wants to be immortalized by a blog a couple of people are reading, so he kidnaps Iris. He also admits to having a crush on her. Why was this tidbit thrown in? To make him creepier, I suppose. I couldn’t really come up with a better reason. It felt out of place, but I digress.

Barry ends up pulling off the super sonic punch on Colossus, rattling him, but not knocking him out. Iris is the one that ends up doing that in her finest hour. Dammit, Iris, I know you can be a bad-ass! Stop tempting me to think you might not suck!

In the end, Colossus ends up in the underground prison at S.T.A.R labs and Barry reveals his identity to him. It doesn’t seem like a very important reveal at the moment, one that just makes Barry feel better about being the good guy, but there’s no way revealing his identity is not going to come back around and bite him in the ass later.

Throughout the episode, Joe has enlisted Dr. Wells’s help in investigating the murder of Nora Allen, Barry’s mother. While he’s doing this, Joe looks into Wells and finds he moved to Central City one month before Nora Allen’s murder. Wells says he did this because he needed a fresh start after the loss of his wife, Tess.

I’m not buying it. Wells has been deceptive throughout this entire show, and the tag at the end of the episode only seems to prove he is either the one who killed her or he’s involved in one way or another. At the end of the episode, Joe gets a visit from the “yellow blur” who steals all of his files and leaves a threat against Iris on Joe’s wall. No one else, other than Barry, knows that Joe is investigating Nora’s murder. Wells is up to no good, Joe. Don’t trust him!

Bottom line: Iris continues to be a thorn in my side. I want stronger female leads on The Flash. This episode is decent, but other than giving a new name to “The Streak”, it doesn’t offer much.

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We’re finally getting some details about Telltale Games’ upcoming six-part episodic series based on HBO’s Game of Thrones. While players will control members of House Forrester, it’s been revealed that several cast members will be reprising their roles for the game: Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes. The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Telltale says the first episode will be released “soon” which for them could mean in the next five minutes. We’ll keep you posted!

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Will The Authority relinquish it’s hold on the WWE? Will Team Cena be forced to quit? There’s only one way to find out: Watch the 28th WWE Survivor Series this Sunday as it airs live from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Event Card (Subject to change)

  • Fandango (with Rosa Mendes) vs. TBA in a Pre-show Singles match
  • Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan and Ryback) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev and Luke Harper) in a Traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match with a stipulation: If Team Authority loses, they will no longer be in power. If Team Cena loses, all team members will be fired from WWE.
  • AJ Lee (c) vs. Nikki Bella in a Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship
  • Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt in a Singles match
  • Gold and Stardust (c) vs. The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) vs. Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow in a Fatal 4-Way tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
  • Alicia Fox, Emma, Naomi and Natalya vs. Paige, Cameron, Layla and Summer Rae in a Divas Traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match

Be sure to tune in on the new WWE Network, where you can see all the action as it happens, or on Samsung SMART TV and Blu-ray player, The Sony Entertainment Network via your Sony PlayStation, Xbox Live via your Xbox 360, your Tablet or Mobile device using the WWE App, your Laptop/desktop computer, or the old fashioned way – on your TV through pay-per-view through your local cable provider.

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Gotham “Harvey Dent” Review

By Lex Lutz

This week, we meet Harvey Dent, Selina and Bruce get to know each other, and we get to deal with some Russians again. Check out the full review for “Harvey Dent” after the jump!
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Deep State #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Posted: November 19, 2014 by Meli Kirk in Comic Reviews
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Title: Deep State #1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: Justin Jordan
Artwork by: Ariela Kristantina
Reviewed by: Meli Kirk
Rating: 4 out of 5

Was the Moon Landing a Hoax? Is Bigfoot real? All the answers to all the questions you’ve ever wanted to know can be answered – but won’t be. Because the Government doesn’t want you to know. They want the secrets to stay secret, the theories to stay theories, and the unknown stays unknown… and it’s John Harrow’s job to keep it just so.

I loved this issue! It was a mix of Men In Black meets X-Files for me. Are all those conspiracy theories that we here actually true? What if they were, and we’ve been kept in the dark? I think the mystery is the biggest appeal to this story line for me. Along with the artwork – clean, fantastic details & great colors – I really enjoyed this issue and look forward the next.

You can find this, and other BOOM! Studios issues, at your local comic retailer.

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Title: Sinergy #1
Publisher: Image Comics presents a Shadowline Production
Written by: Michael Avon Oeming & Taki Soma
Artwork by: Michael Avon Oeming & Taki Soma
Reviewed by: Meli Kirk
Rating: 3 out of 5

Everyone will remembers their first time. Jess is sure to remember it for the rest of her life, as it was literally the day her world changed. Her Dad said that her boyfriend was a monster; she didn’t realize he meant that literally!

This was a pretty enjoyable issue. Everyone will always remember their “first time”, no matter how wonderful or traumatic the experience. In Jess’s case, her first time just landed her into the family business. The story line is good: taking what is an experience all endure and taking it along the route of a super power is interesting. The art, however, I was not too impressed with. While the line art and detials were good, the colors that were chosen just didn’t do it for me. Overall, the story was good, and while the art catches your eye, it leaves a bit to be desired.

You can find this, and other Image Comics, at your local comic retailer.

The Flash “Plastique” Review

Posted: November 17, 2014 by Lex Lutz in TV & Movies, TV Reviews
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The Flash “Plastique”

By Lex Lutz

The Flash introduces some new characters, puts some relationships to the test, and has Barry delve deeper into this repertoire of powers. Read the full review for The Flash “Plastique” after the jump!

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The obvious choice for any Klingon serving with Starfleet (traitorous scum), this costume hoodie is basically the same as the previously released gold operations style, but features Worf’s signature sash. Today is a good day to bundle up! (Bat’leth sold separately.)

Available from ThinkGeek

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In honor of the release of one of the most anticipated games of this year, take a trip down memory lane and enjoy this live performance of songs from Nintendo’s history arranged specifically for the Super Smash Bros. series and performed by the New Japan Philharmonic. This CD was originally sent to subscribers of the now defunct Nintendo Power magazine. Enjoy, and think about all of those fantasy matches that await you this Friday…

Speaking of Friday, you can pre-load your digital copy of Super Smash Bros. Wii U now in anticipation. Once Friday rolls around, the game will unlock and you can smash the day away.