Swamp Thing | Author: Scott Snyder | 2012 | Site
I had wanted to try out a few of DC’s new 52 comics but I have never been a huge super hero comic book fan. When I saw Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Severed) was writing Swamp Thing I knew I had to give it a try. I am hooked now and can’t help but get excited every other Wednesday when it comes out. Snyder’s Swamp Thing delves into the history of the “Swamp Things”. To the point it begins with the elders expecting protagonist, Alec Holland, to be the savior of the Green. This story is a fight of balance and love. The rot is what Swamp Thing is fighting and trying to keep from taking over the world. Snyder’s writing never ceases to draw me in. Swamp Thing is fantastic and I think giving it a try Snyder will get you hooked like me.
Publisher: DC | # in Series: Ongoing
Swamp Thing #1 Cover
The New Deadwardians | Author: Dan Abnett | 2012 | Site
Start with Downton Abbey, add a vampire detective- throw in zombies and you have a pretty good idea what The New Deadwardians is all about. The New Deadwardians is the final comic as part of Vertigo’s new comic a week in March. Written by Dan Abnett this new series takes place in England during the Edwardian era where society has been divided into three classes. The lower class- zombies, the middle class- humans, and the upper class- vampires. The first issue introduces and focuses on detective in Scotland Yard’s “Murder Squad” George Suttle. The issue ends with a mysterious vampire murder in broad daylight. I really enjoyed this first issue. It is extremely well written and builds upon an everyday detective murder scenario with supernatural beings. I personally hate when lore and the fantasy element overtakes story. You are not beat over the head with the world. It is what it is and it is accepted. Abnett has tweaked the world of vampires and zombies enough to keep it familiar yet making it uniquely his own. For instance the zombies where zinc based sun screen when they are out during the day- a classy touch in my opinion. This is one of the best new comics I have read recently and can’t wait for the rest of the series. It was so nice we bough it twice- below are the regular and variant covers for the debut issue.
Publisher: Vertigo | # in Series: 8
The New Deadwardians Issue #1 Cover & Variant Cover
Journey | Third Person, Zen, Adventure, Puzzle | 2012 | Site
Journey is beautiful, Zen and reminds you of what it felt like when you were young experiencing the real magic of video games. I have never played another game like Journey. Each minute you are awed by what you see and experience. The game length also plays an important part in this. Journey is only about two hours, normally this would bother me, but it felt just long enough. I played through the entire game in one sitting. I wasn’t ready for it to be over and it felt just long enough. Thatgamecompany, who also developed the indie game Flower, developed Journey. They exemplify what independent downloadable games can be- Great games and works of art. The gameplay is simple. You can walk, jump and float when you are charged. Your only other skill is the ability to send out a beacon which is your name represented as a symbol that can charge certain elements in each level. There is a multiplayer element to Journey but it is completely unique. As you travel you will encounter other players. You cannot talk or write to them. All you are able to do is walk together or go your separate ways. It is really a beautiful thing. Once you have finished the game you see a list of everyone you encountered on your journey. It is a completely new and freeing way to play multiplayer. One final thought: One of my favorite moments in Journey happens while you are traveling through a sandy stage it begins to darken then slowly you realize you are underwater. It is beautiful and fluid and I literally had to stop and make my girlfriend watch how the level transpired. It was like nothing I have ever seen. Please play this game. It is beautiful and like nothing you have ever experienced.
Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness | 2007 |
Director: Melody Gilbert | Site | IMDB
I have always been interested in old buildings and what has been left behind forgotten. In this documentary you meet a group of people who wonder the same thing; but they actually see what is left behind and go exploring first hand. These people are all over the world and they call themselves Urban Explorers. Essentially, they break into abandoned buildings and travel through old tunnels, even through sewage, if necessary, to find new spots to explore. I thought that this was an interesting documentary and hopefully it will get more people into Urban Exploration.
Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness Trailer
With the increased popularity of Dubstep inevitably comes the commercialization of the genre. I am seeing it everywhere. In particular in video game trailers. There have been several commercials recently with Dubstep somewhere in the commercial but below are few wub wub filled game trailers. I will keep adding more video game trailers as I find them.
The Amazing Spiderman Video Game Trailer
Borderlands 2 Trailer
Assassins Creed Revelations Trailer
Part two in the Bioshock Infinite Heavy Hitters video doc features the giant, lumbering yet agile, mechanically melancholy Handyman. Ken Levine said they went through several iterations of the Handyman’s look before they landed on this version. I thought he was more of a Clark Gable black hair and mustache kind of looking villain in previous demos. I really like both looks, maybe there are multiple versions. Now I am equally excited to fight one and learn their sad backstory. Enjoy…
BioShock Infinite: Handyman – Heavy Hitters Part 2
Attack the Block | 2011 | Director: Joe Cornish | Site | IMDB
What would happen if aliens invaded South London? That is the premise of Attack the Block. A group of hoodies and punks take up arms to defend their block from an alien invasion. This is one of the best science fiction films in years. Writer / director Joe Cornish optimistically suggests that gangs, hoodies and other deviants would step up and fight for those that couldn’t fight on their block. I would like to believe this was the case, but regardless is extremely funny and entertaining Continue reading