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The New Deadwardians

3 Apr

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The New Deadwardians | Author: Dan Abnett | 2012 | Site

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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
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Bioshock Infinite: Handyman

14 Mar

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

13 Mar

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Attack the Block | 2011 | Director: Joe Cornish | Site | IMDB
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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

BioShock Infinite: Motorized Patriot

8 Mar

If you are anything like me you are shaking with anticipation for the release of Bioshock Infinite this October. In the tradition of the rest of the great vid docs Irrational Games puts out Ken Levin talks about the new approach to enemy types they took for Bioshock Infinite. For this doc in particular he discusses the “Heavy Hitters” or tank class enemies you will encounter. There is some great gameplay footage of a “Motorized Patriot”, or as I like to call him the Robo-George Washington. Enjoy…

BioShock Infinite: Motorized Patriot – Heavy Hitters Part 1

Assassins Creed 3 Trailer

5 Mar

It’s here, the much anticipated time and location for the new Assassin’s Creed game. It looks like 1777 colonial America. No gameplay yet but I am super excited from what they have hinted at. Ubisoft usually releases a very polished release trailer so I am anticipating that will be coming soon. I was hoping for a “Jack the Ripper” era London Assassin’s but it looks like there could still be room for that after this game. As of right now it looks like we can expect a Native American assassin climbing through trees, assassinating British soldiers on horseback and hopefully running through colonial Boston. Oh and it’s coming out in October – seriously awesome. Please enjoy.

Assassin’s Creed 3 Trailer

Take Shelter

4 Mar

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Take Shelter | 2011 | Director: Jeff Nichols | Site | IMDB
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Suffering from apocalyptic visions a father and husband begins to prepare for an oncoming cataclysmic storm. All to the disbelief and concern of his friends and family. Take Shelter is one of my favorite films of 2011. Directed by Jeff Nichols, who also directed another one of my favorite films, Shotgun stories, starring the same lead Michael Shannon. Another foray into the Southern Gothic genre plus an apocalyptic twist. The cinematography was gorgeous. Wide expansive spaces look gorgeous and entirely ominous Continue reading

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (First Impression)

22 Feb

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Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (First Impression) | Third
Person, Shooter, Survival Horror, Action, Adventure | 2012 | Site

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I haven’t finished this game yet (only a couple hours in) and I couldn’t wait to talk about it. It is fan-freaking-tastic. The story and gameplay are fluid and dark. My time has been spent as follows: I walk around a bit, explore then just stop and look around. The game is beautiful, and I will never stop enjoying being able to look around with a flashlight. Something about pouring the flashlight from surface to surface in the game is absolutely petrifying. You feel like you are just a turn away from something terrifying Continue reading
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