Superheavy Metal: Dark Days to Dark Nights

August 29, 2017 no comments Posted in Books & Comics

Hey there! Dark Nights: Metal is DC’s big summer event for this year. With the all-star creative team of the New 52’s Batman, this event has been pushed as something new and exciting, unlike anything that’s done before. I’m going to try and review the entire thing if my wallet can keep up. Here’s the first set of reviews, focusing upon the first issue of this story and the prequels Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting!

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Double Shipping: Double Trouble?

August 19, 2017 no comments Posted in Books & Comics

There’s been a lot of thoughtpieces lately on the problems with Marvel Comics. This is down to a lot of things: staking up the prices, a creative exodus to independent publishers, the ensuing talent drive flooding the market with inexperienced new blood and unpopular editorial decisions. It’s probably all the Inhumans fault, somehow. They’ve tried to compensate for that with their Marvel Legacy initiative, which has met with some decidedly mixed reactions. Most people agree that while it’s not what Marvel needed, it’s nice to see them try to respond to criticism, at least. If they keep trying, they may eventually end up fixing their line of books. There is one thing that they don’t seem to be slowing down on; in fact, it’s something that’s only getting more popular across the industry. That’s double-shipping – one of the less talked about problems in the comics industry.

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Top 3 ASOIAF characters: #3

March 13, 2017 no comments Posted in Books & Comics

Hey there! So, for the next few articles I’m going to delve into a series near and dear to my heart: George R. R. Martin’s as-yet-unfinished magnum opus, A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s one of my favourite fantasy series, one of those books I can just curl up with and read again, and again, and again. And I have. This is probably my third or fourth read-through on some of these chapters. In this series I’m going to be looking at my three favourite point-of-view characters in the series and delving into why I like them, what I think about them and maybe even some of the themes underlying their arcs. There are some dang meaty ones. Spoilers, of course.

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Assassin’s Creed: The Fall Review

November 1, 2016 no comments Posted in Books & Comics, Video Games

With no Assassin’s Creed game this year (for once), I’ve been trying to catch up on some of the expanded universe stuff. Here’s one I’m particularly fond of: Assassin’s Creed: The Fall!

 

Synopsis

Assassin’s Creed: The Fall explores a new chapter in the Assassin-Templar conflict. It tells the parallel stories of Daniel Cross, a deeply troubled young man in the late nineties, and Nikolai Orelov, his Assassin ancestor from Tsarist Russia. Telling a story that spans decades where empires fall and friendships shatter, it tells a self-contained story that sows some majors seeds for the future of the series.

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My Top 5: MCU Movies

August 22, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Movies

Hello! The Marvel Cinematic Universe now number 12 movies, verging from great to the passable. While Captain America: Civil War has met with almost universal critical acclaim, I think it’s useful to look at the other movies in the MCU that deserve praise – so without further ado, here’s my top 5 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Cosmere: Where to Start?

July 9, 2016 one comment Posted in Books & Comics

So you’ve heard of this fantasy thing called the Cosmere. It sounds cool, but you don’t know what it is – this Brandon Sanderson guy seems to have tons of separate series of books, with different characters and very different premises. So what is the Cosmere? And how do you start reading it? (more…)

Game of Thrones: Book of the Stranger Review

May 22, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Television

Something finally goes right for our protagonists this week in Game of Thrones!

Another high-quality episode in season 6 this week. While this episode is technically focused on set-up again, it was fantastic! So, here’s my thoughts on Book of the Stranger.

spoilersAs usual, spoilers for all of Game of Thrones abound. Get outta here if you’re not caught up.
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Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker Review

May 15, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Television

After a crazy past two episodes, Game of Thrones slows down with Oathbreaker. But is this change of pace for the best? Or is it a grind?

We return to a slower, more political pace to the show in this episode, with more of a focus on character dynamics than we’ve gotten since season 4. Let’s break it down!

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Game of Thrones: Home Review

May 8, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Television

After a strong start, can Game of Thrones land one of the show’s biggest moments yet?

Whoo! What a loaded episode. After last week’s primary set-up episode, this one was packed with revelations and deaths. Here we go!

For reasons which should be obvious to people who’ve seen the episode, I’m putting the Wall stuff at the end.

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