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Comic Review: Boondock Saints: The Lost Gig
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Boondock Saints: The Lost Gig
Written by Troy Duffy & JB Love
Pencils and Cover by Toby Cypress
12-Gauge/Innfusion
Release Date: April 16, 2010

I would like to start off by saying I am a huge Boondock Saints fan. I love both movies and own both of them on Blu-Ray. I was extremely excited by the idea of more Saints in comic form, especially when I found out the first story was revolving around one of my favorite characters, Rocco.

The Lost Gig is basically set as an extra mission that Rocco and the Saints go on somewhere in the time frame of the first movie. It would actually fit in right after the saints have the rope incident but right before they go to the porn place. It definitely fits in with the characterization of the first film, especially since Troy Duffy is co-writing.

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DVD Review: The Guild Season 3
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The Guild
Season 3 DVD
Directed Sean Becker
Starring Felicia Day, Jeff Lewis
Release date: May 25, 2010

Are you a gamer? Have you ever played an M.M.O.R.P.G.? Do you like comedy? If you said yes to any of these questions, then The Guild is a show for you. This is one of my favorite shows and every time the DVDs come out, I buy them right away. The Guild: Season 1 DVD was no exception as I was extremely excited for this season, as much if not more than I was the first two seasons. As with Kevin Smith movies, the special features make it worth the price alone.

Basically, The Guild follows a group of World of Warcraft players, although it isn’t referred to as that specifically it is meant to be that game, who form a guild and through the guild discuss their issues. Most of the time they don’t realize that they are helping each other become less dysfunctional. All of them have a different personality and different social issues and they all need each other to call each other on their crap. This is the basics of the show as a whole.

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Comic Review: Unbeatable Vol. 2: Hotter Than Hell
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Unbeatable Vol. 2: Hotter Than Hell
Written by Matthias Wolf
Art by Carlos Gomez
Razor Wolf Entertainment
Price: $14.95 each
Release Date: June 08, 2010

Do you like Norse mythology? If not, you may not appreciate this book as much as I do. While Unbeatable is not bogged down by the mythology, it is definitely more fun when you enjoy that aspect as well. Hotter Than Hell is the second volume in the Unbeatable series. While the first volume is not essential to this trade, I definitely suggest checking it out for the fight scenes alone.

We follow Dale through his ongoing adventure to protect the afterlife. Well at least until Loki decides to step in and ruin it all. Loki doesn’t stop there though, he has to ruin things for his brother Thor as well. That’s right, Thor is in the mix now as well, but he may not be the Thor we all know so well. Thor and Dale meet up in Hell and work together to escape.

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Comic Review: The Killer: Modus Vivendi 1 & 2
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The Killer: Modus Vivendi 1 & 2
Written by Matz
Art and Covors by Luc Jacamon
Letters by Scott Newman
Archaia
Release Date: May 05 & June 03, 2010
Price: $3.95 each

The Killer is a French book translated to English and published by Archaia. There are two previous volumes already collected in trade, which while not essential to understanding the new series, are must-reads. Matz and Luc Jacamon have created one of the best comics being published anywhere in the world. This holds true for both of the first two issues of the new series Modus Vivendi.

The basic premise of The Killer is fairly simple. You follow a hit-man and see what kind of person he is. You see his thoughts on life and the world. Not just that but with his perspective you delve into topics that normally define a person like religion, parenting, and love. It is both simple and complex at the same time. The killer gets paid to do a job and he does it. But the real story is why he does it and how he does it.

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Book Review: Terminator Salvation: Trial By Fire
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Terminator Salvation: Trial By Fire
Mass Market Paperback
By Timothy Zahn
Titan Books
Release Date: August 17, 2010

Have you been wondering what happened after Terminator Salvation? Are you waiting for the next movie? Well stop what your doing and go pick up Terminator Salvation: Trial By Fire. Trial By Fire not only continues the story, but also fills in the gaps and explains things that happened in the movie. All that and it’s written by one of the most prolific Star Wars extended universe authors, Timothy Zahn. If that doesn’t sell you on this book, I don’t know what will.

Without spoiling the book, let me run down the basics of the story for you. There are four stories to follow which are all equally riveting. First you have Kyle Reese fighting to survive in a horrible situation underground. Next you have Blair Williams and Barnes investigating a lead from the recently destroyed Skynet base while trying to mend their respect for each other after Marcus coming between them. Third, you have a new character, Jik, fighting to survive and make it to Baker’s Hollow while being hunted down by Terminators for an unknown reason. Finally there’s the story of Baker’s Hollow and the Prestons, Daniel and Hope and how they have fought to survive as a community after Judgment Day.

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Comic Review: Boondock Saints: In Nomine Patris
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Boondock Saints: In Nomine Patris 1 & 2
Written by Troy Duffy & JB Love
Art by Guus Floor
Cover by Chris Brunner
12-Gauge/Innfusion
Price: $3.99 each
Release Date: May 26 & July 14, 2010

The second in the new line of Boondock Saints comics, In Nomine Patris, is the beginning of the secret history of Il Duce. This to me is a great way to kick off a serious stint in the comic line for the saints. It introduces all the characters and a lot about the history of their “business” without prior knowledge needed. This series does a great job in treating it like every issue can be someone’s first issue.

Basically in both issues we learn how Il Duce becomes a vigilante and why he kept it up throughout his entire life. We also learn how he got his vest and we learn it all through Connor and Murphy’s eyes. The story is great and very interesting. I really enjoyed reading it. There are a few storytelling issues here and there, but it is more of a layout issue than a script issue. It is very hard to tell where we are in the story because of the jumps between past, present, and future. Something that would help is different times of day for each setting so there would be a more distinct coloring for each one. But that is just a minor issue which is great for Troy Duffy‘s second and third comic.

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Jock Releases ‘Tron: Betrayal’ Graphic Novel Art
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Are you as excited for Tron Legacy as I am? If you are, then you might want to prepare for the film by reading Tron: Betrayal, the film’s 128-page prequel graphic novel.

Check out here below the concept art and cover by Jock, who released the images on his blog.

The prequel comic, which was written by Jai Nitz, will first be released as a 2-issue limited miniseries in October, with the collected graphic novel coming out on November 17, 2010. Tron Legacy comes to theaters on December 17, 2010.

Below are the solicit details for the graphic novel from Marvel and Disney Enterprises Inc.

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Marvel Announces New ‘Astonishing Thor’ Miniseries
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Astonishing ThorThor fans rejoice! We have another ongoing series for Thor just in time for the movie hype to build it up.

The new Astonishing Thor mini-series will debut in November, from the creative team of creators Rob Rodi and Mike Choi with covers by Esad Ribic.

Will it be important to the Thor line up? Especially with the over saturation happening with both Thor and Captain America? There has already been an Ultimate Thor announced as well as a Thor/Iron Man series, so is this too much?

Shown below is Marvel‘s press release announcing the new series.

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Book Review: Supernatural: The Unholy Cause
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Supernatural: The Unholy CauseSupernatural: The Unholy Cause
Paperback
By Joe Schreiber
Titan Books
Release Date: May 4, 2010

So now that the Season 5 finale of Supernatural has passed, we have some time before we are going to see Sam and Dean get into trouble again in the new season. What better to do with that time than read a book of one of their crazy adventures? Surprisingly, I can’t think of anything better. So Joe Schreiber, author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, Eat the Dark, and No Doors, No Windows, gives it a shot with Supernatural: The Unholy Cause.

First of all I didn’t pick up on the Supernatural “bug” until a few months and went back and watched the entire series in a couple of weeks. I immediately loved the show and all of the characters. All that being said there is definitely a formula to the adventures of Sam and Dean and this book definitely captures the feeling of an episode of the show. Basically Sam and Dean start investigating a weird murder involving Civil War re-enactors and prop weapons. This obviously leads to trouble when the demons involved decide that Sam and Dean need to be taken care of. The story definitely seems to be a lot more serious than some of the others that have been told by dealing with some of the very important overarching themes especially when dealing with Sam’s predicament.

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Comic Review: Revolver
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Revolver
Hardcover
By Matt Kindt
Vertigo Comics
Release Date July 14, 2010

Are you looking for the next Asterios Polyp, I Kill Giants, or Essex County to enjoy? Well I found that book for you and it’s called Revolver. Revolver comes to you from the acclaimed author of 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man and Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers, Matt Kindt. If you haven’t read anything by Kindt, then you should definitely check something out. Kindt is one of my favorite authors and is great with creator-owned material.

Revolver is an original graphic novel about a character named Sam whose life is somehow split into two different realities. One life is normal and filled with routine, while the other is set in a post-apocalyptic world where he has to fight to survive. One of the most interesting parts of the story is how Sam deals with the worlds and how his psyche deals with it as well. The story definitely has a lot of twists and turns and I definitely don’t want to spoil the book for anyone by revealing any further details.

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