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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Splash Page Volume 13

For Comics Released August 28, 2013

It's another week, so it must be time for another volume of The Splash Page!  Once again I had myself a pretty large pull, although, I have to say, that this will be nothing compared to the onslaught that will hit me next week.  My wallet has already started to cry in pain at the thought of the sheer amount of titles from DC alone I will be picking up next Wednesday.  Nevertheless, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.  Let's talk about some comics you can get your hands on NOW!  This week saw the continuation of Infinity and that much-hyped final chapter of Trinity War!  See how these comics and more turned out below!

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Superman/Batman looks to be headed to Detroit



According to a recent press release, the upcoming Man of Steel sequel/backdoor Batman reboot (that's gotta be a first) will be abandoning the confines of Toronto and Ohio for Michigan. It's an interesting choice as the latest Transformer movie has also been filming there! The film will release on the date Man of Steel should have released on: July 17, 2015, also known as The Dark Knight time-frame.

Via our friends at SuperHeroHype, here's the full press release from the Michigan Film Office:


The Michigan Film Office announced today that the next DC Entertainment Super Hero movie from Warner Bros. Pictures has been approved for a film incentive from the state.
The film, from director Zack Snyder, brings together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Superman and Batman—for the first time on the big screen. Production on the new film is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is writing the screenplay. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
“This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan.”
“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” stated filmmaker Zack Snyder. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
The as-yet-untitled feature film was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures. The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, plus an additional 6,000 man/days of extra work. The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during the course of production and spending $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program.
The incentive funding for the project will be allocated out of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. However, any funding remaining from the budget at the end of the current fiscal year will be directed to offset the full incentive amount for this project.
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Why you should give #Batfleck a chance...



As we're a week separated from the news that shut down the internet and the initial furor and arguments, we thought it might be a good time to look at this with a clear head and a bit of perspective. Post the big announcement from Zack Snyder at San Diego Comic Con about the upcoming Man of Steel sequel featuring Batman, the fervor over who would be the new Batman was pretty pronounced amongst fandom. While everyone was making their dream lists (my own was consistently topped by Jon Hamm), according to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers had one man in mind for months. Apparently Ben Affleck had been their number one choice when Man of Steel entered post-production. Sure there had been the rumored contenders, and some of them were true (Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin). Were these back-up plans if Affleck said no or was trying to make a decision? We'll never know, because as of last week, Ben Affleck is the seventh live-action incarnation of the Caped Crusader. And the truth is? I'm pretty excited for it....here's why....

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

GeekRex-Film Dispenser Team-up Podcast Episode 2



It's that time again as the GeekRex team (Kyle and Shane) team-up with the Film Dispenser crew (Spencer, Rafael and Logan) to talk the Summer Movies of 2013. Find out what we liked best, what our biggest surprises and disappointments were, and what we'd like to see chucked into the void never to be heard from again!

You can listen to the latest episode on the player below or on Itunes!


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Monday, August 26, 2013

GeekRex Podcast Episode 20




This week on the GeekRex Podcast, Kyle and Shane delve into the ins and outs of #Batfleck, The World's End, and You're Next!

You can listen to the latest episode of the GeekRex podcast on the player below or on Itunes!


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Review: The World's End



With "The World's End", Edgar Wright has fulfilled the third part of his "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy".A trilogy based more on marketing than any storytelling ties, Wright, in his previous two films "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" successfully sent up both zombie and buddy cop movies wrapped in the unique shooting style and matter of fact humor that Wright has been known for since his days of running the cult television series "Spaced". With "The World's End", Wright (and co-writer Simon Pegg) tackle alien invasions in a manner quite similar, and even evokes one of the giants of British sci-fi in the process. In short, "The World's End" is the closer we were all hoping it would be after years of anticipation.

Gary King (Simon Pegg), an alcoholic longing for a return to his own "Glory Days", gets in touch with his old school friends Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver aka "O-Man" (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Andy (Nick Frost) who have all moved onto their adult lives and responsibilities. Gary convinces them, through some conniving, to return to their old town of Newton Haven to tackle "The Golden Mile", a mile-long stretch of pubcrawl throughout the town that they had conspired to tackle in their younger years but failed to do so. They're joined along the way by Oliver's sister, Sam (Rosamund Pike) with whom Gary had a fling and Steven has unrequited feelings for. The biggest challenge they face is getting along with each other, particularly Andy and Gary, that is until they discover that the town is filled with robotic duplicates.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: The Act of Killing



Somewhere in the middle of "The Act of Killing," we see Anwar Congo, an elderly man with a penchant for dancing and telling stories, sitting on the grass with his grandchildren, teaching them why it's wrong to harm baby ducks and how important it is to treat animals gently.

In a movie depicting the massacre of millions of innocent people, simple and quiet exchanges like this one are actually the scenes that make "The Act of Killing" so shocking. When the credits rolled on this movie, I sat in the dark feeling completely stunned. The movie isn't particularly graphic, and it actually made me laugh repeatedly. But it is, by far, the most disturbing film I've seen in years. 

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Splash Page Volume 12

For Comics Released August 21,2013

Welcome to the latest volume of The Splash Page!  This has been a pretty hectic week for me outside of the comics world, so it was nice to be able to take a break and enjoy my weekly time with some characters who only live in panels.  As this is such a busy time for me, I regret to inform you that, for the time being, there will be no Spotlight Issues with The Splash Page.  On the bright side, this means more comics on here each week!  Of course this week was yet another big pull for me as we are getting close to the end of August and the beginning of September (Villains Month!).  For the first time in a while, this is going to be a pretty DC heavy week, but Marvel has a few heavy hitters on plate too.  Let's take a look at how some of this week's comics turned out!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Comics Track at DragonCon!



For those that are unaware, Kyle is a part of a team that was tasked with putting together comic book panels that would appeal to the fans at DragonCon, Atlanta's premiere Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention occurring over Labor Day Weekend. We spent months putting our heads together in how to best use our guests for these types of panels and we're very excited to announce that we have 12 panels on the docket for all you Comics fans attending DragonCon this year.

The panels range from Marvel and DC all the way to Dark Fantasy Graphic Novels and more. Here is the full schedule below along with guest and moderator info. If you're coming to DragonCon this year, we'd love your support, especially if you're as big a fan of comics as we are!

ALL COMICS PANELS TAKE PLACE IN THE HYATT AT HANOVER F.

Friday -

1 PM - Good Girl Art - From the 60's to today, these artists put the "good" in Good Girl Art.
Guests: Doug Sneyd, Anthony Spay, and Jamie Tyndall

2:30 PM - Ted Naifeh: Courting Courtney - A Discussion with the creator of the dark fantasy series Courtney Crumrin
Guest: Ted Naifeh
Moderator: Kyle Pinion

4 PM - Loincloths and Trenchcoats - Classic creators discuss how pulp characters like Tarzan and The Shadow laid the groundwork for superhero and crime comics
Guests: Dean Motter (and more to be added)
Moderator: Harper Harris

Saturday - 

1PM - Elfquest 35th Anniversary - Join us as we celebrate and discuss one of the most imaginative and loved comic sagas of all time!
Guests: Richard and Wendy Pini

2:30 PM - Before Watchmen - Hear what it was like to add to a classic!
Guests: Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner
Moderators: Kyle Pinion and Harper Harris

4 PM - DC Legends - A chat with the men who have forever altered the legacies of your favorite DC characters.
Guests: Neal Adams (and more to be added)
Moderators: Tony Barletta and Kyle Pinion

5:30 PM - Hometown Heroes - Hear what inspires and influences these great creators from DragonCon's backyard, everything from comics to superheroes to the web.
Guests: Jennie Breeden, Mark Brooks, Andy Runton, and Dexter Vines
Moderator: Zano Ludgood

Sunday-

11:30 AM - When Marvel Was Timely - An interview with Al Bellman, one of the first artists at Timely when Captain America first threw his mighty shield.
Guest: Allen Bellman
Moderators: Tom Heintjes and Jacob Rougemont

1 PM - Hulk - Hulk Smash! Get an inside peek at the talent behind the many incarnations of the Green Goliath!
Guests: Peter David and Paul Jenkins
Moderator: Zano Ludgood

4 PM - Aspen Comics Anniversary - Michael Turner's enduring vision for comics still thrives to this day. Find out the history and what the future holds.
Guests: Alex Konat, Frank Mastromauro, Siya Oum, Peter Steigerwald
Moderator: Jessica Dunlap

5:30 PM - Mighty Marvel - An update on Avengers, Secret Avengers, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Black Panther and Fearless Defenders from the House of Ideas.
Guests: Mark Brooks, Jonathan Maberry, Mike McKone
Moderators: Zano Ludgood and Tony Barletta

Monday - 

1 PM - Doktor A's Toybox - Doktor A makes a rare stateside appearance, bringing his unique brand of Steampunk toy design back to DragonCon.
Guest: Doktor A
Moderator: Zano Ludgood
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: The Spectacular Now

The "coming of age" film isn't usually one of my favorite genres. Sure there are a few highlights that stick with me: "Dazed and Confused", "The Breakfast Club", "Say Anything", even "Superbad". For the most part though, they usually resemble something more like the dreadful "The Way Way Back" from earlier this summer: Overly forced scenarios that resemble little of the teenaged experience that I only left behind a little over a decade ago. It's difficult to connect to these characters when the presentation feels so foreign. Sure, I enjoyed "The Perks of Being A Wallflower", but was your high school experience that exciting and filled with that many fascinating people? Mine either. James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" tones down the "center of the universe" trumpeting for a more grounded approach and succeeds as a different take on this overtrod sub-genre, at least when its not trying to become an intervention. 

Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is a tremendously popular Senior at his high school who has seemingly "peaked". He so clearly doesn't want his teenaged existence to end that he's failing his geometry class that he needs in order to graduate. Despite his outwardly positive exterior that provides advice to both friend and rival alike, Sutter is a deeply tormented individual. He drinks from a flask non-stop and struggles with a strained relationship with his mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a distant one with his well-to-do sister (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). All of these elements play together in the ruination of his relationship with ex-girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson), of which, he is tortured by. Promptly, his life takes a turn, when he is discovered passed-out on someone's lawn by Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley). Despite their differing paths socially and academically, they connect for a briefly platonic and then more amorous relationship; first kiss, sex, prom, all the usual trappings, with them both challenging one another to detour a bit from their usual routine. Then, Sutter finally decides to contact his father (Kyle Chandler) who has been absent for most of his life, from there, everything changes.

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GeekRex Podcast Episode 19



We're back after a tiny weekend break! Kyle and Shane chat (and crap all over) Kick Ass 2, we also highlight GenCon 2013 and some notable news of the week.

You can listen in on the player below, or subscribe on Itunes!




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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Review: Kick-Ass 2


It hardly feels like it was three years ago that the first Kick-Ass film was released, but time does have a tendency to fly.  Released at a time when the superhero genre was starting to put a bit of a strain on movie goers (some would argue this is still the case), Kick-Ass, much like its comic book counterpart, was a nice change of pace that took a different perspective on the genre.  The film looked to show what it would be like if one of these nerds who packed midnight releases of superhero films and lurked around comic shops on a weekly basis decided to become their own superhero.  In short, it was a fun ride and featured one of the best performances by Nicolas Cage in years.  Flash forward three years and we are now getting Kick-Ass 2, under the direction of Jeff Wadlow instead of Matthew Vaughn.  Much like the comic it's based on, the film came with its own set of controversies, leaving one to wonder if perhaps the fun satire of the superhero film that was Kick-Ass was only meant to be a one hit wonder.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Splash Page Volume 11

For Comics Released August 14, 2013

Welcome to Volume 11 of The Splash Page!  As you have undoubtedly noticed, there has been one major change to The Splash Page with this edition: a NEW logo!  While I certainly enjoyed the very first logo I designed for this article, I felt it was time for just a little bit of a change up.  Hopefully you enjoy this relatively minor change as much as I do, I think it adds a breath of fresh air to this already awesome article.  So, with comics this week, I came home with a pretty massive pull.  Unfortunately, I don't see this changing any time soon as September looks to be another huge month of comics.  Not only did this week see the return of a certain indie comic that I love as well as Trinity War, but it was also a week which marked the beginning of Marvel's newest crossover event.  Without further ado, let's take a look at how all of these comics and more turned out!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review: Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen, over the past decade, has been one of the more "hit or miss" filmmakers that I can think of that is still held in fairly high acclaim. For every "Midnight in Paris" he puts out a "Whatever Works", for every "Vicki Christina Barcelona" there comes "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger". With "Blue Jasmine", Allen opted to take a slight detour from his typical "Over 40, New York existentialism" for something more rooted in classic theater, specifically Tennessee Williams. This film marks his biggest change of pace since "Matchpoint".

Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) arrives in San Francisco to live with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), after the arrest and death of her husband and subsequent loss of their fortune. Living with Ginger marks a big social down-turn for Jasmine, who is used to large mansions and extravagant parties with her departed husband Hal (Alec Baldwin), not quaint two bedroom apartments. Things aren't helped by Ginger's boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Cannavale) who is ready to move in with Ginger and start their married life together but cannot do so because of Jasmine's arrival. Throughout "Blue Jasmine", Jasmine struggles to maintain a working class existence outwardly while also tacking her own inner demons and neuroses. Think of this as a modern day take on "A Streetcar Named Desire".

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Breaking Bad: Who's the ricin for?

Sunday's premier of Breaking Bad was all-around excellent. A+, A+, A+. But rather than discuss the various merits (Star Trek!) and shocker moments of the episode this week, let's get a little more specific. Let's talk about the ricin, a.k.a. Chekhov's gun. WARNING: The below contains major spoilers for the episode. 

One of Breaking Bad's bolder choices has been its use of flash-forwards, a la Lost. In this episode's flash-forward, we see Walt return to his now-abandoned home. He has hair on his head (indicating either the cancer is in remission, or that he's given up on treatments), he's alone, and he's frantic. The word "Heisenberg" is spray-painted on his living room wall, and his neighbor drops her bag of groceries, in shock, when she sees him. 

All of this points to the fact that Walt's identity has been exposed in the near future, which we already had an inkling of in the season 5 opener flash-forward, in which Walt is using a fake ID and storing up weapons. By the end of the flash-forward, we see Walt retrieve the ricin cigarette he's hidden in an electrical outlet. 

And so now we have the murder weapon: once it shows up, it has to be used. But who's it for? Walt's identity is revealed and he's got plenty of guns, which suggests he intends to poison someone who doesn't expect harm. Here are some theories/predictions/speculation: 


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GeekRex Podcast Episode 18



This week, Kyle and Shane dig into "Elysium" and pinpoint just what we think Neill Blomkamp was aiming for with this sophomore effort. We then discuss the news of the day related to comics and D23. 

You can listen to this week's episode on the player below, or on Itunes!
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The Newsroom Season 2 Mid-Season Report Card


Covering more than one television series can be tough.  You write reviews for every single episode (sometimes skipping a week every now and then), but, in the end, it's a lot of writing during those 4-6 months.  That task becomes a lot more difficult when you are reviewing two television series which air on the same night.  Such is the case with my reviewing both True Blood and The Newsroom.  Both come on HBO, and both air on Sunday nights.  While I prefer The Newsroom in terms of which is a better show, I am not going to deny that interest in True Blood is much higher.  With that in mind, I decided the best thing to do would be to review the premiere and finale of Season 2 of The Newsroom only.  For the remaining episodes for this season, I decided I would do two report cards of sorts, detailing the other episodes in brief, giving my thoughts on them and a grade.  It is not as extensive as I would like, but I think it is the best idea.  Below you will find short reviews for the first half of Season 2 of The Newsroom.  If you find what you read here intriguing, this can be a good way to decide whether or not you should jump on to the bandwagon.  Enjoy!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Confessions of a Movie Theater Employee 2: Talking and Texting

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the second edition of Confessions of a Movie Theater Employee (COAMTE for all you Twitter users).  I want to start this article off by thanking those of you who took the time to read and share the previous installment, it really meant a lot to me to see something so simple take off like it did.  For the longest time, I have been wracking my brain to try and think of something to write about.  With the tips and tricks out of the way (see here), I decided I would start this series off in earnest with an editorial of sorts.  Today, we will be discussing one of the more controversial topics of going to the movie theater: talking and texting.  For purposes of this article, we will focus solely on the talking and texting which takes place during the movie.  I use the word we as I hope that you will join me in this discussion in the comments section below.  So, without further ado, let's take a look at perhaps the most annoying habit of virtually all movie goers...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review & Analysis: Elysium as a metaphor


Summer 2013 has been brutal, there's really no way to get around it. While the blockbuster season has had a few moderate surprises (Zack Snyder crafting his best film yet in "Man of Steel", James Mangold almost pulling off the no-win situation that is "The Wolverine", "This Is The End") the misfires ("Star Trek Into Darkness", "Pacific Rim", "The Lone Ranger", "World War Z", "RIPD") have completely overtaken our collective memory of what this summer season had to offer. I've made no secret that Elysium has been my last best hope for 2013's crop of big budget filmmaking. In his debut, Neil Blomkamp directed a Best Picture nominee, and in this followup, he helms something that hits me a little closer home but with even grander imagination. Summer 2013 has finally found its best film.

"Elysium" takes place in the year 2154, where the world is divided into two classes, the wealthy who live on a space station above Earth called Elysium (and have access to limitless healthcare and a clean living environment) and everyone else lives in the disease-ridden and crime-infested slum that is now our planet. Strict anti-immigration laws keep the two populations separated, to the extent that the space station's government will shoot down any of those who try to violate its borders. Max DeCosta (Matt Damon) is an ex-con living on earth and working in a factory. When an industrial accident exposes him to a lethal dose of radiation, he only has five days to live or attempt to get to Elysium to be cured. In order to do so, a local gang-lord named Spider (Wagner Moura) straps him into a powerful exo-skeleton and puts him at odds with Elysium's Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her imbalanced, dangerous security officer Kruger (Sharlto Copley).

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The Splash Page Volume 10

For Comics Released August 7, 2013

Welcome, all, to the TENTH volume of The Splash Page!  I know that, in the long run, 10 will not seem like such a big number, but, for the moment, it feels like a real milestone.  When I first started The Splash Page, I just wanted a way to put additional thoughts out there on the comics I was reading as, beforehand, I had only been reviewing 2-3 comics per week.  Now, with this wonderful little review roundup, I've been able to not only cover all the major comics from the big two, but I am thrilled at the continued growth that has taken place on the indie side of things.  Since this is such a special volume, I have decided that there will be no Spotlight Issues this week.  This was another pretty large pull this week for me, but that does not mean everything was great.  See how some of this week's releases turned out below!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Geek Recs - Your guide to geeky things to do this week!


8/6: Mud (DVD/Blu Ray) - One of our favorite films of 2013 releases on Blu Ray this week. If you missed it in theaters, Mud, which is a sort of modern retelling of Huck Finn, is an absolute must-watch. The film features several up-and-coming child actors and showcases what is arguably Matthew McConaughey's best performance to date. 

8/7: Trillium #1 (Comic) - Jeff Lemire, DC Comics' quietest of its major architects, produces a story that seemingly could only be told in comic form. An explorer in 1921 and a botanist in 3797 will somehow fall in love and bring about the end of the universe. Not only is it a time-spanning epic that is being promoted as the "last love story," but it's also a flip book, telling two separate but connected tales! 

8/7: Satellite Sam #2 (Comic) - The second issue of what we're hoping to call the "Mad Men of comic books," Matt Fraction's first issue blew us away with its focus on 1950's period detail and backstage politics in the development of network television. The mystery is interesting enough, but the side details are what make Satellite Sam a winner in its debut. Here's hoping the momentum keeps up.

8/9: Elysium (Movie release) - The latest in summer tent-pole movies, Elysium is a sci-fiction film starring characters living in a society with extremely disparate living classes. The film's protagonist, played by Matt Damon, seeks to infiltrate a man-made space station inhabited by the elite, known as Elysium, in search of emergency health care. This is from the same writer/director as District 9, so it's on our to-do list. Look for a review posted on 8/8. 

8/9: Blue Jasmine (Movie release) - Woody Allen's been somewhat hit or miss in the last ten years, but his newest movie stars solid actors like Cate Blanchett and Peter Saarsgard and also features well-known comedian Louis C.K. Early reviews indicate this may be one of Allen's best movies in some time, and Blanchett's performance is already picking up Oscar buzz. 
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Review: Batman Annual #2



Annuals are an interesting phenomenon in comics.  They are not something which occurs at the same time every year, as the name would suggest, but are more a yearly thing done at the discretion of the publisher.  In terms of what stories are told in these comics, it really can vary.  The best annuals are typically those which either expand further upon things currently being told in the regular issues or the comic, or tell a stand alone story that is well-written and worth being told.  Back during the 1960's The Amazing Spider-man's first annual featured the debut of the Sinister Six, a team of villains which had appeared throughout the comic's first 12 issues.  When annuals are done well, their value in terms of time and money spent is immeasurable.  When annuals are not done well, however, there is a big problem, and, sadly, this is a problem which has struck the pages of one of the best comics in The New 52: Batman.


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GeekRex Podcast Episode 17



This week, Kyle and Shane cover a grab bag of topics including the announcement of the Twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who, casting speculation around Superman/Batman, the Flash showing up on Arrow as well as our best and worst reads of the week.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: True Blood, "Dead Meat"

Season 6, Episode 8

Grade: D+

Verdict: Yet again we see True Blood attempt to string together more than two interesting plots into an episode and fail.  Sookie's arc throughout the episode is truly the most engaging, although where she ends up at the end of it may not be the best of ideas.  As with the past few episodes, the strictly human characters of this show continue to steal the spotlight as their more down-to-Earth/realistic arc feels like such a relief from all the supernatural BS going on elsewhere.  Alexander Skarsgard gives yet another terrible performance, but at least this time it is brief.  It is frankly strange to see this vampires vs humans plot go from the most interesting aspect of the season to one of the least.  While there is little point in mentioning it, Sam got his new girlfriend pregnant and the writers want you to care for some reason.  Apathy abounds.

To say True Blood has been wavering would be an understatement.  While this season has, thus far, been decidedly better than any of the garbage which took place the previous year, this is ultimately still a series which struggles with making its audience care about plots and characters which are utterly boring.  Admittedly, this season did put together a string of quite watchable episodes that expanded certain stories in ways that made them interesting, but this still feels like a series without a compass.  Going into this week's episode, there was not a lot to be excited about, and, by episode's end, those fears were largely proved correct.


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review: I'm So Excited!



When arriving at the cinema to take in Pedro Almodovar's reentry into comedy for the first time in many a year, I knew next to nothing about the actual film's content due to the lack of promotional material that had made its way to the US. The most attractive element that drew me to the theater that day was a combination of name recognition and one of the better posters I've seen in quite some time. Ironically, the big names that had enveloped the little promotion I had seen had limited influence on the film itself.

In "I'm So Excited", a technical failure to Peninsula Flight 2549 leads to a dangerous situation for the passengers and crew. While the pilot (Antonio de la Torre) and co-pilot (Hugo Silva) work to find a clear landing strip for an unorthodox descent, the flight attendants in business class (Javier Camara , Raul Arevalo, Carlos Areces) attempt to entertain and distract the few conscious passengers while suppressing their own personal issues and fears.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Splash Page Volume 9


For Comics Released July 31, 2013

Welcome, all, to the latest volume of The Splash Page!  With it being the fifth Wednesday of a month, that usually means one thing: small pulls.  That was at least the story for me this week as I had an incredibly small amount of comics waiting for me at the LCS (Local Comic Shop).  Although my wallet cannot say it knew the difference as DC released several annuals this week, and I picked up two of them, each fetching a $4.99 price tag.  As you'll see below, unfortunately that five bucks may have been best spent elsewhere on both titles.  Yes, this will be a very bare bones edition of The Splash Page, but I have asked fellow writer and site owner Kyle Pinion to contribute one review today.  As I don't read Batman Incorporated, I thought it would be a good idea to get Kyle's thoughts on the milestone issue.  This is a week with quite a few underwhelming titles, as you'll see, so hopefully things step up for next week (Volume 10!).  Now, let's talk some comics.

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