Friday, April 26, 2013

Two Big, Non-Big Two, Reviews..!

Comic Reviews By Panagiotis Drakopoulos

Dark Horse Presents #23: This months issue features the long awaited return of Dan Jolley’s Bloodhound. Bloodhound doesn’t miss a beat since the original ending of the comic series way back in 2005(which I‘ll be reviewing the original series at some point). It’s great to see Dan Jolley bringing back Travis Clevenger from the land of obscure to new readers looking for new material outside of the big two. Other highlights in this issue include, Simon Roy’s Tiger Lung, Pete Doree & Sean Phillips’ Gabe And The Sandpiper (Imagine a pulp version of Lara Croft. I hope Pete and Sean have future stories planned in DHP.), Mike Baron and Steve Rude return with more Nexus, and Geof Darrow teasing us with a Shaolin Cowboy back cover and Big Guy and Rusty insert image.

Jupiter’s Legacy #1: Mark Millar and Frank Quitely reunite after their milestone run on The Authority, which happened about thirteen years ago. In this ten issue/chapter maxi-series features a family of superheroes and how the parents and children view their powers and the use of those powers. Millar adds a real world element to a world with superheroes. Dealing everything from the stock market crash of ’29 to what President Obama should handle his second term. It feels like a weird cross between Kick-Ass and Fantastic Four. Along with a tight script from Millar, we got Quitely on his a game. Making Jupiter’s Legacy into a sexy and stylish comic. Quitely’s character and costume designs feel fresh and realistic. I know a lot of people are down on Quitely for how he draws his female character, but for this story it fits well with the characters presented in the comic. Something tells me that by the end of the summer we might get a Jupier’s Legacy movie deal. The only thing I’m worried about this comic, can Frank Quitely keep up with a monthly schedule? I just hope the final issue won’t be out around 2016.

Friday, April 5, 2013

What the Nerds are Watching...

Spring 2013 TV Preview

by Panagiotis Drakopoulos

With the end of winter, means that spring is here. What better way than previewing the spring television schedule. A couple of heavy hitters returning, Dunder Mifflin Paper Company closing its doors, a bizarre comedy based on a classic manga series, and a community college in trouble.

A Game of Thrones aka A Song of Ice and Fire Season 3

With the season three opener fresh out of the gates, George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series shows no sign of slowing down (expect in print form). This season will cover the first half of A Storm of Swords , the third book in the series. Making Sunday night the real “Must See TV” (Sorry NBC), along with it’s main competition…

Mad Men Season 6

Mad Men. Yes, Don Draper and company return for the sixth season of the AMC hit series. From watching the season six teaser trailer, I notice that this season will focus more on female cast and Don Draper’s infidelity problems. Probably this season we’ll get to dive even deeper into the psyche of Mr. Draper.

The Office Series Finale

After nine long years, The Office will finally close its doors. Along with 30 Rock, The Office was the central core of Thursday night comedy. It’ll be sad seeing The Office ending, but it had a great run. The only dower for the final season is that Steve Carell won’t be returning as Michael Scott in a cameo or guest role. The final episode will be airing on May 16th.

DD Hokuto no Ken aka DD Fist of the North Star

Fist of the North Star is one of the most important mangas in Japan. So, for the 30th anniversary of Fist of the North Star, there’s a special comedy series based on the manga. The story of DD Fist of the North Star takes place in the dark future of 199x, where mankind was supposed to pick up the pieces after nuclear war, but that never happened. This show follows the characters of Fist of the North Star trying to make ends-meat in the present day Japan. The “DD” in the title stands for “Design Deformation”. The show hasn’t been announced for any streaming sites. So the only way to watch DD is to wait for the fansubs.

The Uncertain Future of... Community?

It’s been a rocky road for the fourth season of the cult hit show Community. Series creator Dan Harmon was either let go, fired or quit as showrunner (Thanks Bob Greenblatt). Chevy Chase losing his fucking mind, causing him to leave the show. NBC pulling the show from the fall primetime schedule to the winter schedule (Notice the trend). Ratings for season four falling faster and a boat load of troubles too long to list here. It doesn’t look like the show will be renewed for a fifth season, unless a miracle can happen.