Doom Patrol #1 Review

Doom Patrol #1 Review

So far, D Rebirth has been great about restoring DC’s “meat and potatoes” franchises and giving heroes like Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman the fresh start they needed. But what about readers who crave something other than traditional superhero fare? Where are the bold, daring, inventive books like The Omega Men and Prez? That seems to be the purview of the new Young Animal imprint. The Young Animal books are still set in the DC Universe, but they offer a quirkier and more experimental approach, one that’s overseen by “showrunner” Gerard Way. If Doom Patrol #1 is any indication, Young Animal has a bright future ahead of it. Way has never made any secret of his adoration for Grant Morrison’s work, so it should come as no surprise that Way’s Doom Patrol draws fairly heavily from Morrison’s run. At the same time, the book has a kooky and unique voice all its own. Way isn’t simply recycling Morrison’s approach or his own work on the conceptually similar Umbrella Academy. This series is all about celebrating the weird, surreal side of the DCU. It requires no familiarity with the franchise. Way seems intent on catching new and old readers alike off their guard. His narrative bounces around among different scenes and protagonists, with plenty of non-sequiturs and a purposefully disjointed structure. That’s not to say this issue is necessarily difficult to follow, just that it strives to be weird in tone and presentation. Continue reading…
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Rive Review

Rive Review

There’s a line between challenging and sadistic, and it’s one that Rive gleefully swerves back and forth over during its chaotic six hours of platforming and shoot-‘em-up action. This is probably the most difficult game of 2016 so far, and that may serve as a draw to some. But I found that these demanding, twitch-based torture chambers rely too much on pure precision and got in the way of enjoying the less frustrating parts. Taking control of a quip-hurling salvager named Roughshod who sounds like he grew up in Space Brooklyn, I was led by a meandering, ADD-paced story to escape the bowels of a massive starship full of hostile robots and insta-kill traps. Those traps are often placed in just the right spot to destroy you after narrowly avoiding another, which often leads to the feeling of being punished for doing what the previous obstacle suggested. Continue reading…
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Star Trek Discovery Premiere Delayed

Star Trek Discovery Premiere Delayed

Star Trek Discovery, the upcoming CBS All Access series, will now premiere in May, four months later than previously announced. Speaking to The Wrap, executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller said they met with CBS before entering production and decided the extra time was necessary in order to “achieve a vision we can all be proud of.” “Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood,” said Kurtzman and Fuller. “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality.” Continue reading…
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Florida Man Received Xbox One Before It Was Unveiled

Florida Man Received Xbox One Before It Was Unveiled

Microsoft accidentally sent Florida resident Jia Li an Xbox One prototype in March 2013, two months before the company officially unveiled the home console. Business Insider reports that Li originally ordered a laptop from Microsoft’s website, but instead of receiving the computer, the company shipped him the soon-to-be revealed Xbox One. Microsoft didn’t announce the system officially until May 2013. The Xbox One prototype shipped to Jia Li. (Courtesy of Li and Business Insider)Continue reading…
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Superman Returns to Classic Status Quo

Superman Returns to Classic Status Quo

Superman is going through some major lifestyle changes thanks to DC Rebirth. Warning: this article contains spoilers for Action Comics #963! Superman has had a rough go of it over the past year, first having his secret identity leaked to the world and then dying and being replaced by his pre-Flashpoint self in “The Final Days of Superman.” Further complicating matters is the recent appearance of another, perfectly ordinary man who claims to be Clark Kent. Which one of these men is acually the real Superman? Continue reading…
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'Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids': Film Review | TIFF 2016

'Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids': Film Review | TIFF 2016

Jonathan Demme dusts off his consummate skills at capturing concert events with ‘Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids,’ an immersive record of the final shows in JT’s recent tour, picked up worldwide by Netflix.read more
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MLB The Show Studio Hit By Layoffs

MLB The Show Studio Hit By Layoffs

Update: We have received the following statement from Sony: “We can confirm there has been a reduction in headcount at San Diego Studio.  The teams working on MLB The Show, Drawn to Death and Guns Up! have not been affected. We continually evaluate teams and programs at SIE Worldwide Studios to ensure we have the proper resources in place to deliver innovative products within a competitive landscape. As projects are completed, it is natural to review and restructure teams around current and future needs. We wish our departing team members success as they pursue new opportunities and we have nothing but heart-felt thanks for their contributions to PlayStation.” Continue reading…
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'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom': Theater Review

'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom': Theater Review

Phylicia Rashad continues her superlative exploration of August Wilson’s work, directing an outstanding cast in ‘Ma Raney’s Black Bottom,’ a 1920s-set drama woven around themes of identity and ambition. read more
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