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  1. Manga Review: Platinum End Volume 1


    The Breakdown

    Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the creative genius behind Death Note and Bakuman, unite for their third title. Platinum End Volume 1 is published by VIZ Media collects chapters 1-3 of the manga.

    Elevator Pitch

    A yin to Death Note‘s yang, but no less beguiling. A fast-paced psychological thriller with devilish angels and murderous heroes.

    The Verdict

    Platinum End is thought-provoking and shocking. Obata’s art keeps your eyes locked, exploring every detail. This is a story that begins with a bang and promises to not relent in later volumes. (more…)

  2. Film Review: The Protomen – “Light Up the Night”

    This article first appeared on Consequence of Sound as “First Look: The Protomen’s 16-minute short film Light Up the Night“, published 9/8/2016.

    The Protomen are the kind of band that typically only exists in fiction. They’re too extravagant to be real. How else could you rationalize an eight person crew, faces painted silver, with music, wardrobe, and stage presence that fuses spaghetti westerns with Blade Runner? There’s only a few acts out there that would dare to be so audacious, fewer still that could back up their raw theatricality with a performance that melts any sense novelty as soon as they play. They are, by design, larger than life. Which is why it should be no surprise that their first music video is a 16 minute short film. (more…)

  3. Nerdy Show’s Suicide Squad Review

    Tony and boR saw Suicide Squad! One of them loved the the other was kind of ambivalent. Can you guess who? (Hint: it’s not who you’re thinking!)

    After a heaping mess of grimdark, can DC kick it cinematic presence into gear and put out a fun summer film? In this spoiler-free Suicide Squad review hear who were the stand-out characters, how the shift in tone works for this new chapter in DC’s cinematic U, and more!


  4. Matt Kindt’s Next Must-Read Comic: Dept. H #1 Review

    Dept. HThe Breakdown

    Dark Horse Comics presents Dept. H, an original murder/mystery series where each issue takes place in a 24-hour time span. Written and drawn by Matt Kindt, creator of Mind MGMT with his wife, Sharlene Kindt, provided beautiful water colors.

    Elevator Pitch

    Dept. H mashes multiple genres in a deep sea tale with wonderfully fitting watercolor art. The book’s sci-fi murder mystery evokes a sense of urgency that’ll have you flying through the pages. (more…)

  5. Graphic Novel Review: The Puma Blues: The Complete Saga

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    The Breakdown: The Puma Blues – an environmental sci-fi that rocked the indie comics scene of the 80s has been collected and completed for the first time. From the minds of prolific Ninja Turtles author, Steve Murphy, and famed Sandman artist, Michael Zulli.

    Elevator Pitch: Transmetropolitan meets Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, liberally dipped in the grittier side of the 1980s and paired with John Audubon-style nature art.

    The Verdict: The Puma Blues is the one of the best indie comics you’ve probably never heard of. But you know who has? Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Peter Laird, and Dave Sim, all of whom have been quoted singing the praises of Puma. That should be enough information to make you order a dozen copies immediately. The book is bleak, strange, a bit dated, and at times about as subtle as a kick to the groin from a Dead Kennedys fan, but undeniably earnest and disturbingly prescient. It’s not hard to see why so many prominent names in comics are big fans. Puma is must-have piece for lovers of obscure pop-culture, artsier comics, and anyone with a streak of punk rock in their soul. (more…)

  6. ALBUM REVIEW: Chamber Band – Careers

    chamber band careersLauren Furze is co-station manager on our streaming music station, Nerdy.FM. She also reviews the latest records from the multi-faceted Nerd Music genre and publishes her own tunes on her website, TheFifthSister, where this article was first published.

    I’m going to state this first and foremost: I think Careers is going to be one of the main contenders for the “best of 2015” title.

    Careers is the new album from Chamber Band, and is loosely inspired by the Hunger Games series. Now, that’s not to say you can’t enjoy this album without having read the books or watched the films – because you can. The band have managed to craft an album for everyone to enjoy. (more…)

  7. VIDEO :: Vacation (2015) Review

    Our very own Chan Sterling caught an early screening of the Vacation revival, which comes out this week. Can the National Lampoon classic survive the experience of the 21st century reboot/ relaunch? Only one way to find out – click play and watch our Vacation (2015) review! (more…)

  8. Graphic Novel Review: The Bozz Chronicles – How a Suicidal Alien Won My Heart

    bozz chron featThe Breakdown: The Bozz Chronicles – a classic 80s comic series collected for the first time. Written by David Michelinie with art by Bret Blevins and John Ridgeway.

    Elevator Pitch: Doctor Who plus Sherlock Holmes plus ’70s Swamp Thing plus The Avengers. No, not those Avengers, the BBC show from the ’60s.

    The Verdict: Fun, charming, delightfully over-the-top. Only six issues long, so not enough time for much character development, but Michelinie still manages to make them likable enough that you’re fond of them by the end. Blevins’s art matches the tone of the stories perfectly. Worth the cover price just for issue 3, but thoroughly enjoyable throughout. (more…)

  9. A Mayhem-Filled Fight Club 2 Review

    fight club 2 thumbWake up, Space Monkey. It’s been almost two decades since Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club novel was released and 16 years since the film. Now, its time to rize or die as the long awaited sequel comes back to punch you square in the ear. This review will contain some spoilers to the original Fight Club, but we promise not to spoil Fight Club 2. Just keep in mind, we’re reviewing the first issue here, so some secrets need to be shared… And remember rule #1. (more…)

  10. Spoiler-Free Review: Letter 44 Volumes 1 & 2


    Imagine if House of Cards made beautiful love-babies with Independence Day. That’s right: Cold-hearted political schemes intermingling with the threat of alien invasion. Welcome to the troubled and awesome world of Charles Soule’s Letter 44.

    The graphic novel opens with newly inaugurated president, Stephen Henry Blades, receiving a letter from outgoing president Francis T. Carroll. In this letter, President Carroll defends going to war in the Middle East, stating it was a means to increase military size and strength in preparation for a greater threat. This threat is from a mysterious extraterrestrial race, currently building an unknown object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. They’ve been there for seven years, have yet to make contact, and NASA is still unsure about their intentions. (more…)

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