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Gerard Way. Does this name sound familiar? Gerard is the lead singer for the band “My Chemical Romance”. I never knew this before but apparently he is also the writer for Dark Horse’s “The Umbrella Academy”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So how did Gerard Way break into the comic industry? He got hooked up by Jim Krueger (Avengers/Invaders co-writer).

Gerard was interning @ DC when he randomly met Krueger on the train. Krueger caught a glimpse of Gerard’s sketchbook and was impressed. This was the beginning of a relationship that eventually launched Gerard’s comic book career. Jim Krueger liked Gerard’s work so much that he started paying him to work on comics such as, "Foot Soldiers".

The final chapter of The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Artist Gabriel B. goes on sale Feb. 20, 2008. It has unique art and I think its good, so if you have a chance pick it up.

Go here for a preview: Umbrella Academy

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This review contains many spoilers. If you plan on watching the film and want a quick review without spoilers please read the bullet points and the “BOTTOM LINE” below.

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Cloverfield is a unique monster movie that sets itself apart from others in the genre. JJ Abrams has once again produced amazing work. The whole concept of a monster attack from the first person point of view is brilliant. Although this brilliant idea works for the majority of the movie…in some scenes it just doesn’t. A lot of the film’s strengths were also its weaknesses.

I am content with the Cloverfield monster. You clearly saw what it was and yet you STILL didn’t know what you were looking at. The monster didn’t look cheesy or fake. Not only was the monster scary but the little creatures that fell from it were ever freakier. The special effects for the movie were wonderful! Building explosions looked real and the military action sequences were very convincing.

The main problem I had with Cloverfield was the first person point of view.

Motion SICKNESS WARNING.

I last experienced movie motion sickness during “The Blair Witch Project”. I felt like throwing up then, and during Cloverfield I felt like throwing up again. Maybe it was JJ Abrams idea to have you feel as nauseated as the people trying to escape. If you’re made of the tough stuff and aren’t affected by motion sickness then ignore this comment. If you are weak sauce like me, you’ve been warned.

There were a couple scenes in the movie I that I really liked. A great scene in the movie was when the girl exploded (By great I mean gross). I remembered her from “Mean Girls” and I thought she deserved better than that. I mean come on she was Janis Ian. It was deliciously scary when the “little monsters” were attacking them in the train tunnels. It reminded me of the “Descent” and how scared I was then.

I had a couple small issues with some scenes in the movie. Robert Hawkins loses his brother during the film and has a small meltdown. After 20 minutes or so he pulls himself together and runs off to save Beth. I’m sorry but if I lost my brother I don’t think I would be able to function for a quite some time. I’d be too damn devastated to try to be a hero. Towards the end of the movie they save, Beth McIntyre. Her apartment almost collapses, she gets impaled on a metal beam and she then survives a helicopter crash. Holy shit, only in a movie folks. J

The humor didn’t work during the movie. People are dying around you and you have the inclination to pop a joke? No. They should’ve cut this out. It generated a few chuckles in the audience but I think it brought the audience back to reality and back to realizing that they are watching a monster flick. The same comedian, Hud, also FILMS the entire attack? Bull shit. If I was under attack I would be running as fast as hell to get out of there. What was his motivation to keep filming? “So others will know how it went down?” Yea right, a real person would say, “Fuck this I’m getting out of here”

A lot of people had issues with the ending but I thought it was good. Although they died in an abrupt fashion, they died together and they got to say what they wanted to say. At that point if they survived I would’ve been pissed.

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Here is a quick summary (in nice bullet points for all you lazy people):

PROS

- The monster doesn’t disappoint. It was actually pretty cool.

- Special effects were wonderful.

- It was unbelievably realistic. You felt as if you were trying to escape from NY,

- The movie had a lot of cool NY landmarks I recognized.

- The ending was good in my opinion.

CONS

- Motion Sickness Warning. I seriously thought I was going to hurl.

- Super Human survivability. Some people just don’t die! J

- The humor just didn’t work with the film.

- The acting was decent but I think they could’ve shown more sadness and desperation.

Bottomline:

Coverfield is definitely a unique experience. If you can overcome the motion sickness and ignore some weak acting/humor you are in for a terrifying experience. The special effects are topnotch and monsters kicks ass.

Cloverfield gets a 7.3 out of 10.

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I was reading the latest GAMEPRO and I saw this 2 page spread for a game called “LEFT 4 DEAD”. The small article showed a guy on a truck mowing down a pack of zombies… I was immediately interested. O.o

After doing a little research I found out that “Left 4 Dead” is an upcoming FPS with a cool new zombie twist. In a nut shell “L4D” is a survival shooter focusing around a four player squad. The game is being developed by Turtle Rock, the team behind Half-Life and Counter Strike. The premise is simple. Four players work together to blast the shit out of any zombies they see. Zombies are insanely fast and scary, unlike the ones in “I am Legend” (hahaha sorry). This sounds both scary and insanely fun.

You can find new weapons and customize your character to fine tune their strengths and weaknesses. I’m not sure how the far the customization will go but I want to be a Sniper/Flamethrower!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtle Rock has also mentioned that their will be Zombie bosses that offer a unique and challenging experience.

You got one fatass who spawns other zombies, and another super diesel zombie who throws stuff at you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The game is expected to hit shelves sometime later this year and through Steam’s online marketplace. I can’t wait. I’m going to go find my other three squad mates and get read.

Check out this trailer and some gameplay clips.

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* First off I’d like to thank Mr.C for lending me the comics to begin with. You inspired this entry.

I recently saw a trailer for “Wanted” while I was waiting for I AM LEGEND and to be honest the movie didn’t strike me as anything special. I figured it would just be another average shoot’ em up movie. However a co-worker of mine lent me the Wanted Comic series and now my perspective has changed. Wanted could actually kick some serious ass. The comic was created by an awesome team including, Mark Millar, JG Jones and Paul Mounts. They are a couple of the most talented people in the comic book industry.

The comic evolves around Wesley Gibson: an average guy leading an average life. One fateful day he finds out that his father was a legendary criminal in a secret society of Super Villains. Wesley is eventually recruited into the organization and follows in the footsteps of his old man. The comic is really GRAPHIC and there is a lot of sex, violence & mayhem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the graphic nature of the comic, I highly doubt the movie will be following it too closely. Although I really hope it does. In the comic, Villains win, Wesley becomes a super villain, and Mr. Wesley kicks ASS. He steals from the poor, murders innocent people and pillages unsuspecting citizens.

Although this sounds horrid it’s an interesting twist from the do-gooder norm.

Bottomline:

The comic is GREAT & the movie has potentials to be AWESOME.

Keep your eyes open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this trailer I made!

 

PS. I wrote this pretty late so please excuse any grammatical errors.

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