August 2008

A Convict’s Wet Dream

by Alan Rapp on August 22, 2008

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“So do what you do best.  Drive.”

Hitting the theaters in the ass-end of summer (not good for an action flick) comes Death Race.  I’m not sure what Joan Allen is doing here, or even Jason Statham, but there’s little that justifies the remake of the Harvey Corman film or yet another tale about convicts killing each other for the camera.  But at least it’s better than The Condemned (read that review).

The economy of the United States has collapsed.  In this near future (roughly four years from today) prisons are run by cooperations, for a profit.  Though what type of cooperation would go for this is never explained (gee, I wonder why Budweiser wouldn’t want to be marketed in the film?).

Unemployment is out an all-time high and the most watched program on the air is a pay-per-view Internet program which involves prisoners fighting for their lives.  Hmm… haven’t we seen something like this before, once, twice, three times, or more?

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The Authority?

by Alan Rapp on August 21, 2008

in Comics

  • Title: The Authority #1
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“There’s no world left for them to save.”

Given the events of WildStorm’s big summer crossover Number of the Beast the WildStorm universe is left in shambles and The Authority gets yet another reboot.

The group is back, and that’s the good news.  That they’re stuck in the dismal new world which would make even the sunniest person want to slit their wrists, well, you see, that’s the bad.

The Authority failed.  The Carrier is a big dead rock crashed and fused into the middle of London creating what is referred to as Un-London.  All but the most basic technology is lost and Angie has lost her abilities and techware, monsters rove the streets looking for humans to feed on, and Apollo is forced to live at the very top of the atmosphere to stay alive, apart from his teammates who spend their time looking for those unlucky enough to survived and blaming themselves for the world’s misfortune.  And you don’t even want to know what this reality has done to Jack Hawksmoor.

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newuniversal: 1959

by Alan Rapp on August 21, 2008

in Comics

  • Title: newuniversal 1959 (One-shot)
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“We know the rules of Natural Selection.”

Given his role in Civil War and its aftermath many have called for the head of Tony Stark.  Ask, and ye shall receive.  Here, in this special one-shot from the mind of Kieron Gillen, come the beginnings of Project Spitfire, the event known as “the Fireworks,” and how, in this world, the Marvel Age was killed in its infancy.

This new one-shot looks back into events mentioned in the newuniversal mini-series (read the review) which describes a previous celestial event and the actions taken by Philip Voight and Project Spitfire to stop what they fear might be coming.  It begins with the reveal that Tony Stark was chosen to be his generation’s Cipher, which gave him an increased ability with technology that led to the Iron Man armor and other inventions – and doomed him to a gruesome death at the hands of the secret branch of the US Government.

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Spike: After the Fall

by Alan Rapp on August 21, 2008

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  • Title: Spike: After the Fall #1 & #2
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The first issue of the Angel: After the Fall spin-off begins with Spike and Illyria/Fred taking out some demons and protecting a homeless and frightened group of Californians who have found themselves inexplicably sent to Hell.

Spike’s job is that much harder given Illyria’s penchant for turning into a helpless Fred whenever her human emotions are tapped into, often at some very inconvenient times.  That plus a group of unruly kids and adults which Spike has to lead (not exactly his strong suit) and you could say William the Bloody is in his own personal kind of Hell… while in Hell.  Okay, maybe you don’t want to say that.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on August 20, 2008

in Comics

Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday!  Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls.  Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, IDW Publishing, Devil’s Due Publishing, Archie, Virgin, and Image Comics.

This week includes Batman and the Outsiders, Captain America, Casey Blue: Beyond Tomorrow, Dark Ivory, Drafted, Ghost Rider, Hack/Slash, The Helm, Moon Knight, Scalped, Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Trinity, and the first issues of Air, Doctor Who: The Forgotten, and Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds.  Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including Midnighter Vol. 2: Anthem, The Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, X-Men: Divided We Stand, Youngblood Vol. 1: Focus Tested, Young Inhumans, and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #84

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