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    to Read More Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Share Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 By Mark Clapham on 22 August 2012 Well if nothing else Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde can t be accused of decompressed storytelling Read More Tags Chris Bunting Dracula Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde Jekyll Hyde JL Czerniawski Mohawk Media Robin Hood Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Share Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods By Julio Angel Ortiz on 13 August 2012 After almost two years the latest Star Trek Titan novel is out Read More Tags Books Michael A Martin Star Trek Titan Ted Share panelborders reviews Seth MacFarlane s Ted for shinyshelf By Alex Fitch on 01 August 2012 Fun but over familiar if you re bored of the Olympics and have seen The Dark Knight Rises Ted is a reasonable way to spend a couple of hours in an air conditioned room Read More Tags Comedy Family Guy Mark Wahlberg Movies Seth MacFarlane Ted The Dark Knight Rises Share The Dark Knight Rises By Julio Angel Ortiz on 30 July 2012 So we have at last long last the finale to the Dark Knight trilogy Read More Tags Batman Christian Bale Christopher Nolan Comics DC Movies The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Share UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers By Mark Clapham on 03 July 2012 Here s a couple of recent British comics that are worth a look I don t know whether I can justify a round up more succinctly than that so only pausing to highlight the disclaimer at the bottom of this review let s get on with it Nelson edited by Rob Davis the SelfMadeHero adaptation of Don Quixote some great Read More Tags Blank Slate Books Comics Cosmic Hobo Garen Ewing Nelson Rob Davis Simon Barnard Simon Gurr The Scarifyers Woodrow Phoenix Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Share panelborders reviews Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter for shinyshelf By Alex Fitch on 21 June 2012 Slickly made the film is captivating in its set pieces which utilise 3D post production well including a duel between Abe and a vampire in the midst of a horse stampede and recreations of battles during the civil war Read More Tags Alt History Horror Movies Seth Grahame Smith Tim Burton Timur Bekmambetov Vampires Beyond Watchmen Share Beyond Watchmen By Lance Parkin on 07 June 2012 When DC Entertainment confirmed rumours first reported on the Bleeding Cool comics news site that they were indeed going ahead with a Watchmen follow up the fan reaction was predictably negative Read More Tags Alan Moore Before Watchmen Beyond Watchmen Comics Dave Gibbons DC Michael Chabon Watchmen Older Entries RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who

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  • Saga | Shiny Shelf
    Landfall and technologically advanced while Marko s race comes from Landfalls moon and wield powerful magic as weapons In a very topical and ironic twist both races knowing the other planet s destruction would mean their own have outsourced the war to other races which has in turn embroiled the rest of the galaxy in decades long conflict while both homeworlds enjoy relative peace Things get complicated fast as Alana and Marko produce an offspring a daughter named Hazel something Alana s race finds abhorrent and they send mercenaries after them Things spiral out from there including a nanny in the form of a young female ghost who is also missing everything below her waist robotic princes with televisions for heads a sentient rocket ship which is also a tree and more So so much more Part of the brilliance that is Saga is how much imagination each issue is infused with Vaughn s scripts and Staples artwork just radiate with imagination Vaughn clearly has an in depth world plotted out for Saga every issue peels back a little more about the galaxy in which Alana and Marko live and it feels very expansive as though the sandbox that Vaughn and Staples are playing in is not very large but made of multiple levels Vaughn ups this by using the technique of having Hazel provide narration during the series looking back from some as yet undetermined point in the future at the events during Saga and this allows for Vaughn to drop some intriguing foreshadowing in spots Everything about Vaughn s scripts click the pacing the dialogue the plotlines He has an absolute passion for this series and it shines through Staples 100 digital artwork is gorgeous It s simply the best looking comic out today from the unique color palette to her beautifully drawn artwork to the very design and layout of the very issues everything just sings I would have to use the term exquisite to describe the final product every month Saga is one of the few series where I can t imagine waiting for the trade paperback and a large contribution to that is that each issue is worthy of collecting and owning on their own merits I can t say enough about the triumph of design here As of this writing there are 8 issues available I can t recommend them enough If you want a stellar book to read month to month with a glorious overdose of artwork and high concept science fantasy then Saga is for you Stat Line Break By Julio Angel Ortiz Julio Angel Ortiz maintains his collection of curiosities at www julioinprogress com You can also Like him on Facebook as well and check out his latest writing projects Share Saga Tags Brian K Vaughn Comics Fiona Staples Image Saga Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark

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  • Django Unchained | Shiny Shelf
    with his sister DiCaprio is a joy to behold on the screen and no one else could have captured this character and done it justice the way he did The early awards buzz for DiCaprio is well deserved I laughed when we left the movie theater because my one brother nailed Samuel L Jackson s performance It was Samuel L Jackson playing Samuel L Jackson If you enjoy his work you ll be right at home here as Jackson provides a humorous performance as an old trusted slave who runs Candie s plantation If you have seen any of Jackson s previous performances you know it will eventually lead to a profanity laden diatribe at some point in the film Django Unchained is no different There are so many other pieces of Django Unchained that are intriguing disturbing or simply hilarious in jokes Candieland Spotting Tarantino s cameo The significance of the woman with the red scarf covering her mouth and whether she is a reference to an obscure Golden Age Western comic book hero The origin of the KKK hoods And more no doubt Django Unchained is another winner from Tarantino with some of the sharpest dialogue and direction I ve seen in any of his films While the largest complaint I would lodge against the film is the what I consider out of character action one of the leads makes late in film I could understand it from a metatextual sense it leads into one of Tarantino s patented gun battles filled to the brim with the over the top gore After the skillful job Tarantino did in getting us there it s easily forgivable Line Break By Julio Angel Ortiz Julio Angel Ortiz maintains his collection of curiosities at www julioinprogress com You can also Like him on Facebook as well and check out his latest writing projects Share Django Unchained Tags Django Unchained Movies Quentin Tarantino western 2 Responses Graeme Burk says January 2 2013 at 11 45 am The red scarf is probably more of a reference to the original 1966 film Django who put red scarfs on the gang of henchmen because the number of films being made in the region meant most of the extras were taken up on other projects leaving only good looking extras who weren t menancing enough The fact that it s a good looking woman wearing it seems to connect the in joke back to Django too But it could also be a Vigilante reference Julio Angel Ortiz says January 11 2013 at 1 30 am Graeme thanks for the head s up RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16

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  • Disney and Lucasfilm | Shiny Shelf
    stage shows and a merging of the Disney characters with the Star Wars universe Cross character merchandise Jedi Mickey Goofy 3PO etc are among the biggest selling items in the park For Disney Parks Resorts the deal couldn t have come at a better time Attendance at Walt Disney World is suffering badly at the hands of Universal s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and many fans felt a Star Wars land would be the natural response Instead new Parks Resorts head Tom Staggs inked a mystifying deal with James Cameron to create a Pandora World of Avatar mini land at Disney s Animal Kingdom Rumours continue to swirl that relations between Cameron who expected JK Rowling levels of control and say and Disney concerned at the lack of progress on Avatar movie sequels are on the rocks with plans being scaled back accordingly So Disney really needs a better wizard killer than giant blue cats It s thought that Walt Disney Imagineering which works on many concept projects that never get made has developed many ideas over the years for Lucasfilm based attractions Could a Lucas land be around the corner Of course the biggest news of the merger and the biggest reason for fan concern will be the news that new Star Wars movies will be made While a movie featuring an aging Luke Han and Leia may be ill advised there is a generation now who have grown up on five years of The Clone Wars but were too young to see the prequels in the cinema so maybe it s time they had a trilogy of their own As long as the new films chart a new course and don t relate too much to what has gone before they should be able to get a new audience avoid alienating existing fans and keep George s legacy going for generations to come If that happens then this deal could prove to be the best Jedi mind trick Lucas has ever pulled Line Break By Jon de Burgh Miller Share Disney and Lucasfilm Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags

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  • Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde #1 & 2 | Shiny Shelf
    contemporary character as well or has he just been kicking around since the time of Stoker s novel It s all a bit unclear and the breakneck pacing doesn t help there s a fight referred to which seems to happen entirely off panel apart from anything else A dense story is good but it feels like a bit of a dialogue polish could have drawn out the story details better while cutting down some of the more packed speech balloons There s also another niggle which is that the female characters are portrayed in a uniformly buxom way with tight clothes and a lot of cleavage There seems to be a clever inversion going on when issue one opens with one such stereotypically proportioned woman in the centre of a splash page only for it to turn out to be a deliberate distraction to draw the eyes of an armoured car driver but no all the other female characters look like that as well It s a shame Some of the female characters are quite independent and active in some respects but they do seem to primarily be there to react to the all male main cast of the title and it s a shame Czerniawski for all his talents either can t or won t draw any other female body type than standard comic book cheesecake Those reservations aside Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde is a snappy inventive read and competitively priced as a digital only release available in a number of file formats If you want to give the book a try you can find Mohawk Media s ecocomics i e ecomics rebranded with an ecological spin store here I m not sure whether that issue was ever commercially released Bunting and Mohawk Media did go on to publish a very different all ages take on the Mr T character though Bloody hell that was Neil Edwards Line Break By Mark Clapham Mark Clapham is a Devon based writer and editor You can find out more about him at the egotistically named markclapham com Share Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Tags Chris Bunting Dracula Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde Jekyll Hyde JL Czerniawski Mohawk Media Robin Hood Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ

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  • Star Trek: Titan: Fallen Gods | Shiny Shelf
    back the character s progression I didn t care for how the Andorians were portrayed for a species that were a founding member of the Federation and its core ideals they sort of dropped all of that pretty fast since seceding from the Federation And I understand that they as a race are facing extinction an ongoing storyline in the Trek novels for the past decade but there s not one ounce of emotional depth from the Therin s crew As one of the key antagonists in the novel I kept waiting for their commander to start laughing with a maniacal MUHAHAHAHAHA It might have even made the novel score a little higher The Ta ithan species were also cardboard representations like the Hranrarii species from Seize the Fire The world building that Titan has been known for has been extremely watered down over these past two novels which is a shame considering their excellent predecessor Synthesis among other novels in the series SecondGen White Blue a recently added character who barely had enough time to be developed and whom I really liked sacrifices himself off screen with just Tuvok to fill in the details It feels like that s the sort of thing that should have been addressed directly instead of being an afterthought I ll say this Fallen Gods was better than Seize the Fire but only just It s not an awful novel even if the prologue is rough to get through and it provides some interesting developments in the wake of the ongoing Typhon Pact storyline Riker provides an interesting solution to the Andorian crew situation which was one of the better pieces of the novel since the solution perfectly aligns with his character But the prose is flat and at times stilted Titan as a series has for the most part contained a wow factor that connected with the very essence of what made me love Star Trek That wow factor has been absent these past two novels Martin is a capable writer but has been lackluster on his last two Titan outings his only solo work I have read since he parted ways with long time co writer Andy Mangels Maybe it s time to get the band back together Fallen Gods is an okay entry in the series but there are much better selections to read Line Break By Julio Angel Ortiz Julio Angel Ortiz maintains his collection of curiosities at www julioinprogress com You can also Like him on Facebook as well and check out his latest writing projects Share Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Tags Books Michael A Martin Star Trek Titan Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The

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  • Ted | Shiny Shelf
    homage to a much loved film from 1980 which includes an extended cameo by its star and which works well as many of Peter Griffin s dream sequences in Family Guy So far so undemanding and while MacFarlane can be praised for making a dumb immature American comedy comparable to anything by Judd Apatow or the genre defining half dozen films by the Farrelly Brothers in the late 90s early 00s apt since MacFarlane worked on the Ace Ventura cartoon series there s nothing truly transgressive about Ted The most underrated film of this subgenre that is genuinely shocking as well as funny Freddy Got Fingered was memorably described by Peter Bradshaw as being among the worst experiences of my life and sank without a trace If Ted had half the ideas shock factor and gags of FGF MacFarlane would be heralded as a brave ground breaking genius right now Like most of the films in the gross out comedy genre any of the relatively mild gags in Ted that rely on their shock value are matched by the typical heart of gold final redemption of the male lead I can t fault the film for delivering exactly what the trailer and MacFarlane s career have so far promised but disappointment comes from the under use of Giovanni Ribisi as a stalker with son who could have played a more memorable psycho than he does here and the entirely predicable twist ending That said if you re bored of the Olympics and have seen The Dark Knight Rises it s a reasonable way to spend a couple of hours in an air conditioned room Line Break By Alex Fitch Share panelborders reviews Seth MacFarlane s Ted for shinyshelf Tags Comedy Family Guy Mark Wahlberg Movies Seth MacFarlane Ted Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams

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  • The Dark Knight Rises | Shiny Shelf
    and not say anything and still be better than most of Hollywood but no performance really screams at me as noteworthy But the primary problems with The Dark Knight Rises is not in the performances but in the script There are some flaws here that can t be overlooked A minor nitpick is that Joseph Gordon Levitt s character having guessed Batman s true identity is a real stretch By the end of the film it becomes obvious why they would give him this kind of push but it still feels forced A larger problem is the timeline of events in the film As I mentioned previously The Dark Knight Rises is ambitious in its scope but stretches credibility in a few areas The most obvious was Bane s plan to have Gotham s police force trapped underground for months Sure they re fed food and water while Gotham is besieged But when they are freed they look pretty clean and chipper for having spent all that time underground with minimal food no change of clothes and next to no sunlight And what s even the point of feeding them if there s the looming threat of detonating a device that would destroy the city When the climactic battle begins they re shooting down those same officers It would have been easier to have let them starve And who could have known that to fix a broken back you ve just got to punch it and let the person hang by a rope for a little while The movie does deliver in most other areas Bane s revolution a manufactured class war is very relevant in today s global economy The cynicism around the Stock Exchange scene and the later uprising against the wealthy speaks to the simmering economic issues that have plagued us for the better part of the past decade The movie not so subtly takes aim at the 1 even Bruce Wayne is not immune to this in the film In this area The Dark Knight Rises establishes relevancy It may seem that I m being nitpicky about The Dark Knight Rises And maybe I am Truth be told I loved the movie I love how Nolan brought elements that tie the trilogy together both in coming full circle to events in the first film and in showcasing the consequences from the conclusion to The Dark Knight As the final part of a trilogy The Dark Knight Rises is a satisfying conclusion and riveting to watch But objectively I can t ignore the faults in the film which lay mostly in the script There are moments that will make fanboys squee you know which scene I m talking about and some nice touches that stuck with me the final shot of the film and its not so subtle thematic tie in to the title Nolan is a masterful storyteller and his work on this trilogy has been breathtaking With rumors of a Batman film reboot coming down

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