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  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
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Ivan Reitman Talks About Draft Day and the Comedy Greats

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:21

Director Ivan Reitman was the king of comedy back in the day, kicking off his career at the National Lampoon before helming gut-busting classics like Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Twins. This week sees the DVD release of his new film Draft Day in the UK, a sports drama that stars Kevin Costner as the General Manager of an American Football team trying to hold it together on the most important day of the season.

Here he talks to IGN about the movie, about sport, about the potential of future Black Panther Chadwick Boseman, and about his working relationship with screen legends Kevin Costner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Murray and John Belushi.

Reitman on the Draft Day set.

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LEGO Jurassic World Has Been (Finally) Revealed

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:57

Warner Bros. and TT Games have officially unveiled LEGO Jurassic World.

Details are scarce at the minute but we do know the game will follow a similar route taken by LEGO Star Wars in that players will be able to play through Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, and of course the LEGO video game version of the forthcoming Jurassic World in their entirety.

LEGO Jurassic World is currently scheduled for a June release for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, 3DS, and Windows PC.

We first learned about Jurassic World back in November via the credits of LEGO Batman 3. Before that, LEGO had announced it would be releasing licensed sets themed around Jurassic World, which are set for release in May, ahead of the film’s opening on June 12.

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New Update is on its Way for Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:09

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies will receive a new update in January.

The update, which is scheduled for release at the end of January, brings with it a training mode, new weapon types, a guaranteed weapon recipe, and an increase to weapon enhancements from five to eight.

Also coming is the inclusion of two news classes, namely Criss and Yuri, as well as a new costume box, which will award one of 26 different – and permanent – costume items.

You can view the full breakdown of what to expect through this link.

If you’re a fan of the Counter-Strike eSport scene you’ll probably have heard of the issues the industry is currently dealing with. In November of 2014, allegations of cheating at the Dreamhack Winter 2014 tournament shook things up. That was followed by further allegations that a top team intentionally threw a match to receive a large payout from betting odds. After that last revelation, Valve got involved, advising partners not to allow members from the teams in question the opportunity to participate in further Valve-sponsored  events.

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Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 Comes to iOS

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:01

Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 has come to iPad and iPhone.

The free app features all of the tools found in Toy Box 2.0 along with multiplayer functionality should you want to play a level with other players.

“Disney Infinity’s mobile players have been some of our most engaged in our community, with iPad users downloading and uploading more Toy Boxes than all other platforms,” says John Blackburn, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Infinity.

The app also comes with the ability to transfer cross-platform creations, full iOS Metal graphics support, new tools, and pre-made Toy Box games. Plus another new addition allows creators the chance to edit the interior of buildings.

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Match 3 Evolve Game Launches on Android and iPhone Devices

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:02

Evolve: Hunters Quest, the official companion app for 4v1 shooter Evolve, launches tonight for free on select iOS, Windows, Android and Amazon Fire devices.

Developed by 2K studio Cat Daddy Games, Evolve: Hunters Quest is a match-3 puzzle combat game that offers more than 100 missions set in the Evolve universe. The game puts players on the in-game planet of Shear with a team of Hunters to scour for new wildlife and Monsters. Gameplay involves users matching three tokens of the same color to trigger attacks on their enemies, and to “fill up energy bars to activate Hunters’ special abilities.”

Players who purchase Evolve on PC or console can apply Mastery Points earned in the companion app to characters in the Evolve game on any platform to level them up. Users can also unlock game art and watch replays of their online multiplayer matches in a top-down perspective.

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There is Now a Minecraft for Dummies Book

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:01

Wiley Publishing's next instalment in the hugely successful Dummies series will be Minecraft For Dummies.

The book -- written by Jacob Cordeiro and father-son partnership Jesse and Thomas Stay -- promises a complete and easy-to-read guide that will enable you to "build amazing creations, learn programming and engineering skills and engage with players all over the globe".

Supporting all platforms, including portables ones, the guide aims to help those entirely new to the series get to grips with the basics, including how to gather materials, make/break blocks, defeat the Ender Dragon, as well as offering more advanced tips and tricks for seasoned players.

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New Smash Bros. Wii U Update Adds 15 8-Player Stages

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:45

A new update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has added an additional 15 stages to the title's 8-player mode.

The 316MB download is available now, and brings the game to version 1.0.2. The new stages include nine regular levels and six variants of Final Destination levels only in an 8-player friendly format. Previously, there weren't many options to choose from as the number of players meant many levels felt cramped.

The full list of new stages is below:

Regular stages

  • Mario Circuit (X)
  • Luigi's Mansion
  • Pyrosphere
  • Norfair
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
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Bill Gates Sees Super Artificial Intelligence as a Threat

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:43

Bill Gates expressed in his Reddit "AmA" Q&A session today that humanity needs to be more cautious with the future of artificial intelligence development.

“I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence,” Gates wrote in response to a Redditor’s question to how much of an existential threat he thinks machine superintelligence will be.

“First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent,” Gates adds. ”That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned.”

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Xenoblade Chronicles X Map 5 Times Bigger Than Original's

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:21

Xenoblade Chronicles X will have a map five times the size of the original Xenoblade Chronicles, according to executive director Tetsuya Takahashi.

The developer spoke with the latest issue of Famitsu magazine (via Siliconera) where he also revealed how the GamePad and character creation will work.

Takahashi apparently explained you'll be able to customise gender, face-type, skin color, hairstyle, eyes, makeup, and voice when it comes to your character, with designs by Xenogear's Kunihiko Tanaka.

In terms of the GamePad, it'll apparently function predominantly as an information terminal where data on the various flora and fauna will be accumulated as you explore the planet. As you'd expect, you location and quest destination will also be present. Given the huge size of the map this time around and the open-world nature of the game, it'll also allow you to warp to areas you've previously visited.

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Inventor of the Laser Charles Townes Dies at Age 99

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:23

Charles Townes, the inventor of the laser, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley has announced.

Born in 1915, in Greenville, South Carolina, Townes first conceived the idea of a short-wavelength, high-frequency beam while sitting at a park bench in Washington DC during the spring of 1951.

With the help of fellow scientists and students James P. Gordon and H. J. Zeiger, Townes was the first to create a device capable of harnessing ammonia molecules to amplify microwave frequencies to around 24.0 gighertz. The device in question was dubbed a maser, which stands for Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

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Comic Book Reviews for January 28, 2015

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 02:57

Uncanny Avengers sees its big relaunch this week, with Marvel also delivering the next chapter in the search for the new Juggernaut, an illuminating issue of New Avengers that gets up one step closer to Secret Wars, and the followup to that crazy cliffhanger in Uncanny X-Men.

Over at DC, there was a huge twist in Batman (we talked to writer Scott Snyder about it!), another creepy issue of Gotham By Midnight, and one of the last few issues of Red Lanterns.

On the indie scene, we got the return of Casanova, the debut of a new Jonathan Hickman series called The Dead and the Dying, and another issue of Bitch Planet.

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Spider-Man and the X-Men #2 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 02:08

This series definitely reads like the true successor to Jason Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men in terms of tone. Writer Elliot Kalan offers a much more lighthearted and goofy counterpoint to the rest of the X-Men franchise. And by and large, that's the right approach to take when you're dealing with a comic that pairs Spider-Man with the misfit youths of the Jean Grey School. This series still shows little desire to explore more dramatic depths, but it's plenty entertaining for what it is.

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Harley Quinn #14 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 02:05

If this series has accomplished anything (besides selling like gangbusters), it's reminding DC fans that Harley has plenty of potential as a solo character and outside of her connections to Joker and Batman. This issue sees Harley take another important step and embrace the possibility of romance with someone besides her puddin'. That's the elevator pitch, though the actual contents of this comic are a little less interesting.

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New Avengers #29 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 02:01

As you might have heard, Marvel is building towards a new Secret Wars event this summer. More than any previous chapter of "Time Runs Out" this issue of New Avengers builds directly towards that event. Jonathan Hickman further establishes the stakes as the end of the Marvel Universe looms. Along the way, this series gains an extra dose of emotional resonance as we see just how much the Illuminati have sacrificed in their attempts to stave off annihilation.

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Uncanny X-Men #30 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 02:00

With each new chapter of "The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier," I find myself a little more surprised and baffled that the arc isn't finished yet. The battle for the all-powerful new mutant Matthew Malloy is dragging on much longer than necessary, and it still doesn't wrap up in issue #30. But while this arc is definitely wearing out its welcome, issue #30 definitely has some strong moments.

The story has taken an interesting turn with Eva Bell's decision to abuse her powers and travel back in time to warn Xavier of the terrible things unfolding in his future. For one thing, this allows Bendis to write Xavier for the first significant length of time since starting his X-Men run. For another, it dredges up all sorts of interesting questions and conundrums. Can Xavier allow himself to be exposed to this hellish future that just dropped in on him? Can he interfere? Moreover, should he? For a story that originally hinged on the X-Men dealing with Xavier's death, this is a pretty fitting twist.

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Deadpool #41 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 01:58

The previous issue of Deadpool offered Wade Wilson and his readers a brief respite from the darkness and despair of his life. Now the series resumes focusing on more serious matters. But that tends to be when it works best, and such appears to be the case with this arc.

Deadpool finds himself in something of a funk in the wake of AXIS. He's adrift, and he can't help but wonder if he was happier as his inverted, Zen master self. This crisis of self leads him to take on an assignment with Roxxon (far different from the comedic escapades of issue #40). The writers do a good job of balancing the unhappiness of Wade's situation with healthy spurts of humor. Unlike Deadpool himself, this issue finds and achieves a balance. Plus, the Trapster is present, and he's always good for a laugh.

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Uncanny Avengers #1 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 01:58

After a relatively lackluster first story arc, Uncanny Avengers quickly developed into one of Marvel's best ongoing books. That came to an end pretty abruptly as Uncanny Avengers transitioned into AXIS and most of what distinguished the series vanished. But perhaps the Red Skull is just a curse on this series. As Rick Remender reunited with Daniel Acuna and relaunches the Uncanny Avengers franchise, the quality level immediately returns. Anyone who soured on this property over the past few months will be relieved.

Uncanny Avengers Vol. 2 reads like a natural extension of the first, which may be surprising considering that only two cast members return for the new team (well, three if you count the disembodied mind of Wonder Man). Since the previous volume ended, Wolverine has died, Thor and Captain America have been de-powered, Havok has turned evil and absconded with Wasp, and various other woes have befallen both the Avengers and X-Men. Luckily, Remender has assembled quite the eclectic bunch to form a new Unity Squad. New additions like Quicksilver, Sabretooth, and Brother Voodoo help the new series reflect the fallout of AXIS, while Sam Wilson is contractually obligated to fill in as the new Captain America.

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Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 01:44

If you're looking for a superhero book that takes its seriousness seriously, Quantum and Woody Must Die! isn't it. Writer James Asmus returns to pen the further adventures of the dimwitted duo, joined by artist Steve Lieber. The resulting mini gets off to a solid start, and while there's definitely some room for improvement going forward, there's more than enough heroic action and ridiculous tomfoolery to keep you smiling long after the final page.

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Thor #4 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 01:43

Ever since the new Thor first picked up Mjolnir, fans have wondered how the enchanted hammer's previous owner would take to the news. Well, wonder no more, as issue #4 sees the two thunder bearers go head to blonde-maned head in spectacular fashion. Creators Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman continue their epic new direction, offering enjoyable nods to the past as the new Thor embraces her sudden and welcome future.

At last detailing the events leading to Thor Odinson's return, in addition to finally explaining the arm seen worn by Old Thor-The-Cantankerous, Aaron wastes no time in getting to the fun stuff. His Thor, still reeling from the events that led him to lose his arm and his hammer, is at his arrogant, pumped-up best, so focused on winning back his weapon that every other danger is merely secondary. This brusque approach offsets well with Aaron's cooler depiction of the current Thor (confused yet?), though their similarities still prove increasingly entertaining. The resulting battle is appropriately grandiose, but it's the aftermath that proves most affecting. Thor's struggle reflects the same issues longtime fans have had with the change in character, and in having the Odinson himself acknowledge and accept that same shift as a symbol of worthiness above all else, the new Thor is clear to reach her own great heights.

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Batman #38 Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 01:34

We are now four issues into Endgame and if writer Scott Snyder has shown us anything at this point it is that this is his most unpredictable arc yet. The Joker has shaken the world of Batman to its core, but the implications introduced in this issue are only the tip of the iceberg. Snyder’s epic tale is starting to fall into to place, but as all of the pieces come together the forming tableau threatens to shatter things all over again. With his newest issue, Snyder begins to lift the veil ever so slightly as he begins to incorporate pieces of his previous stories. All of which culminates in a shockingly unexpected cliffhanger that will change the course of Endgame yet again.

Endgame began with images of Batman’s own death and an epic battle between himself and the Justice League. This all transitioned into the reveal and rebirth of Batman’s greatest foe, the Joker. From here, Endgame turned into what simply could have been another entertainingly savage attack against Gotham delivered by the Joker, but of course it was more than just that. Snyder had already established his interest in the relationship between Batman and Joker, but with the last issue he introduced us to his intent to dig even deeper into the madman himself.

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