October 31, 2011

Flashpoint Hardcover

Flashpoint #5 variant cover

If you missed out on the frenetic miniseries Flashpoint, then rejoice because DC Comics has released a hardcover collection featuring the entire five issues. The above image is the Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez variant cover. In addition, you'll get to see some amazing concept artwork from series artist Andy Kubert. Check out the previews below.

October 29, 2011

Halloween DC Comics Style

Rusted Mecha's founder, Jose, crafted some magnificent pumpkins this year. Comic book fans should recognize what the designs are based on. Get a glimpse of his amazing work below.

October 28, 2011

Recommended Reading! Robin: Year One

Holy Escrima sticks, Batman! First published as a four part miniseries, Robin: Year One isn't merely another origin story, but an early tale of Dick Grayson's beginnings with the Dark Knight. Batman (and Robin) fans are in for a treat.

October 27, 2011

New 52: The Flash Issue No. 2 Review

The mystery of the organization Mob Rule continues as we get an understanding of what happened to the Flash's friend Manuel Lago. Also, Barry Allen discovers what he can do when his mind taps into the speed force.

REVIEW: Batwoman #1

The long awaited Batwoman #1 finally hit the stands last month as part of the New 52. Was it worth the wait?

October 26, 2011

New 52: The Flash Issue No. 1 Review

For the most part, the new rebooted Flash series for DC's New 52 initiative had incredible artwork. I wasn't prepared for some of the changes that Barry Allen would have to deal with. Frankly, I'm still in disbelief he's even alive. How does the new Flash series stack up with the rest of the New 52 titles?

October 25, 2011

NBA 2K12 for iPhone

UPDATE: The 1.3.5 roster update is now available. Yes, Jeremy Lin is available to play as well.

UPDATE: Since our initial review, 2K Sports released the 1.2.8 update which improved the graphics quite a bit. There's still a few bugs concerning the announcers but overall the game is much improved since then. 

Only a few setbacks mar this game from being a perfect basketball sim. Otherwise, NBA 2K12 is a joy to play. And yeah, that Jordan fellow is back up in here again.

October 24, 2011

REVIEW: Batman #2

The best title of DC's New 52 continues! How does issue #2 fare?

iOS 5 App Modifications

Some of your existing apps have undergone some changes in the latest iOS 5 update for iPhones. We highlight a few of these simple and radical changes with the operating system update. 

October 22, 2011

Album Review: Psyence Fiction

Album Review: Psyence Fiction by UNKLE

Trip-hop fans will not be disappointed with UNKLE's debut album. It is a satisfying audio adventure filled with elements of rap, rock and electronic music. Featured guest stars include Mike D. of the Beastie Boys, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and others combine to deliver a superb barrage of eclectic sounds.

DJ Shadow delivers the goods with his turntablism and samples on "Celestial Annihilation". The track will force you to grab your old school Puma sneakers and start breakdancing. Catch Thom Yorke's haunting vocals on "Rabbit in Your Headlights". Another gem that will stir your ears with delight is singer Ian Brown on "Lonely Soul". Hear the sonic work of former Metallica member Jason Newsted on "Nursery Rhyme/Breather".

Final Rating: A+

October 21, 2011

Wonder Woman No. 2 Review

Wonder Woman and Zola travel to Paradise Island to nurse the injured Hermes. Unbeknownst to them, other Gods are watching their every move. Also, Wonder Woman's origin is finally revealed or is it?

Poster Revealed for Star Wars - Episode I 3D

A new poster has been released for the upcoming 3D rerelease of Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The film is set for a February 10th release next year. (No news on whether a line has already started.) Check out the full poster as well as details on the NEW trailer out today.

October 20, 2011

REVIEW: Justice League #2

Superman fights Batman in Justice League issue 2

Batman, Green Lantern, and The Flash Vs. Superman! Cyborg's origin continues!

Captain America iTunes

Captain America fans can pre-order the iTunes digital movie right now ahead of the October 25 release date.  The movie starring the first Avenger will be in HD and SD digital versions.  Fans will be treated to iTunes Extras content such as concept artwork, featurettes, deleted scenes and much more!

Frank Cho's X-Men Schism Variant Covers

Artist Frank Cho has been tapped to draw the variant covers for the X-Men: Schism event in November. Click to enlarge:

Courtesy Marvel

October 19, 2011

Animal Man: Walk on The Wild Side

Everyone's favorite family man and superhero Animal Man, is back in an all-new series. This time around he's returned to the DC Universe embarking on even stranger adventures. Here's a review of the first two issues so far.

October 18, 2011

Ann Nocenti Writes Green Arrow

Acclaimed writer Ann Nocenti will begin as the new writer for Green Arrow starting with issue 7.  Nocenti is best remembered for her writing on Daredevil in the early 90s and introduced his most lethal villain, Typhoid Mary.

Batman Variant Covers

The Dark Knight has returned as part of the New52 initiative by DC Comics. Take a look at Ethan Van Sciver's variant cover for Batman No. 1

October 17, 2011

iTunes Match

As part of their iCloud platform, Apple will add a new feature called "iTunes Match" to the existing iTunes service. How does it compare with other streaming services?

October 16, 2011

Facebook University

Social networking site Facebook has made an impact on the college experience. The following infographic provides an insight.

October 14, 2011

DC Comics New 52: Too Violent?

The relaunch of DC Comics' line of comic books with it's "New 52" initiative has been quite successful so far, with many first issues selling out in stores based on our observations. The campaign of renumbering titles back to issue number one has driven collectors as well, to capture as many comic-books as they can, for profit and value someday.

October 13, 2011

Crackle for iPhone Review

UPDATE: Since our initial review, the Crackle app now supports AirPlay streaming straight to your Apple TV 2 model. Enjoy!

Who doesn’t like free movies and television shows? Crackle offers users the ability to stream movies and television shows. Granted, the selection is quite limited and that most of the movies aren’t new releases either. Despite these minor hindrances to your viewing, I found the app to be quite enjoyable. However, there is another annoyance that viewers may not like either.

October 12, 2011

Avengers: X-Sanction Variant Covers

Check out the Avengers: X-Sanction retailer variant covers. The illustrators for these two special one-of-a-kind covers will be Bryan Hitch and Carlo Pagulayan. The story involves Cable who battles against the Avengers to save the future!

October 11, 2011

Nightwing a playable character in Batman: Arkham City

Dickie G fans, you're in for a treat! Rocksteady has announced that Nightwing will be a fully playable character in the upcoming Batman: Arkham City game. Check out the full official image and more details after the jump.

Halloween Reading List

Swamp Thing 26: "By Demons Driven"

Gather round ghouls and boys, we've gathered some of the spookiest stories we've ever read. We've murderously picked our delicious brains for these classic tales of horror and chills for your reading enjoyment.

October 10, 2011

REVIEW: Superman/Batman - The Search for Kryptonite

Written by Michael Green and penciled by Shane Davis, The Search for Kryptonite is a great standalone story for any fan of Bats or Supes. It originally appeared in 2008 in issues #44-49 of Superman/Batman and was reprinted in a collected edition a year later. The story is fairly simple - there's an unusually large amount of kryptonite on Earth, and Superman comes to the realization that in order for him to be what the world needs, he has to to rid the planet completely of it. He obviously can't do it alone, so Supes asks Batman for help in his search. But the task isn't as easy as the two men originally think, and there's plenty that stands in their way.
The idea is actually one that surprisingly hasn't been done until now. Why not rid the world of kryptonite? And who else would Superman ask but Batman, the one person he trusts the most (and with the resources) to do it? Michael Green's script is a fun read. It's an especially good book for casual comic book readers, as there's no real continuity here, just a good standalone story featuring the classic relationship and characteristics of the Dark Knight and Man of Steel. Green's use of the dual inner monologue balloons of Superman and Batman really shows the readers how much differently the two heroes think and react to the situation. There's a great balance of action and story, and it's paced very well. I usually find myself putting graphic novels down after a few pages but I found myself wanting to continue reading frequently.

Unfortunately, the story is wrapped up almost too easily. I won't spoil the details here, but the book's final conflict is a pretty big one, and it didn't take much for our heroes to solve, with some help from the new Toyman and a random cameo from...Power Girl?? Despite this, the story is still good as a whole and definitely worth the read. The last page of the book is an eye opener and will leave readers thinking....what if?

The art is what I liked most about this book. Shane Davis's work is excellent. Seeing the DC Direct action figures based on his work is what made me want to check this story out. He draws a great Superman, and I particularly enjoyed his renditions of kid-versions of the Justice League (that Superman begins to see after being exposed to magically affected white kryptonite).

THE GOOD: A good story starring Superman and Batman working together. What more do you need?

THE BAD: The final conflict is resolved too easily.

THE ART: Simply excellent. I love Shane Davis's Superman. The kid-versions of the Justice League is an added treat.


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October 9, 2011

Avengers Movie

Avengers Assemble! One of the most amazing and powerful superhero teams will finally get to shine on the big screen. Unfortunately you'll still have to wait until May 2012 to see the Avengers movie but Marvel has provided sneak peeks of the upcoming film. Check out first looks at Captain America and Iron Man together, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury in action.

October 8, 2011

Green Lantern iTunes Pre Order

The Green Lantern movie is available for pre-order on iTunes. The movie will be available for download on October 14. It features an extended cut of the movie containing nine additional minutes including an alternate opening, delving deeper in the story. The iTunes Extras will also provide deleted scenes.

Details and download below:

Green Lantern (Extended Cut)

Image courtesy Warner Bros.

October 7, 2011

DC Comics Survey

I've been frequently using my iPad to read digital comics so I was surprised when DC Comics sent out a survey via email recently, mainly because I was user of their comics app. Actually maybe I shouldn't be surprised because it's a marketing ploy to gauge the new digital reading market that has sprung up as a result of the influx of tablet PCs. The apps really didn't take off until the advent of the iPad. I kept reminding myself how fun reading these digital comics would be on a bigger screen than my iPhone's minute display.

October 6, 2011

Philips Media Connect

Browsing at new televisions at a local store recently, I had to carefully read the features and specifications of each model. I had to distinguish between the 720p and 1080p resolutions and the number of HDMI inputs for each specific television. Of course, other models have USB ports and even WiFi capabilities.

I came across a Philips brand and noticed the sticker attached. Now read the sticker carefully then look at the laptop that accompanies it:

Steve Jobs R.I.P.

During "Parents Night" in sixth grade, I led my parents towards the computer lab to show off some of my new computer abilities. I forget what I did exactly but using clipart, I pasted a word balloon next to an image of Garfield the cat, with the words "Weekend Warrior". This was back in 1986 and it was done on a Macintosh. By then, Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple.

Looking back, it's amazing how the products he innovated and developed had a lasting effect on me (and the world) then and now.

Here's to you Steve Jobs, thanks for changing the world.

October 5, 2011

iPhone 4S

It's not too surprising that Apple released the iPhone 4S model instead of the much rumored iPhone 5. With the holiday shopping season too close to the 4S's actual release date of October 14, there was probably a grave chance that many people weren't going to be able to obtain one, if it was the iPhone 5. It's a given probability that the phone would've sold out instantly, leaving many empty Christmas stockings for those wishing to buy one. Of course, iPhone enthusiasts should have seen this incremental upgrade coming.

October 4, 2011

Macy's Free Internet

I recently went into a Macy's department store and on their glass doors, was the announcement that free WiFi Internet access was now offered. Despite being puzzled by the new service, it was greatly appreciated! You are greeted by an service acceptance screen when you attempt to login and you'll easily connect. If you've ever been bored while shopping with someone, take advantage of this free service.

Although I don't have to remind you that free Internet access doesn't necessarily mean it's secure. Macy's makes it clear in the service acceptance screen, that what they are offering is not. Don't login to Facebook or conduct any financial transactions while you're using it.

Last thing Macy's needs to install, is an area for users to hang out in!


October 3, 2011

Relaunched! The 10 Best Books of the DCnU

DC Comic's New 52 relaunch has proved to be a success, with some retailers reporting books selling out in minutes and many titles going back to press for 2nd printings. But 52 issues is a lot to read, so just for you we've rounded up the Top 10 Books of the DCnU.

X-Men ReGenesis

Who will you follow? Team Wolverine or Team Cyclops? Personally, I’m a Scott Summers fan all the way. Check out the interlocking artwork for all upcoming titles this fall. Discover which mutant is on Logan's or Scott's team. Let the schism continue!