The seas have risen, humanity has lost the ability to read, and a vortex in the Pacific Ocean has swallowed Japan. In a future dystopic society brought on by poor environmental choices the world has been thrown into disarray, with class warfare at its peak, slavery once again in fashion, and newly mutated animal species hunting humanity.
While it made its first entry only last month, Pigs #2 proves that there may be some room yet left on anyone's "Best of 2011" list. Added to what was a very strong sleeper cell espionage plot, the creative team provides a ton of heart and relateability without going to dramatic extremes. It's simple and beautiful.
The Psychopathic Records foursome are currently destroying every city they go through on their 'American Psychos' tour and this six-track EP is a Tour Exclusive for Juggalos to buy at shows. The EP is a goddamn monster and one of the best mini albums I've heard in a very long time.
Invincible has been Image Comics' premier classic superhero title for some time now, but it seems to be failing to find definition after the excellent Viltrumite War arc. There are still things to be admired in the current issue, but it lacks the solidity and wonder that has made the book so good in the past.
Wisely choosing to stay clear of this summer’s tentpole onslaught, Real Steel is a delightful family film with just enough sci-fi, action and comedy for everyone along with a heavy dose of heart. Deftly combining Rock Em Sock Em robots with a ,Rocky underdog tale, it is one of 2011’s most entertaining films to date.
Harper Collins has released a new batch of young adult fantasy novels from their 'Dark Days' series. Four of these books are Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey, Fateful by Claudia Gray, A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies and Eve by Anna Carey. I’ve picked them all apart, finding both the gems and winces.
It's been eight years since Jane's Addiction decided to show planet earth that Rock n' Roll is far from dead. Their new album is a sleaze-ass slice of rock pimpery sent from the heavens. 'The Great Escape Artist' is one of the year's finest rock albums and a great record to throw on, sit back and remember the good ol days of grunge and messed up pants.
When Rick and his gang found themselves in the Alexandria Safe-Zone twenty issues ago, they thought they had been gifted a return to their old lives. Since then relationships have been getting more and more strained as Rick tried to cull the dangerous citizens and escape the community. Now those who once welcomed them are those Rick needs to fear the most.
Luther Strode is tired of being tormented by bully/football player Paul, so he takes the proactive approach and works to protect himself in this extremely bloody Cinderella story about finding your hidden talents. With 50% blood and guts and 50% high school drama, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode is a powerful first issue sure to incite equal parts nausea and enjoyment.
At one point in time, there were comics and movies in which men were men, bikinis were made of metal, the good guy was the one with the biggest muscles, and loin cloths were standard attire. Mighty Samson #4 both pays homage to and pokes fun at that era with an offering that is fun to read throughout.