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Final Crisis!!! A Crisis Indeed.

Grant Morrison seems to be hit or miss. And unfortunately, it’s been a while since I’ve read one of his hits. Final Crisis is the big DC crossover event that spanned from summer 2008 to early 2009. It’s a story of Gods and New Gods, aliens and supermen, humans and talking animals all rolled into one story. One mess of a story.

To summarize and regurgitate the story is a feat in of itself. Final Crisis is a convoluted tale that tries to take on too much. Essentially, it’s a story about Darkseid trying to once again destroy reality. But there are so many side stories, that this main plot gets lost. A lot of ideas are thrown into the pot, but none are allowed to properly cook. One of the consequences of telling a scattered story is that there is no central voice that really leads the story. The cohesiveness offered by a single voice was missing. Perhaps if it had that leading voice, a centralized narrative could have been established.

I think one thing that hurt the story is how…

Dead Space 2!!! (Xbox 360)

Dead Space – a game that I was enthralled with. It was a terrifying experience, and at the end, I wanted more. And I got more. Released in the early part of 2011, Dead Space 2 is the sequel to the 2008 survival horror hit by EA’s Visceral Games studio.

The game picks up three years after the events on the USG Ishimura space vessel. Former engineer and current humanity saviour, Isaac Clarke, wakes up on some non-descript ship, strapped in a strait jacket, not remembering anything of the past 3 years. He quickly discovers that the necromorphs (aliens/infected humans) that he had stopped last time around are back. The mission is once again, to stop the infestation, and to discover the gaps that have occurred over the past 3 years that have led up to the current invasion.

The game is a really tight package. You get what you pay for: action and scares. Much like the first game, DS2 has a strong sense of atmosphere, and as a survival horror title, this is integral to its success. Th…

Ultra: Seven Days

Now, I’ve never seen the show Felicity before. I know my sister used to love it. But when I picked up Ultra a few weeks ago, I thought, “I bet this is the Felicity of comic books”. Essentially, it’s like a comic book chick flick for guys written about girls, but written by guys. And really, what do comic book nerds know about girls?

I kid.

Ultra is a story that centers around a female superhero named Pearl Penalosa, or better known as the titular, Ultra; she’s sort of like a female Superman. It takes place in a world where superheroes are treated like celebrities, which includes their own “talent” agencies and award shows. The superhero aspect and crime fighting is secondary, if not tertiary, to the main story which is more romance-centric. The story focuses on her struggle that I’m sure resonates with a lot of young readers. She’s a young person with everything that she wants, fame, money, good looks. In that sense, she has it all except the one thing that truly matters to her…

The Holiday Horror Round-Up!

Oh how the working life affects blogging. It's taken me a month to compile this post! It's not even holidays anymore. But hey, it's a holiday in my heart.

Anyhow, this past Christmas break, I got to catch up on a slew of horror flicks that I missed this past year. None were really exceptional, as they ranged from terrible to okay. But regardless of, they made the holidays a bloody good time!

Fright Night

Of the 4 horror movies here, this one was probably the most polished. Fright Night is a remake of the 80’s classic of the same name. It follows a teenager and his young friend who suspect that their brooding, mysterious neighbor might be a vampire. Surprise! He is! I never would have thought much of Colin Farrell as a vampire, no less a villain, but he does a pretty darn good job here.

The movie was enjoyable, definitely not as campy as the original, but enjoyable nonetheless. It’s a shame that this movie didn’t do so well at the box office. Has the vampire craze …