Date Archives August 18, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Batman: Year One’

During the last Comic Con I was lucky enough to grab some sweet seats for the screening of Batman: Year One. The animated film will, unfortunately, not be released onto video until October 18th, 2011. For us psycho fans at the con, though, we got to see it a good few months early.

Batman: Year One, written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, was the first Batman graphic novel I ever read. I had already been a huge fan of the character thanks to the animated series and Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, but much to my shame I had not yet read any of the source materials. Batman: Year One had me hook, line, and sinker, so hearing about an adapted movie made me a mixture of excited and wary. Much to my relief, the animated movie was really well done.

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“I’m Mara Layil. My life… well, it’s… complicated. I’m not a vampire, zombie or witch. Please– give me some credit. But it’s just screwed up. Maybe more. The only way to understand is to listen. Believe it– or don’t– not my problem either way. The beginning of the end started with my grandfather, Christopher Layil. And the death of a fallen angel.”

– Angel Punk, Issue #0

I kind of consider it a lucky deal when people give me comic books. During San Diego Comic Con this year, Jake Rossman from Relium Media handed me copies of their new series, Angel Punk. The series was created by Scott Nelson, Kevin Curry, and Devon Lyon and the graphic novel artwork was by Val Mayerik.

The series revolves around Mara Layil who discovers a deep family connection with the supernatural and angels. You get the impression from the comic that this story is of a larger– or as they say, epic scale. It has to be a big deal if it involved angels, right? (That’s what I’ve experienced from my other fandoms, that’s for sure.) In issue #0, Mara is introduced as somewhat of a troublesome girl from an established family. We see her inside juvenile hall and she is freely giving people the middle finger– a tough, blonde girl from a rich family? It was a little hard to relate to this girl to be honest. I suppose it would be easier to sympathize with her situation once more of her history is revealed.

Still, it was a good way to give us a broad hint of what type of personality Mara Layil had. She probably didn’t take much bullshit from people. She probably could kick ass pretty well if she spent time in juvee (we’re not sure how long she was in there). I wonder if she has any supernatural abilities? The story jumped between her and the antagonists of the story. Which included important and suspicious looking people in expensive suits and a creepy old woman that hisses when she spoke.

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ClaDun PSP -This is an addictive game

ClaDun- This is an RPG

With the lack of new JRPGs on the main consoles (thanks NoA, NamcoBandai), I’ve been going back and picking up things I may have missed on the handhelds to try to fill the void. In doing so I’ve found some rather…questionable choices in gaming, but also some real gems!

ClaDun, is one of the gems for sure.  A NIS game for the PSP, PSN download only, I tended to brush it out as a quickie game since I tend to find DL only content to be..less than their UMD released. But, being a NIS game, this couldn’t be farther from the truth and it was easily worth the download.

ClaDun, short for Classic Dungeon, is an old skool dungeon crawler with modern mechanics, focused on leveling, customizing and loot. If grinding and loot aren’t for you, I can’t imagine this game would be as it’s light, light, light  on story, heavy on DUNGEONS AND LOOT. What story there is is full of NIS charm and light hearted silliness but it’s obviously not the main draw of the game and honestly I found myself playing as back-story-less custom characters more often than the MC as their stats were better for my play style.

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