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  1. It has been a long time since I can remember a DC animated movie being hyped as much as Superman: Doomsday. It isn't often that a non-Disney direct-to-DVD animated movie is as advertised as this one has been. But it also isn't hard to see why DC put so much hype behind this movie. Bruce Timm produced it, they got Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche and James Marsters to play the three biggest roles in the film, and they went so far as to make it violent and crass enough to be rated PG-13 - a first for any animated Superman feature. Plus, look at the title - Superman: Doomsday. This is an animated movie that is based off of the best-selling graphic novel of all time. Why wouldn't DC and Warner Brothers want to hype it to the utmost? However, as is so often the case, the problem with over-hyping a movie is exactly what one would expect - it is immensely hard to live up to said hype.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/m/superman-doomsday


  2. Anyone who's listened to Earth-2.net: The Show or visited the Earth-2.net forums knows I'm not Brian Wood's biggest fan. Saying nothing of his writing, my problem with the man stems from the standoffish, dare I say arrogant attitude he's presented at comic book conventions. When a creator presents himself in an unfavorable light, I find it hard to separate his public persona from his craft. Instead of seeing his comics as being independent from him, I see the creator and the comic books he creates as one creature. Worse still, sometimes I see the creator before the comic. And that's the case whenever I see DMZ on the shelf: it isn't a comic book created by Brian Wood, it is Brian Wood. So all of that indy arrogance he oozed last I saw him on a panel (Wizard World Chicago 2006), I see dripping from DMZ.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/vertigo/northlanders-01


  3. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born was something of a big deal for Marvel. By landing the rights to an adaptation of what Stephen King calls his "magnum opus," the publisher had something that would attract fans that wouldn't normally give a comic book the light of day. They pulled out the big guns: writer Peter David would handle the script with aid from Robin Furth (the official Dark Tower historian), and fan-favorite artist Jae Lee was in charge of the visuals.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/marvel/mi...gunslinger-born


  4. In this episode of Dread Media, Desmond Reddick reviews three DVDs courtesy of TLA Releasing and Echo Bridge Entertainment. His lovely wife Megan joins in on the review of the German film The Wedding Party, then Desmond goes solo on She-Wolves of the Wasteland and Blood Car. Make sure to get in on Dread Media's first contest to win a copy of Blood Car! The snow is falling down and my throat is tightening by the second! Tunes include: "Dracula's Wedding" by Andre 3000 (featuring Kelis), "Don't Need a Man" by Gwar, "D.I.B. (Drenched in Blood)" by Turbonegro and "Die Slow" by Zombeast. [ 1:10:50 || 32.4 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia...admedia_014.mp3


  5. Back in the day, DC could do little wrong when it came to publicizing their major characters through the medium of film. The Superman franchise is still held in high regard today, whereas the 90s Batman franchise grossed over $1.25 billion at the box office. Whilst those films were hitting, Marvel was releasing hilarious low-budget versions of The Punisher, Captain America and The Fantastic Four, following the big budget bomb that was Howard the Duck. But now Marvel's films are released thick and fast whilst DC release one or two a year. What happened?

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/wilson_i/comic-reel-lief-04


  6. Though they both had colds, James and Mike managed to record their longest episode yet! What filled the time? Well, there's talk of censorship, the Marvel Animated Universe and why Batman will never be able to cure the Joker. Of course they also covered five episode of Batman: The Animated Series. First up is the irredeemable "The Terrible Trio," which is an episode that should never have been made. In "Harlequinade" Batman and Harley Quinn join forces to prevent the Joker from detonating an atomic bomb. The Clock King and Catwoman return in "Time Out of Joint" and "Catwalk" (respectively), whilst "Bane" sees the debut of the masked assassin Bane. [ 2:33:27 || 70.2 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.worldsfinestpodcast.com/episodes/wfp_016.mp3


  7. In this episode of Dread Media, Desmond Reddick shaves with a straight razor and rings one off the spittoon for a western-themed episode featuring interviews with horror legend Joe R. Lansdale (Dead in the West, Lost Echoes) and future legend James Newman (Midnight Rain, The Wicked). Plus, reviews of Lucio Fulci's Four of the Apocalypse and the Wilmer Valderrama vehicle The Dead One. Tunes include: "Country Heroes" by Hank Williams III; "Death of Jonah Hex," "Midnight Train" and "Dia de los Muertos" by Ghoultown; and "Buenas Tardes Amigo" by Ween. Saddle up! [ 1:47:19 || 49.1 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia...admedia_013.mp3


  8. In this episode of Dread Media, Desmond Reddick battles the stomach flu to get the show done before disaster strikes his digestive tract. Novel month continues on, featuring great interviews with F. Paul Wilson (The Keep, the Repairman Jack series) and Mark Justice (Deadneck Hootenanny, Dead Earth: The Green Dawn, host of Pod of Horror). Plus, Des reviews Horrors of War, a new period horror film. E-mails and messages are answered, and the following terrifying tunes are played: "Jangling Jack" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Inferno" by Miranda Sex Garden, "The Exorcist" by The Hellacopters and "Dies Irae" by Stories from the Moon. [ 2:00:05 || 54.9 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia...admedia_012.mp3


  9. In "Sideshow" Killer Croc makes some friends, while someone attempts to murder Detective Harvey Bullock in "A Bullet for Bullock." Next Batman and the new District Attorney go on trial in the aptly named "Trial," and "Avatar" sees the return of Ra's al Ghul. Lastly, Poison Ivy supposedly gives up her life of crime in "House and Garden." [ 2:25:56 || 66.8 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.worldsfinestpodcast.com/episodes/wfp_015.mp3


  10. In this episode of Dread Media, Desmond Reddick records amidst a meteorological storm, and overcomes a storm of technical difficulties to bring you another set of novel month interviews. The interviews this week are with Jack Ketchum (Off Season, The Girl Next Door) and Steve Vernon (Hard Roads, Haunted Harbours: Ghost Stories from Old Nova Scotia). Plus, a review of Mike Dubisch's graphic novel Weirdling, news of a friend's short film and the following freaky tunes: "Living Hell" by The Misfits, "Eye of the Storm" by Midnight Syndicate, "Temple of Your Dreams" by Monster Magnet and "Haunted Town" by Lordi. [ 1:36:38 || 44.2 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia...admedia_011.mp3


  11. Welcome to a special edition of the Tranquil Tirades. I am James, your ever-sardonic host. If you haven't read one of my columns before, basically what I do is I review a movie that I felt was, shall I say, subpar and rip it asunder. My pain is your gain. Well, this review is no different in that vein. The reason this one is special is that this is the first edition of the Tirades that I have conducted with a co-host. Thankfully, D.W. was kind enough to sacrifice himself (and his brain) to me for a special joint review of Saw IV.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/m/saw-04