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  1. I'm one of those Mortal Kombat enthusiasts who sees the past through a pair of the ever-popular rose-tinted glasses. Even though I'd never fought a single round of 3D-rendered MK prior to purchasing Deception, I unconsciously deemed every game since that switch to be of lesser quality than their vid-captured predecessors. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/mortal-kombat-deception
  2. Coordinating a massive crossover, such as Civil War, can't be an easy task. Counting lead-ins, direct tie-ins, indirect tie-ins and aftermath issues, Marvel will have meshed around 120 comic books and launched nine brand new titles by the time the event is over (or shortly thereafter). So mistakes are bound to happen. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/sosn/sosn-003
  3. After last week's introductory column I wracked my brain wondering where to start with my first article of content. Would I do a movie review? That would, in my mind, automatically pigeonhole this as a review column. It's not. Would I do a retrospective of a particular director or genre? No, but that will all come later. Instead, I will start at the very roots of horror, and filmmaking for that matter. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-02
  4. Please tell me you're reading Daredevil! Please tell me I can write "7h15 b00k 15 73h r0x0rz, dudz" and leave it at that. No? There are still foolish people who aren't reading Daredevil? Poor, poor, foolish people. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/sosn/sosn-002
  5. I think it's pretty safe to say that a large number of people reading this are diehard fans of something geeky, be it comic books, video games, science fiction, whatever. I also think it's safe to say that when something is created specifically for the fans of whatever medium (or genre) we're talking about, it can be enjoyed on a much deeper level. In the case of anime / manga, Genshiken is a great example of this; it is a series created by diehard manga fans for diehard manga fans about diehard manga fans. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/a/genshiken-01
  6. Fear is an emotion that is both instinctual and learned. Children are born afraid of falling and of loud noises. Any series of tests (ethically questionable tests, but tests nonetheless) can prove that. A child is not born afraid of dogs, but, for example, if they were to witness a pack of rabid dogs savagely tear their father limb from limb then developing a fear of dogs would be a natural reaction. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-01
  7. Leading up to One Year Later, Selina Kyle was a conflicted character. Having learned Zatanna and several other members of the Justice League used magic to alter her mind (hence the switch from career criminal to protector of the East End), Selina no longer knew herself. Everything she thought she knew was wrong. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/sosn/sosn-001
  8. Otaku, it's a word that many anime fans across the continent are split on. Some feel it's too self-absorbed. While others find it to be a term of endearment, one that is earned after hours and hours of devoted fandom. Personally I fall into the latter of these two categories. Unlike others who refuse to be classified as such, I feel I have earned the title. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/devolution-to-otaku
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    Jak 3

    My expectations going into each successive chapter of the PlayStation 2's Jak and Daxter saga have fluctuated like an unpredictable stock on a busy day. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/jak-3
  10. Several months ago I posted a thread over at the forums asking writers to help with a follow-up to last year's Ultimate Batman piece. It was quickly decided that we should focus on Ultimate Green Lantern, simply because the concept has endless potential — the power can be alien, magical, spiritual, mental, genetic, whatever. What follow then are three such updates, all of which provide a new starting line for the Green Lantern concept. Enjoy. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/ultimate-green-lantern
  11. You know, it's rumored that Blinx the Cat, star of both Blinx: The Time Sweeper and its eventual sequel, the imaginatively titled Blinx 2, was meant to be Microsoft's answer to Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot -- a sort of unofficial franchise player for the Xbox. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/blinx
  12. Marvel's companywide event, Civil War, has sparked not only national attention and speculation as to the outcome, but also great debate amongst its readership. Is the Superhuman Registration Act beneficial to the nation, does it strip superpowered humans of their freedoms? Those are just two of the concerns raised in the following letters to Marvel's fictional George W. Bush. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/civil-war-open-letters
  13. Silent Hill is a franchise that I'd always managed to somehow avoid, though never deliberately so. Despite my curiosity about the cult following the series had developed and my lifelong affinity for similarly themed games, films and stories, the town of Silent Hill and I just kept narrowly missing one another. We were like two ships passing in the dark, not altogether unaware of the other's presence, but never really reaching out and making contact. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/silent-hill-2
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    Jak II

    I didn't care all that much for the original Jak and Daxter. Let's just get that out of the way right now. I found it was too short, the gameplay too straightforward and repetitive, the characters too sticky-sweet and friendly, and the visuals completely lacking for a first wave next-gen title. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/jak-II
  15. This is it, the moment we've all waited for: Superman versus Lex Luthor. The whole storyline has been building to this, and Superman #653 is essentially a 22-page title match for Metropolis. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/superm...-up-and-away-07
  16. With Jak and Daxter, Naughty Dog basically retreads over the successes of their past, stopping to make a few necessary tweaks that had been sorely lacking in previous efforts along the way. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. At a glance, the game presents nothing all that noteworthy: a gratingly bubbly cartoonish cast, a story pulled right out of a coloring book, bright and shiny graphics to match, the existence of an occasional power-up and a large cluster of bottomless pits. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/jak-and-daxter
  17. Once again, this book's plotting is magnificent. The story opens with an Infinite Crisis flashback. But instead of a simple recap, the authors take yet another opportunity to show the readers the soul of Clark Kent. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/superm...-up-and-away-06
  18. 76. Hidden Surprises: Anything over 50 feet tall can (and most likely will) conceal or transform into a giant robot / mech. Buildings are especially useful in such cases. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/anime-cliches
  19. Owly wasn't bitten by a radioactive spider, and imbued with all of its unique abilities. Nor was he rocketed from a doomed planet, destined to become the greatest champion his adoptive world would ever know. But he's a hero nonetheless; he's a hero to giggling children, as well as adults who have grown weary of violent superheroes. Whereas they sling fists to make the world a better, safer place, Owly lends a helping hand by selflessly giving his last scraps of food, sharing his home and, most importantly, hugging anyone in need of reassurance or friendship. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/interviews/runton-andy
  20. Some might suggest that it's unfair to review half a story. And that's true. After all, had I only read issues 148 and 149 of Robin, there's no doubt in my mind that the final score would have been around an eight. As it stands, however, I also read 150 and 151; those two books were so horrendous that they drastically sliced into my initial score. So the opposite could be true with The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive: while I've been turned off by the first two issues, the conclusion could turn everything around. But frankly, I'm not sticking around to find out. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/misc/flash-in-a-bottle
  21. "Up, Up and Away" is quite possibly the best Superman story in decades. In the first four parts we were reintroduced to the world of Clark Kent, an ace reporter who was once the costumed adventurer known as Superman. However, the book is called Superman, not Clark Kent: Ace Reporter. So, as expected, his powers returned at the end of part four. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/superm...-up-and-away-05
  22. I don't care what the cover says, Justice League of America #0 is not a Justice League story. It is, in fact, an homage to DC's Holy Trinity. And while I understand what writer Brad Meltzer was doing here (that is, reestablishing these three as both friends and the cornerstones of their superpowered universe), it didn't work under the Justice League banner. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/jla/zero
  23. The latest PS2 chapter of the Grand Theft Auto legacy arrived amidst startlingly slim fanfare this summer in the form of Liberty City Stories, a PSP original ported over to its immediate predecessor. Rockstar didn't make any bones about this release - they knew it had been available for the portable a good six months, that fans might feel burnt by the exclusivity of the release, but that they also might have been turned off by a full-priced release on the PS2 six months after the fact. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/games/gta_lcs
  24. The latest PS2 chapter of the Grand Theft Auto legacy arrived amidst startlingly slim fanfare this summer in the form of Liberty City Stories, a PSP original ported over to its immediate predecessor. Rockstar didn't make any bones about this release - they knew it had been available for the portable a good six months, that fans might feel burnt by the exclusivity of the release, but that they also might have been turned off by a full-priced release on the PS2 six months after the fact. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/images/files/gta_lcs.jpg
  25. An anime music video by Kellen Scrivens. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/fan/videos/kellen/h...an_it_looks.wmv